Minister Mervyn Silva regrets Blake’s comment
Minister Mervyn Silva
Public Relations and Public Affairs Minister Mervyn Silva said he
regretted the declaration made by visiting US Under Secretary of State
for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert O. Blake and Under Secretary
for Civil Security, Democracy and Human Rights Maria Ottera that the US
would support a resolution against Sri Lanka on alleged war crimes at
the March sessions of the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva.
Minister Silva in a statement issued yesterday said history also
recorded such instances of foreign interference in Sri Lanka's internal
affairs. Colonial rulers were able to capture Sri Lanka in the past
because there were certain individuals who betrayed the country to
foreign interventionists for the sake of positions and other personal
gain. The bounden duty of all patriotic people in Sri Lanka was to
follow in the footsteps of past heroes, such as, Veera Keppetipola,
Puran Appu and Gongalegoda Banda and protect the President who liberated
and united the country from the false allegations levelled against them
by international forces.
The statement added that when the security forces launched the
humanitarian operation on the direction of the President and the Defence
Secretary, the LTTE launched attacks on the Security Forces taking cover
behind a human shield.
But foreign forces instead of praising the restrained manner the
Security Forces acted in the face of such challenges were shedding
crocodile tears for the terrorists killed, in order to take revenge on
Sri Lanka for eradicating the terrorist menace.
Minister Silva said the atrocities committed against civilians by
Western forces in Afghanistan, Libya and Iraq have come to light. Any
foreign interference in a country's internal affairs can be construed as
a violation of democratic principles.
Sri Lanka has been making steady progress in development after
eradicating terrorism. The people of all communities are living in peace
and harmony. No one should be allowed to divide the country once again.
The people should form a human chain to protect the country from
unfounded allegations made by sinister foreign forces. The media has a
big role to play in this respect, he said.