25 September, 2018

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The Coming Confrontation: Wigneswaran Alleges Genocide, Calls For Plebiscite

By Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Mr Akashi was absolutely right when he urged flexibility and reform on the Sri Lankan government and sounded the alarm of serious consequences in Geneva March 2014 (that’s 75 days away, folks) if it failed to shift in the right direction. He did get one thing wrong though. There is neither a “Central government” nor a “Northern provincial government” in Sri Lanka. Those categories and that terminology pertain to a federal system such as that of India. Constitutionally what we have is a unitary state form in which there is one government and power has been shifted outwards and downward, in specific respects, to provincial councils or administrations. That is the crucial distinction between federalism and devolution. Of course Mr Akashi’s political Freudian slip indicates the view of Sri Lanka and attitude towards it in a large segment of the international community. The treatment of Sri Lanka as already containing two power centres, two capitals, does not help the battle for devolution and only reinforces the propaganda of the Sinhala hawks within and outside the State.

What looks like a sideshow, namely the growing confrontation between Chief Minister Wigneswaran and Governor Chandrasiri, is much more than that. It is the thin end of the wedge of a clash of two projects: that of the strategy of escalating globalisation by Tamil nationalism and narrowing of space by the defence establishment which seems to drive much of state policy at a subterranean level.

With the recent election and the end of the stage of war as well as a post war political vacuum, Governor Chandrasiri should logically have been eased out as the gesture would have marked a new beginning. However, the security establishment seems to wish to emphasise continuity rather than signal discontinuity, perhaps to assuage the apprehensions of the soldiery. This is quite understandable given the invocation of Prabhakaran and the LTTE by ‘moderate’ TNA members during the election campaign and after.

The answer would have been to appoint a Sinhalese able to balance between the armed forces and the Provincial council, as well as between the state and the diplomatic/donor community. The former head of the government’s Peace Secretariat, Prof Rajiva Wijesinha comes readily to mind. If the requirement were for someone with a military background, there are at least two former army commanders with liberal credentials and ambassadorial experience, Generals Gerry de Silva and Srilal Weerasooriya. So far the government has chosen not to exercise these options and may not even be aware they exist.

That said the Northern Provincial Council should not have passed resolutions calling for the removal of the governor and the retrenchment of the armed forces, so soon after taking office. These could demands have been urged at negotiations –perhaps backchannel ones—rather than publicly demanded. Furthermore the TNA leader should not have announced to Mr Akashi that the government has three months to act on Tamil grievances and should it fail to do so the TNA would initiate a non-violent campaign of agitation. Mr Akashi, who has very considerable international experience how these things go, rightly counselled patience.

It is against this backdrop that the inaugural Budget speech of Chief Minister Wigneswaran delivered on December 10th 2013 is especially worrying, but it would have given cause for serious concern in any context.

Justice Wigneswaran complains that the system of provincial councils applies to the entire island. That was not only a decision of President Jayewardene who did not wish to be seen to confer special status on the North and East which would then become the target of majoritarian resentment, and wanted instead to give devolution greater acceptability and strategic anchorage by creating a constituency for it among the Sinhalese, it is even more importantly, the consistent stand taken by progressive opinion in the south for decades, ranging from the Marxist Left in the 1940s to the populist social democratic Vijaya Kumaratunga in the mid 1980s. In the face of a savage JVP insurgency, the provincial council election was held in late 1988 only because the path had been prepared by the holding of such elections throughout that year in the midst of a bloody Southern civil war between pro-and anti-devolution political forces, in the island’s other provinces. Many more died in that Sinhala-on-Sinhala civil war than did in the famous final days of the war against the LTTE.

Justice Wigneswaran protests that “…But the then Government made the Provincial Council System applicable to the whole Island and thus stultified the whole concept of power sharing essential for the Tamil speaking Northern and Eastern Provinces. Thereby nothing was given specially for the Northern or Eastern Provinces when power sharing was urgently needed by them rather than the other Provinces. In fact the political need to devolve power for the North and East was effectively scuttled. The political needs, aspirations and the special interests of the people of the Northern and Eastern Provinces were thus overlooked.”

One fails to understand how the conferment of provincial councils on the other provinces “stultifies” the sharing of power with the Tamil people of the North and East. How can the “political needs, aspirations and special interests” of the people of the North and East have been “overlooked” by conferring a similar measure of autonomy on the other provinces? His logic seems to be that justice for the Tamils is possible only when it is exclusive and unique. In a democracy, the special interests of the people of a province, be it ethnic, religious, linguistic, cultural or economic, can and usually will find expression in the specific policy mix of that Council. It is not necessary that it should be the only such autonomous entity in the entire country!

The answer of Tamil nationalist ideologues may be that Kashmir has special status as does Quebec. However, had Quebec been separated from France a few miles and the danger of irredentism been real, the degree of autonomy may have been significantly different. That this is not mere counterfactual speculation is best evidenced by the sharp reaction of Canada to Gen Charles De Gaulle’s strident reference to Quebec.  As for Kashmir, the history of the accession and the pledge of a referendum made in the UN by Shri Nehru give a unique dimension to the problem.

The complaint registered by Justice Wigneswaran is important for two reasons. Firstly it reveals that he is questioning and re-opening the fundamental coordinates of the Indo-Lanka accord of 1987 and the progressive Southern consensus, clearly indicating that the Tamil project goes well beyond that agreement and that consensus. Secondly it betrays the long standing Tamil sense of being unique and deserving of special privileges not enjoyed by the rest of the country’s citizenry or areas.

He says “The Provincial Council System, it must be noted has been identified by all as a means to devolve power to the periphery. But the Thirteenth Amendment in fact has strengthened the hands of the Executive President and widened his powers.”

This is significant in that the target of the criticism is not the Southern hardliners on the charge of seeking to sabotage or abolish the Thirteenth amendment. It is not the government of the day for the crimes of non-implementation, tardy implementation or partial implementation of the Thirteenth amendment.  No! The target is precisely the Thirteenth amendment itself. This indicates that the Chief Minister seeks not the full implementation of the amendment but its supersession.

He goes on to criticise the office, role and function of the Governor, rather than the attitude and ideology of the present occupant of that post. He says “The Governor is the representative of the Executive President. No appointment is possible within the Province without the approval of the Governor. From the Secretary to the Minor Employees, it is the Governor who holds the whip hand.” It is only subsequent to this that he specifically criticizes the present governor.

Justice Wigneswaran then goes on to disclose the real reason behind contesting the Northern Provincial Council election. It was certainly not to make the 13th amendment work; still less to work constructively in the interstices of the present structure and situation so as to consolidate and proceed at a measured pace.

He poses and answers the question as to the TNA’s motivation.

“At this stage someone might pose the question as to why we decided to contest the Provincial Council Election if the Thirteenth Amendment lacked teeth and was insufficient. There were two important reasons. Only if we stood for election could we bring out to the notice of the world the feelings and aspirations of the people of the Northern Province and show that the Government was portraying a false picture. In fact at the last Election the people were able to loudly proclaim their disapproval to the Government in power and the presence of the military in the Northern Province. Secondly without power, without authority in our hands to proclaim insufficiencies in the Thirteenth Amendment at Colloquiums and Seminars made no impact on the Government nor the International Community. But we felt it was better to get ourselves established in authority, experience the short comings in reality and thereafter tell the world what was happening. That exactly is what we are doing now. Rather than to merely say that Thirteenth Amendment is insufficient we feel exposing its shortcomings while established in office would be beneficial for future changes.”

Thus the objective of the TNA has not been to secure the full implementation of the 13th amendment and to expose the government for non-implementation, but rather to expose the insufficiency of the 13th amendment as such!

Justice Wigneswaran then moves seamlessly from the problems of devolution to the UN Human Rights Council resolutions, referring to “the objective of the 2012 UN Resolution”, thus revealing the nexus between external pressure and their strategy.

