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Man Who Derailed Investigations Into War Crimes Allegations Wants The World To Look At Sri Lanka With Fresh Pair Of Eyes

While derailing investigations into all war crimes and human rights abuses during the final phase of war, President Maithripala Sirisena, addressing the 73th session of the UNHRC, urged the world to look at Sri Lanka ‘with a fresh pair of eyes’.

President Sirisena has openly ordered the Police to refrain from arresting top ranking military officers over killings and abductions that took place under the previous government.

Just two weeks before he addressed the UN General Assembly, Sirisena berated IGP Pujith Jayasundara and top officers of the CID for attempting to arrest Chief of Defence Staff Admiral Ravi Wijegunaratne over killings and abductions of 11 youth.

He called upon the international community to look at Sri Lanka from a fresh perspective and consider the “tremendous progress” made by his government towards reconciliation, restoration of democratic freedom, human rights and the rule of law.

Sirisena also pleaded world leaders to extend the fullest support to build a progressive, democratic, free and equal society.

He also said Sri Lanka was taking action to consolidate peace and forge ahead to develop the economy, and such a nation deserves the support and understanding of the international community.

“I urge the international community to allow Sri Lankan people to solve their problems on their own,” he said.

“As an independent country we do not want any foreign power to exert influence on us. We want to appeal to the international community to give us the room to resolve the problems that we are facing so that the right of the Sri Lankan people to find solutions to their problems is respected, ” he added.

The President said that the government was also working to eliminate fear and suspicion among different communities.

“if a man is pierced with a dart, he will suffer physical pain. When he worries about it, he suffers more pain. Hence, there are two kinds of pains suffered by the man. When it comes to Sri Lanka, it is the people who suffered pain due to war and they continue to feel pain when they think about it. Therefore, I take this opportunity to call upon your support and cooperation, ” he added.

Sirisena’s speech failed to address any of the human rights concerns raided by international organizations , including the UN, over Sri Lanka.

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  • 23
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    So this article was prophetic:
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    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/keeping-promises-fooling-the-un-is-a-lot-tougher-than-fooling-sri-lankans/
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    CT seems to be really going after this hypocrite. I can no longer say that this is unjustified.

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      Sinhala_Man

      This man is an existential threat to the entire country. A hypocrite, a cheat, a liar, ………… who not only protects crooks, but war criminals and human right abusers. He believes and practice the idea no Ranaviru should be punished even if they steal, kill, rape (including his mother, wife, daughter, ….) ……

      Media reported:

      “President Maithripala Sirisena slammed the Bribery Commission and two Police divisions for what he called their “hauling” of the former defence secretary and naval commanders to court earlier this month. “
      -President slams Bribery Commission for ‘hauling’ Gota and navy chiefs to court
      FT 13 October 2016.

      “Sri Lanka president intervenes on behalf of accused military men
      The President of Sri Lanka revealed that he has intervened on behalf of military intelligence officials held in custody under suspicion of committing serious crimes against two prominent journalists.”
      jdslanka.org
      14 October 2016

      Now this man has gone all the way to UN to inform the world about Nelson Mandela. What he conveniently/deliberately didn’t mention was the man who walked tall did set up a new kind of investigative mechanism, Truth and Reconciliation Commission where atrocities committed by all sides were being investigated, ………………. irrespective of colour, race or …………… He said he was going make a statement to vindicate the Security Forces from all allegations levelled against them.

      Nelson Mandela who walked tall was after truth, justice, forgiveness, reconciliation, …………. He was tall not because of his physical stature (6ft 4ins tall) but he had great ideals and put them to practice.
      This little islander will stay little and continues to keep the country little.
      They cannot see beyond their nose.

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        NV:
        What a waste of funds when Sri Lanka is scraping the bottom of the barrel. This Gamarala got on an international stage and spoke to the Sinhala Bauda Racists hoping to create the talking points for his second term.

        Today where news is freely available and moves fast almost in real time this Gamarala is fooling no one. What he says is just the opposite of the ground situation.

