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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 109

Sri Lankans to protest in front of UNESCO in Paris

Paris, 19 December, ( Sri Lankans in France will gather in front of the UNESCO headquarters on Wednesday to protest against the statement made by UNESCO Chief Koichiro Matsuura condemning the air strike on LTTE radio station, Voice of Tigers.

The demonstration has been organized by the French Committee of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) in coordination with Sri Lankans in Paris. A. A spokesman for JVP Committee in Paris said that a protest letter would be handed over to Koichiro Matsuura, Director General of the UNESCO DG or to his representative.

“UNESCO has no right to interfere in Sri Lanka’s sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity,” a Spokesman for the Committee said. “Sri Lanka has a right to fight terrorists and it is for the military to select LTTE targets and “Matsuura’s statement is an indirect support to terrorism”.

Sri Lankans in France are shocked over the UNESCO’s unwarranted condemnation of the Sri Lankan Air Force attack on VoT. “While UNESCO DG condemned the air strike, the international community ignored the attack because VoT is a clandestine terrorist propaganda machine and not a genuine media institution,” he said.

He pointed out that even VoT’s Director acknowledged in an interview appeared in the LTTE website Tamilnet that the response from the international community was lacking.

Thamizhanpan, Director of VoT said that VoT is drafting a letter thanking UNESCO for their statement.

The spokesman said that VoT Director’s statement shows that the Director General of UNESCO has taken the side of a terrorist organization while the rest of the world ignored the air strike, as publicly admitted by Thamizhanpan. “That is why we are protesting in front of the UNESCO headquarters in Paris requesting DG UNESCO to retract the earlier Statement”

The Organizers expect large number of Sri Lankans in Paris to Participate in the protest.

- Asian Tribune -

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