Withdrawal order on Rajiva’s response to UN
Government sources said that Sri Lanka’s Permanent representative to the UN Office in Geneva had been directed to withdraw Human Rights Secretary Professor Rajiva Wijesinhe’s response to a letter sent by Phillip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur on Extra-judicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions asking for an explanation regarding a statement attributed to Opposition presidential election candidate General (Rtd) Sarath Fonseka.

Fonseka alleged that Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa ordered the then Brigadier Shavendra Silva not to take prisoners of war during the last stages of the Eelam war IV.

Authoritative foreign ministry sources told The Island that the government would respond to the UN on the allegations though the Human Rights Secretary in his earlier response asserted that there was no need for such a response as Fonseka had retracted his statement.

The request for explanations follows the recent statement made by Gen (Rtd) Sarath Fonseka, alleging that such killings had taken place, in an interview with The Sunday Leader of Dec. 13, 2009.

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