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UN Chief Ban Ki-moon says he will only launch an international investigation into allegations of possible war crimes taking place at the final stages of the war in Sri Lanka that ended in May, 2009, if the member states agree.
 

After releasing the Expert Panel report on Sri Lanka a UN statement said “the secretary-general has been advised that this (international investigation) will require host country consent or a decision from Member States through an appropriate intergovernmental forum.  The monitoring and repository functions it was suggested this mechanism undertake will continue to be performed by the United Nations Secretariat.”
 

However the Ban’s statement didn't mention a forum but it could include the U.N. Security Council, General Assembly or Human Rights Council.


The panel's report called for an investigation of the Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels, as it stated that tens of thousands of the final 2009 offensive against Tamil separatists may have resulted from war crimes.


The UN Chief also said that there would be an inquiry into United Nations' actions during the last stage of the war.
“The Secretary-General has decided that he will respond positively to the Panel’s recommendation for a review of the United Nations actions regarding the implementation of its humanitarian and protection mandates during the war in Sri Lanka — particularly in the last stages. The exact modality of such a review will be determined after consultations with relevant agencies, funds and programmes,” the statement added.


The 200-page report of a three-member panel, that made public, “found credible allegations” of violations of international humanitarian and human rights laws by both sides. The report also said UN “political organs and bodies failed to take actions that might have protected civilians,” including public use of casualty figures.


The report cited evidence that a “wide range of serious violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law was committed both by the government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, some of which would amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity.”



The full statement issued by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:


The United Nations has today made public the advisory report of the Secretary-General’s Panel of Experts on accountability with respect to the final stages of the decades-long armed conflict in Sri Lanka, which was submitted to him on 12 April 2011.  The decision to release the report was made as a matter of transparency and in the broader public interest.


The report was shared in its entirety with the Government of Sri Lanka on 12 April.  The Secretary-General has indicated his willingness to publicize the Government’s response alongside the report.  This invitation was extended to the Sri Lankan Government throughout the week, including again on Saturday by the Secretary-General to the External Affairs Minister of Sri Lanka.  The Government has not responded to this offer, which nonetheless still stands.


The Secretary-General expresses his appreciation to the advisory Panel of Experts who have provided their advice on how the undertaking on accountability in the joint communiqué that he had made with the President at the conclusion of Sri Lanka’s war can be fulfilled.


The Secretary-General is carefully reviewing the report’s conclusions and recommendations with regard to events that took place during the final stages of the conflict, including its assessment that there are a number of allegations of serious violations of international humanitarian and human rights law committed by both the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the Government of Sri Lanka, some of which could amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity.


The Panel’s first recommendation is that the Government of Sri Lanka should respond to the serious allegations by initiating an effective accountability process, beginning with genuine investigations.  The Secretary-General has consistently held the view that Sri Lanka should, first and foremost, assume responsibility for ensuring accountability for the alleged violations.  This and a number of other short- and medium-term recommendations that the Panel proposed in regard to steps that could be undertaken by the Government of Sri Lanka have now been shared with the Government.  He encourages the Sri Lankan authorities to respond constructively.


The Secretary-General has decided that he will respond positively to the Panel’s recommendation for a review of the United Nations actions regarding the implementation of its humanitarian and protection mandates during the war in Sri Lanka — particularly in the last stages.  The exact modality of such a review will be determined after consultations with relevant agencies, funds and programmes.


In regard to the recommendation that he establish an international investigation mechanism, the Secretary-General is advised that this will require host country consent or a decision from Member States through an appropriate intergovernmental forum.  The monitoring and repository functions it was suggested this mechanism undertake will continue to be performed by the United Nations Secretariat.


The Secretary-General trusts that the Government of Sri Lanka will continue to respect the work of the United Nations and its agencies as well as its obligations to the safety of United Nations staff in Colombo.  He regrets the inflammatory tone of some of the recent public statements emanating from Sri Lanka.


