7 May, 2021

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Geneva 2009-2015 & The Struggle Ahead

By Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Preambular Paragraph 3 of the October 2015 resolution says that the resolutions of 2012, 2013 and 2014 formed the basis of the resolution of 2015. The 2015 Resolution flows directly from the 2014 Resolution which mandated the Office of the High Commissioner’s investigation on Sri Lanka. What is important is to note that the US resolution of 2015 makes no mention whatsoever of the resolution of 2009. This is because 2009 was an outright victory for Sri Lanka and left no residue which the West could use.

An important feature of the successful May 2009 UNHRC resolution was that unlike all other resolutions adopted at special sessions, and indeed unlike the 2015 US-SL resolution, there was no call for follow up at the subsequent sessions of the Council.

One of the most striking differences between the UNHRC May 2009 and UNHRC October 2015 was that in 2009 Sri Lanka initiated and co-sponsored a supportive resolution together with the Non-Aligned Movement, while in 2015 it co-sponsored a critical and intrusive resolution presented by the US-UK and the West in general. This symbolizes Sri Lanka’s dramatic realignment. This realignment detaches us from our natural habitat and who we really are: a developing country of the Global South and an Asian state in particular. It realigns us with whom we do not really belong and with who we are not: a state in the Western hemisphere. Worse still, it realigns us with that part of the world with powerful Tamil diaspora lobbies existentially hostile to us, i.e. to whom and what we are.

In the interests of political honesty it must be said however, that this profoundly counterproductive realignment with the West/Global North was possible because the previous administration eroded in its second term, our support among our traditional support base, the nonaligned and the Global South.

What most people probably don’t know is that in May 2009, there was indeed a resolution on Sri Lanka that the West tabled at the UN Human Rights Council, but it was not taken up for debate because the President of the Council announced that it was no longer necessary since all the issues included in it had been taken up in the resolution that Sri Lanka tabled which had just got voted in with a massive, near two thirds majority in the Council. It is also interesting that the only dissenting votes were the EU block of 12 votes. In 2009, the bulk of the international community was firmly with the resolution that Sri Lanka put forward together with the non-aligned nations. It had the broadest support of the Human Rights Council, bar that of the EU.

There was a Western resolution circulating against Sri Lanka at the UNHRC since 2006—which proves that some were out to get us, and belies the argument that it is the horrors of the last stages of the war and President Rajapaksa’s behavior that caused the Western resolution. When I succeeded veteran career diplomat Sarala Fernando as Ambassador/Permanent Representative in Geneva in mid-2007 having attended the March 2007 UNHRC sessions, she had already briefed me about the EU resolution. Human Rights Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe suggested that I endeavor to get the draft removed by the last session of 2007, which I did through effective lobbying. In fact, after having meetings with all the members and non-members of the council to explain Sri Lanka’s case, I was comfortable enough to challenge the EU to either bring the resolution to the Council where we can debate it, or remove it from the Agenda. They decided to remove it.

Things were far more serious in 2009. The West which had indeed helped us weaken the LTTE militarily, was however unhappy with the prospect of a complete military defeat of the LTTE. The West wanted the final offensive to stop, for the Sri Lankan government to return to the negotiating table and work out a political solution. This was manifest in the efforts of British Foreign Secretary David Miliband, and most importantly in the joint statement issued in early 2009 by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and David Miliband.

This attitude led to an effort at the UNHRC Geneva to call a special session and move a resolution in April 2009 calling for a humanitarian pause and a cessation of hostilities. The Wikileaks cables show that on May 4, 2009, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton instructed the US Mission in Geneva to obtain signatures and votes for the EU resolution and that Washington would help in the editing of the draft. She also said that a diplomatic victory for Sri Lanka was an outcome to be avoided. This showed that the US was leading from behind’. Had this succeeded our military offensive could not have been completed without going against a UN resolution.

Our Geneva team fought hard to prevent the required 16 signatures from being obtained for that special session. While continuing to engage with the West, (we were in the process of organizing an event on the sidelines of the HRC together with the West to debate the call for a ‘humanitarian pause’ of the military campaign, with the UN Human Rights High Commissioner Navi Pillay in the Chair), we lobbied the Council that such a ‘pause’ would be counterproductive. Despite equally intense lobbying by the West, the UNHRC members refused to give the West the 16 signatures needed to call a special session for that purpose. We thus halted a possible UN resolution calling for a ‘humanitarian pause’ and ‘a return to negotiations’ and bought the time and created the space for the final victory of our troops.

When the West finally got the 16 signatures for the special session, we had won the war the previous week. By the time the special session opened on May 26th 2009, the Sri Lankan representation in Geneva and its allies making up the negotiating team were confident of the support of the majority of the Human Rights Council. Ambassador Zamir Akram of Pakistan ( who spoke in support of Sri Lanka in 2015 too) joked that he is willing to donate his signature so that the West can gather the 16 needed for the special session and get on with it! The negotiations on the draft of the Sri Lankan resolution had gone on for some time at meetings with groups of Ambassadors representing the different regions. This included the Western Group. I addressed from the podium, the interactive session convened by the Western Group to discuss their draft resolution.

