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The Government said earlier today that it has no intention of creating a situation of ‘mass protests’ and agitation relating to the report by the advisory Panel appointed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

“It is not the Government’s intention to create any ‘mass protests’ and agitation relating to the ‘Darusman Report’ as alleged by some. We are not instigating hysteria nor violence or embarrassment to the UN community and to foreign Missions. Such allegations have been levelled by those with political agendas to blacken the image of the country at this sensitive moment,” Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L Peiris had said.

He made this statement during his briefing of the Diplomatic Community in Colombo, according to a release by the Ministry of External Affairs.

The Minister of External Affairs made the following points during his briefing :
 
The Government of Sri Lanka does not consider the Darusman Report as a UN document, as it has not been mandated by any inter-governmental or multilateral forum.  The document is the product of a personal initiative taken by the Secretary-General.  Furthermore, the mandate of the Panel is purely advisory in nature, as stated in its Terms of Reference.
 
Since the end of conflict, the Government of Sri Lanka is engaged in the delicate task of forging national unity and progress through reconciliation, rehabilitation and reconstruction.  After almost three decades, the Government has been successful in restoring peace, stability and security in all parts of the country.  The Government is dealing with critical post-conflict issues, with a view to erasing the pain and anguish of the past, while at the same time consolidating national unity and future progress.  We have made significant progress relating to resettlement of internally displaced persons, restoring livelihood in conflict- affected areas, reintegration of former child soldiers as productive citizens, rehabilitation of detainees, de-mining, restoring democratic processes in the North and East as well as reconstruction of housing and infrastructure.  We are moving gradually and confidently forward.   None of these positive developments have been reflected in the Report.
 
Furthermore, the controversial contents of the Darusman Report and its public release at this stage obstruct and retard this positive momentum, and it creates divisions.  At the same time, the Report will feed into the political agendas of those who wish to destabilize the country.

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  • Suny J Thursday, 28 April 2011 05:10 PM

    another foot in the mouth case .....you are vary famous for that.

    ila Friday, 29 April 2011 03:58 PM

    you ae trying hard to destroy your own credibility by issuing wrong messages. In the future, it will be hard for you to convice anyone if you continue to do so.

    Roshan Friday, 29 April 2011 11:12 AM

    Minister of External Affairs, will the UN accept your view about the validity of the UN report.

    Kumara Dharmarathne Friday, 29 April 2011 09:05 AM

    Minister, are you in the proper sense or you are definitly suffering from some kind of memory problem. Please consult a doctor immediatly.

    TomSamUSA Friday, 29 April 2011 08:56 AM

    Why happened old man.! Either you got cold feet or ran out of popular support for your bull excreta.

    kudu Friday, 29 April 2011 08:53 AM

    what evidence what real picture

    kudu Friday, 29 April 2011 08:53 AM

    what real picture what evidence

    kudu Friday, 29 April 2011 08:49 AM

    too much gel that is what we call bumithel molai LOL

    cracko Friday, 29 April 2011 08:35 AM

    Do you mean what REALLY happened?

    Jix Friday, 29 April 2011 03:46 AM

    So a general ration to go by would be for every 110 informed persons there are 7 nitwits... and counting

    WIKI Thursday, 28 April 2011 05:19 PM

    MAY 1 FOR LABOUR RIGHTS IN THE WORLD.
    AGINST HUMAN RIGHTS

    Guru4U Thursday, 28 April 2011 01:28 PM

    I think protests were announced!

    TMA Thursday, 28 April 2011 04:48 PM

    Oh! :( I was so looking 4ward 2 burn Moon's effigy

    Ibnu Bututa Thursday, 28 April 2011 03:23 PM

    All gov. ministers have gone nuts. MEA says protest nowhere, Keheliya says protest everywhere.

    Above the Crowd Thursday, 28 April 2011 03:23 PM

    Dogs bark and the caravan moves on!!!

    Prasad Wimalagunarat Thursday, 28 April 2011 02:57 PM

    Very good decision.We must make all the countries understand the situation and show the real picture with evidence to prove what has really happen during the war time as much as possible.

    Yehiya-Doha Thursday, 28 April 2011 02:50 PM

    Its good but too late.

    Dinithi Thursday, 28 April 2011 01:52 PM

    I think they have changed strategy. President requested mass protests when he panicked and felt cornered. I think now they are confident of Russia, China and India support. Any government sponsored protest will attract unnecessary attention. I also think mass protests are needed only when you are desparate. This is not a desparate situation but we should be very careful and on the toes so that it does not turn desparate.

    Fairose Thursday, 28 April 2011 01:48 PM

    Aney, we shall have a "Thoila", to caste away the Ban Ki Moon yaka that has processed our patriotic leader. We have a good Kattadiyek by the name of W.W whose craftmanship is world renown. He is the best that could do the best 'thoila' and deceive the people.
    But the erudite community of sri lanka feel good about the decision taken by the country. Pumping phony patriotism has other implications that could be harmful to good name of the country. We should counter our criticism with reason and reasons.

    Fellow Martian Thursday, 28 April 2011 01:47 PM

    Which planet have you woken up from GL? Just ask your boss or even read the papers. H.E. has asked everyone to join in and protest

    Doha Boy Thursday, 28 April 2011 01:40 PM

    president himself announced it some days back. I saw some posters put up by WW's party. This is like an utter comedy!!!!

    Pno Thursday, 28 April 2011 01:41 PM

    I thought if was the President that called for mass protest?


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