Sunday, May 31, 2009

Unseemly hurrahs and great expectations

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene

(ST)Notwithstanding the hurrahs of Sri Lanka's delegation to the United Nations this week in having (apparently) marked a victory for the ability of smaller states to - en bloc- stand up to 'Western bullying' there is, in fact, little reason for jubilation regarding the Human Rights Council's Special Session on Sri Lanka. And it must also be said that as much as the somewhat unseemly cheering of the Sri Lankan delegation is to be deprecated, one is equally hard put to fathom the bitter disappointment of others who profess themselves 'astounded' at the result. On the contrary, the outcome was boringly predictable and there are, indeed, valuable lessons for both sides to learn in this respect. Full text