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Former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday said it was the weakness of the government to keep thrusting itself upon the UNHRC Resolution on Sri Lanka when the US, which co-sponsored the resolution, had detached itself from it.

Mr. Rajapaksa said the government should utilize the opportunities in the international arena especially the change of administration in the US.

“With the election of President Donald Trump, officials who were interested in Sri Lanka such as Nisha Biswal and Samantha Power were removed. The US has clearly shown that it is not interested in the resolution but it’s our government which keeps pushing on it. This is a weakness of our government and the Foreign Ministry,” he told an event held at Sri Sambuddhathwa Jayanthi Mandiraya in Colombo to launch a report compiled against the UNHRC resolution on the country.

The report titled ‘In defence of the armed forces-A Factual Appraisal of the OISL Report: Rebuttal to the Allegations Against the Armed Forces’ was compiled by a team of lawyers headed by Darshan Weerasekara at the invitation of the Federation of the National Organisations headed by Ven. Bengamuwe Nalaka Thera and the sponsorship of the Global Sri Lanka Collective.

Mr. Rajapaksa said the Prime Minister of Britain had recently said they won’t take any action against their armed forces personnel. “How do countries preach to us on our internal matters? Those who committed war crimes had become human rights champions today,” he said.

He said there were LTTErs in the Tamil National Alliance and that they should take responsibility for their war crimes.

Meanwhile, Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara said he would fly to Geneva on Monday night to submit the compiled report to the ongoing 34th regular session of the Human Rights Council.

“We have requested for a slot at the session through a NGO based on a Temple in London and expect to submit the report around March 20,” he told the Daily Mirror.

At the event, a public proposal was seconded by the people in order to submit to President Maithripala Sirisena requesting him to reject the UNHRC resolution and to make a request to UN Chief to instruct UNGRC Chief to do away with the resolution on Sri Lanka.

Former Army Commander Daya Ratnayake, Major General Kamal Gunaratne, G. A. Chandrasiri, Rear Admiral Mohan Wijewickrama and Rear Admiral Ananda Peiris also attended the event.

Caption: The report being presented to Mr. Rajapaksa by Gunadasa Amarasekara of the Federation of the National Organisations. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

Pic by Pradeep Dilrukshana

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  • Ashiq Tuesday, 14 March 2017 03:04 PM

    Mr.Gota, I don't get your logic .See we cosponsored with US mean we too agreed to the resolution, just because one party left, how our position of previously agreed will be nullified ?

    Watson Tuesday, 14 March 2017 06:05 AM

    "Puhul Hora Karen Deane"

    azadmohamed Tuesday, 14 March 2017 04:02 PM

    who ever at false should face consequence. there is no need of discrimination. we need other countries for our growth. our decisions should not lead to isolation which will lead people to suffer economically. global acceptance is a great success of present government.

    Watson Tuesday, 14 March 2017 06:12 AM

    Sorry Sir, you are misleading the public. Today's CNN headline is "US sending attack drones to South Korea". The foreign policy of the US the same. Human right are the first to be addressed.

    amir Tuesday, 14 March 2017 04:03 PM

    Gota should retire from this. He is only worried about himself at this moment in time. If Gota and the Army did not commit war crimes what is the big issue. Who cares if UN want to appoint foreign judges. I don't understand why we are worried.

    Das Tuesday, 14 March 2017 04:06 PM

    All human rights violations carried out by the armed forces during the last stages of the war were under the command responsibility of Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapkse.Now he is trying to wriggle out of same.He was also enforcer of PTA and persons arrested under his direction are still in custody without being indicted in a court of aw.

    shantha Tuesday, 14 March 2017 04:12 PM

    He will be arrested in June, not afraid of the bloody courts now shitting his cowardly pants?What other country would allow this uneducated family from hell to rise up?

    Derrick Tuesday, 14 March 2017 07:47 AM

    Disregard Watson--LTTE diaspora guy and Diaspora voting on it.

    sobers Tuesday, 14 March 2017 07:57 AM

    Your role in defending the services is exemplary. But, answer to the point on Missing in action, atrocities and killing.....

    DJ Tuesday, 14 March 2017 07:59 AM

    You should have got your brother to nip it in the bud. Time has complicated the case

    cheers Tuesday, 14 March 2017 07:59 AM

    Very well said Hillary Clinton and Obama along with Bisawal,Tamil Diaspora and also the former UNHRC chief Navi Pillay was funded by Tamil TGF and tried to take advantage on SL.Now David Cameron, Obama, Clinton, Navi Pillay and the Canadian PM Steven Harper gone the tamils have lost all its glory and these terrorist funders should be wiped out from their countries even those countries to be safe. The current Govt is so weak with no leadership at all.

    Kadiya Tuesday, 14 March 2017 08:19 AM

    It is that type of thinking that made Sri Lanka and its then regime a pariah in the eyes of the world. This govt. is not weak, it's treading cautiously to undue what they did to make it so!

    suhada Tuesday, 14 March 2017 08:20 AM

    he is not misleading..it is you..you people leading this country to utter chose again...as great colonel rajapakse said ,we have to get the max out of recent US policy change towards HR field..

    Haramanis Tuesday, 14 March 2017 08:23 AM

    Gota is very right - we as a Sovereign Nation must stand up and resist those so called champions of human rights who have been responsible for the most atrocious human rights abuses and crimes of the past - this includes the USA and Britain - an ongoing example is the forced displacement of the population of Diego Garcia - and more recently in Iraq etc.

    JAN Tuesday, 14 March 2017 09:16 AM

    GOTA 100% correct Government has practically clearly shown entire world inability incompetence to run government smoothly as two years elaspsed via DM Android App

    Boonda Tuesday, 14 March 2017 07:48 PM

    Gota should note that Trump's policy might change on it Citizens living abroad and dogging the UNHCR resolutions.

    tissa Tuesday, 14 March 2017 09:34 AM

    we are not in a position to act as sovereign nation and we along not be possible any thing as Tamils are all over the world, they are making force full complain to the world bodies. We can't stop those things.if any thing happened we suffer not the rulers via DM Android App

    Mevan Wednesday, 15 March 2017 02:28 AM

    Gota you and the military gang standing around you along with an aging dentist have forgotten about white-vanning, murder of journalists, robbing poor people's money and other thousands of crimes committed by you and ur bro's govt. BUT PEOPLE OF SRI LANKA HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN.

    Manek Wednesday, 15 March 2017 02:40 AM

    Yes, I do agree with you about government's weakness because if not for the weakness of allowing DEMOCRACY to flourish unlike during MR regime, nobody would have dared to hold demonstrations in streets daily blocking traffic.

    Gn Wednesday, 15 March 2017 02:45 AM

    This government is not weak enough to shoot and kill people who asked for drinking water as it happened in Rathupaswala.

    ajantha Wednesday, 15 March 2017 02:55 AM

    GotaI am sorry to say ,your smile in between speech does not win any heart.you are evil

    ed Wednesday, 15 March 2017 05:08 AM

    Gota is worried BECAUSE he is GUILTY of His ORDERS given during the WAR !!!!!! He having NIGHTMARES after his involvement on LASANTHA's MURDER


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