Lankan military committed war crimes: UN panel

UN panel appointed by Ban ki-Moon called for setting up of an independent international mechanism.

Updated: Apr 17, 2011, 09:30 AM IST

Colombo: A UN panel has called for
setting up of an "independent international mechanism" into
what it called "credible" allegations that Sri Lankan military
committed war crimes in its final decisive offensive against
Tamil Tigers in 2009, a charge described by Colombo as

The three-member panel, appointed by UN Secretary
General Ban ki-Moon submitted its report last week without
making it public. But leaked excerpts were published here in
Island newspaper.
According to the paper the report has described as
"credible" allegations that Sri Lankan military systematically
targeted hospitals in the Tamil dominated Vanni area and
executed some of the captured LTTE cadres after the war.

The panel has also alleged that LTTE had held Vanni
population hostage and executed those trying to escape in
beginning of February 2009.
The paper said, the UN panel had dismissed the
findings and process of the `Sri Lankan Lessons Learnt and
Reconciliation Committee` and demand that Colombo should
launch a "genuine" investigations into the war crimes charges
and other alleged violations of international and human rights
law, committed by both sides.

The panel report was handed over to the Sri Lankan
government on the eve of Sinhala new year.

Reacting to the report Sri Lankan government called it
"fundamentally flawed" and "biased". Colombo had vehemently
protested the creation of an UN panel and refused entry to the
members of the body.

The Island quoted an authoritative government
spokesman as saying that the UN panel had repeated
unsubstantiated allegations made by the LTTE and its hired
agents during the war and its aftermath.