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The Reconciliation Process In Sri Lanka

By Mangala Samaraweera

Two years since the 8th of January in 2015, the National Unity Government remains steadfast in its determination to achieve the objectives it set out to achieve for our country. We have succeeded against far greater odds and more powerful foes. The challenges that we have before us are not easy ones. But determination and unity, and courage and moral fortitude drives us to embrace tough choices and endure hardship to break the cycle of missed opportunities and disappointments to achieve for our people, especially our future generations, the prosperous and peaceful land that they so deserve. We are determined to ensure our success.

That is why I say to the cynics again that there will be no U-Turn despite some detours from time to time.Mangala

*Remarks by Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera, MP at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, London on Wednesday 11 January 2017

Mr. Chairman, Professor Jonathan Goodhand,

High Commissioner for Sri Lanka, Mrs. Amari Wijewardena,

Distinguished Invitees,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Friends,

It is indeed an honour to speak at the historic Chatham House today, as one of the first speakers in the New Year. May I also take this opportunity to congratulate all of you at the Royal Institute of International Affairs for being chosen as the, “Think tank of the year by Prospect Magazine” which commended your work as “Reliably excellent” and a “Gold Standard of knowledge and professionalism”.

The topic on which I speak today – ‘The Reconciliation Process in Sri Lanka’, in fact holds special significance for us Sri Lankans this week. This is because, the Cabinet of Ministers recently declared this week, from January 8th to the 14th, as the ‘National Integration and Reconciliation Week’. This coincides with the completion of two years since the historic Presidential election of January 8th 2015, and this is the first occasion on which this annual National Integration and Reconciliation Week is being observed in my country.

As one of the main features of this Observance, on 9th January, in schools and state institutions including in Parliament, a Pledge for National Integration and Reconciliation was read out, resolving to work together, hand in hand, while respecting the richness of our diversity, to foster peace, understanding, mutual trust, and brotherhood; a new Sri Lanka united in it’s diversity.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Several of my predecessors too have spoken here at the Chatham House. This includes the late Mr. Lakshman Kadirgamar who spoke at length here, in 1998, about the danger faced by our nation at the time, and democratic societies everywhere, from terrorism.

Almost twenty years later, I feel fortunate to be here representing a country where the guns and the bombs have finally fallen silent.

Although the violence ended in May 2009, the healing of wounds of over two decades of conflict, achieving reconciliation and national integration, catching up on economic progress and development that eluded us due to conflict, and ensuring non-recurrence, remain challenging tasks for our Nation. Similarly, the tasks of improving governance, institutions, rule of law, and putting in place necessary measures to strengthen, promote and protect individual rights; while ensuring the dignity of all and building a truly national identity while preserving our pluralistic society – remain work in progress.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

This week, 2 years ago on the 8th of January, the people of Sri Lanka courageously turned out to vote across the country to end authoritarianism, corruption and the politics of hate; they voted for a new democratic Sri Lanka where democracy, reconciliation, the rule of law and sustainable development would flourish.

This courageous decision by the people of Sri Lanka enabled us, for the first time in our country’s history, to form a Government of National Unity, bringing together, the two main political parties – the Sri Lanka Freedom Party headed by President Maithripala Sirisena, and the United National Party headed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Having achieved a significant number of promises set out in the 100 Day Work Programme of the Government, the most significant being the repeal of the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, and the adoption of the 19th Amendment, fresh Parliamentary elections were called in August 2015.

The 19th Amendment, as most of you I am sure are aware,

  • Re-introduced the two-term limit of the Presidency,
  • Reduced the term of the Presidency from 6 to 5 years,
  • Established a Constitutional Council,
  • Restored Independent Commissions,
  • Recognised the Right to Information as a fundamental right, and
  • Recognised the Promotion of National Reconciliation and Integration as duties of the President.

The Government also had in its hands, the task of restoring Sri Lanka’s relations with the outside world, and restoring lost credibility.

The Government, since January 2015, therefore, started reaching out to the international community, re-engaging with governments and international organisations.

The power of Parliament has been strengthened. Oversight Committees have been set up with Opposition members chairing several key Committees.

The Right to Information Act, which was enacted by Parliament last year and is now in the process of being operationalized.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

In two years Sri Lanka has made considerable strides from soft-authoritarianism towards consolidating a rights-based democracy with deeply entrenched institutions and values.

We are convinced and we recognize clearly, that societies that avoid looking at the past, fail to build sustainable peace. Sri Lanka has suffered conflict several times both in the South and in the North. There is hardly anyone in Sri Lanka who can claim to have not been affected by conflict. We know that traumatic memories don’t simply vanish and we have learned, through experience since Independence that grievances that are left unaddressed, can go on for generations, becoming entrenched, and holding the risk of descending into cycles of violence.

It is these realizations that cry out to us that our nation will never be able to achieve the full socio-economic development potential that our nation can reach, and our citizens are so deserving of, if we fail to address grievances, that risk plunging our nation into conflict once again, that led us to co-sponsor the Resolution that we worked on with members of the Human Rights Council in October 2015. The content of the Resolution is based on commitments that we ourselves as a Government, made to our people, and proposals that we presented to the Council based on the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission Report, the Paranagama Commission Report and advice of our experts.

As the President said in his Independence Day speech in February last year, Sri Lanka is committed to the implementation of that resolution so that we as a country can deal with the past honestly and truthfully, accept that past, put it behind us, and then move forward to build our Sri Lankan nation anew.

