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* NAM condemns UN Secretary General's move to appoint an expert panel on Sri Lanka
Thu, Mar 11, 2010, 08:04 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 11, Colombo: The 118-member international organization of non-aligned states, Non Aligned Movement (NAM) has expressed concerns over the move by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to appoint a panel of experts to advice on accountability issues on Sri Lanka.

The NAM's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN in New York, Maged A. Abdelaziz in a letter to the UN Chief, has said that the appointment comes without taking into consideration the domestic situation in Sri Lanka and without consulting the government of Sri Lanka.

"The Non Aligned Movement strongly condemns selective targeting of individual countries which it deems contrary to the founding principles of the movement and the United Nations Charter," Abdelaziz has said.

Abdelaziz in the letter has also noted that President Mahinda Rajapaksa has already confirmed in public his intention to appoint a domestic mechanism to address accountability issues voluntarily and that the UN has no mandate to intervene in domestic matters of a State.

The letter further states that the UN Secretary General's move could do more harm than good to the country's ongoing and relentless efforts aimed at reinforcing reconciliation and national unity.

The NAM has been a strong critic of the UN's involvement under the pressure from powerful states that violates the sovereignty of smaller nations.

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