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Lanka rejects calls for withdrawl of troops from north

[Firstpost, Saturday, 19 May 2012 13:59 3 Comments]

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today rejected international calls to withdraw troops from the country’s former warzones, warning that LTTE diaspora had not given up separatism.

“Some are shouting remove military camps from the north and east,” Rajapaksa said at a ceremony to mark the third anniversary of crushing of the Tamil Tigers, claiming “the LTTE diaspora had not given up their separatist ideas.”

rajapaksa “We cannot jeopardise national security by removing camps,” the Lankan President declared in sharp comments, hours after US Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton said that Colombo should demilitarise the Tamil dominated embattled north and do more to protect human rights.

Sri Lanka’s foreign minister G M Peiris had a 45-minute meeting with Clinton in Washington after which he told reporters that Colombo will carry out its own investigation into the rights abuses during the final phase of the island’s civil war.

The UN, the US as well as India has stressed upon the Lankan administration to demilitarise the former conflict areas and to carry out a national reconciliation.

A recommendation to de-escalate military presence in the north and east also figures in Rajapakasa’s own Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) report.

Rajapaksa rejected conjectures that his forces were involved in the civil administration in the Tamil-dominated north.

“What the Eelamist terrorists could not do through decades of war, they are now trying to achieve through other means,” Rajapaksa said.

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3 Comments »

  • Raja Perera said:

    GENOCIDE, GENOCIDE, GENOCIDE!…. THE WHOLE WORLD KNOWS THE TRUTH TODAY. WHY WAIT TO OPENLY SAY THE GENOCIDE AGAIST THE TAMILS? IF THE WORLD STILL DELAYS IN ACCEPTING THE GENOCIDE OF TAMILS BY THE SINHALA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA, IT BECOMES LOUD AND CLEAR THAT THE WHOLE WORLD DOESN’T CARE FOR GENOCIDES. FROM THE UN SECRETARY GENERAL TO HEADS OF GOVERNMENTS OF ALL COUNTRIES WILL BE RESPOSIBLE FOR THE MASS CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY AND GENOCIDES. WITH ALL THESE HAPPENINGS, ALLOWING THE MILITARY PRESENCE IN THE TAMIL AREAS IS ALLOWING GENOCIDE

  • Raja Perera said:

    ….WITH ALL THESE HAPPENINGS, ALLOWING THE MILITARY PRESENCE IN THE TAMIL AREAS IS ALLOWING GENOCIDE TO CONTINUE TO COMPLETE WITH THEIR UNFINISHED WORK TO CALL IT A COMPLETE GENOCIDE OF TAMILS. ….. WAKE-UP WORLD!

  • Anbalagan Manickam said:

    Genocide has happened to the innocent tamil people, tomorrow the same will happen in another part of the world.IF the whole human beings are living like this silent to these killings of innocent human beings then This is the ultimate truth that we the human beings the intellectual and great living things on mother earth are killing ourselves and will become the cause of our own extinction / destruction in the name of religion,race,cast, language etc………….

    God has given us great earth to live peacefull and happily but we are destroying day by day the nature and ourselve————— That’s y all this Tsunami, 2012 killer will come soon to earth . This is truth and fact. God is also not withstanding the cruelty of human beings.