UN chief to discuss issue on foreign judges in war probe

Ban ki moonUN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon may discuss the issue of having foreign judges in Sri Lanka’s domestic accountability process on the war, a UN spokesman said.

Ban Ki-moon’s spokesman Stéphane Dujarric said that the UN chief will address a number of issues related to justice and accountability.

“It’s a forward‑looking message of the need for, obviously, for accountability, for reconciliation, and for development.  And that the UN will be there with the Sri Lankan people to help… to help them on their road forward,” Dujarric said when asked about Ban Ki-moon’s Sri Lanka visit.

At the invitation of the Government, the Secretary-General accompanied by Mrs Ban Soon-taek, is expected to arrive in Sri Lanka today for a three-day visit, where he will meet with President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, and other members of the Government and of the Parliament.

The Secretary-General will travel to Galle on 1 September, where he will participate in an event involving youth under the theme ‘Reconciliation and Coexistence: Role of Youth’.

On 2 September, the Secretary-General will travel to Jaffna, where he is expected to visit a resettlement site.

During the visit, the Secretary-General will also meet with several Cabinet Ministers including the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mangala Samaraweera; the Speaker of the Parliament Karu Jayasuriya and Political Party Leaders; and civil society representatives.

At the invitation of the Chairperson and Board of the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies (LKIIRSS), the Secretary-General will speak at an event in Colombo on 2 September on ‘Sustaining Peace – Achieving Sustainable Development Goals’, focusing in particular on Goal 16, namely, the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development. (Colombo Gazette)

7 COMMENTS

  1. Most camps set up for combat were done by the LTTE top brass and for far longer time spanning a 30 yr. period. Not only land they forced Women, men and children to carry out their orders. GOSL military occupied and reestablished camps after running over the TERRORISTS.
    Why setting up the OMP for just a segregated area during a fraction of time? OMP should be set up for the entire country to include the entire 30 yrs of time (LTTE has carried out attacks and abducted people from the other areas of the island and why are they NOT included?). UNHRC must broaden its horizons to include other wars of the world in paradigm instead of a small country whose fear, danger has been replaced with freedom and harmony.

    Foreign judges and prosecution in other foreign lands of Sri Lankan citizens should have no place of a war fought within the island. These foreign judges could have done some work in their own lands for the past 7 yrs. in prosecuting some MOST WANTED terrorists in Sri Lankan war who live a lavish lifestyle in countries like Canada (not extraditing) and the UK (where the trainer of Female LTTE still resides). Yes this PUSSY CAT has been out of the bag for a long time. These atrocities show how biased UNHRC resolutions are.

  2. There is no question about UNSG discussing about foreign Judges as our President has quite clearly confirmed that NO Foreign Judjes would be involved.
    End of the story……

  3. Get lost bolied prawns and Banku moonas. Enough of this nonsense. Do you want to start another blood bath here like in Iraq and Lybia ? Mind yourown business. Keep your blood stained hands off SL. Dirty worms rolling in LTTE diaspora $$$$$$$$$$$$$$.

  4. On visiting Jaffna, the UN Chief should not only visit the resettlement areas but must visit the jungles where the peoples’ homes were bombed and shelled by the army and still do not want to release those lands. Thousands of displaced people are still languishing ion camps .Why should they?

  5. mr bankoon did number of mistake or purpose better known to him ,tamils were agreed to came with white flacks but they killed by the srilanka government by president and brother .UN is failed to his duty in prompt,

  6. The UN Secretary Ban Ki Moon will be visiting SL today, to monitor how far SL has moved forward in ethnic reconciliation, war crimes inquiry process and implementing the UNHRC resolution co sponsored by SL.

    The GSL is yet to fulfil its promises to withdraw soldiers from the NE, return private land occupied by the military. SL has not shown results expected by the UN. So, they are “dressing up” to look smart but the “collar is old and torn”.

    Yesterday, Mangala Samaraweera the Foreign Minister said that;

    1. The soldiers will not be punished in any enquiry by OMP.

    2. No foreign judges will be allowed for any war crimes trial in SL.

    The “Cat” is out of the bag. The hidden “Cat” was that both the SLFP and the UNP, together, planned and executed the disappearances of Tamils and caused Tamil genocide.

    The UN Secretary General should therefore, increase the supervision by the UN, to fully implement the UNHRC resolution, without wasting time.

  7. UNO could not interfere the internal affairs of Sri lanka.
    We do not want foreign judges to our court of law.
    UNO must that Accepts ours sovereignty of law of land

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