New procedures for UN

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By Jamila Najmuddin

The government is to introduce special procedures for UN agencies traveling to the north in order to differentiate them from local and international NGOs and discussions to this effect with the UN is expected to take place soon, a government official told Daily Mirror online.

Secretary of the Presidential Task Force S.B. Divaratne told Daily Mirror online that the special procedures will be finalized in a few days afterwhich the government will hold discussions with the UN. “In one or two days we will sit with the UN and sort out all their difficulties. We will also inform them of the special procedures,” Divaratne said.

Currently all international humanitarian workers traveling to the north including the UN need to obtain approval of the Presidential Task Force and the Ministry of Defence. However, Divaratne said that despite granting clearance a lot of INGOs returned back without completing their work which is why they were not allowed to re-enter the areas.

Meanwhile UN sources in Colombo said that the UN were scheduled to meet with the government last week to discuss the easing of travel restrictions imposed on UN foreign staff traveling to the north including Jaffna and Mannar. (Daily Mirror online)
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  • citizen1 Tuesday, 06 July 2010 12:27 PM

    The cat is out of the bag!! This is a govt sponsored protest.
    The guilty are squirming.

    TDDC Tuesday, 06 July 2010 09:56 AM

    Catch them and deport if they involve with any `political ` work or spying.

    malkanthi Tuesday, 06 July 2010 09:58 AM

    So the recent statement by WW, now in action, is not personal view point, but as a government spokesman. Why so much blunder??? and now it is clearly visible!!!

    gunda Tuesday, 06 July 2010 09:59 AM

    The more you go against the UN, the more international doubts are created on your claims of innocence, and would lead to faster action on war crimes.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Tuesday, 06 July 2010 11:11 AM

    We are desperately trying all avenues to get ourselves isolated from the world community and live like frogs in a well. Wonder what is wrong with these pseudo patriots.


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