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Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe yesterday charged that the international community is making unrealistic demands from Sri Lanka.

Mr Rajapakshe who was speaking during a debate on several regulations in Parliament said looking into the crimes committed during the war time and bringing about reconciliation at the same time is not realistic at all. ‘Reconciliation and probing crimes which took place during the war is like railway tracks which never get together. Probing war time crimes will actually create tension among ethnic groups" he said.

He said the government had done what it could about the requests made by the European Union and its high time Sri Lanka got GSP plus.

Referring to the Hambantota land issue he said both the Opposition and the government should think of the reality without holding on to their respective ideologies on the land issue. "The opposition shouts that the government is giving away lands in Hambantota while the government is saying it has no option but to lease them out. However this Parliament should think of the future as there is going to be a scarcity of lands,'" he said adding that giving the lands on 99 year lease has to be re thought of as the country will regain the lands only after three generations have passed. " Will Sri Lanka be a superpower in 99 years time like China when it got back Hong Kong from UK?" he questioned.

Also the minister slammed the Transparency International for demanding to know the assets of the President and Prime Minister just after the right to information act came into effect. " Are the members of Transparency International ready to reveal the amount of dollars they receive from abroad ? " he questioned.

Responding to a question raised by JVP MP Vijitha Herath as to why the government agreed to set up hybrid courts in 2015, the Minister said the government had informed the UN that it was not agreeable to it during that time and did not keep quiet about it. (Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwadana)

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  • VJ Friday, 24 March 2017 02:28 PM

    The timing of his statement clearly indicates his objective is to earn political miles, we could have sent him to Geneva?

    Nihal Amarasekera Friday, 24 March 2017 02:43 PM

    What, with all the so called war crimes LTTE and Prabhakaran survived? Human Rights Watchdogs please answer or bark like good dogs.

    DillonDP Friday, 24 March 2017 02:48 PM

    Probing war time crimes and punishing the culprits will not create tension with the effected party. It is the most purest deed that one should do if that person is really will to reconcile and patch up wounds

    sach Friday, 24 March 2017 02:48 PM

    Because this is selective justice which ignores war crimes of LTTE and LTTE diaspora

    sara Friday, 24 March 2017 02:58 PM

    when LTTE was proscribed by the International community they were good and now they are bad. that is your justice.

    Tissa Friday, 24 March 2017 09:07 AM

    not only the international community all our MP who represents the past lawless period should be held responsible via DM Android App

    S.P.RAMUMAR Saturday, 25 March 2017 09:30 AM

    Sir, you can't just denied, You establish mechanism and inquire about truth

    Lumbini Friday, 24 March 2017 10:34 AM

    '...Probing war time crimes will actually create tension among ethnic groups...' I don't understand. That means not probing war time crimes would increase harmonization among ethnic groups?

    aneymey Friday, 24 March 2017 10:47 AM

    Why only probe the LTTE conflict, why not probe JVP uprising too? Do killings of sinhala youths matter less to international community?

    Nick Friday, 24 March 2017 06:03 PM

    he was out of touch with public for months after giving oxygen to the extreme groups now making a come back by this news via DM Android App

    alex Saturday, 25 March 2017 11:40 AM

    blast the international community and go with a begging bowl to them for your economic survival

    Baba Friday, 24 March 2017 11:01 AM

    Blaming won't help! Yahapalanaya has no clear staergy.Just take some advice from those lawyers who are defeding our war heros at UN.Yahapalanya is not about pleasing so called 'friends' in the westOur country must be the only country to have agreed to punish war heros! Learn your basics you fools

    Raman Friday, 24 March 2017 11:02 AM

    Victims need justice.............

    Raman Friday, 24 March 2017 11:03 AM

    Victims need justice.............SL govt must not cover up

    BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 24 March 2017 11:06 AM

    So according to this justice minister, the best way to reconcile a murder or a crime, is not to investigate the murder or crime and find the perpetrator but to serve chocolate cake to both the criminal and the poor victim, pat their head and tell them to go home. This man is fit to win the Noble Price.

    ORACLE Friday, 24 March 2017 11:32 AM

    "THE ORACLE HAS SPOKEN " ! !

    Booruwa Friday, 24 March 2017 08:19 PM

    Everything demanded is unrealistic from an unrealistic government that is undemanding.

    Ganesh Saturday, 25 March 2017 09:32 PM

    This man is not fit to be minister of justice who is basically an anti minority Moran and we do not know why the anti communal Wickramasinghe keeps this stupid in the cabinet who would never have become the minister unless Maithiri was voted by minorities in this country .Mad poisonous snake playing double game .One day suffer for the sins definitely .

    Sheri Friday, 24 March 2017 12:51 PM

    What about war crimes committed by the the tamil terrorists? The probe should begin with them - they started the war!

    brainmaster Friday, 24 March 2017 01:13 PM

    very confusing comment from a Minister of Justice..... via DM Android App


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