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The UNP Gets Geneva Wrong: Rebuttal Of Lakshman Kiriella

By Dayan Jayatilleka –

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

I write to contradict the assertions of Mr Lakshman Kiriella, Senior Vice President of the UNP, as reported in the lead story of The Island of Tuesday Feb 11th 2014, with regard to the UNHRC special session of May 2009 in Geneva and the needless yet impending catastrophe we face there today.

Mr. Kiriella is quoted as saying that “A series of blunders has led to the country being crucified at international forums. It all began shortly after the war with the LTTE ended on May 19, 2009. Our representative at the UN gave an undertaking that the 13th Amendment to the Constitution would be implemented in full. Subsequently, President Mahinda Rajapaksa went a step further and assured India that 13A Plus would be granted to the North and East. Thereafter the government entered into an MoU with the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon undertaking to conduct an independent and credible domestic inquiry into the allegations of war crimes against the security forces and the LTTE, he noted.” (‘Kiriella Challenges GL, MS to Debate on Foreign Policy’, Zacky Jabbar, The Island, page1, Feb 11th 2014).

As our representative at the UNHRC in May 2009, I write to refute this statement which falsifies the dates, sequence and significance of Sri Lanka’s victory in the UNHRC five years ago and thereby prevents a proper understanding of the real blunders made by the managers of this regime’s foreign policy and the resultant crisis of Sri Lanka’s external relations.

Tracing how “it all began” Mr Kiriella says “Our representative at the UN gave an undertaking that the 13th Amendment to the Constitution would be implemented in full. Subsequently, President Mahinda Rajapaksa went a step further and assured India that 13A Plus would be granted to the North and East.” Now this is not merely illogical, it is untrue.

Firstly, the undertaking given in Geneva to implement the 13th amendment in full could not have been “how it all began” because that undertaking had been given in Colombo, not Geneva, on May 21st and May 23rd 2009, while the Special Session of the UNHRC in Geneva was on May 26-27th 2009. The commitment to implement 13A was made in Colombo, not Geneva and reached Geneva from Colombo.

Secondly, the President could not have “subsequently” gone a step further because those undertaking were prior to the Geneva resolution and not subsequent to it (May 21 and 23 being prior to May 26-27).

Thirdly, the President gave no explicit or formal undertaking in these documents that “13A Plus would be granted”, though he did undertake to implement 13A.

Fourthly, neither the President nor the government ever “entered into an MoU with the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon undertaking to conduct an independent and credible domestic inquiry into the allegations of war crimes against the security forces and the LTTE”. Instead they undertook to “address the grievances” which Mr. Ban Ki Moon “underlined” as “important” with regard to accountability and allegations of human rights violations.

It is little wonder that Mr Kiriella engages in such falsification, wittingly or unwittingly, as he represents a party which wrecked Sri Lanka’s foreign policy to such an unprecedented degree that we had Indian warplanes intruding into our airspace, followed by 70, 000 foreign troops on our soil, all without a single vocal criticism by any state in the international system. Bad as this government’s foreign policy has been, we have not yet reached the degree of utter isolation that Sri Lanka experienced in the 1980s under the UNP.

The text of the Press Statement issued on May 21st 2009 after the top-level meeting with the Indian team and posted on the GoSL website reads, inter alia, as follows:

“Mr. M.K. Narayanan, National Security Advisor and Mr. S. Menon, Foreign Secretary of India visited Sri Lanka on 20 and 21 May. They called on His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka and met with senior officials, including Hon. Basil Rajapaksa, MP, Mr. Lalith Weeratunga, Secretary to the President and Defence Secretary, Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa. They also interacted with a number of political parties in Sri Lanka…Both sides also emphasized the urgent necessity of arriving at a lasting political settlement in Sri Lanka. To this, the Government of Sri Lanka indicated that it will proceed with implementation of the 13th Amendment. Further, the Government of Sri Lanka also intends to begin a broader dialogue with all parties, including the Tamil parties, in the new circumstances, for further enhancement of political arrangements to bring about lasting peace and reconciliation in Sri Lanka”. (21 May 2009)

The text of the joint statement issued on 23rd May 2009 with the UN Secretary-General reads as follows:

“Following is the joint statement by the Government of Sri Lanka and the United Nations at the conclusion of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s visit to Sri Lanka on 23 May: At the invitation of Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, paid a visit to Sri Lanka.  During the course of his visit, he held talks with the President, Foreign Minister as well as other senior leaders of Sri Lanka…President Rajapaksa and the Secretary-General agreed that addressing the aspirations and grievances of all communities and working towards a lasting political solution was fundamental to ensuring long-term socio-economic development.  The Secretary-General welcomed the assurance of the President of Sri Lanka contained in his statement in Parliament on 19 May 2009 that a national solution acceptable to all sections of people will be evolved.  President Rajapaksa expressed his firm resolve to proceed with the implementation of the 13th Amendment, as well as to begin a broader dialogue with all parties, including the Tamil parties in the new circumstances, to further enhance this process and to bring about lasting peace and development in Sri Lanka…Sri Lanka reiterated its strongest commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights, in keeping with international human rights standards and Sri Lanka’s international obligations.  The Secretary-General underlined the importance of an accountability process for addressing violations of international humanitarian and human rights law.  The Government will take measures to address those grievances.” (May 23, 2009)

The two documents were sent to us in Geneva and had of course reached all delegations through their respective missions in Colombo and their capitals, as we were drafting our text in Geneva with our allies. The “firm resolve” of the President to “proceed with the implementation of the 13th amendment” reached the level of the United Nations, not because of our Geneva representative or the UNHRC resolution, but precisely because it was in the official communiqué released in New York and Colombo after President Rajapaksa made the pledge to no less than the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon himself.

