Call for an international probe, “Yes” UN HR Head & “No” GL Peiris

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The United Nations human rights chief maintained Monday that Sri Lanka needed an international probe into the government’s final offensive against Tamil Tiger rebels last year.

Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, noted that the Sri Lankagovernment had created a post-war reconciliation commission to look into alleged human rights violations, and provide justice to victims.

“However, based on previous experience and new information, I remain convinced that such objectives would be better served by establishing an independent international accountability mechanism that would enjoy public confidence, both in Sri Lanka and elsewhere,” she said.

Navi Pillay has no right to call for an international probe into the government’s final offensive against LTTE, External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris said today. He added that the United Nations was established to protest small countries and not to destroy them.

Peiris also said that even after the issues was discussed at the UN over 3 days with the majority of countries backing the Sri Lankan Government it was unnecessary what Pillai had proposed.

Peiris questioned why Pillay couldn’t understand and comprehend the international approval for the Sri Lankan government. He added that even US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton acclaimed the reconciliation panel appointed by the President.

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