1 December, 2020

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My Dear Mahinda, I don’t Want To See You Going Towards Further Doom

By Mangala Samaraweera

My dear Mahinda,

I still vividly recall the first time I met you. It was at the SLFP Party Headquarters on Darley Road in June 1988, which I attended in my capacity as the new SLFP organizer for Matara. I also remember being moved by the impassioned speech you made during the meeting about the widespread disappearances across the country and the responsibility of the SLFP playing an active role in finding these persons. I found your words exhilarating and it was the beginning of a long friendship. At the end of the meeting, Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike who chaired the meeting called you over and introduced me to you as Mahanama’s son.

mangala and mahinda colombotelegraphHaving graduated from Central Saint Martins in London as a fashion and textile designer, I was more at home in the bohemian artistic world of London at that time having qualified as a fashion and textile designer. My belief that I should do something about the large scale disappearances and other human rights violations in the South especially in and around my birthplace, Matara, finally pushed me to leave the comfort-zone of fashion, art and design and become a full time politician. And then we became ‘brothers-in-arms’, championing a number of democratic, progressive and humane causes. This led to the formation of the Mother’s Front Movement on the verandah of my ancestral house in Walpola, Matara in 1990 where you graciously accepted my invitation to be a co-convenor, along with me, of this historic movement.

Buoyed by the attention the Mothers’ Front was receiving, you started portraying yourself as a savior of human rights. You also became a champion of the free media and workers’ rights. In fact, we attended the inaugural meeting of the Free Media Meeting at the New Town Hall together. You also took a leading role in the Padha Yathra protest made against alleged human rights violations of the Premadasa administration. Your single minded commitment to many of the values I too cherished since my student days struck a familiar chord bonding our friendship even further.

However, the many statements you have been making lately, especially the recent statement made by you opposing the Human Rights Council resolution, brings me genuine sorrow because it reminds once again that your role as a great human rights defender and upholder of democracy was merely an act done for the sake of political expediency while you were in the Opposition.

In fact, I realized this bitter truth only after you climbed to the top of the greasy poll of power and became President ten years ago. If you remember, before parting company in 2007 I sent you a thirteen page handwritten letter emphasizing my concerns that your policy of dismantling democracy, ignoring reconciliation and violating the basic tenants of good governance would lead to the country’s ruin and your own downfall as well. But instead of learning from those mistakes, I fear that stubbornness, hate and greed continue to cloud your judgment, leading you down the very same path of destruction.

However, I still like to believe that there is even a little bit of the old Mahinda left in you. Hence my decision to write yet again. Like the protagonist of Oscar Wilde’s Portrait of Dorian Gray who struck a deal with the Devil to remain eternally beautiful you may have sold your soul to the Devil to remain eternally in power. Even if that is true, I am sure there is a portrait of the Mahinda I knew gathering dust in the inner sanctums of Medamulana.

But alas, the dust seems to be thick and the sanctums deep. Your statement opposing the UN Human Rights Council Resolution exemplifies just how self-serving, unpatriotic and opportunistic a politician you have become.

Perhaps you have forgotten the days when you boldly proclaimed the virtues of human rights, justice and international intervention at the UNHRC in Geneva, in Parliament and even in the Supreme Court.

The UNHRC in Geneva was a second home where you worked tirelessly to generate international pressure to secure accountability and justice for the thousands of disappeared in the South. You systematically lobbied at such international fora to exert pressure on the government at the time to stop such violations of human rights and democracy. And such was your zeal that your entrance to many of the sessions was obtained by Pro-LTTE activist Tamara Kunanayakam, who was also there to campaign against the Government of the day, whom you later as President appointed as the Permanent Representative to Geneva, most probably for the services rendered earlier.

In fact, speaking in Parliament on the 25th of October 1990, you boldly proclaimed and I quote Hansard, “If the government is going to deny human rights, we should go not only to Geneva, but to any place in the world, or to hell if necessary, and act against the government. The lamentation of this country’s innocents should be raised anywhere.”

 Not only did you highlight human rights violations, you went so far as to ask the international community to stop giving aid to Sri Lanka. I quote the same Hansard, “We asked the donors countries as to why conditions cannot be imposed when giving aid. That was the request we made. It is what has been fulfilled today.” This has never been done by anyone before. Even in the face of continued human rights violations under your government we never asked for aid to be stopped as it would have only made life harder for our long suffering people.

In case your memories are no longer as clear, I am also annexing a copy of the famous case Kudahetty v Mahinda Rajapaksa in which you defended, in the Supreme Court no less, the injustice of your arrest at the airport when you were taking 533 documents containing information on thousands of the disappeared to Geneva in order to lobby the international community and the UNHRC. Perhaps history will onde day learn this incident was stage managed by you in order to gain media publicity for yourself and to tarnish the international image of the government of the day.

When you were in opposition, human rights, Geneva and the international community were your friends. But when power intoxicated you, they were forgotten and anyone who dared to talk of such universal values such as democracy, human rights and the rule of law were labeled as LTTE sympathizers and traitors. Now that you are out of power, looking at your coconut-breaker cronies’ business class travel to Geneva, it appears you have remembered them again. And just the other day you had the audacity to appeal to the UN for replacing your military security with STF VIP security.

It is in this context that I find your hypocrisy astounding when you and your acolytes continue to criticize our government for co-sponsoring the Geneva resolution last October. I am sure you know deep within your heart that this Resolution is a victory for Sri Lanka and Sri Lankans. It was also a victory for Sri Lanka’s new foreign policy. In UNHRC sessions under your government the world was divided over Sri Lanka. Our main export markets, the US and EU, account for over fifty percent of our exports. They, and our closest neighbors, all expressed their concern at your government’s dismantling of democracy and abuse of human rights. In 2015 however, the whole world rallied around our country and supported our resolution including India, China and Russia who spoke-out in support of the resolution.

Not only did Sri Lanka gain the entire world’s unanimous support for the Resolution but, because of the credible domestic mechanisms we proposed, our successful foreign policy prevented economic sanctions and the indignity of a foreign inquiry.

Contrary to your claims, this resolution was not foisted on us. It was based on the Sri Lankan Government’s plans for establishing good governance, accountability under the rule of law, human rights and reconciliation which were outlined in my speech to the Human Rights Council in September last year. These plans had been carefully developed by the Government over many months by studying the experiences of Sri Lanka’s own past as well as those of many other countries.

As a result, the resolution gives us a way of dealing with our past so that the senseless violence and bloodshed of the war will never haunt our beautiful island ever again. The resolution, along with the new constitution, will help us win the peace and set our country free from the shackles of conflict that have held the country back since Independence.

