Speaking to Le Monde journalist Philippe Bolopion on condition of anonymity, a UN official stated the following:
“On savait qu’on se préparait à un carnage. On a tiré la sonnette d’alarme pendant des mois, mais ils n’ont jamais frappé en public sur le gouvernement. Tout le monde a peur que son agence soit jetée dehors.”
“We knew carnage was brewing. We rang the alarm bells for some months but no one ever took the Sri Lankan government to task publicly. Everyone is scared of having their agency removed from the country.”
Bolopion, Le Monde’s special correspondent in Colombo also obtained evidence of text messages (SMS) sent by local UN and NGO staff from the scene of the war crime.
March 9: “Please, ask the Sri Lankan army to stop.”
March 14: “Where is the no-fire zone”?
And as the LTTE starts recruiting by force:
March 12: “Both sides are torturing us.”
March 12: “We’re dying! Two shells landed 10m away.”
March 19: “Youths are being taken to fight, very sad. How is the international community reacting?”
March 21: “Hundreds of people trying to escape were stopped by local dictators. They were beaten with sticks, without distinction by age or gender. I hear they crying very loudly.”
March 21: “Why is the international community staying silent?”
So much for the responsibility to protect.