Parliamentarians Dullas Alahapperuma, Udaya Gammanpila and Bandula Gunawardena were in Geneva on Thursday (31) and the three Parliamentarians have made a complaint to the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) stating that the present government was intimidating and harassing them by using the law enforcement officials.
Geneva remained a nightmare for the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime with the resolutions backed by the US successfully brought against the regime with regard to its alleged war crimes and human rights violations during the final phase of the war in 2009.
When the three Parliamentarians from the Joint Opposition were in Geneva, former Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris held a press conference on Wednesday (30) at the N.M. Perera Centre in Borella , Colombo on the lethal items such as a suicide jacket, cartridges and 12kg of TNT explosive from a house believed to have been occupied by an ex-LTTE cadre and his family.
So, it was in the backdrop of his three colleagues from the Joint Opposition being in Geneva to complain to the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) over the present government's attitude towards them, Prof. G.L. Peiris being the spokesperson of the Joint Opposition met the press in Colombo and expressed the Joint Opposition's concerns over the country's national security.
Geneva and Prof. G.L. Peiris
As far as Geneva is concerned Prof. G.L. Peiris would have been the appropriate person to be there in the Swiss city to meet the IPU officials and to make the Joint Opposition's complaints over the present government.
The academic politician Prof. G.L. Peiris being the Minister of External Affairs in the previous government handled an arduous task of facing the US-backed resolutions against Sri Lanka a couple of years ago.
Despite the efforts put in by Prof. G.L. Peiris with the high profile meetings he held with the representatives of the UNHRC member countries in gaining their sympathies towards Sri Lanka, the US- backed UN resolutions had a 'cake walk' towards exposing the Rajapaksa regime to the international community.
Press briefing in Colombo
So with the defeats faced in Geneva in his capacity as the Minister of External Affairs during the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime Prof. Peiris would have preferred to keep himself away from joining the three Joint Opposition Parliamentarians in the Swiss city to meet the IPU officials and would have opted to address the press conference in Colombo on country's National Security.
Several mind boggling observations could be made over the visit of three Joint Opposition Parliamentarians to Geneva and on Prof. G.L. Peiris' press conference in Colombo on Wednesday (30).
The present day Joint Opposition members remained powerful being part and parcel of the Rajapaksa regime and with the fall of their regime last year, they always blamed that it was the manipulations of the international community had led to the downfall of the regime.
So, it is interesting to see, the IPU being a strong institution in the international community, three of the Joint Opposition Parliamentarians seeking justice from the institution. On the other hand the Joint Opposition Parliamentarians in their complaints made to the IPU had mentioned that they were intimidated and harassed with the help of law enforcement officials by the present regime of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
Pillaiyan is being interrogated
The pertinent question that arises at this stage is where these so-called Joint Opposition Parliamentarians were when three prominent Tamil Parliamentarians Joseph Pararajasingham and N. Raviraj of the Tamil National Alliance and T. Maheswaran of the United National Party were gunned down. The TNA's Joseph Pararajasingham was gunned down while he was attending the Christmas midnight mass in 2005.
The veteran Tamil politician was gunned down at pointblank range amidst a large number of devotees gathered at the church where he was attending the mass in Batticaloa.
The investigations launched on the assassination of Joseph Pararajasingham by the present government has led to the arrest of former Chief Minister of the Eastern Province Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillaiyan and some of his colleagues who were groomed in politics by the previous regime of Mahinda Rajapaksa after they deserted the LTTE.
The investigators who had grilled the former Chief Minister of the Eastern Province who is still in remand custody have found that he was one of the prime suspects in the assassination of Joseph Pararajasingham.
Killings of Raviraj and Maheswaran
The investigations which have been launched on the assassinations of Parliamentarians N. Raviraj and T. Maheswaran have also brought out some startling revelations on the ignorance of the previous regime with regard to their 'broad daylight' killings. As there was hardly any attempt made by the previous government to investigate the assassinations of the three prominent Parliamentarians, the three Joint Opposition Parliamentarians seeking justice for them from the Inter Parliamentary Union is ridiculous.
It was in the backdrop of three Joint Opposition members visiting the IPU secretariat in Geneva Prof. G.L. Peiris who is very much familiar with Geneva convened a press conference of the Joint Opposition in Colombo on Wednesday (30) and highlighted the recovery of lethal items by the Police in Chavakachcheri in the Jaffna Peninsula.
Prof. Peiris at the press briefing on Wednesday has cautioned that the recovery of the lethal items found in the North has threatened National Security.
Defence Secretary's comment
Since the end of the war in 2009, the Security Forces have been put on constant alert in the North and the East. Not only in Chavakachcheri even in Nallur and in Mannar in the past few days several deadly weapons and ammunitions were unearthed following the information provided by the general public.
According to Defence Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi that the recovery of arms and ammunitions in recent days was nothing extraordinary as such lethal items were hidden by the rebels during the civil war period. In the meantime the Security Forces recovered the lethal items in the North following the information provided to them by the general public. Therefore, it is clear that the people in the North and the East who had the bitter experience of ruthless war for three decades are more concerned about national security than the people in the other parts of the country.
So, by visiting Geneva to meet the IPU and by creating a fear psychosis among civilians over the recovery of lethal items in the North, it is evident, that the Joint Opposition is playing to the gallery for its own survival.