15 October, 2019

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Listening To Sri Lanka’s Painful Presentation

By Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah

Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah

Sri Lanka’s 22nd UNHRC Presentation: A Regurgitation of Old Undelivered Promises – Its Defiance Shows NO Domestic Mechanism Will Elicit the Truth With or Without UN Monitoring

Is the proposed UNHRC resolution heading nowhere? Would the rehashing of old undelivered promises and the continued defiance of the military, still maintaining its claim of zero civilian casualties be enough for Sri Lanka to go home celebrating: Are countries preparing for the long haul, giving Sri Lanka the luxury of time, at the expense of justice for the victims? Or is the noose tightening on the Rajapaksas? An Opinion.

Introduction

Listening to Mahinda Samarasinghe making his presentation for Sri Lankaat the 22nd session of the UN Human Rights Council was painful. There was no substance in his report. Period! It was merely a regurgitation of the Sri Lankan government’s past presentations, characterized by the usual lack of any substantive action. It was a complete rehash of past promises that to this day has yet to materialise. It was an insult to the intelligence of those listening! Whether the members of the UNHRC would swallow it hook line and sinker as on previous occasions will be known in a few days. The world awaits in anticipation but there is little hope that any concrete steps will be taken by the members of the UNHRC to move to the next phase of investigating Sri Lanka’s conduct of the war and its mass killing of civilians through an independent international body; thereby putting an end to the continuing culture of government impunity and the defiance of the army that still maintains it followed a policy of “zero civilian casualties” in the war, putting the blame on civilian casualties on LTTE as per its “new plan of action” to implement the LLRC “observations”.

The next phase should include an international human rights field presence, an international protective mechanism, in the Tamil heartland of the NorthEast to prevent military and government abuses and intransigencies now happening in the occupied Tamil heartland. Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) is putting this initiative front and centre in its engagement this session in addition to an international independent inquiry.

I would call Sri Lanka’s Minister for Plantation Industries and Special Envoy to President Rajapaksa, Mr. Samarasinghe’s speech the biggest bluff that has been foisted on the world, a presentation devoid of integrity and delivered with no compunction; hopefully not on a gullible and unsuspecting audience.

Sri Lankacouldn’t have fooled those of us who keep a close watch on the ground situation.

Tamil MP appeals to IC to “Save Country from this Government”

Earlier Mathiapranam Sumanthiran, Tamil National Alliance MP, was scathing in his remarks about the Sri Lankan government’s gross inaction and appealed to the international community to save the country from the Sri Lankan government: “Not one recommendation of the LLRC has been implemented, not one item in the National Action Plan has been touched,” he said as he cried out to the world to “save the country from this government..”

Government’s 5 Rs Refuted

Referring to the 5 Rs i.e. Reconstruction Resettlement Rehabilitation, Reintegration and Reconciliation Mr. Samarasinhe, proudly claimed all of the Rs have been achieved. Dr Paul Newman, from the Bangalore University vigorously refuted such claims in his article: Lies Retold – The Annual Sri Lankan Ritual at the UNHRC:

“More than 93,000 people are estimated to still be displaced as of late December 2012, living in camps in Vavuniya,Jaffna and Trincomalee districts, in transit sites or with host communities. Source: Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (January 24, 2013)….In Jaffna alone 70,000 Tamils are yet to return home as their land is occupied as High Security Zones. The entirevillage of Mullikulamis displaced into the jungles and a naval complex is coming up the area. In Jaffna the Talsevana military resort has come up in the place of land occupied from Tamils,” he writes.

Misleading claims

At a glance my own observations on the pronouncements made by Mr. Samarasinghe centered round subtle but serious misrepresentations. The 27% growth in the GDP in the North was misleading. The 27% growth rate in the North does not reflect any improvement in quality of life of ordinary Tamil people but is due to the unbridled expansion of the Military in the NorthEast and the huge expenses including salaries that comes with it.

Question to address: were measure taken in self defence legal?

The court of inquiry by the army commander on civilian casualties has been mentioned before and is mentioned again. There is already a report out in the public domain which the Army Board prepared on the implementations of the LLRC observations that was handed to Gotabaya Rajapaksa. It found that Sri Lanka “as a sovereign state has an inherent right to self defence” and that the Sri Lankan army’s actions were essentially to destroy a terrorist organization in defense of the land: “Sri Lanka having the “absolute right to take all legal measure necessary to restore law and order arising…(among other) out of terrorism,” it concluded. The focus here should be on “legal measures” whether the measures taken were legal in accordance with international law. If the Sri Lankan army has only taken “legal measure” it need not hesitate in the least to submit to an international inquiry.

Army sticking to its claim that casualties caused by LTTE only

Further the “Plan of Action” proposed by the Army Board on implementation of the Recommendations of the LLRC that has been submitted at this session is a white wash in my opinion and points to civilian deaths committed by the LTTE only, the army still sticking to the claim that it maintained a policy of “zero civilian casualties”: “The so called civilian casualties are mainly consisted of LTTE cadres killed in combat, civilians killed by LTTE for political and other ends and civilians killed by the LTTE whilst attempting to flee LTTE held areas,” and that the “The S.L. Constitution and the existing legal framework are adequate to safeguard Human Rights,” the report concluded. In other words is the army sayingSri Lankais not going to consider international law although it has to adhere to the UN Charter and United Nations Declaration on Human Rights and other treaties it has signed up to? I knowSri Lankahas not signed on to the Statute of Rome but it has ratified in 1959 the Geneva Conventions 1-1V (not protocols1-3) that govern many of the laws pertaining to war.

Will the roles of Senior Military and Political leaders including the President be inquired into in an Army Court of inquiry?

