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Dispatches by foreign envoys exonerate armed forces of any culpability or guilt

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Education Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris who criticised the previous government’s dealings with the UNHRC in Parliament said evidence of highest value had been disregarded if it was favourable to the Sri Lankan armed forces.

He said such evidence was ferreted out with great difficulty by Lord Naseby in the House of Lords and other eminent personages.

Making his remarks during a recent parliamentary debate on the vote of the Foreign Ministry, Prof. Peiris, who also served as the External Affairs Minister in the past, said there was every reason for Sri Lankans to entertain great misgivings about the application of the principle of fairness by the UN system at that time.

He cited the dispatches by the ‘trusted members of the foreign countries’ to their capitals as an example exonerating Sri Lankan armed forces of any culpability or guilt.

Referring to the principle of fairness as an instinct embedded in human nature, he said evidence had to be weighed in the balance and conclusions arrived at without bias or pre-judgment.

“The entire edifice of the UN system is based upon one principle. That is sovereignty and equality of nations. That principle is illustrated amply by the seminal instruments of the UN system such as the UN Charter, the declaration of human rights, jurisprudence of the international court of justice,” he said.

He said all the countries were equal in the eyes of the UN and there could be no discrimination whatsoever .He also said there was no scope whatsoever for talking down, hectoring, patronizing attitudes.

“This is not to be misunderstood. Counsel of friends, sharing of experience and suggestions made in a spirt of goodwill are always welcome. What is absolutely ruled out is judgmental postures in respect of the internal process of decision making,” he said.  (Kelum Bandara)

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  • Mokan Friday, 27 November 2020 06:28 PM

    Show the prove

    Justice Friday, 27 November 2020 06:41 PM

    Don't allow this suspected war crimes to hang over right upto dooms day. Seek advise from Australia. They have dealt with war crimes of their soldiers. If not guilty then it's not guilty.

    ram Friday, 27 November 2020 07:02 PM

    Tamils should realize that as long as there is an unpunished war criminal, their life in danger. Tamils should not rest until they ensure their safety. Without safety, other solutions are nonsense. Tamils should identify those who committed war crimes and who protect war criminals and who ordered war crime. If not, Tamils put heir life in danger of war criminals since these war criminals can recommit war crime again

    joshua Friday, 27 November 2020 07:03 PM

    as if you and your team is practicing fair play ?

    ranjit Friday, 27 November 2020 07:20 PM

    Lord Naseby is in your payroll, so he is your mouthpiece and has to dance to your tune

    Nouse Friday, 27 November 2020 07:21 PM

    Professor: No one is going to listen to your lectures because you have not done anything good for this country. You give up politics and be a Professor .

    Martin Milton Friday, 27 November 2020 07:46 PM

    Never mind citing to the Sri Lankan public. What about dealing with the main bunch in the UN?Also did you think of using the vital information given by Lord Naseby?? Please get on to all this without wasting time, which you apparently seem to be really good at. MM

    Ronnie Bugger Friday, 27 November 2020 10:06 PM

    Hello, Mr. 'foot-in-mouthr professor, stick to you failed project of schooling and the virus among the children rather than putting your rotten 'paws' into foreign policy, another failed project, a reminder - P-Toms.

    Ronnie Bugger Friday, 27 November 2020 10:06 PM

    Hello, Mr. 'foot-in-mouthr professor, stick to you failed project of schooling and the virus among the children rather than putting your rotten 'paws' into foreign policy, another failed project, a reminder - P-Toms.

    Demuni Uduwara Friday, 27 November 2020 10:30 PM

    What did Mahinda Rajapaksa-then President tell Ban-Ki Moon - UN Secy. General who visited here on May 23, 2009

    Buddhist Friday, 27 November 2020 10:42 PM

    Sad GLP must be blind not to have seen the Youtube clips.

    Richard Williams Saturday, 28 November 2020 09:58 AM

    Any person can make youtube clips thinking they can destroy a person. But the intelligent knows the game.

    Buddhist Saturday, 28 November 2020 08:32 AM

    Murderers were sent as Ambassadors to get diplomatic protection.

    BuffaloaCitizen Saturday, 28 November 2020 11:41 AM

    This is one educated coward who will use specific minor elements or theories of the UN to cover the large picture, in this case crimes committed by entities of GOSL. This is a fellow who will sell his mother to brothel to use that money to live a secret happy life.


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