“We will resist international War Inquiry and protect Rajapakse family”: Maithripala

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Common opposition presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena has stated that he would oppose any move by anyone to haul the Sri Lankan leaders or security forces to an International Court on war crime charges. He would protect Rajapakse family that ended the war.

He was addressing a media meeting organized by the common opposition in Colombo on Friday.He said: ‘ I will not allow the international community or the pro-LTTE Tamil Diaspora to carry out an international war crime probe on the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, his family or the security forces who freed the country from terrorism if he becomes the President. I want to say very clearly that I will not allow the pro-LTTE Tamil Diaspora or the international forces to try President Mahinda Rajapaksa, or any of his family members, or the security forces, who fought against the LTTE terrorism in this country and made sacrifices, before an international war crime tribunal. Sri Lanka is not a signatory to any international war crime tribunal and therefore hauling anyone before the International Criminal Court (ICC) cannot be done. We are pledged to protect the President and his Family and the security forces commanders and members. I clearly state that a government of ours will provide complete protection to the President, his family and the commanders of security forces and all "Rana Wiruvans" who fought the LTTE.

I will continue the implementation of the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission. I pledge to have a proper reconciliation plan to heal all divisions among various communities and to bring together all ethnic and religious groups in the country.”

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