Sri Lanka should take advantage of UN report: US
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Last Updated: Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 16:42
Washington: Sri Lankan government should take advantage of a UN report on 'war crimes' to complete what it has undertaken, the United States has said, referring to a reconciliation panel appointed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

"The Sri Lankan Government has taken some steps to address accountability. We believe it should take advantage of the UN's report and the UN's offer of these panel of experts," State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters.

"It would be helpful to take advantage of their expertise in order to complete this process," he said, responding to questions about the report by a UN panel which says there are "credible allegations" that thousands of civilians were killed towards the end of the war with LTTE.

"The panel found credible allegations, which if proven, indicate that a wide range of serious violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law were committed both by the Government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE, some of which would amount to war crimes," the report said.

Meanwhile, the New York-based Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam has announced that it will take steps to counter Sri Lankan government's plans to organize several activities against the UN report on Sri Lanka.

In a statement, the group said it will set up an expert panel to study the Sri Lanka's anti-UN report steps and to produce a counter-report challenging government's findings.

"It will meet different governments to counter Sri Lankan government's propaganda against the UN report. It will also campaign for the UN to refer Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court's Prosecutor as well to organize an international commission of inquiry as suggested by the report," it said.


First Published: Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 16:42

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