Opposition questions contradictory comments on war crimes probe

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DineshThe opposition today questioned the contradictory comments being made by the Government on the war crimes investigation.

Joint opposition member and Mahajana Eksath Peramuna leader Dinesh Gunawardena said that while the Foreign Ministry had told the UN international judges will be allowed to assist the probe on the war in Sri Lanka, President Maithripala Sirisena had said the opposite in an interview with the BBC.

Gunawardena told Parliament today that the contradictory statements by the Government has resulted in the Government being criticized by human rights groups like the New York based Human Rights Watch.

President Maithripala Sirisena had told the BBC that foreign judges will not be involved in the domestic process to investigate the war while earlier Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera had told the UN Human Rights Council that foreign assistance will be obtained.

United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) opposition Parliamentarian Vasudeva Nanayakkara said that the Foreign Ministry and the President seem to be operating two Governments.

He says even Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe does not seem to agree with the decisions taken by the Foreign Ministry.

Nanayakkara says the Foreign Ministry will now need to approach the UN Human Rights Council and withdraw the agreement reached with the Council on the domestic process to investigate incidents related to the war, since it does not seem to have the backing of the President. (Colombo Gazette)

5 COMMENTS

  1. HE the president realized that he is immensely unpopular among common folks in Sri Lanka. Now he came to know there is no need to bring foreign judges to probe alleged war crimes and this should be admired though it will not go well with the PM, Chandrika & IC (including Tamil Diaspora). HE Sirisena is not there to please IC et al.

  2. srilanka foreign minister is most suitable person the srilanka president second person is chief minister is the n orth and east most suitable person, it will be accept by many educated and democratic person .srilankan communal and corruption, criminals are after new government came to power, free bird in srilanka, police and CID unable to do there duty government all most 30 members of parliament are has criminal cases,, and corruption, mr Ranil and mr W Rajapaska are heart less person for justice, media comment it in the deaf person

  3. Dinesh Iam surprised did not know that the President had promised the UN . Srilanka is a nation that forgets its promises internationally and domestically.This the result of 2500 year primitive and tribal culture.

  4. dear jokers, look the 60 years of history of this nation. after a haft century now we are working to have constitutions that covers all the people. it take another 100 years to agree some thanks and that time this draft constitution will be too old. we needs more ministers and MPs to provinces and parliament of the country.we should have at least 5000 minsters that including toilet clearing minister in change each city and and small town. them we are in position to provide job for people. these jokers will keep this nature of work until few more generation end and this country will have $1000 B debts and over 5M salves are working in middle east to make money to just pay loan interest in future.

  5. Once an agreement reached it must be honoured by all parties, if not there will be confusion in the society as certain expectations are not fulfilled

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