DMK in talks with foreign missions on Lanka

The DMK led by M. Karunanidhi, have begun talks with foreign missions in India to seek support for the US sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), the New India Express reported today.

The report said that a delegation led by Karunanidhi’s son M K Stalin, including senior members of the Tamil Eelam Supporters Organisation (TESO), visited a number of foreign embassies to lobby in support of the US sponsored draft resolution. They have reportedly held talks with diplomats from Italy, Malaysia and Montenegro. The DMK delegation also met the US embassy officials and Russian diplomats.

The Indian media report said that with Indian Parliamentary sessions all set to begin, the UPA Government is girding up to withstand pressure from both the DMK and AIADMK in Tamil Nadu to support the resolution in the UNHRC against Sri Lanka.

The US had announced last month that it would introduce a ‘procedural resolution’ during the next session of UNHRC. The resolution is expected to be put to vote before the session ends on March 22, when the Indian Parliament will also be in session.

Last year, Russia had voted against the resolution and asked Sri Lanka to launch a probe into war crime allegations. On Friday, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa had demanded India to take initiative in introducing a resolution in the UN council to impose economic sanctions against Sri Lanka, till it agreed for a political settlement, providing equal rights to the Sri Lankan Tamils.

The pressure is likely to mount on the Centre, with both the AIADMK and DMK expected to outdo each other during the Parliamentary session, which begins from February 21.

According to the New India Express, the DMK is likely to press for a calling attention motion in both the Houses, while the AIADMK is expected to demand a half-an-hour discussion on the subject, where it would refer to the status of rehabilitation of Sri Lankan Tamils and the progress made on political settlement.