Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has blamed the former Indian administration for the war in Sri Lanka which dragged for 30 years.
The government information department quoted Rajapaksa as telling the local media that India could never absolve itself of the responsibility for creating terrorism in Sri Lanka, though some of those directly involved in subverting Sri Lanka were blaming the Rajapaksa administration for the plight of Tamil speaking people in the country.
Former Indian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Hardeep Singh Puri has called for an investigation into what he called specific allegations of war crimes during the last 100 days of military operations.
Rajapaksa however says those demanding accountability on Sri Lanka’s part for alleged atrocities committed during the last 100 days of the conflict were silent on the origin of terrorism in Sri Lanka.
He said that Puri should realize that the Indian intervention in Sri Lanka had caused a major regional crisis, when Indian trained Sri Lankan terrorists raided the Maldives in early November 1988. Rajapaksa says the international community should consider a comprehensive investigation into the issue beginning with the Indian intervention.
The Defence Secretary said that some interested parties were reluctant to acknowledge the fact that Sri Lanka was a much better place today without the LTTE. (Colombo Gazette)