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While denouncing the British Prime Minister’s call for an international inquiry into alleged war crimes committed by the Sri Lankan Army during the civil war that ended in 2009, the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) today said the British were responsible for creating the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka.

“The British PM has no right to ask for any international inquiry, breaching the sovereignty of a country and in violation of the Commonwealth Charter. He has no right to talk about what happened, as it was the British that created the conflict between ethnicities in Sri Lanka,” JHU General Secretary and Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said.

“There was no Tamil or Eelam issue in Sri Lanka when the British landed here in 1796. It was the British that created the ethnic conflict between communities by discriminating one against the other,” he said.

He said Sri Lanka was handed over to the British as one country by one local administration but it was divided under the British administration back then.

“The present British administration under David Cameron should pay compensation to our country for creating a Tamil issue and killing civilians in Sri Lanka” he said.

The British Government was responsible for killing thousands of civilians in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. “The Chilcot report that investigated into the Iraq war had also not been released by the British government. At least we are implementing the LLRC Report in here,” he said.

He questioned in what way the British government would respond if the Sri Lankan President went to Northern Ireland and held talks with Gerry Adams of the Sienn Fein party about the English torture on the Irish.

 The Minister also said Dr. David Christopher Kelly, who declared that there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, was murdered after the declaration, although it was later claimed as a suicide.  

“Under these circumstances Britain has no ethical right to call for an international inquiry to look into war crimes in here. We haven’t committed any war crimes as alleged,” he said.

He said that the JHU was making arrangements to submit a resolution to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva next March, to look into human rights violations of Sri Lankan Sinhalese and Muslims. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

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  • Sirisena1 Monday, 18 November 2013 12:04 AM

    No matter who created, present day Hela rulers must solve it by devolving power as your head admitted that it is the only viable political solution. Then there won't be any intl. probes on so called war crimes.

    Tony Montana Monday, 18 November 2013 09:37 AM

    Barking dog wont bite,

    Cobra Monday, 18 November 2013 12:40 AM

    Even though Champika has a point the whole thing is old hat and there is no need to harp on it. The world knows the true agenda of Cameron at CHOGM and why!

    Sam Monday, 18 November 2013 09:52 AM

    Oh my friend where were you all these days? Yes good chance to try your luck to score some marks....

    M.V.R.Perera Monday, 18 November 2013 07:03 AM

    How come in the 1940 or so about 80% of the public service were Tamils and what did the British do in the Uva rebellion to our our people what human rights did they have

    leena Monday, 18 November 2013 07:13 AM

    I'm sorry. Was the U.N convention drafted at that time ? Did all the countries sit together and decide what the term "human rights" meant and how countries were to consider it ??

    Ricky Monday, 18 November 2013 10:01 AM

    Cardboard Hilter has opened his big mouth now.

    Jamal Monday, 18 November 2013 01:08 AM

    If Sri Lanka does not listen to U.K., it would take action unilaterally with the support of its allies. We import 75% of needs from China and export 75% to west. We are heading for troubles.

    Kesavan Monday, 18 November 2013 01:13 AM

    "British created Tamil issue in SL"
    Yes... that's absolutely true by amalgamated two kingdoms (Nations) Tamil & Sinhala into one Ceylon, just for their administration purposes. When they left the Island they should've left as it was when they took over. At least now will the realize their blunder and correct it?

    Mithy Monday, 18 November 2013 01:14 AM

    Dear Minister, any way I like your humour.
    Why don't you start a hunger strike front of British embassy

    raza Monday, 18 November 2013 01:34 AM

    Know the History of Sri Lanka. The present Sri Lanka was a creation of Europeans-Portugese,Dutchj.French. and English..
    How many Sovereign Kings were in Sri Lanka When Portugese Landed. When did Kandyan Kingdom come under Europeans.

    DAASA Monday, 18 November 2013 07:24 AM

    You should run for PRESIDENCY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Sim Monday, 18 November 2013 10:23 AM

    Return all the Roads, Bridges, Buildings, Plantations the Britishers made and don't send any Sri Lankans to study or for sports or for bussiness.

    sen Monday, 18 November 2013 01:59 AM

    Bravo Minister Champika:

    You are the only one with the guts to confront the hypocrite David Cameron British PM.
    The British established "Divide and Rule" tactic as they did in many of her colonies.
    This created the divisions between the Tamils and the Sinhalese and is the root cause of the present day conflict.
    Minister Ranawaka: please organize 2 to 3 of the Sri Lanka's best lawyers and file a suit (asking for compensation of 1 billion sterling pounds)in a British court as well as the International court of justice, at least put the ball in the court who created the problem.
    This money should be put in to development of the north and the east.

