11 December, 2019

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U.S. Wanted A Strong Military Foothold In SL – ACSA Handed It On A Platter?

It seems parties interested in Sri Lanka signing the Acquisition and Cross Services Agreement (ACSA) with the U.S., were keen on Sri Lankan troops learning human rights ironically, from another military known for grave violations of human rights.

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Political column of Sri Lanka’s popular English weekly, Sunday Times alleges it was then Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera and then Foreign Secretary Prasad Kariyawasam who had pressured then Defense Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi, to expedite the passage of ACSA. The column goes on to note that apart from services facilities being granted to US troops who will visit Sri Lanka, one of the other elements included in the agreement is to teach Sri Lankan troops human rights. “…Something that has been violated with impunity in some theatres of conflict by Washington’s own troops,” the political columnist notes, referring to one such controversial sites – the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

Furthermore, the writer also points out the agreement signed with the U.S. in a haste in 2017, has conceded domestic ports and airports to the U.S., on totally one-sided terms. ACSA is an agreement that has established basic terms, conditions and procedures to facilitate reciprocal provision of logistical support, supplies and services, which allows a multitude of US military establishments covered by ACSA to use Sri Lanka’s air and sea ports for a fee. These facilities and services are to be returned to Sri Lanka should our troops visit the U.S. However, the prominent defense columnist who pens the weekly political column of ST notes, since Lankan troops are not equipped with the required assets to be able to use any of the American facilities, sea or airports, the agreement is one sided. “That itself was proof that the US wanted a strong military foothold in Sri Lanka through the agreement speaks of reciprocity. It was given to US on a platter.”

Glaringly, this agreement had also been tabled before the Cabinet for approval, without obtaining any feedback from the military commanders, even while then Navy Commander had raised red flags on certain sections of the agreement.

It is under these circumstances that the US is now pushing for the signing of the SOFA (Status of Forces Agreement) which the U.S. now also identifies as the VFA (Visiting Forces Agreement), in a haste. The JVP and the NFF have raised grave concerns about the government proceeding with signing the agreement, stating it infringes the sovereignty of Sri Lanka.

Meanwhile, in a situation where the U.S. has not yet even lifted the travel advisory to Sri Lanka imposed since Easter attacks – despite many other nations lifting travel advisories by now- U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Political and Military Affairs Clarke Cooper is due in Colombo next week.

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    This is what happens when a country is divided from the beginning: We have festering Sinhalese riots periodically against the Tamils leading to the 30-year old civil war.

    Sinhalese mobs may be itching to have a go at the Muslims now.

    Twenty three countries helped Sri Lanka defeat the LTTE:
    Why did they help? Altruism? Was it help the Sinhalese hegemony over the island? No, they want to have a foothold in the island to their benefit.

    India has a hand form the early stages, then the West with its champion US, and Pakistan, and China entered the fray.

    Now it has become the playground for opposing geopolitical forces.

    Sorry, I forgot the Islamic State, the most recent actor to enter the island.

    Internal political actors including Buddhist Bhikkus are at work to create chaos.

    Seventy years after independence what have the Sinhalese majority, who rule the island, with foreign help, to show? It’s a pity the Sinhalese arrogance can’t provide water, electricity, peace or progress to its peoples.

    It has become a backwater in the progressing modern world.

    The saying; “Pride comes before the fall.” is very apt to describe Sri Lanka’s woes.

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      Sinhalese majority are adamant that Tamils, Muslims and “others in the island” are not co-owners of the island.

      So they created havoc to destroy the minorities.

      OK, said the foreigners, its fine for us to enter in the pretext of sorting this mess out to set foot in the island. Mind you I say the island, not country because there is no unified country because Sinhalese insist on a unitary state – i.e., Sinhalese hegemony.

      Foreign imperial powers are more sophisticated for the low level cunning of the Sinhalese. Now we will have the hegemony of the dominant imperial power, and you know who that is!

