He said this in response to a question posed by the BBC regarding the controversial statement made by Minister Rajitha Senaratne recently.
Once again the question of whether civilians were killed during the attacks by the security forces in the last stages of the war, has arisen. This was due to a statement made by Minister Rajitha Senaratne at the Cabinet press briefing recently.
Minister Senaratne in response to a question raised by a journalist said, “What are we going claiming to be celebrating the victory of war heroes? It was our own children who were killed at the hands of these war heroes.”
When the journalist said, “It was the terrorists who died at the hands of the war heroes.” Then the minister asked, “Was it only the terrorists who got killed?”
''What are they doing by celebrating the victory of war heroes? Who died at the hands of these war heroes? It was our own children.” – Cabinet Spokesman Rajitha Senaratne
Minister Rajitha Senaratne further noted that it was not only during the war against the LTTE terrorists, but even in the JVP insurgency, it was not only the insurgents who were killed by the security forces.
He said that in any war the reality is that ordinary citizens too gets killed.
“That is the reality in any war.”
''We must accept that this happened in Sri Lanka too. During the cross fire between the terrorists and the security forces, civilians who were caught up in the middle did perish,” – Joint Opposition MP Vasudeva Nanayakkara
Responsing to questions posed by BBC Sinhala Service regarding the statement made by Minister Rajitha Senaratne, MP Vasudeva Nanayakkara said, “We must accept that this happened in Sri Lanka too and that civilians who were caught up in the midst of the attacks and counter attacks between the terrorists and the security forces, did perish,” he said.
Minister Rajitha Senaratne noted during the press briefing that during the Rajapaksa government they had made claims at the end of the war that no civilian was killed during the attacks launched by the security forces.
In response, Vasudeva Nanayakkara said that if the Rajapaksas’ had made such a statement, he too would not endorse it.
“As far as I remember, what the Rajapaksas’ said was that the security forces never deliberately targeted civilians,” he said.