14 August, 2020

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Finding A Resolution That Does Not Polarise Sri Lanka Even More

By Jehan Perera

Jehan Perera

Jehan Perera

US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal who visited Sri Lanka made it clear that the United States would continue to pursue a resolution on Sri Lanka at the forthcoming session of the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva.   The Sri Lankan government is totally opposed to the initiative spearheaded by the US to have a resolution that calls for an international probe into the human rights issues that arose in the last phase of the war.   Ms Biswal also explained her country’s interest in Sri Lanka as being motivated by its values and desire to see peace and prosperity in Sri Lanka and the region.  However, this latter motivation is unlikely to impress the ethnic majority Sinhalese population at large whose view of post-war Sri Lanka corresponds to that of the government, which gives priority to post-war economic development over other values.

While Assistant Secretary Biswal was meeting with the country’s decisionmakers and also visiting the North, I was in Avissawella in the Western Province.  The government has scheduled early elections in both the Western and Southern provinces and selected the day after the vote in Geneva for these elections.  The government appears to be calculating that the voters will be motivated by the spirit of nationalism to give it a victory at these elections, which will be a springboard for further victories at the more important Presidential and Parliamentary elections that are billed to follow in swift order.  On the Sunday morning I was in Avissawella, it presented a picture of tranquility and prosperity, with tea and rubber plantations and factories and schoolchildren going to Sunday school in their temples.  In conversation with people on the street getting about their daily business it could be seen that Ms Biswal’s concerns about post-war peace and prosperity were largely met, at least for them.

But the problem is that the same does not hold true in the North and East of the country where the war was fought, and even in the hearts of members of the ethnic minorities who live outside of those fromer war zones. The concerns of the Sinhalese majority are different from those of the Tamil and Muslim ethnic minorities, especially where it concerns their sense of security. The recently elected Northern Provincial Council has passed a resolution of its own calling for an international war crimes investigation.  The resolution of the Northern Provincial Council has pitted it frontally against the government and is likely to be based on their frustration at the emasculation of the Provincial Council despite its recent election.  However, most non-Tamil Sri Lankans would agree with the view that the government is being punished for having defied Western pressure to stop the war and negotiate with the LTTE.  Some would even say that the forces of separatism are at work again.

Government Warning

Given the issues at stake a victory by either side is not likely to further the post-war reconciliation process within Sri Lanka.  It will only induce bitterness and whet the appetite for revenge in the name of justice.   Reconciliation will be the first casualty.  At a media briefing in Washington DC, Presidential Secretary Lalith Weeratunga has warned of a descent into chaos if there is an international investigation that probes war crimes and targets the Sri Lankan military.  The Presidential Secretary’s warning of a descent into chaos evokes the memory of July 1983.  After an LTTE ambush that killed 13 soldiers, the largest number to die in a single incident at that time, Sinhalese mobs went on the rampage and attacked Tamils in Colombo and elsewhere they lived as minorities.

Those riots took place because the government of the day created the enabling environment for it, which proved in hindsight to be the greatest mistake on the part of any Sri Lankan government.  Such a descent into chaos would be a terrible tragedy to the entire country, and also to the government.  It was after July 1983 that the tide changed against the Sri Lankan government and towards the Tamil militancy.  They became strengthened immeasurably with scores of voluntary recruits and international support.  On the other hand, the government lost its international credibility as media images of the pogrom were beamed internationally.  The government hand in the mob violence, both through the active participation of government ministers and the inaction of the security forces became evident.  It required the election of a new government in 1994 to restore the international balance.

The Presidential Secretary’s second point was that the government should be given more time to make the reconciliation process take root.  He asked for five more years from a starting point of July 2012.  While taking this date as a starting point is not self-evident, it nevertheless is valid to observe that reconciliation takes a considerable period of time.  But it must also be noted that the post war period has seen a rise in the targeting of minorities — especially the Muslim community, with impunity, suggesting that reconciliation has not been on the forefront of the government agenda.  The government’s approach to reconciliation in the North continues to be contradictory.  On the one hand, the government uses the security forces to engage in surveillance over the people which creates a psychology of fear towards the security forces.  On the other hand, the government takes pride in using these same security forces to engage in economic development and welfare activities such as house building and provision of material handouts.

