“I respect and admire much of what Sri Lanka has done and represent in the Third World and the Non Aligned Movement. Their Government won the war against the LTTE and that is good. They now urgently need to win the peace on behalf and for the benefit of all the people of Sri Lanka. To that end, international support and cooperation should be sought, not resisted.”
He is former Foreign Minister of Algeria, Ambassador and international diplomat. Negotiated the end of civil war in Lebanon on behalf of the League of Arab States; led several UN Peace Operations, notably in South Africa, Haiti, Afghanistan , Iraq . Chaired the Independent Commission set up in 2000 by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan which produced a report on UN Peace Operations endorsed by the Millennium Summit and widely known as “The Brahimi Report”.
Member of “The Elders” & the Global Leadership Forum; Governing Board, SIPRI; Board of Trustees, International Crisis Group and Global Humanitarian Forum.