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Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 7.13 GMT

Issuing dated ultimatums to Sri Lanka is counterproductive - European Parliament MP


Issuing dated ultimatums to Sri Lanka by the states that once subjugated the island nation is laughable and utterly counterproductive, a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) said.

Nirj Deva, MEP for UK expressed this sentiment during the debate on the passage of a resolution on Sri Lanka at the European Parliament session in Strasbourg on Thursday (December 12).

"It is laughable. That laughter becomes risible when States that once subjugated her and now as this house has done, now issue dated ultimatums for her to do this or that by this date or that date at the pain of serious sanctions," the Sri Lankan-born British MEP said at the debate.

The MEP pointed out that Sri Lanka became a universally franchised democratic state far earlier in 1928 than 19 out of the 28 EU member states "who now take it wholly appropriate to lecture her on democracy."

"Are we still backing imperial age here? This is utterly counterproductive and makes the current government even more popular. Instead we must build lasting peace with our people...." Deva continued.

The European Parliament passed a resolution asking the Sri Lankan government to promptly implement the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) recommendations in full.

The MEP expressed dismay that the EP has forgotten the defeat of 30-years of terrorism bringing peace to the island and now judging the country on the way the war ended.

"It is pathetic that a vicious thirty year terrorist insurrection, claiming 60 thousand lives has all but been forgotten by this house and replaced with international judgments about how the war ended. For thirty years state actors defended the rule of law against non-state actors who terrorized an innocent population; using them at times as human shields," the MEP said.

"For thirty years the South fed the North. They fed the population that was trying to blow them up. We sent them food there. This is an act of terrorism by a small group of people. It has nothing to do with the Tamil population," Deva said.






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