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14 December 2012 06:24 am - 9     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The United Nations yesterday said that the UN Deputy Secretary-General sent a letter to relevant heads of UN departments, offices, funds and programmes this week, asking them to nominate representatives to participate in a working group to give careful consideration to the recommendations set out in the Internal Review Panel report on United Nations actions in Sri Lanka.

Addressing the daily press briefing at the UN Headquarters in New York, Martin Nesirky, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General said, “you will recall the Secretary-General asked the Deputy Secretary-General to convene this working group and report to him.”

“The working group is expected to complete its deliberations sometime in the second quarter of next year, with options for action and implementation.  These will be reviewed by the Deputy Secretary-General after discussion with relevant heads of the UN system before the findings are presented to the Secretary-General.”

The following is the transcript of the briefing

Question:  And just one factual thing and… would… you may either have this or you could look, I am wondering, in order to figure out whether the UN is still covering this issue.  There is… the… the Sri Lanka Campaign, which is a well-known group based in the UK headed by Kofi Annan’s former spokesman, has put out an alert saying about 20 women that were taken into a hospital in Kilinochi, brought there by the army, haven’t been able to be visited by any human rights groups and are… and there… there is much concern about what the origin of being… putting these women in the military hospital outside of… of public reach, and so I wondered if… if… if… one, if the UN system is aware of this and has tried to look into it, and if it is not, what does it think of this?  Is this… is this still the kind of thing that would be on the radar of the UN system, including given the reason that… that the DSG is doing this review?

Spokesperson:  Well, I would put that review to one side, because it is something that is being looked at.  There are recommendations in that report that the Secretary-General and the UN system take very seriously, and that is why this working group will be looking at them, as I just mentioned.  Of course, there is a UN presence in the country, and of course there is UN interest from parts of the system in various developments in Sri Lanka, as elsewhere.  If I have anything specific on the point that you mentioned, coming from this campaign, I’ll let you know.  I don’t have anything specific here right now.  Yes, Carla?

  Comments - 9

  • Nodrog Friday, 14 December 2012 06:46 AM

    Why is the UN so fixated on SL? Are the post war issues here bigger than the present issues in Syria, Israel, Palestine, Afghanistan where people are still being killed?

    Powerless Friday, 14 December 2012 11:43 AM

    Looks like UN is behaving very much like Sri Lankan government. Panel after panel....

    RAJKay Friday, 14 December 2012 03:06 PM

    SL is senior member of all those countries, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Palestine.

    Union Friday, 14 December 2012 10:18 PM

    WHat is wrong on getting fixed on SL. UN going behind biggest criminals.

    jacoob Saturday, 15 December 2012 12:14 AM


    your answer is simple and superb!

    jacoob Saturday, 15 December 2012 12:14 AM

    UN might have learnt it from srilanka in a tray with diamonds!!

    Nodrog Saturday, 15 December 2012 02:55 AM

    rajkay...ignorant or disillusioned?

    Lobo Saturday, 15 December 2012 02:55 AM

    Surprisingly there are still crying supporters of the defeated LTTE who many have forgotten killed women, children and conscripted under-aged boys and girls as cannon fodder.

    Muhunthan Saturday, 15 December 2012 09:16 AM

    What most of our people (Sri Lankan's) fail to understand is that the reason we are able to uphold our sovereignty as a nation is because of the UN.

    If the UN did not exist we would have by now been concurred or invaded by China or India.

    Most of the Sri Lankans think we are super hero's and who the hell are the other world bodies to dictate terms to us. In that case we must stop taking benefits from other nations in the UN. Including dependencies of our exports.

    We as Sri Lankan's should never be hypocrites, but be humble and truthful.

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