An inquiry into allegations of Sri Lankan army atrocities committed by the top brass both political and military by the Sri Lankan army would amount to nothing. Not only is the military investigating its own, the question that the TGTE would need answers to is whether the inquiry would go far enough; especially when it involves the whole sale massacre of innocent civilians and the government is defiant that it did not kill civilians. An inquiry that does not involve President Rajapaksa, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Sarath Fonseka, Palitha Kohone, Shavendra Silva and other commanders of various divisions including the Navy and Air Force would not serve the cause of justice for the tens of thousands who perished in what the Tamil people and the TGTE insist was genocide.

It’s important to bear in mind that the Sri Lankan army’s image now stands battered beyond repair under its Commander in Chief, President Rajapaksa and Defence Minister Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the latest allegations coming from Human Rights Watch which reported on 75 cases of sexual abuse including rape and torture committed by members of the Sri Lankan armed forces on Tamil detainees.

Slamming UN Officers doing their duty,

Mr. Samarasinghe’s lambasting of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms Navi Pillay and the OHCHR was out of order and shows the Sri Lankan government’s edginess when it comes to objective criticism and illustrates what their future response would be to UN officers and UN mandate holders doing their duty. Will Sri Lanka willingly cooperate with UN experts monitoring Sri Lanka’s implementation of the LLRC recommendations? Although Mr. Samarasinghe touched on it, blaming the High Commissioner for sending emissaries only to obtain information for her report the question of further cooperation between the two on the implementation of the LLRC remains to be seen. Whether the intended resolution for a UN monitoring service to force Sri Lanka into action is something that Sri Lanka would agree to, also remain to be seen. This question was raised by  Dinouk Colombage in his article: Is the US resolution on Sri Lanka justified?

Social Progress not true

The ‘Social Progress’ Mr. Samarasinghe mentioned, achieved through “strengthening of the civil administration” and by the “provision of livelihood support” is not true. There is still 1 army personnel to 5 civilian in the NorthEast. The Military Governor is now ruling the Tamil heartland with orders coming from the President and his brothers, namely Basil Rajapaksa from the Ministry of Economic development and Gotabaya Rajapaksa from the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development. The kind of military corporate culture that exists is not found in any other military in any part of the world; I am talking about the army selling its produce to the public on a corporate scale. The manipulation of the demographic composition by government sponsored colonization to bring in ethnic Sinhalese, the take over of private and state owned land including arable land for military purposes, not to mention the movement of a disproportionate number of Sinhala fishermen into the area, have all negatively impacted the livelihood opportunities of the indigenous ethnic Tamil population.

Zero progress on Trinco and ACF cases

The presentation lacked any fresh new initiatives or showed any progress made on earlier fronts. The same line, the same lies were repeated yet again. With regard to cases relating to the execution style murders of 5 Trinco students and 17 ACF aid workers, Mr. Samarasinge was regurgitating the steps the government promised to take in its previous reports. The government is still on the non summary proceedings stage with regard to the student murders. It is an outrage to keep listening to the same lies over and over again.

As to the LLRC recommendation to inquire into allegations contained in the Channel 4 documentary Killing Fields, Mr. Samrasinghe said that it would be the government’s next task – although these very words were repeated in the National Action Plan submitted at the UPR.

UNHRC must address allegations in two imminent reports

It is time the UNHCR officially looked into the findings of two eminent reports sponsored by the UN itself, namely the Expert Panel Report and the Internal Review Panel Report, both of which point to serious allegations that must be investigated by an independent commission. UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon’s failure to pass on the Expert Panel Report to the UNHCR, his failure to invoke article 99 of the UN Charter during and after the last stages of the war, are matters that require addressing .The Security Council’s failure to act to prevent the carnage and apply the principle of Responsibility To Protect, R2P and the serious matter of UN complicity in the bloodbath that occurred cannot be ignored.

TGTE wants Special Adviser’s report on genocide made public

The TGTE itself wants the report that the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide prepared during the last stages of the war but never released to be made public, which was referred to in the Internal Review Panel Report. The TGTE Prime Minister Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran said the TGTE is focusing on two major issues at these sessions: “Firstly calling for an international independent investigation with a view to bringing justice for the victims of genocide; Secondly TGTE will focus on Tamil ethnocentric human rights violations rather than ethno neutral violations,” he explained.

A case for an international independent investigation has been made

The erosion of democratic values, the breakdown in the rule of law, the end of a functioning independent judiciary and the move to a fully fledged dictatorship all go to advance the arguments that there is no alternative to an international independent investigation, although 40,000 deaths (and possibly more) according Kenneth Roth of the HRW should “be reason enough” for such an inquiry.

It is shameful that Sri Lankacould stand up in this august body and report no progress since the last resolution during the 19th session that called for the implementation of the LLRC recommendations. It is shameful that having made no progress what so everSri Lanka has the gall to appear before the Council without delivering the goods; at least to show some results.

Allow international media and INGOs free access

For an independent verification of the true ground situation,Sri Lankamust allow free access to the international media and free movement for major INGO’s. The veteran human rights defender and activist Dr Brian Senewiratne, Senator of the TGTE has vehemently stated that this is indeed a priority more than anything else in a country still operating under the dreaded PTA; where the people are muzzled and cannot speak unless in stage managed circumstances under the watchful eye of the military; where there is a concerted effort to destroy the Tamil identity, culture and language even religions in the name of integration: “Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and International Crisis Group must now be admitted to the Tamil North & East immediately. There cannot now be any reason to exclude internationally credible human rights organisations from the area,” the Senator stated.

Heed Clergy on ground situation

A group of concerned Christian clergy men and women in the NorthEast made an appeal to the High Commissioner, Ms Pillay to go beyond the last resolution: “We feel that the killing and disappearance of tens of thousands of Tamil people and actions that are suppressing the Tamil people and community, our culture, religions, language and, land in a systematic way before, during and after the war appears to be done with an intent to destroy us in whole or in part and thus, it is imperative that the international community addresses this seriously even at this late stage,” they stated in their letter.

