Surprising to see baseless allegations of this
A tweet from the official Twitter account of the
US Embassy, accompanied by an image of US Ambassador to Sri Lanka
Michele Sison and US Ambassador for Global Criminal Justice Stephen
Rapp standing on St. Anthany's Ground, had carried a baseless
allegation yesterday (9th January).
The allegation therein that the Sri Lanka Army
shelling had killed hundreds of families at St Antony's Ground,
Iranapallai is completely baseless. According to people who live in
that area the LTTE had used this ground as a place to handover dead
bodies of their cadre who succumbed to injuries received during
fighting. If this place was not safe the LTTE would never have used
it for that purpose. They also confirm that there never was an
incident of shelling on this ground when civilians were present.
It is surprising to see a baseless allegation of
this nature being released by the US Embassy without any credible
verification. Although the reason for this release is best known to
them, this could be part of a much larger campaign that they intend
launching in the near future.
It could also be an attempt to give credence to
otherwise baseless allegations that have been propagated by some
governments and separatist elements with the support of some
international media organizations.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Army yesterday denied
accusations of a Right Reverend Bishop that unconventional weapons
including cluster bombs were used at the last stage of the
Responding to the baseless allegation, military
spokesperson Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasuriya said that, “this
allegation is totally baseless and I would like to clarify that the
Sri Lanka Army at no point in its history of counter terrorist
operations has used unconventional weapons and the weapons used by
the Army were internationally accepted conventional weapons”.
“On the other hand, Sri Lanka Air Force had never
carried out any indiscriminate aerial bombing and the targeting
process was supported by UAVs that captured very clear pictures of
the targeted area”. He explained.
“The LTTE camps and localities targeted were
engaged only after a careful verification”. He also said.
Further Brig. Wanigasuriya said that, “this report
from the north is another proof that some separatist elements who
strive to ensure that Sri Lanka remains under international
pressure, probably with the intention of having guaranteed support
from their host countries, have been able to feed dignitaries of
high standing with incorrect and completely baseless information.