Govt. rejects UN war crimes probe via Skype

by Zacki Jabbar

The government, while rejecting moves by the ongoing UNHRC War Crimes Probe against it and the LTTE, to use Skype as a means of leading evidence, said yesterday it hoped such a situation would not arise.

Asked during the weekly Cabinet Press Briefing in Colombo about the UNHRC Investigating Panel’s statement that it would lead the evidence of Sri Lankan witnesses scattered in various parts of the world, via Skype,Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said: "We hope it does not get to that. The use of such methods would have to discussed and appropriate action taken."

He said that a detailed response had been submitted by the government to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights with regard to the allegations pertaining to the conduct of the war with the LTTE,which ended on May 18,2009. "We are willing to hold discussions under acceptable terms, but it is wrong to equate an elected government with a terrorist organisation."

The rehabilitation and reconciliation process had been successful, the Minister said, adding that the involvement of Ex-LTTE cadres in politics and the recruitment of Tamils to the military could be cited as examples.

He emphasised that under no circumstances would the Tamil National Alliance(TNA) be accepted as the sole representative of the Tamils.

Giving pride of place to the TNA would alienate the other parties that also represent the Tamil people. A solution to the ethnic issue could be arrived at only through the Parliamentary Select Committee set up for that purpose, Minister Rambukwella said.


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