Tamil Diplomat

Completely domestically designed war crimes inquiry by Sri Lankans for Sri Lankans: Mangala in Parliament

The mechanism introduced by the UNHRC to inquire into war crimes would be completely domestically designed by Sri Lankans for the Sri Lankans, said Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera.

He stated that hypocritical opposition members failed to point out the fact that the final architect of this mechanism was Sri Lanka and the inquiry should be made under a Sri Lankan Judiciary system and Constitution of Sri Lanka.

He made this observation in Parliament yesterday, participating in the Adjournment Debate on the Geneva based UNHRC Report and alleged human rights violations during the last phase of the war.

“Future historians in Sri Lanka would decide whether the unanimous resolution on October 01, 2015 before the UNHRC is historic.” said Minister Samaraweera. “Forty five countries, including Russia, China, India and Pakistan have expressed their support to this mechanism that would bring about a reconciliation whereas during the Rajapaksa regime, we were supported by only 12 countries, including Congo.”

The Foreign Minister stated that this co-sponsored resolution had put a full-stop that Sri Lanka is being cornered by the international community. “This is not an achievement by me or my ministry, but it was due to the new political culture brought about by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on January 08.

“We could make the US sponsored resolution, resolution by Sri Lanka for Sri Lanka,” he said. “It was a great victory for this government. India, China, Russia, etc., commended Sri Lanka’s move.” He stated that the Udalagama and Paranagama Commission reports, include recommendations more worse than those in the co-sponsored UNHRC Resolution, adding that the Paranagama Report says that the Channel 4 footage on Sri Lanka’s killing field is true and should be investigated.

He said that an office for the missing would be set up on Sri Lanka. The legal background would be discussed during next year. He said that an environment would be created for youth in the North and South so that they would not be misled again.

He said the assistance of foreign experts have been taken during inquiries into the S W R D Bandaranaike, Lalith Athulathmudali, Lakshman Kadirgarmar and Ravi Raj assassinations.

“The reputation of the armed forces could be protected only by inquiring into the allegations,” Minister Samaraweera said. He said if allegations were not inquired into, the armed forces would be responsible for the wrong doings of an individual or two.”

The Minister further stated that the people in the South too could request for an inquiry into the murder of 600 police personnel and other grievances by the LTTE.

“We stood with Mahinda Rajapaksa in the past due to the grievances of mothers in the South, for the rights of Wimal Weerawansa who was engaged in terrorist activities at a time with the support of the international community,” Minister Samaraweera said. “So don’t we have the right to stand for the rights of the people in the North of the country, he questioned.” (courtesy: Daily News)