Tuesday, May 25, 2010

War Crimes: Sri Lanka tells Ban - mind your own business

Sri Lanka yesterday asked UN chief Ban Ki-moon not to interfere in its internal affairs and not to go ahead with the probe into alleged war crimes by its Army against the defeated LTTE, amidst an international clamour by rights groups for an independent inquiry.

"...There is no justification legal or moral for this step (UN probe) to be taken at this time," External Affairs Minister G L Peiris said ahead of his meeting with Ban.

"Don't complicate matters at this stage. It's not going to do any good. It has the potential of doing real harm in a situation where the government of Sri Lanka, against overwhelming odds, is trying to move the processes forward," he said.

Prof Peiris said he will ask Ban not to interfere in the internal matters of Sri Lanka and allow Colombo to conduct a domestic probe into the issue.

Prof Peiris, who is on his first official visit to the US and is set to hold talks with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, noted that the appointment of a foreign panel will lead to confusion in the investigation and resentment among the public.

Source: Ministry of Defence, Public Security, Law & Order - Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

Courtesy : The Island

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