Statement by Mangala Samaraweera, MP Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka
General Debate of the 30th Session of the UN Human Rights Council – Geneva, 14 September 2015
High Commissioner for Human Rights
I would like to begin by thanking you, and the members of the Council for the trust reposed in Sri Lanka at the 28th Session and agreeing to defer the release of the Report of the OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka.
The time granted by the Council gave the Government much needed space to begin implementing its reform agenda, renew its engagement with the international community, including the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and his Office, and start taking steps aimed at achieving meaningful reconciliation, strengthening democratic institutions, good governance, the rule of law, and confidence building among communities affected by conflict for many years.
The victory of the United National Front for Good Governance (UNFGG) at the Parliamentary election last month, enabled President Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to form a National Unity Government. Traditional rivals in Sri Lankan politics – the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) thus came together, heralding a new culture of consensual politics in the country and creating much needed political and policy stability.
An important feature in the August 17th election was the return of centrists to power in the legislature and the resounding defeat of extremists on both sides of the divide. As a result, the moderates in Parliament have once again secured power which augers well for progressive reform. This includes ensuring that the universal values of equality, justice, and freedom are upheld by fostering reconciliation between communities and securing a political settlement.
Inaugurating the 8th Parliament just two weeks ago on the 1st of September, President Sirisena drew from the example of South Africa where the main political parties came together at a historic moment in that country. He affirmed that similarly, in the post-conflict context in Sri Lanka, the formation of a National Unity Government is essential to obtain the bipartisan consensus that is necessary to face the important challenges before our nation, which include reconciliation and peacebuilding.
Upholding good governance practices, the Parliament, on 1st September, rightly appointed as the Leader of the Opposition, the head of the Tamil National Alliance, Mr. R. Sampanthan, who is the leader of the Party that obtained the third highest number of votes at the election.
The appointment of the Tamil National Alliance leader as Leader of the Opposition, as well as the appointment of the 44th Chief Justice of Sri Lanka in January were clear messages that in the new Sri Lanka, extraneous considerations such as ethnicity, religion, class or gender would not be used to deny anyone their rightful place.
From May 2009 post-conflict reconciliation eluded us as a result of the short-sighted policies and the triumphalist approach that was adopted immediately following the end of the conflict. The National Unity Government is now approaching reconciliation afresh as a matter of urgent priority.
As a Government that is responsible and accountable to her people, the National Unity Government remains firm in its resolve to do right by the people of the country, not in the least because of assurances given to the international community at any point in time, but because this is the only path available to ensure justice, remove the causes of terrorism and achieve a durable peace for the long-suffering people in our country.
As you would agree, reconciliation is a process and it will take time. Many, I know are impatient. We understand their impatience and their right to be so. However, this process must be carefully planned. Our nation has faltered far too many times since Independence and we cannot afford to fail once again.
The Government of Sri Lanka recognises fully that the process of reconciliation involves addressing the broad areas of truth seeking, justice, reparations and non-recurrence and for non-recurrence to become truly meaningful, the necessity of reaching a political settlement that addresses the grievances of the Tamil people.
With the mandate granted by the people, the President, Prime Minister, and the Government have already taken some important steps to create the conditions required for initiating a dialogue aimed at a political settlement.
As you are aware, Mr President, item 93 of President Sirisena’s manifesto in the lead up to the January 2015 election expressed the intention of the common candidate, if elected, to address issues of accountability through national independent judicial mechanisms.
Accountability is essential to uphold the rule of law and build confidence in the people of all communities of our country, in the justice system. We also recognise fully, the importance of judicial and administrative reform in this process. These are essential factors that must be addressed for the culture of accountability and the rule of law which have eroded through years of violence to once again be ingrained in our society. We recognise how important this is to prevent impunity not only for violations of human rights but corruption and other crimes; and how vital these processes are for the long-term development of our country and for the peace dividend to be felt by all our citizens including generations to come. These are lessons we have not only learnt from the experiences of other countries, but also from our own history and recent past.
