MR to object

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By Jamila Najmuddin


President Mahinda Rajapakse will meet UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon in New York next week and raise the government’s strong objections to moves by a UN Panel to commence its work on Sri Lanka despite a local commission hearing already underway.

Government sources told Daily Mirror online that President Rajapakse is expected to meet the UN Chief on September 24, a day after his scheduled speech at the UN General Assembly and raise the government’s strong objections over the panel which is expected to formally commence its work this week.

President Rajapakse and Secretary General Ban Ki Moon are also expected to discuss other issues related to Sri Lanka during their meeting, Government sources further added.

The panel appointed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to advise him on matters relating to Sri Lanka will meet the UN Chief this week and formally begin work, the UN said this week.

In response to this move, Sri Lanka has once again reiterated its statement and called the move to establish such a panel ‘unwarranted’ and ‘uncalled for” and said that the government would not accept the panel as its own commission was already underway. 

“The Sri Lankan government does not believe in this UN Panel as we already have a commission hearing underway. The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) has made progress and will soon accomplish its task,” officials at the External Affairs Ministry told Daily Mirror online.

A UN spokesperson said that the panel members and support staff have been conducting intensive preparatory work over the past few weeks and will meet with the Secretary-General this week, marking the formal commencement of its activities.

President Rajapakse left for the United States on Wednesday to take part in the United Nations General Assembly and is expected to make a speech on September 23. (Daily Mirror online)

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  • Babanis Thursday, 16 September 2010 02:41 PM

    Mr. Boon will be severing to meet MR.

    eddy Thursday, 16 September 2010 03:23 PM

    I think Ban ki moon has to learn more of Sri Lankan politics from President Mahinda Rajapaksha. It is definitely different from the Korean politics.UN cannot rely on their NGO or representative and persecute countries.They should work hand in hand with the Government of the day and help resolve issues and not take sides. UN Gordon Weiss in a recent TV talk clearly was a spokesman for the ex ltte..No wonder the UN has lost its credibility and honesty.

    david Thursday, 16 September 2010 03:29 PM

    He could have taken WW with him as he may be helpful there.

    sw Thursday, 16 September 2010 04:11 PM

    What happened to WW. During MRs last trip to US, WW was right in the midst of everything.

    Jix Thursday, 16 September 2010 04:18 PM

    Await a show down folks!!!

    mata nikang hithunan Thursday, 16 September 2010 04:26 PM

    first of all WW has to learn English from Sakvithi

    sltk2004 Thursday, 16 September 2010 04:51 PM

    The president should set-up an advisory panel to advise on how he should deal with Moon.

    TP Thursday, 16 September 2010 05:25 PM

    It would be nice to see what the outcome would be ...

    Rajah Thursday, 16 September 2010 06:32 PM

    A showdown or a show?

    vicoria Friday, 17 September 2010 02:56 AM

    When the Sri Lankan Ministers jointly shout that the outside world should not interfere with internal matters of Sri Lanka, what is the reason for MR visit to the US along with a group of delegation

    Defender Friday, 17 September 2010 04:12 AM

    Hey, this is not a problem. Even, Japanese Prime minister (Hathoyama) doesn't speak English & had some problems at the last G-8 meeting.
    English is not a problem, even though it is to you.

    malkanthi Friday, 17 September 2010 04:26 AM

    Exactly, it is not english,even RW in all his knowledge is a failure today. We do not have brainy, dimplomatic, practical policos.

    Tm Abay Friday, 17 September 2010 04:40 AM

    He'll just make a fool of himself in front of the whole world

    suwimal Friday, 17 September 2010 05:05 AM

    Although he is a Gulliver to us, he is just a Liliput in New York. He has to report that all internal matters are going on smoothly.


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