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Rajapaksa Regime’s Two-Faced Approach To Ramaphosa Visit Dents UPFA Credibility

Reports in Sri Lanka’s weekly English newspaper, Sunday Times have exposed the Rajapaksa regime’s two-faced policies with concern to proceeding with the reconciliation process, following events that expired alongside South African Vice President Cyril Ramaphosa’s visit to the island last week.

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The ST editorial and the Political Column have shed a critical light on the government’s cagey and contradictory takes on Ramaphosa’s visit to Sri Lanka.

The ST Political Column titled ‘UPFA loses friends and influences disasters’ reveals that Ramaphosa had maintained a firm stance on his purpose of visiting Sri Lanka, during his meeting with President Rajapaksa. “Your Excellency, we are here at the invitation of your Government. If you don’t like our role, we are prepared to withdraw. We have to protect the dignity of our country,” the column quotes Ramaphosa telling the President.

The paper’s editorial also says that during his meeting with Northern Chief Minister, Ramaphosa had said stated the South African initiative was to ‘complement the Geneva UNHRC agenda on Sri Lanka and the Indian process aimed at pushing for further devolution’.

But his statements seem to be in complete contradiction with the claims made by government Ministers on the accounts they have related as reasons for Ramaphosa’s Sri Lankan visit. Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella painted the picture of Ramaposa being nothing but a ‘tourist’ without any official program or agenda and Deputy Minister of External Affairs Neomal Perera stated in parliament that Ramaphosa was in Sri Lanka to ‘to share South Africa’s experience of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) process in order to explore the possibility of Sri Lanka adopting a similar mechanism’, making it clear that there was no ‘mediator role’ for South Africa.

The ST editorial points out that these contradictory stances of the Rajapaksa regime are attempts to water-down the impression that the South African Acting President is interfering in the internal affairs of Sri Lanka – particularly against the backdrop of the upcoming presidential elections – a fact, which the President himself had requested Ramaphosa to take into account, according to ST.

ST points out that it is ironical that the Sri Lankan government is desperately seeking to make Ramaphosa’s visit appear like a routine and a non-controversial one while they maintain the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) investigation on Sri Lanka is ‘intrusive’.

Further criticising government actions with regard to Ramaphosa’s visit the ST has stated that the process so far has ‘lacked transparency, is misleading, will cause acute embarrassment and further dent the UPFA Government’s credibility’ while pointing out it is yet another policy decision of the Rajapaksa regime where Sri Lankans and the outside world have been made to believe one story whilst the reality is another.

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    Typical Rajapaksa deception. To deflect UNHRC probe he sought Jacob Zuma’s help in resolving the accountability issue but now he is encouraging his ministers to ridicule and downplay Ramaphosa’s visit as a tourist trip and a discussion about a TRC.

    Zuma and Ramaphosa should have by now realised Rajapaksa’s deceptoive ways and the latter was forthright with his words to Rajapaksa at their meeting. The Indians were fooled first and now it is the South Africans turn. These people don’t seem to learn from others’ experiences of Rajapaksa’s cunning ways.

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      These Gorillas are trying to give SAMAPOSHA to RAMAPHOSA….

      South Africa is a nation that has produced an Iconic figure the whole world loves to hail…NELSON MANDELA. Such a nation, to be used for a Gobba Game of Rajapakse is a disaster. The South Africans will surely bite back if they know they’ve been made to take on a “Sinhala Only” ride.

      GUYS sit back and be confident, The Sinhala Only Terror has reached its natural death level. We must thank the racist Banda family for ending the game with Cow Dung placing at the top of the State control – Mahinda Rajapakse!!!!

      The entire WORLD is awaiting to fire crakers at the fall of this racist regime.

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        Perfect description: Gorilla.

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    “But his statements seem to be in complete contradiction with the claims made by government Ministers on the accounts they have related as reasons for Ramaphosa’s Sri Lankan visit. Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella painted the picture of Ramaposa being nothing but a ‘tourist’ without any official program or agenda and Deputy Minister of External Affairs Neomal Perera stated in parliament that Ramaphosa was in Sri Lanka to ‘to share South Africa’s experience of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) process in order to explore the possibility of Sri Lanka adopting a similar mechanism’, making it clear that there was no ‘mediator role’ for South Africa.”

    lies, lies and more lies are being exposed.

