Darusman report biased - Governors
The Governors of Sri Lanka have issued a Joint Statement on the
Controversial Darusman report made by the Advisory Panel appointed by
the Secretary General of the United Nations to advise him on the alleged
atrocities said to have been committed by the security forces during the
last stages of their humanitarian campaign to relieve the tamil
civilians held as a human shield by the LTTE terrorists.
"The Governors of the Provinces in Sri Lanka not with deep concern
and regret the decision of UN Secretary General to institute a
Commission to Inquire into various allegations made during the
conclusion of three decades of internal turmoil subjecting the entire
population of Sri Lanka to the scourge of terrorism and for publishing
against all norms of United Nation Organization and diplomacy, a biased
unilateral report which would bring discredit to the President and the
Armed Forces thereby to the people of Sri Lanka who suffered under the
clutches of naked and horrific band of terrorists who devastated the
once peaceful country," Mohan Wijewickrama, Governor, Eastern Province
and Chairman 13th Governor's Conference states in a press release.
"As Governors in-charge of the Provinces, we are well aware of the
suffering that the people of South and North underwent due to
indiscriminate bombings and other forms of violence by the LTTE, which
claimed thousands of lives, maimed and orphaned a large cross section of
the population irrespective of race, caste, creed or religion,
subjecting people to all forms of misery and suffering."
"Instead of appreciating the valiant role of the Government for
subjugating a terror group known as the worst terrorists in the world
and rescuing thousands of innocent Tamil civilians held by force as
human shields, the efforts by certain individuals to point a finger at
the Government belittle all forms of astute statesmanship and all norms
of international diplomacy.
Such irresponsible action will certainly reverse the unprecedented
successes achieved in 'confidence building' among various communities
living in Sri Lanka in the recent past."
"It is in this backdrop that the Provincial Governors of Sri Lanka
jointly request the UN Secretary General not to dampen the efforts of
the Government to bring the country back to peace and prosperity,
thereby afford the people a descent living after three decades of
continues suffering by placing unsubstantiated blame unilaterally on the
President and the Armed Forces who strived their very best to bring the
country back to normalcy sacrificing many of their personnel in the