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US Lawmakers Push For War Investigation

Aug 11, 2010 5:26:22 AM - thesundayleader.lk

A group of US lawmakers is urging the administration of President Barack Obama to push for an independent international investigation into alleged war crimes that occurred during Sri Lanka’s civil war, news reports said.

The AFP has reported that in a letter to US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, the members of Congress had called for such a probe saying panels set up by the Sri Lankan government to probe the allegations “lacked the needed credibility.”

These panels have “also delayed criminal investigations and in several instances members of these commissions have resigned in protest at the government’s interference,” the letter has said, citing Amnesty International.

Some 57 members of the US House of Representatives signed the letter dated August 9 and obtained on Tuesday.

“There is mounting evidence that suggests both parties in the conflict committed severe human rights violations during the conflict,” it has said.

In May last year, capping a four-decade civil war, Sri Lankan government troops finally defeated the separatist LTTE.

“We urge you to call for a robust and independent international investigation that would finally clarify the events that occurred during the conflict and provide the foundation for a sustainable peace in Sri Lanka,” the letter has said.

Sri Lanka has rejected a UN probe into alleged rights abuses during the final stages of the war.