9 December, 2019

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The Naseby Initiative

By Rajeewa Jayaweera

Rajeewa Jayaweera

34 months into President Sirisena’s administration, Sri Lanka continues its convoluted engagements with the international community and multilateral bodies on the vexed issue of UNHRC 30/1.

On October 12, 2017, Lord Naseby (LN), a longtime friend of this country initiated a short debate on Sri Lanka in the House of Lords. After repeated requests to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), he had obtained 39 pages of highly redacted dispatches between January 1 and May 19, 2009, after seeking the intervention of UK’s Information Commissioner. Documents obtained divulged views expressed by former US Ambassador Robert Blake, military expert Major General Holmes, UN country team in Sri Lanka, former UN media spokesman Gordon Weiss and former British Defense Attaché in Colombo, Lieutenant Colonel Anton Gash. Among other things, Colonel Gash had stated: “certainly there was no policy to kill civilians by Sri Lankan army.” LN stated, civilian causalities to be in the range of 7-800 rather than 40,000 estimated by the Panel of Experts (POE) of United Nations Secretary-General. He further urged the British government, one of the prime movers of UNHRC Resolution 30/1, “Now is the time to offer the hand of friendship and act to lead the international community to recognize what the truth really was.”

On October 27, spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Colombo responding to a question raised by The Island dismissed LN’s assertions by stating “The Government of Sri Lanka remains committed to national processes aimed at realizing the vision of a reconciled, stable, peaceful and prosperous nation.  Engaging in arguments and debates in the international domain over the number of civilians who may have died at a particular time in the country will not help resolve any issues, in a meaningful manner, locally, except a feelgood factor for a few individuals who may think that they have won a debate or scored points over someone or the other.” It his was despite the relegation of LLRC and PC reports, both local processes, to the archives.

President Sirisena, on November 02, dispatched a letter of appreciation to Lord Naseby for his efforts. He wrote, “Your interventions, in particular, would assist Sri Lanka in its efforts towards truth-seeking and countering some of the propaganda leveled against the country.” A copy of his letter is reproduced herewith. It was delivered to LN by the High Commissioner, on Tuesday, 21 November afternoon, nineteen days later. 

It would appear, President Sirisena and State Minister of Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake view LN’s efforts in a completely different light from others in the Foreign Ministry, and whoever else directing this country’s foreign affairs.

In the world over, Heads of State / Government and their Foreign Ministers speak in one voice on foreign affairs and other national issues. Sri Lanka, since January 09, 2015 would appear to deviate from this time-tested practice. The President and his successive Foreign Ministers on occasion have followed different paths, much to the detriment of the country’s interests. Whereas President Sirisena is on record stating he will not permit any Sri Lankan to be hauled before war crime tribunals and will also not allow foreign judges to participate in Sri Lankan courts, his Prime Minister, two former Foreign Ministers and the incumbent have failed to state the President’s decision at international forums.   

UNHRC Resolution 30/1, based on the report on Accountability in Sri Lanka, was prepared in 2011 by PoE appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General, also known as the Darusman Report. Some of the critical elements in the report were 4,000 submissions by over 2,300 (point 17 / page 5) nameless and faceless persons living in Europe, some under assumed names and an estimated 40,000 civilian causalities during the final phase of the conflict (para 37 / page 41). The witnesses, their identities nor their submissions would be made available for cross-examination for a period not less than 20 years. 

Sri Lanka, for its part, set up the Lessons Learnt & Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) followed by the Paranagama Commission (PC). The Darusaman Report trashed the LLRC Report as ‘deeply flawed’ and ‘does not meet international standards for an effective accountability mechanism’ (Executive Summary/page V).

Despite all their flaws, LLRC and PC were homegrown initiatives, conducted not by politicians but by learned citizens of reputation, some with international standing, assisted by a legal Advisory Council consisting of members with extensive experience in such matters.

The Darusaman Report is by no means flawless. Glaring examples are; estimated 40,000 civilian deaths during the last phase of the conflict and exonerating LTTE from the international crime of Human Shields (para 237 / page 65). Suffice to state, concealment of piles of skeletons or mountains of ashes resulting from an estimated 40,000 bodies in an area that is not heavily forested is a virtual impossibility, especially by the teams involved in mine clearing operations in the North. In this context, 7-8,000 deaths estimated by the PC would be a more plausible figure.

