Sri Lanka accuses the UN

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By Jamila Najmuddin


Sri Lanka has questioned the double standards of the United Nations by attempting to set up an expert panel on Sri Lanka within nine months whereas it took nine years for the organization to set up a probe commission to investigate Britian's involvement in Iraq.

Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama, questioning the UN’s rush in appointing such an expert committee on Sri Lanka, stated that the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon should have granted more time and space to the government to address the issues raised by him.

“We defeated terrorism only nine months ago in May 2009. Now we are into April 2010. In the UK, it took nine long years to appoint a committee to investigate affairs on the Iraqi issues and UK’s involvement such as the deployment of forces, violations of human rights etc. In Sri Lanka, only nine months have passed so it would have been better if the Secretary General would have given us more time and space,” Minister Bogollagama said.

The government has also raised suspicion on the timing of such a panel and said it ‘was a matter of concern’ as to why such a decision was taken just before an election.

“We also could do just an adhoc arrangement but they are not going to serve the purpose. It is a matter of concern why the Secretary General decided to appoint such a committee just before a general election. We oppose this move because it was not needed and not warranted and the timing is absolutely not right for the Secretary General to have proceeded,” Minister Bogollagama said.

The Foreign Minister further said that the Secretary General should have obtained the permission of the Security Council to appoint such a committee which would look into the affairs of another country and clearly ‘hoped’ that Mr. Ban Ki Moon would respect and avoid any type of influence in the local electorate in a manner that would have very adverse repercussions. (Daily Mirror online)
 

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  • Friday, 02 April 2010 01:43 PM

    IS DEFEATING TERRORISM A CRIME ? THIS IS HOW THE WEST SEES WHEN TEORRORISM IS DEFEATED BY AN ASIAN OR AFRICAN COUNTRY. IF THEY INVADE A SOVEREIGN STATE , AS THEY DID IN IRAQ , UN IS DUMBFOUNDED.

    Friday, 02 April 2010 01:50 PM

    yeah.. the UN should wait another 8 more years to setup this panel! What a bunch of clowns.

    Friday, 02 April 2010 02:16 PM

    Boggles you are finished not only as Foreign Minister but also as an MP.

    Sunday, 04 April 2010 03:09 AM

    bravo ..HONESTLY SAID!

    Friday, 02 April 2010 07:10 AM

    I am sadned to see an Asian diplomat being hijacked by a group of wetern thugs.

    Friday, 02 April 2010 07:36 AM

    You people speak about double standard??hehehe....anyhow Mr.Minister,if your hands are clean (as you people claim) why do you people worry about it???

    Friday, 02 April 2010 07:43 AM

    Why do we need to get scared if we haven't done anything wrong.. No matter who brings what enquiry panel.. Truth will always win.. So Rohitha should welcome this to prove ourselves.. That SL GOVT is honest..

    Friday, 02 April 2010 08:08 PM

    Trying a 'fast-one' before the election ...

    Friday, 02 April 2010 08:00 AM

    Ban ki moon is too late. All over the world violation must need to proceed.

    Friday, 02 April 2010 08:09 AM

    Is BOOLES the Supreme Commander of UN, to question " THE UN "

    Friday, 02 April 2010 08:09 AM

    What else can you expect from the Western puppet Ban ki Moon. You cannot live with these people without the support from the Eastern block countries.

    Friday, 02 April 2010 08:11 AM

    COURT MARTIAL THE UN SECRETARY GENERAL

    Friday, 02 April 2010 09:39 PM

    Dear Sir, I fully agree with the Sri Lankan Government's claim of the United Nation's 'double standards.' Foreign governments (the bully boys) who failed to make us give-up, during the recent war against the 'Tigers,' are 'out to get us,' one way or another.

    Friday, 02 April 2010 09:55 PM

    They conduct an inquiry to prove what they want to prove. These are not independent investigations, although they use the words 'independent inquiry.' ... Beware of the West!

    Friday, 02 April 2010 08:27 AM

    The UN lost its teeth during the Iraqi invatiion by the coalition of the willing on the pretext that Saddam had weapons of mass distruction. The UN Conference on Climate Change was an absolute failure. The UN has long past it usefulness to the World and no one seems to have faith or confidence in its experts any more. All the UN is capable of in these confused times is to be the cat's paw and bully weak nations.
    For heaven's sake give hard won Peace a Chance in Lanka.

