27 September, 2020

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On Being Committed To The Reconciliation Process In Words And Deeds 

By Jehan Perera

Jehan Perera

The significance of Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena’s speech at the ongoing UN Human Rights Commission session in Geneva must not be missed. There is a possibility it will be, in the greater attention given to the issue of Sri Lanka’s withdrawal from co-sponsorship of UN Human Rights Council resolution No 30/1 of 2015. The government of that time co-sponsored the resolution, which set out in detail a process for reconciliation and justice in the country, in order to demonstrate its good faith to the international community. In the previous five years there had been several occasions on which Sri Lanka was subjected to strictures by the UNHRC acting collectively, and two occasions in which Sri Lanka lost in the voting despite its strenuous efforts to win. The willingness to comply with the UNHRC in 2015 permitted the government to gain both international goodwill and time, first two years, and then another two years, in which to implement its commitments.

Foreign Minister Gunawardena’s speech highlighted three important issues. The first, and most important to Sri Lanka’s future, is that the government did not wish to break its relationships with the UN system and its mechanisms. The Foreign Minister affirmed that within the new framework of national reconciliation it was proposing the government will continue to welcome the visits, advice and technical support from the UN system. He said, “Sri Lanka will continue to remain engaged with, and seek as required, the assistance of the UN and its agencies including the regular human rights mandates/bodies and mechanisms in capacity building and technical assistance, in keeping with domestic priorities and policies.”

The second significant factor in the Foreign Minister’s speech was the need of the government to keep in mind the constituency back home in Sri Lanka who will be voting at next month’s general election. Given Sri Lanka’s long history of battling foreign invasions and resistance to colonial rule, those who are willing to speak against foreign domination with passion tend to generate political support from the general population as being leaders who love the country. This contrasts with liberal leaders who see the good and bad in both internal affairs and international affairs and therefore do not take too strong or passionate a stand on either side. The leaders of the former government were seen in this latter light, as too weak to counter the pressures from the international community.

Multi Ethnic 

In addition, in an increasingly inter-connected world, in which social media has got a grip over the imagination of people, the general population is well educated on issues of international double standards. They see unmanned drones sent to kill enemies of the states with dozens of civilians caught up in the collateral damage that results and invasions of other countries in which tens of thousands of innocents if not more perish. They question why the Sri Lankan state is targeted for different treatment. In this context, a government that pledges to protect its military and political leaders who won a war will assuredly be more popular with the electorate than those who are seen as yielding to international pressure. There could be a softening of the government’s stance on such controversial issues after the forthcoming general election when the pressure to obtain popular support is reduced.

In this context, the third significant element of the Foreign Minister’s speech was the affirmation of Sri Lanka as a multi ethnic and multi religious country. This may seem to be a truism to those who are objective and rational in their observations. Sri Lanka’s population consists of different ethnicities and religions and the minorities among them comprise around 30 percent of the population, which is a substantial amount. However, few Sri Lankan political leaders have been willing to publicly admit to this reality. They are aware that majorities in most countries see the polity as representing their culture and values predominantly. This is especially so at the present time when ethnic majority nationalism is on the rise in different parts of the world including both the developed and less developed countries. This is not only a specifically Sri Lankan problem but a global problem.

In an unprecedented manner in an international forum in which media attention was directed at Sri Lanka, the Foreign Minister concluding his speech at the UNHRC session in Geneva said “No one has the well-being of the multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, multi-religious and multicultural people of Sri Lanka closer to their heart, than the Government of Sri Lanka. It is this motivation that guides our commitment and resolve to move towards comprehensive reconciliation and an era of stable peace and prosperity for our people. It is therefore our strong conviction that the aforementioned actions within the framework of Sri Lanka’s domestic priorities and policies, are not only realistic but also deliverable. We call upon all stakeholders, within and outside this august body, to cooperate with Sri Lanka in this endeavor.” This is a call that needs a positive response and engagement with.

