In the larger interest of the country urges Ranil:
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe called upon one and all to set
aside traditional politics and think afresh in the larger interests of
the country. Rather than curse the darkness it would be more important
to light a single lamp, goes the popular saying he told Parliament on
Friday. It is more useful to charter the course for a brighter future
having corrected past mistakes instead of accusing each other.
We all suffered due to the racial conflict and the resultant
terrorism and war. The damage to life and property was enormous. People
as well as members of the security forces fell victim to the tragedy.
After the protracted war we were isolated internationally due to the
failure to give effect to reconciliation and build bridges of
friendship, and pursue a well-balanced foreign policy.
Irrespective of political ideology we all accept that in this
backdrop we could not move ahead. We should strengthen unity and
brotherhood and heal the bruised psychee through compassion based
reconciliation. It is upto us to regain the confidence and friendship of
the international community having wriggled out from international
The Geneva proposals have provided us this opportunity. Therefore, we
should mobilize ourselves to develop the country which is our paramount
duty. The agenda is before us and as such we should discuss as to how we
could give effect to it.
I see these proposals as an exercise to unite the nation, ensure
national and religious harmony, heal the damaged psyche, reconsolidate
democracy in the country and substitute compassion and loving kindness
for hatred and malice. If it is so, why the opposition against it?
Let us make a fresh start to make this exercise a success. I appeal
to one and all to set aside the traditional politics and think afresh in
the larger interests of the country.
Peace and reconciliation
The people in this country have pinned their hopes on a society where
all communities live in peace and reconciliation and compassion takes
precedence over hatred.
They also believe the politics of brotherhood instead of killing each
other. People have reposed implicit faith in progressive policies
instead of retrogressive manoeuvres.
They hope that we would provide solutions to their outstanding
problems, increase their income through gainful employment and restore
law and order.
I appeal to you not to dash their hopes or let them go unheeded.
People in this country renounced traditional politics in the hope of
Not only once, they rejected the traditional politics twice at the
last general election and the presidential election.
They gave a mandate for a new political culture, the consensual
politics having dispelled hate politics of rival groups.
I call upon you to ponder deep whether you endorse what was mandated
by the people or embrace the rejected path. My plea to you is to join
our new political culture, consensual politics and the new political
journey. Our aim is not to disseminate the seeds of hatred and
viciousness or take personal revenge or impose punishment as a deterrent
but mete out justice by way of peace, compassion and loving kindness and
provide solace to the victims of the conflict.
A solid foundation has to be laid for the future to prevent a
repetition of past mistakes. Above all, let us think of our country.
I appeal to you not to ignore this opportunity for the sake of
political expediency when the country could prosper. That is why we had
embarked on a new journey on January 8 under President Maithripala
Sirisena having received a fresh mandate in September and efforts are
being made by the UNP-UPFA coalition to resolve these problems within
There is a salient feature in the new set up where the Sri Lanka
Freedom Party is attempting to win back the minority votes while the
United National Party is moving to secure the middle class votes in the
This is a politically salubrious development. In the end we could
arrive at a politically neutral situation to be followed by change of
parties with policies remaining intact. Despite opposition from certain
sections, President Sirisena and I are all out to accomplish everything
constitutionally. Except for the parliamentary privileges of the
legislators under Section 4 of the Constitution, the judicial power of
the people will be exercised by the institutions or tribunals recognised
by the Constitution or created by law.
We would not act in contravention of such positions. It is the
prerogative of the Supreme Court to pronounce the legality of laws and
we will act according to the decisions of the Apex Court.
We should in fact be thankful to President J.R. Jayewardene who in
moving a resolution in Parliament said these clauses cannot be removed
without being endorsed by the people at a Referendum.
In the absence of such provision, this country would have been under
the dictates of those who demanded international investigations during
1989-90.We are acting strictly in terms of the constitution. Who invited
Motoo Noguchi to this country. The relevant file is with me. It was
Minister G.L. Peiris who invited him on the instructions of President
Mahinda Rajapaksa. He was asked to visit Sri Lanka on January 10.
A big issue was created during the Presidential election that
Maithripala Sirisena betrayed the country, Ranil Wickremesinghe was a
traitor and Chandrika Kumaratunga was behind all these.
