Pascoe visit likely in May

27 April 2010 06:37 am - 14     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


By Jamila Najmuddin

The United Nations has sought permission from the Sri Lankan government to facilitate a visit by UN Under Secretary General for Political Affairs Lynn Pascoe mid next month to discuss the developments in Sri Lanka.

While the purpose of Pascoe’s visit earlier was to discuss the appointment of the UN’s panel of experts, it is unsure if such discussions are still on the agenda.

A high ranking source from the United Nations in New York told Daily Mirror online that there have been no recent talks on the UN’s panel of experts and was unsure if such a panel would continue to be appointed. However the source confirmed that Pascoe has sought permission to visit Sri Lanka next month.

“Lyn Pascoe has asked to visit in the second week of May. There has been no confirmation yet,” the source said.

Sri Lanka’s Attorney General Mohan Peiris met UN Chief Ban Ki Moon in New York recently and held lengthy discussions. It is learnt that during these discussions, the two had discussed about the panel of experts.

Moon’s Spokesman, Martin Nesirky confirmed to journalists in New York last week that the two had met but failed to give details.

Meanwhile, according to the Inner City Press, at a UN reception thrown by Israel on April 20, Ban had told Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the UN Dr. Palitha Kohona “I am not against your government,” according to sources standing next to the two.

Dr. Kohona has predicted that no panel will ever be named, quipping that the UN should instead investigate the Vatican for pedophilia, the Inner City press reported.

A senior UN official indicated to Inner City Press on April 22 not to expect any movement on Ban's six week old commitment to name a panel on war crimes on Sri Lanka, even just to advice him. (Daily Mirror online)

  Comments - 14

  • Tuesday, 27 April 2010 11:10 AM

    Is he coming to see the development in Sri Lanka or a fact finding one man mission to check any human rights violation.

    Tuesday, 27 April 2010 11:24 AM

    Come and enjoy Sri Lankan hospitality.That's all you and your UN can do.

    Tuesday, 27 April 2010 07:02 AM

    I think Kohonna's comment on Vatican is totally irrelevant!Just answer what is relevant to us mate, not about other issues in the world.The rest of world will handle those!He must be thinking he is the most sort after diplomat who is really concerned about all other issues with regard to rest of the world!We should not be here in the first place , if they did their job at the time of the war to highlight the atrocities we were undergoing by the cruelty of LTTE.

    Tuesday, 27 April 2010 12:41 PM

    tell him to bring some money to speed up our infrastructure projects.

    Wednesday, 28 April 2010 12:19 AM

    Mr. Banki Moon is still trying his best to get at Sri Lankanan Govt. indirectly even though majority of human rights violations are done by US and it's allies. I.e. the helicopter gunship firing and killing unarmed civilians in Afghanistan, and the well published pedophilia cases in UK, USA, Ireland and in the Continent. This is the area that he should concentrate, because all these victims have a living memory until they die. Additionally, he should send Mr. Pasco to countries like Zimbabwe, North Korea, Uganda, Sudan, Tibet etc.,where gross human right violations are committed daily.

    Tuesday, 27 April 2010 07:31 AM

    Small correction highlight the atrocities we were undergoing by the cruelty of LTTE and the Sri Lankan Government.

    Tuesday, 27 April 2010 07:32 AM


    Tuesday, 27 April 2010 07:44 AM

    This visit is not required ???

    Wednesday, 28 April 2010 02:21 AM

    Sri Lanka is a peaceful place. I am not sure what the fuss is all about.

    Tuesday, 27 April 2010 07:47 AM

    Coming color is not good for SL Govt.

    Tuesday, 27 April 2010 08:17 AM

    These UN guys must stay away from Sri Lanka. Instead of visiting Sri lanka, they must visit places like Sudan, haiti, Afghanistan taking their useless UNP policies and doctrines.

    Tuesday, 27 April 2010 09:58 AM

    detour to Afghanistan and Iraq where the civilians are killed daily due to NATO USA actions.
    Sri Lanka is in relative peace for the past 11 months.
    theres no need to come here.

    Tuesday, 27 April 2010 10:18 AM

    This visit is totally unacceptable.

    Tuesday, 27 April 2010 06:25 PM

    Will he visit the Vanni "holiday camp"?

Add comment

Comments will be edited (grammar, spelling and slang) and authorized at the discretion of Daily Mirror online. The website also has the right not to publish selected comments.

Reply To:

Name - Reply Comment

The 20th Amendment Bill Lest We Forget

Strident calls were repeatedly made from many quarters for the 19th Amendment

Public transport 'side-laned'?

“Miss, mantheeru neethiya nisa api bus passen yanna one. Ithin drop eka par

Land acquisitions in Hanthana and Knuckles Mountain ranges

Sri Lankans will soon lose their opportunity to boast about the rich biodiver

Wanathawilluwa forest clearance: Whodunit?

Days after the Anawilundawa Ramsar Wetland, situated in Puttalam District, ma