Defence Secretary Gotbhaya Rajapaksa has said that what had hurt him was that the Darusman Panel had failed to recognize the immense measures taken by the Government to bring peace and reconciliation. Even vast development had taken place in the north and North and East of the country which were earlier controlled with an armed fist by the LTTE.
In an interview with Manila Times, the Defence Secretary said that within the first 12 months after the war the Government even re-settled over 350,000 displaced Tamils. The Defence Secretary recalled that it was also applauded by UN Secretary General himself and several international humanitarian organizations. But instead of acknowledging any of this, the Panel has painted a wrong picture that there is an enduring legacy of bitterness still prevailing in these areas.
The Secretary went on to say that Sri Lanka has always been a responsible and accommodating member of the United Nations. It had never failed to respond to UN requests for Sri Lankan troops to participate in peace keeping missions or humanitarian missions such as in Haiti. On some occasions, he recalled how Sri Lanka agreed to the request even when the country was stretched to the limit during the various stages of its own conflict. As such, the Defence Secretary emphasized that is very unfair for the Secretary General to pick on Sri Lanka for this sort of arbitrary treatment.