The government says it has nothing to hide and welcomes the visits of high profile foreign dignitaries to Sri Lanka including the north ahead of and during the Commonwealth summit in November.
External Affairs Minister Professor G.L Peiris said that most high profile foreign visitors who had been to Sri Lanka in recent times have found that the actual ground situation is not what is projected by some people overseas.
Among the foreign delegations to have visited Sri Lanka recently was an All Party Parliament delegation from Britain and a delegation from the European Parliament.
“All of the delegations have said we have seen for our own eyes the development that is taking place,” the External Affair Minister said at a media briefing today.
He said that foreign delegations visiting Sri Lanka are able to see for themselves the post war situation in Sri Lanka including in the north.
Asked about the Weliweriya incident and the impact it will have on Sri Lanka, the Minister said that, as was mentioned in parliament yesterday, the government will conduct an independent and impartial investigation into the incident.
“That is what the government should do and that is what the Sri Lankan government will do,” he said.
Government Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva had told parliament that the government will conduct an investigation into the incident following allegations the army had shot at and assaulted some of the people in Weliweriya who were demanding clean water. (Colombo Gazette)