August 12th, 2011
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Jaya slams union government for inaction

JayalalithaaChennai: Condemning Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapakse for his remarks against a Tamil Nadu Assembly resolution seeking economic sanctions against his country on the Tamils’ issue, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on August 11 alleged he was emboldened to make such comments only because the Centre “did not act” on the resolution.

In her reply to the special call attention motion moved by opposition parties in the Assembly, Ms. Jayalalithaa demanded that India should condemn the remarks by  Rajapakse, who she said, sought to “demean” the state legislature’s exercise.

‘Fears are being expressed that the Centre not acting on the resolution had emboldened Rajapakse to make such statements in the interview (to a TV channel). The Centre should condemn Gotabaya Rajapakse through the Indian envoy,’ she said.

Recalling the resolution passed in June this year, which asked New Delhi to press United Nations to declare as ‘war criminals’ those who had committed human rights violations during armed conflict and impose economic sanctions to rein in Colombo on the Sri Lankan Tamils’ issue, she said it was done based on a U.N. Committee which had found alleged excesses, including violation on No Fire Zone. She denied Mr. Rajapakse’s contention that the resolution was passed for political advantage and said it was ‘beyond’ any such claims.



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