A week resolution in the cards, justice delayed is justice denied

As the UNHRC debates, the rest of us know what to expect: another lukewarm resolution brought by theUS.Robert O’Blake, Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs was speaking to the US House Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific: “I think there is good support thus far to have another vote this year to continue to urge Sri Lanka to implement its own report and that’s why we are pursuing that again this year,” he said sharing the “disappointment” that the US felt at “ Sri Lankas’s failure to address several issues including the implementation of the LLRC action plan, further stating that “the government has not proceeded so far with elections for the Northern Provincial Council, four years after the end of the war.”Reading Esther Brimmer’s remarks that the “The United States hopes this resolution will be a cooperative effort with the Sri Lankan government,” pretty much indicated to me the contents of the resolution.Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Kurshid’s refusal to disclose to Rajya Sabha members, the contents of the draft resolution and to state how India would vote, that elicited a walkout by all the Tamil parties in Tamil Nadu, AIDMK, DMK and leftist parties, again smacks of India’s duplicity in this matter and its leanings towards the Rajapaksas.

Issues of sovereignty seem to prevail over the need to catch and punish the perpetrators of mass atrocity crimes. Are countries then preparing for the long haul at the expense of justice for the victims? Or is this a way to pin the Sri Lankan government into a corner?

Sri Lanka ready to party until the next time? Or is the noose tightening on the Rajapaksas?

Is the UNHRC resolution heading nowhere? Is the Sri Lankan government of Mahinda Rajapaksa preparing to party yet again as it stands defiant about its conduct of the war and accountability for civilian casualties, where the diplomatic community would be invited to wine and dine and forget about their country’s legal and moral obligations towards justice and against impunity until the next time! Or is the noose tightening on the Rajapaksas?

*Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah – Chair, TGTE Senate

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    Excellent as always Usha.

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      Sri Lanka is a fully democratic country. No any out side institution such as NGOs and even the UN can make any ruling or Judgement on Sri Lanka or a Sri Lankan.

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        Ha,ha,ha…..

        That is why they are going to UNHCR and getting fucked left, right and center.

        This time no China, no Russia, no Muslim countries, they should have taken Bodu Balu Sena with them to Geneva.

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          Siva, you mean Hora Balu Sena?

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        His Excellency may need a second opinion on this!!!

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        not really . i don’t know why you are taking cover under the black and ignorant geezer jalia. anyway i want to take you back to the dark side of sri lankan history as narrated by my parents.
        as you know sinhala primitive savages had gone on the rampage several times before 1983 attacking , raping, robbing and killing innocent tamil people. mind you this was well before tiger cubs were born . 1958 was the starting point and it continued until 1983.in the absence of electronic media etc. you sinhala scum were able to cover up all your crimes in a convenient manner. with the advent of electronic media everything comes out in the open. when war crimes are committed you can’t stop anyone poking their nose into your affairs. if you are ignorant of this, you better know it now. it’s the tigers who put an end to your rampage and in their own way saved the vulnerable tamil minority.

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    The committee that will be appointed by the President after the new UN resolution is to be named “Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Undelivered Committee” -LLRUNC.

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    “Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Kurshid’s refusal to disclose to Rajya Sabha members, the contents of the draft resolution and to state how India would vote, that elicited a walkout by all the Tamil parties in Tamil Nadu, AIDMK, DMK and leftist parties, again smacks of India’s duplicity in this matter and its leanings towards the Rajapaksas” is the complaint of this established LTTE activist from a husband-wife duo – candidates for many years for leadership roles in the Tamil Nation in Sri Lanka. She has a long way to go to learn how experienced governments function or the theatrics of political parties that cling on to issues to keep them in the reckoning rather than bring relief to the Lankan Tamil Nation.

    Surely, only a nondescript novice might expect Salman Khurshid to reveal in Delhi, weeks ahead, GoI’s position on the UNHRC. Equally the Tamilnadu parties, opposed as they are to the ruling Congress, predictably acted by their walkout.

    This said, I must admit here her critique of the Tome of lies and re-hashed lies of Minister Samarasinghe vomited in that elegant hall in Geneve is in place. As many have commented in recent times, Sri Lanka and all its people now have to be saved from the plundering and marauding Rajapakse Family and its army of shameless sycophants that has long ago said goodbye to good governance, the judiciary and established laws in its venal path. Sri Lankans, her paralysed opposition or its civil society alone cannot accomplish this necessary task.

    Senguttuvan

    Senguttuvan

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    Sri Lanka doesn’t have to do much. The international community will keep passing feeble resolutions on Sri Lanka (the island in the most geopolitically strategic location) to please Russia and China in their geopolitical games. The oppressed in this world have not much chance of getting any justice in this world driven by geopolitics and not by ”human rights for all”.

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    A very good analysis by Usha S.Sri-Skanda-Rajah. Clumsy handling of MR’s regime is ruining the entire country and leading to chaos.

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    ”sovereignty” when it comes to serving all citizens equality and justice.

    ”globalised world” when it comes to getting concessions and trade.

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    What can be more ridiculous than the Trans-Rational Government of Tamil Evil? The TGTE Senate! The TGTE must thank GOSL for defeating the LTTE militarily in Sri Lanka, so that people who were scared to open their mouths when Prabakaran was alive can today parade themselves as somebodys in the Diaspora. Why the “gross inaction” by Diaspora Tamils, NGOS, Human Rights Industry, and Western governments during the 30 year slaughter of innocent people by the LTTE?

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    There is one aspect in which this statement is defficient; it does not call for an investigation of the state’s forces AND the LTTE. There is prima face evidence that the LTTE killed Tamil civilians attempting to flee the war zones. If there is to be an independent investigation of war crimes and human rights violations with international participation (which proposal I support) the actions of the state’s forces and the LTTE must be probed. In this respect, it does not matter that LTTE leaders who allegedly issued such orders are dead. For historical reasons, posthumas verdicts of guilt or acquital are needed as part of the final record.

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      Whether it is the JVP or the Govt or this new body named TGTE the common unifying factor has been a failure of objectivity with regard to their own record or the record of their predecessors. The whole nation is paying the price for this moral failure.

