12 August, 2020

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Catholic Commission Wants Solution To Ethnic Issue

The Sri Lankan Government must come forward with a solution or proposal package to settle the festering ethnic problem in the north and east, a Catholic group attached to the Jaffna diocese working on justice and peace says.

Jaffna Bishop Thomas Soundaranayagam

In spite of all the development activity in the North the people of the North and East have been reiterating from the start that their priorities were for hitherto unresolved issues to be addressed and settled, the Commission for Justice and Peace of the Jaffna Diocese said in a letter to President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

“The Sri Lankan Government must show positive signs to the people in the North and East by addressing these issues to win the hearts of the people,” the Commission said in its letter. It told the President that the people have shown overwhelmingly that external development is not a substitute for justice, peace and reconciliation.

“We wish and pray that your Excellency will use your good offices to convince and pressure those concerned to bring about justice and peace in our country,” the Commission said.

The Commission said there were several outstanding issues to be addressed, such as Accountability for the human rights violations especially during the final stages of the war in 2009, forced take-over of civilians’ lands, Coercive Population Control, the plight of political Prisoners, lack of safety of women and girls, findings of human remains, state sponsored settlements of the Sinhalese in the North and East, the proliferation of Buddha statues and viharas in the North and East, Provincial Council Election Violence and the muzzling of the media in the North.

The letter signed by Father Fr. S.V.B, Mangalarajah is also copied to Catholic Archbishop Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith.Bishop of Jaffna Rev. Thomas Soundaranayagam is the patron of the Commission.

Read the letter here

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    Which part of Sri Lanka they want to carve out now? Give them an inch, they will take a yard! Typical!

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    Nowadays, Tamils do not complain about their grievances. Their leaders simply demand Sri Lanka government satisfy Tamil aspirations. But many Sinhala villagers are confused about this ‘Tamil aspiration’. Perhaps to confuse us, the uneducated more, Tamil leaders tell us that Tamils need self determination. With that kind of mumbo jumbo Tamils think they can get the ‘uneducated’ Sinhalas fully confused.

    When I tried to get a response for the problem from a real uneducated Sinhala man at a meeting hall in our village temple. The man was an ex-coconut plucker in the village, he responded to me in Sinhala that if only you listen to what CM Wiggi says, you can understand what Tamils want from the horses mouth itself.

    ‘Wiggi wants 13A in full to start with. He says that he wants to have police and land powers immediately. Then he says, Sri Lanka army has no right to be in he North. He wants them out. Do I have to say more,’ he asked me. He said, “CM Wiggi is a cunning man. We let him have his demands is like we give a sword to a monkey.” I knew the man had lost a son at the last lap of the Elam war and is living with his pension. So, I said hmmmm, you’re a very much wiser man than our so-called the educated lot.

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      Sinhalese want domination over Tamils, that is the crux of the opposition to provincial land and police powers. Tamils don’t want to live under the jackboot of the Sinhala Chauvinist government.

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        Why don’t Tamils leave to Tamil Nadu and become their own masters ?

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          Why dont you fuck off back to Orissa you dirty sob.?

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          Jim the Dim Sinhala Only Fanatic

          It’s just the way he parts his hair.!

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      Patriot
      Why did u not ask ur plucker friend whether Wiggie wanted these powers in the areas in the south where he climbs for his livelihood? If not why is he so upset?

      I think he is no wiser than the coconut plucker he is.

      As for you – you have a problem. You will i think accept any advice that suits ur prejudices even when they come from the very bottom.

      Stop a minute and think – will u be happy if ur police is ther only to support those who treat u as second class losers and threaten u with the guns they carry?

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    The festering ethnic issue in the north is that Church with the Terrorists tamils were & are attempting to establish an Eelam for the Catholics & Christians in the North.

    Quote ““We wish and pray that ” Where were those prayers when the Catholic Church was running amok in the North, East and elsewhere in the with the LTTE for 30 years? Orayers were forgotton ?
    Why now prayers for the President & his good Office?

