Outrageous response of UN to humanitarian crisis: Diaspora scientist

[TamilNet, Saturday, 25 April 2009, 14:33 GMT]
Children as young as 12 are forcefully recruited and given with guns to fight on the front line alongside LTTE, Guardian.co.uk reported Saturday, 9.49 GMT, citing Gordon Weiss, UN spokesman in Sri Lanka. “Whom are they guarding”, Tamil circles asked. “It is outrageous that the UN which has no means to stop Colombo’s genocide or immediately take responsibility of the captured and even reluctant to talk about the high casualty but only ‘leaks out’ figures, to raise this matter at this juncture in an imbalanced way, when Colombo is bombarding the remaining civilians in the so-called safety zone”, said Thomas Aloysius, senior scientist in Bergan, Norway. “If what the UN official says is true, it is deplorable, but aren’t they too responsible for the tragedy by their inaction in prevailing upon Colombo to stop the war. The LTTE always ask for ceasefire”, he asked.

Colombo carried out several sorties of bombardment on the civilian zone, since 10 AM local time (4.30 GMT), Saturday.

About 1,65,000 civilians are in the safety zone, the LTTE said Friday.

Civilians were also seen moving towards the LTTE side for protection, Friday, according to reports and visual images received from Vanni.

Guardian reported Colombo’s claim of 200, 000 civilians crossing to its side. Earlier Colombo and its war partner, the New Delhi Establishment, were adamantly insisting on a figure of only 70,000 inside the safety zone.

Colombo is in total chaos in caring the civilians it captured, reports from Vavuniyaa indicated. The total number of civilians claimed by Colombo, have not so far been registered either in Vavuniyaa or in Jaffna. The question of what is happening with the huge number of the remaining is raising very serious concern with the Tamil circles.

In the last quarter a century Tamil civil servants have practical experience in handling IDP matters. The LTTE was handling this matter very effectively. Even the Tamil diaspora would have handled it, had it been allowed. But Colombo with a genocidal agenda has placed it in the hands of a Sinhala army commander and three Sinhala civil servants, Tamil circles pointed out.

The SLA is engaged in asking Tamil residents in Vavuniyaa for cooked food packets, clothing etc., reports from Vavuniyaa said.

The UN has to direct its energy in stopping the war, taking responsibility of the civilians and in taking care of their immediate needs, rather than playing a mischievously imbalanced propaganda game ultimately abetting genocide. We feel that this has been going for a quite a while and we are really saddened that UN is taking a such stand, the 49 year old scientist in Norway said.

Meanwhile, Colombo, knowing victory within its grasp, was in no mood to respond to the demand of the visiting Indian officials for a break in the war to allow civilians to leave, Guardian said. Colombo has asked for a few more days to ‘finish’ the war and the Indian officials agreed is what unconfirmed reports from Chennai indicate. But citing precedence in the escalation of war every time Indian officials talk with Colombo, and citing reports that India sabotaged Nambiar mission, Tamil circles believe that the agenda was set by India.


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