COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Sri Lanka has rejected a call by Britain for an international probe into allegations of human rights abuses committed after the island nation's civil war.
British Prime Minister David Cameron urged President Mahinda Rajapaksa to allow the investigation in a meeting prior to the start of the Commonwealth summit in the capital Colombo, the BBC reported Saturday.
The abuses have allegedly been committed against Sri Lanka's Tamil civilians since 2009.
The government denies any civilians were killed during a final conflict with Tamil Tigers, and says it is conducting its own investigation.
In a meeting with Rajapaksa, Cameron said the president should ensure "credible, transparent and independent" investigations into the allegations.
If that does not happen, Cameron said he would urge the U.N. Human Rights Council to conduct its own investigation.
Cameron said his meeting with Rajapaksa had been "frank." The prime minister said "I sense that they do want to make progress" on the alleged abuses, but international pressure would "make sure that that happens."
The prime ministers of Canada, India and Mauritius are boycotting the summit because of the allegations.