Wimal says Fonseka’s damning accusation against Gota basis for UN move
By Shamindra Ferdinando
Mar 8, 2010
National Freedom Front (NFF) leader Wimal Weerawansa yesterday (March 7) alleged that a section of the international community was making a fresh attempt to use defeated Opposition presidential candidate Gen. (Retd) Sarath Fonseka to target the country over human rights violations during the war against the LTTE.

The former MP said that some foreign governments and INGOs still believed that Fonseka's damning allegation that Defence Secretary ordered the army not to take prisoners during the final phase of ground operations could be used as a weapon against the country.

Addressing the media in Colombo, he warned that unless the government acted swiftly and decisively, a recent move on the part of UN Chief Ban Ki-moon could develop into an unprecedented threat. "We may not be able to reverse the situation," he said.

He alleged that the JVP, too, was trying to undermine the government thereby helping the foreign agenda. He asserted that people would teach the JVP a lesson at the forthcoming parliamentary election and relegate it to the history.

Responding to a query by The Island, he said that had Fonseka not falsely accused the Defence Secretary of ordering executions as reported in the December 13 issue, 2009 of The Sunday Island, the UN wouldn't have anything to say. He said that the President, Defence Secretary and top commanders, who led troops on the Vanni front, were being targeted.

Referring to President Rajapaksa call to Ban Ki-moon not to go ahead with an independent investigation into alleged war crimes during Sri Lanka's successful war against the LTTE, Weerawansa said if the UN was genuinely interested in the protection of human rights, it should investigate what was going on in Iraq, Afghanistan as well as Pakistan where western forces were on the offensive. His reference to Pakistan was in relation to US 'drone' attacks on Pakistani territory targeting Taleban.

The President had emphasized that the UN shouldn't give in to unjustifiable pressure brought on the world body by INGOs and the British government.

They said that the President had pointed out that those who demanded a war crimes probe against Sri Lanka never sought similar investigation in Iraq and Afghanistan where multinational forces were engaged in counter-terrorist operations and stressed that Sri Lanka wouldn't cooperate with a unilateral decision.

Weerawansa said that the move to appoint a panel of experts to advise moon on "accountability issues" relating to possible human rights abuses in Sri Lanka could be a prelude to a war crimes investigation.

Courtesy: Island