There was no question of non-inclusion of this commitment when Brazil, South Africa, India and Russia urged the mention in the text of the resolution of the two joint statements at the meetings of our ‘like-minded group’ (LMG) comprised of NAM plus BRICS, and did so with the fullest support of the Non Aligned Movement (with the Cuban Ambassador as Chair) and the complete concurrence of China.

If the UNP thinks that the President was wrong to declare his “firm resolve” to implement the 13th amendment even after the war had been won, it should come out and say so, instead of blaming the Geneva 2009 UN HRC resolution which accurately reflected the commitment made by the President to India and the UN only days before.

Unlike many critics of President Rajapaksa, local and foreign, I do not think he was either duplicitous or in error when he made that commitment. I believe the inordinate delays in implementation and today’s difficulties are of a piece with the ones that detained President Jayewardene who would have legislated provincial devolution any time between 1984 and 1987, thereby pre-empting the Indian intervention, but felt unable to do so because of the hawks in his ranks, most notably National Security Minister Athulathmudali, whose myopic aggressiveness and inability to calculate the balance of forces, almost cost us our sovereignty.

In a piece significantly entitled ‘Lessons to Learn from Geneva’ the international award-winning journalist and author Nirupama Subramanian made this observation in 2012 (when Sri Lanka was again the subject of a hostile resolution which was carried successfully at the UNHRC): “As Sri Lanka mulls over last month’s United Nations Human Rights Council resolution, it may look back with nostalgia at its 2009 triumph at Geneva. Then, barely a week after its victory over the LTTE, a group of western countries wanted a resolution passed against Sri Lanka for the civilian deaths and other alleged rights violations by the army during the last stages of the operation. With the blood on the battlefield not still dry, Sri Lanka managed to snatch victory from the jaws of diplomatic defeat, with a resolution that praised the government for its humane handling of civilians and asserted faith in its abilities to bring about reconciliation.” (The Hindu, April 7th 2012)

Nirupama Subramanian’s article is preceded with the summary that “Had Sri Lanka taken steps to implement the 13th amendment, India may never have associated itself with the UNHRC resolution.” Which is true. India’s diplomatic support, then and now, is a necessary but not a sufficient condition of Sri Lanka’s diplomatic success and indeed safety. In and of itself it is insufficient, as votes on Myanmar in 2009 demonstrated. Despite the support of Russia, China and India, Myanmar lost those votes. Thus even in May 2009, securing India’s support would not have done the job for us, but as the votes of March 2012 and 2013 show, without India, the job cannot be done either.  As Mervyn de Silva cautioned in a lecture at Marga Institute on ‘External Aspects of The Ethnic Issue’ three decades ago, in 1985, two years before the airdrop, the Accord, the IPKF and 13A, “Sri Lankan foreign policy must be centered on a non-hostile relationship with India”.

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    we have not yet reached the degree of utter isolation that Sri Lanka experienced in the 1980s under the UNP….. Dr Dayan Jayatilleke

    The cheap educated [Edited out] is again trying to bum recognition and a place in the government.According to him we have “not yet reached” the degree
    of utter isolation.

    Who gave you the University degree you [Edited out]? Have we not rpt not
    been isolated by the US, UK and their allies. Have not lost the GSP plus?
    Did not a majority vote at the Human Rights Council in favor of the US resolutions? You still talk of not being isolated.

    You are nothing more than an seemingly educated liar and a self centered ego maniac.

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      THIS IS 2014, NOT 2009.

      So, the brother is preventing? why is he sacred of the brother?
      So the brother is dictating?
      or is it just the EXCUSE.

      By self promoting, promoting religious extremism and militrism this gota (white-van) jarapaksa has insulted many great generals and officers who did not abandon their troops in the dark decades of eelam war.

      IS THIS THE SAME NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR THAT CALLED THIS PRESIDENT A ‘HAWK’??
      and called a certain (omitted) person ‘the world’s greatest general’?

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    Aren’t you always RIGHT Dayan?! And everyone else WRONG?
    You are the expert on all things DJ!

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      Doctor know all! Always right. Don’t cross his path.

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        I beg to differ. Dayan is nothing but RAW (Rajapassa Arse Wipe)!

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      Usually when people get older, they get wiser through their vast experiences.. But what is happening with matured SL elites? GL Peiris, Vasu, DayanJ.. they are getting more adamant on their selfish pursuit of happiness and feel no pain of lying publicly even at those later stage of life.. shame. shame..
      Anura

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    Mr. Kiriella

    First things first.
    JR & UNP are the architects of the LTTE monster – and the rest is history.
    Let’s debate that first.

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      Oh Oh LTTE is a monster now is it? Machan don’t talk cock. Before 2009 they were heroes. Delight when they bombed buses, trains, supermarkets, temples. Silent ignorance when they slit the throats of hundreds of villagers. Champagne corks popping all over Scarborough when the great TAF bombed Colombo. Well pride comes before a fall and you will fail and fall again

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        Teller you Idiot:

        Go an tell the World that LTTE ( Karuna)are in bed with GOSL which amounts to extramarital affair.

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      LTTE was the result of Sinhala fascisim. Absent all the anti Tamil pogroms and state supported discrimination, there wouldn’t have arisen Tamil militant movements.