The ideas that the Government has evolved for setting up independent, credible and empowered mechanisms for truth seeking, justice, reparations and guarantees of non-recurrence within the framework of the Constitution include the following:
-For truth seeking, the establishment by statute, of two mechanisms:
(i) a Commission for Truth, Justice, Reconciliation and Non-recurrence to be evolved in consultation with the relevant authorities of South Africa. This mechanism is envisaged as having a dual structure: a ‘Compassionate Council’ composed of religious dignitaries from all major religions in the country and a structure composed of Commissioners. For many victims of human rights abuses, from whichever community, where the perpetrators are unclear for a judicial mechanism to handle, or where the practices of the state and society have resulted in discrimination, this Commission will allow them to discover the truth, understand what happened and help remedy any sense of injustice.
(ii) an Office on Missing Persons based on the principle of the families’ right to know, to be set up by Statute with expertise from the ICRC, and in line with internationally accepted standards.
-On the Right to Justice, what is being proposed is for a Judicial Mechanism with a Special Counsel to be set up by Statute. This takes into account the right of victims to a fair remedy and aims to address the problem of impunity for human rights violations suffered by all communities. There have been previous instances as well in Sri Lanka when criminal justice mechanisms of different kinds have been set up. This, therefore, is not at all an alien concept. Neither is it aimed at a particularly group of persons, but something that is essential in terms of upholding the rule of law, and creating a society that respects the rule of law.
-On the Right to Reparations, an Office for Reparations to be set up by Statute to facilitate the implementation of recommendations relating to reparations made by the proposed Commission on Truth, Justice, Reconciliation and Non-recurrence, the Office of the Missing Persons, the LLRC and any other entity;
In order to guarantee non-recurrence, it is proposed that a series of measures would be undertaken including administrative and judicial reform, and the adoption of a new Constitution. A series of measures including amending the penal code to criminalise hate speech and enforced disappearances are also in process. The best guarantee for non-recurrence is of course a political settlement that addresses the grievances of the Tamil people. We hope that we can achieve this through the adoption of a new Constitution. A Constituent Assembly of Parliament will be set up for this purpose shortly.
These mechanisms will be evolved and designed through a wide process of consultations involving all stakeholders, including victims. Moreover, each mechanism is envisaged to have the freedom to obtain assistance, both financial, material and technical from our international partners including the OHCHR.
Additionally, Mr. President, the Government is committed to strengthening the National Human Rights Commission in line with the Paris Principles; sign and ratify the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances without delay; maintain the moratorium on the death penalty with a view to its ultimate abolition; release previous Presidential Commission Reports such as Udalagama and Paranagama by the end of this month; begin issuing Certificates of Absence to the families of the missing as a temporary measure of relief; disengagement of the military from commercial activities; undertake security sector reform; invite a series of Special Rapporteurs to undertake visits to Sri Lanka in 2015 and beyond; issue instructions clearly to all branches of the security forces that torture, rape, sexual violence and other human rights violations are prohibited and that those responsible will be investigated and punished; review and repeal the Prevention of Terrorism Act and replace it with anti-terrorism legislation in line with contemporary international best practices; review the Public Security Ordinance Act; and review the Victim and Witness Protection Act which was enacted this year. Steps are also being taken by the Office of National Unity and Reconciliation to extend psychosocial support to communities and individuals that are in need of such care. The pursuit of engagement of Sri Lankans living overseas belonging to all communities, and inviting them to assist in the Government’s peacebuilding and reconciliation efforts is another undertaking that we take seriously. In this context, the review of the listing of 16 organisations and 424 individuals last year, under the provisions of UN Security Council Resolution 1373, is currently nearing completion.
Defeating terrorism in Sri Lanka was a necessity. Today, we have greater freedom to deal with the causes of terrorism and engage in nation-building and peacebuilding as a result of the cessation of hostilities. The armed forces of our country have been hailed in the past for their discipline and professionalism. However, the reputation of the vast majority of the armed forces was tarnished because of the system and culture created by a few in positions of responsibility.
Therefore, to all those who have doubts about a process of accountability, I would like to say, please don’t fear. Maintain your confidence that a process of this nature would impartially observe due process and, in fact, help restore the good name of the armed forces.
As we restore the credibility of the armed forces, we look forward to further contributing to peace and stability in the world through significantly greater engagement in peacekeeping and humanitarian activities. In fact Sri Lanka recently signed on to the Kigali Principles on the Protection of Civilians.
Today, we have a Government in place which acknowledges the suffering of victims across Sri Lanka’s communities; a Government which recognizes the mistakes of the past; and is all too aware of the weaknesses of our institutions. A Government that does not seek to take cover by distorting concepts and principles such as sovereignty for its own selfish ends, but instead remains firmly committed to the welfare of all its citizens, remains open to dialogue, and to address difficulties and deficiencies with help and assistance from the international community where required.
