UN says Sri Lanka offices looted
The United Nations said Sunday its offices in the rebel-controlled north of Sri Lanka Sri Lanka (srē läng`kə) [Sinhalese,=resplendent land], formerly Ceylon, ancient Taprobane, officially Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, island republic (2005 est. pop. had been looted loot
1. Valuables pillaged in time of war; spoils.
2. Stolen goods.
3. Informal Goods illicitly obtained, as by bribery.
4. after aid workers were evacuated last week.
A statement from the UN said that it suspected the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam Noun 1. Tamil Eelam - the independent state that the Tamil Tigers have fought for
Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka, Ceylon - a republic on the island of Ceylon; became independent of the United Kingdom in 1948 (LTTE) were involved in the theft from buildings it had left on the orders of the Sri Lankan government.
The UN did not disclose what was stolen, but local media reported that the suspected rebels took large stocks of fuel and electricity generators.
UN and other international agencies pulled staff out of the tense area near the rebel political capital Kilinochchi after the government said it could not guarantee their safety.
Fighting has escalated around the rebel-held Wanni region, comprising Kilinochchi and Mullaittivu, as security forces fight to dismantle the Tigers' northern territory.
"The UN has drawn this to the attention of the LTTE and says that humanitarian assets and staff ought to be protected at all times in accordance with international humanitarian law International humanitarian law (IHL), also known as the law of war, the laws and customs of war or the law of armed conflict, is the legal corpus "comprised of the Geneva Conventions and the Hague Conventions, as well as subsequent treaties, case law, ," the statement said.
The Sri Lankan government last week ordered international aid agencies to evacuate, with officials saying Colombo did not want to be embroiled em·broil
tr.v. em·broiled, em·broil·ing, em·broils
1. To involve in argument, contention, or hostile actions: "Avoid . . . in a scandal if aid workers were killed.
The withdrawal of aid personnel prompted fears for the fate of 160,000 ethnic Tamil civilians displaced by the military onslaught.
Tens of thousands have died on both sides since the LTTE launched a military campaign in 1972 to carve out to make or get by cutting, or as if by cutting; to cut out.
See also: Carve a homeland for minority Tamils in the island's north and east.
Colombo, which has poured a record 1.5 billion dollars into this year's war efforts, ejected the rebels from their eastern bastion in July 2007. Fighting is now concentrated on the north.