Sri Lanka president adamant on barring U.N. war crimes investigators

August 19, 2014 10:15 PM

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Sri Lanka president adamant on barring U.N. war crimes investigators

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka will deny visas to United Nations' investigators probing accusations of war crimes as it strengthens a domestic panel looking into allegations related to its 26-year war, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said on Tuesday.

Rajapaksa's first direct comments on the topic come a week after UN Human Rights chief Navi Pillay said that even though Colombo had refused to cooperate, the U.N. probe could still go ahead as there was a wealth of information outside the country.

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