Sri Lanka criticizes UN rights chief visit

center_img How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Top Stories 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 “What we find disturbing is the tone and substance of her report, the lack of fairness and balance,” Peiris had reporters at the Sri Lankan Embassy in London on Monday, according to a statement released Tuesday by his ministry.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Rajapaksa, the brother of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, said that although war is over, the “re-emergence of terrorism is still a threat,” and that remnants of the rebels and their support groups were working to increase international pressure on Sri Lanka.“Their intention is the division of Sri Lanka and the establishment of a separate state for Tamil Eelam,” said Rajapaksa, adding the groups _ based in Europe and the United States _ were trying to win “international opinion for the separatist cause” and were “undermining the government’s efforts for reconciliation and development.”As a result, he said, Sri Lanka’s internal affairs have featured “on the agenda of many prominent international NGOs and even at the UNHRC sessions.” The visit by Pillay “is another instance of this attention,” Rajapaksa said.“This has been accomplished mostly by the actions of the LTTE linked groups, which have many trained LTTE cadres and operatives who are now fully engaged in propaganda activities,” Rajapaksa told a seminar on post-conflict stability that had participants from about 25 countries.The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam is the official name of the Tamil rebels who were defeated by government troops in 2009, ending nearly 30 years of civil war. The Tigers were fighting to create an independent state for ethnic minority Tamils, saying they faced discrimination from the Sinhalese majority. 0 Comments   Share   last_img