Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Sri Lanka "war panel" to start



The Straits Times | AFP
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Sri Lanka announced the government-appointed panel looking into the island's civil war that ended last year would hold its first public hearings on Wednesday.

The eight-member panel will hear testimony for five days in the capital Colombo and two days in Vavuniya, near the former war zone, an official statement said on Tuesday.


The probe is expected to focus on why a 2002 truce between the government and separatist Tamil Tiger rebels collapsed and led to more fighting.

The president's office said in a statement that the panel was also tasked with recommending measures to ensure that Sri Lanka did not return to conflict. Sri Lanka has rejected a separate United Nations probe into alleged rights abuses during the final stages of the war.

The UN has previously reported that at least 7,000 ethnic Tamil civilians were killed in the last four months of fighting before government troops finally defeated the Tigers in May.

Sri Lanka says that no civilians were killed while battling the rebels and that it would not allow the UN or any other independent body to probe war crimes allegations.

© The Straits Times

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1 comment:

sentinelgazette said...

SEVEN Days to investigate the annihilation of tens of thousands of innocent civilians, the majority of which were Tamils, not only caught in the crossfire between the LTTE and the SL Security Forces, but purposefully and undoubtedly zeroed in upon to be murdered in the government's designated "No Fire" zone of the Vanni.
Unbelievable! I don't know why this inhumane regime is even bothering with this charade...
SEVEN Days! To search for truth and help everyone receive some sort of closure, i.e. the Tamils,...and maybe make an official apology for their callous, bloody attempt at genocide of the Tamils?! Me thinks not.

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