The Secretary-General sincerely hopes that this advisory report will make a contribution to full accountability and justice so that the Sri Lankan Government and people will be able to proceed towards national reconciliation and peace. -End-

UN Secretary General’s Expert Panel Report on Sri Lanka


 

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  • perumal Tuesday, 26 April 2011 02:01 AM

    Don't worry. When it rains it will rain cats and dogs.

    Marikkar Tuesday, 26 April 2011 01:57 AM

    Lankan Chandia wins

    harini Tuesday, 26 April 2011 02:18 AM

    Miracle of Asia!

    SL Tuesday, 26 April 2011 02:22 AM

    Sec Gen may have realized the limitation of his mandate after visiting Russia.

    Wara Tuesday, 26 April 2011 06:28 AM

    What democratic countries ? Are you referring to US ? They are the people who has killed more than 2 million people of other countries. No inquiry on these. Ban Ki choon where are you ?

    wara Tuesday, 26 April 2011 02:20 AM

    My deepest sympathies to the families of those thousands of fellow citizens who were killed in the final stages of the War!

    Kondey Bendapu Sinha Tuesday, 26 April 2011 02:24 AM

    Moon you are scapegoat of US,UK & Tamil Diaspora

    Wara Tuesday, 26 April 2011 06:30 AM

    Sweet dream !!

    ranjit Tuesday, 26 April 2011 02:31 AM

    when rains some will say 'But ...... No Floods'.

    JT Tuesday, 26 April 2011 06:27 AM

    Speaking about Soosei, Charles Anthoney and etc.. etc?
    I pity u were not there....

    Wara Tuesday, 26 April 2011 06:31 AM

    UN means Uncivilized Nations !!!

    makalu Tuesday, 26 April 2011 06:40 AM

    In Buddhism, it is well said that, if you kill anyone,the kamma will follow you forever until you are punished properly. It is immaterial the victim is Sinhalese, Tamil, Muslim or any other race.

    prkiruba Tuesday, 26 April 2011 02:40 AM

    But the Mahinda and the gang does not sympathise - that is thesad storey of the whole issue

    Steve Gunaratne Tuesday, 26 April 2011 02:43 AM

    Seems like he has no other critical issues around the word than hounding SL. Wonder if he getting paid for the special interest he has for SL

    Agbo Tuesday, 26 April 2011 06:56 AM

    What a God is he? He was watching all these things as a cricket match and now suddenly he as realized that he had something to do at that time.

    Uditha Tuesday, 26 April 2011 06:57 AM

    Certainly not..that doesn’t mean an elected government can go and kill thousands of civilians.
    Truth has to come out..It will definitely unit the country.

    sxhabeeb Tuesday, 26 April 2011 02:44 AM

    When over floods and become disaster - UN will be the first to assist you.... as it has happend in the past.

    Fayad Tuesday, 26 April 2011 02:36 AM

    Most inefficient UN secretary-general ever !!!!!!!!

    ajith Tuesday, 26 April 2011 02:42 AM

    Its about time that Ban Ki-moon is shown the door from the UN.

    K.V. Paulson Wednesday, 27 April 2011 07:00 AM

    UN Secretary General is "Monkey Moon"..spineless UN Secretary General ever had..

    aaaaa Wednesday, 27 April 2011 07:09 AM

    citizens in sri lanka need justice and its you who can give it

    DUWI Tuesday, 26 April 2011 02:57 AM

    Given the sloppiness, vagueness, bias-ness of Ban-Ki's report, its sure to rain monkeys, cats and dogs in the UN.

    nandana Tuesday, 26 April 2011 07:28 AM

    DID YOU COUNT THEM?

    meranchi Tuesday, 26 April 2011 03:18 AM

    you are big bully ....i

    Boby Tuesday, 26 April 2011 03:21 AM

    Ware, You are a real Srilankan

    malkanthi Wednesday, 27 April 2011 07:33 AM

    Since we have hard evidence on the crimes committed by LTTE and the peace that minorities are enjoying after eliminating terrorism, let challenge the UN to conduct an independent inquiry in our land! Come-on we are a 'Lion' nation.

    summa Tuesday, 26 April 2011 03:34 AM

    If there are....