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      Kumar David:

      How about investigating those who funded LTTE? Isn’t funding a known terrorist movement a crime? Since there has been little or no interest to investigate LTTE crimes against Sinhalese for 30 years, why are you suddenly interested in investigating their crimes against Tamil civilians in 2009? What is so special about 2009? Even though those who actually fired the bullets and gave orders to do so in LTTE are dead, the people who funded LTTE are still very much alive. Why aren’t you calling for them to be investigated with equal vigor??? Therefore, aren’t your call for truth and whatnot very much hollow and hypocritical? It is the very people who did absolutely nothing to prevent crimes against one group of people for so many years are now clamoring for justice and equality for another group of people.

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        Navin

        Its you again

        “How about investigating those who funded LTTE?”

        As a matter of urgency you should.

        KP was the Mafia Don who was in charge of LTTE’s Ministry of International Fund Raising. In fact if you haven’t heard of him lately I will give you a clue. Since his surrender to Sri Lankan Military Intelligence he has been a guest of the state and living in the island.

        He had all the necessary information regarding LTTE’s fund raising activities outside Sri Lanka.

        Would you now commence prosecution against him?

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        Navin

        Please do not expose your Idiocy in public.

        Investigating those who funded LTTE is extremely simple because it was KP who was handling the LTTE funds and today he is living like a king with your president.

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          Yes, of course. Even VP thought we Sinhalese are idiots until he lost good part of his forehead!

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            Navin

            Its you again.

            “Yes, of course. Even VP thought we Sinhalese are idiots until he lost good part of his forehead!”

            VP lost good part of his forehead because he was a stupid Tamil just like his Sinhala brethren.

            There is nothing new about Tamil/Sinhala stupidity.

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        navin:
        I have a simple question for you: will you actively support Daya Master, the other Master, Pillayan, Colonel Karuna and KP being brought to trial (without government-assisted defence), the the death sentence being available if (when?) they are found guilty of capital crimes?
        You know damned well that this will not happen and that the primary banker for the LTTE is now doling out left-over LTTE funds to you-know-who. While he is doing this to keep yapping about anti- Sri Lankan conspiracies funded with left-over LTTE funds is little more than a blatant lie.

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      Kumar David
      The ‘Plan of Action’ put out by the Army to implement the LLRC observations categorically states LTTE is responsible for ALL civilian casualties so it’s not rocket science to guess what the verdict would be in a Army Court of Inquiry. Your wish shall be granted!
      Usha

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        Well said Senator.
        Kumar David is full of C…..p.

        Don’t take him seriously on Tamil issues.
        Let the GTF do it since they are novices in the Colombo political scene.

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      The LTTE funds have been I guess laundered via the Stock Exchange by
      a Public Servant in the name of Patriotism. For this reason no evidence
      will be sought, nor the Ship that has been converted by the same Officer
      into a floating armoury in International waters? RAW/CIA may be planning
      to torpedo this vessel one day!

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      Dr.Kumar, LTTE was a non-state actor morally binded by the International law, GoSL is legally binded by International law, even if there is an International Inquiry who is going to defend the LTTE?

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        Oh I’m sure there’ll be a few volunteers such as yourself ;)

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    The Americans bellowing of bringing Resolutions against MR at the UN is all hogwash. Watered down Resolutions like last time is brought just to appease the Human Rights Watch Dogs, that is all. How can the Americans take action against MR, when it was they who are responsible for MR’s and Gota’s actions in this war, where VP was lured in to a trap with his cadre and eliminated.

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    Brilliant,sri lankan government has been fully exposed.

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    It is good analysis by Usha.Sri lanka saying Zero casualties is obvious.That is the only way they try to escape but no one will believe it.So that should be discarded.Our problem is we dont have a Government like the sinhalese.So no one cares for us.So in this UN meeting we should raise that issue,we must tell the UN if you are unable to punish those killings or unable to protect us saying internal problem ,help us to get back our Tamil Kingdom taken over by the Sinhalese in 1940s.We will then look after ourselves.There are 80 million Tamils and they dont have a Govt.The majority of them living in India are living like slaves and hence unable to help us.Indians actions are based on racialism and only way is tamilNadu people have to decide whether they should continue with the Union or not.

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      Who is making this dumb statement. If 80 million tamils don’t have a state, what is it got to do with Sri Lanka? It is not a dustbin for displaced tamils.

      If the majority of 80M is in India, then it is India’s problem. Go and sort it out with Manmohan Singh.

      If they are spread out in all sorts of countries in the world, then these tamils have gone there for better pastures, and have taken up citizenships in those countries; they do not need a state of their own. Don’t expect those other countries to carve out a tamil state from their sovereign territories, just because a busy body like this writer was bellyaching.

      BTW, are you in US’ government’s pay roll to suggest India be destabilised and fragmented like the Balkan’s using tamils as their pawns

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        Bonaparte

        Looks like you are totally ignorant when it comes to Sri Lanka, its history and the Tamils.

        If you read your own history,

        Under Rajendra 1 (1014 – 1044) Sri Lanka became one of the nine provinces of the Chola Empire and was called Eelam Mandalam.

        Just before the Europeans (Portuguese) took over Sri Lanka, the Tamils had a separate state of their own called the Jaffna Kingdom.

        Try to educate yourself before blabbering rubbish.

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        We Tamils have seen several Sinhalese ascending to power since Britain left the Island handing over the entire country including the Tamil North&East which belonged to the Tamil Nation of Ceylon, which the Portuguese occupied by force after winning the war against the Tamil King of Jaffna.

        All the Sinhala leaders who got into power worked to erase the existence of Tamil Homeland in the Island starting with D S Senanayake who started the dismemberment of our Homeland from Amparai district, where Tamils were the majority when British left and now reduced to insignificant numbers.

        Then came the infamous SWRD Bandaranayake, who introduced the sinhala only as official language of the country which prompted Dr. Colvin R de Silva to come out with that famous phrase-`do you want TWO languages and ONE country or ONE language and TWO countries`, during the debate of language bill in the parliament.

