UN asks Sri Lanka to repatriate commander in Mali

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations has asked the government of Sri Lanka to immediately repatriate the commander of the country’s 200-person contingent in the U.N. peacekeeping force in Mali following a review of his human rights background.

U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric announced Friday that the request for Lt. Col. Kalana Amunupure to leave was made “based on recently received information.” He gave no details.

The Guardian newspaper in July quoted a confidential report that said the Sri Lankan commander — who was not named — is alleged to have committed war crimes during the finale of Sri Lanka’s decades-long civil war against Tamil Tiger rebels that ended in 2009.

It said the report, which also cited other unnamed Sri Lankan commanders, was produced by the South-Africa based International Truth and Justice Project.

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