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* Panel of experts to help UN chief on Sri Lanka
Sat, Mar 6, 2010, 12:15 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 06, Colombo: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has informed Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa that he will name a panel of experts to advise him on the way forward on accountability issues related to Sri Lanka.

In a telephone conversation with President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Thursday evening, Ban Ki-moon had said that he intended to "go ahead with the establishment of a panel of experts, to advise him," Martin Nesirky, spokesperson for the Secretary-General said at Friday's press briefing.

Asked why Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe is not going to Sri Lanka on his current trip to India and Nepal, the Spokesperson said that Pascoe does still plan to visit Sri Lanka fairly soon. However, he added, the dates are still not decided. Pascoe is to travel next week to India and Nepal, but not to Sri Lanka

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