British Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday demanded a "transparent, credible and independent" probe into the alleged massacre of Sri Lankan Tamils, days after he pressed President Mahinda Rajapaska for an enquiry into rights violations during the final days of the civil war in 2009.
During the CHOGM summit in Colombo this month, he had said that if the Sri Lankan government fails to launch an independent enquiry by March 2014, UK will call for an international enquiry through the United Nations.
In a column for 'Asian Lite' newspaper from London, the prime minister said: "First of all, there should be a transparent, credible investigation into alleged war crimes. No one wants to go back to the days of the Tamil Tigers, a brutal terrorist organisation.
"But equally, the Sri Lankan government cannot look the other want. When I met President Rajapaska I pressed for an investigation to take place - and I made clear that if those investigations were not begun properly by next March, we would call for an international enquiry through the United Nations.
He also demanded genuine progress on human rights on all the fronts, including genuine freedom of expression and a free media, an end to the intimidation of journalists and human rights defenders and action to stamp out torture.
Cameron also underlined the need for genuine reconciliation between the Tamil and Sinhala communities to work together for a bright future of Sri Lanka.
".. for too long it has been blighted by conflict. If Sri Lanka takes the opportunity to heal these old wounds then there is the prospect of a much brighter future for all its people."
Referring to the situation in Sri Lanka's northern provinces, he said: "It's now over a week since I returned from Jaffna and the images still both haunt and inspire me."
"The visit I made to the north of Sri Lanka was fascinating - you can get all the briefings you like but nothing can replace seeing the situation for yourself."
He noted that he had to face opposition from certain quarters over attending the CHOGM meet.
"They said that by going I was giving legitimacy to what has happened in the north of the country. I couldn't disagree more," he said.
He, however, reiterated his stand that by attending the meet, he was able to shine a light on what needs to be done.
Mentioning that the end of civil war has provided an opportunity as well challenges to start things afresh, he said: "The end of the civil war in Sri Lanka is a massive opportunity but the issues now need to grasped. This isn't about imposing a Westminster view of the world. It's about standing up for the values that all Commonwealth countries have signed up to."
Lankan government has earlier rejected this demand and is considering to launch a 'Truth and Reconciliation Commission,' modelled on South Africa. But the date for such an enquiry is not yet unveiled. (PTI)
ell said Sir;keep the pressure till justice is served.
Roy Tuesday, 26 November 2013 06:49 PM
I am working on how. Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Basil Rajapaksa got GREEN CARD in USA.
I am working with a journalist in USA and he is going to dig their application with their signature and the photo and that will be published very soon.
We will show the world the story they told about mother lanka and about war heros.
Let see who is throwing STONES from GLASS HOUSE.
Ratavasiya Tuesday, 26 November 2013 07:00 PM
Rescue Srilanka from our deshapre - meeyas.
dcol Tuesday, 26 November 2013 07:04 PM
Justice for killing the Terrorist Praba and the clan?
Yuri Tuesday, 26 November 2013 07:07 PM
WOW Cameron , you seems like really on . hope you help this beautiful island to get ride of the Juntas
Fawzan Tuesday, 26 November 2013 07:12 PM
Now all war criminals and their supporters will jump in and bashing Cameron. We didn’t come out from the cycle of terrorism. LTTE is gone and another form of terrorism still suppress people especially minority communities.
Vic Tuesday, 26 November 2013 07:24 PM
Thank you Prime Minister Cameron, your intervention is welcomed by all decent people around the world, we are indebted to you for your commitment for peace and stability in Srilanka.
piyaman Tuesday, 26 November 2013 07:32 PM
Thanks camo. Keep the lid on for justice.
MYcar mypetrol Tuesday, 26 November 2013 07:34 PM
This is my country we dont need international enquiry. We will conduct national enquiry and finish this head ache requested by you. We are very smart to follow the law and order & we know also how to change this fate. Pls Mr. you many things to do for your people, please enjoy with it without wasting time
NADARAJAH SETHURUPAN Tuesday, 26 November 2013 07:46 PM
"Cameron made history" on Sri Lankan matter.
gayaramya Tuesday, 26 November 2013 08:01 PM
Yes , BUT you also need to investigate about 1000 time severe massacres done by LTTE. For example , killing surrendered 1600 policemen , innocents at Kebithigollawa , aranthalawa etc. It is also need to investigate about human human shielding practice of LTTE.
jacoob Tuesday, 26 November 2013 09:25 PM
Boy ! , looks like he means business ;
Selfies, wake up !!
zion Tuesday, 26 November 2013 09:29 PM
Why worry if we have done nothing wrong and Sri Lanka should be transparent of what they are accused of .
