22 October, 2020

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Systemic Failure Of The UN In Last Days Of Lanka War Says UN Chief

Sri Lanka featured in the UN Secretary General’s opening speech the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday, in a rare admission of the international organisation’s systemic failure during the final days of the war between the government and the LTTE.

Ban Ki-Moon

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon blamed the inability of Member States and the United Nations to prevent and put a stop to large-scale human rights violations has had disastrous consequences.

Citing an internal review of UN action at the end of the war in Sri Lanka, Ban said the UN had identified a systemic failure. “Member States did not provide the United Nations system with support to meet the tasks they themselves had set; and the system itself unfortunately did not adapt properly or deliver fully,” the UN Secretary General told the General Assembly.

Ban called for the renewal of commitment to the UN’s founding principles on the 20th anniversary of the Vienna World Conference on Human Rights this year. “I intend to do more to help Member States reach early consensus to prevent large-scale violations, and I am implementing recommendations to ensure that the UN system upholds its responsibilities under the Charter,” Ban said.

In 2012, the Secretary-General had set up an Internal Review Panel (IRP) on UN actions in Sri Lanka. The Panel was led by Charles Petrie and was tasked with providing an overview and assessment of UN actions during the final stages of the war in Sri Lanka and its aftermath, particularly regarding the implementation of its humanitarian and protection mandates.

The Petrie report cites findings from about 7,000 documents, including internal UN exchanges with the government of Sri Lanka.

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    Poor Iraqi and Lybian inhabitants who only want to live in peace and harmony to feed their kids, must be wondering why on Earth these “Bunky Systems “didn’t fail in their countries?.

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      Hah! Nalla “Poor Iraqi and Lybian..”! Rather the two were budding Hitlers and the UN and US crushed the two rascals! Same thing would happen to SL one too! Check your horoscope bugger!

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    Well, Mr Moon your point man in Sri Lanka, Vijay Nambiar, did the dirty deed and misled you and the entire UN body. The dirty Indians used him to hide the atrocities the SL military was committing against the civilians. Now after enormous loss of civilian lives, in Rwanda, in Bosnia and in Sri Lanka do you think you or the world have learned any lessons. I don’t think so.

    However, we shall wait with bated breath to see who you are going to point your fingers at.

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    “Systemic Failure Of The UN In Last Days Of Lanka War Says UN Chief” – why it took four years to admit!!!!!! We need to more as to how this happened and why?

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    Mr. Moon,

    You try to make it look like the failure was someone else’s fault. Don’t you think, that in accepting the leadership, you undertook primarily the responsibilty to prevent such systemic failure?

    Borrowing from Trumen, where precisely do you think the “buck stops?”

    It is a shame, on many counts.

    We can only hope that at least your prayers reflect your regrets for your own willful failure, recognizing that you were directly responsible for the failure to save many, many lives — many, if not most of them children, women and the feeble.

    God Bless You!

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    U.N. had a system failure with persons like Vijay Nambiar and Holmes and Commmonwealth Secretariat is about to have a system failure in holding its Head of Governments Conference in Colombo.For the failures both Ban ki Moon and Kamalesh Sharma should be held responsible.

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    well he says it’s the fault of the member nations and not that of UN
    which member nations? China?Pakistan? India?USA? UK? Isrel?
    All these countries are implicated for proviidng arms, chemical weapons that killed 100,000 Tamils including women, children, old aged etc etc

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    Considering the UN’s inability to do diddly squat in Syria and Libya. I suppose failures are more common than successes as far the “UN system’ goes. It is time for the Ban to admit that he can’t to shit with the security council say so.

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    Mr Moon.do not shift the blame.
    When the foreign NGOs were stationed in the north,especially in the vanni and war was escalating the Government broke the UN law and ordered all the NGO’s to leave immediately from the war zone.The excuse the Govt gave was, it was not safe for the NGOS.Rubbish, isn’t it? That is the job thy volunteered to work for.
    If indscrimanate bombing and use of chemical weapons was dangerous to the NGO’s lives was it alright for innocent Tamils to be massacred ?.
    The Tamil villagers appealed against the exit of all NGOS,so did the citizens committees.
    YOU DID NOTHING,PERIOD.

    The NGOS did not want to leave.They had seen some massacre clearly violations of the charter,wanted to stay and help the suffering Tamils.But yet – the SL government stood firm.They even massacred 16 NGO’s who worked for a french NGO of which a few were foreigners the rest Sri Lankan Tamils and left them on the road side.

    You did nothing.

    wake up sir,the Tamils will not buy your excuses.
    They have lost dearly and you unfortunately played a part in this.
    Truth hurts.

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      You are correct @Hannah R.
      UN has taken 4 and a half years to CONFESS of their “crimes” and not just mistakes.

      Gordon Weiss is also responsible.
      UN should have a special investigations of them all and the “cover up” as well. Full disclosure in absolutely required.

      Donald Gnanakone

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        You have just begun to talk, keep it up Donald. Now you see why the Americans removed the UN from the North to wage this war without witnesses. Got VP to elect MR. Then got VP to bury their artillery and move from Kilinochchi to the Beach front where they, VP had no place to hide to be massacred. This Hoax of a War Drama should be Exposed, that helped MR to consolidate his position.

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    What is the xxxxxxx point of saying this now? As a white house chief of staff (or someone like that) once atoned “if you like your job too much you can’t do it well” the UN chief is admitting that he likes his job too much and he is not doing it well!

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    How about failures in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Saudi, Bahrain, Palestine, Palestine, Palestine, etc.?

    Is it because the victims in these cases are Muslims that UN doesn’t care?

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      Fathima Fukushima,

      “..How about failures in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Saudi, Bahrain, Palestine, Palestine, Palestine, etc.?

