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The Geneva Resolution: The Real Reasons & The Real Target 

By Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

The political stability of post-war Sri Lanka and of the present government, will depend to a very great extent on whether or not the 2015 Geneva resolution which the government so ill-advisedly co-sponsored, is sought to be fully implemented. If the government chooses to try to fully implement the Geneva resolution on the ground here in Sri Lanka, I believe that the political stability that we require for foreign investment, reconciliation and a stable peace will be seriously jeopardized. The crises will be exacerbated and we may enter a renewed cycle of political conflict. The government must find a way to re-negotiate the Geneva Resolution of 2015 or the voters of Sri Lanka will have to eventually have to come up with an administration that will roll back the resolution. This resolution cannot be implemented domestically, without very serious consequences.

I have a dissenting view on what the resolution is all about; what the endgame is; what the target is; and who is trying to achieve what through this resolution.

Sri Lanka has it seems, a certain cyclical pattern. You have the cyclical pattern in warfare, you have cyclical pattern in international cricket, which seem the two things that we spend most of our time doing.

This pattern consists of four phases of a cycle: Phase 1 – you prepare, rectify your errors and you get to the point where you have a significant battlefield victory which can change the course of the entire contest – I can name two such in the case of the shooting war – Vadamarachchi in 1987, in which where Col. Gotabaya Rajapaksa also fought, as did several others in the audience – and the Riviresa Operation, where we liberated Jaffna. So you have two breakthroughs of a Phase 1 nature.

In Phase 2 we failed to or were unable to consolidate and extend those breakthroughs– sometimes due to external factors, sometimes not. And then you get into the long phase of attrition, where you have once step forward, two steps back. Phase 3 is one of appeasement. If you read Maj. General Kamal Gunaratne’s book you will see that for any fighting man, the period of appeasement hurts more than the period in which you lose lives, because it is not just your pride, but you are conceding very vital real estate. Phase 4 is one of recovery, resistance and victory.

I believe we are going through the same set of the four phase cycle, in our external relations. I regard our ability to secure near 2/3 majority in Geneva in May 2009 in the face of a US attempt to “lead from behind” as Phase 1. We know now from the WikiLeaks which has a long cable from Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton dated 4th May 2009 and also her email dump which is now public, which also gives details of a meeting also on 4th on May 2009. We know that the resolution was driven by the US and fronted by the EU. But our ability to defeat that pre-emptively, to me is the equivalent of ’87 and ’95 in the military sphere.

We then went through a similar phase of unwillingness or inability to consolidate that victory. Then, we went through the period of attrition where we lost three consecutive Geneva resolutions. And now we have the period of appeasement and unilateral retreat. I am sure it will be followed someday by the generation of the national will to renegotiate or roll back this resolution. But this is the phase we are now in – that of appeasement i.e. the third phase.

What was this resolution all about? There are several paradoxes here. The paradoxes show us a glimpse of the reality. For a government that is quite blatantly pro-Western, pro-US & UK, the pressure hasn’t been lifted. What does that tell us? Take Egypt – there are no resolutions brought about by the United States about the regime of Al Sisi in Egypt – I am not saying there should be – but there aren’t. Take Thailand after the coup – no resolutions. So, if the resolutions were merely a pressure tactic to bring us into line for geopolitical reasons, then logically now that there is a pro-western government in place in Colombo, the pressure should be lifting. The government or the US should have been able to make it go away.

I take Chris Dharmakirti’s point that there was a possibility with the Paranagama report and especially Sir John Holmes annexure exonerating the armed forces of war crimes, and that it was not explored. But I am not really sure that is entirely the case. He quite rightly mentioned the visit by Nisha Biswal and Tom Malinowski, the US Assistant Secretary of State for Labor and Human Rights. Tom Malinowski made an interesting gesture for a visiting diplomat. He went to Mullivaikkal, knelt in the sand and laid a wreath. Now this is under the friendly Sri Lankan administration of 2015. Therefore, if it was merely a question of geopolitics and competition with China and getting us back into line, now it has a government (though it has gone back to China economically) that is strategically, ideologically, diplomatically and politically aligned with the West. So why get on your knees in Mullivaikkal? What’s going on there? That tells me that while geopolitics is an aspect, a dimension of this, it not the whole story and may not be the heart of the story.

Why is the pressure still on? Is it that the West thinks the government is vacillating? Will this pressure help this pro-western government electorally or politically? I don’t think so. This is not making the government more popular. The Geneva resolution talks about a Special Prosecutor’s Office that is outside the Attorney General’s office, new laws and Special Courts. That cannot make this government popular. Then, why is the pressure still on? Why has the US not been able to make it all go away? Because there is something else at work here. Another agenda which has something to do with the gesture of kneeling at Mullivaikkal, the place where a democratic state and society militarily prevailed over separatist fascist terrorism after thirty years.

Look at what’s in the resolution and you will find many of the same things in the efforts of the west concerning Sri Lanka from the 1990s. These are the very things (and some of you may remember them) that Lakshman Kadirgamar resisted. Cast your mind back to the days of the CFA and the Berghof Foundation, and its emphasis on “security sector reforms”. You have the same phrase, “security sector reforms”, in the resolution! There is a remarkable consistency in the agenda of the UK and US, irrespective of character of the government. So, what’s the target? What’s the real agenda?

