Diplomatic corps dismayed

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The diplomatic corps in Sri Lanka in a joint statement today expressed dismay over the blocking of access to the UN compound in Colombo this week, which was led by Minister Wimal Weerawansa and will discuss the issue with Minister G.L Peiris on Monday.

The statement by the heads of Missions of 
Germany, UK, US, Fracnce, Italy, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Romania, Norway and the EU delegation in Sri Lanka said that a peaceful protest is part of any democracy, but blocking access to the United Nations – of which Sri Lanka itself is a member – as well as intimidating and harassing UN personnel is a breach of international norms and harmful to Sri Lanka's reputation in the world

 

"We are deeply dismayed by the blockade of the UN-compound this week in Colombo and the role played in it by a Government minister. We call upon the Government of Sri Lanka to take all appropriate steps to ensure the safety and security of UN personnel and premises. We welcome the meeting scheduled on Monday between th0e Dean of the diplomatic corps and the Foreign Minister to discuss this issue," the statement said. (Daily Mirror online)

  Comments - 12

  • Kadira Friday, 09 July 2010 03:48 PM

    Who makes up the Diplomatic Corps?

    Malaiyya Friday, 09 July 2010 03:49 PM

    Beware of China.

    Chaminda Tilakumara Friday, 09 July 2010 03:51 PM

    Seems like the EU are looking for an exit route for Ban Ki Moon - the UN has been caught napping!

    Concerned citizen Friday, 09 July 2010 05:13 PM

    These shortsighted politicians do not realize that we are not 'heavyweights' in the international arena and that having the support of China alone will not be enough.

    Lanke Banda Saturday, 10 July 2010 02:27 PM

    Why is The Diplomatic corp silent when protests by LTTE Sympathisers hold demonstrations in U.K.,Canada,U.S.Swiss.,etc,etc.etc & even when the Buddhist Temple in Torronto Canada was set on fire twice ? Diplomatic corp we need answers!

    Jollygoodfellow Saturday, 10 July 2010 04:59 AM

    Sri Lanka is a joke in the international arena already!

    LankanLion Friday, 09 July 2010 09:05 PM

    Sri Lanka has become a joke in the international arena.

    Faqi Friday, 09 July 2010 10:49 PM

    When 'push' comes to 'shove,' China will, as usual, abstain from voting, like it did on the Sudan issue, despite Sudan's being one of China's largest trading partners in Africa.

    Dao Saturday, 10 July 2010 06:57 AM

    Who needs China when we have idiots like you

    RajasH Friday, 09 July 2010 03:15 PM

    our parliamentarians may think it is a "diplomatic corpse" Wimal is still alive

    Rajakaruna Friday, 09 July 2010 03:38 PM

    THE UN IS A PUPPET OF ALL THESE NATIONS WHO CONDEMN SRI LANKA'S RIGHT TO PROTEST AN IRRELEVANCE AS THE UN. THEY DON'T SEEM TO UNDERSTAND THAT TIMES HAVE CHANGED. ALL WE NEED IS CHINA.

    Straightforward Friday, 09 July 2010 03:39 PM

    You understand all this only now!


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