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* Sri Lanka President reiterates stance against hybrid courts to prosecute security forces
Sat, Mar 4, 2017, 10:22 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 04, Rohan de Saram: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena today reiterated his stance against the hybrid courts recommended by the United Nations to probe the war crimes and humanitarian law violations allegedly committed by some members of security forces.

The President stressed that the present government will not bow down to the whims and fancies of Non-Governmental Organizations functioning under the foreign influence and charge the members of the three armed-forces.

Speaking at a function at the Palaly Air Force Camp today the President said he strongly rejects the proposal made by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights recently to hear court cases against the security forces by bringing foreign judges.

The President emphasized that the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity are his priority and he will always appear responsibly on behalf of the war heroes to protect their honor and safety during his tenure as commander-in-chief.

He assured that regardless of whatever accusations leveled by some non-governmental organizations and political forces who try to obtain narrow political mileage, he will act for the safety of war heroes and fulfill all the duties and responsibilities abide by the Constitution to safeguard the sovereignty and independence of the country.

In his address to the thousands of service personnel and Policemen, the President insisted the significance of raising the standards of the services and the Police to match with international standards through enhanced professionalism and training.

The President told the gathering that he would do everything possible to make the Sri Lankan Armed Forces one of the best in the world in future and pledged to provide more training opportunities, technology knowhow and all privileges of the security forces.

Pointing out that apparent, superficial unity amongst the different ethnicities is pointless if people still hold misgivings against each other, the President Sirisena urged all groups and parties to seriously consider the future of the country and attempt to solve national problems.

During the visit to the Security Forces Headquarters in Jaffna on Saturday, President Sirisena held discussions with the members of the security forces on matters of security and general concerns in the peninsula.

The President also had a cordial meeting with a representative gathering of ex-servicemen resident in Jaffna and presented them with gifts. He planted a Na sapling in the premises of the Security Forces Headquarters in Jaffna to mark his visit. The President later visited the Palaly Airforce Camp.

Ministers Mahinda Samarasinghe, Duminda Dissanayake, Chief of Defense Staff, Commanders of Tri Forces, Inspector General of Police and the Commander Security Forces Jaffna Major General Mahesh Senanayake also joined the President at these occasions.

 


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