      • 14
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        Finally, CT Editors!
        US puppet bondscam Ranil and his clueless and corrupt butterfly clique need to be impeached for treason right now, for exposing Sri Lanka to the Easter Sunday attacks by CIA owned, Saudi funded, IS to hasten the process of signing SOFA and US troops entering Lanka– before elections next year when bondscam Ranil would be booted out!
        Of course thanks to a few good women and men this has back-fired and everyone in Lanka with a brain knows who had the motive and was behind the attacks
        Clown Sira as least has blocked some of the supporting acts such as the MCC land bank to acquire land for cheap set up the corridor from BIA to Trinco. He is better than Bond Ranil and WHite van goon Gota and his brothers

        • 6
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          It is a Western country or Western countries who were behind creating Isis and directing bombing in Colombo and the east. Why they chosen Colombo church and East church? hoping to sell this one to Western public? and find reason to get into Sri lanka?

          I always questioned that somebody from a Western country have been spying in Sri lanka since 1950s always promoting “foreign descent leaders” for obvious reason. and eliminating genuine Sinhalese Buddhists leaders by using Tigers and JVP groups. Now I can see the picture more clear and clear.

        • 1
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          Israel and US are not likely giving up conspiracy against Sri lanka.
          Chinese army should be given a large military base in the north if conspriacy continues. India should be given information and clarify with indian that Sri lanka have not choice, but to invite China.
          Sri lanka communities in US too should be given information to American public about Jewish group who attempting a military plot against Sri lanka.

          There was something secret I knew about Jewish extreme side, but I always tried the best to solve things in more friendly manner that never worked.

      • 9
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        Yes, time to organize a massive protest outside the US embassy when UAssistant Secretary of State for Political and Military Affairs Clarke Cooper is in Colombo next week to ask him to GET OUT with Alina Teplitz who is weaponizing religion and violating the US Constitution’s separation of State and Religion.

        Time to ask the US to GET OUT of the Indian Ocean, instead of talking rot about a fake “rules based” Indo-Pacific where the US and its Euro allies with their Japanese buddies are violating all rule of decency and international law as with the Chagos Island infamous Diego Garcia Military base which is an ongoing human rights violation.

        They are the masterminds behind the Easter carnage and CIA and it Saudi proxy own and operate to divide and rule Sri Lanka , Asia and the Middle East and set up US military bases and supply lines for its War machine in the Indian Ocean in the Cold War against China and Asia Rising.

        • 0
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          It is very clear now Jewish groups in The US looking for greater havoc and blood shed against Israel.

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        Thiru,
        “Sinhalese majority are adamant that Tamils, Muslims and “others in the island” are not co-owners of the island.”

        What have Tamils and Muslims done to claim co-ownership of this country?
        It was Sinhalayo who sacrificed their lives to protect Sinhale from Dravidian invaders.
        It was Sinhalayo who sacrificed their lives to protect Sinhale from Portuguese invaders.
        It was Sinhalayo who sacrificed their lives to protect Sinhale from Dutch invaders.
        It was Sinhalayo who sacrificed their lives to protect Sinhale from British invaders. When British colonial parasites were massacring native Sinhalayo, Demalu joined the British army and massacred native Sinhalyo. Some Muslims worked as spies to British and helped British to capture heroic Sinhalayo who took the leadership in liberation struggles. So you guys want co-ownership. Go to hell! You guys should be grateful to Sinhalayo for allowing the traitors to stay in this country.

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          Fool!

          Didn’t you know that your forefathers, the uncivilized Appuhamys and Punchi Bandas with a Moda headgear (Konde with a comb) and an amude (loin cloth) were chewing betal and spitting all over the countryside? They even hired their women to the Parangi Suddas (Portuguese) in return for just a bottle of wine? Even today the Appuhamys and Punchi Bandas are hiring their Podimenikes to the Arabs for a few Riyals. What else did your people achieve to own Veddha’s country?

          It was the colonial suddhas (Europeans) who actually developed the country and made you people to get civilized. Today you are wearing a shirt and trouser because of the Suddha.

          If not for the Suddha, even today you will be wearing amude, chewing bulath (betal) and spitting all over the countryside, travelling in Gon Karatte (Bullock Carts), whacking Kassippu, gobbling Veda-Mahathaya’s guli, and learning a few akuru at the Pirivena (temple schools) and continue to live as uncivilized modayas.

          Now, blame the Suddha for everything…

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            In 1948, the British handed over the entire country (a beautiful Sri Lanka) to the Singhalayas. For the last 71 years, they could not achieve even 1% of what the Suddha did to develop the country. We are only left with debt to the whole world and our women have become slaves to the Arabs. It is like giving a beautiful flower garland to a group of monkeys.

