Channel 4 witnesses were fully paid up LTTE members - Lord Nesby
Friday, 28 February 2014 00:48
Conservative peer Lord Naseby has said that conclusive evidence had emerged, that so-called witnesses to alleged war crime in a documentary by Channel 4 were fully paid-up members of the Tamil Tigers.
He has suggested the UK government is not abiding by David Cameronâ€™s promised timetable for co-operating with the UN to set up an independent inquiry into claims the Sri Lankan government carried out war crimes.
He asked why the UK government is â€śalready working to influence the United Nations Human Rights Councilâ€ť when the prime minister said in November that the UK would allow Sri Lanka until March to begin its own investigations into alleged war crimes before taking steps through the UN.
He also called for the publication of the UK military attache in Colomboâ€™s dispatches about the final stages of the 26-year civil war, during his contribution at question time on 26 February 2014.
Foreign Office Minister Baroness Warsi told the House she was aware of new material concerning the war, which lasted from 1983 to 2009.
But she defended the governmentâ€™s discussion of the proposed inquiry with UNHRC members since, she said, â€śwe have yet to see a meaningful, time-bound, independent, domestic-led political process with clear milestonesâ€ť. Labour spokesman Lord Bach confirmed the oppositionâ€™s support for the governmentâ€™s approach and urged the prime minister to be â€śtrue to his word on thisâ€ť and work closely with allies to secure an inquiry at the â€śearliest possible timeâ€ť.
Lib Dem Lord Avebury regretted that â€śno progress has been madeâ€ť over the past five years, but went on to congratulate Mr Cameron for his commitment and asked whether enough UN members would vote for a resolution to hold an inquiry.
The minister said it would be â€śwrong for me to predict at this stageâ€ť how members would vote and assured members the UK government would â€ścontinue to work incredibly hardâ€ť for a resolution, BBC reported.