Will not allow war crimes charges against Sri Lankan leaders

Al JazeeraUNP MP Dr. Harsha De Silva told Parliament that his party is fully committed to protect the security forces who freed the country from terrorism and the political leaders.

Sri Lanka`s main opposition United National Party (UNP) asserted today that it will not allow anyone to take any Sri Lankan leader to the international court on war crime charges. `I am telling to the world. We (UNP and myself), will not allow anybody to take President Rajapaksa or any other leader to International court about War Crimes, We will not allow the President whether he won or lose to be tried before war crime tribunals,` Dr. de Silva stressed.

Explaining the comments made in the interview with the Al Jazeera TV amid heavy interruption from Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage, the UNP MP said he was unfairly and falsely accused of siding with the terrorist elements by the Minister.

Dr. de Silva said he was informed that Minister Keheliya Rambukwella will also be present at the interview along with him and he agreed to discuss the economic issues. However, without their knowledge Al Jazeera has also invited the spokesman for the Global Tamil Forum Suren Surendran.

The MP said, at the interview responding to the GTF spokesman`s allegations he stressed that he was not going to agree with the extreme views of both sides and insisted that what was needed is a credible domestic investigation.

Amid the verbal interruption from Minister Aluthgamage the MP said he appreciated the government eliminating the terrorism and spoke in support of the Sri Lankan leaders from the past governments as well as the present government who worked to eliminate the menace.

`We have to appreciate even though I am an opposition MP that terrorism is no longer a threat in the country,` Dr. de Silva quoted himself as saying at the Al Jazeera interview.

`I am a proud Southerner and a Sinhala Buddhist. I have no desire whatsoever to align with the Tigers and betray my country,` the MP stressed responding to the accusation against him from the government Minister.

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