“As a victim of terrorism, I am depressed by attitude of the international community,” she candidly stated yesterday.
“Even at the height of terrorism, the international community showed no sympathy to the victims of LTTE terror. They never spoke about the human rights’ violations committed by the LTTE. This same international community is now showing tremendous concern about human rights in Sri Lanka but they have vested interests,” Dr. Fernandopulle charged.
“The international community has completely forgotten the victims of LTTE terrorism. They have forgotten the number of innocent people and political leaders who have been killed by the Tigers. Now they are trying to destabilise the country for their own benefit” she said.
“At that time when the LTTE was killing people in large numbers, no one spoke about human rights’ violations. Today, they talk about media freedom and so on but at that time, the international community did not have a voice against terrorism,” Dr. Fernandopulle stated.
“Though my husband spoke against terrorism there was no one in the international community to speak on our behalf, on behalf of the victims. I think it really unfair for the international community to listen only to the Tamil Diaspora, many of whom are backing terrorists,” she asserted.
According to the UPFA Parliamentarian representing the Gampaha District, the pro-LTTE sections of the Tamil Diaspora don’t want to accept defeat and are pressuring the international community to interfere in Sri Lanka’s internal affairs.“Those in the Tamil Diaspora who are backing the LTTE are creating a negative picture of the country. They cannot accept defeat. The LTTE ruined this country for nearly 30 long years and they terrorised not just the people of the South but those in the North as well,” she noted.
Dr. Fernandopulle pointed out that there are many groups which are involved in the illicit arms trade and these groups benefit from war. As such they want wars to persist and were disappointed when the Sri Lankan government successfully concluded the war against one the world’s most ruthless terrorist organisations in May 2009 – without any support from the West. The military victory over terror is a feat that even the world’s sole superpower has not been able to achieve, the UPFA MP said.
“We are a third world country so they can comfortably point fingers at us. But what about the thousands of innocent women and children who have been killed by Western powers? There is too much of interference by them,” she said.
“In Iraq and Afghanistan, they call it ‘collateral damage’. Here, it is referred to as ‘human rights violations’. I urge the international community to look at the situation with a balanced frame of mind and not to listen to those supporting the LTTE. Go to the North and to the South and listen to what people have to say. People want to put the dark memories of the LTTE behind them and move on with their lives,” Dr. Fernandopulle said.
She observed that people in the North are now in a position to lead a productive and happy life, and the international community should support, not hinder reconciliation.
Dr. Fernandopulle also expressed disappointment with the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC). “They never got our views though we were affected. I must specifically mention that I have no faith in the LLRC or its report. They have forgotten the victims of LTTE terrorism and I suspect that they were also catering to international pressure. So their report was not totally unbiased,” she further stated.