No Fire Zone’misinterpreted what witnesses said in Tamil Done to suit Channel-4 agenda
Posted on May 21st, 2013

By Sujeeva Nivunhella

Head of Mission of Sri Lanka to the EU, Ambassador P. M. Amza accused the producer of the documentary filmƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ forƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ misinterpreting what the witnesses have said in Tamil, to suit the Channel-4 agenda.

Intervening at a panel discussion that followed the screening of theƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  controversial film at the premises of the European Parliament last week,ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ which was jointly organized by Amnesty International,ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  Human Rights Watch andƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  International Crisis Group, the envoy saidƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ that civilians, who spoke in Tamil, at no stage claimed the attacks were carried out specifically by the Sri Lankan Army,ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  rather they always mentioned that “they attacked”, leaving it ambiguous.

The Ambassador also pointed out that anyone with a sound knowledge of the Tamil language would identify them as serious mistakes and misinterpretations and manipulations done to suit the Channel-4 agenda.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  As the civiliansƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ statements constitute important evidence in any conflict, tampering (with words) to give a completely false view, is a matter of serious concern, he said.

The Ambassador also refuted allegations on the killing of a 12-year-old boy identified as the son of the LTTE leader.

Amza, while casting doubts on Channel-4 making sweeping conclusions based on few pictures depicting a man clad in a uniform similar to Sri Lanka Army personnel,ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  a clean and neat bunker,ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  a man in slippers, and an ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”expert opinionƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ based on the pictures given to himƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ that the boy was captured by the ArmyƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  who then fed him a snack and killed him at point blank range, questioned as to why the ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”expert opinionƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ disregarded the possibility of him being killed by his own bodyguards, to avoid being captured by the Sri Lankan armed forces.

The Ambassador reminded the producer Callum Macrae that he is yet to hear his reply to the question he raised in London in June 2011, during a live debate that was broadcast by BBC Asia Network in London.

He said that irrespective of Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s categorical rejection of the Channel-4 footage and its authenticity, Sri Lanka nevertheless, is in the process of investigating the allegations.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  In this context, he reiterated Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s request to Channel-4 to provide original materials available with them to help the investigation process rather than pleading for Pounds through projects such as the ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”Kick-starterƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢, in order to go on a globe-trotting venture with the film.

Amza also said that some well-known NGOs harp about Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s human rights record, but they have forgotten the crimes of the LTTE when accepting the donations in dollars. “I am saying this with authority and proof at hand”.

He also accused the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) for acting as independent human rights activists now the LTTE is wiped out, but they were the ardent supporters of LTTE and its killing spree through funding and other propaganda before.

Amza concluded by saying that ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”No Fire ZoneƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ is doing an injustice to the ordinary Sri Lankan people who are yearning for nothing but peace, dignity and normalcy in life.

5 Responses to “No Fire Zone’misinterpreted what witnesses said in Tamil Done to suit Channel-4 agenda”

  1. Sirih Says:

    Callum is a coward and will not respond..
    Last year BBC interviewed me re. ch4 video report and Callum was there and BBC ask him to respond to my report ( since my rebuttal) . Callum said, he has no answer… This is a coward way of doing things and he knows that he is well paid by ltte’s to do the dirty things.
    This guy started as a rubbish collector in Scotland and have no absolute skill set except he is paid to to edit videos done by the terrorist for terror propaganda.

  2. NAK Says:

    WELL DONE AMBASSADOR AMZA!!! keep up the good work. We need more and more of your kind.

  3. S de Silva Says:

    This is all fine Mr Hamza – but there is one critical shortcoming on our part. We never sue these rascals for Libel. So the concocted canards of CH4 etc go on and on. Simply because we refrain from suing. Paying a hefty financial penalty is the only language CH4 and others in the West will understand but we do not use that tool because, may be, we do not know how..!!! – S de Silva – London

  4. Marco Says:

    Can you tell us when this interview with took place or provide a link to the BBC archive. I’m sure Lankaweb readers would be most interested to read/hear your rebuttal to Callum Macrae

  5. Sirih Says:

    Marco, it should be around 22nd June 2011, I was travelling and got a call from BBC Sinhala service guy ( Sri Lankan) asking me, if I am happy if they ask questions re. ch4 video and there will be others in the panel. I was in a airline lounge in Tokyo unfortunately did not record the conversation.. ( I should have done).. Time was around 6 pm Tokyo time.

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