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By Jamila Najmuddin


The Non Aligned Movement (NAM) has 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.

NAM recalls that President Rajapaksa has already confirmed in public his intention to appoint a domestic mechanism to address accountability issues voluntarily and that the UN has no mandate to intervene in domestic matters of a State.

“The Non Aligned Movement strongly condemns selective targeting of individual countries which it deems contrary to the founding principles of the movement and the United Nations Charter,” the NAM Coordinating Bureau said.

NAM says the move by the UN Chief could do more harm than good to the country’s ongoing and relentless efforts aimed at reinforcing reconciliation and national unity and as such Sri Lanka should be given room to complete its domestic process.  (Daily Mirror online)

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  • Thursday, 11 March 2010 07:56 PM

    Countries forming the NAM share lots of similarities with Sri Lanka. To sum-up, they are a bunch of jokers ...

    Thursday, 11 March 2010 09:10 PM

    The civilised world doesn't care about NAM ...

    Thursday, 11 March 2010 11:42 AM

    Mr Ban... leave us alone !.

    Thursday, 11 March 2010 11:52 AM

    . Not fair blaming BKM. He is just carrying out orders of his superiors and if not, he will be in the unemployed list very soon.

    Thursday, 11 March 2010 11:52 AM

    Moon Band play pro western music

    Thursday, 11 March 2010 10:14 PM

    Name one country in NAM, which has a good human rights record? When you understand this, you will understand the position of NAM. They do not want their respective horrible HR records targeted either.

    Thursday, 11 March 2010 10:17 PM

    NAM is 'peanuts' for the UN. Mr. Ban, go ahead, the IC is behind you.

    Thursday, 11 March 2010 11:55 AM

    MOOM is just a pupper of west. Anyway good work NAM.

    Thursday, 11 March 2010 10:18 PM

    I guess the 'civilized world' is Great Britain and the US?

    Thursday, 11 March 2010 11:56 AM

    I love NAM

    Friday, 12 March 2010 06:47 AM

    WEEL SAID NAM!!!!LONG LIVE NAM!!!!!!
    it doesnt matter how much pro-LTTE TAMIL bastards try to damage our country, nothing willl succeed!!!!!!

    Thursday, 11 March 2010 12:04 PM

    If not the UN who could stop this dictotorial and corrupt regime.

    Thursday, 11 March 2010 11:07 PM

    And what do you think the UN is getting from Western governments? MARBLES?

    Thursday, 11 March 2010 12:11 PM

    NAM means banklrupt leftists in this world. They have no credibility. You can make them say anything if you show them a bundle of Dollars.

    Thursday, 11 March 2010 12:17 PM

    Excellent move by NAM. This is a good eye opener to some of our own, petty minded Sri Lankans, who wants some way or other to discredit the government even if that is bad for the whole country. For such people, this is a fine lesson, Sri Lanka has friends and backing at the international level too.

    Thursday, 11 March 2010 12:18 PM

    MR is never going to have a fair investigation. beside there was never an independent commission appointed by the government achieved anything in the past. hence, believing that the government is going to do that is hilarious. Good Work Ban. Dont give up on the proceedings and bring justice to the Tamils.

    Friday, 12 March 2010 07:07 AM

    World has changed. USA is not the super power it was.
    Long live NAM

    Thursday, 11 March 2010 12:36 PM

    Excellent move by NAM against the UN targeting smaller nations to dance according to the beat of West. It is high time the smaller nations unite and rise against such humiliations. Leadership shall be provided by strong leaders such as our very own president, Chavez, Nejad etc.

    Thursday, 11 March 2010 12:36 PM

    Mr Ban needs to focus his attention to more serious things that are happening else where.

    Thursday, 11 March 2010 12:41 PM

    The next flak would be from SAARC under the auspices of India as in this case.

    Thursday, 11 March 2010 12:54 PM

    Anyway, it's good to see the third world standing out for each other

    Thursday, 11 March 2010 01:03 PM

    Well done. Mr President while our foreign ministry is in slumber activate our local NGOs who are loyal to the country to make representations and get them to work on other recognised bodies like SARC, ASEAN etc to protest to the UN. Lalith Wije.

    Thursday, 11 March 2010 01:15 PM

    Mr.Ban, have you ever thought of apointing any advisary panel over inhuman acts in Afgan, Palastine or Iraq. It is shame acting UN as a puppert to fulfil the demands of few western powers.

    Thursday, 11 March 2010 01:21 PM

    Non aligned movement is nothing but a front to protect their members from all the attrocities the individual governments do in the name of democracy and elected government.

    Friday, 12 March 2010 02:08 PM

    I thought NAM had natural death and no more. It is NO Action Movement than Non Aligned Movement.
    Well done NAM. Stay NATO(No action Talk Only)

    Thursday, 11 March 2010 01:41 PM

    I think this is required otherwise the rulers can treat the people as cattles and slaughters them whenever they wish!

    Thursday, 11 March 2010 01:46 PM

    PROBE INTO PRESENT UNDEMOCRATIC ACTIONS AGAINST PEACEFUL POLITICAL ACTIVITIES, YES UN IS WELCOME ONLY FOR THOSE MATTERS.

    Thursday, 11 March 2010 01:47 PM

    NAM is dead as dodo

    Thursday, 11 March 2010 02:02 PM

    India do not influence NAM. for your benefit.
    The United Nations are the best to get involved in this. Mr. Ban dont give into pressure.

    Thursday, 11 March 2010 02:48 PM

    NAM is completely influenced by INDIA. So this letter work is jointly done by India and Sri lanka.

    Friday, 12 March 2010 03:27 PM

    The civilised world is the US and UK who are killing peapale like animals in IRAQ AND AFGANISTAN haaaa????????????????? Thats only what you say

    Thursday, 11 March 2010 03:59 PM

    gentlement are u saying srilanka can commit any war crime ,NAM must joint srilanka to commit war crime continuously why u release statement.

    Thursday, 11 March 2010 04:04 PM

    Let the inquiry go on, if we are not guilty why fear....pl be human
    people of srilanka should correct themselves than being racists which never allow the country to develop

    Friday, 12 March 2010 05:15 PM

    MR Ban KOOn why you are talking about Non Aligent please do your UN councial work

    Friday, 12 March 2010 07:55 PM

    What a joke?

    Saturday, 13 March 2010 08:53 AM

    Phil, If NAM is dodo, the U.N. General Assembly is a cloned stool pigeon!

    Thursday, 11 March 2010 07:22 PM

    It's all well and good to criticize the UN - which never seems to go out of fashion - but what's the alternative? NAM?

    Saturday, 13 March 2010 09:02 AM

    Monkey boom

    Thursday, 11 March 2010 07:36 PM

    Nations must be held accountable, to some extent. Otherwise every country will have a dictatorship.

    Thursday, 11 March 2010 07:37 PM

    If anybody can challenge this regime, it is the UN.


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