PM rules out foreign role

‘It’s better for us to do it. Anyone is free to come and observe’

War crimes:

Zacki Jabbar

reporting from Oxford University, England

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said at the Oxford University, on Monday, that there was no need for foreign intervention in Sri Lanka to investigate allegations of war crimes against the security forces and the LTTE.

 Responding to questions after addressing students of Oxford University at the Oxford Union Chamber, the Prime Minister said that the current Sri Lankan government had, since assuming office on January 15, 2009, restored democracy, the independence of public institutions  including the judiciary and police, addressed  to a large extent reconciliation issues, rehabilitation of the war affected and returned a majority of  civilian lands that were in the hands of the military to its rightful owners, while taking into consideration national security.

 Wickremesinghe said foreign assistance was welcome, but it was better for the war crimes allegations to be investigated by the Sri Lankan judiciary. "Any one is free to come and observe the proceedings. In keeping with UN resolutions, we report to Geneva of the progress made on transitional justice, reconciliation, reparations, rehabilitation etc. Our next report is due in March 2019."

 Also on Monday the London Stock Exchange pledged to promote investments in Sri Lanka.

The assurance was given by Chief Executive of the London Stock Exchange David Schwimmer at the launch of "Sri Lanka-UK Economic Partnership", by Premier Wickremesinghe at the London Stock Exchange premises.

 British Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Sri Lanka, UK parliamentarian Ranil Jayawardena and State Minister of Finance Eran Wickremeratne were also present on the occasion.  A representative gathering was shown an impressive presentation on the opportunities available in Sri Lanka.

The Sirisena- Wickremesinghe governments "Vision 2025 " programme, which includes increasing Foreign Direct Investments  to USD 5 billion per year, doubling exports to USD 20 billion per year,  raising per capita income to USD 5000, creation of one million jobs, Sustainable Livelihoods etc.,  were explained in detail to the audience.

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