Priority Issues 

The question is whether the withdrawal of Sri Lanka from co-sponsorship of the UNHRC resolution will change the nature of the government’s obligations to fulfill the commitments made in 2015 in term of the resolution. According to Foreign Minister Gunawardena, the government’s position is that it will fulfill these commitments to the extent they are within the political mandate given to the government by the people and also within the country’s constitution. This indicates that there is no possibility of the full implementation of the UNHRC resolution at this time as called for by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, which is according to international standards. She has objected to the government’s proposal to set up a Commission of Inquiry to look into previous reports regarding the issues of accountability and violations of human rights and to recommend follow up actions.

The challenge to the government will be to set up a framework for national reconciliation that will actually work out on the ground. The framework for national reconciliation contains many other aspects that could and need to be implemented immediately to improve the lives of the people. First and foremost would be to look after, and take some measure of responsibility of the lives of those who materially and emotionally have lost their most cherished possessions most of all their loved ones. Second, would be to institute reforms in the structures of governance that correspond to the requirements of a multi ethnic, multi lingual, multi cultural and multi religious country as affirmed by the Foreign Minister. Other issues may be need to be dealt with later. The most difficult of these would be the issues of war time accountability for human rights violations and for alleged war crimes for which there is no political will or popular support at the present time.

The issue of Sri Lanka’s compliance with UNHRC Resolution 30/1 will come up at next year’s session of the UNHRC in Geneva. Although the government has withdrawn its co-sponsorship, the implementation of commitments made in 2015 will figure on a scorecard. It will be important for the country’s international reputation that it will be able to demonstrate that it has implemented most of those commitments, especially those that directly impact on the people’s wellbeing and human rights, in a manner that has strengthened the national reconciliation process. The words of Foreign Minister Gunawardena rang loud at the UNHRC. They also need to ring true. “Notwithstanding withdrawing from co-sponsorship of this Resolution, Sri Lanka remains committed to achieving the goals set by the people of Sri Lanka on accountability and human rights, towards sustainable peace and reconciliation.” The member countries of the UNHRC need to be convinced that the government’s actions have taken forward the national reconciliation process to vote to close the chapter on UNHRC resolution 30/1 in March 2021.

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    Too bad he is not as good a liar as Kadirgama. That straight face liar would have sold this crap with on issues.

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      When there is no serious commitment to reconciliation in words how can you expect any commitment to reconciliation in deeds. For genuine reconciliation truth and justice are paramount. When we do not hear the truth and do not see commitment to justice, this rhetoric of reconciliation is nonsense. Talk of multi-ethnic state is for international consumption when ground situation in Sri Lanka is of rampant Sinhala Buddhist racism. Just one day after he mentioned that there is no harassment of Tamil journalists, two Tamil owners of a newspaper published from Vavuniya had been summoned to CID headquarters in Colombo for publishing the truth of what happened in Geneva. Still army is occupying lands belonging to Tamils and are refusing to vacate and harassing those who are demanding the release of lands. When two Sinhalese Desmond de Silva and Nihal Jayasinghe have been members of international panels inquiring into war crimes in Sierra Leonne and Cambodia, why is this fuss about allowing foreign judges into Sri Lanka, other than to cover up crime. Does constitutions of Sierra Leonne and Cambodia permit foreign judges to take part in investigations. Recent Japanese clause on granting loan that any dispute arising from this loan management has to be settled in Japanese courts, is a clear indictment about corrupt Sri Lanka judiciary. There was no offer of setting up of a panel of judges to inquire into war crimes committed by Sri Lanka forces, but only a single Judge review of the reports of recommendations of previous commissions. If war crimes tribunals of Bosnia, Sierra Leonne, Rwanda and Cambodia were conducted by foreign panels, to allow Sri Lanka to have its own panel is double standard by UN. This smooth talk is only to buy time till next march, the expiry date for implementation of the 2015 resolution, as they know that there is no escape from accountability.

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    Dinesh Gunawardena should realize if he as a cabinet minister can attest to the multi-ethnic and multi-religious nature of Sri Lanka in Geneva but cannot do so at home, then he is a hypocritical coward, his politics is deeply flawed, and his country is totally fucked up.

