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* International action on Sri Lanka due to government's paralysis on addressing crimes - opposition
Sun, Mar 9, 2014, 08:36 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 09, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) says the paralysis on the part of the government to end impunity has caused the international community to lose faith in the Rajapaksa regime's ability and willingness to protect the rights of the Sri Lankan people.

"International action being called for today, is a consequence of the Rajapaksa Government's paralysis on addressing grave crimes committed in this country," the UNP said in a statement.

"This crisis Sri Lanka faces internationally is not, as the Government would prefer the people believe, an international conspiracy or petty jealousy against the Sri Lankan state for defeating terrorism," the UNP said.

The main opposition said it had repeatedly requested the government to address the allegations raised in the international arena with the seriousness they deserve, but in an attempt to protect the interests of the ruling family and their coterie of followers, the regime has determinedly decided to ignore such advice.

"By doing this, the Rajapaksa regime has risked our nation being cast as a pariah in the community of civilized nations. Though the Rajapaksa regime is attempting to rile up tribal sentiment among the majority community, with its chest beating defiance of the international community, in reality, what they are doing is hiding behind the false pretense of nationalism, to protect their own political and commercial interests," the UNP noted.

The statement said the party continues to educate the public on why protection of human rights by the Government is in the best interest of the country.

The UNP recalled that irrespective of the regime's portrayal of international conspiracies, it was President Mahinda Rajapaksa himself who promised the Secretary General of the United Nations in May 2009, to address "the aspirations and grievances of all communities and work towards a lasting political solution" and pledged "to proceed with the implementation of the 13th Amendment, as well as to begin a broader dialogue with all parties, including the Tamil parties in the new circumstances, to further enhance this process and to bring about lasting peace and development in Sri Lanka.

"Having misled and continuously lied to the Sri Lankan people and our friends abroad, the regime is now claiming they are being hounded," the UNP said.

The UNP statement said the present government does not know how to handle the crisis in Geneva nor the numerous crises at home and UNP is the only party that can deliver.

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