22 September, 2020

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Consensual Resolution As A Compromise Solution

By Jehan Perera – 

Jehan Perera

Jehan Perera

Sri Lanka will be one of only three countries on which a substantive resolution, which calls for new forms of follow up actions, will be discussed at the session of the UN Human Rights Council next month.  The other two countries are North Korea and Myanmar.  However, in Myanmar’s case it will be a consensual resolution that is going to be passed, with the approval of the Myanmar government.  Therefore, unless a similar consensus is reached on Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan government will alone with its North Korean counterpart to have a resolution that is to be passed against its wishes.  This is undoubtedly an regrettable situation for the government to have put itself and the country into because in objective terms Sri Lanka is nowhere near North Korea in being either an authoritarian regime or a threat to world peace.

Almost all foreigners who come to Sri Lanka for the first time are pleasantly surprised by the state of the country, not only its natural beauty, but also the vibrancy of its society and the appearance of reasonable democracy and freedom by third world standards.   It will be natural for most Sri Lankans to feel utterly indignant against the international alliance that seeks to portray their country as one that can be bracketed with North Korea in international forums like the UNHRC.  But sadly this infamy appears to be increasingly likely.  The European Parliament in Brussels  which represents 28 European countries last week passed a resolution calling for “an international inquiry to be fully independent, credible and transparent” into alleged war crimes.  Likewise a committee of the US Senate also called for an “international investigation into reports of war crimes, crimes against humanity and other human rights violations.”

Media reports and comments from top government leaders suggest that the Sri Lankan government is now bracing itself for defeat in the vote and to be at the receiving end of an adverse resolution.   The stakes are getting very high, especially after the UN Human Rights Commissioner Navanethem Pillay’s recommendation that there be no amnesty for war crimes, which indicates a willingness to take on the Sri Lankan government leadership in a battle to the finish with no hope of reconciliation.  It was ill-advised of the government to have believed it could defeat a resolution promoted by the two leading superpowers of the world, the US and EU and to fight it rather than to negotiate.   It would be advisable for the government to seek to moderate its position that totally rejects an international role in investigating the past.  Fighting to win became more impossible after it became clear that the country was internally divided on the issue.

Internal Division

Not all Sri Lankans are opposed to an international investigation and sections are actively promoting it.  The Northern Provincial Council’s call for an international investigation has come about in a context in which the credibility of national processes of investigation has collapsed in full.  The past decades have been littered by the many commissions of inquiry appointed by the present government and its predecessors, which came to naught in terms of providing solutions to the problems they were set up to address.  In some instances the reports were not made public and were suppressed instead.  In other instances the investigations done by the commissions were not seen as either impartial or comprehensive. Therefore there is no confidence at all that a national investigation can ever be a genuine effort that will lead to a genuine outcome.

It is this line of reasoning, due to past experience, that provides the background to the demand for an international investigation by the Northern Provincial Council.  Although the country is reunited in terms of territory after the war, it continues to be divided in terms of hearts and minds.  The resolution passed by the Northern Provincial Council that calls for an international investigation into the last phase is being described by the more nationalist section of Sinhalese opinion formers as an act of treachery and a warning signal about the dangers presented by the devolution of power to the Tamil-majority Northern Provincial Council.  Now there are calls for the government to dissolve the Northern Provincial Council, whose establishment a mere five months ago was hailed as a great success and sign of hope by those who advocate a political solution to the ethnic conflict in the country.

An international investigation into war crimes in Sri Lanka is totally rejected by the Sri Lankan government.  The Sinhalese ethnic majority too is virtually unanimous in their opposition to this investigation, particularly as it focuses on the last phase alone in which the government won the war, and not on earlier phases which would reflect badly on the LTTE and its supporters, and when the government was at the receiving end of defeats and massacres of its soldiers and civilians.  They also have been instilled with the belief that such an international intrusion into the country’s affairs will compromise its sovereignty.   The fearful conditions in many other countries that have been subjected to humanitarian interventions by foreign countries are constantly brought up.  Therefore the government has the assurance that it will be supported by the majority of the country’s population in any showdown with the international community on the issue of the last phase of the war.

Necessary Truth

However, is also necessary for the government to realize that obtaining domestic support is not a solution to the problems it faces in the international arena.  The emergence of new reports on what allegedly transpired during the last phase of the war make it more important than ever to ascertain the truth of what happened.  The report by an Australian NGO, the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, that documents atrocities that are alleged to have taken place shows that the passage of time after the end of the war has not made the allegations of war-time atrocities less, but has made them even stronger.  This indicates the need for a truth-seeking mechanism that could put an end to the speculation as to what really happened, and how many died in that last phase.

