Written by Staff Writer
08 Feb, 2016 | 8:52 pm
The obtaining of signatures for a public petition titled No to an International War Crimes Tribunal, commenced in Colombo on Monday, February 8.
The petition was first signed by former president Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Sri Sambuddhaloka Viharaya in Colombo. Thereafter, a group including Former Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa, placed their signatures on the petition.
Former defence Secretary, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, stated that conclusions cannot be made by a person who doesn’t live in the island, and also since he is meeting only one faction.
He added that therefore he doesn’t get the understanding of the situation by meeting those who were trained to speak with prepared speeches. The former defense secretary also recalled measures taken by the previous government for reconciliation.
Explaining further, he noted that they implemented many recommendations made by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission, which was established by the former president.
In addition, he added that individuals who committed crimes within the 30 years have been punished, as a board within the army was established to look into them.
Furthermore, he noted that speeches made by the president and prime Minister did not specify the mechanism to be followed as statements are made daily which are contradicting.
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