Report: U.N. failed civilians in Sri Lanka

Nov. 13, 2012 at 5:20 PM

NEW YORK, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- As the long civil war in Sri Lanka reached a bloody end in 2009, the United Nations failed to protect civilians, a leaked report says.

Charles Petrie, a former U.N. official who headed the investigation into the last months of the conflict between the Sri Lankan government and Tamil rebels, told the BBC the draft that has become public "very much reflects the findings of the panel." He described it as the penultimate draft.

About 100,000 people are believed to have been killed during the 26-year war between Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, better known as the Tamil Tigers. Estimates of the number of people who died as the army closed in on the Tigers have been put at 40,000 or even higher.

"Events in Sri Lanka mark a grave failure of the U.N. to adequately respond ... during the final stages of the conflict and its aftermath, to the detriment of hundreds of thousands of civilians," the report said.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Germanwings pilot Lubitz buried quietly amid investigation
Russia investigates legality of 1991 recognition of Baltic independence
South Korea fires warning shots at boat from North
Islamic State re-captures part of key Kurdish-held border town in Syria
North Korea raises alarm over violent crime