Ban, Pillai discuss Lanka

15 March 2010 11:42 pm - 12     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


By Jamila Najmuddin

UN Secretary General Ban ki-moon is in touch with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillai on the establishment of a Panel of Experts to advise him on accountability issues as they might apply to Sri Lanka, a UN spokesman said.

The Spokesperson said that the Secretary-General has not as yet appointed a Panel of Experts which would be asked to advise him on accountability issues on Sri Lanka as he is still to consider such a panel's terms of references.

The spokesman said that Ban ki-moon is in contact with his advisers, including the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillai on the issue adding that so far names for the panel have also not been suggested.

“It is unlikely that such a panel will be actually established very soon,” the UN spokesperson further added.

When contacted, Human Rights and Disaster Management Minister Mahinda Samarasingha told Daily Mirror online that the UN had not given any confirmation on whether it would actually go ahead in the appointment of an expert panel and therefore the government would wait and watch. "I cannot comment on who the UN Chief is holding discussions with but the government is also waiting to see what happens," Minister Samarasingha said.

A top UN source told Daily Mirror online over the weekend that due to the vehement protests lodged against the UN on the establishment of the panel, Mr. Ban Ki Moon was actually reconsidering his decision.

  Comments - 12

  • Tuesday, 16 March 2010 06:51 PM

    Ban & Pillai are wasting their time. MR will go his own way and nobodoy can challenge him, as long as China is with him.

    Thursday, 18 March 2010 12:20 AM

    Banki Moon in a 'tango' with Navi Pillai, against Sri Lanka.

    Monday, 15 March 2010 11:59 PM

    BKM, please appoint a panel of experts on Sri Lanka's development, not its destruction.

    Tuesday, 16 March 2010 12:00 AM

    It is time to act. Stop meaningless discussions Mr. Ban.

    Tuesday, 16 March 2010 12:10 AM

    Conflicting news! UN is at the center of controversies.

    Tuesday, 16 March 2010 08:03 AM

    BKM we know very well that you are controlled by the Western interests and it is your way of securing your job.

    True, our corrupted politicians are killing each other.

    Tuesday, 16 March 2010 08:41 AM

    Ban is to be branded as terrorist too????

    Tuesday, 16 March 2010 11:27 AM

    Why don't you both come to SL and go for a trip in noth & enjoy yourself without talking nonsense.

    Tuesday, 16 March 2010 12:15 PM

    Ban Ban, Not Pillai

    Tuesday, 16 March 2010 01:01 PM

    Maybe they are discussing on a honeymoon in Sri Lanka!

    Tuesday, 16 March 2010 01:05 PM

    Whos is pulling the strings????

    Tuesday, 16 March 2010 01:10 PM

    our minister would only "wait and watch" , he would not do any betterment for Human rights , just wait ,watch and pray!!

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