Geopolitics yes, perhaps, but in a different sense. There is a well-known French intellectual, Dominique Moisi, a strategic intellectual who participated in a conference we co-sponsored when I served as Ambassador in France. He has written a very interesting book called “The Geopolitics of Emotion”. Borrowing his phrase, let me extend its meaning. When the West looks at the world it is not just geopolitics in a strategic sense. There are certain communities, certain nations and certain parts of the world that they somehow view as unreliable, or hostile or inimical. Doesn’t matter whether they are communist or anti-communist. Russia today is not ruled by the Communist Party, which is an opposition party. But there is hostility to Russia. There is a disguised hostility to China. This is nothing to do with religion, I must say. Nobody must think this about Buddhism or a Christian conspiracy, and I know there are some Sinhala ultra-nationalists who think in those terms. I have to remind them that Christian Serbia which supported the Allies in the World War II, which helped western airmen, was bombed by NATO in 1999. So, it’s not religious or cultural – it’s just that some countries, some nations are not seen as reliable allies. The Serbs were among them. The (orthodox Christian) Russians, the Syrians, the Pakistanis, the Iranians, perhaps the Turks, and also the Sinhalese are among the suspect. That’s the story. Beyond a point it doesn’t really matter what the government is – there is a sense, that they, the Sinhalese, are “not reliable” even if the government is an ally of the West!

There is an attempt to change the deep structure of the Sri Lankan state. That is the attempt to federalize, as well as the attempt to effect what is known as “security sector reforms”. One of the targets is the Sri Lankan Army. And it is not by mistake I say it is the Sri Lankan Army. Because there is a sense in the West that the other arms of the Sri Lankan military can be co-opted and may be useful. But the Army is seen as the most patriotic of the services. This may be unfair by the other services. But there is a sense that, maybe we can integrate others into our larger western design, but this Sri Lankan army has to be atomized; it has to be broken down.

We are the enemy. Over time, there is a kind of a sedimentation of opinion in western society. There is a bi-partisan consensus– and this is mistake the previous Administration made because it thought it had to do only with liberal administration i.e. the Democrats or the Obama White House or the Labor party in Britain and if the Conservatives come in, things would be different. But it is a bi-partisan consensus, because it has to do with Western society itself. The Sinhalese have been depicted, the contrasting western views of the Sinhalese and the Tamils have been constructed, over time, in accordance with the ideological process that Edward Said famously called “Orientalism”.

So, that is to do with “the geopolitics of emotion”. I am now stretching Dominique Moisi’s concept to a notion of the world order, of global norms that the West tries to set, in which the West alone decides when you stop a war! Yes, they did help us. But they did not want the endgame to take place and that we know from the WikiLeaks and other documents. They did not want the military elimination of the Tigers – not because they were pro-Tiger, but as you can see from May 4th 2009 Clinton cable and the May 4th 2009 State Department discussions in the emails, there was a sense that, yes, the Tigers were bad apples but that was because there were genuine Tamil grievances and we have to stop the war. Now that the Sri Lankan leaders and army didn’t listen and went ahead, we have to make an example and punish them for having gone ahead when we told them to stop.

The last point I want to make is a moral one, an ethical one. My experience in France and my acquaintance from my library – which includes my parents’ library–tells me that behavior during the fight against the Nazi fascism, the issue of whether you resisted or not, which side you were on- was the defining factor in intellectual and social life in France for decades. When I was a student in the university, there was a book we read, called the Penguin Reader’s Guide to Fascism – it was by Professor Walter Laqueur. The same Professor wrote many books; he wrote a huge book called “Guerrilla”, so he knows about guerilla movements too. One of the books he wrote in 1999 was called the “New Terrorism”. And in that he writes about the Tigers, says that in terms of the sheer ruthlessness of the Tigers, the only parallels he can think of are the European fascist movements of the 1930s. Meaning of course, Hitler and Mussolini. Since this is a man who had written a huge book on other guerilla movements, and he could have compared the LTTE with X, Y or Z, but instead he identified them with fascism, of which he is an iconic scholarly authority.

So, we fought not merely a separatist movement, not merely a terrorist movement. We fought against and prevailed over a fascist movement. And we are now being punished for having defeated Fascism– when that was a moral test our society passed! We are being asked to assume that we have committed war crimes, crimes against humanity, system-wide crimes, which therefore cannot be tried through the existing laws of Sri Lanka which prevailed when the war was on; which cannot be prosecuted through the Attorney General’s office, which cannot be prosecuted through the existing system of courts, so that we have to set up special courts. You know where the idea of Special Courts come from – it is Nuremberg!

We, having defeated after 30 years, a fascist enemy – not just a separatist or terrorist enemy– we have to try ourselves, our armed forces which liberated us, defeated fascism and reunified the country! We have to fall on our sword! And there are those in Government who have agreed to this!

This is why I feel that if we have any decency, let alone patriotism; any decency in us, as individuals and as a society; any gratitude, logic or rationality in us; we have to resist and oppose the attempt to implement this immoral Geneva Resolution. And that is the test by which future generations will judge us.

*Excerpts from a speech delivered at “Geneva and You”, SLFI, Sept 29th 2016, the inaugural event of Sri Lanka Inc., a non-partisan civic network of young professionals.

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    [Edited out]

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      De Silva Demented Vibushna/Off The Cuff

      “[Edited out]”

      Excellent.

