UNITED NATIONS - Both the Sri Lankan army and Tamil Tiger rebels likely committed human rights violations in the final stages of the conflict that ended May 2009, according to a UN report released day before yesterday. The report was presented by a three-member panel of experts set up by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, In this conflict Sri Lankan military emerged victorious, ending the decades-long fight by the rebels for a separate homeland for the Tamil-speaking minority. Thousands of people died in the conflict and hundreds of thousands of Sri Lankans became internally displaced persons. The panel, set up to advise the secretary-general on accountability issues called for genuine investigations into the war crimes allegations. In a statement, a spokesman for Ban said the secretary-general was reviewing the reports conclusions and recommendations, including its disturbing assessment that a number of allegations of serious violations of international humanitarian and human rights law committed by both the (Tiger rebels) and the Government of Sri Lanka are credible, some of which would amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity. On the recommendation that Ban set up an international investigation mechanism, the statement said such a step would first require the host countrys consent or a decision from member states through an appropriate intergovernmental forum. The Sri Lankan government has already termed the UN report biased and denied targeting civilians.