Sri Lanka’s Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has dismissed a report by an Army Court of Inquiry that absolved the Army troops of any civilian deaths during the final phase of the three-decade long war with the Tamil Tiger rebels.
The Army Commander Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya presented the report on the first part of the military investigation into the alleged deaths to the Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa yesterday. TNA parliamentarian Suresh Premachandran rejecting the report said that it is a “joke” for the army court to conclude that army had not killed a single civilian during the war.
The Court of Inquiry, after examining the accounts of senior field commanders and others who had participated in the offensive, has concluded that the military operation was conducted strictly in accordance with the “Zero Civilian Casualty” policy directive made by the President.
Speaking to the BBC, the TNA parliamentarian rejected the facts contained in the report as completely untrue.
Premachandran said that minority Tamil people cannot expect justice from the government, and for there to be real reconciliation, the government must accept the truth, investigate the allegations and publicly accept its mistakes. The Tamil MP also dismissed the statement made by the Defence Secretary that India was responsible for the protracted war.