The next point is about the military in the North. The grievance is not the overly large footprint of the military. No, it is the very presence of the military in this most strategically sensitive of border areas for the Sri Lankan state that is seen as incompatible with reconciliation. He says “You cannot continue to keep the Military in the North and expect reconciliation and regeneration. The Joint Declaration by the President and the UN Secretary General in May 2009 has not been honored to say the least.” Thus he does not want the military kept in the North, in any configuration. His reference to the joint declaration between UN Secretary-General and the Sri Lankan President is irrelevant and misleading because there is absolutely no commitment to the non-retention of the military in the North.

The Chief Minister’s speech then escalates to its maximalist political climax. He says “It should be understood by all clearly that the present Provincial Council cannot be a vehicle of change for the betterment of the Tamil speaking people of the North and East.” This must be understood clearly by the diplomatic community for what it is: a structural rejection of the system of Provincial Councils itself. This rejection goes far beyond a criticism of the present government for its immobility. It is a rejection of the Indo-Lanka accord and its product the 13th amendment.

He follows it up with a programmatic political proposal of dangerous dimensions saying “It could be converted into a transitional Administration.” What exactly such a transitional administration would be transitional to, the Chief Minister fails to indicate. Therefore the goal remains open-ended. It would seem that the Chief Minister is picking up the infamous ISGA model of the LTTE.

The Chief Minister alleges that “for 65 years since Independence the problem of the Tamil speaking people of this country have not been solved”, which ignores the role of the LTTE and ‘great hero’ Prabhakaran in wrecking such efforts. Mr Wigneswaran alleges in all seriousness that “consecutive Governments of whichever hue were only interested in foisting more and more hardships and calumny on our people.” He thus dismisses every single Sri Lankan administration—all democratically elected, one might add—including, obviously, that of President Kumaratunga who proposed three political packages which went well beyond the 13th amendment, all of which were rejected by the Tigers as well as the precursor of the TNA, the TULF and its leader Mr Sambandan, at the time. One cannot help but wonder what he was doing while these consecutive governments were intent on “foisting more and more calumny and hardship” on the Tamil people.

Most incredibly yet utterly significantly, Justice Wigneswaran, the newly elected Chief Minister actually uses the ‘G’ word: “…activities of successive Governments in this Country have bordered on genocide if not genocide…” All this in his first Budget speech!

He then unveils the strategic conclusion: “It is essential that an International strategy is innovated to quickly ascertain the views of the Tamil speaking people presently still occupying their traditional home lands.” Plainly the Chief Minister is calling for a plebiscite, a referendum of the Tamil people in the North and East, by means of “an international strategy”. This is an exit strategy; a roadmap for secession.

The game-plan designed by the Diaspora hawks is clear: (a) launch mass agitation either in the run up to or the immediate aftermath of Geneva March 2014 (b) goad the army into a crackdown and Colombo into dissolution of the Provincial council (c) use Jayalalitha and Tamil Nadu to leverage the incoming BJP, which unlike the Congress is not emotionally invested in the 13th amendment and deeply affected by the LTTE’s assassination of Rajiv, to push qualitatively beyond it. The model is the creation of Kosovo through an “international strategy”.  The secessionist strategists in the Tamil Diaspora are going for the grand-slam. They seem to have politically and ideologically infiltrated or influenced the TNA/NPC. It is a pity that the Northern PC and the new Chief Minister is exhausting southern goodwill and laying the foundations for an anti-provincial autonomy multi-partisan Southern consensus, by playing according to the Diaspora/Tamil Nadu script.

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    It is quite evident that the criminal eelamists are not interested any sort of reconciliation, have no regret about the destruction they inflicted on the country and is asking for the blood of Sri Lankans again. Just like all right thinking Sri Lankans got together to defeat the most lethal eelamists of all, the tigers they must get together again to defeat the remaining racist eelamists.

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      Liberal One

      “It is quite evident that the criminal eelamists are not interested any sort of reconciliation,”

      Could you tell us reconciliation on whose terms?

      I agree we must get together to defeat all remaining racists.

      When do we start work among Aryan Sinhala/Buddhist majoritarian racists that includes yourself as well?

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        The first step of reconciliation is coming into terms with what happened. Eelamists decided to take up arms to win the eelam and they lost. Running to the big bully after you lose your battle and asking to take up the fight is certainly not reconciliation. Is it?

        The only possible reconciliation is SL is eelamists giving up self-determination demands and Sri Lankan state treating all citizens equally.

        and about accusing me of been a racist, been responsible towards the country’s political stability and national security is not racism. It is my right.

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          No one is disputing your right but confine that right to your Sinhalese people. The Tamils want to manage and decide their own affairs. The Tamils had enough of discussions with a lying and cheating regime and race. This matter has already been internationalised and has gone beyond the borders of SL. Lest you forget, the regime could not stop the two resolutions of the UNHRC passed against it. Despite its vehement protestations that it would not abide, year after year it continues to submit its report card of compliance and each time taken to task for lying. David Cameron went to SL, gave a warning right under the regime’s nose. You couldn’t stop it, could you? The political stability you so much yearn for would be a distant dream. The Tamils would continue to be a thorn in the flesh until the SL regime and the Sinhalese come to their senses that neither group can live in peace until the regime relents and allows the Tamils to go their way.

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            So you mean thuggery and intimidation that you subject Sl and its people by bought british members is your way of making the sinhalese understand they cant live with the tamils?

            And Jansee there will never be am independant eelam, it will either be SL’s b*ch or india’s b*ch and if SL and india cooperate both’s b*ch. Geographically there is no space for an independant country between Sl and India.

            And if threatening SL and its stability is your motive we are hell bent on reversing it. when you start war you thought you will win, even upto 2009 January you though you will win but ultumately you lost.

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              To start with SL did not win the war, without India and the other countries SL would have been continuously beaten by Prabhakaran. I am not saying this, your own president admitted that he won India’s war.

              Do what you want but still you couldn’t stop the two UNHRC resolutions against SL. When Navi Pillay piled up the accusations against SL IN SRI LANKA, you couldn’t do much, could you? When David Cameron blasted your president under his own nose, what else could you do except being mute? We won’t ask for Eelam from the cheating and lying Sinhalese Who are you to give? We know how to get it.

              And talking of thuggery and intimidation, the scales are now weighing against the SL regime even on this subject. Report after report has blamed the SL regime for this. Even the Commonwealth appointed election group by your uncle Sharma spoke of intimidation and interference. Take a deep breath to let your faculties take a grip of the reality. I am glad you mentioned about the “bought” British members. Does this include your uncle Sharma who incidentally comes from that land, too.

              Sach, hell bent you may be, that is your choice. Please let me know how has been your sojourn to that dark “hell”?

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                Jansee,

                Sach and these guys will never learn and I think they don’t have the capacity. If they wanted, leave alone solving the problem, there wouldn’t have been a problem to begin with. Now they are “hell bent” on destroying the Tamils, and in the process they are “hell bent” on digging their grave deeper and deeper with every one of their actions, they are in a stage where they can neither stop or extricate themselves out of it.
                You said it well Jansee.

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                To start with SL did not win the war, without India and the other countries SL would have been continuously beaten by Prabhakaran. I am not saying this, your own president admitted that he won India’s war.
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                if not for india Prabha would have been killed in 1987 and we will not be having this discussion now. Of course we bought weapons from other countries how is it bad?
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                Do what you want but still you couldn’t stop the two UNHRC resolutions against SL. When Navi Pillay piled up the accusations against SL IN SRI LANKA, you couldn’t do much, could you?
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                yes, the world is not fair place. An imptotent UN need to be looked respectful at least infront of a small country.
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                When David Cameron blasted your president under his own nose, what else could you do except being mute?
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                David is a politician. and MR remined him that people in glass houses shouldnt throw stones.
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                And talking of thuggery and intimidation, the scales are now weighing against the SL regime even on this subject. Report after report has blamed the SL regime for this. Even the Commonwealth appointed election group by your uncle Sharma spoke of intimidation and interference. Take a deep breath to let your faculties take a grip of the reality. I am glad you mentioned about the “bought” British members. Does this include your uncle Sharma who incidentally comes from that land, too.
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                i have a good grip on the reality unlike many here commenting.
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                Sach, hell bent you may be, that is your choice. Please let me know how has been your sojourn to that dark “hell”?
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                You will get to know that in the future

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              dnt expect this time India to side with you, sore loser!

