UN Report on Srilanka: November 14, 2012 News n Analysis by Dr. Raj Baldev, Cosmo Theorist, how the UN played down in underestimating Sri Lanka’s civil war in 2009 with an unprecedented loss of over 40,000 innocent lives.?
There is no doubt that everyone expects of United Nations to do justice to their role assigned for each country as per the situation but when it is found disappointing, the world loses its inner faith on this body since it is assembled to safeguard the interest of the people, peace and development in different fields.
Wherever there is a bloody civil war as it happened in Sri Lanka during 2009, the representatives of the UN should have discharged their obligations honestly with far-sightedness but instead of controlling the situation, they played down.
The concerned representatives did not discharge their international obligations; on the contrary they made the condition worse with negligence of their duty.
An internal review of the final months of Sri Lanka’s bloody civil war in 2009, which was set up by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, has given their final finding that the manner in which the world body was handled while the crises in the Sri Lanka was “a grave failure” of the UN.
New York Times obtained the report somehow or the other, its leaked content or draft of the report is disappointing for which the NYT criticized the United Nations on the grounds in Sri Lanka and its Headquarters, particularly in late 2009 when over 40,000 civilians were killed.
The panel, led by former UN official Charles Petrie criticized what it termed as “a sustained and institutionalized reluctance” by staff members in Sri Lanka at the time “to stand up for the rights of the people they were mandated to assist”.
“Many senior UN staff simply did not perceive the prevention of killing of civilians as their responsibility,” the report’s executive summary said.
Finding fault with the way the crisis was dealt with by senior UN officials in New York, the draft report said, “Decision-making across the UN was dominated by a culture of trade-offs –from the ground to UN headquarters”.
Officials chose “not to speak up” about “broken commitments and violations of international law” by both the Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels because that “was seen as the only way to increase UN humanitarian access” to victims of the conflict, a report in the New York Times said.
“The last phase of the conflict in Sri Lanka presented a major challenge” to the international body, it added.
In my analytic view, the people are at a loss to understand whether the UN representatives failed to assess the then situation or not, the blame can’t be shifted from the shoulders of the UN, they have to bear the guilt and culpability of the whole critical affair.
In short, it is really heart piercing, the people had a strong hope on the UN and it is this Organization that directly or indirectly, knowingly or unknowingly, intentional or unintentional, permitted the genocide to happen of around or over 40,000 innocent civilians; in this case, I just ask the United Nations, who to blame if UN sets aside?