Tuesday, 14 November 2017 06:26

JO seeks debate on Lord Naseby’s statement

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The Joint Opposition is scheduled to move a motion for a debate on a recent debate on Sri Lanka's conflict at the House of Lords in Britain, at the time of the adjournment of the House this evening (14).

The motion to be moved by Joint Opposition Leader Dinesh Gunwardena has already been handed over to the Speaker's office with copies sent to the office of the Secretary General of Parliament as well.

The motion states that the Lankan Government should take the matters raised in the House of Lords seriously and follow those.

"Since Lord Naseby, addressing Britain's House of Lords, drew attention to the fact that the casualty figures in the final phase of the civil conflict in Sri Lanka, which ended in May 2009, cited in the United Nations' (UN) Darusman Report, were brought into question by the figures quoted by former UN Spokesman Gordon Weiss, by former United States (US) Ambassador Robert Blake, in the report by the United Kingdom's (UK) Major General Holmes, and finally, by the heavily-redacted communications from the UK's Lieutenant Colonel Anton Gash released to him by the British Government; and since he further stated that "the UK must recognize that this was a war against terrorism, so the rules of engagement are based on international humanitarian law, not the European Convention on Human Rights," and that "the West, and in particular the US and the UK, must remove the threat of war crimes and foreign judges that overhangs and overshadows all Sri Lankans, especially their leaders," the Government of Sri Lanka should take action to pursue this matter with Britain's Foreign and Commonwealth Office and with the UN Human Rights Commission to change their unjust positions with regard to Sri Lanka and thereby remove the threat to this country, to its defence forces, and to its leaders, and that the Government should also report back to the Parliament on this matter," the motion stated.

(Ceylon Today)

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