The set of actions that the Government has identified to deal with the past in a comprehensive manner, addressing the grievances of all victims, include truth seeking, justice, reparation and measures for guaranteeing non-recurrence. As a first step, we have enacted legislation to set up an Office on Missing Persons. Now that the Consultation Task Force set up to seek the views of the public has just handed over its Report to the Government on the 3rd of January, the relevant experts of Government, in an exercise coordinated by the Secretariat that has been set up to Coordinate the Reconciliation Mechanisms will be studying the Report and finalizing the designing of a Truth-Seeking Commission and a Reparations Office.

As some of you may be aware there are divergent views even within the government in respect of the participation of foreign judges in the proposed judicial mechanism.

However, despite this divergence of opinions, there is a clear consensus across the board on the need of an independent and credible domestic mechanism as promised by the manifesto of President Maithripala Sirisena. As a democratic and sovereign government, we will work out the architecture of such a mechanism in consultation with all the stake holders.

Among the various multiple tasks, we have undertaken include the drafting through a consultative and inclusive process, of a National Human Rights Action Plan for the next five years beginning from this year (2017-2021).This draft Action Plan is currently before Cabinet.

As you are aware, Missing Persons is a phenomenon that has plagued Sri Lanka for long years. Apart from steps being taken to set up the permanent Office on Missing Persons, we have also become parties to the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance. The draft enabling legislation to give effect to the provisions of the Convention is also presently before the Cabinet.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

As you are aware, one of the first steps taken by the National Unity Government in January 2015 itself was to restore civilian administration in the North and the East of the country. We have also taken a series of symbolic steps to establish equality of all citizens, such as singing the National Anthem in both Sinhala and Tamil; promising the people to ensure that we don’t allow our country to plunge into conflict and the shedding of blood of our citizens by adopting a Declaration of Peace on Independence Day in February 2015; and observing the National Integration and Reconciliation Week annually, beginning from this week.

As an important measure to prevent non-recurrence of conflict, the Parliament, last year, unanimously adopted a Resolution for the Parliament to sit as a Constitutional Assembly to draft a new Constitution that would, among other provisions.

Much of the preparatory work for the new constitution has now been completed. Wide-ranging public consultations were conducted for the first time in Sri Lanka’s constitutional history; much study, reflection and negotiation was undertaken to arrive at consensus at the six sub-committees set up and final negotiations on a draft are currently underway.

Right now, the President’s party, the SLFP, and the JVP have asked for time to present their respective final proposals. The Interim Report therefore is expected to be tabled in the Constitutional Assembly in early February, for debate.

On the developmental front, a solid foundation for economic growth, job creation and broad-based prosperity is being laid. First, the government is dealing with the white elephant economy it inherited: debt, fiscal pressures and wasteful expenditure were serious problems that have now been stabilized.

The Government’s plans of making Sri Lanka an Indian Ocean hub are beginning to bear fruit: the Colombo International Financial City; the Hambantota, Colombo East and Trincomalee Ports; and the Katunayake and Palali Airports are all hives of activity. By 2020, Sri Lanka will have the necessary infrastructure, regulations, and companies in place to achieve its hub ambitions.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Sri Lanka has been at the cusp of breakthroughs many times before. There were much expectations from Sri Lanka at the time we gained Independence. Since then, we have been permanently at a make-it or break-it cross-roads for decades. Peace and prosperity have always been in sight and within grasp; but these many moments when history was pregnant with opportunity ended in disappointment.

But this time, there is reason to hope. The violence has finally ceased. The two main parties that have always worked against each other have now come together. The President, Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition are people with wisdom who know that what we have today in Sri Lanka is a unique opportunity which we simply cannot afford to miss. It is not the opportunity of the decade but the opportunity of our life-times. For the first time in Sri Lanka’s history the UNP, SLFP, TNA and Muslim parties have agreed to work together to address the root causes of conflict. We have learnt from the mistakes of the past, and we are committed to ensuring that we achieve the promise that shined so brightly at our Independence.

Our history tells us that Sri Lanka was the marvel of the ancient world when she embraced multiculturalism, openness and trade. Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, at their heights, were home to people of all races and creeds. A spirit of celebrating diversity prevailed, and our civilization was enriched with ideas and practices from Rome, Persia, Egypt, Greece, India, South East Asia and China. We were a connected civilization proud of our position at the centre of Indian Ocean trade.

The lessons and the choices of our history are clear to us today. We have a choice between impunity, conflict, corruption, extremism and poverty, or the rule of law, accountability, equality, multiculturalism, openness and trade. We have a choice between conflict and poverty, versus peace and prosperity.

The statement issued in Brussels earlier today by the European Commission on granting the GSP+ concession to Sri Lanka is yet another indicator of Sri Lanka moving along the right track.

Two years since the 8th of January in 2015, the National Unity Government remains steadfast in its determination to achieve the objectives it set out to achieve for our country. We have succeeded against far greater odds and more powerful foes. The challenges that we have before us are not easy ones. But determination and unity, and courage and moral fortitude drives us to embrace tough choices and endure hardship to break the cycle of missed opportunities and disappointments to achieve for our people, especially our future generations, the prosperous and peaceful land that they so deserve. We are determined to ensure our success.

That is why I say to the cynics again that there will be no U-Turn despite some detours from time to time.