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          Burt

          Every leader representing this island never failed to belittle this island.
          On the sideline of this meeting this shameless crook addressed a fringe meeting where he demanded every world leader followed in the foot step of Nelson Mandela. Guess who were in the audience, Champika and two saffron clad people. Now who paid them the expenses including travel and lodging.

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          Burt, he wants to add international sanctions along with the depreciation of the rupee to the list of problems Sri Lankan’s will have to face in the near future.

    • 8
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      CT,

      I dont think I would put it that way.
      Yes, he detailed himself the invstigations by being bothered to on going investgations.
      However, in lanken context, where he has been put in – nothing is becoming easy.
      If he would take actions against former vicions men, President would have to face all the unexpected, while we the ones whobrought him to power would attack as is the case today, if he would not react against Rajakashes.
      So, as we obviously feel it – PRESIDENT is like GIRAYATA AHUWUNA PUWAK gediya waage – comparable to a PUVAK nut caught by the giraya (which is twister locally called ” giraya”).
      And the issues in terms of war related investigations are multi factorial. If the soldiers would ahve been remaded, then the president and the govt is accused of being treated war heros with revenges. And the criminals surrounded by former Pres seems be EVEN worst than high criminals in Guantambe prison. They have abused the gulliable in this country as their human shields – all in all.. the situation of the president in the currnt govt is no easy at all.
      All these cant be studied by a forienger easily.
      Just to achieve an inch towards the recociliation in the coutnry is provably a mammoth work – in the country sinhala extremists animated by former Rajakashe et al.. becoming a greater threat to anything today.

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        it should he derailed.. applogies

    • 14
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      Dear Sinhala_Man, you hit the nail on the coffin
      Its time that people of Sri Lanka wake up to reality.
      This man is a turncoat. He changes his stance according the wind direction I guess. What a sorry state of affairs. What is his thinking behind. Is he serious?.
      The man is incompetent

      “You can fool some people some of the time , some people all the time; but you can not fool all the people all the time”

      • 9
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        As hearted ones that brought him to power in 2015, could not have known it since they only thoughtto get rid of former Mafia Boss whose activities were even thousand times dangerous not leaving even basice human rights rembmer ?

        But in the same time, this man Mr Sirisena had always been with Mafia boss whatever steps the vicious Rajakashes took during those most abusive two terms from 2005 to 2015 in the country.
        Lack of good common candidates – betrayed our faith kept on a man whose reactions hav e been insulting the person of the movement stood against Rajapakshe – none other than the late Rev. Sobitha Thero. But he made it very clear, either the grand coalition of that kind either can be ended up in all vain or succeed.
        Besides, we must not forget, this country are filled with rascals and rascals supporters. This we got to see in the lately held JANA RALIYA of MR et al. There, the people gathered to colombo had no whatsoever decency. They looked as if they were from african forests – not insulting to africa. Most of them focus only on afree meal and a hot drink only. NO matter the country and nation woudl ahve been battered down, they just enjoyed their free trips to colombo. And as a thanksgiving, they left their extrements in the city corners of colombo since the organizers were not made any arrangement the participants to allow their toiletting in that rally.

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    “I urge the international community to allow Sri Lankan people to solve their problems on their own”

    By that, he means the majority decision should prevail in all matters, which will result in the minorities being put at the mercy of the majority Sinhala Buddhists. That is the way he wants Sri Lankan democracy to work!

    • 23
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      The World To Look At Sri Lanka With Fresh Pair Of Eyes.

      Fresh Pair Of Eyes does notcannot change History it is made by us and shows the same images. in whatever angle it looked at.

    • 25
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      “I urge the international community to allow Sri Lankan people to solve their problems on their own”
      By that he means he confirmed that they will continue to follow the same politics of genocide of Tamil speaking people and they continue to rob this nation by cheating ordinary Sinhalese as they are doing for past seven decades.

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      If the international countries like India, Pakistan,America and China did not intervene would you have won the war by killing Thousands Of Tamils. Your war was without witness it is said, so why don’t you allow the small number of witnesses available to testify by Appointing an International Court to hear the case? If you don’t want international intervention you should have boycotted the UN and faced the consequences. Not that the UN is going to bring any tangible results.

