Credible accountability process in Lanka needed: UN

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The secretary-general of the United Nations yesterday stressed the need for a “credible national accountability process” over actions in the final stages of the civil war in Sri Lanka during a meeting with Mahinda Rajapaksa, the country’s President.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon reiterated the need for such a process as envisaged in the joint statement he signed with President Rajapaksa in May 2009, when the long-running conflict between government forces and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) ended.

“He also underlined the need to find a political solution to the underlying factors of the past conflict,” according to a spokesperson for Mr. Ban after the meeting between the two officials.

Earlier this month Mr. Ban forwarded a report by a three-member United Nations panel of experts on accountability issues during the civil war to the Human Rights Council and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

The panel found there were credible reports that both government forces and the LTTE committed war crimes during the final months of the war.

The panel said there were credible allegations against government forces included the killing of civilians through widespread shelling and the denial of humanitarian assistance. The credible allegations regarding the LTTE concerned numerous serious violations, including using civilians as a human buffer and killing civilians attempting to flee LTTE control.

The panel recommended that the government respond to the allegations by initiating an effective accountability process beginning with genuine investigations. (AGENCIES)
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  • RAJU Monday, 26 September 2011 08:42 AM

    UN STAND ON SRILANKA WILL NEVER CHANGE UNTIL THE SRILANKAN GOVERNMENT REPLY TO THEIR DEMAND PROPERLY.

    Karusan Monday, 26 September 2011 09:24 AM

    Ban Ki Moon moon is just a follow of what USA says. USA employed a highly paid good.

    Ryan Monday, 26 September 2011 09:50 AM

    not only final stage, but early stages of war, not only in sri lanka but in afghanisthan , pakistan, iraq , also needs accountability processes. OK!

    peter Fernando Monday, 26 September 2011 10:22 AM

    Dear Mr. Banki Could you pls your staff to investigate the war crimes against US in Iraq war in finding mas destruction of weapons, Afganistan, Pakistan, and now in Libiya, Also pls investigate Isreal war against palastine for holding 8 isreal solders and even Isreal bomed your UN office as well why are silent in tese issues ? Why do you have double standerd agaisnt poor countries? The entire world knows that the UN is corroupted organisisation control by fes western countries its time to desolve UN i think all mebers should walk out and lest only wetern to be in UN council as nothing resanable can be expected from this organasisation.

    ind Monday, 26 September 2011 11:15 AM

    Exactly !!

    patriotic Tuesday, 27 September 2011 08:02 AM

    Hats off to you Mr.President.


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