Sri Lanka Refutes Channel 4 Allegations
High Commission of Sri Lanka categorically denies that the Channel 4
News TV video is authentic. Last year when Channel 4 News telecast a
similar video the Government of Sri Lanka clearly established, by
reference to technical considerations, that it was not genuine but
fake. The present video is nothing more than an elongated version of
the same video.
It is observed that there is a common pattern in these sinister
moves. Some sections were replete with photographs of alleged war
crimes when Sri Lankaís application for the extension of GSP+
facility was being considered by the European Commission. A leading
British newspaper had received photographs of alleged war crimes
when the Sri Lankan External Affairs Minister visited the United
Kingdom last October. The suppliers themselves had admitted that
they were not in a position to confirm the authenticity, place or
the veracity of the material supplied by them.
The latest move coincides with the visit to the United Kingdom of
President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
It is no secret that the anti-Sri Lankan separatist lobby which is
behind these moves live in the comforts mainly in the West, and have
not contributed towards restoration of normalcy and livelihoods of
the deprived people affected by the conflict. Instead they continue
to resuscitate the separatist ideology.
Defeat of the LTTE has opened up democratic freedoms to the entire
country. An eight member Lessons Learn and Reconciliation Commission
appointed after the end of the conflict which is tasked to report on
the lessons to be learnt from the past events and recommend measures
to ensure that there will be no recurrence of such a situation. The
Commission has sat many times including in the former conflict zones
and made interim recommendations.
Minister Bogollagama briefs British Parliamentarians on the developments in Sri Lanka at the House of Commons [read more..]