Sri Lanka protests monitors’ statement on extrajudicial killings

Apr. 30 (AFP) – Sri Lanka on Sunday protested an allegation by Scandinavian truce monitors that government forces may have been responsible for extrajudicial killings. Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapakse met Ulf Henricsson, the head of the truce monitoring mission, to demand an explanation for Saturday’s statement, a top government official said.

The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) said they “fear that government security forces have, in the north and the east, been involved in extrajudicial killings of civilians. This conviction is based on our observation and inquiries on the ground.”

Their statement gave no further details.

“We are surprised that the statement has been made at a time when the country is reeling from the bomb attacks carried out by the Tigers,” said Palitha Kohona, secretary general of the government’s peace secretariat.

“We are unconvinced about the ‘facts’ on which the statement has been made by the SLMM,” Kohona told AFP.

He made no comment on another statement by the monitors, who said government air strikes on Tamil Tiger targets in northeastern Trincomalee district Tuesday and Wednesday were a clear violation of the 200