Aug 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka main opposition United National Party (UNP) said in a statement that the blunder related to an article posted in the Defense Ministry website and the apology that followed it underscored the recklessness and devil-may-care attitude of the present regime when it comes to affairs of state.
In a ridiculous twist the Defense Ministry in its 'unqualified apology' claimed that the article had been published on its website without authorization, the UNP said.
"This is the level of irresponsibility which is now ruling the roost at the country's defence establishment. On the other hand, this is the same unprofessional behavior that plunged Sri Lanka into trouble when it came to war crimes allegations and accountability issues." The UNP statement further said.
The opposition party noted that "in its damage control over the unfortunate caricature, the Defense Ministry is bending over backwards to express regret and apologies, yet its website has long since become a haven of content of the most racist and partisan type, often implicating without proof or substantiation attacks on diplomats and foreign governments."
"It is also a reflection of the culture of fear inspired by the Defense Ministry of Sri Lanka that has become the center of all power in the incumbent regime that the local English press had completely omitted publication of the "unqualified apology", despite the diplomatic row the entire incident caused."
The opposition party said the "Terror and impunity are what the Rajapaksa regime thrives on."
"To expect this Government to uphold the rule of law or mete out justice against heinous crimes is futile, since no one is served better than the regime itself by the breakdown of the justice system in this country," the party observed.