14 December, 2017

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Post CHOGM – Has TNA Chosen A Wrong Set Menu ?

By Kusal Perera

Kusal Perera

Kusal Perera

During CHOGM, two important statements were made by two heads of States that TNA should be very concerned and vigilant about. They are both from countries that matter, where Tamil politics is concerned. The first came from British Prime Minister David Cameron and that was forewarned. Lobbied to boycott the CHOGM in Colombo, he insisted he would participate and raise human rights and accountability issues during the Colombo summit. He could not possibly boycott the event with a shipload of British businesses attending the Commonwealth Business Forum, a main sponsor of that event, Lycamobile said to be a big time sponsor of Cameron’s Conservative Party. Yet he did raise the issues for the benefit of Tamil people, after visiting Jaffna.

On the side lines of the CHOGM final day at the BMICH, Cameron spoke to the media, very much foreign than local, to say, “In coming to Colombo I pledged to shine the international spotlight on Sri Lanka and that is what I have done.” He then added, “The message I have is that this issue is not going to go away. This is an issue now of international concern and it’s an issue which won’t go away.” His ultimatum to Rajapaksa came thereafter. “Let me be very clear, if an investigation is not completed by March, then I will use our position on the UN Human Rights Council to work with the UN Human Rights Commission and call for a full, credible and independent international inquiry.” Cameron was referring to all allegations on violations of international law and accountability especially in the last few months of the war and post war.

This is a serious statement coming from a head of State attending CHOGM 2013, who first met his Indian counterpart in New Delhi before landing in Colombo and came after Canadian PM declared he would not attend a CHOGM held in Colombo.

Then came South African President Jacob Zuma’s offer of helping out Colombo to hold its own Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), on the lines of South Africa. An offer President Rajapaksa is said to have shown a keen interest in. This offer to establish a TRC has an advantage for President Rajapaksa and his sibling in the ministry of defense and urban development. One, it could be projected as an alternate to Cameron’s demand of a “credible investigation” and two, TRC negates the issue of charges on crimes on humanity and war crimes. TRC is not about who committed crimes, but about settling the scores with social pardons.

The important question is, “where does the TNA stand on these two proposals ?” Will they back Cameron or will they go with Zuma ? There is for now, a deafening silence on both what Cameron said and on what Zuma offered. The TNA seems to be distancing itself from international pressure building up, post CHOGM. The CHOGM – 2013 dubbed a PR debacle by most foreign media, failed to provide President Rajapaksa with an international acceptance the regime thought they could gain. Absence of Indian head of State catapulted the Canadian boycott into an international “no show” that further pushed British PM to play strong. They were the most important key players, while the other, the Aussie PM Abbott played a disappointing role. The stage was thus set to weaken the Rajapaksa regime in the run up to UN Human Rights Council sessions in March 2014. There, Navi Pillai had already made certain, SL would be dealt with seriously. This was not so much what was expected out of CHOGM in the international arena, and its this loud call the TNA is distancing from.

They were any way distancing themselves from public agitations that came on the streets of Jaffna during CHOGM and during Cameron’s visit to Jaffna. After Cameron landed in Palali for his Jaffna tour, a tweet from one on the ground with agitating people said, “TNA leader Sampanthan fails his constituents. Runs away shamefully” followed by another tweet that said, “Sampanthan’s vehicle mobbed by the families of the disappeared. He makes a quick getaway.”

“Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Provincial Councillor, Mrs. Ananthi Sasitharan (whose husband had also disappeared after surrendering to the Army) was amongst those beaten. Amidst all the men who had been elected, Parliament and the Provincial Council, it seems only this one elected woman Councillor had the commitment and courage to stand with the people.” wrote Ruki from the scene of action, in his account to “GroundViews”.

“Police used force to stop people from reaching the entrance to the Library. But Mr. Cameron left without speaking to the families. Even the Chief Minister and leader of the TNA didn’t stop to talk to the people. One TNA MP came and stood amongst the people for few minutes and left soon afterwards. Ms. Sasitharan’s repeated calls to the Chief Minister, leader of the TNA and other TNA MPs went unanswered” wrote Ruki, further.

