The Sri Lankan military today deniedaccusations that it used illegal weapons in combating the LTTEduring the decisive phase of the civil war in 2009.
"Never at anytime during Sri Lanka Army's 25 years of counter terrorism operations has it resorted to the use of illegal weapons," military spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya said.
He was responding to accusations levelled by Tamil groupsthat the army had used chemical weapons and cluster bombsduring the battle.
Rayappu Jospeh, a bishop from northeastern Mannar had reportedly told visiting US Ambassador-at-large on Criminal Justice Stephen J Rapp that the army had used the chemical weapons. "These are baseless allegations aimed at forcing the international community to act against Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council," Wanigasooriya said.
Sri Lanka is expected to encounter another resolution atthe UNHRC in late March - the third such resolution in as manyyears to be moved by the US and backed by India. Similarly, Wanigasooriya dismissed allegations that themilitary had increased patrolling in northern Jaffna peninsula.
"This is incorrect as we have only streamlined militaryactivity in the north to ensure ease of civilian life. Thismeant that we reduced a number of military check points," Wanigasooriya said.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa who is the commander-in-chiefof the army announced early this month that military presence in the north had been slashed to 12,000 troops since the war ended.