Peace Con­demned

Southasia - - Briefing -

Sri Lanka has re­jected what it calls a di­vi­sive and flawed re­port com­mis­sioned by UN Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Ban Ki-moon, which holds the gov­ern­ment re­spon­si­ble for thou­sands of civil­ian deaths in its civil war.

“The pub­lic re­lease of the re­port at this stage is di­vi­sive, and dis­rupts our ef­forts to re­in­force peace, se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity in Sri Lanka,” the Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs Min­istry said in a state­ment and as­serted that it feeds into the po­lit­i­cal agen­das of in­ter­ested par­ties.

Al­though the min­istry did not iden­tify those par­ties, Sri Lanka has long ac­cused rights watch­dogs and pro-Tamil Tiger groups in the Di­as­pora of fab­ri­cat­ing atroc­i­ties to dis­credit the gov­ern­ment and shift at­ten­tion from the Tigers’ own crimes.

The re­port re­leased late April high­lighted, what it called, “cred­i­ble al­le­ga­tions” that both the Sri Lankan army and Tamil Tiger rebels had been in­volved in vi­o­la­tions that could amount to war crimes in the fi­nal months of the gov­ern­ment’s of­fen­sive against the Lib­er­a­tion Tigers of Tamil Ee­lam (LTTE) in which tens of thou­sands of civil­ians are es­ti­mated to have died.

Sri Lanka has re­peat­edly de­nied any rights vi­o­la­tions and Pres­i­dent Mahinda Ra­japakse has called for a protest rally against any UN in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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