UNITED NATIONS: A top UN peacekeeping committee on Wednesday barred a Sri Lankan general accused of carrying out a military onslaught against civilians.
But Major General Shavendra Silva still attended the first meeting Wednesday of a special advisory panel to UN leader Ban Ki-moon. He sat in the room but no other member spoke to him and no documents were given to him, diplomats said.
Silva's nomination to the panel by Asia-Pacific countries at the UN set off a storm of protest by rights groups. A Canadian official who chairs the special advisory group (SAG) said in a statement that Silva "will not participate" in the panel's work.
Silva has been accused of playing a central role in the Sri Lankan military's crushing of a Tamil separatist uprising in 2009 in which tens of thousands of people died, according to UN experts and rights groups.
"Following careful consideration and consultation with other SAG members, the chair, Louise Frechette, has advised Major General Shavendra Silva of Sri Lanka, that his participation is not appropriate or helpful for the purposes of this group. He will not participate in its deliberations," said a statement released by Frechette.
Frechette is a former UN deputy secretary general and top Canadian diplomat who was named by Ban to chair the committee.
"If Frechette had not acted this panel would just have fallen apart, nobody wanted him on the panel," said one diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Silva, who has not faced any charges over his role in the military campaign, was not immediately available for comment.
The peacekeeping panel, which is to set payments to countries that contribute troops to UN missions, has 10 members, half named by Ban and half nominated by regional groups.
Silva's nomination was strongly condemned by Human Rights Watch and other rights groups. UN human rights chief Navi Pillay also wrote a letter condemning the appointment.
But the UN secretariat had previously said it could do nothing about Silva's appointment as it was decided by member countries. (Source: AFP)
Can he come back to Sri Lanka and be appointed to a high civilian post? so that the vacancy can be filled by Sri Lanka by a career diplomat who would ensure more SL peace keepers are recruited by the UN. We need the MONEY and the Jobs. Let us be practical here.Right now we may attend meetings and not even the documents being discussed will be given to us not to mention never being allowed to talk.
sinniah Thursday, 23 February 2012 09:12 PM
You cant cheat all the people all the time.This criminal must locked up in prision for life.
Vignesh Thursday, 23 February 2012 10:05 AM
How many many tamil life taken S L army ? Is that ok.?
ANPerera Thursday, 23 February 2012 10:05 AM
Why do you see UN as your GOD?
Gaya Thursday, 23 February 2012 09:24 PM
Only a national hero of Sri Lanka. A country which has a history genocide.
Mayu Thursday, 23 February 2012 10:06 AM
Until it is proved in the courts, he is having all the right to do that.
willows Thursday, 23 February 2012 10:08 AM
General Shavendra is a real hero and a highly qualified officer and a gentleman, he knows what he is dong, and I'm afraid the so called peacekeeping committee is worried that if he starts talking and making decisions then they all have to go home, because they cant' play games with him.
krishan Thursday, 23 February 2012 10:56 PM
those guys are in parliment with minister post. Why are u looking outside
TomsamUSA Thursday, 23 February 2012 11:27 PM
Human rights and right for self determination is stronger than any currency.
TomsamUSA Thursday, 23 February 2012 11:28 PM
It's time to confess and enjoy the spring weather in NYC.
Sanjeayan Thursday, 23 February 2012 10:19 AM
shantha madawela Thursday, 23 February 2012 10:33 AM
Every action has a opposite equal reaction....
Roger Friday, 24 February 2012 10:01 AM
Have you ever been educated to understand how a nomination is made in a organisation and the steps how the body can make to stop that nomination in action. Well I miss the point sri lankans are so uneducated to realise how it works
banda Thursday, 23 February 2012 10:24 AM
US start counting now, 1..2..3..4....?
faqi Friday, 24 February 2012 12:13 AM
Canada, Australia are two to the countries where the LTTE supporting Tamil diaspora have a big say in politics and contributions to politicians,so naturally their diplomats will side with the LTTE supporters not the GOSL. They do not care for the truth, all they have to do is go to Sri Lanka and see for themselves the real situation on the ground.
roger Thursday, 23 February 2012 04:19 AM
In the first place our war hero shouldn't have been sent to that , pro tiger UNO , to be humiliated like this.