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    By saying this he (Sirisena) paves the avenue for hardcore, right wing thugs to orchestrate more Nanthikal, Aluthgama and Kandy type ethnic cleansing. Pathetic he was allowed to address in UN.

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    It’s time for UN to insist on war crimes committed by all concerned be investigated by an International Team so that real justice is provided to the victims in theor thousands.
    Please do NOT let GoSL hoodwink the international community

  • 11
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    How many fresh pair of eyes can one expect?????? Our retards may be in dark but others can see crystal clear.

  • 14
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    By the way when Trump tried of boasting in the UN thinking that he was attending a campaign rally in the Mid West , the rest of the world leaders started laughing at him.(first time in history). So when ever a Lankan clown gets to the podium they well know what to expect. Lies nothing but Lies.That is the credibility our leaders (and trump)have earned.

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      Both Buddhist majority nations committed genocide thumbing their nose to the international community.
      Now both are playing the same tune.
      “YANGON —
      Myanmar’s army chief on Monday warned against foreign interference as world leaders gather at the United Nations to find ways to hold the country’s powerful generals accountable for atrocities against Rohingya Muslims last year.
      In his first public comments on the subject since a report by a U.N. fact-finding mission this month, Min Aung Hlaing said Myanmar abided by U.N. pacts, but warned that “talks to meddle in internal affairs” cause “misunderstanding.”
      “As countries set different standards and norms, any country, organization and group has no right to interfere in and make decision(s) over sovereignty of a country,” Min Aung Hlaing said in comments reported in English on his website.”

      What is the UN going to do? Is it turning to be an expensive joke the world cannot afford.

  • 4
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    Those who know, know that he did not care a damn for the so called military personnel called “Ranaviru” when he was a candidate to become the Prez. He allowed the UNP and the elephantine clan even to rob the Central Bank by pretending to be a ceremonial president merely carrying out the advice in appointing non-citizen Mahendran as the Governor. The tide turned when the details of the son’s escapades in the form of CCTV videos were collected by the “Green Boys”. Now he got panicky and wanted protection and in terms of Fire Power as well. He had none while RW was consolidating the Police Power. So it was time for a new alliance. RW, as Anton Balasingham puts it, is a cunning fox, as RW even was able to take the LTTE and Prabhakaran for a ride. So, in this game with Sri Lankan war machine and the amorous desires of the International Community and the possibility of an armed uprising, RW knows how to perform the balancing act whereas the Grama Sevaka was just a Gamarala. (I cannot forget the controversy surrounding the death of Gamini Athukorale) It is in this context that bridges were built between the “Ranaviru” (Not the poor village boys who had face the bullet and died or disabled) and MY3. But MY3 too has quickly picked up some skills. The behavior of MY3 is therefore predictable.

  • 8
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    It is a shame this Gamarala or Grama Sevaka was nominated by Chandrika as common candidate without Sobitha Thera being given the opportunity to defeat Mara hands down. This maru Sira doesn’t have an iota of feeling for the very people from Western, Northern, North East, North West and Eastern Srilanka who voted him to power. He betrayed Ven. Sobitha Thera outright.

    We heard from media how he berated, Bribery Commissioner, IGP, other powerful officers in uniform to give cover to criminal elements in the tri forces including present CDS, Former Defence Secretary, retired Army generals etc. When any officer from the force commits crime of rape, murder of innocent civilians no matter if the victims are Tamils, Sinhalese or other ethnicity, they should face criminal charges/proceedings. Presidency has no power to subvert judicial process which should remain independent and free from political interference. That is rule of law. Maru Sira wants to usurp that power and make judiciary to dance to his whims & fancies. That is why he used UN general Assembly forum to address this issue and get away from his responsibility.

    It will be a great folly if gamarala succeeds in this selfish endeavour.

  • 4
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    He has done the usual ‘whitewash’ of the successive brutal regimes he has inherited – though he was cowering in fear in a lonely farmhouse, on the final days of his election, in fear of being murdered.
    Now he carries on the murderous regime he inherited, and is helpless to enforce law & justice.
    This man, and his predecessors are a disgrace to humanity.

