We talk Sri Lanka. Again, sorry for the audio-sync issues. We will get this fixed as soon as possible.
Good morning all. It’s 9am, the coffee and donuts have already been reduced to a pile of crumbs and a near-empty Box O’ Joe, and a half-dozen talk radio hosts are already working through their third hour. Yes, it’s the fourth annual UN Talk Radio Day. All day today, radio hosts from all parts of the political spectrum will be setting up shop in the UN lobby, interviewing high-ranking UN officials, and broadcasting back to their users. You can find the full coverage here as well as links to the live shows.
The formidable Mark Goldberg will be interviewing UN officials as well and will be publishing them here as well as on Bloggingheads.tv.
Ban Ki Moon will visit Sri Lanka later this week and the Secretary General had this to say in advance of the trip.
“The task now facing the people of Sri Lanka is immense and requires all hands,” he said, stressing the need for progress in three critical areas: immediate humanitarian relief; reintegration and reconstruction; and a sustainable and equitable political solution.
The task now facing the people of Sri Lanka is immense and requires all hands
Progress on all three of these fronts must move forward in parallel – and it must begin now, he stated.
Mr. Ban’s Chief of Staff, Vijay Nambiar, is currently in the country and is engaged with relevant parties on how best to respond to the humanitarian situation of the large number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and initiate a process for early recovery and long-term reconciliation, rehabilitation and reconstruction.
I’ll judge the trip a success if the outcome includes opening the internment camps to international aid agencies and the media.
The SG: In Ethiopia over the weekend, the SG is now in the United Arab Emirates. Today he met with Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashed Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, where the two discussed developments in the region, including Syria, Iran, Lebanon, Egypt and Jordan, and in the Middle East Peace Process.