S.B says Mahinda failed on Geneva issue

WP_20150516_10_12_31_ProMinister S.B. Dissanayake says former President Mahinda Rajapaksa had failed on the Geneva issue when he was in power.

Dissanayake, who was a Minister in the Rajapaksa Government, said that the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and the United People’s Freedom Alliance did not agree on the stand taken by the former President on the human rights issue.

Sri Lanka continued to face pressure at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva when Rajapaksa was in power for failing to address serious human rights concerns.

Speaking to reporters in Kandy today after meeting the new Chief Prelate of the Asgiriya chapter, Dissanayake said that following the end of the war Rajapaksa had failed to win the hearts of the Northern Tamils.

He says the former President also angered India who had helped Sri Lanka at the most crucial time of the war.

“The former President had a snap Presidential election this year with the hope that he will win and will be able to stand strong in Geneva in March. But things did no go as planned,’ Dissanayake said.

He also said that some members of Rajapaksa’s cabinet did not agree with the decision taken just before the January Presidential elections to appoint Tissa Attanayake as the Health Minister.

“Some of the issues including the Geneva issue could have been resolved. Even we tried to advise the former President,” Dissanayake said.

Dissanayake said current President Maithripala Sirisena was able to counter the pressure in Geneva by getting both the United National Party and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party to work together in the Government.

“President Sirisena won the confidence of India and Europe. He also won the support of the US and gave assurances to the UN,” Dissanayake said.

The Minister meanwhile said that once the 20th Amendment to the constitution is approved, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party will contest separately at the Parliament elections and look to form the new Government. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. Mahinda did not failed. Its just that he did not bend down to western preasure. SB is a just a frog jumping from this pond to the other. I wonder whether is still going to chese chidrika up the hill in her panties?.

  2. Now Indian Govt. is free from Tamil Nadu pressure to govern. It has the required majority. Now jayalalitha is back Indian Govt. will get the pressure again from T`Nadu.
    Then what can this jumper has to say.

  3. SB has been an opportunist politician from the day I know him.People must understand what to do for such people at the next general election.However, foolish voters rush where angles fear to tread.

  4. S.B.D has reluctantly opened up after jumping from party to party like chamelon. Hope he will stay with one side at least now and work for the country and not for self.

    • Last week Sarath Fonseka said it beautifully that both UNP and SLFP are full of corrupt politicians. Before the Jan election, S.B. it was revealed has surreptitiously changed the property deed of a big property in Ward Place that was donated by one of Sri Lanka eminent doctors Dr.Chinnaththambi to the Govt to house poor nursing students. That scandal has been swept under the carpet by the new Govt.

  5. This is dirty politics, you should not say this now as you were also part of the previous government.

  6. S.B.D has said some truth about MARA and 400 thieves. But he was not a saint either. But statement on Geneva is welcome. But if he thinks he can form SLFP government then that is a mirage. At best, they have to stick with MY3 – Ranil and alliance that defeated MARA and form National Government for five years and galvanize the country from the doldrums we were plunged to.

  7. As usual this man is playing games.He is a time server and right thinkng people must vote him out of politics forever

    • Not only him. The voters should get rid of all the currupt opportunists irrespective of the party they come from. This will teach the party leaders to choose the right people for the legislature. Anyone with at least a taint of kudu, kassippu, rattaran, playing out public funds etc should be defeated.

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