            Let the Americans take over the North & East, at least they will develop the area and make it another developed land.

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      CT,

      This is all part of containing the China Belt Initiative and containing China, and China gaining a foothold in Sri Lanka. This is the new new Western imperialism strategy, which the low IQ,mean IQ 79, Para-Sinhala cannot see through.

      The land of Native Veddah Aethho has become the latest theater, just like the old Domino Theory of containing communism.

    • 0
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      It is Tamil mobs, or Tamil strong men working with the British who became money bags that have been going against Muslim interests.
      People like Ponnambalam and Chelvanayagam too Mulsims for Granted. The Tulf wanted to annex the East into its Eelam, and even today Sampanthan and Sumanthiran talks of Noth-East traditonal homeland (my foot).
      Remeber that in 1800-1820 Captain percival who lived in Jaffna documented that the majority of land owners residents were “Moors”. Then came the sinhalese and tamils neck to neck, the tamils being mostly Mlabara indented labour working on Tobacco. Quite a few of them who sucked to the British and also became Christians, got very rich and pushed out the Muslims and the Sinhalese. The LTTE goons ordered the Muslims to leave within shortnotice or get shot. Muslims were massacred when at prayer in Mosques.
      The Sinhala attacks on Muslims came only after the Wahabi radicalization which also led to conflicts with some of us who follow the Islam that had been in Sri lanka for many centuries.

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    Give Jaffna and Trinco to Indian and US military bases.

    Most Sri Lankans have no problem with that. What happens in Okinawa and Diego Garcia should happen in Jaffna and Trinco.

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      So it is OK for you if US take North East……

      It is good with the help of SL Tamils overseas N-E can be developed like Hong Kong ..Punchi Banda and Podimenikes don’t have to go to Arabs can make good money .

      Already South is under Greater China …after completion of New city in the sea ..West will also go under China.

      After this Chinese will not talk only their guns even to Buddhist Ayotullahs.

      Cheers

      • 0
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        American conspiring against Sri lanka mean declare war on China, that mean end of Tamil Nadu too

  • 10
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    There are people in Sri Lanka known for
    betrayals. This is easily the biggest one
    Whisky gulpers Samaraweera, former
    Defence Secretary Hettiaratchchi and
    US brown noser Prasad Kariyawasam
    have done it together.

    Kariyawasam’s family is living in privilege
    in the US for the past 15 or more years. He
    operates closely with Mangala Samraweera.
    His girl friend Maheshini Colonne, who was
    a Director of the Foreign Ministry was also
    found a place in the Finance Ministry by
    him. She is Director of International Relations.

    Believe it or not, she also adivses ambassadors
    in Sri Lanka privately. Last week she was in Mirissa
    with a female envoy close to Samaraweera. There
    is a love triangle in the American game.

  • 3
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    My Point The ( USA) army will come Srilanka/ Tinco, because today Srilanka safety, is not in Srilankan Goverment, and Our Naber country ( big brother never open his mouth) , so for [ USA] it is no, problem, ok, if New government / New President – Kotta, will accept [ USA] naval base in Trinco, because he accepted [ USA] police, Next, why I am telling this matter mean’s, in 1944- British Base was in Srilanka ( Puttlam) , May be now days (Vof A) Radio station, ( I think so) , Trinco British base was 1958, upto British hand, latter only they handed to Srilanka government, so what Minister -Mangal, what he say, may be happen / not, but now days Srilanka need safety for Srilankan ,

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    So it is OK for you if US take North East……

    It is good with the help of SL Tamils overseas N-E can be developed like Hong Kong ..Punchi Banda and Podimenikes don’t have to go to Arabs can make good money .

    Already South is under Greater China …after completion of New city in the sea ..West will also go under China.

    After this Chinese will not talk only their guns even to Buddhist Ayotullahs.

    Cheers

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    balkanization on the cards. buddhist are getting into a trap.

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    I am not surprised when Don Juan Dhramapala (reincarnated) is doing exactly the same kinds of things that King of Kotte Don Juan Dharmapala did when Portuguese came to Sinhale.