If there is to be reconciliation that is based on trust and understanding, the Sinhalese people need to know the truth along with the Tamil people, so that they will empathise with each other.  What is happening today is the opposite.  The Sinhalese believe that the Tamils and international community are exaggerating the casualty toll for reasons of their own that are detrimental to the country.  Therefore they do not accept that an international investigation would be fair by the country, and fear it will turn out to be a mechanism to interfere into the internal affairs of the country with the ultimate motive of regime change, weakening the Sri Lankan polity and dividing it.  On the other hand, the Tamil people and international community do not believe that the government will ever conduct an impartial investigation that would lay bare the truth.

The US and its allies continue to insist on an international commission to investigate allegations of grave human rights violations and war crimes in the last phase of Sri Lanka’s war.  However, the positive outcome that the passage of such a resolution would bring to the war-affected people and to the Sri Lankan people in general is not clear at all.  The passage of the resolution on investigating war crimes, especially with no provision for amnesty, is unlikely to lead to the Sri Lankan government agreeing to such an investigation taking place within the country.   On the contrary it is a recipe for further confrontation and makes the prospects of reconciliation more distant than ever.   In the context of potential deadlock regarding what happened in the last phase of the war, a possible way out would be for a joint investigation into the past with provision for amnesty that meets international standards and accompanied by a regular report back mechanism to the UNHRC.

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    Jehan,
    “LLRC Plus” Is Only Viable Option To Overcome Mounting International Pressure https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/llrc-plus-is-only-viable-option-to-overcome-mounting-international-pressure/

    As far as I know you have not told us what you mean by LLRC Plus. Could you please tell us what you mean by LLRC +?
    Thank you

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      Jehan joins a long list of writers without any moral values wanting to appease the murderous regime.

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    LLRC+? I would rather see LTTE- all over the world

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    ” It will be natural for most Sri Lankans to feel utterly indignant against the international alliance that seeks to portray their country as one that can be bracketed with North Korea in international forums like the UNHRC. “

    Says the author. Why should Sri Lankans feel indignant when the government they elected and its armed forces committed genocide of 147,000 innocent Tamils during the recent war?

    North Korea didn’t commit genocide of its own citizens.

    There is no reason for Tamils to feel indignant. They should be happy that at last there is a possibility for justice for them for all the atrocities committed by the Sri Lankan regimes since independence, which is continuing to this date.

    This hypocritical author seems to support the Sinhala supremacist government and its actions.

    After all, birds of the same feather flock together, don’t they?

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    JP:- you really must try to be a bit more balanced and analytical and talk about the illegal IMPEACHMENT of the legal Chief Justice and the post-war militarization and DEEP STATE for example by the Jarapassa regime…
    Please try to be a little less superficial and stupid in your pretty picture of “democracy among the Sinhalaya Modayas”. Your NGO and many in Colombo have made Sinhalaya Modayas even more MODA and idiotic with funds from foreign DONORS. Today SInhalayas think that Democracy is: Dictatorship, militarization, nepotism, feudalism, corruption, endless and expensive elections for corrupt politicians to have a circus etc..
    But, Please, credit some of us SInhalaya Modayas with some sense and try to be a bit more critical and analytic in what you write!
    JP, your NGO is payed by donors to EDUCATE the Sinhalaya Modayas and NOT make them even more stupid – than your are!

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    “The fearful conditions in many other countries that have been subjected to humanitarian interventions by foreign countries are constantly brought up. “

    How about the fearful conditions Sri Lankan humanitarian operation in Vanni that brought genocide of Tamils? It’s good for Tamils but not for Sinhalese! What crocked logic?

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    “Therefore the government has the assurance that it will be supported by the majority of the country’s population in any showdown with the international community on the issue of the last phase of the war.”

    Mr qualify the statement …”Sinhalese majority of the country”.

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    There is no such thing as the “Sinhalese people” writ large, Jehan! Most Sinhalas would be heartily glad to see corrupt and criminal Mahinda Rajapaksa and his brothers and sons frog marched to the Hague for a war crimes trial..
    So, instead of writing PURE TOSH we suggest that you do what your NPC NGO is paid to do – educate the Sinhalaya Modayas re. the meaning of DEMOCRACY and DEMOCRATIC PRACTICE and work with the poor and marginalized who are being displaced in Colombo right under you nose by Gota the Goon in WANATHAMULLA..
    You need to stop talking nonsense about Geneva (I guess you want a free ticket to go to Geneva in March for the HRC sessions?!), but please DO try to focus on the issues at hand within Lanka..
    For instance, What are the NGOs and people’s organization doing about the illegal displacement of poor and vulnerable people in a massive land grab called “development” at WANTAHAMULLA? What is the JVP and dead left doing re. a people’s tribunal and protests also against World Bank and ADB that is funding the Urban Development Authority and Ministry of Defense and paying soldier’s salaries? Please stop writing nonsense about Geneva now and focus on the people who are being displaced from their homes in Colombo..

