on Pesalai church attack
Bishop indicts Navy in letter to Vatican
on local and international reports, President Mahinda Rajapaksa
has appointed a top level military committee to probe charges relating
to last Saturdays attack on a church in Pesalai.
Daily Mirror learns that President Rajapaksa took the decision after
Wednesdays meeting of the National Security Council and said
he wanted an immediate report mainly on a complaint by Mannars
Bishop the Rt. Revd. Rayappu Joseph that Navy personnel were responsible
for the attack on the church in which six civilians were killed
and at least 47 injured.
Navy and the LTTE have blamed each other for the attack which came
in the aftermath of a sea battle between the Navy and the sea Tigers
early on Saturday.
Bishop in a six page letter to the Vatican gave full details on
the attack on the Church of Lady of Victories and said he believed
the Navy was responsible.
Bishop complained to the Vatican that civilians were being targeted
increasingly, despite both parties reiterating their commitment
to the Ceasefire Agreement.
Rajapaksa told security forces commanders and other top officials
at the NSC meeting that justice and human rights should prevail
in the country.
President said he was also appointing a Human Rights Unit for the
security forces because of a deteriorating human rights track record
in the country and urgent calls by the international community to
ensure the rights of the people.
he did at an emergency NSC meeting on Sunday, the President reiterated
that the safety and human rights of civilians of all communities
must be protected.