        Colvin’s predictions materialized in 2002, when de-facto state of Thamileelam was formed by V. Prabakaran but Indian pariahs conspired with several other countries and defeated the Tigers and helped the sinhala nazis to re-occupy our homeland.

        After DS and Banda came the Yankee Dickey JR and unleashed Black July pogrom against the Tamils and murdered 3,000 of our brothers and sisters in 1983. Then SWRD`s daughter Chandika Kumaratunga came to power with the help of Tamils and tried to destroy our freedom struggle with brute force but failed.

        When Chandrika left office and Rajapakshe occupied it, some Tamils thought he would be a `statesmen` to solve the several decades old racial disharmony considering his father George Rajapakse’s status, who was well respected in the leftist circles as an honest gentleman. The Tamils preferred Rajapakshe to Ranil because of his father.

        How wrong we were?

        He is the worst among the Sinhala leaders who got into power. He is all out to annihilate the Tamils race and fully occupy their Tamil Homeland.

        That is why this bastard should be hanged in Hague without delay for genocide.

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          Siva

          “Tamil North&East which belonged to the Tamil Nation of Ceylon, which the Portuguese occupied by force after winning the war against the Tamil King of Jaffna.”

          Please let me have reference to your assertion that ” Tamil North&East which belonged to the Tamil Nation of Ceylon”.

          Please don’t dwell on exaggerated unsubstantiated claims without evidence. My people have had enough of Sihala and Tamil stupidity. Please go back to your motherland which is in Tamilnadu. When you go take your Sinhala brethren with you.

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        bonaparte

        “If 80 million tamils don’t have a state, what is it got to do with Sri Lanka? It is not a dustbin for displaced tamils.”

        Of course the island is not a dustbin for displaced Tamils nor it is a thrash bin for the descendants of North Indian Kallathony asylum seekers.

        Could I remind you that the Tamils have a state in Tamilnadu within Indian union.

        ” If the majority of 80M is in India, then it is India’s problem. Go and sort it out with Manmohan Singh.”

        Of course it is Indian problem however my problem is that as descendants of sons and daughters lost the island to descendants of Kallathony Tamils and Sinhalese.

        If Sinhalese want a state it is only appropriate that they went back to their original homeland, Venga in India. Please speak to Manmohan Singh who would help you to relocate, possibly in Bihar.

        Already in this forum I have suggested that Tamils should relocate to Baluchistan, where they speak Bhruhi, a Dravidian language.

        ” they do not need a state of their own”

        If the Sinhapurians are spread out in all sorts of countries in the world and particularly Sri Lanka, then these Sinhapurians have gone there for better pastures, and have taken up citizenships in those countries or grabbed land from my ancestors; they do need a state of their own, but not in my ancestral island.

        When you go back to your homeland in Venga, please take your Tamil brethren with you.

        Could you shed light on Balkanisation.

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        Borupart:
        Are you serious when you say, “If they are spread out in all sorts of countries in the world, then these tamils have gone there for better pastures,” Have you ever heard the term “indented labour,”you moron? The reason there was a so-called Tamil diaspora in countries as widely spread as Fiji, South Africa, Sri Lanka, the West Indies etc. was because Tamils were brought in as virtual slaves to work on such as sugar and tea plantations.
        Can’t you, at least, pretend to a bit of originality and say something different to the rest of your illiterate allies? Or will that lead to your stipend being stopped?

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    Usha Sri- Skandaraja’s presentation is more a review than an analysis. She has not exposed anything new or startling. War crimes were no doubt committed by both sides. If they have to be inquired into, when? What is transpiring in Bangladesh today, forty years after the liberation war ended, may have lessons for everyone to learn.

    She has highlighted where the government has failed in the repair and reconcilation front, while not giving credit where Credit is due. This failure to acknowledge the positive, makes the review quite partisan, unobjective and contankerous.

    There are issues that the government should note and make course corrections, to avoid its failures and weaknesses being taken advantage in the international arena. The government owes this to the people of Sri Lanka more than the international community.
    Dr. Rajasingham Narendran

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    First, compliment to Usha on her clear exposure on the government’s inaction and circumlocution.

    The commonest refrain directed against Tamils is – what were they doing for 30 years? What could they have done? is a rational counter question.If something was practicable why didn’t others do it in 1971 and 1988/89? An anecdote can edify.

    The 20th Congress of the Russian Communist Party in 1956 was noted for Kruschev’s tirade against Stalin. His personality cult and crimes were exposed. Even as he was speaking a note went up querying what he was doing all those years and why he didn’t speak up. Kruschev asked the relevant person to stand up. No one stood up. Kruschev said ” for the very same reason I did not”. Distance in time should not make us oblivious to the realities behind motivation or the lack of it.

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    Very Well Said by Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah with excellant ending that IC may want to take a note: “Is the UNHRC resolution heading nowhere? Is the Sri Lankan government of Mahinda Rajapaksa preparing to party yet again as it stands defiant about its conduct of the war and accountability for civilian casualties, where the diplomatic community would be invited to wine and dine and forget about their country’s legal and moral obligations towards justice and against impunity until the next time! Or is the noose tightening on the Rajapaksas?”

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    “There are 80 million Tamils and they dont have a Govt.The majority of them living in India are living like slaves and hence unable to help us” says reader S. Thiagarajah. Clearly the man has not been to Tamilnadu nor knows the basics of the increasingly rich State or of the Tamil struggle. I don’t think even Vaiko, Semman or Tholar would talk such nonsense.

