Lanka won`t confront UN over panel report: Govt

Sri Lanka said it will not launch a counter-action against the UN in wake of report on war crimes.

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
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.


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