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        I did not realize that just because someone didn’t get into university they have the right to blow up buses. Thanks for the elucidation.

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        Then there should also exist a Muslim LTTE and a christian LTTE no? LTTE was a result of the racist quest for the tamil eelam nothing else.

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        How is it then that the American Blacks who suffered far more than any Tamil did not take up arms? There were militants among them but they never were a threat to the government and had no mass support.

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      Kutti

      No, first blueprint of Tamil uprising/organised crimes, was during 70-77. I don’t need to elaborate.

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    Count on below words DJ, one day for the integrity of India, Indian government will play exactly opposite role that it played in May 2009. The days are not far away..

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      You mean they will bring back the IPKF to finish the job?

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    Dayan, please join Rajpal Jbeynayake or Malinda Seneviratne.

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    Dayan Jayatilleka and Lakshman Kiriella are harping on the diplomatic efforts failures and successes concerning Geneva resolutions on Sri Lanka: This is like two co-murderers arguing which each other whether one or the other did the wrong things when on the verge of getting caught!

    They are cleverly skirting around the truth that genocide of Tamils took place in 2009, Geneva or no Geneva. They really hope that the truth will not come out.

    Stop wasting your energy and ours, accept the truth when convincingly proved soon!

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    I think your intentions ARE crystal clear here… just to draw the attention of the readers how your mediation gave a life to the UNHRC session in 2009, and that is the reason why you dare to raise this in this manner.

    Mr Kirielle´s assertions: http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=97672

    as I read it Mr Kiriella is VERY right him REMINDING that MR regime promised everything to India to that time, but today, they have just been waging it doing nothing towards any kind of implemenations as agreed upon with them.

    He has also posed the question if the appointed representatives for the foreign offices, by spending millions did their job properly, why the international relationships to fall to this deep to this day…
    EA minister could have saved his hectic travels across the globe, if MR´s diplomats succeeded the job.

    Every right thinking would see it clearly – how can a PRESIDENT expect to see good international relationship with IC, while appointing TEA TASTERs, business men to Ambassador positions. Jaliya Wickramasooriya is reported to have no any kind of diplomatic experience compared to his predecessors to that position there, but just becuase him being president´s cousin got appointed as the srilanken High commissioner to the US. And several other position across the globed were filled witohout thinking twice (that shows the vision and wisdom of the leader).

    And I ask myself, the one who examines the grand failures of late Athulathmudali – quoting from yours “most notably National Security Minister of JRJ regime – Athulathmudali, whose myopic aggressiveness and inability to calculate the balance of forces, almost cost us our sovereignty” – not to criticise openly the manner in current context.

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      Sirirmal ,

      “I think your intentions ARE crystal clear here… just to draw the attention of the readers how your mediation gave a life to the UNHRC session in 2009, and that is the reason why you dare to raise this in this manner. “

      Oh no Sirimal , his intentions are not the attention of readers , hell no !
      he is only after the jack pot- the king Mahinda , that’s all ! i ‘ve read DJ’s Sunday observer interview , what a pathetic opportunist ? he has tried to paint a picture that SL still can win at the Geneva , what nonsense !it looks he is desperate !

      Laxman kirialla may have got the dates and other irrelevant nitty gritty bits wrong , but in a nut shell what he says is right , basically MR and his siblings had screwed up every thing and now hiding behind the non existent sovereignty !

      Mark my word , 2014 resolution against the Regime is a foregone conclusion.here how its gonna be ,

      1) 7 Western countries – All the countries will vote against the Junta
      2) 8 Latin American Countries – 6 countries will vote against the J ( Cuba, Venezuela will vote for the junta)
      3) 6 Eastern European countries – 4 countries will vote against the J ( Russia and may be Macedonia will vote for J)
      4) 13 Asian countries – only 2 countries will against the J (India & Korea)

      5) 13 African countries – only five more countries needed ! Benin, Cote De Vorie , Sierra Leone and may be Gabon & Algeria will do the needful.

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        Srilal@,
        thanks. Yes, this is forgone conclusion.
        From what I hear in Europe, coming colour is not that good for MR regime.
        I am not sure, Malaysia and Brasil will support Junta regime this time too.

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          Sirimal ,

          Malaysia is not in the voting member list this time though ,yes Brazil is in and i believe Brazil is going to vote against the Junta despite the diplomatic tussle over the phone tapping saga.

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    Mr DJ,

    You can contradict with Mr Lakshman Kiriella whether it is your handling of post war 2009 propaganda is better than or worse than the handling by other diplomats followed you after Mahinda throw away you. The reality is about the handling of the war, handling of the political solution and post war politics by your President of Sri Lankan Mahinda Rajapkase. You may have succeeded in convincing getting thorough your lies with the UN HRC council in 2009 immediately after end of the war but you cannot continue to succeed with your LIES forever. The Truth is:

    1. Your state intentionally used cluster bombs, chemical weapons and targeted civilians in hospitals, schools, churches, and no fire zone and massacred thousands of Tamil civilians.
    2. Your state intentionally used food, medicine and economic sanctions against Tamil civilians.
    3. Your government intentionally involved in reducing the population estimates in order to justify your intention of massacring civilians.
    4. Your government intentionally killed hundreds of surrendered political activists.
    5. Your government made false promises and continue to cheat international community and organisations about political solutions, resettlement, reconciliation, investigations of crimes and human right violations.

