The Tamil National Alliance, Sri Lanka’s largest Tamil political party, on Thursday called for an international inquiry into a U.N. failure to protect civilians during the final stages of the country’s bloody 26-year civil war.
The request comes a day after the United Nations admitted that it didn’t protect hundreds of thousands of civilians, mostly ethnic Tamils, trapped in areas of heavy shelling in Sri Lanka, a teardrop-shaped island nation off India’s southern coast.
“The internal inquiry report that has now come to light says the U.N. failed civilians by leaving the area,” M.A. Sumanthiran, the Tamil National Alliance parliamentarian, told CNN.
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