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The United National Party (UNP) said today the Sri Lankan Government should express its views on the statement made by the UNHRC Chief on the statue of late Prime Minister D. S. Senanayake and the Buddhist flag, which are at the Independence Square, during the ongoing Human Rights Council sessions in Geneva.

“Government has done little or nothing to condemn what UNHRC Chief said about the statue of late Prime Minister D. S. Senanayake and the Buddhist flag.  President Mahinda Rajapaksa commented about it only after UNHRC Chief left the country. The government should take this matter up at the Geneva sessions,” UNP spokesman Gayantha Karunathilake told a news conference.

He questioned why External Affairs Minister G.L. Peries didn’t bring this matter up when at a meeting with the British media he had responded to a statement made by Navanetham Pillay on Sri Lanka.

Mr. Karunathilake said the UNP was awaiting a reply from the UNHRC Chief to the letter sent by UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe. (Yohan Perera & Lahiru Pothmulla)
 
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  • Seelawathie Monday, 16 September 2013 10:09 AM

    I am overseas for thirty years and I know where is UNP because I keep in touch with the news by reading and listening. I bet Lankan's wife has forgotten Sinhala too.

    Asokamala Monday, 16 September 2013 10:49 AM

    Ask your wife to ask the ruling party why they destroyed not only UNP but the whole opposition including the media who opposed them. It is not a weakness of the opposition but a weakness of the system and the blind masses

    ling Monday, 16 September 2013 10:50 AM

    Sad to note that many do not know the significance of founding father D.S. Senanayake statue and the buddhist flag. Our janapathi simply too busy with politics.

    Warnakula Monday, 16 September 2013 10:59 AM

    I am sending my children ( both born overseas) to spend their X'mas holidays in Sri Lanka because there is peace in the country. I am grateful to the present Govt. for achieving
    it.

    Raju Tuesday, 17 September 2013 01:00 AM

    Why should government raise this issue anywhere. What about the removal of Buddhist Flag. UNP seems to be not worried about that. After all it is the UNP who made a mockery of this opportunity to meet Pillay to slander Sri Lanka. They made Sri Lankan situation worse by bringing unrelated issues as if Pilay was the Queen.

    RajasH Monday, 16 September 2013 11:08 AM

    for god's sake Pillay doesnt care what you have in the independence square

    Just showing hopw immature and jokers you guys are

    CW Monday, 16 September 2013 11:11 AM

    Hi Lankan, My Grandma said there was a party called UNP and she wanted to know where are they now. Can you find them for me, please?

    Brumpy Aiya Monday, 16 September 2013 07:50 AM

    Hello UNP, there are many burning problems facing the masses of Sri Lanka. In good old language "Just go and fly a kite".

    Sunil Bernard Tuesday, 17 September 2013 09:49 AM

    Now only you talk about the system. When UNP was in power the same system was good?
    In this world weaker get destroyed. That is natural. You can't blame the winner.

    Saskia Monday, 16 September 2013 08:05 AM

    What was said about that statue and flag?

    Universal citizen Tuesday, 17 September 2013 02:58 AM

    First we would want to know if and what she said about the Budhist flag and DS's statue. Second we should find out on what grounds she made such a comment before coming to conclusiveness.

    Sunil Bernard Tuesday, 17 September 2013 09:51 AM

    Medalankaara , looser, belongs to the typical hatred cult.

    Brumpy Aiya Monday, 16 September 2013 08:13 AM

    The UNP is fight for a statue. What are they doing to safe guard the right of the people, except for their leader.

    Patriot Monday, 16 September 2013 08:26 AM

    I think the government should remove all statues since they are of no use to anyone.

    lankan Monday, 16 September 2013 08:35 AM

    My wife is back in Sri Lanka three weeks ago after spending several years overseas. It was only yesterday she asked me: " Where is UNP? Don't hear about them. What happened to them?"

    raviraj Monday, 16 September 2013 08:39 AM

    hey Brumpy please ask this question from your self before casting your vote at the next elections.

    pr Tuesday, 17 September 2013 06:29 AM

    Asokamala - You are right, this what really happening with our blind masses.

    pr Tuesday, 17 September 2013 06:37 AM

    ROSHANTHA : Be clear in your comments. The article says “Government has done little or nothing to condemn what UNHRC Chief said about the statue of late Prime Minister D. S. Senanayake and the Buddhist flag. Please brush your teeth well to stop smelling mouth. So what more the UNP have to do other than what they have mentioned. Read properly before commit.

    orange Monday, 16 September 2013 08:55 AM

    BRUMPY : Who created these many burning problems........
    so can you please "just go to Galle face and fly a kite by you as well whoever concern of these burning problems.

    pr Monday, 16 September 2013 08:59 AM

    Aiya : First the head has to be safe guarded before the tail,
    don't you know this simple thing.

    Concerned Citizen Monday, 16 September 2013 03:51 PM

    Maybe Pillai wanted to make the TNA happy by replacing the Father of the nation D.S.Senanayake with the Father of India Mahatma Gandhi, like the one in Jaffna town. Or Prabakaran's statue could have been her wish. Anyway, she must be mad to think she could order which statue SriLanka could install?

    Ryan Tuesday, 17 September 2013 10:29 AM

    Achieving peace and development is unmatched in this country, thanks to this government.

    Roshantha Monday, 16 September 2013 09:25 AM

    Before rushing to send the letter to the UNHRC Chief, UNP should have brought up this matter with government and left for the government to address the matter. That was the way to go. Now brush your teeth well and wait till she sends!!!

    Ryan Tuesday, 17 September 2013 10:32 AM

    Answers
    1. She asked to remove.
    2. Based on her perception that prabhakaran is a hero

    kay Tuesday, 17 September 2013 10:35 AM

    probably you are coming next to become the minister of bundulula

    kay Tuesday, 17 September 2013 10:39 AM

    concerned citizen
    looks like you are a blood relative of mervin silva, Has he got a wife yet

    Rohana Monday, 16 September 2013 09:48 AM

    You all as politicians should not think in political minds only. We have to think at this moment as Sri Lankans. We as Sri Lankans are being threat in every corner by foreign elements. Therefore it is duty of everybody to safeguard our country by telling them the actual situation in our country which will help our future generation to stay with some prestige.

    Medalankara de Chopp Monday, 16 September 2013 05:09 PM

    Send them to Angoda. They deserve it having parents like you

    Medalankara de Chopp Monday, 16 September 2013 05:10 PM

    This is what the people are saying. The UNP is there to save this regime.


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