Keith Wednesday, 27 November 2013 12:00 AM
I think he is looking at this issue in very stupid way. Within few hours journey he can't see what happened in their in last 33 years.
saman Tuesday, 26 November 2013 11:18 PM
We all know that Cameron is looking for the diaspora vote. We should remind him that we are no longer one of their colonies.
Gobbaya Wednesday, 27 November 2013 12:12 AM
Gobbaya: Justice is already done by ending the war in 2009. Now no more killings of innocent people by LTTE. What else do you need.
Shandy Wednesday, 27 November 2013 12:22 AM
Looks like the US has outsourced the job Cameron.
Suny J Wednesday, 27 November 2013 01:13 AM
What is wrong with this guy.....is there any British election or campaigning for party funds...????
Exhorcist Wednesday, 27 November 2013 01:23 AM
Ha ha ha did u ever think we will bend ourselves to our kneels. We r a proud n powerful product in the world
cric Wednesday, 27 November 2013 01:24 AM
yes, you also have shined the light on what needs to be done in UK too!
T Wickramaratna Wednesday, 27 November 2013 01:29 AM
Aggressive attitude on both sides should end
Manel Wednesday, 27 November 2013 01:30 AM
This is what SL authorities earned after burning a few billions of SL tax payers money on GHOGM. Can things be corrected if the Govt played not to the local gallery but to the international balcony even now?
Warelephant Wednesday, 27 November 2013 01:36 AM
Cameron is a two faced politician, there is no justice here, he is only serving the interests of the diaspora.
Gamarala Wednesday, 27 November 2013 01:39 AM
Cameron must have received his next advance from the Diaspora.
Cobra Wednesday, 27 November 2013 01:54 AM
'Not enough' said the Diaspora when he came home, so he repeats his threats!!!
ravi Wednesday, 27 November 2013 01:56 AM
Thanks sir good call on the important day for Tamils
Nadeesha Wednesday, 27 November 2013 02:03 AM
Hikzz! As if we would bloody care! MR must be laughing from all sides of the body, hearing this man's panic over elections to grab Tamil votes in the UK.
periya dorai Wednesday, 27 November 2013 02:04 AM
how about the crimes committed in then ceylon by your country when ceylon was under uk.. bringging in tamil people from india as labor to work in tea estates. still they are labor and your country took the products of hard labor to uk. how may rapes of women in tes estates. even now you may see one or two half uk - quater india - quater sri lanka old people in the tea estates. who donot knwo their father. when you were in srilanka why did you not visit the tea estates. only jaffna.. to buy votes for your next election..
Sarath Wednesday, 27 November 2013 02:12 AM
Another british bull dog.
Saratha Wednesday, 27 November 2013 02:17 AM
Velu's D Day.
Lokka Wednesday, 27 November 2013 02:20 AM
Why Mr. Cameron only the last days of the war to be probed. Why so cheeky ? Probe the entire period of 30 years of the war to find out who the culprits were. Why don't you mention about the massacre of the 800 policemen who surrendered to the LTTE.?
Lokka Wednesday, 27 November 2013 02:22 AM
Mahinda Rajapakse is the saviour of this nation and he should be awarded the Nobel Peace prize.
puppet pRABU Wednesday, 27 November 2013 02:23 AM
Very sad day for smelly demils(..maweerarrrr)) donky day
EJP Wednesday, 27 November 2013 02:30 AM
What's the problem, complete the probe and reveal hard facts. If things have gone wrong and out of control during the military assault during the final days of the war, so be it. Accept that Innocent civilians have got killed, why run away from probing. The more SL Govt ignores, it will strengthen the case of western countries to push for probing into alleged crimes. Let their be a faster and credible probe, let the facts come out. It was war finally....causalities will be there. Commit to the world and set by actions that the minorities are living in harmony and release a road map to show that there will be all round development in infrastructure and job opportunities in the north and east. SL can lead by example....give freedom to press also
ram Wednesday, 27 November 2013 02:55 AM
Yes also 1957 1977 and 1983 also has to find out who the culprits were.
ram Wednesday, 27 November 2013 03:00 AM
good call on our special holy day next year 2014 today was ours .
