On Sri Lanka, Requests for UN
Council Session Languish, Camp Questions Go Unanswered
Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of
Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis
NATIONS, February 25 -- As
the UN defers all Sri Lanka questions until the belated return of its
humanitarian John Holmes to New York on Friday, even those expressing
for civilians seem to lack the courage of their convictions. While the
David Miliband was quoted that in London that "a failed resolution --
that faces a veto -- is worse than no resolution at all... I can assure
our diplomats, whether in New York or in the region, are all working
same script," in New York the UN says
that there is no request for a
Security Council briefing, by the UK or anyone else.
should be noted that
put to the vote, and received two vetos, a resolution on Zimbabwe.
this case, the UN says the UK has not even asked for a meeting.
While it is reported
that "Human Rights Watch is urging the United
Nations Security Council to hold a special session to address Sri
humanitarian catastrophe," when Inner City Press on Wednesday asked
Advocacy Director about the status or progress of the urging, the
didn't seem to have been made. Everyone, it seems, it playing for time.
UK's Miliband and Amb. Sawers: working on same script? Council meeting
request not shown
At Wednesday's UN noon briefing, Ban Ki-moon's
Deputy Spokesperson Marie
Okabe read out an item about the UN World Health Organization asking
million for internally displaced people in Sri Lanka. Inner City Press
Ms. Okabe if this or any other UN money would be used for the detention
that Sri Lanka is construction. Let's wait until John Holmes comes
Okabe answered. But Inner City Press asked Holmes this question before
in light of a funding appearl the UN made, and still no answer has been
received. Nor to first hand accounts of problems in the camps, sent for
to Holmes and his spokesperson in New York.
India's foreign minister is slated to be in Colombo
on Friday. It is not
known if the idea of airlifting civilians out of the conflict zone will
discussed. The UN's Holmes' answer was that he had not taken part in
discussions. See no evil, hear no evil, seems to be the UN's approach.
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