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Sri Lanka: UN rights session would be a boost to rebels
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08:15, May 12, 2009

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An attempt by certain European nations to move for a special session of UN's Human Rights Council against Sri Lanka would provide a boost to the sagging morale of the Tamil Tigers, Sri Lanka's Minister of Human Rights Mahinda Samarasinghe said here Monday.

"We are aware that a move is underway to collect signatures from 16 out of 48 member nations of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva for a motion against Sri Lanka," Samarasinghe told reporters.

He said there had not been enough support for the move. "If they managed to bring in the motion on Tuesday we will not consent to discuss it. Instead we will ask for a vote and we know we have enough support to defeat it," Samarasinghe stressed.

Samarasinghe said such a motion would only help the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to continue with their terrorism in the north and east of the island at a time when the government troops are on the verge of completely crushing them.

The Sri Lankan government has denied reports from pro-Tamil Tiger websites of causing civilian casualties by having the Army to fire at a narrow coastal strip of land in the northestern Mullaithivu district.

The government has rejected requests from international community to announce a ceasefire claiming and recess to fighting would throw a lifeline to the Tiger rebel leadership.

Troops say the military action against the LTTE would have been long finished if not for the presence of civilians in the battle zone.

Some 50,000 are believed trapped even after 120,000 or more civilians had fled since April 20.


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