      Thanks for keeping it brief.

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        NV,

        “Keeping it brief”, did you say?

        This guy has reached 50 responses before we could even reach out for a pen.

        I have said it all the time. Even at this late stage this guy should be inducted into the T20 side.

        At least he will upset the other side!

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      Had the former head of state been normal by his behaviours, we would not have been regarded as enemies.
      You from the same orifice added then ” if international communties make every effort to brand us that way, we have to continue our discussions with the very same parties thorugh discussions, making clear them on and on the regalities “, but your so called GURU, stood on the way you guys not allowing to continue so. That was the reason him to recall you if i may remind you ? or any illperformance not known to us through media ?

      Your focus is one sided Mr DJ – you are trying to pain it in that way, but reality as it is, we could do better after the war is over – just being away fully, Rajakashe adminsitration under the penisless Foreign Minister GLP, we achieved not an inch of move towards clarrifications.

      Today, even if you and the very same batch would not see it right, as Mahinda Samarasinghe on his return from UNGA lately even if he noticed himself, the manner the IC treated srilanken delegation all the previous sessions, and the manner they had to go after any leaders, have turn out to be 100% otherway around this time, since the leader of nation has been been Mr Sirisena. What Mr Sirisena together with Mr RW is nothing else than start close discussions with communities that stay criticising lanken war end realities. Or not ?

      Latter alone prove, even if yours and othersenior men s thoughts guided us to what we are today, you seem to be struggling not being able to give credit to current DUO – this is we are perectlyaware, since you have grudges against RW and CBK (youth vendetta).

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      What would you do an infant stop crying ?

      There you somehow takes control the baby using a baby dummy. Then the infant would stop crying anymore.

      Likewise, the rulers could do the job with DJ or the like selfish men by offering them any kind of posts where their talents can be applicable.

      I think so long DJ is kept away from being busy, he would continue writing this way. There is no valuble contents except few citations to sound his articles – professional. basta.

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    “This is why I feel that if we have any decency, let alone patriotism; any decency in us, as individuals and as a society; any gratitude, logic or rationality in us; we have to resist and oppose the attempt to implement this immoral Geneva Resolution.”

    Please do not believe or accept anything that this fellow is saying. None of what he says will happen. All what he is advising is with a hidden ulterior motive to create a rift between Geneva and the Sri Lankan government and make a mess like what the Rajapakshes did during the previous regime. Even the Rajapakshes did not accept him, they simply kicked him out of his job.

    This fellow has no dignity, decency, gratitude, logic or rationality. Today he is working to bring the Rajapakshes back but tomorrow if the present president Maithripala appoint him as a diplomat in any western country, he will change his tune completely with a 180 degree turn.

    Never ever believe/trust this type of people.

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      Political Scoundrel

      “Please do not believe or accept anything that this fellow is saying. None of what he says will happen.”

      Many in this forum never bought anything from this con artist nor will we in the future.

      This war monger and war crime denier wrote “So Wimal was probably right when he said to rapturous applause “Mahinda is not a name, Mahinda is a country!”

      This says everything about Dayan.

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        Native Vedda

        You are quite right about this demented guy who refuses to see reasons.

        What else can you expect from this fellow who was bedding with Varatharaja Perumal for political office at one time. Now he is in the Sinhala racist group led by Mahinda. He will definitely get a plum office if ever Mahinda Group comes back to power.

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          Naga

          “He will definitely get a plum office if ever Mahinda Group comes back to power.”

          MR in an interview to Al Jazeera told Dayan worked for NGO, that was the final insult according to Sri Lankan standards.

          Dayan the war monger is like an abused wife who is loyal to the abusive husband.

          Dayan enjoys being humiliated by MR and our fellow forum sharers.

          By the way he was the transport minister under V Perumal.

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        Dumb NAtive Veddo:

        Many in this forum never bought anything from this con artist nor will we in the future.

        Who are the people taking things serious from CT ?

        You know the editorial board, you know the writers here. You know who comments here too.

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    Forget about the Geneva resolution.Why dont you speak/write about your thoughts on solving the Sri Lankan ethnic problem?

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      Tamil from the North:

      Forget about the Geneva resolution.Why dont you speak/write about your thoughts on solving the Sri Lankan ethnic problem?

      It will be automatically solved the day that every Tamil is in some western country. It does not matter it is in the southern hemisphere.

      Because, Tamils don’ want to go back to Tamilnadu.

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        Jim.

        We Sri Lankan Tamils did not come from South India.

        We have lived in Sri Lanka as long as the Singhalese or even longer.

        Other than the language, we have a lot in common with the Singhalese than with the South Indian Tamils.

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          Thamilan

          Don’t be silly.

          Both ancestors of stupid Tamils and stupid Sinhalese originated from South India.

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            Dumb Native Veddo:

            Both ancestors of stupid Tamils and stupid Sinhalese originated from South India.

            Talk about Languages and cultires or civilizations.

            Humans are only four groups all over the world amidst the differences of languages, dialects and culture.

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          thamilan

          Other than the language, we have a lot in common with the Singhalese than with the South Indian Tamils.

          Because, Tamilnaduwas 16 miles away and the govt allowed Indians move freely through the narrow sea way.

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      thamilam

      Why dont you speak/write about your thoughts on solving the Sri Lankan ethnic problem?

