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Sri Lanka Says Investigations Of Alleged Tamil Killings By Government Troops May Take 5 Years

By Associated Press/ Washington Post –

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka estimated Thursday it may take up to five years to investigate alleged killings of ethnic Tamil civilians by government troops at the end of the country’s devastating civil war — a timeframe criticized as an attempt to outlast international attention. The government recommended that investigators conclude inquiries into alleged killings within a year and start court proceedings up to four years after that.
Sri Lanka’s government, which initially denied any abuses occurred, has come under intense international pressure to investigate allegations of summary executions, kidnappings and other abuses by troops just before they defeated separatist Tamil Tiger rebels in May 2009.

The rebels fought a quarter-century civil war to create a separate state for ethnic minority Tamils, citing marginalization by majority ethnic Sinhalese.

Lawmaker Suresh Premachandran of the Tamil National Alliance, the largest party representing Tamils, dismissed the plan as one prepared for “international consumption.”

He said the five-year timeframe is an attempt to drag on the process until the international community has forgotten the issue.

Presidential spokesman Lalith Weeratunga told reporters the plan shows the government’s keenness to move forward.

A U.N. report released last year said government troops deliberately shelled civilians and hospitals and blocked food to people trapped in the war zone and said the rebels recruited child soldiers and held civilians as human shields. It said tens of thousands of civilians may have been killed in the final months of the conflict.

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    This is an conceivable timeframe.

    It took similar period for war criminals like Milosovic, Mladic, Charles Taylor and all others

    Some Speculations

    1. Dayan sell himself as an extraordinary tactician and find a job in some other political institute and will be the advisor for some other corrupted states similar to SL today

    2. Tamara, the mourning Tamil woman in diplomatic services leaves her position and will work for a NGO in Geneva just to survive

    3. Rajeeva will go to UNP

    4. SL will be the Thailand for prostituion and the inflation will be higher than ever.

    5. Vasudeava Nanayakara will find a biological solution like stroke or similar,

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    How many Cadres of LTTE were wearing Uniforms ?. It was not in thousands. So, if the govt is investigating the deaths of cadres died in civilian cloths, logistics died in civilian cloths, makkal padai, ellaan force, the count should be high. these civilians chose to move with LTTE. They were from Marrveerar families, some were mercenaries brought from TamilNAdu to fight SLA. Thousands of Tamils stayed in Jaffna without moving to Kilinochchi or moving with LTTE.

    So, how do you separate civilians from LTTE cadres ?

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      Do you still suffer from your old paranoia some people were brought from Tamil Nadu to fight against the poor army guys?

      Do you have a reason for your paranoia? any treatment in sight?

      This is your fear for the last 300 years

      Any plan to price your sinhalese identity?

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      Thalaivar asks:

      “So, how do you separate civilians from LTTE cadres ?”

      Simple, the state should realise that its primary duty is to protect the people in the first place.

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        Hey Vadda

        You have these silly opinions on issues like your mongo frined pundits – Gamini.

        I am sure you don not mean the people carrying weapons in civilian cloths to be protected. They are not civilins man. Terras are terras whether there are in cloths or not.

        Can I put the question back to you? Do you want to treat terras carrying sucide bombs in civilian cloths?

        Get a life you LTTE terra supporters.

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          Mark Webber:

          Good to hear from you Mad Max Weekends Webber.

          You say:

          “Get a life you LTTE terra supporters”

          How could I have a life when Kallathoni fascists are occupying my ancestral land.

          You asked me a stupid question:

          “Can I put the question back to you? Do you want to treat terras carrying sucide bombs in civilian cloths?”

          Both Sinhala terrorists JVP and Tamil terrorists LTTE are/were products of Sri Lankan history.

          You are too immature to understand cause and effect of the political process.

          Please ask me the same question again in about 30 years time. Then I will judge whether you are mature enough to understand simple things and then I will give my answer.

          There would be no need for you to ask this stupid question once you have wisen up.

          I do not believe you stupid Sinhalese and stupid Tamils ever will learn.

