13 December, 2017

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Renegotiating UNHRC Resolution 30/1

By Rajeewa Jayaweera

Rajeewa Jayaweera

Foreign Minister Gamini Marapana’s responses to questions by MPs Dinesh Gunawardena and Bandula Gunawardane during the Committee Stage Debate on the Appropriation Bill, of revelations made by Lord Naseby in the House of Lords, makes little or no sense.

“We are not saying that we would not use Lord Naseby’s statement. We will certainly use it at the proper time and appropriate forums. There may be a time when the UNHRC asks us to conduct investigations into the war crime allegations. We will use this statement when such a time comes. Otherwise, our opponents will find counter arguments for this valuable statement. We must use it as an Ace”.

It is a contradiction of the response by the spokesperson of his ministry to a query raised by The Island. It stated, “Engaging in arguments and debates in the international domain over the number of civilians who may have died at a particular time in the country will not help resolve any issues, in a meaningful manner, locally, except a feelgood factor for a few individuals who may think that they have won a debate or scored points over someone or the other. 

One is intrigued. How does a nation communicate its position to the world on an issue which is contrary to that of powerful countries without voicing its narrative at international forums and forcefully arguing its case with facts and figures? Will Sri Lanka wait for some nation to ask, ‘do you want to renegotiate Resolution 30/1’ or she, armed with newly available information, demand at all appropriate forums, ‘we wish to renegotiate Resolution 30/1’. 

The unity government failed to do what it had to do in Geneva in September 2009 and opted to co-sponsor UNHRC Resolution 30/1 instead. Undoubtedly, the Resolution contains many positives for Sri Lanka. However, failure to make the homegrown mechanisms of LLRC and Paranagama Commission Report (second mandate) an integral part of Resolution 30/1 was a monumental blunder. A Resolution, partly owned by Sri Lanka due to the incorporation of its homegrown mechanisms would have made it more meaningful and acceptable.

In countries with the Executive Presidency system such as USA, France, etc., direction and guidelines on foreign policy, as well as other critical national issues such as human rights, are set by the President. Regrettably, that has not been the case in Sri Lanka since January 09, 2015. Despite President Sirisena’s many strengths, international relations is not one of them. It gave the Ranil Wickramasinghe Mangala Samaraweera duumvirate, unbridled and unconstrained freedom to decide the manner in which Sri Lanka engaged with the international community and managed its relations with friends, past and newfound.   It led to the duo’s erroneous judgment, the west and India would be the cure to all of Sri Lanka’s economic woes. When it did not materialize, they had to turn to China with hat in hand to revive relations and projects suspended earlier, in return for economic assistance.    

Lord Naseby recently revealed in the House of Lords, thirty-nine pages of material gathered from a batch of dispatches by the British Military Attaché Lt. Col. Anton Gash in Colombo during the final phase of the conflict, January – May 2009. Despite being highly redacted, much valuable information is still available of the manner in which the Sri Lankan army conducted itself (this is not an exoneration of criminal acts by soldiers in their private capacity). 

Dispatch dated 28 January 2009 07:39 titled Interim Sitrep 28 Jan 09 – DA Colombo Heading: The Situation – states, “An attempt by ICRC/UN to bring out 200 sick and wounded failed on 27 Jan 09 when the agreed cease-fire broke down. A further attempt to extract will be made on 29 Jan 09. It is not possible to distinguish civilians from LTTE cadres, as few cadres are in military uniform.”

Dispatch dated 12 Mar 09 titled ‘Military Analysis – Sri Lanka Jan/Feb 09, in Para 9 under the heading IDPs, sub-para b, Nash states. “The LTTE has been consistently trying to prevent the egress of IDPs, other than the most seriously injured; * On 9 Feb 09 a suicide bomber killed 9 civilians and wounded 41 at the screening center near Puliyampokkanai. * On 10 Feb 09, 19 civilians were killed and 75 wounded by the LTTE as they tried to escape to the government held territory. The UN reports civilians reaching ICRC medical facilities manned with gunshot wounds to the lower limbs – to prevent them from leaving. * The LTTE had been forcing the civilian population to move in accordance with their tactical requirements. The NFZ is rigorously policed and patrolled by LTTE cadres, who control access to food and medical facilities, ensuring that their own needs are met before any capacity is allowed for civilians.”

These are but samples of vital information not factored into the report prepared by UNSG’s Panel of Experts (PoE), Darusman Report, supposedly ‘prepared in a highly professional manner to meet international standards.’ Needless to state, actors on the ground of the likes of Lt. Col. Nash, Gordon Weiss, etc. have not been consulted.

