30 October, 2020

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The West’s Draft Resolution: Reject Or Engage?

By Dayan Jayatilleka –

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

If (and only if) the ‘leaked’ draft of the US-UK resolution, scooped by the website Colombo Telegraph, is accurate, it represents both a trap and a last best chance for Sri Lanka. The purported draft does not call for an INTENATIONAL independent inquiry. It calls for an independent and credible inquiry. More accurately it calls upon the Government of Sri Lanka to institute such an inquiry. If the Government fails to do so, the draft resolution points to the 28th session as the moment when the international inquiry will be triggered.

Thus the Western draft resolution is very smart. It takes a step back in order to take two steps forward. It seeks to occupy the moral high ground, by holding the international inquiry in reserve for the moment while calling for an independent and credible inquiry.

One may speculate as to the reasons for the Western sidestep, but it amounts to a skilful manoeuvre; a flanking move. It is possible that the US-UK has recalibrated so as to bring the Geneva prong of their strategy more in line with a viable political endgame. The inclusion of an explicit reference to the 13th amendment and political reconciliation with the Northern Provincial Council and its Chief Minister may indicate India’s moderating hand behind the scenes, in exchange for the inclusion of references to devolution, or it could be the West’s attempt to secure Japan’s, India’s and South Africa’s support in the Council by adopting this more graduated escalatory approach rather than go in for a ‘Big Bang’ as the Diaspora and civil society activists called for. The references to issues of governance, human rights and coercion of religious and ethnic minorities also indicates an astute ‘thickening’ of the West’s resolution and therefore a broadening of its appeal internationally as well as within Sri Lanka, rather than a ‘ thin’ uni-dimensional, single issue focus of an international inquiry into war crimes allegations.

The draft resolution puts the ball squarely in the moral court of the Sri Lankan government. The threat to Sri Lanka does not reside so much in the text of the draft resolution itself but rather in the possible— or probable— ‘rejectionist’ response of the Sri Lankan government.

If the Sri Lankan government rejects the draft out of hand, it will fall into the trap set for this country. This draft, which holds back the term international, is capable of getting quite a few votes more than a resolution which would have called for an international inquiry. If the Sri Lankan government rejects this draft which seems reasonable and moderate, certainly on the face of it; if the Sri Lankan government representatives nit–pick and stonewall, then there will be far fewer votes for Sri Lanka than there would otherwise be.

Many states occupying the middle ground, which might have had misgivings about an intrusive international inquiry, will have very little problem in voting for this draft.

If the Sri Lankan side rejects it frontally, then the margin of victory for the US-UK will be greater and the margin of defeat for the Sri Lankan side much wider, than it otherwise would have been.

How then should Sri Lanka respond? The draft takes the moral high ground. Sri Lanka must try at the least to share that moral high ground. The worst thing for Sri Lanka to do would be to relinquish the moral high ground by rejecting the draft in its totality and basing our argument on the concept of the ‘purely domestic’, ‘purely internal’ or ‘purely national’— a concept which has no place in the United Nations or in the global reality of the 21st century.

If one can win the majority of votes one need not negotiate with a text that is critical. However, Sri Lanka has placed itself in such a situation that victory is hardly likely.  Thus it is prudent to engage, negotiate, and demonstrate flexibility.

Sri Lanka must try to draw this game by sharing the moral high ground which the Western draft resolution seeks to occupy and monopolize. This can be done by engaging with the text and attempting to influence it. This cannot be done by Sri Lanka alone and must not be attempted by Sri Lanka alone. It is always better to move as part of a broad front.

The current Sri Lankan regime’s notion of self sufficiency verges on isolationism. By stark contrast, even when Sri Lanka had accumulated an overwhelming preponderance of forces at the UN Human Rights Council in May 2009 at the special session, it chose at a certain point of the process, to shift gear, to move to the next level and to interface with the West not as a single sovereign state, but with the support of the Quartet, comprising the then Chairperson of the Non Aligned Movement ( Cuba) , the incoming Chairperson ( Egypt), and Sri Lanka’s two most important neighbours (India AND Pakistan). Thus the profile presented by our negotiating team was ‘Sri Lanka Plus’ — that is, Sri Lanka plus the Quartet.

Today, in March 2014, we are on the defensive. We should engage with the UK-US draft text through the mediation of our friends in the Council, belonging to regional and cross regional groupings, such as the Non Aligned group, the Asian Group, the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) and the Group of Like Minded states.

Engage means do not reject. It means converse constructively. It means struggle against the negative aspects but converge with the positive and strive for a synthesis. Working with the Office of the High Commissioner even to the extent of making it a minority shareholder as it were, is far better than having to accept an international inquiry the next time round, at the 28th session of the UNHRC. However, the relationship with the High Commissioner’s Office has to be negotiated. Here our friends in the UNHRC can help us hammer out a better equation than suggested in the US-UK draft resolution.

