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On Sri Lanka, As Ban Sends Report to Geneva, Lame Internal Review

[Inner City Press, Monday, 19 September 2011 10:33 One Comment]

Months after a UN report documented presumptive war crimes by Sri Lanka, and negligence at best by the UN, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon past 8 pm on September 12 announced he was belatedly transmitting the report to the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

  Earlier on September 12, Inner City Press had asked Ban’s spokesman Martin Nesirky if Ban had yet taken the time to see the graphic documentary depicting war crimes in Sri Lanka, "Killing Fields." Nesirky said he would check, but 11 hours later there was no answer, other than the announcement of transmittal.

  Inner City Press also asked Nesirky about a statement by Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the UN Palitha Kohona the previous week, when the government’s rebuttal to Killing Fields was shown in the UN (despite Killing Fields not having been shown in the UN – more on this including conflicts of interest anon.)

  Kohona told Inner City Press, "that’s a question you should ask Mr. Nambiar," when asked about assurances given to surrendering Tamil Tiger leaders who were subsequently killed.

   (As reported in Sri Lanka, beyond Kohona’s answers to Inner City Press, he wrote a text message conveying that the surrenderees should just come out — they did, and were killed.)

  So Inner City Press asked Nesirky to make Nambiar available for the questions even Kohona said should be asked of Nambiar. Nesirky said he would check if Ban’s seen Killing Fields but did not answer about Nambiar. When Pressed he said, "I think you know that answer to that question."

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  So Ban’s own chief of staff refuses to answer questions about witnessing or being involved in war crimes, that even Sri Lanka’s Ambassador said "you should ask Mr. Nambiar." Meanwhile Ban appoints the former head of UNFPA to belatedly perform the review of the UN’s own actions which the Panel suggested months ago.

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  • kandaswami said:

    THE OLDER PEOPLE SAYS THAT THO WHO DONE WRONG DOING HE WILL PUNISHED LATER BUT THIS WORDS IS CORRECT WHO EVER DOING CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY HE WANT TO BRING IN FRONT OF JUSTICE THATS MY OPENION NOT ONELY TAMIL PEOPLE RATHER THAN TAMILS ANY COMMUNITY, RELIGION ,TRIBES AND ECT ALL OF THEM WANT JUSTICE THANK YOU.