Broader Investigation

The third point raised by the Presidential Secretary was that any investigation to be just and comprehensive should span the longer period of the conflict and go back at least to the 1980s when the violence took root.  The international focus on only the last phase of the war is too obviously targeted on the government.   But there was more than one party to the conflict and to the atrocities that took place.  There is no justice in picking out a short period and investigating it so that only those who committed war crimes and other human rights violations in a particular period will be caught and punished.  The longer period too needs to be investigated.  That is what makes it fair and will give it legitimacy in the eyes of the larger population in the country.  The South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission had a mandate that extended back from 1960 to the early 1990s and not just any one phase.

The absence of balance lies in the insistence on an investigation only into the last phase of the thirty year war.  The narrow focus on the last phase of the war is seen by many in Sri Lanka, and not only its government, as a partisan intervention to punish it for defeating the LTTE.  At best it seems to be a call for punitive justice for its own sake, rather than for reconciliation.  Any investigation of the past, either in the form of an international inquiry or a national Truth and Reconciliation Commission would need to win the acceptance of the different ethnic communities who constitute the Sri Lankan people.  There are many examples of such truth seeking commissions in which finding the truth for the sake of the victims who need to know what happened to their loved ones took priority over other considerations.  Whatever model Sri Lanka chooses, looking at what happened over the longer period than the last phase of the war would be necessary.

There is a need for Sri Lankan society as a whole to be apprised of the nature and consequences of the political violence conducted with impunity by all sides in the past, by the present government, previous governments and different militant movements, including Sinhalese, so that the cycle will not repeat itself.  In this context, a Truth and Reconciliation mechanism with international involvement that has the consent and involvement of all major stakeholders within Sri Lanka is an option worth considering. The South African government has indicated its interest in supporting a process if it has cross party support within Sri Lanka and is part and parcel of a larger process of political reform.  It could be an alternative to an international investigation if both the Sri Lankan government and the major minority parties agree to it.

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    There is only one way – send Tamils back to Tamil Nadu.

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      get a life
      you are a big blower to ??????????????

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        She escaped from Angoda with the connivance of the police!

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        that is a tamil trying to act like a sinhalese

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      Do you want another “parippu” drop right in front of your house?

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    Jehan Perera,

    You are analyzing the situation in a vacuum:

    Do you honestly think the government is on a path to reconciliation with Tamils?

    Reconciliation does not mean grabbing Tamils’ lands and giving it to Sinhala soldiers and Sinhalese from the South. It does not mean sexually abusing Tamil women. It doesn’t mean introducing birth control to married Tamil women, while encouraging the Sinhala military to produce 3 children for bonus!
    Does it mean more Tamils, tortured, made to disappear and killed secretly? Tamils deprived of traditional jobs taken over by the army.

    Does reconciliation mean: Colonizing Tamil North and East with Sinhalese from the south to change demography; building Buddha statues all over the North-East; obstructing the NPC from doing anything tangible to Tamils; Heaping more military in the North-East than during the war; Military poking its nose in all civil functions, in schools , and intelligence personnel tailing the Tamil politicians? The list is exhaustive to go on here.

    If you have an iota of conscience, tell me is it how to reconcile with Tamils?

    Don’t be a humbug pretending to be neutral and impartial.

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      “Reconciliation will be the first casualty.” says our cynical expert.

      Is there any reconciliation to become casualty?

      Have your war victory celebrations every year, while the Tamils mourn at home the innocent men women and children killed by the genocidal attack of the Sri Lankan armed forces. Tamils are not even allowed to mourn their dead in public.

      What a fu–ing reconciliation is this?

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        For a lawless land that Sri Lanka is now, only an international investigation can bring law and order not just for the Tamils, but for all the people of the island of Sri Lanka.

