UN team not sure of Sri Lankan visit

The United Nations says it is not yet clear that its own investigators will travel to Sri Lanka to look into allegations of war crimes in the final stage of the government’s conflict with Tamil Tigers rebels last year.

In an interview with the BBC’s Sinhala service, a spokesman, for the UN secretary general, Farhan Haq said a team would meet members of the government’s own commission of inquiry, but he said he wasn’t sure where.

Referring to a statement made by the General Secretary, Farhan Haq said, “He said that he is pleased that the panel is now able to visit Sri Lanka to meet with the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliations Commission (LLRC)”.

Contradictory statements

Government of Sri Lanka said last week that it would allow the UN team to visit the island, reversing its earlier refusal to grant them visas.

However, the UN spokesman refused to confirm or deny a visit to Sri Lanka. .”We can’t confirm if the panel will travel to Sri Lanka or will meet the LLRC in some other location”, Farhan Haq told the BBC Sandeshaya.

Source: BBC