Sabry to consult Prez over House resolution against Canadian genocide charge



By Shamindra Ferdinando

The Foreign Ministry is planning to move a resolution in Parliament against Canada’s claim of genocide here.A senior FM spokesperson said that the modality of a resolution would be considered, in consultation with President Ranil Wickremesinghe and the Cabinet of Ministers.

The official said so in response to The Island query whether Foreign Minister Ali Sabry, PC, would take appropriate measures to move a resolution as suggested by the Sectoral Oversight Committee (SOC) on National Security during a recent session in Parliament.

SOC Chairman Sarath Weerasekera informed Foreign Secretary Aruni Wijewardena, Defence Secretary retired General Kamal Gunaratne, Chief of Defence Staff General Shavendra Silva, three service commanders and heads of State Intelligence Service (SIS) and Directorate of Military Intelligence (DMI) of the need to counter the Canada’s allegations.

Acknowledging the concerns raised by the former Deputy Navy Chief of Staff in his capacity as the SOC Chairman, the FM spokesperson said that the ministry categorically rejected what she called outrageous allegation of genocide having taken place in Sri Lanka.

Colombo District MP Weerasekera told The Island that Sri Lanka should base its resolution on the disclosure made by Lord Naseby in the House of Lords in Oct 2017 and former US Defence Advisor Lt. Col. Lawrence Smith declaration made at the first Colombo Defence Seminar in June 2011.