He claimed that of 7000 Tamils reported missing during the war some had sought political asylum in Canada, Europe and India.
Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran then accused Gunawardena of insulting those killed during the war by saying they are living overseas.
Gunawardena however stood by his comments and accused the Tamil National Alliance of working with a UN panel to create false numbers of those missing and killed during the war.
He also questioned the right the Tamil National Alliance had to speak on human rights when they remained silent at the time the LTTE abducted and killed Tamils. (Colombo Gazette)