Sri Lankan War a Grave Failure for UN: Report

A United Nations report released on Wednesday said inadequate efforts by the world body to protect civilians during the bloody final months of Sri Lanka’s civil war marked a “grave failure” that led to suffering for hundreds of thousands of people. The report accused UN staff in Colombo of not perceiving that preventing civilian deaths was their responsibility and accused their bosses at UN headquarters of not telling them otherwise. A separate UN report released last year said up to 40,000 ethnic minority Tamil civilians may have been killed in the war’s final months.—AP


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