The Bogus ‘Joint Statement’ between President of Sri Lanka and Ban-Ki Moon
Posted on August 19th, 2014

Shenali D Waduge

There is an underpinning effort made surreptitiously across the Panel of Expert report to give the impression that the 3 member team was appointed to ‘give effect to’ the joint statement made in 2009 between the Sri Lankan President and the UN Secretary General. Firstly, the Panel’s report makes a grave error in claiming that the UNSG arrived in Sri Lanka in 23 March 2009. The UNSG according to official records arrived in Sri Lanka on 23 May 2009. That was just 4 days after the LTTE was militarily defeated. The next argument is how the Panel is taking pains to project that its appointment had everything to do with a bogus joint statement that is being promoted as the reason for its appointment.

The Secretary General underlined the importance of an accountability process for addressing violations of international humanitarian and human rights law. The Government will take measures to address those grievances (Nowhere does the Sri Lankan Government commit to undertaking an investigation nor does the GOSL agree to an international investigation)

http://www.mea.gov.lk/index.php/component/content/article/1753-joint-statement-by-the-gosl-a-the-un-at-the-conclusion-of-un-secretary-generals-visit-to-sri-lanka

When taken word for word there is no such request made by the UNSG neither is there a commitment by the GOSL to the UNSG that Sri Lanka would undertake an investigation.

The implication is that the UNSG underlined the importance of an accountability process and the GOSL replied it would take measures. The vagueness of ‘those grievances’ leaves the doors open for people to assume what they like but it does not confine to any particular grievance or grievances or that Sri Lanka would carry out an investigation.

This being the statement jointly signed by the UNSG and the GOSL who is attempting to fool Sri Lanka and the world by bogus statements made throughout reports of an undertaking by the GOSL to an international investigation and for the Panel of Experts to ensure that Sri Lanka is fulfilling that assurance.

The following are the references to the Joint-Statement by the Darusman panel

.   Introduction 3: the establishment of the Panel of Experts is in the follow-up by the Secretary-General to that joint statement”.

  1. Introduction 4: The Panel’s mandate is to advise the Secretary-General on the implementation of the joint commitment with respect to the final stages of the war”.

With a very clear non-commitment in the joint statement between the UNSG and the Sri Lankan President, it is baffling how the Panel of Experts are taking great pains to project that their appointment is connected to the joint statement and their role is linked as a follow-up to ensuring Sri Lanka is committed to the joint statement.

The next surprising element is how the Panel attempts showcase that the Panel is the direct outcome of the UNSG’s statement The Secretary General underlined the importance of an accountability process for addressing violations of international humanitarian and human rights law”. and the GOSL response The Government will take measures to address those grievances

If our understanding of English is correct ‘underlining the importance of anaccountability process’ does not equate to ordering Sri Lanka to establish anaccountability process and the Government’s response that it ‘will take measures toaddress those grievances’ does not equate to assuring such. Besides there is no time, date mentioned.

Therefore, what mischief is the UNSG’s office upto in giving the impression to claim that ‘at this time and against this background’ the Panel was appointed. Moreover, letus also not that the LLRC was implemented in May 2010 so why would the UNSG go onto appoint his own Panel the following month (June 2010) which goes to show that theUNSG has hardly given Sri Lanka any time to run its own domestic process?

When the UNSG has every right to appoint committees to advise him (withoutrequiring UNGeneral Assembly or UN Security Council) approval, why was there a needto continuously establish a bogus link to the joint statement issued between himself and the Sri Lankan President? Moreover why was that ‘ADVICE’ to him given to the Sri Lankan Government and later leaked so that they could cover up illegalities?

Moreover, with so many ongoing conflicts, why has the UNSG not used his unforeseen budget to appoint other Panels to advise him on these ongoing conflicts?

The references to the Joint Statements keeps haunting the entire report

Formation of the Panel

2. ‘The purpose of the panel shall be to advise the Secretary General, on themodalities, applicable international standards and comparative experience relevantto the fulfillment of the joint statement to an accountability process.’

Was it not because there was some mischief that the UNSG has allocated an ‘unforeseenbudget’ to fund the Panel?

The overall task of the Panel

7. The role of the Panel is to provide advice to the Secretary General on the measures Sri Lanka has thus far taken and should, in the future take, to give effect to the joint statement of 23 May 2009 between the Secretary General and the President of Sri Lanka, with specific regard to accountability, in the light of the actual nature and scope of all allegations”.  (the same reference in made in point 9)

12. The Terms of Reference require the Panel to advise the Secretary General about the implementation of the joint statement regarding the ‘final stages of the war’.” (why has the final stages been included in inverted commas?) The Panel based its focus between September 2008 and May 2009.

