The British Prime Minister David Cameron has said that Britain will call on the United Nations to set up an international inquiry into alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka if the country does not set up its own investigation by March. The inquiry refers to alleged war crimes during the final stages of the country’s civil war against the Tamil Tiger rebels. He was speaking to the press on the sidelines of 22nd Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Colombo this morning.
Earlier, President Mahinda Rajapaksa had asked the Commonwealth leaders to avoid being judgmental. Cameron on Friday undertook a tour to the war ravaged Northern Sri Lanka and met the family members of those who have been missing. He also went to the office of a Tamil newspaper Udayan, which has faced several attacks during the last few years.
Meanwhile, the Commonwealth leaders are having a closed-door Leaders’ Retreat, a session where they are not assisted by their officials. Foreign Minister Salman Khursid has said that he would use the opportunity to take up all of India’s major concerns with the Commonwealth leaders at the Retreat.