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Cameron calls for UN probe into Sri Lanka 'atrocities'

Sri Lankan army commandos march during the War Victory Parade in Colombo. Credit: Reuters/Dinuka Liyanawatte

David Cameron is pushing for an independent, international investigation into alleged atrocities during the Sri Lankan civil war to begin within a year as pressure mounts on the regime in Colombo.

The Prime Minister has personally sought the support of several fellow leaders for a United Nations Human Rights Council resolution authorising a UN-led probe.

As many as 40,000 civilians are estimated to have died in the final months of the Sri Lankan government's 26-year fight with Tamil Tiger separatists - which ended in 2009.

Both sides in the brutal conflict are accused of widespread human rights abuses - including executions and rapes of prisoners by state troops.

US ambassador highlights 'disturbing day in Ukraine'

US ambassador to the UN Samantha Power wrote on Twitter:


'Incident example of how serious situation has become'

United Nations special envoy John Serry has exclusively told ITV News that his ordeal is an example of how serious the situation has become in Ukraine's Crimea region.

Mr Serry was forced to take refuge in a coffee shop with journalists from ITV News after being confronted by armed men.

"I think this incident is just an example of how serious the situation has become and my hope is that everybody will realise that this situation is very urgent now and we must find a way to de-escalate the situation here," Mr Serry said inside the business lounge at Simeferopol airport.

"That is the lesson of what happened to me."

Serry: Urgent Crimea situation must be de-escalated

John Serry says something needs to be done to "de-escalate" the "very urgent" situation in Crimea, after he was forced to leave the region following his confrontation with unidentified armed men and angry pro-Russia protesters.

Mr Serry added that he hoped all citizens in Crimea can "start to feel safe again".

Serry: Crimea departure shows seriousness of situation

UN special representative Robert Serry has said his forced departure from Crimea reflects the seriousness of the situation in the region as he spoke to ITV News' Europe Editor James Mates.


UN envoy confirms to ITV News he is heading to Turkey

Europe Editor James Mates, who has been with the UN's special envoy since he was trapped in a cafe in Crimea, reports that Robert Serry is to get a flight to Turkey:

Militia block door trapping UN envoy and ITV News team

Local militia blocked a door to a cafe in Crimea trapping UN special envoy Robert Serry and ITV News journalists.

Local unidentified militia are seen blocking the door of the cafe. Credit: ITV News

Mr Serry sought refuge in the cafe after his car was blocked by armed men who demanded that he should leave the region.

Aide asks ITV News not to leave Crimea coffee shop

An aide to UN special envoy Robert Serry asked journalists from ITV News not to leave the coffee shop in Crimea where the diplomat was being held by unidentified local militia.

"No, no don't leave. Please," the woman is heard saying as Mr Serry discusses the situation on the phone.

ITV News were the only TV journalists with the UN envoy as he was trapped in a cafe.

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