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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2642

Australian based SPUR urges legal action against Norwegians Peoples’ Aid and Solidar

Melbourne, 25 November, ( Society for Peace, Unity and Human Rights for Sri Lanka, (Spur) based in Melbourne, Australia has written to Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa urging to take legal action against the two European international non-government agencies which operated in the uncleared region of Vanni.

In the letter written by Ranjith Soysa, the Spokesperson of SPUR has urged the Sri Lankan President to take legal action against Norwegians Peoples’ Aid and Solidar, the two INGOs from Norway and Belgium and to claim compensation for loss of life, damage to public property directly attributable to their negligence and/or complicity with the LTTE.

Australian based SPUR has pointed out that the following acts too should be investigated to ascertain their culpability of the two INGOs.

1. The construction of defensive bunds in Akkaraiyankulam and the adjacent areas with the help of the heavy machinery of NPA, which consolidate the LTTE, defences and resulted in loss of life and injuries to the Sri Lankan armed personnel.

2 Handing over of electricity generators to the LTTE providing them with vital facilities to consolidate and attack Sri Lankan defence forces and civilians.

3 Handing over of land mine detecting equipment to the LTTE, which weakened the defences of the Government camps. E.g. Anuradhapura air force camp was attacked by the LTTE after detecting the mines in the camp periphery and piercing the defences using this equipment. Further, defences of LTTE camps were enhanced by use of this equipment.

4 Anti Sri Lanka propaganda campaigns conducted by Solidar using sensitive photographs taken in the war zone by a professional photographer disguised as a welfare officer of Solidar. His name is Benjamin Dixi and on one occasion through Solidar News he submitted an anti-Sri Lanka report to the BBC. It is reliably learnt that he has given similar reports to the LTTE.

We trust you will consider the above information appropriately and institute action to claim compensation on behalf of the affected parties and people of Sri Lanka. We have been advised that only the State can institute such legal action, the SPUR has pointed out .

- Asian Tribune -

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