Sri Lanka Rejects UN Rights Probe - The New Indian Express

Sri Lanka Rejects UN Rights Probe

Published: 27th March 2014 11:58 PM

Last Updated: 27th March 2014 11:59 PM

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse rejected today's UN Human Rights Council resolution ordering a war crimes probe, saying he would instead press ahead with his own reconciliation plan.

"We reject this," Rajapakse said. "This resolution only hurts our reconciliation efforts. It does not help.

"But I am not discouraged. We will continue with the reconciliation process I have started," he added in a phone call to AFP.

In a 23-12 vote, the council backed a Western-sponsored resolution which said it was time for a "comprehensive investigation into alleged serious violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes by both parties in Sri Lanka".

Thursday's resolution is the most serious censure demanding an international investigation into allegations that thousands of civilians were killed in the final months of Sri Lanka's Tamil separatist war in 2009.

Rights groups have said that up to 40,000 ethnic Tamil civilians were killed by Sri Lankan forces while defeating separatist rebels, a charge Colombo has denied.

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