BBC HardTalk: Prof Rajiva Wijesinha MP, Advisor to the Sri Lankan President

Prof Rajiva Wijesinha, Adviser on Reconciliation to the President, responds on Hard Talk to hard questions about Sri Lanka. In a wide-ranging interview with BBC Stephen Sackur, Prof Wijesinha deals with questions about Sri Lanka raised by recent interventions by Channel 4 as well as a Panel on Accountability appointed by the UN Secretary General.

He talks about the similarities between the charges made, and the shifting claims, including the admission that the date originally alleged by Channel 4 was false. The Experts commissioned by the UN have also revealed that the video has been edited and sections transposed, though Channel 4, whilst citing the experts, will not admit to this themselves.

Further issues discussed include what seems the efforts of some Western politicians, in particular British ones, to cater to their electorates without thinking of the interests of Tamils in Sri Lanka. Issues regarding current efforts at reconciliation, and the need to move forward, were also raised.


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