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The government had agreed to allow foreign monitors and obtain international technical assistance for machinery that would be set up to probe alleged human right violations during the war time, Provincial Development Minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka said today.

Field Marshal Fonseka told a media briefing that both President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe were favourable towards foreign monitors and obtaining technical assistance from countries to a machinery that would be set up to probe human right violations during the war time, while highlighting that the government was not in favour of including foreign judges.

He was responding to a a statement made by US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal who had called for a credible probe. “Foreign judges cannot be allowed to engage in a probe as the Sri Lankan Constitution does not provide provisions for such a thing, “the Field Marshal added.

Further he dismissed the claim made by some international organizations that the security forces used cluster bombs during the war. (Yohan Perera)

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  • Amir Thursday, 14 July 2016 08:40 PM

    Time and time again Rajapakses deny committing war crimes during the war against most ruthless LTTE Why not we allow the international monitors to prove otherwise. It is the only way we can clear our name once and for all.

    REALPATRIAT Thursday, 14 July 2016 09:14 PM

    OF COURSE NO FEAR OF ANYBODY IF YOU DONT HAVE GUILTY CONSCIOUS SO INTERNATIONAL INTERNATIONAL INTERFERANCE IS NOTHING FOR HONEST PEOPLE . via DM Android App

    Sam Friday, 15 July 2016 11:42 AM

    It's really not all about honesty. It's about our integrity as a nation. That's why most of us are against international involvement on a domestic matter. In other words if your wife has done something wrong would you give her to your naibours to punish her or would you solve it inside the house? I am sure most will do the latter.

    Kabaragoya Friday, 15 July 2016 03:06 PM

    Hmm..... judges and monitors........read the agreement with tbe help of the oxford dictionary.


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