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Govt. should have invited Darusman panel: Prof. Gunaratne

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Terrorism expert Prof. Rohan Gunaratne yesterday said that the government should have invited the Darusman panel to visit the country, without which they had produced a report based on information and propaganda gathered from the front organizations of the LTTE.

He also emphasized the need to establish an NGO advisory division and a diaspora division to counter the propaganda of the LTTE international network against Sri Lanka. Professor Gunaratne further pointed out that this is an immediate requirement in order to restore good relations with the countries in the West where the image of the country had been tarnished due to LTTE propaganda.

He was speaking at a forum held at the British Council on the topic “Future of Sri Lanka’s Security-Countering the LTTE on the Western Soil.”

“The foreign ministry could not counter the misinformation and false propaganda made by the LTTE internationally, which was one of the biggest mistakes we made. Propaganda is not always about the truth but we have to counter it,” he said.

“There were three centres of gravity of the LTTE. The first one was Prabhakaran, the second was its state of the art international network with a huge capacity to lobby, capacity to raise funds, procurement of weapons and state of the art shipping network. The third gravity was their specialist capability to fight,” he said.

People like Nediyavan, Father Emmanuel and Rudrakumaran are very much active in spreading false information through their front organizations and propaganda networks he said.

He also told the government to restore democracy in the Northern and Eastern Provinces by protecting peace achieved and move towards reconciliation.

He went on to point out that the LTTE was responsible for killing a large number of political and military leaders which cannot be compared to acts committed by any other terror organization.

 “The strategy adopted by the government in the post conflict era by initiating socio economic development, political engagement and providing humanitarian assistance for those who suffered during the war is commendable,” he said.

Prof. Gunaratne said that more and more social programmes should be carried out by the government to prevent another conflict and protect the peace achieved after decades of war. (By Supun Dias)

  Comments - 16

  • citizen Thursday, 17 November 2011 09:24 AM

    I dont think its too late. We can still initiate the process with clean hands & heart.

    palithaeka Thursday, 17 November 2011 10:01 AM

    Too late, how can it be now after everything has happen. Anyway good.

    DN Thursday, 17 November 2011 02:29 AM

    Fully agreed with you sir....

    Jacoob Thursday, 17 November 2011 02:37 AM

    well said Sir ! You long live !!

    Jude perera Thursday, 17 November 2011 02:58 AM

    It is totally true and correct.

    Paul Thursday, 17 November 2011 03:05 AM

    Though you are an expert ,you also took too long to make this suggestion.

    remedy Thursday, 17 November 2011 03:17 AM

    he is singing the same songs govt sing

    Wara Thursday, 17 November 2011 03:25 AM

    Yes. I agree with that.

    anura Thursday, 17 November 2011 03:23 AM

    I think what Rohan says is correct . Why should we have any fear?

    We Sri ankan Thursday, 17 November 2011 04:45 AM

    We are the smartest in the world of today and beyond any advise

    Nasser Thursday, 17 November 2011 05:47 AM

    True!. Govt should act with an open mind only then can one out-think the enemy and attract support.

    Fanam Thursday, 17 November 2011 05:46 AM

    I have nothing to say other than completely agree with Prof Gunarathne. He is absolutely right about all the points he has made.

    raju Thursday, 17 November 2011 06:08 AM

    SORRY IT IS TOOOOO LAAAAATE.

    Anil Ekanayaka Thursday, 17 November 2011 06:20 AM

    Guilty Conscience!

    CP Thursday, 17 November 2011 07:15 AM

    Where were you when Darusman's panel of members sought entry clearance to SL at the beginning!!!!

    remedy Thursday, 17 November 2011 04:05 PM

    looks like everyone depend on his advise,,, he is pro govt guy


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