The Legal Advisory Council assisting the PC comprised of a team of international legal and military experts. Key among them were Sir Desmond de Silva QC, Prof. David Crane, Sir Geoffrey Nice and Maj. Gen. John Holmes. Sir Desmond was involved in Human Rights violation and war crime issues in Sierra Leone, Belgrade and Syria. Prof. Crane was the Chief Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone and has spent 30 years working for the US federal government. Sir Geoffrey was the deputy prosecutor to the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Despite former Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera’s attempts to ridicule these eminent personalities in an essay titled Foreign Panel: Knights in shining armor?, published in August 2014, both UN and UNHRC consider them professionals and avail their services frequently. The learned Samaraweera also ridiculed Sir Desmond by referring to an inquiry report authored by him as a ‘sham’ and ‘whitewash,’ a view shared by few in UK other than the IRA and widow of assassinated Patrick Finucane.

The Rajapaksa administration left office after successfully defeating LTTE terrorism but having failed to build bridges with most western countries. A hostile international community barring China, Russia, Pakistan and a few South and South East Asian countries were gearing themselves to take Sri Lanka to task with the threat of economic sanctions. Under the circumstances, President Sirisena’s government was not in a position to reject the UNHRC Resolution 30/1 in toto. However, they opted for the other extreme of cosponsoring the Resolution on October 01, 2015 in its totality.  They failed to realize, the US, EU and Indian troika, having had a hand in regime change, would not push the newly elected government over the precipice paving the way for the return of their bête noire, Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Whether the decision to cosponsor Resolution 30/1 was a collective decision by President Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe, and Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, a decision by the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister or a unilateral decision made by Samaraweera is one of the few secrets in the country.

The Rajapaksa administration did little to implement recommendations made by LLRC. Neither did the Yahapalanaya administration.

Despite additional time requested by the PC to complete investigating complaints received, the commission was wound down. The PC report was produced in the English language. The government has not translated it into Sinhala and Tamil languages to date. Prime Minister Wickramasinghe tabled the report in parliament. Given the poor linguistic skills of English language of parliamentarians, few if any understood or made use of it. President Sirisena too, for the same reasons, failed to grasp the invaluable though incomplete work by commission members and formulate a strategy to counter the abominable lie of 40,000 civilian casualties, during the Geneva Resolution. 

The failure in making the PC report a part of Sri Lanka’s response to the UNHRC Resolution and placing on record, its estimated number of civilian deaths of 7,721 to 10,000 (para 24 / page XiX) was a mistake of Himalayan proportion. In this context, LN’s revelations become relevant as figures quoted by him are similar to those in the PC report. Jointly, they could have been utilized to counter the mythical figure of 40,000 even at this late stage.

Following the uproar in Sri Lanka, after it cosponsored the Geneva Resolution, President Sirisena declared he would neither permit any Sri Lankan citizen to be hauled before war crimes tribunals nor foreign judges in Sri Lanka.

As already stated, the Foreign Ministry issued an ill-thought-out media statement on the Naseby initiative.

On November 14, JO MP Dinesh Gunawardena proposed a resolution in parliament on the debate in the House of Lords. During the adjournment debate State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Vasantha Senanayake rejected MP Gunawardena’s statement of “attempts were being made to trivialize the value of Lord Naseby’s work and to label it as irrelevant.” He insisted, it “is not my personal view and that it is not the view of the Foreign Ministry of Sri Lanka.” He read from a letter sent by him thanking LN for his “great efforts in the past” and “what you have contributed in the last few months is particularly important at a crucial time.” It was a total contradiction of the media release by the spokesperson of his ministry. It is hoped, “As far as Sri Lanka is concerned we are quite certain that the original version without redaction will in no way be embarrassing to us,” stated in Senanayake’s letter will be of use to LN in his future efforts. Senanayake referred to “my position in the Lord Naseby affair” during his address whereas what is relevant is that of the government he represents.

Senanayake, during his address also stated, “Your arguments go to show that the number of civilian deaths was significantly smaller than is being bandied about are clear and irrefutable.”  That is the message required to be placed in the international domain by the government, even at this late stage.

However, Sri Lanka continues its disjointed and amateurish efforts in the international arena. Deputy Minister of National Policies & Economic Affairs, Dr. Harsha de Silva represented Sri Lanka at the recent 28th session of Universal Periodic Review (UPR) held in Geneva 15-17 November. Before his departure, he confirmed to The Island, LN’s revelations had no direct relevance to UPR indicating a lack of understanding of the UPR. Out of three recommendations made in the US Statement at the UPR on Sri Lanka, two called for; Fully implement the commitments agreed to in HRC Resolution 30/1 and Hold security forces and government officials accountable for human rights violations and abuses.

