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New Sri Lankan govt says 'thinking of having our own local inquiry'

Sri Lanka's new government said it was thinking of launching its own local inquiry as an answer to allegations of mass atrocities committed against the Tamil people during the final stages of the armed conflict, currently under investigation by the UN's Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

“We are thinking of having our own inquiry acceptable to them to the international standards,” the government's spokesperson, Rajitha Seneviratne told press in Colombo on Wednesday.

“It will be a new local inquiry. If we need, we will bring some foreign experts.”

The decision to hold an yet another internal inquiry remains controversial however, with the UK and Canadian governments urging the new president, Maithripala Sirisena, to cooperate with the UN inquiry already underway, and Tamils in the North-East and diaspora, calling for an international process in order to ensure the necessary independence and credibility.

In a debate in Westminster yesterday, cross party British MPs called on Sri Lanka to face sanctions if it refused to cooperate with the UN inquiry.

The TNA spokesperson, Suresh Premachandran, on Wednesday said the Tamil people have no trust in an internal inquiry process, and called on the Sri Lankan government to cooperate with the UN inquiry.

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The new president, Maithripala Sirisena had assured the former president Mahinda Rajapaksa that he would not allow him, or any other Sri Lankan citizens who fought against the LTTE to face international justice.

This week Mr Sirirsena, reinstated the military honours and privileges of the former Army General at the time of the mass atrocities, General Sarath Fonseka.

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