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Northern Tamils urge Lanka UN referendum

Press Trust of India  |  Colombo 

Sri Lanka's northern provincial council adopted a resolution on Wednesday calling for a UN-monitored referendum in the north and east to "determine the aspirations of the people".

"The people can vote at the referendum to express their view on the political aspirations," provincial M K Shivajilingam of the said.

The resolution says that had failed to implement its commitments under the resolutions "which called for investigations into credible allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity".

The five-point resolution urges the UNHRC to refer to the International Criminal Court, to appoint a special UN rapporteur on Tamil people, impose military sanctions on Sri Lanka, impose a on Sri Lankan military personnel accused of war crimes and to hold the referendum which should lead to finding a permanent for Tamils.

The resolution came after Maithripala Sirisena's public statement last week that he would make a special appeal during his address at the later this month to urge dropping of war crime accusations against government troops.

in 2017 co-sponsored the US moved UNHRC resolution against pledging to set up credible mechanisms for reconciliation with the Tamil minority.

But he has rejected the idea to set up international courts to probe war crime charges blamed both on the government troops and the militants.

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First Published: Wed, September 12 2018. 21:20 IST