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Sri Lanka Leader Asks Trump's Help to Drop War Crime Charges
Published Date: 30/11/2016 (Wednesday)

Sri Lanka's leader is seeking the support of President-elect Donald Trump to free Sri Lankan troops from war crime allegations from the country's decades-long civil war.

President Maithripala Sirisena said he has already sent a message to Trump, seeking his support.

The statement signals a retraction by Sirisena's government of its promise to the U.N. Human Rights Council to investigate allegations of war crimes against government troops and the now-defeated Tamil Tiger rebels in the civil war, which ended in 2009.

The U.N. high commissioner for human rights had called last year for the appointment of a hybrid court comprising local and international judges. But Sri Lanka, in a resolution co-sponsored with the U.S. at the council, had agreed to investigate allegations through its own judicial system with international technical support.

Sirisena told a party meeting over the weekend that he would discuss the Human Rights Council's resolution with Trump and send "special representatives to request (Trump) to free our country from this situation and help us to build a society where we could live freely."

Sirisena said he would also make a similar appeal to incoming U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

Source: New York Times

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