UNP MP Sajith Premadasa has opposed the UN Panel investigating war crimes in a Parliament speech last week and a recent statement.
“The UN Secretary General has acted beyond the powers provided by the UN Charter. Article 2:7 specifically prohibits the UN to intervene in internal affairs. Unless Chapter 9 in invoked, in which case the issue is put to the Security Council. Article 100 says the UN Secretary General shall not be influenced by other state and non-state actors, which I humbly believe he has.”
In his Parliament speech MP Premadasa also condemned the protesters, but was clear in his stance against the UN Panel. Sajith Premadasa is the son of former President Ranasinghe Premadasa and is widely considered to be a possible future opposition leader and Presidential candidate.
“We in the UNP Mr. Speaker are consistently and vehemently opposed to the UN Secretary General’s patronising incursion in to our domestic affairs. The Secretary General of the UN must remember that he is an international civil servant chosen to serve the needs and interest of the United Nations, which is the world’s largest inter-governmental body. He must never allow the lobbying of those who control the purse… unaccountable lNGOs to influence him more than the voice of legitimate states nor Mr. Speaker must he be pressured and dictated by the few into ignoring the wishes of the many. Hence I consider the arbitrary decision taken by the UNSG repugnant, reclusive and reprehensible. However, it seems to me that it is the incompetence and negligence on the part of the government that has left room for such incursions into our sovereignty.
In the matter of the panel appointed by the UN Secretary General, Mr. Speaker, I urge the government to contain and limit the scope of this confrontation. This is surely a problem we have with the 38th floor, not the entirety of the United Nations! The rabble-rousing call by Minister Wimal Weerawansa to surround the UN office here in Colombo and take its staff hostage is the sort of lunacy that could create a serious International incident! Sadly, I do not know which is more irrational, Mr. Speaker, the report that Ministers Milroy Fernando and Muralidharan were summoned to Temple Trees for a dressing down because they sang and danced at a wedding reception, or the fact that Minister Weerawansa was not similarly summoned to Temple Trees for a dressing down over a matter with far more serious consequences for Sri Lanka!
Virulent and vitriolic pseudo-nationalistic declarations and proclamations which are primarily designed to satisfy the short term political exigencies of the domestic constituency will not in the medium and long term, result in positive outcomes for the nation as a whole. Yesterday’s disgraceful behaviour on the part of Hon. Weerawansa and his cohorts deserve unreserved, universal condemnation. I take this opportunity to whole-heartedly condemn the demonstrators for abhorrent and deplorable behaviour and misconduct.”