SL Fights Ex­trem­ism

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Sri Lankan Pres­i­dent Mahinda Ra­japaksa has re­newed his pledge to fight against the ex­trem­ist fac­tions that are dis­rupt­ing the coun­try’s peace. While ad­dress­ing the fourth an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion of win­ning the three­decade war against the Lib­er­a­tion Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE), Ra­japaksa in­di­rectly put the blame for Sri Lanka’s cri­sis on the western forces.

Re­cently, cer­tain in­ter­na­tional groups have called to in­ves­ti­gate Sri Lanka’s hu­man rights record and to carry out an in­de­pen­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the al­leged war crimes the coun­try com­mit­ted dur­ing the last stages of the war against the LTTE. Pres­i­dent Ra­japaksa was of the view that th­ese in­ves­ti­ga­tions and al­le­ga­tions are at- tempts to desta­bi­lize the peace process and as­sured that rec­on­cil­i­a­tion is tak­ing place. He said that the Sri Lankan govern­ment had freed most of the high rank­ing LTTE of­fi­cials de­spite the car­nage com­mit­ted by their rebel or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Ra­japaksa also con­demned the Tamils in as­sist­ing the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity in ma­lign­ing Sri Lanka’s im­age. Tamil groups have sup­ported Canada and Bri­tain to vote against Sri Lanka at the UN Hu­man Rights Coun­cil that ap­proved two res­o­lu­tions on Sri Lanka and placed the coun­try un­der pres­sure. The Sri Lankan govern­ment has raised crit­i­cism against the Global Tamil Fo­rum that has been lob­by­ing in­ter­na­tion­ally on al­le­ga­tions of war crimes com­mit­ted in Sri Lanka dur­ing the last phase of the war.

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