India obligated to bring Sri Lanka's genocide to UN Security Council - Prof. Boyle

[TamilNet, Monday, 04 May 2009, 21:36 GMT]
Pointing to India's Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh's statement that the lack of peace and stability in Sri Lanka can also" affect security situation in our country [India]", as reported in the Press Trust of India Monday, Francis Boyle, professor of International Law at University of Illinois College of Law said that "[i]n light of this latest statement by the Prime Minister of India, the Government of India must immediately bring the Government of Sri Lanka's genocide against the Tamils to the attention of the United Nations Security Council for remedial action," as allowed by the Article 35(1) of UN charter.

PTI in a report published Monday said: "The Prime Minister expressed concern over the developments in the neighbouring nations including Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka and said it could affect the security situation in the country "Today, there is lack of peace and stability in our neighbouring nations, be it Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. It (the developments) can also affect security situation in our country," he said, claiming that only Congress was capable of dealing with such critical issues."

Professor Francis Boyle
Professor Francis Boyle, professor of international law at the University of Illinois College of Law.
Professor Boyle added, "Article 35(1) of the United Nations Charter clearly states: "Any Member of the United Nations may bring any dispute, or any situation of the nature referred to in Article 34, to the attention of the Security Council or of the General Assembly.""

"Article 34 refers in relevant part to: "any situation which might lead to international friction or give rise to a dispute.""

"Clearly, according to the Indian Prime Minister's own statement, the GOSL genocide against the Tamils has already "lead to international friction" between India and Sri Lanka, and it very well could and should "give rise to a dispute" between the two countries.

"India must lead the way at the United Nations Security Council to assemble the requisite number of member states to take action against Sri Lanka under Chapter VI and/or Chapter VII of the U.N. Charter," Boyle said.


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