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India Says Allegations Must Be Probed

Jul 31, 2011 2:41:13 AM - thesundayleader.lk

India’s outgoing Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao says Sri Lanka must look into the allegations of human rights violations very carefully.

In an interview with India’s Headlines Today, Friday night, Rao commented on the Channel 4 video on Sri Lanka and said that the alleged human rights violations cannot be justified.

“They have to look at it carefully. As per the video, there were human rights violations during the last few days of the war they were fighting. It cannot be justified in any way. But it was a war zone. It should also be taken into consideration that there were tragedies in Sri Lanka,” she said.

She also said that India will continue to dialogue with Sri Lanka on some of the concerns.

“We must take care of it in the neighbourhood. We have to avoid jumping to conclusions on any third party’s involvement. We have to be directly involved in dialogue with them. After all, India is the closest neighbour of Sri Lanka,” Rao cautioned.

Rao said that the civil war in Sri Lanka was a human tragedy when taking into consideration the number of people killed, maimed and displaced.

She also noted that apart from the north, people also lost their lives in the deep south of the country as well.

She added that the wounds must heal and the aspirations of the minorities must be heard as they are also citizens who can contribute to the progress of the country.