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EU to call for inquiry into Sri Lanka rights abuses
BRUSSELS May 18 (Reuters) - The European Union will call on Monday for an independent inquiry into alleged violations of humanitarian and humans rights law in Sri Lanka and for those responsible to be brought to justice.
"The EU calls for the alleged violations of these laws to be investigated through an independent inquiry," said a draft EU text approved by the bloc's 27 ambassadors and due to be put to foreign ministers meeting in Brussels.
"Those accountable must be brought to justice," it added.
On Monday Sri Lankan special forces said they killed separatist Tamil Tigers leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran as he tried to flee the war zone.
The 54-year-old founded the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), who on Sunday conceded defeat after a 25-year-old civil war that has left tens of thousands dead and wounded.
While terming the Tamil Tigers a terrorist movement using civilians as human shields, the draft also urges Colombo to cooperate fully with the United Nations to resolve the humanitarian crisis.
It calls for an end to restrictions on aid agencies, full access to people displaced by the fighting, and for the International Committee of the Red Cross to be allowed to monitor screening of people leaving the conflict zone.
The statement reiterates a call for a special session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on the situation in Sri Lanka and for media freedoms to be ensured. (Writing by David Brunnstrom; Editing by Matthew Jones)
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