India expressed its concern about the human rights situation in Sri Lanka and the way the LTTE used civilians as human shields in 2009, the latest WikiLeaks cable reveled.
The cable said that during a meeting with British Foreign Secretary David Miliband who was on an official visit to India in January 2009, then Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee had told “.. he continued to be concerned by the human rights situation in Sri Lanka and with the way the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) use civilians as human shields".
Mukherjee said provisions need to be made to get civilians out of hot zones and that the Government of Sri Lanka needs to use devolution of authority as an element of a political settlement to the conflict. Miliband noted his concerns that the Sri Lanka military may also be involved in human rights violations,” the secret document said. Miliband was in India from January 13 till 15. (Daily Mirror online)