    In another note, you blame UNP for the accord signed between Sri Lanka and India about devolution (13th amendment) and the invitation of IPKF). Have you forgotten you willingly accepted a ministerial post in the North East Provincial administration which is an outcome of that accord.

    By defending the brutal Mahinda regime you prove that:

    a) You are a Buddhist Sinhala Fundamentalist;
    b) You are a supporter of human rights violation and crimes against humanity;
    c) You are a complete opportunistic.

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      Ajith,

      Excellent, you have laid the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

      They, whichever hue they belong to, always cheated Tamils, told lies, oppressed us and even committed genocide of Tamils, hoping Tamils will cow down to prevent further genocide and be surfs to them.

      Say we are Tamils and stand up with our heads high.

      The greatest achievement of the LTTE through sacrifices of tens of thousands of Tamil youth is to bring the cruelty of the Sri Lanka regimes since independence in the international forum.

      Now its up to the international community to tame and bring the rogue state and its backers to justice thereby bringing freedom to Tamils.

      As free people Tamils will reconcile with the Sinhalese, not otherwise.

      Let’s all make efforts to shine the light in Geneva: The liars and cheaters will freeze like deer in headlight.

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        Are you equally prepared for the LTTE and its backers to be prosecuted for crimes against humanity and war crimes? I can think of a long list of such crimes dating back to the murder of the popular mayor of Jaffna, Alfred Duraiappah, back in 1975.

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          Dr. Romesh,
          You can prepare a list from 1958.

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      1. Your state intentionally used cluster bombs, chemical weapons and targeted civilians in hospitals, schools, churches, and no fire zone and massacred thousands

      All are unfounded allegations and schools, hospitals you refer were used as mortar launch sites by your criminal sole representatives of tamils at that time.

      2. Your state intentionally used food, medicine and economic sanctions against Tamil civilians.

      Another damned lie, typical of the eelamists. The government for the whole 30 years of war made sure medicine and food are supplied to the north and east even when it was evident LTTE was using what was supplied by the government. Government even paid the government workers who were under LTTE controlled areas.

      3. Your government intentionally involved in reducing the population estimates in order to justify your intention of massacring civilians.

      The last consensus was held in 80s. It is ridiculous to allege about population estimates when nobody can be really sure about the estimations.

      4. Your government intentionally killed hundreds of surrendered political activists.

      Yeah, the armed criminals who were killing our children. I say good riddance and a good lesson to any racist criminals thinking of starting another war against us.

      5. Your government made false promises and continue to cheat international community and organisations about political solutions, resettlement, reconciliation, investigations of crimes and human right violations.

      This is the only true fact out of your typical eelamic lies.

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        “All are unfounded allegations and schools, hospitals you refer were used as mortar launch sites by your criminal sole representatives of tamils at that time.”

        So, you agree that there is a need for an international impartial investigation by UNHRC to prove whether the allegations are true or false. Let UN decide whether criminal Sinhala State or Sole representative of Tamils are Lying.

        “Another damned lie, typical of the eelamists. The government for the whole 30 years of war made sure medicine and food are supplied to the north and east even when it was evident LTTE was using what was supplied by the government. Government even paid the government workers who were under LTTE controlled areas.”

        Again you support the UN resolution to prove whether the Eelamists or Sinhala Buddhist Fundamentalists LIE. Your Government agents population count in Vanni was 400,000 at the start of war. Buddhist Sinhala criminals count was 70,000. So, your supply is limited to 70,000 and your intention was to kill was 330,000 innocent Tamil civilians. you closed the A9 route to stop free movement of food and medicine to the people of North. Who do you think to pay for the Government servants? They served for your government.

        “”The last consensus was held in 80s. It is ridiculous to allege about population estimates when nobody can be really sure about the estimations.”””

        We didn’t provide population estimates (above). All estimates are based on your state professionals and your agents and your Fundamentalist Government. I don’t know the level of knowledge you have on population census and estimates. You don’t carry out census every year.

        “Yeah, the armed criminals who were killing our children. I say good riddance and a good lesson to any racist criminals thinking of starting another war against us.”

        So, you agree your government intentionally killed surrendered people including 10 year old boy. You had the option to arrest and charge them if they are criminals but you didn’t do purposely. I am sure you will agree that It is a criminal act.

        When you say your children you mean Sinhala. Think about 1958, 1977, 1983 how many children were killed by racists when there was no war.

        “This is the only true fact out of your typical eelamic lies.”

        Well done! You cannot win the Truth.

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    Does anyone , I mean anyone outside his party take this Kiriella as a serious politician?..

    After Dayan’s demolition job here , the serious and intelligent UNP card holders even will think twice before having anything to do with a lier , who lies to destroy the image and credibility of his own motherland,

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      This is the same with DJ too, as I got it from my friends. None of them seem to take anything that come from DJ´s mouth.

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    The first resolution against SL failed because it was too soon after the war and enough evidence about the war crimes committed by the Sri Lanka Armed Forces (and consequently their Supreme Commander, the all powerful Executive President) has not surfaced. The resolution in favour of SL was passed because the picture in the minds of most of the countries was that the ‘terrorists’ had been defeated after 30 years of war.At that time they were not aware of the thousands of innocent civilians including pregnant women and children killed.Some time later the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal sitting in Dublin held Sri Lanka guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity and at the recent(07-10 December,2014)hearing in Bremen with more evidence placed before it has held Sri Lankan Government guilty of Genocide which is ongoing as a process.Persons like Daniel Feierstein, Director for Genocide Studies at the Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero, Professor in the Faculty of Genocide at the University Buenos Aires and the President of the ‘International Association of Genocide Scholars’ and Denis Haliday, former Assistant Secretary General of the UN (from Ireland) and laureate of the Gandhi International Peace award were in the Panel of Judges. DJ thinking that he could only save SL at Geneva is a mirage.