Sri Lanka faces criticism at UPR, UNHRC and every other possible international forum based mostly on issues stemming from UNHRC 30/1. 40,000 civilian deaths are one of the elements of the Geneva Resolution. To this end, it is necessary, Sri Lanka makes use of LN’s recent revelations and any future revelations, to quote his own words, “to lead the international community to recognize what the truth really was.” 

Meanwhile, a move is currently underway in the UK to counter LN’s revelations. Fifty men of Tamil origin have surfaced in London with claims of torture and rape by Sri Lankan soldiers. What countermeasures are being undertaken by our High Commission in London? 

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    Mr. Jayaweera,

    The AP article on the pervasive nature of torture and rape by Sri Lanka’s armed forces and police, was carried by media on several continents, including The New York Times and The Washington Post, The Guardian, and on Colombo Telegraph.

    Such well-sourced research report is something that cannot be airily dismissed. What does it say about you that you are calling for ‘countermeasures’ rather than an investigation and punishment of the perpetrators, and purging such perverts and torturers from the ranks of the military?

    There was a separate in-depth article in The Washington Post on sexual torture in Sri Lanka by a Harvard researcher on Human Rights; that article referred to the AP report, but included other research, and the paper gave it prominence. There is currently a heightened focus on all forms of sexual harassment and torture in the US and UK. Knee-jerk denials by the GoSL, nor by individuals like you, will not wash.

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      Dear Rajeewa, you are a frog in the well living in Srilanka not having exposure to international politics and agenda. Lord Naseby is a well known white supremacist who is a strange bed fellow to Sinhala racists. For your information, he is treated as a joker by British government and all his rantings have been ignored. Tamils have access to UK foreign office and they have told that the report submitted by their diplomats in 2009 is not authentic having got from Srilanka government rather than independently obtained by their own agents. As far as UK is concerned they go with UN panel assessment of number of deaths which they consider fair being conducted by independent persons. If the government is sincere about the true number of casualties, it must allow international experts access to people and theatre of war to get at the truth. The fact that the government is refusing to do it shows that it has something to hide. Until this is done this stigma on Srilanka will not go away.

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        Gnana
        If you consider Lord Naseby a white supremacist, do you, by the same token consider US Ambassador Robert Blake, military expert Major General Holms, then entire UN Country Team and UN spokesperson Gordon Weiss to be white supremacists as well? Besides dispatches from British High Commission in Colombo, similar information was made public in the Wiki Leaks documents released by Chelsea Manning. It is incorrect to castigate all who disagree with diaspora narrative as white supremacists or similar.

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          Dear Rajeewa please do not confuse the issue of Naseby, who was a right wing extremist in the past who wanted all immigrants expelled from UK. Did anyone you have mentioned did anything similar. There are several fair minded whites who even fought against apartheid shoulder to shoulder with blacks. Just because one is espousing the Tamil cause or fighting for justice, you are trying to paint them with the same brush. Are you denying Naseby is not receiving any perks from Srilanka government for his assault on the truth. Few years ago he was exposed in UK parliament as receiving kickbacks from Srilanka government. like Liam Fox. Since Naseby was not a member of the cabinet no action was taken against him, but asked to report to the government whatever he gets from Srilanka government. Knowing this UK government which is principled, will not accept what Naseby says as an independent view and nothing will come out of it.

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          Rajeewa Jayaweera

          It is not the purpose of this forum to investigate whether this or that foreigner being a supremacist or not, unless of course you chose to hold them in high esteem only because they are westerners.

          The question is are you for a domestic impartial independent investigation to unearth truth? Do your political masters and military rulers ready to be held responsible if the outcome of the investigation find them responsible for committing war crimes and crime against humanity.

          Will you now start campaigning for such an investigation rather than wasting your time and energy burying truth?

          Your grandchildren need assurance for their future. The assurance can only come from the present actions or in-actions of the people who actively campaign for a just society.

          You are free to opt out of your responsibilities and then blame your grandchildren.

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            First off, how do we be assured that the investigation be impartial to the least? How are we going to use as the impartial judges? Secondly, how can we be sure about the reliability of the witnesses. They most certainly be motivated by hatered and racism to testify against the Sinhalese. So, how do we unearth the truth then?

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              Shenali the stupid sach/Nuisance

              It is better to keep your mouth close and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt – Mark Twain

              Please stop being a clever dick and a smart a**e at the same time.

