Sri Lankan troops not commit war crimes says brother of Mahinda Rajapaksa

Vastavam web: Sri Lankan troops did not commit war crimes but the individuals within the forces may have done the atrocities during the brutal three-decade-long civil war against the LTTE, the brother of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said on Sunday.Basil Rajapaksa’s remarks came while addressing reporters in Jaffna to launch Sri Lanka People’s Party (SLPP), the new party of the Rajapaksa loyalists who want to breakaway from President Maithripala Sirisena’s Sri Lanka Freedom Party.
Basil, the former Economic Development Minister, was personally responsible for rebuilding the war-torn areas in the north and east after his brother successfully defeated the LTTE’s three decades old separatist campaign in 2009.He said the issue of disappearances of individuals needed to be resolved and accused the main Tamil party Tamil National Alliance (TNA) of not having cooperated with the Rajapaksa government to help the Tamils.”Now they have leader of the opposition’s position and all they do with it is to support the government in everything this government does without addressing the Tamils’ problems”, Basil said
The government is facing mounting international pressure to hold accountable those responsible for the alleged war crimes.Three successive UN Human Rights Council resolutions have urged for independent international investigations into war crimes blamed both on the government troops and the LTTE.According to the government figures, around 20,000 people are missing due to various conflicts including the 30-year- long separatist war with Lankan Tamils in the north and east which claimed at least 100,000 lives