Onlanka News – By Walter Jayawardhana
Sri Lanka’s Housing Minister and leader of the National Freedom Front, a constituent party of the governing coalition,Wimal Weerawansa criticized forrmer Army Commander Sarath Fonseka for saying Sri Lanka must cooperate with any international inquiry into war crimes they allege since we did not do such crimes.
Weerawansa appealed to Fonseka not to dig out the trump cards of the US imperialists to trap “Sri Lanka”.
Wimal Weerawansa argued after going to an inquiry Fonseka could always say during the last few days of the war he was out in China negotiating for arms and those who were present only were in the know passing the ball to the others. Weerawansa was responding to a statement made by Fonseka during a BBC interview in Colombo recently.
In that interview with Charles Haviland Sri Lanka Army’s former commander Fonseka rejected accusations that thousands of civilians had been killed in the closing phase of the army’s offensive against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.
“The large figures of 30,000, 40,000, [who are said to have] died – it was not practicable. The way we conducted the war, the type of weapons systems we used, the manuals we made, we were always concerned about the security of the civilians,” Mr Fonseka said.
Sri Lanka must cooperate with any international inquiry into these war crimes they allege, Sarath Fonseka said, a day after his release after spending 30 months in jail.
Fonseka said Sri Lanka must cooperate with any international inquiry into alleged war crimes
He said some Sri Lankan leaders were “hiding their faces “ as if they were guilty over how Sri Lanka conducted their war.
Sri Lanka must co-operate with any international investigation into alleged war crimes, ex-army chief Sarath Fonseka told the BBC, a day after his release from jail.
He said as if they were guilty some Sri Lankan leaders were “hiding their faces” over the conduct of the war.
But Mr Fonseka, who led the army to its 2009 victory over Tamil rebels, denied thousands of civilians had been killed.