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    All these information was published as an article by one former UN-Diplomat, a Tamil Lady, in a foreign Web site. both the uneducated Mangala and Ranil wants world popularity. so, they bend and show their back to the West.
    Only way to solve this problem is Remove Sri lanka from it’s location in the Atlas. Otherwise, change almost everybody of 225. Inside the parliament, most want the opportunity to pilfer the country either by being the president, PM or the ministers. Parliamentary financial handling is highly decentralized. So, Every MP is a Observation minister and gets money, has his own private ministerial bank. SLBC is their private propaganda Channel.
    what a way to go. One of Ranil’s closest Ministers say, Ranil would do any flips, roll overs if he were made the most important figure. I do not why some one did not tell that to Mangala too.

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    HAnd over Sri lanka to MADURO or ORTEGA. they will handle it easily. Even Mahathir of Malaysia is doing a fine job. The previous Malaysia PM NAJIB ahd even Sri lankan cash in his house. Sri lanka is silent on that. I am thinking MADUSH and western company took all the money every where in the world.

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    ” HAnd over Sri lanka to MADURO or ORTEGA. they will handle it easily. “

    Why?; you think ISIS did a sloppy job, last?. I don’t think Ranil’s selection is that bad (or bad at all). I still think, eventually, they will screw up India and America with one bomb.

  • 0
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    Like father like son . No loyalty to anybody- let alone country of birth .

  • 0
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    BBS is being directly financed by US via Norway – MY3 set the trap by his pardoning
    act and the next step WILL have to be a postponement of PE – with MY3 handling Defence, Law & Order – everything as planned by MY3s cohorts out doing Basil plan
    to kill SLFP for good. Ranil will go along as he knows MY3 cannot out-do US plans.

  • 3
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    It is because the people are divided, racist, cannot get on with each other, can be easily manipulated into becoming violent mobs that loot and burn, that these politicians take advantage of the disunity within the people, to keep the country fractured. We have to look at other mult-cultural nations and learn how being united results in those countries progressing and way ahead of us. The Sri Lanka people are not smart enough to fathom it out, so we all suffer. We have no leader who can turn this around, as they all operate with selfish agendas.

  • 5
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    Is there any SRI LANKAN left in Sri Lanka? The whole country is being sucked into a black hole .

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    Every country US has allied with have been successful. post World War II US allies such as Europe, Japan, Germany , And post war Taiwan, Singapore managed to rebuild and become industrialized nations Singapore became a hub to Asia South Korea became an industrialized nation and today one of the leading smart phone manufacturer’s in the world they have gone onto compete with US in different industries. Post Cold War China a great example China manage to become a great power because it embraced US capitalism. After 4 decades of trading with US now China is trying to contain US globally. This is a bad precedent that no one can foresee. If China supersedes US which is highly unlikely all nations will be run by Dictators and one party state systems. All nations that allied with Russia post Cold War such as India North Korea Iran Cuba have all been slowed down or isolated and very recent countries that are becoming failed states are Venezuela and Syria. These are key battle grounds for major powers. Singapore’s consistent foreign policy has managed to bring the country on the global map as strong and vibrant nation. The most reason countries that are seen allying US is Cuba and Vietnam these countries have been battered and bruised in the past and realize the importance of allying with the US. We had a great chance of allying with US post Cold War but failed due to our stupid non aligned stance in foreign policy. Now the chance have re-emerged in containing China in the Indian Ocean. If we don’t ally with US this time we will loose dearly and take us back a few decades. More importantly We see Sri Lanka becoming a battleground for Powers trying to Create s strategic position in The Indian Ocean. Look at our confused leaders today.

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    Sadly Sri Lanka does not have laws to deal
    with white collar traitors like Prasad
    Kariyawasam, Mangala Samaraweera and
    Maheshini Colonne, the darling girl friend
    of PK.

    They wean their way into everything and
    sell wholesale the country.

