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* The US urges Sri Lanka to take advantage of the UN panel
Fri, Jun 25, 2010, 12:54 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jun 25, Colombo: The United States Thursday urged the Sri Lankan government to take advantage of the United Nations Secretary General's panel of experts.

Mark C. Toner, the Acting Deputy Department Spokesman said the US Ambassador to UN Susan Rice urged the Government of Sri Lanka to take advantage of this UN Panel's expertise.

Ambassador Rice issued a statement on Wednesday in support of the panel of experts appointed by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to advise him on Sri Lanka's accountability issues.

Rice's statement said the United States supports a robust accountability process that will provide a durable foundation for national reconciliation and the rule of law in the aftermath of Sri Lanka's decades-long conflict.

"To that end, the United States welcomes UN Secretary General Ban's announcement of a panel of experts to provide advice on relevant best practices for investigations into the alleged violations of international human rights and humanitarian law. To be successful, Sri Lanka's domestic "Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission" should apply the best practices from similar commissions in other countries. We strongly urge the Government of Sri Lanka to take advantage of this UN Panel's expertise," the statement said.

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