Humanitarian operation carried out in accordance with international
norms - DSC
The entire humanitarian and Military operation was conducted in
accordance with international norms and standards governing the conduct
of internal armed conflicts, Deputy Solicitor General Yasantha Kodagoda
said in his right of reply at the 11th session of the Human Rights
Council in Geneva.
“I say with responsibility that, as done in the past, the
spokesperson for International Educational Development (IED) continued
to utter complete falsehood at this Council this morning too, regarding
the prevailing situation in Sri Lanka,” he said.
“Her presentation only supports lobbying by the remnants of the
internationally infamous and ruthless terrorist organization - the
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), which was recently completely
eliminated within Sri Lanka through political leadership which acted in
the best interests of Sri Lanka, a professional and effective military
leadership, and by well organized and disciplined military operations
undertaken by the dedicated and capable Sri Lankan Security Forces.
The IED spokesperson’s utterances were supplemented by another set of
falsehood presented by the International Movement Against All Forms of
Discrimination And Racism (IMADR),” Kodagoda said. The LTTE’s direct
lobbying as well as lobbying by hired and paid agents of the LTTE is of
course not uncommon at this Council, he said.
“We are happy that a preponderant percentage of the international
community has correctly understood the situation in Sri Lanka.
It was alleged that an ethnic based genocide was and is taking place
in Sri Lanka and that Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are being
illegally detained and harassed by the Sri Lankan authorities,” he said.
“We have on previous occasions also briefed this august assembly, the
internal armed conflict in Sri Lanka has now come to an end. The
internationally infamous terrorist outfit - the LTTE has been completely
eliminated within Sri Lanka. Military operations that were undertaken
and executed by the Security Forces of Sri Lanka were highly successful.
The Sri Lankan security forces can account for every bullet that was
fired, for every piece of artillery that was launched and for every bomb
that was dropped. The entire operation was carried out for the specific
purpose of eliminating terrorism and for the protection of national
security and the territorial integrity of Sri Lanka. The conduct of such
operations is our sovereign right. In the unlikely event of such need
ever arising in the future, we shall not hesitate to conduct any lawful
operation in the best interests of our republic.
I wish to emphasise that the entire humanitarian and military
operation was conducted in accordance with international norms and
standards governing the conduct of internal armed conflicts,” Kodagoda
“Therefore, there is no legitimate or reasonable basis to conduct any
international inquiry or install in Sri Lanka any other alien process.
Indeed most unfortunately a certain number of civilians died. In any
armed conflict civilian casualties are inevitable.
When the LTTE was forcefully keeping civilians as hostages and as
human shields, when artillery was launched by the LTTE against the
advancing security forces from densely populated areas, would not
civilian casualties be the natural consequence?
“Such civilian deaths were most unfortunate. However, regrettably
unavoidable. The Security Forces had to undergo immense hardships and
had to suffer very high casualties. That was because the advancing Sri
Lankan Army took every meaningful and practical step to ensure either
zero civilian casualties or minimum casualties.