By Maheesha Mudugamuwa
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa should reveal to the nation why he had skipped a three-day parliamentary debate on Geneva resolution, Skills Development and Vocational Training State Minister Palitha Range Bandara said.
Minister Bandara said that Rajapaksa had skipped the parliamentary debate last Friday (23) as he was speechless on Geneva issue. The Minister was addressing a party meeting in Puttalam.
Former President Rajapaksa refrained from participating in the adjournment debate on Geneva UNHRC report that alleged human rights violations during the last phase of the war. But, he, however, delivered a speech at the Abayarama Temple in Colombo on Sunday (25), claiming that the country was faced with a serious threat due to the government’s agreement with the UNHRC recommendations.
If Rajapaksa was a genuine patriot he could have faced the debate, Minister Bandara added.
Addressing a party meeting in Puttalam on Saturday (24), State Minister Bandara stressed that former President Rajapaksa and former Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara were the first persons to go before UNHRC in Geneva in 1989 claiming that the Sri Lanka security forces committed war crimes.
Bandara asked Rajapaksa why he had hired foreign legal experts with war crimes litigation instead of getting legal advice from local veteran lawyers who were world class.
He also questioned what kind of advice former President Rajapaksa got from foreign experts? How the country had benefited from such advice? Why he paid thousands of US dollars through the Central Bank for foreign advice? Was there any hidden agenda to cover-up misdeeds of family members?”
Bandara said Rajapaksa should have faced parliament without skipping the debate.