UN can't go against member states, says French envoy

[TamilNet, Friday, 05 March 2010, 12:17 GMT]
French Ambassador to the UN, Gerard Araud, when asked by the Inner City Press (ICP) on the Secretary Ban Ki Moon's inaction in Sri Lanka "on the slaughter of civilians in Sri Lanka," said "[t]he Secretary General can't go against member states which did not want to intervene." Meanwhile, Inner City Press in a previous story reported quoting reliable UN sources that Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister, Rohitha Bogollagama, had solicited a "UN job for his son" from UN Secretary General's Chief of Staff Vijay Nambiar.

"But a UN Secretary General is not entire the slave of the member states: he or she has an independent moral duty and diplomatic role. And if Ban Ki-moon couldn't do anything, why did he travel to Sri Lanka and then issue proclamations that he would follow up on accountability for war crimes, and reconciliation?" commented ICP's Matthew Lee.

French Ambassador to UN, Gerard Araud
French Ambassador to UN, Gerard Araud
Araud said that there was a sense of relief that the Sri Lankan government killed off the LTTE. The price for civilians was high, he said, perhaps too high, ICP reported.

Vijay Nambiar was alleged to have been involved in the "deadly surrenders" when Sri Lanka Army (SLA) reportedly killed members of the political section of the Liberation Tigers when they surrendered.

Vijay Nambia's brother, Satish Nambiar, a former Indian General, was a consultant to Sri Lanka Government was quoted by Sri Lanka defense ministry as praising Sri Lanka Army and its commander's conduct of war in the north.


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ICP: Ban's Sri Lanka Inaction

 

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