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                @manisekaran
                We don’t. It is exactly the stinking, subhuman, racist scum like you that encouraged us Sri Lankans to get together and defeat your criminal armed front. Thanks for been the encouragement.

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                  Please look at in mirror before talking about others, coward.

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              Such,

              When the Tamil talk about their rights you hear it as if they demand Eelam; why? MR and the gang gloated around the world that they held the NPC elections. What is the point of having elections when you are not prepared to devolve powers according to the constitution? On the point about treating everybody equal in Sri Lanka; you have been manifestly failing on this very topic even sense independence. The minorities have no confidence in your ability govern sensibly; hence, they want to govern themselves; what is wrong with that? Are you a chauvinist who does not want to share power?

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                Where has tamils talk about rights here? Read the DBSJ’s piece on Wigneswaran’s shamefless conduct. We dont have any problem with tamils requesting power within a SL consitution, but we have a problem when TNA goes into a collision goes even with the little power that is given to them. I have talked about this elsewhere. read it up.

                And where have i ever speak against power devolution?

                You people whenever a wrong doing by LTTE or even TNA is questioned the only thing you people reply with is, ah you dont want to devolve power. you are racist! Please grow up and try to think a bit more though it is difficult to you.

                And why only about constitutional rights? what about the total silence of TNA regarding theft of SL tamil’s fish by TN theives?

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                  Such,

                  I am very sorry to say that you appear insane and unbalanced. You are too emotionally charged and cannot decipher information as to what they are intended for! You have completely bought over by the MR doctrine that those who are against them are all traitors and Eelamists. You operate on this basis and failing to see diverse viewpoints!

                  “Where has tamils talk about rights here?”

                  Where do I start? The LTTE and other Tamil militants emerged as a direct result of complete exhaustion of democratic agitations. Certainly your ancestors had many problems with that. After the LTTE, the TNA, correctly distanced themselves from separatism; this they could not do when the LTTE was active for obvious reasons. They successfully, in the face of government sponsored violence and intimidation, won the NPC elections on one-country platform. The TNA including Wigneswaran, have openly both inside and outside the parliament emphasized their support for one-country. MP Sumanthiran addressed the parliament on issues affecting the country and not just raising the Tamil issues. I think that they have made it abundantly clear that they are genuinely want reconciliation on the basis of fairness and equal rights. Asking for the NPC rights based on the constitution is fair and democratic. Given the history of the Tamil struggle in Sri Lanka in terms numerous reneged agreements and insidious deceits suffered at the hands of the hegemonic regimes, it is absolutely fathomable that the TNA seek foreign underwriting of any dealings with the Sri Lankan government. So far, since the end of the war, I see no signs whatsoever that the MR regime wants reconciliation; hence, no Tamil will come forward to trust the MR regime except the rogue ones. MR promised many things since the end of the war; he blatantly misled and deceived both the Tamils and the international communities unscrupulously strengthening the Sinhala Buddhist Hegemony and inimically affecting all the minorities let alone the Tamils.

                  “Read the DBSJ’s piece on Wigneswaran’s shamefless conduct.”

                  I tell you what you can shove DBSJ’s articles up his a**; I do not give a toss about what he sates!

                  “We dont have any problem with tamils requesting power within a SL consitution, but we have a problem when TNA goes into a collision goes even with the little power that is given to them. I have talked about this elsewhere. read it up.”

                  Please do not make me laugh; you have many issues with giving powers to the Tamils. Don’t you see, we have been through 30 year war because you did not want to give power to the Tamils. If you want to engage meaningfully with Tamils on these forums, you need to be honest and sincere. If you talk and act like MR; you will get nowhere. The Tamil will agitate and will not stop until they gain their due share of power. They will not just put up and shut up like you expect. What you term as collision on the part of NPC is nonsense; the TNA is acting democratically and seeking foreign help to attain equal rights is a reality born out of utter frustration and it is a sheer testament to the intransigence and undemocratic behavior of the successive Sri Lankan Sinhala governments. MP Sumanthiran has challenged the Tamils, Diasporas in particular, to exercise introspection on the concept of LTTE and their record. The same you Sinhala should do in terms of how you have been treating the minorities! I have nothing further to say to you.

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                    I am very sorry to say that you appear insane and unbalanced. You are too emotionally charged and cannot decipher information as to what they are intended for!
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                    Thank you for considering my emotions and my mental health and trust me it is working quite well. I am not the one who is struggling to decipher what is in this article and return with emotional backlash.

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                    You have completely bought over by the MR doctrine that those who are against them are all traitors and Eelamists. You operate on this basis and failing to see diverse viewpoints!
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                    First tell me what is MR doctrine. I have lived here for 26 years never ever heard of such a doctrine. If you meant to say I am whole heartedly supporting MR you are extremely wrong. I have never ever voted for MR, and remain a very strong and a vocal critic of MR. If you care to check past articles here you will see how I have criticized MR in this very forum. And I won’t be voting for MR in the coming election too. Because I don’t like him.

                    Are telling me that MR has made people understood that if anyone who is against MR is an eelamist and a traitor. I am against MR. Let me tell you it is not me who is having a narrow idea of how people think it is you. Or rather you pretend so. I can be a vociferous critic of MR and it doesn’t stop me from understanding the threats faced by this country and its defence establishment.

                    I can whole heartedly disagree with MR but it doesn’t mean I should support anti SL factors like tamil diaspora, LTTE funded HR organizations. I can very well see how these anti SL elements are infiltrating TNA.

                    As I said before I am a person who wished a TNA victory at the elections, but at the same time I hoped (because of Wigneswaran) that TNA would act in a more mature manner. TNA has failed me in that aspect.

                    Actually the accusation that you level at me suits you most. Any accusation and criticism of how the TNA operates and criticism of LTTE funded HR orgs and LTTE remnants are taken as support for MR. Unlike you we are fully capable of differentiating between our country and MR. We are fighting for our country. It is wrong of you to term that as support of MR. Particularly when I have never ever supported or even voted for MR.
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                    “Where has tamils talk about rights here?”
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                    Actually I was asking that in response to a comment. That means I asked that question in context to a comment made by another. It seems the unbalanced one here is not me.
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                    Where do I start? The LTTE and other Tamil militants emerged as a direct result of complete exhaustion of democratic agitations. Certainly your ancestors had many problems with that. After the LTTE, the TNA, correctly distanced themselves from separatism; this they could not do when the LTTE was active for obvious reasons.
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                    I know the history of war in SL. I am quite knowledgeable about it. I am not a person who thinks Tamils took arms because they had nothing else to do. But I am not completely agreeing with you when you say TNA distanced them from LTTE. If so why did Wigneshwaran praise Prabhakaran in election campaign? Why trying to celebrate LTTE even after they have done such damage to tamils? That doesn’t look like distancing. As a Lankan I expected more sanity from wigneshwaran but it turns out the educated judge is knowledgeable only on constitution and interpreting law. And that common sense is something alien to him.
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                    They successfully, in the face of government sponsored violence and intimidation, won the NPC elections on one-country platform.
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                    Yes, and then the right thing to do is work amicably with the government and find answers for problems faced by people. Get government cooperation and win the hearts of rest of Lankans.

                    Actually TNA was in a position to gain a moral high ground and become a beacon of good governance and sanity and become an example for rest of SL. Instead what did they do? They become a part of a separatist plan, let separatist LTTE forces to control their party, they are not working for the people but working according to a plan set by others. If not why else he start a fight with governer? Is that the most pressing need of the people in North? The reality is the judge himself is engaged in low level politics like that of two cents worth pradeshiya sabha member.
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                    The TNA including Wigneswaran, have openly both inside and outside the parliament emphasized their support for one-country. MP Sumanthiran addressed the parliament on issues affecting the country and not just raising the Tamil issues. I think that they have made it abundantly clear that they are genuinely want reconciliation on the basis of fairness and equal rights.