Breaking from the past, we will confine those who spin webs from the threads of ignorance to the dust-bin of history; finally put prejudice, ignorance, mediocrity and opportunism behind us once and for all, and build a truly united, democratic, multi-cultural and prosperous Sri Lanka where peace, justice, equality, dignity and freedom for all, prevail.

FESTINA LENTE; slowly but surely Sri Lanka is making haste towards a new beginning.

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    more lovely words that ring hollow when heard over and over again with no tangible results

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      Minister Mangala Samaraweera

      Do you know this guy called Sirisena, who is in cahoots with Mahinda Rajapaksa and cronies, who is in ‘Reconciliation” with them in exchange for the stolen loot from the Public?

      Thee are loads if them in the Sri Lanka Parliament.

      Now you are beginning to understand why many have conferred the titles of

      -Turncoat
      -Traitor
      -Gona( Colloquial Sinhala, whore)
      -Mala-Perethaya (of Those who were killed by Mahinda Rajapaksa)

      and Sevalaya
      (Sleszer, Basically, a sleazer is a sleaze who refuses to accept they’re a sleaze, when everyone knows for a fact, how damn sleazy they really are. Kind of in a perpetual state of self-denial about their sleaziness.)

      You need to understand the orbits of these Para-Politicians in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho.

      It moves!

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        Minister Mangala Samaraweera,

        While taking note of Mr Amarasiri’s comments above, and understanding his very valid frustration, I do wish to congratulate you on your tireless and extremely dedicated work done towards regaining of Sri Lanka’s good name in the international fora.

        Those who are your ambassadors will know how genuinely concerned you have been to ensure SL is seen as an equally respected partner among the mature democracies of the world, and the Rajapakse years were a mere aberration of an otherwise very healthy pattern set by all his predecessors.

        Mr Amarasiri expects to see that not only justice be done, but ALSO it is seen to be done. He hasn’t seen it so far, and neither have I, and many hundreds of thousands of others. His frustrations so explicitly expressed, reflects the sentiment of millions of others who prefer to remain silent.

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          “Rajapakse years were a mere aberration of an otherwise very healthy pattern set by all his predecessors.”

          I heard the British Companies whose properties were nationalised by Old King Predecessors fired crackers and served Kiribath in their premises when they saw in the international media the pictures of the HangBangtota was being cut out of Lankawe and served to China with a big turmoil, with no option of Nationalising. Is that true?

          Mangala is fooling the ones out of side Lankawe because they don’t know what the New King says in Sinhala and that is printed in local Media. But you are fooling even the ones who reads Sinhala.

          Brvo… Jayawewa.

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      Perriamama

      Unfortunately you are unable to come out of your dungeon.

      Governing Sri Lanka is not an easy task. We have to go through the process to rebuild the nation.

      – The standard of our elected parliamentarians must change for the better.
      – Civil Service must function with conviction to strengthen the administration.
      – Judiciary must change and must be reachable to anyone and be reliable.
      – The media must be made accountable. Greater regulations must be brought in.
      – The government must stop pandering the religions and religious ministries must be put in the dustbin.

      The list is endless. We must thank the present government for taking the first step in the right direction. This must me sustained and strengthened.

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      Reconciliation is not inclusive. It is only about Tamilians. Nothing for Muslims. Down with sham reconciliation!

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        Fathima Fukushima

        “Reconciliation is not inclusive. It is only about Tamilians. Nothing for Muslims. Down with sham reconciliation! “

        You hit the nail it the head.

        Ask the LTTE or the GTF for a policy statement. They do not have any, other than ethnic cleansing. They also want to maintain the Vellahala Hegemony and Castism and suppress the “low” caste Tamils a well.

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        Fathima Fuckushima

        Muslims have the free field to produce and produce to overwhelm.

        What you need is patience until you overwhelm Sri Lanka. Then it is yours to bring your Jhihadi and Sharia laws.

        Optimize your productive organs and the whole world will be under your fingertip.

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        Reconciliation involves all communities. How can there be reconciliation if it is only what you claim as “Reconciliation is not inclusive. It is only about Tamilians”.

        Are you not concerned about resettlement of Muslims forcibly evicted from Jaffna? Are you not concerned about the Muslims whose businesses were set on fire by Gnanasara Theroes and his bullies? You are capable of being positive and optimistic but trying to appease the gallery?

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    Minister! It’s all well and good on the script , but ,but in reality the state thieves have been protected , the. Murderers have been protected. Your government is limping unable to Punish or siding with the crooks allowing them to escape.
    The promises to the people had not been kept, the thieves and crooks are still allowed to roam freely to Topple your government,
    They still have voice and power!! How ??
    When there are charges against one , the law should not allow them to go public to spread their lies. This can only be allowed in the Banana Republic of Srilanka.
    I say they have not been NIPPED IN THE BUD. The Racism Nepotism, and thieving still encouraged, and continues.
    There still no equality,
    Do you think you have a way out when the crooks are given license to spread Racism?? Reject all your progressive
    Methods and causing violent scenes at every corners.
    Do you think anyone else other than Chinese to come and put up SHOP IN SLANKA ??

    The present atmosphere in the country is in BOILING POINT among the Majority Community!!
    WHO IS BOILING NOW ? NOT THE TAMILS, NOR MUSLIMS!
    Your government sir need to face this situation and RESOLVE IT . ASAP!!!
    Don’t make this your last visit to the Chatham House. Good luck!!

