complicate Lankan issue: China
April 30 (Xinhua) - China said Saturday that it
believes the Sri Lankan government and people will
handle properly problems concerning its civil war
and urged the international community not to
complicate the issue.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei made the remarks
when asked to comment on a panel report on the last
phase of the conflict in Sri Lanka published by the
United Nations on Monday.
Hong said in a statement that China has already
noticed the publication of the report. He said Sri
Lanka has already set up its own institutes to
investigate relevant issues.
“The Chinese side is confident that the Sri Lankan
government and people are able to properly address
all relevant issues,” Hong said.
He said China hopes that the international community
could provide support and assistance to such efforts
by the Sri Lankan government.
“We hope that the international community could help
develop a favorable external environment for the Sri
Lankan government to stabilize the country’s
internal situation and accelerate economic growth,
and avoid taking measures that could further
complicate the issue,” Hong said.
Despite the opposition of Colombo, Secretary General
Ban Ki-moon published a report by a Panel of Experts
on armed conflict in the country on Monday.
The report says that activities by the rebel
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the
government in the final months of Sri Lanka’s civil
war might amount to war crimes.
Sri Lanka’s External Affairs Ministry said Wednesday
that the UN panel report on the country is
fundamentally flawed in many respects and has
divisive influence to the country that has just
concluded its decades-old conflict.
Tens of thousands of civilians were killed in almost
three decades of civil war that erupted in 1983
between the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE, who
had launched a separatist insurgency fighting for an
independent Tamil homeland in the north and east
before they were defeated in 2009.