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US rejects Canadian Tamil Congress call for sanctions against SL Govt.

2014 Feb 12

by Zacki Jabbar  

The Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC) has urged the international community to impose financial and diplomatic sanctions on the Sri Lankan government for alleged war crimes but the US has ruled it out.

Canada was yet to respond to the CTC’s request, well informed sources said.

CTC Spokesperson David Poopalapillai said that decisive action should be taken at the UNHRC sessions to be held in Geneva next month to establish a war crimes tribunal to investigate what he alleged was the killing of between 40,000 to 70,000 Tamils by the Lankan security forces during the last stages of the war which ended in May 2009.

He also called for stern action involving financial and diplomatic sanctions against the Rajapaksa regime if efforts to investigate the conduct of its security forces and the LTTE in terms of international law failed.  

The US while pushing for an independent and credible domestic Sri Lankan inquiry into alleged war crimes, said it was not contemplating economic sanctions as a means of achieving its objective.

Nisha Biswal, the US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, who was in Colombo last week, asked if Washington would also impose economic sanctions against Sri Lanka replied "We are not discussing that."

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