    Lankan Tuesday, 26 April 2011 03:37 AM

    Hey, You are a bootlicker of war criminals.

    Kakutu Tuesday, 26 April 2011 03:41 AM

    That's because no real rain clouds are awailable.

    Nil Wednesday, 27 April 2011 07:51 AM

    "The report also said UN “political organs and bodies failed to take actions that might have protected civilians,” including public use of casualty figures." - This is the problem.. there isn't any influential and unbiased international body to prevent war crimes or whatever happening around. In the past and right now. UN or other body has failed to give a solution or killings in SL. What they should do now is to press the SL GOV to implement a lasting solution and equal rights, not this..

    John Tuesday, 26 April 2011 03:57 AM

    Good have a few powerful friends to getaway with any crime.

    kanan Tuesday, 26 April 2011 08:42 AM

    finally every indirectly accept crimes done but do not want any inquiry but it will continue if something happen satisfied now...

    unl Tuesday, 26 April 2011 03:44 AM

    Power of MR

    nagu Tuesday, 26 April 2011 08:49 AM

    So SF is partly resposible for this alaso....

    Sam Tuesday, 26 April 2011 08:57 AM

    What about those who were killed during the initial & intermediate stages of war ? You don't sympathize ? What a strange sympathizer.

    j Tuesday, 26 April 2011 04:12 AM

    No, sadly no rain for ever

    Tonto Tuesday, 26 April 2011 04:14 AM

    Good move, Mr. Moon, all democratic countries will back you in this probe. It will show the undemocratic rulers their real ranking with the rest of the world.

    Nirmal Tuesday, 26 April 2011 04:14 AM

    At last there is a voice from heaven to the voiceless people pf vanni who payed the highest price for this war and freedom more than the effluent Jaffna , and eastern people. thank you God.

    Saman Withana Tuesday, 26 April 2011 04:14 AM

    SF, you also responsible for UN interventions (white flag case) any way hopfuly government should act strategicaly. Well done Sri Lanka....

    M-J Tuesday, 26 April 2011 04:11 AM

    absolutely correct....UN CHIEF & WEST CAN DO NOTHING...

    Nimal Tuesday, 26 April 2011 04:15 AM

    Sri Lanka should ensure that it keeps all the members of the UNHRC well informed.

    Tharaka Chanaka Tuesday, 26 April 2011 04:15 AM

    How come WW is very quiet? he should be on a "diet' now

    Prasad Wimalagunarat Tuesday, 26 April 2011 09:21 AM

    Why are the so jealous with Sri LAnkans?

    Rajitha Tuesday, 26 April 2011 04:31 AM

    at least it's good to know that now he understands UN is not USA and EU.

    Roshan Tuesday, 26 April 2011 04:30 AM

    Real problem to SL start now, what UN secretary wants is the authority to probe the War Crime.The next step is to pass a resolution to get the authority and in that case Russia and China will abstain and will not use veto.

    a Tuesday, 26 April 2011 04:17 AM

    If this war lasted another 70,000 lives, could have easily gone .

    KD Tuesday, 26 April 2011 04:19 AM

    Why only final stage..How about last 30 years?

    Jabos Tuesday, 26 April 2011 04:32 AM

    The report also mentions a zillion of atrocities carried out by the LTTE. I still can't see any probe against the remaining goons in the west as in the TGTE or Adela Balasingham whom we have evidence of hanging cyanide around kids necks. When do we see action against them? Why only GOSL?

    Francis Tuesday, 26 April 2011 04:37 AM

    Mr Moon get lost, what have you done against Israel for all the atrocities they are committing against the Palestenians on a daily basis , its coz they are supported by US and you are counting on their support for your extension.

    Loku Pissa Tuesday, 26 April 2011 04:24 AM

    Now what is the reaction from Wimal - He must go to Geneva or NY with his army.

