June 21, Colombo: The documentary on Sri Lanka’s war aired by Britain’s Channel 4 television station on June 14 is a part of vicious politically motivated campaign against Sri Lanka, the External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris has said.
Addressing the media Tuesday at the Ministry of External Affairs in Colombo, Prof. Peiris has said the country is seeing an onslaught on economic progress and the action has shifted from the battlefields to the field of diplomacy and international relations.
“The merchants of terror who wanted to destroy this country, its territorial integrity were defeated. They are now doing everything they possibly can to scuttle the efforts that Sri Lanka is making under the leadership of President Mahinda Rajapaksa to put the country on the fast track to economic and social development,” Prof. Peiris has added.
The Minister’s comments come a day after the former foreign ministers of Britain and France called for the international community to act on the United Nation Secretary-General’s Expert Panel report.
Referring to the call by David Miliband of Britain and Bernard Kouchner of France, the Minister has said the two were acting on biased and erroneous information.
The Minister has told the media that the Defence Ministry and Sri Lanka’s own investigative body, the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission are investigating the Channel 4 video footage independently.
“It is well within their scope to find the appropriate mechanism to best conduct their investigations,” the Minister has added.
Prof. Peiris, addressing the issue of summoning of the President by a US Federal Court on a civil suit, has said there is a concerted attempt by certain elements overseas to prevent President traveling and addressing the world to present the real situation in Sri Lanka.
“A court in a country cannot summons a President who is elected by citizens twice in a sovereign country,” he has said.
President Rajapaksa will not be deterred by these attempts, and he will travel whenever and wherever it is necessary to represent the country, Prof. Peiris said.
Prof. Peiris has added that Sri Lanka maintains the warmest possible relations with every country and appreciated the strong support Sri Lanka received from Russia, China, and Spain at the recently concluded International economic Forum in St. Petersburg, Russia.