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Deliberations to get UN approval for Tamil genocide

[TamilNet, Thursday, 23 April 2009, 13:59 GMT]
Statement diplomacy and behind the screen deliberations of Colombo, India, and the International Community are heading for tacit UN approval for the Tamil genocide in the island of Sri Lanka, news reports indicate. The stand taken by the UN Security Council, and also echoed by the US state department Wednesday, welcoming the capture and detention of tens of thousands of Tamil civilians by the Sri Lanka Army is the first step of direct approval for the genocide, Tamil circles said. All this time they were indirectly approving the killing of civilians by shelling and starvation to lead to their capture. By twisting the ethnic-oriented humanitarian situation as an issue of ‘terrorism’, the UN is approving the genocide, the Tamil circles said.

“The Security Council members, we welcome the news that the tens of thousands of civilians have escaped from the conflict area in the past few days and urge that further steps be taken to allow the safe evacuation of the remaining civilians to provide to them the necessary protection and assistance”, said Claude Heller, who chairs the Security Council this month in his statement or comments to the press, Inner City Press (ICP) reported.

“The Security Council members, we strongly condemn the LTTE terrorist organization for the use of civilians as human shields and for not allowing them to leave the area of conflict. In this regard, the Security Council members, we demand that the LTTE immediately lay down arms, renounce terrorism, allow a UN assisted evacuation of the remaining civilians in the conflict area, and join the political process through dialogue in order to put an end to the conflict”, Claude Heller was further quoted by the ICP.

It is a gross violation of truth and definitely not humanitarian on the part of the UN to shield the genocidal nature of the humanitarian situation and twist it as a terrorism-related issue. This attitude will never resolve the crisis, Tamil circles said.

When asked by the ICP whether the Security Council had gotten a broad enough range of information, Mr. Heller spoke of “appropriate channels” that he would not discuss.

Earlier Heller thanked Mr. Vijay Nambiar for briefing the Security Council of his recent visit and discussions with the government of Sri Lanka.

Sources in Colombo said Wednesday that Mr. Nambiar might have been influenced by India on his way back from Sri Lanka.

On Wednesday in the informal Security Council meeting, “as Heller spoke at a microphone in the UN's basement, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's envoy Vijay Nambiar slipped quickly past the press. He left the UN's humanitarian deputy Catherine Bragg, who did not visit Sri Lanka, to speak for the Secretariat”, ICP reported.

The deputy avoided giving any figures of the latest casualties, saying that they have only estimates, as the government has not provided them with any figures so that they can verify. But she didn’t give an estimate either.

“This creates a situation in which it is in a government's interest to not provide information to the UN, because then the UN will be silent”, ICP said.

This is an example how the genocide is meticulously worked out to by-pass UN scrutiny, Tamil sources commented.

Meanwhile, even being a UN worker gives no immunity if the worker is a Tamil, is line of argument of Sri Lanka’s Ambassador Palihakkara.

Answering an ICP question on the UN workers who came out of the safety zone and are detained in camps by the SLA, Palihakkara said: “These are our nationals, Sri Lankan nationals employed by the UN who have come out of the LTTE hold and now, like any other normal civilians, they are in the IDP centers, and they are not held like in a detention camp, but they need to be screened like others”.

Any doubt about the UN agenda when the UN is not prepared to challenge the genocidal attitude of Colombo, even in the case of its own workers, ask Tamil circles.

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