2ND LEAD (Adds latest draft of the resolution)

Confusion prevails among pro-Establishment lobbyists in Geneva

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 19 March 2013, 16:30 GMT]
While the students of Tamil Nadu and the grassroots among the global Tamil diaspora exposed the danger of the US-proposed, LLRC-based, empty resolution from its very inception in the 22nd UNHRC session, a section of the Establishment-centric lobbyists were pinning hopes on the resolution. However, they were taken aback Tuesday, when they were shown the latest amendments that had been made to the draft, informed sources at Geneva told TamilNet.

While a section of the pro-West lobbyists sought to pass the blame on New Delhi, there were still some arguing that they were happy to have Sri Lanka retained on the agenda of the UNHRC, by seeing the resolution passed.

Some of the lobbyists who have been conditioned so far are now considering to denounce the resolution, citing the amendment in clause (PP2) which unambiguously and explicitly limits the investigation of alleged crimes to the Sri Lankan state itself and citing the significance given to the LLRC process.

Regardless of the dilution of the resolution, the Sri Lankan State has been denouncing it from the very start, an act which in itself explains why the UNHRC is not the right forum to address the issue anymore. “The issue has to be brought to the Security Council and the veto powers have to be pressed by the ground reality of peoples' power to agree within themselves through negotiation,” Tamil activists who have not aligned themselves with any of the Establishments told TamilNet.

“There is no point in continuing the process or harping on dealing with it in inferior forums such as the CHOGM,” they further said.

The latest draft (draft #3) with further dilutions is given below:



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