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Sri Lankan president says he is committed to human rights

(Xinhua)

08:47, April 10, 2012

COLOMBO, April 9 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Monday reiterated that he stands committed to protect the human rights of his people.

Speaking at the launch of the annual report of the country's Central Bank, President Rajapaksa said that the government is also keen to ensure the peace which was achieved after 30 years of war is sustained.

Sri Lanka will in May celebrate three years since the Tamil Tiger rebels were defeated by the military after a bloody final battle which saw thousands killed on both sides.

A UN report, however, accused the government of violating humanitarian laws in its efforts to defeat the rebels which resulted in thousands of civilians being also killed.

The Sri Lankan government has refused to give in to pressure to allow an international independent investigation to take place in Sri Lanka on the final war.

"The solution to our problems will be a domestic solution. Our commitment to protect the human rights of our people is second to no other country," the president said.

Rajapaksa said that 30 years of war saw Sri Lanka's economy taking a beating but with the end of the conflict the economy has grown to record levels.

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