Canadian Officials Indicate
Concerns About Aid To Sri Lanka Reaching Terrorists.
Village For LankaWeb
A Canadian media report has recently expressed great concerns about
International Aid from Canada which may be reaching the wrong sources,
namely the LTTE and thereby be a contributing factor towards inadvertently
supporting their activities which have been banned by the Canadian Government,
The United States, Great Britain and the United Nations which also incorporate
many other countries and could prove to be a cause for embarrassment
based upon recently released official documents in Canada.
This could also re- kindle previously expressed concerns by the Organizations
lobbying against Canadian Government support of LTTE activities where
two former cabinet members now out of office Mr Paul Martin and Mrs
Maria Minna were seen patronising LTTE fronted organizational gatherings
on more than one occassion causing great anxieties amongst many expatriate
Sri Lankans, particularly in Toronto Canada where their role however
was downplayed feigning innocence and unawareness of the realities involved
although the two actions obviously bear no relevance to any deliberate
intent on the part of the Canadian Government.
The concerns of the Canadian Officials were more than emphasized by
a March 2002 forum on indirect financing of terrorist organizations
where the confidences towards such financing not reaching terror groups
seemed shaky at best and a renewed effort recommended to ensure that
such an eventuality would never transpire as a result of mismanagement
and a misdirection of funds.
The core issue expressed as a concern deals with the aid organizations
and extreme elements comprising of terrorist groups who operate in close
proximity to each other and the relative ease with with funds directed
towards the aid groups could be forcibly misappropriated, or extorted
and used to serve terrorist causes albeit the continued funding which
is being maintained based on a whimsical theory that poverty was the
root cause for terrorist activity and hence the need for the continuation
of aid to affected areas lest the terrorist activities prevail over
the real needs of the impoverished communities hard hit (ironically
by terrorist activity) a theory put forward by CIDA. An idealogy so
far fetched that it now has the Canadian Authorities in a quandry as
it appears to deem an indirect violation of Canada's New Anti Terrorist
Legislation set in place after September the 11th where the terrorists
could more than likely have access to the financial aid sent out to
The same applies, as documented in the concerns of the Canadian Authorities
to similar situations in other terror ravaged areas of the world including
the Middle East as they stand determined that henceforth no financing
will ever reach any terror group in the future as outlined in the precepts
of the Global Coalition Against Terrorism.
It is common knowledge that the LTTE enforce what they term 'War Taxes'
in areas they control under the shameless scrutiny of the present administration
tolerant of all their excesses including a recent fair sized arms build
up and forcible child conscriptions which continue unabatedly and if
for example the funds sent out to these areas through Canadian Organizations
such as CIDA ( Canadian International Development Agency ) are forcibly
'taxed' by the LTTE, such a scenario as expressed by the Canadians is
a breach of International Law as well as one of security.
The Organization CIDA however has rejected such concerns citing the
needs to rebuild these areas as taking priority over all else and an
issue which now remains the responsibility of the Sri Lankan Administration
to ensure that in collaboration with the Canadian Authorities no funds
ever reach the predatorial LTTE hard pressed for their continued existence
as well as their financial stature which has dwindled as a result of
the restrictions imposed which have cut off much of their funding. CIDA
incidentally has been proven to have close geographic proximities in
a working environment to the LTTE as is the Red Cross.
There can be no excuses towards any lapses on the part of any funding
agency where funds may be misdirected to the wrong source whose objectives
are known globally and it remains the primary responsibility of those
who administer these fund to ensure proper usage upon which the recent
Candian concerns are based.
In essence the need to cut off any form of aid from reaching any terrorist
entity anywhere in the world completely seems imperative towards World
Peace with no obligations or sympathies towards the devious intents
of the harbingers of terror !
The Canadian Authorities have responded with propriety and wisdom which
leaves the onus on the Sri Lankan Administration to be completely supportive
towards their concerns.