While claiming that he will continue to discuss with Sri Lanka on its accountability, UN Chief Ban Ki-moon said that he is still awaiting the response of the Sri Lankan government for the Expert Panel recommendations, the Inner City Press reported
“I am still awaiting the response of the Sri Lankan Government. I am checking almost every day, every week so that they will send their response as soon as possible. That can give me further review on their response,” he told reporters following a press conference in New York on Monday in which Ban announced that he had met with the Asia Group and they support him for a second term as UN Secretary General.
He further said “most of the recommendations of the Panel’s report concern steps which the Sri Lankan Government needs to take. Beyond what I can do within the UN to review its actions during the final stage of conflict, much will depend on the Government of Sri Lanka and the Member States who have been studying this report. Addressing the issue of accountability will be an essential step towards lasting peace and stability in the country. And I will continue to discuss this matter with the Sri Lankan leadership so that they will implement fully the recommendations in this Panel’s report. First and foremost, proper action is needed to be taken by the Sri Lankan Government. That’s what the international community really wants.”
After Ban's press conference, Inner City Press interviewed a Deputy Permanent Representative who attended the meeting. He said that no vote was taken, but rather “acclamation.” Inner City Press asked if Sri Lanka spoke, and the DPR said yes.