President insists UNHRC has not accused Sri Lanka of war crimes

President Maithripala Sirisena today insisted that Sri Lanka has not been accused by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) of committing war crimes.

Speaking at the National War Heroes Day event held at the war heroes monument near Parliament today (Saturday), the President said that some groups who support the LTTE and those who are against the Government and the security forces are making false claims that the military has been accused of war crimes in the resolution on Sri Lanka passed by the UNHRC.

President Sirisena also said that some politicians and Non Governmental Organizations (NGO) have failed to differentiate soldiers and terrorists.

“The brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives will always be hailed by the nation and that Government will always work to give them the highest respect and gratitude and also look after the well being of their families,” the President said.

President Sirisena also said that soldiers should not becomes victims of politics and should not be used to gain political advantage, to change Governments or to form political parties.

President Sirisena said that while terrorism has been defeated on the battlefield the ideology still remains yet he will not leave room for a separate Eelam state to become a reality. (Colombo Gazette)