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    What qualifications and diplomatic training does your politically appointed HC in UK have besides being part of the aristocratic circles of Colombo 7 and being a close relative of Hon PM, and diehard UNPer? At least Chris Nonis was highly educated and smart before he ran afoul of SajinVaas and Kshenuka of the Caste empire

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    “…………………..credible domestic mechanism…………….”
    This is an impossibility.
    “………..to restore civilian administration in the north and east of the country…………………..’
    The army still rules the north and east and has misappropriated citizens’ lands and livelihoods.
    “………..rule of law………………………….”
    Hundreds still languish in prison without being charged in courts. Monks attack civilians. Students shot by police.
    “……….Constitutional Council……….Commissions…………”
    These are packed with stooges and have no real power.

    Mangala Samaraweera thinks to convince those who do not know the true state of affairs, by this ‘whitewash’.

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    “Sri Lanka has been at the cusp of breakthroughs many times before. There were much expectations from Sri Lanka at the time we gained Independence. Since then, we have been permanently at a make-it or break-it cross-roads for decades. Peace and prosperity have always been in sight and within grasp; but these many moments when history was pregnant with opportunity ended in disappointment.”

    This is because we have people who want to come to power at any cost, even if their conscience says otherwise.
    Its all a matter of getting votes. Democracy for this country is not a good thing as we have a majority of dumb asses who listen to rabble rousers. We need a Lee kwan yew. But where do we find him??
    We have clowns talking about revolutions, have they ever put themselves out? Can they find employment without political connections?
    The good people must not allow these misfits a voice, they must be SILENCED or this country will remain in ruins forever.

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    Festina Lente- make haste, slowly….I watched the speech at Chatham House yesterday, he managed to deliver it with sincerity and the audience that had the likes of Frances Harrison, Callum McRae took it on board well.

    While Mangala is a terrible politician,(and I am a die hard MR supporter) he has been consistent, sincere and forthright about his views about reconciliation, ever the pacifist (except cinnamon stick brigade) he did speak from his heart at the Q&A even deviating from the usual party line. While I personally do not agree with his appeasement approach I have to applaud him for an engagement well handled.

    Palmam qui meruit ferat

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    An ounce of action is worth more than a ton of words

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      SI units please! :-)

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        Sorry, literary tradition, being slow to learn, has not got used to SI.

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      sekara

      “An ounce of action is worth more than a ton of words”

      VP’s tons of actions didn’t seem worth either.

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    These yamapaalana nade should walk the talk,immediately conduct the local election,then can talk about reconciliation.when rule of law,democracy etc denied,no one can stop the public awakening………….now public can see that MR regime were far better than Yamapaalana nade.

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    Good luck Mr. Minister. It is an arduous road requiring honest introspection by all including Tamil racists and Muslim racists. You have done a decent job considering the odds against you because of GTF Tamil tiger pressure. You have been a consistent humanist. You need to be honest and tell the TNA racists to drop their claim to Eelam and renounce it. That will help convince the Sinhala majority of their intentions. If not, all you are doing is aiding and abetting further division. That is the reality. You all humiliated the soldiers who won the war but you all ignore Tamil Tiger crimes. Not even your benefactor the US brings charges against soldiers who fought in Vietnam and committed war crimes. Kerry admitted to war crimes when he testified in 1968. Senator Bob Kerrey committed war crimes and is a hero in the US. What is happening now is that discredited liberal busybodies living on the Western dollar are spewing a lot of hate only towards the Sinhalese and these NGO people are born again christians like Harim and are out of touch with the grassroots.

    You have been in touch with grassroots. Times are a changing. Brexit happened. Trump was elected. Multiculturalism is dead in Europe and in US. Anti Immigrant wave is riding high. Islamic radical savages are polluting the secular nature of liberal Western European Democracies. In Germany, Austria, Sweden, Norway, Denmark etc they are angry at uncivilized Arab refugees harassing their people and trying to force Sharia laws.

    Time is coming soon that the trends in Hungary will be spread.
    Angela Merkel has no promised not to have anymore Arab Muslim refugees.
    They are facing Islamic terrorism from imported Arab refugees and homegrown Muslim terrorists.

    Trump does not give damn about LGBTQi which is one of your key issues; He does not give a damn about illegal immigrants. He will not give a damn about Human Rights. New times New speak and new ideologies of right wing nationalism is the order of the day.. days of hobnobbing with out of touch liberals is fini.

    respice finem said my old school motto.

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      Venkat,

      “You need to be honest and tell the TNA racists to drop their claim to Eelam and renounce it.”

      Have just dropped out of the sky? Do you have any semblance understanding? Have you read the article in full?

      A quote from the article:

      “It is not the opportunity of the decade but the opportunity of our life-times. For the first time in Sri Lanka’s history the UNP, SLFP, TNA and Muslim parties have agreed to work together to address the root causes of conflict. We have learnt from the mistakes of the past, and we are committed to ensuring that we achieve the promise that shined so brightly at our Independence.”

      Is this too much for you to comprehend? So anyone who challenges the Sinhala Buddhist hegemony is a racist? Get a life mister!

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    Mangla – Hambantota is distant memory when you are delivering what others want to hear in posh Chatham House.?

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    After 8 years of war Sri Lanka’s security forces still use landmines. What a petty? Reconciliation is a joke in banana republic like Sri Lanka.