Before I got to Geneva the (professional) diplomatic practice had been for the Sri Lankan Minister of Human Rights only to meet the EU with regard to its draft. Having communicated with President Rajapaksa, I drastically changed that and initiated the practice of caucusing intensively with all regional and cross regional groupings, broadening our base of support.

In handling the final round of negotiations with the EU, I had formed a Quartet with the then current and incoming chairs of the Non Aligned Movement and major south Asian neighbors, India and Pakistan. Our larger grouping was the “like-minded group” (LMG) which contained China and Russia. So our negotiating team consisted of Sri Lanka plus its allies. In those negotiations including the final one summoned by the Council’s President during the special session—and just before the vote–the West was so hardline and uncompromising to the extent of wanting the deletion of any reference to sovereignty. This didn’t go down at all well with either the Non-Aligned Movement led at the time by Cuba or with our neighbors India or Pakistan.

UN High Commissioner Navi Pillay addressed the Council by video link from New York on May 26th 2009 just as her successor Zeid al Hussein did on Sept 30th 2015. She spoke of ‘war crimes’ and ‘crimes against humanity’ and called for an international inquiry. The Western draft resolution called for Navi Pillay to visit the conflict affected zones and present a report to the UNHRC in six months. If this effort had succeeded we would have had a team probing our battlefields and collecting “forensic evidence” of war crimes a mere six months after the war! The WMD affair had forever put paid to any axiomatic faith in a Western led effort to find ‘evidence’ in a country they had targeted for ‘investigation’.

The Tamil Diaspora protests were strongest in 2009. There were massive demonstrations in every western capital. In Geneva itself traffic was snarled up when almost twenty thousand people demonstrated and a 21 year old accountant from London immolated himself right outside the Council. The pressure was on, but the work had been done by us well in advance and the Council was convinced of our case. They therefore adopted the SL-Non Aligned resolution without a clause that called for any kind of follow up action in the subsequent sessions. We had taken Sri Lanka off the agenda of the Council and given our country a clean slate. For the next three years, there was no attempt to bring a resolution against Sri Lanka in the Council.

The March of Folly (partly hubristic) of the Rajapaksa administration in international relations began almost immediately following the 2009 UNHRC Geneva victory. While the Wikileaks cables show that top Western officials were dialoguing in Paris and New York about their failure in Geneva in May 2009 and were reluctantly praising the “very effective diplomacy” of “Sri Lanka’s representation in Geneva”, I was sacked six weeks after our victory, reversing a written instruction that I should stay at my post till May 2010.

A leading guru of Cuba’s diplomacy, Emeritus Prof Miguel Alfonso Martinez, co-Rector of the elite Higher Institute of International Studies, which is their diplomatic training institute, told me that he had developed a three hour teaching module based on Sri Lanka’s 2009 victory to study the example of how a small developing country can win big against heavy odds. Having been a member of the Cuban delegation when Ernesto Che Guevara addressed the UN General Assembly in December 1964, Prof Miguel Alfonso had been one of the strategists and planners of the winning Cuban resolution against the US embargo in the 1990s. The Cubans of all people hardly needed such study since they had been winning against the USA at the UN General Assembly since the 1990s. However, that recognition was another measure of our diplomatic achievement in 2009.

Sri Lanka missed a clear window of opportunity with the Kerry-Lugar Report of late 2009, when there was a deal on the table. The deal was that the emphasis on accountability would be traded in for progress on devolution within the framework of the 13th amendment. I was with President Rajapaksa in Vietnam when the Report came in and he understood and appreciated it immediately. However there were hawks and hangers-on in his Establishment who were somehow under the illusion that the US had finally come to its senses, that it was a seller’s market, that if we held firm for a while more the US would climb down.

In early 2011 at a working dinner at Prof GL Pieris’ residence, at which 15 players—sibling-Minister, monitoring MP, top officials and frontline diplomats– were present, chaired by President Rajapaksa, I warned that in the global sphere we can’t keep saying “no” on everything to everyone, every time and that we have to decide what to trade in so we can keep our coalition going especially the Indians and get off the accountability hook. President Rajapaksa immediately took the point and gave the right orders on talking with the TNA on the basis of the 13th amendment and a fresh look at the concurrent list, but his instructions were sabotaged weeks later, with Sajin Vaas insulting Mr. Sampanthan and being quoted in the press.

On May 24th 2012 I was invited to deliver a lecture on the topic ‘Sri Lanka and the Special Session of the UN Human Rights Council May 2009’ by the Barcelona Institute for International Studies (IBEI). IBEI is an inter-university institute of postgraduate research and training in politics and international relations, supported by five universities in Barcelona. While its Master’s programme has students from over 30 countries, the Institute has more than 25 PhD –level researchers currently. Prof  Fred Halliday, Emeritus Professor of International Relations at the LSE and iconic Leftist scholar, spent the last five years of his life as Research Professor at IBEI, referring to it as “our institute” in ‘A Time In Barcelona’, in the volume ‘Political Journeys’, a posthumously published anthology of his Open Democracy essays.

While the West was studying our victory and there were several essays in scholarly journals about how we led and won “the battle of norms” in the UNHRC, the Sri Lankan Ministry of External Affairs and the Rajapaksa administration had no idea of how we had achieved it and never bothered to ask.

