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The office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka, in a statement posted on its website, said that the views expressed by former UN Colombo spokesman Gordon Weiss to an Australian television station do not represent the UN.

The UN Resident Coordinator says the overall view of the UN on any particular situation comes from statements by the Secretary General or other senior UN figures.  

“A number of queries were made on Mr. Weiss’ comments on civilian casualties.  The UN repeatedly and publicly said there were unacceptably high civilian casualties from the fighting in the last months of the war, as a result of the LTTE forcibly preventing people leaving and the Government’s use of heavy weapons in areas close to thousands of civilians. While we maintained internal estimates of casualties, circumstances did not permit us to independently verify them on the ground, and therefore we do not have verifiable figures of how many casualties there were,” the UN further added.

The UN Resident Coordinator’s office said it remains committed to supporting the Government of Sri Lanka in its efforts to rebuild communities and support peaceful solutions.  (Daily Mirror online)

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  • Tuesday, 16 February 2010 04:47 AM

    SF stays Clear from Gota !.

    Tuesday, 16 February 2010 07:44 AM

    What bollocks from the UN Res Co in Colombo. He is playing down Gordon Weiss' remarks to tow the line with the Govt of SL. The UN fears if it was honest and frank their personnel would be asked to leave the country, hence it is soft pedalling the issue.

    Tuesday, 16 February 2010 10:38 AM

    Soft pedalling... so scared of little Lanka... I think we are a super power now!

    Tuesday, 16 February 2010 05:54 AM

    Ok! he comes out with the so called facts after his resignation. UN you have no encumbarances. It's clear.

    Tuesday, 16 February 2010 05:55 AM

    This is a good statement from the UN, clearly stating its position.

    Tuesday, 16 February 2010 09:05 AM

    Of course Gordon should look at his own backyard (Australia) and complain about the way Aborogines are treated. What about black deaths in custody ?.

    Tuesday, 16 February 2010 09:16 AM

    Tit for Tat game.

    Tuesday, 16 February 2010 09:17 AM

    Mate ..You got a ideal name

    Tuesday, 16 February 2010 04:23 AM

    At least the UN has come to its right senses.GW is on the payroll of the diaspora and he is singing for his supper.I am certain he will come with some more concocted stories in the days ahead.Wonder how much he is paid?? maybe not much. The fact remains the UN knows GW is unemployed looking for any type of work and his shot at SL is a dud!!

    Tuesday, 16 February 2010 09:39 AM

    Its good that UN cleared Weiss' comments. People seem to leave their jobs to come up with all kinds of comments. What a waste of time.

    Tuesday, 16 February 2010 04:25 AM

    That doesn't mean nobody is going to consider the statement made by Gordon Weiss. When there is an investigation all this will be taken into account and verified

    Tuesday, 16 February 2010 09:45 AM

    SCARED ?


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