Ranil wanted anti-Muslim riots to bring US military to Sri Lanka: Vasudeva
Jul 10, 2019 13:52 PM GMT+0530 | 2 Comment(s)
ECONOMYNEXT - Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe wanted anti-Muslim riots to create 10,000 refugees and bring the US military and United Nations interventions to Sri Lanka's Vasudeva Nanayakkara claimed in parliament.
"Using this crisis he wanted to bring the United States military to Sri Lanka," Nanayakkara said.
"They are salivating to come to Sri Lanka (kela hala hala innawar)."
Nanayakkara, a leftist legislator aligned with ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa claimed that Wickremesinghe wanted to generate 10,000 Muslim refugees in areas where Sinhalese lived and drive them all to the Eastern Province.
Some had charged that activists linked to the so-called 'Pohottuwa' party, were behind some of the anti-Muslim riots in May.
Nanayakkara said the Wickremesinghe also wanted to bring the United Nations to Sri Lanka.
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees would also have intervened in Sri Lanka, Nanayakkara said.
"They (foreign powers) are waiting to intervene on the basis of R2P (responsibility to protect)," Nanayakkkara said.
"That is what Ranil wanted."
Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said an exchange of notes had taken place on a Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) in 1995 and an Acquisition and cross Servicing Agreement agreement had been signed when Gothabaya Rajapaksa, a US citizen was Sri Lanka's defence secretary.
There was no new SOFA agrement, he said though talks had taken place on changing some clauses. If there is a new sofa which he did not know about, it must be in the living room, he said.
Nanayakkara goes after Wickremesinghe at every opportunity. He has earlier addressed Wickremesinghe using the 'P-word', a swear word in Sinhalese.
"Umbater puluwander mawer wardi karanner? (pause) P…..ya," (How can you make me sit? P-word) he said as highly entertained fellow legislators thumped on tables and egged him on also repeating the P-word from the sidelines. (Colombo/July10/2019)