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Sri Lanka will not accept Diaspora’s hyped allegations - Minister

Government will hold internal inquiry to verify facts

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.

He said that although two inquiries were held during Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Presidency they ceased to function with his defeat at the 2015 Presidential Election.

Minister Rambukwella was speaking at a media briefing held at the Galagedara Electorate Council meeting of SLPP at the Library Auditorium of the Galagedara Pradeshiya Sabha on Saturday (6).

The Minister said the Sri Lankan government strongly denies allegations made by the UNHRC against Sri Lanka and said that reports from the UK Home Affairs Ministry confirm that such incidents did not take place in Sri Lanka.

He said the government would not hesitate to act if an internal investigation finds that injustice had taken place and the government is not prepared to accept biased allegations of the Tamil Diaspora.

The Minister said the Sri Lankan government did not want to betray 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.

The TNA is displaying its true colours in an age where the pandemic has hit every corner of the country and strict legal action must be taken in this regard,” he said.