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article imageSri Lankan President rejects international war crimes probe

By Andrew Moran     May 28, 2010 in World
Colombo - The President of Sri Lanka has denounced calls for an independent international investigation into the alleged war crimes during the final stages of the civil war in the Asian nation of Sri Lanka.
Organizations and groups around the world have urged the United Nations to establish an independent international panel to investigate the alleged war crimes committed during the final stages of the civil war in Sri Lanka.
However, according to AFP, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has rejected any international probes into the final measures taken against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in the months leading up to the end of the decades-old civil war.
In an interview with Al Jazeera, Rajapaksa explained that he doesn’t want any non-governmental organizations or other countries to intervene in the internal affairs of Sri Lanka because his government “will look after that.”
“It's a war, you're right. By the way the people came to this side, to the government-controlled areas, you can see. If Sri Lankan army acted in a different way, against the civilians, they would never have trusted us,” said Rajapaksa, reports the Hindustan Times. “They wouldn't have walked into our camps. 300,000 people. So that shows our army, they trusted our army.”
The Sri Lankan leader explained that the government security forces have not targeted Tamil civilians and non-combatants were not killed in the war. Rajapaksa further stated that anyone who committed any violations were to be punished if found guilty.
“You don't ask that from the Americans! You don't go and ask that of the British about Iraq, or Afghanistan or what is happening in Pakistan? Be fair with us ... be fair with us ... don't treat Sri Lanka like this because we defeated terrorism.”
The Times of India reports that Rajapaksa accused many Tamils and Tamil organizations around the globe of not returning to Sri Lanka to see how the north has rejuvenated and how many of the Tamils who were freed from the camps were reintegrating into society.
“Unfortunately, this is the problem, because they don't want to come back to Sri Lanka. They are enjoying themselves.”
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