    How Many lies does it take to cover just one truth? 10, 100, 1,000, 10,000 Hoe many Shills are needed for this? 1, 10, 100, 1000

    G.L. Peries, Sinhala “Buddhist: Ministers, Sinhala “Buddhist” Monks, Shills, etc are not enough.

    GL Peris claims that their lies not not be internationalized and exposed.

  • 13
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    Looks like a criminal gang leader pleading for mercy in a temple from the Gods.

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    Rajapakse regime’s multi-faced approach in not secret nor nothing new. He shows different faces to different situations with the constant focus on power and wealth. The main looser is the nation, Buddhism and Sinhalese people. The nation lost its credibility, trust and independence , the Buddhism lost its purity and its image and people lost their livelihood, the law of the nation become law of the jungles.

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    “will cause acute embarrassment and further dent the UPFA Government’s credibility”

    what credibility UPFA Junta Government has ? it can proudly boasts about the following ,

    1) steam rolling a draconian 18 th Amendment in to SL constitution
    2) repealing 17 th Amendment
    3) illegally impeaching it’s first female CJ
    4) Jailing war winning 4 star general for challenging the president at the presidential election
    5) breaking a world record for appointing highest number of ministers
    6) officially trafficking illicit drugs , alcohols etc.
    7) introducing mega casinos
    8) Gunning down the legitimate protestors
    9) bringing the cost of living to a place where half of the population can’t afford to have two meals a day.
    10) bringing sri lanka in to pariah state.

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      11) Running riots against minoroties in their own country when they have all powers on earth to manage issues.

    • 2
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      I happened to watch last week s balaya program.
      There, JVP candidates made it very clear except elimniation LTTE terror, nothing has been achieved by the junta govt.
      Nothing for public, but for them, millions if not billions have been collected. Actually, I would be very happy, if any opposition govt coming to power could grab all the sums these buggers have collected and use for the development of the public. If that would be made, people would respect that govt than anyone. If Mervin could afford Lambogini, how come the sums are earned by him should be investigated. Proper investigations should be made upon the requests of the people. People of this country have every rights to know how billions of funds have been abused .. and why… Making accusations pointing out the finger at anyone is easy, the opposition should do that job very intelligently… then people will feel, that JUNTA govt shouuld be removed by every means.
      If RW will be the candidate for next election, It will be much easier JUNTA RAJA to manipulate the nation. At least if they could give a chance to that Sobitha thero .. could save this nation.

  • 4
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    it is not just rajapakses. all sinhala leaders and publuc like that. they want it, never give anything to others.. the true nirwana of stealing

  • 6
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    Should not surprise I/C politicians – the worlds No. 1 Double-speak
    President is in Silly Lanka!

    He gave a promise to US to settle the National Issue once the LTTE was
    removed – US was encouraged and helped. He did so with Sonia – who too was glad to assist. He pacified the 53 CW States that he could seek SA help and now pleads that he has to watch his back over the Sinhala Buddhist voters.

    Truly a picture of a zero naked rabid man here.

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      he had been able to fool all the people all the time so far.
      Lets wait and see where meets his waterloo…

  • 6
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    This is how Sunday Times enjoying media freedom. Cyril Ramaposa is just another tourist as Hon. Keheliya Rambukwella said. They had some discussion with our President but that may be to know how to win election and how to allocate seats in an electorate for the ruling party’s benefit. We know very well that our President do not need anybody’s help to solve any problem in our country. before Man Mohan Sing, Eric Solhaim, and various persons offered their help to solve our problem free of charge but our Hon. President very politely said no saying “I know what my people need and I know what to give and what not to give”

    People from Rathupaswella asked Drinking Water and he gave Bullets. the guy who fired bullets got a Diplomatic Post. Problem solved now the Rathupaswella is very peaceful.

