Sri Lankan govt plans for anti- UN report

Last Updated: Sunday, April 17, 2011 - 19:35

Colombo: Sri Lankan government has said it
will launch a diplomatic offensive against a UN report which
accused its military of committing war crimes in its final
decisive offensive against Tamil Tigers in 2009.

"The government would take the report seriously and
send teams to India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Malaysia, the other
Non-Aligned countries including those in Africa and Latin
America to explain why Sri Lanka had no option but to use
military force to liquidate the LTTE`s military capabilities,"
Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa was quoted by the Sunday
Times as saying.

He said a white paper would be prepared outlining the
justification for military action, the civilian casualties
caused by the LTTE and the benefits that have accrued to the
people both in the north and south from the elimination of
terrorism.

It will also include the humanitarian measures taken
by the government during the final offensive against the LTTE
and thereafter for the displaced civilians during the final
stages, especially in the Vanni and Mullaitivu districts.

The UN panel report 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.

The three-member panel, appointed by UN chief Ban
ki-Moon submitted its report last week without making it
public. But leaked excerpts were published here in media.

The report in addition to its call for an independent
international mechanism, seeks an acknowledgement of
government`s role and responsibility for extensive civilian
casualties.

The government has dismissed the report as flawed and
biased.

Gotabhaya, who is also the brother of President
Mahinda Rajapaksa, lashed out at the report and warned that
Sri Lanka will be forced to look for protection from Russia
and China if UN failed to protect his country.

He accused the UN of being a "pawn of some countries".

PTI



First Published: Sunday, April 17, 2011 - 19:35

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