According to reliable sources, Lord Naseby’s recent revelations in the House of Lords was the culmination of more than three years of hard work. He would have devoted much time and effort in obtaining the release of this information with the assistance of the Information Commissioner. It is hoped, Lord Naseby will continue his sterling efforts and convince British authorities, to quote his own words, “UK must now get the UN and the UNHCR in Geneva to accept a civilian casualty level of 7,000 to 8,000, not 40,000”, and to lead the international community to recognize what the truth really was.”

It is said, it takes two to Tango. Notwithstanding Lord Naseby’s commendable efforts, the project of renegotiating the Geneva Resolution cannot move forward unless GoSL is convinced, it is the best course of action for the country and formulates a strategy towards achieving such an objective. GoSL working in tandem with the likes of Lord Naseby and other like-minded influential persons would be the way forward. 

In such an event, much groundwork needs to be undertaken. To begin with, translate the relevant documents, i.e., Paranagama Commission Report, Darusman Report and UNHRC Resolution 30/1 into Sinhala and Tamil languages. It will assist a higher number of politicians, officials and citizens to better understand both negatives and positives of the Geneva Resolution.

Such a project would require the support of at least some of the significant players namely the US, UN, UK, France, Germany, UNHRC in Geneva and India. Our Ambassadors in those countries, under the guidance of the Foreign Minister and his officials, would need to be mobilized for the initial spadework and subsequent follow-up work.

Towards this end, the foreign minister need take ownership of his subject and play a more assertive role. Some other ministers feel Foreign Affairs, and Human Rights are not the same. That as the case may be, the incumbent is the third subject minister in less than three years. Shortly after the onetime Foreign Minister co-sponsored UNHRC 30/1; the President made specific announcements contradicting some of the paragraphs in the co-sponsored Resolution which is not helpful in the long term. In Sri Lanka’s current predicament, foreign affairs and human rights overlap in most instances. As such, at this juncture, it would be in the best interest of the country for the Foreign Minister, a former Attorney General, present Sri Lanka’s case at all international forums, based on a strategy worked out jointly by the President, Prime Minister and himself.      

Competent and able Ambassadors need head Sri Lankan missions in those countries/cities. Their work and reporting need necessarily be of similar high quality to that of Lt. Col. Gash’s reports to his superiors. Unfortunately, senior staffers in the foreign service, of the required caliber are in short supply. Many are careerists with focus on promotions, overseas postings, and allowances. 

Two of the best in the service are in the key positions of Foreign Secretary and Permanent Rep to UN office in Geneva. Another, at times controversial yet highly competent, is being wasted in The Hauge. Permanent Rep in New York, a lawyer by profession and with many years of experience as Legal Advisor to the Foreign Ministry is eminently suited. A retired career diplomat heads the Delhi mission. The Washington embassy is currently headless. The heads of mission in London, Paris, and Berlin are all political appointees without the required skills for such a project. A project to bring about the renegotiation of UNHRC 30/1 will need competent professionals to head our missions in the said four key capitals on an urgent basis.

Does President Sirisena’s government have the political will to undertake such a project and capitalize on the Naseby initiative?

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    Dear Rajeeva, you do not know the real situation in the UK. Lord Naseby utterance is being used for the Sinhala gallery as if it is the final word on this matter. He well and truly got the works in house of lords from Lords supporting the Tamil cause. It is laughable to state that this revelations is the trump card Ace, which in fact is a useless one like the joker in the pack. Tamils have access to UK foreign ministry and they say that the despatches by their diplomats were from information given by Srilanka government at that time and not from their independent investigation. If the death figure is 7000, where are the remains of the dead. If they had been disposed off by dissolving in sulphuric acid or burning in incinerators, then it is a crime. This sad state is the result of Srilanka government first asking all foreigners to leave before the final onslaught and not allowing anyone to enter in the war zone several months after the end of the war. Does this not sound a bell to you as deliberately done to cover up the atrocities during the war, like use of unauthorised weapons and attacking safe areas such as hospitals and refugee centres, and after the war to disposing dead bodies and eradicating all evidence of war crimes such as denying medical assistance to injured and executing those with injuries from unauthorised weapons. If Naseby or anyone else continue to make noise, UK government will demand a comprehensive inquiry to get at the truth. When this happens Srilanka government not wanting to be exposed, will have no option other than to close it.

