PM under pressure to boycott CHOGM after Sri Lankan video release

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Sri Lanka video: PM to boycott CHOGM?
Chennai, Nov 4: With the release of the Britian video where Tamil Tiger news broadcaster and singer Isaipriya alias Shoba was killed by the Sri Lankan army men, political parties in Tamil Nadu are strongly protesting against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's participation in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Colombo on November 15.

Sri Lankan government has consistently denied perpetrating any war atrocities

The video taken by Channel 4 documentary and the disturbing images from it prove that Isaipriya was not killed in combat, but in cold blood by the Sri Lankan army.

The Prime Ministers of Australia and Britain are also under pressure to boycott the CHOGM meeting to put pressure on the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime for human rights violations.

In India, the government itself is split with ministers from Tamil Nadu, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram and Shipping Minister G.K. Vasan, asking the Prime Minister to boycott the meet. The Tamil Nadu Assembly has unanimously passed a resolution urging the Centre to boycott the meeting. DMK chief M. Karunanidhi has warned the Centre of consequences.

The Sri Lankan government has consistently denied perpetrating any war atrocities. However, recently the UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay had slammed Sri Lanka in her report after visiting the war-torn northern zone.

Media says that it is in this backdrop that the Sri Lankan government is attempting an image makeover by conducting the CHOGM. However, Indian Tamil parties are further angered with the release of this video.

DMK, other Tamil parties and even the local Congress have voiced vociferous opposition to the PM's participation in the CHOGM. Sources say even P. Chidambaram is against Manmohan's attendance.

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