UN to investigate civil war deaths in Sri Lanka

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The Independent Online

Sri Lanka's government said a UN investigation into alleged human rights abuses during the final stages of its 25-year civil war was "an unwarranted and unnecessary interference with a sovereign nation".

It said Sri Lanka has "consistently promoted and protected human rights" and the UN move "has potential for exploitation by vested interests hostile to the process of reconciliation taking place".

The UN says more than 7,000 civilians died in the last five months of the conflict. A team will report to the UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon.