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Sri Lanka to investigate wartime disappearances

Sri Lanka leader appoints committee to investigate wartime disappearances ahead of UN update

Sri Lanka to investigate wartime disappearances

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Sri Lanka's president has appointed a commission to investigate wartime abductions and disappearances ahead of an update to be given to the United Nations Human Rights Council on the country's progress in investigating alleged war crimes.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa's office said Wednesday that he appointed retired Judge Maxwell Parakrama Parnagama to head the three-member committee.

The appointment comes ahead of a visit by U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay later this month. Her office will update the human rights council on the findings of her visit.

The council in March approved a United States-backed resolution calling on Sri Lanka to more thoroughly investigate alleged war crimes committed by both sides during its civil war with Tamil Tiger rebels.