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Tamil war crimes report: Lanka monk threatens self immolation

Reverend Aththadassi protested against the UN report calling for investigation.

Written by Agencies | Colombo |
April 30, 2011 4:46:40 pm

A Buddhist monk on Saturday warned of self immolation unless UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon withdrew his advisory panel report that has called for an investigation in to alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka.

Reverend Aththadassi,the chief of the Bodirukkaramaya in the southern town of Matara,made the statement following a street protest this morning.

“Over 5000 people participated in the protest demonstration against the UN report. Some of them signed the public petition in blood including Reverend Aththadassi. He said he would set himself on fire if Moon took no action to withdraw the report,” said Aruna Gunarathna,a ruling party politician in Matara.

The Matara public had joined the public petition signing against the three member UN panel report which called

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for the setting up of a war crimes investigation inquiry into the last stages of the military conflict with the LTTE,which ended two years ago.

Sri Lanka has slammed the report as flawed and full of unverified evidence compiled by the West using the UN as a tool to undermine Sri Lanka.

More public protests will be held tomorrow when the traditional May Day rally will be converted to project a massive show of strength against the panel report.

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First published on: 30-04-2011 at 04:46:40 pm

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