|No fresh visa for UN
The Sri Lanka Foreign
Ministry summoned the Acting United Nation’s Resident
Representative in Colombo Amin Awad on Tuesday and strongly
protested against the undiplomatic behaviour of its spokesman
here Gordon Weiss, over his remarks to the international media
on Monday that Northern Sri Lanka had become a bloodbath due to
large scale killing of civilians.
Weiss might not be expelled because of the sensitive situation
the country is in, informed sources said.
however said instead of expelling him they would refrain from
renewing his visa, which is due for renewal soon.
Foreign Secretary Dr Palitha Kohona, himself a former top UN
official, heading its Treaty Division was quoted as saying that
the government took serious offence at the uncalled for remarks
“It is not the role of the UN officer to say
anything in public to embarrass the host government,” Kohona was
quoted by the AFP as stating.
there are clear cut rules for UN officers functioning in any
country and any complaints they may have about the host nation
has to be taken up through the proper channels.
Two weeks ago Sri Lanka similarly found fault with UN Resident
Representative Neil Buhne for leaking unauthenticated statistics
to a group of selected Western embassies in Colombo about Lankan
army fire killing more than 6000 Tamil civilians and injuring
more than double that number. The statistics had been obtained
from some government doctors working in the NFZ controlled by