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WikiLeaks: 13 Plus To David Miliband Too

13th Amendment-plus

By Colombo Telegraph

A leaked US diplomatic cable, dated April 30, 2009, updated the US Secretary of State on “visits by UN Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes, UK Development Minister Mike Foster, UK Foreign Secretary Miliband and French Foreign Minister Kouchner” shows the President Mahinda Rajapaksa talked about “the 13th Amendment-plus” as the political solution with Milband and Kouchner.

The Colombo Telegraph found the related leaked cable from the WikiLeaks database. The cable is classified as “CONFIDENTIAL” and written by the Charge d’Affaires James R. Moore.

There is as yet no evidence that this concern on his behalf will translate into concrete positive steps from GSL. Third, Rajapaksa is beginning to focus on a political way forward along the lines of the 13th Amendment-plus.

James Moore wrote “UK Foreign Secretary Miliband and French Foreign Minister Kouchner arrived on April 29, visited the Manik Farm IDP site and the new French field hospital, and met with senior GSL leadership.”

“At the conclusion of his visit, Miliband asked Charge to convey the following points back to the Department. First, it appeared very difficult for anyone to get accurate information about what is actually happening on the ground. President Rajapaksa himself appeared poorly informed about ground realities. Second, the President appeared increasingly worried about the opinion of the international community, in particular with regard to the IMF stand-by loan and the GSP negotiations with the EU. There is as yet no evidence that this concern on his behalf will translate into concrete positive steps from GSL. Third, Rajapaksa is beginning to focus on a political way forward along the lines of the 13th Amendment-plus.” Charge d’Affaires further wrote.

We give below the relevant part of the cable;

O 301407Z APR 09
FM AMEMBASSY COLOMBO
TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 9906
INFO AMEMBASSY ISLAMABAD
AMEMBASSY KATHMANDU
AMEMBASSY LONDON
AMEMBASSY NEW DELHI
AMEMBASSY OSLO
AMEMBASSY PARIS
AMEMBASSY TOKYO
AMCONSUL CHENNAI
AMCONSUL MUMBAI
AMCONSUL TORONTO
USMISSION USUN NEW YORK
HQ USPACOM HONOLULU HI
USMISSION GENEVA
DIA WASHINGTON DC
NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL WASHINGTON DC
USEU BRUSSELS
C O N F I D E N T I A L COLOMBO 000479 

STATE FOR SCA/INSB 

E.O. 12958: DECL: 04/30/2019
TAGS: PGOV PREF PREL CE
SUBJECT: SRI LANKA: FEW RESULTS FROM HIGH-LEVEL VISITS 

Classified By: Charge d'Affaires James R. Moore for reasons 1.4 b and d 

1.  (C)  SUMMARY.  Successive visits by UN Under Secretary
General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes, UK Development
Minister Mike Foster, UK Foreign Secretary Miliband and
French Foreign Minister Kouchner, as well as frequent
high-level contacts by Charge with GSL have yielded no
progress on getting a UN security team into the No-Fire Zone
(NFZ) or achieve a humanitarian pause in fighting.  Japanese
FM Akashi was expected to arrive April 30 for a three-day
visit.  President Rajapaksa announced the end of combat
operations at mid-day on April 27, and in particular the end
of the use of heavy caliber guns, combat aircraft and aerial
weapons, but sources inside and outside the NFZ say this
pledge has not been kept.  President Rajapaksa told Holmes on
Monday that medicine would be allowed into the NFZ on the
ICRC medevac ferry.  GSL is promising better cooperation and
coordination on aid for IDPs, and some limited progress has
been seen on allowing international aid into the IDP camps.
However GSL appears intent on taking control of the entire
NFZ militarily, whatever the cost to civilians still there.
The GSL shows no signs of honoring an agreement to Nambiar
and the UN SG to allow a UN team into the NFZ to try to
obtain a release of civilians from the Liberation Tigers of
Tamil Eelam (LTTE).  End Summary. 

JOHN HOLMES VISIT
-----------------
2.  (SBU)  UN Under Secretary General for Humanitarian
Affairs John Holmes visited IDP camps and met with President
Rajapaksa on April 27 to press for access for a UN team into
the NFZ to negotiate with the LTTE for their surrender and/or
a release of civilians.  Results were disappointing, with
only an agreeement to allow medicine into the NFZ on the ICRC
medical evacuation ferry, which happened April 28.  Although
President Rajapaksa announced the end of combat operations at
mid-day on April 27, and in particular the end of the use of
heavy caliber guns, combat aircraft and aerial weapons,
sources both inside and outside the NFZ reported casualties
April 28-30 from continued use of such weapons, and many
other casualties from the use of smaller weapons. 

