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Palitha Kohona to chair UN committee

Sri Lanka’s ambassador to the UN, Palitha Kohona has been elected as the chair of the sixth (legal) committee of the United Nations General Assembly, after overwhelming support from the Asia-Pacific group.

The committee considers legal questions for the General Assembly in New York.

Canada’s foreign minister John Baird criticised the decision on Twitter, saying that it was ironic for Sri Lanka to be elected after it sacked its own Chief Justice.

Palitha Kohona is one of the main figures defending Sri Lanka’s onslaught on the Vanni in 2009 in the UN and has repeatedly denied accusations that war crimes were committed.

See Innercity Press report here.