UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he is ‘encouraged’ by the Sri Lankan government’s response to a UN report about alleged abuses during the war with LTTE.
Ban said he was “encouraged by the response of, and commitment expressed by, the government of Sri Lanka and the opposition to consult widely with all stakeholders and take meaningful action to address these issues.”
He also said he hopes the report’s recommendations will support government efforts in “a genuine and credible process of accountability and reconciliation that meets international standards”.
The UN report identified patterns of grave violations “strongly indicating that war crimes and crimes against humanity” had been committed by both sides.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs commenting on the Report of the OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka, stated the Sri Lankan Government recognizes fully that the Report represents a human rights investigation and not a criminal investigation.
Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera stated that a domestic mechanism would be created by taking the reports by UNHRC into consideration, and its implementation would be completed within 18 months.