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June 8, 2009

Gulf Daily News – Time for witness

When UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited Sri Lanka, he knew from his officials that at least 20,000 civilians had been killed by Sri Lankan troops in the offensive against the Tamil Tigers. Mr Ban never mentioned this figure to his Sri Lankan interlocutors. He saw, while travelling by air over a supposed “no-fire” zone, the evidence caught between the army and the insurgents. Yet he has still not confirmed the authenticity of photographs taken from the same helicopter setting out that scene of carnage and mass makeshift graves.

There is terrible augury for such inexplicable reticence. The day after Bosnian Serb forces seized Srebrenica, deemed by the UN to be a “safe area”, in 1995, Boutros Boutros Ghali, Mr Ban’s predecessor, was asked whether this represented the organisation’s greatest failure in Bosnia. He replied: “No. I don’t believe this represents a failure. You have to see if the glass is half full or half empty.”

The name of Srebrenica, in which 8,000 Bosniak men and boys were slaughtered, has become synonymous with insouciance and failure by the UN, and not only with the barbarism of the perpetrators.

Any parallel for the UN with what has happened in Sri Lanka must be scotched now.

WWW – Catholic Priest Rev. Francis disappeared and Priest Sarathjin passed away due to lack of medicine

UN – Ban Ki Moon speaks

Times of India – IT professional march in city

Press Trust of India – Pottu Amman dead but body could not be identified: Gotabhaya

BBC – Sinhala heritage ‘basis of demerger’

Press Trust of India – ‘Lanka Kept India Updated on War Against LTTE’

Press Trust of India – China pledges USD one mn aid for Tamil IDPs in Lanka

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