Sri Lanka's President Mithripala Sirisena inspects a guard of honour during his ceremonial reception at the forecourt of India's Rashtrapati Bhavan presidential palace in New Delhi February 16, 2015. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
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The United Nations Human Rights Council Monday delayed by six months the release of a report into alleged war crimes committed during Sri Lanka's civil war, a move sought by the country's new government.Thousands of civilians are suspected to have died in in 2009 when government forces crushed a quarter-century fight for an ethnic homeland by ethnic Tamil rebels.Sri Lanka's new government says it wants time to set up its own judicial mechanism to probe rights violations that would follow up on the U.N. report's findings.
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