‘War and War Crimes’
A hard-hitting UN report has found compelling evidence of war crimes by the Sri Lankan military during the final phase of its war against LTTE in 2009. The report puts the death toll up to 40,000 and calls for an international investigation, which could have far-reaching consequences. Unfortunately, both, the UN and the government have so far failed to act on the report’s main recommendation, a commission of inquiry, despite the fact that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa have jointly promised accountability. So what is it that is stopping a probe of the alleged war crimes? The report, which talks of “a grave assault on the entire regime of international law,” provides a chance to achieve reconciliation through truth and accountability, providing the stability that post-conflict Sri Lanka badly needs.
Conversely, the failure to act would be a missed opportunity on a grand scale. Our leaders need to realize this. Dr. T.M. Fernandez,
Kandy, Sri Lanka