    mercy Sunday, 17 November 2013 04:15 PM

    Mr Ranawaka Your counter claims would not work .Do not be a reactionary .If u r so genuine talk for the people of iraq , afghanistan, etc etc at international fora or strongly suggest these to the fit president to take up these not neccesary to initiate only upon requests from these places. What returns is all what u give

    vijay Sunday, 17 November 2013 04:16 PM

    Ha Ha Ha

    Cheran Monday, 18 November 2013 02:06 AM

    I think after failing in diplomatic way he use the straight way.

    bandara Sunday, 17 November 2013 04:28 PM

    Don't let British rule work - divide and rule - your resolution will create further divisions. Talk diplomatically. Why don't u use Internet resources widely to bring your views and win over peoples. and create harmonies?

    Lucky Weeramantry Monday, 18 November 2013 05:24 AM

    Were You Hiding All This Time

    channa Sunday, 17 November 2013 04:33 PM

    Well said, Minister Champika.

    Dear Mr Prime Minister, 'those who live in glass houses shall not throw stones at others'. We hope now you understand better the meaning of this.

    Exhorcist Sunday, 17 November 2013 05:07 PM

    Ha where we're you during the last few days. The country needed you very badly!

    Moda Heylaya Monday, 18 November 2013 08:16 AM

    SHUT UP and mind ur works

    Eagle Eyes Sunday, 17 November 2013 05:19 PM

    1) So there is an ethnic issue is there? Why don't you fix it without fanning it?
    2) Where did you learn your history? We did not hand over the country to the British in one unit, the Dutch did so of the coastal and low lying areas. The British captured the Kandyan Kingdom subsequently.

    ss Monday, 18 November 2013 08:25 AM

    You can't mess with western countries. You cannot buy them like Indian politicians....Always think about drone and talk with them.

    Loss is ours and American preseidents need war for their victory and we are no afghanis to fight.

    cric Sunday, 17 November 2013 05:38 PM

    what about the old artifacts they have taken from us and still kept in their Museums?

    Aaaa Sunday, 17 November 2013 06:15 PM

    He know the language

    KumAr Monday, 18 November 2013 08:51 AM

    These idiotic BRITISH thinks they are still ruling the world.the Sri Lankans Are NOT COOLY mentality INDIANS

    If the Britizh are going to take on SL I think they are sadly mistaken like THE LTTE TERROR PRANAKARAN thougjt they were going to get eelaam
    like wise BRITISH FOOLS are going to get more than egg on their faces this time as AUSTRALIAMS
    KIWIS
    SOUTH AFRICAN SINGAPORE showed in the CHOGM.

    Senarath Sunday, 17 November 2013 06:23 PM

    Include the violations of human rights Muslim community by BBS on your proposed resolution to UN. Mr Minister are you trying to say UK violated rights of Irish and GOSL violated rights of Tamils ???

    Sira Monday, 18 November 2013 09:04 AM

    Just like the JHU and the BBS creating the muslim issue now

    karu Sunday, 17 November 2013 07:06 PM

    Not british created , you have gained an easy independent in 1948 , so you forgot the meaning of freedom hence you are continuously denying for others.

    lankafta Monday, 18 November 2013 03:15 PM

    We had 65 years to fix the problem, so stop blaming.

    Neomal Sunday, 17 November 2013 07:20 PM

    You kind of raciest back-worded people are the real problem creators to our Country & our President!

    saumya Monday, 18 November 2013 12:00 AM

    The significance of imperialist rule, and their deliberate creation of an ethnic divide within the country to facilitate continued colonial supremacy and rule is sadly under-emphasised.

    Rohan Monday, 18 November 2013 12:00 AM

    Well said Ministor Ranavaka. Discrimination against Tamils in SL? Does anyone know in Colombo Tamil population is 51%? As long as we Sinhalese doesn't think about ourselves we never stand up. Politicians come and go. In 10 years time most of these current politicians will govern the country. When you think for the sake of the country don't bring current politicians as a parameter. We our children need a country to live in. Do what ever you can to protect your country, race and religion. via DM Android App

    Anton Monday, 18 November 2013 09:28 AM

    If we are confident please allow them an inquiry and clear our country from this mess.....

    kamal de silva Monday, 18 November 2013 09:28 AM

    Dear Minister, we must thank the British for creating a united Sri Lanka. Last time Sri Lanka was united by King Prarakramabau the 6th.


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