The Government strongly defended the resolution on Sri Lanka adopted at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) recently and rejected claims that it was a threat to Sri Lanka’s National interests.
Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said that anyone in Sri Lanka who opposes the resolution is indirectly backing proposals made against Sri Lanka by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa.
He said that Jayalalithaa and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi have opposed the resolution since it helps Sri Lanka.
The State Minister said that if people like Jayalalithaa and Karunanidhi oppose the resolution then it is clear that the resolution is not a threat to Sri Lanka.
He said that political parties and opposition politicians who are raising concerns about the resolution, which was cosponsored by Sri Lanka, have either not fully understood the resolution or are simply looking to make political gains.
The resolution was adopted by the UNHRC in Geneva without a vote after the Sri Lankan Government backed the final text.
Samarasinghe said that during the war against the LTTE the soldiers always followed the policy of zero civilian casualties.
However he said if any soldier went against that policy then they must be dealt with under the law. (Colombo Gazette)