Sanju Wednesday, 27 November 2013 03:02 AM
Tamils are stronger today than the period of war. Unfortunately our culture does not allow us to understand this.
mack Wednesday, 27 November 2013 12:00 AM
if anyone talks about injustice towards Tamils they ate branded as LTTE.this is Sinhalese mentality. via DM Android App
MW Wednesday, 27 November 2013 03:24 AM
Keep on pushing until justice is served.
Haka Haka Wednesday, 27 November 2013 03:26 AM
Killing 40,000 innocent civilians is not justice buddy. It is called genocide.
Nims Wednesday, 27 November 2013 03:27 AM
Hey Cameron, My one finger salute to you. at least now, I hope that you understand what you deserve. You worked so hard to loose the entire respect we had for you. You dirty British ruined our country by divide and rule system and now talking of the justice. It reminds me the comments made by Idi Amin on your Majesty (but not ours anymore). This is the respect you guys earned from the World. Now I truly believe that he was correct.
Ajithkumar Wednesday, 27 November 2013 03:28 AM
Yes, we have stopped LTTE killing innocent people.. Now what they are asking is to CREDIBLY investigate if Government killed innocent people...As much as I don't like international investigation, the credibility of our own investigation is far to be fair.
Haka Haka Wednesday, 27 November 2013 03:29 AM
You are drunk are you not? Please tell me you are joking?
Haka Haka Wednesday, 27 November 2013 03:32 AM
SL has no choice when it goes to the west with a begging bowl asking for donations to run the country.
The God Father Wednesday, 27 November 2013 03:36 AM
You are right Sanju, specially after the Northern PC Elections. I think MR Brothers must do something about Cameron's request, I dont think this is only about the Diasporas vote base, there is something else which we dont know and I bet Uncle Sam will appear soon in the picture, Mannn I hate war planes....
Fayad Wednesday, 27 November 2013 03:40 AM
what about the credible and independent" probe into the alleged massacre of Iraqi innocent civilians, mostly women & children ?????
Jacoob Wednesday, 27 November 2013 03:43 AM
Let’s be clear here . Multiple Choice question. (a) Sri lanka has done nothing wrong. Any body can investigate . We are ready for any impartial inquiry. (b) We have not done something wrong that others has not done. What is the big deal. (c) We killed 40,000 people only. Look at USA etec they killed nearly million.. what is the big deal. (d) Yes, we did blunders and committed crimes .. agree for accountability , go for real reconciliation and set the country in a real path of prosperity. (e) Who cares about the country. We are half way through only robbing the country . The assets amassed is enough for 10 generations only. Let us complete the task. You will get your share of time.
Please choose the best answer .. If you know the question!!
Jacoob Wednesday, 27 November 2013 03:45 AM
looks like have just waken up from a long deep sleep your honour. Was the dream any good
nalaka Wednesday, 27 November 2013 03:45 AM
for 30 years we suffered but they are worried about the final days of the war. this is silly
Milinda Wednesday, 27 November 2013 04:08 AM
This barking dog will never be able to bite. He will be the main man who will start to destroy the CHOGM..
Roy Wednesday, 27 November 2013 04:14 AM
Mahida baby is peing in his pants now and Gota baby is pointing the finger at Mahinda and Basil baby is pointing to finger at Mahinda baby and Gota baby.
Screed big time.
Brother from Jaffna Wednesday, 27 November 2013 04:15 AM
What about the killing done by SL Army during the war....Killing LTTE is fine but just killing all innocent people cannot be justified.... If you support that you are also a criminal......
Mithy Wednesday, 27 November 2013 04:23 AM
Dear Mr Cameron, what is "transparent, credible and independent? You are asking SL again & again for them, but we do not have at all anything like that. Please try somewhere else.
