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Government totally condemns Channel Four Report

Jun 16, 2011 11:56:01 AM - itnnews.lk

The Government has totally rejected the Channel Four Report on Sri Lanka.The Ministry of External Affairs in a statement said the report had been telecast to meet the needs of the LTTE loyalists and embarrass Sri Lanka. The Government of Sri Lanka, having being fully cognizant of the plight of all civilians in Sri Lanka including children and women launched a humanitarian operation in 2008 to rescue its own people from the clutches of an unlawful group of terrorists. Sri Lankan citizens are only too well aware of a past of blood shed and mayhem, during which they lived in fear and suspicion. They now enjoy peace and cherish that no civilian has been affected in any manner due to any act of terrorism in the country since the defeat of the LTTE. Terrorist activities including bomb explosions had not been reported in the country since then. The Government established the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission to study and make submissions. Mindful of comparative experiences elsewhere and local sensitivities, this Commission, which reflects the pluralistic nature of Sri Lankan polity in its own composition, has held more than 200 public sittings covering former conflict areas as well. But the External Affairs Ministry said that allegations made in the Channel Four report or any other elements did not surface in the evidence given by the people affected by the conflict. The Government of Sri Lanka continues to remain engaged with UN agencies, INGOs and peoples representatives on improving the conditions and the rehabilitation and resettlement of the affected people. A massive campaign against the Sri Lankan Government is continuing by re-telecasting video footage telecast over Channel Four by pro LTTE websites. The Government emphasized that the report presented by Channel Four has the potential to incite hatred amongst different communities in Sri Lanka and adversely affect the ongoing national reconciliation process.