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                    I know in the wording they have stood for one country. But the way they act gives rise to many questions. One can always say one thing and do totally different thing. How do you expect us to believe TNA is not for separatism when they collaborate with LTTE remnants overseas, when they idolize prabha? When they try to pick a fight with the gover at every opportunity?

                    Sumanthiran talking about issues affecting the whole country is good. But these antics by TNA really doesn’t help.

                    I will tell you what is happening here, the tamils are struggling with a huge ego factor. Because of that they do not like to act smoothly with the govern. They want to bend the gov according to their ways using the influence from outside. Otherwise TNA could have achieved most of their demands through back door channeling and good diplomacy with the government. And naturally like any gov SL gov doesn’t want to bend to a single political party. That is the reason for all these things.

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                    Asking for the NPC rights based on the constitution is fair and democratic. Given the history of the Tamil struggle in Sri Lanka in terms numerous reneged agreements and insidious deceits suffered at the hands of the hegemonic regimes, it is absolutely fathomable that the TNA seek foreign underwriting of any dealings with the Sri Lankan government.
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                    I agree there are many short comings from the side of the government. But MR is a diplomatic person. If TNA wants to get things done they can comfortably get them done by having a good relationship with MR.

                    It is evident from the fact that MR was ready to change the governer of North after PC elections and even unofficially informed Wiggie. But what did wiggie do? Had TNA cooperated with the government TNA would have got what it wanted by now. The problem is TNA wants to pick a fight with MR and try to score some points and to show that TNA could bend government using foreign governments. I am asking if TNA is for one country why is this friction? Why always are they looking to pick a fight?
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                    So far, since the end of the war, I see no signs whatsoever that the MR regime wants reconciliation; hence, no Tamil will come forward to trust the MR regime except the rogue ones. MR promised many things since the end of the war; he blatantly misled and deceived both the Tamils and the international communities unscrupulously strengthening the Sinhala Buddhist Hegemony and inimically affecting all the minorities let alone the Tamils.
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                    MR has a lot to do and MR has done a lot. Hasn’t MR tried to develop economic status in North? Infrastructure development is not just building roads but that leads to many development projects. Hasn’t MR given electricity for those areas under 5 years? Hasn’t economic opportunities for Tamils in north widened? And hasn’t MR rehabilitated and released 13000 LTTE cadres? Have you seen anything parallel to that in any part of the world? MR was late to bring about a political devolution, but that is because parties who asked for devolution was busy targeting MR for nonexistent war crimes.
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                    “Read the DBSJ’s piece on Wigneswaran’s shamefless conduct.”I tell you what you can shove DBSJ’s articles up his a**; I do not give a toss about what he sates!“
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                    Why getting so emotional? Isn’t he Tamil? Isn’t he a reputed journalist? Why don’t you accept what he says with the same trust you accept CH4 and western media? In a war of 30 years DBSJ has been proven right in most cases with respect to events in SL. So why do you have such hatred for him? And don’t you think the sermon you gave to me about MR’s doctrines and that disagreeing with any criticism of MR is wrong? Don’t you think you are failing your own argument?
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                    Please do not make me laugh; you have many issues with giving powers to the Tamils.
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                    Where have I shown that? Go to past articles in this and check whether I have ever gone against power devolution. Though you think this world is in black and white, it has a lot of grey areas.
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                    Don’t you see, we have been through 30 year war because you did not want to give power to the Tamils.
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                    First the origin of war was due to what you say, but the war was prolonged not because of that. Otherwise LTTE could have accepted 13 A fully, chandrika’s package and Ranil’s suggestions. It was the arrogance and brutality unending support for a terrorist org that made a war dragged on for 30 years.
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                    If you want to engage meaningfully with Tamils on these forums, you need to be honest and sincere. If you talk and act like MR; you will get nowhere.
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                    Of course I am acting honestly. Where have I displayed dishonesty? And how is it I am acting like MR when I am criticizing MR?
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                    The Tamil will agitate and will not stop until they gain their due share of power. They will not just put up and shut up like you expect. What you term as collision on the part of NPC is nonsense
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                    Ok don’t put up and shut up. This is what I said the huge meaningless ego of tamils is preventing TNA from cooperating with government. If you go around threatening gov more problems will occur. If TNA is not ready to cooperate with even a little power at hand how do you expect more powers? The collision is not nonsense, colliding with the gov and tendency to pick up fight like an angry arrogant school brat is very evident from how TNA act. Read news.
                    //
                    the TNA is acting democratically and seeking foreign help to attain equal rights is a reality born out of utter frustration and it is a sheer testament to the intransigence and undemocratic behavior of the successive Sri Lankan Sinhala governments.
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                    Tamils may be frustrated. Not only tamils even I am frustrated with the way things are run in this country. But when you act as an anti SL element and become an enemy of your own country it takes a different turn. A proper power devolution won’t be available in a year or two, it will take time. That is how the world works. For that trust should be build up. But if TNA is trying to undermine the gov and join with anti SL factors that trust will not be built. The sad reality.
                    //
                    MP Sumanthiran has challenged the Tamils, Diasporas in particular, to exercise introspection on the concept of LTTE and their record.
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                    That is good and a welcoming step, but I think Sumanthiran has missed out on wiggie.
                    //
                    The same you Sinhala should do in terms of how you have been treating the minorities! I have nothing further to say to you.
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                    Of course Sinhala people have to introspect and make corrections. How can we lead to such an introspection among people when TNA are always trying to backstab SL?

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            Where does it say secession is a right? specially when there are no legitimate historical facts to back it up.

            Don’t equate Tamils to racist eelamists. There are plenty of responsible, moderate Tamils that don’t want another bloodshed.

            We don’t have the ability to shove off the western pressure, I know it. I’m just saying using western countries to pressurize Sri Lanka and trying to further the secessionist movement does no good to reconciliation. But if the racist eelamists don’t want reconciliation it is their right. Sri Lankans should change their game plan accordingly.

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              Liberal One

              “Where does it say secession is a right?”

              Where does it say secession is wrong?

              “specially when there are no legitimate historical facts to back it up”

              You don’t need historical facts to support secession. Sececcession would be determined by how you treat other minorities. You need to catch up with post WW II history. My advice to you is take a break from typing rubbish without knowing the subject matter.

              “There are plenty of responsible, moderate Tamils that don’t want another bloodshed.”

              Please stop patronising the Tamils. Are those Sinhala/Buddhists itching for another bloodshed?

              “But if the racist eelamists don’t want reconciliation it is their right. Sri Lankans should change their game plan accordingly.”

              Sri Lanka does not have any game plan. All rules of the games are determined by outsiders. Tell your state and its rulers to treat the people equitably and allow them to have stake in political power, resources……… then the outsiders would have no excuse to intervene.

              Before that you should unlearn your racist education and change your mindset.

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          Liberal One

          “Running to the big bully after you lose your battle and asking to take up the fight is certainly not reconciliation. Is it?”

          Armed culture was introduced by the JVP the Sinhala/Buddhist terrorists. It was then the petty terrorist VP learned how to best to use it for what he believed to be armed struggle, if it was good for Sinhala/Buddhists, he might have come to the conclusion it was also good for his parochial project.

          The Sri Lankan state always had sought support from small, medium and big bullies to oppress its own people. According to reports UK had sold lethal weapons to Sri Lanka since the war had ended. The small, medium and big bullies irrespective of their Domain never disappointed the ruling classes in this island.

          You ought to ask yourself a question; How did the state arrive at the situation, where it had to violently put down three armed rebellions, 1971, 1987 to 1991 and 30 years. The state not only didn’t want to deal the real inequalities within the state structure but continues to create more hoping that all problems could be dealt with brutal force.

          “The only possible reconciliation is SL is eelamists giving up self-determination demands and Sri Lankan state treating all citizens equally.”

          Tell us as to why self-determination demand is wrong and why shouldn’t a section of the people demand it? Secondly why shouldn’t the Sri Lankan state treat all its citizens equally?

