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Misguided agenda of UN

Ban Ki Moon rebuked by Non-Aligned Nations for trying to violate UN Charter:

Sri Lankan is well within her rights to thwart anyone trying to probe its internal affairs or visit the country for that purpose. Most observers believe Sri Lanka, is on solid diplomatic and legal grounds in its stand to desist the attempt to probe the last days of the terror war. No panel will visit Sri Lanka. Non-Aligned Nations have expressed their opposition in no uncertain terms.

According to UN sources the largest single political coalition has, in a rare rebuke, castigated Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for his decision to appoint a panel of experts to advise him on the so called accountability issues relating to pre and post-conflict Sri Lanka.

A UN observer said, the 118-member Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), currently chaired by Egypt, has expressed “deep concern” over Ban’s unilateral decision to create the proposed panel, and accused him of two serious charges: attempting to violate the UN charter and trying to interfere in the domestic affairs of a member state.


Navanethem Pillay


Ban Ki Moon

The decision to set up a panel of experts was made over the strong objections of the President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Government, which claimed a decisive victory over the LTTE battling for a separate state in northern Sri Lanka. Ban Ki-Moon is trying to exculpate the Tiger atrocities.

Issues within domestic jurisdiction

Sri Lanka defended her soverignty against attacks by the Tigers. Sri Lanka did not commit any violations many pointed out.

“The Non-Aligned Movement strongly condemns selective targeting of individual countries, which it deems contrary to the founding principles of the Movement and the United Nations Charter,” said Egyptian Ambassador Maged Abdelaziz, in a letter to Ban. The letter followed a NAM meeting which unanimously agreed to protest the Secretary-General’s action. “As you are surely aware, the Sri Lankan President has confirmed in public his intention to appoint a domestic mechanism to address accountability issues, voluntarily,” the NAM Chair said.

The letter also points out that neither the Security Council, nor the General Assembly, or its subsidiary Human Rights Council, have made any pronouncements on alleged human rights violations in Sri Lanka or mandated any particular course of action.

“The situation in Sri Lanka is not on the agenda of any of these bodies, and there is nothing in the UN Charter that authorizes intervention in matters which are essentially within the domestic jurisdiction of any state, without prejudice of course to the application of enforcement measures under chapter VII,” the letter argues.

Under that chapter, only the Security Council has the authority to intervene - if and when it determines the existence of any threat to peace, breach of peace, or act of aggression - primarily to maintain or restore international peace and security.

Allowing domestic processes

The NAM letter implicitly accuses the Secretary-General of playing politics when it says that the non-aligned countries “are of the conviction” that the proposal to appoint a panel of experts on the eve of Parliamentary elections in Sri Lanka “could do more harm than good to the country’s relentless efforts aimed at reinforcing reconciliation and national unity.”

Based on the principles of national ownership and leadership, the Non-Aligned countries say they wish “to underscore the need to allow enough space and time for the Lankan Government to complete its own domestic processes, without interference or unsolicited assistance” from the United Nations.

Ban Ki-Moon may have been misled by the alleged bias of U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, when she strong-armed Ban Ki-Moon to appoint a panel on human rights violations. She is off her rocker, said one observer. President Mahainda Rajapaksa had vehemently denied all or any violations charging that allegations of human rights violations were motivated by “misrepresentations by apologists of the LTTE” and “by some non-governmental organizations” with a “misguided” agenda directed against Sri Lanka.

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