    Our President is very capable of solving problems as he can’t eat or sleep if he don’t have any problem to solve. This is what his Defense Secretory Brother also said. He said “People come to President with problems and he solve all of them” actually if he don’t have any problem he and his brothers will create problems and then President himself solve them. Now see Defense Secretary brother’s BBS(pvt)ltd created problem in Aluthgama and President solved the problem saying it was minor Incident.

    North is peaceful after he ended the war and he re-appointed Maj. General Chandrasiri as the Governor in NPC. There will be an unrest with this Military appointment but I am sure he will solve the problem.

    He and his brother has BBS, Rawana Balaya, Sinhala Rawaya, Jaathi Hithaishee peramuna to create problems and he is there to solve them. So we don’t need anybody’s help to create or solve our Problems. He has the Patent right to do so.

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      … and now all what is required is BULLETS and not BALLOTS which can easily be rigged!

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    Surely he didn’t come to watch cricket, but………………

    The Presidency – Home
    Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa concludes Working Visit to Sri Lanka

    Colombo- Deputy President Ramaphosa today Tuesday 8 July 2014 concluded his visit to Sri Lanka where he met various political leaders including paying a courtesy call on President Mahinda Rajapaksa to deliver a message from President Jacob Zuma.

    Deputy President Ramaphosa was supported in the visit by Deputy Minister Nomaindia Mfeketo, High Commissioner Geoff Doidge, Ebrahim Ebrahim, senior government officials and they were also joined by members of South African civil society.

    Deputy President Ramaphosa visited the country in his capacity as Special Envoy of President Zuma on Sri Lanka. In this regard, South Africa has been invited by the government of Sri Lanka and the Tamil National Alliance to share South Africa’s experiences on lessons learnt from South Africa’s truth and reconciliation commission as an integral part of our negotiated political settlement.

    In pursuance of this objective, Deputy President Ramaphosa met with various political leaders and delegations, including the Minister of External Affairs, Professor GL Peiris, the Leader of the opposition United National Party, Mr R Wickremasinghe, the leadeship of the Tamil National Alliance, the Chief Minister of the Northern Provincial Council, Mr J Wigneswaran, and visited the Northern Province where he met with Governor of the Northern Province, Major General GA Chandasiri.

    Deputy President Ramaphosa will return to South Africa later today where he is expected to brief President Jacob Zuma on his engagements in Sri Lanka.

    For more info contact Ronnie Mamoepa, Spokesperson of the Deputy President on 082 990 4853.

    Issued by: The Presidency
    Union Buildings
    Private Bag X0001
    Pretoria
    0001

    View full site

  • 7
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    When has the Rajapakse regime told the truth? Not during the LTTE war, not after the war, not during the Free Trade Zone killing, not during Rathupaswala incident, not during Aluthgama incident and definitely not before, during or after the Cyril Ramphosa visit. Keli Keheliya is good for “kelly” but not as a truth speaking spokes person. He is “Pacha Keheliya” he is another monkey that jumps from branch to branch.

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    UPFA and credibility are mutually exclusive. If any foreign country thinks other wise they are either equally corrupt or naive(stupid). This is after all a party headed by a man who took funds from India and gave it to the LTTE to block/rig an election in order for him to get elected president. What credibility would such a bunch of scoundrels have about anything?

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    Mahinda Rajapakse throughout has been engaged in a dilly-dallying subversive exercise with regard to what is rightfully and legally due to the Tamils. He came to power on the back of Sinhala chauvinism and now cannot free himself from this burden. The Sinhala hawks, the new political force of the army and other Sinhala Buddhist chauvinists live on the anti-Tamil platform and will not agree to even minimum concessions recommended by Rajapakses own LLRC. Rajapakse plays the fool with the South Africans and others to buy time and in the hope one of them will fall trap to the PSC route. If they do, then he will say he is agreeable to talks on reconciliation from the beginning but the Tamils refuse. India knows his game far too well. The TNA is far too smart to fall for this ruse. Rajapakses calculations are whatever happens he will not leave room for his sons to be accused of “selling out to the Tamils” a charge Mahinda Rajapakse hurled at many in the UNP and the SLFP.