Those who are sceptical about Sri Lanka’s ability to transform as a nation, and address all these issues, are many. They claim that there can never be justice in Sri Lanka; that there can never be recognition of all communities as equals. All I have to say to them is: look at what the people achieved on the 8th of January. The world had given up hope on Sri Lanka to such an extent that very few believed that what was achieved through democratic means on that day was within the realm of possibility in my country. This feat was repeated on the 17th of August when extremists on both sides of the divide failed to secure seats in Parliament. Therefore, I say to the sceptics: don’t judge us by the broken promises, experiences and u-turns of the past. Let us design, define and create our future by our hopes and aspirations, and not be held back by the fears and prejudices of the past. Let us not be afraid to dream. Let us not be afraid to engage in meaningful dialogue aimed at finding solutions to problems as opposed to pointing fingers, heaping blame and scoring political points at the expense of future generations.
We are committed and we require the patient understanding not only of the international community but all the right-minded citizens of Sri Lanka in this endeavour; we seek their understanding and assistance in walking hand in hand with us on this journey.
This journey may not be as fast as some may want it to be. And for some, we may have already gone too far. But the Government of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has the political will and the courage of their convictions to ensure that we take the country forward, breaking the barriers of ignorance, fear, prejudice and hate.
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.
Sylvia Haik / September 14, 2015
Thank you Mr.Mangala Samaraweera, MP. Absolutely brilliant. If this doesn’t win over the delegates nothing will.
I am sad the list of intentions did not include a review of the Dual Citizenship scheme to make it affordable for families; and decriminalise homosexuality as both of them cruelly affect innocent Sri Lankans.
Native Vedda / September 14, 2015
Why hasn’t Mangala brought eminent lawyers MR and his son Namal?
Maveeran / September 15, 2015
I think Mangala Samaraweera caught some dust particles in his eyes, why don’t you take it out for him Sylvia Haik.
Luxmy Silva / October 31, 2015
Can our FM dare re-deliver this speech in Sinhala in Sinhala villages? If so, UNHRC resolution can be easily implemented and NOT otherwise.
Ajith / September 14, 2015
Trust is important but it should not be one sided. Tamils showed their trust on President in January 2015 and the new Government on August 2017. Promises, assuarances and cheating by Srilanka state are nothing new to Tamils. UNHRC should give a fixed time limit to:
1.Finding a political solution to the Tamils through Constitutional changes.
2. Investigate the war crimes identified and to take necessary action against those accountable for those crimes.
alex / September 14, 2015
True trust is important. So why hasn’t the Sri Lankan government stopped all torture in custody of Tamils since Jan 2015? Mangala has no credibility really. Can’t even stop raping Tamils in police stations.
Vetmahadeva / September 14, 2015
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein
“”Its findings are of the most serious nature. I welcome the vision shown by President Sirisena since his election in January 2015, and the commitments made by the new Government under his leadership. But this Council owes it to Sri Lankans – and to its own credibility – to ensure an accountability process that produces results, decisively moves beyond the failures of the past, and brings the deep institutional changes needed to guarantee non-recurrence.””- UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein
Heaps and heaps of undertakings, for monumental efforts for promising remedial approach, preventing impunity, implementing the law against culprits of all sorts, legalization of remedies.
Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka
““don’t judge us by the broken promises, experiences and u-turns of the past. Let us design, define and create our future by our hopes and aspirations, and not be held back by the fears and prejudices of the past. Let us not be afraid to dream. Let us not be afraid to engage in meaningful dialogue aimed at finding solutions to problems as opposed to pointing fingers, heaping blame and scoring political points at the expense of future generations””
Again a promise, BUT FM, MANGALA SAMARAWEERA REITERATES
“This journey may not be as fast as some may want it to be. And for some, we may have already gone too far. But the Government of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has the political will and the courage of their convictions to ensure that we take the country forward, breaking the barriers of ignorance, fear, prejudice and hate”
Truly need an unparalleled political will, unassailable approach against opportunists in the legislature of Supreme.
Who would the Messiah for Sri Lanka, or nothing sort of it
ALL WILL KEEP THE BEST HOPES FOR GOOD BEGINNING!
