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Sri Lanka At A Crossroads – A Tamil Perspective

By Suren Surendiran

Suren Surendiran

Suren Surendiran

January 2015 saw one of the worst tyrannies in the history of Sri Lanka come to an abrupt end. The unexpected was realised through the ballot and not through bullet.

President Maithripala Sirisena swept to power with 51.2% of the vote compared with his rival who mustered 47.6%. Although there were pockets in the South where Maithripala managed to edge over Rajapaksa, the minorities, particularly the Tamils, in their areas of domination overwhelmingly rejected Rajapaksa, in some districts voting for Maithripala by 4 to 5 times more, which ultimately gave him, the win.

August 2015 yet again saw extremism within the Sinhalese and Tamils being out rightly rejected to form a coalition government and an opposition, both with majority of moderate voices.

Military governors were removed and civilian governors were appointed to the predominantly Tamil Northern and Eastern Provinces. At the Independence Day celebrations on 4 February 2015, a declaration for peace was readout in all three languages and the President and Prime Minister presided over paying respect to all who perished during the war. The 18thamendment to the constitution, which by and large politicised all independent democratic institutions, was reversed by passing the 19th amendment.

Democratic space was created for freedom of expression without fear of reprisals. Unlike during the Rajapaksa reign, not a single journalist got killed or abducted during 2015. No serious threat to religious freedom was realised unlike during the preceding years. Some private lands were released with President publicly promising to release all the private lands occupied by the military within six months. There was an initial release of small number of political prisoners with a public commitment to the Tamil party, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) that the remainder will be released soon after.

Government of Sri Lanka co-sponsored the UNHRC resolution A/HRC/30/L.29 in Oct 2015, which acknowledged that terrible crimes were committed by both parties during the armed conflict and wanted an independent credible accountability mechanism with international participation be set up by the Government. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mangala Samaraweera in his speech said “Don’t judge us by the broken promises, experiences and U-turns of the past…. My plea to you Ladies and Gentlemen, is trust us and join us to work together and create the momentum required to move forward and take progressive, meaningful and transformative steps to create a new Sri Lanka.”

Foreign Minister further stated that the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) will be repealed and a more appropriate legislation be introduced conforming to international standards.
2015 also saw some of the Tamil diaspora organisations and individuals being de-proscribed by the present government.

Further, the scene was set to pass a resolution to convert parliament into a constitutional assembly.

Therefore, by end of 2015 although things were not progressing and/or progressing fast enough as promised in the 100 point plan of the newly elected President or in the manifesto commitments made by the new government, the general trajectory of democratisation, social justice and economy were treading marginally upward compared to the previous years of Rajapaksa reign. The expectations of the Tamil people too were on the same trajectory.

As we reach the end of 2016, a critical analysis of the past 12 months in Sri Lanka paints a more subdued and relatively disappointing picture, although all’s not lost.

As they say, old habits die hard. Dilly dallying on some of the commitments made by the government and the President has become a more frequent feature during 2016. Most Sri Lankans feel generally let down by this government as several of their manifesto commitments haven’t been implemented.

This government came to power claiming to clean up corruption and mismanagement that prevailed during the previous regime and bring to justice those who abused their authority in various ways. Unfortunately, neither have they been able to prosecute anyone successfully nor have they been able to run a government without various major corruption charges being levelled against them.

In a recent incident, a senior cabinet minister was caught on camera allegedly interfering and perverting the course of justice through the most senior policeman in the land.

Although thousands of combatants and civilians surrendered or captured at the end of the war, only 296 were publicly accepted as prisoners detained either under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) or held without charges being brought at a court of law, by this new government. The current information is that, of these 296 detainees, 96 are still under detention. 23 of these 96 were granted bail, recently. However, there is no public acknowledgement as to how many of the 23 actually accepted the bail.

Releasing the entire 296 immediately or soon after coming to power by the executive President, would have been seen by the Tamil people as a great reconciliatory step. This would have helped in a small way to bridge the trust deficiency that remains within the Sinhala and Tamil communities.

The inability to accomplish even that in the past several months after promising at the end of 2015, possibly demonstrates the lack of will and courage. This in turn creates genuine doubts in the minds of even the moderates who helped this President and the government to succeed in respective elections last year, the possibility of any deeper reforms.

