Sirisena has pledged to betray prez and military – Mahinda


Common opposition presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena had been planning to muster the support of anti-Sri Lankan international forces by promising a war-crimes tribunal to try war heroes, Plantations Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe charged on Wednesday.

Addressing a propaganda rally at Agalawatte, the Minister said that The Hindu newspaper of India had published a news story of Sirisena promising a war crimes inquiry. "Sirisena has also informed the European Union of his plan to hold a war crimes inquiry and that he would do it on a priority basis. He plans to betray the war heroes within the first 100 days in office. I am asking the people whether they want such a leader."

Minister Samarasinghe said that Sirisena might not have known that people of this country had access to Internet. "He does not know the fact that even children of this country are using Internet today. He is giving such promises to international community via foreign media without knowing that what he says could be seen by locals, too, through the Internet," the minister said.

The country was not ready to accept betrayal of war heroes and the President for they had liberated the country from a three-decade long war against terrorism, Minister Samarasinghe said. "I have been going to Geneva for nine years. We never did anything detrimental to our national interest. We always safeguarded and protected the names of our war heroes, but Sirisena is trying to reverse the victories we have achieved."

Minister Samarasinghe said that the country did not need a war crimes inquiry. "We have tried to negotiate with the LTTE which always made use of such opportunities and short-lived peace deals to arm itself. President Rajapaksa stood firm and took a bold decision to end that conflict and provided moral support to our fighting men to rid the country of terrorists and ushered in peace. Now, we would not allow anyone to haul our heroes up before a war crimes inquiry. That is the need of the international community and Sirisena is pledging the very same," Minister Samarasinghe said.

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