UN to make Expert Panel report on Sri Lanka public this week

Apr 18, New York: The United Nations will make the report of the Panel of Experts on Sri Lanka public this week following finalizing its review by the Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and his senior advisers, the UN spokesman for the Secretary-General said Monday.

When asked about the report at the daily press briefing on Monday, Farhan Haq, the acting Deputy Spokesperson for Secretary-General said that the United Nations intends to release the report as soon as the agency has finalized its own review.

“The hope was that it would go out together with a formal response from the Government of Sri Lanka,” the spokesperson said when asked whether the United Nations was waiting for Sri Lanka’s response to the report before issuing it.

Parts of the report have already been leaked to the Sri Lankan media.

Responding to the queries whether the released parts are accurate, the Spokesperson said he understood that the published parts of the leaked report are accurate renditions of the relevant parts of the report.

The spokesperson responding to questions said the Secretary-General has always stressed the Sri Lankan government’s pre-eminent responsibility in this matter.

“Sharing a copy of the report of the affected Member State is in line with the organizations customary practice,” he said.

Regarding Sri Lanka’s calls for protest against the UN, the spokesperson said the United Nations takes the security of its staff in Sri Lanka seriously. He stressed that it is Sri Lankan government’s responsibility to ensure the safety of UN personnel.

The Sri Lankan government issuing a preliminary statement has said the report is fundamentally flawed in many respects.

Sri Lanka’s External Affairs Ministry had decided to summon the foreign diplomats in the country to enlighten them on the report prepared by the three-member Expert Panel appointed by the UNSG to probe accountability issues of Sri Lanka during the final phase of the war between government forces and Tamil Tiger terrorists.

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