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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2704

UN dumps Sri Lanka’s Queen of Thieves

From our Political Correspondent

New York, 08 October, (Asiantribune.com): Chandrika Kumaratunga, former President of the Sri Lanka, who was lobbying for a job in the UN as a high-ranking Under-Secretary, has returned empty handed. Media reports said that UN officials had dismissed speculation that Chandrika Kumaratunge had been offered the post of South Asia director general of UNICEF.Media reports said that UN officials had dismissed speculation that Chandrika Kumaratunge had been offered the post of South Asia director general of UNICEF.

She paid a courtesy call on Ms. Ann Veneman, Head of UNESCO, and turned on her charm to impress that she is the right candidate to "do her bit to increase the UN children’s agency profile in Asia."

Ms. Veneman had thanked her for offering her services but had not offered a part-time or a full-time job. Media reports said that UN officials had dismissed speculation that she had been offered the post of South Asia director general of UNICEF.

A former Sri Lankan diplomat said that there are enough scandals plaguing the UN without adding Chandrika Kumaratunga’s name to it. At a time when the UN is looking for reforms it would be a total miscalculation to appoint the ex-President who is tainted with scandals. The latest book, Queen of Thieves, linking her to murders and corruption, is the hottest selling book in the Sri Lankan market.

"The UN oil-for-food scandal in which the Secretary-General’s son was involved will pale into insignificance if she gets a key position in the UN. There is a possibility of her surrounding herself with her old corrupt cronies who made hand over fist in arms deals," he said.

"Besides, there is no record in her career as President where she had rescued the Tamil children who were plucked from the parents’ arms and sent as child soldiers to fight in the needless war of Tamil Tigers. On the contrary, she was making deals with the Tamil Tigers to strengthen their hands to perpetrate more crimes against humanity," he said citing the example of P-Toms, the agreement in which she was planning to hand over control of the north and the east to the Tigers.

However, A Sri Lankan commentator said that her joining the UN is one way of keeping her out of making mischief in Sri Lanka. Media reports state that she is now plotting with her cronies to undermine the current President who is her nominee and that of her party.

Chandrika Kumaratunga is also known for letting her tongue run loosely without engaging her brains.

- Asian Tribune -

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