In an interview for a well known segment of the Al Jazeera media network- Talk to Al-Jazeera, the president Maithripala Sirisena has rather contradicted key findings of UN investigation into Sri Lanka’s civil war, the report released in September last year.
The report from the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) investigated atrocities committed by both the Tamil separatists- the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the Sri Lankan Army during the 26-year-long conflict.
According to the President who was then a cabinet minister, the Sri Lankan government forces have always acted in adherence to international law and according to the laws of the government of Sri Lanka. While doing so, if a member or officer of the armed forces of the Sri Lankan government has committed offences, these investigations are aimed at finding out such instances. So if offences have been committed by an individual, we will clearly take legal action.
In detailing its principal findings, the OHCHR report stated: "If established before a court of law, many of these allegations would amount, depending on the circumstances, to war crimes and/or crimes against humanity."
Speaking to Al Jazeera's Hoda Abdel-Hamid, the Head-of-the-State has rejected the allegations.
According to International Media, President Maithripala Sirisena has stated: "I must say very clearly there are no allegations regarding 'war crimes', there were war crimes allegations during the early stages. But at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, mainly in the proposals presented in September, there were no 'war crimes' allegations against us.”To clarify further, the president has continued to say: "they contained allegations of human rights violations only. When you consider the facts surrounding the allegations of human rights