China backs Lanka over humanitarian crimes probe

Amnesty International has slammed Lanka`s internal inquiry into the war.

Beijing: China on Wednesday assured its support to
Sri Lanka to safeguard its sovereignty as the country gears up
to face pressure at the forthcoming UN Human Rights Council
meeting for a credible international probe into charges of
humanitarian crimes during the war against LTTE.

The assurance was given by top Chinese leader Wu Bangguo
during his meeting with visiting Lankan Prime Minister D M
Jayaratne, on the sidelines of the 15th China International
Fair for Investment and Trade (CIFIT) at Chinese city of

China will continue to support Sri Lanka`s efforts to
safeguard its national independence, sovereignty and
territorial integrity, as well as respect Sri Lanka`s path of
development and its domestic and foreign policies, state-run
Xinhua news agency quoted Wu as telling Jayaratne.

Wu`s assurance came as Sri Lanka may come under heavy
pressure at the next week`s UN Human Rights Council meeting,
which is expected to take stock of situation in the island

Amnesty International, an international rights group, has
slammed Lanka`s internal inquiry into the war against the
Tamil Tigers, describing it as "flawed at every level" and
sought an independent investigations into allegations of war

Bureau Report

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