By Colombo Telegraph –
UN has at last disclosed the fact that the Sri Lankan government succeeded in defeating the LTTE, only by killing over 40,000 innocent civilians and making almost that many to disappear says the Leader of Democratic People’s Front and Convener of Civil Monitoring Commission Mano Ganesan.
‘The Charles Petrie report tells all. UN has failed in fulfilling its responsibility and preventing the mass murder. UNSG Moon failed with 40,000 plus Tamil lives. Today he cannot continue to walk away from his obligations again. UN Secretary General who rushed to Sri Lanka soon after the war was proclaimed ended, issued a joint statement on May/23/2012 with President Mahinda Rajapaksa raising the hopes of the dejected Tamils of this country. This joint statement spoke of President Rajapaksa’s expressed firm resolve to proceed with the implementation of the 13th Amendment and further enhance this process and to bring about lasting peace in Sri Lanka. It also spoke extensively on relief, rehabilitation, resettlement, reconciliation and accountability with international human rights standards and Sri Lanka’s international obligations. The Tamils along with their international friends demand explanations from UNSG Ban Ki-moon” he further said.
Ganesan also stated that the UN report submitted by the panel led by Charles Petrie, has further admitted that the UN, the apex global watchdog is to be blamed as the UN has failed in fulfilling its obligation with timely intervention to avert the genocide took place in Sri Lanka during the last phase of the war.
‘Thus, along with the war parties Lankan government and the LTTE, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon too should be placed on the docks for the wrongdoings took place in Sri Lanka’ asserted a concerned Ganeshan.
Ganesan made the above remarks in his Facebook page and Twitter which have been picked up by international and national Tamil media today said the media communiqué issued by DPF media office. He further urged the global Tamil activists and human rights defenders to pursue if Moon could be indicted for this serious debacle of the UN in the capacity of its secretary general.
Mano Ganesan further said as follows: :
‘Moon cannot just say that the Lankan occurrences would be taken as a “lesson” and that UN would prepare itself to stop such massacres in the future. The UN has seen its share of genocides and what took place in Sri Lanka is not the first mass murder ever. For this reason, Ban Ki-moon could not flee responsibility by just claiming that the annihilation is unprecedented and that he was not prepared for such destruction in holocaustic proportions.
‘The precautionary actions and future alertness can come later. But now, he should act on the prolongation of Sri Lankan disaster which he failed to prevent. Tamils and global human rights organizations should demand from him what is his explanation for not acting to save the lives of innocent people when UN should have intervened and stopped it. Our voice should shake the UN system from its core and create shudder in the global community for their inaction.
In his Facebook he has said, ‘It is a separate matter trying the criminals and punishing them. However, the current situation in Sri Lanka is unpardonable against the joint statement between UNSG Ban Ki-moon and president Rajapaksa made immediately after the war during Moon’s visit.
‘The government declines to accept that massacres have taken place at all. It persists among the Sinhalese masses that everyone killed has been a LTTE cadre. It refuses to admit the charge that it wantonly refused to provide a last chance by a limited ceasefire for three days for the innocent civilians to come to safer ground’.
‘Keep aside the war crimes. It could be clearly seen that the government continues to refuse to consider a fair solution for the simmering ethnic issue, which was the root cause why the Tamils resorted to armed struggle to begin with. The government now violates the pledge it made to the UNSG and world at large that it would agree to a just solution improved from 13A. During the war the GoSL said repeatedly that it will arrive at a just political solution after it defeats the LTTE as tigers were the principal obstacle for reaching a just solution’.
‘Today the government drags its feet even in implementing the recommendations of the LLRC, which was appointed by this very government. At least, the government is not heeding to a simple prescription of the LLRC that the list of the disappeared, abducted and the surrendered should be made public.
‘In the meantime, military rule continues in the North, especially in Vanni, which has made the lives of Tamils particularly of the women and children pure hell. Although it is now over three years since the war was ended, the government is increasing the presence of the armed forces, against the LLRC recommendations. Instead of constructing houses for the displaced, the government is busily constructing Army cantonments and settlements in the Vanni and Batticaloa districts with the sinister goal of changing the demography’.
‘Furthermore, the government is encouraging attacks on Hindu, Islam and Christian religious locations of Tamil speaking people in an aggressive manner. Without listening to the repeated calls of the Tamil leaders for power sharing within a truly peaceful and united country, it is blindly engaged in a spree to make and proclaim this island a Sinhala- Buddhist republic.’
’The government drags indefinitely holding the provincial council election in the North, when elections have been held in all other provinces in the country. It conducted presidential, parliamentary and LG elections in the north but not the PC elections. The Elections Commissioner has expressed his readiness to hold elections. It is the government that is holding it for sinister political reasons’
‘This government that shrewdly obtained all the assistance from India to defeat the LTTE, today has the audacity to tear down the 13th Amendment and throw it at the face of India. The government that earlier said that it would go beyond 13, now is engaged in a numbers game and tables number 19 which is 13 minus!’
‘In such a context, UNSG Moon cannot continue to walk away from his obligations again. UN Secretary General who rushed to Sri Lanka soon after the war was proclaimed ended, issued a joint statement on May/23/2012 with President Mahinda Rajapaksa raising the hopes of the dejected Tamils of this country. this statement joint statement spoke of President Rajapaksa’s expressed firm resolve to proceed with the implementation of the 13th Amendment andfurther enhance this process and to bring about lasting peace in Sri Lanka. It also spoke extensively on relief, rehabilitation, resettlement, reconciliation and accountability with international human rights standards and Sri Lanka’s international obligations.’
‘What has happened to this statement and the respective spirit ? We would like to ask Moon if the same cruel fate that befell on the innocent Tamil people during the last phase of the war, fell on this statement as well? Especially, we place Moon in the docks and ask him these questions.’
‘I call upon the collective voice of the Tamils living here as well as abroad and our brethren in Tamil Nadu with our international friends to act now. We should create waves in the UN system and among the world at large who stood inactive in the face of the exterminations took place in Sri Lanka’