His account of the agitation there on the ground was captioned, ironically as “British Prime Minister and TNA leaders shun families of disappeared in Jaffna”. That crowns the story of TNA’s political role post NPC elections and during CHOGM, to be extended post CHOGM.

The North has lately turned out to be the political bastion of Tamil politics with the TNA voted as the leading force. At the last 2010 April elections Jaffna district voted 43.9 per cent TNA returning 05 MPs. Vanni voted 39.0 per cent electing 03 MPs. After many protests led by the TNA over people’s issues over the years, the TNA improved on their credibility and returned as the most acceptable Tamil representation in all Tamil politics. They turned out to be the unavoidable, impassable Tamil representation with ground support. All or any negotiations on Tamil issues from resettlement, rehabilitation, reconciliation to power sharing thus had to be with the TNA leadership. The first Northern PC elections with an extremely independent, highly reputed Supreme Court judge Wigneswaran accepting to run as its Chief Ministerial candidate, the TNA gained all round political acceptance, a recognition that even in the Sinhala constituency gave the TNA a new face lift. This was amply proved at the NPC elections with the TNA sweeping the board in an unprecedented victory. Tamil people in the five districts Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu, Mannar and Vavuniya voted 78.48 per cent electing 30 out of 38 Councillors.

For Tamil people that has 89,000 widows on declared statistical tables to date, which means 89,000 female headed households, the issue of involuntary disappearances is as big a stake in negotiating answers to their problems as that of displacement due to military occupation of land. Thus it is beyond belief why 29 of the 30 people elected as Councillors to the NPC were not their at the Jaffna protests by family members of the disappeared. It is utter callous disregard of the people who voted the TNA leadership to national and international respect and acceptance to run away from their people agitating on the streets to huddle in the Weerasingham hall with British PM Cameron. Well they could have done both and then made themselves transparent and accountable to their own people on discussions with Cameron, had they issued a statement thereafter, which they have not done so far.

Politically, the question is, why did the TNA leadership run away from their own people who lifted them so high ? Why could they not stand with the people as they did before CHOGM ? Why did they want to cover up this let down with a loud crying bluff of a protest on Saturday, joining protesting refugees at Kilivetty refugee camp, displaced from Sampur ? They did disappoint the people who expected them to give strength in lobbying for their rights. But again, why ?

I may not be wholly right. But this is how I see the latest TNA folly, for now. The three most conspicuous figures in the TNA now as leading the fight are, (i) veteran politician Sampanthan, who groomed himself in electoral politics and knows it better than agitations, (ii) respected legal architect Sumanthiran, a newcomer to politics whose political upbringing is in court rooms fighting for fundamental and human rights and (iii) the supreme court judge Wigneswaran, who can mostly be a consulting politician on constitutional matters, but not one deciding politics on the streets.

Such personal backgrounds makes them comfortable in negotiating and dealing with political actors whom they take as key decision makers in the Tamil conflict. Such negotiations and deals would also not allow them to push this Rajapaksa regime beyond a point they assume, may close all space for negotiations. The absence of Indian PM Singh who was willing to lend a hand in the war and Cameron in aggressive mood representing the British government that supplied weapons for the war despite their own policy that prohibits such sales, did ruffle feathers in the Rajapaksa regime. The TNA therefore did not want to be seen as discrediting the 2013 Colombo CHOGM. That was why they stopped at absenting themselves from and not boycotting official CHOGM festivities. They in fact thought they would be better off if they had both Cameron and Manmohan Singh in Jaffna with them, to tell their part of the sad story.

