Sri Lanka reiterates no foreign judges but only technical assistance

The Minister said the army should not be used to achieve political goals and added that the army will continue to safeguard the country’s National security. (Colombo Gazette) He said that some groups are attempting to give the impression that a war crimes investigation will take place in Sri Lanka with the participation of foreign judges. He also said that the resettlement of war displaced people in the North and East will take place.Some political parties have been saying the army will not be withdrawn from civilian property to resettle the displaced families. The Government today reiterated that it will not agree to have foreign judges in the domestic accountability process over the war, but will accept technical assistance.Local Government and Provincial Councils Minister Faizer Mustapha said that President Maithripala Sirisena has been very clear that war crimes did not take place in Sri Lanka. “The President has said earlier and even now that he will not invite foreign judges but will accept technical assistance,” he said. read more