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      USA, Russia and China did NOT sign the landmine treaty aka Ottawa treaty. US says informally it will abide by it except in the Korean Peninsula. So you Jaes are the jokester here. USA is this UNP government’s best friend and ally. What is good for the US of A is good for Siri Lunga

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    Good luck Mr. Minister.
    Do not ignore concerns of the majority to appease minorities.
    Did you know in Malaysia, where the Muslim population is less than 62% the Malays dominate the country?

    Did you know that ISLAM is the official STATE religion? Malaysia is a multicultural like Sri Lanka but has an OFFICIAL RELIGION. As of the 2010 Population and Housing Census, 61.3 percent of the population practices Islam; 19.8 percent Buddhism; 9.2 percent Christianity; 6.3 percent Hinduism; and 1.3 percent traditional Chinese religions.

    Did you know Sri Lanka never had an official state religion after independence, and it only says give prominent place to Buddhism after 1972? so what is wrong with that? Is it the Christians who are against such a clause? That does not mean we haven’t had a rich history of celebrating the religions. How come we have Sunday off? we have all Poyas off? We have Hindu holidays. We have Christian holidays and we also have Muslim holidays.

    So why are racist minorities against this clause? Is it the born agains and US funded people like Jehan, or born again Harim or Sara types who are virulently anti buddhist and anti sinhalese who want this?

    How can you expect to get the support of the vast majority of the sinhalese with this sort of insult? I am an agnostic and also do not go to Temple, but surely rational or logical reasoning will allow the majority sentiment to be accommodated? All PMs and Presidents have always reached out to minorities during their holidays since independence.

    Why destroy this delicate balance? You need to safeguard against nepotism(like the new HC in London) and corruption which is running amok in your regime.

    And yes we all know the thugs from Mattakuliya assaulted the protesters in Hambantota first.

    I fully support a Federal constitution. But have a clause that makes it illegal to secede with a national referendum of all provinces. Make it illegal for Tamils to prohibit Sinhalese and Muslims from living in Jaffna (cancel Thevasalam laws).

    Cancel the child marriages of Muslim Perverts.

    Jail the racists like BBS thug Gnanasara. Have a clause to make it illegal to raise communal passions.

    Make it illegal to use Arabic on street names in Kattankudy and other muslim areas.

    Make it illegal to force people to convert. Raise jail terms for racists who attack Temples, Churches or Mosques or break statues of Hindu or Buddhist nature.

    Make it illegal for Pakistanis to be living in Sri Lanka.

    Make it illegal for Wahabi Saudis to make unauthorized mosques.

    Make it illegal for Evangelicals and Mormons also to build unauthorized churches in residential areas; first renting houses, then buying it as residences and then making them churches.

    Reconciliation is a multi-way street Comrade.

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      CinnamonBrigade

      Here we go again.

      If you like Malaysian system my humble request is to you is that you immediately relocate your residence to Malaysia or Burma where Buddhism thrives under Virathu’s guidance.

      I am looking forward to your immediate departure.

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    Elara didn’t go as deep as Hamabantota to finish off the Sinhala Buddhist Influence.

    Mangalan’s boss Batalanda Ranil has done it.

    The obstacles which Mangalan is referring to , must be the Buddhist Monks whose bold heads were bashed with UNP sticks from Anuradhapura and Mattakkuliya.

    Two years of Batalanada Ranil and Bosdhi Sira’s Reconciliation has done a marvelous job for certain sections of the Diaspora, Elite , Anglican , Vellala and Wahabi factions of the UNP plus Bodhi Sira’s Family.

    FIL and SIL from Singapore became LRK Billionaires in just 12 months.

    Now they are multi multi Billionaires and add 5 Billion every six months to the Family Net worth.

    Noel Sivajilingam also got the “Land back” in addition to Sampathar’s displaced people.especially the Overseas based, who are selling them for millions to Yahapala supporters..

    TNA Sampanthar has total control of the North,

    SLMC Hakeem announced that Ampare District now is totally under him.

    Minister Baththudeen has cleared 11200 Virgin Mahavamsa Forests to settle his people, although he insisted on national TV that it is only 750 acres.

    But the poor Dalits. 5,6 Million of them in fact haven’t got even that VW assembly Plant which Batalanda promised to go along with free WiFi to lead a cool HiFi lives, after ticking off the referendum to give the Diaspora and the Vellala TNA their own Homeland.

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      KASUMANA!
      Be careful , increasingly you’re showing signs of depression man!!
      You just go on Rabbiting and Rabbiting with no hopes??

      Come on man cheer up , it’s not the end of the world ! Battalanda , Bodhi, Diasporas, Wahabis, The Elites, Anglicans, the Vellalas , TNA Sambanthar , the whole lot of them really have wound you up the wrong end.
      Cut the crap and it’s time to take some Happy Pills or even better Viagra , remember it’s freely available within your Clique .
      I am sorry I can’t commiserate with you because I support Patriotic Srilankans not the VIAGRA CLIQUE.

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        Analyst , you are in good company..but not sure about Bodhi Sira..

        You are spot on mate ,, without Viagra most of them will be rat shit..

        BTW Are you a buddy of Batalalanda or Mangalan?..

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          AKASUMANA

          “BTW Are you a Buddy of Bttalanda or Mangalan?”

