The new video on Sri Lanka by Channel 4 has former British Foreign Secretary David Miliband and the former head of UN Humanitarian Affairs Sir John Holmes speaking on some of the incidents which took place during the final stages of the war.
Both Holmes and Miliband said that the government was firm on defeating the LTTE at the time of the final battle, at any cost.
Miliband goes on to say that while the LTTE did commit war crimes, a legitimate government had no right to do the same.
He also said that both the UN and UN Human Rights Council must take action on the Sri Lankan government.
The new Channel 4 video aired last night blames both the government and military, including former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka over some of the incidents, including the failure to send adequate humanitarian aid to the thousands of civilians trapped in the final battle zone at the time.
The video also shows journalists Rajpal Abeynaike and Shamindra Ferdinando confronting the Channel 4 team during the last Commonwealth heads of government meeting in Australia and accusing Channel 4 of being a disgrace to journalism.
Meanwhile in response to the latest Channel 4 video, titled Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields: War Crimes Unpunished (see video below) the Defence Ministry, on its website, re-released several videos and documents which counter the claims raised by the British television.
The documents and videos published on the Defence Ministry website includes ‘Humanitarian Operation Factual Analysis’ a detailed report published on the war as well as the final report of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).
Meanwhile the Defence Ministry said that an Action Plan detailing how recommendations of the LLRC could be implemented will soon be handed over to the Ministry of Defence by Sri Lanka Army.
Army Commander Lt. Gen Jagath Jayasuriya had appointed the board about a month ago to formulate the Action Plan, he said.
The Army is also considering making a documentary film about LTTE leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran’s death.
Army Commander Lt Gen Jayasuriya said that a film would be made to explain to the international community how Prabhakaran died in the battlefield. (www.colombogazette.com)