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India asks Sri Lanka to probe war crimes claims

[AFP, Saturday, 16 July 2011 10:14 One Comment]

sf5GHRg India on Friday urged Sri Lanka to examine claims made in a British documentary that said it targeted civilians while crushing Tamil Tiger rebels two years ago.

The Channel 4 documentary, "Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields" aired last month on British television contained footage of what it said were prisoner executions.

It also showed the bodies of female Tamil fighters who appeared to have been sexually assaulted by government forces.

Sri Lankan troops defeated the Tamil Tiger guerrillas in May 2009 in a major offensive that attracted widespread allegations that tens of thousands of civilians were killed in the fighting.

Sri Lanka has persistently denied that its troops committed war crimes.

An Indian foreign ministry spokesman in New Delhi said Colombo must examine the controversy.

"The sequence of events during the last days of the conflict is unclear (and) the government of Sri Lanka would need to go into the matter in greater detail," the foreign ministry said in a statement on Friday.

"The concerns that are being expressed in this regard need to be examined," it added.

Colombo previously said there would not be an investigation as war crimes had not been committed, but a Sri Lankan army commander last month offered to probe any "specific allegations," although he rejected the film as fake.

Sri Lanka has also refused to allow a three-member UN expert panel to visit the island nation to look into the allegations that troops ordered civilians into "no-fire zones" and then shelled them.

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  • jay pathbey said:

    When the murderous LTTE and their supporters, the noisy Diaspora Tamils who have absolutely nothing to do with Sri Lanka (by the mere fact that they abandoned Sri Lanka when it needed them) held a cannon to the Sri Lankan leadership and the silent majority of Sri Lanka for 36 years, it is an impossible task to even build a toilet.
    China of all super powers and of course Pakistan came to the rescue and helped decimate your (LTTE) cancerous plague and the demand for a separate state by a disgruntled minority. It is therefore only fair that Sri Lanka realizes who his friends are and trust them. One must visit China and look at what they have done in less than 6 years as compared to what India has done during 64 years after independance and also look at the beggar states in Europe like UK, France, Germany, Italy, Greece to name, that the diaspora Tamils live.
    My Diaspora Tamil friends, it is only the beginning. You will not even recognise after 10 more years of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s rule. Of Course it will be Gotabhaya for 12 more years after that and Probably Namal Rajapaksa by 2036 for another 12 years. The list will go on. It is the first time in Sri Lanka’s history that national minded politicians are ruling Sri Lanka, not ass lickers of the EU and where-ever you live.
    It will be the twelve percent rule. One can already see the racist hindu caste culture disappearing from the North. The poor tamils living in Sri Lanka do not care who rules them as long as they can live in peace, have their daily bread and have some dignity and safety for their families. They are better off than the 65 million tamils living in South India or Tamil Nadu or whatever that land is called – who cares.
    The integration of Tamils with the Sri Lankan majority is going on at such a rapid pace, when I visited Jaffna & Killinochchi last week I simply could not believe my eyes. The Sri Lankan government is reviewing every dual citizenship document ever issed by the passport offices in general and via the Sri Lankan embassis in Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the USA during the last 25 years. So learn to kiss good bye to your chance of ever going back to Sri Lanka if you criticize my country destructively. Learn to look at every Sinhala and tamil from Sri Lanka (who is not an LTTE supporter) with suspicion wherever you live. They are mostly informers. Prabhakaran turned the tamils against the tamils by using them for a human shield and by destroying almost a 500 year civilization in Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan have en-masse started hating the Diaspora Tamils.
    The poor tamils of Sri Lanka who is more than 98 percent of the tamils are alienated with the noisy tamil groups ruling a pie – in – sky – Eeelam.
    Let us live in peace with the other in the land where we all belong. JP (in Sri Lanka for the next 42 days)