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23 August 2006

Mr. Kofi Annan,
Secretary General
United Nations

Dear Mr. Kofi Annan,

“No task is more fundamental to the UN than the prevention and resolution of deadly conflict.” – Kofi Annan, 21 March 2006.

This week, on 14 August 2006, the Sri Lankan Army under the directions from His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka sent Kfir jets which dropped sixteen (16) bombs on the Sencholai Orphanage run by the LTTE.  As a result of this deliberate targeting by the Sri Lankan Government, sixty-one (61) schoolgirls were killed and more than one hundred girls were injured.

I plead with you, Sir, there should not be any further senseless and cold-bloodedness killings in Sri Lanka.  The United Nations can no longer stand on the fringe and look on the carnage as a spectator nor give legitimacy to the Sri Lankan Government by giving her member a permanent voice in the UN Council.

I urge you to:

(i)    Send your UN representatives to Sri Lanka so as to prevent and resolve the deadly conflict in Sri Lanka between the Sri Lankan Government and the Tamil people;

(ii)    Sanction the Sri Lankan Government for their latest atrocity on the Tamil people using the powers available to the UN.

The ferocity of the 14 August attack indicates that the objective of the Government was to cause maximum possible casualties and the targeting of children demonstrates the intent of the Government was not merely atrocious and inhuman but genocidal.  The UN can no longer play blind, dumb and deaf to the long series of atrocities by the Sri Lankan Government.  Otherwise, the legitimacy of the UN as a whole is inarguably redundant.

(iii)    Offer the LTTE a legitimate representation on the United Nations Council so that the other party to this conflict will be addressed in order for a solution to bear fruit.

The Sencholai Orphanage is a well-known Humanitarian Zone.  The Sri Lankan Government has insisted that the Orphanage was a front for LTTE rebels.  However, UNICEF and the Sri Lankan Monitoring Mission (SLMM) officials have visited the Orphanage and have confirmed that all casualties were unarmed and innocent children.

Yours truly,