Posts Tagged ‘UN-commissioned report’

Sri Lankan FM slams ‘biased’ UN rights report

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

[AFP]

Sri Lanka’s foreign minister Sunday condemned a “preposterous” UN-commissioned report alleging war crimes in his country, revealing he stopped Canada raising it at a Commonwealth meeting.

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Sri Lanka President Rajapaksa defends military’s role

Friday, May 27th, 2011

[BBC]

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has defended the conduct of the military during fighting at the end of the country’s protracted civil war. He was speaking at a huge military festival in Colombo to mark the two-year anniversary of the government’s defeat of the Tamil Tiger rebels. A UN panel of experts recently accused both sides of war crimes during the last days of the conflict in 2009. The president rejected calls for an independent international inquiry. The BBC’s Charles Haviland in Colombo said that it was a defiant speech from a president who still garners great public support from the war victory.

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