Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in a meeting senior Army officers on Thursday has assured them that the war crimes probe will be a domestic process and will not include foreign participation, despite the binding resolution’s call for international involvement in any accountability mechanism. Reported The Sunday Times today.
As reported by The Sunday Times, the Prime Minister met some hundred officers including senior Colonels, Brigadiers and Majors General at ‘Temple Trees,’ the Premier’s official residence. These officers serve in different parts of the country, most in military installations in the North and East. He told senior Army officers that the judicial mechanism would be made up entirely of Sri Lankan judges, putting to rest months of speculation if foreign judges were to be part of the tribunal.
However, the Tamil National Alliance expressed its dissatisfaction with the decision by the government.
TNA leader Rajavarothayam Sampanthan told the Sunday Times,
“The resolution was considerably watered down because the Government showed a positive attitude. We would request that the UNHRC resolution be implemented. There is no room for misunderstanding.”