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By Jamila Najmuddin


UN Secretary General Ban ki-moon may rethink moves to appoint a panel of experts to advise him on Sri Lanka following stiff opposition expressed by the Non Aligned Movement (NAM) this week, UN sources told Daily Mirror online.

Speaking to Daily Mirror online on the condition of anonymity UN sources said that “informally” they have heard that the UN Secretary General’s office has been shaken by the vehemence of the response by NAM and so there might be a rethink.

The Non Aligned Movement (NAM) has last week expressed concerns over moves by UN Secretary General Ban ki-moon to appoint a panel of experts to advice on accountability issues on Sri Lanka.

The Chair of the NAM Coordinating Bureau in New York, in a letter to the UN Chief, has said that the appointment comes without taking into consideration the domestic situation in Sri Lanka and without consulting the government of Sri Lanka.

Also earlier last week Ambassador Palitha Kohona, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations told NAM that the decision by the UN Chief had been taken contrary to the wishes of the Sri Lankan Government and without any proper consultation. (Daily Mirror online)

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  • Monday, 15 March 2010 04:47 AM

    Thank you Mr. President for having a backbone and not let other bully us the way they want. And thank You to NAM also for standing up by us.

    Sunday, 14 March 2010 09:27 AM

    There should be a strong leadership to the UN and the Gen Sec's office should it not be the place for a puppet controlled by the Western imperialist forces. It is important to appoint a new Gen Sec who would work for the benefit of all UN member states and not just represent a selected few. Mr Ban Ki Moon should now resign over this blunder before he brings anymore disgrace to the already tarnished image of what has the potential to be a great global organisation.

    Monday, 15 March 2010 10:47 AM

    Well Aruna this may be the SF sees it but you should be asking human rights of how the LTTE operated.

    Sunday, 14 March 2010 09:52 AM

    Americans killed millions of civilians to find unseen Smoking guns and Atomic bombs in Iraq. Moon you first appoint a committee to investigate this massacre.

    Sunday, 14 March 2010 10:17 AM

    Only one telephone call from the president he backed down; at least he realized his folly late! Non Aligned nations are the biggest bloc in the U.N. none the less we could get a majority in the security council even at the last leg of operation against the 'tiger' terror!

    Monday, 15 March 2010 07:12 AM

    NAM, Once again, Thanks alot !!!!! Thanks MR for defending our motherland !!!

    Monday, 15 March 2010 07:21 AM

    Jayasri - Now it is high time for UN agencies to take up the issues and concerns on human rights of suicide bombers. Who is representing their interest?

    Sunday, 14 March 2010 01:20 AM

    What NAM could do to improve the human rights record of Sri Lanka? Can NAM assure that the human rights of Sri Lankans are improved under the present rigime?

    Sunday, 14 March 2010 01:20 AM

    I have a an opent question for NAM; when actions were taken aginst Serbian state, whom did they consult?

    Sunday, 14 March 2010 01:55 AM

    MR. MOON THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS TO PEOPLE WHO DO WHAT OTHERS SAY. BE REALISTIC DO NOT FOLLOW THE WEST YOU WILL BE IN GREAT TROUBLE AND IT WILL BE TOO LATE BY THE TIME YOU REALIZE.

    Sunday, 14 March 2010 01:56 AM

    I am glad to see we have very determined and courageous president. This is the way to handle unreasonable interferences from the west. If we take our feet back, the west will push us back to the wall.

    Sunday, 14 March 2010 01:56 AM

    It is a shame to see some people living in Colombo, and identified themselves as intellectuals and crusaders of human rights want the government to bow down to these undue demands of a few dictatorial western countries and their officers. These powerful counties should stop playing with sovereign small countries to establish the hegemony of western countries.

    Sunday, 14 March 2010 01:57 AM

    Western countries and their diplomats who represent these countries should stop preaching us what to do. Only the people in Sri Lanka have venerated rights to decide on our paths of progress. UN should not interfere with Sri Lanka as long as its action does not harm to the international peace, which is the founding principle of UNO.

    Sunday, 14 March 2010 02:18 AM

    Ban ki-moon, if you appoint one for Sri Lanka, I suggest you appoint one for USA, Great Britain and others as well, as many civilians were killed in wars such as in Afghanistan.

    Sunday, 14 March 2010 03:08 AM

    Good thinking BKM. But it would have been better if he think before he speak in the first place.

    Sunday, 14 March 2010 03:17 AM

    "The mouse roared"

    Sunday, 14 March 2010 03:20 AM

    Yes Mr.Ban Please!

    Sunday, 14 March 2010 03:27 AM

    High time Ban realized that Sri Lanka is not alone in the world.

    Sunday, 14 March 2010 04:31 AM

    No way to find the truth.Osama made a mistake.........

    Sunday, 14 March 2010 04:56 AM

    Sweet

    Sunday, 14 March 2010 05:09 AM

    UN has got its priorities mixed up.


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