External forces will not be permitted to interfere in  Sri Lanka – Govt.

by Zacki Jabbar

With the UN stepping up pressure on the Rajapakaa regime to investigate allegations of war crimes in the last stages of the war with the LTTE, Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said yesterday that external forces will not be permitted to interfere in Sri Lanka’s internal affairs.

He told the weekly Cabinet press briefing, in Colombo, that Sri Lanka as a sovereign nation was governed by its laws and decisions were taken for the benefit of its people.

Responding to Wednesday’s comments by the UN Human Rights Commissioner, Navaneethan Pillai, that the Sri Lankan government had "failed to honour promises to investigate serious rights abuses and allegations that thousands of civilians were killed in the final stages of the war," Rambukwalle said that as a sovereign democracy they had acted in the interests of their citizens.

"As a matter of principle, we do not permit others to meddle in our affairs. Decisions are taken and implemented according to the needs of our people," he said adding that they were ready to face any challenges.

The Minister also rejected, as baseless, Pillai’s allegation that the Rajapaksa regime had lost a golden opportunity to implement the key recommendations of its very own LLRC Report.

"We are implementing the LLRC proposals in three stages, namely short, medium and long term," he said while observing that that they were willing to work with the UN.

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