UN’s Ban’s SL Statement – No Questions
Inner City Press – On Sri Lanka, UN’s Ban Speaks But No Questions Allowed, Pascoe Spin
Having been widely criticized for weak handling of civilian deaths and detentions in Sri Lanka, the UN administration of Ban Ki-moon now seeks to control its message and limit questions, to turn the tide of negative coverage in the run-up to next week’s General Assembly meeting.
At a purportedly unscripted questions and answer session with the UN press corps on Thursday, Ban Ki-moon began by reading out a statement, including on Sri Lanka. But then no questions on Sri Lanka were taken or allowed by Ban’s Spokesperson Michele Montas.