  • 9
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    This Maru Sira’s mission mimics idiotic GoTa’s mission – to derail any effort to investigate war crimes committed by GoTa and MaRa in the name of war against LTTE.

    We need International judges and an independent body to investigate war crimes and punish fake “Ranaviruoes” who are today nothing but dirty bank robbers and rapists in the island of Sinhala Buddhists.

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    The truth is that Sri Lankan forces haven’t committed war crimes except possible isolated incidents of personal nature of small number of soldiers.

    Investigations must be held for such crimes.

    It’s very sad situation that those who can’t bear up the defeat in the war now resort to make very inhuman hatred based allegations against this small country & its genuinely innocent people.

  • 2
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    is he also offering eye transplant or offering virtual reality gadgets

  • 12
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    In order for the international community to look at SL with a different eye, SL should have strong Law and Order implementation record. When the Justice system in SL today is more interested in protecting murderers, rapists, thieves and paga kings, how can the international community look at SL differently? Further, President Sirisena has stabbed the party that brought him into power, how can the international community trust him?

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    Sri Lanka should make a direct appeal to Trump and say Obama punished Sri Lanka. Everything Obama did he will undo if you make the correct appeal. The Liberals in the US State Department are now being hounded out. They are silent in Sri Lanka on these issues.
    Here is a quote from Trump’s speech at UNGA
    I spoke before this body last year and warned that the U.N. Human Rights Council had become a grave embarrassment to this institution, shielding egregious human rights abusers while bashing America and its many friends.

    Our Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, laid out a clear agenda for reform, but despite reported and repeated warnings, no action at all was taken.

    So the United States took the only responsible course: We withdrew from the Human Rights Council, and we will not return until real reform is enacted.

    For similar reasons, the United States will provide no support in recognition to the International Criminal Court. As far as America is concerned, the ICC has no jurisdiction, no legitimacy, and no authority. The ICC claims near-universal jurisdiction over the citizens of every country, violating all principles of justice, fairness, and due process. We will never surrender America’s sovereignty to an unelected, unaccountable, global bureaucracy.

    America is governed by Americans. We reject the ideology of globalism, and we embrace the doctrine of patriotism.

    Around the world, responsible nations must defend against threats to sovereignty not just from global governance, but also from other, new forms of coercion and domination.

  • 5
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    USA will NEVER allow outsiders to judge its soldiers. Neither will India.

  • 15
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    “Man Who Derailed Investigations Into War Crimes Allegations Wants The World To Look At Sri Lanka With Fresh Pair Of Eyes”
    Man who has betrayed 62 Laks Peoples now trying to play with entire world.
    Man who said that he will abolish the executive Presidency is seeking another term as President.
    He is non other than our “Cardboard Mandela”

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      lAPATIYO
      Let s see what IC has to say to his speech today. I dont think that IC woudl have been silent by that.
      Not much is achieved as a response to the set resolution yet – however that joker – lanken association too has been attending to the session – repeating that there is no kind of ethnic problem in the country can you imagine ?
      That joker who came into being a prof. thanks to RAJARATA people s life sacrifices – I mean that Jayasumana – seem tob e not knowing that we let alone today have to respect the ethinc problems which has been there for the last 4 decades.. just denying not to have such problems in the country is just lies.

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        Buramph…
        As someone mentioned here actually our Cardboard Mandela didn’t appealed to International community. He simply delivered his speech in sinhala to “Kahakada brigade” belongs to Rajapaksha nikaya and other Pure Sinhala Buddhist. (This is not an insult to Buddhist’s who follow Lord Buddha’s foot faith) His aim is majority sinhala Buddhists through Ranaviruwo. What a cunning , power greedy man our Card board Mandela is?

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      Ay, Lapatiya, the “Cardboard Mandela”!
      .
      You know what I allude to. Thanks.