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                Native
                What is your opinion about Darusman proviso that names of witnesses will not be revealed for 25 years?
                Soma

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                  somass

                  I am sorry I am not aware of Darusman proviso. Could you cite the source and page number of the above.

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    Rajeeva,
    What happened to Isaipriya ?
    What happened to Balachandran?
    Pass this to Nastyboy https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/kwxz4m/death-of-a-tiger-0000710-v22n8

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    Rajeewa Jayaweera

    Thank you for wasting your time as well as ours.

    The Time Lord Naseby must be right simply because he is a lord, he is white, his forefathers ruled this island, he has been interested in this island for 50 years, though a sitting MP he was silent when British mercenaries were sent to train the Sri Lankan armed forces, and piloted helicopters from which dirty barrel bombs were rolled out and dropped on residence of North, ………………………… ….
    If you really want to find truth (not spin) talked to the eye witnesses who had themselves suffered and lost their kith and kin and then find out the approximate number of innocent people who had been missing since 1971.

    All these spin, lies, more lies, twisted facts, fake news, omissions, commissions ……………ignorance, racism, bigotry, parochialism, should have made those who attempt very hard to bury truth ashamed of themselves.

    It is much easier to dig out truth than bury it under Naseby’s bum.

    The Truth will set you free but first it will p**s you off – Gloria Steinem.

    Finally what is the point you are trying to prove?

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      Native
      Try to see the wood for the trees. This is not about those missing from 1971, 1983 or any other period. It is about the mythical 40,000 civilian deaths during final phase as claimed by PoE and a key issue upon which UNHRC Resolution 30/1 was based. Since you don’t seem to get the point, it is to prod the docile GoSL to actively canvass to reopen the subject. Meantime, why don’t you, for a change, write an opinion piece with your name and photograph rather than your regular snide remarks shrouded in nameless and faceless anonymity?.

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        Rajapakse Govt first told a lie -“there were only 30,000 people in the Vanni”.
        Later we came to know there were about 290,000 people in Vanni.
        How did the number increase from 30,000 to 290,000 – nearly 10times the original figure. (http://www.stillcountingthedead.com/wp/?p=7491)
        One way of looking at 70000 –
        If you multiply 7,000 by 10 what do you get Rajeeva?
        http://www.stillcountingthedead.com/wp/?p=7197

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        Jayaweera,
        On April the 28th 2009 President Rajapaksa – when challenged on suggestions that humanitarian aid was being denied to the NFZ – personally endorsed the claim that there were only a few thousand civilians left in the zone.
        “We are sending the supplies. That’s why we want to finish this as soon as possible and get the people into our side because there are only about 5,000 to say, even 10,000 as they say.”
        In fact according to UN estimates more than 120,000 civilians were still left in the zone.

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          MR is a congenital liar. After the end of the war 360,000 people crossed from the war zone into barbed wired camps. So how can only 10,000 people would have been left a few days before the war ended. Census taken in early 2009 showed that there were 500,000 people in the war zone. This is the reason why Mannar Bishop placed the dead figure as 140,000. This also corroborates to the removal of two constituencies from Jaffna/Killinochchi electoral district. The population figure was deliberately reduced in order to deny food and medicine to the trapped.

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            Did the Census was taken by the LTTE? Don’t lie Gnana. 500,000 people may have been recorded in the government safe zone. Not in the LTTE captivity. Besides, how do you think LTTE can hold on to 500,000 people without their will? How did they feed these people? How did these people extricate? Most importantly how did these people get buried without leaving any evidence? You may fool some light headed westerners. But, not Sinhalese.

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              Shenali the stupid

              When people surrendered to the armed forces their details were recorded. When they were released the details were recorded. Why do the state and its rulers refuse to publish both records?

              The Sinhala/Buddhists ghetto builders have been fooling rest of the people successfully since 1948, including Sinhalese and Buddhists.

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        Rajeewa
        Your proding of Lord Nasby’s shadow to come to the aid of the GoSL’ flimsy excuses to explain the reality of the deliberate mass murder of 40,000 civilian death will not wash and will remain as an indelible stain on the country’s history for ever.
        The UNHRC Resolution 30/1 will remain etched in the rock for ever.
        Surely you can work out for yourself why comments in CT appear faceless and nameless.

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          Uthungan

          I remain anonymous simply because I don’t want to be mobbed by my well wishers, fans and admirers. I want to live a quiet and humble life.

