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20 November 2012 10:54 am - 8     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The main opposition United National Party (UNP) said today the government should state its stance on the United Nations Internal Review Panel report on why the UN officials had failed to prevent the heavy civilian casualty toll during the last phase of the war in Sri Lanka.

UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake told a news conference that on earlier occasions the allegations were levelled only against the Government and the LTTE but this report even blames the United Nations for not doing enough to stop the loss of thousands of innocent civilian lives.

“The government opts to stay silent even when the Committee appointed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon points fingers at the conduct of UN officials,” he said and added that presidential envoy Mahinda Samarasinghe had told a news conference that the government did not accept this report and the Foreign Ministry Secretary had said there was no need to respond to this because it was meant only for the UN.

“Why did the government not remain silent when the Darusman report released, but instead carried out a protest and thus tarnished Sri Lanka’s image internationally.

“So the government must express its stance either by accepting the charges or rejecting them. If the government keeps silent on this report, it will only indicate that it accepts all the charges mentioned in it,” he added.(Ajith Siriwardana)

  Comments - 8

  • ransam Tuesday, 20 November 2012 11:03 AM

    What happened to taking to streets if a fair salary is not given?

    DXB Tuesday, 20 November 2012 11:11 AM

    If you are an efficient secretary of the Party , First you should bring the good cordination among Sajit , Karu ,Ranil , Ravi & Dayasir . If you are not a spy of the goverment make them to sit in one single stage ; MR will be at home on next election.

    kumar Tuesday, 20 November 2012 12:14 PM

    Gov't don't need to reply this. Their experts are busy in preparing mud sliding stories against the UN officials and the Leaders of the countries who are accusing Sri Lanka.

    Union Tuesday, 20 November 2012 01:13 PM

    What can they say? Crime committed by leadership is proved beyond doubt. Now they keep their mouth shut and searching for an option to live in exile with looted wealth. DOn't you that MR and his family makes frequest visits to many "black listed" countries.

    Labby Tuesday, 20 November 2012 01:41 PM

    DXB, koheda yanne malle pol !!

    CW Wednesday, 21 November 2012 06:36 AM

    Union & Tissa, Don't bark at things you do not know? I agree with Labby ' yanne koheda, malle pol".

    Jan Chandra Wednesday, 21 November 2012 07:50 AM

    I agree. Ban ki Moon is not expecting a response from the SL Govt. Surely the opposition should understand this. The opposition is in the usual game of mud raking when there is no mud. How unfortunate the country is to have such an opposition.

    Sujee Perera Wednesday, 21 November 2012 11:08 AM

    That is not a "UN Report" as sanctioned by UN. It was again another "Private Report" initiated by Ban-Ki-Moon to please Hilary Clinton. In turn, Hilary Clinton is pleasing her LTTE friends. UNP is just trying to get a false mileage.

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