UK AND FRENCH FOREIGN MINISTERS TEAM UP
---------------------------------------
3.  (C)  UK Foreign Secretary Miliband and French Foreign
Minister Kouchner arrived on April 29, visited the Manik Farm
IDP site and the new French field hospital, and met with
senior GSL leadership.  At the conclusion of his visit,
Miliband asked Charge to convey the following points back to
the Department.  First, it appeared very difficult for anyone
to get accurate information about what is actually happening
on the ground.  President Rajapaksa himself appeared poorly
informed about ground realities.  Second, the President
appeared increasingly worried about the opinion of the
international community, in particular with regard to the IMF
stand-by loan and the GSP  negotiations with the EU.  There
is as yet no evidence that this concern on his behalf will
translate into concrete positive steps from GSL.  Third,
Rajapaksa is beginning to focus on a political way forward
along the lines of the 13th Amendment-plus. 

4.  (C)  British Deputy High Commissioner reported to Charge
that Miliband and Kouchner focused on three main issues - a
ceasefire, access to IDPs and a timetable for IDP returns.
They made a strong push with the President, Foreign Minister
and Defense Secretary for a ceasefire to allow civilians out
and humanitarian aid in.  The GSL was steadfast in its
opposition to a ceasefire, saying the LTTE was nearly
defeated and a ceasefire would only allow the LTTE to
regroup. 

5.  (C)  In all their meetings with the GSL, Miliband and
Kouchner pushed for full access to IDP camps for humanitarian
workers and for treatment of IDPs that meets international
humanitarian standards.  They raised the problems of
non-issuance of visas for ICRC staff and military checkpoint
blockages of aid shipments to the camps.  The President
appeared to be unaware of such problems and turned to the FM
for clarification.  The President committed to better
cooperation with the UN and NGOs and to greater access to IDP
transit sites.  At Miliband's suggestion, the President
agreed to meet with the UN and ICRC resident representatives
to discuss these concerns. 

6.  (C)  Miliband and Kouchner stressed the need for a
month-by-month plan with benchmarks for returning IDPs to
their homes.  This would enable the international community
to work with and support GSL in meeting these targets.
Although the main focus was on more immediate concerns, they
also encouraged the President to articulate a political
proposal and way forward.
MOORE
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    wow wow, MARA promises !!! You can’t fool the world all the time , carnival of fools !

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      Sadly, the Sri Lankan public can be fooled most of the time.

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      Love the picture! I’m no fan of Miliband but I love the stare. Rajapaksa may be the big bully to the people of Sri Lanka but you know he has got his tail between the legs in this picture. Ha ha ha… No wonder they were grandstanding after Miliband left the island. At that time I was wondering what it was all about.

      Being able to see the bully being bullied; Priceless!

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        I am not sure about the tail between the legs.But one thing is for sure.That is that Rajapakse cut not only the tail but also the balls of the tigers for good.The remaining tigers left in Europe are toothless,tailless,balless and leaderless.Great for a traveling circus!Till the circus gets underway,continue with your boot licking business.The great Dravidians appointed as the official boot lickers of the NATO.

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    Fool Mara ;) :) :) promise Maruva.

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    Keep repeating a lie is not going to make it true MaRa Liar!When you do something terrible, and try to cover Your a**, it always comes back to bite you. Ghosts of Vanni will always haunt you.See you soon in Haque!

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    EU Visit to Sri Lanka to Save LTTE: EU Double Standards on Terrorism
    [Edited out]
    United Nations, 11 May 2009 – Informal comments to the Media by H.E. Mr. David Miliband, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the UK; H.E. Mr. Bernard Kouchner, Minister of Foreign Affairs of France; and H.E. Mr. Michael Spindelegger, Federal Minister of European and International Affairs of Austria, on the situation in Sri Lanka. The three European Union Foreign Ministers had a meeting with UN officials as well as NGOs and were briefed on the latest events and the urgency of the humanitarian situation in Sri Lanka. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g446dIv7E5Q

    (07Dec2010): Three EU gentlemen (UK, France, Austria) were on a mission to Sri Lanka from 7th-11thMay 2009 to save LTTE. LTTE was defeated on 19th May in Sri Lanka. David Milband, UK was a strong LTTE supporter and give leadership for pro-LTTE UK Tamils and spent 60% of his time for SL Tamil issues in UK to gain Tamil votes.