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      Ajay,
      Sinhale was a Sinhala Buddhist country where 98% of the population was Sinhala Buddhists until the arrival of European colonial parasites. Colonial parasites were instrumental in changing the demographic composition by importing millions of Dravida slaves from Dravida Nadu. During colonial rule, Wellala Demalu licked the a@s of Suddas and dominated the Administrative Service.
      In 1948, Native Sinhalayo did not get full independence. Although British left, Wellala Demala domination and oppression continued. Native Sinhala Buddhist would like to regain the position they lost due to colonial interventions and become an Independent Nation in true sense. If ‘Para’ people who were given equal status as citizens of Sinhale by Native Sinhalayo cannot accept that and live in harmony with Native Sinhalayo without trying to dictate how this country should be governed, they are free to return to Dravida Nadu from where their ancestors came or get lost to some other place.

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    Foreign minister at least at a time of need willing to come out with the truth of accepting that Sri Lanka is a multi ethnic, multi religious, multi lingual and multi cultural state. How many leaders including minority political leaders has the honesty of saying this truth to their electorate, nation and international communities.

  • 9
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    No one has the well-being of the multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, multi-religious and multicultural people of Sri Lanka closer to their heart, than the Government of Sri Lanka.

    The closer heart how will fit in.
    The starting of National anthem last year and stoping the it this year, is this how it is Committed To The Reconciliation Process In Words And Deeds

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      Rbh,
      Reconciliation is not a one way street that force Native Sinhalayo to compromise for racial harmony.
      Native Sinhalayo have done more than enough to please ‘Para’ Demalu who are the descendants of slaves from Dravida Nadu. Native Sinhalayo expect Demalu to reciprocate.
      Demala politicians who do not allow to raise National Flag in official functions, do not allow to play/sing National Anthem in official functions, sit while the National Anthem is played, do not recruit Sinhala teachers to Demala schools to teach Sinhala while Sinhala children are forced to learn Demala, publicly say Sinhalayo are not welcomed in the North, tell that Buddha statues should be removed, destroy archeological sites related to Sinhala Buddhist Heritage, erect Hindu Kovils on top of ancient Buddhist temples, tell Demalu that Sinhalayo are their arch enemy are not helping reconciliation.

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        Eagle Eye

        Why it was justifyed last year this action is spraying toxic for virus and then not justifyed this year this action is spreading virus

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    No one has the well-being of the multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, multi-religious and multicultural people of Sri Lanka closer to their heart, than the Government of Sri Lanka.

    The closer heart how will fit in.
    The starting of National anthem to sing in tamil last year and stoping the it this year, is this how it is Committed To The Reconciliation Process In Words And Deeds

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    If everything is taken at a time nothing is forthcoming. Under the confusing political condition which favour certain section of the polity, let us all make a request to the governors of the country to kindly look at those unfortunate section of people who suffer for being neglected after victimized by the 30 years of war in Sri Lanka. Let us a comprehensive full pledged reparation programme under the already established Off ice for Reparation. Already some 6000 rupees monthly payments to those families complaining about missing persons are approved by the government. Returning the lands owned by the public is not a charity. When war needs it taken it. Now the war is over. Please return them. If these three matters can be sorted out a greater proportion of the war cry can be subsided. But if any one wanted to take advantage of these issues for their political leverage who can serve the children of Lanka matha.

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    Sri Lanka (Ceylon) became a multi-ethnic country because of the British rule from1833.
    If not for them only Sinhalese would have been in Srilanka and Tamils in including the Muslims would have been in Tamil Eelam living happily as good neighbours?

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    It is said Srilanka is a Buddhist Sinhala country. Lord Buddha born in India and he came Buddha after gave up his power as King and after seeing the suffering of the victims. Unfortunately, no one gave up their power in Srilanka, the suffering of the war victims continues and bloodbath and violence continues in Srilanka. So, one can has the right to claim that this island is a buddhist land and no one claim Sinhala land because there is no Sinhala civilisation now. You can call this land. a uncivilised Sinhala Nation. Every one who hold high posts in the government including President, Prime Minister and Ministers (Including Dinesh Gunawardena) are blood on their hands.