Nobody can deny the fact that Noguchi was invited to Sri Lanka as I
have the file with me. He is not a lawyer like Desmond de Silva. He was
in charge of the Victim Fund of the International Criminal Court. He was
a special prosecutor in the prosecutor office in Japan. I have all the
relevant documents with me. The government took time to realise this. It
says, ‘Prof G.L. Peiris requested on April 14, 2014 for dominated
This Commission recommended a judicial inquiry into the Channel 4
This is the work of the Majistrate’s Court. I wish if my friend,
former President Mahinda Rajapaksa will speak on this in Parliament this
It was Mahinda Rajapaksa who while being a Opposition Member of
Parliament first sought international intervention on Sri Lanka’s human
The background was created for foreign intervention again recently
when Mahinda Rajapaksa and United Nations Secretary General Ban-Ki-Moon
agreed to seek a sustainable political solution.
What happened next? The LTTE assassinated Foreign Minister Kadirgamar
barely four months had elapsed, when the LTTE was bribed to prevent
those in the North voting at the Presidential election. This is how the
Presidential election was won. We are aware that it was the LTTE who
committed the murder. We also know that Temple Trees was the venue for
Are you apprehensive that these will come to light at the Truth
What happened next? The LTTE was not dealt with. What led to capture
Mavil Aru? There was a crisis within the government.
The Hela Urumaya MPs along with a few other MPs and the Army opposed.
Ven. Rathana Thera also intervened. This was what actually happened,the
war broke out due to fortuitous circumstances.
Had not the civilians been taken hostage by the LTTE this problem
would not have assumed such serious proportions. Secondly, orders had
been issued to the Security Forces to conclude the war before the BJP
formed a government with Jayalalithaa after the Indian General Election
The Security Forces acted accordingly. Then followed the white flag
When the LTTE cadres came carrying white flags it was left to the
discretion of the Commanding Officer present to accept or reject them.
However, the orders came from Colombo.
How did it happen? Who was to be killed? A deal was entered to save
Pulithevan. Who got the money to save Pulithevan?
Who negotiated the deal during the Presidential Election? We have
among us here those who were aware of it. Why was Pulithevan saved? He
is responsible for the misery inflicted on the Tamils. If not for
Pulithevan these people would not have formed a government.
This unsavoury situation cropped up due to measures taken to save
Pulithevan. Finally, following the discussions held with the UN
Secretary General, it was announced that the grievances of the people
would be looked into to realise the goals of long-term social and
Later the Darusman committee was assured that the Security Forces
personnel would be dealt with according to military law or civil law in
the event of being found guilty of violating the laws of the land. What
happened eventually? The Security Forces were left in the lurch. Sarath
Fonseka who won the war was imprisoned. We ourselves witnessed how he
was dragged out.
Forget about Sarath Fonseka. There was another incident which too was
witnessed by me when those in uniform were taken out by the Military
Police and made them to kneel down along Chittampalam Gardiner Mawatha
despite a request by the Elections Commissioner to provide security to
Sarath Fonseka when he was leaving Cinnamon Lake Hotel.
What is the offence they committed? They fought in the battlefield
and suffered gunshot injuries. This is not the forum to speak for the
Security Forces. Please apologise and do justice to them as well as the
Tamils. We should forget all these and try to overcome the difficulties.
I wish to repeat that we should renounce traditional, narrow politics in
the larger interests of the people. We are devising a home-grown
mechanism to explore truth in quest of a better future.
Who are crusading against this mechanism? They are the pro-LTTE Tamil
Diaspora, Tamil extremist alliances in Tamil Nadu and the Colombo fringe
of the so-called patriots.
They are the very people who aligned themselves following the
assassination of Kadirgamar and pursued the same set of objectives.
Their avowed objective is to safeguard their privileges even at the cost
of bifurcating the country. We laid the truth before the people and won
their mandate in January and September after convincing them of our
We are determined to surmount all obstacles ahead of our forward
march under the leadership of President Sirisena.
We request you to apprise us of your valuable ideas on the mechanism
which we hope to formulate ourselves. The Compassionate Council made up
of religious leaders is a novel concept. We should seek their views to
facilitate a solution for this problem.
This Council is charged with the responsibility of making
recommendations based on compassion and loving kindness.
I therefore, call upon you to involve yourselves in this process.
Former President Rajapaksa too had voiced his sentiments which are good.
If you feel I am wrong, I shall call upon Parliament to appoint a Select
Give up the polecat politics as the polecat is active only in the
dark. Therefore, please engage in whatever politics only during the day,
the Prime Minister said.