Analyst / September 14, 2015
Just to whitewash the truth and keep on bluffing like MARA did , but now it will not work anymore. The whole world wants the effects of accountability. Enough is enough it’s time to put up your hands and say sorry to the Srilankan Victims and face the music.
Either the ICC , THE HAGUE , AND FINALLY THE PRISON FOR THE PERPETRATORS WHO COMMITTED GENOCIDE.
ITS TIME TO HEAL AND MOVE FORWARD NO MORE ” SAVING ” THE CULPRITS.
Manisekaran / September 14, 2015
One of the gross injustice of the 21st century meted to War victims of the cruel war. USA, you are muscling your power and accumulating your sins which one day you will have to pay heavily. That day you will have no one to weep for you.Everyone will rejoice your pain..UNHRC and UN are two laughable stock of the world..
alex / September 14, 2015
I have hope that despite acknowledging that a ‘domestic process’ could work, the US will be instrumental in seeing that (i) justice is done and (ii) there is a permanent political solution acceptable to the Tamils.
Let us judge the US once the ‘domestic process’ is underway and as broadly expected, not delivering.
Reader / September 15, 2015
If you believe US is capable of delivering ‘justice’, you are sadly mistaken. Its easy to fall for their larger-than-life discussions on justice and governance and accountability, but in reality, they are a rouge nation than any other in history. Only difference is that their true colours are hidden behind bow-ties and touched up words, covering their hypocrisy. If you are expecting US to deliver justice to SL, its just a pipe dream.
alex / September 15, 2015
The US is encouraging a SL to implement a liberal frame-work that will benefit all its citizens. By contrast China and Russia don’t care what Sri Lanka does as long as they make money. The US frame-work is based on a system of global trade. What they have found is that liberal states create wealthier citizens who in turn support increasing trade. This is a very positive and inclusive frame-work. It fights discrimination an illiberal practises. Yes, the US has made mistakes and committed human rights abuses, but at least there is a very strong progressive political dynamic in the US, that sadly does not exist in other world powers.
alex / September 14, 2015
“Additionally, Mr President, the Government is committed to …issue instructions clearly to all branches of the security forces that torture, rape, …are prohibited … and punished”.
The sentence says it all – so far this government is full of good intentions but haven’t done anything.
i) Shouldn’t it be self-evident to security forces that they can’t torture, rape, murder, etc? Particularly now the war has been over for 6 years?
ii) Why hasn’t the government given such instruction before (whether this administration or the last)?
iii) This government has gone a full 9 months without acting on this issue – are they now complicit in promoting the culture of impunity? And if so can they independently judge themselves?
Sinhala civil society should be asking these questions too. Really can’t see how an inquiry can be done domestically. They can’t even stop simple abuses by the army and police against Tamils.
Barathan / September 14, 2015
Is the world to be beguiled that the military and the police for decades on end never had prohibitions against torture? Are we to take it that lack of instructions propelled them to unseemly conduct?
alex / September 15, 2015
No, the world knows what Sri Lanka is. But this speech is the first tacit admission that the policy is from the very top.
Pacs / September 14, 2015
There is no signs for meaningful reconciliation and truth. There is no guarantee for witness safety and the security of the Tamils. There is no talk of police powers and land admin. They destroyed St Mary’s church Mylydy long after 2009 and looted everything. All the ministers in the present governments and The past one are some ways related to war crimes. They never admitted a crime or even killings happened. It is not right the accused being the judge. Tamils have no faith no trust on it in the Sri Lankan justice system. The it will be another addition to meaningless inquiry commissions of the past.
The crimes against humanity or war crimes as such is an international affair therefore an impartial international inquiry is necessary for justice for Tamils. The UN abandoned Tamils to be herded and massacred now they subjecting them to criminals. eventually they will verdict as all the Tamils are terrorist and should be punished
Barathan / September 14, 2015
The Minister speaks of space since January 2015, to start implementing, good governance etc.
The LLRC in its report identified EPDP by name as a noxious para-military and urged immediate action on the leader. The leader who was a cabinet minister till recently had the gumption to offer his services to the government only 2 weeks ago. The government contemplates taking in this execrable character into the cabinet.
This is GOOD GOVERNANCE.
BBS Rep / September 15, 2015
Who can be more of an execrable character than S.B.Dissanayake. He is already sitting pretty within the so called Good Governance. All talk by Managala – nothing more nothing less.
