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President of Sri Lanka pledges war crimes inquiry


London: The Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena said that he would order for a domestic inquiry into war crimes supposed to have committed during the country’s civil war within a month.
The President said that UN investigators would not be allowed to involve with the issues, in spite of the strong international pressure.
He was speaking from London during his visit to Great Britain.
During the civil war, the Sri Lankan army had defeated the Liberation Tigers of Tamil separatists in 2009, bringing an end to the 26-year old conflict.
After the war, both sides were accused of human-right violations.
Mr Sirisena said that he has been expecting an efficient and impartial investigation on the issue which would be legally well balanced.
According to the President, advice from the UN would be taken into account but no need to make them involved in the inquiry.
Sources are of the opinion that Maithripala Sirisena has a respectable image which is extremely different from his controversial predecessor Mahindra Rajapaksa.
The approach of Mr Rajapaksa on issues were always grim while President Sirisena appears to open door for the inquiry in a wider style.
Even though Sri Lankan authorities will still not allow UN war crime investigators to visit the country, they have expressed their willingness to take their opinion in to account in fulfilling the work.
Thus the new Government highlights their fruitful approach on issues which is entirely different from that of the old government.


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