Yet the bottom line is, the TNA has dampened a people’s growing militancy despite military and intelligence presence. Where democratic space is being gradually stretched and widened on people’s strength. A mobilisation that now matters more in negotiating with this Rajapaksa regime when the regime gets pushed into questioning in international fora. They have played into wrong hands this time, the TNA leadership. They will still be voted at elections in the absence of an alternate, independent leadership, but that is not what finally decides Tamil aspirations. Tamil aspirations can only be decided on the strength of the Tamil people between elections, pushing the ruling party in Colombo to compromise and take decisions. This requires the TNA leadership to choose the right set menu for political consumption. Wish therefore, the TNA would not drag themselves into the same sad plight of the UNP in the South.

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    Well said Kusal Perera,

    You understand the aspirations of the Tamil people better than the Colombo-based upper class thinking of the Sambanthan-Sumanthiran-Wigneshwaran trika.

    Mrs. Ananthi Sasitharan would be a better leader for Tamils as she is close to the hearts of Tamils: That’s why the troika didn’t give her a ministry position in the NPC. That’s why the military tried to kill her on the eve of the NPC election.

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      Well well Thiru don’t be silly! Wake up and see the sky from your narrow Tamil Ultra nationalist bunker which will get you NOWHERE!

      The murderous Sun god Pirbakaran the monster, also was considered to be “close’ to the Tamil people and understand them, and see where he got the friggin Tamil people who are also my people… a sorry lot!

      Ananthi did what she had to do and Sampanthan et al. did what they had to do! Today there finally is democracy WITHIN Tamil society and this is a great thing!
      The TNA fight against the Rajapassa military dictatorship has taken a new turn with people “thinking outside the box”!

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        On the question of either a truth and rec. commission or war crimes investigation of military excesses”

        It is not either or question. It has to be BOTH a war crimes investigation and a TRC!

        Sri Lanka is not South Africa and since we are doing our “home grown model” we need both processes..

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      Anantha Sankari was evry where and rejected by the Tamil people all along. He has no place in the politics of Tamil people. Sangari can be bought for a song

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    Simple Sinhala Buddhist bull shit must be stopped, and we Tamils had enough of your torture. Hope and soon tamils will have their say in their own land……as I am farmer from vanni and Jaffna enough of Sinhala monster politics….

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      Dear Sir the saying goes like this if you don’t like the temple go back to India you can not move the temple if you don’t like it. Be grateful
      for bring in sir Lanka.

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    Kusal, your disappointment in the TNA is honest and forth right. but TNA is now being very wily – like Muslim Politicians – in order to get the job at hand done..

    TNA know that they need to work with the Rajapassa regime to ensure that northern military Governor is removed and replaced by a civilian which is their top priority so that the PC can work smoothly..
    TNA know they have to WORK WITH Rajapassa, keep focused on the big picture- the improvement of the lot of their northern flock in mind – and hence not piss of Rajapassa regime too much by hanging with Camron.. But read the contents of Wigneshwarna’s dossier to Cameron and you’ll know that they are doing the right thing – for once!

    After all Cameron will come and go, but TNA needs to work with the regime if it wants de-militarization and full implementation of 13th Amendment and security, dignity and development for the northern folk!

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      Dude Cruz:

      Well intended but unless there s pressure from the “outside” this is one hell of a regime that will not move even an inch. It must be whipped again, and again, and again before it will even concede anything, if at all. So, the mounting pressure should be maintained.

      The TNA’s prominent absence is stunningly conspicuous.

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      I agree with you, Dude.

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    I can’t emphasize enough what a game changer Mr.Cameron’s actions in SL represent.

    The personal visit to Jaffna, the kind words offered to Mr.Wigneswaran – the invitation extended to him to visit 10 Downing Street, completely snubbing the Colombo appointed “Governor”, and finally the very clear deadline given to MR in SL, in the presence of all the leaders of the CHOGM. When taken together, this visit was nothing short of stunning. It is devastating to anyone who still believes the SL army can be kept in Jaffna indefinitely.

    This is bigger than the TNA or the UNP or the petty politics of SL. Thanks to old friends who have chosen to help rather than look the other way, change is coming to the NE. The Tamil people are so close to freedom, they can taste it now…. they will not be denied.

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    I could be wrong but I think the time TRC is long passed,if the govt accepted when SA first suggested it would have been seen as a genuene effort to reconcile and let by gones be by gones.

