Lanka rejects foreign probe

By Kshanika Argent

Sri Lanka says there should be no hurry in setting up an international probe to investigate the final stages of the war against the LTTE as the government has taken ‘necessary action’ to address human rights allegations.

This comes after the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay today maintained that Sri Lanka needed an international probe despite the government having created a post-war reconciliation commission to look into alleged human rights violations.

Pillay is quoted as saying, "Based on previous experience and new information, I remain convinced that such objectives would be better served by establishing an independent international accountability mechanism that would enjoy public confidence, both in Sri Lanka and elsewhere."

Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwela speaking to Daily Mirror online however noted that Sri Lanka is a sovereign nation, with a government democratically elected by the people and so will address concerns on its own.

"Positive comments have been made by many other nations in the steps we have taken and we are now more interested in correcting past mistakes ourselves and we see no hurry in setting up an international probe when we have already taken necessary action in this regard through our reconciliation commission," Minister Rambukwella said. (Daily Mirror online)

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