Sri Lanka: Regierung weist Vorwürfe zum Einsatz von Streumunition zurück
Jahrzehnte lang wütete der Bürgerkrieg zwischen Regierungstruppen und Rebellen in Sri Lanka. Nun wird der Regierung auf Grundlage eines Berichts von The Guardian vorgeworfen Streubomben eingesetzt zu haben. Diese weist die Vorwürfe jedoch zurück und hat die Rebellen in Verdacht (auf Englisch).
The Sri Lankan government has denied reports of the discovery of cluster bombs in formerly war-hit areas of the country by questioning the evidence and rejecting the suggestion that government forces used the weapons.
Responding to questions over a Guardian report, which produced for the first time pictures of the bomb casings and cluster munitions, a cabinet spokesman denied any connection to Sri Lankan government forces.
“How do you know that the sites, as shown in the pictures, are in Sri Lanka?” said Rajitha Senaratne, the health minister. “How do you say that these bombs belong to the Sri Lanka army? What is the basis?”
Senaratne also indicated that the munitions could have been used by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) forces opposed to the government during Sri Lanka’s long-running civil war. “There could have been cluster bombs,” he said. “How do you say whether they are from the army or the LTTE forces?”
The pictures revealed by the Guardian were passed on by an ex-employee of the Halo Trust, the world’s biggest de-mining organisation, though the leaks were never sanctioned by the organisation itself. The devices depicted in the photographs were subsequently identified as cluster munitions by a weapons experts at Human Rights Watch.