UN chief sends Lanka report to UN rights council

United Nations: UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday sent a report to the UN Human Rights Council that accuses Sri Lankan troops of killing tens of thousands of people during the civil war, a development that will mount pressure on Colombo for an international probe.

The report on accountability issues by Moon's panel of experts has been sent to the United Nations human rights chief and the President of the Human Rights Council.

The report of the three-member panel, which was released in April, found that there were credible allegations against both government forces as well as the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) of committing war crimes in the months leading up to May 2009, when Sri Lankan forces declared victory over the separatists.

"The Sri Lankan Government has been informed of the Secretary-General's decision to share the report with the Council and the High Commissioner," UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said here.

"While the Secretary-General had given time to the Government of Sri Lanka to respond to the report, the government has declined to do so, and instead has produced its own reports on the situation in the north of Sri Lanka, which are being forwarded along with the panel of experts report," he added.

A panel of experts had said that the Sri Lankan army killed most of the tens of thousands of civilian victims in a final offensive against Tamil separatists in 2009 but both sides may be guilty of war crimes.

Ban has said the Human Rights Council could order an inquiry into the killings.