Sri Lanka avviser FNs planer om å be et ekspertpanel granske anklager om brudd på menneskerettighetene i krigen mot LTTE. Stavanger Aftenblad – Utenriks – 06.mar.2010 18:50:01
[ Reuters ][ Mar 06 12:51 GMT ] Sri Lanka's president has told U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon a proposed U.N. panel to look into possible human rights abuses in the country's civil war was unwarranted, the president's office said on Saturday. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon plans to ask a panel of experts to advise the world body on "accountability issues" relating to possible human rights abuses in Sri Lanka, his spokesman said on Friday. "President Mahinda Rajapaksa has pointed out that the intention of the U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to appoint a panel of experts to advice him on Sri Lanka is totally uncalled for and unwarranted," his office said in a statement.
[ Reuters ][ Mar 06 04:16 GMT ] U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon plans to ask a panel of experts to advise the world body on "accountability issues" relating to possible human rights abuses in Sri Lanka, his spokesman said on Friday. In a telephone conversation with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Thursday evening, Ban said he intended to "go ahead with the establishment of a panel of experts," Ban's spokesman Martin Nesirky said. "He also explained that such a panel would advise him, the secretary-general, on the way forward on accountability issues related to Sri Lanka," Nesirky said.
[ BBC ][ Mar 06 04:14 GMT ] The Sri Lankan election commission has ordered that all posters and cardboard cut-outs of candidates be removed in keeping with electoral regulations. It said such rules were widely flouted in January's presidential poll, in which President Mahinda Rajapaksa won re-election. The ruling comes one month before parliamentary polls. The governing coalition is bullish about its chances of winning a big majority in the 225-seat parliament.
[ BBC ][ Mar 06 04:10 GMT ] Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao is due to arrive in neighbouring Sri Lanka for a three-day visit involving talks with top officials. Details have not been revealed, but the diplomats may discuss a political solution to the grievances of the Tamil minority in the island state. Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been be vague about any plans for such a solution. But many feel that Colombo could listen to gentle pressure from Delhi. Last week Mrs Rao was struggling to rebuild a rapprochement with India's bitter rival, Pakistan. Her visit to Sri Lanka will be an entirely different matter. Despite historical baggage, such as an ill-fated Indian military intervention 20 years ago, India now regards its small southern neighbour as one of its very closest allies.
On Sri Lanka War Crimes, UN's Ban to Name Panel to Advise Only Him, No Pascoe, Nambiar Nepotism Follow Up
[ Innercity Press ][ Mar 06 04:09 GMT ] UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has informed Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa that he will "name a panel of experts to advise him, the Secretary General, on the way forward on accountability issues related to Sri Lanka." Ban's spokesman Martin Nesirky included this information in a March 5 response to questions from Inner City Press, about war crimes, attempted nepotism and the UN's seeming failure to follow through on the statement that Lynn Pascoe, top UN political advisor, would visit Sri Lanka in February.