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Lankan war crimes noted

Responsibility for the alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka lies with President Mahinda Rajapaksa and former army chief Sarath Fonseka, whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks has quoted the top US envoy in Colombo as saying in a confidential cable to Washington.

world Updated: Dec 03, 2010 00:46 IST
Sutirtho Patranobis

Responsibility for the alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka lies with President Mahinda Rajapaksa and former army chief Sarath Fonseka, whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks has quoted the top US envoy in Colombo as saying in a confidential cable to Washington.

The leaked cables revealed diplomatic secrets detailing US's view that an internal and impartial probe into the alleged war crimes was unlikely.

Human rights groups allege a large number of civilians were killed as the civil war between government troops and separatist Tamil rebels ended in May, 2009. The Lankan government, however, has said that not a single civilian was killed.