23 June, 2021

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The Lalith Weeratunga Presentation

By Dayan jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Though I cannot say the same of his companions on the voyage, my friend Lalith Weeratunga embodies a rare combination of intelligence, ability, affability and civility. He made a valuable presentation of the government’s case, in Geneva and the USA. Mr Weeratunga has made some very valid points on the dangers of an international accountability mechanism. The problem is that the case itself is inadequate to deter, defer or rally the support needed to stop precisely such a dangerous move being made in Geneva.

Mr Weeratunga’s crisply professional presentation loses efficacy because it does not reflect, and is not embedded in, the right strategy. Indeed it reflects a major strategic error. That error, if persisted in, will render the sovereignty and security of the Sri Lankan state vulnerable in the overall strategic environment.

None of that which I am about to argue is either a secret from the government and state nor does it date back to the end of my diplomatic stint in France. The points that follow were presented as an extended intervention at a working dinner hosted by the Minister of External affairs, chaired by President Rajapaksa, and in the presence of a total of 15 persons including Mr Weeratunga, a handful of ministers (including a member of the ruling troika), Sri Lankan ambassadors posted to frontline countries, senior officials (including the newly appointed Secretary to the MEA, at the time my successor in Geneva) and the Monitoring MP of the MEA. This ‘policy roundtable’ style evening was as far back as late April 2011, when we convened to assess the so-called Darusman Report and implications for Sri Lanka. I was then Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to France.

At this dialogic session which had elements of a policy debate, I made the following points:

  • Sri Lanka must identify the main threat — that of an international accountability hearing—and the quarter from which it comes—the West.
  • It must then seek to make trade-offs on secondary issues to ward off that main threat.
  • To this end, it must use broad coalitions and a classic ‘balance of power’ strategy to defeat, deflect or contain that main threat and the zone it emanates from.
  • I argued that for all practical purposes the world is divisible into three strategic zones on the issue of Sri Lanka.  I likened these to three baskets. These are:

(a) the US-UK led West which wants accountability and democratisation.

(b) India, most of the BRICS and much of the Nonaligned (because of the Indian factor) which wants the implementation of the 13th amendment.

(c) the Far East ( mainly ASEAN) and some parts of the global South which want an integrated, multiethnic, meritocratic, non-discriminatory Sri Lanka — a return to the rather more level playing field that prevailed in Ceylon modified by that which I dubbed ‘Soulbury Plus’.

  • I said that we must decide which of these three baskets we shall fill and with which ‘bowls’ of policy reforms as it were. We can either fill the

a)     Western basket with the bowls of accountability and democratization

b)    The India/BRICS/NAM/G77 basket with devolution up to and including the 13th amendment, or

c)     The East Asian basket with strong anti-discrimination legislation and a Singaporean type high profile integration of the Tamil community in the ruling elite.

  • I cautioned against the assumption that Sri Lanka could ward off accountability while not really conceding anything significant to anyone on any issue. That would be a grave strategic mistake and prove untenable, I stressed.
  • I suggested that we should trade-off to some degree, democratization for accountability with the West, but that the main trade-off should be devolution for accountability. This would enable us to leverage the East against the West, the South against the North. Without adequate devolution this could not be done, because India cannot be kept on board, and without India our coalition of the BRICS and the NAM cannot be sustained and is doomed to shrink.
  • I also made the case that the UN PoE (‘Darusman’) report should be responded to formally and frontally.  I went onto make that case on TV as a search of YouTube (‘Dayan Jayatilleka on UN Panel Report’, uploaded on May 2, 2011) would show.

After a productive to-and-fro, the President made exactly the right decision. He instructed the Minister of External Affairs and the team that was negotiating with the TNA to take the 13th amendment as the basis and to discuss trade-offs through the fair reallocation of the powers contained in the Concurrent list. He followed it up with instructing his officials to invite the TNA leader and the India High Commissioner for breakfast with him.

I left for Paris with the comforting illusion that something of a breakthrough had been achieved. I had underestimated the new balance of forces in decision making circles in Sri Lanka.

A few weeks later I read while in Paris, the ghastly account of how the junior most member of the Government’s negotiating team and the one who had absolutely no experience in handling the ethnic issue, Mr. Sajin Vass Gunewardene, had insolently provoked the senior most TNA politician Mr Sampanthan, and then planted a story in a newspaper to the effect that ‘the TNA was demanding the same things that the Tigers had wanted’. The talks broke down.

The Government shifted to the new position that negotiations would henceforth have to be through a Parliamentary Select Committee, and not take the form of a dialogue. To date the process of seeking a comprehensive political reconciliation through dialogue with the leaders of the TNA and now the Northern Provincial Council has not resumed.

Thus ended the three dimensional strategy of trading devolution for accountability, keeping India on side, and leveraging the East against the West and the South against the North— in short, the winning strategy of Geneva May 2009.

This then is the problem I see with Mr Lalith Weeratunga’s presentation: the large lacuna in the otherwise lucid rendition. It doesn’t concede anything tangible to anyone on any front.

The only real achievement of the past five years — and it is a historic achievement—is the holding of the Northern province election but that can be spun by Sri Lanka’s critics and opponents as too little, too late. It should either have been held earlier (as I had argued at the cost of my job) or followed up swiftly with a structured dialogue mechanism and a reasonable time table on the implementation of the 13th amendment, which could have got India back on board and therefore also many of those who voted for us in 2009 but against us in 2012 and 2013.

Mr Weeratunga’s presentation does not contain any of the following points which could rally the requisite support to deflect the threat of an international accountability mechanism:

a)     A credible local investigation by distinguished Sri Lankan personalities of high international repute.

b)    A compressed time frame for the full implementation of the 13th amendment.

c)     The speedy arrest and prosecution of those identifiable through video evidence of attacking places of religious worship.

d)    A strong anti-discrimination legislation and a powerful watchdog body with teeth.

e)     A UNESCO supervised revision of school text books by a panel of internationally renowned Sri Lankan scholars (such as Prof Sudharshan Seneviratne) so as to minimize prejudice against communities and ‘build the defences of peace in the minds of men’.

f)     The reconstitution of the Ministry of Human Rights and the Peace Secretariat (SCOPP) as well as the appointment of a highly respected National Ombudsman for Human Rights who would report to parliament and a more autonomous and credible National Commission of Human Rights.

g)     The restoration of the independent commissions proposed by the 17th amendment, albeit with no prejudice to the 18th amendment and the removal of presidential term limits.

h)    The bridging legislation needed domestically to fully incorporate the ICCPR.

