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Sri Lanka urged by India to probe war crimes claims
16 Jul, 2011 12:40:19
NEW DELHI, July 15, 2011 (AFP) - 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.

The panel, however, reported in April that there were "credible allegations" that Sri Lankan troops killed thousands of civilians.
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4. Bun Key Choon Jul 19
Can one forget that the LTTE terrorists were initially trained on Indian soil.

India is the proximate cause for the blood of Rajiv Ghandhi and 60,000 Sri Lankans (Tamil, Muslim, Sinhalese)

Probe the great train massacre of Muslims fleeing to Pakistan from India, or the trafficking of girls from Nepal for sex slavery.

3. Andare Jul 18
Suddenly everyone's interested in SL human rights. Where were these 'interested parties' when innocent border village civilians were massacred by LTTE.

Mr. President we are with you. You don't need to budge.

2. Ali Jul 16
Why don't they investigate the atrocities committed by chief minister of Gujrat Narendra Modi (aka the Guju Prabhakaran)to Muslims and also the Kashmir Issue this is akin to The POT calling the KETTLE black

jai hind

1. Sumanasiri Jul 16
Big Bro..huh