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      Dear Gnana

      Even though you say “dispatches by their diplomats were from information given by Sri Lankan governments at the time and not from independent investigations”. I am sure you understand, intelligence reports are not based solely on figures provided by governments? To say so is to belittle British military intelligence.

      Lt. Col. Nash, in his dispatches, has also referred to UN Country Team Reports, US Ambassador Robert Blake, UN spokesperson Gordon Weiss and ICRC. Why were none of these persons consulted by PoE?

      A comprehensive inquiry as you say is not going to materialize as long as the identity of 2,500 complainants who provided over 4,000 submissions remain hidden.

      I concede former President Rajapaksa should never have stated ‘zero casualties’. He should have stuck to the 7,000 deaths provided by the Statistics Dept.

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        Dear Rajiva, before the onslaught took place with death of large amount of Tamils, all foreign organisations including UN and ICRC were asked to leave which got the name of war without witnesses. They were not even allowed to come back into the war area after the end of the war. When this is so how can they say that they got the report independent of government sources. This is the reason why British government is ignoring Lord Naseby’s submissions. There are satellite images of bombing of safe zones, which when showed to Palitha Kohonne by Al Jazeera, he changed his prior stand and admitted to the dastardly crime. Do you call this an act done not deliberately, where Lord Naseby says the armed forces never wanted to kill non combatant Tamils intentionally. When UN appointed the panel to inquire into the deaths, Srilanka government protested and refused to allow them into the country. This proves guilt on the part of Srilanka. As for witnesses, I presume there were several Army personnel too, they do not have witness protection and can you give a guarantee to their lives. Despite UN asking Srilanka to pass legislation to protect witnesses, they have not done so as yet. Recently in the murder of a Tamil by STF personnel in Jaffna, the witness has been threatened and he has retracted his statement of knowing the culprit. When this is so will those people who gave evidence against Srilanka state come forward to reveal their identity. Ask Tamil commentators in CT, whether they are prepared to reveal their identity. If you are honest agree for an international inquiry into the matter with witness protection.

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          Dear Gnana
          Would you be so kind to share the link to Al Jazeera news clip of Dr Kohonne admitting to what you refer as ‘dastardly crime’ ? Thanks.

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            There were two interviews 19/04/09 and 01/05/09
            If you type “Dr. Palitha Kohona interviewed on Al Jazeera” it will come up.
            On April 19th Kohona told that there was no government shelling in the safe zone. “Absolutely not, because the government has issued instructions, to the military not to use aerial bombarding or shelling into this area.
            On May 01st Kohona when confronted with latest UN satellite imaging agency (UNOSAT) pictures showing craters, found inside safe zones between March 15 and April 19 2009, at first challenged the authenticity, before admitting targeting the tiger’s heavy weapons. Pictures showed craters which UN head of satellite mapping said the pattern of craters would have required air power.
            Further to UN, USA also are having satellite images taken during the last stages of war of aerial bombardment and shelling of safe zones as well as pictures of surrendering LTTE leaders whose bullet ridden bodies were later found.

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        Rajeewa

        You are being childish now.
        When war criminals are being charged their advocates will reserve their right to cross examine the witnesses. This is not a plausible reason as to why the state, rulers, armed forces ………. are reluctant to investigate all war crimes.

        You should stop demeaning yourself.
        Please grow up.

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        Rajeewa ~ “…………….as long as the identity of 2,500 complainants who provided over 4,000 submissions remain hidden…………..”.
        Surely you know that NP is under the Lankan army and the moment they get to suspect (repeat suspect) the identity of a complainant, the relatives will go missing.
        Rajeewa again ~ “…former President Rajapaksa should never have stated ‘zero casualties’. He should have stuck to the 7,000 deaths provided by the Statistics Department.”
        This excuse is pathetic – ‘zero casualties’ is as credible as the disappearance of Tsunami aid.
        Who provided the figure 7,000 to the Statistics Department?

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      sankaralingam,
      The important thing here is Tamil terrorism is over and SL will never allow Tamil terrorism to raise its ugly head ever again. People have freedom to go about with their normal routine without the fear of blown up into pieces by these brutal Tamil terrorists.
      No war is clean. Specially this terror war which was initiated by these Tamils. Innocent civilians die (collateral damage). Didn’t you know that? or did you think SL will retreat and hand over the country to the Tamil terrorists because of civilian casualties? Where has such thing happened? Iraq? Afghanistan?
      Tamils in the West are been taken for a ride by those corrupt politicians for their election advantage and money. Do you really think those politician’s hearts are oozing with sorrow for a bunch of Tamils from a third world country???
      Good luck, keep chasing the carrot!

