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The TGTE statement answers this question:

china and srilankaWe hear views from some quarters that China will veto any referral to the ICC in the Security Council, thus there is no point to such a referral. First, when Sudan was referred to the ICC with respect to Darfur, even though China had a good commercial relationship with Sudan, it did not oppose the referral. Alternatively, if China vetoes, so be it. Let there be a showdown in the Security Council. Last week, China blocked a unified statement from the Security Council about the coup in Myanmar. That does not mean that the coup is no longer of international interest. China cannot block that. Moreover, China's action has strengthened the call for the return to democracy in countries such as Myanmar. Similarly, if China blocks the referral of Sri Lanka to the ICC, it will boost the efforts in the other countries to take actions bilaterally or multilaterally. In fact, President Obama in his latest book "A Promised Land" has says that due to the lack of will and capability the Security Council was not able to prevent the ethnic slaughter in Sri Lanka. The present Secretary of State Mr. Antony Blinken wrote a foreign policy journal that the future course of action is the formation of a league of democracies that will take action in concert.

The call of the hour is to convey the Tamils' demands to the international community irrespective of the potential outcome.

(This article was published in Fortnightly Magazine 'Abel', February 26, 2021)

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