          “and about accusing me of been a racist, been responsible towards the country’s political stability and national security is not racism.”

          All those who deny minorities the right to rule themselves with dignity intact in a democratic united country are racists, bigots,and what not. By denying the minorities their right you are also denying the right of the majority people.

          You ought to be ashamed of yourself.

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            Look JVP violence was crushed with more force than the eelam violence. I don’t really understand what you are trying to go with that.

            //According to reports UK had sold lethal weapons to Sri Lanka since the war had ended

            Don’t you understand what trade is? They give us weapons we give dollars in exchange for that. Do you call Sri Lanka selling underwear to UK as helping them?

            //Tell us as to why self-determination demand is wrong

            Because their self-determination is linked with secession. Sri Lanka belongs to all Sri Lankans, trying to take away 1/3rd of land and 2/3rd of sea from other Sri Lankans is a crime.

            //All those who deny minorities the right to rule themselves with dignity intact in a democratic united country are racists

            We already have a flawed but democratic united country. Eelamists and naive irresponsible idiots like you running to west and asking they pressurize us is the biggest threat to our flawed but democratic united Sri Lanka. That is not reconciliation.

            You ought to be ashamed for been irresponsible towards your own country and trying to obstruct the forward march of the country after 3 decades of lost time. Assuming you live in Sri Lanka and you have children you are doing this crime on them as well you pathetic self-hater.

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              Liberal One

              “I don’t really understand what you are trying to go with that.”

              You won’t understand anything unless you shed your Aryan Sinhala/Buddhist Mahawamsa mindset.

              “Don’t you understand what trade is?”

              I don’t, please explain.

              “Sri Lanka belongs to all Sri Lankans,”

              It doesn’t, it belongs to my people. The entire island is rightfully ours. Decendants of Kallathonies have no right to carve out nor to own the island.

              “trying to take away 1/3rd of land and 2/3rd of sea from other Sri Lankans is a crime.”

              Would it be acceptable if the stupid Tamils demanded 10% of everything?

              “We already have a flawed but democratic united country.”

              It is not a united country but unitary sate, highly centralised and owned and occupied by Sinhala/Buddhists and ruled by a few.

              “Eelamists and naive irresponsible idiots like you running to west”

              It is not I who is running to West or East. It is your leaders who go begging to North, East, West and South to save their neck. You must be a novice in these forums and you haven’t met me yet you have formed an false opinion without any supporting evidence. Go back in time and check all my comments.

              You have not explain to us why demanding a separate state is wrong.

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                @native wadda
                //You won’t understand anything unless you shed your Aryan Sinhala/Buddhist Mahawamsa mindset.

                Right pointing out to a thick skull that JVP violence was also crushed like tiger violence has something to do with Mahawamsa.

                Trade is when two parties exchange between them. It is not help.

                //You have not explain to us why demanding a separate state is wrong.

                In our case, that is taking 1/3rd of land and 2/3rd of sea away from other Sri Lankans. Those 90% of Sri Lankans should also have a say if north or north and east is to part away bc it effect each one of us.

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          Tamils not having self determination = supporting Sinhala supremacy because Sinhala government ala GOSL will always conspire to subjugate Tamils. — You support Sinhala Supremacy by opposing TNA demands for self determination so that does make you a racist/Sinhala Supremacist.

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            Pathetic argument since Sri Lanka is not the only place where Tamils live without a federal state and nor do Muslims or Sinhalese have a separate federal state in SL. Do you claim Brits, Canadians who don’t give you a separate federal state as racists too? The problem with eelamists are they are too self-centered, too selfish.

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              Liberal One

              “Do you claim Brits, Canadians who don’t give you a separate federal state as racists too?”

              Canada has a federal system.

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    The problem is not unusual. Forces that want to separate (centrifugal) cannot be unified by compulsion or by coercion. The Tamil speaking people wish to be a separate entity. The unifications of Germany and Italy were possible because the states wanted to come together (centripetal)) for their economic advantage. In India it was an admixture of both with the fissiparous tendencies of some states still a menace to its union as it were. Federalism is a centripetal concept. As long as separation is part of the mindset of the Tamil people such disputes will go on unless some meaningful and substantial devolution is provided as envisaged in the B-C pact to say the least. Bensen

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    i have few words to you scholarly idiots who do not earn a dollar to the country and live like parasites, tamils have a right to self determination they are fucking human begins, give the fucking Eelam, sinhala and tamil nationalists destroyed this country, its better to divide and share, if you cannot live in a marriage divorce can and must occur, if two nationalities could not coexist, then division is warranted.
    for war crimes, investigation will leads to shedding light as to what happened. we do not need political bootlicking as DJ has done over the years. I wonder he still did not forget the treatment he received at Kanatta

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      Even if there are reasonable historical facts to back an Ealam in northern province there is not enough space in this island for an eelam. World tamil population is well over 80 million and naturally many would want to immigrate to a Tamil only nation. So the question is will you fight in the imminent war after the eelam is given?

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        Nobody except Srilankan Tamils ( including those who struggle in TN camps) is interested to migrate there. You should know Malaysian and Singapore Tamils standard is way better than what is in Island, and We tamils of TN are aiming way beyond. Our world is becoming global where people aim to reach UK, US universities. Dont assume yourself.

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          And how does what TN aim and TN people goin US and UK answer his question?

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            He says, “. World tamil population is well over 80 million and naturally many would want to immigrate to a Tamil only nation”, and I responded Tamils of TN is not even willing to visit srilanka.

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              Don’t know the difference between “80 million” and “many” don’t you? Why don’t you put your racist stinking nose where it concern and leave us Sri Lankans alone?

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                Sorry, we cant leave you until 2.5 lakhs of Tamils live in TN in refugee camps and you rob and enjoy their land.

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              I dont think he meant that. Between a good number of the Indian tourists in SL are indian tamils and if you go and see Pettah area we have seen and even traded with indian tamils who come here to earn a living.

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                They were made as Indian tamils by disenfrachisement.

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                  i was talking abt indian tamils from TN who come here to earn a living

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                    they were made as Indian tamils in 1950 (not sure about year)between how do you know which tamils are they?disenfrachised or not, i can say because those tamil families who left ceylon still has some love for island. May be they come there. I had seen them in my childhood listening “ilangai vanoli nilaiyam” more and speak for ceylon.

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                      Mr read what i said, i was not talking about any estate tamils hee, the indian tamil traders i mentioned are indian tamils who come from TN ever week bringing sarees and every little thing to sell here

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        Liberal One

        “Ealam in northern province there is not enough space in this island for an eelam.”

        As a favour to your Tamil brethren 16 Million of you can relocate to Tamilnadu which is your ancestral homeland.

        Why do you think 80 million want to migrate to this island whereas they would be happy to go to the west if at all possible? And I don’t want them here. I don’t want the presence of your people here in my island.

        ” So the question is will you fight in the imminent war after the eelam is given”

        Is there any good medical treatment for paranoia?

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          The last time I checked people who speak the language called Sinhala and who uses the unique sinhala alphabetics are only found on this island. So I don’t think a self-loathing irresponsible naive idiot like you can ask the Sinhalese to re-locate to Tamilnadu. 80 million Tamils won’t migrate here but the point is northern province of Sri Lanka is too small for a Tamil nation. An illegitimate eelam carved out of Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka can’t co-exist. Believe me right thinking responsible Sri Lankans have a right to be paranoia after the 3 decades of destruction the tigers and their cheer-leader gang like you inflicted upon us.

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            Liberal One

            “The last time I checked people who speak the language called Sinhala and who uses the unique sinhala alphabetics are only found on this island.”

            Your Sinhala scripts resembles South Indian alphabets. Your Sinhala language is an admixture of Sanskrit, Pali, Tamil, Portuguese, Dutch, English, my language, Arabic, Persian……. Therefore the Sinhala/Buddhists have as many countries to chose from. All major religions came from outside this island. Hence you have many more choices.

            “An illegitimate eelam carved out of Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka can’t co-exist.”

            For argument sake as long as the entire or part of the International Community recognised Tamil Eelam then it would become legitimate. What nonsense are you talking about?

