Forty-one members of the 665-member British House of Commons have signed a petition asking Prime Minister David Cameron to call for what they describe as an “international independent investigation into war crimes charges against Sri Lanka”.
The move, according to External Affairs Ministry sources, has been organised by pro-Tiger guerrilla lobbies in Britain. This is just ahead of the annual sessions of the United Nations Human Rights Commission in Geneva later this month. Sri Lanka’s acting High Commissioner P.M. Amza confirmed that such a petition was being formulated.
“We are engaging them. We are projecting to them the correct position,” he told the Sunday Times.
These developments come as Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Under Secretary Alistair Burt, arrives in Sri Lanka on a visit which was postponed earlier. Together with the new British High Commissioner John Rankin the duo are expected to visit the north including the IDP camps.