Sri Lanka ex-army chief Fonseka says not to fear inquiryBy AP News Mar 20, 2013 3:02PM UTC
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The army chief who led Sri Lanka’s bloody campaign to defeat the Tamil Tiger rebels says the country should not shy away from a possible inquiry into its wartime conduct.
The comments from the former commander turned politician, Sarath Fonseka, come amid growing international pressure for an independent investigation into possible war crimes as the United Nation’s Human Rights council discusses a resolution on Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka’s quarter-century civil war ended in 2009 after a final government push into rebel territory that the U.N. says may have killed 40,000 civilians in the last three months alone.
Fonseka said late Tuesday that he is ready to answer any allegations of war crimes.