Chelliah Friday, 24 February 2012 12:11 AM
His skill is not required in UN...Only requires in Jungle...
ADRIAN CORERA Thursday, 23 February 2012 04:16 AM
You are always our hero.
Ajantha Dissanayake Thursday, 23 February 2012 10:36 AM
Person being accused of some wrong doing is not necessary mean he is a convict. Presumption of innocent is a basis concept in judicial proceeding. That means until someone is proven guilty he/she is presumed innocent. It is sad an official who does not know this basic rule is chairing the Special Advisory Group.
Silva Thursday, 23 February 2012 10:39 AM
Also your should kick off from the country
viplan Friday, 24 February 2012 12:42 AM
well done UN.
Guru Thursday, 23 February 2012 04:35 AM
This is what happens to criminals.
Thatha Thursday, 23 February 2012 11:10 AM
Countdown start for punishment.
Raj Thursday, 23 February 2012 11:04 AM
They joined the government and became Ministers.
Kc Thursday, 23 February 2012 04:42 AM
Do we need all this?
Leslie Thursday, 23 February 2012 04:55 AM
It is better for Silva to gracefully withdraw from the panel. This would save face for the Country than being disgraced.
lanka kamalgoda Thursday, 23 February 2012 04:45 AM
IT IS A CASE OF POT CALLING THE KETTLE BLACK. I HAVE ONLY TWO WORDS-- GUANTANAMO BAY.
Sena Friday, 24 February 2012 01:53 AM
But most accused persons do keep away from official work until the accusation is resolved.
Ranjan Thursday, 23 February 2012 05:04 AM
How could war criminals be on such peacekeeping committee
Nodrog Thursday, 23 February 2012 05:09 AM
whatever happened to 'innocent until proven guilty'......or does this rule apply only to 'white folk' ?
Roy Thursday, 23 February 2012 05:09 AM
God waits and punishes......
TMA Thursday, 23 February 2012 05:15 AM
Even if U blame the UN for this, within few days U'll go begging for their aid
Nodrog Thursday, 23 February 2012 05:30 AM
Shame of the UN for giving in to the Tamil diaspora whose only agenda is to create and maintain mayhem between the Tamils and Sinhalese to keep the donations rolling in.
Surain Thursday, 23 February 2012 05:34 AM
the way you conducted at the Court marshal inquiry of our war Hero SF we have a huge concern about your credibility
dias Thursday, 23 February 2012 05:33 AM
Dear our hero why dont you come back to your country you are liveing in a bugs shell,
sirisena jayawardane Thursday, 23 February 2012 01:19 PM
very sad news. You are one of our greatest national heroes who were responsible for eliminating LTTE terrorism from our mother country.We are able to live in peace in any part of our country.
krishna Thursday, 23 February 2012 01:10 PM
Nodrog Friday, 24 February 2012 03:39 AM
If the UN had definite proof they could have taken action but all anyone has is unproven allegations.
Human Thursday, 23 February 2012 05:51 AM
Yeah... like what happened to LTTE criminals who killed over 20,000 unarmed Sri Lankan is bombs and massacres .
Zscore Thursday, 23 February 2012 06:09 AM
What goes around comes around.. he he he
Samayan Thursday, 23 February 2012 02:28 PM
Dollars are more powerful than UN
Ajith Thursday, 23 February 2012 06:09 AM
Exactly in the same way as some members of the Tamil diaspora do.
Gonjan Thursday, 23 February 2012 06:21 AM
He may be a war criminals to Terrorists who sucked our blood for 30 years....
Ajith Thursday, 23 February 2012 06:10 AM
Provided there is one
Ajith Thursday, 23 February 2012 06:11 AM
Yes to feed you too (if you are Sri Lankan)
Thomas Thursday, 23 February 2012 06:26 AM
In the First Place, why should Military men to be appointed as Senior Diplomats in Embassies, and the UN. Career diplomats be appointed as Ambassadors etc.
