UN Sends Nambiar to Sri Lanka, Quiet Diplomacy and Ships Off the Beach?

[Inner City Press]

With even the UN now speaking of a “bloodbath on the beach” in Northern Sri Lanka, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has quietly sent his titular chief of staff Vijay Nambiar, a former Indian diplomat, to the region to try what the UN is calling “quiet diplomacy.” Some in Ban’s inner circle wonder if it is wise to send an Indian for the job, given India’s large Tamil population and response to the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi. But perhaps that, along with Nambiar’s ties with the Chinese, is what has made Sri Lanka feel comfortable.

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