No visas for UN investigators – Media Reports

No visas for UN investigators – Media Reports

No visas for UN investigators – Media Reports

Written by Staff Writer

19 Aug, 2014 | 10:06 pm

According to international media reports President Mahinda Rajapaksa has stated that Sri Lanka will deny visas to UN investigators probing accusations of war crimes.

The President had expressed these views to the Foreign Correspondents Association on Tuesday.

According to Reuters,  President Mahinda Rajapaksa has stated “We will not allow them into the country” and added that any cases of missing persons or allegations of misdeeds will be investigated through the local panel.

Responding to outgoing UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay’s statement that the UN probe could still go ahead without travelling to Sri Lanka, the President had stated that no one other than the people who want the investigation would take it seriously.

Meanwhile Al Jazeera reports that the President has stated that although Sri Lanka is against the probe they are ready to fully cooperate and engage with other UN agencies. Meanwhile,  two more members were appointed to the Presidential Commission investigating cases of missing persons in Sri Lanka

The two members are Professor  Avdhash Kaushal,  an Indian human rights activist and Pakistani national Ahmer Bilal Soofi a Former Caretaker Federal Law Minister in Pakistan and an international law expert.

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