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UN agency working with Sri Lanka to provide relief to displaced

[Hindu, Wednesday, 3 June 2009 06:03 One Comment]

The UN refugee agency is working "closely" with the Sri Lankan government to enable the displaced Tamil civilians, uprooted due to just concluded conflict between the LTTE and the Army, to return to their homes.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and its partners are also working to improve conditions in the camps and stabilising the lives of the displaced people.

Last month, the Government declared that its military operation against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was over, ending more than two decades of fighting.

Some 300,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) are living in 40 emergency shelter sites. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and its partners have erected nearly 9,000 emergency shelters and over 14,000 tents so far, distributed non-food items and carried out protection monitoring activities.

"We continue to work closely with the Government to better respond to the emergency – from central Government level to the local Government officials who are involved with direct assistance activities on the ground," UNHCR spokesperson Ron Redmond told reporters in Geneva on Wednesday.

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  • K.V.Paulson said:

    Thousands of innocent Tamil civilians bleed to death on the streets like stray animals without medical assistance, water and food. Chinese and Pakistani weapons, Indian intelligence, Sinhala armed personals and racist blood thirsty Sri Lankan leaders together systematically wiped out Tamils from their homeland. Hundreds of thousands of innocent children and women are still facing painful and slow death in the IDP camps set up by Sinhala extremists. Sinhala regime systematically eliminated those who stood in their way including local journalists and medical professionals. The foreign journalists who wanted to report genocide were not given visa’s or deported with severe warning. The three doctors who had been providing medical assistance to innocent civilians in war zone had been picked up by Sinhala government for torture in the name of interrogation. The facist Sinhala regime removed media, NGO’s, UN prior to massive attack on civilian population to hide the atrocities. The whole world should know these atrocities against innocent Tamil civilians were committed by Sri Lankan government with the help of Indian intelligent agents and military experts. It is also learnt that dead bodies of innocent civilians who have lost their lives were burnt with chemicals to hide number of civilians died in the war. The government owned propaganda machine lied to outside world that their objective is to eliminate LTTE and protect civilians from their clutches but Sinhala forces used chemical weapons and cluster bombs to mass murder innocent tamil civilians.

    Why did not UN intervene? Why Vijay Nambiar was not able to secure a ceasefire from Sri Lankan government? 10,000 tamil civilian’s were killed and 20,000 severely injured because of his failure to secure a ceasefire at the last one week itself. Surprisingly, UN again sent him to Lanka as “negotiator” on behalf of the civilians only but to return without any result. Immediately after his visit to Sri Lanka, why did he stop over in New Delhi instead of reporting to UN at New York and whom he had been consulting in New Delhi ? Why did he avoid media in Colombo and New Delhi? There are hundreds of questions yet to be answered and it will never ever be answered! The world must know that Vijay Nambiar is the brother of Lt Gen (Retd) Satish Nambiar, former Force Commander & Head of Mission of the UN in former Yugoslavia and “paid consultant” of Sri Lankan government since 2002! The UN is no longer trust worthy but a puppet of India, China and Russia.

    Sri Lankan government is systematically extracting financial benefits from India by using China card. China is in the process of completing South Asia’s biggest seaport in Hambantota in southern part of Lanka and believed to be awarded a Greenfield airport project in south by Sinhala regime. India is concerned about growing influence of China in its neighbourhood and trying to win confidence of Lanka by supporting atrocities against Tamil civilians in north east to contain China. India’s hand in recent sabotage of democratically elected communist government in Nepal is no longer secret.

    Sinhalese are celebrating genocide in north east by flying national flag while millions of Tamil world over mourning death of their loved ones back home. The whole world is condemning atrocities committed by notorious Omar Al Bashir regime in Darfur, Sudan. Why international community and UN become mute spectator in genocide against innocent Tamils civilians in Lanka?

    The Sinhala regime with racist agenda, India and China with their strategic interest s and UN with notorious and corrupt UN officers like Vijay Nambiar and Mr. Mahinda Rajapakse, President of Sri Lanka should be brought to justice for slaughtering thousands of innocent Tamils in north eastern Sri Lanka.