Native Vedda / September 14, 2015
[Edited out] Please write instead of posting links- CT
Native Vedda / September 14, 2015
Law and Society Trust has published a useful must read book:
Confronting the Complexity of Loss: Perspectives of Truth, Memory & Justice in Sri Lanka
By Gehan Gunatilleke
You can access it from its website lawandsocietytrust.org.
sensible citizen / September 14, 2015
Srilankans are able to piece together the farsighted vision the Srilankan government is creating. It has all the good merits and sacrifices in the process. Engaging the movers and shakers in both sides of the aisle compromising the principles (unprincipled goons) within the government shows the urgency to create a righteous society in Srilanka. Despite the huge obstacles ahead of the government if they can make their plan happen in strengthening the institutions and the constitution, it certainly serves as a death bell for any past repetitions to occur.
The U turns and the broken promises in the past were due to opposition building momentum against any positive approach taken by the government in power. This is the first time a step was taken by two major parties to merge and implement a solution and identifying the government as “good governance”. Criminalizing hate speech is another major step that can help lock up the few trouble makers who over power the silent majority. We need to recognize there are trouble makers on both sides to be dealt with.
For nay sayers, please give it a chance.
May the triple gem and god bless the efforts of the right minded people.
alex / September 14, 2015
If Sri Lanka had followed through on what was promised since independence, it would be the new Singapore. What we have here are yet more promises. We need to see action, of which so far there has been precious little.
Karthigesu M. Nirmalan-Nathan. / September 14, 2015
I’ve got to read it once more. It does seem like a load of sweet coating with hollow centre. I’d like to see reform of the nation kept separate from the issue of war-crimes and the crimes against humanity. bringing reforms is a process which is understandable and I am in total agreement with. It does take time and generations to take full effect. Like one we witnessed at Mullivaikal how SWRD Bandaranaike’s reforms bore fruit.
Investigations of crimes committed and consequent justice and accountability should never be confused with reform but an established system of jurisprudence. Now the Rt Hon. Mangala Samaraweera has established that Sri Lanka has not the mechanism to deal with the charges of this magnitude with the countries fill in the blank constitution and having to apeace the many guilty parties by giving them high positions in the administration and in the armed forces which incidentally produced Sri Lanka’s First Field Marshal. Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka said in an interview to Guardian that he would welcome a Credible Independent International Investigation into war crimes and crimes against humanity. Here is the funny thing, Field Marshall should be insisting not welcoming and hoping and full well knowing it will not come to pass.
The national government was born out of need of thee Sinhala Majority because the last administration was beginning to encroach into the realms of out and out dictatorship. He has mortgaged the country to the Chinese and was busy building a load of white elephants and pocketing the counties resources. In conclusion having skimmed through the Rt. Hon. Gentleman’s speech only conclusion that can be drawn is that Sri Lanka is in need of a complete overhaul of its institutions and its judicial process and practice. So let the administration get on with the process which will take its own good time. Let the system which is already established and tried and tested way of dealing with war crimes and crimes against humanity deal with the matters in hand right now which is accountability and justice for the crimes committed particularly towards the conclusion of the war.
He is comparing apples and oranges bringing the South African Model into the mix. Please permit me to compare and contrast them to the best of my ability;
1) Whites only government of Botha then White Prime Minister through international pressure lasting decades of trade embargo and various other means called a national election through economic needs not out of generosity or of realization democratic principles.The Black Majority was allowed to vote and the rest is history.
2) Their model was true to its title “Truth and Reconciliation commission” where the truth was established which paved the way for reconciliation through admission of guilt in a public forum and openly showing remorse.
3) Finally the personalities involved Nobel price laureate in Rev. Desmond Tu Tu and Much respected human being and a true patriot Rt Hon. Nelson Mandela.
Well I don’t see any Sinhalese equivalent. All I see is and has seen is successive governments promising to do much harm than the other reinforced by number of Government sponsored acts of terrorism burning of the Jaffna public library, burning and looting of Tamil propery with murder and rape thrown in for good measure. This is exactly what produced Tamil militancy which unfortunately deteriorated into couple of acts of terrorism.
Finally I would like to point out that in the last parliamentary election TNA and its main constituent party lied to the Tamil people and promised that they will fight for “A credible Independent International Investigation into War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity” and I vociferously supported them and recommended that the electorate consider that election a referendum for federalist principles within a unitary state of Sri Lanka and the international mechanism which in my view is fundamental and not negotiable.
