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After UN Backtracks on Sri Lanka Visit, Snow Job Even on Secretary's Trip

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, December 27 -- The UN's bungling of Sri Lanka continued Monday, when a snow storm because a snow job. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on December 17 announced that his Panel ostensibly on Accountability in Sri Lanka would travel to that country.

  But on December 23, when Inner City Press asked Ban's acting Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq about such travel, after he was quoted that it might in fact not take place, all Haq would say is that an announcement would be made later.

  Then he announced that there would be no opportunity for in person question and answers during the entire week beginning December 27.

   Inner City Press asked why the noon briefings were canceled, when the UN is ostensibly open. Haq claimed that journalists had asked for less information, so that they would not have to come in. But he said that questions would be answered by lead spokesman Martin Nesirky, who has said that he speaks for the Panel.

  On December 26, Inner City Press sent the following simple question to Haq and Nesirky, with a deadline of 12:30 pm on December 27:

"Confirm or deny that the Secretariat / chief of staff of the S-G's panel on Sri Lanka is traveling to that country, and if so, with what goals?”

  At 11:30 am on December 27, Haq responded with five words: "UNHQ is closed on Monday."

UN's Ban and Mahinda Rajapaksa, clarity re visit (& Panel) not shown

 Rather than a simple answer to a simple question, Haq sent this:

From: Farhan Haq [at]
To: Inner City Press, Martin Nesirky [at]
Date: Mon, Dec 27, 2010 at 11:32 AM
Re: Press Qs on Cote d'Ivoire, Darfur, Sri Lanka and Kosovo (and old questions... reiterated re [26] days ago

UNHQ is closed on Monday. Thanks.

Watch this site.

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UN's Sri Lanka War Crimes Panel “Broader than LLRC,” Travel Unclear, No Q&A

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, December 23 -- Despite UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon having announced on December 17 that his “Panel of Experts is now able to visit Sri Lanka,” now Ban's acting Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq says that "We can't confirm if the panel will travel to Sri Lanka or will meet the LLRC in some other location.”

  Inner City Press on December 23 asked Haq to explain what changed since Ban's December 17 announcement, and whether the Panel would speak only with the Lessons Learnt & Reconciliation Commission, and not for example with General Sarath Fonseco, who has alleged war crimes.

  “The Panels work is broader than dealing with the LLRC,” the UN's Haq said. Video here, from Minute 6:55.

Haq refused to say if the Panel will, as Ban said, travel to Sri Lanka. Haq said that an announcement will be made. But Haq also said that there will be no UN noon briefings until January -- thus limiting the chance for questions and answers.

UN's Ban & Mahinda Rajapaksa, visit and Q&A not shown

Inner City Press asked why the UN, which is open from December 27 to 30, is not holding noon press briefings on those days. Haq blamed it on “reporters,” claiming some had “said, do we have to come in those days?”

While some reporters Inner City Press asked about this disagreed, saying that there should be live Q&A, even if some don't want to come in, that shouldn't eliminate the chance to get answers. Watch this site.

 Click here for an Inner City Press YouTube channel video, mostly UN Headquarters footage, about civilian deaths in Sri Lanka.

Click here for Inner City Press' March 27 UN debate

Click here for Inner City Press March 12 UN (and AIG bailout) debate

Click here for Inner City Press' Feb 26 UN debate

Click here for Feb. 12 debate on Sri Lanka

Click here for Inner City Press' Jan. 16, 2009 debate about Gaza

Click here for Inner City Press' review-of-2008 UN Top Ten debate

Click here for Inner City Press' December 24 debate on UN budget, Niger

Click here from Inner City Press' December 12 debate on UN double standards

Click here for Inner City Press' November 25 debate on Somalia, politics

and this October 17 debate, on Security Council and Obama and the UN.

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