Allegations Relating To Cluster Munitions
The rehashed allegation in international media that the Sri Lankan Armed Forces used cluster munitions during the Humanitarian Operations is baseless. It is a repetition of similar allegations that were made earlier on several occasions and is not based on any facts.
The UNDP official quoted in the news report has confirmed that his email to superior officials in the UN Headquarters, which was quoted by the media, was only meant to explore the possibility of obtaining further assistance for Mine Action Program in Sri Lanka and that he made no reference to alleged use of cluster munitions by the Sri Lankan Forces.
The Sri Lankan Forces comprehensively defeated the LTTE in May 2009 and liberated over 290,000 hostages who were forcibly held by the terrorists as a human shield. Neither ‘Cluster Munitions’ nor illegal weaponry were used. The Sri Lankan Armed Forces used only carefully planned precise military actions in this humanitarian endeavor.