    Has’nt the man heard of the strong and stable Tamilnadu Govt. To say Tamils live like slaves there is to show what an ignoramus this man is. In most recent analysis about successful States, TN is there within the first 3. Mid-size industrialists from Mumbai, Kolkatta, Bangalore are moving into the State for investment. Chennai still attracts sizeable FDIs with its technology, educated cadres and friendly environment to the overseas investor. Chennai now challenges Bangalore and Andhra in the IT sector. Chennai, Kovai, Trichy, Madurai are fastly becoming modern cities with Chennai leading the way to Mega City Status. Slaves? The Karunanidhi family, Kala-Daya Maran are the multi-billionaires in addition to over a hundred existing ones. The recent wedding of the son of Narayana Murthy/INFOSYS (Bangalore) to the bride-groom from the billionaire TVS family was the coming of two giant Southern brahmin industrial families in the South. The bride is a graudate from Oxford University and the groom from Harvard. It is difficult to find clerks and drivers in Chennai. Those famous “No Vacancy” boards are now history and the earlier cinematic chants “Viswanathan – velai vendum” is now a joke. Even if Tamnilnadu, for the sake of argument, does not have a place (a separate country, if you mean) what has Sinhala-majority Sri Lanka got to do with it? You do much harm to the Tamil cause by your clear idiocy.

    Please invest your time in working towards Sinhala-Tamil and Indo-Lankan friendship than to imagine divisions that are simply delusional.

    Senguttuvan

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      Well said these LTTE ignoramuses have brains in their bottoms when venting their anti Indian version of the old refrain which certain vetern DMK leaders of the DMK used to then repeat ad nausem “…Vadaku Valrkirathu Thetkutheikirathu…” meaning the North is developing while the South deteriorates on election platforms… till the mid sixties.

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      Senguttuvan

      Sri Lanka is the Sinhala State of India just like Tamilnadu, the Tamil state of India.

      What are these Tamils and Sinhalese talking about?

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      Senguttuvan

      Thiagu is wrong in everything as usual except when he says 80 million Tamils are living in slavery in Tamil Nadu. It’s a hyperbole meant to convey the incontrovertible fact that the Tamils in Sri Lanka are much better off in socio-economic terms than Tamils in Tamil Nadu despite it being a quasi-federal state. He is absolutely right. The caste-system, patriarchy, domination of women, and dowry system are much less rigid among Tamils in Sri Lanka. And Sati (widow killing), child marriage and female infanticide are unheard of among Tamils in Sri Lanka. This is due to Tamil linguistic fundamentalism and Hindu fanaticism not taking root among Sri Lankan Tamils. This in turn is due to the influence of living alongside the more culturally liberal and progressive Sinhalese people. The Sinhalese people are more liberal and progressive due to their Buddhism and a long tradition of left-politics.

      Also Sri Lanka’s performance as a welfare state is much better than that of India. Thus Sri Lankan Tamils are better educated – the illiteracy rate in Tamil Nadu is appalling. Ironically Tamil medium education is more advanced in Sri Lanka than Tamil Nadu. Ask any Tamil academic in Sri Lanka. Also Sri Lankan Tamils enjoy much better health, nutrition, housing and sanitation. In fact Jaffna peninsula has come on top in many studies of nutrition in Sri Lanka. The partiality of British colonial rulers to Jaffna Tamils in terms of hospitals, schools and public employment is another long term factor. In general Tamils in Sri Lanka enjoy a better standard of living and less social injustice than Tamils in Tamil Nadu. Though these socio-economic standards were affected during the war years, there is every sign that they are bouncing back. Tamil Nadu Tamils should visit Jaffna and learn a thing or two.

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    Good analysis by the Senator of TGTE.
    The US sponsored resolution has been watered down several times and this new resolution does not have any teeth.

    Rajapaksesand Fonseka are getting are getting away with murder with the UN and UNHRC.

    But some of them will have to face US courts where there is full jurisdiction. That is a better legal forum.

    UN and UNHRC is only good for the bad publicity Sri Lanka will receive
    internationally. But the Rajapakse regime are thick skinned.

    Tamil associations like TGTE, GTF, BTF, CTC and USTPAC need to take direct action than just publicity stunts and statements. Boycott, sanctions and trade union actions especially in South India has to be vigorously pursued. Lobbying the European, UK, Canadian, US Malaysian, and Australian governments has to be continued as 4 years have passed since the crimes of the century has occurred.

    Keep up the good writing Senator.

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    I think this time UNHRC Noose on Rajapakse are tightning. This time Rajapakses will find difficult to hoodwink the International community.

    Not implementing LLRC,disappearance of tamil war refugees, reporters, journalists, human right activists, imprisonment of Gen.Sarath Fonseka, impeaching CJ Dr.Shirani Bandaranayake, threats to free media, lawyers, opposition party members are few of them.

    Rajapakses already talking about taking back the country to Pre-Historic levels with scrapping western education,western bashing, self sufficiency in agriculture and using school children for agriculture based economy and introducing native medicine etc….are few of them.

    What Rajapakses think of is a Family venture capitalist dynastic model while people to follow a Cuba type socialistic model.

    It’s time for UNHRC along with citizen to kick these Hambanthota village buffalo as…es for good before further ruining our country and making people to eat Polkudu (coconut dust) and grass curry.

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    The Sri Lankan Army will not investigate its own soldiers. Gothabaya has made this very clear. Watch his interview on “Hard Talk.” The best thing the Western world can do now is put sanctions on Sri Lanka. Freeze all the foreign assets of Rajapakse and his associates.

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    Usha Sri-Skandaraja has missed including the Wilileaked US embassy document on the Sri Lankan resident Tamil and Diaspora Tamil divide on accountability issues, in her review. This divide is a fact and should be recognised especially by the US, EU and India.

    Dr. Rajasingham Narendran

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      With all due respects to you Dr Rajasingham, your premise quoting Wiki-leaks is now out of date: The TNA and the Tamil Diaspora are not divided on the issue of accountability anymore, earlier during the leak TNA could not to speak out through fear and so many issues to contend with and later wanted to give time for the Government to implement the LLRC. Now read the official position of the TNA:

      Read full article: “Sri Lanka Has No Capacity To Hold Any Credible Investigation”:

      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/sri-lanka-has-no-capacity-to-hold-any-credible-investigation/comment-page-1/

      By the way in reply to your earlier comment mine is an OPINION not an analysis.

