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By Jamila Najmuddin

The Sri Lankan government is to oppose the re-election of Ban Ki Moon as the UN Secretary General and will also seek the support of several other countries for this move, a senior government minister told Daily Mirror online on the condition of anonymity.

The cabinet minister said that Sri Lanka will seek the support of countries such as India, Russia, Brazil, China and other developing countries and will launch campaigns in these countries soon, to oppose the re-appointment of Ban Ki Moon to the post of UN Secretary General.

“Sri Lanka will not vote him in after his latest decision to appoint his expert panel. Sri Lanka will also discourage other countries in the region from voting for him,” the cabinet minister said.

“The government will begin the campaigns soon after discussions with the respective governments,” the minister added.

The term of Ban Ki Moon as the UN Secretary General will expire on December 31, 2011 and he is eligible for re-appointment into a second term.

Ban Ki Moon has been in troubled waters with the Sri Lankan government especially after his decision to appoint an expert panel to advise him on accountability issues relating to Sri Lanka.

Despite repeated calls from the Sri Lankan government stating that such a panel was ‘unwarranted’ and ‘uncalled’ for Ban Ki Moon has maintained that his panel will remain and will submit a report to him within a period of four months. (Daily Mirror online)

 


 

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  • Bluff Bluff Wednesday, 28 July 2010 04:43 AM

    Why not propose our Election Commissioner to administer the polls. That would have been better rather than protesting Ban's nomination.

    Concerned Wednesday, 28 July 2010 04:46 AM

    What if the new man also decides to carry on with his predecessor's policies?

    Lakmini Tuesday, 27 July 2010 04:31 PM

    Ha! Ha! Ha! Sri Lanka you think you are smart. you are signing the death certificate for all Sri Lankans.

    Wasantha Wednesday, 28 July 2010 04:56 AM

    No one wants to back Sri Lanka in this issue. Even China & Russia will not help us. See what would happen at the end.

    rav Wednesday, 28 July 2010 10:19 AM

    Sl government is trying to cover their mistakes by trying to appoint another person. Need to think our faults, not others

    Navin Tuesday, 27 July 2010 04:35 PM

    Mr. Ban please come and we are sure you will be appointed for another term.

    Don Wickram Tuesday, 27 July 2010 04:37 PM

    Let us hope and pray the next Secretary General will behave like a man of integrity and dignity and not like the present one who acts as a puppet in the hands of US & UK.

    PW Wednesday, 28 July 2010 05:20 AM

    Hiran, have you heard of SAARC?

    bash Tuesday, 27 July 2010 05:23 PM

    BAN KI MOON MAY BE SHIVERING AFTER HEARING THIS STORY..... I am against him and his panel but we need to get real and not act like the Yet to get educated University students

    Kulan Tuesday, 27 July 2010 05:49 PM

    He doesn't need the support of Bana states like Sri lanka to become the secretary of UN

    INDIKA Wednesday, 28 July 2010 05:39 AM

    You are correct. if we could aline with ASIA. UN has to listen to us which will include Russia, Japan, China, India and Malaysia. We can have a big voice.

    INDIKA Wednesday, 28 July 2010 05:40 AM

    That is your knowledge !

    raj Tuesday, 27 July 2010 06:19 PM

    Ban can understand the motive of SL

    RIYADH Tuesday, 27 July 2010 06:41 PM

    Well... Well... Mr. Ban must be laughing! Good JOKE! Who is going o support us? We can count the number of countries on just our fingers!

    Jananayaka Tuesday, 27 July 2010 06:47 PM

    An expression of guilt?

    00000 Tuesday, 27 July 2010 07:00 PM

    Who in the world cares about Sri Lanka's opinion?

    Lucky Tuesday, 27 July 2010 07:42 PM

    It is 100% sure that Ban will get the next term!

    Piraba Tuesday, 27 July 2010 08:10 PM

    Wow... wow... wow... but no one will listen!

    valli Tuesday, 27 July 2010 08:30 PM

    Sri Lanka is insignificant in the international arena! Unfortunately most Sri Lankans do not understand this reality. Our politicians are just capitalising on this ...

    Hiran Tuesday, 27 July 2010 10:29 PM

    IT IS TIME FOR ASIAN COUNTRIES TO HAVE THEIR OWN "ÚNITED NATIONS OF ASIA" WHERE REGIONAL ISSUES ARE DISCUSSED AND PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS FOUND, IN KEEPING WITH THE GEOPOLITICAL REALITIES OF THE REGION!

    N.C.Wijeratne Tuesday, 27 July 2010 10:51 PM

    One thing's for sure - he will not have the favour of any "Election's Commssioner" to come back into power!

    Sena Tuesday, 27 July 2010 11:08 PM

    Yes I agree, we need a Secretary who can act promptly! If he had acted promptly, we would have saved thousands of lives.

    Nilmini Perera Tuesday, 27 July 2010 11:09 PM

    AT THE LAST ELECTION THE SRI LANKAN CANDIDATE WAS FORCED TO WITHDRAW, TO SUPPORT BAN KI MOON! I DOUBT WHETHER EVEN THE MALDIVES WILL PAY ANY ATTENTION TO SRI LANKA, ON THIS.

    shan Wednesday, 28 July 2010 12:22 AM

    Actually, 'the known devil is better than the unknown'! He actually helped Sri Lanka by delaying the appointment of his panel by 90 days (until Sri Lanka set up its own commission) and then, even limited the scope of his panel.

    Sumal Wednesday, 28 July 2010 01:07 AM

    We should not try these kind of silly things. This will further deteriorate the relations with Ban and UN. Chances are very high for Mr Ban to be re-elected.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Wednesday, 28 July 2010 02:37 AM

    If only Sri Lanka had Veto power !

    dave Wednesday, 28 July 2010 03:28 AM

    Campaign should start now till we receive 100% assurance from our friendly countries.

    citizen1 Wednesday, 28 July 2010 03:28 AM

    What a surprise (yawn!)

    willows Wednesday, 28 July 2010 03:39 AM

    If we oppose Ban, then the rest will oppose us and you can imagine the results???

    James bond Wednesday, 28 July 2010 09:05 AM

    why not stage a fast unto death?

    RW Wednesday, 28 July 2010 03:44 AM

    Please do not allow srilankans to be considered as a laughing stock in the world community. Try to develope the country. Otherwise countries like Bangladesh also will overtake us very soon.

    KingBarnet@pakisland Wednesday, 28 July 2010 03:47 AM

    Now they got Ban's panel issue as an excuse for not giving solutions for real issues. What a shiny wonder land - in Asia.

    Rahul Wednesday, 28 July 2010 03:59 AM

    Sri Lanka, who? what?

    Isuru Wednesday, 28 July 2010 04:11 AM

    Open your eyes and see for your self

    vidya Wednesday, 28 July 2010 04:21 AM

    And they have a dismal record for freedom of expression - Iran, Burma, China...

    EW Golding Tuesday, 27 July 2010 03:56 PM

    Sri Lanka will make a laughing stock of itself.
    Agaain!


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