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Govt totally rejects Clinton’s statement

Government Defence Affairs Spokesman and Minister Keheliya Rambukwella yesterday vehemently opposed and totally rejected the statement made by US State Secretary Hilary Clinton to the UN Security Council that rape had been used as a tool of the liberation war in Sri Lanka.


Minister Rambukwella

US State Secretary Hilary Clinton in a statement made to the Security Council has included Sri Lanka among the other countries which had used rape as a weapon in their liberation wars.

“We vehemently reject and condemn the irresponsible statement made by US State Secretary Hilary Clinton”, the Minister said.

Minister Rambukwella stated that it was a totally fabricated story which had no background whatsoever.

He said that it was for the first time an allegation of this nature was leveled against the Sri Lanka and Security Forces in the aftermath of the liberation operation.

For the past three and half years there had been no complaint that the Sri Lankan Security Forces had raped any woman or LTTE female cadres.

“Even the countries that opposed Sri Lanka in its fight against the LTTE has not made such an allegation against the Sri Lankan Security Forces”, the Minister pointed out.

“This is an attempt to tarnish the image of a sovereign nation”, the Minister added

The Minister also pointed out that US President Barack Obama has made a completely different story regarding LTTE terrorism saying that under no circumstances is the US ready to give legal cover to any terrorist organization.

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