With no education or experience, Sajin Vaas Gunawardena was appointed Monitoring MP of the Ministry of External Affairs and Advisor on International Relations to the President (a post held by Bradman Weerakoon during the Premadasa presidency) and travelled to Geneva since late 2011 to manage the sessions. Apart from me– the frontline Ambassador/PR– almost the entire Geneva team of May 2009, from the Cabinet level through Mohan Pieris downwards, was deployed in Geneva when we were defeated in 2012 (under Sajin’s conspicuous de facto management). I was serving in neighboring France but was not deployed by the administration to advise or reinforce the team (though I declined the sidelined, soon to be scapegoated and sacked Ambassador Kunanayakam’s personal invitation to do so). Sri Lanka lost 3 years running from 2012 in the Council, with the West escalating and phrasing of resolutions getting steadily worse –and GoSL never managed to regain its advantage. It neither knew how we had won in 2009 – and therefore how to win–or why we had lost in 2012 onwards!

Meanwhile the proof of the pudding was in the eating. When Professor GL Peiris visited France during my stint and met the Foreign Minister Alain Juppe, the word ‘accountability’ never came up in the conversation.

While serving in France as Ambassador and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO, I had been one of a small group of activist ambassadors who helped convince the UNESCO on an issue that President Obama himself had taken a stand against and the US had threatened a huge (60%) budget cut. We helped the Palestinians, who had a Mission of two (led by the stellar intellectual Ambassador Elias Anbar), beat the diplomacy of the mighty USA which deployed none other than Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Paris to lobby UNESCO against the entry of Palestine as a member. As (ex) Ministers Tissa Vitarana and Jagath Balasuriya who were there at the time would attest, we secured more votes than the two thirds needed for Palestine’s entry.

After my stint in France ended in Jan 2013, I was not posted back to Geneva to troubleshoot the alarming crisis. If I had been, perhaps the UNHRC resolutions of 2013 and 2014 might have played out differently. We might have at least drawn the game.

Perhaps the last chance to get off the accountability hook was the LLRC report presented by President Rajapaksa’s close friend former AG CR (“Bulla”) de Silva. We had worked together when I was ambassador in Geneva. As Minister Nimal Siripala Silva will attest, at his nieces wedding (she was one of my secretaries when I served in Paris) CR de Silva told me that he had told President Rajapaksa that the report was the best shield he could provide for Sri Lanka and that the president agreed. When I asked CR de Silva why it was being blocked and who by, he said it sure wasn’t Mahinda Rajapaksa. Even the Israelis had their own independent commission of inquiry after Gaza—headed by Emeritus Prof Yehezkel Dror, who incidentally, reviewed my book on Fidel’s Ethics of Violence for Amazon.com– but the LLRC report commissioned by the President was sought to be blocked by the hawks.

In addition, because of the Rathupaswela shooting which resulted from the criminal folly of sending heavily armed troops in battle dress into Gampaha to deal with unarmed civilians, and the Aluthgama violence, the failure to crackdown on the BBS with the attendant perception of state or security sector patronage or protection, we gave the US and the UN High Commissioner a significantly broader range of issues with which to strengthen the 2014 UNHRC resolution. That shooting, like the ones in Katunayake a year or two earlier, enabled the drafters of the resolution to include the post-war period into the texts. The Govt. made itself an easier target to hit.

The bitter end came in October 2015, when Prime Minister Wickremesinghe decided to co-sponsor the very worst of the Western resolutions which calls for a special court and War Crimes investigations under national and international law, in partnership with foreign judges, prosecutors and investigators. From “thug diplomacy” of 2012-2014, we have moved in October 2015 to “tart diplomacy”. The new government has turned us into a satellite of the West. We are becoming a semi-colony. According to Mao, a “semi-colony” is distinct from a “colony” because a colony has one colonial power while a semi colony is shared by a few or several (as was China in the late 19th and early 20th centuries). Sri Lanka is now a semi-colony of the West and India.

On May 18-19th 2009 we won the protracted hot war, liberating our soil from separatist terrorism, and a week later we won the diplomatic battle far away from our frontlines, on adversarial territory in the West. A few days after the battle of Geneva I published an article in which I queried whether it was the last battle of the old war or the opening battle of a new one, a Cold War. Today we have to re-fight the battle we fought and won in Geneva in May 2009 and then lost, beginning in 2012. We have to re-fight it here on our soil, by preventing the implementation of the wretched Resolution.

Just as I was confident we could win the battle in May 2009, I am confident that we can win this one, because we have all the advantages of fighting on our terrain, on our liberated soil, and in our institutions and political spaces. We have the most sacred combination of causes: (I) to defend our national and state sovereignty from the imposition of foreign, alien laws, institutions and personnel (II) to defend for the historical record, the just character and content of our war of self-defense and national liberation against the fascist terrorist Tigers (III) to defend and protect our armed forces and our leaders who defended and freed us from marauding terrorism which visibly plagues so many countries subject to Western intervention and interference, causing so much misery, from Afghanistan through Libya, Iraq and Syria (IV) to defend the honor and self-respect of our nation from the imposition of alien practices such as hybrid courts which are imposed only upon failed states and defeated nations, neither of which we are (V) to fulfill the basic moral and ethical duty of not allowing those cowards who appeased and collaborated with the Tigers in the form of a Ceasefire Agreement to preside in judgment of those brave, noble men who stood up in the country’s darkest hour of danger to defend it and its people.

