United Nations General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak the opens the 72nd regular session of the UN General Assembly Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 at United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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Sri Lanka's ex-army chief Sarath Fonseka Tuesday said he had been denied a visa to attend the UN general assembly because of unresolved war crime allegations against the military.The military crushed separatist Tamil Tiger rebels in May 2009 following a no-holds-barred offensive that also triggered allegations against the forces of killing at least 40,000 Tamil civilians.Fonseka, who led the military, has maintained that he did not order troops to target civilians, but has acknowledged that there may have been excesses that should be investigated.Earlier this month Fonseka accused his successor Jagath Jayasuriya of committing crimes against Tamil rebel suspects during and after the island's ethnic war and said he was ready to testify against the former military commander.
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