Minister of Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Prison Reforms D.M. Swaminathan has said that the investigation into the alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka could be carried out within the jurisdiction of the island and no foreign investigators would be admitted to look into the issue in the island.
A Tamil leader said that Sri Lanka refused to let foreign investigators to investigate the alleged war crimes by the Sri Lankan forces on the minority Tamil community as the truth of war crime by the SL Forces will be exposed to the world. The local investigaters fear the SL Forces and will find no fault on the SL forces. The 114 Sri Lankan soldiers who were sent back to Sri Lanka from Haiti suspected of being involved in Child sex were set free and non were punished by SL Court.
Minister said that the government led by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe were focused on strengthening the reconciliation process in the country but had not implemented the promised political package to give rights to the minority in Sri Lanka. Some Tamil leaders say that even the current government is cheating the Tamils and will never implement the promised political package to world leaders.
The minister also added that the government was now in the process of expediting the release of lands in the possession of the armed forces for more than 20 years. TNA said today the Govt had assured it would release several more blocks of lands occupied by the security forces in the North and East Provinces. TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran said the lands to be released would be identified after discussions were held with the district secretaries of Mullaitivu, Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Vavuniya and Mannar districts, Tri-forces Chiefs, district politicians & residents on Apr 19-20 but more lands of Tamils are forcefully occupied by the Sri Lankan forces with the support of the government.
“So far 5,000 acres of land have been given back to the Tamil owners and more efforts has been taken to release more lands to the Tamil civilians,” the Minister said. He also added that a high profile meeting would be held shortly in Colombo on releasing more land areas to the Tamil civilians whos lands are forcefully occupied by the SL forces. The Tamil TNA leaders are continuing to beg the SL Government to give the lands of the Tamil civilians occupied by the SL forces back to civilians who have been living forced to leave their homes and live in camps for more than 10 years.