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      Mr Ajith
      I say the ENTIRE Tamil (excepting those who practise Islam ) political class from Vingeswaran, Sambandan downwards have blood on their hands as they actively supported the utmost ruthless terrorist outfit the world has ever seen in their gruesome acts of murder, torture, rape and ethnic clinsing for 30 long years.
      Tamils (Hindu and Christian) have been successful in brainwashing the international community that LTTE is all dead and gone which is the most cunning falsehood. Those who supported LTTE are living and can be and must be tried at a war crimes tribunal.

      Soma

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        soma, Look at your hands, first? The blood in those belongs to Tamils. When do you hope to wipe it away. It is your ruthlessness that brought about LTTE. Have you ever thought about that?

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        Soma,
        According to my understanding, Wellala Demala politicians can be jailed for promoting separatism and supporting LTTE terrorists who massacred Native Sinhalayo for three decades. Should explore that possibility after the election and punish these guys. As long as these racist Wellala bigots are there, reconciliation will not work.

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        somass

        “political class from Vingeswaran, Sambandan downwards have blood on their hands as they actively supported the utmost ruthless terrorist outfit the world has ever seen in their gruesome acts of murder, torture, rape and ethnic clinsing for 30 long years.”

        Please try and define “actively supported”, “utmost ruthless terrorist outfit”, “rape”, ……
        Do you categorise “self actualisation” as rape?

        “Those who supported LTTE are living and can be and must be tried at a war crimes tribunal.”

        They should be, including
        a) those who trained, armed and financed in the initial stages
        b) those military intelligence operatives who supplied arms, ammunitions, funds, passport, diplomatic cover, ……………..
        c) those army officers who escorted lorries carrying batteries, medicines, essentials, fiberglass boats, ………….. from Colombo to Vanni for a fees, ….
        d) those soldiers who sold LTTE boots, guns, dry rations, motor vehicles, motor cycles, …..
        e) Mahinda and his b***s carriers who paid some Rs185 millions to VP (Tiren Alles)
        …..
        ….
        You must approach the problem holistically.

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          NV
          “Please try and define “actively supported”, “utmost ruthless terrorist outfit”, “rape”, ……
          Do you categorise “self actualisation” as rape?
          Let me try.
          What more active support than asking the world to accept LTTE as the sole Representatives of Tamils and organising fund raising and arms shipments.
          The most ruthless terrorist outfit title was conferred by FBI.
          Now I understand the poor performance at Nandikadal : Excessive self actualisation.
          .
          “You must approach the problem holistically”
          Finally you have agreed.

          Soma

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            somass

            “Do you categorise “self actualisation” as rape?
            Let me try.”

            You should try sometimes.
            Don’t you think “self actualisation” is better than rape?

            “Finally you have agreed.”

            If you agree with me then I must be wrong.

            Please try and define “actively supported”, “utmost ruthless terrorist outfit”, “rape”,..

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            Soma,
            You really should take a break. The more you write the more you sound stupid.

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              Burt

              “The more you write the more you sound stupid.”

              He should be known as loud mouthed, opinionated card carrying bigot who hates others and himself and proud of being intolerant.

              I am not sure his family still live with him.

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        Soma!
        How the ‘blood came into their hands’ is questionable and unanswered by the Sinhala Governments. Now the blood is not only in the hands but also in the Tongs /Mouths/Words of the Sinhala governments and, some of the Sinhala supporters in Geneva.

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        Somas

        Look what happened to Gotha the CRIMINAL .He is doomed .Ahimsa won the appeal and the Judge delivered that Gotha will be prosecuted after his term ends. What a prospect Gotha delivering Justice while waiting for Jusice. Every action he takes is being watched by USA as he is an American Citizen. Every Crime he commits is being recorded by America as he is Comitting them as an American Citizen.
        Nanthikadal has come to haunt him, He cant sleep wodering what next.