Let me be brutally frank. A comparison of the UK-US draft resolution as has been leaked, and the official Sri Lankan government response to the Navi Pillay report, does not place Sri Lanka in a favourable position. The Sri Lankan response to Navi Pillay is one of stonewalling and simple denial on all counts. It also contains tendentious statements such that which alleges that the demonstrators at Weliweriya attempted to seize the weapons of the soldiers! The UK-US draft resolution, shorn of the call for an intrusive INTERNATIONAL inquiry, is much smarter; far better targeted. It is also not morally repugnant in any obvious sense.

The plain truth is that if the leaked draft is accurate, the international inquiry has been substituted by the call for a credible independent inquiry— which is a reiteration of the injunction of our own Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC)—and the US-UK call at this point of time is for us to clean up our act. Sri Lanka would be a better place if the Government constructively engaged and cooperated with this call. That is quite distinct from either capitulation to an intrusive inquiry or entering a confrontation in which we shall demonstrate our growing international isolation by polling fewer votes in the Council or losing by a larger margin than we did twice before. The third time isn’t the charm.

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    what is the purpose of an another UN resolution, if it is not powerful enough to force them the due ?

    Those who say, that Isralel and some other countries faced few dozens of UN resolutions without any effects being shown by the met ones .

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      Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka ,

      You can give a copy of the book to update the background to the crimes.

      Have included the summary and two reviews.

      http://www.amazon.com/TOTAL-DESTRUCTION-THE-TAMIL-TIGERS/dp/1781591539/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1393987000&sr=8-9&keywords=Ceylon+History

      TOTAL DESTRUCTION OF THE TAMIL TIGERS: The Rare Victory of Sri Lanka’s Long War Hardcover
      by Paul Moorcraft (Author)

      In 2009, the Sri Lankan government forces literally eradicated the Tamil Tiger insurgency after 26 years of civil war. This was the first time that a government had defeated an indigenous insurgency by force of arms. It was as if the British army killed thousands of IRA cadres to end the war in Northern Ireland. The story of this war is fascinating in itself, besides the international repercussions for ‘terrorism’ and insurgency worldwide. Many countries involved themselves in the war – to arm the combatants (China, Pakistan, India, and North Korea) or to bring peace (US, France, UK, and Norway).While researching this work Professor Moorcraft was given unprecedented access to Sri Lankan politicians (including the President and his brother, the Defense Permanent Secretary), senior generals, intelligence chiefs, civil servants, UN officials, foreign diplomats and NGOs. He also interviewed the surviving leader of the Tamil Tigers.His conclusions and findings will be controversial. He reveals how the authorities determined to stamp out Tamil Tiger resistance by whatever means frustrated the media and foreign mediators. Their methods, which have led to accusations of war crimes, were brutally effective but are likely to remain highly contentions for years to come.

      5.0 out of 5 stars AN excellent and very factual presentation of Sri Lanka’s long and unfortunate war., February 17, 2014
      By Fish Prof – See all my reviews
      Amazon Verified Purchase(What’s this?)
      This review is from: Total Destruction of the Tamil Tigers : The Rare Victory of Sri Lanka’s Long War (Kindle Edition)
      I have read several books and articles on the LTTE/Sri Lankan war and this is the most evenhanded representation of the facts. The author is not a biased party to the engagement and thus presents the facts. This has not been the case in the other books and publications. The war was brutal and the LTTE terrorists in every sense of the word. They also established an international network of gun running, drug smuggling and other nefarious activities. The author is correct in stating that the Sri Lankan government won the battle but are still losing the propaganda war which continues today. One can only hope that peace prevails in Sri Lanka and that the Tamil influenced governments of Canada, Britain and to a lesser extent, the United States quit dwelling on claims of the past and instead help the people of Sri Lanka rebuild their livelihoods.

      5.0 out of 5 stars Seri lanka ,against all odds,destroyed the tamil terrorists, a feat considered impossible,given up by all lamkans,all the bid, July 14, 2013
      By drbdes – See all my reviews
      This review is from: TOTAL DESTRUCTION OF THE TAMIL TIGERS: The Rare Victory of Sri Lanka’s Long War (Hardcover)
      the whole world, led by the western allies,
      former dictatorial rulers,
      whose checkered history in this region,
      over 4-500 yrs,
      exceeds the atrocities of Hitler, moussalini, stalin, Pol pot, Idi amin etc etc

      and when all gave up,
      yes including all in government, armed servics, tamils, muslims etc,
      were willing to risk 1/3 to 1/2 or more of the coast line[while many moderate, eduated tamils ran out of the country to UK Canada, USA, Australia,france,germany[some less educated, ran to india,
      thr residual tamils were protected by the rest of the majority lankans in Dehiwala,Wellawattte, and a fewer enclaves.