President Maithripala Sirisena publicly states that there won’t be any international judges in the judicial mechanism to address accountability for the alleged crimes committed during the war. Recently in a speech in Maharagama, the President said that in his speech at the UN General Assembly he has stated this very clearly and the international community has now accepted that there won’t be any international judges. Since 8 November, the President has also suggested that he will write to the President Elect Donald Trump to seek help to relieve Sri Lanka from having to fully comply with the UNHRC resolution, which by the way was co-sponsored by his own government.

The Prime Minister too said in an interview to an Indian media outlet recently, that there won’t be any international judges.

To remind readers, the High Commissioner of the UNHRC said in September 2015, “The levels of mistrust in State authorities and institutions by broad segments of Sri Lankan society should not be underestimated. It is for this reason that the establishment of a hybrid special court, integrating international judges, prosecutors, lawyers and investigators, is so essential. A purely domestic court procedure will have no chance of overcoming widespread and justifiable suspicions fuelled by decades of violations, malpractice and broken promises.”

Although President made a public pronouncement of zero tolerance of sexual violence and torture, the police and military intelligence are constantly being accused by victims of abuse and torture.

Although primarily contained within their barracks, the levels of military presence in the North and East are not even in any serious discussions as yet. PTA is yet to be repealed. Government funded Buddhistisation of North and East where the majority are Hindus, Muslims and Christians, continues.

There is significant rise in religious and race hatred being preached by some Buddhist monks with impunity.

Although the record over the past several months is reflected in the disappointment and despair that communities feel at present, nevertheless there have been some significant progress too.

Several thousands of acres of land have been handed over to the rightful owners. However, the President’s commitment to release all such lands within the six months, which expired by end of June 2016, is yet to be realised.

As committed in respective manifestos of parties in government and by the President of their will to resolve the long standing Tamil national question, in May, a resolution was passed unanimously to set up a Constitutional Assembly. After several deliberations six sub-committee reports on the elements of the new constitution was presented to the parliament during November. Although as committed 10 December didn’t see the interim report of the new constitution being presented to the parliament, there will be debate at the parliament on 9 and 10 of January 2017. A parliamentary two third majority and a simple majority in a public referendum will follow. The jury is out and outcome will depend on the political will of the Sinhala leaders.

‘Office of the Missing Persons’ was set up by passing legislation but implementation has been delayed. There is much improved cooperation with UN Agencies on human rights mechanisms. There was less triumphalist approach adopted during the end of war anniversary on May 18th. As part of reconciliation efforts, the Tamil Remembrance Day events on 27 November were allowed to be held all-over the Northern and Eastern Sri Lanka for families and friends to mourn their dead. These were unimaginable, during the Rajapaksa reign. A further list of diaspora individuals have been removed from the proscription list.

However, there has been very little visible progress being made on the accountability mechanism. A wide range of institutional reforms including the much needed ‘security sector reform’, strengthening of the witness protection legislation which at present falls far short of what is required, and genuine consultations with victims and their families in every step of the process to get to truth and justice are vitally important measures and are yet to be undertaken by the government. Several of the crimes alleged to have been committed by both sides amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity. These are not recognised as crimes in the current judicial system. Legislations have to be passed by the parliament to recognise these as crimes. These haven’t even begun. Very little or no discourse has begun on reparation.

The lack of political will and courage demonstrated by the Sinhala leaders including the President and the Prime Minister to engage in discourse among the Sinhala people of the need to establish the truth of what happened and the importance of accountability for the wrongs that were done against another community of their own citizens, remains a serious impediment, to deliver justice to the victims.

The mixed messages relayed to key stakeholders including the victims, military, other citizens of Sri Lanka and international community by senior state officials including the President, Prime Minister and Foreign Minister reflect that there is no cohesive and coordinated government policy as yet on this important international commitment.

Until there are concerted efforts taken to make understand and accept by Sinhala civil society, Sinhala media and Buddhist clergy that there were gross violations of local and international human rights and humanitarian laws by the military but not by the entire military, during and after the end of war, there can only be marginal perceived successes, in the government implementation of the transitional justice program.

It is now obvious that Sri Lanka wouldn’t have made any significant progress by March 2017 in implementing the UNHRC resolution that it co-sponsored. Therefore, it is inevitable that Sri Lanka will request an extension to the timeline. It will only be conceivable that the member states will agree to roll-over the resolution.