Thus there are no serious, verifiable structural reforms on offer which can be counter-posed to the dangerously de-stabilising call for an international accountability mechanism and intrusive (even invasive) process.

Mr Weeratunga’s ably presented report does not avoid the strategic triple error I warned against in April 2011:

  1. That we can defend Sri Lanka’s sovereignty without balancing off a coalition of states against the Diaspora driven West;
  2. That we can cobble together a coalition that can defeat or deter the West without India as the cornerstone of that coalition;
  3. That India can be retained or won back without addressing the Tamil Question through devolution.

In other words, the grave strategic delusion that Sri Lanka can ward off or ignore the accountability threat without conceding anything to anybody on any front.

What passes for strategy is the upper reaches of the Sri Lankan state these days is the double Israeli delusion. The decision makers think that the Israelis can and will defuse the US campaign on Sri Lanka. They also assume that Sri Lanka can behave as obdurately as Israel and that China’s commitment to Colombo is the equivalent of Washington’s to Tel Aviv.

These assumptions are nonsensical. Firstly Israel’s interest is in allowing the attention to be focused on Sri Lanka as a diversion from the human rights and humanitarian law campaign against its practices. Israel has no interest in reducing the attention being paid to Sri Lanka in global civil society and by the UN. Sri Lanka is the perfect red herring. Secondly, Israel does not control US policy making, not even in the Middle East, as it learned when the US ignored Netanyahu and entered the diplomatic track with Iran on the issue of nuclear power. Certainly in Asia, the role of India is far more influential in US thinking than that of Israel. Therefore it takes a particularly low brow intellect to think that Sri Lanka’s road to Washington DC lies via Tel Aviv rather than New Delhi.  Thirdly, China’s support to Sri Lanka is nothing like, and cannot be anything like, the US security guarantee for Israel. Fourthly, Sri Lanka’s strategic strength in its neighbourhood is vastly inferior to that of its neighbour, unlike Israel which militarily dominates its neighbourhood.

My friend Mr Weeratunga is an intelligent man. But he doesn’t make the decisions. He should have stopped off for a chat in the neighbourhood before he proceeded to Geneva, Washington and New York.

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  • 17
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    How is it that this Bugger Dayan De Silva escaped the eye of the International Crooks, not to have appointed him as the UN Sec Gen? It is not too late even now.

    • 23
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      One good commentator had added calling DJ (Dayan De Silva) as “depitakattu miniha”. This article is another piece to prove that view. He waited and waited… now trying to butter up. I really dont know why so called self proclaimed academics need this kind of low approaches. Apparently DJ ‘s credibility has shattered to the levels that one can seen clearly.

      • 26
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        What a bunch of tosh and hog wash this is! Lalith Weeratunge’s THREAT to the international community that there will be CHAOS in Lanka if there is a war crimes trial on Mahinda Jarapassa is nothing but nonsense. Most Sri lankans with a brain are heartily sick of the CORRUPT, CRIMINAL and UNEDUCATED Jarapassa Family and cronies dictatorship and would be happy to see them all frog marched to the Hague.
        It is only once Sri Lanka is liberated from the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime that the country which is till under the curse of KUVENI will be liberated – now that the barbaric LTTE is finished, we need to finish off this regime – and the easiest and CLEANEST way would be to send the Jarapassa brothers and their war criminal friends to the Hague!

        • 9
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          Nothing but bad governance would push this regime out of power. Just lack of intelligence.

          • 18
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            Dayan is wasting his time writing this article.
            Once Lalith, Namal, Sajin lands in Geneva, Sajin will lead the show on Namal’s advise. Lalith will end up as a tour guide.

            Not sure what is going on MR’s mind that he sends the former dubai taxi driver for a mission impossible.

            Simply can’t believe we have a country leader like this nature. !!!!

            • 10
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              The time for winning strategies have passed! It is time for delivery on Devolution.
              All DJs prating on winning strategies and all the kings horses and all the kings men will not put Humpty Dumpty together again!

            • 9
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              I think the bugger knows that more foreign pressure means more local support for him.

              • 0
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                Sajin Vass Gunewardene is the ‘Presidential’ pimp and corrupt to the core.

                The Presidential Dad will be well advised to keep this ‘pimp’ out of his ‘Crown Prince’s’ orbit.

                This ‘pimp’ has the Presidential Dad wrapped around his little finger and he’s the puppeteer that makes the Presidential puppet Dad, dance accordingly.

              • 4
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                ‘Kumarodaya’ – book2, something that an average Sinhalese child would read in grade 1 or 2, refers to the Tamils as ‘Ovun Hari Napuru Minissu’ (they are very nasty people).

                In 2013 Sinhalese child may continue to read the same book with the same chapter on Tamils, etc.

                Now tell us what is the root cause of the Sinhalese evil actions against Tamils?

                No wonder they let loose pogrom after pogrom on Tamils.

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                  Dr Mahesh Nirmalan,

                  I am sorry that you apportion blame on Tamils and Sinhalese for the ethnic problem and call some Tamils as extremists.

                  From your own comment:

                  “Dear Mr Jayatilleka, thanks for this analysis. I particularly like your comment on text books. ‘Kumarodaya’ – book2, something that an average Sinhalese child would read in grade 1 or 2, refers to the Tamils as ‘Ovun Hari Napuru Minissu’ (they are very nasty people).”

                  It is very clear to me that the above brainwashing of Sinhalese from childhood is the fundamental reason for the ethnic problem in Sri Lanka.

                  I am surprised that your are intellectually incapable of figuring this out yourself.

                  Before the Tamils even reacted to anti-Tamil pogroms, the cause for conflict is in place as above if one cares to see it.

                  So please don’t blame the Tamils for reacting to the misdeeds of the Sinhala society nurtured from childhood in this racist manner.

                  Without getting to the heart of the problem one cannot solve the ethnic problem. Sinhalese view inculacated in childhood is similar to the views the Nazis had of the Jews. Do you see it? You need an external agency to rectify this.

                  One doesn’t need a doctorate or a medical degree to figure this out!

                  • 1
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                    Great Stuff Thiru,

                    But he just can’t afford to see because of his haputale upbringing and praises a wog like Dayan.

                    But he is the drycotte humour boy to brush aside the Tamil Geneva Nayakaraya without much fuss because like Chandrika or his Pol Palla he has no family powerbase poor sole.

                    But he is trying with Peroni not romantic wine

                    Am I right in saying: So the ‘Kumarodaya’ – book2 Quote came into being after the takeover of the missionary schools not before??

