Sri Lanka's Rajapaksa dismisses UN human rights panel
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has denounced plans by UN chief Ban Ki-Moon to ask a panel of experts to look into human rights issues on the island.
Mr Rajapaksa told Mr Ban the move was "uncalled for and unwarranted", the president's office said in a statement.
Human rights groups want some sort of accountability for abuses alleged to have been committed during the war against Tamil Tiger separatists.
The Sri Lankan government insists it did nothing wrong.
Mr Ban plans to ask a panel of experts to advise the UN on "accountability issues" relating to possible human rights abuses in Sri Lanka, his spokesman said on Friday.
But Rajapaksa's office said the president spoke to Mr Ban by telephone on Friday and told him the that alleged rights abuses were "misrepresentations" by supporters of the Tamil Tigers and other groups working against Sri Lanka.
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Published: Sat Mar 6 15:23:29 EST 2010