September 7, 2011 Comments Off on So many lies…agreed upon by SL establishment…
UNITED NATIONS, September 6, updated with video — Sri Lanka’s two top diplomats at the UN in New York took Press questions after they screened “Lies Agreed Upon,” of which the invitation from the president of the UN Correspondents’ Association stated, “Sri Lankan Authorities state, ‘this video directly challenges the assertions contained in the UK Channel 4 video, Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields.'”
Inner City Press asked Palitha Kohona about his role in what are called the White Flag murders of surrendering Tamil Tiger leaders in May 2009. Kohona’s first answer included the suggestion that “I think you need to talk to Mr. Nambiar.” Video here.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s chief of staff Vijay Nambiar has never answered Inner City Press’ questions on this, but Nambiar told Al Jazeera that he “spoke to the foreign secretary at that time, Mr. Palitha Kohona.”
But Kohona on September 6 answered Inner City Press that as foreign secretary he has “no role” in the military. Pressed, he conceded that he spoke with Nambiar at a reception in a hotel, but said he couldn’t remember the substance of the conversation.
Nambiar said of Kohona, as well as Gotabaya and Mahinda Rajapaksa, that “the response from them was that they would be treated likes normal prisoners of war, if they raised the white flag they would be allowed to surrender.”
And then they were killed, at least Balasingham Nadesan and Seevaratnam Puleedevan.
Inner City Press asked Sri Lanka’s Deputy Permanent Representative (and former military commander) Shavendra Silva about paragraphs in the UN Panel of Experts report which say his 58th Division was involved in the shelling of hospitals including the PTK hospital.
Silva first said that his 58th wasn’t named. Video here. Once Inner City Press read out loud the paragraph, which names the 55th and 58th Divisions, Silva said the report is incorrect, it was the 53rd Division, the 55th was elsewhere… More
ICP – With 6432 Dead in Sri Lanka, UN Council Takes Over Press Room, UNHCR Funds Detention Camps, "Collective Punishment"
April 25, 2009 Comments Off on ICP – With 6432 Dead in Sri Lanka, UN Council Takes Over Press Room, UNHCR Funds Detention Camps, "Collective Punishment"
The UN descended into chaos on Friday on the topic of Sri Lanka. In Colombo, the UN gave diplomats an updated chart of civilian casualties, with the death count having risen to 6432 since January 20, up from 2683 as of March 7. Inner City Press exclusively published the first report, and now places online this second one, here. In response to Inner City Press’ questions on Friday, UN Deputy Spokesperson Marie Okabe said that these UN figures “may be a reasonable estimate.” Video here, from Minute 10:29.