        • 6
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          what else can you expect from a man like Weeratunga- just an another self conceited person, who has no brain to see who he is. Stupidity of MR is becoming clearer. These wasteful sums they could rather invest to give a life to the poor of the poor that struggle for their 3 meals today.

        • 6
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          Indeed Don! And DJ who clearly is desperate to give advice to the Ministry of External Affairs, should add restoration of the proper Chief Justice to her post, to the laundry list of things to be done by Jarapassa regime! Clearly, the IC is not taken in by their spin and despise the laughable and thinly veiled threats of Lalith Weeratunge another criminal clown like Nivard Cabraal and the Jarapassa brothers!
          IC really wants to prevent the emergence of a full fledged pro-China military dictatorship which is also finally embarrassing to China because MR is such an uncouth and uneducated bugger, and his regime stooges worse..
          This Rajapaksa regime is an embarrassment to everyone!

          • 6
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            And also RIGHT TO INFORMATION and Bill on Prevention of Religious and Racial Hatred and Hater speech should be added to the above list!

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              You have forgotten the killing of Lasantha, dissapearance of prageeth and many more by white vans. The media freedom etc should added to the cart

        • 5
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          Right at the moment, we dont have real good diplomats in the scene to work on good relations. I think ruling authorities should learn more from senior diplomatic figures like Jayantha Dhanapala and the few others. HOlding regular discourses with them are a must these days, since they are the ones who would feel the pulse of ICs. Stupid leaders in power seem to be far from even getting the simple notion. They feel as they continue with poor folks locally, their efforts could also work for International communities, which is literally the grand mistake. So long they are far from the diplomatic language, IC will not get what we really mean. Berlin, Geneva, London to Washington, most that represent the country there have achieved nothing under the leadership of the FORMER law professor- turn politician GLP to this day. They should take time failure finding missions within the FM before daring to travel across the globe. We a small nation can achieve things if we would seek it collectively only.

      • 0
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        “”One good commentator had added calling DJ (Dayan De Silva) as “depitakattu miniha”.””
        ______

        Good observation the two of you just pump it up!

        PASSION of the Chameleon Club Life Member and his Zapatu heritage.

        It’s a known common practice for retired old men to be involved as mules in the drug trade.

        Lanka is doing the same internationally in defending the lie for which only they are cause and the symptom. (^O^)

    • 4
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      DJ is a Bugger only to a crook like Gamini alias SVG

    • 10
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      You got it, he can sell Ban Ki Moon, and Sharma for a song!

    • 2
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      Calling dirty names is not going to resolve the threat that looms. We hide our heads in the sand, hoping against hope that the sand-storm will blow away.

      I agree that the US-West Coalition should be wary of causing further damage to this poor, bleeding island but, because of the diaspora’a block vote they will do that.

      I am not a student of international law and diplomacy but the US-West Coalition can take the following steps; Dr. Jayatilleke, correct me if I am wrong.

      1) call for the presence of an international group of scholars (That can include members of the diaspora and we can bet our last rupee or dollar that they will be there!): If we try to stop them, the will go to the International Criminal Justice Court and obtain an injunction against the ruling personal. This will lead to their arrest and trial in a European court.

      2) They may go to the second part of the (1) above even if the first part is adhered to.

      3) Impose severe trade sanctions; no oil, sugar, milk, etc. Apart from other sanctions, these are assured.

      4) No international air-travel (no tourists)

      5) Finally, armed intervention.

      Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), South Africa and Cuba faced these. The two former caved in but Cuba is still under these sanctions. So are Iran, N.Korea but these nations regard their citizens not important. Let us discuss these issues and see what we can do rather than calling each other names. President Rajapaksa did what no other leader was willing to or able to do but he cannot stand against severe foreign intervention and he needs our ideas and support at a time such as this. In my opinion, a Singapore style integration (also like Canada) where power is shared is best; imposing sanctions will be painful and forced devolution will of course never work.

      • 2
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        Poor soul: be practical and think outside the box please.

        The experience of the creation of Bangladesh in 8 days was sweet for both sides or the rape murder would have gone on and on.

        The problem with the SL folk is you take things for granted so your manners have gone to bog.

        The Brits favoured the Jam Boys Opium-Parsi of India and Jam Boys Sinhalese so you got independence without firing a shot but just hiding at Tamil Nadu.

        There is no other way but 3 days flyover by IAF (no boots on the ground is their policy because its not peace keeping force) to stop you from becoming another North Korea.
        Aren’t the Sinhalese studying Korean as a forerunner for nuclear arms?
        We saw the JVP insurrection and what their Embassy at C7-HP had.

        Remember the IC & India would be doing you an expensive favour.
        Be honest to yourself- As it stands today you can’t do it by yourself so don’t be a dog in the manger and forget the future of your future generations too.

    • 3
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      Lalith W carries enormous influence with the President/the Govt
      and the salutation, not once but twice in this article, of “my friend Lalith” can go far for those trying to hitch a ride on the Govt bandwagon to Geneva. Virtual “dead” political lives also can be revived through this effort. No harm done there. It happens almost everywhere.

      But what is intriguing is Lalith W insisting both in Geneva and Washington “there will be CHAOS in Sri Lanka” if the UN insists on
      an outside investigative process. Is this meant to convey, as some form of a veiled threat, Tamils will be given a further hiding all over the island in case what the regime fears take place. If that is part of things to come that will be very unfair by innocent Tamils who have and remain vulnerable to intimidation and other forms of extreme harassment by small groups of organised thugs or larger State-inspired mobs – as that visited them in 1977 and 1983. The Rajapakse Govt must also take into consideration they are responsible for the safety for the persons and assets of Tamils in the country as well – guaranteed by the Constitution.

      The call by Lalith W, at this 11th hour, for further time of about 5 years to bring reconciliation in the country does not inspire much
      hope. It would have, if the Rajapakse administration had begun moving
      seriously from 2011 when Geneva entered the discourse. But as things stand even the NPC remains stymied since last September with the Govt
      merely trotting out once excuse or the other.

      R. Varathan

  • 4
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    Hi who has access to the presentation can CT publish the presentation for us please?

  • 18
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    Blaming Mr. Sajin Vass Gunewardene for political blunders is like firing D.M Jayaratne’s secretary for the heroin haul!

    What a shame! Instead of sending Mr. Sajin Vass Gunewardene and Namal Rajapaksha he should have sent Shirani Rajapakshe. I’m sure the former beauty queen would have done a much better job!

