Mass Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said the government will hold an internal inquiry to probe whether any illegal activity had occurred during the humanitarian operation that led to the end of the 30-year war in May 2009.
He said that although two inquiries were held during Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Presidency for 10 years they ceased to function with his defeat at the 2015 Presidential Election.
Since May 2009 governments run by majority Sinhalese have not done a proper investigation in to the killing of more than 40,0000 Tamil civilians in May 2209 by Sri Lankan forces and killing of all LTTE leaders and there family members who surrendered with White flag after UN officials organised the surrender. It is accused that they are protecting the War crime accused leaders.
The Sri Lankan government has sent most of the the senior members who are accused of War Crimes as the ambassadors and to work in Embassies in view of protecting them from war crime.
The Minister said the Sri Lankan government did not want to betray the Army or protect anyone in front of the UNHRC and the government is prepared to disclose the truth to the entire world and added that the government will not cater into the needs of the UNHRC and the Tamil Diaspora.
“Back then Mangala Samaraweera as Foreign Affairs Minister accepted resolution 30/1 of the UNHRC and co-sponsored it with the United States. Now the allegations against Sri Lanka are an extension of that. Tilak Marapana, who was the Foreign Minister in 2018, rejected those proposals agreed by former Minister Mangala Samaraweera and said that they could not be approved in accordance with the Sri Lankan Constitution,” the Minister added.
Minister Rambukwella said Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, has gone beyond denying allegations and will step down from the Co-Sponsorship of the resolution.
“We must be able to carry our internal affairs as a democratic country. UNHRC does not take any actions into countries that perpetrate mass crimes.
Sri Lankan governments have NOT done any investigation in to these War Crime allegations for the last 21 years and every meeting they promises the UNHRC that they will do it soon. With the support of China and Russia they continue to take the UNHRC for a ride ever since May 2009.
The new question is that is the UNHRC really working? or worth it?