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        Soma,
        Do you think Mahinda is a Tamil. It is Mahinda who brainwashed the international community is all dead and gone, not Hindu or Christian Tamils. It is true not all the LTTE terrorists are dead and gone but they are with Mahinda (Karuna, Pilliyan, KP). Are you worried that Tamil political class did not support the 1958, 1962, 1977, 1981, 1983 and 2009 massacre of Tamils by Buddhist Sinhala terrorists? Even your Buddhist Sinhala leaders praised LTTE for its discipline after the Easter bombing organised and sponsored by the Buddhist Sinhala terrorists.

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      For more detail see our Comment policy https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/comments-policy-2

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      I think Lord Buddha had dual citizenship.

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    jehan
    are you living in sri lanka or in cloud cuckoo land

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      NV
      It is not me who argue that “transisonal justice” – God knows what that means is a ‘prerequisite’ to reconciliation. Being poor in English I had assumed it means “war crime trials” and decided to wait till the whole process is completed to be fair by all.

      Soma

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    There is no sincerity in what the Foreign Minister has uttered. There has never been any sincerity in what the Government of Sri Lanka parrots. Jehan Perera knows that, and yet is asking the minorities to accept the words of the Minister. What a shame!

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    Mr. Jehan Perera JD: Journalists write like street corner Saaththara karaya. We have changed only the president. Every one else in the parliament is same old Mudalalis employed by the govt itself and most are fraudsters, crminals and they all sell KONDURU THEL. Right now the most burning problem for the out going (very soon to be EX) parliamentarians is they HAD TO work 110 days per year to the parliament. Yet for most part of the yeaer, most of them did not attend the parliament sessions (Note their salary, more than the Salary, and many perks and benefits. Now only with FOUR AND HALF YEARS WORK PERIOD, they are crying for the pension. Now we know top officials are also most of the time, not every body, some are excellent, minister appointed. Then get the govt work force. When 3-4 lakhs are the requirement, 15 lakhs are working and they are also very dishonest to their employer and are bad crooks.
    It is the same with everybody else. So the country is very much FAILED STATE.
    In that situation what do you people ask. The very same PHILOSOPHY – SCREW THE COUNTRY AND LIVE YOUR LIFE.
    I CAN NOT UNDERSTAND WHETHER ANY OF THESE PEOPLE HAVE ANY CONSCIENCE and how do they they have peace in their hearts while feeding their families with this blood money, which they earned this way.
    Only a few are feeding their families, growing up their families with an honest conscience.

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    I am not interested in reconciliation until war crime trials are over and the anticipated justice is delivered.

    Soma

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      somass

      “I am not interested in reconciliation until war crime trials are over and the anticipated justice is delivered.”

      Another cunning idea somass?

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        NV
        It is not me who argue that “transisonal justice” – God knows what that means is a ‘prerequisite’ to reconciliation. Being poor in English I had assumed it means “war crime trials” and decided to wait till the whole process is completed to be fair by all.

        Soma

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          somass

          Whatever happens, will happen
          Stop worrying.

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            Dear Native,

            I know Suren Surendran became the Chief Whip of the Diaspora, after Dr Rani became the PM, courtesy of the UNP Diaspora in London .

            And sidelined the real PM of Eelaam, Dr Rudrakumara who was elected by that great International Election, encompassing all Diapora Tamils in the West.
            Along with a Cabinet which was made of all Senators from each diaspora. nation..

            Where is PM Dr Rudrakumaran now ?. Is he still in USA?.

            I know the TNA is in a fix , with the UNP in tatters.

            And Prez Nandasena offering 100,000 Jobs for Dalits even in the North instead of War Crime Trials for only the Srilankan Soldiers.

            Abraham the chief whip of the Vellala Tamils must now be confused about who to hand over those 40 seats which the TNA is going to win at the next Election..

            Do you know how many Seats Abrham can manage in the North and the East?

            I know Suren Surendran won’t be of any use there because of his alliance with the UNP Diaspora in London.
            Specially now Wigneswaran has taken over the War Widows and the poor Dalits who escaped from Nanthikadal.

            Will PM Rudrakumran be any assistance to Sampathar and Abraham to garner some support in the North at least?..