    CATHOLIC CLERGY IN THE NORTH ARE A JOKE
    Their hidden agenda is to expand the Roman Empire in the North of SL and conquer the Tamil Nadu as well.

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      Thondamanaru,

      Now that the Saint Vellupillai Prabkaran is in “Heaven”, saved,…

      “Their hidden agenda is to expand the Roman Empire in the North of SL and conquer the Tamil Nadu as well.’

      and continue the projects…

      1. Philippines

      2. East Timor

      3. Ellam Nadu

      4. Tamil Nadu.

      5. Others, in planning stages.

      With the help of the Norwegians, the dogs of the Catholic Christian west.

      They want to save humanity fro Hell Fire, and maintain Priest Hegemony.

      Not much different from Sinhala Buddhism and its Monk Hegemony.

      Trading one Myth to another myth, and changing the high priests of the hegemonic system.

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      One of the dumbest comments I’ve ever read here; to claim the Christian Tamil clergy wants to expand the Roman Empire. Incase you didn’t know, Roman Empire ceased to exist a veery long tome ago and modern Italians like other Western Euro nations don’t much care for religion; church attendance is quite low.

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        Joseph Rayappu is a Tamil NAdu born Tamil. Now he is a Catholic bishop in Mannar. Sri Lankan govt is scared to Deport him because, they don’t want the Vatican to be Pi44ed off. But, the Sri Lankan govt knows that he is a terrorist who harobored LTTE terrorists and kept stolen loot in his Church from Bank robberies.

        His subordinates were the Suicide Jacket transporting Brigade during the War. LTTE cadres were firing their heavy guns from the Church Premises.

        Now take the Jaffna Bishop .. Saundaranayagam..and the one in Germany and the one in BTF/GTF. It is a long story…

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          hide the tiddledywinks!

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    When did Catholic bishops start wearing pottu?

    This is disgusting.

    Tamils should find solutions in Tamil Nadu not in SL.

    Deport all Tamils back to Tamil Nadu or better still create conditions that will chase them out of SL. We need to resurrect JR again. He was the man for the job.

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      where should we depot you to? middle east will they take you?

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    Looks this guy still looks like a monkey. He reminds me SIMPSONS, the Cartoon TV program.

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      Jim the Dim

      He is Posse Cat!

      You are sure to end in hell and burn your amude.

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        Why did the Creator create Hell ?

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          you’re going through hell, keep going.

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    Catholics are worse Taliban

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    Father Fr. S.V.B, Mangalarajah,

    Isn’t the East controlled by Muslim militancy a.k.a Muslim extremists a.k.a jihadists with the help of certain Muslim ministers who are also part of the present government?

    Colombo telegraph even reported this on their article here – https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/wikileaks-muslim-militancy-in-sri-lanka-four-groups-based-in-colombo-former-us-intelligence-officer/

    Why have you not mentioned anything about this in your letter?

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      Stop spreading BS.

      There are no jihadists in SL. Don’t create additional problems. You know what happened to Tamilians in Nanthikadal? Don’t beg for it again (this time from the Muslims).

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        that is not what your pay master Gota says. He is sure that there are jihadists in SL.

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        Beg from the Muslims??? Hahahaaa you funny [Edited out] boy. Muslims were the ones who were begging it from the LTTE in the 80’s and now from the BBS. Poor guys I feel sorry for the Misslims. They are being left out :(

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        “Don’t beg for it again”
        (sic).dot ..dot.dot ..squeak Muslims).
        Your children aren’t bright Jitterbug?
        eek, eek, bang!

        I am you’r other end.!

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    He looks like Sambandan with a funny hat. Typical African American look.

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      oh ye I wonder how you will look?
      If I say like a gorrila I will be insulting them

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    “defenders of minorities”.

    Beauty itself is but the sensible image of the Infinite.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IqGH_3lUf8

    Olli Olli Idupe
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B50gHqDSs-U

    Happy Diwali #-):っ)

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