Sri Lanka’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Major General Shavendra Silva has reportedly denied accusation of war crimes against him said that if there had been any violations it will surface one day.
“If there had been any violations… it will surface one day. If there were, then the military will take action against those responsible,” Major General Silva had said at a Church in Framingham, USA on Saturday.
The media has reported that Winchester resident and native Tamil Suba Suntharalingam and a handful of others protested Silva’s visit, holding signs at the intersection of Maplewood and Elm streets before going inside to listen.
In his speech, Silva had cautioned Sri Lankans in the crowd about the various eyewitness reports about the last days of the conflict, in which critics of the government allege the military killed innocent Tamil civilians while it attempted to wipe out the Tigers.
Silva, who was flanked by bodyguards, had said the operation was actually a humanitarian effort, with his forces rescuing civilian Tamils “from the jaws of (Tiger) terrorists.”
He had said Tiger fighters took hundreds of thousands of civilians hostage during their final stand, placing them in a circle around their ranks as a “human shield” against military bullets.
Silva had said the government succeeded in freeing the civilians, and that the only civilians killed were shot by Tamils as they fled from their captors.
“If there had been any violations … it will surface one day,” he had said. “If there were, then the military will take action against those responsible.
“If I am a war criminal as you say, one day I’ll be investigated … and punished,” he had added.
Silva had said he thinks his surviving a 2009 attempt on his life by a suicide bomber is a sign of his innocence.
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