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* No international mechanism to investigate alleged war crimes, Sri Lankan PM reiterates
Wed, Sep 23, 2015, 12:15 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Sept 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today reiterated that there will be no international mechanism to investigate the alleged war crimes and a tribunal should be carried out under a domestic system and not through a mechanism designed by an outside person or entity.

Giving a special statement in Parliament, Mr. Wickremesinghe also reiterated that the local mechanism will not include any international partners or interference. It should cover a broad scope, encompassing all parties, he said.

Prime Minister also stressed that steps will be taken to eliminate racism and religious differences in the local ruling mechanism. He said the present government is committed to serve all citizens and all communities without making any differences.

The PM added that the present national government is adopting a special policy to provide all necessary services to the common public, while taking the correct decisions at the right time.

Assuring the people that the government will not allow the terrorism to rise again, the PM said the government will work to establish a long lasting peace in the country. He further said the government and the Ministers work based on this objective.

Wickremesinghe stressed that it is important to establish the real peace, reconciliation and necessary atmosphere to avoid the conflicts between communities which was witnessed in many occasions in history. He also recalled the events in the past where the golden opportunities were lost.

The Prime Minister said a comprehensive plan to establish reconciliation will be carefully prepared by considering the factors which affected the communities in the past, reasons for the conflict and other related factors as well.

He said a series of discussions will take place in future to arrive at a just and fair solution to the ethnic issue. A useful contribution of all stakeholders is mandatory in this process, he added.

Speaking further Prime Minister told the House that the change of government and administration will ensure the rule of law in the country. Further it will also make a comprehensive investigations into small and large scale corruptions and misuse of the government resources. This mechanism will make sure such corruptions will not take place in future. Prime Minister stated an effective local administrative mechanism is being implemented to block the loopholes in the legal system so that no one will be allow to commit any offence of this type.

He said that a new constitution to serve common masses equally will be drafted in future as judicial and administrative reforms are also vital for true reconciliation.

Wickremesinghe gave a basic outline of the events after 2009 which led to the intervention of the UNHRC. He said that the previous government had a good opportunity to establish a sustainable peace and reconciliation among the communities but it failed to implement the necessary changes and as a result Sri Lanka had to face many difficulties to establish bilateral ties with western countries.

The PM also said the previous government failed to achieve the sustainable peace, reconciliation and failed to address the human rights and accountability issues which were mentioned in the agreement with the UN Secretary General leading to the UN's intervention in the country.

However, the international community has developed a favorable opinion following the January 8 Presidential Election, he pointed out.

The present government took immediate measures to establish reconciliation and peace among all communities. Within a short period the present government made a big progress in achieving many targets as foreign countries came forward to extend support to the ongoing efforts taken by the present government to establish democracy, reconciliation and sustainable peace, the PM said.

 


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