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The government said today that although the UN has made it very clear that the Expert Panel appointed by the UN Chief Ban Ki Moon is an advisory panel and not an investigative body, Sri Lanka still rejects it on the basis that it is counterproductive to the country.

External Affairs Minister Professor G.L. Peiris speaking to reporters a short while ago said this in response to moves by the UN Chief to appoint a three member panel in New York on Tuesday to advise him on accountability issues relating to Sri Lanka.

Minister Peiris added that Sri Lanka will not allow the UN Panel of Experts to enter the country to conduct any sort of investigations. (Daily Mirror online)

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  • samba Thursday, 24 June 2010 05:12 PM

    With all these people/govt only we tied the tigers hand and killed them. nothing comes free in this world. they wouldn't have expected that we will go to the level where everyone will think too much before go. we are telling countries we can teach how to fight terrorism, well they want to know how by appointing this pannel. Now we are saying we don't allow, is this fair? It is just the begining.. like it or not we all have to see the outcome and end result. MR might have achived what VP couldn't.

    THARMA U K Thursday, 24 June 2010 09:19 AM

    If your hand is clear and if there is no blood in your hand , then why are you worrying about the pannel,and even if they want to visit Srilanka and investigate the matter.

    Nimesh Thursday, 24 June 2010 09:28 AM

    We can stop the contribution to the UN, if they are not listening.

    citizen1 Thursday, 24 June 2010 08:26 PM

    It is sad to see such an accomplished professional just rambling on ...

    Lanke Banda Thursday, 24 June 2010 10:34 AM

    Well said Mr Minister. The Majority of Non Terror supporters of Lanka who are Citizens living in Lanka has vehemently supported the President and the Govt by electing them. Most consideration of the choice was on eradication of Terror and standing with a straight back to the Western perpetrators.

    suvimal Thursday, 24 June 2010 10:35 AM

    ...........or isn't it better to hand over the matter to our military.

    Vernon Thursday, 24 June 2010 11:00 AM

    Not necessarily! We dont agree with the double standards of the UN. When UN and Britain go on killing spree in Afghanistan and Iraq, they are mute spectators. These puppets are working against us because of our pro-Iran and Pro-China stance. The US, Europe and India hate this stance of Sri Lanka. So, they are effectively coordinating with enemies to harass Sri Lanka. Let all of us rally round the govt to teach a lesson to the UN

    part Thursday, 24 June 2010 11:02 AM

    lots of similarities between Israel and Sri Lanka

    Vernon Thursday, 24 June 2010 11:02 AM

    Are their hands clean to investigate the crimes of others? Their only aim is to arm-twist us.

    gogona Friday, 25 June 2010 11:00 AM

    yes. we know to eradicate terrorism. but we dont know to protect human rights ..hehehe...

    JEM D Thursday, 24 June 2010 07:10 AM

    What humor! We don't need any advisory panal. We are qualified if any to advice the UN on irradicating Terrorism. We have the personal in the Army to be advisors to any country fighting Terrorism.

    With out being rude we sould politely offer our assistance to Banki Moon who is tryng to go over the moon.

    raj Thursday, 24 June 2010 01:03 PM

    peris, you are doing your job. That's it.

    Ruwan Ferdinandez Thursday, 24 June 2010 07:14 AM

    No need to worry too much, Banki is trying to save his face against pressure from Norway and Britain. The committee will give a shoddy report in one year but all will be forgotten as Banki will be busy fighting for a second term. Already candidates are lining up and it will not be an easy ride for Banki. Most Banki's projects are flops anyway, like the Global warming campaign.

    Kumar Wijayasekara Thursday, 24 June 2010 07:16 AM

    The only way to control these external forces is to put our own house in order. As we have no war situation or terrorism in the country why are we still keeping emergency laws.

    Lal Hannadige Thursday, 24 June 2010 07:16 AM

    You can interpret it the way you want but they have already appointed and investigation will start. When trying to dictate terms to big brothers you will be at the receiving end. So don’t try to be smart always try to be friendly and polite you will not loose anything and country men will be happy

    Terrence Fernando Thursday, 24 June 2010 07:23 AM

    Be diplomatic and solve the issues. Trying to be too smart will bounce back to us.

