India should back US move against Sri Lanka: Jayalalithaa

Chennai, March 18 (IANS) India should take a “strong stand” against Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) meet in Geneva, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa said Monday.

She urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in a letter that India should also move an independent resolution to strengthen the earlier US resolution.
“To assuage the legitimate sense of outrage and deeply hurt sentiments (of Tamils), it is absolutely important that India takes a strong stand in support of the US-sponsored Resolution at the 22nd session of the UNHRC and more importantly moves necessary independent amendments to further strengthen the resolution,” she said.
She said Tamils in Tamil Nadu and around the world were outraged and incensed “over the impunity with which the Sri Lankan government is ignoring international sentiments and binding resolutions relating to reconciliation and accountability for the war crimes and genocide committed in the closing stages of the civil war in Sri Lanka and the ongoing gross human rights abuses”.
Sri Lanka is under attack for the killing of a large number of Tamil civilians during the final stages of the conflict that crushed the Tamil Tigers in May 2009.