JVP Parliamentary Group leader Wimal Weerawansa yesterday charged in the House that UNICEF remitted over Rs 100 million to the LTTE through its front organization, an NGO known as the Tamil Rehabilitation Organisation (TRO)for a period of six years ending in July 2006.
The UNICEF like in other countries functions in Sri Lanka for the express purpose of serving the children Weerawansa in a special statement In Parliament further said:
`A UNICEF owned vehicle bearing number WP/NG/1074 was recently given for the use of the LTTE through the TRO. Even nowl this vehicle is not with the UNICEF It has also become an organization that provides employment to LTTE cadres and also creating opportunities for them to engage in espionage and said that the JVP is making these charges after thoroughly ascertaining the situation.
`The United Nations has allowed a retired foreign woman to serve in its branch office in Kilinochchi which I have told this House earlier.She should be described as 70 per cent an LTTEr. Another person by the name Lavindra Kumar and two others have been employed by the UNICEF to check on bills that are received once in a while from the TRO. He has been employed as a cover to negate any of allegations against the TRO
`Another woman by the name Dayaladevi from Kuliyapitiya has been appointed to deal with UNICEF activities in the South. She cannot converse in Sinhala.If she is not conversant in Sinhala how could she deal in activities in the South. She has the freedom to go about anywhere in the country with the UNICEF identity card she possess.Even their vehicles are not subject to any checks .
UNICEF vehicles traveling to Kuliyapitiya often transport parcels addressed to private individuals On the way back, too, these vehicles transport parcels .No one knows the contents of these parcels and between whom these are exchanged between Kuliypitiya and Colombo.Could anybody imagine that this organization that has helped the LTTE in millions of rupees through the TRO won`t further help the LTTE`.
This was only a fraction of the truth and the real happenings could be more dangerous and as such the Government should divert its attention towards these untoward happenings immediately.Be informed that funding terrorism is a serious offence, he reminded the House.
He further charged that the TRO on the guise of bringing tsunami relief had brought arms for the LTTE immediately after the tsunami.