In a meeting on 6th December in Paris with Congo’s President Joseph Kabila, UN Secretary General had "…congratulated the DRC for the successful military operation against the M23…," and "reiterated the United Nations support to the DRC for which President Kabila expressed his gratitude," a UN official readout of the meeting appearing in the UN website said. Inner City Press (ICP) which covers UN proceedings asked, "since when did the UN start congratulating governments for "successful military operations"?, and comparing against UN actions in Sri Lanka, said, "[t]his harkens back for some to the UN’s approach in 2009 to the Sri Lankan government’s "successful military operations" against the Tamil Tigers or LTTE. A rebel group was wiped out; in that case tens of thousands of civilians were killed."
ICP’s Matthew Lee further commented, "Ban Ki-moon was hardly critical of Sri Lanka’s government at the time. Since then, appearing to resist at each stage, Ban has begun to acknowledge "the UN’s" failure in 2009 to put "Rights Up Front," the title of his new, still non-public response to the events of 2009 [Mu’l’l’vaaykkaal shelling by the Sri Lanka Security forces that resulted in more than 70,000 Tamil civilians were killed, according to UN’s Petrie Report].
But what was learned, if the UN in 2013 is offering congratulations for "successful military operations"?, ICP asked.
ICP said that Ban’s deputy spokesperson Farhan Haq confirmed that the report was accurate, and that UN stands behind the contents of the Readout.
"…shouldn’t the UN be hard pressed to congratulate military operations? To say, thanks for standing between mal-intended arms and civilians is one thing. To congratulate a military operation carried out with attack helicopters is something else. Isn’t it," the ICP concluded.
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