          Certainly Not!! I am a true Patriot of Srilanka FOR TRUTH ( Sans Thieves, Murderers and Plunderers) AND RECONCILIATION.
          I DO NOT SUPPORT THIEVES ,” THERES NO SMOKE WITHOUT FIRE”
          When one supports Thieves their conscience would clearly point out that they’re SUPPORTING CRIMINALS.
          BEFORE Asking for Pardon FROM THE YELLOW ROBES OR RED ROBES YOU NEED ANSWER FROM YOUR OWN CONSCIENCE.
          ONE CAN CONTINUE SUPPORTING CRIMES WITH NO CONSCIENCE. THEY ARE CRIMINALS TOO.

          WE need to ANSWER, THE MIGHTY GOD ABOVE US WATCHING YOU AND I.
          YOU MAY BE AN ATHEIST !!!! But Karma of good or bad would follow us.

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            Analyst,

            If you have a conscience, you should be getting chronic depression every six months, when your Yahapalana PM’s Singapore buddies FIL & SIL publish the half yearly PROFIT for the Family Trust.

            That is how these UNP Yahapalana Rogues are re distributing WEALTH.

            Previous UNP leaders, I am told never did these sort of blatant Financial roting against the Nation.

            My Elders pointed out a couple of the previous UNP leaders like Senanayakas and even Premadasa as descent leaders who tried to give something to the poor who are the great majority.

            The current UNP Leader in contrast, not only work against the interests of the great majority, but he blatantly allows the crooks under him to do deals to get commissions .

            And work against the interest of the Naion as well, to please the ex Terrorists and their support base both local and overseas.

            But people like you who claim to have conscience not only barrack for them but also donate your wealth to Batalanada Ranil through TAX to be handed over to FIL & SIL from Singapore.

            And turn a blind eye to big ass schemers like the Dudes who used VW marquee to rip off the Nation of 250 acres of Crown Land.

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              KASUMANA

              The true Patriots should expose every crooked politician’s mode of practice( Fiddling).
              That is the only way to bring our country back to its glory Pre 60s.
              Of course there are crooks in the Past and Present government who got rich Quick with Fiddled State Funds.
              We are getting there including you EXPOSING!! But EXPOSING should not be just one sided and Protecting your Own Master Fiddlers.
              Go on Expose all the Crooks not just one group .
              KASUMA , I HAVE NOT SEEN YOU EXPOSING THE MEGA FIDDLERS OF THE LAST REGIME? Why?
              Why??
              Do we need the X GOVERNMENT CROOKS , THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS IN POWER??
              SO THE MEGA LOOTERS AND THIEVES CAN BE PROTECTED??
              Is that your CONSCIENCE SAVING CROOKS??
              The same way you’re barking up the wrong Tree because Batalanda had not made you rich?? , Unlike you were Well provided with the Loot of the century by your Masters.
              Come on ! You’re not a Patriot you’re just there for the Beer and Viagra.

              You have no conscience but just BITTER THAT YOUR CROOKED MASTER IS NOT IN POWER WHICH MAKES YOU A CHRONIC DEPRESSED HUMAN BEING.
              HOW SAD AND SELFISH ONE CAN BE.

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      Do not cry the Chinese are going to colonize the Sinhala Buddhists starting from Hambantota.

      LOL

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      KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

      “Minister Baththudeen has cleared 11200 Virgin Mahavamsa Forests to settle his people, although he insisted on national TV that it is only 750 acres.”

      It is not important to focus on land. Every problem can be solved if we can just clear your Mahavamsa mindset, liberate Buddhist from Sinhala/Buddhism and Sinhalese from Sinhala/Buddhists.

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        Dear Native,

        “Isn’t it important to focus on Land”..

        What are your mates , the Yahapalana Pillars, Sampanthar, Abraham,and Surendran doing?.

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    That is why I say to the cynics again that there will be no U-Turn despite some detours from time to time.
    ……….
    ……….
    ……….

    As the President said in his Independence Day speech in February last year, Sri Lanka is committed to the implementation of that resolution so that we as a country can deal with the past honestly and truthfully, accept that past, put it behind us, and then move forward to build our Sri Lankan nation anew.

    ……….
    ……….
    However, despite this divergence of opinions, there is a clear consensus across the board on the need of an independent and credible domestic mechanism as promised by the manifesto of President Maithripala Sirisena. As a democratic and sovereign government, we will work out the architecture of such a mechanism in consultation with all the stake holders.

    New King has as recently as last month requested President Elect Donald Trump to withdraw the September 2015 Resolution. It my understanding it is Mangala signed the resolution for Appe Anduwa. So Magala the master liar very boldly calling others as “Cynics” and promising no “U” trun. With the same mouth, he is saying as Lankawe is a sovereign country has the right to sell HangBangTota to China, but other country judges cannot see what is going in a Sinhala Only Jury Investigation. If this is not “U” turn from September 2015 resolution then what is “U” definition?

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    What a load of hog wash!

    Even the majority of Sri Lankans of all stripes are not ready to buy this crap what makes him think the international community will buy it?

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    MANGALA YOU MUST BE GIVEN A PHD FOR SMOOTH TALK AND HYPOCRISY. YOU KNOW THAT YOU DON’T MEAN A THING YOU SAY. YOU HAVE SAID THESE WORDS AGAIN AND AGAIN WITH NO ACTION.

