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Sri Lanka says international war crimes probe would bring 'chaos'

Published on Jan 28, 2014 6:21 AM
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Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa gestures as he speaks during a news conference at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo on Nov 17, 2013. An international inquiry into war crimes in Sri Lanka would bring "chaos", and the government's national reconciliation process must be given several more years to work, a top aide to Sri Lanka's President said on Monday, Jan 27, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - An international inquiry into war crimes in Sri Lanka would bring "chaos", and the government's national reconciliation process must be given several more years to work, a top aide to Sri Lanka's President said on Monday, Jan 27, 2014.

Mr Lalith Weeratunga, in Washington to lobby against calls for such an inquiry, said Sri Lanka needed at least five years from the July 2012 date the government regards as the start of its reconciliation process for the effort to take root.

"After 26 years of conflict... we want to make it a sustainable peace. It's a very delicate, delicate process.

"Reconciliation is not a task that can be achieved in a day or two," said Mr Weeratunga, who is secretary to President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Sri Lanka's top civil servant.

 
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