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  • 45
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    Can’t this guy shut up!

    There was a time when we read carefully, now I scroll down to see how much rubbish has been spewed, then go up again to see what aspect of predictably self-centered pedantry there is.

    Period.

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      There is a Tamil proverb உலை வாயை மூடலாம், ஊர் வாயை மூடமுடியாது (ulai vāyai mūḍalām, ūr vāyai mūḍamuḍiyādu) which means you may cover the mouth of a rice pot but can you cover the mouth of the country.

      Now it should be applicable to Dayan Jayatilleka. you will fail.

      • 29
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        Dayan Jayatilleka,

        Sri Lanka from a colony to being independent and now a semi-colony – in your own words.

        If the Sinhalese leaders who got the whole island on a platter from the British shared the pie equitably with the Tamils, Muslims and others who are also inhabitants of this island, then it could have had a dignified independent existence.

        The country then would have progressed peacefully and prospered like Singapore with unity and amity that no foreign country would have dared to interfere.

        For 67 years all the Sinhalese leaders for selfish reasons kept the country divided along language, religious and ethnic lines.

        A house divided usually falls.

        Is it a surprise that it has become a semi-colony? If they let loose any pogroms against the minority communities it may even become a UN protectorate!

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          Dayan

          –The new government has turned us into a satellite of the West. We are becoming a semi-colony–

          If I am to SELECT Between above COLONY and MR REGIME , I would certainly SELECT the COLONY to live for ever.

          BECAUSE , I don’t want to live in a country under MR Regime with

          # Govt. sponsored Container loads of HEROINE,
          # Billions of US$ Corruption,
          # Billions of US$ Waste of public funds,
          # Extra Judicial Killings,
          # Dictatorship / Familial Rule,
          # Self destructive, disastrous economic management
          # & uncountable evils

    • 20
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      The saying ‘Monkey praising its own tail’ is most appropriate here. Not only that, he is also crying and weaning about not being recognized/appreciated by the last regime for bringing success to the country.

      First of all, this moron cannot see the difference between 2009 and 2012 – 2015. In 2009 the world was under the impression that a ruthless terrorist organization was defeated by Sri Lanka, something that world needs to study. In 2012 and later on the world realized how the war was conducted by Sri Lanka, channel 4 was the main source. Today, with all the evidences that came out, even if we employ not one but 100 Dayan Jayatillekas, Sri Lanka has NO chance what so ever to perform or win like in May 2009. What the present government is doing is the wisest thing. People like Mangala Samaraweera are light years ahead of Dayan Jayatilleka in long term thinking when it comes to foreign affairs.

      Dayan harping on the May 2009 success at UNHRC (when the world did not know the real facts) is good to hoodwink a few fools but definitely he cannot fool everybody. As long as most people are concerned, Dayan is an utter failure and untrustworthy who misguided Mahinda Rajapakshe and made him accept the unacceptable at Geneva in 2009.

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        The reason why UNHRC/Geneva and the US were so aggressive to Sri Lanka was due to Mahinda Rajapakshe’s idiotic policy of ‘do not bend our heads to the west’. With channel 4 and many other evidences started coming up with respect to the war, Mahinda Rajapakshe was behaving like the village chandiya (thug), he was playing to the Sinhala-Buddhist gallery messing up the whole thing and making it worse. One of the reasons for this was, Mahinda Rajapakshe was ill advised and misguided (taken for a ride) by his close associates and Dayan Jayatilleka was also one of them. Now he is crying foul. Dayan Jayatilleka keeps praising himself for the May 2009 success at UNHRC where as everybody else know very well the situation in 2009 and the situation in 2012 and after.

        I have seen Dayan Jayatilleka in TV channels, he ONLY attends interviews but he NEVER takes part in any debates knowing very well that he will be ridiculed and reduced to nothing. I am waiting to see some government ministers/MPs challenge Dayan Jayatilleka for an open debate or some TV channel invite him to participate in a debate.

    • 10
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      If DJ is bad and articles worse, why is so much attention showered by commenters?. The fault is in ourselves (commenters), that we are underlings; or is magnetism in his stars?

    • 10
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      Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

      Don’t you have any more Mahinda Rajapaksa rallies to read statements from?

      Amarasiri has a solution for you.

      Why not go to the road junctions and pavements and sing:

      MaRa MaRa Chatu MaRa
      MaRa MaRa Amana MaRa
      M<aRa MaRa HoRa MaRa
      MaRa MaRa Dhushana MaRa

      Not only you will be popular, you collect a hat-full of collection too.

  • 28
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    When I was a kid, my grandfather told me so many stories about his achievements — such as killing a crocodile! Your memoir is no different.

    In 2009, Rajapakse promised many things (implementation of 13A, LLRC etc), so those who brought a critical resolution backed off a bit. You, Sir, made those promises on MR’s behalf. Those promises were not kept, so they are back — now with a sense of vengeance.

    The new government is doing its level best to smooth it out with the international community and the TNA is behaving well in a way we can all move forward.

  • 24
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    Yes, yes, it is all because they recalled you.