            If Lanka can’t co-exist please relocate it to your mother country India or adopted mother country China.

            Happy holidays.

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              Lol it is like saying that English is based on latin/german hence English is not a unique language and british should relocate to Germany. Logic is not your strong point, stick to sri lanka bashing.

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                of course English is not a unique language for the very same reason is called “mongrel”,

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              One more thing Native; the Tamil scripts were also rounded in shape like the Sinhala, Malayalam, Thelungu, and Kannadham. It changed to more squarer only after 10th century AD. There is no doubt that along with Pali the Tamil language played a major role in developing the Sinhala language! This fact is consciously and calculatedly being removed from websites!

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                Just for reference:

                Prof. J. B. Dissanayake in his book ‘Understanding the Sinhalese’ at page 118 states:

                ‘….Sinhala occupies a unique position among the languages of South Asia because of its close affinity, with two of the major linguistic families of the Indian sub continent Indo-Aryan and Dravidian…’ From this, one can conclude that Sinhala in written form could have been made by one or many, who knew both Dravidian and Aryan language. Thus early Dravidian Buddhist priests were scholars in Tamil, Pali and Sanskrit, to make Sinhala in spoken and written form possible.”

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                the Tamil scripts were also rounded in shape
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                That is news to me. Language dont evolve from round to square but from square to round. In Sinhala’s case one fact that impacted a lot was due to writing on ola leaves by monks

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        Illiberal One

        You haven’t responded to my comment at December 16, 2013.

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    ” That said the Northern Provincial Council should not have passed resolutions calling for the removal of the governor and the retrenchment of the armed forces, so soon after taking office. These could demands have been urged at negotiations –perhaps backchannel ones—rather than publicly demanded. ” —– So Dayan wants to sweep under the rug and non transparently deal with GOSL tyranny.

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    I think most people know the difference between a federal and unitary system, no need for elaboration.
    Dayan Jayatilleka you can’t be more wrong when you say, “…power has been shifted outward and downward.”
    Power has not been shifted at all, on the contrary power remains centered with the President and the Sinhala government. When you use the terminology “Constitutionally”, are you admitting that in reality it has not shifted. But even constitutionally power has not shifted and never was intended to – if you look at the powers of provincial councils even with the full implementation of the government’s 13th amendment, it never will. Recent amendments such as the 18th and the Devineguma bill (now law) make it redundant! In addition in the NorthEast the rule of the military Governor who takes orders from the President and the Defence Minister, the NPC is a farce.
    The Northern Provincial Council has no teeth and the so called CM is powerless. You can’t fool the world with your essays and don’t hallucinate, please tell the truth like it is.
    The outside world including Mr. Akashi may be under the false notion that power has been devolved and so he is making that distinction between the central government and the provincial government – It is time that people realise the utter falsehood behind this Sinhala political charade that you yourself are party to and Tamils have been subject to endlessly – enough is enough!
    Mr. Wignewaran is right.
    He is right also about the slow and systematic genocide quite apart from the mass slaughter in Mullivaikkal – intended to destroy the Tamil ethnic identity and aspirations – for them to live in their land and determine their own destiny!
    Mr. Wigneswaran has a sweeping mandate for self rule under a federal system and is asking for what the Tamil people want, stop your fear mongering, what Sri Lanka needs is a new breed of Sinhala leaders.
    You forgot the Check and Slovak model, why is that not feasible, all it takes is some statesmen from your community and the truth told in its entirety!

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      Further to my previous comment..
      Yet again Dayan puts the fault on the Diaspora and Tamil Nadu, portraying them as demons – as though the TNA/NPC can’t see what is happening on the ground, think for themselves and react like all reasonable human beings do; who essentially do not want to be subjugated. How disingenuous can Dayan be – he wants Eelam Tamils (I count myself as one)to remain imprisoned forever and be ruled under the iron fist of Sinhala regimes that are getting more and more autocratic. Countries like Britain have moved from colonialism/imperialism to submitting to the will of the people and are ready to conduct a referendum on Scotland, why can’t Sinhala governments do the same and not hold to ransom a people who want FREEDOM to live and prosper in their own land.

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        We can give Tamils FREE DOOM.

        They don’t deserve freedom. They are just tobacco and tea slaves who deserve nothing more than that.

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          Oi Fuckshit Jewish/Islamic axis of evil stop speaking from your backside.☻^☻

          Tatte motte monks and the Wahhabis are the same except they have stolen the Vedanta robes.(@_@)|(@_@)

          Lankans are that unique that they have caused much more than a nuisance in the neighbourhood. Phew!! ~゜・_・゜~|~゜・_・゜~|

          That reflects the bell-curve of the general intelligence level of a population: 90% of all persons in a Lankan population group register an IQ below 50 while Caucasian population group register an IQ below 120.

          。◕‿◕。

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        “|”he wants Eelam Tamils (I count myself as one)to remain imprisoned forever and be ruled under the iron fist of Sinhala regimes that are getting more and more autocratic. Countries like Britain have moved from colonialism/imperialism to submitting to the will of the people and are ready to conduct a referendum on Scotland, why can’t Sinhala governments do the same and not hold to ransom a people who want FREEDOM to live and prosper in their own land.”|”
        _________________

        Everyone exploits it’s just that the amude Sinhalese are crude at it having disenfranchised the Indian tea worker who gives them their daily bread for over 200 years thanks to the British.

        They are as guilty as much as you.

        They are simply much the `cause` and you the marriage jointly making yourselves the terrors of the neighborhood.

        Learn to live in one nation where the minority rules the majority like Baharain for example.
        The hindu/muslim (foreigner)partition is a very expensive commodity in all aspects.Its impractical for the begging bowl sinhala buddhist perverts who are also slave labour brought in by the Portuguese from Cochin for 500 years (Europe has always been related)but from all over Baharat.While you came Chola/Pandyan maybe not before- andaman island is the scientific study by the world still there and out of bounds(only special permit)

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          Democracy is still a radical idea in a world where we often confuse images with realities, words with actions.- Hillary Clinton
          _________
          I suppose this is what made the world keep Bahrain and
          We experienced government for 500 years from Goa (F de Almeida) and Calcutta to 1948 without the stench these 64 years a generation and intermittent.

          Singapore was new country built by professionals for professionals but we have a restoration and can only be professional and borrow from the immediate past and see the present unfold.

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      Well written Usha, There is no chance to build a civil society if we have teachers like this in SL universities

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      “Mr. Wignewaran is right”…. if Madame Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah says Mr. Wignewaran is right, then definitely he is wrong!!! ………….. “all it takes is some statesmen from your community and the truth told in its entirety!”…….. and PROSECUTE/PUNISH Madame Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah and her ilk for aiding and abetting terrorism!…….. have a nice day LTTE Madam.

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        I am not upset with you at all. Actually, I am bemused. Your hilarious joke keeps me going. Two UNHRC resolutions, including from one who helped you with this war and looks like a third one is in the offing to PROSECUTE/PUNISH for those responsible for war crimes. I will not try to beat around the bush. From war crimes, the stage has progressed to genocide. Go on with your charade, we like it, we love it.

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      Usha:

      It cannot be that Akashi could not have been able to make the distinction. Surely he would have been apprised by the CM and RS and, perhaps, that could have led to the “sound and fury” sarcasm. Or, he would have wanted to put it across diplomatically. That he had left Japan’s opitons open could mean that the existing situation or development has not gone far enough. Having said that, I feel assured that I am not alone in busting the myths of the likes of DJ. Have a good day.

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        Jansee,

        I think Akashi-san, good man and well-intentioned he is, should hand over the job to another Japanese. The man has been here
        over 2 dozen times and has little to show by way of his diplomatic skill. Kofi Anan had the good sense to call it a day once he could not achieve a break-through in the Syrian crisis. Sampanthan was perfectly correct in blasting him (Akashi) when he foolishly called for further time for the Rajapakses.

        Senguttuvan

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      Well said Usha.

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      Any answers Mr. Master of Hypocrites, DJ???

