Sri Lanka to discuss UN report with non-aligned members

Sri Lanka is to highlight the prejudiced nature of the UN`s three member panel.

Colombo: Sri Lanka will raise the issue of a UN panel report during a foreign ministerial meeting of the non aligned nations this month.

A delegation headed by the External Affairs Minister GL Peiris will attend the meeting to be held in Bali, Indonesia on May 26 and 27, a government release said.

The Colombo team is to highlight the prejudiced nature of the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon`s three member panel.

"The prejudice was clearly evident from the way they described the LTTE as a most disciplined and nationalist Tamil organisation", Peiris said.

Peiris had further questioned the panel`s conclusion that the war had ended tragically.

Sri Lankan officials say a further diplomatic offensive would be launched targeting the UN Security Council member nations.

Sri Lanka maintains that while the report impinged on the island`s sovereignty it causes damage to current efforts aimed at achieving reconciliation at the end of the over three decade old separatist conflict.

A UN panel had said that killing of tens of thousands of people in the final stages of the Sri Lankan civil strife could amount to "war crimes", but Secretary General Ban Ki-moon insisted he would only launch an international investigation if Colombo agrees or member states call for it.


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