In conclusion all I can say is that Tamil masses were cheated by the assurance given by the now Rt. Hon. Opposition Leader. and his side kick Rt. Hon. M. A. Sumanthiran MP. Had “ITAK” said they are going to be taking the current stand of local mechanism to deal with the fundamental issue mentioned earlier they would not have won so convincingly.
Burt / September 15, 2015
UN is planning to do the same thing and hoping for a different result, which is not going to happen.
This is like giving the fox to guard the chickens. Sri Lanka allowed to do its own investigation is not going to find justice for the victims nor will it result in a true reconciliation. Its only objective is to protect war criminals in the military and high ranking politicians.
K.A Sumanasekera / September 15, 2015
Pretty boy FM admits our brave Commanders did war crimes and brought disgrace to him and him mates who are now calling the shots.
He has promised UN boss Zeid, that he will import good quality Military Officers from Overseas, to train our Armed Forces how to fight Terrorists without doing Rapes, Torture, Demolishing Houses ,Killing Kids and Mums, Indiscriminate Bombings, Drone attacks, Water Boarding and Shoving broom sticks up the fronts and the backs..
BBS Rep / September 15, 2015
‘Criminalising hate speech’, this will be a first to this thrice blessed country where hate mongering despite Buddhas edict on hate is the done deal. I wonder if Mangala is going to make it a retrospective statute. Gnanasara must be trembling.
If you ask me, Mangala made a good speech, full of promise, a rosy picture for the future of Sri Lanka. Well, as always Sri Lankans are great at making speeches. That is all. I am not being negative here. But I am going by what history has shown time and again in Sri Lanka. Already MS is going about doing business as usual – wheeler dealing with the worst of the devilish scoundrels. What good can we expect this kind of marriage of convenience with rogues to result in.
Analyst / September 15, 2015
BBS Rep. You are absolutely right. Srilankan politicians are famous in reading at the UN , scripts written by others in promising to the international law makers that we will do this, that , and the other to lie about , but the PROMISES ARE ONLY ON PAPER NOTHING ELSE WILL BE FOLLOWED UP . Most of the time the reader does not even understand what the content of the speech meant.
THis is all a humbug similarly done by the last government and DECEIVE THE WORLD that will be followed by this so called Good Governance too. White washing the killings and murder and lying to the UN that we will make it all better.
The UN will believe all these false promises. There we go until the next UN Session.
Hopes for those people ?? What Hopes?? NO silver lining will be seen at the end of the Tunnel.
Dr.Rajasingham Narendran / September 15, 2015
A well crafted, sensible and pointed speach. It clearlry identifies what needs to be done.
However, the proof of the pudding is in eating it! What has been outlined is very much a skeleton and needs to be fleshed soon, with details.
Let us hold this government responsible for what it is promising the people of this counntry and the world. What is being promised is what is right, despite Dayan Jayatilleke counting the number of times the word Tamil was used! The next time Managla speaks he should use the word Sinhalese at least 16 times to match population ratios and satisfy the likes of Dayan!
Ultimately, what Prince Zayed says in his report two days from now, is what matters. I hope the evidence the report cites in support of its comclusionsis clear and specific enough to clear the fog.
K.A Sumanasekera / September 15, 2015
Jobs for the boys galore in our pretty boy FM’s speech..
Commission for Truth, Commission for justice, Commission for Disappeared and reappeared. Commission for Rights, and Commission for Reparations…
Where on earth can Yahapalana boss and the sidekick find people to fill these vacancies.
Ministers now total well over 140 with the most recent addition of 10 , two from each district.
There must be a dearth of talent in the Elite, Anglican and Wahabi sectors, because most of the recent elevations are all SLFP baiyas who sucked up to Sira at some stage.
May be Batalanada is hiding his mates to fill the above Commissioner jobs because they are the ones who matter when it comes to the business end of Yahapalanaya.
That is the granting Sambandan’s wish list which is part of the MOU between Batalanada and Sambandan.
John Stewart Sloan / September 16, 2015
The UN is defunct, corrupt and hypocritical organisation. Ignore it…….
Luxmy Silva / October 31, 2015
Has anybody translated this into Sinhala? If so, can you post the weblink here please? CT, can you please let me know if anybody posts it here?
COLOMBO_TELEGRAPH (Author) / October 31, 2015