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The Central Committee of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), the main constituent of the ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) yesterday decided to ascertain the views of Parliament with regard to the letter sent by UN Human Rights High Commissioner Navi Pillay on the appointment of an investigative team on Sri Lanka and her request seeking access for the team to visit the country.

The matter had been discussed at length at a meeting of the SLFP Central Committee Chaired by President Mahinda Rajapaksa. At the outset of the meeting External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris had briefed the Central Committee members on the contents of Ms. Pillay’s letter to him.

The letter states that she had put together an investigative team headed by Sandra Beidas and that Ms. Pillai is involved in an effort to put together other senior figures at an international level to assist and advise the investigative team.

Ms. Pillay had said that the investigative team would like to visit Sri Lanka as well as other countries for its work. She had asked the Government to allow access for the team to visit the country.

The SLFP Central Committee after considering the national importance of the matter had decided to seek the views of Parliament regarding it. Therefore it had been decided to consult the Government’s other coalition partners and for House Leader Nimal Siripala De Silva to request Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa for a debate on the matter. (Sandun A. Jayasekera)
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  • Postman Wednesday, 11 June 2014 10:46 AM

    I thought the Govt has not been officially informed. Whom to believe Dheiyo Saki via DM Android App

    Perumal Thursday, 12 June 2014 03:06 AM

    [quote name="ram"]Secret ballot in parliament will only give true outcome without fear for any revenge can they ?[/quote]
    Government has officially rejected the international investigation and would not assist them. So what is the purpose of consulting the parliament?

    Kalu Banda Wednesday, 11 June 2014 05:56 AM

    First let the public know the views of the GOVERNMENT re the request

    George Clooney Friday, 13 June 2014 03:05 AM

    [quote name="Suq Madique"]Many can't bear to see the development strides SL has made in the past few years and this jealousy shows in their inane comments[/quote]

    There is nothing to bear to see when there are so many middle class beggars in SL.

    Sangaralingham Thursday, 12 June 2014 03:28 AM

    Open the doors for investigators hope for an outcome to justify all the events of the past good bad and in between which no one will know

    gladwin Thursday, 12 June 2014 03:39 AM

    We should address some of the lingering controversies, In run up to the war which will acknowledge facts of accountablity,

    BuffaloaCitizen Wednesday, 11 June 2014 06:12 AM

    Certainly not the GOSL. This is country of thugs, criminals and crooks.

    jim pappa Wednesday, 11 June 2014 12:27 PM

    Very sensible comment, sobers. Government is duty bound to help the war victims and widows, even if they are ex-LTTE ers. That is the best way to mend fences.

    sobers Wednesday, 11 June 2014 06:22 AM

    Let us not keep on talking about the past. Take action to help the war widows, give them a monthly allowance, do counseling to get the war victims from the trauma etc... look after the needs of the northerners. They are not asking a separate state. Government must help them and not listen to racist parties either Tamil,Muslim or Sinhalese. let the country be united. United we prosper divided we loose!

    MANITHAN Friday, 13 June 2014 04:27 AM

    WHAT TO DO BY A POWER LESS PARLIAMENT.DON'T TRY TO CHEAT THE WORLD.

    SMS Thursday, 12 June 2014 04:13 AM

    as usual , pillay lobby her community

    Suq Madique Thursday, 12 June 2014 10:55 AM

    Many can't bear to see the development strides SL has made in the past few years and this jealousy shows in their inane comments

    Mahida R Wednesday, 11 June 2014 01:26 PM

    the government & the president him self has already confirmed that they will not allow the international investigators to come to the country and also Sri Lankan representative already informed the UNHCR openly that the government is not accepting the proposal and will not allow the investigators to come to the country.
    With all that what is the government is expecting by bringing the matter to the parilament other than to gain some stupid political mileage and to sling mud on the opposition MP;s.

    Saman Wednesday, 11 June 2014 01:28 PM

    Until Sri Lanka get rid of all the Racist supremist elements and give the proper place to most suitable irrespective of their Race, gender or religion Sri Lanka will never prosper. Reconciliation among all communities with trust, understanding and love is the only answer.
    There will be no peace until justice, love and compassion is built among all communities.

    DM.Please publish our comments.

    Saskia Wednesday, 11 June 2014 01:41 PM

    Well said.

    jim pappa Thursday, 12 June 2014 06:23 PM

    Wish it would be an open ballot. It would be interesting to see which way UNP votes. Bet they will abstain.

    Proteas Wednesday, 11 June 2014 07:16 AM

    Well said. Your comments are very appropriate.

    jim pappa Thursday, 12 June 2014 06:28 PM

    One purpose is to test the UNP ers. They would be in a quandary, as to which way to vote.

    dan Wednesday, 11 June 2014 07:40 AM

    Your comments truly justify your name....

    kith udugama Wednesday, 11 June 2014 02:46 PM

    Anay sudhu ennako ithin

    observer Wednesday, 11 June 2014 03:01 PM

    GoSL has been saying that it didn't commit any human rights violation. what happened now? doubts creeping? so want to ask the parliament.
    "one can run but can not hide"

    George Clooney Thursday, 12 June 2014 06:51 AM

    Or else economic and travel sanctions for an already poor under developed country.

    Muthyavan. Wednesday, 11 June 2014 02:51 PM

    Sobers comments are very constructive. It is very important now our country should find a healthy democratic settlement for the long standing national problems. Learn from the lessons of other neibour countries who have made success with many religions and languages. via DM iPad app

    xpert Thursday, 12 June 2014 07:16 AM

    kick off mahinda

    ram Wednesday, 11 June 2014 10:22 AM

    Secret ballot in parliament will only give true outcome without fear for any revenge can they ?


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