      what changed the tide, remains, according to who writes the history,
      since 1970s
      many lankans felt that a clear victory for lankans, was possible,
      But led by JR and others, plus indiscriminate killing by tamil terrorists[leaving no tamil,almost, to rule in certain regions,
      the tamils who were literate in tamil only,
      the slave tamils, brought by British, liberate by lankans, remained an entirely separate, and marginalized group,
      all the pro christian rulers,
      did everything possible to rape the country,
      rape its culture
      felt it was their right to rape, any woman,
      any time, with impunity,
      create ,what they called a bastard group[But the philosophy of the lankans,AKA ceylonese, Ceilon, etc etc, refused to acept, anyone as inferior,
      viqa the teaching of kamma na wasalo hothi —]
      this prevailed, but burghers, half castes, illiterates[when people knew 2 or more languages, but not english]

      the exact reason for the tamil tiger terrorism,
      is not clear to many,
      as most of these people, were not born, not quite literate,
      and were not educated on the facts,

      the tamils, who died, muslims, and other lankans who died, or were exterminated by terrorists,
      are not there,
      to voice their opinion.
      Tamil terrorist kid, born after 1070s
      were mostly on foreign soil,
      and were fed on garbage,
      belt, they could bribe any western politician,
      and also create the myth,
      that the demented killer,
      was fighting a war,
      lankans had a choice,
      either get killed, leave the country,
      or fight back,
      which they did,
      and protected the land for lankans,
      rid of all, terrorism,
      a feat unheard of , in the world,
      for the past 100-200 yrs,
      if they did this with portugse, Dutch, British, germans, italians,

      the world would have learn t from Asian philosophy, and later religions,
      and killing,

      drbdesilva

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        Amarasiri:

        Can you please let us know where you learned to spell? I want to send my children to the same school.

        I hope the school was run by BBS! even better then!

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          potluck,

          They were all typos. Yes, if I spent a little but more time , the typos could be corrected. Look for the letter next to the typo.

          Look for the letter next to the incorrect spelling. I did not grow up with the typewriter, the computer keyboard or the calculator. Grew up with the pen, pencil, log table and the slide rule, and was listening to the LSSP, Lanka Equal Society Party leaders, lying and selling their principles to the Chauvinists and racists.

          In the above, I am just referencing others comments with their spelling errors.

          I have budgeted a limited amount of time for comments of CT, and sharing my thoughts on the curse and cause of the non-egalitarian society in Lanka.

          Look, this post has no typos, but it cost me a little more time. It is the benefit/cost ratio, and the demands for other things in my life.

          Le me quote Lord Byron.( He did not know how to type!)

          ” A man would do nothing, if he waits until he could do it, so well, so that no man would find fault with what he has done”

          So expect typos from Amarasiri.

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      With reverberations of the drafted UN resolution, almost everyone is compelled to think why this took this way even if UN warned the country twice before with previous two UN resolutions. No secret, or even doubt that the govt did not even take it serious but just continued their handling, their way of politics, not respecting people´s human rights. Today, no women in the country seem to feel their rights are safegurded. No people in general would say, the govt have worked on improvement of human rights – recalling how the govt forces killed protesting young boys in Rathupaswala and two or few other places not giving them a note, sometimes totally condemning international laws like while being on premises of churches or religious places, people were gunned and injured.Though said to have held investigations, but nothing like reports were revealed. Their response is – investigations are underway, but nothinglike fair convictions made under the current administration. In order to put off people´s stride asking where has the justice gone was always fed by boasting of on going road and other development projects.

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      The Jarapassa government Have more educated, Two Horn types Like DR KUDU MERWIN, HIWAL JARAWANGSA, Thief Justice, G L FreeRisk, Galaboda Gandassara .
      So get them to advise Jarapassa to Reject Or Engage the UN Draft Resolution.
      Rejection is ok. But I doubt the engagement.
      They Made the Soup, Let Them Have It First.
      Later We Sri lankans also Have chance to taste It.

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      You are right.

      This panditaya is again reading too much in to the American fraud. They whipped up Ukraine to get out of the Sri Lankan threat because the US businesses doesn’t want to miss out in Sri Lanka.

      This writer has always been reading too much in to the American threat so that he could get the job of defeating the resolution.

      It has all become a silent British and American F*rt now.

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      Rata_KapuRajapakshe_Justice

      “what is the purpose of an another UN resolution, if it is not powerful enough to force them the due ?”

      It is to frustrate those who demand independent investigation and eventually sweep the matter under carpet.

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    .
    This all started in 2009 UN session…. we lied and promised too much….and we even don’t know what we lied and what we promised.

    :-)

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    Not having cooperated for the last 4 years, what are the chances now? Not with the booruwanses and champikas riding the rajapakses.

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    I have just two observations –

    1. If the process in Geneva is insignificant as the govt’s sycophants love to claim, why do we have almost 10 stooges camping out there at our expense, lying for their supper?

    2. If we have done all should have been done PROPERLY, then we should be sitting back and telling everyone to go to hell!

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      Upul:

      still you are in the kindergarten man .

