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Attempts to force an international probe on Sri Lanka, into civilian deaths and rights abuses during the final months of the island nation’s civil war, are unacceptable, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a meeting with his Sri Lankan counterpart Gamini Lakshman Peiris.

In May 2009, Sri Lanka’s military defeated the Tamil Tigers, a rebel group, after a massive offensive in the northeast that ended decades of separatist warfare. Since the beginning of the armed conflict in 1983, violence had killed more than 70,000 people, damaged the economy and harmed tourism in one of South Asia’s potentially most prosperous societies.

A UN report published in 2011 said both sides in the conflict committed war crimes against civilians. The Sri Lankan government rejected the report, describing it as biased.

Ties between the United States and Sri Lanka have been strained by US sponsorship of a resolution passed by the UN human rights council in March, to press Sri Lanka to conduct an independent probe into civilian deaths in the final months of the civil war, which ended in 2009.

“We believe, attempts to force international investigation on Sri Lanka without the sovereign state’s permission and bypassing the UN Security Council are absolutely wrong, they also contradict our aspirations in the human rights sphere,” Lavrov said.

He emphasised that Sri Lanka has forged an own trustworthy commission to look into the war crimes. (Gulf Times)

  Comments - 14

  • H Rights Thursday, 24 May 2012 05:50 AM

    Birds of a feather flock together.

    Nodrog Thursday, 24 May 2012 06:16 AM

    Then the US and UK also should flock together with us.

    ALF Thursday, 24 May 2012 06:13 AM

    Thank you Russia, for understanding the real situation of Sri Lanka. We need your support always.

    Nihal Amarasekera Thursday, 24 May 2012 06:24 AM

    From Russia with Love; James Bond on the prowl.

    Fusion Thursday, 24 May 2012 07:31 AM

    This has nothing to do with 'Friendship' or anything like that. This is Superpower politics. SL is in a real pickle right now. When any superpower backs you, they don't do it for free, make no mistake of that.

    aj Thursday, 24 May 2012 07:40 AM

    So u mean there is pressure and black color coming to lanka on war crimes and genocide?

    Gamini Abu Dhabi Thursday, 24 May 2012 01:54 PM

    thanks Russia

    kav Friday, 25 May 2012 04:45 AM

    whenever US go against sri lanka, you people blame USA for war crimes in Afgan and Iraq.. Won't you guys blame Russia for war crimes in Chechnya and Georgia? very sorry for you guys.

    Shirley Thursday, 24 May 2012 04:34 AM

    Good friend at All times. Russia has done everything in god faith not Like US, they always have hidden agendas. Thank you Russia.

    citizen1 Thursday, 24 May 2012 09:31 PM

    Only the likes of WW and support groups/ believers of the conspiracy theory don't get it.

    Ind Thursday, 24 May 2012 04:45 AM

    Thank you Russia for understanding.

    Dinesh Thursday, 24 May 2012 04:51 AM

    Does Human rights exsists in Srilanka ??? Only for powerful people ?

    Ben Hurling Thursday, 24 May 2012 10:45 AM

    You are talking about USA, UK & Israel?

    Kondebandapucheena Thursday, 24 May 2012 05:25 AM

    Thank you Russia,,


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