    • 6
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      ha! ha!
      cannot stop laughing. -:)

      • 6
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        Sumith, I think we are both laughing at this shameless sham call DJ ha ha ha – me too rotfl

    • 8
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      Former cosmetic lady is currently on a merrygo rounding tour to Uganda. I really dont think this lady has any basis to be engaged in any missions. These are just collosal sums that go into water.
      Mrs Premadasa could have done a better job than Shiranthi.
      Alone allowing his husband to ruin LANKEN NATIONAL CARRIER by appointing her brother as the chairman to that once well recognized airline – is a more than enough to make a picture about the lady.

    • 6
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      Navin, even the Second Lady Paba would have done a much better job!

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        Do not forget MR’s latest adopted daughter, the gorgeous, pouting Hirunika, The Fresh Princess of Kolonnawa.

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      Yes, MR did – to Uganda on a trial basis. The next trip is Shiranis,
      as Namal is in the front-line now. SL does things no others can.

    • 3
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      Our Dream Team for Washington and Geneva should have been Hirunika, Chris Nonis, Mervyn Silva and Duminda. Quite formidable!

  • 11
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    “..my friend Lalith Weeratunga embodies a rare combination of intelligence, ability, affability and civility..”

    “..Mr Weeratunga’s crisply professional presentation loses efficacy because it does not reflect, and is not embedded in, the right strategy. Indeed it reflects a major strategic error..”

    “..These assumptions are nonsensical. Firstly Israel’s interest is in allowing the attention to be focused on Sri Lanka as a diversion from the human rights and …..”

    “.. He should have stopped off for a chat in the neighbourhood before he proceeded to Geneva, Washington and New York..”

    Dayan is preaching “mama pora jathakaya” for the consumption of CT readers. Had Weeratunga had even an iota of common sense let alone professionalism he would not have been in collusion with this despotic criminal regime. His failure is not due to, as Dayan says, lack of this or that but his is by default untenable because everything the regime does is based on illegitimacy, violation, lawlessness, corruption and wrong doing. By default and constitutionality this regime is illegal-it usurped power by bribing Pirabaharan and preventing Tamil votes (presidentship tantamounts to government).

    This man Dayan tried to be a hero by attacking and removing Ranil and then planting an effigy for opposition leadership so that he can shine by controlling fools. But since all his efforts were in vein and Ranil rather fortified his position he has now found a way of haranguing his pomposity to lesser souls by writing about the UN and HR ghost which most of the country today know will definitely devour this country together with Rajapakshas solely due to the criminal and imbecilic actions of the Rajapakshas Dayans included.

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      Siva,

      You are absolutely correct in saying “His failure is not due to, as Dayan says, lack of this or that but his is by default untenable because everything the regime does is based on illegitimacy, violation, lawlessness, corruption and wrong doing.”

      Dayan by backing such a corrupt despotic lawless illegitimate regime with so many wrong doings shows his lack of integrity in ethical politics. Real humbug, isn’t he?

      A genuinely democratic regime won’t buy over opposition members with taxpayers’ money.

    • 15
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      Silva – Isn’t “..my friend Lalith Weeratunga..(who)..embodies a rare combination of intelligence, ability, affability and civility..” the same LW who was stashing those ‘Helping Hambantota’ tsunami funds into MR’s personal bank account? Another plus to that “rare combination” of qualities indeed!

      • 7
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        Yes indeed.
        This man DJ has become a laughing stock to this day.

  • 7
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    One has to agree with DH that it is a joke that a fascist and a synthetic lawyer can help Lalith Weeratunga to save Sri Lanka. Those two are attached by the ruling Junta only to make sure that Lalith will fail.

    The Government’s strategy is clear: Actively manoeuvre Sri Lanka into a position of victimization by the West which becomes patently clear to the Sri Lanka electorate. The more humiliating and more expensive the burdens imposed on Sri Lanka are, the more favourable will it be towards securing 75 percent of the Sinhala Buddhist vote. The important thing is that the Junta should remain in power for life. The country can go to hell.

    Patriotic elements of Sri Lanka, comprising civil servants, judges, academics, professionals, religious and civil leaders, individually and collectively, cannot defer any longer, to inform the respectable elements of the international community, that the country and the government have been hijacked; that the vast majority of the populace will appreciate and applaud if the international community will come forward to remove the Junta by force; just like the Dutch helped to remove the Portuguese, and the British helped to remove the Dutch.

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      Tolco,

      “..The more humiliating and more expensive the burdens imposed on Sri Lanka are, the more favourable will it be towards securing 75 percent of the Sinhala Buddhist vote..”

      The Sinhalese Buddhist racist, chauvinistic and fanatic bastards would only raise their sarongs and spread their legs to Rajapaksha bastards only until their stupid brains remain brainwashed. The moment the donkeys begin to feel the pinch, itching, hunger and pain in the stomock, when they no longer can afford to the meager eke out living the fuckers would en masse jump on to roads and chase after the rogue family seeking their blood. Bloody Mara will be slaughtered on the road like a dog.

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    “One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.”
    ― Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

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    Dayan Jayatilake,

    “Ten cases of attacks on churches and mosques were “being dealt with severely,” he said, but added it took time to probe cases where there was no evidence as to who carried them out.”

    The above is from a Reuters report on Lalith Weeratunga’s presentation in Washington. What a blatant lie by this intelligent idiot.

    This itself shows your friend embodying a rare combination of intelligence presenting a bold faced lie. Embassies in Colombo know the truth.

    Sri Lanka and its liars are not believed by the international community anymore.

    Justice for Tamils now both for the dead and living dead. Restore Tamils’ dignity.

    Let’s pray for an international investigation be set up in Geneva in March.

    If Sri Lanka has nothing to hide they need not worry about an impartial investigation. Isn’t it fair to ask for?

    Dayan, you can’t fool the people all the time even if you are a genius! Human beings are resourceful. Justice shall prevail at long last after 66 years of oppression.

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    Looks like Lalith Weeratunges head has been placed on the block. End to an illustrious career of baby sitting a monster.

