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Douglas Alexander is wrong: Sri Lanka does not deserve to be boycotted | Peter Heap | Comment is free | The Guardian

Douglas Alexander is wrong: Sri Lanka does not deserve to be boycotted | Peter Heap | Comment is free | The Guardian: "Douglas Alexander, the shadow foreign secretary, urges the prime minister and foreign secretary not to attend next month's Commonwealth heads of government meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka (David Cameron should boycott the Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka, 21 October). His premises and his conclusion bear challenge.

He refers to "two decades of civil war that have seen 40,000 civilians lose their lives". There is no accurate figure, but this is at the top end of credible estimates. During most of the conflict most casualties came from the reign of terror of the LTTE (Tamil Tigers), who destroyed trains, buses and buildings. Assassination victims included President Premadasa, India's Rajiv Gandhi, and three Tamil mayors. At the war's end civilian casualties were high principally because the LTTE callously used them as a human shield between themselves and advancing government forces. Sri Lanka's critics seem to have scant understanding of what the country has gone through.
Douglas Alexander is wrong: Sri Lanka does not deserve to be boycotted | Peter Heap | Comment is free | The GuardianSocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

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