United Nations Resident Representative Neil Buhne was in for a rude shock. He shot off an urgent SMS message to Economic Development Minister and Senior Presidential Advisor Basil Rajapaksa to ascertain whether the news was true.
My dear Wimal,
I thought I must write to you because you are in the news once again, this time asking that the staff of the United Nations office in Colombo be taken hostage, until UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon dissolves the committee that he has appointed to inquire into whether Sri Lanka committed any war crimes in the final Eelam war.
The IMF announced that it was continuing its standby facility of US$ 2.6 billion and restoring the delayed tranches. Its announcement on the eve of the 2010 mini Budget last Tuesday also praised the government’s economic policies and predicated a strong economic growth.
A mere call for cohesive national unity is just words. Let us recognise the essentials first. Sri Lanka must not only respect the Rule of Law but must also be seen to be respecting the Rule of Law. In particular, the independence of Sri Lanka's judiciary must not undermined by making judges depend on political patronage for promotions and appointments.
At a time when the Sri Lanka Mission to the United Nations should be gearing itself to battle Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his panel of experts who are threatening to probe war crimes, the office is in turmoil with sniping, backstabbing and charges of sexual harassment.
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