UN, US making a case against SL says NFF

Faults govt. for having ‘clandestine’ talks with Ban Ki-moon


By Don Asoka Wijewardena

The National Freedom Front (NFF) says the UNSG Ban Ki-moon may launch a war crimes probe against Sri Lanka. The forthcoming release of a report by a three-member panel appointed by the UNSG will pave the way for a a UN sponsored war crimes probe, former MP Piyasiri Wijenayake alleges.

Addressing the media at NFF headquarters, Jayanthipura, Battaramulla yesterday, Wijenayake alleged that the recently released US State Department report on Sri Lanka’s HR situation was part of a plan by the West to target SriLanka.

According to him, the latest State Department report has betrayed the Obama administration’s hostility towards Sri Lanka and the Rajapaksa government.

NFF politburo member Wijenayake lashed out at US ambassador in Colombo Patricia Butenis for targeting the President and members of his family. Wijenayake also attacked the JVP undergraduates for calling for UN intervention to restore democracy in Sri Lanka.

The NFF likened the ongoing UN investigation to one employed by the West before US and British led forces invaded Iraq in 2003 alleging one-time US ally, Saddam Hussein, was producing weapons of mass destruction.

Wijenayaka criticised the External Affairs Ministry for having what he called secret negotiations with the UNSG in a bid to settle the dispute.

Wijenayake urged the government to recognise the threat posed by the UN action and take appropriate measures without resorting to clandestine negotiations with the UN.

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