Ranil’s comments on LLRC condemned
* Anti - Sri Lankan statement - Ven Prof Kumburugamuwe Vajira Thera
* All Sri Lankans should rally together - Gomin Dayasri
Several religious and civil society leaders yesterday condemned
Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe’s statement on the Lessons Learnt
and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) report and described it as a
pre-emptive strike to put Sri Lanka into difficulty on the eve of United
Nations Human Rights Council’s deliberations in March.
Anti - Sri Lankan statement
- Ven Prof Kumburugamuwe
All Sri Lankans should rally
together - Gomin Dayasri
They also called it as move to discredit the country in the eyes of
the international community for petty political mileage and added that
it was not befitting of the high office he holds as a political leader
of the country.
Senior Lawyer Gomin Dayasri commenting on the Opposition Leader’s
statement said: “The LLRC report has been described as constructive and
sufficient by the western countries who were critical of Sri Lanka.
It is only the TNA, certain NGOs and Ranil Wickremesinghe who have
been critical of the report”.He also noted that even then the Opposition
leader has been reluctantly compelled to admit the value of the report
because of its balanced presentation.
Dayasri said: “In the case of the TNA, it is understandable because
they do not want amity between the Sinhala and Tamil people because they
hope to get votes at the expense of creating a Sinhala monster in the
eyes of Tamil people”.
The leading lawyer said that UNP supporters were patriotic during the
war and they would differ from Ranil Wickremesinghe to be critical of
the report which is being appreciated even by the west, he said.
“When the leader of the Opposition devalues the report, it is not
beneficial at a time when the forces against the country want to
criticise our military on the charges of war crimes. This is a time when
all Sri Lankans should rally together,” he added.
Ven Prof Kumburugamuwe Vajira Thera described it as an anti - Sri
Lankan statement made with the sole intention of putting the government
The thera said that the country had made impressive strides since the
“The government has made commendable efforts to restore normality in
the former conflict affected areas and rebuild the lives and
infrastructure,” the thera said.
“This kind of statement from the country’s Opposition leader could
provide fuel to those who are looking for such an opportunity to put the
country into difficulty and thus could reverse the gains made.”
The thera also noted that the government, despite difficulties, had
rendered yeoman service to safeguard human rights. He also questioned
the timing of the statement made by the UNP leader when certain elements
were trying put the government into difficulty at the UNHRC. Patriotic
People’s Movement president Siripala Gunasinghe said the statement made
by the UNP leader was a shameless attempt to take political mileage
ahead of the UNHRC sessions.
Vidyajothi Ven Dumbara Amarawansa thera said the Opposition Leader
should give up his disgraceful style of political practices and take on
the government in a true democratic spirit.
Several others also condemned the UNP leader’s statement and
described it as one which sought petty political mileage at the expense
of the country.