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Mangala calls Sri Lankan Army General's book detailing war crimes 'biggest betrayal'

Sri Lanka's foreign minister Mangala Samaraweera reportedly criticised a Sri Lankan Major General publishing a book which details the extensive war crimes of the army, calling it the "biggest betrayal to the war heroes". 

“This book basically confirms everything that the radical Tamil groups have been saying. We are going around telling the international community that there have been no war crimes, but this book gives information about how the army has been going around breaking houses, breaking legs and even killing,” Mr Samaraweera was quoted by the Colombo Telegraph as saying. 

The book by Major General Kamal Gunaratne, entitled the ‘Road to Nandikadal’, was published last year. 

“Gunaratne himself is saying the soldiers have behaved illegally. Here, we are going around saying that our Army is disciplined, but this war hero says that our army is acting illegally,” Mr Samaraweera reportedly added. 

“The only this that can happen by saying and writing such stuff is to help whatever remains of the Eelam to become more powerful,” he added.

Mr Samaraweera has faced rising criticism from Tamil voices who have criticised his contradictory remarks regarding accountability.