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    UNHRC is a political organization. UN wanted to come to check out Rohingyas in Myanmar. Myanmar govt said no. Sri lanka was not like that. Politicians are very corrupt. they expected advantage during the election as well as foreign aids that cover up their inabilities. Otherwise, Sri lanka doe snot have to worry this much. Eqarlier they said, because we did not bend to the UNHRC, we are unpopular in the world. that is inside the US and UK govt and their crony countries. In that sense, are we popular now as a country with a crokked central banks under some thieves ?

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      Jim softy

      I am told some Brits visit this island exclusively for the purpose of meeting young beach boys. Did you like Brits when you were providing services to anyone from anywhere?

      Tell us, on the whole who paid you well, Arabs, Americans, Europeans, …………….. Indians?

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    Jayaweera,

    What happened to Isaipriya ?
    What happened to Balachandran?
    Pass this to Nastyboy https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/kwxz4m/death-of-a-tiger-0000710-v22n8

    On April the 28th 2009 President Rajapaksa – when challenged on suggestions that humanitarian aid was being denied to the NFZ – personally endorsed the claim that there were only a few thousand civilians left in the zone.

    Rajapakse Govt first told a lie -“there were only 30,000 people in the Vanni”. Later we came to know there were about 290,000 people in Vanni.
    How did the number increase from 30,000 to 290,000 – nearly 10times the original figure. (http://www.stillcountingthedead.com/wp/?p=7491)

    If you multiply 7,000 by 10 what do you get Rajeeva? http://www.stillcountingthedead.com/wp/?p=7197

    France Harrison talks about these civilian deaths.
    Sri Lanka’s Troubles. Niromi de Soyza and France Harrison
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTXmxixWSBw

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      ahhhh we dont care

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        sach the stupid

        Well recognised your own drawback.

        You will not only wish to hit the bottom but also want to drag the future generations along with you. However the past history tells us you have difficulty realising you have already hit the bottom and no further to go.

        Did you think adding “ahhh” to “we dont care” would make you a clever dick or a smart ass patriot? You sound pathetic.

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      anupu
      Nice links!
      All fed by hiding LTTE terrorists and terror supporters.

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    Mr. Jayaweera,

    You join Sanja Jayatilleka, Michael Roberts, et al. in playing the numbers game, when the elephant in the room all along has been the lack of any independent investigation in the face of the utter lack of credibility of the Governments of Sri Lanka on issues like mass atrocities, torture and enforced disappearances. Naseby can labor all he wants on behalf of war criminals who have entertained him, but he has no standing to talk about UNHRC., and the issue will never go away.

    Given that Ratko Mladic was judged guilty of war crimes in Yugoslavia nearly 3 decades after his crimes , the victims and their advocates know it can take a long time to find justice, and sometime the legal channels may not result in justice at all. Some victims will therefore look for extrajudicial means of justice at some point–to give the criminals and white van abductors a taste of their own medicine–and if they do so, can anyone blame them? Indeed, the UNHRC has been utterly ineffective from the victims’ perspective, and if the GoSL wants to take away even the little hope that it provides them, then extrajudicial means may be the only option they have.

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    The GoSL is surely clutching at straws by relying on the self-appointed white knight to the government of Sri Lanka.

    In any case, why this sudden involvement of the old white master. Hasn’t enough damage been done already?

    The GoSL would be better advised to prepare its own defence. It surely has all the evidence to hand.
    Hasn’t it?

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      Spring Koha

      Why is the Time Lord interested in this island now?
      Did he enjoy memorable colonial type “Kandyan Hospitality” when he was here last time? You know what I mean.

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        Native Vedda,

        The Time Lord has been having an unhealthy interest in UK affairs ever since his good experiences when he first visited as a Reckitt and Colman expat. Our sycophants know that ‘hospitality’ of the incumbent government is truly historic and makes for happy memories.

        On the other hand, if you come like Milliband and Boucher, you are guaranteed a very fruity “fuck-off” and a fast bajaj back to BIA (without the protocol of a police escort.)

        Luckily none of the serious protagonists pay too much credence to the ‘Naseby Findings’.

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    “This is not an exoneration of criminal acts by soldiers in their private capacity.”

    So no government at war (internal or external) is responsible for any criminal acts committed by its soldiers in a theater of war against the enemy forces or even civilians ‘in their private capacity’.

    We cannot take Rajeewa Jayaweera’s word for it. This is a novel concept he appears to be proposing and so the writer should back up this assertion with proper citations.