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      Lapatiya

      Even a cardboard Mandela attracts veneration.
      Well any self respecting person would have put his hands in the air acknowledged and apologised for his/her shortcomings. But then these are chosen people from thrice blessed Buddha land hence they do not make mistakes.

  • 5
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    Demalu keep on demanding to punish Army personnel for war crimes. In 2010 the same Demalu cast their votes to Sarath Fonseka who was the commander of the Armed forces during the last stage of the military operation against LTTE. Are these Demalu out of their mind?

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      Eagle Eye,

      The ‘Demalu’ were forced to choose between the greater devil and the lesser devil.

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        Estate Labourer,
        So Demalu preferred the person who is blamed as a war criminal as against the person who ended terrorism and brought peace to Demala, Muslim and Sinhala communities. Demala Modayas!

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    if the us is happy with trump why cant we be happy with sirisena

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      nalmen,

      Trump, whatever his faults, is not retarded.

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        Estate Labourer, actually trump is more than a little retarded after all he was the laughing stock at the UNHRC

  • 4
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    This is the only good thing President did. International community was misled by Tamil Diaspora’s propaganda machine. Also many countries voted against Sri Lanka or abstained from voting at UNHRC due to pressure from USA and UK. In USA and UK war criminals are roaming free while they point figure at Armed forces in Sri Lanka who eliminated terrorism and brought peace to all the communities. Although it is late, good that the President gave this message to the international community not to listen to hypocrites.

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    Recently UK, Germany, Macedonia and Montenegro issued a statement asking Sri Lanka to pay compensation for war victims. We should ask UK whether they paid compensation for war victims when they ruled Sinhale. British basta#ds who ruled Sinhale followed the scorched-earth policy after Wellassa uprising against British rule and behaved like animals. Now they come to talk about war crimes, compensation for war victims and human rights. Theres, if you want to lick the a%s of Demalu in UK to get their votes go ahead and do it but do not come to put your nose into the affairs of Sri Lanka. As President rightly said Sri Lanka can settle its problems without foreign interventions.
    ——————————————
    I do not think Macedonia and Montenegro know where Sri Lanka is. Anjela would have said ‘Sign this.’. They would have said ‘Yes Mam’. That is western diplomacy.

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      Eagle Blind Eye

      “We should ask UK whether they paid compensation for war victims when they ruled Sinhale. “

      What is Sinhale?
      Is it Kandyan Govi women’s osariya?

      In return how do you propose to compensate the UK for civilising you introducing you to science technology cinema, air travel, motor vehicles, infrastructures, underwear, vest, shirt, trousers, shirts, medicine, firearms, matchboxes, whisky, brandy, beer, .. ……………….shipping, …………… electricity, Parliament, Democracy, liberalism, machines, chemicals, … roads, schools, universities, cricket, football, rugby, …………………?

  • 8
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    my dear my3 pollonaruwa gamarala AS YOU SAY SRILANKA IS AND INDEPENDENT COUNTRY and you want to solve our country problem with out out side interference.BUT THEN WHY YOU ALL GOT ARMS WAR SHIPS MULTIBARELL GUNS FROM INDIA PAKISTAN CHINA AND UK TO FIGHT THE WAR AGAINST LTTE.since they gave all support to destroy a small local group LIKE LTTE AND YOU COULD NOT DEFEAT LTTE ON YOUR OWN THEY HAVE ALL THE RIGHT TO QUESTION YOU and your government SINCE YOU MISUSED THE ARMS SUPPLIED BY THEM TO KILL MORE THAN 50,OOO CIVILIANS .now you have no right to beg for their support TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM LOCALLY MAY BE TO KILL SOME MORE TAMILS.

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    “if a man is pierced with a dart, he will suffer physical pain. When he worries about it, he suffers more pain. “

    why is the president of Sri Lanka drawing analogy to violence

    he meant to say
    when the common man is hit with price increase of essentials he suffers monetary pain. when he worries about it he and his family suffers more misery.

    so international community please help us!

    if not we will hand over everything to China!

  • 3
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    Sri Lanka did not do any war crimes. IT was necessary to drop cluster bombs to get rid of tigers. Multi barrels were essentual as the tigers had their fighting cadres near hospitals and churches.

