Ban calls for accountability

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UN Secretary General Ban ki-moon has called for accountability in Sri Lanka with the end of the war and said he will go ahead with forming an expert panel to advice him on human rights issues in Sri Lanka.

The UN Chief, who met External Affairs Minister G.L Peiris at the UN headquarters yesterday, told reporters that the group of experts will also advise him on the basic characters and the role of the commission appointed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa recently, the UN said.

“I am still working on the establishment of a group of experts who will advise me based on international standards and experiences on implementation of the commitment the government made in the area of human rights accountability. As you know, the Sri Lankan Government has announced the establishment of their own commission. The group of experts will have to advise me on the basic characters and the role of this commission,” Ban ki-moon told reporters.

The UN Chief also said that at his meeting with the Sri Lankan External Affairs Minister he sought to urged Sri Lanka to continue to improve the conditions of the internally displaced persons and expedite relocation and reintegration of these people.

“On that, I think they have made some progress. Then again, promote national reconciliation, reaching out to a different group of parties and people for national reconciliation. Thirdly, the accountability process as I have been discussing with President Mahinda Rajapaksa, as soon as possible,” he added.

Minister Peiris is meanwhile expected to have several rounds of meting with US officials during the course of this week including a meeting with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. (Daily Mirror online)


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  • Tuesday, 25 May 2010 04:14 AM

    Mr. Moon...You have to keep on doing this kind of things (establishing this kind of bodies with regard to our kind of small countries ) to get your self selected for the next term in office...

    Tuesday, 25 May 2010 04:15 AM

    It is widely reported that our Learned Professor has called on the Secretary General "Not to interfere with the internal affairs of Sri Lanka'; Hands Off Sri Lanka"! Was this only a baring at the Moon?

    Tuesday, 25 May 2010 04:21 AM

    Who cares of his expert panel…? It includes vijay nambiar. I see no difference in MR’s panel and UN’s panel

    Tuesday, 25 May 2010 09:18 AM

    You guys talking about UN not taking action against some countries of their human rights violation. Do you guys ever thought these mass killing of Tamils are our brothers and sisters, we only justifying the killing of Tamils to other nations who commits the same crime, what a barbarian thinking.

    Tuesday, 25 May 2010 04:46 AM

    You cant escape by blaming LTTE always. You are the government representing the state of Sri Lanka. LTTE did not represent a state. It is a terrorist organization. Don’t forget that, world helped you to defeat LTTE on that basis.

    Tuesday, 25 May 2010 04:49 AM

    because he was white washing SL gov at the time of war.. so now he is under pressure..

    Tuesday, 25 May 2010 05:23 PM

    We need an independent investigation to bring the truth out and prosecute the perpetrators!

    Tuesday, 25 May 2010 05:27 PM

    Yes Shehan35, that's why they proscribed the LTTE and gave us arms and funds to eradicate the terrorists - not the innocent civilians amongst the terrorists.

    Tuesday, 25 May 2010 05:01 AM

    we will go to iraq and afghanistan later, now come to srilanka soon to the maharajas.

    Tuesday, 25 May 2010 09:39 AM

    i can not believe you think that there are no human right's isues!!!!!! please open you're eye's!!!!! and dont believe every thing the media and goverment tell you!!!! ENTREPENUR I HOPE YOU WERE BEING SARCASTIC!!!!!!!

    Tuesday, 25 May 2010 08:14 PM

    'Confession' or 'Invasion'?

    Tuesday, 25 May 2010 05:13 AM

    and he is not white washing any of the other countries I guess, where did you learn your logic?

    Tuesday, 25 May 2010 05:42 AM

    Ban what about the countless war crimes committed by the US in Iraq and Afganistan? You may run short of staff if you were to appoint committees? Why double standards ha? Why didnt the UN appoint committees when thousands of innocent civilians, children and monks were bruitially killed by the LTTE? Where were you? Are you also in the pocket of the LTTE diaspora?

    Tuesday, 25 May 2010 05:44 AM

    Credibility of Human Right organizations is dead and not trustworthy at all after fake Channel 4 video, Prbakaran's news paper reading photo and further recent report that says "Sri Lankan Forces deliberately killed Tamil civilians". Why would Sri Lankan forces want to killl innocent Tamils and it was LTTE who killed fleeing Tamils. Human Right groups should know that. There were no war crimes but innocent Tamils were died due to LTTE's barberic tactics.. Remaining LTTE supporters in the West should be charged for war crimes.

    Tuesday, 25 May 2010 05:53 AM

    Serioously Mr. Moon, aren't there other pressing issues elsewhere? For instance that war mongering virago, Hillary Clinton is just about to set off another war in the Koreas.
    The Talaban is whacking NATO/US forces left right and center, the US is under constant threat of an Al Qaeda attack... yet... You are more worried about a minor skirmish in a third world country.

    Tuesday, 25 May 2010 10:46 AM

    I personally feel the notorious Mr saddam Hussein was right in resisteing US pressure because he knew any how the US is going ahead with the invasion

    Tuesday, 25 May 2010 05:58 AM

    GL, if you're a professional keep your grey hair. Don't use dye like MR. That makes you look like your hiding something!

