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 Karu J told go before LLRC with evidence

Karu J told go before LLRC with evidence

2010 Dec 08

The government yesterday asked UNP Deputy Leader Karu Jayasuriya to go before the Lessons Learnt and Reconcilliation Commission and produce whatever evidence he had, if any on alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka.

Leader of the House, Irrigation and Water Resources Management Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva told the UNP MP that he should have made use of the LLRC rather than issuing statements on alleged war crimes and tarnishing the image of the country.

Making a special statement, at the commencement of business in the House, Minister Silva said that the UNP MP had demanded that alleged war crimes, said to have been committed by Security Forces, during the last phase of the war against the LTTE, be probed.

"This statement humiliates all those who battle against terrorism. This kind of down grading of those, including the President, Defence Secretary and the valiant troops, who fought a war on behalf of the motherland cannot be approved.

The statement which appeared on page one of the last Sunday Island, is in accordance with the clamour of some anti-Sri Lankan sections of the international community, LTTE remnants and the Tamil Diaspora. These are the forces which have become an obstacle against the progress of this nation.

Now MP Sajith Premadasa says it was only the LTTE that committed war crimes in Sri Lanka. We would like to know which one of these two positions, Karu Jayasuriya’s or Sajith Premadasa’s, is the stand point of the UNP," the Minister said.

"The statement made by MP Jayasuriya confirms the anti-Sri Lankan propaganda that our people are ‘barbaric killers’.

Our stance is that none of our war-heroes, who sacrificed their lives and limbs to wipe out terrorism, committed any war crime. If MP Jayasuriya says that there were war crimes and he has evidence, he can place it before the LLRC without making derogatory statements against our security forces and their leaders.

We are sad to see UNP MP Jayasuriya dancing to the tune of his party’s Western masters. We will not allow this attempt to haul our heroes before an international Court, for a crime they have not committed. We call upon the UNP not to repeat any of betrayals it did in the past. MP Jayasuriya has all the right to make any statement but not betray this country.

We invite the UNPers to read the editorial of today’s The Island. As MP Jayasuriya has his rights we too have a right to inform the people of this country of their treacherous attempts against Sri Lanka," he said.

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