United Nations (U.N.) High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raâ€™ad Al Hussein speaks to the media before he leaves his hotel to meet Sri Lankan politicians and diplomats in Colombo February 6, 2016. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte
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The United Nations' human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein began his first visit to Sri Lanka Saturday to gauge the island's progress in investigating allegations troops committed atrocities during a prolonged civil war.However, President Sirisena has agreed to a domestic investigation into allegations that troops killed at least 40,000 ethnic Tamils while defeating Tamil Tiger separatists in the final stages of the war which ended in May 2009 .An estimated 100,000 people died in Sri Lanka's ethnic war between 1972 and 2009 .
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