29 June, 2022


Publish The Report On Five Trinco Student Killings Immediately – Liberal Party

The Liberal Party in a statement to commend the government on expanding the scope of the Presidential Commission on Disappearances, has urged the publication of the Udalagama Report and for swift action to be implemented on its findings on the killing of five students in Trincomalee in 2006.

Trinco5Liberal Party General Secretary, Kamal Nissanka in his statement has praised President Rajapaksa on expanding the scope of the Commission on Disappearances pointing out although it has been worded in a ‘circumspect and circumlocutory fashion’.

“It fulfills the long expressed need for an internal need into possible violations of law during the conflict,” he states.

Nissanka has also interpreted the move as the President commends President’s determination to continue with the South African initiative despite Government Minister Wimal Weerawansa’s vehement objections against it.

“The expansion of the scope helps address question of transparency and credibility raised concerning a domestic inquiry,” he adds.

Furthermore in the statement, Nissanka points out although they have always felt local officials are both competent and capable of, the failing point of the government has been in the publication of the reports of the Commissions’ work and the implementation of the recommendations.

“We welcome the recent development which we hope heralds a new understanding by the President of moral and international realities, we would also suggest that he look into past failures to act sensibly,” it has been asserted further while adding that if this step had been implemented earlier, Sri Lanka would not be facing the issue of an international inquiry.

We publish below the statement in full;

Statement of the Liberal Party of Sri Lanka welcoming the expansion of the scope of the Commission on Disappearances and the appointment of international advisers

The Liberal Party emphatically welcomes the recent gazette notification expanding the scope of the Presidential Commission on Disappearances. Though it is worded in a circumspect, and indeed circumlocutory, fashion, it fulfils the long expressed need for an internal inquiry into possible violations of law during the conflict. Thankfully, coming hard on the heels of the bombastic outburst of Minister Wimal Weerawansa, it unequivocally rejects the stand he took, which had also been undermined by the President’s determination to go on with his South African initiative.

The recent shift in position also helps to address the questions of transparency and credibility that had been raised with regard to any inquiry conducted within Sri Lanka. The Liberal Party has always felt that our own personnel were both competent and capable, and this has been justified by the work of Commissions such as that chaired by Justice Udalagama and by C R de Silva (the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission). The problem has lain in the failure of government to publish the Reports of the Commission, or to work effectively on their recommendations. But now that a panel of international experts has been appointed to assist the Commission, such problems are less likely to arise.

Indeed the gazette notification makes clear that the government is anxious to fulfil one of the most important recommendations of the LLRC. Unfortunately government seemed to have ignored this, and it is still regrettable that all recommendations have not been entrusted to the panel virtually headed by the Secretary to the Ministry of Research, Technology and Atomic Energy. The farce government went through in initially allowing the army to look into allegations of violations of law was compounded when the report, as it seems, dealt only with what was termed the Humanitarian Operation. Deliberately, or through foolishness, government ignored the fact that the LLRC had stressed the need to investigate what happened after the war. Certainly, as the Liberal Party has long argued, the forces seem to have done their best in general to have avoided civilian casualties, but there is credible evidence of executions of surrendees as with the White Flag case, which needed investigation.

Whilst welcoming the recent development, which we hope heralds a new understanding by the President of moral and international realities, we would also suggest that he look into past failures to act sensibly. Had this step been taken earlier, we would not now be facing an international inquiry, which the Liberal Party has always deplored, and thinks unnecessary. In particular, it would be tragic if the President continues to be advised by those who have brought this country to a sorry situation, which we do not deserve. The forces too should not be insulted by efforts to shield the few elements that behaved badly, since this conveys the impression that all our servicemen behave badly, which we know is not the case. In this context, the Liberal Party urges the publication of the Udalagama Report, and swift action with regard to its findings as to the killing of 5 students in Trincomalee in 2006. We are aware that the President on several occasions urged proper action in this regard, and he must not continue to be diverted from his purpose by those who do not care for the reputation of the country in general.

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Latest comments

  • 0

    “Eye Wash”.

  • 0

    We have a Liberal Party in Srilanka, just like Western Countries do ?

    Btw, the worm begins to turn in the Holy Land. Quietly, our people will be told how the war was fought, we will atone, punish those involved and move forward.

  • 2

    Good riddance!

    How many seats this Liberal Party won in the election?

    NONE I guess!

    Only MR’s appointees are in parliament. Shame.

  • 1

    ah the fat-shit-ma fuck-u-shima the great [Edited out]

  • 0

    Five arrogant Tamils who thought that they are winning the war ridiculed forces.

    They got exactly what should they have got.

    so what ?

  • 0

    This is the party of SANJIVA WIJESINHA, one of MR’s prime stooges. Do you have to say more about the value of this rubbishy smokescreen?

  • 0

    these tamil terrorists should be killed, no problem….liberal party can get lost

  • 0

    We are still waiting for the Report of the Commission appointed to identify the perpetraters of the shooting deaths of 27 Welikada prisoners not so long ago.
    Any commission can only obtain evidence from persons – ordinary citizens and state officers,provided that they are allowed to testify without constraints.
    This is why Witness Protection is essential.
    A law to establish a Witness Protection Program was discussed, but it appears that the government is not keen on the idea.
    Many of those who earlier wished to testify before the LLRC, were misled and obstructed.
    This can happen again.

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