Sri Lanka leader asks Trump’s help

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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

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