  • 10
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    In essence, what Dayan Jayatilleka has outlined makes sense. However, ‘ playing the baskets’ against each other game he advocates, is idiotic and futile. What is ‘ right’ if identified and implemented honestly and earnestly would be the ‘ might’ puny Sri Lanka needs to confront international pressures. The ‘ feigning and tricking game’ that has been played for too long has lost its potency and has drained our country of the trust that could have built bridges. The rapidly deteriorating quality of governance is obvious for the world to see and the present government can no longer convince anyone that it intends to change. This is the crisis of confidence that confronts this government, which Dayan fails to identify as the major chink in our country’s armour, in addition to many other chinks that are popping up by the day,

    It’s not the faces that have been sent to make a case for Sri Lanka that matter, but the substance, intent and progress that has been made, and the perceptions of the ground reality reality. The faces being presented to the world could only make the case worse, considering how Lalith Weeratunge was used towards the end of the war to promote the APRC report as a panacea for the so-called ‘National Problem’! How a character like Sajin Vaas Gunawardene can represent Sri Lanka in the current circumstances, places big question mark on the President’s judgement. The inclusion of the son, can only highlight the cancer nepotism has become in this country. Further, the fact that the present President is the greatest actor we have today, is not being identified by Dayan as one of the problems facing this country today. He orchestrates everything good, bad and ugly and takes credit for what is good, whilst his minions take the blame for the bad and the ugly. Why Dayan defends even parts of the -0abominable 18th amendment also defies logic, in terms of our brief experience with it.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      RN
      “In essence, what Dayan Jayatilleka has outlined makes sense.”
      In what sense do you use the phrase “makes sense” ?

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        The three baskets he identifies and around which his presentation is built, makes sense. The manner in which the President promises and then retreats, as illustrated by Dayan, also makes sense in terms of what has unfolded around us.

        Dr.RN

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        The three baskets Dayan identifies make sense. His reference to the incident where the a President promised and retreated also makes sense, in view of a continuing pattern. His support for the 13th amendment also makes sense in terms of his steadfast stance on this issue, over time.
        Dr.RN

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      ” Why Dayan defends even parts of the -0abominable 18th amendment also defies logic, in terms of our brief experience with it.”

      You still don’t get it do you? He is defending that since it directly affects the king and he is still trying is level best to get back in to the good books on the king for a diplomatic posting. Once you get used to the luxuries of Geneva and Paris, life is tough without them !

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        What I identify as defying logic, may be logical to Dayan in terms of your hypothesis,

        Dr. RN

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      I thought you would have argued that war crime is a distant memory as is LTTE violence ?

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        If memory does not get distant with time, we will be permanently struck in the past and be victims of it. Fading memories are part of the human healing process.

        Dr. Rajasingham Narendran

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          Memory does fade with time.
          There are certain life defying moments and experience that never fade away.
          Like the Jewish Holocaust Balck Slavery. Neslon Mandela even said forgive but he could not erase the memory of his experience of imprisonment

          I am sure you lived in comfortable bubble and now lecturing people who are experienceing destitute due to 30 years of war.

          Are you a doctor by profession or an academic doctor?

          either eay very dissapointed with your attitutde.
          you should continue to live un your bubble and not comment on matters that you have no experience of.

          And most of all take the liberty to be a self appointed representative speak on behalf of other people and hurt their feelings

          People like you are an impediment to this societ and to find a lasting resolution.

          So just bugger off

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            I have experienced more tragedy in terms of loss of ldear ones, violence and material losses due to the conflict in Sri Lanka, and been a direct witness to its aftermath., than you can imagine. What I have experienced does not dictate my life or the values I cherish. I am also not stewing in these memories, as the wounds have healed, without scarring me forever. My past only dictates that the tragedy I have live through is not permitted to ever repeat.

            If Jews had learned the right lessons from their tragic experience as a people, they would not have inflicted what they have on the Palestinians. They can remember their tragedy, but the memories should not be stroked to destroy their own humanity.

            Dr.RN

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              you have not experienced anything near to what I have experienced in Sri Lanka for 30 years. You sought refuge in a western world and come back to live on the luxury of your foreign remittance

              ha now you want to lecture the victims of jewish holocaus

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      you bloody arehole…you post comments according to the whim and fancy of the writer

      you said that the LTTE astorcites and war crimes are now a distant memory….

      you fucker now you are talking about baskets and defies logic and all that bullshit

      you fucker you owe an apolology to all Tamil and sinhala people who are still grieving the loss of their loved ones

      do you have the bloody guts to do that?

      you fucking arehole

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        If not for the action that word that you choose to repeatedly use describes, you would not have been born! I am sure that would have been blessing indeed!

        Dr.RN

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          ha so you wish I was blown away by an LTTE bomb?
          you [Edited out]

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        Sinhala Victim: please fix the S on your keyboard.

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          The S is Dr RN

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      Dr.R.N., The problem we have is with the President, and/or his advisers. None of them is possessed with intelligence and what we see is the President trying desperately to free himself from the hole he has fallen in to. The desperation is evident in his selection of the team to the UNHRC. I wonder whether he has thrown in the towel?

      Whatever Dayan Js faults, it is important for us to take cognizance of his analyses. Many commentators think censure and international intervention is the answer to regime change. The result will be a break up of the country (not federalism), becoming a ‘protectorate of India’, pressure for federalism in the upcountry districts, cross border infiltration, and a permanent Indian military presence, etc. These will be achieved with blood letting and ethnic violence of a scale not seen hitherto. Sri Lanka as we know it will be finished for good. This will all be due to Mahinda Rajapaksa and his government’s misgovernance no doubt, but I do not think the people of Sri Lanka deserve that. The majority, though foolish, are by and large peaceful and good people. I think that is the fear Lalith Weeratunge is trying to express. We are in a quandry are we not?

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        Wickremasiri ,

        Your fears are justified. However, in the final count it is we who will hang ourselves. It is self made. We are indeed a good people at large, but are idiots to at large, because we periodically elect Kings/queens and their coteries to rule us ruinously. We are more in a quagmire than a quandary! We are sinking deeper by the day.

        Dr.RN

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    Dear Mr Jayatilleka, thanks for this analysis. I particularly like your comment on text books. ‘Kumarodaya’ – book2, something that an average Sinhalese child would read in grade 1 or 2, refers to the Tamils as ‘Ovun Hari Napuru Minissu’ (they are very nasty people). Our Sinhalese teacher at St Thomas’s Bandarawela was embarrassed when he had to teach this chapter to us in the 70s……and guess what, my niece in 2013 continues to read the same book and the same chapter, embarrassed of being a Tamil. The fact that in can happen after 30years of war, which saw countless (perhaps running into tens of thousands) Sinhalese youth killed and burnt on the roadside and an even greater number of Tamil men and women killed, mutilated and tormented in the Vanni says something very unique about US as a people. When I pointed out the Kumarodaya chapter to Mr Bradman Weerakoon and Dr Stanley Kalpage in some of the public meetings that happened in the immediate aftermath of the 83 riots, both men stated in public that they were truly ashamed……yet nothing changed. Can you see why?……… The reason in my view is that the real power in Sri Lanka is vested in the hands of people like Mr Gunadasa Amarasekara, Champika Ranawaka and minister WW who are able to mobilise the popular vote through hatred and bigotry. The same holds true on the Tamil side, starting from some of the leading personalities who ‘thundered’ in the TULF election platforms of the 70s to the more modern commentators such as ‘Thiru’ and ‘Kali’ on these very columns. These people will not allow status-quo to change…….it is not in their petty interests. They can only survive as big fishes in a tiny, petty and small pond.

