Fonseka wants international monitors for war probe

Former army commander, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka today called for international monitors and foreign advisers to be invited to be involved in the investigation over the war.

Speaking in Parliament, Fonseka, who is now a Minister in the Government, said that international participation is vital in order to ensure there is transparency and credibility in the investigation.

“I led the war in line with the accepted laws and regulations. It was in line with Geneva protocols.” he said.

However he said that if there was anyone who abused human rights and violated the law then they must be punished.

He also insisted that the respect and dignity of the security forces must be protected when investigating incidents related to the war.

Fonseka, who led the war during the final stages of the conflict, also backed an investigating over the alleged ‘white flag’ incident in which unarmed LTTE cadres who surrendered to the army were said to have been killed.

“An investigation on the white flag incident is a must. The people must know if the white flag incident is true or not,” he said.

The former army commander also said that some groups are now attempting to incite the public by spreading false claims.

He urged the public not to be misled by groups claiming to stand for National interests and to ensure the peace in the country continues. (Colombo Gazette)