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              KASmaalam K.A. Sumanasekera

              “And Prez Nandasena offering 100,000 Jobs for Dalits even in the North”

              Mahinda Deshapriya considers it being a bribe, vote rigging, would not have it.
              Don’t you remember Mahinda’s campaign team bribed you brethren VP to the tune of Rs180 million in order to rig the elections?

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                Dear Native,-

                I thought your Buddies Mangala Samare , Dr Rajitha and Son Chatura told you guys .that Mahinda Raja pinched 18 Billion US Dollars .

                And Rajtha and Son swore they saw it with their own Eyes in Dubai.

                After Mangala Samare passed on theTip about it from his Western Financial Crime Investigator buddies like Dr Rani’s F*****CID.’

                What is wrong with you Mate ?, Are you losing your Marbles?.

                Anyway about time your gave up on your Velupulle and focus on how Samapathar and Abrham are going to take the fight to Prez Nandasean and roll him after the Election in Easter.

                Did you hear what Sampathar told Velupulle’s mates from Norway the other day.

                Will Sampathar and Abraham take cue from Velupulle to fight Nandasean , because your last Eelaam Hope the Elite , Anglican UNP is really in the shit house. thanks to that Dalit boy Keselwatta Kid.who was treated like a leper by Dr Rani’s EC at Srikotha. .

                Now not only the Good People in the CID , but Dullepa the AG is also holding the Blow Torch to Rajitha , Ranawaka, Ramanayaka and now even your Buddy Galleon Karunanayaka.

                Who would have thought these Heavy Movers and Shakers under Dr Rani , who used the IGP, CID, CB, the Customs and even Presidents fund for Heart Patients like their own personal assets.
                And treated even the Maha Sanga as pick pockets will be riding Black Marias in Hand Cuffs.

                I wouldn’t be least surprised if most of them wear Welikada Jumpers sooner than what I expected..

                And our great Saviour Prez Nandasena has not mentioned those names once even by accident, although Prez Nande has already completed 100 Days..

                BTW , Do you think your Diaspora Buddy Mahendran will volunteer to save his old Royal friend , who gave his Family that ginormous wealth to become the richest in Lnakawe in just one hour of Trading our EPF money?.

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                  KASmaalam K.A. Sumanasekera

                  “Will Sampathar and Abraham take cue from Velupulle to fight Nandasean ,”

                  Forget VP, Sam, Abraham, …… Douglas, …. C V Wiggy, …. watch out, Tamil Hindutvas are bringing in (plane) loads of Hindian Hindutva Swamies to North. No one knows what their agenda are, nobody knows how they come and go, whether they are in fact gone, ….. what is in their gunny sacks, ….

                  While all these dangerous things are happening in the North East you are gloating about the elected hangman.
                  KASmaalam try and prioritise problem, dangers, … you can gloat later.

                  Learn the following in case:
                  Jana-gana-mana-adhināẏaka jaẏa hē Bhārata-bhāgya-bidhātā[a]!
                  Pañjāba[b] Sindhu Gujarāṭa Marāṭhā Drābiṛa[c] Utkala Baṅga[d]
                  Bindhya[e] Himācala Yamunā Gaṅgā ucchala-jaladhi-taraṅga
                  Taba[f] Śubha nāmē jāgē, taba[g] śubha āśisa[h] māgē,
                  gāhē taba[g] jaẏa-gāthā.
                  Jana-gana-maṅgala-dāẏaka jaẏa hē Bhārata-bhāgya-bidhātā[a]!
                  Jaẏa hē, Jaẏa hē, Jaẏa hē, jaẏa jaẏa jaẏa jaẏa hē.

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      Soma,
      When and where are the War Crimes Trials scheduled to start?

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        Fire a email to Prime minister Rudrakumaran in USA.

        Soma

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    Mangala Samare told his Loyalists in Matara and the Medium Scrum there that he sponsored the UN30/1 after begging with Dr Rani to save Mahinda Rajapaksa sitting on an Ellectric Chair.
    How caring is Mangala Samareis, if that is true.

    May be Dr Jehan has not seen it.

    Reconciliation is all about giving everyone in the Island a fair go.
    Did Mangala Samare and Dr Rani’s 30/1 achieve it ?.

