During Milibandâ€™s time as Foreign Secretary under Gordon Brown, he spent time in Sri Lanka, where he faced the issue about Sri Lankan conflict.
When asked by â€˜Impact Mgazineâ€™ what he regretted during his time in office,Â Miliband stated that, â€œWe failed to stop between 60-120 thousand people from being killed in the civil war in Sri Lanka. You canâ€™t help but have enormous regret and frustration about thatâ€.
Miliband discussed this in the light of a recent report by the UN which stated â€œinadequate efforts by the world body to protect civilians during the bloody final months of Sri Lankaâ€™s civil war marked a grave failure that led to suffering for hundreds of thousands of peopleâ€. Miliband said that he had tried to â€œraise the alarmâ€ about the situation but had failed to do enough. He also regretted the decision of the UN officials to pull out of the country in 2009.
One of the issues, surrounding the debate over whether or not powerful countries such as the USA and its allies, including Great Britain, should intervene in the conflicts of foreign countries is that it can be a â€œCatch 22â€ situation for politicians. Governments can be chastised for not intervening in situations such as Sri Lanka, yet the war in Iraq and Afghanistan exemplify how intervention can be misguided and sometimes leave countries in a worse state than they were before.