US enquired about UN position on Sri Lanka
The United States wanted its diplomats at the UN headquarters to find what the global agency was thinking about the human rights situation in Sri Lanka, new documents released by the whistle blowing website Wikileaks have revealed.
The Guardian published the secret cables sent to the US diplomats in which enquires were made about Sri Lanka.
One such cable was dispatched in July, 2009; two months after Lankan government troops defeated the separatist Tamil rebels amid allegations of human rights violations by both sides.
It was at about the same time the enquiries were made that many western countries including the US had said that an independent international probe was needed to investigate the alleged human rights violations committed as the civil strife came to an end.
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