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UN’s Ban raises alleged killings with S.Lanka aide

September 4, 2009

Reuters : UN’s Ban raises alleged killings with S.Lanka aide

* Fears video may show Tamil rebel executions
* U.S. has voiced grave concern at scenes

…U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon raised with Sri Lanka’s human rights minister on Thursday allegations that his country’s troops summarily executed Tamil rebels, the United Nations said.

…Ban discussed the refugee crisis that followed the defeat of the Tigers during a meeting in Geneva with Mahinda Samarasinghe, Sri Lanka’s minister for disaster management and human rights, the United Nations said.

“They talked about the importance of reconciliation,” said a summary of the meeting issued in New York. “They also discussed accountability, particularly in the light of the recent accusations of extrajudicial executions.”

U.N. officials confirmed that Ban had raised with Samarasinghe the allegations in the video, broadcast by Britain’s Channel 4 television, which said it got the footage from advocacy group Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka.

The officials did not say how Samarasinghe had responded, but Sri Lanka’s government has dismissed the video as fake.

…Ban, who traveled to Sri Lanka just after the defeat of the Tigers in a visit some critics said was ill-timed, has not so far called for such an inquiry. But he did say in June that any allegations of war crimes should be investigated.

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