    Mangala Samare wanted Foreign Judges ,to Try our War Heroes branding them as War Criminals.
    Mangala Samare wanted to remove all the Security Forces from the North.
    Mangala Samare went after the Buddhist Monks who fronted up to protect the brave Soldiers who liberated the nation from Terrorists.

    Dr Ranil in the meantime gave full control of the North to the TNA
    Appointed the Retired Judge Wigenwaran who publicly declared that Pirahaparan as his Hero.
    Dr Ranil started his Political Revenge Campaign with a vengeance by creating his own Police Force Unit under dodgy officers who are now either hiding Overseas or Living on Bail…

    Dr Ranil used the most corrupt political characters like Dr Rajitha, Mr Ranawaks and Mr Ranjan Ramanyaka to drive the Revenge Campaign.
    Which are all being displayed in the Public to the horror of the inhabitants,

    Dr Ranil in the meantime also did a pukka job in redistributing the Wealth of the nation by allowing his close mates , and the traditional UNP families in Colombo to help themselves with 11 Billion Ruppias from the inhabitant workers Super Fund.

    To top it all Dr Ranil was working overtime to bring his new Constitution which would have created not only a Tamil Homeland but also a Muslim Homeland in the East,

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    Reading a paper is nothing to impress the other countries at UNHCR. A good FM would use real diplomacy when handling such issues . We have seen ones like Sir Senerath, Sir Claude Corea, Oliver Gunatilake, Shelly Amarasinghe, Jayantha Dhanapala, Luxman Kadiragama how they represented the country at these Fora in the past

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    Words, words, words, NOT Deeds, deeds, deeds!

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    Gotha , RW Sajith are all CROOKES.
    Gothas presidency has gone up in flames after the vedict by the Californian Judge that Gotha can be prosecuted after his term ends.
    Adding insult to Injury it is now obvious that Gothas application for renouncing his American Citizenship is in Jeopardy as he now needs the State Department & FBI clearance which he wont get following the Judges verdict.
    The Sri Lankan Judges who cleared Gotha to stand for Presidency look real idiots.

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    “The significance of Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena’s speech at the ongoing UN Human Rights Commission session in Geneva must not be missed.”

    This was a brilliant move, at least the timing aspect. The UN is distracted by a much bigger problem right now, which is the Turkey/Syria conflict and the possibility that millions of Syrians may flood into Europe. If this refugee occurs, it will very likely cause the EU to break up. So Sri Lanka will be able to negotiate trade terms with each European nation individually, as opposed to one big body. With the EU gone, the UN will lose much of its legitimacy. After all, if it could not contain settle a simple dispute in Syria over one city, how can it be effective in resolving global conflicts? Again, an excellent move by the Foreign Minister.

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      Lester the idiot, stop coming out with your stupid statements. “If EU breaks up, Sri Lanka can negotiate with each European nation individually”. Two prosperous nations, Norway and Switzerland are not in the EU. How much of trade does Sri Lanka have with them. In fact both have classed Sri Lanka as human rights violators. Some of the nations in the EU like Greece, Spain, Italy and Portugal are either bankrupt or on the verge of bankruptcy, and they are not going to have anything with Sri Lanka which is also on the verge of bankruptcy. All East European nations in EU depend on the handouts given to them by EU and will have no clout on economic future of Sri Lanka. “With EU gone, the UN will lose much of its legitimacy”. Was UN not there before EU came into existence. Even if EU breaks up, powerful countries like France, Germany and Sweden will bring legitimacy to UN. Since its inception, UN had been a powerless entity regarding conflicts involving powerful states. In Syria it is a war between Russia backing Syrian forces and USA conducting it through its proxy Turkey. USA made a clever move and Turkey with madman Erdogan has fallen into the trap. Did you hear that UK is contemplating sanctions against Sri Lanka for violating human rights and not taking action on accountability of war crimes. Very soon USA will follow and it will be another era of searching dust bin for food. Silly posturing at UN for the satisfaction of Sinhala gallery is not going to take Sri Lanka anywhere.