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Chandu Wednesday, 27 November 2013 04:28 AM
Dear Mr Cameron,Your fact finding mission was faulty because you did not take the trouble to share the views of the sinhalese people.Did not any body tell you that our soldiers saved lives of many innocent Tamil civilians risking their lives? Are not the Tamils better off than they were under Pirbhakaran? Please stop digging in to our internal affairs and mind your own business.
Bandu Wednesday, 27 November 2013 04:28 AM
Why Camoron cant understand that Tamil community is trying to cover their own mud by splatting mud on others.
Yuri Wednesday, 27 November 2013 04:39 AM
you have short memory , Gadafi, Sadam, there is a long list... here some will join the list
tony Wednesday, 27 November 2013 04:46 AM
CANT SRI LANKA PRESS FOR AN INQUIRY INTO THE WAR ON IRAQ BY THE DOUBLE B (BUSH & BLAIR) WITHOUT VALID PROOF ON WMD
Charles Wednesday, 27 November 2013 04:54 AM
Donky Cameron ,
First investigate what happened in Iraq & ireland Then you have a right to demand investigation in Sri lanka.
jude Wednesday, 27 November 2013 05:05 AM
Don't worry about David Cameron, Because in 2015 He'll be just a Civilian in UK(All indications point that David C. going to loose the Next Elections)
roy Wednesday, 27 November 2013 12:00 AM
British brought Tamil workers from India as we Sinhala people are too lazy and did not want to do dirty work in plantations. via DM iPad app
Kondebandapucheena Wednesday, 27 November 2013 05:15 AM
The day VP killed in Vellimulli vikkal your day ended dude
MirakRajBanda Wednesday, 27 November 2013 05:26 AM
Dooms day and close call for Rajapakse Regime Family.... Good move!!!
hamid Wednesday, 27 November 2013 05:37 AM
probe will be done by sri lankan govt, we have not said no to a probe, what we have said is you cant set time frames. british pm who has become the leader of ltte diaspora, has invited a lot of boat pepole from north to england, like wise the canadian pm.
an s !!!kith udugama Wednesday, 27 November 2013 05:51 AM
CAMERON SHOULD BE TAUGHT A LESSON THAT HE WILL NEVER FORGET. He should be made an international Pariah. He is a hired gun.
an s !!!kith udugama Wednesday, 27 November 2013 05:53 AM
Cameron should be given an e---a to clear his brain.
an s !!!kith udugama Wednesday, 27 November 2013 05:54 AM
Butt face must be defeated at the next elections.
John Wednesday, 27 November 2013 06:20 AM
Thank you sir, Please stick your pledged and follow up!
Naveen Kumar M Wednesday, 27 November 2013 06:20 AM
For killing 800 sinhalese policemen, LTTE got paid. Now who will pay SL army for killing 40000 tamil civilians?
Naveen Kumar M Wednesday, 27 November 2013 06:21 AM
after hiltler being awarded the nobel peace price
Naveen Kumar M Wednesday, 27 November 2013 06:23 AM
this comment shows the standard of sinhalese
Naveen Kumar M Wednesday, 27 November 2013 06:27 AM
Probe is asked for war crimes done by both LTTE and SL army. LTTE got paid for what they did to innocent sinhalese people. Now who will pay SL army for killing tamil civilians? If u argue SL army did nothing, why cant u accept independent probe? Got things to hide?
Naveen Kumar M Wednesday, 27 November 2013 06:28 AM
Tamils are not even 0.5% of UK population. dont apply ur cheap south asian votebank theory everywhere.
Naveen Kumar M Wednesday, 27 November 2013 06:29 AM
thats what im asking Sinhalese people. if u have done nothing wrong why cant u probe that?
Naveen Kumar M Wednesday, 27 November 2013 06:30 AM
what u want form a UK PM? stay there for one year and analyse?
