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A group of US lawmakers are urging the Obama administration to push for an independent international investigation into alleged war crimes that occurred during Sri Lanka's civil war.

In a letter to US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, the members of Congress called for such a probe saying panels set up by the Sri Lankan government to probe the allegations "lacked the needed credibility."

These panels have "also delayed criminal investigations and in several instances members of these commissions have resigned in protest at the government's interference," the letter said, citing Amnesty International.

The letter was signed by some 57 members of the US House of Representatives.

"There is mounting evidence that suggests both parties in the conflict committed severe human rights violations during the conflict," it said.

In May last year, capping a four-decade civil war, Sri Lankan government troops finally defeated the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam.

"We urge you to call for a robust and independent international investigation that would finally clarify the events that occurred during the conflict and provide the foundation for a sustainable peace in Sri Lanka," the letter said. (AFP)
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  • Ajith Wednesday, 11 August 2010 07:49 AM

    Now all our dogs would start barking! Come on!

    Dhamsen Wednesday, 11 August 2010 04:20 AM

    Dear Gentlemen, when do you urge your government to call for a robust and independent international investigation that would finally clarify the events that being occurred In Iraq, Afghanistan and provide the foundation for a sustainable peace in Asia

    TP Wednesday, 11 August 2010 04:22 AM

    Goodness gracious. US is asking for trouble, Wimal will definitely fast on to death this time and lay siege to the US Embassy. Another Teledrama.

    Amaris Wednesday, 11 August 2010 04:26 AM

    Thank you once again, Mr. Obama.

    sena Wednesday, 11 August 2010 01:47 PM

    The truth is that any person can sue the US goverment for any form of crime in a us court and and have a reamody. is it available in Sri Lanka?

    sanus Wednesday, 11 August 2010 04:34 AM

    US govt to initiate an investigation on Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq, and the Israeli attack of Turkish Ship.........

    Roshan Wednesday, 11 August 2010 04:36 AM

    USA are world No. 1 terrorist and Human Right violators.

    Lankan Wednesday, 11 August 2010 09:18 AM

    who is the US accountable to? for all that's happening in Iraq and Afganistan.
    classic case of the pot calling the kettle black

    Ruwan Wednesday, 11 August 2010 09:39 AM

    Why do they oppose Goldstone report on Israel?First they should bring Israel case to ICC before preaching to Asia.

    Yohan Wednesday, 11 August 2010 09:44 AM

    Its time for Wimal to start his second teledrama. Maybe this time he could use Mervyn has his co star actor.

    James bond Wednesday, 11 August 2010 09:52 AM

    the Israel government has agreed for an independent inquiry by an international commission!

    James bond Wednesday, 11 August 2010 09:54 AM

    I hear them already hear them whine and cry...........

    wansa Wednesday, 11 August 2010 10:00 AM

    No more ethnic troubles in the country. It's big worry for them. So this type of things are obvious.

    Kato Wednesday, 11 August 2010 10:24 AM

    Once the US does a credible investigation into war crimes in Iraq and Afganistan it will have some moral authority to request this. Until then, there is no basis for anyone to follow-up on what the US thinks.

    Ryan Wednesday, 11 August 2010 11:11 AM

    can we ask for a probe to what happened to the weapons of mass distraction? Thats right it was a distraction to extended haliburtons profit margins.

    Ryan Wednesday, 11 August 2010 11:13 AM

    How about war crimes in Vietnam? What about genocide and mass civilian deaths at Hiroshima?

    eddy Wednesday, 11 August 2010 11:20 AM

    what war crimes? the ltte terrorist is dead..Only their diaspora and some tigers to be pulled and charged for war crimes.Some have migrated to US,Canada etcThese war criminals must be brought back and charged in Sri Lanka..Surely Ban Ki Moon understands this. Sri Lanka Government defended its people.and country.This problems were created by the ltte for 30 years.The Sri lankan Government should be given a medal for eridacating terrorism. Non have done these..


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