        Somehow the lawlessness in Sri Lanka escapes this man’s attention!

        Nothing sensible or constructive can be achieved in a lawless land.

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    you missed the important point on your preaching!
    the government failed to resettled the IDP in their own land still military present in North. Government only focus on building highways airport and military buildings in north also Buddhist temples and forget the priority of the Tamils needs after the war.
    look again no press freedom and religious freedom, no law in order as I am writing this yesterday one journalist got murdered and plenty of unsolved murders look at the justice system
    the whole country need to shake up by the people but no one can open their mouth if they open next day they are in the funeral parlor

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    What the government should do NOW are:

    1. Facilitate the NPC to function to the optimal extent under the spirit of the 13th amendment .
    2. Put individuals, it has continued to patronise, promote and shield in the north and east, on a very short leash.
    3. Implement the LLRC recommendations in full and where necessary set up credible and transparent local mechanisms to give form to some recommendations.
    4. Create employment opportunism in the north and east, while also taking measures to make agricultural pursuits viable.
    5. Fully implement the ‘ Jaffna River’ project and take steps to bring in more water into the Urranaimadu tank.
    6. Restore law and order in the whole country and make the Police a non-corrupt, non-partisan and depoliticised, people friendly institution.
    7. Withdraw the 18th amendment to the constitution and restore the 17th amendment.

    The government cannot continue to keep the cake and eat it too. What is right will always be right regardless of ill informed or manufactured public opinion. Leaders should lead. Politicians once elected to office must be leaders.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      Dr RN,

      In the absence of genuine efforts from the government towards reconciliation; considering maximum efforts of the government in colonising the N&E with exclusively Sinhala only settlements; maintaining the strength of the army within the N&E and allowing them in mundane and economic activities; one has to think that the government is executing its insidious plan of drastically altering the demography within N&E. In their view Reconciliation = Hegemonic rule. Another 5 yours of the same would result in mutilating the Tamil strongholds and their limed political muscle!

      With this in mind, do you still hold the view that, we can expect fairness from the Sinhalese to resolve our grievances internally without foreign help? The Tamils, after the disastrous episode of the LTTE phase, have managed to create a credible platform with international connections. This platform has a short shelf life. what is wrong with exploring this path as not doing so would be doubly inimical anyway?

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        It should read “imed political muscle” limited political muscle.

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          What the government should do NOW are:

          Restore law and order, Restore law and order,and Restore law and order first!

          A law-breaking government cannot be expected to do anything positive: Whether it be the law of the land or international law.

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        Burning Issue,

        What I have been consistently pointing out is an alternative path available to the government. If it , in its stupidity wants to proceed on the path it obstinately wants- a path that is fraught with many risks and complications- it is its choice. What I am trying to preclude is the snowballing of various inputs from both sides of the communal equation- actions and reactions- being mishandled by the government and some Tamils blind to consequences, to end up in what could be worse than the disastrous LTTE episode in our history, you refer. The genie once let out, cannot be bottled again. Sobriety in thought and action from the Tamil side is a necessity at this point in time, considering our tragic history. We may have to be patient and even seem plodding like the tortoise in the race we are in. The international dimension you refer to may be an asset if used correctly . However, it is also akin to an explosive that can further disfigure us, if mishandled. The actions of the ‘ Arasan’ ( King) may produce foreseeable reactions from the ‘ Purishan’ ( husband), as happened following the IPKF intervention. Caution, wisdom and a clear vision are advisable.

        We are charting dangerous waters, infested with sharks, in a very leaky boat. There may not bean tone to rescue us, if our boat sinks! We should never forget that we are dealing with short sighted persons within and without.

        Dr. RN

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          Dr RN,

          I think that, Mehinda R is a downright chauvinist; he will not in million years take a right path as you seem to hope for! Unlike other past Sinhala leaders, MR has thuggery instilled in his upbringing; he is unscrupulous and obstinate; he would not mind about the increasing foreign hostility; he believes that Sinhala hegemony is the best vehicle to stay in power. It is not going be easy to dislodge such a regime!

