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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2556

Thousands of demonstrators chant Allan Rock ‘a liar’ with past connections with the Tamil Tigers

By Walter Jayawardhana

Colombo, 21 November, (Asiantribune.com): Thousands of protesters demonstrated in front of Sri Lanka’s United Nation’s office calling UN Representative Allan Rock, the Special Advisor to the UN Representative for Children and Armed Conflict a “liar” who lacked any qualifications to be an impartial UN Ambassador due to his past connections with a terrorist group notorious for recruiting child soldiers.An effigy of Allan Rock was taken in the protest rally in front of the United Nations office in Colombo against the UN ambassador. Protestors charged Rock has had connections with the LTTE who are notorious for recruiting child soldiers Rock ironically is a handling a job regarding child soldiers for the United Nations now, they charged. (Picture by Island). An effigy of Allan Rock was taken in the protest rally in front of the United Nations office in Colombo against the UN ambassador. Protestors charged Rock has had connections with the LTTE who are notorious for recruiting child soldiers Rock ironically is a handling a job regarding child soldiers for the United Nations now, they charged. (Picture by Island).

The demonstrators charged that the Ambassador has had political connections with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) terrorist group to obtain votes in the past as a Canadian Liberal party politician that depended heavily on the terrorist group’s affiliated organizations.

Allan Rock, a controversial politician and a former Justice Minister of Canada has been charged in the past of being lenient on the collection of funds by the LTTE to fill their war chests with Canadian dollars, the demonstrators charged.

After losing his competition to be the leader of Canada’s ultra liberals Rock was appointed by the government of Prime Minister Paul Martin to be Canada’s ambassador to the United Nations where he has now established himself as a career diplomat working for the world body.

Prime minister Paul Martin himself was once in a Tamil Tiger scandal when he attended a fund raising Tamil new year dinner held by Canada’s FACT organization, recognized by US government as a front organization of Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tigers, another name for the LTTE, who are banned both in the US and Canada now.

The demonstration in front of Colombo’s United Nations office on Baudhdhaloka Mawatha ,was organized by the Desha Hithaishi Janatha Sanvidhanaya (Patriotic People’s Organization).

A spokesman for the demonstration author, novelist, short story writer and critic Gunadasa Amarasekera said the “foolish rulers” of Sri Lanka also should be blamed for allowing Allan Rock, a man with suspicious and unclean record of terrorist connections, to come and roam in Sri Lanka providing all facilities like air traveling etc. without investigations of his background before clearance.

The leader of the leftist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna parliamentary group, Wimal Weerawansa said they fully rejected Allan Rock’s report that accused Sri Lanka’s Army of complicity with a rival break away guerilla team of the Tamil Tigers to recruit child soldiers.

Weerawansa said Alan Rock came to Sri Lanka with a prepared report that was part of an international conspiracy to bring in a United Nations troops to divide the country permanently. The imperialists, he charged, took such troops to Cyprus saying it was a temporary measure, but they are staying there nearly 40 years permanently dividing the country.

He charged Allan Rock came to Sri Lanka as part of such a conspiracy and they would like to warn the United Nations of dire consequences for such troops if they were ever to step inside the country.

Weerawansa said Alan Rock’s report prepared long before his trip, was more exaggerated by the BBC as direct recruitment of child soldiers also as a part of the same conspiracy.

He said Rock spent only a short ten days in the whole island, and only few hours in the relevant area he charged the army of complicity and it was not possible to raise such exhaustive allegations to tarnish a whole nation during such a short period if Rock was not reading somebody else‘s false report.

Weerawansa said the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission , constantly issuing erroneous reports siding with the LTTE is also part of this conspiracy.

- Asian Tribune -

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