The Sri Lankan government on Monday said that while it will investigate certain crimes which took place during the war between Tamil Tiger rebels and the military, it will not agree to a war crimes probe.
Government spokesman Dr. Rajitha Senaratne told reporters in the Northern Jaffna town that if there is a war crimes probe then the Tamil Tigers, also known as the LTTE, must also be investigated.
“Who do we investigate in the LTTE? Are there any leaders? We will go for a good settlement,” the Minister said.
It is an open secret that more than 1000 LTTE Leaders and their family members who surrendered with White Flag after UN negociated the surrender were killed by the Sri Lankan forces. The recent outcome of the local court case which said the disappearance of LTTE Political Leader of Councillor Ananthy Sasitheran Ezilan cannot be proved shows that the Sri Lankan government is fooling the Tamils. The case filed by Tamil National Alliance Northern Provincial Councillor Anandi Shashidaran saying that her husband Elilan, an LTTE political leader who surrendered with White Flag to the Army in May 2009 was taken up in the Mullaitivu Courts and the outcome was rejecting a request to summon a top ranking Army officer and a former diplomat in connection with the disappearance of a former Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leader who surrendered to the security forces.
Mullaitivu Magistrate M. Samsudeen yesterday rejected a request to summon former Major General Shavendra Silva before the Court in connection with the disappearance of a senior LTTE leader Sinnathurai Sasitharan alias Elialan during the war. The request has been made by Elialan’s wife Ananthi Sasitharan, a councilor of Tamil National Alliance in Northern Provincial Council during a Habeas Corpus court hearing claiming that 12 individuals including Elialan had gone missing after they surrendered to the security forces. The former Trincomalee commander of the LTTE “Major Elialan” was reported as missing after he surrendered to the Sri Lankan military at the end of the war in May 2009.
Submitting evidence at the Court, Major General of Regiment 58 Kalinga Gunawardena however, stated that he was not aware of such a surrender and it was Major General Silva who was the head of the regiment during that period.
He said that the main objective of the government is to ensure the final settlement following 30 years of war, gives equal status to all Sri Lankans.
The Minister also said that powers will be devolved to the provinces to ensure the people in the respective areas look after the development of the areas.
Sri Lanka defeated the Tamil Tigers in May 2009 after 30 years of war but the military has been accused of committing war crimes during the finales stages of the war.
The government has initiated a reconciliation process to address the main causes behind the conflict and ensure non-recurrence.