    Soldiers (except mercenaries) cannot engage in a war in their private capacity, period.

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      Estate Labourer

      No, I have always argued, individual soldiers committing crimes in their private capacity must be tried according to criminal law, similar to crimes committed by any other civilians.

      This issue is about deaths which took place during the last phase in crossfires between Sri Lankan army and LTTE.As the Americans, British and all others are aware, collateral damage, in such instances, is inevitable.

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        Rajeeva

        1. Last phase
        2. Individual soldiers
        3. Private capacity
        4. Crossfires
        5. Collateral damage
        6. Inevitable

        1. Why do you limit your timeline to last pahse? War crimes took place from 1971 to 2015.

        2. Did you mean Individual soldiers committing crime after hours, after heavy boozing, ……………… where did the individual get the murder weapons? How did the soldier manage to kill as many as possible? SLAF flew thousands of sorties, did they unload the bombs in the sea? Armed forces did not fire Field guns, Multi Barrels, ………………were the members of the armed forces just testing their own ability to spit the farthest?

        3. Were the soldiers sent to the battle field in their private capacity? Does it mean the hierarchy of the armed forces were free from command responsibilities?

        4.Cross fire – Oh please.

        5. Collateral Damage – Are you saying one cannot make an omellete without breaking the egg? In other words the state, armed forces and the rulers had to kill the civilians in order to kill LTTE. Fantastic logic and humanitarian mission.

        6. Inevitable- No the state, armed forces, rulers …………….. have had many choices. Wasn’t carpet bombing an easy/lazy racist option?

        I do not understand as to why every Tom, Dick and Harry believes he has unassailable logic to defend the indefensible, war crimes.

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            Jamis Muthu Banda Tamil speaking Sinhalam

            Brilliant,
            Thanks for keeping it brief.
            Keep up your good work.

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          Stupid vedda
          Why didn’t the Tamils go to UN starting 1971?

          Go find out what “collateral damage” means. Ask the west without being an idiot!

          As a citizen of SL I demand from the gov. that Tamil terrorism is ended. I fully support any kind of effort to do so. If carpet bombing is an option it should be carried out.
          If those terrorists didn’t know the seriousness of initiating a terror war on my country they and their stupid supporters know what it is now.

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            Nuisance

            Here comes the substitute.
            Where is Shenali the stupid?
            Have you sent Shenali to fetch your Paddikkama? sach is still looking for it.

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            Nuisance

            They would have gone to Geneva only if Siri Mao and her merry men didn’t impose travel ban with strict implementation of Exit Visa.

            However one retired judge Krishna Vaikunthavasan an independent activist thundered at the UN General Assembly in 1978.

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              What an idiotic answer. Go tell this type of stories to stupid terrorists!

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        Dear Rajiva, crimes committed by security services on non combatant Tamils since the declaration of a war in 1984, had been institutional and not individualistic and widespread and not sporadic. As a past medico-legal officer in the war zone, I am a medical witness to these crimes, where none of the perpetrators have been brought to justice. So your statement that individual soldiers committing crime in their private capacity must be tried sounds hollow. Officer in charge of a military unit is responsible to the conduct of his subordinates and the fact that impunity to crimes is the order of the day, proves that they are also in collusion. To brush these deaths as collateral inevitable damage shows your inhumanness, where there is ample evidence to the contrary. Does deaths due to bombing and shelling of hospitals and safe zones. using of unauthorized chemical agents and cluster bombs, denial of food to civilians and medicines to injured, summary execution of surrendering, fall into the category of collateral damage or war crimes against humanity. Please be reasonable and stop supporting criminals by your false submissions to cover up..

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          What about the crimes committed by Tamil terrorists on unarmed civilians living in their villages? Men,women and children including infants butchered and slaughtered in their sleep. What about the terrorist omn attacks on non military targets in Colombo killing ana maiming thousands? Would you agree that the Tamil diaspora including Adele Balansingam who funded and assisted those dastardly activities should be held responsible and dealt by an international tribunal.

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            Dear Percy,
            Don’t you know that LTTE was designated as a Terrorist organization by many western countries for the crimes committed against unarmed civilians. At the same scale, you should ask why the international community failed to designate Srilanka as a terrorist Nation for the crimes committed on unarmed civilians since 1958? The number of Tamil and Sinhala civilians affected by Srilanka military was hundred times more than the Sinhalese affected by LTTE crimes.

