UN withdraws from Colombo

UN withdraws from Colombo

Colombo : Sri Lanka | Jul 08, 2010 at 11:12 AM PDT
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The United Nations today recalled its representative in Sri Lanka. Neil Buhne represented the UN in Sri Lanka and was the head of UN office in Colombo. He was recalled and the UN office is Colombo was advised to remain closed.

There has been tension brewing over a period of time between United Nations and Sri Lanka's government. Minister Wimal Weerawansa has been a key figure in this drama.

Analysts say this is a drastic and sad development. 'Differences in opinions cannot be resolved by clash and conflict or fight and flight. Maintain your sobriety at all times', an academic remarked, referring to the latest development.

Sri Lanka's minister's attitude, behavior and conduct have a lot to be desired. It certainly is not up to the long standing and traditional Sri Lanka's norms, a University professor commented.

Another academician observed, 'it is an unfortunate development. Matters could have been better managed if only our ruling party politicians were a bit more careful'.

Senaratne is based in Colombo, Colombo, Sri Lanka, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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