|Either way, both Nambiar and Kohona are at least witnesses for any inquiry into this war crime. How can they be the two sides of a conversation meant to protect UN staff from a hostage taking threatened and led by a Sri Lanka government minister?
Some wonder whether Mr. Ban keeping Mr. Nambiar as his point-man on Sri Lanka, despite the questions raised, doesn’t explain why the rest of Ban’s staff is seemingly unaware of the troubling scene in Colombo, and why the Ban Administration’s excuses for the hostage taking of UN staff by a government minister have been so noticeable, and different from Ban’s approach to Sudan or Zimbabwe. Watch this site.
Update: at 2:45 p.m. after his noon briefing response, Associate Spokesman Farhan Haq announced to the Press that while he had said there were 400 staff normally at the UN in Colombo, with a quarter deemed essential, the total number is in fact 200. Noted — this update was published minutes after Haq’s announcement.