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Rajapaksa to defend Lanka against int”l criticism at UNGA

[PTI, Saturday, 24 September 2011 10:55 No Comment]

(PTI) Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa will use his address at the UN General Assembly to respond to criticism heaped upon his government by the global community, by highlighting his achievements in the post conflict reconstruction and reconciliation.

Officials said Rajapaksa would respond to criticism from the special panel report issued by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon”s advisory panel report that accused both the government and the LTTE of committing war crimes during the last phase of the military campaign which ended in May 2009.

He will outline his government”s achievements in the post conflict reconstruction, resettlement and reconciliation work in response to international misgivings, they said.

The UN panel report called for an independent investigation into war crimes but Sri Lanka has called it an interference in its internal affairs.

Rajapaksa”s government has recorded progress in the resettlement of nearly 300,000 Tamil minority members displaced by the war.

In his upcoming address to the United Nations General Assembly later in the day, Rajapaksa will present facts related to progress in resettlement and rehabilitation of the surrendered LTTE cadres, officials here said.

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