The United Nations yesterday expressed regret over the leak of the UN Panel report, to the media, before it was officially made public.
“Well, we’ve certainly regretted the leaking of this report,” Farhan Haq, Acting Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General said addressing yesterday’s media briefing in New York.
“We are nevertheless pressing ahead with our own review of the Panel of Experts report on Sri Lanka. So once the Secretary-General and his senior advisers finish that review, we will make the report public. And that will happen later this week. It is not expected for today, and yes, we are aware of the consequences of this leak, and we have already made clear our dismay at that,” he said.
At Monday’s briefing Haq said that the report had leaked to the media shortly after the UN gave the report to the Sri Lankan government.
“It did leak to a Sri Lankan newspaper, and it leaked shortly after we gave the report to the Government of Sri Lanka. But I don’t know definitively who it was who turned this over,” Haq said.