Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka says there is a danger that a “process could be initiated”

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka says there is a danger that a “process could be initiated”

Written by Bella Dalima

11 Apr, 2014 | 8:27 pm

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka, says there is a danger that a process on Sri Lanka could be initiated at the International Criminal Court.

Speaking at a forum organised by the Liberal Party in Colombo on Thursday evening, the veteran diplomat highlighted other paths that could be used by the West, to take action on Sri Lanka, in the event Sri Lanka does not co-operate with the inquiry.

He shared these following views;

I do not hold the view that Sri Lanka should-co-operate with this inquiry. I believe that Sri Lanka should resist this inquiry. But, I do not take the position of the government of Sri Lanka, that’s all one should do. Shutting the door is doubtlessly something that was anticipated by those who moved the resolution. There will be consequences. There is another way of getting to the International Criminal Court. There is a high degree of discretion permitted to the Chief Prosecutor of the ICC. If the Chief Prosecutor thinks that a particular crime or case, is of sufficient magnitude, he or she can initiate a process. The Government of Sri Lanka expects this to be blocked in the Security Council, but the Security Council isn’t the only way to get there. And I do believe that there is this danger.”

The forum , held at the auditorium of the Organisation of Professional Associations, was attended by prominent politicians, members of civil society and members of the public.


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