Practice Relating to Rule 17. Choice of Means and Methods of Warfare
In 2011, in its Humanitarian Operation Factual Analysis July 2006–May 2009, Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Defence stated:
X. General Operational Procedures and Preparations to Safeguard Civilian Lives
D. Sri Lanka Air Force
237. Having a battle ready inventory in its possession and with the battle infrastructure set up, a stringent and meticulous mission execution procedure was laid down by the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) in undertaking any type of offensive action.
241. SLAF exercised maximum precautions on weapon to target matching and selecting munitions. Various types of conventional, general purpose bombs were in the warehouse to select and various types of aircraft to suit any type of target. When weapon to target matching is done, higher Command was vested with the decision making process. The selection of weapons to be deployed was decided having regard to the target that was to be taken.
243. SLAF deployed only Precision Guided Munitions (PGM) for those targets that demanded a high degree of accuracy.
The Ministry of Defence further stated: “On 18 May 2009, Sri Lanka defeated the LTTE, bringing to an end three decades of conflict and suffering.”