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    Meet the spindoctor Dayan Jayatilleka trying to make Navi Pillay look a fool

    UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay sharply criticised the government of Sri Lanka’s human rights record saying she feared the country was becoming increasingly authoritarian.

    But spin doctor Dr Dayan Jayatilleke has picked on the words of Ms Pillay to fool Pillay and his target audience, clearly the West, to suggest President Mahinda Rajapaksa was not a dictator but a true democrat and he was not the person to be blamed for the evils of the regime. But the opposition calls President Rajapaksa a dictator and many Sri Lankans who live in exile call him “Idi Amin”. During provincial councils’ elections, Mr Rajapaksa asked in the rallies, like a saint, “Why people call me a dictator…?”

    During her visit Ms Pillay may have gathered enough information and evidence as to why people call President Rajapaksa a dictator. Provincial council elections were at the top of the his political agenda to divert the world’s opinion about worse human rights records under the regime, as he had been preparing to address world’s leaders at the 68th UN general assembly in New York last month and has been preparing to host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2013 in Sri Lanka in November.

    In his recent article ‘Authoritarian Impulse’, the spin doctor Dayan Jayatilleke presents a ridiculous theory about Sri Lanka’s former dictators such as late prime minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike, JR Jayewardene to whitewash President Rajapaksa’s tyranny. He writes to English audience in ‘Greek’ and brings theories from ancient Greece, using indigestible words such as authoritarianism and totalitarianism etc., which is Greek to ordinary readers.

    According to him, none of the leaders was responsible for the dictatorship rule but some other person in each consecutive government was: In 1970-77 it was Felix Dias Bandaranaike (advocate of “a little bit of totalitarianism”), nicknamed Satan, rather than Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike; in 1977-88 it was Minister of National Security Lalith Athulathmudali rather than President JR Jayewardene. In 1989- 92 it was Ranjan Wijeratne rather than President Ranasinghe Premadasa (readers should note the Deputy Defence Minister Ranjan Wijeratne was assassinated March 2, 1991. Dayan has extended his life time up to 1992 for Mr Premadasa); in 1994-2005 it was Gen Anuruddha Ratwatte rather than President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga; and today it is Mr Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.

    When it comes to Gotabaya, Dayan finds a scapegoat so-called military bureaucracy: in his view: “The danger in Sri Lanka today is military-bureaucratic authoritarianism, in which the military bureaucracy becomes the dominant element in the State’ In other words neither President Mahinda Rajapaksa nor his brother defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa should be blamed for recent bloodbaths in the country such as Welikada prison massacre and Weliveriya Rathupaswala army shooting on the unarmed protesters as ‘the military bureaucracy is beyond their control.” With the theory, Dayan, the clever opportunist, not only whitewashes Rajapaksa regime but also tries to wash blood in his hands. He was a trusted advisor to President Premadasa.

    Readers should not forget executive president of Sri Lanka is the supreme commander of all armed forces. Dayan’s theory is valid only for weaker and parachute leaders like late Prime Minister Sirima Bandaranaike and late President D.B. Wijethunga but not for powerful presidents like JR Jayewardene (JR), Ranasinghe Premadasa and Mahinda Rajapaksa. JR, even after his twelve year tenure, had unofficially controlled the UNP government including the armed forces giving commands to D.B.Wijethunga. After the war victory over Tamil Tigers in 2009, Mr Rajapaksa flexed his muscle to the military by imprisoning former army commander Gen Sarath Fonseka and forcing to resign or retire hundreds of high ranking army officers. Sri Lankan military have been loyal to any elected president. When President Premadasa strengthened LTTE with sophisticated weapons the military was silence.

    Some idiots take Dayan’s articles as a Political Bible of Sri Lanka because he has a PhD in political science. Doctorate titles have been notoriously exploited by former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaranathunga and current President Mahinda Rajapaksa as professional make-up and a democratic mask. For example G.L. Peiris was the public face during Mrs Kumaranathunga’s election campaigns. Current President Mahinda Rajapaksa uses G.L. Peiris to speak on behalf of him on the world stage about his commitments and dedications to ‘democracy’. Dr Jayatilleka held various ambassadorial roles under the Rajapaksa government including having been ambassador to UN Human Rights Council in Geneva and Sri Lankan ambassador to France.

    At his speech at the UN 68 session Mr Rajapaksa condemned the mall terror attack in Kenya Nairobi. Had the world leaders seen the recent military and Special Tasks Force (STF) attack on unarmed prisoners in Colombo Welikada prison they would have thought, it was as, one of the worse terror attacks they had ever seen. For a civilized nation it is beyond imagination. The state-terror attack killed more than 30 unarmed prisoners in cold blood and injured more than hundred inmates.

    It was the government message to the nation: ‘SHUT UP OR GET KILLED’. The people who ignored the message faced the consequences in Weliveriya: In last August’s barbaric military attack in Weliveriya, on unarmed protesters, killed three people, including school children and severely injured more than 40 villagers. They were protesting against Dipped Products PLC for contaminating their ground water by discharging chemical waste to the ground. People in the local area use well water for drinking but the water became poisonous due to the chemical waste.