Manushya Thursday, 23 February 2012 06:37 AM
Is this a way UN behaves i.e. first letting him to be appointed and then to be bared from attending? can they afford to behave so cheaply like this? Isn't is a big humiliation to our country? Do we see a difference between the UN and our government as both are highly partial and unprofessional in their conduct. God save the world
Psycho Thursday, 23 February 2012 06:38 AM
Those who have not sinned cast thy first stone.
charmW Thursday, 23 February 2012 06:58 AM
This is a good lesson for the Sri Lankan government. Thuggery is not accepted in civilized world. UN has asked the SL government to recall this chap but government prefers thugs. Probably Kohona would have been a better choice to be nominated fot this panel.
Kondebendapucheena Thursday, 23 February 2012 06:58 AM
No matter what world saying He is a War Hero for All the Sri Lankans ,
lalith deshapriya Thursday, 23 February 2012 06:58 AM
Gen. Shavendra is a all time hero for us. and skillful soldier.
Palitha Thursday, 23 February 2012 07:08 AM
I well preplanned act!
uma Thursday, 23 February 2012 07:16 AM
Well Done UN, appreciate your great understanding & action..
TMA Thursday, 23 February 2012 07:16 AM
Definitely, I'm fed thnx to UN, IMF. so I won't blame like an idiot
Guru Thursday, 23 February 2012 07:37 AM
Leslie, what face are you talkiing about, both the country and Silva doesn't have a decent face.
mahinda Thursday, 23 February 2012 07:43 AM
UN is'nt fortunate to have the services of a Hero who has crushed an organization which had violated human rights for the past 30 years and saved a country
Theepan Thursday, 23 February 2012 07:43 AM
They all died sir.. I thought u know that already
balu Thursday, 23 February 2012 08:06 AM
year like they were wiped out with families in 2009
Kodikara Thursday, 23 February 2012 04:53 PM
Too late. The damge to the country and citizens is already done due to stupid decisions by our leaders.
David Thursday, 23 February 2012 04:48 PM
Yes. Bring him back to Sri Lanka and give him a post like presidential adviser.
Suresh Thursday, 23 February 2012 05:03 PM
You are brainwashed.
Javi Thursday, 23 February 2012 08:35 AM
We have hundred of talented professional diplomats in our country, why Silva appointed for UN position, It caused troubles to SL image.
kaputakukula Thursday, 23 February 2012 08:49 AM
and... may be they have justice on their side?
AMT Thursday, 23 February 2012 08:42 AM
How to if claimed protection under diplomatic immunity?
pat Thursday, 23 February 2012 05:00 PM
SL must send him to China!
AMT Thursday, 23 February 2012 08:43 AM
There is one, because, punishments are sure?
AMT Thursday, 23 February 2012 08:44 AM
Our hero became zero now??
Rosh Thursday, 23 February 2012 08:45 AM
Some paradox situation !!!
mohan Thursday, 23 February 2012 09:03 AM
very good action,
Bimba Thursday, 23 February 2012 09:21 AM
Good work. Keep it up
gamunu Thursday, 23 February 2012 09:24 AM
He is not a war criminal. It is alleged, so until proven guilty he can not be labelled war criminal. That is what the western democracies preach!
Gajan Thursday, 23 February 2012 09:26 AM
Learnt it from the US i guess hehe
Guru Thursday, 23 February 2012 07:38 PM
This is just the start, he will be humiliated like this forever.
Gajan Thursday, 23 February 2012 09:46 AM
If he was nominated by member countries, i think he has all the right to sit on that committee.
Logan Thursday, 23 February 2012 07:43 PM
Well done Kick that wild dog out of the US Now or cage that Mad dog for life long.
silva Thursday, 23 February 2012 09:34 AM
Well done UN..... you should kick him out of UN Office
srinath.gunaratne Thursday, 23 February 2012 09:54 AM
We should not allow Shavendra Silva to be humiliated like this. Please bring him back and let him live a decent life in Sri Lanka.
Nodrog Thursday, 23 February 2012 09:56 AM
But if he was an American or British he'd be a war hero and honoured.
Mayu Thursday, 23 February 2012 09:48 AM
But the UN is thinking other way round. So how to estabilish the truth?
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