End of the road for anti-warcrime move in Parliament

The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance  government’s plan to bring a resolution on the Sri Lankan issue in Parliament to “reflect the sentiments” of the Tamil diaspora seems to be over with most of the opposition parties disapproving it.

“As an Indian and a Tamilian, I would have liked Parliament to adopt a resolution, but we have to live with the fact that other parties did not support such a resolution,” Finance Minister P Chidambaram said here on Thursday seeking to shift the blame a day after the government threw the ball into the opposition’s court by seeking their consensus.
Resolution opposed

Consensus eluded the all-party meeting convened by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath on Wednesday.

The BJP, the Janata Dal-United and the Samajwadi Party  contended that no country-specific resolution should be passed by Parliament.  The DMK and the AIADMK remained isolated on the issue.

“While I respect the views of other parties in Parliament, I think it will be a big
disappointment to the people of Tamil Nadu,” Chidambaram said.

With most of the non-Congress parties having expressed their reservations to the proposal of bringing a resolution against Sri Lanka in Parliament, several Congress leaders feel that there is no point in insisting on it.

“The matter is very clear now. No consensus emerged in the all-party meeting on the issue. There has to be consensus on foreign policy,” Congress spokesperson Sandeep Dikshit said.
However, the AIADMK and the DMK continued their tirade against the government. It accused the Centre of “diluting” the US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council meet by not moving any amendments demanded by them.

Geneva’s Lanka note rankles Karuna

Leader of the DMK M Karunanidhi said on Thursday evening that he was totally dissatisfied with the resolution which India backed against Sri Lanka at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) meeting in Geneva earlier in the day, reports DHNS from Chennai.

The resolution passed “is a completely watered down version” of the US resolution against Sri Lanka and did not include any of the phrases including 'genocide' that DMK wanted to be incorporated in that resolution to strengthen it further, Karunanidhi told reporters, reacting to the UNHRC developments.

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