US may launch Sri Lanka war crimes investigation

bbc asia.jpg 1         The US has warned that it may be forced to investigate alleged war crimes if the Sri Lankan government does not conduct its own “independent and credible” inquiry.This was stated by Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, Robert Blake, in an interview with BBC  Asia yesterday(25)

The Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, Robert Blake, said it was up to the Sri Lankan government to prove that it was genuine in investigating allegations of war crimes during the last phase of the conflict with the separatist group the Tamil Tigers.

What difference might it make on the ground? The government may not appear to care very much. One of its MPs told the BBC: “these things don’t matter any more”, saying internationally the country’s stock had fallen low but nationally the government remained popular.     Though milder than its initial drafts, this resolution is more detailed, and tougher than last year’s.

The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) cleared the military of allegations that it deliberately attacked civilians. It said that there had been some violations by troops, although only at an individual level.

In November 2012 an internal UN report said that the UN had failed in its mandate to protect civilians in those final months of the civil war.

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