Minister Rambukwella says he is vindicated:
C4 has many concoctions
*Govt rejects allegation in latest one
*More episodes to follow
The government yesterday totally rejects claims made in the latest
Channel - 4 video, Mass Media and Communications Minister Keheliya
Rambukwella said yesterday. Answering queries raised by the media during
the weekly cabinet briefing, the minister said that it was another
attempt to tarnish the image of the country using fabricated material.
Minister Keheliya Rambukwella
The minister recalled, he had predicted that the Channel – 4
possessed several such videos at the time when the first one surfaced.
“Plans to air these videos at the time by Channel 4 had to be shelved
due to efforts taken by the government to counter them”, he added.
When questioned on his reaction over an alleged comment made by
former President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s son over the phone to his
mother regarding the channel 4 video, the minister said that if this was
truly the case it was very unfortunate.
He recalled that the LTTE had tried to assassinate former President
Kumaratunge using a suicide bomber which blinded her in one eye. The
British Channel 4 aired another video on Wednesday night featuring a man
with his face blurred on the screen. It claimed that the man on the
video was a Lankan soldier engaged in the final stages of the conflict.
However, Military Spokesman Major General Ubhaya Medewala denied that
any solider gave such an interview to the Channel 4.
Speaking over the phone Major General Medewala said: "They are
attempting to justify the fake videos previously aired by the TV
Meanwhile, when questioned on what action the government would take
in the face of repeated airing of such videos by Channel 4, Minister
Rambukwella said that the government would make use of all avenues at
its disposal to counter such false propaganda.
The government has taken a number of steps to make the world
community aware of the true happenings during the ‘humanitarian
operation, he observed.
Minister Rambukwella said that the detailed report compiled by the
Defence Ministry on the conduct of the humanitarian operation would be
made available to all. The report was handed over to the President on
Wednesday by Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. The details of the
report would be made available to the international community through
relevant Sri Lankan missions abroad. Through Lankan missions all steps
would be taken to make the international community aware in this regard.
The minister also described the report as a ‘public document’ and added
that it would soon be released to the local media.