    The solution in my view lies in the emergence of an inclusive Sri Lankan identity and the Trilingual policy has to be at the heart of it. In addition to implementing the trilingual policy with HONESTY and INTERGRITY, the government must be willing to take on hatred and bigotry head- on. The hate-mongers of the North and South – in whatever shape or form they come in, must be taken on with the same level of conviction. Sri Lanka has been the traditional homeland of the Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims and all others. It is the home of all it’s people. The Tamils and Muslims are co-owners and people who claim otherwise are the villains of peace.
    Thanks for your analysis once again.
    Dr Mahesan Nirmalan
    Manchester.

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      They have destroyed the rights of the volks living in the country, only people like you being out of the lost paradise seem to be analysing it better. You re dead right, saying that “Mr Gunadasa Amarasekara, Champika Ranawaka and minister WW who are able to mobilise the popular vote through hatred and bigotry”
      Our people are rotten with malevolence, hatred, jealousy, malice. They are easily manipulative if the mentioned politicians would pass them any kind of untruths or paranoiac stories about the future. This is like a cancer to our people. Media men seem to have fully lost their control over press freedom. That keep the folks away from facts and figures about the ground reality of the country. They are only fed by state media machineries.

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      Dr Mahesh Nirmalan ,

      What you advocate is a utopia which will never happen in Sri Lanka.
      You will see it in your life time, I will take a bet on that.

      Sinhala psyche is entrenched in Mahavamsa and and is being reinforced year afer year. Your polyannah type of thinking for the future will not work.

      Think of Rwanda, East Timor, the Balkans, South Sudan, etc. Why did your thinking not work there; because racism is institutionalized in these contexts. So is it in Sri Lanka. For 450 years European colonizers kept Sinhala racism down to burst out after the British left. Why did they remove protection to the minorities from the constitution. Now you see the effects on Muslims, Christians, and Tamils.

      Your ideas are not realistic considering the crowd psychology of the Sinhalese. Don’t put the blame on TULF, TNA and the Tamil parties – they moved to self determination in frustration to the actions by the Sinhala state.

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        Look at this leech. Praising foreign invaders like they made Tamil a national language or a federal state was given and hate the democratically elected Sri Lankans government because all the special privileges were lost after the colonizers left.

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          “because all the special privileges were lost after the colonizers left. “

          What were the “special privileges” and how did the Tamils come by them? Please elaborate.

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          This talk of special privileges is a foolish ones, there was none like that.

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        As many tamil self professed moderates here display you too display the inability to critique one’s side. That is exactly why you say Tamil leaders at that time share no responsibility.

        1. There is no such thing as a mahavamsa mindset that is very much influential to mobilise people’s opinions. There is mahavamsa and it says tamils are invaders. True it says that, but it has not being influential in forming people’s opinions to a level many say so.

        2.You talk about Rwanda, balkan, South Sudan and East timor, what is the common thing for all these countries? Colonialism and the ethnic engineering that came with it. But you are ever ready to lick the feet of the colonials.

        3. SL is not a Rwanda or a South Sudan. Sl is a much more progressive, prosperous country unlike any of them. SL is ahead of many countries in Asia interms of condition of living and the freedom people have with them. Either you are in a dieing need to display a wrong picture of SL or you are pathetically ignorant about Rwanda or any other country you mentioned.

        4. That peace cannot be established in SL is a myth propagated by the likes of you, because you want that not to happen.

        5. whatever the shortcoming there are with SL, still tamils live in SL with a vibrant culture and especially in central parts and south of the country tamils live in a good condition, as same as their sinhala counter parts.

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        Those r the dreams I had once and worked for it Dr. ButaAfter being with Sinhalese for a decade, I fully agreed with Thiru’s comment. When you talk to them they look like “going to change themselves” but never.

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          at Puvanes ,

          you say “Those r the dreams I had once and worked for it Dr. ButaAfter being with Sinhalese for a decade”

          So what did you do to make that dream of yours come true?
          How did you contribute to ending the war?

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      You are right Dr.Mahesan, inclusive identity is the solution but It is the few northern politicians who dance to the tune of LTTE diaspora and the US/UK power politics that throw the hammer in the works.
      What the Sinhala extremists does is to react to the provocations from the north. If not for the provocations of the northern politicians Champika’s and WW’s will not be such opinion makers because majority Sinhalese have already accepted trilingual policy.
      This resolution in Geneva too, when passed, will not make things better but worse and especially for the Tamils in Sri Lanka.
      It seems that is exactly what the US/UK wants, a right royal mess like in the middle east.

      My problem here is, why none of these pundits spell out the ultimate outcome of this expensive mind boggling exercise.
      Given that a resolution is passed against Sri Lanka a forgone conclusion.
      What next?
      Can the OHCHR impose sanctions after the given period or does it have to refer the resolution to the Security council for action?
      And why not Dr.DJ explain this little to us the ignorant.

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      Why not come from Manchester and live in Colombo for a change and see the real situation ? We are a triply blessed nation. Even UK where you are from was not triply blessed like us.

      Kind regards,
      OTC

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    Dayan Jayatilake,

    Why is there a need to deflect the threat of an international accountability mechanism? Because genocide of Tamils took place during the war.

    With so much credible evidence available in front of the world (thanks to Callum Macrae and CH4) is it possible?

    Is there any will on the Sinhala ruling elite’s part to yield even a crumb to Tamils?

    “A credible local investigation by distinguished Sri Lankan personalities of high international repute.” Are there any credible personalities left with the judiciary already a pliant one?

    “The speedy arrest and prosecution of those identifiable through video evidence of attacking places of religious worship.” This defeats the goal of the regime converting Sri Lanka into an exclusive Sinhala Buddhist state like some middle east ones.

    “That we can defend Sri Lanka’s sovereignty without balancing off a coalition of states against the Diaspora driven West;” Karma of driving out Tamils to go abroad by repeated pogroms is boomeranging!