The short and sweet of the argument is that that the LTTE was declared defeated on 19th May 2009. The UNSG arrived in Sri Lanka on 23rd May 2009. The same day a joint statement was released signed by the UNSG and the President of Sri Lanka. Obviously, the draft of this communiqué would have passed several hands and legal bodies of both the UN and the Sri Lankan State but no one needs to have a formal English qualification to understand that the joint statement that was released on 23rd May 2009 did not ask Sri Lanka to carry out an accountability process and neither did the Sri Lankan Government give assurance to carry out one. The UNSG ‘underlined the importance of an accountability process’ this does not mean that the UNSG demanded the Sri Lankan Government to carryout an accountability process and it also does not mean that Sri Lanka gave any assurance with dates and times when it would.

In May 2010, the Sri Lankan Government appointed the LLRC, the very next month the UNSG appoints the Panel of Experts and these experts claim that their appointment was to follow through on the joint statement and Sri Lanka’s commitment to it. There was no commitment as is very clearly evident and moreover the UNSG has shown no regard for Sri Lanka’s process which started in May 2010 by going ahead and appointing his own Panel which continuously makes wrong references to the joint statement.

The need to project the bogus nature of the appointment of the Panel, its lack of credibility is important in view of the Panel of Expert report being the foundation and basis for successive resolutions against Sri Lanka and used by even the UN Human Rights outgoing head.

The Secretary General underlined the importance of an accountability process for addressing violations of international humanitarian and human rights law. The Government will take measures to address those grievances (Nowhere does the Sri Lankan Government commit to undertaking

So we need to once again ask, what is the mischief taking place?

Let us also note that in May 28, 2008 when the EU nations called for an independent investigation of Sri Lanka that motion was rejected 29 to 12 with 6 abstentions. What has happened since and who are steering the mischief?

 

3 Responses to “The Bogus ‘Joint Statement’ between President of Sri Lanka and Ban-Ki Moon”

  1. Lorenzo Says:

    Our ministry of defence should be focusing on these IMPORTANT issues instead of wasting BILLIONS on USELESS beautification projects.

    Sri Lanka Ministry of Defense and Urban Development announced that the new floating market constructed in Pettah area in the capital city Colombo will be declared open Friday.

    The floating market was constructed under the Colombo city beautification project. Under the city beautification project, the busy Bastian Street of Colombo where the long distance private bus stand was situated near the Colombo Fort Railway Station was developed as a green environment.

    Around 100 traders who are in the area will have stalls to sell their products in the floating market providing opportunity for foreign as well as local visitors to buy local products.

    The floating market is a part of the greater Beira Lake project and the market will also include a water bus service.”

    – colombopage

  2. Lorenzo Says:

    SW,

    The problem is GOSL says one thing to the PUBLIC and another to the WORLD.

    So you cannot relay on PUBLICLY PUBLISHED information to refute the claim. It may be true.

    e.g. LLRC

    e.g. Disappeared commission is an international investigation into war crimes!!

    e.g. TNA (LTTE) rules the NPC!!

    e.g. Yarl devi train line serving ONLY Tamils. Now Sinhalese can comfortably sit and travel in the train from Anuradhapura, etc. to Colombo. NOT anymore. People from Jaffna will OCCUPY SEATS, crap in them, etc. When the train comes to Sinhala areas, it will be already full and Sinhalese will have to SIT ON THE FLOOR or stand all the way to Colombo while Tamils comfortably SIT and travel! I expect a riot in this doomed train caused by Tamils. That’s how the setting is.

    e.g. MR VOWED NOT to allow Pee-illey in. But what happened!! She came and discredited SL.

    e.g. MR blasted BRITISH COLONIALISTS. But the unthinkable happened. MR became the commonwealth head!!

    e.g. MR vowed not to punish SL soldiers for alleged war crimes BS. What happened? INNOCENT SINHALA AND MUSLIM soldiers were arrested over evidence by a Tamil terrorist over a anti-terror operation in Trinco!! Meanwhile who is living in VVIP luxury? KP and KA! TOP LTTE terrorists.

    e.g. For the public it is MATHATA THITHA. For liquor stores and TAMIL breweries it is THITHATA MATHA!

    e.g. Kasippu Joseph can do ANYTHING against SL but when poor Sinhalese asked for CLEAN DRINKING WATER they were killed.

    e.g. Over Aluthgama riot, GOSL questioned Sinhala politicians but NO Muslim politician was questioned!!

    e.g. 10 commissions for Tamils NOT a SINGLE commission for Sinhalese.

  3. Christie Says:

    The Indian colonial parasite from South Africa is leaving soon.

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