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Lord Naseby lauds Marapana’s statement at UNHCR

30 March 2019 08:12 am - 9     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Lord Naseby said the UN for its part will have to submit proposals of how to get persons like Adele Balasingham and other senior LTTE officers settled in UK, Canada, USA or elsewhere to fully co-operate if a Truth and Reconciliation mechanism is to happen.

He said he carefully observed every stage of this year’s meeting of the UNHCR.

“I wish to congratulate Foreign Affairs Minister and delegation leader Tilak Marapana on Sri Lanka's statement. I have read meticulously all the pages of the full statement. It is balanced, authoritative, measured, challenging and utterly professional - backed up by irrefutable facts and figures.

"I was particularly proud that the Foreign Minister decided to include as one of three important annexes the 'House of Lords debate' I initiated and led in The House of Lords on 12th October 2017. I now feel totally vindicated about persevering for over two years to extract under a 'Freedom of Information' Inquiry the dispatches of Lt Colonel Gash, the UK's Military attaché in Colombo who saw the war at first hand. It is these dispatches that prove beyond any doubt that there never was a policy to kill Tamil civilians and that the Civilian Casualties were only around 5,500 at most.

"I just highlight three important issues: From the UN the Report 40/L.1, the consensus Resolution on Sri Lanka that was adopted by the UN Human Rights Council without a vote: On page 2, I quote, 'Noting with appreciation the return of some private land'. The Foreign Minister stated in his report that it was 92.16% - hardly 'some' - realistically 'most'. From the same Resolution document on page 3 reference is made to a Truth & Reconciliation Commission: surely The UN for its part will have to put forward proposals of how to get persons like Mrs Adele Balasingham and other senior LTTE officers settled in UK, Canada, USA or elsewhere to fully co-operate if a Truth & Reconciliation mechanism is to happen,” Lord Naseby said.

He said from the Sri Lanka Foreign Minister’s statement reference is made to ‘the considerable unevenness in the standards of proof applied to the Sri Lankan Government compared to those applied to the unsubstantiated allegations made by Sri Lanka's detractors'. How right he was to raise this issue. It really is high time that the claim of 40,000 civilians killed was expunged from the records.

  Comments - 9

  • S.P. Ramkumar Saturday, 30 March 2019 10:18 AM

    Yes as per Hon. Minister statement no one cannot hide from Truth finding enquiry. Atleast compensation have to be paid those 5500 civilians.

    Dee Saturday, 30 March 2019 10:20 AM

    I'm flying 'paper planes' now. Just like MIA!

    Marcian Christopher Saturday, 30 March 2019 10:49 AM

    Thank you very much for your impartial statements on this issue against the one-sided baseless allegations of the diaspora.

    Nesam Saturday, 30 March 2019 02:04 PM

    Thank-you, Lord Naseby! It seems incredulous that we allow foreign powers, unelected entities and a Terrorist supporting diaspora to accuse us of war crimes when they all have blood on their hands. The theatre of war, does regrettably include civilian casualties, without exception.

    Dr Wickremesinghe,Expatriate Saturday, 30 March 2019 02:56 PM

    We are grateful to Lord Naseby but his contributions alone are not enough as Sri Lanka is actually facing serious situation in the UN,that can escalate and put Sri Lanka in a dangerous position at any time. My wife is a Tamil,her parents were killed by the Indian Army.There are thousands of middle class Jaffna Tamils in that situation. Sri Lankan government should inform the UN about the war crime committed by the Indian Army. Tamil civilians were murdered not in a battlefield but in their homes,schools,hostels,hospitals,and in residential streets. Indians simply finished off the cultured Tamils of Jaffna,this is also the reason why the LTTE diaspora never talk about these mass massacres of Tamils.

    Somaratne Saturday, 30 March 2019 04:03 PM

    The UN also should investigate the assets of Lord Naseby ( Lobbyist

    Weera Saturday, 30 March 2019 04:08 PM

    Mahinda : DONT LISTEN TO THE WEST Also Mahinda : LISTEN TO LORD NASEBY

    sam muda Saturday, 30 March 2019 05:20 PM

    Dear sir , You're highlighted very true . This is a good income and political asylum for them to voice to go ahead with lies .wheres channel 4 now?? HR and UN has to independent and transparency for more . every country visas racketeers are them .

    Joe rajah Saturday, 30 March 2019 07:26 PM

    You are a colonial puppet and you don’t deserve to comment on any colonial country. One day UK will be taken over by the brown people and you will be minority. Besides this the whole world is laughing at UK you cannot come to any conclusion. It is a anarchy in the British parliment. As EU secretary said you have no place in the heaven.


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