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ALTHOUGH MORE THAN 10,000 CIVILIANS MANAGED TO ESCAPE TAMIL TIGERS, THEIR STORIES DO NOT TALLY UN CHARGES SAYS DEFENCE SOURCES

By Walter Jayawardhana

Although more than ten thousand Tamil civilians have escaped from the Tamil Tiger “human shields” to cross over to the Sri Lanka government controlled areas no one ever complained about being shot at by artillery in the no fire zone, said Ministry of Defense website.

The no fire zone was declared for the civilians to escape by the government of Sri Lanka and to ease the departure of the civilians from the war wracked area . UN officials basing their stories provided to them by NGO’s were charging that the army was firing at the no fire zone.

The Defense website said, “Information provided by the civilians escaping from LTTE held human shield in Wanni clashes with the UN reports on civilian casualties of war in Sri Lanka.”

Artillery firing and aerial bombardment at the “no fire zone” and at alleged hospitals by government troops, as told by international news organizations quoting UN officials , never took place according to these refugee statements, the defence website said.

The human rights violations have been concocted and planted in the international media by Tamil Tiger sympathizers of certain non governmental organizations, without substantiating them . They have been provided by LTTE sympathizers in the NGOs, who passed them on to UN sources, the government said.

The hospitals mentioned were government hospitals staffed supplied and maintained by Colombo. There was no reason to bomb a hospital maintained by the government. To conceal the fact, the UN issued news items never mentioned the hospitals as government of Sri Lanka hospitals.

The government said the deaths publicized could very well be the deaths of the ever increasing number of the deaths of LTTE cadres who die in the war.

The defence.lk said , the UN officials before issuing statements should investigate all facts available to them and substantiate their conclusions.

Meanwhile , the number of civilians in the Mulaitivu district have been greatly exaggerated by the NGO’s the Ministry of Defence said. 60,000 of them now live in Colombo and according to all statistics, less than 100,000 live there, the ministry said.


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