The United Nations says its security officials are monitoring comments made by government Minister Wimal Weerawansa who had today urged the public to surround the UN office in Colombo and hold its staff hostage until moves by the UN to appoint a panel on Sri Lanka is dropped.
When asked by a journalist from Innercitypress at a press briefing at the UN in New York a short while ago to respond to the comments made by Weerawansa as appearing on Daily Mirror online today, UN spokesman Farhan Haq said the UN had contacted the Sri Lankan government over the article and the government has assured the UN that the comments made by Weerawansa was his “individual opinion”.
“Our security officials are aware of these remarks and they will check if this official was quoted correctly and what he meant by that. The government of Sri Lanka has assured us that this was an individual’s opinion and not their policy,” the UN spokesman said.
The UN spokesman also said that New York had contacted the UN office in Colombo to verify the report and added that at the moment there was no immediate threat as a result of the comments made by the government Minister. He however noted that in general the UN does not condone or accept threats made on UN staff anywhere be it by officials or anyone else.
Meanwhile U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told Reuters in an interview today there was no reason for the Sri Lankan government's angry reaction to the formation of a U.N. advisory panel on possible war crimes at the end of Sri Lanka's war against rebels.
Last week U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon named a three-member panel chaired by Indonesia's former attorney general, Marzuki Darusman, to advise him whether war crimes were committed in the final months of Sri Lanka's war against the separatists Tamil Tigers, which it won in May 2009.
But Sri Lanka's government has rejected Ban's panel and said it would not issue visas to its three members.
"There is no reason why (the) Sri Lankan government (is) reacting negatively to my proposal," Ban told Reuters in an interview in the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, which is celebrating 50 years of independence.
He said Sri Lanka "should take all the measures to make it accountable for all these perpetrators who have committed and violated international human rights and humanitarian law."
The government had urged Ban not to appoint the advisory panel, saying it had its own commission to investigate possible human rights violations at the end of its quarter century war with the Tamil Tigers.
Ban said now it was the right time for Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa "to demonstrate his commitment to the values of human rights." (Daily Mirror online)
Wimal's threat: http://www.dailymirror.lk/index.php/news/4739-take-un-staff-hostage.html
citizen1 Wednesday, 30 June 2010 18:13
Is there no end to this foolishness? We're making a spectacle of ourselves over and over again! Are we having a 'brain drain'?
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malkanthi Thursday, 1 July 2010 05:15
More than brain drain, this is WW's survival. This man has no policy, was expelled from JVP. sri lanka is heading towards a dangerous trend, our future is at stake!!
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Lankan Wednesday, 30 June 2010 18:30
Another 'nail in the coffin' for Lanka.
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nazeem Wednesday, 30 June 2010 19:11
If our politicians can intimidate the UN, just think of the plight of ordinary Sri Lankans.
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Saliya Wickramasuriy Wednesday, 30 June 2010 19:21
Stupidity has no limits!
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RajasH Wednesday, 30 June 2010 19:45
Yes, when it suits them it is an "individual's opinion," when not, it is their "policy"!
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RajasH Wednesday, 30 June 2010 20:44
The issue is not of government policy, but of a Minister's openly inciting the public to commit a crime. He should be sacked!
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Wisdom Wednesday, 30 June 2010 21:04
UN, GROW UP!
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mahinda Wednesday, 30 June 2010 21:30
Surely the UN should know how to weigh a statement made by an edcated person and that of another ...
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Roshan Thursday, 1 July 2010 04:39
You mean to say that UN should call for Biodata of all MInisters.?
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GOG Wednesday, 30 June 2010 21:39
Even if it were an 'individual opinion,' the government must clarify!
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Colombo Anakyst Wednesday, 30 June 2010 22:01
A Minister should be a responsible person! Will the government take measures to save the country from this so-called Minister?
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Ramzeel Thursday, 1 July 2010 04:45
What happens if the UN surrounds Sri Lanka. Mad request from a mad man and the mad people in the Western Provice must take responsibility for sending him to parliament.
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Practical Thursday, 1 July 2010 06:15
Simple ... if that happens, the same mob that surrounded UN will catch WW and hand him over to the UN.
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Uragodage Thursday, 1 July 2010 05:03
This is the level of discipline some of our law makers in the parliament have.It is very sad
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Sammy Thursday, 1 July 2010 05:19
By this very act are not the local politicians justifying the UN's position. If the UN can be threatened thus then what of the innocent people who have suffered at the hands of some of those in authority here.
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JOHN Thursday, 1 July 2010 05:38
Mr Moon, please advise the UN countries, namely USA, UK, EU, Australia et al, not to issue visas to any SL Parliamentarian in the future - thats the only act which will have any effect as many of them and mostly at the top, have their families and properties in those countries and in fact hold their citizenship status too!
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Jazzy Thursday, 1 July 2010 06:10
I just cannot understand why we are so huffed up about this "panel of experts" if there is nothing to hide.It is obvious to any fool that "the guilty are afraid.
"Prediction- We are getting deeper into the quicksand and the more we struggle the faster we will go down. God save Sri Lanka
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Sunil Lanka Thursday, 1 July 2010 07:56
These people are making our foreign travel worse. The hassle we go through is already is bad enough.
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Neil Thursday, 1 July 2010 08:17
I am ashamed to call my self a lankan. Fortunately I am not anymore.
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truemen Thursday, 1 July 2010 08:21
its a stupid comment by wimal to make it public.....
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