Experts only after Pascoe’s visit

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By Jamila Najmuddin

The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will appoint members to his expert committee only after UN Under Secretary General for Political Affairs Mr. Lynn Pascoe visits Sri Lanka to hold discussions with the government, a top UN official in New York told Daily Mirror online.

When questioned about the date of Mr. Pascoe’s visit to the island, the official said that the UN Chief was currently finalizing the details of his visit.

“Mr. Ban Ki-moon is yet to finalize the date. However he has stated that he will appoint his expert committee members only after Mr. Pascoe visits Sri Lanka,” the official said.

The official added that Mr. Ban Ki-moon was also unofficially preparing the number and names of the members he would appoint to his expert committee.

Meanwhile Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN, Dr. Palitha Kohona, speaking to Daily Mirror online, insisted that the UN Secretary General has not yet appointed any commitee. (Daily Mirror online)
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  • Wednesday, 10 March 2010 07:08 AM

    not a 'figure head' just another puppet

    Thursday, 11 March 2010 11:38 AM

    War criminals in any country should be tried and punished. Sri Lanka should be no exception.

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 07:53 AM

    do not let any UN thugs to Srilanka.... Deport them,,, and see what happened,,,,MR take firm actions and show them who the bully is

    Tuesday, 09 March 2010 05:23 PM

    Mr. Ban, you are a gentleman, but very weak in taking decisions.

    Tuesday, 09 March 2010 05:29 PM

    Plese leave Sri Lanka alone!

    Tuesday, 09 March 2010 06:01 PM

    Mr Ban/Mr Pascoe - dont push your luck as President Mahinda Rajajapaksa might tell you to 'go fly a kite,' unless you learn to respect the principle of 'non-interference,' in the internal affairs of a sovereign country.

    Tuesday, 09 March 2010 06:38 PM

    Another 'twist,' by Ban Ki Moon.

    Tuesday, 09 March 2010 08:05 PM

    Expect big trouble, ahead.

    Tuesday, 09 March 2010 08:30 PM

    Dr. Kohona is in 'denial.'

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 08:22 PM

    Don't publish any comments using foul language.

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 09:34 AM

    Mr Ban Don’t let the murders of 17 Action Against Hunger Aid workers go unpunished in Mutter.

    Tuesday, 09 March 2010 10:05 PM

    The UN is inefficient, wasteful, self-serving and corrupt. Above all Ban Ki-Moon has proved himself a mere 'figure head,' not worthy to hold the post he is entrusted with. It is better if the UN spends more time and energy on controlling mosquitos.

    Tuesday, 09 March 2010 10:16 PM

    Mr. Ban, you hold a very esteemed position that comes with an enormous responsibility. You need to decide whether you do have a responsibility or don't - your vacillations, with sudden spurts, followed by repeated back-tracking does not help anybody.

    Tuesday, 09 March 2010 10:30 PM

    Hope the committee will be appointed and culprits brought to book!

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 09:56 AM

    we remove mr. moon from this post and put one Rajapaksa and the UN will work better!?!

    Tuesday, 09 March 2010 11:13 PM

    Why are we in the UN, which is patently applying double standards, one for 'Big Powers' and another for 'Small Nations'?

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 12:20 AM

    This will be very interesting. What will happen? Will crimes be prosecuted on both sides? Time will tell.

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 01:18 AM

    No problem..... these days its Bright & Sunny on the beach !. Very nice Island to spend a holiday !.

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 01:19 AM

    Why are they so interested in Sri Lanka when there are so many serious calamities are happen around the word. No need to spell out for them !

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 01:20 AM

    Our main income is exporting " Expert Committees " !.

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 01:26 AM

    Our Policy..." DO NOT TROUBLE THE TROUBLES...TILL THE TROUBLES TROUBLE YOU " !.

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 01:49 AM

    Please support for ten employmnet opportunities, UN will recruit the best qualified experts who will never find employment elsewhwre.

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 02:52 AM

    Very good move by the UN. Sri Lanka has now turned into a rabid mad dog and some degree of sanity needs to be injected into its governance and accountability by the International Community.

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 03:02 AM

    Better do something soon as Sri Lanka is heading towards a DICTATORSHIP.

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 03:04 AM

    Ban the Puppet Ban from all developing countries.

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 03:07 AM

    UN can be transparant not only for sri Lanka but also for Pakistan, Iraq and Afganistan

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 03:19 AM

    I don’t why you are trying to discussed with third class country with third class knowledge. Better to take auction against war crimes .

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 03:35 AM

    Until receive benefits from UN Aenciies you all wish to stay in UN. When they started to investigate trying to leave. What a shame mother Lanka.

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 03:48 AM

    Civilians bombed in afghanistan dont have human rights? may be they are not humans...

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 04:17 AM

    Mr Ban
    Have you empowered the proposed Committee to investigate war crimes in Iraq, Afghanistan Etc.
    Dharmasena

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 04:35 AM

    We must not utter irresponsible statements.Long term repercussions can be serious.Just to get votes at the elctions ,these comments will help the some candidates but not our country.

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 05:12 AM

    At last more votes to MR as the majority will feel this is an insult to the country. After all what he has done is crushed a ruthless terrorist outfit and no saints.

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 05:13 AM

    Does Sri Lanka, as a sovereign country,have a right to unlawfully arrest, detain it's people, and/or torture it's own innocent citizens ?? We the internationalist DEMAND justice! Ligers

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 05:34 AM

    kohonna..He doesn't seem to be connected. Mr. MR.You're either with us or against us.Mr.ban

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 05:36 AM

    to whome ? Ban Kee Moon ?
    Yes, for not being obeyed to his western masters ?

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 05:48 AM

    This will at least help a group of UN officers from keeping their jobs intact. Utter waste of time and money for the UN.

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 06:49 AM

    The UN should investigate any war crimes in Sri Lanka and see that the name of the Government is cleared.


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