The U.N.`s relevance and effectiveness are imperilled when the Founding Principles are observed in word but not in deed... when OBJECTION IS TAKEN, ON PETTY, PROCEDURAL OR PROCESS-BASED GROUNDS, TO REPORTING THAT SPEAKS ABOUT CREDIBLE ALLEGATIONS OF WAR CRIMES COMMITTED IN SRI LANKA.
Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird has warned that the UN`s significance is endangered when it fails to act on its founding principles, stating Sri Lanka
`s war crimes as one such issue.
The Foreign Minister also mentioned Iran`s refusal to allow entry to UN observers for human rights into the country, as another such example.
He went on to say,
The greatest enemies of the United Nations are not those who publicly repudiate its actions.
THE GREATEST ENEMIES OF THE UNITED NATIONS ARE THOSE WHO QUIETLY UNDERMINE ITS PRINCIPLES AND, EVEN WORSE, BY THOSE WHO SIT IDLY, WATCHING ITS SLOW DECLINE .
Last week, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper called for other nations to join him on boycotting the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting to be held in Sri Lanka.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has stated that he will not be attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in 2013, due to be held in Sri Lanka, unless there is improvement in human rights on the island.
Speaking to journalists, Harper backed the United Nations Secretary General`s representative`s call for an independent investigation into war crimes and urged other countries to join his stance.
I have expressed concerns about holding of the next Commonwealth Summit, the one after the one coming up in Sri Lanka.
I intend to make clear to my fellow leaders of the Commonwealth that if we do not see progress in Sri Lanka in terms of human rights and some of the issues you`ve raised, I WILL NOT AS PRIME MINISTER BE ATTENDING THAT COMMONWEALTH SUMMIT I HOPE THAT OTHERS WILL TAKE A SIMILAR POSITION, but I hope this will pressure the Sri Lankan government to take the appropriate actions.`