Sri Lanka is considering setting up a South African-style Truth and Reconciliation Commission after shrugging off David Cameron’s demands for an independent inquiry into alleged atrocities at the end of its 25-year civil war.
Cameron, speaking at the biennial summit of Commonwealth nations yesterday, repeated demands for an independent war crimes inquiry and set a deadline of March before pressing for an international investigation under United Nations auspices.
But President Mahinda Rajapaksa refused and sources in his government suggested he would instead sidestep international investigators by favouring a less confrontational option based on the South African model, which paved the way for democracy but led to blanket amnesties for past crimes on both sides.
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