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    K****r the head of the multi billion fund was asked to be Trump’s Chief of Staff and he declined but he is the key to access to Trump directly without the State Department pro Hillary lobby. Wilbur Ross listens to K*****r and they both advise Trump and are very close. Do not talk about HR, War crimes or LGBTQI. They are about “What’s in it for us?” So what can SL offer them economically? The Port City? A military base? Refueling? Training? Key is China and counter balancing the delicate relations. Offer even a Trump Golf course in exchange for dropping UN allegations. This is a win-win if you play your cards right. Get a high powered team trained and ready to visit US soon after Trump is inaugurated. No harm in trying. Power, Biswal, Kerry are out of jobs. Biswal probably has a chain of motels.. or get an academic or consulting position. Power is from a rich Irish family. She will go become a professor perhaps. Those were your temporary friends: all gone now. Rivkin(money bags for Obama)and also Tom Malinowski will become irrelevant too because they are political appointees. If they have any dignity they will quit on Jan 20th. All Political Ambassadors (for example like Ranil’s relative Amari W the Colombo socialite or Jaliya the MR relative tea trader light fingers)Obama made are required to report back on Jan 20th. Ordered back by Trump.

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    This rhetoric must stop. What reconciliation when every aspect of life in society has collapsed. Corruption is at its highest with a unplayable debt , the judiciary has collapsed taking it sometimes 25 years to decide on a case, Police is corrupt as seen in the recent IGP telephone conversation, Police commission is an absolute failure, Education has collapsed with children needing tuition, Health care is at its deaths door with doctors commercialising health care, Sri Lanka is a failed state where ordinary poor are suffering. What reconciliation is this fool talking about. Reconciliation with out stabilising society will only bring more violence to society.

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    [Edited out] is at it again to hoodwink the people…. SL got law and order problem on massive scale and its application, and this has created , murder, billion dollar theft, lost mp’s back again from nationalist list ( High court Judge bypassed the challenge to this) govt services run like political cabal.
    Remember this abuse of law is coming from all nationalities from the political cloud.
    We do not have racial issues and law is there for the citizens but law courts, police all under thugs from the parliament . So how can a country function ?
    Racist tamils and muslims use this as discrimination and how dishonest the whole approach ?

    Poor from any community is taken for a ride and we have kids in trinco go with out slippers to schools in boiling heat and these freking cronies sucking countries wealth right under our nose.
    Mangala, Ranil, MR, President all are 1st class crooks that wants super luxury from the countries wealth.

    Only answer is peoples revolt and put 90% of mp’s to work under prison conditions on our land or hang the whole lot.

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    Dear Minister and all participants,
    At this point of time it is not possible for any minister to hoodwink the world. If your Country can respect humanity and give the victims the preference in your justice system for their liberation there is no necessity for all your trouble to go to the Royal Institute of International affairs, London and tell them the victims are cynics and your Government is honest!!
    So nobody in the world is aware of the situation in your Country where the well known criminals and the not yet condemned criminals are making decisions how the cynical victims will be treated in Sri Lanka?

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    We do not want any form of reconciliation with LTTE Tamil terrorist at any cost.

    If Managala S…. want we don’t mind.

    Majority Buddhist-Sinhalese are not Terrorist.

    Impossible to having reconciliation with Tamil Terrors.

    JVP are few in numbers that they may be want reconciliation with TNA and Tamil LTTE Terrorist by UNP support of PM of Hon. Ranil Wickramsinghe, Ex-President of Chandarika Kumaratunga and
    Current President of Mathripala Sirisena .

    We are an opposed partition of Sri lanka by Tamil Regime of TNA in North.

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    Although Mangy is a politician and particularly people of that lot in third world countries are not to be trusted, I respect his intentions as projected by his words. Everyone knows that his ideals may not be those who finally guide the country although he has a substantial ability towards it.

    The need of the hour is one voice for the country upholding human values.

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    Mangala

    Talks the talk and walks the walk. All for a foreign audience’s consumption, and you know full well that the ground reality looks very bleak. With Lokka wants no war zeros brought to courts without referring to him and your justice minister doing what Gota did with Gnanasara before 2015, do you still believe what you utter at Chatham will have any subsistence going forward. You all seem impotent, not been able to fulfill the mandate people gave, minorities in particular. Whom they can believe, they didn’t give you a written demand, but have had a high expectation.

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    As the song by the Beatles went “all we are saying is give peace a chance”.

    Good luck. Here are the lyrics Mr. Samaraweera; always respected your courage to be a liberal in the eye of the storm. Also being a doer when you were key member of CBK’s cabinet. Good luck.

    Ev’rybody’s talking ’bout
    Bagism, Shagism, Dragism, Madism, Ragism, Tagism
    This-ism, that-ism, is-m, is-m, is-m
    All we are saying is give peace a chance
    All we are saying is give peace a chance
    Hit it
    C’mon, ev’rybody’s talking about
    Ministers, sinisters, banisters and canisters
    Bishops and Fishops and Rabbis and Popeyes and bye-bye, bye-byes
    All we are saying is give peace a chance
    All we are saying is give peace a chance
    Let me tell you now
    Ev’rybody’s talking ’bout
    Revolution, evolution, masturbation, flagellation, regulation, integrations
    Meditations, United Nations, congratulations
    All we are saying is give peace a chance
    All we are saying is give peace a chance
    Ev’rybody’s talking ’bout

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    What was selection criteria for the HC in the UK ? Do we not have career diplomats anymore , or are these critical positions only given to close relatives of VIP’s ?