      Only way to solve the ethinic problem is get LTTE back. LTTE will give them fake passports to greener pastures.

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    You talk about to have fought a facist movement… how many more facists remain to be removed if at all we the folks to turn out to be civilized ?

    a) Nationalistic movements of Gonthadipila – Buruwanse- are they no facists ?

    b) BBS or any other similar movements built up by so called fanatic Sanga groups – are they no facists ?

    c) I believe it was ” alles oder nicht” – all or not situation Rajakashe had to handle in terms of the fights against LTTErs. This can also be similar to a decision being taken of a cancer patient by the treating docs. So, hyping up it to call as the Rajaakshe pragmatism, forgetting all the behaviours became noticeble in his very same administration in the post war scenarios – is even more stupid as i see it today.

    d) Not even any favourable decisions being taken by Rajakashes after the war looking at the future. His agreement made with Banki mun in the very same year after the war is won- led to go for war crime investigations – had he taken time, to go fo rthat to that time, nthing would have ended up towards that.

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    Touching upon salient reasons why we should resist this immoral Geneva Resolution Dr.D.J. perhaps by his nature uses a ‘wareng horo’ narrative to explain the hegemony of the Anglo Saxons, by sighting a French author,”Geopolitics of Emotion”. Calling LTTE a fascist outfit seems inappropriate as it did not have an ideology…they were plain killers. Can one even call them racists?

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      “hegemony of the Anglo Saxons”

      Dayan has already succumbed to the good old “hegemony” by the dress, language, mannerisms, …….. he has chosen.

      Who are we trying to hoodwink? Ourselves?

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        Nimal(ka?) Fernando

        Dayan has already succumbed to the good old “hegemony” by the dress, language, mannerisms, …….. he has chosen.

        Nalin De Silva gave up all those.

        What do you call him ?

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          “What do you call him ?”

          jim softy

          :))))

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    Dayan, I do not consider the “Sinhalese” unreliable. I do not consider the “Sinhala Buddhists” unreliable. I do not consider the “Tamils” unreliable and I do not consider the “Tamil Hindus” unreliable. I do not consider the “Muslims” or the “Christians” unreliable.

    However I am very well aware that there are quite a few Sinhalese and Tamils who believe in the theory of Races and therefore are Racists. I know that these Racists think that their “Race” is superior to the rest of the Human species and the the rest of the human species has to subjugate itself to them.

    These Racists are not unreliable. They are crooks who steal money and land and they are torturers and killers who use the powers of the state to kill. They oppose the rule of law and want the rule of power. They justify rape and pillage and looting.

    You seek to justify these actions BECAUSE you are one of them. You seek access to the power of the state by bringing these criminal, torturers, murderers and rapists to power. WHY? So that you can CRUSH ie KILL ie WIPE OUT ie STOMP ON…remember???? all those who want a law governed state where the guilty are presumed innocent until proven guilty and no one is subjected to arrest without due process…? BECAUSE YOU are a FASCIST! and in fact you are the chief ideologue for FASCISM in Sri Lanka at the moment now that your soul brother Velu has been killed.

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      Sri Lanka may be the only country where “revolutionaries” see fit to meet and mingle with broad toothpaste ad smiles those accused and suspected of billions of rupees in corruption…reliable behavior????

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    “This is why I feel that if we have any decency, let alone patriotism; any decency in us, as individuals and as a society; any gratitude, logic or rationality in us; we have to resist and oppose the attempt to implement this immoral Geneva Resolution. And that is the test by which future generations will judge us.”

    Forget about Geneva Resolution. We as humans have an obligation to honour our religious beliefs, moral beliefs and conscience. Open our hearts tell the world:
    “We Sinhalese as the humans failed to provide justice, security to the Tamils of this Nation and we knowingly or unknowingly violated human laws and acted against to our religious, moral and conscience. It is wrong that we took up violence against innocent Tamils throughout the period between 1948 and now. We encouraged violece against innocent Tamils and intentionally massacred them constantly. We as humans are ashamed of what we did to the Tamils who also share the ownership of this land.We are now willing to accept that Tamils are equal to Sinhalese in all and we are happy to share the ownership of this land together with Tamils. Tamils were living and sharing the power in the NorthEast of this island for centuries as Sinhalese were living & sharing the power in the SouthWest of island peacefully.”

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    Ajith,
    You are a sane voice in this political/racial wilderness.
    Your thoughts on “ownership” of this ancient island called Taprobane are correct.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaffna_kingdom

    DJ wants to save the regime from consequences of implementation of the UN resolution.

    He worries that the wholesale slaughter, and ‘disappearances’ of citizens after they were transported away from the war zone during final days of the War without Witnesses – after driving away UN personnel, Red Cross personnel, INGO and NGO personnel – would be bared.

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    “Puss Pundit” Dayan, Phase 1 – Have you rectified your errors, such as sucking up to MP Rajapakse who kicked on your face and threw you out, or is your rectification shown in holding his “Sarong Pote” now? Phase 11 – What is the breakthrough you or your replacements at the UN do, what did you achieve other than lying to the whole world at the UN and alienating the entire super powers other than China? Phase 111 -Appeasement, how have you shown it? Either for supporting and advising a Provincial Council to create a separate state and subsequently under MP Rajapakse’s time lying to the whole world? Phase IV – Recovery, the Yahapalana Govt has done wonders by taming the giant by working with the UN. What have you done, you and your gang who are lost cases trying to create trouble for the Yahapalana Govt. Get lost man.