    Mama thamai miniha I am the only talent person (but according to your mind set)- is vadlid only for you Mr. DJ – if you further see it in that way, the country has enough experts to have worked it better than you handled it. What did you do since you are recalled. Actually nothing valuable than adding your kind of verbal DIA one behind the other. If you are honest to you and honest ot the the nation, you could do a great job as is the case for any good guys – I mean not malicious ones of your sort, can still do a great job if they really want to make a change.

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      My grandy said to me once – there are guys of the kind – that are so resistent to anything regardless of the truths when they want to achieve their selfish gains. When I always read or overread from this writer, I feel, he has always been the manner as my granny once made it clear. He is the most abusive and selfish guy in lanken lime light even to date. At the time, Premadasa and his squads destroyed 50k youth across the island in 89, this man was reported to have hardly escaped by the attacks of uknown forces. But while being able to face it – very same man to have supported to personalities like MR for no reasons should be connected with personal revengeful attitudes. ALone the manner the man insisted things in even today s TV shows ( alle achtung those who invite him – brainless guys should they be), it is irritating simply saying. Swollen headed nature as never seen. KNow all charactor as never seen.

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    why should we at all read your stuff any further by looking at the manner you sat with all low level ones in Nugegoda wedikawa, just because you wanted to fish on mud – selfish as no other, but today, left to be cornered to your 4 walls as if you are etiologically paralized.

  • 17
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    This one will go shopping for Rajapakshas, even if he kiked out of medamoolana like a dog.

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    Dayan Jayatilleka,

    You are going on like a broken record: There seems to be no end to your boasting about your prowess as a diplomat; your are the greatest, we agree!

    You seem to have no regard or respect to the truth, and that the truth will one day out itself as it did in the years since 2009.

    Don’t forget many criminal cases have been reopened with the emergence of new evidence.

    Remember you can fool some people some of the time, but not all the people all the time:

    Stop gloating about your empty past glory – be realistic and humble yourself.

  • 25
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    The problem in Sri Lanka is people like you Dayan. You think your Goebbelsian lies in 2009 have been shown for what they are – crude propaganda. You can’t make heroes our of those who slaughtered innocents. That they fought the LTTE is only half the story. The other half is that they (the Sri Lankan army) were savages in the North terrorising Tamils long after the war ended.
    In your depraved ideology its ok to be savages to innocent women and children because they are Tamils and because other countries do it too. The UN says that Sri Lanka carried our rape on a systematic basis. You have no shame. Disgusting individual.

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    Dear Dr. Dayan

    You have said

    “Just as I was confident we could win the battle in May 2009, I am confident that we can win this one, because we have all the advantages of fighting on our terrain, on our liberated soil, and in our institutions and political spaces. “

    It is refreshing to have an encouraging word from yourself at this time. Presumably our Good Government also wants to win. This time.

    I believe the diplomatic foot-soldiers such as yourself also need the recognition and honor we have given our armed forces.

    Perhaps you are aware of the connection between the US and the Statute of Rome? From Wikipedia, I quote it here:

    “The United States is not a participant in the International Criminal Court (ICC). The ICC is a permanent international criminal court, founded in 2002 by the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (Rome Statute) to “bring to justice the perpetrators of the worst crimes known to humankind – war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide”, especially when national courts are unable or unwilling to do so.[1]”

    “As of January 2015, 123 states are members of the court.[2] Other countries that have not signed or ratified the Rome Statute include India, Indonesia, and China.[2] On May 6, 2002, the United States, in a position shared with Israel and Sudan, having previously signed the Rome Statute, formally withdrew its intent “of ratification.[2]

    Also,

    The U.S. conservative group the Heritage Foundation claims that “United States participation in the ICC treaty regime would also be unconstitutional because it would allow the trial of American citizens for crimes committed on American soil, which are otherwise entirely within the judicial power of the United States. The Supreme Court has long held that only the courts of the United States, as established under the Constitution, can try such offenses.”

    “unconstitutional”

    “the trial of American citizens for crimes committed on American soil”

    It is only unfortunate that the United States did not train our troops to win the war without causing ‘war crimes’. After all, we did not have drones.

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      Agreed. The US has by coercion got bilateral agreements with more than a 100 countries to protect their citizens from being tried in those countries for similar crimes.

      Dayan’s revelations are interesting, exposing yet more perfidy both of the US as a whole and the evil harridan Hillary C. God forbid that she becomes the next US president, even though the ‘Tamils for HC’ are at it again.

      Dayan it seems along with one or two other contributors to the CT, can bring out the irrational beast in some of the commentators, who lack the ability to rebut his arguments.

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        Ramuuuuuu

        “Dayan it seems along with one or two other contributors to the CT, can bring out the irrational beast in some of the commentators, who lack the ability to rebut his arguments.”

        What is the difference between Dayan and a knife?

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      Vanguard

      “I believe the diplomatic foot-soldiers such as yourself also need the recognition and honor we have given our armed forces.”

      A self confessed war monger and war crime denier doesn’t deserve honour. In fact he was a Sinhala leftist who supported the Eelam project and closely worked with Eelamistas, EPRLF.

      If you believe everything what he types you will believe anything that is given to you. Would you buy a second hand car from him?

      What exactly was his contribution to diplomacy?

