UN Panel on Sri Lanka:
Itís intimidation, says Dr Kohona
The panel of experts on Sri Lanka to advice UN Secretary General Ban
Ki Moon was an attempt to intimidate the weak and meek nations but was
not called for by the member states of the UN body, Sri Lankaís
Permanent Representative to the UN Dr. Palitha Kohona told Daily News
Dr. Palitha Kohona
Dr. Kohona currently in Colombo said the Non Aligned Movement too had
protested to the UN Secretary General about this unacceptable decision
as he seemed to be influenced by certain NGO lobbies but the UN was an
organization of sovereign nation states and not NGOs.
Matters concerning Sri Lanka with regard to the final phase of the
humanitarian operations were taken up at the appropriate UN organ the
Human Rights Council and a motion was carried in favour of Sri Lanka
with 29 member nations voting for us while only 12 members voted against
us, he said.
There were other regions where thousands of human rights violations
were taking place daily but the UN Secretary General seemed to be
reluctant to take up these issues as some powerful and rich nations were
involved in those regions.
But Ban Ki Moon seemed to have ignored such violations, he noted.
Dr. Kohona said there were only a handful of nations that may be in
agreement with the move against our country but the vast majority of the
member nations have expressed their opposition to this move.
NAM comprises 117 nations out of the 192 member states of the UN and
NAM had objected to the move by the Secretary General.
In the case of appointment of panels by the UN it had been done
either at the request of the UN legislative organs or at the request of
the country itself. But in this case it was not so.