Britain to push for probe into Sri Lanka’s human rights
Colombo – British Prime Minister David Cameron delivered a tough message to Sri Lanka here Saturday, insisting that if the island country does not put its human rights issues in order by March, his country will push for an international investigation into the alleged war crimes.
Cameron made his stance clear after visiting the former war torn northern part of Sri Lanka Friday and having a meeting with Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa, reported Xinhua.
Cameron is the first foreign leader to visit Jaffna since Sri Lanka’s independence in 1948 and he insisted that the visit “gave a voice to the Tamil people in the north and it is a voice the world should listen to”.
“I have made clear to Sri Lanka’s president that he now has a real opportunity to show magnanimity and reform and build a successful and inclusive future for! his country and I very much hope he seizes it,” he told repor! ters.
“Let me be very clear. If an investigation is not completed by March then I will use our position on the UN Human Rights Council to work with the UN Human Rights Commissioner and call for a full, credible and international inquiry.”