by Upul Joseph Fernando
Some foreign media were of the view that the Sri Lanka (SL) Government had trapped Ban Ki moon in relation to the UN war crime panel. They presumed, like how the SL Govt. which is very adept at manipulating International politics, it had won over moon too via the RR Company. It was their belief that, as there existed a cordial and close relationship between President Mahinda Rajapaksa and moon, these ties may have been availed of to soft pedal anything obnoxious against the Govt. contained in the Panel report. Ban Ki moon was of course pursuing a very flexible policy towards the SL Govt. as regards the panel appointed by him.
UN SG Ban-Ki-moon (file pic)
At the UN General assembly last year , Mahinda met Ban Ki moon and held discussions . Lalith Weeratunge, the President’s Secretary referring to the discussion said, it was successful. He also told the ‘Sunday Observer’ newspaper that President Rajapaksa agreed to permit the panel members to visit SL , and meet with the LLRC ( Lessons learnt reconciliation Commission) Committee . Some foreign media construed this as another of SL Govt.’s manipulative ploy to make moon dance to its tune. But what truly had been taking place was, since the launching of the Committee , it was the SL Govt. which had been straying into moon’s snare . Whether this trap was set by moon or by America and its Western powers is yet unknown.
When moon’s special representative was in readiness to visit SL prior to the appointment of the Committee, the SL Govt. declared that no permission will be granted to him to come to SL. But later, the SL Govt. relented and allowed Lynn Pascoe , the special representative of moon to visit SL. After his arrival in SL, he addressed a news conference in Colombo following his tour of SL’s North and East , where he stated that moon has decided to appoint the Committee. This dumbfounded the SL govt.
After moon had appointed the Committee and obtained the permission to send the Committee members to SL, he said , Mahinda Rajapaksa is flexible. The SL Govt. however, after granting permission to moon’s Committee members to arrive in SL, changed its decision, and sent its representatives including Attorney General to have secret meetings with the members of moon’s Committee. It is to be noted that the Govt. itself asserted earlier that if Moons’ Committee members are allowed to meet the SL Govt. representatives and hold discussions , it will be tantamount to the SL Govt. having accepted the Committee . Despite this assertion, the Govt. sent its delegation to New York to hold discussions with moon’s Committee. Perhaps the Govt. must have taken this decision entertaining the view that via these discussions it might be able to turn the Committee’s report in its favor , or even moon might disallow the Committee to furnish an adverse report on SL.
It is now the general consensus that the SL Govt. has tripped and fallen into the trap of Ban Ki moon. After reading the foreign media reports pertaining to Ban Ki moon’s second term in office , it has become a very pertinent question , whether this trap was contrived by Ban Ki moon or America and the Western powers. Last August, the foreign media relying on a UN Organization leaked memo reported as follows:
‘The memo alleged that the spineless and charmless Ban had failed to stand up in the face of massive human rights abuses in Myanmar, Sri Lanka and elsewhere, instead issuing irresolute appeals that fall on deaf ears, that the UN was largely absent from the world’s great crises and that Ban had lost the faith and respect of both , member states and his own staff.’
Following the appearance of this report , the foreign media concluded that it is unlikely that America and Western powers will endorse the second term of Ban Ki moon. But , as soon as the report on SL war crimes was handed over to moon by the panel appointed by him , the Foreign media under the caption ‘Ban gains US backing for second term’ reported, “ Ban Ki moon appears to have secured a commitment from the administration of US President Barak Obama and other key Security Council members to serve . Obama had overcome some of his initial misgivings about Ban’s leadership and recognized him as a reliable ally on some of its most important goals including the international effort to drive Gaddafi from power. Ban has already received preliminary shows of support from Obama and the leaders of Britain and France .A Diplomat told ,Russia and China wont oppose him. I think it is safe to say that he will keep his job”.
In the circumstances, it has now become crystal clear as to who had trapped whom ~ courtesy: Daily Mirror ~