UN mum on post

2010-08-25 22:10:46

By Jamila Najmuddin

The United Nations (UN) refused to comment on the appointment of Major General Shavendra Silva as the new Sri Lankan Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN in New York.

When asked about the appointment at a press briefing in New York, Wednesday, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky refused to comment. The spokesman was also asked if UN Secretary General Ban ki-moon can refuse to accept the appointment but the UN spokesman said he needed to check on the general procedure.

Major General Silva’s appointment to the UN comes amidst human rights allegations being raised against the government and the military which resulted in UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon appointing a panel to advise him on Sri Lanka.

Major General Shavendra Silva was allegedly among those mentioned by MP Sarath Fonseka in a media interview where he had said that the former 58 Division Commander had received orders to shoot at sight LTTE suspects who came with white flags to surrender to the army during the final stage of war. Fonseka was later indicted in Court over his claims.

Meanwhile the UN spokesman said that the panel appointed by the UN Chief to advice him on matters relating to Sri Lanka will meet “soon” but did not give a specific date as to by when they will officially commence work. (Daily Mirror online)

  Comments - 38

  • Citizen Wednesday, 25 August 2010 23:16

    This appointment will not change the collected evidence ...

    Reply : 30       25

    Dina Thursday, 26 August 2010 10:54

    these are part of so called "humanitarian war "...

    Reply : 5       5

    Gangdhi Thursday, 26 August 2010 12:23

    What evidence? Staements by terrorist in a Kangaroo court appointed by a puppett of faceless hedgemonists.

    Reply : 5       8

    Marikkar Wednesday, 25 August 2010 23:59

    Is this the proper time for such an appointee? The authorities should think twice ...

    Reply : 9       31

    shanthi Thursday, 26 August 2010 08:07

    yes you are right how about WW.

    Reply : 5       11

    Victor eyeOne Thursday, 26 August 2010 03:21

    A military man is not that suitable for a position like this.

    Reply : 61       105

    malkanthi Thursday, 26 August 2010 04:18

    Exactly, this is not a military position, but a person with skill in dimplomacy to safe guard the country at any cost. We have made a blunder in our statements due to some incompetent persons holding high position, this trend should not continue!

    Reply : 26       80

    Upul Thursday, 26 August 2010 04:31

    He is not just a soldier but a Major General.
    If SF can be a law maker why is Shavendra Silva not suitable for this post?

    Reply : 67       84

    malkanthi Thursday, 26 August 2010 04:38

    Seperate the two personalities and do an evaluation of their caliber, then you will understand!

    41       61

    Don Thursday, 26 August 2010 05:31

    He is a all-rounder, we can see the talent in future.

    Reply : 52       43

    malkanthi Thursday, 26 August 2010 05:39

    Future is analysed from past experience and skill. Nothing will suddenly fall from the sky. Anyhow what is obvious is this is not an appointment by the Foreign Ministry.

    18       30

    DXB Thursday, 26 August 2010 05:41

    The World top Democrtaic country(USA) had so many presidents who were soldiers,

    Reply : 15       31

    prasanna Thursday, 26 August 2010 10:38

    You are right.

    1       6

    Bandula Thursday, 26 August 2010 03:50

    Good Move MR

    Reply : 81       60

    prasanna Thursday, 26 August 2010 10:38


    Reply : 6       6

    s.jayawardene Thursday, 26 August 2010 04:24

    Good Luck Shewendra. You are most suitable for this post.

    Reply : 67       56

    shane Thursday, 26 August 2010 04:47

    Square peg in a round Hole.

    Reply : 21       39

    Minister Thursday, 26 August 2010 05:15

    So, does this show that UN and Sri Lanka are on two different tracks and heading on two different directions?

    Reply : 9       29

    Loku Thursday, 26 August 2010 05:54

    Nope, they are on the same track heading in opposite directions; on an unavoidable head-on collision course.

    Reply : 3       21

    Ramzeel Thursday, 26 August 2010 05:27

    In Sri Lanka there is a dearth of career diplomats hence the Govt. thinks that service men can take the place of the diplomats. In the battlefield the service higher ups shout orders to their sub-ordinates but in the UN diplomatic field that can not happen, you need seasoned diplomats.

    Reply : 7       29

    James Campbell Jayaw Thursday, 26 August 2010 10:32

    Ramzeel Don't underestimate our Service men.Some of them got Masters degrees varying from deffence related subjects to International relations,project management etc.

    Reply : 1       4

    ruwan kotuwelle Thursday, 26 August 2010 05:31

    This is exactly what we have to do. We must not get scared of the false accusations of the cowards and face the West.

    Reply : 26       32

    Ameen Thursday, 26 August 2010 05:50

    UN has taken a good decision. they know that our fellows will make more lies in the proceedings.... Good move by UN

    Reply : 27       12

    Sarath Thursday, 26 August 2010 06:32

    We are trying to bang our head on a stone.

    Reply : 23       24

    paul Thursday, 26 August 2010 06:33

    next time mahinda 3/3, then you all looseres can see double stars,Un be wvery scared,

    Reply : 18       13

    Peter Thursday, 26 August 2010 06:39

    MR has repeatedly demonstrated his capabilities to run the country. He knows what he is doing. He is right every time then and in he will be right in the future.

    Reply : 35       32

    dilmi Thursday, 26 August 2010 06:56

    Exactly correct Mr.Peter, he will be right for his future. not for common peoples future.

    Reply : 26       34

    samani Thursday, 26 August 2010 12:03

    Good luck for you brave son

    Reply : 3       7

    Paul Fernando Thursday, 26 August 2010 12:16

    Maybe he is a Major General here,but he will be nobody there in the UK. There is nothing to get exited so much.

    Reply : 6       5

    Karu Thursday, 26 August 2010 12:41

    Jagath Dias was sent to Germany as the ambassador, and now Shalindra De Silva has been appointed as UN rep.
    Lanka needs a diplomat and not a soldier to represent the people.

    Reply : 5       7

    Observer Thursday, 26 August 2010 15:55

    This is a REWARD for services rendered.
    Many others are waiting for their rewards.

    Reply : 1       3

    banda Thursday, 26 August 2010 17:23

    or the last cry to keep them out of the line of fire

    Reply : 1       1

    ranjith weerasekera Tuesday, 31 August 2010 14:05

    we wish you all the very best for your new post,

    Reply : 0       0

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