‘Formation of National Government stood SL in good stead in Geneva’
Ministers S. B. Dissanayake and Dilan Perera yesterday said the SLFP neither rejected nor accepted the UNHRC report on alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka.
Addressing the media at the party headquarters at Darley Road, SLFP Treasurer the two ministers said it was stupid to reject the report but that should not mean that it was acceptable. The UNHRC report against Sri Lanka was based on evidence given by people who supported the LTTE though they were not named, but present President Maithripala Sirisena had adopted a very positive approach to the issue, Minister Dissanayake said.
Appreciating former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s leadership to the country’s war which defeated terrorism, Minister Dissanayake said that present national government had convinced the global community through example that there was no need for a hybrid court to investigate war crimes allegations.
“We will not accept a hybrid court as a solution,” he said……………….. READ ALL
The government said yesterday that despite various views being expressed the Accountability Resolution on Sri Lanka that the US would be moving later this month, at the ongoing 30th Sessions of the United Nations Human Rights Council, would be favourable to the country.
The US having considered the realistic approach of the the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe administration to the war crimes allegations, without repeating the Rajapaksa’s claim that there were zero casualties during the last stages of the war, would do all it could to provide Sri Lanka the space and time to conduct an independent domestic inquiry into the allegations that had been levelled, Cabinet Spokesman and Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said addressing the weekly Cabinet Press Briefing in Colombo……………….. READ ALL
Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe speaking in Parliament on Tuesday laid to rest any other form of mechanism other than a domestic mechanism to inquire in to alleged war crimes committed by Sri Lanka and the LTTE during the period 2002 till the war ended in May 2009.
Previously, there were doubts as to whether the investigation would be domestic, because a hybrid mechanism as espoused by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) comprising a mix of local and foreign investigators/commissioners/Judges was tabled at the current UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions in Geneva…………………….. READ ALL