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Tamil bishops reiterate call for international independent investigation

Speaking to the Catholic News Service on Tuesday, the Bishop Rayappu Joseph of Mannar and Bishop Thomas Savundaranayagam Emmanuel of Jaffna reiterated reiterated their demand for an international, independent investigation into the final stages of the armed conflict.

Stating that a "structural genocide" was continuing to take place due to "government-aided colonisation schemes," Bishop Joseph said,

"The international community should conduct an investigation to establish the truth. ... We are not asking this to make revenge on anyone in the government. We only want this for the betterment of this country,"

"A massive number of people were slain inside no-fire zones," he said.

"Just because LTTE was also there, you can't execute a large number of civilians inside the NFZ. Even if the civilians were held as human shields, you can't justify killing civilians."

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