Basil Slams TNA
Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa said that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) will have to answer for the human rights violations carried out by the LTTE, if it participates in the UN Human Rights Council’s sessions in Geneva.
Minister Rajapaksa said that the TNA in their election manifestoes in 2001 and 2004 have mentioned that they are the sole representatives of the LTTE who killed thousands of people including the leaders of the Tamil community. He said that the government has received reports that relatives of Tamil politicians who were killed by the LTTE have already left for Geneva and the TNA which represented the LTTE will have to provide an answer to them too. Minister Rajapaksa said that the government was more concerned about human rights during the course of the military operations. He said that the world knows that the government has been making a serious effort to promote reconciliation and ethnic harmony. “Thousands of people in the North and the South were disabled due to the LTTE atrocities.” He said that thousands of people were killed by the LTTE by launching various attacks on nerve centres of the country including the Central Bank, the Dehiwala Railway station and Pettah. “It is not appropriate to rekindle the pangs of war. People were affected by the LTTE carnages at Kattankuddy mosque, Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura and Colombo fort.