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      I’m with Dinuk. Can we really speak of a single Sinhala opinion on such issues? Wouldn’t it be logical for many Sinhalese to have deep conflicts in their political attitudes – dislike of the corruption and brutality of the ruling family but perhaps always a sense of appreciation for the end of the war and what they have been taught to see as the ongoing defense of the nation against international threats? But what would people think if they had a) more accurate knowledge of what happened at the end of the war, b) an opposition party/parties willing and able to challenge the ruling family effectively c) Tamil and Muslim parties willing to compromise and work with the Sinhalese opposition and d) civil society and media organisations willing to air the full spectrum of ideas and information and not only the voice of their masters? And shouldn’t it be the job of NGOs and political parties to help shift the situation in this direction, so that a real debate and real information is able to get to all people in all communities and the hold of the Rajapaksas’s pseudo-Sinhala patriotism more easily broken? We can always hope someone will start taking up this project – only then will we be able to speak with any accuracy about what “the Sinhalese” think and want.

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    “In the context of potential deadlock regarding what happened in the last phase of the war, a possible way out would be for a joint investigation into the past with provision for amnesty that meets international standards and accompanied by a regular report back mechanism to the UNHRC.”

    No way Tamils will agree for such an investigation, because this will firmly establish impunity, and there is no guarantee that future Sri Lankan regimes won’t resort to genocide of Tamils.

    In fact, what is going on in the North- East is genocide in different forms; The Permanent Peoples Tribunal in its recent judgement on Sri Lanka said; what happened during the war was genocide and it is continuing unabated!

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    The president is intelligent enough to understand the gravity of the situation. Why don’t he realize this and sent a team capable of facing the situation?

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      T Wickramaratna:

      Even the most capable team cannot win if the regime continues to lie and cheat. This is a country full of commissions and reports. This is a country ready to introduce laws, to ward of international criticism and action but conveniently dumped soon after the heat subsides, just that such trickery did not stick. Everyone has been made fools because of this regime. They kept on lying for this regime to the extent that they, too, have lost their credibility and in that list, you can be the guest to add your name, too. From Dayan, MS, GLP, etc kept on promising the world, only to be made fools by the regime.

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    I congratulate the author on an excellent article. It is a well reasoned, pragmatic and sober assessment of the situation. I don’t however agree that a long drawn out confrontation between the GOSL and the US is inevitable. The US holds all the cards right now. They essentially have unlimited leverage, while the GOSL has none. That there will be an international investigation into war crimes and that the GOSL will be found guilty is a fait-accompli. However, we have to wait till the text of the resolution comes out to guess the timelines for same. It’s in the interests of all communities on the island and all stakeholders, that the matter is settled quickly and decisively.

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      For a regime that wants to have the cake and eat it also, the most serious problem it now faces is one of credibility, shooting itself in the foot. Now that a recommendation has been floated that there should be no amnesty for those proven to have committed war crimes, the apparently last resort of the TRC from South Africa may not work out at all. But MR and his cohorts can have some peace of mind. They will not be made to sit on the electric chair, a comfort that they failed to provide to those massacred mercilessly.

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    Was Ms Pillai a member of the LTTE Chapter in Cape Town when the Truth Commission awar crimes of the Botha lot?.

    Among all the heavy hitters in the West Dr Jehan has picked Ms Pillai for our brave Sinhalese to bend over and receive punishment..

    Even then there is no mercy for killing Prabakaran and his Terrorist Band.

    This born again NGO Dr Jehan has already done a phone poll and found out that there are Srilankan inhabitants who are okay with that.

    His sample for the poll must have been Sambandan, Ranil, Mangala and Kiriella.

    Jehan should have gone the whole hog and recommended a referendum .

    And the great majority will say bring it on….

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      Hello, Sumanasekara:

      When Cameron walked into SL and “scolded” the regime and went on his “pilgrimage” to the North, what were you doing, playing marbles? Anyway, the more recalcitrant you get, the more happy we are that justice will be served.

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    UN has just completed and ex-parte investigation into North Korean crimes against humanity.

    “A year-long UN inquiry into rights abuses in North Korea is due to be published, and is expected to urge punishment for systematic violations by the state.

    A panel of experts mandated by the UN’s Human Rights Council said North Koreans had suffered “unspeakable atrocities”.

    The panel heard evidence of torture, enslavement, sexual violence, severe political repression and other crimes.

    It is expected to recommend an inquiry by an international court or tribunal.

    The BBC’s Imogen Foulkes in Geneva says the report is expected to be one of the most detailed and devastating ever published by the United Nations.

    Testimony to the panel has included an account of a woman forced to drown her own baby, children imprisoned from birth and starved, and families tortured for watching a foreign soap opera.

    The full report is expected to contain hundreds of pages of further evidence of a nationwide policy of control through terror, says our correspondent.”
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-26220304

    In the absence of access to or cooperation from the North Korean Regime, the UN commitee has gone by testimony of witnesses and victims living outside of North Korea. Due to the non-cooperative stance taken by the Govt it is likely that a similiar commission will be appointed to go into the Sri Lankan conflict by the UNHRC.

