Lanka war crimes: Jaya for sanctions

AIADMK leader and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalitha on Wednesday sought trade sanctions against Sri Lanka, as television channels began airing video clippings from a documentary by Channel 4 of the United Kingdom, showing 12-year-old Balachandran, son LTTE chief V Prabhakaran.

The documentary shows the 12-year-old alive and later shows his body.

Strongly denouncing the killing of the boy in the last days of “Eelam War IV,” Jayalalitha told reporters that the execution of the “innocent boy”, just because he was Prabhakaran’s son, was an unpardonable crime for which the Sri Lankan regime had much to answer.

Referring to evidence of such horrific killings of lot more Tamils by the Sri Lankan Army coming out in the media in recent times, the chief minister said it only showed the “mindset” of the present Rajapaksa government. “It reminds us of the ways the Jews were exterminated under Hitler’s Nazi rule in Germany, as Tamils in Sri Lanka are being killed in a similar fashion,” Jayalalitha said.

She said the Lankan government’s alleged “war crimes” need to be censored by a formal resolution brought in the UN. For this, the Centre should work with other countries. Also, India should coordinate with the US and other friendly countries to “impose an economic embargo on Sri Lanka,” the chief minister said.

Such “economic sanctions” should continue till the island government releases all the war-hit Tamil civilians from the barbed wire camps in that country, resettle them in their respective native villages, ensure their livelihood and self-respect and grant them equal rights on a par with the majority Sinhalese, Jayalalitha urged. All those responsible for the “war crimes” in Sri Lanka should be brought to trial before the International Court of Justice and punished, she added.

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