China believes Sri Lanka capable of handling its own problems

21:05, July 01, 2010      

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China said Thursday it believes the Sri Lankan government and people are capable of handling their own problems.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang made the remarks at a regular press conference in response to questions relating to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's recent appointment of members to a panel considering the recent conflict in Sri Lanka.

The Secretary-General has appointed "a panel of experts that will advise him on the issues of accountability with regards to alleged violations of international human rights and humanitarian law during the final stages of the conflict in Sri Lanka," said Martin Nesirky, spokesperson of the UN Secretary-General, June 22 (New York time).

"We have noticed the appointments," said Qin.

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa established the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) in May to examine Sri Lanka's long running separatist conflict that ended last year.

Qin expressed China's belief that Sri Lanka alone is capable of handling Sri Lanka's problems.

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