    Since the end of war in 2009, hundreds of extrajudicial killings have been reported; many were murdered in police cells or while under police custody. When a Deputy Inspector General of police (DIG) Vaas Gunawardena was arrested by the CID for his alleged involvements with contact killings having received millions of rupees from millionaire businessmen and politicians, it sent shock waves to the government. Underworld criminals who carried out the murders had confessed to the CID about the murder contracts they had received from Vass Gunawardena. Despite the previous media revelations of his criminal activities, including the abduction of university student Nipun Ramanayeka and extrajudicial killings, the government had promoted him to such a high rank in the police. When we think of police corruption in the country, the former DIG is just the ‘tip of the iceberg’.

    Dayan continuously attacks opposition leader Ranil Wickramasinghe for his failure to win elections and unite United National Party (UNP). But the truth is, it is not the failure of Ranil Wickramasinghe. People still have fresh memories about the barbaric UNP regimes under the elected dictators J.R. Jayewardene (1977-1988) known as JR alias Yankee Dickie and Ranasinghe Premadasa (1989-1993). JR abolished all democratic rights of citizens on the pretext of protecting democracy. People were controlled at gunpoint. In the North, people could not even celebrate their weddings, worship at temples peacefully; military, STF and police hunted even members of recreation clubs.

    People had no option rather than taking up arms for their self-defence. In addition to the LTTE many other rebel groups such as PLOTE, TELO, EROS, and ENDLF took arms against the government. Thus the war began in the North. In the South too, similar situations continued. Elections were postponed, trade union rights were abolished, and even well respected academics like Professor Sarachchandra and Buddhist monks were brutally assaulted. Members of opposition had been hunted down at gunpoint thus creating another war in the South.

    He highlights the experience Vijaya Kumaranathunga had with Ranil Wickramasinghe. But who actually killed Vijaya, the late husband of former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaranathunga? Chandrika claimed it was Ranasinghe Premadasa not JVP. When Maj Gen. Denzil Kobbekaduwa was assassinated on August 8, 1992 the opposition pointed the finger at President Premadasa, not at LTTE; when Lalith Athulath Mudali was killed on 23 April 1993, the opposition pointed finger at President Premada not at LTTE. When the minister Ranjan Vijerathna was assassinated people suspected President Premadasa.

    During a crackdown on the People’s Liberation Front’s (JVP) uprising, more than 100,000 Sinhalese people were killed including thousands of innocent civilians and members of opposition political parties. It was the time people did not want to drink water pumped from the rivers due to floating dead bodies killed by the armed forces. It was the time when people did not want to eat sea fish when they found human body parts in the fish on sale. The memories still haunt Sri Lankans. As long as people remember the UNP’s past, Ranil Wickramasinghe or no other UNP leader could lead the party to gain political power in the country. President Rajapaksa is still so popular among vast majority of Sri Lankans for ending the decade’s long brutal war.

    I remember in the aftermath of Lalith Athulathmudali assassination, President Premadasa said: “When you point a finger at me do not forget three fingers pointing at you” the same thing I have to say about Dayan. He was stripped naked at Lalith Athulathmudali’s funeral at the Colombo cemetery by some angry mourners who manhandled him when Dayan went on a spy mission for the Premadasa government. Dayan was a Director, Conflict Studies, Institute of Policy Studies (1990-94), functioning as Advisor/Consultant to President Premadasa (1989-93), now a leading spin doctor for Rajapaksa regime.

    Dayan comes from an upper middle-class background and has no sense of suffering of poor people; the only child of a well-known journalist and editor, the late Mervyn de Silva. He was an undergraduate of Peradeniya University in the late 70s and was a key figure of Social Study Circle of the university. When there were talks in the art theatre he came with a lot of quotations from Karl Marx, Lenin, Friedrich Engels, and Mao Tse-tung to show off his knowledge about those theories. He never wanted to take a risk for others although he wanted to be seen as a pure Marxist.

    At Peradeniya University, he was known as ‘Onta’ among the students: The nickname ‘Onta’ means ‘On Tow’. Dayan was seen all the time with his girlfriend pulling her gently with one hand as he was walking while holding a shoulder bag with other hand which contained Marxist books and quotations, and a bottle of boiled water. He did not like to drink water other students had in the university.

    During the historic students’ struggle, in 1976, against the tyranny of university president Professor Vithanage and the Sirima Bandaranaike government, clever Dayan disappeared from the university. Students who knew him said ‘Dayan behethakatawath hoyaganna ne’, meaning Dayan vanished without trace. When everything became normal he emerged with his girlfriend and the shoulder bag. He was badly embarrassed to see others who became victims of the brutal police attack. Since then students never allowed him to talk bullshit in public.

    About 2400 years ago, Greek Philosopher Plato had described democracy as “a governance of fools” when his teacher, a great philosopher, Socrates was sentenced to death by the majority of the Jury. Socrates had been teaching the truth about the society and politics. Dayan knows how to play with fools. Go on Dayan!

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      mj ,

      Your comment is bigger & better than DJ, Great!

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      Navi Pee-illey is a Tamil.

      So it is biased.

      She feels defeated.

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        Fat ” Mama” Fuk U Shima,

        Hi Idi Amin it is too late mate. The Mightiest Country on Earth has decided to get rid of the Hooilgans headed by MR. No force in the World can withstand the Onslaught whether it is Chennavedi or any other Vedi.

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      mj,
      Your revealations are stunning.

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    I didn’t read the article…. Is DJ still looking for a government posting?

