U.N. Presses to Enter Sri Lankan War Zone

Article Date: 
21 May 2009

In his strongest public comments since the war's end, outgoing U.S. Ambassador Robert Blake said the United States supports an investigation into alleged human rights abuses during the final phase of the conflict. Foreign ministers of the European Union have asked for an independent inquiry into allegations that both the Tamil rebels and government forces violated international human rights agreements.

"On the question of war crimes, we think it's important for the international community to have more information about what happened on both sides during the recent offensive in northern Sri Lanka," said Blake, who has been nominated by President Obama to be assistant secretary of state for South Asian affairs.

Article Author: 
Emily Wax
Article Source: 
Washington Post