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      IMPOSER V P THALAIVAR,

      THERE ARE FOUR MERCENARIES NOW RUNNING WITH GOVERNMENT,[SORRY, WITH THE RULING FAMILY]AND RUINING THE MOTHERLAND.
      DIDN’T YOU SEE THAT.
      BECAUSE OF THAT ,IT IS VARY DIFFICULT TO PROCESS AND INVESTIGATE, IT WILL TAKE 50 YEARS. DOESN’T IT?.
      ARE THEY GOING TO DO INVESTIGATION WITH THE CASES OF LASANTHA,
      NIMALAROOBAN,ECT.
      WHAT ABOUT LAMP POST JUDGMENTS LIKE LTTE OR WHITE VAN TREATMENTS WITHOUT COURTS PROCEDINGS.
      STILL THEY ARE TRYING TO CATCH SUSPECTS FOR ALL THOSE CASES.
      DO YOU KNOW THAT THEY CAN PASS BILLS WITHIN MINUTES OF TIME,. BILLS WORTH OF 300 MILLION DOLLARS TO BUY HELICOPTERS

      “So, how do you separate civilians from LTTE cadres.
      DONT WORRY KEEP ONE CAPSOLE SYAINIDE ON EVERYBODY’S HAND.
      YOUNG , OLD, INFANTS, KIDS ,EVERYBODY.
      PROBLEM SOLVED.
      YOU BLOODY FOOL IMPOSER.

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      Perhaps MaRa and family feel that the masses will not stomach this rule
      for another 5 years (Maximum), and is planning to transfer all assets whatever they plundered to foreign banks – possibly China (and or Russia), and leave the country by some pretext.
      They are stupid to think that China & Russia will shelter them at the expense of a new leadership who will definitely want to bring back whatever was roobed and kept in these counries.
      Surely these totalitarian countries have interest in this island and
      not individuals.

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    Now the ball is firmly on the US’s court. The international community now looks to the US to come up with a decisive UNHCR resolution against the Family-run-regime.

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      Real Peace,
      You will be disappointed if you have any faith in USA, who aided SL in the war and have sufficient details obtained by satellite, to help in an independent international investigation.
      For USA only thier “statergic interests” is priority before any justice to the victims.
      Only God almighty will eventually do justice.

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    So the statement made by MR that the Sri Lankan Soldiers fought the war wit a gun in one hand and the Human Rights Code in the other hand is false.

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    The aged old paradigm. ‘JUSTICE DELAYED IS JUSTICE DENIED’ O tempora! O mores!

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    Now the ball is firmly on the US’s court. The international community looks to the US to come up with a decisive UNHCR resolution against the Family-run-regime.

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    There is no need for such delays. Five years to find and punish war criminals when such extensive evidence is available – what a joke! A court martial as with Sarath FOnseka need not last more that 3 months.

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      Where is this “extensive evidence”? Why can no one produce it?

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    Yes, probably need 5 year. all the military and police personal were in the north and east committed crime and responsible for genocide. To inquiry all the members in the so called decent military and punish each and every one, 5yrs are not enough.

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    Dear Vasu-Why are you insulting Thailand?, in Colombo alone there are already [Edited out]prostitutes. When war started 1US$=8 SL Rupees, now it is Rs135. Another Muslim/Sinhalese or even Muslim/Northern Tamil conflict, Then we can see a Wonder of Asia.

    To Jack,
    Please provide proof for your number
    CT

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    To Vasu. Recent study of Colombo university, source Daily Mirror with audio and video.

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    WE CAN INVESTIGATE AND PASS THE SENTENCE TO THE GUILTY IN A FEW SECONDS.

    GET RID OF THE ARROGANT REGIME ONCE AND FOR ALL.

    THIS IS THE ANSWER.

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    Its not Tamil killings BUT ALLEGED Tamil killings.

    Therefore its time to move on.

    Why does not everyone think of taking into account the positives of the bad regime instead of looking for a change all the time.

    Changes are of no use in the long term to anyone or as a matter of fact is in anyones interest.

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    All of the talk about genocide.I think they have to think very care fully real meaning of this word.So call western powers still try to divide our country. For what these people are supporting to us. LTTE train for this purpose by the Indian Army.Given training ,weapons,all necessary advice.Using all assistance they killed thousands of innocent Sinhalese and Muslims.Since 1983 not only police and military but also in the north and east committed crime and responsible for this incidents.They should punish for so called ,politicians and people those who supporting them local and living in abroad collecting money and organizing demonstration to encouraged them since then should, punish each and every one, 5yrs are not enough.Kidnapping school children abusing them and trained to full fill their purpose. of course we have to punish.Please don,t talk about war crimes.They wants to interfere our country again.USA,UK,India never allow us to live peacefully.Look at our history We kill each other time to time,
    but last king Sri Wickramarajasinghe (Tamil King) end up as a prisoner,because of our divisions.Western countries needs puppets to rule our country to do their business according to their wish.We should use democratically changed our rulers.Not by by using So call westerners tune.

    Kumar Senadirajah

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