*Suren Surendiran – Spokesperson and Director of Strategic Initiatives of Global Tamil Forum (GTF)

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    Well, a chap called “Ramal Rantne” has not only found the solution to Sri Lanka but also to 3 other conflicts raging across the world.

    His eye popping solution solves the Rohingya issue, the Northern Ireland problem and gives an insight why India vs Pakistan conflict still rages on and on.

    The solution can be found here.

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      Suren Surendran

      If Sri Lanka at a X roads then Global Tamil Forum too must be heading towards the Waterloo station to reach Thimbaktu.

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        BTF are full of hypocrites. They came to a secret agreement with Mangala Samaraweera in London in the presence of Sumanthiran that they will not press for a war crimes inquiry, in excahange for Srilanka lifting their ban. Government has honoured their part of the deal, and similarly BTF must honour their promise not to raise the war crimes subject. It is better for BTF and other extremist Tamil elements to keep quiet and let the natural process to go through. It is quite clear that the government is faltering in their promise to international community to settle Tamil problem in a just manner. What is going to come out of the constitutional amendments will be something no self respecting Tamils will accept. It appears that BTF who has to keep their Tamil clients happy has to issue such statements time and again. If BTF and other extremists continue their bogus activity like this then government which is trying to get an escape route in the face of stiff resistance from Sinhala extremists will have recourse to put the blame on Tamils saying that because of BTF and others, though they are willing to offer a reasonable solution to Tamils, they are unable to do so. As long as this government is in power, US, Europe and India will soft peddle war crimes probe not to rock the boat and bring back Mahinda to power. So nothing is going to happen in Geneva in March 2016, however much BTF and others loby, and government will be given more time to set up the panel and commence inquiry. Contrary to Sinhala extremist thinking, it will never go away, but put in the back burner and will be brought back in a fierce form, if Mahinda comes back to power.

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          Suren, Mangala, mage putha Mahinda’s Bolawathi & Co are going to do a hilarious tap dance in Australia in February 2017.

          Hope they do not cross the lines.

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    Tamil Nadu is the place you should concentrate on.

    Leave SL alone.

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      Fathiiiii

      You are not that childish is to understand what Gunarsa upto.

      Better try to build solid nation for our future generations as Sri lankans.

      We have seen the devastation in Syria Afghan ….we don’t wants that path.

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      Go back to Arabia and join ISIS. Leave SL alone which is only for south asian aboriginals such as Tamils, veddas, and Bengali sinhalas.

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      TN they had good leaders for the people go and search for Thanthi Periyar,Abdul Qualam,Anna…

      Pls watch this am not here to promote TN or this LTTE tails

      https://youtu.be/DjJ7gba0Uiw

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      No fatwas please

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      Please no ‘fatwas’

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      Fathima ,you are obsessed with Tamil Nadu. Why? Is it because your converted immigrant Tamil Hindu ancestors migrated to the island from Tamil Nadu a few centuries ago and you are very homesick for your ancestral homeland?

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    No convictions are made on about one dozen high profile murders ( such as politicians,journalists) since the “Yahapalanaya” took office. In fact President himself has criticized the police for investigating the Army Intelligence officers who are the main suspects in many murders. Buddhist states are sproutig like mushrooms in every corner of Hindu,Christian and Muslim neighborhoods. Sinhala colonization in North and East are still going on especially in lands grabbed from the displaced Tamils and Muslims. Army rule in the North is continuing unabated.At least Rajapakse was open and straight forward about what he wants to do. Present leadership is a snake under the grass.

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    Suren Surendiran

    RE:Sri Lanka At A Crossroads – A Tamil Perspective

    1. “January 2015 saw one of the worst tyrannies in the history of Sri Lanka come to an abrupt end. The unexpected was realised through the ballot and not through bullet”

    Fairly accurate statement, after the end of the calamity in 2009, the 30-year Para Wars.

    2. “August 2015 yet again saw extremism within the Sinhalese and Tamils being out rightly rejected to form a coalition government and an opposition, both with majority of moderate voices.”

    Are the Paras evolving for the better? The Theory of Evolution requires that, even though the Paras have gone in the opposite direction since Independence in 1948.

    3. “Democratic space was created for freedom of expression without fear of reprisals. Unlike during the Rajapaksa reign, not a single journalist got killed or abducted during 2015. No serious threat to religious freedom was realised unlike during the preceding years. Some private lands were released with President publicly promising to release all the private lands occupied by the military within six months. There was an initial release of small number of political prisoners with a public commitment to the Tamil party, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) that the remainder will be released soon after.”

