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The Sunday Leader has referred in two separate articles to my mention of a note given me at the British High Commission, written by two separate peoplewho have somewhat different ideas of my conversation with Federica Jansz, the editor. Both indicated that I could not remember when I got the note, which is correct, but I also told Federica that I would check my diary when I got back home and find out. I have now done so, and I find that it was on January 12th 2009, just four days after the murder of Lasantha Wickramatunga. I was therefore right in connecting the incident to the murder, though of course the British did not claim they had any hard evidence about this.

UN Secretary General - Ban Ki Moon

I have now had an opportunity to read through what is supposed to be the Report of the Panel appointed by the UN Secretary General to advise him on what were termed accountability issues. The report has been leaked by the indefatigable Sanjana Hattotuwa, who does however note that he cannot confirm if this is the actual text. He adds that the UN has regretted the leak.

In responding to the report, I believe there are four areas on which we should concentrate, with dignity but determination. The first is to look at the alleged facts, on the basis of which the Panel has made certain criticisms of our armed forces. The second is to deal with their suggestions as to how the country can ensure reconciliation, with appropriate remedial action. The third is to examine the methodology employed by the Panel. Finally, we should consider, on the evidence of the document, and not simply in terms of prior suspicious, though these may be used to substantiate internal evidence, the motivation behind this report.

To deal with the first question, if this is part of the report, it must be just a small part because, as with previous such attacks on the Sri Lankan government, it consists largely of generalizations and very few facts. The UN however cannot be so irresponsible, and I would certainly have expected more of Mr Darusman, who seemed a polished and decent chap when I met him at a Workshop organized by the Asian Liberals some years back. I suspect then that we will have details of supposed violations by the armed forces.

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Rajiva Wijesinha

April 2011
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