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      Well said madam!

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    Now please head,

    The only true DJ lover Fathima makes a plea – “Above all Singhala modayas should STOP attacking fellow Muslims .”

    This says something. She cares for DJ as much as DJ cares for himself. His Job in Genvea is a tough one and the modays will make it worse. Hammering Muslims and torching temples will be most certainly be brought up. TNA is likely to stir things up (without needing Expat infiltration). The Sinhalese nation will face the biggest global humiliation (since the Chinese admiral Chen Ho bundled their king away to China due to his unacceptable behavior) – All the details of Sinhalese in humanness are likely to be exposed in great detail.

    The Tamil expats will be be clapping form the comforts of their heated western rooms having funded the most moronic organization of modern times. Poor Dyan is worried. The love and concern of Fathima is very much in his mind – that modayas will make matters worse for him, while Vignes does the right thing in working towards a reasonable autonomy for his beleaguered people.

    This is most certainly the best opportunity for the modays to sink in global standing to levels never reached before – with Dayan at the helm and dear Fathima beside him. Good luck to both.

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      Can you comment on something without insulting an ethnic grouph, Is this so difficult? If someone publish a rubbish like DJ I can understand your offensive position against a writer, we have plenty of them, like Malinda Seneviratne, Rajiva Wijesinghe etc.,

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    out of nearly 80 comments:

    Most of them prove that many would not like the OPINION of DJ. This is the outcome to those who wanne to make conclusions.

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    Dr Dayan Jayathilake,

    Some comments.

    Sri Lanka is a unitary state, therefore there is only one government?

    Then how about local Government ? how many local Governments are there in this so called unitary sri lanka?

    Why you singled out Prof Rajiva Wijesinha is beyond my comprehension?

    Are you trying to pre-empt the blame to be placed on the government for sabotaging 13 A by arguing that afterall TNA is not interested in 13 A but something more thereby drawing the international community especially India as your ally?

    Forgetting the fact that the government is treating all provimncial councils as if they are all similar, whereas the Northern and Eastern Provincial Councils are so different and therefore need special attention.

    Dayan! Do Not treat unequals equally.

    The rationale for provincial autonomy is the unequakity!

    Hence treat each devolved unit in unique fashion in the sprite of devolution.

    If you want to treat equally all the provincial councils,

    why Devolution? You could have a unitary government!

    Dayan be honest. Do not hide behind so called non existant Sinhala hawks

    Hawks are the government and you.

    I accuse you and the government for not respecting the democratic verdict of the people but by your dictatorial approach playing into the hands of the Diaspora!

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      Sri

      “Dayan be honest”.

      You are kidding, Aren’t you?

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    “The answer would have been to appoint a Sinhalese able to balance between the armed forces and the Provincial council”… when did you become a RACIST DJ. Has the President given you a hug recently or have you started sitting on his lap again? You are an educated person, how can you make such a stupid statement. What you say that only a Sinhalese could negotiate between the armed forces and the PC. Why not a Muslim, a Tamil or even a Burgher be the person. Do you mean that there are no Tamil, or Muslim or Burgher who can be trusted. It looks like you have started sucking up to the President again. Shame on you.

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      Park

      “You are an educated person,”

      Does it mean he is a honest wise person?

      “how can you make such a stupid statement.”

      He has been making stupid statements all his life. Only difference is that you were not aware of it.

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      “when did you become a RACIST DJ” – DJ & people like him are always racist. They were and are hiding their stripes.

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    Dayan,

    Show some respect for the people of the North who overwhelmingly elected the TNA and Justice Wigneswaran to govern them. You are helping Rajapaksa to emasculate the NPC and will live live to regret the consequences of this folly. Already world opinion is against the Rajapaksa regime and I have a sneaking suspicion that you are trying to capitalise on this. You will not get anyone better than CVW to prevent Tamil extremist intentions being realised and if you lose him even your ardent supporters, China and Japan, who have already shown their displeasure at the regime’s prevarication and duplicity, will desert your masters. Think twice before writing any more such stupid articles.

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      Blistering barnacles, he is not supposed to be on a pedestal and address from a lectern but herded to `Den Haag`

      Too-many terrorist on either side going piggy back courtesy the media folk who lost their lives.

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    Vasu,

    “Can you comment on something without insulting an ethnic group” . Vasu, I was using the words forked out by Fatima in describing her community. That is all. Please do not take offense. Fatima here appears to be the sole admirer of DJ and buts in often to show her affections, while jubilating over the military rape of minorities.

    To set records right, I have stated that ” The Tamil expats will be be clapping form the comforts of their heated western rooms having funded the most moronic organization of modern times.”

    So this is a conflict between Modayas and Maha Modayas. The Tamils Expats being honored with the Maha status, as they celebrated the gunning down of all the Tamil Moderates and Tamil Children for the “cause”. There is hope for the Modayas because they have a realistic understanding of their mental state. But not for the Maha Modayas who are preparing themselves for the Party and are likely to inflict further misery on their people back home. Wigneshwaran know this well and distanced him self early on. But things have changed and we can thank the King and Siblings for that.

    Sad to see our great gymist DJ in the midst of all this. After all, he was a Sinhalese moderate supporting the the 13A and got into trouble for that. He was even called a NGO Kakka. But the other Kakkas appointed overseas like Nonis Kakka are crowing loudly for the local media and are having no effect. So this poor Kakka is re-deployed to crow in a Marxist Leninist, Gramsikan non-alingered ant colonial tune – in the hope that the borderline Kakkas of Africa, Burma and North Korea – will crow along with him.

    Poor Kalu Kakka have mercy on him. For he has to explain to White Kakkas in Geneva why the Kallu Kakka’s have a different notion of Human Rights – which includes killing other Kallu Kakkas for their own good.

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    Put Tamils in boats and send them towards Australia.

    Sink the boats mid sea. If 100 Tamil men can be eliminated a week, that is 5,200 a year or half the total Tamil men reaching 18 annually.

    Solution to ethnic problem.

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      Fathima:

      I know who you are. You are Gotabaya, aren’t you?

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        Me? Kothapaya?

        Are you nuts like your amma? I will hang you! You can’t say that.

        I will hang you.
        I will….
        I will….

        I will f… you!
        You have blood in your hands. Blood in your hands!

        No one can talk to me like that. I will hang you.

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          Stop flirting Jewish/Islamic axis of evil and stop speaking from a pigs posterior.

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    Tamil leaders always skip anything coming to solve the problem because the Tamil problem is their political capital.

    They refused LLRC.
    They refused PCs.(It took 25 years to realize to participate)
    They refused select committees.

    Then what the hell they expect?

    Now their problem is removing Chandrasri. Their PC Minister Kurukularajah is now a propaganda man for MP Sritharan. He tell about the Maveerar every where. So far CVW and his ministers did nothing except barking the same LTTE propaganda!

    Without talking to Mahinda, nothing will happen. Our Tamil LTTE morons expect the WHITE masters will come and carve out EELAM! It never happen.

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      Don’t underestimate eelamists or their western backers. Arrogant eelamists perished in nandikadal but the cunning ones remain. Just look at the comments here to realize how many naive idiotic non-eelamists have been fooled by them.

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        Liberal,

        There are many Sinhala advocate for an independent war crimes investigations in Sri Lanka; are they also supporting Eelam? An investigation is paramount to moving forward; it is incumbent on the MR regime to give full attention to the concept of good governance. It is amply evident that there are many systemic failures in Sri Lanka. The LTTE is no more, which has presented with a golden opportunity to reconcile with sincerity. In order for this to happen, the Tamils are wanting some answers; they want to know what had happened to their loved ones; why the no-fire zones were systematically shelled without warning; what had happened to those who surrounded on the advise of the very parents; why their sons, daughters, wives had been raped and mutilated. Without knowing the answers to these questions, how can you expect the Tamils to trust the very regime that has been accused of such gruesome crimes?