    Above all the structural genocide, on top of the physical genocide during the war, is now well known to the world.

    No amount of cunning can hide the true intent of the Sinhala ruling elite: To wipe out the Tamil Nation, that exists for more than 3 millenniums in the North-East of the island by Sinhalization and by chasing away droves of Tamils to foreign lands by government top brass (Namal?)organized refugee boats with fat profit too!

    Let’s pray and strive that truth and justice prevail over evil that fell upon Tamils’ destiny for 66 years.

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      1. Because there never was a genocide or even one that looked like a genocide. Claiming SL tamils faced genocide is an insult at the real victims of the genocide in rwanda and sudan. And mostly because SL is being unfairly targetted.

      2. Because there is NO credible evidence. CH4 is not evidence, it is unsubstantiated propaganda. Even the UN is not sure of the content of their reports, that is why they say the content in their reports is not verified in para 53. There is NO real case that an investigation can be started on.

      3. Sinhala gov neednt give them crumbs, they have been feeding, paying salaries, educating, sending medicines for tamils who lived in north for 30 years while they contributed nothing for the SL economy. And rehabilitated and cared for war refugees including LTTE cadres and even implemented 13 A having elections.

      4. what goal? SL cannot be converted into a Sinhala buddhist country of middle east type simply because it is multi cultural. And you say SL wants to CONVERT it into a sinhala buddhist hegemony, so are you indirectly saying it currently is NOT though you says so in previous comments.
      5. So do you accept that this is not about any genuine HR concerns but more about taking revenge by the diaspora tamils? If that is, then isnt DJ’s position very much true?

      6. What structural genocide? In central parts of SL tamil culture is there, so is in rest of the south, so is in north and east. The claim of structural genocide is a argument from thin air.

      7. There never was a tamil kingdom 3 million old. That is a false claim by bogus historians. There is no evidence to suggest that and rational migration pattern prove other wise.

      8. And why would Namal chase away tamils? The tamils are jumping on any boat to go to Aus to become refugees.

      9. First step in prevailing over your evil that fell on tamils is to do a self critique and do a retrospection. I hardly see that from tamils.

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        sach

        “Because there never was a genocide or even one that looked like a genocide.”

        There has been genocide and still its continuing.

        How does a genocide look like?

        ” Claiming SL tamils faced genocide is an insult at the real victims of the genocide in rwanda and sudan.!”

        Why its an insult to the real victim?

        Does genocide take place one at a time?

        “Because there is NO credible evidence.”

        How do you know there is no credible evidence? Have you met and talked to the relative’s victims?

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          Agree with Sach, there was no evidence of structural genocide against Tamils. The only evidence of genocide is of eviction of Muslims and Tamils from the Northern Province and making it a exclusive Tamil enclave.
          Deliberate targetting of innocent Sinhalese women, children including babies, and the innate Tamil hatred for the Sinhalese have brought about the down fall of the Tamils. There are no signs of a sensible Tamil statesman/woman emerging to lead that community out of the rut Ponna, Chelva, Sunda and VP have lead them into. Looking for a saviours in the international community won’t help but, only highlights the bankcruptsy of the Tamils.

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            Corerction:
            Should have read Agree with Sach, there was no evidence of structural genocide against Tamils. The only evidence of genocide is of eviction of Muslims and Sinhalese from the Northern Province and making it a exclusive Tamil enclave …….

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          Go out of the jundgle and see places like Colombo Colombo, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Nawalapitiya, Hatton, maskeliya, yatiyanthota, Dehiwala, Mt Lavinia, Jaffna, B’cola, Trinco, Kilinochchi, Mannar, Ampara how a genocide is going on.

          And yes when one tries to be fake victim of a genocide, it is an insult at real victims.

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            sach

            “Go out of the jundgle and see places”

            There has been genocide and still its continuing.
            We do not have a jungle, descendants of kallathonies have been grabbing my ancestral land for years.

            Could you answer my queries:

            How does a genocide look like?

            Why its an insult to the real victim?

            Does genocide take place one at a time?

            How do you know there is no credible evidence?

            Have you met and talked to any of the victims or relative’s of victims?

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              Bend over and look under the amude, you will see the genocide

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                sach

                “Bend over and look under the amude, you will see the genocide”

                How do you know I have genocide under my amude?

                You must be a peeping Tom?

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                sach the hans!

                Unable to face your guilt you are uttering filth about your mum sis aunty of bestiality breed sucking the monkey pussy.

                Sinhala Mahanama Buddhist Racist at his best in his new found blood money.

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        Well said Sach !

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    What a joke?

    The powerful President Mahinda Rajapakse agreed to him to talk TNA leader Sampanthan to devolve powers and to implement 13th amendment but the junior inexperienced ministers spoiled it.
    Is that because :
    1.President Rajapakse is not powerful enough to make appoint experienced Senior Ministers?
    2. President Rajapakse was fooled by Junior Ministers?
    3. President Rajapakse thinks that he can cheat every one in the world?

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    Involvement of Sajin Vaas Goonarardana on crucial matters such as this is quite strange. He seems prefered even over professional including Dayan Jayatileka and Rajiva Wijesinghe.

    Although Mahinda Rajapskse is said to play by instincts and has accomplished more than anyone else I know. Perhaps Sajin has some hidden useful skills. Therefore he should get the benefit of the doubt at this stage. Its not like anyone can do anything about it anyway because of authoritarian nature of the Prez.

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      Vibhushana, you say, “Perhaps Sajin has some hidden useful skills”.

      They must be well and truly “hidden” for so few (except for MR, etc) to identify or see them. Unless of course for those “fixer” skills he is well known for.

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        lol good one.

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        Then they could better appoint Mervin Silva or Duminda Silva allowing them to represent the nations outside….. frech grins.

        This MR administration is fallen to this levels – so the weakest ever we have had so far.
        This you will all get to notice even better in the days to come.

        Not long ago, MR himself sent his son to Palastina as lanken representative. Palestinian political issues the related are believed to be complex than a virulent incurable cancer to anyone. How could a young man in his mid 20ties be ever a representative in such matters.. This times, the above appointments are beyond all bearing.

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      Vibhushana,

      You are correct that Sajin Vassa has some hidden telents. The secret is his dual purpose body parts-a mouth convertible to a toilet and a tight ass convertible to a mouth! MARA is so restless and leaking these days that he makes good use of Vassa!

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        Sajins latest skills are revealed here and is therefore a capable
        hand in the Regime! We have to await Australian Ambassadors
        comments, if any on this:
        [Edited out]

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      Licking is a skill he has.