          On the other hand, the Tamil leaders and Tamils collectively are completely devoid of fear because they have seen it all. I am afraid, Tamils will have to go through another round of intimidation and extreme violence all over again before seeing freedom. I hope they will remain non-violent come what may; this is the only platform that will keep the foreign support on our side.

          Other scenario is that Sinhala moderates to organise themselves and conduct a brave campaign promoting peace and reconciliation. With CBK as the common candidate formulating a manifesto that is not perfidious but effusive such that attracts cross sections of the peoples. If this were to happen, there is hope!

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            Burning Issue,

            Were those who preceded him any different in your assessment ? In your perceptions would any one else make a difference in the future. Our strategy should be not focused on individuals , the system and those who can make a change happen- the Sinhala people.

            Dr.RN

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              Dr RN,

              “Were those who preceded him any different in your assessment ?”

              Well it is a good question. I think that the previous leaders who knew about the importance of International Relations; would have been far more accommodative to UN requests. CBK certainly would have been. However, times have changed; this time round, any leader who will dislodge MR, needs to rebuild international credibility; it has to go hand-in-hand with Accountability.

              The Sinhala people are susceptible to chronic insecurity and I do not see them abandoning MR any sooner unless a person of calibre of CBK enters the stage. She only need to attract 30 to 35 % of the Sinhala votes to dislodge MR; this is very much a possibility.

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            Burning Issue, how do you feel about State and other oppression in Tamil Nadu, the original homeland of the Tamils? Can they continue to put up with Hindi-isation and Hindi hegemony? How long without a liberation struggle there? Are the Sinhalese any worse than the Hindis? From what I know, I really doubt it. Perhaps the Hindi fish too big to fry? If liberation comes to Tamil Nadu first, then a lot of the Sri Lanka problems are more easily addressed. Secondly, why are you so sure the westerner is going to benefit your community in the long run? Just look at history and see how they treated all their colonized people. You want more of this? Its the westerners that sold arms to EACH side to kill each other. I’m no fan of MR but don’t you think it better to take the bull by the horns and deal with the MR crowd directly? This hasn’t even been tried properly because the past Tamil politicians (especially TNA, ITAK crowd) always placed their faith in India or the West intervening or in killing “traitors”, rather than trying to deal directly with GoSL. What did that achieve?

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      Why not withdraw the 13 amendment first?

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      Dr Narendran, your good faith and love for the country are oozing from every word you have written up to now. Surely you know that while D.S.Senanayake, was the architect of the religious, racial conflict, and Dudley, J.R., Premadasa and CBK perfected it, the triumvirate have been taking it to new heights, from May 2009 onwards.

      The Triumvirate believe there is no limit to getting re-elected simply by fanning the flames of racial religious hatred. They are drunk with power and money. Addicted.

      Seriously, do you not think it is now too late for Mother Lanka to hope that the marauding triumvirate will get a change of heart by reading your words. Will they give up something like Rs 27,000,000 they pocket on every kilometer of highway they construct – with the prospect of siphoning off many billions more with so many other “projects” they have the power to dream up?

      Be the patriot you want to be. Build a consensus to invite the International Community in. Beg them to take the marauders away. Beg them to install a new mechanism for government. Beg them to give the ordinary folk of Sri Lanka space in which to fashion a fair, democratic system of governance with guarantees against it being subverted.

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    Jehan Perera and other like minded indiduals have been hoping against hope that the Sinhala Buddhist vs The Rest engineered conflict will not lead to a conflagration. However there is no chance, no chance at all, his urgings will be acted upon. The reason is plain, straight forward. The ruling siblings are convinced that promoting racial religious conflict is the guaranteed road to success in the next Presidential election. The power to fix the date of the Presidential Election is a big advantage the President has in order to fine tune the conflict to reach a crescendo exactly for the morning of election day. Rajapakse will not miss out on this chance to get the votes of atleast 80 percent of the Sinhala Buddhist vote.

