18 September, 2019

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“Beyond Conflict” In Sri Lanka! A Workshop In Sydney

Sri Lanka Reconciliation Forum, Sydney, is organizing a workshop titled “Beyond Conflict” on 17 August 2013 at the University of Technology Sydney UTS) participated by Tamils, Sinhalese and Muslims living in New South Wales and other Australian well-wisher for conflict resolution and reconciliation in Sri Lanka. The Reconciliation Forum, a non-partisan and a non-profit organization, has been in existence for more than three years and the present workshop is part of a project undertaken to investigate and study different perceptions of community members on the key issues relevant to reconciliation in Sri Lanka. The study project funded by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship has already completed two components of focus group discussions and an opinion survey. While the workshop will be dealing with some of the key issues of international experiences, violence and recovering from violence, national question and role of diaspora through a host of key speakers, the organizers are also planning to present the results of the focus group discussions and the opinion survey.

 

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    All ex-Sri Lankans living in or near Sydney should participate in this. Especially those who complain about the ‘other’ Diaspora!

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    Bijay (Bandula Jayasekera) – our spy in Sydney, please attend! No holes, only lunch and tea will be served??

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      mike:
      “Bijja” might prevent the Aussie govt. from entering SL after this. Oh! I forgot, he only wants racists attending the Colombo confab and either of the mainline Aussie parties would qualify as John Pilger so accurately portrays them in a recent issue of the Guardian.

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    It is time the Rajapakse regime realised the National Question cannot be solved by having a disproportionate army presence in Tamil areas
    intimidating and harassing the local Tamil civilian population. Like the Vietnam war was lost and won “in the Conference Halls in Paris” the Tamil issue now forms part of the political discourse in Britain, E/U, the USA, Australia, Japan, India and other. This event in Sydney is sponsored and expenses met by the Australian Govt. It is only an ignoramus who will accuse of them being “LTTE supporters” The regime must take cognizance the world outside is taking a more than casual
    look in the protracted and long unresolved issue.

    Senguttuvan

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    This work shop is nothing but a “Talkshop”.
    Nothing will come out of this wasted “talk shop”.

    There cannot be any reconciliation without Truth, Justice and Accountability. There is also the chemical weapons, cluster/phosphorous bombs and illegal land mines imported, stockpiled and used by Rajapakse and Fonseka.

    Reconciliation is between the two peoples and not Sinhala and Tamil political parties, may it be SLFP or UNP with the TNA.

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      Uncle Donald back in the town my boys.

      Did you have you pills uncle? Does not sound like that. Better before you open your mouth again Kiri Appa.

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      Lionel Bopage?? What a looser?

      As uncle Donald indicated above what is he going to preach? How he sent 90,000 young lives to death for his so-called liberation struggle. Now having a very cozy life in the western world.

      He is one of the other loosers like Uncle Donald who bought misery to Sri Lanka in 1971. He should have been sent to jail for the good work he did in 1971. Lionel you should be ashamed off yourself.

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      Is it the Sinhala – govt that supplied Land mines to LTTE ?

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    It looks church is behind all these. Remember Late pope said the Asia is the new battleground in the new millennium ?

    They hate buddhism as it does not believe in Almighty.

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    This is Sri Lankan people supporting special interests groups, probably to promote for their self – interests, screw up Sri Lanka.

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    Prof. Daya coined the term community trauma when studying the Tamils. He helped with the Nat. Inst. of Education/trauma training for teachers by developing a psychology assessment tool,and also Unicef, GTZ trainings after the tsunami. Reconciliation? Please elaborate on the goal.I doubt that it would be of no value.

    If a priest is involved, and if he is a Christian, the prime thing-that is reconciliation with God can be explored. This is a supernatural task it seems to me at the moment.

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    Just a gabfest. Waste of time.

    Reconciliation is not possible unless the sides are on a level playing field. Since 1948 the field has sloped and sloped. The mighty are on the high side and the minorities on the lower end. So how is reconciliation possible.

    At the moment we have MARA who is Nero sitting atop a mountain of ill gotten wealth playing the fiddle while the diaspora is trying to outsmart each other at gabfests.

    Nothing will come of it.

    Meanwhile Bodu Bala Sena will achieve its ends. Killing, looting and building huge bodisattvas from plundered Muslim wealth. Mara and his brothers will make a private underground tunnell from treasury to the banks carrying the ill gotten wealth one way. The police will torture and beat innocent suspects in the name of maintaining law and order. The army will be sent out occasionally, to kill those asking for clean water.

    How can anyone think that this abomi-nation of a ‘thugocracy’ can one day become a normal, functioning and real democracy by engaging in a gabfest in a far, far away country.

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