Lanka urges urgent UN action against Tigers
Funds freeze, travel ban, other sanctions
US: Sri Lanka yesterday urged the Working Group of the Security
Council on Children and Armed Conflict to take urgent punitive action
against the LTTE for its continuous recruitment and use of child
Addressing the working Group in New York yesterday, Sri Lanka’s
Permanent Representative Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam called on the UN
Security Council to freeze funds and other financial assets or economic
resources of LTTE leaders and cadres as a primary measure.
Kariyawasam also urged: a ban the provision of funds, financial
assets and economic resources, and a ban on provision of financial or
other related services, directly or indirectly, for the benefit of
members of the LTTE or its front organizations;
travel restrictions on LTTE leaders, cadres and persons acting on
their behalf, to prevent their entry into or transit through the
territories of member States;
Denial of access to foreign chanceries to LTTE leaders, cadres and
persons acting on their behalf;
Prevention of direct or indirect supply, sale or transfer of arms and
related material to the LTTE including weapons and ammunition, technical
advice, assistance or training related to armed activities or
recruitment for such activities;
Prohibition on any trade, commercial and financial transactions with
the LTTE and its representatives.
“It is our view that these specific targeted measures that the
Working Group may recommend to the Security Council are necessary and
justifiable in the light of the LTTE’s continued violation of Resolution
1612, and other human rights and humanitarian norms,” he said.
Such resolute action by the Security Council would no doubt compel
the LTTE to mend their ways and prevent them from abusing and exploiting
children for armed conflict, he pointed out to the Working Group.
It has been almost a decade since the LTTE gave a public undertaking
to cease recruitment and use of children as combatants and release
children within its ranks, to the former Special Representative of the
This commitment, however, was never implemented by the LTTE and the
Secretary-General, therefore, has continued to identify the LTTE as a
repeated violator. This terrorist group continues recruitment and use of
children as combatants, he said.
He reiterated Sri Lanka’s commitment to zero-tolerance on recruitment
and use of children in armed conflict.
He noted that a high-level inter-ministerial Committee to inquire
into allegations of abduction and recruitment of children for use in
armed conflict was appointed under the chairmanship of Justice Secretary
in August 2007.
This Committee has been tasked, among other matters, with initiating
inquiries into, and monitoring of investigations into allegations made
in connection with the abduction and recruitment of children by the LTTE
and the Karuna Faction.
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