The resolution will help us heal our wounds and genuinely unite the country. It envisions the establishment of a Missing Persons Office to help mothers, daughters, husbands and sons find out the fate of their loved ones. It also envisions a truth and reconciliation commission which will analyse the causes of conflict and tell us how we can prevent violence from ever occurring again. The resolution also contains provision for an Office of Reparations to provide assistance and compensation to those who have lost life, limb and property over the course of the many conflicts Sri Lanka has endured over the last few decades.

It also includes the creation of a credible Sri Lankan judicial mechanism that will prevent impunity and abuse of power from raising its ugly head. For this mechanism to be credible it is essential that the victims of human rights violations that took place over the years are also confident in its impartiality and credibility. Sri Lanka has always welcomed international participation in areas where we may lack the expertise and the proposed mechanism will also do so to ensure credibility.

This mechanism will fully clear the good name of the members of the Army and all those against whom there are unfair allegations. True war heroes, as Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka has said, have nothing to fear from this transitional justice process. It is only those who smeared the dignity of their uniform by restoring to criminal acts, bringing the entire security forces into disrepute and those that gave orders to carry out such heinous crimes that need worry. The vast majority of the Army will have their tarnished image restored as a disciplined and professional force. By punishing offenders it will also set an example to ensure that white vans, child recruitment and other crimes will not take place in the future.

We cannot and should not let go of this unprecedented window of opportunity, when the two main parties, for the first time since Independence, are working together and when the minorities are led by reasonable, moderate and far-sighted individuals.

I urge you to put your political interests and those of your family aside for a moment and join President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, the unity government, the opposition political parties, civil society and the people in obtaining this key breakthrough in our post-Independence history. Or at least do not try to destroy this historic opportunity. If you do, you will betray the country. And the people will be certain that your continued role in politics is nothing but a misguided and selfish attempt to protect yourself and your family.

Although your statement is so full of known falsehoods, it does not merit a response. But in order to prevent your lies from misleading the country and to expose the depths of your hypocrisy, your utter disrespect for the truth and your insulting attitude towards our citizens’ intelligence, I have written a point-by-point analysis of your statement.

1. “The President and Prime Minister have given the UN Human Rights Commissioner an assurance that last year’s UN Human Rights Council resolution against Sri Lanka will be implemented.”

The bold decision to co-sponsor the UN Human Rights Council resolution last October was was a massive foreign policy victory for Sri Lanka. The world which had been divided towards Sri Lanka during your government, unanimously rallied around Sri Lanka. The resolution was not against Sri Lanka, it was for Sri Lanka and it was in the interests of its people. The resolution was drafted on the basis of the Government of Sri Lanka’s carefully deliberated plans that I outlined in September 2015. These plans, and as a result the resolution, will strengthen democracy, good governance, reconciliation and accountability under the rule of law. This will help us understand and heal the wounds of the past so that we can create a peaceful and prosperous future. It is also a fulfilment of the promise made by you in your Joint Communique with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon in 2009 in which you, on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka, promised accountability:

“The Secretary General underlined the importance of an accountability process for addressing violations of international humanitarian and human rights law. The Government will take measures to address those grievances.”

2. “This UNHRC resolution was accepted and co-sponsored by the Sri Lankan government and passed by the UNHRC without a vote. The UNP led government accepted the Geneva resolution with the same carelessness with which they entered into the ceasefire agreement with the LTTE in 2002.”

Indeed the resolution was adopted without a vote by consensus. This shows that many of the countries which had distanced themselves from Sri Lanka under your government’s policy of self-imposed isolation are all backing Sri Lanka. From Washington to Beijing, Delhi to Brussels, London to the Kremlin and Tokyo to Riyadh the world’s doors are open to Sri Lanka. For the first time a Sri Lankan Head of State has been invited to the G7 summit, which will be held in Japan this year, where President Sirisena will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the world most powerful leaders.

Since Independence we have been a respected and well-regarded member of the international community. It is only during your tenure as President that many countries that had been our traditional friends distanced themselves and we became a virtual pariah state. Your policy of shooting the messenger also distanced us from our main export markets. They, and our closest neighbors, all expressed their concern at the dismantling of democracy, abuse of power, oppression of minorities and failure to make use of the historic opportunity for healing after the end of the war.

In fact, Sri Lanka has co-sponsored similar resolutions in the past. In 1984 and 1987 Sri Lanka was party to consensus resolutions on its human rights and governance record.

The 2002 Ceasefire Agreement did not succeed because of the LTTE’s obstinacy. But it managed to divide and break-up the LTTE with the defection of Karuna Amman and exposed their true motives to the international community, which in turn helped me as Foreign Minister in your government to have the LTTE listed as a terrorism organization in the EU and Canada in 2006, which they themselves admitted was the biggest blow to their fundraising capacity.

3. Though our Ambassador in Geneva tried to negotiate different terms that were deliberately stopped by the government which insisted on accepting the US sponsored resolution just as it was.

 As I have noted earlier, the resolution was based on our own plans which had been carefully developed over many months. As you know, all Sri Lankan ambassadors, including the Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, act solely on the instructions of their democratically elected Government.

4. “There is now an attempt to portray this UNHRC resolution as a great diplomatic victory for Sri Lanka. But in reality, it was a great betrayal comparable to the Kandyan Convention of 1815.The people should once again be reminded about what exactly has been undertaken by accepting this resolution. In operative paragraphs 1, 4, 6, 7, 8 and 12, the present government has accepted the report of the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights which said that war crimes including the killing of civilians, torture, and the deliberate starvation of people had been committed by our armed forces and they have agreed to set up a war crimes tribunal manned by foreign judges, prosecutors and investigators and funded directly from overseas to try our war heroes for these alleged crimes.”

This argument is sensationalist and irresponsible. When serious allegations of Human Rights violations and war crimes are levelled at a country or an individual, it is the duty of the government to prove such allegations wrong through a credible process of investigation and inquiry. And if some of the allegations are true it is also the duty of the government to expose the perpetrators to such heinous crimes as well as those in the chain of command so that the good name of the army and country can be restored.

Your government, with its shoot the messenger policy, resorted to insult and defame those who levelled such accusations. When Hilary Clinton highlighted some of the human rights violations that took place under your government’s watch, state vehicles were used to put up posters of Hilary Clinton calling her a terrorist sympathizer. When Navi Pillay came has the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, she was treated atrociously and the state media defamed her in the most shocking manner. You got your ‘diplomatic henchmen’ to insult visiting heads of Government, like British Prime Minister David Cameron, during the CHOGM meeting and hired mobs who tried to stop Channel 4 journalists from travelling.

In fact, the Channel 4 allegations are a good example of your government’s total mismanagement. In fact, when the footage was first shown I remember asking your government to hand over the video footage to any world-renowned forensics expert to establish your argument that they were tampered and distorted with. Having secured such evidence you could have sued Channel 4 in the UK courts to prove your innocence. Instead, laughably, you gave it to forensic experts hired by the Defence Ministry in order to disprove the footage’s authenticity. In fact, according to the information we have the video footage is not only authentic but was given to Channel 4 by members of the armed forces who themselves were deeply shocked at some of the acts carried out as a result of orders from above.

