Sri Lanka not to please international community: spokesman

08:04, July 05, 2010      

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The Sri Lankan government won't please international community despite coming under UN pressure, government spokesman said on Sunday.

"We are a small nation, a small economy but we will not bow down to external pressures," Keheliya Rambukwella, also the minister of Media told reporters.

"We are a sovereign country and we will do what is best for the country, not what is best for the international community," Rambukwella stressed.

The government has been stinging by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- Moon's decision to appoint an advisory panel on Sri Lanka's war with Tamil Tiger rebels which was defeated in May last year after three decades' rebellion.

Sri Lanka came under international pressure to probe alleged war crimes during the military offensive which ended the rebels' campaign to set up a separate Tamil homeland in the north and east.

Sri Lanka called Ban's action unwarranted and uncalled for.

Ban said he was acting in terms of an agreement with President Mahinda Rajapaksa when he toured the island immediately after the government troops won the battle.

Sri Lanka has vowed not let the three-member panel enter the country to carry out the probe.

Meanwhile, the JHU or the Heritage Party, a Rajapakaa government ally, blamed Ban for his action saying that he was using the Sri Lankan issue to get re-elected for his second term.

"We have written to bigger nations telling them of Ban's plan to use Sri Lanka issue," Nishantha Warnasinghe, the JHU spokesman said.

Source: Xinhua


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