      Ask him about closed door horse trading by Hindia, US and other powers whose foremost priority at the time was to stabilise the island hence the war crime issue was ignored or postponed.

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    Bravo…..Dayan.

    Power to the Dalits.

    I mean mainly our Sinhala Buddhist inhabitants who sacrificed thousands and thousands of their beloved young sons to liberate the country from Tamil Terrorists ,

    I totally agree and endorse your statement that all inhabitants who love this country should rally around those Mums and Dads who made immense sacrifices to the liberation of the land, to fulfil the basic moral and ethical duty of not allowing those cowards, who appeased and collaborated with the Tamil Tigers in the form of a Ceasefire Agreement CFA, to preside over judgement of those brave, noblemen who stood up at the country’s darkest hour of danger, to defend it and its people.

    Hope those Mahanayakas , specially those Malwatu & Asgiri Mahanayakas will read Dayan’s comments, before they say Budu Sarai and tie Pirtu Nule on Batalanada Ranil and his Mates who didn’t know Killinochchi from Medawatchchi and Alimankada from Pamankada..

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      I repeat again Sumane, You can only take the donkey to the water, you cannot make it drink.

      When it becomes two donkeys, it makes matters even worst.

      With all due respect to both of you, I am not calling you two, donkeys, that will be an insult on a four legged innocent creature of God.

      They also say that, you can wake up a sleeping person, but you cannot wake a person who is pretending to be sleeping. You both are pretenders of the highest order who see no evil, hear no evil of MARA FAMILY.

      Only the hell fire would open your eyes and ears to MARA FAMILY ATROCITIES against the Nation.

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        Ansar mate,

        Our Dalits didn’t vote for your Sira,

        That will tell you who the donkeys are.

        Now you have Bodhi Sira, Cyber Sira, Daham Sira and even Chathu Sira to give you lot, Yahapalanaya with your Tax money.

        But then your lot are okay either way … Right mate.

        That is assuming that you are a Wahabi .
        .
        And your fellow Whabi who built satellite villages in Wilpattu, after taking over old Batti Tamil land, now control 39 mini Ministries .

        And Elites’ mate Mangalan can’t even get one ministry where he can put his boys to earn a quid.

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          Oh my pal Sumane,

          Yes, I made a mistake in my numbers saying only 2 donkeys, in fact there were nearly 4 Million donkeys who voted for this TSUNAMI HORA CUM STATE PLUNDERER ALI BABA. My apologies for that, no wonder you are offended by me not joining you with your herd.

          With regard to whether me being a Wahabi or Salafi, you guys really thrive on division of people, isn’t it pal ? That is how you guys make merry and make money, as well.

          Sadly for you, the whole of Sri Lankans have come to their senses and are gearing to make our beautiful country a true Miracle of Asia with law abiding citizens, unlike your MARA’S jungle rule and GOTA’s white van culture.

          Surely, you guys will be unhappy about this development, because your Financier may also be hauled up very soon. That is something which will affect you too, isn’t it Sumane ?

          So keep singing the song which Amarasiri always says.

          MARA,MARA, CHATU MARA……..till the wheels of justice grounds to a halt at MEDAMULANA.

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            Ansar mate…

            Development …. What development?…

            Dollar is up ..It is matter of when not whether it will hit 200 LKR.

            Paan is.up .Margarine is up. Kraft Cheese is up. Milk powder is up and Medicines are up.and It will be up and up, all the way under Yahapalanaya.

            But Wahbis will be okay.

            They sucked the Rajapaksa regime dry with top Ministry posts and jobs for the boys.

            Now they are sucking up to Bodhi Sira and Batalanada Ranilbig time, with more Minister jobs and even more jobs for the boys ,including top end of the town jobs like writing Insurance Policies for the Elite and the Anglicans in Colombo.

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      Why the negative votes – are we on English soil?

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      K.A Sumanasekera

      I must remind you, Dayan Jayatileke was a former EPRLF member. Do you know what the letter ‘E’ refer to in EPRLF? I will tell you – Eelam. He was not a kid when he became a member. EPRLF were in your terms ‘terrorist’ organizations and so Dayan Jayatileke is a former terrorist. He was a traitor to the Sinhalese in your way of thinking (not mine). He is a man who plays double games according to his advantage.

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    This so called career diplomut / Public Servant is still blowing his trumpet for the great victory he achieved in 2009 for which we sri lankans are suffering to this date.

    Now he is trying to pull needles of this hat Stack to show that he knows it all .

    This same public servant / Diplomut who white washed the crimes of MR and Gota with support of Some Dictators by their side .. Pakistan , China , Russia , India , Kenya , Libya Saudi Arabia, Thailand etc etc …. All these countries are great human rights violators and most of them except China and Russia have all had their leaders kicked out…. Gadaffi , Sonia Ghandi , Yin Luk Taksin ,……. and some of them are facing charges …

    Dayan you dined with all these devils and you are also one of them ….. Infact you were so desperate for your bread and butter you got on to a stage and read one of MR speech …. what a sad state of affairs for a public servant.

    Your days are over … No No you and the other Australian Palitha Kohonne ….. will face charges along with MR and Gota …… for aiding and abetting them to white wash the crime….. Sri Lanka is just waking up from a deep slumber…..

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    Dr Dayan Jayatillike.