Sri Lanka has had a long history of foreign judges, lawyers and investigators participating in our mechanisms. But on the basis of your argument, the investigation and trial of S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike was a great betrayal: two of the three judges in the Commission of Inquiry appointed by the Sirimavo Bandaranaike government were foreigners, a foreign lawyer, Phineas Quass QC participated in the trial, and the UK’s Scotland Yard handled the investigations.

There have been many allegations. But to clear the good name of the innocent, to punish the perpetrators of heinous crimes, to find out what happened to the missing, to heal the wounds of the past and to move forward, is the duty of the government. In fact, in President Maithripala Sirisena’s 100 Day Work Programme, which among other pledges relating to good governance and reconciliation, promises that:

“Since Sri Lanka is not a signatory to the Rome Statute regarding international jurisdiction with regard to war crimes, ensuring justice with regard to such matters will be the business of national independent judicial mechanisms”

 If one reads the Resolution carefully, that is exactly what one finds:

“Reaffirming its commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Sri Lanka…[the Resolution] also affirms in this regard the importance of participation in a Sri Lankan judicial mechanism, including the special counsel’s office, of Commonwealth and other foreign judges, defence lawyers and authorized prosecutors and investigators;”

5. “Furthermore they have not agreed to remove through administrative action members of the armed forces who are suspected of having committed war crimes but against whom there isn’t enough evidence to place before the war crimes tribunal.”

All public servants, including the security forces, have a higher level of code of conduct than average citizens and there are many administrative procedures in the Establishments Code and circulars for disciplining officers that fall well short of those standards of conduct.

The removal of any public official or member of the armed forces will be purely on the basis of due process that will of course be subject to the Constitution and the law of the land. In the new Sri Lanka, no one will be above the law; not the President, Ministers or other favourites. The law will apply equally to all; even the clergy, even the armed forces and the police must not be above the law.

6. “They have also agreed to make amendments to the Public Security Ordinance and to repeal the Prevention of Terrorism Act.”

We are replacing Prevention of Terrorism Act, with National Security legislation that reflects contemporary best practices. The PTA was promulgated in 1979 and the nature of terrorism and the world have changed greatly since then. The war has also ended. As all the political parties have at various points noted, the Prevention of Terrorism Act is a draconian piece of legislation that has been frequently misused for political ends. In order to address these shortcomings and make the legislation more relevant for the 21st Century we asked the independent Law Commission headed by the eminent lawyer Romesh de Silva PC to submit a draft bill for the government’s consideration. A committee appointed by the Prime Minister is now finalizing the legislation.

7. “In operative paragraphs 16, 18 and 20, the government has undertaken to devolve power in order to bring about a political settlement Sri Lanka and to do everything undertaken in the resolution under the supervision of the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR).”

The first time the Government of Sri Lanka made a binding commitment to the entire international community to devolve power was in 2009. In that resolution, Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative at the time, Dayan Jayatilleke, promised to implement the thirteenth amendment in full. The resolutions reads, “Welcoming also the recent reassurance given by the President of Sri Lanka that he does not regard a military solution as a final solution, as well as his commitment to apolitical solution with implementation of the thirteenth amendment to bring about lasting peace and reconciliation in Sri Lanka”. Three years ago, in August 2013, Dayan Jayatilleke also said that the OHCHR should establish an office in Sri Lanka.

Let us not forget that you too endorsed the SLFP’s position to devolve power even beyond the 13th Amendment at the Tangerine Beach Declaration of 1997 which was unanimously endorsed by the SLFP and all it members in an open show of hands. You also supported the ‘Union of Regions’ Constitutional Draft in Cabinet and within the party. Furthermore, in your meetings with the international community, particularly with Indian Prime Ministers, Foreign Ministers and National Security Advisors, you have consistently expressed your support and plans for devolving power well beyond the 13th Amendment.

8. It should be borne in mind that the OHCHR that has come in for heavy criticism by the UN Human Rights Council itself. The UNHRC passes every year (with more than a two thirds majority) a resolution calling upon the OHCHR to end the domination of that office by Westerners and to reduce its dependency on Western funds. The government has thus agreed to place Sri Lanka under the supervision of an institution that is facing criticism by the UNHRC itself for its Western bias.

Sri Lanka is not under supervision – no part of the resolution specifies that Sri Lanka will be under supervision. In fact, in most transitional justice processes it is the UN that decides the mechanisms and even the appointments to key positions. Under this Resolution Sri Lanka has the freedom and flexibility to decide on the contours, architecture and personnel of the mechanisms. Many multilateral institutions are funded by Western funds, including the UN. Were you not aware of this when you were lurking around the corridors in Geneva a couple of decades ago with a pass and comforts provided by Tamara Kunanayagam who you later made our ambassador in Geneva. The fact that you have again appealed to the same institution which you accuse of Western bias is a another indication of your duplicitous nature.

9. “Having accepted the Geneva resolution, the government is now adopting various strategies to convince the public that it will not be harmful to the country. We saw the President and Prime Minister in recent days expressing to the international media what seemed to be contradictory views on the participation of foreign judges in the proposed war crimes mechanism. But this was just a drama for public consumption.  It became clear from the President’s Independence Day speech that there is no difference in the stands taken by him and the Prime Minister on the Geneva resolution. The President not only endorsed the decision of the government to implement the Geneva resolution but also accused those opposed to it of misleading the public. He further said in his Independence Day speech that the implementation of the Geneva resolution will only result in promoting democracy, reconciliation and respect for our armed forces. Subsequently, on 6 February the Daily Mirror reported that the SLFP had officially announced at a press conference that the UNP and the SLFP had jointly agreed on the implementation of the Geneva resolution.”

You, who was considered one of the most progressive leaders of the era, within the first year of taking office revealed yourself to be an utter political opportunist. President Sirisena, by contrast, has within this short period of time proved himself to be a statesman who is playing a Nelson Mandela-like role in healing a deeply divided and wounded country. Unlike you who spoke to the fears and prejudices of people, President Sirisena and Prime Minister Wickremesinghe have inspired our people with their vision for a new Sri Lanka that is united in diversity.

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party has had a long and illustrious history of promoting democracy, reconciliation and human rights: from the Bandaranaike-Chelvanayagam Pact, to our work promoting human rights in the 1980s and 1990s to the efforts of the Chandrika Kumaratunga government. I would like to remind you that President Maithripala Sirisena himself survived a suicide bomb attack and so has the former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, during whose tenure the Jaffna Peninsula was recaptured. Despite this great personal sacrifice, they never resorted to revenge but always stood by a political solution.

At this historic juncture, as the two main political parties work to secure the country’s future we are proud that we have not sought to score petty political points but have remained committed to the Sri Lankan people and have jointly welcomed the resolution.

