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Tue Nov 13, 2012, 10:59 AM

UN 'failed Sri Lanka civilians', says internal probe

Source: BBC News

The United Nations failed in its mandate to protect civilians in the last months of Sri Lanka's bloody civil war, a leaked draft of a highly critical internal UN report says.

"Events in Sri Lanka mark a grave failure of the UN," it concludes.

The government and Tamil rebels are accused of war crimes in the brutal conflict which ended in May 2009.

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The 26-year war left at least 100,000 people dead. There are still no confirmed figures for tens of thousands of civilian deaths in the last months of battle. An earlier UN investigation said it was possible up to 40,000 people had been killed in the final five months alone. Others suggest the number of deaths could be even higher.

Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20308610

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 11:37 AM

1. It was apparent at the time that war crimes were being committed.

The government killed thousands in shelling at the end, and assassinated the surrendering leaders of the Tamil Tigers.

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Tue Nov 13, 2012, 11:53 AM

2. how many millions were squandered

After being around for so long, you would think that this organization would at a minimum have a handle on dealing with these sorts of problems/difficulties. The obvious: religious extremism, poverty, etc.

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