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    Sri Lanka new regime must come openly with their policy towards Tamils burning problems; This is the last and final chance: If cheated or betrayed only solution is separation from Sri Lanka like other small countries lately with UN.
    Sri Lankan Governments since independence from the British in 1948 signed pacts with Tamil leaders that never ever implemented:
    1. On 24 March 1965, PM Dudly Senanayaka signed a pact with the Tamil Leader S.J.V. Chelvanayagam promising to redress Tamil grievances, in return for Tamil support for the PM’s party to form the government. Most provisions in the pact were not implemented, and the Tamil leadership withdrew their support for the government.
    2. On 25 July 1958 an agreement was signed between the PM S.W.R.D.Bandaranayake and the Tamil leader S.J.V. Chelvanayagam. ON April 1958 Mr. Bandaranayake , under pressure from extremist Buddhist monks, unilaterally abrogated the pact.
    3. The present government is trying its delaying tactics as usual in implementing the UNHRC recommendations fully, denying federal system of government, unwilling to engage foreign judges and foreign involvement in the war crime investigation. It is very clear that Tamils will never ever get justice from the politicized judicial system viewing the latest verdicts regarding the killing of Tamil Parliamentarian and human rights activist Ravi Raj.

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      Kumarathasan Rasingam

      “Sri Lanka new regime must come openly with their policy towards Tamils burning problems;”

      You mean the burning alive of Tamils in 1958, 1977, 1983, …. and the Jaffna library too.

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        Instead of Mangala lecturing to foreign nationals on foreign lands, he should have made these lectures in his own land to his own people. The situation on his land is, if he makes this speech to Sinhala mass and if he escapes SRWD’s fate(Now MPs murder rate is tougher than SWRD’s time.), he will be out when election comes. So he is fooling the foreign nationals with painting rosy pictures of fake reconciliation back home. Instead of Yahapalanaya government automate political molding for looting with F word CID by granting new vehicle permits for its parliamentarians and arresting opposition MPs for use of government vehicles, they should have reached at the Sinhala Mass level and made them to force their representatives to cooperate for descent actions in parliament. Then the changes they are introducing will political-culturally mold the MPS and will be racial harmonically desirable. Now every single MP in this trap is looking for to his/her chance to rebel against Yahapalanaya and make it as his tennis court and his game only be played there. But, once the government loses its hold, tit for tat between Joint Comedy and Yahapalanaya is the game going to be played.

        Sumanthiran is saying that without the word “Federalism” they are working on a reconciliation that will make the devolution not reversible once granted. But, will that ensure at the Central Government to stop arresting for vehicle abuse also? If he gets the vehicle abuse arrest message, he will understand the new devolution, if take place, will tell Sumanthiran to keep his devolution with him, but became a party to loot, or he too will go to prison for vehicle abuse. Then how Sumanthiran is going to work peacefully with these sinister governments without having its evil mentality fixed first?

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    The rogue is talking about sovereignty. These dirties should be the last on earth to pronounce those words of sanctity like Sovereignty, Patriotism, Allegiance, etc. They molester anything and everything for perks. They make bones out of these and throw it to Modaya mass so while they are licking those they will not disturbed crooks enjoying the local loots and perks they receives from world. All his talk is to take pressure of UNHRC out of their back. They formed a short sighted union of SLFP-UNP for to seek impunity for war crimes they both committed. That Unity Curse (No different from Joint Comedy) is going to be the death bell to Lankawe’s sovereignty.

    Chinese has shown their unstoppable might. They bribed the last government. They bribed and manipulated American selection of State Secretary through Lankawe. They doped the Ayatollahs with the Buddhism. They lavishly bribed from Malik to all Unity ministers. They have penetrated not just the people’s mind, but even into the machines of Lankawe. Opposition MPs are arrested to vehicle abuse. In developed countries they simple send a bill for these abuses. If a governor a mayor use a helicopter for his trips, he gets bill. In Lankawe, to reconcile these enemies for looting cooperation, a two years drama is being acted.

    The unity robbers want to enjoy the cooperation of robbing they formed. So he is talking about the fake reconciliation that is not taking place with minorities, but hiding the looting reconciliation are trying to achieve by arresting vehicle abusers but not the murderers. They want to consolidate the war victory for further looting, while peacefully letting foreign nations capture the local lands. Mangala will get the UNHRC resolution repealed but will sell the entire East cost to with perks for his cabinet.

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    The Reconciliation Process In Sri Lanka –
    Is it through same sex marriage ??????????????

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      Thondamanny, what’s wrong with same sex marriage if it’s for love? -isn’t that more honest than powerful homosexual’s marriage to avowed lesbians for social fronts, and secret gay love and preferred treatment for one’s gay partners in plum cabinet positions? Isn’t that a bigger threat to national security because when it’s secret you’re susceptible to blackmail by external powers and terrorists? Love is not same as sex. Rainbow coalition promoted by USA and their ambassador in Sri lanka are admirable. Some lesbians haven’t to live in fear and others who are butch stereotypes hate men and seek recruits with their mile long active tongues. That’s the truth. If you’re an insecure male you opposed gay marriage because you are not upto to the job of giving satisfaction to your woman .

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      thondamannay

      “The Reconciliation Process In Sri Lanka – Is it through same sex marriage ??????????????”

      Brilliant.

      Whom do you see as suitable couple?

      As part of little contribution towards reconciliation whom would you chose to marry from the list below:

      Arumugam Thondaman
      M K Shivajilingam
      R Sampanthan
      Mavai Senathirajah
      C V Vigneswaran

      Name your own preference.

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    Empty words in whatever Language amount to noise pollution. Please do not pollute the peaceful atmosphere any more.

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