Denial is not just a river in Egypt: Beleaguered by accusations of war crimes Gota to release his own report on the ‘humanitarian’ operation at a five star hotel in Colombo
July 31: On the heels of a damning UN report that says there is credible evidence of war crimes in the last stages of Sri Lanka’s bloody civil war, Secretary Ministry of Defence and Presidential sibling Gotabaya Rajapakse has sent out invitations to media and other organisations to attend the launch of his own report.
discredit the UN panel report and the evidence of alleged war crimes depicted in the Channel 4 documentary.
Channel 4 came out with new evidence of alleged war crimes last week actually naming Gotabaya Rajapakse and Major General Shavendra Silva of having massacred surrendering rebel cadre in what has now become known as the infamous white flag massacre. Shavendra Silva is seen in the video vehemently denying the charges and blaming LTTE sympathisers and apologists for the accusations.
Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse is likely to hold steadfast to the government stance that the entire war was a humanitarian operation with zero civilian casualties.
Last week top sources in the US congress told Lanka Independent it is precisely this approach and the total lack of sympathy shown by the government of Sri Lanka that pushed its Committee on Foreign Affairs to pass a bill slicing aid to Sri Lanka.
Capitol Hill sources also said they had stopped believing the statements made by the Sri Lanka Embassy in Washington DC due to its habit of issuing blanket denials of any wrongdoing rather than engaging with victims and having a dialogue at public forums.
Indeed foreign affairs experts say it is the inane denials of credible reports such as the UN panel report rather than intelligent engagement on key issues that are making it more difficult for humanitarian organisations, the UN agencies and the international community to believe anything that emanates from the propaganda machines of the Defense Secretary.
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