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Ranil rejects international involvement

Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has rejected a call from the UN and other countries to involve the international community in the proposed accountability mechanism to address mass atrocities during the armed conflict, reports AFP.

Speaking on Tuesday, Mr Wickremesinghe said talks were under way to establish a credible domestic mechanism to investigate abuses.

"There is nothing to be got from abroad," he said, contradicting his foreign minister, Mangala Samaraweera, who earlier today said Sri Lanka would welcome international assistance.

"The media says hybrid (inquiry), but it is not hybrid," the prime minister further said.