The former UN spokesman Gordon Weiss said the Indian government wanted to see the Tamil Tigers destroyed and was completely aware of the real situation in the battle zone
“The Indian government which wanted to ‘see the Tamil Tigers destroyed’ was ‘fully aware’ of the real situation in the battle zone, including the civilian casualties,” the UN spokesman in Colombo during the peak of the conflict, said.
“I believe that Indians were aware of the civilian casualties that were happening, because they had pretty good intelligence inside the siege zone,” he told the BBC Sinhala service, Sandeshaya.
He also said that the United Nations should have done more to prevent civilian casualties at the last stage of the war in Sri Lanka. Weiss also said the UN should have exerted pressure on the Sri Lankan government to stop attacks on civilians.
“I believe that the UN should have used greater pressure in order to assuage the kind of assaults that it seems was made on civilians,” he said adding that “certainly, casualty figures from a part of that armoury.”
However, the UN was not in a position to stop the final assault against the Tamil Tigers apart from trying to minimise civilian casualties, according to Gordon Weiss.