    Tuesday, 25 May 2010 06:17 AM

    Mr.Peries, You should not send out press releases regarding international matters before you have spoken with them first. Yesterday you told UN hands of our internal affairs. You go there and shake hand and smile.

    Tuesday, 25 May 2010 06:21 AM

    Why is Sri Lanka scared stiff against any investigation of human rights violations when they clain that they did not commit any ? Why blame Ban, Human Rights bodies and Channel 4?

    Tuesday, 25 May 2010 06:25 AM

    under pressure from a few diplomats under the pay cheque of the LTTE blood money.

    Tuesday, 25 May 2010 06:26 AM

    No worries Mr. Moon !!! The LIONS are ready

    Tuesday, 25 May 2010 06:27 AM

    what democracy ??you sound as we all depend on democracy for daily living..

    Tuesday, 25 May 2010 06:53 AM


    Tuesday, 25 May 2010 01:06 AM

    Aiyo GL,

    What happenned????

    Tuesday, 25 May 2010 01:47 AM

    Why is that Mr. Moon is so concern about human rights in Sri Lanka when other countries are worse. At present he should have more concern on Somali, Jamaica, Thailand and not mention Afghanistan and Iraq .

    Tuesday, 25 May 2010 01:48 AM

    good work if our contry is not guilty why we worry let them do the investigation and then the world will look at us in a good way and help us to build our country

    Tuesday, 25 May 2010 07:06 AM

    I like U Entreprenur, U made me laugh.

    Tuesday, 25 May 2010 07:08 AM

    More than democracy - we require accountability by the government - for our daily living. I dread to think what GL will get from Hillary!!!

    Tuesday, 25 May 2010 07:09 AM

    The only way to prove that Sri Lanka is not guilty of human rights violations - is to prove that they are innocent! With the bandwagon of Rajapaksas surely this should not be a problem.

    Tuesday, 25 May 2010 07:12 AM

    Mr. Moon has said this several times but the panel is not formed yet. Dont understand why the forming of this panel takes such a long time? Is this have efficiently UN is working?

    Tuesday, 25 May 2010 07:16 AM

    They roar like lions only in SL but when they go abroad begging they go like a dog with a tail between the legs...

    Tuesday, 25 May 2010 02:15 AM

    I feel sorry about the professor being a law expert localy another fail attempt.

    Tuesday, 25 May 2010 02:20 AM

    Mr. Ban pls appoint a commission to find-out the assassination of two Media reporters (of Reuters) in Iraq (Namir & Saeed) which happened due to firing by a US Helicopter (AH-64 Apache).

    Tuesday, 25 May 2010 02:52 AM

    Govt. has been banning everything lately that I got confused thinking that now govt was banning 'calls for accountability'
    Ban and Lanka are now on first name basis and all pally-pally.

    Tuesday, 25 May 2010 02:54 AM

    G.L doesn't seems to be very comfortable where as Ban posses a victories smile. What so ever, reinstate the democracy at earliest !

    Tuesday, 25 May 2010 03:11 AM

    Hey Bang Ki Moon, How about one on Iraq too, to investigate the murder of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis by US, British and other foreign forces. Also one on Israel for the murder of many young children from Palestine.
    Don't you have a back bone or are you scared of USA & Israel ?
    Why are you targeting only the third world countries ?

    Tuesday, 25 May 2010 03:29 AM

    Hon minister Now that you have already met him please just Tell him bluntly to conduct a parellel investigation against norwegian minister of international development Hon eric Solhiem who was supporitng racist murderer pripaharans seperatist agenda

    Tuesday, 25 May 2010 03:33 AM

    Ban, what is the outcome of the war crimes commited by US against the innocent people of Afganistan and Iraq? What have your expert panel done so far????? or are you supporting the pro LTTE elements for ulterior motives.We sniff something going on in your mind man.

    Tuesday, 25 May 2010 03:37 AM

    Mr Ban its your honored duty to tell you darling bosses from the west to go back to basics and not to have double standards in order to fullfil the objectives of UN -to promote and maintain world peace-

    Tuesday, 25 May 2010 08:21 AM

    They will start begging very soon !!

    Tuesday, 25 May 2010 08:22 AM

    Then we put a expert pannel consist of TNA members, Tamil diaspora and Navi Pillai

    Tuesday, 25 May 2010 08:24 AM

    Because they spread false stories and put unnessesary presure on Sri Lanka which will effect our economy aspects like tourism and export.

    Tuesday, 25 May 2010 03:48 AM


    Tuesday, 25 May 2010 03:52 AM

    US/UK Puppet

    Tuesday, 25 May 2010 03:55 AM

    Ban, a backbone less man. When US pushes, he come up with expert panel, when China pushes , he takes sleeping tablets.

    anyway, we do not need any expert panels here

    Tuesday, 25 May 2010 04:14 AM

    HI moon what about IRAQ

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