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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

UNITED NATIONS, February 26 -- A UN Security Council briefing on Sri Lanka has now been scheduled for Friday, February 27, Inner City Press has learned. Three days after the spokesperson 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 Thursday morning that the Sri Lanka briefing is set for Friday.

  He said it was not easy to set up, and that the Sri Lankan government has been consulted and informed. It 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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