    Now it will be seen even by a child as a way of evading responsibility for war crimes and crimes committed against humanity.

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    Pl give the TNA some time to get on with it.Why hurry?First they must get their luxury duty free vehicles followed by free bungalows.Then free foreign tours,may be to study federalism and get the views of the diaspora.Then of course an increase in their pay checks.You see these things take time.Once those issues are settled,they will look in to the grievances of the Tamils whom they represent.Of course taxes will have to be increased in the NP.Otherwise how can they run an efficient NP.Then on the other hand children and relations of NPC members will have to find the money to go abroad for higher studies.As said earlier,these things takes time.So have patience!

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      Max Silva:

      A monkey has to think and behave like a monkey, how else can it be a monkey? And I get the message you are trying to convey and not that we don’t know about it but thanks for highlighting a corrupt regime. Think alike eh. Just share a secret with me, after the laptops, what would it be?

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      CHOGM – What did we archive?

      We put on a grand show which no one can deny. But, who is going to pay bills? That Packer guy from Australia? Or from the LTTE gold that KP has access to? Or the poor tax payers?

      We had all kinds of forums, press conferences, interviews, and protests. My question to all the Deshapremis, Deshamamaka and Deshapaluwanta, is this what Sri Lanka achieved after putting up a grand show? We put a grand show to win the Commonwealth Games and we came empty handed, did we come empty handed again?

      Now, that our patriotic citizens achieved their CHOGASM, is it time to use the CHOO GUM and glue our collective gaps and grin and bear this exorbitant expenses?

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      For once I agree with you MAD Max……you’re talking thru’ the experiences of the Jarapakse regime who have done ALL these things previously ! And how many of your kids are studying abroad thnx to the Jarapakses ? ! (SL tax payers….)

      Pot calling the kettle black ! You are too smart for your own good….just curl up and die you miserable worm !

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    I think the issues such as that of the war-widows and the disappeared should be now discussed quietly sans rhetoric In the back rooms of power. These issues have come into sharp focus and hence there is no need for TNA leadership to participate in street demonstrations. I have no doubt that the TNA had a hand in whatever street demonstrations that took place. Ananthi Sasitharan, though an NPC councillor , is also the wife of a ‘ Disapeared’. She has a legitimate right to be there in that capacity. I think the TNA is playing it right and very wisely too. Amidst the breaking storm the TNA as a major player, has to be the calm centre, in order to be a wise and serious interlocutor. There is a time to sow , a time to water and a time to harvest!

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran.

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      Dear Dr. Narendran,

      “There is a time to sow , a time to water and a time to harvest!”

      First attempt was to sow different varieties expecting a harvest that would satisfy the needs. Watering was 100% local but there was hardly anything to harvest. Then seeds of an invasive variety was sown and water was imported but the harvest was far below expectations. Now a 100% locally bred variety has been sown, watering is close to 100% local but there are signs of a few remaining seeds of invasive variety growing in the field. Using part of the harvest, if any, as seeds for the next season would be disastrous because the invasive variety was genetically modified to destroy culturally and politically sustainable locally bred varieties.

      The Professional

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        Dear ‘The Professional’,

        I would summarize and say the wrong/infertile seeds were planted in the wrong soil and in the wrong season/ climate, and flooded with saline/toxic water. Naturally, there was no harvest. This was the past, until recently. The situation has changed and I think we are on the correct trajectory. There will be a harvest. The unknown is the quantum.

        Dr.RN

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          Dear Dr. Narendran,

          Not only wrong/infertile seeds. Lot of people died due to Arsenic and Lead poisoning. The poisons were not from seeds but from wrong fertilizers. We have to prepare a fresh set of cultivation manuals for North, East, West and South.

          Regards.

          The Professional

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          My only advice and hope it that the likes of Rajasingham Narendran keep their dirty fingers out of the NPC and let the wise Wigneswaren take it forward.