      It is Free ride to S. A. S. for Jarapassa clan, Stooges and Their Coolies.
      On our Account and loot some more.,
      We Sri lankans Should pay for Them To have S A S.
      Like Jarapassas,For the Diaspora Tamils too,
      for them also, this is a good chance to cheat Sri Lankan innocent Tamils.

      What S. A. S. in Genève Man ???????.

      Yes man, FREE FOR ALL With Compliments From SHIT EATING PIGS.

      !!!!!! S. A. S,; SEX AND SATSFACTION !!!!!!!.

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    Reject or Engage or whatever the official stance should be that these resolutions directed year after year are unjust and an insult to our people.

    China, Russia and other non-partisan countries would only help a country that is willing to fight.

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      Russia will certainly fight; they have already sent their troops into Ukraine, a foreign country! TNA has called for an International Inquiry that has been overwhelmingly voted in by Tamils. Sri Lanka is not just populated by the Sinhala Buddhists only; this is exactly why the UN and IC countries that care for justice trying to teach the MR regime!

      This leaked document is more than a semblance of proof that the West is not after Sri Lanka or inflict injustice; rather, it is trying to engage in order to bring the MR regime in line with international order! If the regime were to fail to heed to this goodwill, you will have no sympathy from any country bar Russia and China!

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        Just as Sri Lanka is not populated only by Tamils and TNAs traitorous agenda is not supported by all Tamils.

        What right does west have to dictate us to devolve further power?

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          Do you recall MR as a human right champion went to Geneva during the UNP government seeking justice for the Sinhala people? The TNA are doing the same; they have not jetted off to Geneva but merely passed a resolution supporting an international inquiry. They came to this position after realising that the government being headed by the former champion of human rights of the Sinhala is not willing to offer justice for the Tamils.

          You see you may support duplicitous MR and call those who seek justice as traitors; it will not make no difference to someone like me!

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          The great majority of Tamils in the North and East voted for TNA, that proves TNA is supported by most Tamils. Your Rajapaksa stooge EPDP was repudiated by Tamils at the ballot box.

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        Just the same way TNA was voted in by the Tamils, do not forget that the Sri Lankan government was voted in by an overwhelming majority of its people, irrespective of any race. The day will come when the present government will be voted out too. That too will be the choice of the people. As for now the what the government says is what the majority in SL want to say.

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      Liberal One

      “Reject or Engage or whatever the official stance should be that these resolutions directed year after year are unjust and an insult to our people”

      The only purpose these resolution is to insult your people then we need more of them and not less.

      “China, Russia and other non-partisan countries would only help a country that is willing to fight.”

      What is in it for those countries to help a country which does not deserved to be helped.

      Quaddafi and Saddam were willing to fight yet both were executed one way or another.

      Wake up liberally stupid one.

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    Dear Dayan,

    having listend to what you had to say about the current developments in terms of the new UN resolution to be against the country – I feel, why and what failed you and the like to encourage current administration to better prepare for the sessions ?
    Agree with the view you added to Boston news lately, that a small cabinet comprising of several highly capable world figures (but srilanken)was a great thing, but what failed you to make them clear ? Why is that the current administration lacks the very fundemental thinking, while the nation is set before a very crical phase – as seen in today´s context ?

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      I wish he could join the discussion here.

      I thought he had close ties with rulers, but his is reduced tobe little simons to this day. Why is that ?

      Either the Rajapakshe are stupid or a revengeful plan against any dissidents are on the way. DJ should really be cautious. These buggers are not human as proved not once several dozens of times.

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    The Rajapakse regime and its team in Geneve are best served by following Dayan’s advise – Engage. Possibly at India’s nudge concessions are there – to grasp. We lose nothing in telling ourselves we made a miscalculation and build on it to improve
    and win the international community. That requires classic diplomacy
    and minds conditioned by deep learning.

    Senguttuvan

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    The replacement of “Sri Lanka government” here with “The current Sri Lankan regime’s notion” exposes whose penny Dayan accepts

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    THE MORE THE UNHCR-US-UK- ATTACK KINGS AND COMPANY IN SRI-LANKA THE MORE VOTES THEY WILL CATCH LOCALLY.THEY LOVE THIS GAME MORE THAN ANY BODY.THERE ONLY INTENTION IS HOLDING ON TO POWER AT ANY COST.IF THERE IS GOING TO BE A ECONAMIC BLOCADE IN THE FUTURE IT IS THE POOR PEOPLE OF SRI-LANKA WHO WILL SUFFER NOT THE CURRENT RULERS AND THEIR CATCHRES ALL HAVE MADE ENOUGH MONEY TO SIT AND EAT FOR GENERATIONS-JAYAWEEVA TO DAYAN

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      Paragon – Agreed “THE MORE VOTES THEY WILL CATCH LOCALLY” This is what happened for years post-2006. But eventually who loses? The ruling clique gets richer every day. We may thump our chest we are a nearly 95% “literate” society. But where is the education here? How many of this 95% realise they are paying through their noses for all the extravaganza – by regular increased prices in bread, wheat flour, petrol, almost all food used in the home daily, increased transport charges, medicines and pharmaceuticals, the CEB and Water Bills.

