Sri Lanka minister optimistic about war-crimes report delay

February 13, 2015 1:51 AM

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said on Thursday he was optimistic about securing a delay in the release of a U.N. report on alleged war crimes during his country's civil war until the government has time to establish a new judicial mechanism to deal with the allegations.

Speaking to reporters after a meeting in Washington with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, whose support is key to such a delay, Samaraweera stressed the decision was one for U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein and the president of the U.N. rights council, but he added: "...

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