TNA Parliamentary delegation leaving to Geneva today
The Tamil National Alliance delegation leaves today for Geneva to campaign for the support of the procedural Resolution US Government has planned to introduce in the 22nd session of the UN Human Rights Council.
TNA Parliamentarians Suresh Premachandran, Selvam Adaiklanathan, Mavai. S Senathirajah, S.Sritharan are expected to leave today.
Already TNA Leader Mr. R. Sampanthan and Mr. M.A. Sumanthiran have left for London to participate in the Global Tamil Forum’s 3rd Conference and it is believed that they will join TNA parliamentarians who are leaving for Geneva today.
According to Mr. Suresh Premachandran, TNA delegation will urge the international community for an International Committee to investigate against killings, abductions, torture, war crimes and war against humanity.
Given below excerpts of the interview Asian Tribune had with TNA parliamentarian Mr. Suresh Premachandran before his departure to Geneva:
Asian Tribune: There was a news item to say that you are all leaving for Geneva.
Mr, Suresh Premachandran M.P: Yes.
Asian Tribune: How many persons are in your delegation?
Mr. Suresh Premachandran M.P: May be four or five, but I am not sure of the full composition
Asian Tribune: When are you leaving for Geneva?
Mr. Suresh Premachandran M.P: On the 28th of this month – today.
Asian Tribune: What are the things you wishes to tell us about your visit?
Mr. Suresh Premachandran M.P: The Government has failed to take note and actions so far against the War crimes, even the LLRC reports says that there are missing people and it must be investigated. The Government hasn't done anything. Government appointed an Army Tribunal and the Army Tribunal said that there are no missing persons in the country. United Nations says more than 40,000 people were killed and we are saying more than 100,000 people were killed. The Government so far has not appointed anybody to investigate on these matters. So how can we trust this government? If the people want justice, there need to be a proper investigation. We feel that there has to be an independent international inquiry and through that only we can come to know the true situation and expect justice to our cause. We will meet the representatives of the international community and try to push it.
We will be meeting with countries representatives and we will explain to them the prevailing position here and also and we will speak about the need for an international investigation.
Asian Tribune: Investigation of what?
Mr. Suresh Premachandran M.P: About the missing persons, killings, abductions, torture, rape, war crimes and crimes against humanity.
So how do we know, how can we depend or how can we trust this Government and if the people want justice then there need to have proper investigations on all said issues. There has to be an international independent inquiry and through that only, at least the people can expects some justice from the Government.
So we will take up these matters with the representatives of the international community and member countries of the UN Human Rights Organization and we will try to push this.
Asian Tribune: How are you going to meet them in Geneva, as you are a political party and there is no provision for you people to participate?
Mr. Suresh Premachandra M.P: It is not necessary that we have to meet everybody inside the UN buildings. We can meet them in their embassies, we can meet them wherever they are staying – may be in their hotels. Our Tamil Human Rights activists are in Geneva and they will arrange all these things and that want be a problem.
Asian Tribune: Who are in the TNA delegation leaving for Geneva along with you on the 28th of this month – that is today
Mr. Suresh Premachandran M.P: Mr. Selvam Adaikalanathan, Mr. Mavai S. Senathirajah, S.Sritharan, I myself and two three others will be going with me to Geneva.
- Asian Tribune -