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        France Harrison talks about these civilian deaths.
        Sri Lanka’s Troubles. Niromi de Soyza and France Harrison
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTXmxixWSBw

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        Rajeewa Jayaweera

        It is not about Lord Naseby, you , final phase of the war, … that matters. Only a person who cannot see the widespread culture of impunity would narrow down the time -frame to the last phase and contemplate several numbers arbitrarily floating around in the media.

        It is a question of whether one wants to challenge pattern of behaviour of the state, its rulers, functionaries, ….. parochial nationalists, cronies and the aspiring members of Sinhala/Buddhist fascists. For too long they have virtually got away with murder, too many lives lost, ……… too many maimed, too much spent on destruction, ……………. too much pain, too much hatred, too much profiteering from misery, ……………

        Spare a thought for those who lost their lives, homes, …………………..

        As long as CT allows me to remain anonymous I will continue to write under my chosen pseudonym, …. If you do not like my comments you can just ignore me just as many in this forum do.

        As my Elders once told me “First stop digging if you want to come out of the pit”. So should the state, rulers, cronies, …………………

        There is an honourable way out for the country by setting up a Truth And Reconciliation Commission with teeth modeled on South African TRC only if the country desires to find truth and reconciliation. Broadly speaking it worked in South Africa. You ought to spend some time looking into the mechanism and how effective TRC was in South Africa than dwelling in speculation and being clever dicks.

        Karma is a bitch. Lord Naseby cannot save the country and people from Karmic laws or may be natural justice, or sin, hell and heaven, …………………….. Remember Hindians who escalated the conflict eventually destroyed LTTE.

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        Rajeewa Jayaweera

        I too write under a pseudonym, and we who do, do so for a variety of reasons. As long as CT allows us to, we will continue to comment on what is written. If any comment (or part of) is unacceptable CT will exercise its editorial prerogative. It is unfortunate that you have chosen, no doubt in a moment of pique, to take umbrage.Yes, sometimes it is hard to find enough sycophants to make your life worthwhile.

        Rajeewa, many times I have seen you in the flesh, looking suave and cool. Alas, now the deception has been laid bare.

        Now, as for the noble Lord Naseby, his views have been well known for sometime and so this latest effort is not unexpected. There is nothing new in his latest deductions, based on the limited snatches available to him from the foreign office, and carry little weight. He so earnestly wants to remain a friend of the government of Sri Lanka; and the GoSL will gladly clutch at any straw that floats by. Better by far, if it spent time and effort addressing the serious charges that remaining hanging over this country’s reputation.

        ps: for your information, my pseudonym is dedicated to the cacophony of Koha’s that created a racket in the trees in the garden of the De Soysa lying-in-home where I was born in the time of the delightful Sinhala and Tamil New Year some eight decades ago.

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          Native
          I am as much interested in the truth as you are. I believe it is our primary duty towards posterity after whatever happened, happened. But the Tamil political masters threw a spanner in the works – ACCOUNTABILTY. Not ‘reconciliation’ which is the antithesis of separatism. They behaved like a mother whose children lay in pools of blood after an accident calling police rather than the ambulance. To this day she does not visit the hospital ,but wastes time on law enforcement. Objective is clear to us. These are the bastards who justified child soldiers with all kinds of sophisticated arguments.
          Soma

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        Dear Rajiv, Tamils will have to write in pseudonym as they fear persecution for expressing the facts and putting Srilanka government on the dock. Sinhalese are writing in pseudonym because they live in western countries where they could be hauled in courts for racism and hatred. Why do you say 40,000 is mythical, when 7000 touted by Srilanka government is not substantiated. Let us say it is 7000, then where are the remains of those dead for their relatives to give them a decent burial. If the government co-operates with international team to scan the entire area where last battle took place, then truth will come out. There is an accusation of using acid baths and incinerators to get rid of the bodies. If the soil is sampled you could get traces of acid and bone ash to prove this allegation. This is the reason for Srilanka government wanting to sweep it under and has got the services of Naseby who has been looked after well, to spearhead the campaign of disinformation.

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        Rajeewa: How mythical? Go fly a kite.

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    Jayaweera,What did this man bloody Lord say about Sri lanka after the JVP confrontation. It was said to a group of SL lawyers.

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    Jayaweera,What did this man bloody Lord say about Sri lanka after the JVP confrontation. It was said to a group of SL lawyers. He is a typical PIN GONNA

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    Dear Rajeewa Jeyaweera,
    It is a surprise to the international community why Sri Lanka should miss the golden opportunity of the offer for the international investigation. Why is your Government going down with embarrassment and in its dignity? The international investigation is good to prove your points and get only the bad eggs out and clear the Country to make a come back. What is the reason for a Country as a whole to go down just because of a few criminals? Why are the top executives not acting responsibly?

