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At UN on Sri Lanka Report, Coomaraswamy Would Recuse, Team Ban Says Watch This Space on Asking for Action

[Inner City Press, Thursday, 12 May 2011 08:03 No Comment]

With Sri Lanka‘s Rajapaksa government insisting it will not respond to the UN Panel of Experts’ war crimes report, but only send a letter to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon about “humanitarian” work in the northern part of the country, Inner City Press on Wednesday asked Ban’s acting deputy spokesman Farhan Haq if such a letter would be considered a response.

Ban has said he would distribute any response by Sri Lanka, and that he cannot (or will not) initiate any investigative mechanism unless mandated by an intergovernmental body.

Inner City Press asked again if Ban will be asked any intergovernmental body — the Security Council, General Assembly or Human Rights Council — to take up the report and vote on whether or not to mandate an investigative mechanism.

Haq said that Ban is “still considering” what steps to take on the report. A senior Ban adviser earlier on Wednesday, when Inner City Press asked if Ban will make a recommendation to any intergovernmental body, replied “watch this space.” We will.

Inner City Press asked Ban’s adviser on children and armed conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy, about the Panel of Experts report and what she thought should be done about it. She replied that “member states can bring it up to some extent and if they do, the Secretary General will respond.”

Ms. Coomaraswamy added that since she is Sri Lankan, she would recuse herself from any review mandated by an intergovernmental body.

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