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Sirisena says determined to protect 'war heroes' from foreign forces

Sri Lanka's president Maithripala Sirisena reiterated on Sunday his government's commitment to 'protecting war heroes from foreign forces', the Colombo Page reported. 

Speaking at an event on a new water purification system at Ritigahawewa Viharaya in Horowpathana, Mr Sirisena said "the government defends the security of all war heroes from the Army Commander to the last soldier and the government would not allow any foreign forces to lay hands on war heroes who laid down their lives to defend the country."

Mr Sirisena has consistently pledged to prevent any international investigation into allegations of war crimes committed by Sri Lankan troops. 

His comments this weekend come as the UN Human Rights Commissioner, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein called for universal jurisdication to be applied in the absence of government action on accountability. 

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