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Last updated: 27 April, 2011 - Published 13:43 GMT
 
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UN report release angers Sri Lanka
 
Minister GL Peiris
Foreign ministry says the Govt has given the priority to post-conflict reconciliation
Sri Lanka government has once again rejected the UN expert panel report made public on Monday as "flawed" and "based on biased material".

The report by the expert panel appointed by the UN general secretary on accountability issues over the final stage of the war against the LTTE was released by the UN which had not recieved an official response from Sri Lankan government.

Former Indonesian attorney-general Marzuki Darusman heads the panel.

American legal scholar Steven Ratner and Yasmin Sooka of South Africa, who served on the country's Truth And Reconciliation commission are the other members.

The report said it found credible allegations against both the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE of war crimes including deliberately targeting civilians.

Domestic responsibility

It has also criticised the United Nations for not making casualty figures public.

LTTE regional leader Ramesh being questioned in custody (photo: HRW)
HRW says senior LTTE leaders are missing after arrest by the security forces

Sri Lanka's external affairs ministry calling it the "Darusman report," said that it was "presented without any verification."

"Following the end of conflict, the Government of Sri Lanka, has given the highest priority to post-conflict reconciliation, rehabilitation, reconstruction and development," said the statement issued on Wednesday.

It said the government has made "significant success" on many of the above fronts, including in the resettlement of internally displaced persons, release of former child soldiers recruited by the LTTE and rehabilitation of detainees.

"The public release of the Report at this stage is divisive, and disrupts our efforts to reinforce peace, security and stability in Sri Lanka," it added.

The government, however, says that Ban Ki-Moon "has correctly acknowledged the primacy of domestic responsibility" in this regard.

LLRC in a session in Ampara (file photo)
The Govt insists that many issues raised by the report can be looked at by the LLRC

It argues that the establishment of Lessons learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) and the Inter-Agency Committee are among the domestic mechanisms put in place by the government.

The government insists that many issues raised by the report can be looked at by the LLRC.

But the report said the LLRC has failed to meet international standards of such an inquiry.

Ban Ki-moon's deputy spokesman Farhan Haq on Tuesday told BBC Sandeshaya that the UN would try to come to an agreement with the Sri Lankan government to implement the panel's recommendations.

If no compromise was made, he said, the UN will have to seek "other avenues" to implement them.

 
 
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