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Sri Lanka accuses Western envoys of favouring Tamils

Published on Aug 6, 2014 4:28 PM

COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lanka Wednesday accused Western diplomats of favouring the Tamil minority as tensions mounted over a meeting in Colombo between envoys and families who lost loved ones in the country's war.

US and other Western diplomats met on Monday with ethnic Tamil families whose relatives disappeared or were killed during the decades-long separatist conflict that ended in 2009.

Pro-government mobs led by Buddhist monks stormed the meeting at a Catholic Church compound, prompting the US embassy to demand Sri Lanka enforce its own laws on freedom of speech and association.

Sri Lanka's foreign ministry hit back on Wednesday, accusing the diplomats of "lacking in objectivity" by favouring Tamils over the Sinhalese majority and fuelling "mistrust" and division between the communities.

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