    Friday, 02 April 2010 08:27 AM

    What is our foreign minister talking, he wants the UN to give more time to address these issues... UN would have given if this regime was complying but we were at loggerheads... Britain and Iraq is a different issue.... this is the country violating the rights of her own citizens, like Banana republic etc

    Friday, 02 April 2010 10:35 PM

    Boggles, you have less than 9 days to go ...

    Friday, 02 April 2010 08:43 AM

    UN is very bad no? Anay , We must tell our Weerawansa to scold the UN Lokka. All our village people tell UN is bad no.

    Friday, 02 April 2010 08:43 AM

    BOGOLS LAST ADDRESS TO THE NATION

    Friday, 02 April 2010 10:46 PM

    Mr. Bogo, Piraba is finished, LTTE is finished, talk is finished, election is coming and you can go home.

    Friday, 02 April 2010 08:52 AM

    Susie and Sana Told us to speak our own Englih. Ayyo yes no. I want to scold the UN man If he comes here ,in my own English, he will get scared no.

    Friday, 02 April 2010 08:54 AM

    Sri Lanka cannot demonstrate an repercussions to the International Community. When this country was handed over by British to the local natives, it was a paradise, lucrative and economically successful nation. Thanks to the dishonest, corrupt and incompetent policies of native politcal leaders and their mahoots the state of the country is begging bowl.

    Friday, 02 April 2010 08:54 AM

    Talk as much as you can, definitely you are going to loose this position after 8th April.

    Friday, 02 April 2010 09:02 AM

    Rohitha, you can only accuse and protest and for how many uyears are you doping this. Just sit and think whether you have achieved anything of which you can be proud of. When the topic is about SL, why are you worried about Iraq. Talk about SL.

    Friday, 02 April 2010 09:08 AM

    Also ask them how come Tony Blair has now become a director of Halliburton which is the company extracting/stealing all the oil out of Iraq?

    Friday, 02 April 2010 09:08 AM

    He try to collect more and more votes in these period. No other reason. Because he knows Sri Lankan Colombo district people ready to give red light to his life on April 8

    Friday, 02 April 2010 09:16 AM

    Ban ki must have got scared ,I saw some one like him jumping over our wall and running
    . Good show FM

    Friday, 02 April 2010 09:21 AM

    Gedara Yan Gaman Kiyana Katha Mr.Moon do not take him Seriously

    Friday, 02 April 2010 09:22 AM

    Boga has opened his useless mouth again.UK can start invistigation when ever they like because its a rich country and does not depend on any other country.If we too are in that position we could have asked the UN to go to hell.This poor boy sensing his defeat trying to get a milage through this "BORU SHOW"

    Friday, 02 April 2010 09:23 AM

    IGNORE THIS MAN MOON. HE IS ANOTHER STOOGE OF THE USA. IT HAS NOW BEEN PROVED WITHOUT AN IOATA OF DOUBT.

    MILIBAND TOO HAS A ROLE TO PLAY IN THIS. HE WILL BE HISTORY VERY SOON.

    LOOK WHAT HAPPENED TO BUSH NEVER HEARD OF ANYMORE!!

    Friday, 02 April 2010 10:40 AM

    Sir, what about you never complete any investigation like, 16 aid worker killing in moothor and 5 students killings in Trinco?

    Friday, 02 April 2010 10:42 AM

    Double Standard is the Policy for the People in Power against the the People

    Friday, 02 April 2010 10:43 AM

    it would be good, Sarath F. still in the prison while UN squeezing further.
    If they can destroy SF, no time for them to do the same to Tamils.

    Friday, 02 April 2010 10:58 AM

    What a laugh! Hon FM don't look up and spit. The spit will come back to you?

    Friday, 02 April 2010 11:23 AM

    Nine months or nine years the guilty should be punished. If Sri Lanka had done nothing wrong, as they often claim, why do you get jittery?

    Friday, 02 April 2010 11:33 AM

    For what? not giving his son the job?


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