Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella said today that Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka’s statement on former Army Commander Jagath Jayasuriya was not the stance of the Government and that it was his personal opinion.
Joint Opposition MP Dinesh Gunawardane a known anti Tamil and a close associate of Mahinda Rajapaksha questioned whether Field Marshal Fonseka’s statement on Ex General Jayasuriya represented the Government’s policy. Laksman told Parliament that the NEW Government would never imprison Army Commanders (even if they have committed War Crimes?).
Gunawardane asked what action would be taken against MP’s who will expose the War Crimes committed by the country’s security forces. He also asked the Foreign Minister to explain the details of the legal action being taken against General Jayasuriya and any other members of the Army, Ambassadors and members of the diplomatic corps in foreign countries regarding the War Crimes committed by them. He also asked the Government to reveal the actions being taken to protect the security forces who have been given diplomatic posts in foreign countries.
Lakshman said the statement made by President Maithripala Sirisena who had said that he will protect all the military forces who have committed war crimes at any cost contradicted with the statement made by Minister Fonseka.
Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said the matter would be taken up at the party leaders’ meeting tomorrow. Former President Mahinda had offered diplomatic posts to all military top men as a gift for their support in keeping him and his family members in power.