    :-)

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      lol yes yes big time.
      BTW what else would you expect from Mr. Tamara :)
      Lets see how long these so called educated fellas gonna lick Mara’s rear.
      I cant believe that these nuts still behind gonraja when they very well know who he is.

      Dayan J – Please read CT comments against you for every article you write.
      You are in the same boat of Yakada hora Sudarman, Sleeping Pill Hula, Gettha Kumarasinghe, Wimal Sangilipanikkiya, Rathana, Chakravarthi Medhananda, Raththaran, Mervin, Paba, Ginger so on.
      Do you deserve this?

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        Getting bashed by defeated terror supporting refugees, NGO parasites and self loathing naive idiots is a good thing. It means you are doing something right.

        CT and real Sri Lanka are worlds apart. You should only be concerned if you getting bashed by real Sri Lankans not the hateful bigots.

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          Do you mean Sinhalese=real sri lankans

          You are either with us or against us. george w bush!

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      i miss you Dayan

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      This bugger is an ideal candidate to replace Rajkattapal Abeynayake??

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      Of course he is LOL some things never change !

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    Dear Dayan,

    No doubt that you and the several other seniors own much more to give to those newly appointed diplomatic personnels that represent the MR regime across the globe.

    I wish you could do more in terms of educating people like Jaliya Wickramsooriya, Bandula J, Shravendra Silva and several others that are in the active roles with the blinded guidance of MR himself.

    As long served uni professors, senior professionals in many areas are the info storage for the next generations, people like you guys – being close the blind and deaf state leader, should make him VERY clear the way that EA are being placed to this day are met with tangible deficiencies. Those lacks can only be reparable through yours and other´s mediation. You should also learn see things without being biased either to MR or others. If you succeed that,- that will undoubtedly be a great triumph.

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    “Firstly, the undertaking given in Geneva to implement the 13th amendment in full could not have been “how it all began” because that undertaking had been given in Colombo, not Geneva, on May 21st and May 23rd 2009, while the Special Session of the UNHRC in Geneva was on May 26-27th 2009. The commitment to implement 13A was made in Colombo, not Geneva and reached Geneva from Colombo.”
    – Of course it has to originate in Colombo and then presented to the UN by Govt Representative in Geneva.

    “Secondly, the President could not have “subsequently” gone a step further because those undertaking were prior to the Geneva resolution and not subsequent to it (May 21 and 23 being prior to May 26-27).”
    – For all intents a purposes it is the same date as it is the official position which is understated in Geneva. 3-7 days difference is not a big deal.

    “Thirdly, the President gave no explicit or formal undertaking in these documents that “13A Plus would be granted”, though he did undertake to implement 13A.”
    – He does say “To this, the Government of Sri Lanka indicated that it will proceed with implementation of the 13th Amendment. Further, the Government of Sri Lanka also intends to begin a broader dialogue with all parties, including the Tamil parties, in the new circumstances, for further enhancement of political arrangements to bring about lasting peace and reconciliation in Sri Lanka”.
    – Items in bold indicate the plus factor including the words further enhancement.

    “Fourthly, neither the President nor the government ever “entered into an MoU with the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon undertaking to conduct an independent and credible domestic inquiry into the allegations of war crimes against the security forces and the LTTE”. Instead they undertook to “address the grievances” which Mr. Ban Ki Moon “underlined” as “important” with regard to accountability and allegations of human rights violations.”
    – Sri Lanka reiterated its strongest commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights, in keeping with international human rights standards and Sri Lanka’s international obligations. The Secretary-General underlined the importance of an accountability process for addressing violations of international humanitarian and human rights law. The Government will take measures to address those grievances.”

    Rather than playing with words we should try to understand the spirit of the UN and UN charter. This playing and twisting of words has resulted in our losing credibility and bringing about the current situation.

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      as you correctly said , DJ trying to play with the words and dates to mislead & confuse and then score some brownie points before the king , just go through the Wiki leaks you will see how Basil & Gota and other officials Assured the Indian government and other leaders about the post war reconciliation.

      Now DJ looks like a savior to the junta and its supporters as nobody accepted Laxman’s K challenge , LK should fine tune his knowledge and must challenge GL for a debate.

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      (/strong)

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    Dayan..every bloody thing is not about you..you are just a small spec in history over broken promises.. so if it soo maters to you lets say that the government did gave its broken promise two days before the stated date by Lakshman Kiriella..now move on and let the adults here continue this conversation.

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    Dayan,

    Would you stop writing your own self praise if we all band together and give you a title as

    “The world’s greatest human ever born and no one greater will be born again”

    Will you, will you?

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    What made DJ to dramatically change his own attitude about the performance of current regime time to time ?

    Here on the following video
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhNWbcnl_6g
    he clearly says – that MR regime is so weak and that is the reason why Ms Pillay left the country after a week long fact finding mission that way.

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    Again it looks like DJ is trying to suck up to the President. By trying to suck up he is in fact calling the President a LIAR. If we read this article carefully, DJ is clear that what President offered in Colombo ie.13A or 13 plus. There is also ample evidence in digital form, this was a verbal offer and not a written offer. What DJ means by this is, the President can offer any person in Sri Lanka or abroad and these offers are not valid unless its written in paper. Which means all the promises the President gives to the people of Sri Lanka at all election platforms are also lies. What can we conclude from this, DJ is saying that President is a LIAR and should not be trusted unless the President gives in writing. Shame on you DJ calling SL President a LIAR while trying very hard to jump on to the President’s lap again.