    These are very positive moves, but need to each the end goal before the Paras go after each others throat, as some politicians will try to make use of communal and religious tensions to theit advantage.

    4. “The lack of political will and courage demonstrated by the Sinhala leaders including the President and the Prime Minister to engage in discourse among the Sinhala people of the need to establish the truth of what happened and the importance of accountability for the wrongs that were done against another community of their own citizens, remains a serious impediment, to deliver justice to the victims.”

    Remember, it is the Tribe, the Para-Sinhala Buddhist Tribe. The victims belonged to a different tribe, the Para-Tamil Hindu Tribe.

    5. “It is now obvious that Sri Lanka wouldn’t have made any significant progress by March 2017 in implementing the UNHRC resolution that it co-sponsored. Therefore, it is inevitable that Sri Lanka will request an extension to the timeline. It will only be conceivable that the member states will agree to roll-over the resolution.”

    Of course, this will happen. Pretty soon it will be 10 years, 20 years, 50 years and 100 years, because it is about protecting the Tribe.

    What about the War Crimes by LTTE during the war years? It it also about protecting the Para-Tamil Tribe?

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    It will only be conceivable that the member states will agree to roll-over the resolution.</i< Does Father Emmanuel too knows this or only this is Surendiran's invention?

    Isn't this one also written by Surendiran? Since 8 November, the President has also suggested that he will write to the President Elect Donald Trump to seek help to relieve Sri Lanka from having to fully comply with the UNHRC resolution, which by the way was co-sponsored by his own government. So, which is the possibility to happen by Surendiran’s prediction?- rolling over? Is he betting on no repealing?

    In case if Surendiran cannot respond, let me do that too; There will be no constitutional Change. There will be no UNHRC sponsored investigation Under Yahapalanaya Government. But there is a high chance of this government loses in four years. That time, when the Old Royals come back, IC may want to reconsider everything In the meantime GTF Suren and Father Emanuel have wasted everybody’s time while putting the victims’ lives of hold.

    “Ranil did his best to defeat Chandrika’s initiation to constitutional change when he was in opposition; He went to New York to have UNSG’s Expert panel report destroyed; His participation is not reliable. Further Chandrika, New King and Ranil had given that ‘No leader, no commander and no soldier will be investigated for war crime’ as their election pledge in south. Further they had flatly denied the election statement TNA released that TNA had agreement with CC to find solutions for all main problems of Tamils, so the Tamils have to support CC.” This is what we wrote and said when GTF was advocating for CC and started to canvas on the BBC. Suren and Father Emanuel wanted to have the ban on their GTF removed by this government. So they two dishonestly supported this government. Now they are coming back to truth. Still to show that they were right on lot of things, they are praising the government as has improved lot. Isn’t this a government is new? Why couldn’t they go on a new path? Did Father Emmanuel or Suren warned the Tamils while asking for their support for CC that this government may not be able to go in new path so Tamils may not want to put full confidence in CC too?

    Isn’t Sumanthiran gave an speech in Vavuniya last month that religiously the interim report will be put in parliament in December 10th. Didn’t he dramatize that “They are going to say Tamil Eelam granted and our people going to say there is nothing for us, Federal State is not given.”? Did Suren verified with Sumanthiran when he was writing ” Although as committed 10 December didn’t see the interim report of the new constitution being presented to the parliament, there will be debate at the parliament on 9 and 10 of January 2017.” if this time the promise will happen?

    These guys are working together to fool Tamils. If Old King is still in power China would have tried to get collected the loan interest, instead of being tricked by Ranil to buy the barren Hambantota land. Unless this land is for Military purpose, nothing good can be done useful there by China. The factory their will need large quantity of water and electricity to keep that are usable by workers and machinery. Everybody predicted that Hambantota harbor and airports are waste of money and that is what has it has become. Digging to look for the lost Miracle of Asia in Hambantota 60 square kilometer land is also not real. If still old King is there, India might have done something for the expansion of Chinese activity in Lankawe. Now it is not doing anything for selling the Port City and Hambantota Port + land by Yahapalanaya government to China. China is buying lands in many areas as per not confirmed media news. Even the Old Royals are opposing that move. America would not have given the MCC pay outs and would have blocked the IMF loan too. EU would not have allowed the fish exports and would have dismissed the GSP+ application. Probably a joint trade embargo by China, India, EU and America might have come, by now. This might have forced the Old Royals to act by now.

