Wednesday, June 3, 2009

UN did not underestimate Lanka death toll: Ban

(DM)United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has categorically rejected allegations that the world body had deliberately underestimated the death toll in the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka.

"I categorically reject -- repeat categorically -- any suggestion that the UN has deliberately underestimated figures," he told the UN General Assembly on Monday while reacting to media reports citing confidential UN reports that more than 20,000 civilians were killed by Sri Lankan army shelling. Full text