SL Fights Extremism
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.