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Lanka likely to probe specific war crime

world Updated: Jun 03, 2011 00:26 IST
Sutirtho Patranobis

There is still no clarity on how many civilians were killed in the final phase of the Lankan civil war but its top commander said on Thursday he was ready to probe specific allegations of war crimes.

Lieutenant-General Jagath Jayasuriya reiterated that no civilians were deliberately killed by the Sri Lankan army (SLA) but he was open to conducting investigation. "I am prepared to investigate allegations, specific allegations," Jayasuriya said while addressing the media at the end of the three-day seminar entitled: "Defeating Terrorism, Sri Lankan Experience."

Allegations of shelling and killing civilians have flown thick and fast against the government and SLA since the civil war ended in May, 2009.

"I don't want to sweep anything under the rug," he was quoted as having said by the AFP while referring to Australian counter-terrorism expert David Kilcullen's call Tuesday for Sri Lanka's generals to address international concerns about war crimes.