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    Mr. Jayatilleke,

    You might find the following interesting. News clip below. Prepare for Donal Trump to be President and make overtures.

    Members of the Egyptian delegation to the United Nations blasted Hillary Clinton just a day after Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi met with both Clinton and Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump. They also had high praise for Trump—and while not an official endorsement, it is a positive outcome for Trump’s first and only meeting with Muslim world leaders thus far.
    Egyptian officials expressed frustration and outrage over the Obama administration’s support of the Muslim Brotherhood and expressed concern that a Clinton administration would continue to undermine Egyptian efforts to dismantle Brotherhood terrorists attempting to destabilize the democratically elected Egyptian government.

    Ahmed Gad, a member of the Egyptian Parliament’s Foreign Relations Committee, told Breitbart News Tuesday night:

    I think 90 percent of Egyptians would prefer Trump because he will not cooperate with terrorists. He [Trump] will not cooperate with Muslim Brothers and our main concern in Egypt now is terrorist attacks as you saw two days ago in the United States. We saw it daily in Egypt on the hands of Muslim Brothers so we know very well that Muslim Brothers are a terrorist group and we want to build up our democratic regime.

    Many members of the Egyptian delegation spoke on the record exclusively with Breitbart News at an event to promote communication and unity between the United States and Egypt on Tuesday night. The event was organized by popular Egyptian media personality and host of American Pulse Dr. Michael Morgan, and featured several American foreign policy experts including representatives from the London Center for Policy Research and more than a hundred prominent Egyptians including members of parliament, leading media figures, government officials, and businessmen.

    The Egyptian delegation interviews came as El-Sisi, in an interview with CNN, said that he has “no doubt” that Donald Trump would make a strong leader. El-Sisi also responded to a clip of Hillary Clinton accusing the Egyptian government of being “basically an army dictatorship,” during a debate with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. He said, in part, that “in Egypt there will not be a chance for any dictatorship because in Egypt there is a constitution, there is law, and there is the will of the people which will refuse to allow any leader to stay in his position for any period longer than his term which is four years.”

    The fact that El-Sisi and those from the Egyptian delegation to the United Nations General Assembly here in New York City this week would speak so openly and positively about Trump—and so openly and negatively about Clinton—may surprise some. They are Muslim leaders and Egypt is perhaps one of the biggest and longest-standing Muslim nations in world history. Many establishment media outlets have painted Trump’s relationship with all Muslims as toxic, since he has expressed plans to temporarily ban Islamic migration into the United States. But El-Sisi, when asked about Trump’s proposed Muslim ban during his CNN interview, defended Trump.

    “The United States in general conducts very strict security measures for everyone who wishes to visit it, which has been in place for quite a few years,” El-Sisi, the first Muslim world leader to meet with Trump, told CNN. “It’s also important to know that during election campaigns many statements are made and many things are said, however afterwards governing the country would be something different. And will be subject to many factors.”

    El-Sisi expressed these same sentiments in other interviews with the Egyptian delegation to the U.N.G.A. this week. At Trump’s meeting with El-Sisi, retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn—the former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) for two years during the Obama administration—and U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) were also present.

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    The bane of Sri Lanka has been the Sinhala intelligentsia and DJ the most
    out-standing. He now hints that the ARMY will back his ideas after failing
    to attract any politician?

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    Dr. Dayan Jayathilake:

    Even Pope does not like what is happening. For example, What is happening in syria harms mostly the Christians. Syria is a multi-religious, multicultural country. But, Assad is not a friend of Israel therefore not a friend of the USA. Because of that he must go.

    Sri lanka’s problem is its’ relationship with China. Sri lanka’s fate was decided duwirng the eelam war. CBK and Mangala are stupid politicians and they are ready to sacrifice anything if they fame too. Ranil wants only to stay in power. MY3 is a pawn.

    With respect to your accusation of ultranationalist sinhala buddhists, westerners are christians, when ever they come behind them the church comes and church start what they are good at. Because of that, you need to understand the reality. You are not doing that. As a well-experienced ex-diplomat, you should know many different sides of the same coin. The reason should be you are from the bankrupt anglicsn church which is headed by a woman of a dysfunctional family.

    Among the people who comment, Tamils are interested about getting eelam which pabakaran could not provide and to get revenge from military and from rajapakses who defeated them.

    all other commentators whould be journalists who are paid from western sources.

    I think, you must know very well, money to fund these things come from Sri lanka itself. That money comes from drug trade. that is why Sri lankan politicians are connected to it. Both Mahinda Rajapakse and Maithripala sirisena talk about it but do nothing. You remember Iran-contra affair which traded drug for weapons. Some where I read Drug is a good source of money because that helps avoid the rules and law makers.

    I also think, That $ 18 billion Mahinda Rajapakse has hidden almost every thing is in their accouts which are hiddren from the normal routes. That is again to avoide the law makers. Some latin american presidents are accusing about it. I heard Gadhaffi alone had $ 6 billion in North america by the time was dead.

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    Hey DJ,

    Tom Malinowski was the Washington director of the HRW for a good part of the Bush and Obama administrations, and he knows all about the atrocities committed by Sri Lanka armed forces and Sinhalese mobs going back to 1983. Samantha Power also knows about it.

