Sri Lanka criticizes UN resolution on war abuses

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Associated Press

Posted on March 22, 2013 at 7:30 AM

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A Sri Lankan government minister says a U.N. resolution that calls on the island nation to thoroughly investigate war crimes allegedly committed during its civil war attempts to divide the country.

Dalas Alahapperuma, minister of youth affairs, said Friday that the U.N. Human Rights Commission was being misused by "imperialists" to divide Sri Lanka. He did not elaborate, but such comments usually refer to the creation of a separate state for minority ethnic Tamils.

His comments came a day after the UNHRC approved the U.S.-backed resolution. The resolution followed a U.N. report alleging Sri Lanka's government may be to blame for tens of thousands of civilian deaths during the military campaign to defeat the Tamil Tiger rebels.

The quarter-century civil war ended in 2009.

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