India says 'cannot vouch for authencity of pictures'

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Union External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said he had seen the pictures and the report on the alleged coldblooded killing of LTTE chief V. Prabakaran’s minor son by the Sri Lankan Army but could not vouch for their authenticity.

Mr. Khurshid was asked about the government’s response to the op-ed in The Hindu’s Tuesday edition based on a British documentary featuring the pictures of the killing of Prabakaran’s 12-year-old son, Balachandran. Sri Lanka has dismissed the report as “lies, half-truths and numerous forms of speculation” and suggested such reports make a comeback around this time of the year when Sri Lanka’s human rights situation comes up for appraisal before a United Nation’s committee.

The External Affairs Minister said Sri Lanka was an important neighbour and friend with which India has been intensifying ties in all fields. At the same time India has voiced concern over the human rights situation and voted against Sri Lanka last March at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

Of the three pictures, two show Prabakaran’s son sitting in a sandbagged bunker. The third, said to be taken by the same camera, show him lying dead with five bullet wounds in his upper torso.

The makers of the Channel 4 documentary titled “No War Zone — the killing fields of Sri Lanka,” have promised to air it at the next session of the UNHRC in March. (The Hindu)
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  • Barath Wednesday, 20 February 2013 03:51 PM

    Sri Lanka is a good friend. Calm down TN.

    Kondebandapucheena Wednesday, 20 February 2013 12:13 PM

    All of sudden every one taking Arms against SL about Human Rights while there own back yard things getting worst than us

    ravi Thursday, 21 February 2013 11:26 AM

    Pl note he said The External Affairs Minister said Sri Lanka was an important neighbour. He never said Sri Lanka is an important neighbour .

    Amalan Wednesday, 20 February 2013 12:50 PM

    Ha ha India also act in response that story

    Lobo Wednesday, 20 February 2013 12:56 PM

    Well said Mr. Khurshid. Unfortunately this kind of news will not reach the international press or audience. They would rather deal in false propaganda, unsubstantiated allegations and third-party innuendos.

    shan Wednesday, 20 February 2013 01:57 PM

    Oly God knows who say truth

    Gorakaya Thursday, 21 February 2013 12:59 AM

    Everyone got skeletons in their cupboards,but they want to see only small poor countries' cupboards.


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