      Devanampiyadasa

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    Why Sri Lanka does not use the services of Dr. Dayan Jayatilaka and Ms. Tamara Kunanayakam beats me. In a diplomatic sense, time and time again they have proved that they can make immense, sensible contributions.

    What a loss and what a shame.

    Jay Pathbey

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      Two nationalistic liars don’t make one truth. They just churn up nut feelings.

      Why Did Biswal Add Corruption To War Crimes Charge Sheet?

      When the common masses in such countries become aware that the leaders they have vowed to protect from American attacks are in reality plunderers and squanderers of their country’s wealth, they feel the Americans are justified in trying to expel them from power for the greater good of the people.

      In such a scenario, people will give their seal of approval for the American actions to get rid of such leaders.

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      it is just only a limited fellows are given the access to get close to president. It is really sad… regardless of personal grudges they should listen to senior if they really want to defend the nation from any evil acts.

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      My guess is it is an ideological issue. They are competent diplomats no doubt but their political views collide with the current line of thinking of the government. In the end of the day diplomats should work to the policies of the government, not other way round.

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        Dayan is NOT a career diplomat, simply a political appointment like Jaliya W in DC.

        Tamara is a diplomat because she gave space in her studio apt in geneva to MR in the late 80s, again another political appointment.

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    What “moral high ground” of the West is Dayan talking about? Just click on the link below to read what MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow had to say today about American bullying of other nations and its use of false pretenses to “intervene”-

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/03/04/rachel-maddow-u-s-has-no-leg-to-stand-on-lecturing-putin-about-ukraine/

    The world is a little bit better informed than Dayan would like to think.

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      Dayan should have used the phrase moral high ground in his writing as the “moral high ground” .

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      You are right Antibluff, but Dayan is making only a realistic assessment. As much as you and I would like everything black and white in these international engagements you have to work within the rules that are set for you. If you are powerful enough, you can change the rules or set new ones.

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    The best smart advice for the people of Sri Lanka, and for them to survive in the future, to develop, and to prosper with respect and dignity, is to demand their regime open all doors for an international independent investigation and allow a referendum for a Tamil Nation.

    Let it go, before you are pushed into it. The high moral ground for the Singhalese people, is to accept that the intend of the Mullaivaikkal war was genocide against the Tamil Nation, and release it. Reconciliation will commence.

    Take it or lose it all, including your living standards.

    Without accountability, truth and justice for the victims of war, there will be no peace and stability in Sri Lanka. These war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide will keep on lingering on until Sri Lanka becomes a 3rd world pariah state, isolated, and ostracised internationally.

    Do you want to save your people and your country or do you want to save this temporary family autocratic regime? Wake up, instigate,and move forward!

    The international community and the worldwide Tamils need to know the truth, and this regime had five years to investigate and explain how and why more than 70 000 were killed in the Mullaivakkal War, resulting in 89 000 widows, 60 000 orphans, 146 000 still unaccounted for and why still 50 000 are refused entry into their own homes and lands. They failed to explain.

    They had all the encouragement from the international community and from within to admit and to reconcile, but still wants to commit suicide and continue with its structural genocide of the Tamil Nation under the jackboot of the army.

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      Are you suggesting a referendum for all Sri Lankans or just for worldwide Tamils? Going by your ilks track record I’ll assume it is only for the Tamils.

      I’m genuinely interested in how a referendum for a Tamil nation on our country can push us into development and prosperity? I guess after a sizable tamilnadu population migrate to the newly found tamil nation and start looking for tamil homelands in south of Anuradhapura our living standards will high rocket.

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      manicka,
      I am all for an International “independent” investigation, but under a few conditions. Investigators from the west including the EU and India should not be included as a result of their bias and anti-Sri Lankan stand. Investigation should include the time period 1948 to present. All countries that were involved in this conflict in any form should be investigated for their role in the terrorists war (arms suppliers, allowed banking and fund raising for terrorist activities, harbored or currently harboring LTTE activist, harboring wanted terrorists like Adle Balasingham etc.). Evidence could be obtained from people who live in Sri Lanka and were directly affected (no accounts from asylum seekers, humanitarian organizations, NGOs, Tamil diaspora, third party witnesses and hear say evidence). This would make such investigation unbiased and credible. I trust you will agree.
      With regard to your referendum idea, it would be only good if the whole country participate in voting. Imagine how many countries this world will end up with if only minority of each country is allowed to vote. I feel the US would have had over 70 countries within it by now.

      You again talk about accountability, truth and justice for the victims. Who are the victims? The innocent Tamil civilians who had nothing to do with terror war or the LTTE terrorists? What are you talking about?

      By the way you say, 70,000 killed and that created 89,000 widows. Some were married to more than one person I guess? Do you know any Tamil who was a LTTE terrorist?

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    The best smart advice for the people of Sri Lanka, and for them to survive in the future, to develop, and to prosper with respect and dignity, is to demand their regime open all doors for an international independent investigation and allow a referendum for a Tamil Nation.