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              Designation as a Terrorist Organization was a by product of 9/11. Westerns nations had no option after Bush II decreed as such. It still did not prevent western countries from granting asylum to LTTE terrorists (for details, see films such as the award winning French film ‘Dheepan’)

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                Eagle Blind Eye

                You seems to be better at screening the asylum seekers than western border security . Do you use your mind’s eye to extrapolate your recollection of being at the border crossings with or without a forged passport begging entry and project it onto LTTE asylum seekers? Good fun isn’t it?

                Why don’t you consider supplying the names and other details to the relevant authorities to deal with all LTTE terrorist who are living in western countries?

                Do you happen to know any deserters and war criminals from armed forces living abroad?

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              ajit
              Why didn’t the Tamils go to UN in 1958 or thereafter untill they lost their terror war?

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            Percy

            “What about the crimes committed by Tamil terrorists”

            What about them?
            Why hadn’t Dr Gota (DSc) charge KP, many Pottu Amman’s boys, Karuna, Pillaiyan, ……………………….

            By the way why hadn’t the the state charge Somawansa, Wimal, Douglas, …………………….?

            Those who genuinely care about innocent people were the ones who raised war crime issues that included all crimes committed by LTTE and other Tamil sundries, JVP, State armed forces, Home Guards, UNP/SLFP thugs, IPKF, ………………………………… you, ….

            The best thing you could do is to keep your mouth closed and go to Kilinochchi, Batticaloa, make a citizen arrests, drag KP and Karuna two prominent war criminals out of their den all the way to ICC.

            You are not serious about war crimes are you?

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            Percy you are coming out with rubbish due to your biased mentality. All those Tamils who committed crimes on unarmed civilians have either been killed in combat or killed after surrendering. The problem now is that Sinhalese and even Muslims who committed crimes on unarmed civilians are walking free. Why is this double standard when you cry loudly that Tamils have equal rights . If Tamil diaspora who funded LTTE is to be prosecuted then Sinhalese who funded the government have also have to be prosecuted. War crimes is only against those who either committed it or have command responsibility. It is well known that Adele Balasingham did not have any command responsibility in the war nor did commit any crime, and thus does not come into the category. Just because you and other Sinhala racists want something done, international tribunal with high integrity will not be prepared to dance to your tune.

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            Percy,
            Do I have to remind you that Tamil lives are more important and valuable than Sinhalese lives!

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          sankaralingam
          Get more information on collateral damage from the US and UK. While you are at it let them also know it is inhumane. Let us know their response.

          Who declared war in 1984? Was that by the first blasting of innocent civilians to pieces by suicide murderers?

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    Do you mean to say the 36 Governments who co-sponsored the L30/1 Resolution , promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka, for a comprehensive independent international investigation, with foreign judges, prosecutors and lawyers were actually joking?

    Renegotiate again on life and death?

    Why is Sri Lanka so fearful to clear its conscience and to move forward?

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      Why are all the Tamils who gave evidence in Geneva incognito “so fearful” of providing their identity and to be cross examined? What is good for the goose is good for the gander no ???

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        Eagle eye the racist, for a witness to be cross examined, inquiry has to take place. As long as the inquiry has credibility with independent international judges of known integrity, and witness protection assured by law, Tamil witnesses will come forward to give evidence. This is the case in all war crimes inquiry. Without all these how can you expect Tamils to risk their lives to appear before a biased Srilankan panel with security forces threatening them as what happened in past cases involving security forces. Tamils will never get justice in Srilanka under its judicial mechanism, as it is inherently racist. In Geneva Tamils had no fear of repercussion and they had firm belief that they will get justice, unlike in Srilanka.

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      You appear to take everything seriously!

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    Rajeewa
    Renegotiating a resolution co-sponsored by GoSL, based on a so-called Naseby initiative? That is a new concept albeit desperate?
    You showed interest in the plight of LankanAirlines. Can the contracts be renegotiated?
    Rajeewa; Can the B-C pact be resurrected?

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    Native.

    Now I know what you had meant by Kandyan Hospitality. The essayist Rajeeva may also know what is meant by Air-Lanka Hospitality.

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      Plato

      You are a dirty old man!!!!
      Air Lanka hospitality is too close to home.

