29 September, 2020

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Sri Lanka Cautions Against Imposing External Solution

By Indian Express –

Sri Lanka has cautioned the US against imposing any foreign solution to the issues concerning its people.

“We also realise that the process that we have in mind must be a domestic process. It can’t be donor-driven or foreign-owned. That will be unhelpful in implementing the reforms that are required at this moment in history,” Sri Lankan External Affairs Minister G L Peiris said.

G L Peiris

In his address to the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars — a Washington-based think tank, Peiris said, “At the end of the day, the solution that everyone wants has got to have a home-grown element to it.”

Peiris, who is here on his four-day official visit, said that Sri Lanka is adopting recommendations of its own Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission.

He said the government recently initiated a process to put the commission’s recommendations to work in “a meaningful way”.

The External Affairs Minister said that as many as 98 per cent of the people displaced due to the civil war have been resettled.

Conscious of the fact that Sri Lanka has been on the receiving end of human rights organisations due to the alleged human rights violations during the last phase of the end of the civil war, Peiris during his meetings here and public appearances asserted Colombo has taken appropriate steps to address those concerns.

Peiris said Sri Lanka’s immediate goal after the conflict was the resettlement of those displaced by the fighting, as well as economic development to provide livelihoods and new infrastructure to the Northern region, which was “devastated by the atrocities of the LTTE.”

“Ninety-eight per cent of the people who were displaced by the conflict have been resettled. And they have not just been returned to their homes. We have seen to it that resettlement has occurred in an environment of confidence and satisfaction,” he said.

Earlier in the day, Peiris met with Republican Senator John McCain, during which the two discussed the defeat of the LTTE, economic stability and reconciliation, there commendations of the LLRC and Sri Lanka’s relationship with both India and China.

During his meeting with Senator Jim Webb, Peiris noted that reconciliation is Sri Lanka’s main focus, along with the swift implementation of the LLRC’s recommendations acceptable to the government.

Peiris is scheduled to meet Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, later this week.

In his address to the Woodrow Wilson Center, Peiris outlined Lankan government’s program to improve public services and regenerate important sectors in the Northern Sri Lankan economy, such as fishing and agriculture.

“We believe in reconciliation, but economic development is a crucial component of a wider reconciliation,” he said.

“The economy of the Northern Province grew by 22 per cent in 2011, while for the country as a whole it was 8.3 per cent.

This is the result of sustained and substantial investment and development in infrastructure in that part of the country,” Peiris said.

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    This Prof is NUTTY. All the foreign countries ( China and Russia too – but they wanted not tp push Sri Lanka to implement immediately) requested recommendations made by the LLRC which is NOT foreign. Even UNSG expert panel report to is NOT foreign, since SRI LANKA is a member country of this Club called UN

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    Resettled civilians are harassed and driven away from many areas by the army, who intrude into the daily lives of civilians, and even lay down times for ‘poojas’ in temples.
    Private lands are being misappropriated by the army and sold/leased to third parties. Recently a canadian citizen/businessman who returned and tried to reclaim his business property in Kilinochchi which had been leased to Cargills, was found murdered.
    Many areas are still “high security zones” though the war was over three years ago.
    Talk of “home grown” solutions have been spoken about for a long time, but the LLRC recommendations are in limbo.
    Further prevarications via an unnecessary “Parliamentary Select Committee” are being proposed.
    “economic development is a crucial component of wider reconciliation” is a futile argument, to postpone indefinitely the implementation of the LLRC recommendations.The minister knows that “economic development” will take many more years.
    The removal of the army from the northeast and appointment of civilian governers and tamil state officials and thus restoration of civilian administration can be done immediately.
    It is a Big Lie that the economy of the nothern province grew by 22% – the majority are in extreme poverty and livelihoods are blocked/hindered by the army.80,000 war widows are starving.
    GLPeris expects americans to swallow his lies.
    American Embassy knows the truth.

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    ….. While GL is there in a Donor country…. he is talking about economics …. to beg for more money …. so that the MPs & Ministers can BUY more Cars flashy enough to wield its power when they are motorcade d through the traffic….. a FREEZE on their assets & Bank accounts would be appreciated as the SC in SL would never dare to even think about it …..
    The US should tel him to ask his decision makers to smarten up and do something concrete towards the minorities ….. and threaten them with sanctions on LUXURY IMPORTS including Petrol and permit diesel and kerosene to be imported…..

    ….too bad criticism of the Govt.s human rights record and International pressure may only result in releasing a few political prisoners… while the other issues keep pending …..
    ….. while even the released prisoners could be used by the Leadership as pawns for war crimes …..
    …we need genuine Leaders of the people who can deliver …. not showmen of an emerging ‘Collywood’ … who only appear hilarious lacking the mettle expected of Leaders ….
    …. it remains that The International Community has much to do …..
    for example…. enabling the voter to directly elect the Most important Public Servants such as the (non-partisan)SC Judges, Court of Appeal Judges and the Auditor General ….

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