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.