    When he was with the HRW, Malinowski criticized some of the Bush and Obama policies concerning Guantanamo and the like.

    The idea that at least some of the Western policymakers are guided by conscience and genuine concern for human rights, not always by geopolitical interests, may be unpalatable to you–one doesn’t expect better from a bigoted charlatan and [Edited out] like you– but it is the truth.

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      Only Sri lanka bends to Every foreign Diplomat.

      Some countries ask them to leave when they interfer in domestic matters.

      A US diplomat has been ordered to leave Bahrain after meeting members of a leading Shia opposition group, say Bahrain officials.

      Tom Malinowski, US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, went to Bahrain on Sunday.

      While there, he met members of al-Wefaq, a move which the foreign ministry of Bahrain says intervened in the country’s domestic affairs.

      Protests by members of the majority Shia population have been ongoing.

      Mr Malinowski “held meetings with a particular party to the detriment of other interlocutors, thus discriminating between one people, contravening diplomatic norms and flouting normal interstate relations”, state news agency BNA reported.

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    Here goes Sri Lanka’s biggest rambler and embarrassment.

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    REAL RESONS : An elected government massacred its own Tamil citizens using chemical weapons and killed surrendered people and rape children,girls and mothers .

    REAL TARGET: Murderpakse & Co

    Rape victims have already identified Politicos ,Generals ,

    LTTE even in their peak time never touched Sinhala women or girls

    Tamils will never ever forgive this .

    Cheers

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      Cholan LTTE did not rape but they took underage children away from their parents and from their schools to fight the war. They killed innocent civilians, priests, monks, MPs, Presidents, Prime Minister, children etc. Now in Jaffna the remaining LTTE guys are raping and killing school children. Please open up your mind.

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        @Lankan

        There was no rape..no robbery,,no thuggery..no drugs…before 2009 May in North -East .Full Stop.

        Tamils know very well who are criminals and drug dealers in North .OK?

        Cheers

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      “An elected government” – which one?

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    The more this [Edited out]writes, the more it becomes obvious on the commission of crimes by the SL regime and army. He thought his charade in 2006 will absolve the regime. When he was unceremoniously dumped by the Rajapakses, he was accusing them for going back on their promises. Like water seeping through the fingers he is one frustrated joker who cannot even get the Sinhalese act together but was preaching that the Tamils lacked one voice. It is quite an act to hear him thumping is chest on his 2006 UNHRC adventure. If only the Sinhalese know that he acted then, as now, not in the interests of the Sinhalese but in the interests of the Tamils. Let him sleep with that.

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    Height of Hypocrisy:

    UK is charging Sri Lankan government for committing war crimes but trying hard to block a UN investigation on war crimes committed by Saudi Arabia in Yemen. Saudis are using bombs and arms manufactured in UK and USA in Yemen and has attacked hospitals killing civilians. Yet UK and USA keep on selling arms to Saudi Arabia. According to a recent report UK sold 3.3 Billion Pounds worth of arms to Saudi Arabia and gave 37 million pounds to Yemen as humanitarian aid. Profit sharing!

    ISIS is considered as a terrorist group. However, US policy on ISIS vary from place to place. In Iraq, Mosul is under ISIS and Iraqi forces backed by US Army attacking ISIS to liberate the city from ISIS control. But in Syria when Russia attack ISIS, USA make a big hue and cry. Recently US led coalition launched an air strike against Syrian army fighting against ISIS in Alleppo and killed 62 soldiers and said it is a mistake. No apology given.

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    A lot has changed since 2009. In particular, the US is now on the verge of a protracted Cold War with Russia. The fate of Syria will decide the outcome of many US foreign policy decisions to come. You cannot discount Russia from the equation since only resolutions passed by the UN Security Council are binding. If Russia can finish the job in Syria, it will be good for nations like Sri Lanka, as the US, in case it decides to go the UN route, will face obstacles going forward.

    In case the US “loses” to Russia in Syria, it will be a huge blow to its influence in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, and Iran. A new axis will have been formed between these four nations and Russia that will make future US incursions extremely difficult. Will the US try to make up lost ground elsewhere? Possibly. Luckily, Sri Lanka does not possess oil or Islamic militants, so it is an unlikely target. I suspect the focus will shift back to NATO expansion, particularly in Eastern Europe.

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      Sri Lanka may not have oil or Islamic Militants. US is interested on Sri Lanka because of its strategic location and Trinco Harbour to have a naval base to control shipping in Indian Ocean. If US feels having Islamic Militants in Sri Lanka is beneficial for them, they will make that happen. I think there was a foreign hand behind Aluthgama incident.

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    Batalanada Ranil, the UNP Yahapalana PM .s contract is to fulfil the undertakings which his emissary Managalan signed off on the UN, Diaspora and UNP London Agreement.

    I do not think anyone needs even reading and writing skills to understand that.

    odhi Sira the t President was hired to pacify the Sinhala Buddhist by offering them all the goodies in the Elite basket, including Bacon and Eggs for Breakfast .

    That is only if they keep quiet until the terms in the contract are met to the satisfaction of the Bedouin Prince and the US and UK Embassies in Colombo..

    I couldn’t help but laugh about the Bull Shit the President was dishing out in Jaffna the other day, standing on the same platform with the Vellala CM who organised the Arise Tigers Yatra a few days before..

