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Sunday, 29 April 2012 - 12:50
UN dispels charges that it had received reports on usage of cluster munitions from Sri Lanka
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The United Nations Development Programme states that they have not been Notified regarding the discovery of cluster munitions from Sri Lanka’s war ravaged north.

A senior spokeswoman based at the UN's head office in New York declared that she had only witnessed the media report carried by the Associated Press in this regard.

She said that no official report had been received by the United Nations Development Programme in New York concerning the discovery of cluster munitions from Sri Lanka.

Meanwhile it is reported that an army delegation had met with UN expert on land mines Alan Poston to investigate the cluster munitions allegation.

Army Commander Jagath Jayasooriya in reply to the latest developments surrounding this controversy has stated that if there is tangible evidence to corroborate these allegations, they should be presented before the army.

Meanwhile Army spokesperson Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya speaking to our news team expressed these views regarding the situation.



The cluster munitions allegations are being levelled at a juncture in which the de-mining process in the North has reached its final stages.

At the conclusion of the war it was reported that 2061 square kilometres in the North was strewn with landmines.

Close to 1936 square kilometres have been cleared of mines at present, while an area lesser than 125 square kilometres remains to be further de-mined.

According to war experts the discovery of cluster munitions which had not been ascertained while clearing larger extents of land has raised serious doubts on the issue which surfaced.

More over the report on the discovery of cluster munitions had been penned by Ravi Nesman, a journalist who was forced to leave the country during the conclusion of the war who did not even have his visa extended.

Meanwhile Army spokesperson noted that the measures have been implemented to enact the recommendations issued by the LLRC concerning the ambit of the military.

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