President Mahinda Rajapaksa said there is no need for an international inquiry into charges of war crimes and other human rights violations as there were ongoing independent domestic inquiries recommended by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission.
“Is it a crime to have saved lives…? People were dying. We stopped it. Pressure will not help. It is better to make a request”, President Rajapaksa said.
“At any rate, we are ready to face any allegations from anyone. We have nothing to hide,” President Rajapaksa told the media yesterday in Colombo.
President Rajapaksa said: “People in glass houses should not throw stones.”
The President said the issues involved were deep, and these could not be resolved in such a short time. Sri Lanka had gone through a 30-year-long conflict and the war had ended only four years ago, he pointed out.
“The processes relating to reconciliation are on, and they need to be given sufficient time to be completed,” he said.
Commonwealth Secretary- General Kamalesh Sharma briefed the media how leaders had spent the day addressing topics such as debt relief and youth issues.
“As far as the outcomes are concerned, you will find at the end of this CHOGM, that it has been very productive, and it has been very meaningful and successful,” the Secretary – General said.