Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa yesterday said that the international community should ask the LTTE rump to reveal the number of children killed and maimed while ‘in service’ with the group. In fact, those seniors, who had managed to flee the Vanni during the final phase of the conflict and take refuge abroad would be able to shed light on casualty figures, he said.
The Defence Secretary was commenting on the UK human rights report, which alleged that the whereabouts of 13 children recruited by the breakaway LTTE faction, TMVP (headed by Karuna) and the exact number of children killed and maimed during the conflict remained unknown.
As the LTTE was known for maintaining battle-field records, those who had survived the final confrontation should be able to set the record straight, the Defence Secretary said.
Courtesy: The Island