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Ban reiterates need for 'credible accountability' process

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon stressed the need for a "credible national accountablity process" in a meeting with Mahinda Rajapaksa on Saturday at the UN General Assembly.

Drawing attention to measures previously agreed upon in a joint statement with Rajapaksa in 2009, Ban reportedly "underlined the need to find a political solution to the underlying factors of the past conflict".

The meeting comes amid widespread condemnation and impatience with Sri Lanka's attempt at acocuntablity, the LLRC, and increasing calls for an international, independent investigation.

US Assistant Secretary of State, Robert Blake, recently stated,

“We are not in the business of making threats to our friends.

 "But there is a need for a credible process of accountability for those who have violated international humanitarian law and there will be pressure for some mechanism to ensure that this takes place.

See here for commentary on Blake's statement in The Economist. (Sept 2011).

See also our earlier posts:
'Pressure grows for action on Sri Lanka'

'Amnesty on Sri Lanka's LLRC'

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