    Now Mavai Santhiraja the TNA MP for Jaffna says there is nothing wrong in Vellala CM’s “Arise Tamils” ,sorry Tamils pre Hartal pep talk.

    All Wiggy wants is to hold a referendum in the North and even in the East to ask his inhabitants there whether they want to live along side Sinhalese or not..

    Even I have no issue with that as long as the rest get the same right to hold referendums in their respective Federal Provinces.

    And if it is guaranteed in the Whiskey Madam’s 11 page must do list which Bodhi Sira presented to our inhabitants yesterday.

    The Yapalana Presdent infact confirmed that there will be 9 Federal states in his address in Jaffna.

    But here is the punch line. Poor Sira couldn’t help because King George gave him the 9 Provinces in Mahavamasa land.

    That gave me a brain wave,

    If Batalanada Ranil , the Yahapalana PM can change his own Uncles’s Mahavamasa Constitution, can’t Bodhi Sira the one time Mahavamsa lover do a referendum to change Uncle George’s Nine Provinces.

    Sorry, the King George who my elders tell me was lucky to have a Missus with balls.. to keep even the One Billion Hindians under control.

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    Political Scoundral says “Please do not believe or accept anything that this fellow is saying.”
    “Today he is working to bring the Rajapakshes back but tomorrow if the present president Maithripala appoint him as a diplomat in any western country, he will change his tune completely with a 180 degree turn.”

    If general public follow his way of judging people, nobody should believe what President Sirisena says. When President was with MR he said ‘MR is Maha Rajano who saved the country from LTTE’ but soon after he was picked as the common candidate the very same Sirisena said ‘Rajapakse Hora, Thakkadiya’.

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    Sorry Dayan I have not yet read this blog of your in full and digested it.

    but talking about Geneva convention

    after all the Sri Lankan army was fighting and torturing with one hand while the other hand was holding the Geneva convention. I mean not only in the NE of Sri Lanka but I Haiti and other parts of the word they were sold as mercenaries

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    Dayan – “This is why I feel that if we have any decency, let alone patriotism ….. yada, yada, yada ..”

    How the hell can you afford to speak of “decency” when you are anything but “decent” (as your past reveals)…?!!!

    And you have already been “judged” by those who are familiar with your history – or haven’t you noticed???!!!

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    The political stability of post-war Sri Lanka and of the present government, will depend to a very great extent on whether or not the 2015 Geneva resolution which the government so ill-advisedly co-sponsored, is sought to be fully implemented -Thero de Silva.

    Thero de Silva is reminding the Yahapalanaya Goverment the story of Don Stephen offering Trinco to Britain and buying the Ceylon as unitary government country from Britain. He is telling to Yahapalanaya Goverment “You can do it, Go ahead and Cheat the UNHRC”. This tearing pacts game came to an end when Thero did his final cheat at UNHRC in May 2009 with the Sonia’s help. This 2017’s March sitting, there is talk that independent countries going to go ahead and tighten the Resolution even if America, listing to Ambassador Atul Keshap,favours Ranil. Undersecretary Nisha Biswal, with the October 2015 and by now, more than five times has asked Lankawe to tell her if they need help to implement. She tyring in some area even harder than her predecessor Robert Blake tried. Ranil and Mangala are not answering for her calls. One reason is Ambassador Atul Keshap is doing a service exactly what Narayan and Shiv Shankar Menon did to India.

    Take Egypt – there are no resolutions brought about by the United States about the regime of Al Sisi in Egypt – I am not saying there should be – but there aren’t. Take Thailand after the coup – no resolutions. – Thero de Silva

    Rwanda and Srebrenica!
    These are the countries UNSG, after all his open support to Lankawe is very well known, has compared Lankawe with.

    the US Assistant Secretary of State for Labor and Human Rights. Tom Malinowski made an interesting gesture for a visiting diplomat. He went to Mullivaikkal, knelt in the sand and laid a wreath………..why get on your knees in Mullivaikkal? What’s going on there? – Thero de Silva.

    He prayed for the lost lives including the 16,000 troops(rapist army) vanished out of Appe Andu’s records with dying in the war.

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    Dayan is like the weather, he changes from time to time,sometimes radically and idiotically so.How can one explain his swing from pioneering Perumal’s UDI to supporting the fascist combine of Mahinda and Gotabhaya .DJ was and is a soldier of fortune , simply available to the highest bidder.The shrewd Kadirgamar spotted DJ’s tragic flaw very early , when he sought a diplomatic posting.LK gently fobbed him off by saying ” Dayan you are too good for diplomacy, your skills lie elsewhere.Go , chase that dream.” Dayan the moron could not understand what LK really meant and he went on telling all his friends about it,thinking it was a compliment.When LK heard about this he had guffawed and winked! .Dayan’s terrible record in Geneva proved LK absolutely right.Is this the man who is now eyeing to be Foreign Minister? Then , may providence save Sri Lanka and the Foreign Service.