          I have described you as a vulture that descended on the carcass of the Tamil people to consume whatever that was not consumed by the LTTE and the Government. I stand by that, let the NPC council that was voted for by the people take it forward (a vote that I might had happened despite your constant lauding of this regime).

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            Dev,
            Descent was at birth and has since been a new umbilical connection to the country of my birth, which has continued despite all the personal trauma I have experienced. I had no need to descend as Lanka has been always my home.

            Vultures descend only to feed on carcases and not to kill and destroy. They are nature’s cleaning crew. There are plenty of carcases around yet. I assume that you are not one of those carcases! From brief flashes of civility I have seen, I think you are not.

            Dr.R.N

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          Agriculture and veterinary are similar

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            A new phenomenon, which can be proved only by a proven liar. However, there are the defined processes of “from Grass to Glass” in production of milk and milk powder and Lanka Liar may be able to infer that Agriculture and Veterinary Science are similar.

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        genocide killing the civilians is very good for you enjoy,seeds were destroyed same way of genocide syatem, professnal you talking meangngless languge. enough is enoug

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      Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

      “There is a time to sow , a time to water and a time to harvest!”

      You remind me of Chance the Gardener (Peter Sellers) in Being There (1979) having a discussion with US President “Bobby” on state of the economy.

      Keep it simple.

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    Dear Kusal Perera,

    I have a lot of time for you; I recognise your unvavouring endeavour in fighting for justice for all.

    “The important question is, “where does the TNA stand on these two proposals ?” Will they back Cameron or will they go with Zuma ?”

    However, I take issue with the above. Cameron’s request is to investigate the alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity and accountability. This is totally separate from a Truth and Reconciliation commission that Mr Jacob Zuma has suggested. Don’t you think that both should occur? Why do you think that the TNA should choose?

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    Looks like Kusul Perera has ditched Sambnadan for Rudrakumaran.

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      Dear Mr. Sumanasekera,
      I usually don’t respond to these jibes & vibes as they serve little purpose in developing a healthy dialogue. Yet your comment needs a short response as that provides a chance for people like you and the ruling regime to understand (if you want to) that unless the Tamil people are accepted (not treated as I wish to note) as equals, with everything we enjoy as SL citizens, not just me Kusal Perera, but a whole lot of Tamil people would opt to a separate State, with or without Rudrakumaran.
      I wish I would not be compelled thereafter to ask for political asylum there.
      Thanks
      Kusal

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        “..Tamil people would opt to a separate State..”?

        Their political idiots opted for it long ago in 1977 & “boys” fought a war, killed leaders, did many more & lost ,VP the Mass murderer now in hell now, others licking wounds.

        People with Anti-lankan NGO mind set & [Edited out]

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          In a way, you are right. The Tamils are not asking for it anyway but it looks like by the very actions of the SL regime and goons like that possibility looks real. Looks like you people are going to give it on a silver platter. And also don’t underestimate what Tamilnadu can do.

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        Thanks for having the balls to admit that you are an eelamist.

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          Make sure you have the balls to stop the next UNHRC resolution. After all, you balls went missing when the last two resolutions were passed. By the way, what happened to your balls when PM Cameron went on his free-will ride including the North and even visited the Uthayan’s office. I was hoping that you certainly would have the balls to stop him doing what he liked but alas, none of you people had the BALLS.

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        This is not about TRC or LLRC is it really? Whatever happens between now and Feb the Tamil diasporas will hollar its not enough. They will want this to go for an internation enquiry.

        They are gunning for a ‘regime change’ scenario where these international “independant” investigators possibly lead by Navi Pillai conduct an intrusive enquiry. In the process Rajapaske will be accused of command responsibility in war crimes. Once Rajapaske is put in a compromising position, he can be blackmailed. He can be for example used to pass any legistlation with his executive powers. This is all about getting their Homeland bypassing the majority consensus.

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        Kusul,

        I don’t think even our Wellawattians would be seeking asylum unless this Eelaam is going to be in Scarborough…

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      Huta jala,

      China asks Sri Lanka to protect and promote human rights

      http://adaderana.lk/news.php?nid=24790#.Uon-Yj9oX1g

      Ha…haa…maybe China is also on the LTTE payroll?

