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UN rights boss seeks international probe into Sri Lanka war crimes

Published on Feb 25, 2014 6:23 AM

GENEVA (REUTERS) - The United Nations' (UN) human rights chief called on Monday for an international inquiry into war crimes committed by both sides during Sri Lanka's civil war, saying the government had failed to do its own credible investigation.

In a much anticipated report ahead of a UN Human Rights Council debate next month that could order action on the issue, Mr Navi Pillay recommended an "independent, international inquiry mechanism, which would contribute to establishing the truth where domestic inquiry mechanisms have failed."

The United States (US) plans to propose a resolution against Sri Lanka at the meeting and Ms Pillay's report, based on her visit to the country last August, adds to pressure on the government.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa's administration, in 18 pages of comments as long as Ms Pillay's report, rejected the recommendations as "arbitrary, intrusive and of a political nature".

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