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    Dear Dr. Dyan Jeyatilleka,
    It is unfortunate sri Lanka politicians found the easy way in creating a racist platform and came to power again and again. Racism spread like wild fire and followed by rebellion. There is no way for responsible politicians to let the Country get this murderous reputation with racism. The Country lost its integrity and dignity and got rolled down into today’s abyss. You all racism lovers allowed this to happen throughout from the time of independence. You escaped with ethnic genocide but got caught for the worst crimes committed on humanity.
    If you haven’t still learnt your lesson for your crimes and setting bad example for all Countries around the world, you definitely are unfit to do anything responsible. A responsible leader must have basic qualifications to be impeccable with what you do or say, bring integrity, understand what others do or say is a projection of their own reality, their own dream, not make assumptions, communicate with others as clearly as you can, avoid misunderstanding, sadness and drama. Use your power in the direction of truth and love.
    At this stage after getting caught for horrible crimes, you still keep on denying, you and your Country you represent cannot escape from gallows or whatever you deserve. You have given enough material in the public media showing your complicity with the previous regime.
    If you keep dragging the new regime again backwards from its commitment, you are exposing all the leaders for genocide. Is it beyond your capacity to understand the reality.

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    DJ the Antonio Gramsci & Luis Althusser & Regis Debray all in one
    The Geneva Resolution: The Real Reasons & the Real Target

    “There is an attempt to change the deep structure of the Sri Lankan state. That is the attempt to federalize, as well as the attempt to effect what is known as “security sector reforms”. One of the targets is the Sri Lankan Army. But the Army is seen as the most patriotic of the services. This may be unfair by the other services. But there is a sense that, maybe we can integrate others into our larger western design, but this Sri Lankan army has to be atomized; it has to be broken down.”

    Dayan why is Federalism a dirty word for you?
    • Are not the worlds most advanced societies either Federal or semi federal like the UK?
    Dayan the SL Army may be seen as the most patriotic by Sinhala Buddhist extremists but not by normal Sinhalese
    • Professional Armies & war heroes don’t rape women & teenagers
    • Professional Armies & war heroes don’t rob women of their gold ornaments.
    • Professional Armies & war heroes don’t kill civilians when they are unarmed.
    • Professional Armies don’t kill journalists even if they say annoying things,
    Yes Dayan we need security sector reforms. We need more ethnic minorities in the predominantly Sinhala Buddhist Army.
    • We need decent people in the army who are real war heroes (like Denzil Kobbekaduwa & Janaka Perera) not rapists and looters who rape and loot in the name of patriotism.
    “So, we fought not merely a separatist movement, not merely a terrorist movement. We fought against and prevailed over a fascist movement. And we are now being punished for having defeated Fascism– when that was a moral test our society passed! We are being asked to assume that we have committed war crimes, crimes against humanity, system-wide crimes, which therefore cannot be tried through the existing laws of Sri Lanka which prevailed when the war was on; which cannot be prosecuted through the Attorney General’s office, which cannot be prosecuted through the existing system of courts, so that we have to set up special courts. You know where the idea of Special Courts come from – it is Nuremberg!”
    • Defeating fascism or fascistic organizations are fine but good countries also drop Atom Bombs on people for collective punishment!
    • Is that what you call a moral war?
    • War crimes are committed& tried not only in Nuremberg(it was mostly for fascists by the way) but also the Hague and Argentina,Chile,Yugoslavia,Indonesia ,Kenya, South Africa,Haiti,Ruwanda ,Timor Leste,Kampuchea & Bolivia to name a few. The real problem is that you have no war crimes in Sri Lankas statute books and it is bad in law to create a law and try in retroaction.

    “We, having defeated after 30 years, a fascist enemy – not just a separatist or terrorist enemy– we have to try ourselves, our armed forces which liberated us, defeated fascism and reunified the country! We have to fall on our sword! And there are those in Government who have agreed to this!”
    • Yes Dayan some governments are better than others. Rajapaksa who threw you out of the Sri Lankan high Commission in France for the way you relegated the Buddha Statue that was in front of the High Commission to rear was in real bad taste!
    • Your Catholic upbringing is clearly coming to the surface. You need to look for genuine reconciliation and not BS appeasement of Sinhala Buddhists

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      Liverpool suddha”

      Professional Armies & war heroes don’t kill civilians when they are unarmed.

      what did they do in Afghanisthan, Iraq now they are militay advisors in Syria ?

      A revenge attackon civilians by British army.

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1377719/Revenge-attack-Iraqi-civilian-video-British-troops-killing-6-Red-Caps.html

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      Liverpool Sudda: Are you a demal or a Sinhala christian ?

      Are not the worlds most advanced societies either Federal or semi federal like the UK?

      UK is an amalagamation of countries.

      Why Sinhale – an Island – has to be devided and make a mess ?

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    The Geneva resolution on its own is a fine thing, but in a world of blatant human rights violations by even bigger powers, this thing has the respectability of a clown on a fashion catwalk.

    Good luck to PM and President, this one promise they have to keep.

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    Dayan’s latest political gem! So in the world according to Dayan, the Western world is against the Sinhala people – you have to love nationalism – so irrational. He can’t fathom why committing war crimes is wrong, and so this is his latest theory. Brilliant!

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    Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

    Remember, Samanthja Powers said Fk with the EU. In ohter words, they care pnly about themselves and no one else. Do you know five eyes – australia, NEw Zealand, Britain, Canada and US – all from one origin. Frans is in the side line.

    Their goal is making shanty countries like colombo shanties. their goal is world’s domination. Remember, Roman and byzhanthina Kingdoms. Sinhala people will survive. Romans made lot of noise. They still exists. but, it is the byzanthian kingdom that existed the longest.

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