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By Jamila Najmuddin

UN Under Secretary General for Political Affairs Lynn Pascoe said that a report on Sri Lanka will be handed over to UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon next week and a panel of experts to advise the UN Chief on accountability issues related to Sri Lanka will be appointed soon.

Pacoe who will depart back to New York this evening after concluding his visit in the island, told journalists in Colombo a short while ago that although the expert panel was appointed only to brief the UN Chief, it would also be available as a resource that the Sri Lankans can turn to if they wish.

When questioned for a date as to when the UN Chief was expected to appoint his panel, Pascoe said that although he was unsure of the exact dates, he expected it to be as early as next week.

"During my discussions with President Rajapakse yesterday, I made it very clear to him that the expert panel would continue to be appointed by the Secretray General. However there have been many misunderstandings about this panel especially about what its going to do, but there is no cause for concern at all. I also hope that the panel would be useful to the Sri Lankan side," Pascoe said. 

Pacoe who held discussions with President Mahinda Rajapakse, cabinet officials responsible for foreign, defence and economic development and the Attorney General during his visit said that the Sri Lankan government had assured him during the talks that the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission appointed by President Rajapakse will provide Sri Lankans with a credible and independent accountability mechanism and added that the UN would support it and provide its assistance should the Lankan government ask.

He further said the responsibility for carrying out a credible process that meets international standards rests first and foremost with the Sri Lankan authorities and the UN would follow with interest in the progress made by the Presidential appointed commitee. (Daily Mirror online)

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  • Friday, 18 June 2010 02:55 AM

    Are they going to have such panels for Israel, Iran, Iraq, Afganistan, UK and USA???

    Friday, 18 June 2010 03:02 AM

    this is a good idea but UN do not have power to do it right now, because in Iraq and Afganistan , Palestine in several african nation , whats done by American and British forces they violated d the human right made war crime, finally what did UN do???????????????????????????????????? Ok Ok UN is and INGO that all..................

    Friday, 18 June 2010 04:32 AM

    That means that they are expecting something from the Govt, that is why they are dragging.

    Thursday, 17 June 2010 02:36 PM

    LET THE PANEL ADVISE THE UN SECRETARY GENERAL. BUT IN NO WAY WILL BE ALLOW ANYONE TO INTERFERE WITH OUR INTERNAL AFFAIRS.

    Thursday, 17 June 2010 02:55 PM

    The duplicity practiced by the UN when it comes to open violation of human rights by the USA & the West, & the impunity with which Iraq was attacked, killing more than a million innocent people to date, makes it difficult for the UN to tell S/L that we have violated human rights.

    Friday, 18 June 2010 04:54 AM

    The worst human rights violation has been taking place for well over 6 decades in Palestine with dozens of UNSC resolutions being contemptuously rejected by Israel. The latest is the murder of 10 civilians and piracy in international waters by Israel. Have seen any action by the UN to stop the Israeli atrocities? How ridiculous for the impotent UN to lecture to Sri Lanka.

    Thursday, 17 June 2010 03:16 PM

    "UN says Expert Panel soon"

    UN spokespersons have been telling this since March.

    Friday, 18 June 2010 05:30 AM

    Even if the hands are clean, do we need to face each and every panel and all the other things ??? Do you attend each and every complaint regarding you, saying, I am clean and so on ???

    Thursday, 17 June 2010 04:44 PM

    Sounds reasonable.

    Friday, 18 June 2010 06:14 AM

    All governments never concentrate on Development & self sufficiency in food, very handy to rob state resources, untill we rectify these mistakes. we got to appease western countries IMF & World Bank.

    Friday, 18 June 2010 12:33 AM

    Well said !. Yes... we can survive without you as we did for 2500 years !.

    Friday, 18 June 2010 01:33 AM

    Face the UN panel bravely without fear if hands are clean


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