      Is it because the victims in these cases are Muslims that UN doesn’t care?..”

      Do you Sinhala racists care about them here? Of course! That is why you have BBS, RB, SR, SU, JHU bla…bla…!

      Get lost bloody pimp!

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    The brother of General Vijay Nambiyar – former chef de cabinet of Ban Ki Moon – is General Satish Nambiyar, who is married to Ban Ki Moon’s daughter.
    Satish Nambiyar was an adviser to sri lanka during the last few years of the war.
    Strangely,he appears NOT to have advised Moon about what was happening.
    Not even about the 5,000 bombing missions by the SL Air Force – bombs do not distinguish between civilians and combatants.

    Sri Lanka may be the only country which bombed its own citizens.

    The Petrie Report blames the UN officials in sri lanka at that time,and the latter say they withdrew from the war zone,as the SL government said that their safety could not be guranteed.
    Same warning was given to media persons – local and foreign.
    Thus, it was a war without witnesses.

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      And you guys reckon nepotism is only in the Sinhala Buddhist Land, and it is bad….

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      well said Justice , missing piece of the puzzle is Ban’s daughter , one wonders what made Ban to down play Vijay N’s role ? where is Vijay N now , isn’t he the key man of this sordid affair ? this dirty Indian guy is the answer for a lot of unanswered questions , Ban must clear his backyard before any thing else . Marie colvin would have been a great asset had she lived to tell the whole story !

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    Shame on you! Mr. Ban Ki-moon. You all watched butchering civilian with cluster bombs and selective shelling on them. It has become fashion for this stupid institute called UN to shed crocodile tears aftermath.Ordinary people like me have no faith in this system. We know this system is well designed to do better geo-economics and politics, except for few gentlemen who adorned this universal forum with honesty.

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    Every one knew that Saudi Arabia provided Sarin Gas to Syrian Rebels. Only the United did not want to know that, Instead, Un said definitely that it was a chemical weapon attack.

    What a Useless organization.

    Why countries are not thinking restructuring this ineffective organization.

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      Jim Pappa!

      Did you see them supply the stuff?

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    This is what I wrote to the Tamil diaspora Tamil associations yesterday morning” Quote “
    One of those responsible is Gordon Weiss who miserably failed in his duties and responsibilities.

    His work in Sri Lanka should be fully investigated together with many of the so called Tamil organizations who were busy and still are promoting themselves. Which includes KP-Rudrakumar founded TGTE, TAG-Bruce Fein who failed the Tamils miserably other than being VEXATIOUS LITIGANTS in USA. US citizens/war criminals are still roaming “scot free” without any legal problems whatsoever from any judicial establishments in the USA. What an unforgivable disgrace?

    Donald Gnanakone
    Tamils For Justice.

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    Bloody sanctimonious lier. He was kept informed of the carnage that was to take place. He knew what was going to happen. Immediately after flew he over the scene along with Vijay Nambiar and described it as “appalling”. Thereafter he had dinner with the Rajapaksas in Kandy. Bensen

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    This is just unfair to call it systemic failure without giving full details of the failures and who is responsible for the failures.
    Especially when Bhune,Weiss and the lot did try their best but what can they do when they were on the wrong side.It is kind of ironic now some diasporians blame Weiss for failure,but it was his majical 40000 dead civillians claimthem is what helped them to drag this for so long. Weiss deserves every brick thrown at him by the Diasporians for he has sinned.
    At the same time Ban slyly pass the blame on the member states who he claim did’nt do what they should have done.
    As a matter of fact we know the the Brtish foreign secretary,French foreign minister,the Dutch foreign minister who was not llowed to come and the US/Norvey embassadors tried their best to the change the final out come.
    Some try to imply that the government ordered the NGO’s out but it was the LTTE that ordered them out and they were hanging around in the government side.
    In any case,it was governments responsibility to inform them of the ground situation and if they desired to stay and face the consequanses it was upto them. What we must not forget is the fact that they were here to perform a duty for a pay and even if there were volunteres it is unrealistic to expect any one be foolish enough to be sacrificial lambs.

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    The end result was many thousands were massacred during the last days of the war.
    SL shut down international players news cast from the ground.The news from the Vanni and the rest of the north was controlled by the SL govt.

    Mr Ban Ki Moon,you miserably failed on this issue too.

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    Systemic failure at the UN is endemic. When Boutros Boutros Ghali was replaced as UNSG by Kofi Annan in order to facilitate the US campaign to balkanize Yugaoslavia the rot set in.
    Kofi Annan failed to prevent what he himself described as an illegal war, in Iraq. Since then the military might of the Anglosphere has rolled on to cause murder and mayhem in the various middle eastern countries. The UNSG seems to have become a mouthpiece of the US and merely echoes the demands of his paymaster. Ban ki Moon is not someone the world could bank on.

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    Ban Ki-moon,

    Now that through the Petrie report you have learnt your mistakes you must in the first instance correct the mistakes before doing anything. Surely the consequences of the mistakes are the massacre of 40000 or 100000 civilians, war crimes and the related crimes and violations of the international humanitarian law. The only way out now is to conduct an impartial international investigations into the allegations and then find out the culprits and punish them after which reconciliation must be facilitated.

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      Sunil,

      You are correct.Mr Ban Ki Moon has failed in his duties and responsibilities.
      If he is not taking any action even now, and is offering only an apology for the “systemic failure ” which resulted in loss of life, he would virtually also become a party to the alleged murder of 40,000 [at least] human beings.. The apology itself amounts to an admission to the world that these allegations could be correct.His inaction therefore would ensure the shielding of the perpetrators from justice.

      There should be a credible, independent,and impartial investigation without further delay to find the truth of the matter.
      truth of the matter
      before any remaining evidence bring closure to the families

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        Please delete last two lines …”Truth of the…..families.”

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