    When you were leading Sri Lankas defence against the outrageous claims of suspected war crimes and crimes against humanity you must have known the truth about what actually happened at the end of the war. You must have endorsed the Rajpaksa mantra, that there were no civilian casualties, and the Tamils were liberated by soldiers carrying the UN charter in one hand and an assault rifle in the other. Did you really say these absurd claims with a straight face to other Foreign Diplomats ?

    I am sure even you would admit that the circumstances in 2009, when the Sri Lankan Gvt still naively believed that there were no witnesses to the culmination of the war were somewhat different.

    But now unfortunately Six years later in 2016, there is enough evidence surfacing to warrant a thorough legal investigation. Why not? If we have nothing to hide and we are completely innocent we have everything to gain surely.I am sure you would want to go before any inquiry or trial and testify on behalf of the Government, the true facts that you presented to the UN in Sri Lanka’s defence of the 2009 resolution.

    Why did many of those countries who voted in favour of Sri Lanka slowly begin to change their minds about what really happened at the end of the War and many not only abstained but openly began voting against Sri Lanka at subsequent resolutions.

    Was it because of the compelling evidence that began to appear, coupled with Sri Lanka’s point blank refusal to initiate an inquiry. Or was it because you were not there.After all I am sure I wouldn’t be the only Sri Lankan to suggest that you are without doubt a greater intellectual and more persuasive than any one else that has ever walked the corridors of the United Nations. I mean to say who is this Jordanian Prince, never mind that Harvard educated South African Tamil.

    I think you should welcome this Hybrid Court to Sri Lanka, because it will give you a chance to show the Sri Lankan people your genius on home turf. For you will be able to run rings around these Johnny Foreigners. While at the same time displaying to the rest of the World especially the Foreign Diplomats at the UN, that you were telling the truth in 2009 and every accusation since has been the result of a Western Conspiracy.

    Because if you stay silent you will be tarred with the same brush as the Rajapaksa troika – forever known simply as their lying mouthpiece at the United Nations. That in a nutshell is what really burns to the core inside you. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Dayan,

    Nice to read your CV again.

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    This man also must be taken to Angoda

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      The question is who would help him there – is there anyone to help him out to admit Angoda ? No.. his nature is so disgusting as nobody could get him and his mentality.

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        I happened to listen the talks of this Dj lately on the the TV. I wonder if we have the kind of men in srilanka today. I mean he goes on saying as if he is the boss and most expert about srilanka. As we are all aware, this bugger sat with all low lives from Premadasa days to last Nugegoda wedikawa.
        [Edited out]

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    Dayan for you only [Edited out]

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    This guy is in cloud nine still day dreaming on an ego mission to mars. The Mr know alls audience is now confined to the modapalas and the pissudevas who are in the same club, licking their wounds and now finding that there are no crumbs under the table of the Mara. Glad to see these nincompoops fading away to oblivion and it will be refreshing if CT stops publishing crappy articles from these recycled dried pumpkins.

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    Apologies to all. Of course I am innumerate and don’t know what year we are in.

    I wrote “But now unfortunately Six years later in 2016”,

    of course it should have read

    “But now unfortunately Six years later in 2015”.

    Now how many fingers and toes do I have. I`ll see if i can mange that Doh!

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    Dayan J [Edited out]

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      Tamil from the north

      “Dayan J [Edited out]”

      Nopes, Dayan J is a self confessed war monger and a war crime denier. Recently he has appointed himself as the the spokes person for the recently formed Smart Ass Patriotic Council of Bigots and Crooks.

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        @NV, the Tamils and Sinhalese invaded this beautiful country many years ago and took the land from the Veddahs. If we cannot live with each other, then we need to move back to wherever we are from and if not we need to shut up and put up with each other.

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    Is this Dayan’s cover letter for a job in the foreign ministry? Oh dear oh dear oh dear….how the mighty have fallen when one has to relieve the past glories for any satisfaction.

    You were sacked in 2009, now its almost 2016….what have you done in the meantime ?

    NOTHING !

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    [Edited out]

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      [Edited out]

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    Just a kind reminder of humility to Dayan after he complained to me about driving him around in Madrid in my Renault Clio, saying “I’ve never been in such a small car in my whole life.
    http://www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2015/09/22/who-needs-a-limo-pope-francis-opts-for-a-more-modest-fiat

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    Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

    Then why did you join the EPRLF to fight for whom? What does the letter ‘E’ refers to in EPRLF? I may not agree with the terminology but I think EPRLF was then classified as a ‘terrorist’ organization by the Government. So you were once a ‘terrorist’?

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    Hey Dayan,

    If as you say “2009 was an outright victory for Sri Lanka and left no residue which the West could use” why is the country still being challenged on the same issues, the issues you claim you put to rest? What, in effect did you put to rest? Didn’t you merely postpone the inevitable, and for the worse?

    All what you did was lie through your teeth, using your education for cover (remember the “intellectual prostitution” charge by Mahinda?) to dupe the not-fully-informed world forum, that trusted your degree. Your deed was a sure-fire near-term comfort for the regime and a wine-and-dine job for you, that you would have died for in place of the alternative – -temporary-assistant-adjunct lecturer-ship after 20 plus years of PhD, and as you move towards the sixth decade of existence!!

