At UN, Sri Lanka Briefing Now Set
for Friday, As Editor Arrested in Colombo
Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of
Inner City Press at the UN: Exclusive
NATIONS, February 26 -- A
UN Security Council briefing on Sri Lanka has now been scheduled for
February 27, Inner City Press has learned. Three days after the
for the UN's top humanitarian John Holmes told Inner City Press that
"there is no request for a Council briefing," and a week after the
Council's president, Yukio Takaso, said "there is no strong request"
anymore, a Permanent Five Council member told Inner City Press on
morning that the Sri Lanka briefing is set for Friday.
said it was not easy
to set up, and that the Sri Lankan government has been consulted and
will take place under the heading "Other Matters," after
presentations on peace-building and by the Greek Foreign Minister.
UN's Holmes in the Security Council, under
P-5 eyes, closed consultations not shown
Meanwhile in Colombo, Nadesapillai Vithyatharan, the editor of the Tamil
daily newspaper Sudar Oli, was picked up by police for questioning. The
government has confirmed
the arrest, here. Reporters Without Borders,
among others, have issued protests.
India's foreign minister is due in Colombo
on Friday. Sources say the target audience is in Tamil Nadu, to show
them that the
government is trying to do something. The play acting continues.
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