    Write this on your wall Jehan. Mahinda Rajapakse will not deter from his devilish conduct under any circumstances. He does not care for Sri Lanka: only for his power and pocket.

    Jehan Perera, I have a suggestion for you to do something useful with your time. Please try to communicate with the cultured, educated, patriotic civilian population including the intelligent Sinhala Buddhists, to build a consensus as follows: Sri Lankans are hostage to the evil ruling siblings. The devilish acts of the ruling siblings are not condoned by them. The Sri Lankan people beg the international community to desist from harming or hurting the civilian population. They urge the international community to enter the country capture the ruling criminals and take them away. Install a well defined interim government and give Sri Lanka the breathing space to find their way back to civilized democratic governance.

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    ” There is no justice in picking out a short period and investigating it so that only those who committed war crimes and other human rights violations in a particular period will be caught and punished. The longer period too needs to be investigated. That is what makes it fair and will give it legitimacy in the eyes of the larger population in the country.” Says our Mahavamsa biased writer.

    OK, start the investigations from the day Ceylon got its independence and how the Tamils were/are treated from then onwards: It is case of an extended period of genocide of Tamils in covert and overt forms!

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    Jehan Perera, if you want to help people of Sri Lanka start a campaign to rid Sinhala Buddhists of the Mahavamsa mind set, and the children fro Kumarodaya book teaching that Tamils are very nasty people.

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    Another July 1983 type of episode would certainly result in creation of Eelam with Indian army permanently stationed in Sri Lanka! What is really wrong with the Sinhala? Why are they so rigid on the subject of autonomy for the Tamils?

    On the subject of Accountability; the Sinhala must know what happened to their own kith and kin that many mothers still seek answers! Why don’t such people empathise with their Tamil counterparts? Concept of Accountability should be present on every aspect of governance; this is a paramount importance instilling good governance. We cannot be selective on this.

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    This is how a great country defines terrorists. If Chingalam modayas have any brains they should copy and paste this law into SL’s law.

    “Actions that threaten Saudi Arabia’s unity, disturb public order, or defame the reputation of the state or the king – will be considered acts of terrorism under a new counterterrorism law which has come into force in the gulf kingdom.

    The new legislature was ratified by King Abdullah on Sunday after being approved by the Cabinet in December, following the initial proposal by the Interior Ministry and advisory Shura Council.”

    Long live King Adullah!

    Hopefully SL king Rajabdulla will also have this law.

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      Fukshitma, I thought you were brain dead. But then this comment of yours shows you are a genius – assuming you intended to project irony. I laughed and laughed after reading “Rajabdullah”. What a brilliant portrayal of the character in one fxxkg word!! Genius! Genius!

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      Your Muslim brethren will be the next to suffer from Singhalese onslaught on identity, culture and religion. If you so thoroughly enjoy the Saudi way of doing things I suggest you move there/stay in SA as you clearly are incapable of straining together a rational thought process that cuts past your racist, totalitarian blind folds.

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      Egypt has similar counter terrorism laws. Egypt recently, arrested some Al Jazeera journalists who wrote Against the Egyptian govt, one journalist was a Egyptian – Canadian and they are being prosecuted now.

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      Fathima (aka Lorenzo)
      you copy and pasted the same bloody rubbish at LW

      see Fathima (aka Lorenzo) post on LW

      Lorenzo Says:
      January 29th, 2014 at 3:32 pm

      Doglas, STOP discrediting NAMAL and SAJIN in CT and LW websites for no reason. They are doing their BEST for SL now and don’t disrupt them.

      No. I’m not posting any comments in CT which is a Tamilnet sister website. By posting comments we encourage that Tamil junk site in its cause. Best punishment not to post comments there. Most comments are filthy, racist or both. Comments are not moderated allowing filth to be written.

      I have REPEATEDLY told the authorities to BLOCK that racist site CT but they NEVER listen. SLT can TRACK those who ACCESS that site from SL. So it has some merit to keep it going.