    Let it go, before you are pushed into it. The high moral ground for the Singhalese people, is to accept that the intend of the war was genocide against the Tamil Nation, and to release it. Reconciliation will then commence.

    Take it or lose it all, including your living standards.

    Without accountability, truth and justice for the victims of war, there will be no peace and stability in Sri Lanka. These war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide will keep on lingering on until Sri Lanka becomes a 3rd world pariah state, isolated, and ostracised internationally.

    Do you want to save your people and your country or do you want to save this temporary family autocratic regime? Wake up, instigate, and move forward!

    The international community and the worldwide Tamils need to know the truth, and this regime had five years to investigate and explain how and why more than 70 000 were killed in the Mullaivakkal War, resulting in 89 000 widows, 60 000 orphans, 146 000 still unaccounted for and why still 50 000 are refused entry into their own homes and lands. They failed to explain.

    They had all the encouragement from the international community and from within to admit and reconcile, but still wants to commit suicide and continue with its structural genocide of the Tamil Nation under the jackboot of the army.

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      good advice will the Sinhalese masses or Government will it lessen!
      The sole aim of the current regime is to make the make the nation into a single nation of Sinhalese and converted Sinhalese. By doing the genocide of Tamils./MR&CO are all in drunken power! when they wake up Sinhalese nation will be in the hand of china! and Traditional homeland of Tamils is Tamil eelam supported by US and India.

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    Do we need a political scientist to tell us that the purported draft of the US-UK resolution points to an international inquiry if the Government fails to institute an independent and credible inquiry.

    DJ cautions, if the Sri Lankan government rejects the draft out of hand, it will fall into the trap set for this country. This is where I am confused. Why is US-UK trying to set a trap? Could DJ elucidate.

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      I see that more readers disapprove my comment than those who approve.

      I am even more confused.

      Could ‘you’ let me know why you disapprove.

      I was asking a direct question quoting DJ. I was expecting to hear back from the horse’s mouth. I don’t see a reason for you people to neigh!

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    Dayan reduced to offering free advice on CT. Are you still awaiting tickets to Geneva? I heard your potential master Sajin Vaas is already there ! Hope you are willing to be under him LOL

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      I thought DJ was a part of MR regime at least for the last few months.

      I should have been wrong. I wonder why he and others who seem to have know-how in those areas could advise the regime for good. How can Sajin Vaas or Premadasa juniors become masters of a senior academic ?
      What made Sajin an adiviser to President ?

      Where has Prof. Rajeeva W gone ? NOthing is known about him or other seniors who could really be helpful to save the nation on international battle field.

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        ” I thought DJ was a part of MR regime at least for the last few months”

        DJ thought he was a part of the regime but king had decided to side line him for good.

        “What made Sajin an adiviser to President ?”

        that is a long story , when MR was the opposition leader SJ had had some close links with the then opposition leader MR and took care of him , especially when he was in Dubai.

        “Where has Prof. Rajeeva W gone ?”

        its a good question , probably DJ is in a good position to answer that question , often both defends/pacify each others achievements in public platform.

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          I doubt whether DJ is healthy – he was the one who held whatever it came from DONKEY MR to be praised as GOLD. Today to see things different – cant really get his mentality.

          Tamara K earns more credibility than DJ does.

          But there are also valid points in DJ´s analysis. Anyway, all in all, bunch of donkeys in power never thought to prepare well for the UNHRC session.

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            “Tamara K earns more credibility than DJ does. “

            Tamara is very much outdated & out of touch of the reality , she is well advised to permanently settle down either in Venezuela or Cuba for her own good.

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              Did not you read on CT few weeks ago that she was recalled lately ? People thought she coulld be the one to lead the Geneva delegation this time. Then again, nothing was written more about her.

              Anyway, I feel that DJ cant sleep well these days. One behind the other, he criticises Geneva delegation, but not criticising MR by a single word ????? And another depita katu Silva born to lanken nation,I would say.

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    What a relief to see an article from Dayan J without a single reference to his heroics in 2009!
    Way to go man!

    Now settle down, put your mind to work and do your best to influence the geriatric plagiarist slimeball and his team in Geneva to steer the despicable regime towards a commonsensical and contrite response.

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    I don’t see any difference between credible independent inquiry and international impartial inquiry. The west understands well that Sri Lanka Government is never going to do any credible independent investigation. What is expected from the investigation is that it should be at the same standard that of international impartial investigation. In addition, UN is going to monitor each and every aspect of the investigation. We all know our President Rajapakse recently announced that we have a mechanism, we have the resources and talented people and we will do it. West is telling OK you do it we monitor it. It is not simple as bribing judges, and threatening witnesses, and making judgements. Sri lanka government not in a position to put the blame on few innocent soldiers as the Chandrika regime put the blame on poor soldier Rajapakse in the case of Chemmani mass graves. There are number of mass graves under each military establishment and you may have to dig them to find the truth.

