A former Sri Lankan defense leader who’s a front-runner in next month’s presidential elections stated Tuesday that when he wins, he will not recognize an arrangement the authorities made with all the UN human rights council to investigate alleged war crimes during the country’s civil war.
In case Gotabaya Rajapaksa wins the November 16 election follows through with his remarks, it could be a serious setback to Sri Lanka’s post-war reconciliation procedure.
“We will work with the United Nations, however, that I can not comprehend what they’ve signed” with previous Sri Lankan authorities, Rajapaksa said in a news conference.
“We’ve rejected that, as a celebration, we’ve rejected that arrangement and in public, we’ve rejected that. … With this matter, our policies and the current government policies are far apart,” he explained.
Rajapaksa was the very best defense officer during the past couple of years of this long civil war, which finished in 2009, serving under his brother, then-President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Under their view, Sri Lankan forces were accused of targeting physicians and murdering civilians and rebels who surrendered into the army in the conclusion of the war, which saw that the army defeat Tamil rebels who had been fighting for an independent nation for minority ethnic Tamils.
Lots of people removed in the so-called”white van abductions” were not seen again.
Rajapaksa said Tuesday, however, that Sri Lankans should appear to the future instead of considering the past.
“We must proceed, we must be worried about hanging on to old allegations and that. We’ve got a good deal of things which we can do to the improvement of the people of the region,” he stated, speaking to the island country’s north and north, where Tamils reside in most.
“In the army, we are aware there are over 4,000 soldiers and officers overlooking… because once you go to war, even when they’re in the battle, there are particular cases even we couldn’t regain our lives,” he explained.
He said the sailors and soldiers accused of killing, abducting and assaulting journalists are framed for political motives.
Rajapaksa says he’s renounced his US citizenship to contest the presidential elections.
Abraham Sumanthiran, a lawmaker in the Tamil National Alliance, the key political party representing minority Tamils, stated Rajapaksa’s stand can not be accepted. “it’s a job given by the authorities of Sri Lanka. Whichever party, it’s obligated by the project,” he explained.
“He will need to necessarily implement each the provisions in that settlement. We’ll continue to urge this,” Sumanthiran explained.
Based on conservative UN quotes, some 100,000 people were murdered in the 26-year civil warfare. However, a later U.N. report stated that some 40,000 civilians might have been killed in the last months of this fighting.