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      facts are facts what evever you must bras up your mmindset,

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    TNA dont have to do anything, they have met Cameron and that it. The ball is in Camerons court to make true his promise in March 2014 if LLRC is not implemented. Another TRC will take 2-3 yrs and is not possible at this stage.

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    On the whole the demonstrations in Jaffna and what happened there when the PM of the UK was present marks a turning point in Lankan politics.

    The TNA has indeed come out well. Whereas as the desperation of government was seen by the whole world in the massive police presence to control demonstrators.

    In preparing the right sort of menu for devolution of power and the implementation in full of the 13th Amendment I think the inclusion of both Cameron’s position on the investigation of war crimes and the SA proposal on the TRC, a two fold strategy should provide the required results.
    The former a breathing space of just about six months to the government to come out with realistic plans with regard to the latter for the full implementation of the provisions of 13th Amemendment and the consequences arising from deferring the said amendment up to date, this in other words is an entirely new set of proposal to become constitutionally entrenched .

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    well said Kusal, Singhalese have to accept Tamils as well as all other minorities as Sri Lankans and not with any racial divide.

    Look for a country like Singapore – all the major races/religions are there and they all co-exists with pride and dignity as Singaporeans.

    Way to go Sri Lanka

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    Mr. Kushal. Politics is a complex game where one need to entertain masses of all sorts. I dont find anything worng with TNA approach, however hoping that they passed the right message to the leadership of Britain and India. I sense something is in offer to TNA in the form of federalism in future.

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    Justice Wigneswaran who is the Chief Minister is a very smart person, in fact he is much smarter than the present Cheap Justice. He will make the correct decision. As the President is considering the South African solution, will the President be willing to have exactly the same process as was followed in South Africa or tinker with the process. If he tinkers with the process then the Chief Minister will also be able to tinker and add some demands, in such a scenario if the President decides not to accept them then the CM will have no other alternative but to proceed with the British suggestion.

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      Park, are you a genius to compare Cheap justice CLOWN Pieris with Justice Wigneswaran ? !

      I need your autograph pls. !

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      srilankan politicians are number one liers,uneducated in parliament like fish market

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    Kusal Perera is just dissapointed that he along with his fellow eelamists lost a golden opportunity to destabilize the country.

    And don’t worry about TNA becoming a UNP, UNP got themselves into this fate for aligning themselves with NGOs and other opportunists and looks like this opportunist has ditched UNP and quite predictably too. A good wake up call for UNP to align themselves back with forces who would actually give two hoots about UNP or the country.

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    The countdown begins.. another 140 days left for Cameron’s deadline. Tamil Eelam is on the horizon. MaRa, BaRa and GoRa will be behind bars for ever. Namal will be given couple of biscuits as the last meal. LTTE rules the world. Chanell 4 to produce another documentary “Fall and Rise of LTTE”.
    Tamils save the Queen.

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      Stop, don’t kill me again….muruku. Yes tamils future will be secured….how just wait ….

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    The thing that this old chap does not get is, just because he despise everything to do with Sinhalese and does not feel belonged with Sri Lanka it does not mean everyone should too. It is perfectly alright for citizens to embrace and protect their country.

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    The TNA wanted Cameron to know that the protests were a spontaneous reaction to injustice,and to make this aware to the British PM – and,not one instigated and led by TNA.

    Ananthi Sasitharan had a personal grief to demonstrate – her husband ‘diappeared'(along with hundreds)after arrest – and also being one of many thousand war widows who undoubtedly gave her the second highest preferential votes.

    Thus the TNA has demonstrably stood with the constituents by allowing them to show their grief & despair.

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    South Africa dimantled Aparthied , ushered in equal rights for blacks and elected it’s first black government, after achieving all this they set up a TRC.

    So lets Sri Lanka give equal rights to all Minorities. Give due place to all religion in the constitution. Devolve power to PSA, give back lands grabbed from Tamils.

