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Sri Lanka, Interpol and the United Nations

Thanjai Nalankilli

TAMIL TRIBUNE, August 2010 (ID. 2010-08-02)
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News reports appeared in early July 2010 that, at the request of Sri Lanka, Interpol had issued red notices on two Tamils living abroad for allegedly procuring weapons for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). These alleged weapons procurement occurred before the Sri Lankan ethnic war ended in May 2009 with the defeat of LTTE.

Less than a month before, in June 2010, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon appointed a panel to advise him on alleged war crimes by both the Sri Lankan military and the LTTE during the final phase of the war. Sri Lanka refused to cooperate with the panel and denied visa to panel members to enter Sri Lanka.

My question is this. Why is Interpol cooperating with and helping Sri Lanka while the latter refuses to cooperate with United Nations on its war crimes investigation? International cooperation should not be a one-way street. It should either be a two-way street or a no-way street. Interpol should blacklist Sri Lanka and ignore its requests for help until Sri Lanka cooperates with the United Nations Panel on war crimes.

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