    JEM D Thursday, 24 June 2010 07:30 AM

    We are a sovering country. We have pride. We are the only country in recent modern history who has successfully driven out the terrorist and seperatist. Friendship and hospitality is in the nature of Sri Lanka.

    But we dont have to bend backwards just to apease these guys who have their own agenda to ruin our Country.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Thursday, 24 June 2010 07:33 AM

    Wonder why Professori GLP did not consider the option of sueing the UN as well for this unilateral action.

    LandLover Thursday, 24 June 2010 07:49 AM

    How about arresting Banki with charge saying that he tried to topple the govt.

    Sadeera Thursday, 24 June 2010 07:52 AM

    Diplomacy does not mean that you have to agree with everything others say; that's called cowardliness

    Wasantha Thursday, 24 June 2010 07:56 AM

    Anyone can advise. It is up to the receiver to take it or not.Let the UN panel advise,we have the right to take it or reject. They cannot implement advisesby force. We have our own experts and instead of their advise, we can implement our own.Very easily matter can be sorted out without getting panic.

    raja Thursday, 24 June 2010 07:56 AM

    No we need to bend backwards to appease our chaps who have their own agenda to ruin our country. Bread gone up, vegetables gone up, rice gone up, flour gone up, milk powder gone up, gas and fuel gone up, transport costs gone up, no medicine, shortage of chicken, fish from liberated area still on the way, education system on the brink, vehicle duty come down (WHY ??????). no indictment yet against Kothalawela but 3 court martials and several court cases against Fonseka.
    SOON WE WONT HAVE TO BEND BACKWARDS BECAUSE WE WONT HAVE LIFE TO STAND UP.

    FIRAZ ANVER Thursday, 24 June 2010 08:07 AM

    We have to seek outside help to investigate war crime charges. Will the so called qualified team have the guts to sue the President or his family. A good example is the "puppet" Election commissioner - a mere mouthpiece.

    Rohan Rajapakse Thursday, 24 June 2010 08:08 AM

    Sri Lanka do not need an Advisory Panel but we could give advise to any country fighting terrorism including the so called super powers

    gemba Thursday, 24 June 2010 03:04 PM

    We are qualified to violate human rights and commit war crime. We are expert on that and have 3 decades of experience. Funny part is within the last 3 decades not a single instance of such violation was investigated to punish criminals. Rather state adopted a policy to intimidate the victims. By the way where we you living? In moon? Now Sri Lankans are unable to think as a civilised human.

    gemba Thursday, 24 June 2010 03:05 PM

    Small difference. In Sri Lanka there is no legitimacy to justify their atrocities.

    gunda Thursday, 24 June 2010 08:13 AM

    All the reactions coming from Srl Lanka confirms that they have something to hide.

    SUMINA Thursday, 24 June 2010 08:15 AM

    THEY APPOINT PANEL. WHAT DO WE CARE : WE REJECT, WHO CARES ! - LET'S HOPE SRI LANKA WILL NEVER RESORT TO BACK DOOR DIPLOMACY AGAIN LIKE WE DID WITH IMF.

    danial_den5 Thursday, 24 June 2010 03:42 PM

    hey guys,

    You are going on wrong way and have gone long way. Even India or China will not be able to save you when you are standing at International crimes court. You can speak louder rigt now in your country, but when there will be time for justice for you killed the innocent Tamils as you wished.

    ajith Thursday, 24 June 2010 08:31 AM

    Most comments are illogical.When your countries pride is in jeopardy you must back your country not UN or outsiders.No unity among ourselves.Shame on you Srilankans.

    Rattapakse Thursday, 24 June 2010 04:19 PM

    What we try to do is like shutting the house door tied and planning to sit clam inside while Tsunami is coming fast outside.

    SLFireBall Thursday, 24 June 2010 04:24 PM

    Do you think expulsion of emergency lows will stop the external pressures?


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