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    Dayan,

    are u inferring that it is Sinhala President who lied thru his nose abt implementing 13th amendment to escape from Special UNHRC Session in May 2009 ???

    If what u say is correct then is it not Shameful for u to be still trusting ur Sinhala president who is not honoring his commitments given to the Highest UN Authority ???

    After all five years is more than enough to show at least small baby steps in implementing what is already existing in the constitution for almost 2 decades now for benefit of oppressed tamils in North to govern themselves by the Northern government elected by them.

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    DJ-HAVE MADE HIS INTENTION VERY CLEAR.HE IS NOT A POLITICIAN AND FOR NO REASON HE IS TRYING TO ANSWER MR.KIRI-ELLA.HOPE NOW KING RAJAH WILL APPOINT MR.DJ AS NEXT GOVENER OF NORTHERN PC.LONG LIFE FOR MR.DJ

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    Cant read the same old drivel who appears to writing while doing his morning ablutions! producing articles like ablutions!

    He will be seen as a dime a day tabloid journalist at best when look back at these times and one who sang the song for money!

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    DJ is always finding opportunities to praise him for the Great Geneva victory. If it was such a great one, how come it fell apart so fast? Shows that the great victory was built on a shaky foundation. In the first confusing months after ending of the war few realized the gravity of crimes committed by a legitimate government against its own citizens. So he was just lucky to be there at the right time. Stop wallowing in your own poop.

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    UNP is leaderless today thanks to the tamil militants. No point in taking Kirielles seriously. Not the original UNP type.

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      Liberal One,

      [Edited out], how do you please the bitch with your jingle bells? The bitch must hate to see you wagging the bunch to and pro unable to do anything manly. Get lost [Edited out]. UNP has plenty of leaders, policy makers, dedicated, wise and qualified people unlike your edawela tours ahandas and stealing kandahaliya. One of the beggars in your kandahaliya has deprived the beggars in this country their livelihood by taking to election time begging of 100/- rupees. Recently your police jokers rounded up beggars saying it a social menace. Why don’t you round up Hela Urumaya [Edited out] for begging and put in concentration camps and castrate their testicles to prevent breeding of astray dogs in the country?

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        lol at the diarrhea of empty meaningless words. Good luck to UNP with these type of ghetto boys.

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    What a [Edited out] is this man Dayan. This bugger has been crying for the post few months about the horrible blunders, omissions and commissions the MARA regime has been committing and the resultant mishap that is going to happen to the country as a result. Now the bugger has circled a full circle around his [Edited out] and uttering some completely irrelevant, contradictory and vague gibberish. This fool is harping on a few words and making a big DJ theory! Colombo first and then only Geneva-what fucked up nonsense is this? The point is not when and where the blunder and bungling was made but it WAS committed and IS still being done. And this clownish loony is still haranguing about his Geneva victory! The bugger must be regurgitating it even in his dreams and sleep. Let us suppose the bugger did achieve victory at Geneva in 2009 as he so gleefully claims. If so then why war crime charges now? Why resolution after resolution is coming out? The so called victory must have put all the questions and issues to complete rest. This is the game this lunatic is doing. Write some stupid stuff to eke out a living.

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    Suck up Dayan, suck up to MR and his mafiosi clan, you may still land that cushy job you desperately hanker to get back to, being the Sri Lankan representative at the UN.

    I just wonder why you were sacked from that job in the first place. If you were our super efficient man at the UN as you claim to be, why did MR remove you from that post. I wonder???

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    India’s External Affairs Minister Salman Kurshid today urged the Sri Lankan leadership to look at “possible ways to avoid an hostile attitude towards people and countries that matter,”

    He said it was important for Sri Lanka to find ways of communicating with the rest of the world.

    Dayan et el please take note of his advice.

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      He is only trying to safeguard his pension from GOSL.

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    Wimal Weerawansa’s Lankacnews reports the following.

    “Parliamentarian Lakshman Kiriella stated that the Sri Lankan government has appointed a tea merchant as the Ambassador in America which is one of the most powerful countries in the world.Addressing the media in Colombo, he stated that the Ambassador who has been appointed is a member of the Rajapakse family and that he is unable to do any service on behalf of this country.He further stated that Ambassadors of 62 countries are the relatives and friends of the President, and the others are the retired politicians and army officers who have done nothing to protect the good name of the country.
    He further mentioned that the reason for such a situation is the fact that they don’t have necessary knowledge and ability to work as an Ambassador”

    Dayan Jayathilake is one of those who belongs to the above category. He is unemployed now and no country is interested in employing him. The only saviour for him is Rajapaksa the president and he keeps on sucking up to this guy.

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    …but Sri Lanka is famous for agreeing something privately at high level meeting and then publicly denying it for the benefit of the masses.

    or finding an excuse for not allowing a foreign dignaory to the country
    for example…

    we did not refuse entry in to the country..we found a technical issue with the visa ..so we aksed him/her to go back and reapply

    we did not refuse visa ,,,,but we thought it is better if they come during the perehera so that they can see that as well

    we did not refuse entry but today is poya day and poor fellow wont find any alcohol..so we asked the poor fellow to come back on a non poya day

    etc etc

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    Disc Jockey is still praising his work in Geneva. I thought this Disk Jockey is an educated liberal person. But I have to say he is another racist/sinhala buddists supporting the dictator MARA. By looking at the voting on comments you can see he is ranked equally with Malinda/Leela/Fuckshima/Sumana/Thondamanaru. His mask is slowly coming out. He is the Joseph Goebbels of Srilanka.

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