10. The war was won by an SLFP government led by me. It is a matter of profound regret to me that our party has been subordinated in this manner to the UNP which tried to sabotage the war effort at every turn.

The credit for winning the war must go the security forces and the police who had to take on one of the world’s most brutal and capable terrorist organisations. Also, since the war began in 1983, both parties that have been in power since that time, gave leadership and guidance to the security forces in achieving this victory. Up until 1993 most of the Eastern Province was under LTTE control. However, it was in 1993 under President D.B. Wijetunga and Prime Minister Wickremesinghe that the LTTE was decisively defeated in the East and Prabhakaran and the LTTE had to move to the North. In 1994, when President Kumaratunga came to power most of the Northern Province, especially the city of Jaffna was under the LTTE’s control. The LTTE’s and Prabhakran’s headquarters were at the Government Agent’s Office. In 1995, under President Kumaratunga’s direction, Operation Riviresa was launched and Jaffna was recaptured. At which point the LTTE was confined to Killinochchi and Mullaithivu.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremsinghe was the mastermind responsible for the two main causes of the LTTE’s ultimate defeat. The LTTE suffered a fatal blow by the defection of Karuna Amman, one of the LTTE’s most efficient killing machines, and most of its Eastern cadres – which were known to form the core of the LTTE’s fighting capability. This defection gave the army tremendous intelligence and understanding of the LTTE’s fighting methods. Prime Minister Wickremasinghe also cut off the LTTE’s supply lines, preventing them from securing arms and ammunition. It was during his tenure that the Air Force obtained two surveillance aircrafts that enabled effective patrolling of the North Eastern seas. He also paved the way for signing the Access and Cross Services defence agreement with the United States that enabled Sri Lanka to access specialized equipment, training and information such as coastal radars. The LTTE’s stubborn refusal to cooperate with Prime Minister Wickremasinghe’s peace initiatives also exposed the LTTE’s true nature to the international community who rallied around Sri Lanka.

It was also thanks to my predecessor Lakshman Kadirgamar that the LTTE was proscribed in the United States in 1998 and the UK in 2001. And it was during my tenure that I, along with the help of our friends in Washington aimed the biggest blow to the LTTE by listing them in the 27 countries of the EU and Canada. By 2007 with the LTTE banned in the US, EU and Canada, its funding and procurement network was severely affected.

In fact, much of the spadework for winning the war was done by the time you became President through a narrow election victory that was secured thanks to the LTTE who got the people of the North to boycott the election.

Even though your regime started accusing the US of being LTTE sympathizers, I can say confidently if not for the support of the US State Department, in particular Condoleezza Rice and Nicholas Burns, achieving a unanimous consensus among the EU’s twenty seven countries would have been impossible and I am happy to say that today our relations with the United States have been restored and gone on to greater heights than ever before.

Let us not forget that the UNP have had many leaders who paid the ultimate price for their courage including former President Ranasinghe Premadasa, Lalith Athulathmudali, Gamini Dissanayake, Janaka Perera and the list goes on. Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, now a UNP Minister, led the troops to victory and made many important reforms to the fighting. As we all know, he almost died in a suicide bomb attack.

Looking back, it is remarkable now that while you were in the opposition or even after you became a minister you never ever criticized the LTTE or denounced their terror publicly. You were never on one of the LTTE’s death threat lists until you became President in 2005. However, even I as Convenor of the Sudu Nelum Movement denounced the LTTE and its extremist politics on every possible platform and as a result the 2000 General Election President Kumaratunga, Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake, Anuruddha Ratwatte, Lakshman Kadirgamar and myself were given the right by Gazette for the first time ever to cast our ballot papers from our homes due to the high threat levels.

You only found courage to denounce the LTTE and its politics of violence after you surrounded yourself with nearly 4000 security guards as President.

However, your callous disregard for the truth and devious attempt to claim the war victory as your own led to the arrest of Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka who led the Army to victory – and who had spent years fighting alongside the troops rather than leaving for the balmy California. Having got him to cut the cake celebrating the war victory he was later dragged and incarcerated for several years.

11. Many would recall the manner in which the UNP even tried to stop the war by defeating the government at the budget vote in 2007. When that did not work, members of the UNP ridiculed the war effort by saying among other things that ‘any ox can fight a war’ and that ‘while claiming to be advancing on Alimankada the army was actually moving towards Pamankada’. It is not surprising to see such people now trying to exact revenge from those who won the war.

However, I am profoundly saddened to see that a section of the SLFP has also joined the UNP in this great betrayal. The UNP may be deriving a great deal of satisfaction by thus getting a section of the SLFP which won the war to underwrite every traitorous action they commit. I call upon the people of Sri Lanka to unite and resist this attempt by the government to betray the country and our war heroes.

The opposition trying to defeat the budget in 2007 was not to stop the war but to stop corruption which was beginning to spread like a cancer. The UNP, as shown above, always supported the security forces but were critical of the way in which their blood, sweat and tears were used to prop up your family rule.

By trying to deny the country and its people this historic opportunity to firmly entrench the peace and development that have eluded us since Independence and for which the war was fought, it is you who are betraying the country, the people, future generations and the war heroes. As my predecessor the late Lakshman Kadirgamar said, “Let us never have to rue the day when we won the war, but lost the peace for which the war was fought.”

President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasignhe by agreeing to form a national unity government have demonstrated true statesmanship and foresight to turn a new leaf in the history of this country. For the first time the two principle parties which have governed Sri Lanka have come together for the betterment of the country giving Sri Lanka a new window of opportunity to achieve economic development that has been elusive for so long. In fact the great betrayal is that seasoned politicians along with a pack of so called politicians are trying in every way to sabotage this grand coalition. A common denominator between you and your group seems to be greed and the desperate need to hide the misdeeds of your criminal past, details of which are now emerging.

My dear Mahinda, despite the acrimonious nature of our relationship over the past ten years, the Mahinda I knew had a special place in my heart and I do not want to see you going towards further doom and destruction.

If not for your lust for power you still would be President today. Instead, you used the goodwill generated by the war victory to establish a family dynasty and in order to do so you even changed the Constitution to allow you to contest without limit. Had you, like earlier Presidents, decided to serve your two terms and go home graciously you would still be President today with your second term ending next year. Instead, you fiddled with the constitution which was your ultimate downfall. You have been decisively defeated twice in one year but it is still not too late to accept defeat, retire graciously and enjoy a happy retirement.

Perhaps then we could be friends again.

Yours truly,

Mangala

 

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    Look like the story from Managlaa samaraweera about stolen $ 18 billion story is a hoax.

    Or all gang up to plunder the country.

