Defence spokseman challenges Rock on child abduction claims
COLOMBO: Government Defence Spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella yesterday
challenged the remark by UN Special Rapporteur on Child Soldiers Alan
Rock that he would come up with evidence in two months to prove the
Security Forces were conniving in child abductions, saying that the
LTTE's self admission in the abduction of 24 OL students clearly showed
who the perpetrators were.
The international community now have proof and strong evidence that
the LTTE was recruiting child soldiers. The Rapporteur of UN on Child
Soldiers in Conflict Allan Rock blamed the Government Security Forces
for conniving with in the recruitment of child soldiers and vowed to
provide evidence within two months.
"We are ready to provide credible evidence within the next 12 hours
to prove how the LTTE is recruiting child soldiers. The interviews and
details will be available from the 15 students released by the LTTE,"
The Minister said the SLMM and INGO's have still not responded on the
abduction. Even after the LTTE released the students, the SLMM announced
that they are still probing who was behind the abduction even after the
parents lodged complaint on the abductions.
Earlier, the SLMM blamed the Government that they were not allowed to
visit Somadevi school. "It is a pure lie on the part of the SLMM. The
Security Forces couldn't give a guarantee for the safety of SLMM members
who try to venture into an area as artillery shells were fired by the
LTTE. If they could reach Kadirvely why cannot they go to the Somadevi