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    There was a report that the army had “investigated itself” and had not found any instances of human rights violations.
    Courts Martial by the army have been said to “be like any other court” by the Supreme Court – ours is the only army which tried its commander,by a court martial composed of junior officers,and sentenced him to serve a prison sentence.
    Of course it was denied that this ‘trial’ was commenced as the former commander became a formidable opponent of the president at the presidential election.
    Latest reports indicate that the army is issuing “death certificates” to families anxious to testify before the ongoing “disappearances commission” together with gifts of Rs.100,000.

    All these do not instil confidence in countries of the UNHRC that a credible investigation into alleged ‘war crimes’ is feasible by the government itself.

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    Jehan, You are a true son of mother Lanka. Spoken like a true Sinhalese Buddhist.

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    Consensual resolution is only possible if two parties are agreed on a common vision or goal. What is the vision or goal in a national sense within Sri Lanka, this government has defined? What is the vision or goal that sections of the international community that matter in terms of Sri Lanka expect and what does the latter projects in return? If there is consensus on the vision or goal, the discussion and debate will be about the how and when. Unfortunately, this government has failed to define the required vision and goals. It has been trying to plat cricket without wickets and sic or without goal posts. Obfuscation and deliberate prevarication have led this government to where it stands today and dragged the country into the mess it faces.

    Repeated rape has been the norm that has governed this country as a nation of communities and citizens. This government is intent on doing what it wants regardless of public opinion and without the consent of citizens. It is now intent on taking the same concepts of governance into its international affairs, in a world that has become a global village, Sri Lanka is not an isolated island anymore. It has to now conform to international norms and accept that everything it does or does not, is under legitimate and increasing international scrutiny.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      Dr RN,
      I agree with you 100%

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    Jehan:

    When a regime appoints the very army that stands accused of these dastardly crimes, there can be no other reason than to whitewash those deeds. Have you heard of any such thing anywhere in the world where the accused investigates itself? Now that the clarion call has been made to deny amnesty to those convicted, even the President has put himself in the line of fire. With all the many years of experience in politics, I thought he would be a smart and intelligent politician but honestly proved to be a very, very stupid one who screwed up all that opportunity that lay at his feet.

    He thought that since the world looked the other way when the LTTE was was taken head-on, that could be his passport to do what he wants. Not only he has committed serious crimes as the head of the state, what started off as a perception of being a Sinhalese chauvinist has been more than reaffirmed by his actions over the last five years since the end of the war. All the gestures from the moderate Tamil leadership were despised. History could have been otherwise but despots don’t see the future the way statesmen do. The striking similarity between Hitler and the President cannot be shaken off, including Prabhakaran – don’t know when to rise as a statesman. Shame, isn’t it.

    What would one make of even this late hour locking horns with the NPC insensible foolishness or chauvinistic posturing? Doesn’t he remind of Saddam Hussein?

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      Well said Jansee.

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    “..In the context of potential deadlock regarding what happened in the last phase of the war, a possible way out would be for a joint investigation into the past with provision for amnesty that meets international standards and accompanied by a regular report back mechanism to the UNHRC..”

    Amnesty!? My foot. When a murderers comes and kills your father, mother, son or someone close to you do you consider amnesty? And even if you would give amnesty would the law of the land give amnesty to a criminal and set a bad precedent? Will the thousands of Tamils whose near and dear were massacred, the Weliveriya people, the Negombo fisher folks, Katunayake garment people consider amnesty to murderers? What about the dead and buried in Matale and Manar mass graves? Be realistic and don’t get sympathetic towards war criminals. We all must stand by US and others in this justice endeavor.

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      I wish Jehan respond to these comments (yours, Dr RN, Jansee and similar comments).

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        Anpu,

        Jehan is not going to respond because he has revealed his line of thinking which is to save the Hitlerpassa at the very last moment by proposing amnesty deception. He is out to save the war criminal cum civilian killer Rajapakshas. If Sri Lanka is to restore even a semblance of its former law and order, religious and ethnic harmony and civility the precondition is that there must never be any form of pardon, exception, immunity or waiver from the usual course of law and order as otherwise it will establish the worst kind of precedence for any criminal to engage in criminal activities and then obtain pardon. The crimes and corruptions this regime has committed and still continuing are of unprecedented scale and severity. The Wanathamulla arson and abduction of Sunil for merely disagreeing and arguing with Gooota is the ideal prototype to understand the modus operandi of the lawless regime. It must be only a fool or a criminal affiliate who would neglect these facts and have a sympathetic attitudes towards culprits of the regime. Some fools argue after US intervention people will undergo severe hardships etc. Rest assured, there won’t be any worse situation than this under whatever intervention. People of this country have been dealt with the worst kind of blows and it won’t make any difference now. Now we have to rise from the ashes that Rajapakshas have reduced us to.

