US supports international role in Sri Lanka probe

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 9, 2011 - 10:07

Washington: The United States says it supports
an international mechanism to help probe allegations of human rights abuses during Sri Lanka`s civil war.

Rights groups allege that thousands of civilians died
when the Sri Lankan military routed the Tamil Tiger rebels in
the final months of a quarter-century conflict in 2009. A UN
experts panel has said violations by both sides could amount
to war crimes.

State Department spokesman Mark Toner said today that Sri
Lanka has conducted some reporting on alleged rights abuses,
but an international mechanism to help provide a "transparent
accounting" of Sri Lanka`s actions was in everyone`s interest.

In an interview today Sri Lanka`s Defense Secretary
Gotabaya Rajapaksa rejected the idea as a violation of its
sovereignty.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, August 9, 2011 - 10:07

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