Clinton confident about Sri Lankan probe into alleged war-crimes

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London, May 30 (ANI): US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has endorsed the probe being conducted by Sri Lankan authorities into alleged war-crimes during its violent military campaign to quell the Liberation Tigers of the Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

The battle which saw many hapless Tamil civilians get caught in the crossfire, has been severely criticised for the manner in which it was undertaken and has previously been described as a blood-bath.

However, Clinton expressed her confidence in the probe provided that it was carried out unbiasedly and independently.

"I think this commission holds promise and we hope and expect that it will fulfil that promise. We expect that the mandate will enable them to fully investigate serious allegations of violations," BBC quoted Clinton, as saying.

She further said that the panel would be effective only if it was "independent, impartial and competent".

Meanwhile, Human Rights watchdog Amnesty International has lambasted the country's post-war efforts dismissing them as red herrings.

"One would be hard pressed to imagine a more complete failure to hold to account those who abuse human rights," said the Secretary General of Amnesty International, Claudio Cordone. (ANI)

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