Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Bhagwati panel exit won't affect Commission's work: Lanka govt

The Sri Lankan government on Tuesday said the exit of the International Group of Eminent Persons appointed to monitor a Commission looking into human rights abuses in Sri Lanka would not affect the functioning of the panel.

"The departure of IIGEP does not in any way adversely affect the ability of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) to carry forward its inquires and investigations in keeping with international standards," the Minister of Disaster Management and Human Rights, Mahinda Samarasinghe told reporters.

However, the IIGEP head and former Chief Justice of India, P N Bhagwati told reporters that the CoI had been slow to respond to the panel's recommendations.

"We don't see a point of carrying on our role further," Bhagwati said.

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