US Ambassador going beyond his mandate - Weerawansa
National Freedom Front Leader Wimal Weerawansa yesterday accused US
Ambassador Robert O. Blake for going beyond his mandate issuing
statements about media freedom in Sri Lanka.
“He has no right to issue statements about the internal matters of
the country,” Weerawansa added.
Weerawansa said that it was strange that those who are issuing
statements about internal matters of the country are keeping silent when
LTTE terrorists are shooting at civilians. “Doesn’t he have any feelings
about the human rights violations of those who have been forcibly kept
under LTTE control,” he added.
“We urge him to get the international community to exert pressure on
the LTTE to release the civilian population without acting beyond his
mandate,” he further said.
He said his party has decided to ask the Foreign Ministry to explain
the real situation to the international community.
Addressing the media at the NFF Head Office Weerawansa said our
valiant Forces achieved a historic victory in the North with minimum
damage to civilians and their properties while the LTTE was killing
innocent Tamil civilians who were trying to flee from the clutches of
the LTTE to protect themselves.
“Our brave Forces have shown the world how to carry out a war with
the least damage to civilians and their properties,” he noted.
Weerawansa said a conspiracy is being hatched locally and
internationally against the military victory in the North and this must
He observed that at a time when great victories are being achieved
against terrorism in the North and the capture of LTTE strongholds
Elephant Pass, Kilinochchi and the opening of A-9 Road, no room will be
allowed to see the death of democracy in the South. He said the
assassination of veteran media personnel Lasantha Wickremetunga and the
attack on the MBC Network were also a conspiracy carried out by the
mischievous elements to tarnish the image of the Government.
Weerawansa also noted that the Government is committed to afford
protection to all and the assassins would be brought to book who ever
committed it. He urged Human Rights organisations to take immediate
steps to release innocent civilians who have been kept by the LTTE as
hostage. At present, a large number of innocent Tamil civilians
including children, women and elders have been detained by the LTTE.
The LTTE is brutally assassinating those who try to flee from their
control, Weerawansa added.
He also spoke of the necessity for taking stringent action against
those who assassinate prominent persons. Weerawansa said that Opposition
Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe is carrying out false propaganda against the
Government locally and internationally. This treacherous act must be
Propaganda Secretary Anurudda Ratnayake and Administrative Secretary
Achala Jagoda were also present.