British Prime Minister Supports An Independent Inquiry by Suren Surendiran

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Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
http://www.tamilsforum.com
27 October, 2010

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Please find below the link to BBC iPlayer showing Prime Minister’s Questions from yesterday. Ms McDonagh asks her question at 21:02.

http://www.bbc.co.uk

The voice recording is also attached of the question and the PM’s reply.

[Note: the BBC video is not available for viewers in the US.]

A full transcript on the official parliamentary record, Hansard is as follows:

(http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmtoday/cmdebate/02.htm)

Siobhain McDonagh (Mitcham and Morden) (Lab): As a former PR man, does the Prime Minister agree that no matter how much Bell Pottinger tries to spin the Sri Lankan Government, the demands for an international independent war crimes tribunal intensify as more evidence of alleged assassination and civil rights abuses comes out?

The Prime Minister: The hon. Lady makes a fair point. We need to see an independent investigation of what happened. Everyone has read the papers and seen the TV footage, but we need an independent investigation to work out whether what she suggests is right.

Below links are of immediate media reports (both in English and Tamil) of this significant event at the PMQ yesterday:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sinhala/news/story/2010/10/101027_uklanka.shtml

http://www.bbc.co.uk/tamil/news/story/2010/10/101027_ukprimeonlanka.shtml

Both BBC Sinhala and Tamil carried a radio interview with Ms. Siobhain McDonnagh MP which was broadcast around the world yesterday afternoon, particulary in SE Asia where just in India there are over 60 million Tamil audience. Recording of the interview can be heard off the news clip at the above websites.

Further Coverage:

http://www.lankanewsweb.com/news/EN_2010_10_27_004.html

http://www.athirvu.com/target_news.php?getnews=news&action=fullnews&showcomments=1&id=5743

http://www.tamilcanadian.com/news/index.php?action=comments&id=15215

see

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see also

Can PR Firm launder SL image? – www.dailymirror