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During a debate on Sri Lanka in the British Parliament on Thursday, State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister Hugo Swire said there needed to be an international element in the accountability mechanism in Sri Lanka to reassure the communities that the process was credible.

He expressed these views in response to a question by one of the British MPs on Sri Lankan President and the Prime Minister’s refusal to involve international judges in the prosecution of war crimes.

“To reassure the communities in Sri Lanka and to show the international community that this is a credible process, there needs to be an international element. That is what we continue to stress with the Government, with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, with Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera and through UNHRC Chief Prince Zeid Al Hussein,” he said.

He said he was hopeful that this message is getting through and that something would happen in that respect.

Commenting further on issue of international involvement in the prosecution of war crimes, Mr. Swire said the British Government have always been clear that any accountability mechanism needs to be credible and meet international standards.

“We therefore welcomed Sri Lanka’s co-sponsorship of the UNHRC resolution 30/1. We have reiterated our commitment to its full implementation on a number of occasions, most recently in Geneva last month,” he said.

 

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  • ross peters Monday, 11 July 2016 05:49 AM

    Bloody Hypocrite,Not a Single word about the accountability or war crime in Iraq and happy to appoint Tony Blair as the middle eartern Peace envoy!Just get lost you looser

    sam Monday, 11 July 2016 08:02 AM

    what are they doing about the findings in the Chilcott report they should concentrate on that instead meddling in others affairs. They are responsible for all the trouble we find through out the world today

    Kumar Saturday, 09 July 2016 02:18 PM

    We also need an inquiry on crimes committed by British rulers in Ceylon during the colonial period.

    cheers Saturday, 09 July 2016 10:44 AM

    Hi Wes and Margaret do not try to be a spokeswoman or a spokesman to a terrorist group that took many lives during 30 years of atrocious killings by tamil tigers. Were you asleep then or was not born. Get a life and look after your own brexit before it becomes BRITSHIT

    upali Saturday, 09 July 2016 10:51 AM

    Iraq report is out. Now who is accountable for the start of unnecessary war. via DM Android App

    Goose Saturday, 09 July 2016 11:09 AM

    Ask Blair to face international judges first

    Pambaya Saturday, 09 July 2016 11:14 AM

    Britain violated international law by illegally invading Iraq. Let SL demand a war crimes probe


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