Ian Paisley Jr. MP, a lobbyist for the Government of Sri Lanka asked the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to join the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) to bring about a ‘political solution’ during a speech he made at a British Parliament debate, held on Tuesday, January 8, 2012.
Ian Paisley Jr., Northern Ireland parliamentarian for North Antrim from Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) made various claims about his visits to Sri Lanka during the Jan 8th speech and was seen pushing the Sri Lanka Government stand on proceeding with a political solution by merely creating more abuse and gridlock in the form of setting up a Parliamentary Select Committee.
However Tamil National Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran MP made remarks during a debate in the Sri Lankan Parliament today, January 10th, held on the ‘impeachment’ of Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake, that clearly showed partisan agenda endorsed by Ian Paisley Jr. MP on behalf of Mahinda Rajapaksa Government is unworkable.
Addressing in the British Parliament on Tuesday, January 8, Ian Paisley Jr. MP said:
“I urge the Minister to appeal publicly today to Sampanthan [leader of TNA] to stop his boycott of the political process, to lead his people and his party, and to join with other parties in the parliamentary select committee of Sri Lanka to find a political solution to the problems”.
Several tweets by R. K. Radhakrishnan, The Hindu Correspondent in Colombo quoted queries by M.A. Sumanthiran MP in the Sri Lanka Parliament today on the sincerity of the Parliamentary Select Committee process:
Sumanthiran in parliament: If this is the justice that you can do to your own appointee, to CJ of this country, what will u not do to us?
— R.K.Radhakrishnan (@RKKrishnan) January 10, 2013
“If this is the justice that you can do to your own appointee, to Chief Justice of this country, what will you not do to us? Why do you invite us to the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC), If you abuse and chase even the Chief Justice, how do you treat us? You complain that we are not coming to another PSC. If the Chief Justice can’t get justice in this PSC, with what face do you invite us? If the Chief Justice cant’ get justice in a PSC what chance do we have?”, Sumanthiran MP asked the Parliament of Sri Lanka.
Call by Ian Paisley Jr. MP for TNA to enter the PSC process, can be put to rest as a mechanism that will deliver anything towards achieving an amicable political solution in Sri Lanka – in this midst of international condemnation of PSC’s recent workings, independent analysts pointed out.