Naveen Kumar M Wednesday, 27 November 2013 06:32 AM
u dont need to kneel before UK. Do kneeling before justice..feeling ashamed? no wonder..from a racist kinda people
Sunanda Jayasekera Wednesday, 27 November 2013 06:41 AM
Don't we consider innocent Sinhalese and Muslims even some prominent Tamils killed to be investigated? Is it a crime to stop it? Prabakharan got what he deserved. We are sorry for the innocent Tamils who was killed. But there should be an end to his crimes. Does not Camaroon (the idiot only sees one side) think about it?
james bond Wednesday, 27 November 2013 06:49 AM
all sri lankans must appreciate british prime minister"s efforts to make sri lanka a democratic country.it is very good for all citizens of sri lanka.lanka is not belong to leaders only,it is belong to it's people.
taurus Wednesday, 27 November 2013 06:50 AM
The terrorism caused by LTTE was eliminated in 2009. However the terrorism caused by GOSL also needs to be investigated. This is what Cameroon is talking about.
taurus Wednesday, 27 November 2013 06:51 AM
Do you agree then MR is also serving the interests of the sinhalese and sinhalese only!!!!!
taurus Wednesday, 27 November 2013 06:53 AM
Whether it is diaspora vote or not, the issue is about human rights abuses committed by a democratically elected government. Thus the correct thing is to have an independent investigation to prove whether this is true or false. Why are we cowards on this, unless we did such a cowardly crime?
taurus Wednesday, 27 November 2013 06:55 AM
You are absolutely right, he is stupid. Therefore lets us allow an independent, honest and transparent invesitgation on war crimes.
taurus Wednesday, 27 November 2013 07:01 AM
When you are in Sri Lanka, everyone around you is bought. The police, CJ, AG, the whole cluster of UNP ministers, even Vasudeva, GL...it is so odd that you cannot find a fellow who has not been bought. So the local yakkos who comment here also think that every other tom dick and harry living in another country can be bought including the UN and are simply two time monkeys like majority in this country.
taurus Wednesday, 27 November 2013 07:03 AM
But that guy who did the 800 policemen is now a considerered a hero by the sinhalese and the present regime.
dinesh Wednesday, 27 November 2013 07:04 AM
Thank you sir.we all innocent tamils salute you sir.!
eddy Wednesday, 27 November 2013 07:18 AM
Is Cameron acting for the ltte spokesman?Than he should step down conflict of interest. Terrorist ltte dont require representation.
Realist Wednesday, 27 November 2013 07:30 AM
By 2014 November 26 UK would have ceased to be UNITED kingdom as Scots would have voted for independence by September. And Cameron & cabal would have their hands full in trying to stop others [wales & NI] separating away as well. So sweet dreams !!!
rakavan Wednesday, 27 November 2013 07:31 AM
The number count climbs to 800 now despite govt figure of 600. All ethnic riots and all killings by LTTE and the armed forces since independence must be investigated to understand the true nature of this conflict.
rakavan Wednesday, 27 November 2013 07:37 AM
If SL armed forces are not guilty, just as the investigations carried out in the UK of the army and police actions in Northern Ireland, SL should carryout independent and transparent inquiry, failing this, one can only conclude that SL is avoiding its responsibility as Sovereign State, to hide human right violations it has committed. What other conclusion can on arrive at?
Lankan Wednesday, 27 November 2013 12:00 AM
PM thinks he is the king lol. Srilanka is a educated country this is a internal matter non of your business. via DM Android App
siva Wednesday, 27 November 2013 07:53 AM
CHOGM is gathering of head of former colonies of British empire.Were them offered them peacefully and with their full consent.They were grabed plundered by treachers way killing, massacuring annihilating thousands of people of those countries.on the WEB can see reacent war crimes of UK.crimes done in Srilanka known to us.but not in web.Cameron tring to destalised Srilanka to grab votes of Tamil diaspora.Waht Ranil dont know is in next election he would be again looser , becouse people gather to RAjapaksha to show their soliderity against Cameron and his local snekers
Jay Wednesday, 27 November 2013 08:09 AM
Why not someone in Sri lanka file a court case against Adle Balasigham and let the Court request via SL government from Britain Government to deport her to Sri Lanka for answering child soldier recruitments?
That will reveal Cameron's true colours.
ase Wednesday, 27 November 2013 08:14 AM
true saman, then better exit commenwealth, is it not so, one can not have both, monies from commenwealth and a big mouth.
Roy Wednesday, 27 November 2013 08:14 AM
This is a buddhist country.no need of a probe.all are saints and all going to live for 100 years including MR and regiment.
