Pasco on two day visit

15 June 2010 01:42 am - 11     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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The top United Nations political official is to arrive in Sri Lanka as part of the world body’s continuing efforts to assist authorities in the South Asian island nation tackle key challenges in the wake of last year’s end to the long-running civil war.

B. Lynn Pascoe, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, is scheduled to hold talks with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, other senior Government officials, opposition and minority party representatives, Tamil leaders, media representatives and civil society groups during the two-day visit.

Mr. Pascoe is also expected to meet with UN Resident Coordinator Neil Buhne and the UN Country Team in Sri Lanka, UN spokesperson Farhan Haq told journalists.

The visit will focus on political reconciliation, human rights and the resettlement of internally displaced persons (IDPs), in line with a joint statement made by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Mr. Rajapaksa when the UN chief visited Sri Lanka in May last year.

The UN is also setting up a panel of experts as part of an accountability process for addressing violations of international humanitarian and human rights law following last year’s end to the civil war between Government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

  Comments - 11

  • Tuesday, 15 June 2010 01:50 AM

    you guys really can't stay out, can you? :P

    Tuesday, 15 June 2010 02:16 AM

    Hmm sounds very concerned about us. How about visiting Gaza strip to check all things there?

    Tuesday, 15 June 2010 02:41 AM

    Well, this confirms the saying in the business world:" when one does not want to do anything, call a meeting." It appears that everyone is in the mood of meeting and speaches. There appears to be nothing concrete done. What a waste of time, money and energy at the expense of the suffering poor people.

    Tuesday, 15 June 2010 03:26 AM

    Sri Lanka is a small democratic country where extreme nationalism preached by earlier statesmen simply cultivated hatred towards minorities and spread communalism. The trend continued for more than 60 years, thereby eroding the democratic principles.

    Tuesday, 15 June 2010 03:43 AM

    ALL PREVIOUS VISITS OF AKASHI, PASCOE AND THEIR ILK HAVE DONE NOTHING TANGIBLE TO THIS COUNTRY. THESE GUYS ARE ALSO GULLIBLE LIKE OUR VOTERS. PLEASE ASK THEM TO VISIT KYRGISTAN INSTEAD.

    Tuesday, 15 June 2010 04:32 AM

    welcome to the Sri Lanka.

    Tuesday, 15 June 2010 04:36 AM

    We see lot of international top guys coming and going but still there are large scale HR violations and deteriorate democracy in Srilanka.Please do something tangible not just talk or appointing various committees.

    Tuesday, 15 June 2010 04:55 AM

    May be our voice is not loud enough in telling them this is internal! or because we are begging on the other hand for funds!

    Tuesday, 15 June 2010 05:03 AM

    They come, they say the same old things, harp on human rights and go,file their reports and that's it. The IDP camps remain the same.The suffering keep suffering!

    Tuesday, 15 June 2010 05:11 AM

    They came, They saw, They didnt conquer

    Tuesday, 15 June 2010 05:52 AM

    We should cooperate with them, a lesson to be learned from China what they did to Iran by supporting the UN sanction against Iran on nuclear.


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