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    We are a non-aligned nation since 1956 by power of govt has shifted to MEP line of political reprogrammed by SWRD the leadership was reflected of Nation alliance and its social forces stand for neutral position.
    We as nation maintain non-power block policies, do not that join any big-power clubes by whom operation by politics of war-oriented of hegemonies for by aim of the globe dominations.
    We were firmly stand for that neutral position, since over 6 decades of post-colonial period..of base line of foreign policies .since 1956..
    All that political key parties and politicians have to understand that our reality of soil teaches us to that we do not thetran to the People of India and their sovereignty; which that undermined national security of Republic of Indian by big- power rivirals .
    On such ground, we an opposes USA military Base in Sri lanka not that only, its ours nation interest of People of Islanders.
    The People of Lankan and their land is do not used for battle ground of big-power conflicts in Indo-Pacific region.
    Misdeeds mindset of policies by short-sight politics of that visionless and uneducated political leadership of UNP is not concern of ours valued added democracy and sovereignty of Island.
    The 2600 years of Buddhist back that civilization of Sri lanka is our foundation of nation norms of political of Democracy of Island.

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    China has got all of what the US is asking for by not signing any agreement. Even several shop signages are in Chinese. There are 400,00 Chinese workers on work visas in the country. All thanks to the patriotic Rajapakses

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    The rules of new age of hegemony of USA dominance are perhaps that very hardest to define.
    Since 1990 five of US Presidents pursued that very different policies , in the first two decade of 21st century.
    Well, in aftermath of September 11, 2001 attack in USA these policies had a devastating impact on specially region of South ,and West Asia as whole. Its leading towards to WAR of ISIS that turn to politics of Terrorism that focused on the Muslim or Islam world ,with Arbas as key suspects.
    Why we are telling that it would no exaggeration to analysis the last 20 years,that USA domination by rules of unipolar of hegemony of Globe. All acts by US were disadvantageous to Democracy and Sovereignty of
    Sri lanka and other emerging dozens of countries ,which that including Arab nations.
    Our position has shifted to by practices of that US led domination has enter to a New epoch after 2nd world war .
    We as nation do not share that principle invading sovereignty countries by Western allies.
    So we do NOT agreed violation of sovereignty countries by invading other nation that since 1956;
    while we seek neutral form of international platform in UNO and Non-allied movement… by People of
    Sri lanka by mandate other of MEP leadership of SWRD in 1956. We were change foreign policies step by step last 63 years since 1956.
    The big-powers-foreign policies of US that we have realized of that undermined degree of Independence, Sovereignty and Development even can not closer to achieve by 15/1/8 led by UNP-regime of RW, MS and CBK. !
    By landing of US military forces in our sion having NO prospect for the future in Sri lanka,but will be turn to bleak…era!
    It will destroy economy and created vast rift among nationtionalites that shall turn Island that into instability & uncertainties among the people.

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    Yes, finally, CT editors… you allowed this to be published :) you did not have much options, did you? LMFAO..

  • 0
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    Thiru the brainwashed racist… You have shown what you are for a long, long, time… you are a standard joke, you know…………………………………….
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    Ha …. sigh……………. :)

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    In any case that USA Military troops supposed to be Sri lanka, we view that is directed recolonization of Island by New Colonial domination of US in that region of Indo -pacific . While global power ambition of that connected to USA working expansion in Island and its people that USA build that master of the Colonial puppet state. …Sri lanka.
    Therefor it is against Will of majority citizens of rights of principle of Democracy norms by and large undermined nation enjoy democracy that suppressed by US colonial rulers of joint hand with local agent of UNP leadership by .! $$$.$$$$$4@ .
    We will lost Rights of rule of own land by means of democratic Nation by an intervention of world number one policemen USA- massive Military-power . What a urgent task has undertaken by USA?
    Undoubtedly presence of US troops in our siol that it is naked aggression by USA and western alliance!@
    To be suppressed representative valued of democracy, which jeopardized by US armed forces.
    Under mode & patten that UNP ruling system of governance leads of ONE PARTY RULE of DICTATORSHIP of similar to Suratho model of that Indonesian since 1965 to years 2009 .

    The Wickramasinghe’s life-time of Chairmen of the Party over 25 years handled by iron fists.
    The UNP’s ” good governance’ of does not lead to Democracy; which we have been enjoy last 71 years Will of People be disappear once and for all by that US Military foot hold in Island.
    Since 15/1/8 that UNP- RW the rule of that authoritarian system will keep going and get under influence of US that regime of get strong backing by US military troops in Island-wide. .
    It is become incompatible with Sri lanka’s democracy.
    How is that meaning of democracy become fuzzy?

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