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MEPs support Sri Lanka’s ‘whitewash’

A group of EU parliamentarians have highlighted the need for Europe to support Sri Lanka’s reconciliation and reconstruction efforts.

The lawmakers’ stance ignores the criticisms of the LLRC by various governments, human rights organisations and Tamil groups on the island and in the Diaspora.

The group, led by Geoffrey Van Orden, said international organisation which dismissed the LLRC as a whitewash, “had been proved dramatically wrong".

"Rather than constant harassment" on human rights issues, the EU should be more supportive of Sri Lanka’s steps towards reconciliation, said the group.

The MEPs welcomed Sri Lanka’s reconciliation process and talks with the TNA, ignoring the TNA’s complaint that there has been no progress at all on the talks.

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