    Further, in 2015 March, UNHRC High Commissioner, without cheating Tamils, would have presented the full OISL report and by now, a travel ban would have in place for Old Royals, New King, Field Marshal and many others. Now, even if Trump is not reversing the UNHRC resolution as New King wants, he is not going to show any interest in UNHRC resolution. How much of interest Nikki Haley going to show is something we have to wait and see. Rex Hillerson knows nothing about Lankawe, so he will have to go through all the phases Robert Blake went through and Secretary Kerry went through. Now all the progress made the armed conflict is lost. We are back at DS- SWRD’s time. Now only Suren is getting Sudalai Gnanam. But Father Emmanuel and Sumanthiran are still in full hallucination of Utopia Lankawe that they dream of always.

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      Surendiran and Father Emanuel must realise that instead of writing articles they should try to improve the knowledge of Colombo diplomats and then those diplomats will act intelligently and that may bring some relief to Tamils.

      China by bullying has achieved a lot. So far none of the powerful western democracies were able to get any better deals for them with Lankawe. That includes India too. This can not be the case of them with other countries. If not so, then by now, they all might have become powerless poor countries, being repeated fooled by third world countries for 70 years. This certainly indicates that Tamils too behind in informing the diplomats. Surendiran -Father Emmanuel who deal with diplomats should take the responsibility for that failure.

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    I personally have sympathy on on Tamils irrespective of their nationality. I know many of them are in refugee camps after completing war. By now thwy all should have returned to their normal life. If it hasbeen so they would have contributed to our economy too considerably.

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      I sympathasize with LTTE. they should come back to Action.

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        A Sinhala Sri lankan

        “I sympathasize with LTTE. they should come back to Action.”

        That was what some of the Sinhalese lefties hoping for before the LTTE was decimated by Hindians.

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    These are the people Sinhalese are allied with who also helped Sinhala Lanka defeat LTTE:
    The Pakistani army, consisting mainly of Punjabis and Pathans, had always looked upon the Bengalis as racially inferior—a nonmartial, physically weak race, not interested in serving or unable to serve in the army. General Ayub Khan’s (1967) remarks about the Bengalis in his memoirs reflected the typical attitude of the Pakistani’s civil military power elite:
    “East Bengalis … probably belong to the very original Indian races … They have been and still are under considerable Hindu cultural and linguistic influence …. They have all the inhibitions of downtrodden races … defensive aggressiveness … emerge from this historical background …”

    This common hostility towards an immensely rich secular culture reached a tipping point when the leader of the nationalist Awami League, Sheikh Mujib, won a national election. He was imprisoned, and the Pakistani forces began a genocide which lasted from March to December 1971. … At a meeting on 22 February 1971, the Pakistani President General Yahya Khan is recorded as saying in fury: “Kill three million of them, and the rest will eat out of our hands.” Ten million fled to India; 30 million left the cities and went to the villages. … In the first phase of the war, young men and Hindus, Awami League members, intellectuals, students and academics were targeted for murder. In the second phase of the war, women were singled out. It is thought that at least 200,000 women were raped by the Pakistani forces and their collaborators – 25,000 victims found themselves pregnant, so that is not implausible. There are eyewitness accounts of “rape camps” set up by the Pakistani forces. …
    During the war, a fatwa in Pakistan declared that the Bengali ‘freedom fighters’ were Hindus and that their women could be taken as the ‘booty of war’. Imams and Muslim religious leaders publicly declared that the Bengali women were ‘gonimoter maal’ (war booty) and thus they openly supported the rape of Bengali women by the Pakistani Army. Numerous women were tortured, raped and killed during the war. …. The historian R J Rummel, who has looked as deeply into it as anyone, concludes that the “final estimate of Pakistan’s democide to be 300,000 to 3,000,000, or a prudent 1,500,000.”

    Undoubtedly the Sinhalese were influenced by the Pakistani military.