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          Silva,

          I 100% agree with you; it is extremely disappointing that a person of the calibre of Jehan has been succumbed to this inherent fear of loss of sovereignty! Once this fear is instilled, rationality of thought is lost! The tyrant Rajapaksas are tolerated as long as the Sinhala Buddhists interests are protected! But little do he realises that the Rajapaksas are mortgaging SL for their own interests!

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            Burning_issue,

            “..it is extremely disappointing that a person of the calibre of Jehan has been succumbed to this inherent fear of loss of sovereignty!..”

            Sovereignty? What the hell is that? This is the opium pill of the racist cunning politician and the pinbath kelina monk that is stuffed down the throat of the stupid general masses. When this stupid word is invoked and the attached sense of lost of same is instilled in their gullible minds the ignorant masses of the country can be manipulated, mobilized and rallied around whatever kind of fake thing01. Here in Sri Lanka under Rajapakshas, it is merely the loss of sovereignty, reversing of the won war victory, interference of our own affairs, singling out for being attacked, target of international jealousy, unequal and unfair treatment, dual standards bla bla bla. The uneducated bastards in this country upon hearing those statements of the equally uneducated bastards like Wimal Booruwansa, GL halmassa, Hitlerpassa et al are addicted to gather around the cardboard fake heroes Rajapakshas to protect the motherland. What a fucking motherland concept is that!

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    United States is trying to promote and legitimise efforts to destabilise the country. Only a handful of nations who could resist this, China, Russia, Cuba, Malasia, North Korea, Vietnam are among them. When you look at the plots of Iraq, Afganistan, 9/11, Bogus Moon Mission, Nicaragua, Libiya, Siriya, Lebanon one wonders how could Sri Lanka stood even this long. Can you believe that India let this happen and slept with USA.

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      Rahul:

      Did you ever ask yourself why India voted against SL? There were many countries that supported the regime during the war. From proscribing the LTTE to the logistics and intelligence, the US, EU and other countries assisted SL. Above all, without India’s help, there was no way SL could have won the war and that is what the president himself admitted.

      Whether to India or the other countries, SL made promises and issued statements very publicly on what it would do after the conclusion of the war. It was contingent upon this that countries helped SL. It has now been established through its own report that even the UN looked the other way.

      Now, the pertinent questions that these countries ask are, what happened to those promises? The Indian leadership took a big risk/gamble in supporting the regime. MR and BR and even GL Peiris promised India on implementing FULLY the 13A and even promised to go beyond. What happened to all these promises? Truth be told, the SL regime lied and cheated the Indian leadership and the whole world. It was a blatant and a calculated lie. Mahinda Samarasinghe promised the UNHRC that the 13A will be fully implemeted. I have never heard of a Minister with such twisted balls. Lying to the Sinhalese people is one thing, like when he bluffed that he is willing to “sit” on the electric chair because there is NO death penalty for international humanitarian crimes. You fools will clap your hands and become a laughing stock.

      Today, the Congress leadership has been routed in the local assembly elections in Tamilnadu and it is highly likely that in the coming Lok Sabha elections it may not win even in a single seat in Tamilnadu. And do you know why? Because the Rajapakses bluffed the Indian leadership – lock, stock and barrel.

      You cannot go on indefinitely cheating and lying to everyone. The Rajapakses may play on the ignorance and sentiments of the Sinhalese to pit the Sinhalese against the Tamils and the whole world. If you people buy that kind of stupidity, then blame yourselves for that. No one is talking of punishing anyone without any independent investigation. That opportunity to investigate was given to the regime but sadly it has been dragging its feet and thinking that the whole world is asleep.

      Ultimately, you must ask your conscience whether you believe in the teachings of the Buddha or the lies perpetrated by a regime that thought it can get away with the horrible crimes it is alleged to have committed. Why are the Rajapakses so scared of an independent international investigation if they have nothing to hide? It runs to India and the whole world for help to defeat the LTTE but can’t keep the promises it made. Are you proud of such a leadership? Is that what Buddhism taught you? Let us investigate the crimes allegedly committed both by the LTTE and the Mahinda Rajapakse regime and independently determine what really happened. We owe this not only to the Tamils but also to the Sinhalese. Otherwise, SL will never achieve its full potential.

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    A very fair comment. Reconciliation, however remains a very distant prospect under the circumstances. Bensen

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    Jehan,

    I have always been an enthusiastic reader of your articles; however, ever since the British PM Cameron’s visit to the North of Sri Lanka and his undertaking that he would push for an International inquiry if Sri Lanka were to fail to set up and carry out an internal mechanism, you have drastically changed your tune!

    “On the contrary it is a recipe for further confrontation and makes the prospects of reconciliation more distant than ever.”

    What “prospects of reconciliation” that you have referred to here? Suppose, there is no UN pressure and both the US and the EU are indifferent about this; do you think that there is a chance for a true Reconciliation? Can you give me examples, since the end of the war, that you can show as signs that salubriously congruous with the concept of true Reconciliation? I, as a Tamil, and am sure the majority of the Tamils, thought at the end of the war, that the Sinhala will be magnanimous and will accommodate the Tamils equally respecting diversity. But the regime has done nothing at all to accommodate the minorities let alone the Tamils and it’s approach seems immutable and obstinate that development alone will be the answer!

