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Louise Arbour - President and CEO of the International Crisis Group

The following preliminary remarks were sent in response to a request by Liberal International to comment on the ICG Report. It is a pity that the same jaded figures have been saying the same things over and over again, often without any evidence. While there may be specific incidents that should be looked into, the credibility of ICG and its leading lights must be in doubt since from long ago they were trying to find roles for themselves in Sri Lanka.      

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I have now seen the Executive Summary, and it strikes me as pretty much a rehash of what a couple of interventionist agencies were propagating earlier on, and to which comprehensive responses were given earlier. For instance, the idea that government was firing into the No Fire Zone it declared was in fact first put out by the UN which called up my Ministry, but later granted that most of the firing came from the LTTE. That same day the Bishop of Jaffna issued a statement asking the LTTE to stop firing from within the No-Fire Zone. These facts were ignored by the agencies which seem to have fed in to the ICG report.
 

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