    Then we can forgive and set up a TRC

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      First let the country know what equal rights you are missing. If tamils miss some rights so should the muslim minority and the sinhala christians.

      And Sri Lankan constitution does not cite any State religion. Is the statement that “Buddhism should be protected” that led you to set-off bombs in buses?

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    There should be some to protest and agitate and yet some others to act in a more sober mood to get things moving for the war affected. Under the current circumstances both have to happen. That’s all!

    Sengodan. M

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    Kusal,

    If you will allow me a few comments. The Commission mechanism to investigate ourselves locally is the brain-child of the much vilified
    Kamlesh Sharma designed to help his good friend President Rajapakse. S. African President Jacob Zuma was to suggest later their TTRC on their successful model. My personal take is that path will not prove attractive to the appetite of the UN (Mrs. Navi Pillay in particular) nor Dave Cameron. In foolishly refusing the courtesy of allowing the presence of UN’s Rapporteur/Independence of Lawyers and Judges Ms Gabriella Knaul(Brazil) the Rajapakses have erred grievously once again. They have little reason to consider UNSG/BKM on their side. The rough tactics, threats and inspired intimidation on the BBC and Channel-4, it is reported, is to see they do not inconvenience the President in the final Media Conference where the Colombo CHOGM message was announced and adopted. If that is true, it is an expensive mistake. As a seasoned journalist you know that cannot be the end of that saga as McRae and Miller have sharp teeth.

    As to the enlightened and experienced TNA trio of Sampanthan, Vigneswaren and Sumanthiran I believe, in judiciously not precipitating matters during CHOGM and embarrassing the regime, they offer strength to the President’s hand, surrounded as he is with hardcore Sinhala elements, to take forward the reconciliation efforts in the coming months. The recent CPA Survey shows there appears to be a re-appraisal on the part of the Sinhala South in their hitherto prejudiced relations with the Tamils in the country.

    If Basil’s most recent conciliatory comments on the Indian PM are an indication the regime will not resort to the usual knee-jerk reaction against India, that will work well for the Rajapakses. You will recall Bonaparte and Hitler’s Waterloo – as indeed it was Upali W’s locally, was to fight in more than one front simultaneously. Empirical wisdom should prove having India and the UK as friends will benefit the Rajapakses in the longer run – surrounded, as they are, by far too many non-suitors.

    Senguttuvan

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      Thanks Senguttuvan for your comments. I do accept the SA TRC was a Sharma design. Also that would not fit in with the likes of Pillai. As a TRC does not address what the Tamil victims demand. The TRC in SA was after the Apartheid regime was defeated and set up under a new Black rule led by Mandela. Here it would be under a rabid Sinhala regime that vows to dismantle even the basic power given to PCs. So the TRC is not for Tamils. It is for the Rajapaksa regime to counter any hard line that may emerge after March. But I don’t expect the Conservative Cameron to let down the British businessmen who were the largest group in the CW Biz forum. His official statement from the PM office states the dead line in March is for Rajapksa to announce an acceptable mechanism for inquiry. The SA type TRC can therefore be the escape route for Rajapaksa and then I won’t be surprised if both Cameron and India tell, “ok. So let’s wait and see.” Or “let’s input expertise to that now.”
      This is why I think the TNA isolating the people who come on the streets to protest is not just a tactical mistake, but a strategic blunder. In the North and for that matter any where, people need to see a trusted leadership with them. The TNA could have easily got all their PC members to be with the protesting people while big trio sat with Cameron. Mavai and Premachandran and others could have joined the people to give them the political assurance of buffering any security interference. They needed such backing to move further as a people’s power. Colombo reacted to fire power of the LTTE, though I disagree with the LTTE. Now in the absence of such fire power, it’s the people’s power the TNA could use to make this regime at least take notice and sit for negotiations. I don’t think diplomacy alone works unless backed by a ground level power.
      Thanks again for your in put,
      Kusal

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      out of 53 head of state only present 24 members,it is shame for mr sharma

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    Mr.Perera,

    You are one of a tiny minority in an otherwise inherently Racist Country with whom we can do business but you are a rarity. Having said that although I agree with much of what you say I take issue with a few.

