An investigation conducted by a board appointed by Army Commander Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya has concluded that the government had every right to defeat the LTTE militarily.
The LTTE was defeated in May 2009 after the government launched military operations to regain land held by the rebels despite calls by the international community to suspend hostilities and go for negotiations.
The report of the Army Board of Officers on the Implementation of the Recommendations made by the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) was handed over to Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapakasa by the army Commander today.
“A sovereign state has the right to take all legitimate measures to maintain or reestablish law, the national unity and territorial integrity of the state (Article 3 GP II). Against this backdrop His Excellency the President had an imperative legal duty arising out of International Law and Domestic Law to call out armed forces to liberate the people of the North and East from the clutches of the LTTE and to eradicate terrorism from the soil of Sri Lanka. For 30 years the entire Sri Lankan nation consisting of 20 million people had been subjugated by LTTE terrorism. Therefore employment of armed forces to eradicate LTTE terrorism is legally justifiable. Hence for the reasons articulated above there is no question that our humanitarian operation conformed to jus ad bellum principle,” the report said.
The report also says the army took preventive measures to ensure “zero civilian casualties” during the war and uphold human rights. (Colombo Gazette)