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    Recently, after the savage infection of Yasmin Sooka Syndrome, the ultra-Racist Nagananda called upon the true sons of the Mother Lankawe to come with their gears to defend the Mother; only a True Daughter of the Mother named Shenal have come up so far, but no new sons other than the usual Sinhala Intellectuals with their twisted stories showed up. Jayaweera probably wants to eliminate that shortage in number. Jayaweera probably is calling the Sinhala supporting actress to get out defend Mother Lankawe as they did in Old Royal time.
    This game suggested by Jayaweera was played by Old Royals in many dimensions. This includes Muslims rioting in Marudanai and Slave Island against UN in Fridays and Wimal going on Lemon Puff dieting in front of UN’s Colombo office.
    Jayaweera’s game is nothing but a continuation of the Jehan PhDs’ write up to use Lord Nasby’s talk, with a slight blaming on UNP in favor of old Royals. He is trying to say UNP is not defending the country.
    Old Royal did all what they were able to do and left the Temple Tree House and ran out at the end. In reality, it did not go not defended as Jayaweera is showing. After firing Thero De Silva from UNHRC in 2009, Instead of calling for true sons, Old Royals took a different turn in using Sinhala Supporting actresses, Deva, Karuna Hakeem, and Rishard et al help to defend Mother Lankawe, from March 2012. Old King threatened Sampanthar if he goes out tell the Tamils side of the story, he would unleash a pogrom in Lankawe.
    UN’s internal investigation confessed that UN’s good office was manipulated during the war. It is a shame for Lankawe to spread its corruption to world body’s level and the world body self-censured it for having participated with Lankawe in the distortions.

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    The numbers released by UN (around 15,000) was contested in that Internal Investigation Report. It has gone to 70,000. Nambiar’s role that he was heavily involved in the hiding of the real numbers is accepted.
    After 2012, Lankawe has spent billions in consultants, bribes and dethroning international official like San Rice. Yet Old Royals did not hire any capable guys to reply for Expert Panel report. First they down played the report as Darusman report, meaning a private anti-Lankawe person’s biased accusation. When the noose started to tighten, Old Royal stated to play their additional comedies. Jon Snow’s and Cullum McRae’s Killing field documentary appeared in the Media. That portrayed Rapist army bringing out naked victims blind folded and shooting in open fields. The rapist was feeling rebel girl’s pulse to go for one more run before their soul separate. Isai Pirya was being paraded, nude, minimal dress, and in many scenes in many ways before being shot. The Child Balachnadran was feed with cookies before head office order was received to shoot him. White Flag victims’ bodies lying shot were looked very horrible in that documentary. This documentary was given to UN and UNSG was slackening to watch it.
    Latter Old Royals had beaten up some of the guys appeared in “Lankawe Killing field ” documentary and had reversed their statements, in a challenge to the documentary, in a movie called “Lies Agreed Upon.” The Old Royal submitted this comedy show as the answer to the Expert Panel. UNSG allowed extra time for Lankawe to reply for Expert Panel report. But they didn’t. Pakistani Consultant hired at staggering Cost had asked Old Royals to cooperate with UN and UNHRC. They hired war crime defense lawyer Desmond de Silva. There was a case filed against Desmond De Silva’s fraudulent actives by Sumanthiran.

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    None of the Old Royals expensive consultants did anything constructive on the Expert Panel report. Remember, answering to expert Panel Report was not easy as the time was passing “UN had convicted UN on abusing Eelam Tamils.” American Undersecretary Robert Blake moved the resolution to next level, after seeing for no proper response for 2012, 2013 and 2014 resolutions, and the OISL injury. That is where 6000 witness and evidences were used to arrive at 42 war criminals number.
    Call for submitting Paranagama Commission report to OISL was demanded by Tamara, Rajiva and Thero de Silva, , though all three was punished by Old Royal, they did not wanted their involvement exposed in a proper UN Inquiry. Yahapalanaya stayed out of it because of the biggest comedy done by Old Royals by submitting “Lies Agreed Upon as” an answer to Expert panel report. UNHRC was asking to remove Paranagama commission based on reliable witnessed that he was using CIDs to harass the Missing Person Families. In that condition Tamara, Rajiva and Thero asked for to give that report to OISL. But Yahapalanaya agreed to remove Paranagama in exchange for bought out time for investigation. Mangala’s’ ability as greatest liar was shown out in those negotiation and in his victories. But the LLRC report was presented to everywhere and it received some acceptance from the world. It is the LLRC term undertaken into the UNHRC resolutions, ie. Investigating army excess after the 2002 peace deal. National Action plan in response to LLRC was accepted by IC. To mention specially, Hakeem took it to Mrs. Clinton and had obtained accent to implement it. Thought Mrs. Clinton gave her accent but did not believe Hakeem as he was working with Old Royal to dismiss CJ Shiranee at the same time.

