Lanka won`t confront UN over panel report: Govt
Last Updated: Thursday, May 05, 2011, 20:03
Colombo: Sri Lankan government on Thursday said it will not launch a counter-action against the UN in the wake of a report by an advisory panel of the world body which accused it of committing war crimes during the last phase of conflict with the LTTE.

"We will not launch any action against the UN. (We have) no such intentions as we are a UN member nation," Nimal Siripala de Silva, a senior government minister, told reporters here.

"Instead, Colombo will move into a diplomatic offensive," de Silva said. "We will make contact with the Security Council member states. We are aware of moves by local and international agents to cause us international embarrassment and we will do everything to prevent that."

He said UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon himself had said that there was a limit to what he can do with regard to the report. So, Sri Lanka need not worry, de Silva opined.

"Having studied the report, we can firmly say that it was purely based on hearsay evidence. That type of evidence can never be part of a proper procedure. So, we can easily reply to all these allegations," the minister asserted.

The three-member UN panel comprising Marzuki Darusman, a former Indonesian attorney general; Yasmin Sooka, a renowned South African rights campaigner; and Steven Ratner, a US-based attorney; has advocated establishment of a war crimes investigation into the happenings during the last stages of the LTTE war which ended in May 2009.

Sri Lanka has rejected the report as flawed and biased.


First Published: Thursday, May 05, 2011, 20:03

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