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    Dayan, I’m embarrassed for you. This is what I posted on CT immediately after reading the draft (which does resolve that an independent international investigation be established):
     
    The four page resolution can be distilled down to one sentence embedded inside action item 8: Requests that the office of the high commissioner assess progress towards accountability and reconciliation, to monitor relevant national processes, and to investigate alleged violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes by both parties in Sri Lanka.
     
    The office of the high commissioner is an independent, international institution. Therefore this sentence represents a call for an independent international investigation. It’s not going to be a commission of inquiry or a special rapporteur or a panel of experts, but I think empowering Navi Pillai (and her successor) to do the investigation themselves is even worse for the GOSL. Any hopes of trying to influence the panel of experts by having someone favorable to them appointed to it is over. The West can rest assured that control over the investigation will reside firmly within the UN. There is no question that this resolution, if passed, represents a significant escalation from 2013. However, the decisive action that can only come from the UNSC will not happen in 2014. The Tamil people will have to wait at least one more year for their tryst with destiny.

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      Very interesting. Thank you for that useful comment.

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    US wants to divide countries and control them under their plan. NE has elected their own governor so all the tamils people living in SL should be located in NE?? where did these NE province had power during the LTTE control. did any of these international community speak about the rites of the People living in NE at that time..SL government has achieved peace by winning the war. though it has not establish the law on order as it should be. when given a chance to lift heads for those deprived once, is going way beyond the limits for majority can tolerate. it is an unfair call in terms of the majority Sri lankans. however this government in SL must stop its violent behavior towards all the citizens. at the present context, tamils in NE is safer than the rest of the country in terms of direct suppression by the government.

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    This so called “leaked” resolution is a smart way to proof read its contents. People like DJ should refrain from trying to analyze and speculate or even publish his ideas on it. The US is trying to get a feel specially from the GOSL and other member countries to adjust it accordingly. GOSL should not comment until the final draft is presented at the meeting.

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      Why ?

      Even if people are not allowed to freedom of speech wihtin the island, he can still do it to ICs. Iti is his right to do so.

      Rajapakshes will end up in vain if they would trying to forbidden the freedom of speech to anyone. What matters to the US or insternational communiteis to see it balanced going through FACTS and FIGURES.

      Then they would make a clear and accurate picture about the regime.

      They the IC are not against SRILANKA but MR administration.

      He MR should not be allowed to stay as CW chairman if he further promote human rights violations rather than safeguard the rights of people.

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    No chance of escape.. Rajapksa missed the final call .. said Senator Skadaraja.

    And the good Doctor says this is the last chance after the Resolution Lite which Ms Biswal has drawn up to balance out the LTTE evidence, LTTE witnesses and LTTE victims statement dossier prepared by the independent UN High Commissioner for HR.

    And the BTF is on a full frontal attack on their patron Mr Cameron,

    ManMohan is holding both hands of Rajapaksa in Myannmar

    Kurshid says Indians don’t always dance to Tamil tunes.

    And poor Chittambaran is on 24/7 guard against Tamil Liberation front.

    The final verdict is still two weeks away ….

    Shouldn’t our peace loving inhabitants wait patiently, instead of rushing into these things simply because our Intelligentsia say so..

    BTW, the USD 800 Mil Kataragama to KKS rail is nearly complete according to the Indian HC in Colombo.

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    Dayan:

    For once I agree with most of what you have written but where I disagree is when you say it was a Trap set by the West.
    It may be a Trap not by design but by default and the reason is Plain and Simple.

    ***There is an element of truth in what you say about
    The inclusion of an explicit reference to the 13th amendment and political reconciliation with the Northern Provincial Council and its Chief Minister may indicate India’s moderating hand behind the scenes, in exchange for the inclusion of references to devolution, or it could be the West’s attempt to secure Japan’s, India’s and South Africa’s support.

    I would say it is the Moderating Hand by India again from behind. I have always maintained that March 2014 is just the begining and the Current Leadership in India are not going to agree to an International Inquiry as their role in the Genocide will come out in the open.
    We need a change at the Top in India whose hands are clean and have no impediments to agree to set up an International Inquiry.

    But when we have a change at the top in India with the Iron Lady either as Queen or with balance of Power we wont even need an International Inquiry. BJP have already in their Election Pledges given the assurances that within 3 months of assuming Power they will reslove the Tamil Issue. India is the only Nation which has total jurisdiction over Sri Lanka and no other Country wields so much power over Sri Lanka.
    MR is not for turning and he has alredy dug his Grave and it is a matter of time before he is burried.

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      This is what I too feel strongly. I am disappointed with the resolution but understood US will not want to hurt its relationship further. But with change in government in India , the next resolution should be strong. Congress will be eleminated and it will not reappear in future as most of its old guards are reaching their final destiny.

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        manisekaran

        “But with change in government in India , the next resolution should be strong.”

        If anything all war crime investigations should start at New Delhi covering the period from 1982 to 2009 and beyond.

