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ICP – On Sri Lanka at UN, Mere “Remarks to the Press,” UK Says IMF Loan Not Relevant

April 24, 2009

UNITED NATIONS, April 22 — Despite the UN having warned of a “bloodbath on the beach” in northern Sri Lanka, and despite the UK and France having spoken loudly of what they would push for in the Security Council, Wednesday’s informal Council session ended with mere “remarks to the press” by this month’s president, Claude Heller of Mexico.

As Heller spoke at a microphone in the UN’s basement, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s envoy Vijay Nambiar slipped quickly past the press. He left the UN’s humanitarian deputy Catherine Bragg, who did not visit Sri Lanka, to speak for the Secretariat. Inner City Press asked Ms. Bragg to provide an update to the UN’s figure for civilians killed between January 20 and March 7, 2683, which only became public because leaked to and published Inner City Press.

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