WPB, place for CTFRM report, says Champika



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by Harischandra Gunaratna


The JHU yesterday rejected the recommendations of the government appointed Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanism (CTFRM). Its report should be relegated to the waste paper basket, he said.


JHU leader and Megapolis and Western Province Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka, addressing the media, at the party headquarters in Battaramulla, said the recommendations at issue were inimical to ethnic harmony and the national interest.


"The UNHRC could make the recommendations through CTFRM to try our war heroes and political leaders on the so-called war crimes and send foreign judges hear the cases" he said.


He cast doubt on those that CTFRM had interviewed before compiling the report.


The government appointed committee claimed it had interviewed 7,306 persons he said.


Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe also had rejected the report, but former President Chandrika Kumaratunga Bandaranaike had accepted it, JHU said.


Ranawaka said former President Mahinda Rajapaksa had committed a fatal error by releasing 12,600 LTTE cadres in 2012 without punishing them for the war crimes they had perpetrated.


The Minister was of the opinion that the former President had done so not for the love of the country or achieve peace but his own political survival thinking that those released would support him at the Presidential election in the Northern and Eastern Provinces.


"Among those released by Rajapaksa was one of the LTTE leaders Ram Nagulan responsible for killing 683 innocent persons," he said.


The CTFRM report, if implemented, would benefit only the remaining LTTE cadres and their sympathisers, Ranawaka said


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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