Accountability issues not the focus of KDU yet



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By Shamindra Ferdinando


Deputy Vice Chancellor (Defence and Administration) Maj. Gen. J.R. Kulathunga yesterday said that he would bring to the notice of relevant authorities valid issues raised by The Island in respect of examination of accountability issues.


The Maj. Gen said that such issues wouldn’t be the focus of the ninth edition of the International Research Conference of General Sir John Kotelawela Defence University to be held on Sept. 8 and 9.


The KDU yesterday held a special briefing at the Media Centre for National Security (MCNS) to announce the conference ‘Professional integration for a secure nation’ at the KDU.


The Island sought an explanation from Dr. J.M.K.B. Jayasekera, Chairperson, Research Conference, regarding the failure on the part of the previous and present administration to address alleged accountability issues. The Island requested Dr. Jayasekera to explain as to how a nation could be secure when a no less a person than UNSG Ban Ki-moon compared Sri Lanka’s war against terrorism with cases of genocide in Ruwanda and Serbia. Maj. Gen. Kulathunga intervened after Dr. Jayasekera side stepped the question.


Dr. M.M. Jayawardena, Dean, Faculty of Management Social Sciences and Humanities asserted that such issues could be discussed during various sessions though the focus wasn’t on them.


The KDU team failed to explain why the establishment didn’t take up issues relevant to post-war Sri Lanka in spite of a vigorous ongoing campaign to haul the country before Geneva-managed judicial outfit.


Those interested in participating at the event, including the media were invited to make a positive contribution.


The KDU has invited both foreign and local experts for this year’s event.


The Island pointed out that the annual Defence Seminar organized by the Army had refrained from examining the accountability issues to prevent a section of the international community from harming Sri Lanka’s image.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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