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The United Nations yesterday said that it has reminded the Sri Lanka Government of its responsibility to protect the UN personnel in Sri Lanka ahead of the planned protest scheduled for May 1 in Colombo.

Asked about planned protests scheduled for 1 May in Sri Lanka Farhan Haq, acting deputy Spokesman for the UN Chief addressing the daily news briefing in New York said “as the host country… the Government (Sri Lanka) has responsibilities towards UN personnel and assets, so as to ensure continuation of the vital work of the Organization without any hindrance or threats to the security of its personnel or facilities.”

He also said that “in light of the demonstrations in July 2010, it would be unacceptable if the authorities failed to prevent any disruption of the normal functioning of the UN offices in Sri Lanka as a result of unruly protests.”

However, the United Nations office in Colombo on Wednesday told Daily Mirror online that it is pleased with the security being provided by the government of Sri Lanka and has no security concerns.

“The office of the UN in Colombo is like that of any office anywhere in the world the host nation guarantees the protection of the UN staff,” UN Spokesperson in Colombo Tom Hockley said.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa last week called for mass protests on May 1, against a UN report said to allege that war crimes were committed at the end of the civil war.
 

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  • Fayad Friday, 29 April 2011 02:19 AM

    UN also have a responsibility to protect a county who has eliminated terrorism.
    We sri lankans also wanted to know whats UN stand on terrorism?
    One policy for West & another for the East ??????????????

    RDS Friday, 29 April 2011 02:31 AM

    Let us remind you of your responsibilities.

    kanan Friday, 29 April 2011 03:47 AM

    Sri Lanka first act properly as a country and make reconciliation in practical way rather than its evading as before

    DUWI Friday, 29 April 2011 03:56 AM

    The UN failed miserably to protect civilians in Sri Lanka (prior to the end of the war), Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Civilians are not being killed now in Sri Lanka due to the war, NO thanks to the UN.

    Sri Minnal Saturday, 30 April 2011 08:46 AM

    Hope Sri Lanka knows her responsibility.

    jayasiri Friday, 29 April 2011 03:44 PM

    Good this staff is working in Sri Lanka. What happened in Afganistan udner the control of US?

    ind Friday, 29 April 2011 04:34 AM

    Are you talking from mouth or other side ?? While sleeping when UK, US and Israel do anything and suddenly wakeup if something found from other countries.

    shehan jayawardene Friday, 29 April 2011 04:35 AM

    When do we end "State Terrorism" in Sri Lanka?

    lankaboy Friday, 29 April 2011 04:31 AM

    what about the UN's responsibilities it is becoming a toy of western countries and loosing the very purpose of why UN was established after the second world war

    Thomas Friday, 29 April 2011 04:37 AM

    BEWARE THE GHOST OF W W HANGING AROUND THE UN IN COLOMBO.

    This time no fasting and blockading, W W REMEMBERED THE ACTION ON LIBYA

    Nalaka Rambukpota Friday, 29 April 2011 07:13 PM

    Are you a relative of JR who actually started state terrorism?

    Mad Patriot Friday, 29 April 2011 11:41 AM

    Eliminating terroriasm per srilanka and eliminating entire race as per UN which one to believe

    Bernard Friday, 29 April 2011 07:34 AM

    Those who cannot listen should feel, this is a reminder to UN.


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