China backs Lanka against UN report on `war crimes`

China has asked the global community to leave the issue to Colombo to handle it.

Last Updated: May 01, 2011, 16:37 PM IST

Beijing: Amid mounting pressure on the
Sri Lankan government following the publication of a UN report
alleging war crimes during the country`s civil war, China
has asked the global community not to complicate the issue
and leave it to Colombo to handle it.

China believes the Lankan government and people will
properly handle problems concerning its civil war and urge the
international community not to complicate the issue, Chinese
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said reacting to the UN
report.

He said Colombo has already set up its own panel to
investigate relevant issues.

"The Chinese side is confident that Sri Lankan government
and people are able to properly address all relevant issues,"
Hong said in a statement.

"We hope that the international community could help
develop a favourable external environment for the Sri Lankan
government to stabilise the country`s internal situation and
accelerate economic growth, and avoid taking measures that
could further complicate the issue," Hong said.

The UN panel of experts on Sri Lanka published a
report on armed conflicts in the country on Monday.
It said the activities by the rebel Liberation Tigers
of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the government in the final months
of civil war might amount to war crimes.

Lanka`s External Affairs Ministry denounced the report,
saying it was fundamentally flawed in many aspects and has
divisive influence on the country that has just ended its
decades old conflict.

Tens of thousands of civilians were killed in the three
decades civil war that erupted in 1983 between the Sri Lankan
government and the LTTE, who had launched a separatist
insurgency for an independent Tamil homeland in the north and
east before they were defeated in May 2009.

PTI