The United Nations (UN) today once again admitted that it failed (to protect the killing of 40,000 of Tamil civilians killed by the Sri Lankan forces in May 2009 and killing of more than 1000 LTTE Leaders and their family members who surrendered with White Flag after UN negotiated the surrender) on Sri Lanka during the final stages of the war. However the UN Secretary General stopped short of making a public apology to the families of the victims of the war over the failure of the UN to protect those now missing or dead.
Speaking to reporters after wrapping up his visit to the country, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said that the UN admits that it failed to protect the killing of thousands of minority Tamils by the Mahinda Government during the war in Sri Lanka. He recalled that a commission appointed by the UN had noted the failures of the UN during the war and the steps which need to be taken in future. The Secretary-General’s Internal Review Panel (IRP) headed by Charles Petrie had noted the systemic failure of United Nations action during the final stages of the war including the withdrawal of UN staff in September 2008 which removed the ‘protection by presence’ capacity of the United Nations, shortly before months of intense armed conflict that left tens of thousands of dead.
The report concluded with a series of recommendations on how the United Nations can strengthen its protection of human rights in similar situations in the future, But due to the killing of LTTE Leaders by the Sri Lankan forces who surrendered with White flag after UN negotiated the surrender makes the UN a week body and no one will want the UN to negotiate any agreements in future.
Ban Ki-moon, meanwhile, noted today that while there was promises issued by the former President Mahinda Rajapaksha and his government when he visited Sri Lanka in 2009, most of the mechanisms which were to be put in place never materialised.
He commanded the government of President Maithripala Sirisena for the efforts taken to address reconciliation and accountability. The UN Secretary General said that the transitional justice process must be credible for both Sri Lankans and the international community.