As UN's Ban Meets Sri Lankan
Enforcer, His Has Eyes on S. Korea, Nambiar As Malloch?
Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of
Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis
NATIONS, January 26 --
With civilians and journalists being killed hourly in Sri Lanka, the
General Ban Ki-moon on Monday meant with one of that country's
brothers, Basil Rajapaksa. While another brother who has American
as Defense Secretary during the assault on Tamil Tiger strongholds,
Basil who reportedly
has a U.S. green card is known in Sri Lanka as "the enforcer."
source on the UN's 38th floor analogized Basil to Ban's senior advisor
Won-soo, but then noted that Ban usually meets with heads of state,
ministers or Permanent Representatives, not an "M.P., Senior
Advisor" as Basil is identified on Ban's late-provided daily schedule.
Even as a Member of Parliament, Basil was appointed, not elected. Some
sought to have him indicted for war crimes, click here
Inner City Press went up to the 38th floor for the
belated provided for the meeting. Ban was accompanied by, among others,
advisor Nicolas Haysom and his chief of
staff Vijay Nambiar (more about whom is below). Basil was accompanied
members of the Sri Lankan mission to the UN.
After the photos were taken, Inner City Press
and a handful of others there to document the meeting were ushered out.
did they later discuss? Could it be the
killing and beating of journalists?
UN's Ban and Sri Lanka's President,
brothers' immigration status and war crimes questions not shown
weeks ago, Sunday Leader editor Lasantha Wickramatunga was ambushed by
on motorcycles. Then Upali Thennakoon, editor of the Sinhalese language
newspaper Rivira, was beaten and stabbed by a gang of thugs, also on
motorcycles, as he drove to work. Previously,
gunmen destroyed the studios of
MBC, Sri Lanka's largest private broadcaster.
Recently in the U.S. Congress
Sri Lanka on this score was heard. Basil, it seems, is on a tour to
and New York to try to explain away these killings.
inside the UN word
circulates that Vijay Nambiar may be in consideration to take over for
Kemal Dervis atop the UN Development Program. This would be consistent
United Kingdom's long-rumored desire to gain the chief of staff
Ironically, it would be a "reverse Mark Malloch Brown," referring to
the now UK minister who moved from UNDP to become Kofi Annan's chief of
Kim Won-soo, sources tell Inner City Press that during Team Ban's
jaunt through the Middle East, Mr. Kim was adamant that media priority
to South Korea's Yonhap News. While interested in Gaza in Seoul is
low, interest in Ban Ki-moon, including as a potential presidential
is high. Perhaps there is interest in Mr. Kim as well.
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