Lanka military not responsible for war crime abuse - FM
Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama in the presence of UN Chief Ban
Ki-moon on Saturday, brushed off certain internationally originated
calls for a probe against Sri Lanka over possible involvement in ‘war
Addressing a question from a journalist during a media briefing in
which the UN Chief also participated, the Minister categorically stated
that such a question would not arise as the Sri Lankan military was not
responsible for any such abuse.
The Minister also noted that such a call was not justified in the
context of the Sri Lankan scenario as what prevailed in the North was a
hostage situation and as a sovereign country, the Government had every
right to take necessary steps to rescue a section of its citizens held
captive by a terrorist organization.
Meanwhile, UN Chief Ban Ki-moon answering a question from the media
over an alleged comment made by him regarding an imminent ‘blood bath’
during the last days of the military operation to save civilians,’ said
he had not used that particular word.
The UN Chief said what he did was to voice concern over the safety of
trapped civilians during final confrontations between the LTTE and
Security Forces which the media had interpreted using the above
phrase.The UN Chief also heavily criticized the use of civilians as a
human shield by the LTTE.