Malay Indian body asks govt. not to support Lanka’s ‘non-interference’ draft

May 24th, 2009 - 7:08 pm ICT by ANI  

S. Samy Vellu Kuala Lumpur, May 24 (ANI): Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) president Seri S. Samy Vellu has said the Malaysian government should not support a draft resolution put forth by Sri Lanka at the United Nations.

The draft tabled by Sri Lanka calls the member nations not to interfere in its internal matters.

“Tamils in Malaysia constitute 1.4 million of 1.8 million Indians in the country. As such, their feelings have to be respected. There has to be a war tribunal in Sri Lanka to bring those people who perpetrated crimes against the Tamil community in their war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam,” The New Straits Times quoted Vellu, as saying.

According to reports, Malaysia was among the few countries which backed the Sri Lanka’s non-interference policy.

The draft is being backed by 12 countries such as India, China, Pakistan, Bahrain, Bolivia, Cuba, Egypt, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nicaragua, the Philippines and Saudi Arabia.

Earlier, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay supported the calls West countries for an independent inquiry into possible war crimes.

Pillay had said that the small region might have become a ‘killing field’.

However, amid severe criticism, Sri Lanka decided to table its draft before the UN Human Rights Council stating the ‘principle of non-interference’ in internal matters and respect for its sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence. (ANI)

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