Gotabaya dismisses claims on missing, rejects UN Resolution

Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Presidential candidate, former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa today dismissed allegations on LTTE cadres who surrendered to the military during the war.

Rajapaksa also said that if he becomes President his Government will not recognize the UN Resolution on Sri Lanka which was passed by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in 2015.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa hosted his first media conference at the Shangri La Hotel in Colombo today after being nominated as the SLPP Presidential candidate.

Asked about the war missing, Rajapaksa said that all the LTTE cadres who surrendered to the Army during the final stages of the war were rehabilitated and released into society.

He said that there is no evidence to back allegations that LTTE cadres who surrendered are missing.

Rajapaksa also said that the remains of some rebels and even soldiers had not been recovered during the war.

He said the country needs to move forward without hanging onto the past.

The former Defence Secretary also said that his Government will not recognise the UN Human Rights Council Resolution on Sri Lanka.

He said that the Resolution which was co-sponsored by Sri Lanka is illegal.

However he said that an SLPP Government will work with the UN and also all other countries.

Asked about the “white van” culture, the former Defence Secretary dismissed the claim that he was involved in using white vans to abduct people.

Rajapaksa said an SLPP Government will take forward a neutral stand on its foreign policy.

The Mahinda Rajapaksa Government was known to be pro-China when it was in power.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa said that the Government will need to be realistic and ensure it maintains a good relationship with all countries. (Colombo Gazette)