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        Licking backsides is a skill he (Sajin Vassa) has.

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      @Vibushana: ‘Although Mahinda Rajapskse is said to play by instincts and has accomplished more than anyone else I know?’

      Quite true. You are correct on this point as he has stolen more money than any other politician in Sri Lankan history. Good one Vibushana, I have to agree with you on that.

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    Yes. Weeratunge should have consulted Dayan before left.if he had done so he would have made a greater mess.Bensen

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    Lalith Weeratunge accompanying the synthetic lawyer as understudy has not made any impact on the international community considering the absolute silence emanating.
    The IC is not blind or deaf to not be sensitive on the contradictions rife in the bureaucratic bamboozle on the investigations underway about the recent attacks on churches.

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    Sajin owned aircrafts and Helicopters to whisk the Rajapakse’s away to safety. Dayan only has Cuba. If Dayan’s route is taken, the Rajapakse’s will need those aircrafts. But then, what happens in Geneva will make the need for the aircrafts even greater ……

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    Dr DJ,

    “A few weeks later I read while in Paris, the ghastly account of how the junior most member of the Government’s negotiating team and the one who had absolutely no experience in handling the ethnic issue, Mr. Sajin Vass Gunewardene, had insolently provoked the senior most TNA politician Mr Sampanthan, and then planted a story in a newspaper to the effect that ‘the TNA was demanding the same things that the Tigers had wanted’. The talks broke down.”

    Are you dumb enough to believe that the most junior official Mr. Sajin Vass Gunewardene acted on his own accord? It was the very president MR who played this underhand act through this unprincipled junior officer and none other!

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      Good that the talks broke down. Otherwise TNA dirt would have got their racist demands.

      Yuk!

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    Dayan has run out of money.

    Once a Premathasa man now a Rajafucksa man.

    Aiyo! Aiyo!

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      This BUGGER Dayan is singing for his supper and also looking forward for an “opening” from Hitlerpassa. It is high time he makes his contributory factor in the “Daily Noise”. Can you read all the comments Dayan? Shame on you.

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    Crap from Dayan J again. It all a case of “I, me and
    myself.” What a great guy he is!!!

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      Well said, for Dayan the sun rises and sets in homage to his greatness !

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    DJ has missed the plot. The trick is to make Sinhala Dweepa a Pariah state. One this is done, the majority will see the enmity of the rest and support their boys – as the Tamils did.

    Lets thank Praba for this Re-play.

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    albeit with no prejudice to the 18th amendment and the removal of presidential term limits……..says Dayan.

    Still trying to curry favour with the king I see.

    I wish you would actually read the comment on this site, no one is buying your great victory story !

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    This Dayan de Silva and the other moron Rajiva W are useless regime lickers and do not worth a comment.

    What kind of good Lalith have in protecting the worst dictatorship we have seen in the history of Sri Lanka.

    Lalith W should have left his job long ago once MA-RA did finish the war and then building the family dynasty sending folks in white vans and all the undemocratic things you can think of.

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    Glad to read today that Jaswant Singh of the BJB, who will definitely come to power in India has said that the “that Eelam is a definite possibility”.
    Dayan base all your advice and strategies based on this statement.

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    Between why has Colombo Telegraph being unable to publish any news regarding the how the LTTE fellows treat norther provincial secretary, Mrs.Ramesh? Why ?

    what about the self professed independant and impartial news coverage? :D

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      Those allegations have been made probably in Colombo newspapers and also by DBS Jeyaraj. While he has good sources, he has been wrong in many instances before. He often tries to reconstruct events after talking to some people, but does it in such a tone and style that may mislead people into thinking he was there on the ground when the events unfolded.

      If any intimidation really happened, it is wrong and the people doing it should desist.

      But as Mr. Jeyaraj himself acknowledges, the lady in question, having lost the confidence of the Chief Minister, cannot stay on. Also, despite the law saying that the concurrence of the President is required, the way it happens in any country is that the CM chooses a secretary and the President should simply agree to it. After all, the secretary chosen by the CM is already part of the SLAS, one whom the State had deemed worthy of that service. The GoSL cannot all of a sudden find excuses to not approve such a person just because the regime has problems with his political beliefs.

      So, much of the criticism against the TNA on this issue by DBSJ is misguided. Perhaps writing mainly to a Southern audience in The Daily Mirror, he feels compelled to give a certain slant against the TNA, thinking that would make him popular with his audiences.

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        k k but still there is news of threats to her ne, CT doesnt check whether the news is correct or not whenever publishing material that supports LTTE.

        There must be unbiasedness. That is my question. where is this equality and ethics that CT expect from others?

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    Dayan, first of all you are an opportunist and now you are a “spent force”. Please stop sucking up to the President and enjoy your retirement. You on one forum say that there should be credible investigation and on the other side say it should not be. When you were with the Government you could not deliver a credible investigation so why are you dancing around now? At least now accept you are a “spent force” and enjoy your retirement. Please do not bother us with your stupid write up.

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    If I were a discard from the Geneva/MR scene I would hold my pride high,know there is nothing to defend and be quiet instead of engaging in self promotion.

    A wonder of Lanka where some vie for jobs in strange & demeaning ways.

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    Dayan’s recommended inclusions a) to h) in Weeratuge’s presentation are the very ones which the MR regime wishes to avoid,as these will implement measures which will amount to the “death knell” of the Rajapakse governance – the ‘death’ of the present ‘mode’ of government which ensures MR’s continued election as President, and perpetuation of the Dynasty.

    “…………………Diaspora driven West” – are the western nations subserviant to the Diaspora,or have they verified and accepted the allegations made by them?

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    Sinhala Buddhist will agree elaam..but they never agree for federal or power shearing .when ellam Buddhist will make more babies for hopping another dutugamunu.gotha will king in ruhna and he will used chinness as bodyguards.

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    This so called intelligent and able Lalith Weeratunga warned that an international probe would create chaos in Sri Lanka. The man has failed to realise that his master has already created chaos in the country with his misrule. The three musketeers thought that they could fool the outside world with their lies and deceptions. A pathetic performance by these three novices who have no experience in diplomacy. Dayan is wailing that the end is nigh for his beloved friend Rajapaksa. What a hypocrite!

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    Oh my my my….

    This long article can be summarised in the following sentence:

    “I have been left out!!!! how dare you!!!!. I have the expertise, and the ability and the public speaking skills etc. but you left me behind- what a grave error” – …..

    Shamelessness at its best…crazy dj…

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