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Last updated: 25 March, 2010 - Published 18:22 GMT
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UN panel of experts on SL to be appointed
President Rajapaksa meets UN Secretary General
President Rajapaksa meets UN Secretary General

The UN is in the process of identifying a team of experts to be appointed to an advisory panel on SrI Lanka said Secretary General Ban ki-moon.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday at the UN headquarters in New York the secretary General said that his Chief of staff Vijay Nambiar and Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN Dr. Palitha Kohona are having discussions.

The panel of experts will advice the secretary General on the human rights situation in Sri Lanka.

The secretary General said that he is hopeful that his special envoy could visit Sri Lanka soon.

He said “I expect that Mr. Lynn Pascoe will be able to visit Sri Lanka in the near future to discuss all the matters” .

The Sri Lankan government had opposed plans of the UN secretary General to appoint an expert panel on human rights saying that the move was “uncalled for and unwarranted”

Meanwhile the Non Aligned Movement raised concerns of setting up the expert panel describing it as interference in internal matters of a sovereign state.

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