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Ban’s report: Top Indian team rushes to Colombo

[Sunday Times.lk, Sunday, 8 May 2011 08:54 One Comment]

A high powered Indian delegation will arrive in Colombo on Friday to discuss matters arising from the United Nations Advisory Panel’s report to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka during the final stages of the separatist war in May 2009.

It will comprise National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon, External Affairs Ministry Secretary Nirupama Rao and Defence Ministry Secretary Pradeep Kumar. The visit has assumed greater significance since India has not been ready to accept a similar three-member delegation from Sri Lanka before early June. Such a team to New Delhi was to comprise Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa, Presidential Secretary Lalith Weeratunga and Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa. In addition, External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris is due to visit New Delhi on May 16 for a meeting with his counterpart, S.M. Krishna.

The Indian delegation members are expected to meet President Mahinda Rajapaksa besides talking to their Sri Lankan counterparts. A priority for the visiting Indian delegation, the Sunday Times learns, is to urge the government to speedily address accountability and reconciliation issues raised in the UN Panel’s report. The Panel comprised Marzuki Darusman (Indonesia), Yasmin Sooka (South Africa) and Steven Ratner (United States).

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  • Ravi Silva said:

    If we are holding our breath waiting on India to do anything constructive about the criminals running Sri Lanka , we will undoubtably die from lack of oxygen. India will in fact do or say anything that the Rajapakse’s want if only they will steer away from Chinese influence. Sorry to say the worlds biggest democracy seems much more interested in what is good for India than any worries about human rights.