Overcoming intl. pressure:Implement solution to ethnic issue -UNP



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by Zacki Jabbar


The implementation of a durable political solution to the ethnic issue was the answer to overcoming international calls for a war crimes probe against Sri Lanka, UNP parliamentarian Lakshman Kiriella said yesterday. He told a news conference in Colombo that the UNP was willing to support any form aof devolution that would address the aspirations of all communities. The Mahinda Rajapaksa regime’s confrontationist and childish foreign policy with the West, was detrimental to Sri Lanka’s interests and needs to be reviewed urgently, Kiriella said.


The sensible approach, he said, was to desist from uttering unbelievable lies to the international community such as there being no civilian casualties and human rights violations during the last stages of the battle between the security forces and the LTTE.


"The government should admit its mistakes and explain the reasons for it, without trying to cover up, which would only arouse further suspicion."


The UN views the LLRC as a mere eye wash and was bound to reject it considering the fact that Sri Lanka does not have a Witness Protection Act, he said.


Kiriella said that the question now arises as to how the tough talking Rajapaksa regime would deal with the situation of being humiliated into entering into consultations with UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon. being no civilian casualties and human rights violations during the last stages of the battle between the security forces and the LTTE.


"The government should admit its mistakes and explain the reasons for it, without trying to cover up, which would only arouse further suspicion."


The UN views the LLRC as a mere eye wash and was bound to reject it considering the fact that Sri Lanka does not have a Witness Protection Act, he said.


Kiriella said that the question now arises as to how the tough talking Rajapaksa regime would deal with the situation of being humiliated into entering into consultations with UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon.


The LLRC had been established to learn lessons from the past and ensure that they are not repeated, but if it was not able to find out the truth, the objective of reconciliation cannot be achieved and the proceedings would turn out to be a waste of time, he said.


Kiriella said that the government has forgotten that the bulk of Sri Lanka’s trading relations are with Western countries and it was futile to antagonise them, in the mistaken belief that such links are not needed.


Ministers are finding it very difficult to enter western countries, so their favourite past time was West bashing, in the guise of being the only true patriots, he said.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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