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    co-founder of the Federal Party V. Navaratnam:
    “Who can say that the Tamils in Ceylon have ever been wanting in a sincere desire and willingness to settle their disputes with the Singhalese by negotiation and dialogue? Who in the world have gone for dialogues again and again in the face of betrayal after betrayal? It is always a fashion to advise disputants to sit round a table and solve disputes by dialogue and discussion, and not resort to violent confrontation and wars. Whether in national disputes or in international conflicts, parties are being constantly advised to avoid wars and negotiate while governments continue to oppress, persecute and even commit genocide… If the weaker side listened to this idealistic advise and waited till the end of time for a solution to its problems there would have been no wars of independence” (The Fall and Rise of the Tamil Nation)

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    Surendiran
    ” As part of reconciliation efforts, the Tamil Remembrance Day events on 27 November were allowed to be held all-over the Northern and Eastern Sri Lanka for families and friends to mourn their dead. These were unimaginable, during the Rajapaksa reign”

    If we go into the history of this event it was held on Velupillai Prabhakarans Birthday (26th November ).It is a day for remembering those who were martyred by the sinhala state.’Traitors'(THROGHI) who were Tamils such Rajini,Pathmanabha ,Mahattaya,Neelan,Amirthalingam,Sam Thambimuttu Kadirgamer and many thousands of Tamils who foufgt for peace are not part of the commemoration.
    So please do not call it a day of mourning for Tamils but LTTE Martyrs!

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    Ceylon reached the crossroad in a disenfranchisement coach in 1948. In 1956 SWRD B built a dwelling spot on at the crossroad. Lateral expansion to the dwelling was not possible so various politicians added storeys to the dwelling throwing caution to the wind.

    The only way out is to demolish the dwelling and build new roads.

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    Surendran – By reading the 1st few paras of your well defined article,
    one would have come to the conclusion under the current situation, the
    Tamils (TNA) missed the boat by agreeing with the new Govt. to put the Tamil problems on the back burners, until such time the govt. sorted
    their own problems, though the Tamil problem was the burning issue at
    that time.TNA, with many experienced hands in the party, never realised
    that it was the opportune time to get the Govt. to commit to the follow
    -ing ,initially in writing, or passed by the parliament, while the majority was rejoicing the return of democratic rule to the country ,
    with the help of the minorities,mainly the Tamils and the communal forces had gone underground. That period would have been the ideal time
    for settling issues amicably as communities were at peace with each other and not at war like now.

    1. Devolution of power, with Police and Land powers entrusted to the Provinces and preferably a merged, N/E.to be granted.

    2. Got the private lands, used by the Armed forces, released to the
    owners without further delay, as war ended in 2009.

    3. Reduced the armed forces strength to a required level needed for
    the Provinces N/E

    4. Solving the unemployment problem, in N/E, the worst among the provin
    -ces, by agreeing to embark on projects like building a regional air
    -port and Sea port to serve India & regional areas like lower gulf &
    Far east.
    Modalities could have been worked out at ease but if there was an
    agreement reached on above four main demands, by now we could have
    reached reconciliation among the major communities and when people
    starts interconnecting in good faith with each other, like in India ,
    problem solving can be done over the table and need not fight for it BUT today, due to negligence of TNA,& Diaspora and cunning tactics of the Govt,in power, and re-emergence of the communal forces, war is declared against the minorities on all fronts.
    So Suren, do you agree that TNA & you are responsible for the current
    predicament, faced by the Tamils.

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    ROI is not not satisfactory , according to this 2015. 2016 Annual report by Mr Surendran.

    Mr Surendran is the CEO of the ex LTTE BTF which is based in London,

    He is the main backer of UNP Ranil ,breakaway SLFP and the Vellala TNA Troika, which rolled the previous Government,

    Their main goals are to punish the the Srilankan Armed Forces for killing Mr Pirahaparan,

    Cull them, and make Srilanka a police state run by a UNP IGP.

    And create Federal System where the country will be fragmented on Ethnic , religious and Socio Economic lines there by diminishing or eliminating any rural Sinhala Buddhist influence which was gained during the past 10 years ..

    The inhabitants are well on the way to enjoy these Yhapalana Goals, before the next Annual Report from Mr Surendran.

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    First of all this G(B)TF are the arms of LTTE,this is not representing Tamils all over the world nor recognised it.this was created by certain SL origins living in abroad.all because the LTTE was banned by lot of countries they need some name representing Tamil.

    Still they are trying hard to lift the ban.so only the way in is through this UNCHR/UN.so they mingle in there to show the world leaders that they are holding negotiation chairs but uncle Sam and Suman are for representing overall Tamils living in SL.

