Sri Lanka urged to scrap emergency two years after war


India has urged Sri Lanka to scrap far-reaching emergency powers and probe allegations of human rights violations. The emergency remains two years after the government’s military defeat of the Tamil Tigers on 18 May 2009. The Indian call came in a bilateral communique issued after talks in Delhi between the two countries’ foreign ministers, SM Krishna and GL Peiris. It is an unusually frank message to the island nation from its closest international ally. The statement quotes the Indian side as saying that Colombo should ensure the resettlement of all internally displaced people and promote “genuine reconciliation”.

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