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Oct 15, 2019

Can't recognize what UN signed with past Sri Lankan govts: Ex-defence secy Rajapksa

Sri Lanka’s Presidential candidate and former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapksa today said that he won’t recognize an agreement with the UN human rights council to investigate alleged war crimes during the LTTE war.

Addressing a press conference in Colombo today, Mr Gotabaya said they will always work with the United Nations, but can't recognize what they have signed with past Sri Lankan governments.

He said his party has already rejected that and on this issue, their policies and the present government policies are far apart. The current government has a co-sponsored resolution in 2015 to investigate the war crimes and set up several commissions. An Office of missing persons has already been set up as part of that. 

The former defence secretary added that the issue of missing persons is related to those deaths whose bodies could not be retrieved in war conditions. Mr Gotabaya asserted that he will be the President of future Sri Lanka and will like to leave the past behind. He said that he will try to ensure dignity for all sections of society and their development.

Mr Rajapaksa said an SLPP Government will take forward a neutral stand on its foreign policy. He said that the Government will need to be realistic and ensure it maintains a good relationship with all countries. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is the elder brother of Mr Gotabaya and other coalition party leaders were present on the occasion.

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