Sri Lanka leader asks Trump’s help
Columbo: Sri Lanka’s leader is seeking the support of US President-elect Donald Trump to free Sri Lankan troops from war crime allegations from the country’s decades-long civil war. President Maithripala Sirisena said he had already sent a message to Mr Trump, seeking his support.
The statement signals a retraction by Mr Sirisena’s government of its promise to the UN Human Rights Council to investigate allegations of war crimes against government troops and the nowdefeated Tamil Tiger rebels in the civil war, which ended in 2009. The UN High Commissioner for human rights had called last year for the appointment of a hybrid court comprising local and international judges. But Sri Lanka, in a resolution co-sponsored with the US at the council, had agreed to investigate allegations through its own judicial system with international technical support. Mr Sirisena said he would discuss the Human Rights Council’s resolution with Mr Trump and send “special representatives to request (Trump) to free our country from this situation.” Washington Post