    “In the context of potential deadlock regarding what happened in the last phase of the war, a possible way out would be for a joint investigation into the past with provision for amnesty that meets international standards and accompanied by a regular report back mechanism to the UNHRC.”

    There are umpteen references that I can pick out in your article that is indicative of the fact that the regime is guilty of crimes during the last phase of the war. The time for Amnesty has long passed; the regime has antagonized many important players both statesmen and UN high officials alike. Even if MR were to beg for Amnesty, he will not get it. However, what he will do is to run the country down with him till the end. As for the Tamils; they have seen it all; they will bear it out but can the Sinhala?

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    Jansee, India funded and armed Tamils against Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka paid dearly for 30 years for what India did. The rights, freedom and prosperity that Tamils have in Sri Lanka, even Tamils in Tamil Nadu do not have. We know how IPKF conducted in SL, why not support investigation for Indian troops ? India did not help Sri Lanka to get rid of Tamil terrorists, but India knew its troops and its politicians do not have the power and the will to do so. As Indian army was defeated by Tamils in SL. India helped herself by letting SL do the job of defeating Tamils terrorists.
    Dont be fooled that independent investigation is only for Sri Lanka, when India supports it know that Kashmier can be next. India burnt its bridges badly with SL, letting China to have full trust. Giving 13A powers to Northern province is dangerous, as its still controlled by the political stooges of terrorists. 29000 Sinhala soldiers died to deliver peace for Tamils in north. Can you insult their sacrifice then you must be an Indian?

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      Pilimathalawa
      “The rights, freedom and prosperity that Tamils have in Sri Lanka, even Tamils in Tamil Nadu do not have”
      Complete rubbish.

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      Pilimathawala:

      Lanka paid dearly and continues to pay for its recalcitrant ways. The Tamils issue was internationalised by the successive SL regimes that used the Tamils as pawns for their successful political careers. That much was confirmed by no less a person/president Junius Jayawardene. India didn’t just walk in.

      It is no secret that India armed and funded Tamils against the SL state. When a regime/state terrorises a section of its population and that problem lands on the lap of another country, and it becomes an issue in that country, that country has the right to intervene. When thousands of refugees from SL crossed the Palk Straits into Tamilnadu surely you cannot expect that country to keep quiet. Quite similar to the way the present regime behaves, the then regime too ignored the plight. The infamous way that JJ remarked that the more the Tamils suffer, the more he will get votes in the South summarises the plight of Tamils, then and now. With a large refugee population on its land and a recalcitrant regime hell bent on inflicting pain and suffering on the Tamils cannot be ignored by India, particularly with Tamilnadu facing the brunt of the refugee problem. Instead of talking and resolving the issues with the Tamils, who until then have been staking their rights peacefully, the regime used very heavy-handed methods to force the Tamils. Tell me, how much has this attitude changed even today? The SL regime has only itself to blame for internationalising this issue.

      Have you forgotten who armed and funded the LTTE against the IPKF? Premadasa tried his very best to drive a wedge between the LTTE and IPKF and it is no secret that he openly funded and provided arms to the LTTE to fight against the IPKF? Your ignorance of the truth hurts and runs down your own argument.

      This joke of China dominance, etc, etc can only create fools out of guys like you. Just look at Myanmar. How the troika of regional and external powers balance their acts in Myanmar should be good reading for you. China’s economic interests and India’s strategic interests together with the USA’s global interest had done well balancing act. For your information, China’s investment and market in India far exceeds that of tiny SL. So, this crap you are talking about not only is silly but in the larger picture of globalisation, mobility has become the mainstay and no one country can remain in control or remain isolated. China has its “strings of pearls” in the Indian Ocean and this will continue. With such large economic interests in India, it will be foolish for China to side with Sri Lanka, if it comes to that. After all, SL is a nation that borrowed heavily from China, I mean with a begging bowl. Can you say the same thing between India and China?

      If you consider the NPC as stooges of terrorists, then why conduct elections. Then why the regime gave promise after promise that it will implement the 13A in full and even go beyond it. You would not have forgotten the “parippu drop” incident. By raising the Iraq, Kashmir issues, SL is only trying to divert the world’s attention from the atrocities it committed. India, in fact, saved SL twice in UNHRC by watering down the resolutions but how long can India help a lying and cheating SL? If SL thinks it is smart by playing such issues as Kashmir, then it is also going to lose whatever little sympathy India has for it, especially if a new govt gets elected. You mean to say where what Pakistan failed, a tiny minion like SL will succeed? Get out of your dreams?

