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Thursday, 13 February 2014 - 18:54
Video: The US agenda is to change the government; says Defence secretary

Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa told a meeting in Colombo today that the United States wants to bring an anti Sri Lankan resolution to the UN Human Rights sessions to bring a pro-American government into power.

Meanwhile the UNP in a communiqué stated today that the atrocities committed by the LTTE should be probed.

The party stated that it is also ready to assist a local investigation to probe alleged war crimes during the last phase of the war.

The UNP communiqué further stated that the investigations should not be confined to a limited period from January to May 2009, but extended to the period before January 2009.

The UNP also stated that if any LTTE leader is found to be responsible for the past crimes, he or she should be definitely brought to book

Meanwhile, the Australian Senate has passed a resolution calling on the Australian Government to back an international investigation in Sri Lanka.

The motion, moved by Senators Lee Rhiannon, Claire Moore and Ursula Stephens also calls on Australia to cosponsor the United States resolution at the United Nations Human Rights Council in March 2014 regarding Sri Lanka’s progress on accountability and human rights.

Greens Leader Christine Milne said Prime Minister Tony Abbott must end his appeasement of the Sri Lankan government which is designed to bolster his refugee policies in Australia.

Meanwhile Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Kurshid said that Sri Lanka should bring about immediate reconciliation in the country if the island expects Indian backing during international evaluations of the country.

Minister Kurshid expressed these views to a group of Sri Lankan journalists who visited the Minister at his office in New Delhi yesterday.

Journalists questioned Minister Keheliya Rambukwella about the Indian External Affairs Minister’s statement during the media briefing to inform Cabinet Decisions held in Colombo this afternoon.

Meanwhile a protest was held against the anti Sri Lankan resolution which is to be brought by the US during the Human Rights sessions in Geneva.

The protest was organized by the Associations of National Patriotic Street Vendors, Three wheel drivers and mobile vendors opposite the Fort Railway Station this afternoon.

During the protest, Colombo District MP R. Dumindha Silva said that all must unite and win the Southern and Western provincial council elections and teach a lesson t those conspire against the country in Geneva.

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