• Short Summary

    At the United Nations, delegates to the General Assembly were startled on Thursday (5 October) when an unscheduled speaker took the rostrum and criticised the Sri Lankan government.

  • Description

    At the United Nations, delegates to the General Assembly were startled on Thursday (5 October) when an unscheduled speaker took the rostrum and criticised the Sri Lankan government. He managed to speak for 35 seconds before his microphone was cut off, and he was escorted out of the assembly. The man accused the Colombo government of genocide against the Tamil minority.

    SYNOPSIS: The interruption came during a general debate, just after the official Sri Lankan delegate was introduced. UN officials identified the man as Mr. Krishna vaikunthayasam a former judge now practising law in England.

    At this point, his microphone was cut off. The Tamils are Hindus living in the north and north-east of Sri Lanka. They have demanded an independent Tamil state, but this has been rejected by the Sinhala government in Colombo. Mr. Vaikunthayasam managed only a brief appearance to promote his views.

    The Sri Lanka Foreign Minister Mr. Shaul Hameed showed little sign of being affected by the attack on his government's policies towards the Tamil minority.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9YPLPF0U766HBZGEI7ZCHXERG
    Media URN:
    VLVA9YPLPF0U766HBZGEI7ZCHXERG
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/10/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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