Media Minister takes SF to task:
‘SF’s call, invitation to foreign meddling’
*‘SF taking mean advantage of
*‘All must work together as Sri
*‘Govt has no need to implement such
*‘President courageously faced Geneva
If Sarath Fonseka calls for the withdrawal of Security Forces camps
from the North he is indirectly inviting foreign countries to meddle in
Sri Lanka’s internal affairs, said Mass Media and Information Minister
If anyone tried to take undue advantage of a pardon granted to him it
will a be a very lowly and unbecoming act on his part the minister
“The time has now come for all to unite and work together as Sri
Lankans and as such making such a statement to the international media
can never be condoned, Minister Rambukwella said.
Minister Rambukwella expressed these sentiments responding to a
question raised by a journalist at a press conference at his residence
yesterday. This was the first press briefing by the minister since his
return from Australia following treatment for a leg injury.
Minister Rambukwella said it is not a positive development if Sarath
Fonseka has made such a statement to the international media.
Minister Rambukwella said although Sri Lanka achieved freedom in the
context of the war it has not gained freedom in the international
context and such statements of this nature attributed to Fonseka will
only induce foreign countries to intervene in Sri Lanka’s domestic
The minister said that he believed Australia supported the US
sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka at the UNHRC sessions in Geneva
because it had no proper awareness about conditions in Sri Lanka.
He said Australia changed its stand after getting to know the truth.
He said Sarath Fonseka is neither the Defence Minister nor Defence
Secretary to recommend the removal of Security Forces camps in the
North. The government has no need to implement a proposal made by such a
Since President Mahinda Rajapaksa had promised to look after the
Geneva issue the Cabinet had no doubt about it.
The President who ended a 30 year war had the courage to face the
Geneva issue. He said the government had still not abandoned its battle
at the UNHRC.
Minister Rambukwella said President Mahinda Rajapaksa had paid
special attention to him and inquired about his progress and welfare
continuously from the day he suffered the accident and he wished to
thank him for all the personal attention given.
He also thanked Economic Development Deputy Minister Lakshman Yapa
Abeywardene for ably looking after his ministerial duties during his
absence. He also thanked all his well - wishers and supporters who took
a keen interest about his progress and welfare. He said he suffered the
accident due to the insecurity and inadequate facilities at the hotel he
booked in and he hoped to institute legal action against the hotel.
Mass Media and Information Minister Keheliya Rambukwella yesterday
said Fonseka has started misusing the President’s magnanimity and
He said the President showed kindness in granting pardon to Fonseka.
Responding to Fonseka’s statement to a Tamil daily, the minister said
Fonseka is trying to create unnecessary problems in the North when all
communities are living in peace after the end of the conflict. The
minister said terrorism was wiped out from the country due to President
Mahinda Rajapaksa’s dynamic leadership.
Fonseka had made a statement to a Tamil daily that the Sri Lanka Army
is interfering in the civil administration in the North and Army camps
should be dismantled from the Northern province.
The minister said Fonseka had made this statement to the media as a
free man because President Rajapaksa pardoned him and released him.
Minister Rambukwella also thanked the President and Cabinet colleagues
for helping him after he met with an accident in Australia.
The minister said he would have to receive physiotherapy treatment
for another four weeks. Deputy Economic Development Minister Lakshman
Yapa Abeywardena said this type of irresponsible statement by Fonseka
will create problems in the North.
“This statement will affect the peaceful condition in the North.
Fonseka thinks that foreign intervention is required to settle internal
matters in the country,” he said.