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      Who thought Mangala who was a fashion and textile designer will end up as the Foreign Minister for Sri Lanka? Even Manhala would not have imagined this high profile position. We all know that he doesn’t have the ability to handle the West which has been ruling the world for the last 700 years. Mangala thinks he knows a lot by dancing according to the West, and insulting his fellow countrymen. He is no better than the dangerous Tamil diaspora leaders who conducted the Asia’s longest brutal civil war in the name of freedom by following the West blindly.

      Today I officially launched “Sri Lankan Tamils – Dangerous Creatures of Asia. Tamil leaders are very good in insulting and ignoring talented Tamils, but adoring foreign powers. Let’s see how far they will go.
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        Anthony, you put the blame on everyone. Why is that ? Are u suffering from neuro syndrome ?

        How can you generailize srilanken tamils`?

        If not for Mangala, who could fit better among the UNPers for the FM position ? Leaving all the differnece aside, he had once been the minister to the country- and new deputy guys have not the least knowledge … in the area.. so please see them widening your eyes. All good lots of UNPers were killed out by Tamil rebells. Remember ?

        You repeat to have lived on the west for 30 years or so, but from what you add to this or other forum, I feel you need to study them first before adding your two cts .. then only we can have a meaningful discussion on the issues here. Thanks being in Germany

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          You love Tamils, Mangala and like minded people, because they help you to be on top. Sri Lankans are very resilient people. They have eliminated the most ruthless terrorist organization in the world even though it was backed by India, diaspora and the West. Trust me Mangala will pay for his ignorance in due time. You never say ‘Never.’ In fact this good governance will come to an end quickly than anticipated, if Mangala continue to treats his fellow countrymen badly by joining with foreign power. He knows exactly what I meant. He will end up in hot water, if he doesn’t change his course of direction. The day will come he will recall my comment with disappointment and agony.

          I have facts about Sri Lankan Tamils. Gathering facts is easier for me, because I was born among them. However, my ideology is totally different to them, because I have read enough to see the truth. My writings are based on facts, not a generalization. You know well how to undermine smart people and protect your puppets. But the dragon is starting to wake up. I have been educating the dragon about your deception as much as I can with the anticipation “Powerful and prosperous Asia.” You wish you can continue to rule the world with deception. Consider you are done when you showed your evil to people like me. As I always said “I have punished you more than any other Asian in the 21st century.”

          Here are my facts about Sri Lankan Tamils:

          Sri Lankan Tamils’ problem was sorted long time ago, but the Tamil leaders weren’t smart enough to accept it. Tamil leaders always end up in wrong side, and look for ways to create disasters not solutions. When G G Ponnambalam was the leader Sinhalese generously agreed for 40:60 solution even though Tamils’ population wasn’t 40% at that time. But Tamil leaders rejected it. Later on decided to take arms from New Delhi to kill their fellow countrymen. Then the second opportunity came through Indo-Lanka agreement. Again Tamil leaders rejected the good offer, but decided to listen to the West, and turned their guns towards their fellow Tamils, Muslims, Sinhalese and Indians.

          If Tamil leaders have little brain, little love for their motherland and people they would have found a solution long time ago. Tamil leaders are the least when it comes to honoring smart people. Tamils don’t know the value of unity, the foreign powers can do wonders among Tamils because of their divisions. Jealousy is eating Tamils. Tamils would do anything to undermine their fellow Tamils, even if they have to join with foreign powers. I have been living in Jaffna since last August. I have been to many public events. Indian High Commission and the Westerners are the VIPs for those events, but not smart Tamils or Sinhalese. Therefore, sharing power with Tamils is sharing power with foreign powers; this will lead to disaster. Literally the government has to be on its knees to please the foreign powers; if it shares power with Tamil leaders.

          DANGEROUS CREATURES OF ASIA

          Tamil leaders talk a lot about democracy and human rights, but they hardly value democracy or human rights. Where were those Tamil leaders, including the diaspora leaders, the Western leaders, especially the UN leaders when the Tamil armed groups were mercilessly gunned down each other group members; and assassinating political leaders and intellectuals far more than any other terrorist groups in the world? Tamil leaders do not act as they live among the 21st century humanity. Last forty years Tamils have avoided smart Tamils and gone backward. Generally speaking, Tamils can’t handle smart Tamils. This is why they have ended up in this sad status even though Tamils are five times in population in the world than Sinhalese. I have found that changing Tamil leaders’ useless ideology is like straightening a dog’s tail.

          Sri Lankan Tamils are the most dangerous creatures in Asia. They are the least when it comes to valuing democracy, human rights or unity. Tamil leaders just blindly support foreign powers for their own benefits. They do dirty politics for their own perks and benefits. That is why Tamils have nothing after thirty years of brutal war. Therefore, I have urged the Sinhalese leaders and the other Asian leaders to watch diaspora and Sri Lankan Tamil leaders’ moves carefully; because, Tamil leaders have the ability to destroy Sri Lanka and South Asia, as they have done for the last three decades. The West has an intention to use Sri Lankan Tamils to dominate Indian Ocean and South Asia; as it has been using the Jews to dominate the Middle East.

          TAMIL LEADERS PROTECT FOREIGN LEADERS

          Tamil leaders are for foreign leaders, but not for their own intellectuals. Tamils for Obama and the other Tamil leaders have done nothing when I had alerted that they are in the wrong path. My articles and comments never published in the diaspora’s media or in the mainstream Tamil media. Tamil leaders have done nothing to me when I suffered for exposing the hardships of Australian and Canadian Aboriginal people. Nobody raised their voices when the Australian government deleted my citizenship due to my writings about the struggles of Australian aboriginal people. They never said a word when the Canadian government put me in a prison under false accusation when I exposed the First Nations’ hardships. Not a single leader felt sorry for me when Nazi Germans stopped me from attending my mother’s funeral in Sri Lanka due to my writings.

          Germany was bombed and destroyed by the Five Eyes twice; but Germany stopped me from attending my mother’s funeral because I exposed the Five Eyes’ double standards. This is call evolution, even Nazis know the power of unity. They know that they have to stick together to undermine the billions of Asians. However, Sri Lankan Tamils don’t understand the value of unity even after their long suffering for more than three decades due to the Asia’s longest brutal civil war. This is really sad news, not only for Tamils, but for Sinhalese and South Asians. Therefore, I believe that Tamils need to be educated the value of unity from primary school children to political leaders before thinking about devolution of power. If the government shares power now, it will be like giving bunch of flowers to monkeys.

          WHY DO I OPPOSE DEVOLUTION OF POWER FOR TAMIL
          EVOLUTION WILL LEAD TO DEVOLUTION

          Do you see evolution in Tamils who conducted the Asia’s longest brutal civil war for more than three decades? Do you see evolution in Tamils who assassinated far more leaders and intellectuals than any other terrorist organization in the world? The answer is no; therefore, forget about devolution of power for Tamils. Don’t even think about federalism. Tamils are still under the firm grip of foreign powers which transformed young Tamils as ruthless terrorists in the world. Tamils are still faithful to foreign powers. Therefore, giving power to Tamils is giving power to foreign powers. If we give power to Tamils surely we will lose our trump card as a country located in the strategic Indian Ocean.