      On the other hand for my analysis on the UN Internal Review Panel Report, Please read my article below.

      http://www.tamilcanadian.com/article/6279

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        Usha Sri Skandaraja ,

        Thanks for you response.

        I have to defer on the logical extension of your contention that the Tamil Diaspora and the TNA are not divided. The Tamil Diaspora is not a monolithic entity united in its political stance. Further, the TNA does not represent the views of most Tamils here on this subject. The Tamils here, to the extent I know and can know, do not consider accountability issues as priority. The Wikileaked report is yet valid.

        Dr. RN

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          Are you saying there are more of you and less of TNA supporters – am I supposed to believe that – Good for the Rajapaksas surviving on Tamil political patronage! And good for you!

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          Dr Are you saying there are more of you and less of TNA supporters – am I supposed to believe that – Good for the Rajapaksas surviving on Tamil political patronage! And good for you!

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            Usha S. Sri-Skanda-Rajah,

            ” Further, the TNA does not represent the views of most Tamils here on this subject. The Tamils here, to the extent I know and can know, do not consider accountability issues as priority.”

            This is what I specifically said. The subject referred to wsa ‘Accountability’. I stand by this conclusion. I would would counter your conclusion, by saying that I am more like them in my opinion on accountability, irrespective of whether they are TNA supporters or not. Rajapakse’s are surviving because of the reactions the sections of the Diaspora are evoking here.

            Dr.RN

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          You are absolutely wrong RN.
          Accountability is absolutely essential as well as the Truth, before Justice and reconciliation.
          A few Tamil quislings, Benedicts, and Ettapans will settle for much less or even forget about it and work with the racist-chauviniat- State Terrorist.
          That is what many Tamils told me when I founded Tamils For Justice and hired Bruce Fein the Washington Attorney in 2007, to lobby the DOJ, SD, and DHS of USA to investigate the US citizens and permanent residents who were violating US, UN and International laws on Human Rights, Crimes Against Humanity and possible War Crimes.

          Now the same Tamils who sabotaged the project in 2008, are crying and screaming of Genocide. What an irony,.

          A few Tamils might be willing to forget not only the Sinhala crimes and Indian crimes against the Tamils since 1987, when many Tamils were raped, tortured and murdered as you very know and have seen the grotesque corpses, if I may remind you.

          But 150,000 deaths of civilians later in the past 25 years Tamils want accountability and Justice. There is no alternative for that.
          Et Tu are a Tamil and it would be good if you too will support that cause for Truth, Justice and Accountability. It may be good for your soul and everybody’s grandchildren.

          Tamils For Justice.

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            Mr.Donald J. Gnanakone,

            Sorry, I think I am right to the extent of what I know, what I experienced and what I see. If not I wont be taking up the position I do. There is nothing called absolute in this world. We are all seeking the truth and the truth can be as varied as we are. Truth is relative and is what each one of us chooses to see, through our biases, predilections and other limitations. The absolute truth is what I believe is the God. There is defintely no Godliness in a war.

            Further, as you have referred, I have seen the worst imaginable in my life. However, the lesson I have learned is to forgive (not forget)and do whatever is possible prevent anyone else experiencing the same. You have a right to call me Et Tu and even add Narendran to it.

            Justice to me is to assist the war-affected Tamils to stand up again and become a community worth its salt. They are where they are becuase of us and for us. They were the sacrificial goats of both the GOSL and the LTTE. Political rights in terms of equality as citizens and as a community have to pursued. This is also the justice the Tamils as a community deserve and have to be granted.

            I have and am seeing the problems the war-affrected confront, and consider the only worthwhile tribute to the dead, is to help the surviving to the extent I can and talk on their behalf. The needs of the living, which relate to their survival as humans is primary and cannot be served by the ‘Justice’ you talk about. The justice you seek is already sapping the sympathy the Sinhalese have for the war-affected Tamils.

            The time now is to look at the needs of individuals within the community and the community per se as separate issues. The needs of the community in terms of justice for the dead- has to give way for Justice for the individuals yet living. The demand for Justice in terms of the community and the GOSL, is also blunted to a very considerable extent by the dastardliness of the LTTE.

            As for my soul and those of my children, they are at peace. Those of my grandchildren yet to come, will also be at peace. I say this confidentally because I and my children have learned the lessons that violence begets violence and unforgiveness only breeds further rancour and bitterness. Revenge by any name and under any guise will be counter productive for those who have to live here by choice or for lack of alternatives.

            Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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              @Narendran.
              I reiterate what I previously wrote.
              As for the word “absolute”, I have no intention to argue with you on the usage of that word. You can and we all can argue with that word until “Thy Kingdom Come”.

              Tamils certainly want Justice. But wanting Justice does not mean wanting “Revenge” or not wanting to forgive or forget. Forgiving will only come after receiving Justice, whether it is divine intervention or due to the intervention of the international community, UN, US or India. The US has a special interest in the Tamil Justice as 4 War criminals now based in Sri Lanka are US citizens or residents, and thus has full jurisdiction. So has the US courts.

              You suggestion and experience is “convenient justice”. If you have forgiven and not forgotten is also a matter of personal choice. But a majority of the Tamil diaspora and Tamils all over want Justice.

              Indians go away with murder 25 years ago, but that does not mean the “State Terrorist” can get away with war crimes and crimes against humanity in this century. There were also compelling reasons why we did not take on India at that time internationally. But Karma works in different ways. And many have paid the price.

              I agree with Usha that TNA and the Tamil diaspora are more or less on the same page and have no major differences. There cannot be meeting of minds on a “perfect” basis. Once again TNA represents the majority of the Tamils in the North-East and Western province where they have never contested any elections and have no intention to do so.