    Anura Dissanayaka’s public statement he will cause an enquiry into the allegations of fraud by the Rajapakses/Lalith Weeratunga on the Hambantota Tsujnami racket will bring the JVP many extra votes.

    R. Varathan

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      “Anura Dissanayaka’s public statement he will cause an enquiry into the allegations of fraud by the Rajapakses/Lalith Weeratunga on the Hambantota Tsujnami racket will bring the JVP many extra votes…”

      [Edited out]

      In this investigative media report, this para might remind us how the
      “Royal” family is made up of:-

      “We give you below a list of the officials of this private foundation:
      Chamal Rajapakse – Chairman, Mahinda Rajapakse – Vice Chairman, Basil Rajapakse, Gothabhaya Rajapakse, Prithi Rajapakse, Vichitra Rajapakse, Lalith Chandradasa, Secretary (Brother-in-Law), Thusith Ranawaka, W. Gunasekera, U Wijesinghe (secretary), Chandra Wijewardena, Shiranthi Wickremasinghe(wife of the PM), Ramya Hettiarachchi, Ayoma Peiris, Pushpa Wickremasinghe, Sathindra Perera, Shainda Rajapakse, Saminda Rajapakse, Himal Rajapakse, Rangani Hettiarachchi, Thejani Rajapakse, Chaminda Rajapakse, Henri dissanayake, Vernon Samarakoon, Nihal Gunasekera, N.Ratnayake, Sarath Amaraweera, A.Weerarathna, J.P.Ratnayake, J. Amarawickrama, Upul Dissanayake, Udayanga Weerathunga, Dulari Dissanayake, Kithsiri Sepala, Keerthi Dissanayake, Dushyantha Roopasinghe, Jaliya Wickremasinghe, Anura Goonaratne, S. Jayasundara, K.M.A. Godawatta, P.H.G. Premasiri, Mendis Rohanadeera, T.Jayasinghe, Layanal Sarath, Edirisinghe, D.C.H.Samarasinghe
      Pray tell us under which financial regulation would the above list of ‘officials,’ practically all of whom are family,come?”

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      R. Varathan

      MR is another prisoner of circumstances as were the previous leaders in this island.

      All those leaders were and MR is happy being prisoners of circumstances as long as the chauvinists are under their control.

  • 1
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    Sri Lanka has no “dignity to protect” but only through mud and blame on others. India and Norway learnt the deceptive ways of Sri Lankan government on getting its agenda completed and insult and humiliate the goodwill of those countries.

  • 0
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    The people who give a bad name to Buddhism are Buddhists themselves and the people who give a bad name to the Sinhalese are the Sinhalayas themselves. These religious fundamentalists and language chavinists respectively, both of whom account for perhaps 10% of the people they claim to represent are their own worst enemies. It is a sad thing really if you sit and think about it!

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      Estate Labourer

      “The people who give a bad name to Buddhism are Buddhists themselves and the people who give a bad name to the Sinhalese are the Sinhalayas themselves.”

      A small correction would be appropriate.

      The people who give a bad name to Buddhism are Sinhala/Buddhists.

      The people who give a bad name to the Sinhalese are Sinhala/Buddhists.

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        NV

        Your reply requires further correction.

        The people who give a bad name to Buddhism are Sinhala but not buddhists.

        The people who give a bad name to the Sinhalese are Sinhala but not buddhists.

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          Liyanage

          “The people who give a bad name to Buddhism are Sinhala but not buddhists. The people who give a bad name to the Sinhalese are Sinhala but not buddhists.”

          In both cases it has always been the Sinhala/Buddhists who give bad name to Sinhalese and Buddhists.

  • 0
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    Mahinda Rajapakse went into this Hindu temple topless with a reason to attract Tamil voters. But I see there are 1000s of males walking into the temple topless. Are they too shy to walk in without bottomless???

    Who is stupid MR or rest of Hindus??

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