          The Tamil leaders are not smart enough to find a solution. Therefore, Tamils won’t find a solution. It doesn’t matter whether Tamils cry to Indians or the Westerners; there won’t be a solution. You will get zero answer; if you multiply anything by zero. Likewise, Tamils will get zero results, if they continue to multiply their votes to elect foolish leaders. Tamils won’t go anywhere by avoiding smart Tamils; they will continue to go backward. Tamils have achieved nothing by conducting the Asia’s longest brutal civil war for three decades with the help of the foreign powers. Tamil leaders don’t learn, but blindly follow the foreign powers. Therefore, Tamil leaders need to be watched and guided carefully; instead of sharing power.

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            “I have facts about Sri Lankan Tamils. Gathering facts is easier for me, because I was born among them. However, my ideology is totally different to them, because I have read enough to see the truth. My writings are based on facts, not a generalization. You know well how to undermine smart people and protect your puppets. “

            Are you getting MsMaralathoni’s question or not. Thanks god that somebody has fired you from Univesity, you said earlier. Your understanding level is not, as I described earlier not even at the level of admitting at Angoda. If you understand the of question of “are you standardizing” First answer “yes” or “NO”. If “no” then write here the facts on what you’re basing your theory. If “yes” then just accept MsMaralathoni’s accusation.

            “When G G Ponnambalam was the leader Sinhalese generously agreed for 40:60 solution even though Tamils’ population wasn’t 40% at that time.” Why are you talking of something you can not understand? Please explain me how you would have stopped Sinhala Only with 40:60?

            “Tamil leaders have done nothing to me when I suffered for exposing the hardships of Australian and Canadian Aboriginal people. Nobody raised their voices when the Australian government deleted my citizenship due to my writings about the struggles of Australian aboriginal people. They never said a word when the Canadian government put me in a prison under false accusation when I exposed the First Nations’ hardships. Not a single leader felt sorry for me when Nazi Germans stopped me from attending my mother’s funeral in Sri Lanka due to my writings.”

            Are you claiming here that you just wrote something in support of First Nation people and Canada put you in prison? Can you offer some proof of what you wrote and what you suffered? Have you ever been diagnosed with Parasomnia? Or else are you have been diagnosed suffering from Compulsive lying disorder?

            Tamil leaders do not act as they live among the 21st century humanity 21st century dawned only after Mark, Engel, Stalin, Lenin, Mao, Castro, Hugo Chávez all are gone. Then why the Tamil Leaders should not be as thy are?

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            Ando Pando, why have you thrown your bowels outside.
            I always thought it was a closely guarded secret- you were stripped off aussie citizenship??

            Bertrand Russell: “The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wise people so full of doubts.”

            Don’t fool self you live to regret because life is to live but never seriously like ants.

            ando pando, you are china pattas??
            A moth ate some words – it seemed to me
            strangely weird – when I heard this wonder:
            that it had devoured – the song of a man.
            A thief in the thickness of night – gloriously mouthed
            the source of knowledge – but the thief was not
            the least bit wiser – for the words in his mouth.

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      Whatever one’s political ideology is one has to agree that Mr. Samaraweera has an uncanny ability to convince the public that his fairy tales (pardon the pun Mangala) are factual, he has successfully brought to power both MR AND MS with his talent in campaigning, if the SL public is incapable of discerning truth from fiction that is their problem and not Mr. Samaraweera’s, and that my fellow CT readers is the Inconvenient Truth!

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    Mangala Samaraweera –

    RE:My Dear Mahinda, I don’t Want To See You Going Towards Further Doom

    Right now, he is taking lessons from the President of Uganda, who was “elected” for the 7th Time.

    Was appointed to be Vice President by the President Sririsena to represent him in Uganda? Just curious.

    Amarasiri wants Mahinda to fish in the vast Hindian Ocean, but he seem to prefer, Uganda, in Africa, where we all came from, according to scientists, based on the DNA on our bodies.

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      Amarasiri:-
      I think Maithripala has been very Sharp. He did not want to be associated with a Dictator like Musaveni, so he transferred his Invitation to MR, who jumped at it!

      By transferring his Ugandan Invitation to Mahinda, he hopes that more Sri Lankan Eyes will be opened to the Danger of Mahinda Returning to Power, with rigged Elections, like the Ugandan Dictator!

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    Two points:

    Firstly: translate this letter in Sinhala as MR wont understand its contents. But importantly it should be translated in Sinhala as the masses should read it understand the duplicity of MR.

    Second: MR will never reform until that gutter politician and opportunist Wimal stops being entertained as his side kick. Wimal is nothing without MR and cannot stand on his own.

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      Mangala’s Ministry bought MR’s ticket to Uganda?
      Before or afterhewrote this please?

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        “Bohemianism is the practice of an unconventional lifestyle, often in the company of like-minded people, with few permanent ties, involving musical, artistic, or literary pursuits. In this context, Bohemians may be wanderers, adventurers, or vagabonds. “

        Degrees were awarded only in year 2003 AD.
        Perhaps, just a diploma and a stroll down Soho West End.

        Like pol kuddu Silva he approved the ticket after the article.- very bohemian indeed!

        (when one sees him carrying the big stick on previous CT note (like a baseball bat) wonder where that foreign link comes from to Matara..
        …Kim Jong-un??

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      “”Wimal is nothing without MR and cannot stand on his own. “”

      Ha ha ha Stupid voter base doing the talking eh??

      the day every villager reads gutter journalism, would be the day they would use newsprint to rub their bum.

      Can’t you see the budget of both and who swells the village with plenty of crop?

      your election was another nightmare. many more to come??

      BodiSira knows only too well- shape shape society flock.

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    “Perhaps we could then be friends again”. Why “then”? You are already “again”. That is why you provided a “Business Class” ticket from Colombo to Dubai and “First Class” ticket from Dubai to Kampala and DEBITED a sum of Rs. 450,000.00 to the PEOPLE who voted to you to power. Also you sent a team of S/L Army personnel to provide “security” all the way from Colombo to Uganda and back. You overlooked the fact that “invitation” was entirely a “Private” matter and not related to any Government business. As always politicians are very free in spending peoples’ money in making all types of provisions to “Friends”, “Relations” and “Catchers”. So in authorizing that payment of Rs. 450,000.00 you have shown your FRIENDSHIP and with this letter you try to hoodwink us. Please remember those days are long past and not any more.

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    I just want to ask you Hon Mangala S; if you wrote this letter to the Mafia Don MR before or after you authorised payment for his and his retinue’s trip to celebrate another well known robber baron of Africa’s third (or fourth??)inauguration.

