Sri Lanka Government rejects Britain’s probe call

COLOMBO: Sri Lankan Government has outrightly rejected the British Prime Minister David Cameron’s plead for an international inquiry into alleged human rights abuses following the civil war. It has conducted the investigation by its own but denies civilians were killed in the last stages of the war when government troops routed Tamil Tiger rebels in their last stronghold.
The Civil war in which Sri Lankan Government was allegedly to have been committed mainly against Tamils since the end of the war in 2009.
British Premier Cameron has called upon Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to ensure an independent inquiry, or his country would face an investigation by United Nations. “I had urged Sri Lanka to go further and faster over human rights issues and reconciliation”, he added..
In his meeting with Sri Lankan President, British premier called for Sri Lanka to ensure “credible, transparent and independent investigations into alleged war crimes” and said if this did not happen by March he would press the UN Human Rights Council to hold an international inquiry.
Strong views had been expressed but the meeting with the president had been worthwhile, Cameron said.
“I accept it will take time but I think coming on right track matters, because it’s only through generosity, through reconciling people that you can make the most of this country. The meeting was clear, of course not everything I said was accepted but I sense that they do want to make progress on these issues and it will help frankly by having international pressure in order to make sure that that happens”, Cameron said.
The Senior Sri Lankan Minister for Economic Development, Basil Rajapaksa has rejected the plea of British Prime Minister saying such a probe would definitely not be allowed to take place.
“Why should we have an internal inquiry”, Basil Rajapakse, who is also brother of President Rajapakse, said, adding that Sri Lankan Government will object to it. Definitely it would not be allowed.
Earlier President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday addressing Commonwealth Heads of states and delegates said if the Commonwealth is to remain relevant to its member countries, the Association must respond sensitively, to the needs of its peoples and not let it turn into a punitive or judgmental body. “Let not one take notice of faults of other’s or what they have done or not done. Let one be concerned only about what one has done and left undone” he emphasized during the opening ceremony which was also attended by Prince Charles.
The prime ministers of Canada, India and Mauritius are staying away from the summit in protest over the allegations.