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China says will back Sri Lanka on UN resolution

BEIJING (AP) – China says it will back Sri Lanka and oppose a proposed U.N. resolution calling on the island nation to probe wartime rights abuses.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a news conference Thursday that China believes the Sri Lankan government and people are capable of dealing with the issue themselves.

Sri Lanka’s government sees the U.S.-backed resolution as interference in the country’s internal affairs. The U.N. Human Rights Council is expected to vote on the resolution this week.

Sri Lankan soldiers defeated Tamil Tiger rebels to end a quarter-century civil war in 2009. Both sides have been accused of serious human rights violations.

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