President: Sri Lanka has nothing to hide

President Mahinda Rajapaksa told a news conference that Sri Lanka had nothing to hide and "will take our time and we will investigate into nearly 30 years of war."

President Mahinda Rajapaksa told a press conference that Sri Lanka has 'nothing to hide'
President Mahinda Rajapaksa told a press conference that Sri Lanka has 'nothing to hide' Credit: RTV

He added: "If there are any allegations we are ready to inquire into it. We have nothing to hide. It's a free country. We need time to settle things."

Some accredited journalists - including ITV's Bill Neely - were denied entry to the press conference, despite requests to the president's aides by the Commonwealth Secretariat and Media Spokesman.

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Sri Lanka 'has nothing to hide'

President Mahinda Rajapaksa said Sri Lanka had nothing to hide and "will take our time and we will investigate into nearly 30 years of war." Meanwhile, David Cameron said he was "committed" to keeping up pressure on Sri Lanka.