The JVP on Wednesday in parliament requested the UN to extradite UNICEF official Penny Brune from Sri Lanka, now based in Killinochchi, for giving distorted information to the world to suit the LTTE interests. Speaking during the adjournment debate on the grave humanitarian crisis in the North East, JVP parliamentary group leader Wimal Weerawansa said that this official is now staying in Sri Lanka even violating the UNICEF regulations as well.
Mr.Weerawansa said that such an officer should stay in the country only for four years according to the organizations regulations, but this officer concerned had now stayed in Sri Lanka for ten years. The official retirement age is 62, and Penny Brune had now passed this stage as well.
?This official is giving distorted information to suit the Tigers interest,? he said.
The JVP made these remarks in response to TNA MP Mavai Senathirajah who said 61 youths killed in air strikes recently were school children who participated in First Aid training according to the UNICEF reports.
Mr. Weerawansa charged that certain NGO`s including the UN affiliated ones now support Tiger terrorists.
Scoffing at the TNA demands to stop aerial bombardments, he said that such air strikes were triggered by the LTTE atrocities which claimed the valuable lives of security personnel, democratic political activities and innocent civilians.
He said that the LTTE killed 164 such members from November 17, 2005 to `April. 11, 2006 despite the government who were ready for talks with them. The JVP said that the LTTE attempted to claim the life of the Army commander Sarath Fonseka as well. Mr. Weerawansa said the government could not keep mum before such extremely provocative acts.
The Ceasefire Agreement gave too much to the LTTE. They failed to honour even such an agreement, he said.