Lankapage Logo Recent Top Stories
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Sri Lanka denies intimidating UN staff during final stages of war
Wed, Nov 14, 2012, 11:24 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka strongly denied allegations that it intimidated the United Nations staff during the final stages of the war between the security forces and the Tamil Tiger terrorists.

Refuting the allegations reported in the media citing a UN report leaked to the BBC news service, Sri Lanka's special human rights envoy, Plantation Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said there was no intimidation of UN workers.

Minister Samarasinghe told a media briefing today in Colombo he did not want to comment on the report which has not been made public yet by the UN and dismissed the allegation as "absolute nonsense".

"No such thing. How can you intimidate them [the UN]? They don't get intimidated by anyone," the Minister retorted.

However, he said that if an official report regarding the UN role during the final stages of the war is published, the government will respond appropriately.

Charles Petrie, who headed a panel that investigated the UN's role during Sri Lanka's war, has said in his report that the UN failed in its mandate to protect civilians in the last months of Sri Lanka's bloody civil war.

"Events in Sri Lanka mark a grave failure of the UN," the penultimate draft of the report leaked to the BBC has said in conclusion.

During the last stages of the war in 2008 the Sri Lankan government said it cannot assure the safety of the aid workers and asked them to leave the war-hit Wanni as government forces were moving towards the LTTE heartland of Kilinochchi. The UN workers left the war zone to government controlled areas in September 2008.

ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories
Jaffna University students peacefully protest demanding justice for colleagues' deaths
-- [1 hour and 20 minutes ago]
Sri Lankan government to abolish the minimum room rates imposed on city hotels from March 2017
-- [1 hour and 49 minutes ago]
Sri Lanka needs a new Constitution since the war ended - PM
-- [2 hours ago]
Sri Lanka Marxist party says 2017 budget is an 'empty shell'
-- [2 hours ago]
Meeriyabedda landslide displaced families get 75 new Army-built houses
-- [3 hours ago]
Price reduced drugs through Osusala from today
-- [3 hours ago]
Three missing Sri Lankan fishermen stranded in Dhanushkodi
No room in the country for conflicts based on languages - President
Sri Lankan sailor found dead in ship at Dhamra port in Odisha
Rangana Herath to captain Sri Lanka in Zimbabwe

Copyright © 2000, 2012 by (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.