    Has TNA chosen the wrong menu. On that can I say beggars cant be chosers but dont take it literally.

    On the question of

    1) TRC:

    The South African Model dosent suit the Sri Lankan needs. In South Africa we are talking about Apartheid during which people were Segregated on Racial lines and Discriminated along Racial lines and there was no mass killing like in Sri Lanka.

    So the question of TRC in South Africa was one of forgive and forget. But in Sri Lanka we cannot move on until those responsible for the Genocide are Punished. So on that I agree with Mr.Cameron that we have to have ACCOUNTABLITY First before RECONCILATION

    2)The important question is, “where does the TNA stand on these two proposals ?” Will they back Cameron or will they go with Zuma ? There is for now, a deafening silence on both what Cameron said and on what Zuma offered. The TNA seems to be distancing itself from international pressure building up, post CHOGM.

    *** My take on the above is that TNA can address the issue of Reconcilation after we have dealt with the question of Accountability which is a matter for the International Community which need to be addressed by people like Mr.Cameron who not only have power but also authority through the UN. The other important concern is that if the TNA were to speak out loud from within about Accountability they will be putting their lives at risk and will also be branded as Traitors.

    3)The CHOGM – 2013 dubbed a PR debacle by most foreign media, failed to provide President Rajapaksa with an international acceptance the regime thought they could gain. Absence of Indian head of State catapulted the Canadian boycott into an international “no show” that further pushed British PM to play strong. They were the most important key players, while the other, the Aussie PM Abbott played a disappointing role. The stage was thus set to weaken the Rajapaksa regime in the run up to UN Human Rights Council sessions in March 2014. There, Navi Pillai had already made certain, SL would be dealt with seriously. This was not so much what was expected out of CHOGM in the international arena, and its this loud call the TNA is distancing from.

    *** I agree with the above entirely and it has turned out to be the Death Knell for MR.

    4)They were any way distancing themselves from public agitations that came on the streets of Jaffna during CHOGM and during Cameron’s visit to Jaffna. After Cameron landed in Palali for his Jaffna tour, a tweet from one on the ground with agitating people said, “TNA leader Sampanthan fails his constituents. Runs away shamefully” followed by another tweet that said, “Sampanthan’s vehicle mobbed by the families of the disappeared. He makes a quick getaway.”

    “Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Provincial Councillor, Mrs. Ananthi Sasitharan (whose husband had also disappeared after surrendering to the Army) was amongst those beaten. Amidst all the men who had been elected, Parliament and the Provincial Council, it seems only this one elected woman Councillor had the commitment and courage to stand with the people.” wrote Ruki from the scene of action, in his account to “GroundViews”.

    *** On the above I would say that you dont expect Mr.Sambanthan to run around like Ananthi because his dody with limited mobilty wont allow such excursions. Anathi not only had youth on her side but she also had the Courage by being the wife of LTTE Fighter.

    5)“Police used force to stop people from reaching the entrance to the Library. But Mr. Cameron left without speaking to the families. Even the Chief Minister and leader of the TNA didn’t stop to talk to the people. One TNA MP came and stood amongst the people for few minutes and left soon afterwards. Ms. Sasitharan’s repeated calls to the Chief Minister, leader of the TNA and other TNA MPs went unanswered” wrote Ruki, further.

    *** Dont read too much in to the above as it was a short visit and there were too many people hoping to meet the British PM.

    6)This requires the TNA leadership to choose the right set menu for political consumption. Wish therefore, the TNA would not drag themselves into the same sad plight of the UNP in the South.
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    *** The Menu for the TNA is to have the means at our disposal to be masters of our own Destiny. The clock is ticking and come next March we will reach our promised Land. Whether we achieve this with a State within a State or through an indepenadant Home Land is a matter for the Majority but for a change we have the World on our side.

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