Posts Tagged ‘Matthew Lee’

In Sri Lanka, Red Cross Barred from “Interment” Camps Despite UN’s Rosy Picture

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

[Inner City Press]

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While the International Committee of the Red Cross went public Wednesday in Geneva with the fact that the Sri Lankan government is running interment camps to which Red Cross workers do not have access, in New York the UN’s Deputy Spokesperson Marie Okabe said that “since the Secretary General’s visit to Sri Lanka, an interim measure has been agreed” in which aid agency vehicles including trucks are allowed into all Manik Farm zones, only not in convoys and not with agency flags. Video here, from Minute 2:30. Inner City Press asked Mr. Okabe to square to the two statements, if there are camps that the UN has access to that the Red Cross does not.

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Back from Sri Lanka, UN’s Holmes Admits NGO Killings and Restrictions Not Raised

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

[ Inner City Press ]

Just back to the United Nations from Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s surreal tour of Sri Lanka, Inner City Press asked UK Ambassador John Sawers if the UN paying for interment camps for Tamils rounded up from throughout northern Sri Lanka compiles with international humanitarian law. Ambassador Sawers, rather than answer, said that there has been a “high level of attention” to the issue by the UN, by envoy Vijay Nambiar, humanitarian chief John Holmes and the visit of the Secretary General over the weekend. There’s been not report to the Security Council yet, Sawers said, we look forward to that and “we’ll have to consider steps after that.” Video here, from Minute 6:15.

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