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Pro-LTTE Mangala disputing FM: Govt. owes explanation – UPFA

The main Opposition UPFA, yesterday, sought an explanation from the pro-minority UNP government as to how Finance Minister notoriously anti-Sinhala Buddhist Mangala Samaraweera challenged and ridiculed Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana’s stand at the recently concluded 40th session of the Geneva Human Rights Council.

UPFA asked how could Samaraweera take a public stand contrary to that of the Government of Sri Lanka? Addressing the media briefing at the Opposition Leader’s Office at the parliament, Dinesh Gunawardena pointed out that in spite of Samaraweera losing foreign affairs portfolio in May 2017 due tin his anti-Sri Lanka acts, he continued to play a pivotal dubious role in the Geneva process to undermine the image of Sri Lanka in particularly against the Sri Lankan security forces who wiped out the Tamil terrors for the Island. In fact, Minister Samaraweera had been spearheading the Geneva project though he no longer exercised powers as the Foreign Minister.

Comparing Marapana’s Geneva statement on March 20 and Samaraweera’s counter on April 01, MP Gunawardena said that the government should explain its stand on the Geneva process without further delay.

There couldn’t be varying views regarding the contentious issue of accountability, Gunawardena said, accusing Samaraweera of pursuing an agenda of his own at the expense of the national interest.

The MP alleged that Minister Samaraweera had acted against the collective decision taken by President Maithripala Sirisena and the UNP in respect of the latest Geneva report that dealt with the situation in Sri Lanka from Oct 2015 to January 2019.

The JO group leader in Parliament said that Minister Samaraweera had again reiterated his commitment to the original resolution and is promoting his sinister motives of Hybrid courts, Federalism, attacking security forces, majority Sinhala Buddhists so on.

Geneva moved three resolutions against Sri Lanka in 2012, 2013 and 2014 before the change of government in January 2015 paved the way for the new government to co-sponsor a resolution against their own country for first time of the history of UN.

UPFA said that Minister Samaraweera’s actions couldn’t be condoned under any circumstances.

MP Gunawardena also attacked Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative in Geneva Ambassador A.L.M Azeez and Mano Tittawella, Secretary General, Secretariat for Coordinating Reconciliation Mechanisms (SCRM) for colluding with Minister Samaraweera in his sordid projects.

Gunawardena alleged that Minister Samaraweera couldn’t challenge any of the issues raised by Minister Marapana in his March 20 response to Human Rights Commissioner in Geneva. In fact, Minister Samaraweera’s lengthy statement refrained from commenting on any of the specific issues raised by his ministerial colleague, a former Attorney General and President’s Counsel.

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