Mangala providing incentives for separatism
Sampathan sends well wishes to LTTE event through skype

The Maha Sanga and patriotic Lankans have expressed their strong opposition to the statements attributed to Channel 4 Director Callum Macrae and TNA MP S.Sridharan who had vowed to take President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Defence and Urban Development Ministry Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa before a War Crimes Tribunal and to the conduct of MP Mangala Samaraweera, who writes letters to Commonwealth countries providing incentives for Tamil separatism.

Condemning Macrae, the Bikkhus said bringing the President and the Defence Secretary before a War Crimes Tribunal is only a dream of the separatists.

The patriots pointed out that the President and the Defence Secretary who ushered peace in the country by eradicating terrorism could only be taken to a War Crimes Tribunal along with the 20 million population of the country. To page 13

External Affairs Ministry Secretary Karunathilake Amunugama said Sri Lanka would take action against various attempts by LTTE supporters living overseas to fulfill their personal and political motives, by tarnishing the image of Sri Lanka and to smear the reputation of the Sri Lankan Armed Forces.

The Secretary made this comment in response to a statement made by Macrae, the director of No fire Zone film produced by Channel 4 at an event in Toronto, Canada. Macrae had stated that he could only sleep once President Rajapaksa and “other war criminals” were brought before a War Crimes Tribunal.

Endorsing this statement, TNA MP S Sridharan who participated in this event had stated: “That day is not far off”.

A large number of LTTE supporters in the USA and Canada had participated in the event. TNA leader R. Sampanthan had also been invited. Even though he did not attend the event, he had sent his well wishes for the conference via Skype . Macrae has stated that the Sri Lankan President had committed war crimes during the humanitarian operation.

While severely criticizing Sri Lanka, he had also opposed to the holding of CHOGM in Sri Lanka in November.

The External Affairs Ministry Secretary said the opposition of the Sri Lankan government to organising this conference was lodged through Sri Lanka’s Ambassador in Canada Chitrangani Wagiswara and Consul General in Totonto Karunarathna Paranavitana. He said even though Macrae is a journalist, his conduct was despicable adding that he engages in this kind of activities for personal fame.

Amunugama also said this person was a threat to the national unity of Sri Lanka.

The government thwarted an attempt to screen No Fire Zone in Malaysia and Macrae was arrested, but later he arrived in Canada.

Meanwhile, MP Mangala Samaraweera had raised war crime charges in a lengthy letter to the Commonwealth. 

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