Monday, March 26, 2012

UN can prove C-4 wrong – GR Recalls how UN inaction helped terrorists


By Shamindra Ferdinando

The UN and INGOs deployed in Sri Lanka during Eelam war IV could help the international community to verify the validity of allegations contained in Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields: War Crimes Unpunished, Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said.

Those INGO chiefs as well as expatriate staff deployed in the Northern and Eastern Provinces should be able to reveal how the LTTE had used the civilian population in the Vanni for its protection, Rajapaksa said in a brief interview with The Island over the weekend.In his first comments since last Thursday’s passage of a US-led resolution demanding reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka, the Defence Secretary said that both the UN mission in Colombo and its headquarters had been aware of the LTTE taking people hostage as early as March-April 2007 during an early stage of the military operations on the Vanni west front. In fact, the UN had been involved in secret negotiations with the LTTE to secure the release of some of its Tamil speaking staff detained for helping civilians to flee the LTTE area, the Defence Secretary said. Read more....