      This bluff of SL soldiers dying to deliver peace to the Tamils is a total bullshit. The scathing reports that have emerged, including from the one by Pillai, who told the SL regime off even when she was in SL, shows how the lies and deceits have not worked. Stealing the livelihood of ordinary people in the North cannot be anywhere near to saying as helping Tamils.

      We all want to know the truth, isn’t it? If the SL regime has nothing to hide and instead of shamefully hiding behind ignorant idiots like you, call for an independent international investigation and settle this issue, once and for all. Then all of us can move on. Until then, there is not going to be real peace in SL.

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    Keep your Paymasters advi9ce to yourself.

    Do not attempt to be a DON by day and a SYMONDS by night.

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    As for your comments on the 13th Amendment ,which I would like to point out was forced on Sri Lanka by India, without the consent of the people of Sri Lanka, was to provide the LTTE and now the Tamil National Alliance with a tool to get their goal of Eelam. Having signed the Agreement, Rajiv Gandhi went directly to Tamil Nadu from Sri Lanka to claim that they had got for the Tamil people all that they wanted. The fact is that for thousands of years instead of cordial relations, it has been thousands of years of invasion, subversion, direct and indirect attempts to militarily annex the country. Sri Lanka was under constant threat from India. it was India that was the root cause for the growth of LTTE terrorism, that it was India that trained and funded the Tamil separatists on Indian soil promoting the growth of LTTE terrorism because it was India’s policy to destabilize Sri Lanka. The world is fully aware that India provided the LTTE with training, bases in Tamil Nadu, political and financial support. Further, India threatened military action before forcing “Paripoo” and the Indo-Lanka Agreement on souvereign state Sri Lanka resulting in the 13th Amendment which you now want implemented. These actions show that India’s guiding principle in dealing with Sri Lanka is not cordial relations but to impose its will, divide or annex the country. This is what it has done for thousands of years. The only difference today is that India’s passive aggression is in the guise of resolutions at the UN.
    The greatest irony is that it is being done using the UN by the so-called leader of the free world who is violating the freedom, rights and dignity of millions across the globe and is being supported by India which is aspiring to be a “world leader” and showing that in its own way India will achieve its goal by following the example of the U.S. that has a history of being the world’s worst violator of human rights and freedom.
    As for Premadasa, he had to support EPRL to combat IPKF’s, Indian Army war crimes committed against Tamils while drinking coconut oil.
    As for China, it started making inroads into Sri Lanka’s strategic infrastructure sector about a decade ago. The process gained momentum after LTTE was defeated in May 2009 with the help of arms supplied by China, the official said.
    Both China and Pakistan have expanded their footprints in the SL island nation in recent years, a development that strategic experts can agree that tenamant to cornerning.

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      “it has been thousands of years of invasion”

      Did the invasion start with Vijaya?

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    Pilimathalawa S:

    You haven’t still answered the big question? If SL had treated its Tamil population fairly and stop bullying its Tamil population and forced an exodus as refugees into Tamilnadu, neither the question of the Indian intervention nor the support to LTTE would have arisen. In fact, there is no reason for the Tamils to have the LTTE. When tamil girls get raped and peaceful demonstrations are brutally suppressed, you cannot fault anyone else except the regime and part of the blame goes to people like you, the Sinhalese majority, who did not stand up to the atrocities committed by the regime/army.

    The same happened in the south when more than 70,000 Sinhalese just vanished in thin air. So, what you have in SL is a brutal regime with a racist Sinhala population. This enmity between the two races had been in existence for more than 2,000 years and there appears no reason to continue with it. It is better to part ways.

    When the LTTE had surrounded Jaffna, and the fall of Jaffna was imminent, which would have meant the slaughter of the soldiers, it was India that helped. And what makes you think that SL would have won the war without India’s tacit help? I am not saying this. Your leaders admitted as much. Doesn’t this look like India helping SL? When two resolutions were proposed in the UNHRC, it was India that watered down those resolutions, as if they have no effect at all and the Tamils are aware and angry that India has betrayed the Tamils. Doesn’t this look like India helping SL? And in return, SL took India for a ride by breaking all the promises. And for this help to SL, the Congress led govt is paying the price, a heavy price. It is licking the wounds inflicted by an incensed Tamilnadu population.

    Never in recent history, neither US nor India had murdered hundreds of thousands of its own citizens. They never bombed their own citizens. Probably, that credit should go to Sri Lanka. When 70,000 of its Sinhala citizens and more than 70,000 Tamil citizens have been brutally murdered by Sri Lankan regimes, and brutally raping and murdering even tourists, this failed state called Sri Lanka should be ashamed. And you are talking about US and India? What a hypocrite you are?

    If, as you say, the IPKF committed war crimes against Tamils, what was the SL regime doing to protect its Tamil citizens. This is what you call tainted hypocrisy. Even though they were/are SL citizens, just because they happen to be Tamils, the SL regime allowed the IPKF to get away with the crimes committed. Just like spitting on your own face.

