Cooperate on international inquiry to protect President: Mangala

Friday, 10 December 2010 00:01 -     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

The main opposition United National Party (UNP) yesterday said the country has to cooperate with an international inquiry to protect the good name of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

UNP Parliamentarian Mangala Samaraweera told a press conference that if the country did not fully cooperate with such an inquiry, the President would not be able to avoid being called a war criminal.

He also called on the President to be wise and not to be misled by those around him.

Samaraweera said that if the President did not act wisely, he could be summoned before an international court on various allegations levelled against the Sri Lankan Government.

He further expressed doubts over the modus operandi of certain Government members, as it seemed they were conspiring within the Government to frame war crime charges on the President.