President welcomes US clarification
State Department exonerates Security Forces:
President Mahinda Rajapaksa welcomed the clarification made by the US
State Department yesterday which exonerated the Security Forces from an
accusation of using rape as a weapon during the recent conflict.
President Rajapaksa described the US clarification as one which upheld
the respect and dignity of our war heroes.
The US State Department reacting to the disputed statement said
yesterday that during the most recent phase of the conflict, from 2006
to 2009 they had not received reports that rape and sexual abuse were
used as tools of war, as they clearly have in other conflict areas
around the world.”
Earlier, the President addressing a UPFA political meeting on Sunday
urged such accusers to come up with substantial proof, if there were
Addressing a massive gathering at the United People’s Freedom
Alliance (UPFA) Southern PC election rally in Galle yesterday the
President noted that errors could be made by anybody.
The President’s observation was with regard to the swift action taken
by the US to correct the statement of one of their own officials.
However, the President said that it was unfortunate to note that a
series of such accusations against the military since they liberated the
country from the clutches of terrorism were of local origin.
He said that certain media, NGOs and politicians with vested
interests were behind these wild allegations. He added that the Southern
polity which had given some historic and exemplary polls verdicts, over
the years should relay a strong message to both local and foreign
detractors through their verdict on October 10 and show the true pulse
of the people.
The President also advised the voters of the South to put the party
before anything else. He urged the voters to use their franchise wisely
and cast all three preferential votes available to them.
He also urged the Southern polity to appoint a strong PC which could
honour their wishes and aspirations.
According to many, the UPFA’s main Southern PC rally held at the
Samanala Grounds located close to the historical Galle Fort yesterday
saw the biggest gathering the city had ever witnessed.
During the meeting former UNP MP Sepala Akuragoda from Baddegama got
on stage to show solidarity with the President and the Government. The
meeting was attended by a number of prominent UPFA politicians including
Ministers Nimal Siripala de Silva, Champika Ranawaka, Tissa Vitarana,
Susil Premajayantha, Piyasena Gamage, Felix Perera, Rishard Bathiudeen,
Western Province Governor Alavi Mowlana and North Central Chief Minister
Berty Premalal Dissanayake and Wimal Weerawansa MP. The meeting was also
attended by the UPFA’s team contesting the Galle district at the
upcoming PC elections.