    These forums mostly arrange demonstrations.also in the name of helping Jaffna uni students get favours from them not to bring Jaffna normal.

    This mangalam thinks he can bring this dirty blood money to SL.

    These are the people responsible for the devastation for all communities,gave wrong impression to VP that most of the high handed countries are for them.but sadly our old Maharaja gave impression to the locals that he was the captain goalie ,,and won the cup without 10 players only he himself represented.

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    Is there really a “Tamil perspective” or for that matter a “Sinhala perspective” or a “Muslim perspective” that applies to all members of a defined group or even an overwhelming majority?

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      Sure, they each want their tribe to succeed at the expense of others. Well at least two of them do.

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    LTTE terrorist funders worrying abt SL…LOL what nonsense?

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    Suren,

    You lackeys were quick to call a press conference with TNA and other hangers on, immediately after the watered down resolution was adopted in Geneva, praising and welcoming GoSL, for supporting and
    co-sponsoring their own resolution, knowing FULLY WELL, based on the 66 years of promises and deceit, that they will not implement the resolution.

    They placed the field to buy time and to remove the heat from the spotlight,and you all got sucked into it.

    Why only now it so obvious to you that Sri Lanka wouldn’t deliver on the UN HRC resolution?

    Why is it inevitable for you now, to support and lobby for the good government of Sri Lanka for another extension of time and to roll-over the resolution?

    The victims, the mothers, widows, orphans, the political prisoners, IDPs, house and landowners, are still waiting for justice and accountability, as promised, and to be freed by the occupiers, to live in peace and with dignity.

    Have a break, and let the other 37 members of the UN HRC decide, who
    co-sponsored the resolution in good faith, to come up with an action plan and refer Sri Lanka to the ICC and or to the security council.

    A home grown solution for reconciliation will never ever be possible, even under the so called unity good government,with a majoritarian chauvinistic attitude and militarised regime. Read their agenda.

    The international community needs to continue the process taken up by UN HRC, if it is going to be relevant on human rights and justice for the victims, and to prevent future dictators and rogue states using state terrorism and apparatus against minorities to colonise with structural genocide of the homeland,and not let them to trade with justice and accountability.

    Reconciliation in the island of Sri Lanka can only be achieved through a UN conducted referendum for the Tamils, the choice of the people, not by lackeys.

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      Manicka Vasagar, who referred Suren as “lackey”, is too modest to reveal his title. He is in fact the Honourable Minister for International Relations in the Trans National Government of Tamil Eelam. A strong comment from a person of such calliber and eminence is indded noteworthy!!

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    Tamils should accept that under a democratic ideal the majority will always rule. Unless Tamils are looking for a dictatorship, they will have to accept the democratic ideals. They have suffered enough under the dictatorship of Prabaharan.Secondly, Tamils should know that no central government will do anything that would erode their voter base, to that extent the central government will only allow certain concessions to the minority. The minority should understand that they cannot get everything they want in one shot, especially after a 30 year war and racist rule of Rajapakse. Rajapakse is still trying to come to power to the central government has to do a balancing act. The minority should also accept the fact that if they miss this opportunity they will not have another one. People like Unjust(ice)Wigneswaran are opportunists who is trying to become a politician and needs to build a voter base. He passes resolutions when the central government is providing concessions. Tamils have never been thankless, but Wigneswarn is. Wigneswaran has been purchased by the Tiger remnants. Tamils who have suffered so much do not want another war, they want equal rights, does not mean it has to be achieved in one go, in stages is acceptable. They do not want Wigneswaran politics.

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    @Suren Thambi,[Edited out]. We Eelam Tamils want only Eelam. You and Father Emmanuel are selling Eelam people’s struggle for genocidal sinhalese regime. As Tamil National Leader Velupillai Prabhakaran has told very clearly Tamils quest is for Eelam. Do you think proud Eelam Tamils will be hoodwinked by a few sold out charlatan to give up our struggle for glorious Tamil Eelam. As Thalaivar made it clear traitors will be punished. We will not leave any traitor who try to sell Tamil Eelam struggle to the highest bidder. Our late Thalaivar, the eternal leader of Tamils worldwide suffered enormous pain , torture, sexual humilation at the hand of genocidal Sinhalese army. Tamils will not forget nor forgive.
    Tamils quest for Eelam! Long live Thalaivar ! Eelam or Death

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