    Had you instead helped address the war crime issue promptly, fairly and as per what your education should have dictated, then the consequences to the whole nation would have been much, much less onerous than the situation the country is now in – robbed of its dignity around the world, stripped of its resources by a gang of thieves, pulled apart by the nation’s differing communities, within and outside of the country — and you, devoid of a job I suppose!

    You did not have the foresight to anticipate that “truth will prevail” and you were instrumental in giving the false confidence to the regime that as a result bloated up with arrogance to become an all-consuming monster. Time to own-up, not to relentlessly deflect responsibility!

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      Kumar R.

      How many times to tell you not to make any comments on DJ’s write up.

      Don’t project that you are not me and I am not you.

      DJ is utterly useless. [Edited out]

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      who else would call it as a victory ? As it is the case for his qualifications and the boasting related to his background he is coming from – he himself should be busy being in SELF introduction mode.. this man is the most abusive ultra nationalist in lanken spot light. His DNA should have been mixed with all kind of creatures him to go against Federal or the like solutions. We the ones who have lived on the west for such a long time are well aware – that only way out for lanken or the like issues are Federalism. Far small Switzerland could practise it to their betterment, why not us srilanken.

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    Dayan tried his best to cover up a cow dung at the UN and now is lamenting that it is going to be exposed.A man who condones slaughter,rape and torture.

    Unlike him, many sinhalese say if indeed crimes have been committed,then let it be investigated and the truth revealed and culprits punished.So dayan is in the minority group of sinhalese who condone crimes done by uniformed personnel.

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      shankar

      Being a member of the pro capital punishment lobby aren’t you going to apply for the post of Hangman (Alugosuwa) at Welikada Prison?

      Actually there are two vacancies, one for you and one for Black and Decker.

      He might consider applying for one?

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        native

        I’am out due to my age.here is an excerpt from the article

        “He said those who had studied up to grade eight and aged between 19 and 40 and physically and mentally fit would be considered for the post.”

        i will try for parliament instead because they also want grade 8,age 19 to 90,and no physical or mental fitness requirements,and lot of perks and better salary and nothing much to do except talk,talk and talk.

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    Seriously Dayan, when are you going to realize you have lost the plot

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      Marco Page

      “Seriously Dayan, when are you going to realize you have lost the plot”

      He never had a plot.

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    Dayan if your wife or daughter raped by some war heroes do you want to celebrate the victory, praise them for their action or want that to be investigated by the rapist or justice system or state which denies it as all lies?

    If 400 LTTE men and women shot and killed while surrendering with white flag and arm forces and state denies such event, should people seek truth or they should not in your world?

    Just for your imagination let us assume that LTTE killed 40,000 people to get world attention, shouldn’t people know the truth and clear the bad image of the government forces so all of us can be proud of our war heroes!

    I am sure your sovereign tool kit have all the tools. your wisdom is mind blowing. blow it up! wow,you worked in UN promoting justice, rule of law,human rights, accountability, transparency,and trust.no wonder UN is impotent!

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      if your wife or daughter raped by some war heroes do you want to celebrate the victory, praise them for their action.

      Sajith:

      that is how LTTE did that and produce so many suicide bombers.

      You guys know the truth, but still you are say they are heroes and Pabakaran is a god to you.

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      sajith

      “Dayan if your wife or daughter raped by some war heroes do you want to celebrate the victory, praise them for their action..”

      I waiting for that day and see the brave Dayan praise the war heroes.

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    A counter plaint must be filed at the UNHRC and Hiag court. The continued breaking of our soveriegnity and the rest of the @World. In World war 2 and the korean war the threat was Atomic and hydrogen Bombs. Repartriation should be in full specially for North Korea. This country has the right to be independent.
    The continuos monitoring of our soveriegn land and sea. Satlite advance technology including Photography of different waves including sound waves. Bat and annimal migration used for sleath plane advantage. Low flying kites or model planes to gather information. communication systems to use echo to detrmine targets.
    If necesary we should server diplomatic ties. Presented by the non aligned world i8ncluding Japan.
    Over to you. Be non aligned.

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    Mr Dayan Jayatilake de Silva or Perera is still living in his old fake lies filled criminal year of 2009. He denied everything knowingly and so he be treated as a war criminal, if at all any inquiry is held in Lanka or anywhere in the world, one day. He’s allergic to hybrid so let him have an international one ! Hope he has an international Doctorate and not a Cuban or Lankan one conferred by MR!

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    As soon as the govt changed the UNHCR reports changed.

    As soon as the govt changed IMF, WB values changed.

    All it says, their double standards.

    CBK, Mangala Samaraweera like people used it for their advantage.

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    It is funny, Mahinda Rajapaske’s 50 year Political experience. Sajin Vass was his major guru for international affairs and the foreign policy.

    That is why everybody can understand that Mahinda Rajapakse had a free ride with the war winning. Because his brother had battle field experience, His General had battle field experience. SO, he won the war.

    After that, he did not have post war strategy. Some one jumped in the middle was his foreign affairs guy. He was his confidential Financial advisor too.

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    [Dayan if your wife or daughter raped by some war heroes do you want to celebrate the victory, praise them for their action or want that to be investigated by the rapist or justice system or state which denies it as all lies?]

    [Edited out]

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