UN envoy to visit Sri Lanka

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UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka later this month for talks with the government, the UN announced.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who spoke with President Mahinda Rajapaksa over the telephone last night, has said that Pascoe will visit Colombo for talks soon after the presidential inauguration scheduled for later this month.

During the telephone conversation with the President, Ban Ki-moon has expressed his concerns about recent developments in Sri Lanka and urged the President to respect due process of law regarding the case of General Sarath Fonseka, the former army chief and runner-up in recent presidential elections.

Mr. Ban called on the Government in Colombo to guarantee the personal safety of Mr. Fonseka, who was arrested on Monday for alleged "military offences."

The UN said the Secretary-General also urged Mr. Rajapaksa to keep his commitment, set out in a joint statement with the UN last year, "to ensure concrete proposals for a political solution of issues with the Tamil community in the north and to ensure full accountability for any crimes against international humanitarian law or abuses of human rights."

Mr. Ban "took note of the progress in returning displaced persons to their places of origin, but added that more needs to be done in this regard." (Daily Mirror online)

  Comments - 26

  • Thursday, 11 February 2010 10:06 AM

    Yes.... for countries like USA....

    Thursday, 11 February 2010 08:42 AM

    AKS- AS U SAY IF WE APPOINT KARUNA AS ARMY CHIEF. IT WILL BE ANOTHER SF ISSUE.

    Thursday, 11 February 2010 10:11 AM

    Mr. Boon! Please wake up now at least

    Thursday, 11 February 2010 09:05 AM

    well said aks.

    Thursday, 11 February 2010 02:27 PM

    UN is useless until Ban is in the seat of UN S/G.He is good for nothing. He has no guts. He is a lame duck. These are all for eyewash and fool the IC & HRW, Hell with him.

    Thursday, 11 February 2010 09:16 AM

    I not surprice if Karuna become a Army Comander, I think he has very good talent and he proved on Jayasikuru.

    Thursday, 11 February 2010 10:36 AM

    Only expressing concerns it sounds to me like this-"we are happy over the situation in Srilanka if got worse beyond control"

    Thursday, 11 February 2010 07:17 AM

    where were this peoples when Ltte kills over inocent civiliance

    Thursday, 11 February 2010 12:56 PM

    Hey AKS! you are not a Tamil, but a UNPer. you want to say that LTTE people like what is going on now. It is not true. They wanted Sarath Fonseka to be the president. That is why TNA (The political front of LTTE) supported him. Don't try to fabricate stories. You, UNP and JVP, destroyed Sarath Fonseka, by dragging him into politics. You spoiled the spirit of war victory. Shame on you.

    Thursday, 11 February 2010 10:53 AM

    Amazing number of contributors here who are happy to submit to dictates of foreign nations,UN just because of differing political opinion locally.

    Thursday, 11 February 2010 12:57 PM

    what We Tamils ? you tell your opinion dont use WE when u type something silly ...

    Thursday, 11 February 2010 07:34 AM

    I do appreciate the interest the UN is showing by putting pressure on the government to bring about law and order in Sri Lanka. Yet we as Sri Lankans’ would really appreciate if the UN with the help of the international community can intervene and actually do something about the current situation not only by paying lip service but through real actions.

    Thursday, 11 February 2010 10:56 AM

    we appreciate UN involment and hope they put pressure on governmment to re store low and order.

    Thursday, 11 February 2010 01:03 PM

    Ruwan
    Didn't you notice ' Well done our beloved president MR.''.

    AKS
    Sarath Fonseka carried out what the President asked him to do.

    Thursday, 11 February 2010 01:05 PM

    Why are we Buddhists killing other people's time without knowing what exactly Buddhism is and ruling the country according to Dhamma.
    We could have been planets ahead of Singapore.

    Thursday, 11 February 2010 11:00 AM

    The wheel is turning full circle now, watch for more fun.

    Thursday, 11 February 2010 01:13 PM

    Very well said Anuraddha...............People like AKS thinks others are fools.

    Thursday, 11 February 2010 11:19 AM

    Come soon. You need to stay permanently.

    Thursday, 11 February 2010 08:10 AM

    Good start. The United Nations should start tightening the screws for wayward nations who think every dirty act is their "internal matter".

    Thursday, 11 February 2010 08:21 AM

    We Tamils love this. SF and all the army fellows who killed the LTTE should be treated like this. They should be dragged like dogs. Well done our beloved president MR.
    Karuna should be appointed the next army general our dear president.

    Thursday, 11 February 2010 09:58 AM

    And now prbaharan will be laughing from all his mouths for what happening in sri lanka.......

    Thursday, 11 February 2010 09:59 AM

    Moon is just talking poppet of UN. noting doing tangiblly. Ban Ki Moon, Useless UN. AKS you are right.

    Thursday, 11 February 2010 09:59 AM

    Now see how the people started to think ....... Only god can help sri lanka

    Thursday, 11 February 2010 08:32 AM

    You wait and watch nothing will happen
    SL Government will continue to do what they want to do.
    Mr Lynn Pascoe will listen to some Siri Sada Baila of MR and go back.
    Same what we hear from State Media.

    Thursday, 11 February 2010 08:34 AM

    Yes, then we can be a colony of America or maybe even the UK again. That will make you happy I suppose.

    Thursday, 11 February 2010 10:05 AM

    Please UN help sl, otherwise people will suffer, do your JOB!


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