    AJI Tuesday, 26 April 2011 04:42 AM

    UN is a terrorist supporting organization, there is no requirement of doing any investigation on Sri Lanka.

    omelette Tuesday, 26 April 2011 04:34 AM

    That mention is only to hive a 'feel good' look that the report is balanced.

    Rasika Alwis Tuesday, 26 April 2011 04:57 AM

    Actually what UN expected is not to prosecute Sri Lankan officials as implied but to tarnish the image of SL and to pave the way to Eelamists to achieve their target

    Saman Tuesday, 26 April 2011 05:06 AM

    Have youever sent sympathies last thirty years or so when murderous praba killing innocent civilians did not have any connections to his blood thirst????? Not sinhala people but tamils themselves. You have revange ful mind. If Bloody LTTE didn,t take innocent Tamils as human shield, thia wouldn;t have happened. When you talk about all these atleast they live without hearing sounds of explosives....crocodile tears with full of blood....if this goes forward, Do you really think will have good results for the Tamils????????

    Athula Wednesday, 27 April 2011 09:45 AM

    Banki Moon No Home Work Done and go Back to School for a good report .

    Rajitha Seneviratne Tuesday, 26 April 2011 05:19 AM

    Sanity should prevail. This was purely an internal affair. A panel that has not set foot on our soil cannot make a judgment without knowing the ground realities. Its simple as that but the underline idea of setting up this panel was something serious.The postive thing is that the majority of Sri Lankans are against it without any doubt.

    UNESH Tuesday, 26 April 2011 05:20 AM

    100% with you KD

    shan Tuesday, 26 April 2011 05:26 AM

    Belive only Allah not UNor anyone

    firoz Tuesday, 26 April 2011 05:29 AM

    We also need to alleged war crimes by Israel , US , UK and France in their many many ventures of war !!!!
    Then they can come to us ..........................
    Bloody hypocrites !!!!

    Palitha Tuesday, 26 April 2011 05:13 AM

    War crimes are unavoidable, what has happened, already happened. Now we all depend our case

    Labby Tuesday, 26 April 2011 05:13 AM

    A shameless secretary general who cannot take any firm decision.

    David Tuesday, 26 April 2011 05:30 AM

    How about War Crimes by Donald. BUSH and Blair... In Iraq... Moon take a note of this.

    You would have seen the pictures what the US army did in Iraq Prison.

    Sara Tuesday, 26 April 2011 05:28 AM

    By the LTTE!

    bernard Tuesday, 26 April 2011 03:33 PM

    Our forces didn't kill innocent Tamils. If so they could have killed thousands more easily. They only went after the hardcore LTTE killers and anyone who was affiliated with them with the aim of totally anihilating the cold blooded killers. If innocent Tamils were killed in the process it was unintentional. GOSL should have apologized for civilian deaths. Moon is mislead by LTTE supporters and he is hoping to stay another term with his pet project. He is sure to fail.

    kuhan Tuesday, 26 April 2011 05:43 AM

    who ever make mistake
    it should be correct
    It is good for country and people who loves democratic

    raju Tuesday, 26 April 2011 05:41 AM

    good move sir , go ahead, do your duty,bring justice to the victims. whoever did crime is crime criminal is criminal.

    Maru Yaka Tuesday, 26 April 2011 05:49 AM

    UN Can you please let us move on to our united future! Tks.

    Nan Tuesday, 26 April 2011 05:50 AM

    grow a back bone mr moon. remember a guy called kofi anan????

    Amintha Tuesday, 26 April 2011 05:37 AM

    Moon should be hang for this discrimination.

    Prabu Tuesday, 26 April 2011 10:36 AM

    How about the people killed by LTTE, in the last 30 years.

    MagodisThumama Tuesday, 26 April 2011 01:11 AM

    Thunder & Lightning...But... No Rain !.

    Athula Tuesday, 26 April 2011 05:59 AM

    Sour Grapes why not pass a resolution to catch bin larden who is at large and attacked U.N home land and stop crying after a war .

    SL Tuesday, 26 April 2011 06:01 AM

    Keep dreaming for the worse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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