The Sunday Leader

President Scoffs At Dublin Verdict

By Munza Mushtaq

President Mahinda Rajapaksa last week scoffed at the explosive judgment delivered recently by a Dublin based International Tribunal which found the Sri Lankan Government, its military and aligned paramilitary groups guilty of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity during the war.

At a meeting he had with editors of several weekend newspapers at his official residence in Kandy last Wednesday, in response to a question raised by The Sunday Leader Rajapaksa dismissed the war crimes tribunal and its findings – insisting they were unimportant and insignificant.

Asked if he would at any stage hold an independent inquiry on the allegations of war crimes based on the Dublin tribunal – if so pressured to do so by the United Nations, he replied curtly, “We will see about it at that time.”

In response to the war crimes tribunal the Sri Lankan Government has consistently maintained that Western forces are aligned in an ‘international conspiracy’ to tarnish this Government’s image and taint its victory against the LTTE.

Meanwhile, issuing the final report made public yesterday, the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal concluded that the international community, particularly the United Kingdom and United States should share responsibility for the breakdown of the island’s peace process.

The Tribunal ruled that the European Union in particular had been complicit in the obstruction and dismantling of the peace process and stigmatizing Tamil groups in banning the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

“The International Community has neglected its duty to promote peace in the region,” the tribunal said.

The Tribunal’s ten member international jury panel has recommended the Sri Lankan government establish an authoritative Truth and Justice commission; Immediately repeal of Prevention of Terrorism Act, 1979; Disband all paramilitary forces and reduce military presence in Tamil areas; and Implement a political power sharing solution with the full participation of the Tamil people.

The Tribunal has further urged the International Community, including the Sri Lankan Government to appoint a UN special rapporteur for Sri Lanka to investigate and identify responsibilities for human rights violations, violations of humanitarian law and war crimes committed by all parties in conflict.

The Tribunal also called for the establishment of an independent group of eminent persons to investigate the responsibilities of the international community in the disruption of the ceasefire agreement and subsequent war crimes and crimes against humanity and provision of the Sri Lankan Government with weapons during the ceasefire.

159 Comments for “President Scoffs At Dublin Verdict”

  1. Gamini Dullewa

    ….The Sunday Leader,UNP/LTTE,JVP,TNA and all foreign NGO goons TOGETHER could not defeat our peoples president……next time, find another joker like SF!

    • MARK

      SF IS AN ANIMAL HE COMFIRMED IT DURING AND AFTER THE ELECTION PROCESS.THEY ARE SAYING NOW THERE WERE IRREGULARITIES IN COUNTING BUT NO ONE EXCEPT THIS ANIMAL TALKS SUCH NONSENSE.EVEN RANIL,HAKEEM ETC WHO ARE SEASONED POLITICAL GUYS HAVE GOT NOTHING TO SAY.

      THE WHOLE WORLD GOT TOGETHER TO DEFEAT MR, STILL COULD NOT GET CLOSE.

      SARATH FONSEKA U ANIMAL SHUT AND PACK UP

  2. Daily mirror

    General Sarath Fonseka is seeking asylum overseas including Australia. However Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith says his country has still not got an official request.

    In an interview with The Australian at his home in Colombo, the former Sri Lankan army chief turned presidential challenger said he had spoken to the US and British embassies in Sri Lanka and was also planning to speak to the Australian high commissioner about the possibility of temporary asylum.

    But the man credited with winning the war against the rebel Tamil Tigers last May – along with his former commander-in-chief, President Mahinda Rajapakse, revealed he was being prevented from leaving the country, the Australian reported.

    According to ABC news Foreign Affairs Minister Stephen Smith says there has been no official request as yet.

    “No such approach has been made,” he said.

    “I think it is very important that General Fonseka be provided with two things – that he be provided with freedom of movement and he be provided with security, personal security in the circumstances that he is in.”

    • Master

      He can go to USA as he is a PR holder of USA

    • Sena

      Placed in difficult and insecure circumstances, the General seems to have been moved by a desperate compulsion to seek sympathy. The desire to go public with a purported search for asylum may be arising from that mental framework. Otherwise, if it was really the need for leaving the country, being a Green Card holder, he could have left our shores and headed toward the USA without seeking any fresh permission.

  3. sam

    SF secured more than 50% an not 40% of genune votes , No doubt ! all his supporter are with him in the days to come. – good luck General !

  4. WAR CRIMES ARE DIFICULT TO AVOID OR NEVER CAN AVOID.WHO COMMITED AND INVOLVED WITH THESE CRIMES,WILL GO TO JAILS FOR LIFE AND MANY OTHER PUNISHMENTS ARE WAITING FOR THEM.IT IS MATTER OF TIME.SOONER OR LATER,IT WILL TAKE PLACE.

    NOW IT IS STARTING TO TAKE PLACE.WHATEVER CAN SAY FROM IN SIDE OF THE COUNTRY,IS NOT IMPORTANT AT ALL.NOW CAN SAY,BUT TIME WILL COME SOON.EVEN BEFORE THE TIME COMES,WAR CRIMINALS ARE ALLREADY AFRAID FOR IT.IT IS NOW VERY CLEARLY VISIBLE THAT THEY ARE IN PANIC NOW.WHAT KIND OF HEROS ARE THESE?.THE FAKE AND PAPER HEROS.

    THERE STOLEN WEALTH FROM COUNTRY IN DOLLER MILLIONS STORING IN OTHER COUNTRIES WILL HAVE TO DETECT BY INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY AND ALL ROBERIES WILL COME OUT FROM SECRECY SOONER OR LITTLE BIT LATER.

    KILLING TIME,KILLERS ARE KINGS.PUNISHMENT TIME THEY ARE BECOMING LESS THAN DOGS.ALL WE HAVE TO WAIT FOR OUR KARMA,EVEN KINGS,HAVE TO SUFFER FROM KARMA.FORGET ABOUT POLITICS AND ANY OTHER THINGS.THINK ABOUT HUMAN HUMAN RIGHTS AS HUMAN BEINGS.THOSE WHO KILL AND DESTROY THOUSANDS OF HUMANS JUST LIKE MOSQUITOS,NOW HAVE TO FACE THE JUSTICE FOR THE THOSE KILLINGS OF CHILDREN,WEMEN,OLD AND YOUNG,AND SICK.

    POWERFULL SOON BECOME POWERLESS.THEY HAVE TO SUFFER THE WAY THEIR VICTIMS SUFFERED,AT LEAST SOME PART OF IT.PRAISE UN FOR IT’S HUMANLY RULES,THERE IS NO PUNISHMENT OF DEATH UNDER UN,RULES.THOSE WHO RESPONSIBLE FOR KILLING THOUSANDS OF UN ARMED CIVILIANS WILL NOT GET DEATH PENALTY.

    WHAT A UNJUST WORLD WE LIVE.THEY KILLED THOUSANDS,BUT NOT A SINGLE KILLER GET DEATH PENALTY.WHERE ARE THE GODS???????????????????????????.

  5. Mahinda

    This corrupt fool will not last. I promise you that the diaspora and all its allies will destablise the economy of this third world fly infested country. We are pushing for justice to see that this idiot and his racist family are brought down.

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