Lankapage Logo Recent Top Stories
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Unfair to raise war crime charges against Sri Lanka based on false data - minister
Sun, Dec 15, 2013, 09:20 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 15, Colombo: A Sri Lankan government minister says that it is unfair for the international community to raise war crime charges against Sri Lanka based on false data.

.At a special discussion held with the visiting Japanese peace envoy Yasushi Akashi a leading member of government coalition party Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka stressed that there was no war crime of any sort has occurred during the offensive launched by the security forces against the terrorists.

He stressed that the Sri Lankan government and the security forces have taken utmost care and followed the humanitarian policy during the war.

Reminding the Japanese envoy that LTTE held about 300,000 civilians in the north as hostage during the final stage of the war, Ranawaka pointed out that if the Sri Lankan Army wanted to kill Tamils it would not have accepted the surrender of around 11,000 LTTE cadres at the end of the war four years ago.

Furthermore, the government treated the surrendered LTTE cadres humanely, rehabilitated them and released to the society within four years, the Minister pointed out.

The Minister pointed out that the LTTE killed the civilians who had attempted to flee from their grip to the army controlled areas.

He said during the war the Tamil civilians in the southern part of the island lived normal lives and none of them were harassed.

Speaking of resettlement, Ranawaka pointed out that a large number of the Sinhala community evicted from the north and east by the LTTE during its terror campaign had not been allowed to return.

He told Akashi that there were about 20,000 Sinhalese living in the north in 1981 but now only the number is about 800.

Minister Ranawaka told the Japanese envoy that the communal movement carried out by pro-LTTE Tamil Diaspora and some foreign countries has severely affected the Sri Lanka's recent reconciliation process and it was unfair to raise war crimes charges against Sri Lanka based on false data.

He requested the peace envoy to inform the international community about the true situation in Sri Lanka.

ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories
Ten killed when tractor falls into a canal in north central Sri Lanka
-- [4 hours ago]
Top UN official to attend World Conference on Youth 2014 in Sri Lanka
-- [4 hours ago]
Sangakkara officially retires from T20 International cricket
-- [5 hours ago]
President opens Sri Lanka's first auto assembly plant
-- [5 hours ago]
Provincial Councilor of Sri Lanka main opposition party wanted for assault surrenders to police
-- [6 hours ago]
Sri Lanka's ruling party mayor of Hambantota denies allegation of assaulting opposition MPs
-- [6 hours ago]
Sri Lankan peace organization calls on government to resume dialogue to avoid backslide to past
-- [6 hours ago]
Second major robbery in recent weeks in Sri Lanka's coastal town
-- [6 hours ago]
Sri Lanka police to probe inefficiency of police at Mattala airport and Hambantota harbor
Reconciliation cannot be achieved overnight, Sri Lanka tells US

Copyright © 2000, 2014 by (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.