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Sri Lankan Alleged War Criminal Silva 'Selected' as Ban Adviser on Peacekeeping?

Sri Lanka slipped Silva in as representative of the Asia Pacific group.

Ban shakes with Silva as Kohona looks on
Ban shakes with Silva as Kohona looks on, Feb 23 2011 (c) MRLee

(UNITED NATIONS) - In an example of UN "bluewashing" of a an alleged war criminal, Sri Lanka is bragging that its Major General Shavendra Silva has been selected for the "UN Secretary General's special Advisory group on Peace Keeping Operations," along with former Deputy Secretary General Louise Frechette and former head of UN Peacekeeping Jean Marie Guehenno.

Acts of Shavendra Silva's battalion in 2009 are described in the UN's own Panel of Experts report on Sri Lanka, and lawsuits have been filed against Silva for war crimes.

So how can he be put on a UN "special advisory group on Peacekeeping Operations"?

Ban's Under Secretary General for Field Support Susana Malcorra, who Inner City Press has reported stands to replace Asha-Rose Migiro as Ban's Deputy Secretary General, on October 24 told the UN General Assembly's committee covering peacekeeping that Ban would

create a Senior Advisory Group comprising five eminent persons of relevant experience; five representatives from major troop countries; five representatives from major financial contributors; and one member from each regional group

It appears that that Sri Lanka, in order to bluewash Silva, slipped him in as representative of the Asia Pacific group.

In other circumstances, such as Syria's bid to be its regional group's representative on the UN Human Rights Council, efforts have been made at the UN including by the Secretariat to avoid or reverse nominations like this one which would be an embarrassment and make a mockery of the UN's stated principles.

But will Ban do that here, or put an alleged war criminal on his Senior Advisory Group on Peacekeeping Operations? Watch this site.

Click here for Sept 23, '11 BloggingHead.tv about UN General Assembly
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kisikisi January 28, 2012 9:10 am (Pacific time)

If it is OK for George bush to kill thousands of people in Iraq and if it's OK for Obama to kill thousands of people in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Libya, How could Shavendra is a war criminal? Civilians died 'cause they were held by LTTE as a human shield by force and used the very same shield by LTTE to use heavy weapons against SL Army. Rules of engagement used by SL Army is much "Human" than what is used by US in Iraq. In Sri Lanka SL Army saved as much as civilians they could while in Iraq, US used area weapons on civil targets willfully. Main tactics used by US is to destruct the infrastructure and bleed the social life. US went to Iraq to get nuclear weapons. Got it? No. Then said weapons of mass destruction! Got it? NO. They still trying to find a official justification to kill scores of civilians (for oil!). Arn't they war crimes? Destructed Iraqi society is loosing civilians every day. Who is responsible for them? Libya is also in the same path. Who is responsible for that? Then who are the criminals?

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Sean Flynn was a photojournalist in Vietnam, taken captive in 1970 in Cambodia and never seen again.