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The opposition has said an interview to Daily Mirror online by a top aide to President Mahinda Rajapaksa shows the government has misled the UN over the use of heavy weapons during the final stages of fighting against the LTTE last year, AFP reported. 


Former foreign minister and key opposition leader Mangala Samaraweera seized on the disclosure by Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga, who told Daily Mirror online this week that the use of heavy weapons was eventually stopped as part of a political deal with the Indian government.


The statement “indicates that despite claims to the contrary, both to the public of this country and to (the) UN... in February 2009, in fact the government had sanctioned the use of heavy weapons until April, when the Indian general election was in full swing,” Samaraweera said in a statement, according to AFP.


Weeratunga said neighbouring India had asked for a complete halt in the offensive because it affected Tamil votes in southern India during national elections last year.


The UN estimates that at least 7,000 civilians were killed in the first four months of last year as Sri Lankan troops moved to finish off the Tigers, who had fought for an independent Tamil homeland since 1972.

 

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  • Saturday, 16 January 2010 07:54 AM

    Oh boy! this guy has no common sense! why was those steps necessary back then?!!! not to please the UN or India! those steps were necessary to bring an end to the war. why do you care so dearly about the UN now? If this claim of M is not held under low key it is going to be yet another investigation by the UN! jeez! This guy is unbelievable!

    Saturday, 16 January 2010 08:26 AM

    more to come..... now they r showing true colors....

    Sunday, 17 January 2010 02:13 AM

    Mangala, Garbage of the history, Trying to sell democracy to us while destrying the country. Shame on you

    Sunday, 17 January 2010 04:05 AM

    Mr Michael don't be an angel. We see the chauvinism in you through your chauvinistic thoughts. People like you are the real bottle neck to our country to achieve peace. Just because we won the war everything what you say is not true. General will hopefully usher in a new era of peace and prosperity. You wait and see.

    Saturday, 16 January 2010 09:34 AM

    mangale if iam not wrong your present presidential horse fonseka said all decision regarding the operation of the war he took.maybe also using heavy weapons.ranjit de mel.

    Sunday, 17 January 2010 04:34 AM

    It is so unfortunate situation of having a dozens of donkeys in Sri Lankan politics. We should have proper national security policies in a secured manner. Neither divulge to public nor politicians but should be upper-hand by the head of state.

    Mongala Mangala needs to be rehabilitated for clear understanding the fact.

    Monday, 18 January 2010 09:21 PM

    Do those who reject these 'investigations,' give a 'hoot' about what Tamils have to say, in this regard?

    Sunday, 17 January 2010 04:53 AM

    This is the true colours of SF front. SF is just a pawn. These are the dirty men behind it. Don't get caught to these guys.

    Saturday, 16 January 2010 09:45 AM

    No war is clean. But to implicate a country by a citizen of the same country is done only by a traitor. Magala and SF are both traitors with no shame or responsibility. We should not hand over the country to such people despite all the corruption and nepotism of Rajapaksa.
    LTTE was wiped out after three decades of subjugation to them by all previous presidents by having peace talks, CFA and almost a ISGA. Now we are not threatned by them any more. Mangala and SF instead of being happy about it is trying to complicate matters for Sri Lanka. These people are a shame to the intellect of the country. This is the time to unite and rebuild the integrity of the ethnic groups and not to make multiple splits.

    Sunday, 17 January 2010 05:06 AM

    NOT LANKA LIED. YOU ARE THE ONE WHO LIDE TO CORUPTION COMMISSION ABOUT YOUR SHIFTY CREDIT CARD DEALINGS.

    Saturday, 16 January 2010 10:01 AM

    Mangala, go home

    Saturday, 16 January 2010 10:09 AM

    On whose behalf you are talking like this? Whether used heavy weapons what sort of heavy weapons you mean weapons of mass destruction do we possess that?

    Sunday, 17 January 2010 05:29 AM

    TRAITOR ......... people who are voting for SF should think if they should bring such traitors to power.

    even if ur born UNP you should not vote for Traitors.. This type of people should be deported.

    Saturday, 16 January 2010 10:26 AM

    First Sarath Fonseka, Now Mangala. They are trying sell our mother land to West

    Saturday, 16 January 2010 10:34 AM

    More information we can get in the near future,how long the government is going to hide? Every thing will come to the light very soon,very interesting .

    Saturday, 16 January 2010 10:39 AM

    It is disgraceful how this election has brought the lowest of low in people in mudslinging at each other that has implications at the world and diplomatic stage, no matter who comes to power.
    This is another person who's mouth is bigger than his brain!
    This is like a loud argument in a family home (or in the garden) where the neigbours are watching and hearing everything. Neither party has any advantage by washing the dirty linen in public. But the neighbours will not forget the argument and what's been said. The bad impression about the family will remain for years to come.

    Sunday, 17 January 2010 06:49 AM

    Mangala , due to uncontolleable vengence against MR, you are betraying the whole country.. We curse you.

    Monday, 18 January 2010 04:08 AM

    What a traitor is this. These people are always trying to ruin Sri Lanka.

    MICHAEL Saturday, 16 January 2010 11:11 AM

    I cannot understand for what reason SF is keeping traitors like Mangala, in his side, specially as his media spokesman. This person who SF identified as being only good for sewing clothes is a guy without any cultural values or love for his motherland. SF told that he will take responsibility for everything that happened during the war under his command, so now he has to take this responsibility of using heavy weapons during the final stages, while the govt promised UN and India to not to do so. Whose campaim are you hurting, Mangala? Dont think we have forgotten all the corrupt things you did while in CBK govt and also how you mistreated journalists even though you now profess to be their protecting angel. What an unholy and messy alliance this has turned out to be.....

    MICHAEL Saturday, 16 January 2010 11:17 AM

    The idiot has put his foot in his mouth. Dont you have any love for this country? SF, please kick out these idiots to the dustbins of history when the election is over. The corruption what we know of MR is better that the treachery of these bunch of invalids who are making use of SF to fulfill their ambitions to gain power and their lost dream of Eelam.

    MICHAEL Saturday, 16 January 2010 11:30 AM

    Mangala, you waster-of-time (you know what it means in Sinhala), whom do you think you represent, when you utter these rubbish? The views of the majority of citizens of this land? Certainly not that of ours nor of the great war general SF. We nor SF are traitors like you happen to be. Thamunnanse kalakata issara Chandrika madam ekka natapu Sudu Nelum naadagama apata hondata mathakayi....

    MICHAEL Saturday, 16 January 2010 12:03 PM

    Isnt this the same person who once called media freedom "wal buuru janamaadya nidahasa" (media freedom of donkeys), now speaking of media freedom? Isnt this the same person who was accused to be connected with "Channel 9" and that credit card scam and many other scandals, now screaming about corruption in the other side? Isnt it this traitor who said that "anyone can win a war", now spitting in the air like a fool, exposing the person whom he is campaining for? Are these types of infidels fit to represent us in parliament?


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