UNOSAT images and comments on civilians in NFZ
UNOSAT images and comments on civilians in NFZ Partial, provisional, unconfirmed - UN Resident Coordinator
(Lakshmi DE SILVA)
The UNOSAT images released to the media as well as comments on them regarding civilians in the No Fire Zone (NFZ) are partial, provisional and unconfirmed, says UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Neil Buhne in a letter addressed to Disaster Management and Human Rights Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe on May 4.
Buhne says that he did not authorise the UNOSAT comments as the images and comments on them could be "misinterpreted" as a 'UN finding'.
According to him the imagery and the commentary have reached the public through a technical fault of posting them without password protection. Hence, when it was found out public access to them was withdrawn, says Buhne.
Minister Samarasinghe goes on to say "satellite imagery is one of the tools and information sources among many and neither it nor any accompanying commentary, can represent the overall view of the UN on any particular situation. That comes from statements by the Secretary General or other senior figures".
Reading this article it seems that the United Nations, however pristine it might look has wronged Sri Lanka.
The satellite information has been saved by the authorities in the UNOSAT without password protect. Do we smell a rat in the vicinity?
UNOSAT takes the blame for this lapse (as they would like to depict it) . Lapses are unacceptable from High Security organizations like the UNOSAT.
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