Dossier Query

SYDNEY, October 19, 2011 (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s envoy to Australia Wednesday said a dossier alleging war crimes during the dying days of his country’s civil war only served to fuel the agenda of “vested interests”. Thisara Samarasinghe, who was a commander in the Sri Lankan navy during the conflict which ended in 2009, said the report now in the hands of the Australian Federal Police would not harm relations between the countries.

But quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald, the high commissioner (ambassador) asked: “For whose purpose are they doing this? Are the poor Tamil people in the north (of Sri Lanka) getting any benefit from this?

“I don’t know what the agenda of these people is. These types of things give oxygen to people who have a vested interest.”

The dossier, prepared by the International Commission of Jurists’ Australian chapter, contains testimony from Sri Lankans now living in Australia that they were attacked by government forces during the war.

ICJ Australia has said it contains eyewitness evidence of the bombing and shelling of civilians which fly in the face of the Sri Lankan government’s stance that civilians were not targeted. The body said the evidence was initially collected f