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U.S. voices “grave concern” about Sri Lanka video

September 3, 2009

Reuters : U.S. voices “grave concern” about Sri Lanka video

* Fears video may show Tamil rebel executions
* U.S. calls video “very disturbing”, seeks details
* Not clear if U.N. Security Council to take up issue

“These reports are very disturbing, they are of grave concern,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice told reporters. “We’d like more information as we formulate our own national response.”

…Rice, who holds the rotating presidency of the U.N. Security Council during the month of September, said it was not yet clear whether the council would take up the issue.

…Philip Alston, U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, said on Tuesday he hoped the United Nations would launch an investigation to determine whether Sri Lankan soldiers did in fact summarily execute Tamils, which would be a violation of international law.

…A spokeswoman for U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the United Nations took all reports of serious human rights violations and war crimes with the “utmost concern” and that the Channel 4 video was “no exception”.

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