      Lorenzo Says:
      January 29th, 2014 at 3:48 pm

      R.M.B Senanayake is a regular writer to CT – a Tamilnet sister website in the league of anti-Buddhist racist Sharmini, TGTE PM, GTF boss, LTTE Kiruba alias [Edited out] , Lacksiri Fernando alias [Edited out], Pinto Jayawardena aka [Edited out], Nediyavaran aka [Edited out] and [Edited out] Izeth Hussein. CT is also the new hiding place of Dayan Jeyatilaka (nee De Silva). A fool is known by the company he keeps! (proverb)

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    The trouble with this regime is, it is trying to pull the same trick it did when it chastised the LTTE. The international players, including the US, India, UK and France had made it abundantly clear on the need to observe the rules of war by both sides. The SL regime threw caution to the winds and hoped very much that the international community will forget about excesses.

    The prevailing euphoria and triumphalism soon after the war did not help either. This sad episode reverberated and has now spun out of control and the regime now goes on blaming the whole except itself. Never mind the US, India, Tamilnadu and the diaspora. The moral duty of a regime which incessantly talks about one SL has been shamefully abdicated and the Tamils who had gone through a rough live were left to wonder, feel and live an “alien” life.

    This regime needs to learn some lessons, some hard ones. Despite the Darusman and Petrie’s reports, the two UNHRC resolutions andthe constant reminder by India, the regime has been acting in a recalcitrant way. Make hay while the sun shines.

    There is no doubt that the situation will have an unprecedented turn after the March 2014 UNHRC resolution. It believes the likes of of Lalith Weeratunga has the answers to block the tabling of a resolution come March and with its emissaries flying to various destinations to negotiate deals had shown how desperate SL is.

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    We have to direct questions to ourselves and not US ,UK or India.
    1, Did not Sri Lanka receive the fullest cooperation from US,Uk, India to win the war?
    2. Did not the above mentioned countries help Sri Lanka by banning the LTTE and freezing their accounts.
    3. Did not US, UK, France and India support us by passing intelligence regarding ships carrying weapons and other armaments to SL.
    4. All these were done by the above countries on the promise given by MR that the ethnic problem would be resolved once and forever.
    5. Besides these countries the UN s ban kimoon was promised by MR that the ethnic problem would be resolved soon after the war was over.
    What happened after the war? Victory parades which humiliated the Tamil population year after year. The victory was sold to garner votes at Election after election.
    Thus five years after the war was over and the promises were put in the dust bin the international Community felt betrayed with broken promises. The biggest problem at hand is the loss of credibility of the regime? When nothing tangible has been done to win over the population in the north and East can the government ask for more time? Lapith weerathunga is no match for navi pillai and the Other diplomats from the west? There was no one in the Govt who foresaw the disaster that is glaring in our faces for no fault of us Sri Lankans. Suffer we should not .Let those responsible be made to suffer with sanctions on travel and freezing assets.

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    The first priority for the international community in Sri Lanka is to bring law and order.

    But, how to bring it about with the godfather and his mafia with a bloated military in place?

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    As usual Jehan Perera like his friend Dayan J is contradicting himself. He is agreeing that the Majority is opposed to any solution with the minorities so there should be no solution provided to the minority issues. For any development to be sustainable there should be peace in the country and for every one to live in peace there should be equal rights. If equal rights was given to the minority communities soon after the war we will not be in this position. But it did not happen and according to Jehan and Dayan the minorities have to bow down to the majorities. Well in every democratic societies the minority rights are specially protected in their constitution, but not in Sri Lanka. This is the fundamental cause for all the demand for independent investigation. Further if there is an independent investigation I have not seen any one saying do not investigate from the beginning. Today all the LTTE leaders who are alive are with the Government, bring them to the inquiry.

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      It is not that they are contradicting themselves. They are scared of the “white van” menace. You have to read between the lines to get the message.

