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Redactions at last stage of war by BHC shocking - Lord Naseby

‘Sri Lanka: Paradise Lost: Paradise Regained’ launched:
Lord Naseby with his book at the BMICH. Picture by Chinthaka Kumarasinghe
Lord Naseby with his book at the BMICH. Picture by Chinthaka Kumarasinghe

Member of House of Lords, Lord Michael Naseby on Tuesday said that redactions in the diplomatic dispatches sent to the British government by Defence Attaches of the British High Commission (BHC) in Colombo Lt. Colonel Anthony Gash should be lifted to get a clear understanding of what happened in Sri Lanka at the last stage of the war on terrorism.

“There were huge redactions in there.

 I say today to you publicly, that I’m not satisfied with those redactions. I’ve reflected on it for some time now. I’m going to try and get those redactions lifted, one way or the other,” Naseby said.

The British Conservative Party politician who is also the Joint Chair of the All Party Group on Sri Lanka launched his latest book “Sri Lanka : Paradise Lost : Paradise Regained:, at BMICH on Tuesday.

Speaking at the book launch, Lord Naseby said that he will strive for full disclosure of all related documents as these documents classified as ‘secret’ show that claims of deaths of 40,000 civilians at the last stage of the war on terrorism is inaccurate.

“It took two and a half long years of persistent pressure to eventually get at the truth as seen by Lt. Col. Gash, albeit with extensive and serious redactions,” he said.

Lord Naseby, in his book says that there was no starvation of civilians as the government agent had adequate stocks of food medicine despite what the then British Foreign Secretary David Miliband said. The British lawmaker in his book says that then British Prime Minister Gordon brown was very well aware of what happened in Sri Lanka as he had access to the diplomatic dispatches sent by Colonel Gash.

He is of the view that there should be a total amnesty across all sides.

“My personal view is that there should be a total amnesty across all sides and all sides should take part in a Truth and Recombination Commission similar to those employed in Columbia or South Africa,” Lord Naseby says in his book.

Foreign Affairs Minister Prof G.L.Peiris, members of the diplomatic corps based in Colombo, Defence Secretary, General (retired) Kamal Gunaratne, Chief of Defence Staff and Army Commander General Shavendra Silva were present.

His book containing 333 pages includes letters and memoirs written by himself to British government leaders in defence of Sri Lanka’s stance against the LTTE’s genocide allegations.

 


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