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      M Sivananthan:

      Don’t tell me you too got a laptop from Mahinda mama? BTW, the problem is not removing Chandrasiri. Chandrasiri is the problem. The biggest problem now is not that no one is talking to Mahinda. He is not listening to anyone because how can an emperor talk to ordinary people? Of course, he will only talk to the UNHRC because not talking is not an option. He sends a very large team to the UNHRC every year. Being such a patriot, surely you must have been also chosen this time around. Good luck.

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        You made some dollars because of the LTTE. Now mahinda closed down your dollar collections. That is why die ass booruwas crying!

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    Simple Question to Chief Minister Wigneswaran:
    Do you believe a low caste Tamil should have the same right as you?

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      No.

      Low caste Tamils are Muslims whose lands have been robbed by Valla-alla-la Tamils (tobacco slaves).

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        Muslims are from the Jerusalem stone- [Edited out].

        Sinhala Buddhist are Schedule Caste who have stolen the Vedanta robes.

        Sinhala Buddhist = Wahhabi terrorist.

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    Prabakaran lived and died in the North….

    Will Vellala Wiggy do the same ?.

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      K.A Sumanasekera

      “Prabakaran lived and died in the North….”

      You are proud of him.

      Would you also like to live and die in a Vellala house somewhere in the North?

      Is it your last wish?

      Can the armed forces arrange it for you?

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      You are destined to die like bin lardens tainted knickers in the kalapuwa.

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    Even TNA rejects 13 amendment!

    This is the perfect time to get rid of it.

    Both the south and the north have rejected it. East will also reject it as Muslims have no faith in 13 amendment that once merged the Muslim east with the Tamil racist war raped north.

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    If the moderate Wigneswaran can be so aggressive in a statement that was meant for all Srilankans,imagine what he would tell the Tamil audience?Then what can you expect from a TNA hardliner.Srilanka problem is language problem.Sinhala leaders should learn Tamil to know what TNA leaders say in Tamil.
    After all ,all the TNA leaders Wigneswaran,Sumanthiran,Suresh Premachandran and Sivajilingam appear on Sinhala TV channel.As usual they opposed Sinhala being taught in Tamil school.Thus they denied ordinary people like us the chance to learn Sinhala.To them what is good for the TNA leaders is bad for the ordinary Tamil.This is another hypocrisy of the Wigneswarans.Where does he stand on his in-law Vasu’s project?The fate has put it on our generation to fight these evil forces .There is no escape route for us.
    SL is a cursed nation.We are encircled on all front by TNA,NGO’s,IC,Diaspora and TN politicians.SL has no international communities or west funded NGO’s to speak on behalf of Srilanka.We have no Navi Pillai.We have only Ranil,Ravi,Tissa Aa and Mangala et al..They would ask us to surrender before we hear the first shot.That was our experience during the last Eelam war.If we surrender we can expect the fate of 600+ policemen who surrendered in the east during Ranil’s time. Definitely the battle of Geneva is our Staligrad.We have to win.Whatever happens we have to hold the ford until reinforcement comes.We need battle-hardened soldier like Dayan to take on the enemies.The war is not one sided.Though we are a small nation ,we have Dharma on our side.As a small nation we are force to take on big powers.Our resistance has started to pay off. Recently even the Economist(07Dec2013,page48)in its Banyan column was forced to admit that western powers have double standard when it comes to HR.

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      Ha ha JUNK IN THE TRUNK.。◕‿◕。
      in love with a penguin dj.

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      “Dharma on our side?” – My foot?

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        Chennai bad smell of Coovam! Horrible. Stop it first!

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          Maha Sakkilinanthan porriki pinatu, for you aroma is

          someone who travels like you wearing itchy underwear.

          Just fix a clothes peg to your nose. ◕‿◕

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          Yes, nice advice, between how arab toilets smell when you clean there sinha-racist?

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            smells like your roads :)

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              sac fungi,stupidity has no limits!!

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                what has stupidity got to do with smelling.

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    Ramany, Sad to see you rely on ” battle-hardened soldier like Dayan to take on the enemies “.

    DJ is rat who was in hiding in Colombo safly tucked away while all his revolutionary friends of his first political outfit were arrested. Then he was appointed by North East Provincial Council who thought that he was one of them. The rat dumped them and joined Preme and thanks to his good advise. LTTE did well and dumped Preme. Then the rat jumped again into MR’s boat and was kicked out due to his support for the lame duck 13A (he know how lame that was). He has now jumped back in – because there is no other ship in sight.

    Battle Hardened Soldier ?

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      Kiri Yakka

      Not to mention he is also a self confessed war monger.

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    Singhalese politicians still believe that they can mislead Western Nations by saying that only problem in Srilanka is terrorism and use that to wipe out Tamils in Srilanka to have the whole Island for themselves, the people around the world has come to know their devious plan and they won’t believe a single word of these people.

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    So far 274 comments. Nearly a week gone. I am surprised that DJ has not responded to a single comment. I have read many of his articles and seen him responding to comments. Why is he silent? What is he upto?

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    Anpu,

    Hypocrites too have the conscience deep inside which may wakes up sometime to condemn their perverted actions.May be his deep little conscience ( ahs any??) did not permit him to respond.

    “Thannej arivadhu poyyarkka poiththa pin
    Thanneje thannaich chudum”

    ( Meaning of this kural, oen should not lie after his mind knows clearly it is a lie, if one does, later his conscience burns his mind with truth!)

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    Have you all read http://www.un.org/sg/dsg/dsgoffthecuff.asp?nid=270 ?

    “..
    Unfortunately, we have seen tens of thousands of people killed since Srebrenica and in Rwanda. In several situations we have seen millions of people displaced because of atrocities or risks of mass atrocities since then. And when the Secretary-General got the report from the Internal Review Panel on UN Action in Sri Lanka – where Charles Petrie was the main author of that report – he asked me to take this work forward with the intention of making a very serious effort to react more systematically when we see human rights violations that could risk turning into mass atrocities…”

    “..
    The third element is an internal issue which has to do with how we are organized and how are we prepared to deal with situations when they turn into the risk of becoming mass atrocities. Well then you have to make sure that we have the reporting, that we have the type of people who can do the work on the ground on human rights and on the political side. And that, we came to the conclusion, as you may recall in the IRP Report on Sri Lanka, that we had a systemic failure of the UN system as a whole and that we need to show greater flexibility and come up with speedier action. And that is the third element…”

    “..
    Q: I wanted to be sure to ask, to try to figure out what the UN is actually learning from its systemic failure in Sri Lanka. I have heard Ivan Simonovic say that the UN stayed silent in order to keep access in the country, but in fact in late 2008 the UN left Kilinochchi and other parts of the north, essentially having no presence there. So, I am wondering: why, if you can say more, why did the UN stay silent, and even today, I mean this month, there was a protest in Trincomalee, there was a crackdown by the Government – and I am wondering was it raised with Gotabaya Rajapaksa when you met with him? What is the ongoing role of the UN in Sri Lanka?
    And on South Sudan, can you confirm that the UN has asked Uganda to mediate between the two sides? They have given a readout of a call, and I wondered if the UN has reached out to Riek Machar and if not, is the UN too close to the Government in South Sudan to reach out to its opponents? Thank you.
    DSG: When it comes to what happened in the last phase of the horrible conflict in Sri Lanka in 2009, I want to refer to reports that were made at that time and to Charles Petrie’s report. When he talked about systemic failure, he meant not only the Secretariat, but also Member States. There was a responsibility not least from the Security Council’s side. And we decided to accept those observations on the failures; I will not go further into that because we saw as our major task to take this very seriously and to take it one step further and draw lessons from Sri Lanka, but also Rwanda reports, military reports of the past, and say ‘how can we be more concrete?’ and really, make a serious attempt to make sure that we send a message to Member States that we now have to increase the level of attention on situations that will arise in the future, out of this frustration of saying “never again”. Just the fact that you say “never again” and have done so a number of times shows that we have failed, we continue to fail. So actually, this is a pretty forward-looking… we haven’t spent more time than the earlier inquiries on what happened in Sri Lanka. We have said we accept those reports and then: ‘what can we do to make sure that we do it better if it happens again?’…”

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