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.
LV President of the General Assembly announcing next speaker, in Spanish
SV A man speaking in English accusing Sri Lanka of genocide. He introduces himself as Krishna. His microphone is switched off at (32 9.8 51). He continues speaking inaudible.
GV He continues speaking inaudible, then officials enter from side and take him away. (two shots)
GV and SV Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mr. Shaul Hameed walks to rostrum (two shots)
SV He speaks in English (three shots)
VAIKUNTHAYASAM: "There is genocide of the Tamil nation by successive Sri Lanka Sinhala governments. If oppressed minority nations such as Tamil cannot make representations to this supreme body then where are we to go? Please allow me to speak for one minute. My name is Krishna and I come from the two and a half million strong Tamil nation lying between India and Sri Lanka. The Sri Lanka Sinhala government is continuing a policy of genocide."
HAMEED: "Mr. President. I wish to thank the previous speaker who tried to steal my opportunity and thereby created a little sensation."
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Background: 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.