The new 128-page UN report, which focuses on the United Nations’ performance during the Sri Lankan civil war, cited the earlier report’s casualty estimate as well as government statements that fewer than 10,000 civilians died. It added that some sources cited credible information that over 70,000 Tamils were “unaccounted for.”

The United Nations failed to call proper attention to the plight of hundreds of thousands of Sri Lankan civilians during the bloody final stage of the government’s war against Tamil Tiger rebels, according to a UN report released on Wednesday.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon responded to the report by a review panel he set up to evaluate the UN response during the phase of the Sri Lanka war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) by saying that the world body needed to take lessons from its findings.

“The report concludes that the United Nations system failed to meet its responsibilities – highlighting, in particular, the roles played by the Secretariat, the agencies and programs of the UN Country Team, and the members of the Security Council and Human Rights Council,” Ban said in a statement.

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