COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A former Sri Lankan protection chief who’s a front-runner in subsequent month’s presidential election says if he wins he will not acknowledge an settlement the federal government made with the U.N. human rights council to analyze alleged struggle crimes throughout the nation’s civil struggle.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa stated at a information convention Tuesday, “We are going to all the time work with the United Nations, however I am unable to acknowledge what they’ve signed” with previous Sri Lankan governments.
Rajapaksa was the highest protection official throughout the civil struggle, which resulted in 2009, serving below his brother, then-President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
In 2015, the federal government agreed with the U.N. rights physique to probe struggle crimes allegations.
If Rajapaksa wins the election and follows by way of along with his feedback, it could be a extreme setback to Sri Lanka’s post-war reconciliation course of.