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China backs Sri Lanka’s stand on UN Panel

Jul 2, 2010 7:24:04 AM - itnnews.lk

The Chinese Government has reiterated its support for Sri Lanka’s stand on the Panel of Experts appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General to investigate alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka during the war against the LTTE.

China said yesterday that it believes Sri Lanka is capable of handling its own problems. It urged the UN Secretary General and the world community to help Colombo stabilize its internal situation.

Responding to questions on the panel at a regular news conference, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said Sri Lanka has appointed its own Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission to probe the violations of human rights during the war. The Sri Lankan Government has said that the panel is totally unnecessary and unwarranted as the government has instituted its own mechanism by appointing the 8-member Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission to probe the alleged crimes. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said that the international community including UN Secretary General can create a favourable external environment for the Sri Lankan Government to stabilize its internal situation and accelerate economic development.