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Sri Lanka’s foreign minister announces delay in domestic investigation

Sri Lanka’s foreign minister announced that a domestic investigation into mass atrocities was to be delayed until September, amid speculation that Sri Lanka’s parliament is to be dissolved at midnight.

Speaking to reporters Mangala Samaraweera said that any investigation would now only have the investigative team announced just before the start of the UN Human Rights Council's session in September in Geneva.

"We are working out the contours of a domestic mechanism to look into human rights abuses and war crimes," said Mr Samaraweera. "This will be in place before the September sessions in Geneva."

With speculation that Sri Lanka’s parliament could be dissolved by midnight in Colombo, Mr Samaraweera said "I hope the president will dissolve parliament in a matter of hours and we can have an early election".

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