COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Prince Charles plans to go ahead with an appearance at ceremonies marking Sri Lanka's 50 years of independence, despite complaints from a group of nationalists.

The National Joint Committee, an organization of 46 Buddhist or nationalist groups, criticized Britain for ``the brutal manner in which the British forces crushed'' Sri Lankan attempts to become independent.

Sri Lanka, the nation off the southern tip of India, became independent in 1948, when it was known as Ceylon.

Anniversary ceremonies are scheduled for Feb. 4.

A spokeswoman at St. James' Palace in London said Charles had been invited to take part in the independence celebrations by President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga and did not foresee a change in plans.

Charles also plans to visit Nepal and Bhutan.