Rudd's stays silent as Liberals and Greens speak up on war crimes in Sri Lanka

THE Tamil community has called on Kevin Rudd to reject the credentials of Sri Lanka's new high commissioner and warned the Foreign Minister's silence on UN war crimes allegations will worsen Australia's asylum-seeker problem.

Confirmation Canberra has accepted Vice-Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe's credentials has “shocked” the Tamil community, spokeswoman Dr Sam Pari said...

...Dr Pari said Mr Rudd's silence on the report's call for a war crimes probe was worrying.

“Sri Lanka is using diplomatic posts to sanitise their image after the war.

“The influx of asylum-seekers into Australia will only be perpetuated by Mr Rudd's silence on the issue of war crimes in Sri Lanka.

“If his (Rudd) silence reflects Australia's asylum policy, it will only exacerbate the refugee crisis,” she said...

...Opposition foreign affairs spokeswoman, Julie Bishop, said claims of war crimes need to be investigated.

“The UN report raises very serious allegations about the conduct of both the Sri Lankan government forces and the Tamil Tigers in 2009.

“The Gillard government should be raising concerns about the events in 2009 and urging all parties to fully cooperate with any investigation.”

...BANDT: We trade with them we have negotiating and dipolomatic influence with them. And I think perhaps in a country closer to home or pehaps in a country where they were a group that had a louder voice, we would be jumping up and down saying this is unacceptable treatment.

MISTRY: Sri Lankan MP Rajiva Wijesingha says the government is working to engage more Tamils in the reconciliation process. But Tamils say there can be no reconciliation without an independant examination of the past. Adrian Sinnappu again.

SINNAPPU: Without justice there cannot be true reconciliation. They can continue to subjugate and threaten the community but without an international investigation and trying to find the truth and then the perpetrators on both