    The former Libyan leader, Gaddafi believed that the Chinese were his zaviour. When the Libyans kicked him in the mud and sprayed him with bullets, China was nowhere near him to help him. May be that incident could be prophetic and the SL leaders may face similar rout. Now that the UNHRC has recommended that no amnesty be accorded to criminals, it will be interesting to see how knights in shining armour like you will go to his defence, or probably to join the chorus. That’s life. Your President is not afraid to sit on the electric chair. I am not saying this, he said it.

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    Tamil Nadu has every right to demand to separate and Sri Lankan Tamils should go there where they would be happier than feeling like “second class” citizens. If they are unhappy in Sri Lanka. But it is ridiculous to claim a separate state when 2/3 of the Tamils live outside of their supposed “Tamil Homeland”. BUT, we do empathize that with 72million world Tamils it is unfair that they do not have a State of their own while the 14.8million Sinhalese have a state. India and UNHCR with the help of UN Tamil Nadu should be declared Tamilsthan. Did you notice no Singhalese moving to India to settle? It was always Tamils move in with race card for free rides. You can see how Tamils torture Sinhalese even pilgrims. What bullying ?
    If the Tamils can live with the Sinhalese in the South why can’t Sinhalese live with Tamils in the North of Sri Lanka. The Tamils are exercising their right to freedom of movement and residence, if so why are the majority Sinhalese that comprise 14.8million of a 20million population being denied this right? Why have the Sinhalese been chased out of their homes in the North and why are they not been allowed to resettle while other Sinhalese who now wish to start life in the North are also being denied their Constitutional right? What right does a party like the TNA sitting in Parliament thanks to the LTTE have to make objections to any citizen of Sri Lanka wanting to own land, run business and live in the North? Who gave them any right to declare the North as their own even if they have managed to put a retired Supreme Court judge to making the eviction calls?

    It is in Tamil Nadu that the Tamil ethnic cultural originates and where the real Tamil Homeland is found, why is it that the parties claiming to help Tamils find their original homeland do not look where it is already running as a state, Tamil is official language and where virtually all are Tamils, where Sinhalese or Buddhist monks cant even travel as pilgrimages without Tamil brutality.
    The importance of the Sinhalese civilization can best be described in the words of the Tamil philosopher Ananda Kumaraswamy who, while testifying at the Manning Commission under the British invaders in 1906, said “Take anything from this country. But please don’t corrupt or destroy that beautiful Sinhalese culture that survives in villages. Because someday when you, with your greedy and selfish policies, destroy this world both materially and spiritually, the answer to rebuild that ruined world can only be found in that beautiful Sinhalese philosophy.”

    For trying to protect for future generations the Sinhala civilization, the Sinhalese are branded as racists, chauvinists, warmongers and what not by those who have a history of nothing to be proud of. What the world should ideally do is to help the Sinhalese preserve its ancient civilization not attempt to destroy it.

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    NGO junk.

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    Pilimathalawe Sarath:

    “Tamil Nadu has every right to demand to separate and Sri Lankan Tamils should go there where they would be happier than feeling like “second class” citizens. If they are unhappy in Sri Lanka.”

    This is what we have been telling the whole world. A typical Mahawamsa mindset. Hello joker, without the Tamils agreeing, SL would not have got its independence. Initially, the Tamils had apprehensions but the Sinhalese regime, cheats then and cheats now and cheats forever convinced the Tamils to join hands to ask for independence. For that trust the Tamils placed on the Sinhalese, to this day they are paying the price.

    This is not your grandfather’s country to tell the Tamils to leave. Pathetic liars, only good at signing agreements, promising the whole world, but totally stripped down liars. Even India has given up on you cheats.

    What beautiful Sinhalese culture are you babbling about? You mean monks raping under-aged children, running amok causing violence, shooting down a prime minister. White vans, raping tourists, ah, what a great culture?

    The LTTE was wrong in evicting the Sinhalese and Muslims from the North but show us the evidence that the TNA and the NPC has prevented Sinhalese and Muslims from settling in the North. Their legitimate concern is the forceful grabbing of lands by the army to settle Sinhalese on lands belonging to the Tamils.

    Talk of greed and selfishness. Corruption has become a hallmark of the Sinhalese regime. Knock your head with a hammer to wake up to your senses and you will realise what a corrupt regime you people support.

    What Sinhalese “civilisation” are you talking about? The apt word would be “barbarians” who are simply blood-thirsty tyrants. Don’t go very far. Just look at the period after independence. The Sinhala politicians have even sold the good name of Buddha for power and positions. The monks are running amok and pelting people with stones and bashing up people’s premises. The regime turns a deaf ear and a blind eye and looks the other way. Who else, other than barbarians will behave like this? So, there is nothing to be proud of a non-existent “culture”. Asoka fought a bloody war but after that he became a changed person, for the better and adopted Buddhism. In his regard, one can say that Buddhism changed him but in the case of SL, Buddhsim made the Sinhalese bloody criminals and murderers. So, what are you so proud of?

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