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Opposition censure UN expert panel report on SL

The report of the United Nations Secretary Generalís expert panel appointed to look into human rights abuses during the war on terrorism in Sri Lanka, has now been submitted to the government. The report has given rise to various views locally as well as internationally. As far as the local political sphere is concerned, the debate is just beginning. Several Members of the United National Party, the main opposition party gave their comments in varying degrees regarding the report. Here are excerpts of the views they expressed to the Sunday Observer news desk.

Karu Jayasuriya MP (Gampaha District) said we will extensively study the report before issuing a statement. Not only as a political party, but as citizens of Sri Lanka we will soon make our comments once we study the report. Otherwise it will be unethical.

Buddhika Pathirana MP (Matara District) said obviously we need to study the report first before commenting. But we need to keep in mind that we are an independent and sovereign State. Along the history Sri Lankan Forces have taken suitable decisions at that time to bring violent disturbances under control.

This we see in incidents that occurred during 1971, then in 1987-1989 JVP insurrection and the LTTE terrorism that existed from 1975-2009.

Undoubtedly the grievances of innocent people of Tamil, Muslim communities should be properly addressed. But the decisions the Sri Lankan Forces took to safeguard every citizen irrespective of their ethnicity, were to protect the country. We value that. We hail our pride as an independent state. If any international intervention disregards this we need to stand by our country and our forces.

Dayasiri Jayasekara MP (Kurunegala District) said it is not possible for me to comment on the so called report issued by the UN panel as we have not yet seen the report. And also I believe we should study the report first and wait for the comments of the Government to issue our views on it.

Ranjith Madduma Bandara MP (Moneragala District) said as a country we won the war against terrorism where a legitimate Government and its army fought against a terrorist group.

As citizens of this country it is necessary for us to stand by our countryís pride and our forces if any international intervention is trying to act against it.

We should think and act as one nation and safeguard the country.

 

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