13 Apr '11, 8am

UN leader under pressure over Sri Lanka war report

UN leader under pressure over Sri Lanka war report

UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is studying a report by experts into thousands of deaths during Sri Lanka's 2009 military drive against Tamil separatists, amid growing calls for an international investigation. Ban has given himself just days to decide on recommendations made by a panel of experts, that Sri Lanka publicly rejected, who handed their report on alleged war crimes to the UN leader on Tuesday. The United Nations said the report will be published and according to diplomats, major behind-the-scenes lobbying is taking place over the next steps. Sri Lanka has denied any war crimes took place in the operation to crush the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Rights groups say however that government forces and the Tamil Tigers committed major violations during the four-decade conflict. The United Nations has said at least 7,000 civilians died in ...

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