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The government has blamed army deserters for the recent pre-election violence in Sri Lanka. The Foreign Ministry, in a statement, said that these deserters are not only trained in handling weapons and small arms but some even posses them. The Ministry also said that there are also former insurgents who are part of the opposition who are also familiar with the use of weapons.


“The Government is concerned over some unfortunate incidents of violence. It should be noted that this is perhaps the first time in our post independence history that a former military officer is contesting an election. According to many credible sources, some of the violent incidents were believed to have resulted due to instigation by groups mainly consisting of army deserters. These deserters are not only trained in handling weapons and small arms but some even posses them. There are also former insurgents who are part of the Opposition who are also familiar with the use of weapons,” he said in a statement to journalists from the foreign media.


The Minister also mentioned the government’s proactive role in combating war crimes propaganda. “On the issue of alleged war crimes, the Government has appointed a panel of experts to look into these allegations. If there are strong evidences and indications, this Commission will investigate anyone and examine all material presented to them” he said. (DS)

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  • Thursday, 21 January 2010 03:49 PM

    No... No...Politicos Behind Violence !.

    Friday, 22 January 2010 03:51 AM

    Are these so called deserters are in government side? we have witnessed that most of the violance came from government side not the oppsition.

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 05:19 PM

    'Scape goats' ... ?

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 05:38 PM

    Yes 'macho,' but, 'Vermin' and his gangsters are 'saints'!

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 05:42 PM

    Why not let the Foreign Minister do the Defence Minster's job?

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 12:43 PM

    joke of the decade.. i wonder what lame excuses next

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 12:46 PM

    Chickens coming home to roost?!

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 01:31 PM

    Are these people paid to comment? They just mutter a line that does not make sense - not even relevant to the article.

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 10:47 PM

    Another pointer, to the failure of this government ...

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 01:44 PM

    Foreign Ministry is doing the defense ministry's job.
    This is how they have ruined the system.

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 11:33 PM

    Exactly !

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 01:51 PM

    What about the Mervyn and the gangs. Are they exalted saints? :) lol

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 01:57 PM

    Sir, please don't blame the Army, ex. deserted, rtd or
    current for political matters created by President.

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 01:59 PM

    The question is who is behind these acts? doesn't matter who is doing they may do for money. The ruling party should be able to keep everyhting under control. they are elected for this.

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 02:00 PM

    NOW DON'T SAY THAT THEY BELONG TO THE GENERAL.

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 02:23 PM

    Next they will say all d deserters are from d generals security staff.
    they cant even come up with good enough xcuses anymore.
    totally bankrupt,even with excuses!

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 02:30 PM

    If the government cannot control the situation or the army deserters then the best thing is that the cabinet should resign..............................

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 02:36 PM

    Only ? ++++++++ ?

    Friday, 22 January 2010 02:16 AM

    Foreign Ministry commenting on security issues? No matter who the culprits are, it is the duty of the Government to maintain the Peace and apprehend and charge the offenders.


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