By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan
Chief Minister of the Northern Province C. V. Wigneswaran said he will explain to the Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon the need for an international probe into alleged war crimes because, he said, “the locals cannot do it as they lack the will and impartiality”.
The CM is expected to meet Ban around 2 p.m. privately after the Tamil National Alliance politicos meet the visiting VIP in Jaffna today (2).
Asked , “Do you still press for an International probe on war crimes and want Ban to encourage the Sri Lanka government for it,” the CM said, “Yes. Locals cannot do it. They lack the will and impartiality.
He quoted the Kumarapuram Case where six former Army Corporals who were accused of the massacre of 24 civilians in Kumarapuram, Trincomalee in 1996 were acquitted after being found not guilty by the Anuradhapura High Court in July. “Of course I did not see the judgment, but the case seemed quite strong,” the former Supreme Court Judge said.
He told Ceylon Today that earlier, former Premier of the UK David Cameron visited the internally displaced persons and now SG Ban is also visiting. However, the ultimate decider is the government. “Ban can go and see for himself and tell us what sort of help we need and what they can do for us”.
The CM who was ‘asked’ to meet the SG along with the TNA group has finally given him an opportunity to meet Ban in Jaffna tomorrow.
“I wrote to the UN Country Representative in Colombo asking for an appointment to meet the SG,” the CM said in Jaffna a few days ago.
“If I meet him, I will explain the situation and the heaps of problems we face here even after the war ended seven years ago,” he added.
The CM claimed in the Northern Peninsula overall the State has taken around 65, 000 acres of private land but now it may be reduced to some 61, 000 acres. He revealed that in the North Western corner of the Peninsula is where the airport (Palaly) is, and the lands around that place had also been released.
“There are around 6,500 acres in this place and about 2,000 acres is what the government released to the people and not everything, he added.
He added that the NPC knows all the statistics and know what is taking place in the North.