    Did you ask MR why he was undertaking this trip? If any of the stolen money was stashed away in Nigeria? What his so called important relationship is with Museveni? Who gave you the right to pay for this unneeded trip from the people’s fast dwindling money.

    What humbuggery.

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      Mangala, PM and President of the country should made a public statement as to why they were compelled to allow former president to represent srilanka in that undemocratic afro country – in the current context .

      What if the current adminsitration had denied it – what could happen ?

      And why the journos of the day are silent at raising questions, when millions are being spent while the country has been facing a hard up situation not having enough billions to cover the multibillions of debts left by Mahinda Adminitration. ::: just putting the nation in the fire, asking and begging them to pay 4% percent of increased VAT why further the abusive man to be sent to UGANDA which is being toally disrespected by any civlized world today ?

      All these should be passed to current adminstiration. This is like a bail out…

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    “You have been decisively defeated twice in one year but it is still not too late to accept defeat, retire graciously and enjoy a happy retirement.”

    Not possible – “Those whom the Gods would destroy they first make mad”, and MR’s insatiable lust for power has mired him in insanity.

    Like they say “karma is a bitch”!

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    Mahinda is a conner. He is an A1 con artist. The sad truth is, very many still don’t know, and don’t care.

    That’s it.

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    Et tu, Brute?

    One must read this article with poignant pity for the author.

    As Mahinda Rajapakse’s first first Foreign Minister, he sought to convince the west of the necessity of fighting the LTTE.

    Just as Judas sold out Christ, he has sought the trappings of power and has sold out the country to the West for 30 pieces of silver.

    Just as Thambi Mudaliyar lead John D’Oyly to the King, Managala is seeking to do the same to the detriment of Sri Lanka’ sovereignty. At least, John D’Oyly was a humane man, and saved the King from Ehelapola and the mob.

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    Poor Mahinda is suffering from Senile Dementia, and is Allowing His Family whose Future is at stake, to Guide His Path to Self-Destruction!

    During His Tenure as President, He turned a Blind Eye to the Misdemeanours of his Family and Acolytes, and is now Committed to keep them out of Prison.

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    What is the use of writing this long letter when you payed for his air fair to go to Uganda? Did you get the order to authorize his expenses from the top? If so please write a long letter about that topic not this one.

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    Mr. Samaraweera,
    How dare your foreign ministry pay Rs.425K of Sri Lankan taxpayers money to his business class air ticket to witness the Ugandan dictator’s opening ceremony? Can any civilized world who respect human rights send any representative to the dictator’s opening ceremony unless you have a commercial interest in Uganda? Shame on you.

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    Mangala,

    All Yahapalanaya has to do is declare in no uncertain terms, that Sri Lanka will not be compromised too much with India regarding ETCA and/or land-bridge deal. Then, I’m sure Rajapaksa would be very happy to comply in any way you want, aside from giving himself and his family up to the unjust Fonseka allegation.

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    Didn’t I say Vellala Tamil Party leader backed the wrong hose?.

    Our gay Foreign Minister is no fool.

    He joined the UNP to roll its Christian Faction Leader Batalanada Ranil, who was in dire straights then..

    But his sexuality was a big handicap

    With his new gig as the FM , he thought he had every one in the Yahaplana Hierarchy by their Balls , sorry under control.

    And he went ahead with his merry way, to help his mates in the Western Govts and the Diaspora to draft this UN Resolution.

    And even signed , sealed and delivered it on behalf of the Yahapalana Government,

    He also signed and delivered the the Gay and Lesbian Marriage Rights Bill of Bedouin Prince, on behalf of the Colombo Elite, Anglicans and the Vellalas, as extras.

    Our FM thought the latter will make him even stronger and popular in the West.

    FM’s handler and the former Boss was the first realise that it was a big balls up.

    Put it together with crooks, who Batalanada PM and Bodhi Sira gathered around them to drive Yahapalanaya, in fact drove the Whisky Madam to London, after declaring that her precious kids will never do politics again..

    Foreign judges which was the centre piece of the UN Resolution was the first to go out of the Window.

    Now nobody even mentions the UN War Crimes Trial courts, which were supposed to be in place before the next UN Gab feast.

    And show at least a trailer ( courtesy of C4 ) of our War winning soldiers being dragged in front of the white Dudes wearing those funny wigs,

    And the White Dudes grilling our Sinhala Buddhist village boys in English, about war crime committed on Terrorists.

    But it couldn’t and wouldn’t eventuate

    Because even to talk about giving Sambandan even half of his Eelaam, has become a big problem, despite Batalanada PM recruiting all 225 MPs as Constitutional Experts, and giving them a bonus of LKR One Billion as spending money.

    The Economy which was sailing nicely, employing thousands of poor inhabitants has now gone belly up.

    Not even one new job created under Yahapalanaya.

    But 17,000 poor CTB employees will get the chop soon, says the Yahapalana Minister of Transport.

    How cool.

    Looks like our great majority of the inhabitant population who are the Rural as well as Urban poor will be facing starvation and destitution rather than Reconciliation.

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      Sumanasekara,

      Don’t you get it? MR was shit, MS is shit,
      the whole country went to the dogs sometime back.
      And you show yourself to be the typical
      hypocritical idiot

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        Hey Lankan;
        How about nominating Sumanasekera for our next President?

        He seems to have All the Answers to Sri Lanka’s Problems!

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          Hamlet

          “How about nominating Sumanasekera for our next President?”

          He won’t be happy unless you pronounce him a Vella Abrahamic president and find him a Vella women with a huge dowry.

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    Great article but I guess it is too high-flown for medamulana illiterate to understand. I however disagree your request for MR to retire and live peacefully. The new govt was voted in to prosecute MR and his hooligans for all the alleged criminal activities carried out during his tenure. The people expect this govt to deliver on its promise else we the citizens of this country will have to believe all these accusations were just a UNP/JVP ruse to defame MR and Co.

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    At some future time, this epistle will be referred to as:

    Rajapakse, M.R. ……………….. Bowled Samaraweera 00

    Note: Cleaned bowled in fact, with all three stumps flattened to the ground!

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    This is SL. foreign minister is a taylor with no skills…

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      [Edited out]

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      Perhaps “Watcher” does not know him or simply does not know.

      Those in the foreign service have been pleasantly surprised at the skill and commitment shown by the FM, when exposed to overseas contemporaries.

      As a politician he is streets ahead of Mahinda. As a diplomat, a few light years ahead.

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    I think it was a strategic move by yahapalanaya. The fact that he accepted this invitation exposes not only MR’s stupidity but his support for like minded regimes which he himself tried to create in SL. Fortunately for Sri Lanka the people saw what was coming and ousted him just in time. He never things deep enough, does he? He is not only maligned locally but he is maligned globally too.

    Well done Yahaplanaya. You trapped this guy a 3rd time. This time the hopper meal was 450,000/- but I think it was worth it!

