MAHINDA Questions United States on international investigation

CLINTONFormer President Mahinda Rajapaksa has questioned the new position taken by some countries on the human rights issue in Sri Lanka. Rajapaksa’s spokesman Rohan Weliwitta said that the former President, feels that the new position clearly shows how political the human rights issue was.

He said that the United States, which at one point called for an international investigation, is now backing a domestic investigation. Weliwitta said that if Rajapaksa was still the President, the US and its partners would have maintained calls for an international probe.

When Rajapaksa was in power, he had sought support for a domestic investigation into allegations over the war, but the US and member states in the UN Human Rights Council rejected the proposal.

The UN Human Rights Council will be meeting in Geneva this week, and the US will be co-sponsoring a resolution backing a domestic investigation.

Weliwitta also said that neither Mahinda Rajapaksa nor former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa accused of War Crime have been approached to assist the domestic probe.