UN to complete review next month

The United Nations (UN) will complete a review on its actions in Sri Lanka during the war by next month, a UN spokesman said.

UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said that the review started in April 2012 and will be completed by July 2012 or thereabouts.

The committee involved in the review is being headed by Charles Petrie after former committee head Thoraya Obaid had to step down for personal reasons.

The internal review is part of a recommendation by the panel of experts appointed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to look at some of the incidents during the final stages of the war in Sri Lanka.

UN Secretary general Ban Ki-moon had decided that he will respond positively to the panel’s recommendation for a review of the UN’s actions regarding the implementation of its humanitarian and protection mandates during the war in Sri Lanka – particularly in the last stages – and its aftermath.

The three-member panel of experts was set up following the Joint Statement made by Ban and President Mahinda Rajapaksa after the Secretary-General visited Sri Lanka shortly after the end of the conflict.

The members of the panel were Marzuki Darusman of Indonesia (chair), Yasmin Sooka of South Africa and Steven Ratner of the United States. They began their work in September 2010. (Colombo Gazette)