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    As a diplomat you can appreciate a diplomatic response:

    There is no doubt that progress has been made on many fronts, since the new government took office.

    However there are several areas for concern that will disappoint even the supporters of the former government and its stalwarts.

    Our president’s visit to the United Kingdom was once again met by protests against the government. Human rights experts of the United Nations have recently stated that torture still continues. Why? Is the combined force of the president of this country and the prime minister and the two major parties, assuming the SLFP is not split, not enough to put an end to this one year or more after assuming office?

    Arrests of LTTE- suspects have started again, while this is a welcome sign of your governments comittment to security, it does raise the question as to why this is happenning.

    Perhaps you alre also aware of the possibility, however remote, that the United States tends to use smaller nations for their own ends, indeed, the temptation is very great since we are a small nation, dependent on aid and trade.

    Just as you are willing to be friends with the former president on certain conditions, could it not be that the Western Powers are now our best friends because we have fulfilled some of the conditions that they have insisted on?

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      VD
      Arresting LTTE suspects is fair.
      But kidnapping? No.
      Legal procedure should be followed.

      “…the possibility, however remote, that the United States tends to use smaller nations for their own end”
      That will secure top rating among understatements.

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    From ‘Cloth Cutter’ to FM is an achievement (thanks to MR association?).’Bohemian and artistic world’ of London sounds more like Chandrika in the forefront of the uprising of French youth in 1968. Birds of a feather?. Co-sponsoring a UN resolution against the country tantamount to treachery.

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    All’s well in the letter, except the parting shot, PERHAPS WE CAN BE FRIENDS IN THE FUTURE.

    How can you be friends with a Monster and a state plunderer. You Mr.Samaraweera may be gracious enough to forgive your former friend, we the people need justice and you have no right to compromise on that at the people’s expense.

    Hope I, as one of the voters who gave a beating to MARA, made my point abundantly clear.

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    The bohemian artist tried to lay the trap to rope him in 1988 but
    MR was an Artist but not Bohemian inclined.

    It appears MONGOL the Jungi Fashion and Textile Designer from St. Martins,London is experiencing some sort of heat or discomfort??
    Amply JUDAS.

    Cloth Cutter to Foreign Minister. What a transformation.
    How did it happen? Who was responsible?
    Now the Cloth Cutters in the garment Industry in Sri Lanka are aspiring to become the next Foreign Minister.
    TELL ME MONGOL, HOW COULD I TOO GET INTO THE PARLIAMENT.
    THE EASY WAY TO CONTEST AND LOOSE AS THE LOOSERS TOO GET VEHICLE PERKS AND OVERSEAS JAUNTS PROVIDED BY THE MUCH GIVING MASSES?

    AND now, Mongol did you pull out you own wallet to release that Rs. 450K or burrowed from the Masses?
    ALSO, COULD YOU PROVIDE A LIST OF VEHICLES BOUGHT BY THE pARLIMENTARIANS WITH THEIR dUTY FREE PERKS?
    We hear yester-year bicycle peadlling ltte mouth piece has bought a fabulous state of Art sports variety of a Range Rover vehicle that I believe could fly to HEAVEN in 3 hours. Reconcilliation at best.

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    Mangala,

    Your letter will not change Mahinda. He is what he is and will continue to be so. He will become worse with time, but not better. He missed his chance to take the God given opportunity to be different and instead manifested his worst.

    Sad but true.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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    Mangala Samaraweera justifies the UNHRC resolution, but so far, no ‘hybrid court’ has been appointed.
    Is he under pressure by the judiciary not to do so?
    How will he explain this procrastination at the pending meeting of UNHRC?

    Meanwhile, arrests under the PTA – which too, Mangala promises to remove/modify, go on.
    The army is trying to grab more civilians’ land.

    The chief ‘war hero’ who was jailed by a military court has been promoted to the highest post in any army and made a minister.
    This is a ‘first’ for any army in/of any nation.

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    Mangala,

    Hats off for taking time to bring facts to us, could you please publish this in Sinhala and distribute free newspapers in every village for our poor nation to understand the plundering done!

    Thanks Mangala, couldn’t have asked for more, but yes, except for a translation!

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    Good advice to an old pal. Do not forget that he should be accounted for all the corruption and initiation of a family dynasty.
    Take him to task before renewing friendship with him.

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    Mangala,

    First thing is first! before you write these nonsense to Mahinda, tell us who gave you a mandate to give public money to MR s private visit to Uganda? On what basis? On what Govt, financial regulation, provision or act ? Do you have a allocation in the Ministry of Foreign affairs for such a wasteful expenditure in your ministry budget? I dont think so. You have no mandate or right to do that. If you have take such a decision , that is solely your responsibility pay it back. You may be friends. I am too. But what is wrong is wrong. Other thing is you can write what ever garbage to MR, it is not a problem. (He may not have a capacity to understand now) But by doing that , you cant cover up what you did here.

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    Folks ! don’t get fooled as this article is a cover up story to avoid
    a statement expected from FM Managala as to, on what grounds the air
    fare for MR was paid by the Foreign ministry, while the country is reeling in debts. The latest trend is that the Govt.does not answer people’s questions but get them distracted on some other issues such as arrest and release of culprits indicted for various crimes,such as
    corruption, nepotism & political murders and none put behind bars. He
    is trying to prove that he is against MR but lavishly entertained him
    with a gift of an airline ticket. All people cannot be fooled all the time.

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    Two issues.

    Tamara Kunanayagam has been described in this letter as a Pro-LTTE activist.
    Apparently,she is a pal of both Dayan.J. and Rajiva W.even now!

    The Portrait of Dorian Gray should read as the Picture of Dorian Gray.
    The Foreign Minister,I believe,is a great admirer of Oscar Wilde.
    Oscar was unfairly treated by the beliefs of the British system then.
    So ended the career of an unusually gifted person.
    Now the whole bloody thing is legalised!

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      Plato

      “Now the whole bloody thing is legalised!”

      Even in Plato’s time 2400 years ago Greeks practiced homosexuality including pederasty.

      Why should the practice bother us now?

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      “”Apparently,she is a pal of both Dayan.J. and Rajiva W.even now!””

      has to be with church pillars.)))) they blame the priest who will lend a deaf ear.
      ` father forgive them..`

      there is no god but an association where they gather.
      England never misses it, the pews are empty –
      `the land of associations/trade unions`
      after university you have to join them to be recognised as a professional.
      Unlike EU,India and USA.
      Yet one has to pass a local exam to be accepted for work (a form of protection the EU has taken away)
      T.K. and her crowd were known as kunu karawadu by colombo foreign protocol.

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    Too late man gala…Muslim and Christian already divided srilanka in January 8…there is no sri Lanka anymore… It’s only time..there will be sinhala Buddhist country in down south.good luck

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