Sri Lankan former Army chief denies violating humanitarian law

10:59, December 16, 2009      

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Sri Lanka's former Army Chief Sarath Fonseka who is now contesting presidency on behalf of the opposition parties said on Tuesday that the Army never violated humanitarian law in the process of crushing Tamil Tiger rebels.

"I ordered the soldiers to kill all terrorists and they acted on those instructions," Fonseka told reporters.

He said no human rights violations were taken place and no innocent was killed in the final battle between the government troops and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

However, Fonseka said if any accusation of humanitarian law violation is proved, he will be ready to answer before the law -- locally or internationally.

His remarks came as the government and the opposition are arguing who should be responsible from any possible humanitarian law violation.

It was reported that some LTTE rebels including some senior leaders were killed when they came to surrender on the night of May 17 in northern Sri Lanka.

Source: Xinhua
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