              Donald J Gnanakone

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              Dear Donald Gnanakone ,

              The a kingdom in my understanding will not ever come, if we do not seek the truth, without biases , preconceived notions and other unsaid objectives. Further, unless you are among the people here, you will never know them or their thoughts. Please visit Sri Lanka soon and especially the Vanni, to find out what they know and what they think. This will be litmus test.

              Dr.RN

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    Who is afraid of MR? All power blocks, America, GB, Russia, China, India, Australia and a host of other Nations, except a few individuals who are asking for an Independent Investigation. What a MOCKERY, trying to sweep everything under the carpet. What a World Order?

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    Haaaaa haaaaa Sri Lanka getting fuck by un

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    Ajay,

    Mumbai that boasts of some of the world’s top billionaires (US$) and industrialists still suffers terrible slums (Dharawi and many other) Despite India’s incredible industrial and agricultural boom, except for a small percentage, most live in abject poverty. That is India’s curse and the callousness of the very rich in the country that produced
    the Mahatma. Chennai is no different. On the other hand, it is not denied in almost all Human Indexes Sri Lanka leaves India far behind.

    That is not the point in contention between Thiagu and I. “The majority of them living in India are living like slaves” seeks to convey the wrong meaning. That may been true over 7 decades ago. Even in Tamilnadu hardly anyone dies of starvation. In the villages they are well organised and belong to the different political parties and are socially active. Most have some form of employment and income although they are not “rich” in the accepted sense, which is why I took exception to the description “living like slaves”

    India and Tamilnadu may not be wrong in their perception the active Lankan Tamils are not sufficiently grateful for the care and concern they have taken so far. The vadakkathan continues to be an enemy in the Northern psyche – and, believe me, many of them know that.

    Senguttuvan

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    Mrs. US is right when she says “The TNA and the Tamil Diaspora are not divided” as matters stand. But this is not in the interest of the State that has been doing its best to break the growing unity of the Tamil Nation. The Rajapakses know their laughable excuse “in not agreeing to the PSC, the TNA is against the country moving towards peace and unity” This tried and tested essence of Goebellism (tell a lie a thousand times and it becomes the truth) cannot fool the world who know it was President Rajapakse who set up many such perfidious
    devices and then wrecked them when they were taking shape. Ask Tissa Vitharna, if you don’t agree. The crux of the issue is the Rajapakses rule when the country is divided. Peace and Unity is not in their interest is pure and simple wisdom.

    It looks like the Rajapakses are in the process of striking a deal with those who matter in the global scene – once more promising to do all that is necessary. But this time this will be on irrevocable conditions, as one learns. Whatever it is so long as there is peace, unity and a programme for economic growth one has to welcome this.

    Senguttuvan

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    Phew! what a analysis.If you call mahinda samarasinghe’s speech as rubbish, what you have analysed and put on print is bull.you too have apparently picked up bits and pieces of a report here and a report there. TGTE!bloody hell. where were these jokers when VP was dictating terms to the TULF,TNA and the tamil diaspora from a bunker surrounded by blood thirsty savages who killed many innocent citizens and destroyed valuable crops,building and destroyed families and homes of Tamils,Muslim,Sinhalese and burghers,for thirty years.The srilankan army had a mandate to wipe out terrorism and it was given to them by the true peace loving citizens.How they kill a terrorist is determined at a battle field not in Air condition conference halls! I AM PROUD OF THE ARMY,NAVY,AIR FORCE AND POLICE FOR ERADICATING TERRORISM.I will give them a benefit of doubt for any extremes!
    Like you,over the years many leaders and diplomats have acted on mere heresay and the words of your envoys and stooges, thanks to many a sri lankan politico who let down their citizens for mere money,power, greed fear of life.
    There was a period when one could not cross the border of a town for it was an eeelam territory.Your kind was happy and content and probably waiting for the flag to flutter atleast over 2/3 rds of the island. Was nothing seen at that time as a violation of sovereign country.
    It is the likes of you and those of your compatriots who may be still living or gone beyond the divide have created a bunch to rule over this country and create all the mayhem that is going on.
    When it comes to war, specially terrorism, i wonder whether the americans, british,canadians, Indians, Israelis have any rules of engagement! Maam, when a lunatic points a gun at you, and you have one in hand,you shoot him first, dont wait to reason.
    Many countries want a piece of this beautiful country, the chinese are here first,you indians are behind, the americas’ are watching and our colonial masters will come and do what they best apt at ‘ divide and rule ‘.
    all your resolutions and embargoes’ are not worth the paper, when they are pre-determined motives.Those at the August body of the UN should remember that they are mandated to carry out and overseas the world affairs without prejudice and favour. any punishment metered out justifiable is appreciated, but spicing hidden agendas’ of those with a conflict of interest, will spell doom to this organisatiON
    GOD HAS APPOINTED YOU TO BE A JUDGE FOR A CAUSE,BE JUST( DON’T SCREW WITH HIM!)

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    I visit many blogs where the Lankan issue is discussed. CT provides a useful platform for these discussions. While most serious bloggers stay within decent limits some are in the habit of heaping abuse on others who have different views. One of the worst is this Donald Gnanakone, who tries to deceive he is a supporter of the Tamil issue.
    He is a bankrupt businessman living on Welfare in California. He has gone to the USA after playing out some Colombo banks where he ran a shipping company – that went broke. I knew of him in those years. His brother Charles is another notorious failure whose name is in the bad books of the Australian Police. I am told the man died recently. Donald tried to get close to the LTTE leadership but was found to be more interested in the business that is likely to come in shipping, Coal, Sugar and other matters if the LTTE succeeded in Eelam. So the LTTE top ignored them while not rejecting them altogether. Donald is in the bad books of most Lankan embassies to whom he sends slanderous messages and bogus information. He has recently got close to another notorious character Nihal Amerasekera – the brains behind most of the rackets of Nawaloka Mudalali and Cornel Perera.

    Readers must be careful of this desperate man, whom many think may be in need of medical help.

    R. de Silva

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