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.
Jamal / March 21, 2012
wow wow, MARA promises !!! You can’t fool the world all the time , carnival of fools !
K. C. John / March 21, 2012
Sadly, the Sri Lankan public can be fooled most of the time.
Sarath / March 23, 2012
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!
Max Silva / March 24, 2012
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.
Jaliya Silva / March 21, 2012
Fool Mara ;) :) :) promise Maruva.
Gowrie / March 21, 2012
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!
NoEalamInSL / March 21, 2012
EU Visit to Sri Lanka to Save LTTE: EU Double Standards on Terrorism
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:
02. (document) http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/us-embassy-cables-documents/205963
Bodinayaka / March 22, 2012
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
Max Silva / March 21, 2012
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.
Gowrie / March 21, 2012
Thanks Max. My dreams usually comes true my friend!
Max Silva / March 23, 2012
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.
Gowrie / March 24, 2012
Sorry Max. I cannot help you with her finger. Coz, I will never dream such an action.
Max Silva / March 24, 2012
“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!
Lasantha Pethiyagoda / March 21, 2012
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.
Anu / March 23, 2012
What does the banana in Milliband’s hand signify?
SVJ Chelvanayakam / March 23, 2012
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.
Garayaka / March 28, 2012
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.