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    Further, at the same time, Nimal Siripala De Siva was working on the presidential commission to repeal 13A. The angry Appe Aanduwa of Hillary worked with China to defeat Susan Rice and to bring John Kerry as the State secretary. These criminal deals were investigated in US too.
    Dropping out the anti UN strategy of Old Royals, Yahapalanaya cosponsored the resolution 30/1 and had negotiated to drop even it out for Secret Solution. After seeing that Yahapalanaya has no intention of completing the resolution 30/1 or bring in Secret Solution before its next election in 2019, Prince Zeid, the UNHRC HC, who withdrew the original OISL report in favor of Lankawe, suggested UNHRC will need more time so the NGOs and Tamils should explore private law suits under Universal Jurisdiction. Earlier Ranil had gone to New York and demanded to tear the report. Ban-Ki- Moon’s reply was the Expert Panel‘s report would not vanish in thin air, unlike Jayaweera is hoping for. Desmond De Silva and other consultants robbed the Central Bank of Ajith Nivard Cabraal but didn’t help Appe Aanduwa. In a latter day UNP had released the massive the consultancy cost in Parliament. Sinhala Cinema Supporting Actresses cost and the Geneva arrack party costs are extra. That is where, now Jayaweera is reinventing the wheel, following the path on Jehan PhD that the Darusman report has to be contested with Paranagama’ s report.

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    Rajeewa is betting both ways – Elsewhere criticising LankanAirlines corruption on the one hand and here saying that infamous war casualties were just collateral damage. In the latter endeavour he exposes his shallow thinking.

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    Dear Rajeeva Jayaweeraand all participants,
    How come Sri Lankan Top executives have never learnt Fundamental Truths and Fundamental Rights? Human relations and Social sciences are not known in Sri Lanka? Nobody seems to know covering one crime with more crime and covering one lie with more lies will boomerang bad not only on the the present but also on the future. When will sun shine for Sri Lanka if the dark shadows created from 1940 over Sri Lanka are kept propagated again and again? You will gain dignity only if you are prompt in serving justice to victims and justice to all suffering population due to fraud and crime. If you failed to learn in school, you can learn from experience if you are able to learn. If not the consequences for responsibility is several fold higher than the consequence of the victim. To understand consequences you should understand the Fundamental Truths and Fundamental Rights.

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      Richard

      You don’t seem to understand Sri Lankans.
      They are clever, smart, brainy, ……………. each of them deserves to win Nobel Prize each year every year, for example look at the achievement of this country, it is the envy of the entire world. There is no one to match our intellectuals and their contribution to the world at large, for example can anyone match Dayan, Wimal Sangili Karuppan, Udhaya, Dhinesh, Namal, GL, …… somass, sach, Nuisance, Hela, Dr Mahinda Rajapaksa (LLD), Dr Gotabhaya Rajapaksa (DSc), a unique breed. …. This country seem to have produced more doctorates and professors than any other country …………….

      You will not find one intellectually dishonest person in this country.

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      richard
      Did you wake up today?
      Learn about Trump first, you will learn a lot. Until then take it easy.

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        Nuisance

        “Did you wake up today?”

        Actually Richard made his comment yesterday (December 4, 2017).
        Would you like Trump to be the next president of this island, who could feed you with free American rice/wheat made in the Moon?

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    The British High Commission has declared that Lord Naseby’s recent statement in the House of Lords pertaining to accountability issues in Sri Lanka doesn’t reflect UK’s stand.

    The British HC said so in response to The Island query whether the BHC had discussions with the Foreign Ministry here or the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) as regards Lord Naseby’s call for reviewing Geneva Resolution 30/1. The following is the text of the BHC statement: “Lord Naseby was not speaking for the British Government when speaking recently in a debate in the House of Lords.  As a Member of Parliament he is entitled to express his own views.” 

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    “Lord Naseby’s ‘revelations’: a hollow attempt to re-write history and deny justice”

    “Where did the information come from and what does(n’t) it tell us?
    The information cited by the Peer, Michael Morris (or ‘Lord Naseby’), derives from what we are informed are 39 heavily redacted pages of war-time diplomatic despatches between the former British Defence Attache in Sri Lanka, Lieutenant Colonel Anton Gash, and the UK Foreign Office, as obtained through a Freedom of Information request. Unfortunately, an email invitation to Lord Naseby to share the full despatches with us was not taken up, so we are left only with those quotes from the despatches selected by him during his speech[1]. We address them in turn below.”

    Read more from
    https://www.srilankacampaign.org/lord-nasebys-revelations-hollow-attempt-re-write-history-deny-justice/

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