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Lanka ‘not bothered about UN report’

[Express Buzz, Sunday, 17 April 2011 09:18 No Comment]

The Sri Lankan Deputy Minister of External Affairs, Neomal Perera, told Express on Saturday that the government was “ not at all bothered” about the UN panel’s report on the war crimes allegedly committed by the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE in the last phase of Eelam War IV in 2009.

Perera said that he had seen the report but could offer no comment on it before his ministry’s officials had read it carefully. The officials were away on holiday and would be back at work only on Monday.

“We would have to see on what basis the panel had come to the conclusions it did, whether the information available to it was authentic,” the Minister said.

“At any rate, the report is only a set of recommendations to the UN Secretary General given in an advisory capacity. The more important thing is what steps the Secretary General would take based on the report,” Perera said.

Earlier, the Ministry of External Affairs had in a short statement said that the report was “fundamentally flawed” and “baseless” as it was based on unverified information. The government would give a detailed comment “in due course,” it said.

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