War Crime accused Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa yesterday alleged that former British Prime Minister Tony Blair made a desperate effort to halt the Sri Lankan military offensive in May 2009 (which killed more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians) and had talked about accountability issues in Sri Lanka this week, whereas the UK was yet to release its own war crimes investigation report that dealt with alleged atrocities committed by British forces during six-year deployment in Iraq. UK quit Iraq in 2009.
Gotha Rajapaksa said Blair should request former Whitehall official Sir John Chilcot at least to give a definite date for the publication of Iraq war crimes report. Chilcot launched the investigation in 2009. The former Defence Secretary was responding to Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan discussing accountability issues with visiting former British leader.
War crime accused Gotha Rajapaksa said that Blair himself had been under investigation as he ordered the British deployment on the basis of falsified intelligence reports pertaining to non-existent Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) in Iraq.
It is reported that the Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Sri Lanka’s opposition Leader Sambanthan discussed current political situation in Sri Lanka, release of Tamil political detainees, inquiry into missing persons, military presence in the Northern Province, releasing of land held by the military. The TNA quoted Sampanthan as having told Blair that accountability needed to be addressed on the basis of truth, justice, reparation and the assurance of non-recurrence.
Rajapaksa said former British Prime Minister Tony Blair made a desperate effort to halt the Sri Lankan military offensive in May 2009. Had former President Mahinda Rajapaksa given in to British pressure, the top LTTE leadership would have survived and the TNA would still be under Prabhakaran’s thumb, Rajapaksa said, adding that Blair sent his Foreign Secretary David Miliband to force a halt to the offensive. “Former President Rajapaksa earned the wrath of the British for turning down Blair’s ultimatum.” Gotha Rajapaksa said Blair wouldn’t have even considered visiting Colombo if not for Sri Lanka’s triumph over terrorism over six years ago.
Blair arrived in Colombo last Sunday. He is scheduled to attend a government organised two-day economic forum on January 7 and 8 at the Cinnamon Grand. Among other guests are international investor George Soros and Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz and government Ministers.
It is believed that the British are holding evidence of War Crime acts ordered by the Rajapaksha’s to kill more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians in May 2009 and also the killing of more than 1000 LTTE Leaders and thir family members who surrendered with White Flag after UN negotiated the surrender. The killing of thousands of LTTE Leaders and their family members who surrendered with White Flag after UN guaranteed the surrender is a serious damage to UN as in future the UN officials negotiations will not be taken seriously.
The former President Rajapaksha promised the world leaders that he will implement a 13+ political package if he is allowed to kill the LTTE with the support of China and Pakistan and the world leaders turned a blind eye when the Sri Lankan forces killed more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians and LTTE Leaders surendered with White Flag. But once the war was won the Mahinda Rajapaksha started playing the racist card in view of continuing to stay in power and wanted his son to become the next president of Sri Lanka. He refused to give equal rights to the Tamils and anyone opposing him went missing with the help of defence department under his brother Gotha Rajapaksha. Human Rights activists and Journalist disappeared overnight. China was given more prominent space in all activities in Sri Lanka as a challenge to Western world.
The unexpected results of the last election in which Rajapaksha lost has made the Rajapaksha family members who enjoyed Royal family member status panic. Exposer of large amount of money deposited in oversees accounts and killing of people had made it difficult for the Rajapakshas power to continue. More exposers are on its way says the government but none of the Rajapaksha family members are arrested to date.