Lost decades of civil war and brutality in Sri Lanka must now be left behind - Alexander

Published on Friday, 22 March 2013 12:03
Written by Vicki Mitchem

Douglas Alexander MP, Labour's Shadow Foreign Secretary, commenting on last night's vote of the UN Human Rights Council, said:

"The international community has been clear once again that the lost decades of civil war and brutality in Sri Lanka must now be left behind.

"But to allow all sides of the conflict who have lost friends and family members to move forward peacefully, the Sri Lankan Government must now take meaningful action on reconciliation and accountability.

"I have called previously on the British government to use the prospect of the forthcoming commonwealth meeting in Colombo to encourage the Sri Lankan government to now meet its clear international obligations.

"The Foreign Office must urgently raise with the Sri Lankan government the need for a full, independent, international investigation into the allegations of war crimes committed by all parties."

Source: Labour

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