Suq Madique Wednesday, 27 November 2013 08:36 AM
Seems the tamil internet mafia is out in force from the comments below. Poor suckers are still dreaming. When will they ever learn.
Sri Lankan Wednesday, 27 November 2013 08:48 AM
Well Mr. Camaron, all I can say, sadly, is that you are a real damn disgrace to the church and the queen of England!! Please, sign an agreement and hand over Northern Ireland and Falkland Islands back to the respective owners....call the UNHRC for an independent international commission on both...punish the culprits; queen and the throne and your predecessors …. And lead by example. THE BRITISH EMBASSY IN SL - PLS DO NOT SEND SUCH JOKERS TO SRI LANKA AGAIN!!!
Ravichandran Wednesday, 27 November 2013 08:55 AM
Sir, Unlike Sinhalese, Tamils never forget if someone extend them a helping hand. All our diaspora community will ever indebted to you if you help us to manage our affairs on our own.
Huxley Wednesday, 27 November 2013 08:56 AM
Camaron one you got snub in the parliament by the opposition party in the parliament.You could not answer them.Will you stop deporting Tamil refugees to Sri Lanka ?You are just scoffing and duping minority Tamils in your electorate to grab the Tamil's votes . Just get lost you burgger.
ram Wednesday, 27 November 2013 09:22 AM
Until shingles keep on writing this way to international we Tamils are getting stronger day by day keep it up moda majority.
kevin gunawardena Wednesday, 27 November 2013 12:00 AM
It is your country who brought then to our nation to do laborours work!
So why dont you do your duty and take care of them in the UK??
Oh and not wanting to keep Scotland and wales is also occupying another country
As they were seperate nations, but yes scotland has acces to plenty of oil, scared to loose the money
zyx Wednesday, 27 November 2013 09:46 AM
Adel Balasingham is in England and please take her to task for deaths of many Tamil child soldiers in sri lanka. further Cameron is asking for credible inquiry but it is incredible that he shows a blind eye to the atrocities committing and committed by NATO soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq.
ram Wednesday, 27 November 2013 10:05 AM
How can a "transparent, credible and independent" probe into the alleged massacre of Sri Lankan Tamils, IF IT'S ZERO CASUALITIE ? as per our ..............
flatwhite Wednesday, 27 November 2013 11:20 AM
Naveen do you confirm the figure of 40,000 is correct so this must be what tamil tigers killed and also boaties who left the country did you consider that at all.If 40,000 civilians died held by force by tamil tigers then that blame is also for tamil tigers and the tamil diaspora for funding money and sending arms. Why is KP silent he has no excuses and all his worthness of arms procurement is revealed.
Citizen RP Wednesday, 27 November 2013 11:24 AM
The army has the right to defend its country & its people foreign & within that's what they were tasked with & they did that, by ending , the war.
Any war has collateral damage the drones & troops of US/UK & France /Israel in other hot spots is killing so a many 1000s.
The way the Tamil diaspora & most the rest of the Tamils with the west is acting is only creating Sinhala fundamentalism further instead of reconciliation, each party needs to put the past behind & make a genuine effort, there has to be a more acceptable front from the Tamils , if not the blood of many thousands will be spilled further should another clash happen which I pray not. The plight of the innocent Tamils is in the hands of them to take a stand , rise against this or we can see this go on forever until either the Sinhalese or Tamils are wiped out so for the sake of both peoples rise above this.
Be Fair Wednesday, 27 November 2013 11:36 AM
Wonder why the HR issue had to crop up after the war ended, seems during the war LTTE was only "playing pandu" hypocrisy at its highest.
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Chugum Wednesday, 27 November 2013 11:59 AM
Is it possible to win a election with Tamil votes in Sri Lanka leave aside UK. What funny and flimsy talk .
tomsamusa Thursday, 28 November 2013 02:00 AM
Answer is BIG E as had been the case since Bandaet.al.
Haka Haka Thursday, 28 November 2013 04:59 AM
Roy, you are a champ mate. I cant wait to hear the truth about the green card business.
Trehan Munasinghe Thursday, 28 November 2013 06:38 AM
Well said !!
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