Wikileaks shows super powers knew of SLA shelling of Tamil civilians

September 4, 2011 Comments Off on Wikileaks shows super powers knew of SLA shelling of Tamil civilians

BBC – Donors knew of shelling civilians

International donors were aware of artillery attacks on Tamil civilians by the Sri Lanka military in the last stages of the war against Tamil Tigers, according to recent Wikileaks revelations.

…Wikileaks reveal that the donor nations were told by Sri Lanka authorities that heavy weapons were used contrary to public statements.

“The Norwegian Ambassador commented that in two recent meetings with Rajapkasa he acknowledged military forces were shelling into the safe zone, but was not comfortable discussing the subject,” it said…

…But the donors, namely Japan and Norway, have objected to a call by the EU to issue a statement on the “potential humanitarian catastrophe” saying that Sri Lanka is “making an effort” to respond to previously raised concerns “with the exception of its recent shelling of the safe zone”.

“They argued that a critical public statement now might set back Basil’s efforts to provide more food,” says the US embassy cable…More

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