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    I understand your current anaylysis, and Rajapakse’s mixing their crime with countries patriotism as what they did with Tamil’s grievances with terrorism, and convincing Sinhalese as a threat to them. But the fact of the matter was, Sinhalese politicians (specially J R Jayawardene) carefully calculated how to wipe out Tamils by then.
    But the outside civilised society believed Sinhalese government, and now no longer trust them; that is the fact.

    Also the fact, division of the country is also not viable, and prosperous if we are united. But the fact is, Sinhalese politicians are still pushing us towards believing, may be, that might be the solution.

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      Jr Jayawardane was good he allowed Pabakaran to slowly wipe out Tamils. Mahinda Japanese made the mistake by getting rid of Pabakaran. Now, Mahinda Rajapakse is paying for that.

      Never help Tamils. They do the same thing to every one as they did to Rajiv Gandhi if any one tries to help tamils.

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        who helped whom? Did Mahinda help Prabaharan or Prabahran helped Mahinda to become the President?

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        Fully agree Jim.

        But there is hope. Bring back the LTTE and get them to do the dirty work. Make sure a [Edited out] Tamil heads it. Tamils will go extinct in 15 years!

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        JimSoftly:

        A Sinhalese shot dead a former Ceylonese PM. Worse still, that guy was a Buddhist monk/bikku. Should I tell more? Wash your own backside first.

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    I am afraid Jehan whom I respect very much as a truly peacable person has missed the plot. The most accountability should be demanded from the military machine of the state! a legitimate government needs to protect all its citizens, is bound by the constitution to protect and not attack and persecute. The IPKF nor the LTTE has the same bounden duty to be accountable. So the two sides cannot be viewed in the same manner. Lalith W also is on the defensive grasping at straws.

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      Reena:

      Jehan is oscillating between the devil and the deep blue sea. He is one of those day-dreamers who will even hold on to a straw. Many of us learnt fast. The war ended. The IDPs were then locked up in concentration camps. Then TNA was left in the lurch while negotiation were going on. Then what was supposed to be 13A plus because 13A double minus, etc, etc, etc. Nothing the regime did, or did not do, reinforced the belief that it is sincere and honest. If at all, it bore all the hallmarks of a perennial liar and cheat. What credibility the regime now has?

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    Mr Jehan Perera obviously must have listened to the pathetic speech of the Leader of the Opposition Ranil Wickrematungs who was desperately trying to be the apologist for Nisha, Rapp and Ms Pillai in particular, at his supposed to be kick ass Election Meeting held recently.

    Jehan must also have seen or read the spine tingling and hair raising speech of the Desha Premi ex JVP member, Wimal Weerawansa.

    Jehan may be an anti Govt Journalist, who pads up for the Opposition interests.

    But he certainly appears smarter than the hordes of others who think Uncle Sam and Uncles Cameron and Harper will deliver them the goodies.

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      Sumanasekera:

      What was a significant triumph in the UNHRC in 2009 by SL has now been negated. Two subsequent resolutions have been caning SL for bad behaviour. MR declared that he fought India’s war. During the last two years, India voted against SL in the UNHRC. India was pressured to do so by the realpolitik in Tamilnadu. A third resolution is staring to SL. Cameron walked in, “whipped” the regime and went home. The president couldn’t do anything to stop him. Who do you think is the smarter?

      SL will never be at peace until it realises its folly of preventing the Tamils from attaining their self-determination.

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    Who is to be blamed for the polarization that is continuing after the war. The President had a wonderful opportunity to resolve all matters soon after the war, which he did not and now worried about polarization?

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    Aha! So another apologista for the post war post modern sinhala buddhists. Nice going chootie babba, nice going.

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    Reconciliation is a distant dream as long as the Rajapaksa regime in all its insincerity is not really interested in it playing on the Mahavamsa and the Datuvamsa mindset of the majority Sinhalese. Asking for more time is a tactic to have the problem go away. At least a watered down federal solution is the way out of the present imapasse. Bensen

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