July 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army Spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasuriya yesterday rejected the claims of skepticism by an unnamed spokesman of the US Embassy in Colombo regarding the Presidential Commission to Investigate into Complaints Regarding Missing Persons.
A spokesperson at the US Embassy in Colombo has told The Sunday Leader newspaper, that there are reports of security forces threatening and intimidating witnesses to the Commission appointed by the President to investigate cases of missing persons during the war.
"We welcome credible investigations into allegations of human rights abuses in Sri Lanka. There are numerous reports of widespread threats and intimidation by security forces against witnesses and potential witnesses to the Commission. We hope the experts chosen to advise the Commission can provide the assistance needed to help it meet international standards for credibility and independence," the US Embassy Spokesperson has said.
Brigadier Wanigasuriya said the statement was incorrect and rejected the allegation. He requested the US embassy to produce facts regarding such incidents, if there was any, without leveling unfounded charges.
"We request if such incidents have taken place, kindly provide the information to the Army rather than make such false and baseless allegations against us," he said.
The Army Spokesman further stated that the practice of the US Embassy was undiplomatic and it should discuss the matter with the government first without taking to media.
He said that the statement can be based on ignorance on the developments in Sri Lanka and it resembled echoing of Tamil Diaspora statement by the Embassy.