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At UN on Sri Lanka Report, Agencies Prepared, Portugal Only Against Leaks

[Inner City Press, Thursday, 21 April 2011 16:27 No Comment]

With the UN Panel of Experts’ Sri Lanka report expected to be released April 21 at noon, Inner City Press is told that a meeting was held at 4 pm on April 20 with UN agencies, to get them “on the same page” about the report.

  Meanwhile, contrary to reports that Portugal opposed mention of the Sri Lanka in the Security Council on April 18, Inner City Press is told by Portugal’s Mission to the UN that the only raised the issue that “an NGO” gave the Portuguese Ambassador (some of) the report.

  On the evening of April, Sri Lankan Permanent Representative Palitha Kohona told Inner City Press that an NGO gave the report to the Portuguese Ambassador, and it appeared a pro government publication.

(The same publication reported that the report was handed to Sri Lanka’s Shavendra Silva by Vijay Nambiar, whose role in the so called white flag murders of surrendees is described in a filing with the International Criminal Court. More on this to follow.)

But Portugal was only speaking about the leak, not criticizing the report or its official release.

At 10 a.m. on April 21, Inner City Press e-mailed UN spokesmen Farhan Haq and Martin

“This is a request to be told as soon as the Panel of Experts report on Sri Lanka is released or made available by the UN. Also please state the role of Mr. Nambiar in reviewing the report, please disclose how much was spent by the UN in preparing the report, please state whether the Panel or any member traveled to Sri Lanka and if not, why not, and please deny or confirm and describe any meeting by any Sri Lanka government official since the Panel’s work began. Please confirm receipt of these requests.”

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