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        Sankaralingam,

        Give it up, your terrorist cause is dead. “Under the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1373, both the TGTE and its leader Rudrakumaran are listed as terrorist entities and persons. In the next review, other TGTE leaders engaged in the revival of the LTTE are likely to be listed therein. With the announcement of the listing, Rudrakumaran and the TGTE lost considerable support from the Tamil community as they did not want their names on a terrorist listing that would hinder their travel and banking activities.” In 30 years time, no one will remember the Sri Lankan civil war and Muslims will be the 2nd largest majority, not Tamils.

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          Lester the bigoted racist, do not mix LTTE with Tamils. Just because TGTE are likely to be listed as terrorists, bulk of the Tamils demanding their just rights will not be called terrorists. Tamil demand to sharing of land and power to rule themselves and live in dignity and safety has been accepted by international community. They have given time for Sinhalese to arrive at a settlement with Tamils. This is what Mahinda promised to do to get their help to defeat LTTE, and is now refusing to accede. USA, UK, Europe and India are in agreement on this. China gonibilla will not deter them to act decisively. This tolerance will not be for long and definitely stick will be shown to Sinhala racist terrorists very soon.

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            “USA, UK, Europe and India are in agreement on this. This tolerance will not be for long and definitely stick will be shown to Sinhala racist terrorists very soon.”

            They all very well know about it and even anticipated the SL State’s intention of finishing the war with genocide. The actual genocidal act did not even prompt them to intervene decisively to protect even innocent people.

            Instead, with active Hindian plan, they covered it up and relegated merely to hr violations, even provided enougn holes and leeway for SL to wriggle out in the form of wording, urgency and forcefullness in the toothless resolutions.

            When are US and UK, leave alone Hindia (as it is adamant on continuing structural genocide), going to come very hard on the SL State, and not individual SL governments?

            UK’s commitment is only up to the lip service as you can see from recent statement of FCO. FCO say it is “calling upon” Sri Lanka to carry out obligations in the resulutions, which the British themsleves had drawn up.

            US and UK have already seen that both all Sinhala political contstituencies are only interested in continuing structural genocide one way another.

            Their word can only mean some thing when they acknowledge that Tamils are not minority and this problem cannot be solved within the framework of SL State.

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            Further, Hindia, UK and US must acknowledge their clupability.

            US and UK must put Hindia in its place.

            The fact is Hindia cannot be trusted with peace and security of this region as Hindia is the one who planned and executed this genocide via its Sinhala proxy.

            From Pranab Mukarji’s ‘75000 left’ announcement at the time, it is obvious Hindia’s genocidal intention to finish off rest Tamils in Vanni at that time in order to finsih the war

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    Govt already outlined their approach. They believe the primary focus needs to be providing stable livelihoods to the population concerned. The economic stability will emiliorate most primary concerns (though not all). Tamil reps such as TNA, Wigneswaran never focus on it and kept their constituency on perpetual deprivation. The govt is working on reviving industries in the North (they are working on re-starting the Valachchenai paper mill and Oddusudan tile factory for example). Whether the North is prepared to work with the govt genuinely is another matter.

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      WIMAL IS NOT THE LOVER OF TAMILS OR THEIR WELFARE.IF HE CAN RE-START THE VALAICHENAI MILL AND ODDISUDAN FACTORY HE CAN MAKE LOT OF COMMISSION MONEY-CROCODILE TEARS.

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      Helass

      “They believe the primary focus needs to be providing stable livelihoods to the population concerned.”

      The government primary focus should be on human decency. When thugs and war criminals are elected to run and destroy the island and they and when their Saffron clad patrons poisoned the minds of ordinary people human decency bid adious some 60 years ago.

      Watch this clip no one went to remove this thug from the ground though there were hundreds of thousands of cricket fans, police, and Gota’s Goons:
      Foreign Couple Supporting Sri Lanka At Sri Lanka vs West Indies ODI Harassed By Local, March 02, 2020
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=27&v=LHuxWtq5kXU&feature=emb_logo

      Now you should blame the victims.

      Please stop kidding.

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