GENEVA (AP) — The European Union wants countries to pressure Sri Lanka to credibly investigate alleged war crimes and other atrocities committed during the final stages of its 26-year civil war.
The foreign minister of Denmark, Villy Soevndahl, said Wednesday that it is "important to keep the pressure on Sri Lanka."
Denmark currently holds the rotating presidency of the EU, and Soevndahl spoke after a meeting of the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva.
Sri Lanka has fiercely resisted attempts by the 47-nation U.N. rights body to call for an independent probe of abuses alleged to have occurred as it fought separatist Tamil Tiger rebels.
The country says its own Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission has sufficiently investigated all allegations, something human rights groups dispute.Tags: