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International Organisations silent over Tiger atrocities – State Minister Gamalath

State Minister Siripala Gamalath inaugurating the rehabilitation of Patholakotuwa Irrigation tank.
State Minister Siripala Gamalath inaugurating the rehabilitation of Patholakotuwa Irrigation tank.

It is regrettable that certain International Organisations have come to wrong conclusions about Human Rights in Sri Lanka, Mahaweli Zone Canals and Settlement Infrastructure Development State Minister Siripala Gamalath said.

He, however, said that many of these organisations kept silent when the rights of Sinhalese, Tamils, and Muslims were violated by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) terrorists for nearly three decades.

The State Minister said that the development in the LTTE threatened villages in the North Central and the Eastern Provinces had to be halted for many years.

State Minister Siripala Gamalath was participating in the inauguration of the rehabilitation of the Patholakotuwa Irrigation tank at Vedikachchiya in Medirigiriya Bisopura in the Mahaweli D Zone recently. The tank is rehabilitated under the Wari Saubahgya programme.

The Mahaweli Authority is responsible for the rehabilitation of the tank and the funds are provided by the Mahaweli Zone Canals and Settlement Infrastructure Development State Ministry. State Minister Siripala Gamalath said that the residents of this area were affected by the LTTE terrorism.

"The UN Human Rights Commission has drawn its attention again on Sri Lanka. Those who are interested in our human rights had not had such interest nor raised a voice when the rights of the people in these areas were violated by the terrorists at that time. We cannot accept the statistics the UN Human Rights Commission has projected. It is harassing Sri Lanka based on false information. LTTE terrorists murdered 290 innocent residents of the adjacent village, Palliyagodalla at that time. Nobody came forward to protect the rights of the brutally killed villagers. Therefore, nobody is allowed to bully a sovereign State on some ill-conceived statistics provided by a group of extremists," he said.

"President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has taken measures to rehabilitate all the irrigation tanks to strengthen the agricultural sector to improve the living conditions of the farmer community. The President aims to build an export-oriented economy instead of an import-oriented one.

The Government provides water, fertiliser, and land free, and the farmer has a responsibility to use such subsidies properly and take a high yield," he said.

"Plans are afoot already to select 500 competent farmers from Medirigiriya and set up an agricultural project using modern technology. We expect a high yield of paddy from the 10 Mahaweli Zones this year," he said.