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    The only way to get an accurate count of the number of Tamil civilians killed during the final stages of the war in 2009 is to conduct a credible inquiry. And only an independent inquiry conducted by a third party will be credible, not one conducted by the victorious party. This should be obvious even to a very dull person.

    Sri Lanka government’s apologists are always harping about “unsubstantiated allegations.” The allegations can definitely be substantiated by conducting a proper inquiry, which the SL Government will never accede to, because they have tens of thousands of skeletons overflowing in hundreds of cupboards.

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    Rajeeva,

    You also should look at these figures
    http://www.tchr.net/50_year_arrest_kill.htm

    Dyan Jayatillaka
    “, the Tamil Diaspora is of course a Sinhala extremist creation. It is the direct product of the anti-Tamil riots of 1958 and 1983. If not for those attacks, the Tamil middle and upper middle classes would not have wished to migrate and the doors of the West would not have been opened for them. “
    Tisaranee Gunasekara
    “Without the Sinhala Only, the Tiger may have remained unborn. Without the Black July, the Tiger may not have grown exponentially. If the B-C Pact and the D-C Pact did not miscarry (thanks to the midwifery of Sinhala extremism), the LTTE, even if it was born, would have remained a fringe group.”

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    Rajeewa Jayaweera was accoladed for bring up the plight of AirLanka. The writing was there on the wall, those in power knew this but only exploited the sorry state for personal benefit.
    The present infamous Lankan predicament had very humble beginnings. The writing was there loud and clear. Instead of addressing the grievances of the minorities successive GoSL exploited the peaceful protests through pogroms and the language/religion divide. We ended up in quick sand.
    Lord Naseby cannot pull us out – we have to get out. Lord Naseby is flaunting figures off some dispatched during the last week of the civil war. You remember the then GoSL pulled out all NGO’s in the zone. We know why. Lord Naseby (has all attributes of a mercenary) comes up with guesstimates and no more.
    You say that the numbers used by UN were provided by faceless persons. Rajeewa they had hearts in agony then and now.
    The last paragraph was in fact attended to by Kariyawasam. What more do you want?
    There is an easy way to get out of the UN radar.

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    Rajeeva, the LTTE Tamil diaspora inhabit these columns as a cyberspace Eelam. They use any and every facility to publish their lying propaganda.

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      Taraki

      Please state one instance in which you were being a honest truth seeker in these columns.

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    Where are the 40 000 bodies and the 150’000 injured. Sakkaralingam labels Naseby as a white supremacist because he does not like a logical argument and responds by name calling. Sakkaralingam is a small minded communalist who never listens to reason and prefers to insult those with whom he disagrees. That is why I object to his labelling himself Dr where is his PhD?

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      Percy

      About the bodies ask the national hangman Dr Gota (DSc) who knows something about burying bodies. Ask him where did he buy such large quantities of acid/chemicals to prepare the bases for Lye which heated to the right degree would melt a body in 3 hours.

      Rather than relying on a foreigner a descendant of colonial master why don’t you spend time searching for truth?

      Had the Time Lord stated the opposite would you still be interested in his observation. You would be the first moron to attack him.
      Why don’t you p**s off.

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        So the bodies vapourised? That’s why no evidence of dead bodies to support the 40,000 body claim. I think demala vedda should come up with something better than that for the world to believe. As for colonial masters they are infinitely superior to uncivilised elephant worshipping native arseholes reeking of thala thel and thosai.iam sure Sakkililingam supports your theory.

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          Percy

          “something better than that for the world to believe”.

          It is bit rich coming from you.

          It is the state’s responsibility to account for every life, state assets, …. explain the missing through its organs.

          Of course the South Indian converts too dwell in their ancestral culture. You shouldn’t be ashamed of your culture, no need to hide behind your colonial masters, —.

          If you think the colonial masters were “infinitely superior” your grandparents should have stopped them in 1948 from abandoning this island to a bunch of riff-raffs.

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      Percy the coward (AKA Edwin R), I do not have a PhD, but a superior one. If there is contradicting claims the logical thing is to put it for independent investigation. Why is the government and Sinhalese frightened other than to cover up the crime. Naseby has been effectively confronted by other lords in the debate and the matter is closed.

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        Dr.G.S. Why do not you come out with then fact that Naserby uses Vaselin, is about to be charged for sodomy and is easily bought.

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