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    Holy priest Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith PEiris says that HUMAN RIGHTS ARE THE NEW POLITICAL WEAPON IN THE WEST. So, Every body has to sing the same song. So, Maithripala is right.In his annual vacation sang the same song. So, protestatns do not have to worry.

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    The plan was always to cover up the war crimes. We have to do that to protect our war heroes. Our war heroes are our number one priority. If we have to lie so many times to protect our war heroes, then so be it. With the blessings of the government and the BBS, nobody can touch our war heroes.
    I bet few years from now nobody talks about war crimes. What we have done is a great achievement that even Hitler could not do. We successfully convinced the government that it was just a humanitarian operation. if we can do this once, I am sure we can do this again.

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      Jim Softy, our Sri Lankan war heroes won’t need protection it’s the war criminals who are trying to hide behind our War heroes and tarnish their good names… high time we do the patriotic thing and prosecute the war criminals and celebrate our war heroes.

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        there are no war criminals. Raja paskse spent $1.8 million for zero causality campaign on a US based PR firm. I dont want you come now and take it away. lets maintain zero casualty policy. if there is no witness, nothing to prove. its simple, lets keep it that way

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        Only the black tigers and Suicide bombers are war heroes and all others war criminals who got rid of war heroes

  • 5
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    Dear Author and all Participants,
    Sri Lankans especially the majority community should be happy of the President’s speech in the UN General Assembly. But when you know what he does at home is completely the opposite of what other Leaders do for their own Countries, the Learned elite of Sri Lanka should be ashamed at the attempt the President made in a world forum. It is not new to the world how Sri Lanka committed crimes against minorities and how it continues occupying lands and destroying minorities from their own homes. It is documented by unbiased media all over the world. It is not possible for any other Countryman other than a Sri Lankan majority Leader to talk the opposite of reality unashamedly in front of the UN Assembly. It can be believed if a Leader from a minority community in Sri Lanka ask for looking at their problem with different eyes rather than the Leader from the Majority Party that committed the crimes over and over again. Let him get the victims request for letting themselves resolve their own problem for the world to believe in him.

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    Dr Ranil’s UNP Police is investigating its own police DIG in charge of finding Terrorists , for plotting to kill this Yahapalana President.

    Dr Ranil appointed ex Army Commander ,who is on record saying he was going to kill 1000 LTTE Terrorists a Month before he launched the final push from Batticolao toNanthikadal, is openly dissing the President and calling his a spinless, gutless Nincompoop.

    Thinking people know why Dr Ranil promoted this retiree as a Field Marshall.
    Things didn’t pan out the way Dr Ranil expected.
    Like many others which Dr Ranil ventured.

    This President is now totally dependent on the Navy and the Army to protect not only the Presidency but his dear Life too.
    Because even the SLFP voters do not want anything to do with him.

    In that situation can the President hand over the War Heroes to the UN?.
    Of course not..
    Unless he wantst o become Martyred, like in the Middle East..
    Just to help Dr Ranil hand over the War Heroes, Partition the Nation to create an Elite Anglican Vellala Homeland as well in Dr Ranil’s New Constitution.
    And live at the TT until a tleast ill the ripe old age of 75..And beyond if possible..

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    Actually War crime is a ploy to get some protestant Tamils as the LEaders in the Tamil homeland and exploit Tamils to protect Indian OCen from Invading China. India did not want Confrontation of Sri lankan NAvy and chinese Navy in the Indian OCean. that is why Russia agreed to give a Destroyer ship for a cheaper price. China is also willing to give free war ship to Sri lankan NAvy as they do not wish any Confrentation with Sri lankan Navy.

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    What can you expect from a man of Asbestos and Glyphosate fame?

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    Post Mandela South Africa is in the pits. Soon it will become another Zimbabwe.

    South Africa has one of the highest incidences of rape in the world. This is after Apartheid ended.

    The police recorded 40,035 rapes in the 12 months leading to 31 March, an average of 110 each day, the fact-checking organisation Africa Check says. Sirisena has no clue about any country.

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