UN to support internal investigation ?

commission of inquiryWhile the UN Human Rights Council panel says it will be investigating Sri Lanka war crimes, the government of Mahinda Rajapaksa has said it will no allow those investigators in.

Inner City Press reports that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s own Department of Political Affairs may be providing ground-cover to the Sri Lanka Government , by assigning a DPA staffer to help Rajapaksa’s own “reconciliation bureau” which is presented as an alternative to the voted-on outside investigation.

Inner City Press on September 16 directly asked Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the UN Palitha Kohona if UN DPA will be working with the government. He smiled and said, “watch this space.”

When the UN’s Oscar Fernandez Taranco, who just left DPA for UN Peacebuilding, was in Colombo this summer, he was asked to support this reconciliation bureau.

The bureau is to be headed by S.B. Divaratne, until recently secretary to the Presidential Task Force for Resettlement, Development and Security – Northern Province. Before that, he was known for restricting food and aid to Tamils during the final stages in 2009. This is the reconciliation Ban’s UN would work with?

The UN’s Department of Political Affairs is headed by Jeffrey Feltman, formerly an official of the US government, which this week praised the UN taking over the peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic. That mission, as Inner City Press reported, includes helicopters from the Sri Lankan Army, despite the UN’s investigation. (Inner City Press)

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