Japanese envoy rejects UN offer

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By Jamila Najmuddin


A top Japanese official has rejected an invitation by the UN to be part of an expert panel to advice UN Secretary General Ban ki-moon on issues related to the human rights situation in Sri Lanka, Diplomatic sources told Daily Mirror online.

The diplomatic source refused to name the Japanese official but said it was a “famous Japanese” official, raising speculation it could be former Japanese peace envoy and one time UN diplomat Yasushi Akashi.

UN Secretary General Ban ki-moon had earlier told reporters that his Chief of staff Vijay Nambiar and Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN Dr. Palitha Kohona are working on the composition of the panel of experts which will advice him on Sri Lanka.

Ban ki-moon said that he is now in the process of finalizing the panel and his envoy, Lynn Pascoe, will visit Sri Lanka in the near future to discuss the matters with the Sri Lankan government.

When contacted Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama told Daily Mirror online that Dr. Kohona had met Nambiar on several occasions to discuss various issues and the government’s official response on the panel will be made after the terms of reference of the panel is made public.  (Daily Mirror online)

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  • Thursday, 25 March 2010 05:53 PM

    I think we Sri Lankans should welcome this Panel. This panel will give us a golden opportunity to have us proven not guilty - provided we have not done anything wrong. We should be scared, only if we have done something wrong.

    Thursday, 25 March 2010 05:53 PM

    Thank's Japan! So, who will Ban Ki Moon turn to now? THE WEST?

    Thursday, 25 March 2010 09:20 AM

    SRI LANKA HAPPY & THANKING JA PAN

    Thursday, 25 March 2010 09:27 AM

    thank you very much Japan.

    Thursday, 25 March 2010 09:41 AM

    i think this is just a show case, nothing will come out becos MR is one of a powerfull leader in the world, he can overcome any problem

    Thursday, 25 March 2010 09:43 AM

    It does not matter who will be appointed by UN ex parte.
    We shall reject them all.
    Majority people with back bone will support GoSL to stand firm against this bias action.
    Hands off Sri Lanka!

    Thursday, 25 March 2010 10:02 AM

    Will some tell me why Moon is so obsessed with inquiring only into Sri Lankan affairs?

    Thursday, 25 March 2010 10:06 PM

    Toyota is losing business in the USA - time to grab any job that comes by.

    Thursday, 25 March 2010 10:08 PM

    Thank you Japan! Let some unemployed, obsolete, pundits find this funding, for their survival.

    Thursday, 25 March 2010 10:27 AM

    Pls remember it was the UNP which first maintained cordial relations with Japan. Remember it was Japan which helped us in the introduction of TV (colour) to Sri Lanka!.

    Thursday, 25 March 2010 10:36 AM

    i feel the Japanese Official is Akashi who at one stage was trying to get an UN Peace Keeping Force to Sri Lanka at the height of the Terrorist War .Akashi was also planning to grab the Pulmoddai Mineral Sands deposit for Japenese entrepreneurs.Akashi was also the UN Secretary General's Special representative in Cambodia and messed up the elections after spending over 3.5 billion US Dollars of UN money.

    Thursday, 25 March 2010 10:44 AM

    Mihin Dias, I'm not sure why you see the rejection in a negative light. Obviously the message here is the panel is going beyond UNSG mandate and Japan being a friendly country would not take part in it.

    Thursday, 25 March 2010 11:44 PM

    If the UN cannot find a panel even from the 'MOON,' we can provide our court-martial panel, because they have rejected their job here.

    Thursday, 25 March 2010 11:50 PM

    We owe our sincere thanks to this prominent Japanese official/diplomat for not getting involved in an ill-conceived endeavour initiated by Moon against Sri Lanka, at the behest of some Western powers.

    Thursday, 25 March 2010 11:02 AM

    Mixed signal: If Japan represented, do you mean they won't support the government?

    Thursday, 25 March 2010 11:10 AM

    Japanese envoy rejected UN s call. that means they don't want to be a part of this unnecessary panel. So its going in a way to
    stop establishing it.

    Thursday, 25 March 2010 11:19 AM

    If at all ,the panelshould be selected from the SAARC countries.

    Thursday, 25 March 2010 11:23 AM

    Mihin, It's your lack of knowledge of understanding. Japan rejects because they understand that there nothing important in this panel and there are more important thing in the world to attand than this,

    Thursday, 25 March 2010 11:27 AM

    Mr Mihin Dias: Do not show your ignorance and also insult our friendly countries like Japan. For you teh glass is half empty. For the Sri Lankans, the glass is half full.

    Thursday, 25 March 2010 11:33 AM

    LTTE is no longer spending their money for war. So they have loads of money left to pay and buy support for them. These are difficult times and anyone would like to earn few millions of extra dollars. How can we blame Ban for being a rational person? Besides, he is only going to be in the post for 4 years and he has to find a way to enjoy a quality life after that! So he will go his heart out to appoint a panel or whatever and somehow take an action against Sri Lanka.

    Thursday, 25 March 2010 11:35 AM

    Accountability of whom are these panel going to investigate? What if you find LTTE responsible? What will the panel do then? Ask Pirapaharan to come back to life again, in order to punish him??? Western world + Ban just want to take action against Sri Lanka for defeating their ever loving kid, LTTE.

    Thursday, 25 March 2010 07:05 AM

    Even Japan dosent want to be in our pannel? Its good if we have friendly countries in the pannel as we do not know what exactly the pannel may do.
    This shows how GOOD our foreign affairs.

    Thursday, 25 March 2010 12:49 PM

    Thank you japan for opting not to interfere with the sovereignty of a nation

    Thursday, 25 March 2010 12:50 PM

    Great job. The Sec Gen cannot get experts to man his panel and will have to go with yes men who are more concerned in the money and perks. Lalith Wije

    Thursday, 25 March 2010 07:31 AM

    Why japan? US, UK and Many western countries would love to be a part of so called expert panel . LOL !

    Thursday, 25 March 2010 07:53 AM

    Power Of Friendship...

    Don't afraid Mr.Ban will not be able to make the panel.
    Russia and China has the veto power :)

    Thursday, 25 March 2010 02:06 PM

    Hats off to a real friendly nation. Japan always supported us to stand against discrimination by so called super power.

    Thursday, 25 March 2010 08:04 AM

    He knows this is pushed by pro terrorists. And this is suicidal

    Thursday, 25 March 2010 02:29 PM

    Except ki moon all other japanease know it the American who blasted the neutron bomb in Hiroshima........... what a shame ki moon ..........

    Thursday, 25 March 2010 02:38 PM

    It is the duty of the opposition parties to educate foreign countries, including Japan on the deteriorating human rights violations in Sri Lanka.

    Thursday, 25 March 2010 03:17 PM

    Japan is smart they will not want to be sucumbed to the UN who are not acting in the best interest of Sri Lanka. Accountability to smaller nations and not the big ones. And the pro stance for the ex ltte by some UN members. Who does the UN act for? Why are they so concerned of the ex lttte a terrorist? The Japanese intelligence is better than the UN.

    Thursday, 25 March 2010 08:17 AM

    A human right violator supporting another...

    Thursday, 25 March 2010 08:20 AM

    Japan does not want to have first hand knowledge of the happenings in Sri Lanka because then they will be compelled to change their supportive role, which they have been doing all these days.

    Thursday, 25 March 2010 04:15 PM

    Give them some whale meat, they will stand for us.

    Thursday, 25 March 2010 08:30 AM

    Why don't you appoint Yourself,Pillei,David Milliband as this will save a lot of trouble and the findings cooked as per your taste.


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