Sri Lanka to send response to UN chief on his panel`s report

Sri Lankan government has decided to officially respond to it by forwarding a note to the world body`s chief Ban Ki-moon.

Last Updated: May 01, 2011, 16:40 PM IST

Colombo: Despite its rigid public dismissal
of a UN panel`s report on alleged human rights violations
during the last phase of the LTTE war, Sri Lankan government
has decided to officially respond to it by forwarding a note
to the world body`s chief Ban Ki-moon.

External Affairs Minister G L Peiris is to send a note to
Ban explaining why his government is unable to recognise the
advisory panel and its "biased" nature, the independent
`Sunday Times` newspaper reported here.

The government would also protest through the note the
action of the panel to make the report public, it said. A
detailed report on the contents would be sent later.

The UN, at the time of releasing the panel`s work, had
urged Sri Lanka to respond to it so that it could be
incorporated in the report. Sri Lanka had then declined.

However, the government here decided to extend the term
of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) by
six more months from May 15, as a response to the report.
This is aimed at giving LLRC time to study and respond
and also take up issues in the UN panel report.

The three-member UN panel`s report accused Sri Lanka of
committing war crimes during the last stage of the war with
the LTTE and calls for setting up an independent
investigation.

Sri Lankan government has decided to use the usual May
Day celebrations today to protest against the UN chief and his
panel`s report which, it alleged, was a West-led conspiracy to
undermine Colombo`s victory against terrorism.

PTI