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Responding to recent developments in Sri Lanka including the opening address to the UNHRC on by the UN Human Rights Commissioner, Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander said:

“The recent UN Panel of Experts’ Report on Sri Lanka makes very serious allegations about the conduct of both the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE (Liberation of Tamil Eelam) during the final months of the conflict between January and May 2009.It accuses both sides of war crimes and human rights abuses.

“The Sri Lankan Government should take the UN report’s findings and recommendations seriously. There have been widespread concerns over its own ongoing enquiry by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission. The Commission should now secure international involvement and should report no later than its new deadline of November 2011. Its findings must take into account the allegations of the UN Experts Report and be credible and transparent.

“The only way to build the peace in Sri Lanka is for there to be a credible reconciliation process in which victims’ families are given justice and the perpetrators of war crimes are brought to justice.”

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