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          Why not? IPKF atrocities need to be surfaced out, because most of the Hindians are under the opinion that they were angels! Remember on all occasions it is congress that is culprit!

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    Okay. See if you can get the African countries to split 50 50.

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    Also exchange the oil tanks for the Indian vote.

    This seems ridiculous Dayan, but trust me on this.

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    Seems uncanny that Colombo Telegraph has had the capacity to access a ‘leak’ of the US – UK Draft Resolution where there seems to be more than meets the common eye.
    And if they were Nation friendly as they pose to be this should have been relayed to the Administration where it appears not to be the case which has sparked off some incredible comments from many ‘dignitaries’ where the common trend of thought seems to be for the Government to be smeaky in pretence of co-operation towards US-UK coercions which would simply be an admission of guilt and surely backfire.
    Thanks Rachel Maddow! for your valuable input confounding the bifurcated concept of “Moral High Ground” ( to the contrary it is a quagmire of speculation in which those name calling Sri Lanka appear to be sinking in ) to which it may also be worthwhile to add “High Horse” where the high faluting finger pointers should come down from their high horses and take a look at themselves in the mirror vis a vis all the incriminating details procided by RM with a sense of shamefacedness. The so called ‘moral high grounders’ seem steeped in criminality
    Sri Lanka must face all her adversaries with a non culpable, defiant stand and count on her allies who have always maintained their support towards legitimacy of the precedent creating victorious war against terror and challenge them rather than cringe for fear of reprisals as a coward has a better chance being bitten by a pursuing dog rather than if he stood upto it and fought back!And the proverbial bunch of dogs in pursuit of Sri Lanka seem endless!
    So far beyond the barking of bucket carrying s ycophants of the West for the calls of purported rights violations in the likes of Navi Pillai and the LTTE sympathetic Tamil Diaspora with mostly doctored evidence, bitterness over the loss of their champions as it appears and the sob stories of the supporters of the vanquished, what tangible proof has there been of illegalities and irregularities attesting to crimes against humanity beyond those of the Tamil Tiger terrorists?
    Gordon Weiss’ presentations arguably are proven to have no credibility through expert evaluation and a long list of missing persons most of whom rather than having been exterminated, in all probabilities fled the countrey to foreign shores never to be heard from again.
    Sri Lanka must stand and fight all accusations on the issues concerned pointing out the legitimacy to defend Sovereignity and territorial integrity as being imperative as no Internationa;l legal Authority is going to miss the impure objectives of Sri Lanka’s adversaries at the UNHRC (if there was any mandate for their presence in the first place) as thus far there has not been one on the basis that most of the accusations ae based upon conjecture and exaggeration.
    This has to be a head on collission where winner takes all over the issue and that would appear to be Sri Lanka beyond a doubt!

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    Earlier it was 9/11.

    Now it seems Ukraine invasion is overshadowing the UN.

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    America did not bring a resolution to initiate an international independent investigation. I am not sure if DJ having any more to tell on that. Without following DJ’s past advices, some or how the Royal Government’s MEA has beaten back the investigation resolution. (I am not sure how did they do it. They are also spending $60,000 per month in American PR firms.They are getting some kind of advices.) So the MEA knows better than DJ. What is the point of denying it?

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    The inquiry proposed will be yet independent and international. The Human Rights Council, that is in the process of being mandated to carry out the inquiry is an international body functioning under the UN and could be as independent as any such body can be.

    Sri Lanka will continue to be under the microscope and international concerns will continue to mount in future resolutions. A long rope is being given and I hope Sri Lanka does not hang itself, as it has demonstratively proved to be prone.

    The hope that Navi Pillai’s term will end soon, is making many to gloat that the a Geneva process will end with her. They forget that individuals are functionaries and are not shakers and movers in organisations like the UN and its affiliates.

    I agree with Dayan that the present resolution in its draft form has provided the space for government to act sensibly and wisely, characteristics that it sorely lacks.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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    Dayan,

    This is the best Job application you have written so far. You have outlined your previous achievements, outlined their relevance and even throw in some free advise.

    Please keep your phone on You will receive call from MR.

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    What nonsense is DJ talking. The resolution is still in
    its draft stage. It is bound to change and more sponsors
    will join in.

    This is what paragraph 8 says: “Welcomes the High Commissioner’s
    recommendation for an indepedent credible international investgation
    in the absence of a credible national process with tangible results,
    and requessts the Office of the High Commissioner to assess progress
    toward accountability and reconciliation, to monitor relevant
    nationalprocesses, and to investigate alleged violations and abuse
    iof human rights and related crimes by both parties in Sri Lanka…..”

    How did this buka pandithaya come to the conclusion that there
    is no international inquiry. Anyone who know a little English will
    realize what the operative paragraph in the resolution says. The
    pandithaya is lost.

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      Hey are u one of donkey president´s one of the advisers ?

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        Applogies:
        It should be one another adviser of the donkey president

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