SL forces acted in adherence to international laws – President in Al Jazeera interview

SL forces acted in adherence to international laws – President in Al Jazeera interview

SL forces acted in adherence to international laws – President in Al Jazeera interview

Written by Staff Writer

30 Jan, 2016 | 10:29 am

In an interview with Al Jazeera, President Maithripala Sirisena said the Sri Lankan government forces always acted in adherence to international law and according to the laws of the government of Sri Lanka.

President Sirisena elaborated on the key findings from a UN investigation into the country’s civil war, released in September last year

The report from the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) investigated atrocities committed by both the Tamil separatists and the Sri Lankan Army during the 26-year-long conflict.

The president stated that there is no allegations regarding ‘war crimes’ and that there were war crimes allegations during the early stages,but at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, mainly in the proposals presented in September, there were no ‘war crimes’ allegations against us

The President further added that they contained allegations of human rights violations only but when you consider the facts surrounding the allegations of human rights violations, we are committed as a member of the United Nations, to implementing the main points and proposals

“The levels of mistrust in state authorities and institutions by broad segments of Sri Lankan society should not be underestimated,” he said addressing the OHCHR report recommendations for the creation of a “hybrid special court” comprised of international and domestic judges, persecutors, lawyers and investigators.

The president went on to clarify that he is committed to bringing war time perpetrators to trial, but that he is opposed to foreign involvement

“Within that commitment, we will always act in accordance with the sovereignty of our country and in accordance with our constitution” he said and added that for this work, foreign technology in certain areas can be obtained but in terms of people there is definitely do no need for outsiders.”

“We must not be worried or in a hurry. 2016 is the year of showing results,” he said addressing the issue of eradicating corruption and its progress so far

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