    Native Britons, do you accept that?

    Wikileaks: Mliband’s visit to Sri Lanka was Tamil Votes:
    01. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/david-miliband-called-for-sri-la
    02. (document) http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/us-embassy-cables-documents/205963

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      wwuuuwu. I caint belive this. Anyways Only Sri Lankan Buddhsit were the only people who loved this country by heart. Not the others or the “kalawan” Aththo

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    Gowrie,
    HAGUE!Very ambitious.Keep on dreaming my friend.Don’t fail to appear in David’s office first thing tomorrow morning.Make sure that the posters with David’s mug on it along with the “Pappa buckets”are ready.

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      Thanks Max. My dreams usually comes true my friend!

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        Thanks Gowrie,ha ha ha!You claim that your dreams usually comes true.I wish i was in your shoes.Know why?I’ve been dreaming of MIA ever since that”finger”gimmick.

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      Sorry Max. I cannot help you with her finger. Coz, I will never dream such an action.

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        Gowrie,
        “Daang” a bloody knock on your silly empty head.Wake up from your daydream,David wants you to come to his election office immediately with the bloody posters and “Pappa Bucket”.Damn set of clowns!

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    I have not studied Kouchner much, but I know Miliband quite well. He is a ruthless and compassionless promoter of US/UK hegemony in the Middle East and a strong supporter of radical Zionism by the Likud party and their quest for a “Greater Israel” that incorporates parts of present day Syria, Jordan and Egypt, and all of the Palestinian territory of West Bank and Gaza. He was an apologist for the extermination of two million innocent Iraqi civilians by marauding “Allied” forces. His credentials on human rights is probably worse than a Hyena’s among a group of lambs. This is not to say that Sri Lanka is innocent, either. Over the duration of the war, atrocities have been committed by all sides, all of which need to be tabled face up and acknowledged so that the country can become a more mature democracy with civil liberties and the rule of law, justice and fair play within an environment of countervailing power balance.

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    What does the banana in Milliband’s hand signify?

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    IN EUROPE THE LEADERS HAVE STARTED A NEW TREND IN THEIR POLITICAL THINKING.. AND TO SOME DEGREE THIS SHOULD APPLY AND APPLIES TO THE SITUATION IN LANKA.. THATS THE KEY WORD..INTEGRATION.. ESPICALLY HAS FAILED IN THE NORTH…. EG: WHEN TAMILS SETTLE ALL OVER SRI LANKA AND QUITE RIGHTLEY THEY ARE EXERCISING THEIR FUNDEMENTAL RIGHTS.. BUT WHEN SINHALA, MUSLIM, BUGHER, MALAY,SL CHINESE WISH TO SETTLE IN THE NORTH THE NORTHERN POLITICIANS AND THE LTTE DIASPORA SHOUT.. THEY ARE INVADEING SOCALLED TRADITIONAL TAMIL HOME LANDS.. NOW THE SETTLEMENT OF NON TAMILS IN THE NORTH ARE A KEY AND ESSENTIAL FOR FUTURE PEACE AND SHOULD BE IN THE LLRC AND ANY RESOLUTIONS.. YET NONE OF THE LTTE SUPPORTED INT NGOS SEEM TO MENTION THIS VERY BASCI RIGHT OF OTHER CITIZENS OF LANKA WHO ARE NOT OF TAMIL ORIGIN, BUT WISH TO SETTLE IN THE NORTH.. NOW LIKE THESE WESTERN POLITICIANS ARGUE INTEGRATION.. SHOULD THAT NOT BE APPLIED TO US LANKANS..??? SO WHY THE FEAR FROM THE LTTE DIASPORA.. I CHALLENGE GOSL TO INCLUDE THIS IN PART OF THE RECONCILIATION PROCESS..THUS ENDING LTTE RACIST POLITICS FOR EVER.. THIS INTEGRATION PROGRAMME IS FAR MORE IMPORTANT THAN THOUSANE TANK BATTLES.. THIS IS THE LAST CLOSING OF THE CIVIL WAR TO INTEGRATION NON TAMILS IN THE NORTH.

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    Dad Milibad , you are the real man to insert holding bana to Sunanda’s asshole. I suppose this is your intention once completed your plans. Otherwise it is useless.

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