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Govt. should get travel ban imposed on security forces lifted: Sarath Fonseka

Security forces did not target Tamil civilians during the war

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Fifty-one high ranking officers in the security forces are facing a travel ban from countries such as the United States and its high time the government gets the travel ban lifted by permanently resolving the human rights issues, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka told Parliament yesterday.

Speaking during the committee stage debate on the budget in the House, the SJB MP said even he is unable to visit his children abroad because of the travel ban.

“The human rights issue has taken a new turn with Sri Lanka’s decision to withdraw from co-sponsorship of the resolution in UN Human Rights Council as the British House of Commons has approved a resolution. The House of Commons had actually expressed its displeasure over Sri Lanka’s decision to withdraw from co-sponsorship. It is time to resolve the human rights issues for good so that travel bans on 51 high ranking officers in the security forces can get lifted,” Field Marshal Fonseka said.

“Sri Lankan security forces did not target Tamil civilians during the war at any time. We in fact rescued 130,000 civilians in Pudumatalan,” he said.

The former Army Commander said Sri Lankan security forces need modern equipment such as new war tanks while the Navy needs a warship.“sri Lankan Navy is still without a warship while the Air Force needs new attack aircraft,” he added.

Also, he said the credit for the war victory should be given to those who were in the battlefield from the tri forces and not the politicians and the high ranking officers. (YOHAN PERERA AND AJITH SIRIWARDANA)

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  • Lion Friday, 04 December 2020 08:45 AM

    Sir they will not try to get it lifted since you too will be benifited.

    M R Nazim Friday, 04 December 2020 12:31 PM

    SF now only you remember your children living in US? Were you plucking coconuts when you all were in power? What prevented you all to to lift the travel ban imposed on security forces??

    rass Friday, 04 December 2020 05:38 PM

    According to my country's constitution and policy, suspected war criminals are not allowed to enter into the country. In my country, war criminal can be prosecuted upon their arrival.

    Mandayan Friday, 04 December 2020 06:01 PM

    This guy is talks a lot nowadays and claims war victory to himself too. Don’t make the Top boss to think that you need another rehabilitation opportunity!!

    TT Friday, 04 December 2020 07:46 PM

    How a TRAITOR can talk about the TRI-FOCES who are the back-bone of the country

    Roshan Samarathunga Saturday, 05 December 2020 02:25 AM

    You never led the forces. Yes you led the family. SRI Lanka is belong to Muslims, Sinhalese, Tamil. Every citizen must have a equal rights.

    Punchi Banda Saturday, 05 December 2020 03:22 PM

    The fundamental primitive barbaric nature of Sri Lankan’s is evidenced by the video I just watched of a superior male officer beating a subordinate female officer in some office in Sri Lanka. It is very unlikely that the US even in the twilight days of Trumps administration going to agree to a Sri Lankan request to lift legitimate sanctions on known war criminals


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