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Monday, February 27, 2012 - 5.46 GMT
Protest not against the UN - SLFA


The protest planned for today in Colombo to show solidarity is not a protest against the United Nation but to defeat political onslaughts by certain countries attempting to exert their influence on Sri Lanka, the organizers of the protest explained.

Ministers of the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) organizing the peaceful protest have urged the Sri Lankan public to come to a common front to support a protest against a resolution that is expected to be tabled at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Monday in Geneva.

The resolution, backed by the United States and some European countries intends to pressure the Sri Lankan government to take prompt measures to implement the recommendations made by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) and address the accountability issues.

The UPFA ministers addressing a media briefing yesterday in Colombo said that this kind of proposal will loosen ethnic ties in the Island.

Announcing the protest, the General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party Maithripala Sirisena requested the general public to gather at protests to be held at main cities countrywide.

Minister Dullas Alahapperuma requesting all quarters of the country to join the protests said the protests in Sri Lanka have not been organized against the United Nations, but it is necessary to defeat political interferences by certain Western countries in a sovereign country's affairs.

The Minister also criticized the opposition leader for making statements that support the resolution against Sri Lanka to be brought to the Human Rights Council.

Minister Alahapperuma said certain countries attempt to bring the proposal at the UNHRC since the President rejected requests of the Western block on the eve of the final battle between the LTTE and the Security Forces.

Minister Dilan Perera stressing that today's protest is not against the UN or Human Rights Council said the UN should adhere to a policy that ensures rights of all countries equally.

Speaking at the media briefing Minister DEW Gunasekera said the proposal is aimed at creating chaos in the country under the guise of Human Rights. If the President bowed down to the conditions laid by the Western nations Sri Lanka could have been a divided country, he said.

Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara questioned why the Human Rights groups were silent in black July in 1983 and violence in 1988 and 1989.

The Minister noted that it is not reasonable to bring a resolution while the government is striving to seek a lasting solution for the ethnic issue.

The protests are planned to be held on Monday at 3:00 p.m. near Colombo Fort Railway Station.

More demonstrations will be held in Colombo at the Khan clock tower in Fort on February 28, before Ceylon Electricity Board headquarters on March 01, and at Maradana Technical Junction on March 02.






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