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WikiLeaks: As The Oldest Democracy In Asia, Sri Lanka Has Its Own Investigatory Processes – Jaliya To US

“Wickramasuriya had no immediate reaction to the report itself, but said the GSL believed that economic development and resettlement of internally displaced persons (IDPs) would foster reconciliation. As the oldest democracy in Asia, he said Sri Lanka has its own investigatory processes, including administrative sanction against police and soldiers who commit abuses, such as occurred in the 1980s. He said the Army was much more disciplined this time and showed restraint in this final offensive against the LTTE, losing a lot of soldiers as a result.” US State Department wrote to US Embassy Colombo. 

Jaliya Wickramasuriya

Jaliya Wickramasuriya

A classified diplomatic cable which details a meeting the US Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert O. Blake and Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Investigations Stephen Rapp  had with Sri Lankan Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya on October 21, 2009. The Colombo Telegraph found the related US diplomatic cable from the Secretary of State section of the WikiLeaks database. The cable was classified as “Confidential” and signed by Hillary Clinton.

State department wrote; Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Blake and Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Investigations Rapp met with Sri Lankan Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya and DCM Tissa Wijeratne October 21 at the State Department to provide them a copy of the Department of State ‘Report to Congress on Incidents during the Recent Conflict in Sri Lanka.’ The report was posted on the Department (S/WCI) website on October 22.Rapp first asserted Sri Lanka’s right to self defense against a terrorist group. He also stated at the outset that both sides to the conflict are required to respect international humanitarian law. He went on to outline the report, noting that it included reports of the use of human shields and child soldiers by the LTTE, and reports of unlawful attacks on civilians and civilian objects such a hospitals. Rapp next identified specific limitations, such as lack of access to the conflict zone and the inability to corroborate many incidents, which explained why the State Department was not in a position to draw factual or legal conclusions. Rather, the report should be seen as a compilation of credible incidents worthy of investigation by the GSL. He expressed great respect for and confidence in Sri Lanka’s legal institutions and traditions. He said the United States is not calling for international investigations, but is looking to the GSL to identify and implement a credible accountability process. Blake emphasized the importance of the Sri Lankan government engaging Tamil leaders in Sri Lanka on what they would consider to be a credible accountability mechanism.”

Read the cable below for further details;

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SIPDIS 

E.O. 12958: DECL: 10/22/2019 
TAGS: PREL PGOV PTER KAWC PHUM CE
SUBJECT: SRI LANKA: REPORT TO CONGRESS ON RECENT CONFLICT 
HANDED TO SRI LANKAN AMBASSADOR 

REF: STATE 109032 

Classified By: SCA A/S Robert O. Blake, Jr., reasons 1.4 (b) and (d) 

¶1. (SBU) Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian 
Affairs Blake and Ambassador at Large for War Crimes 
Investigations Rapp met with Sri Lankan Ambassador Jaliya 
Wickramasuriya and DCM Tissa Wijeratne October 21 at the 
State Department to provide them a copy of the Department of 
State "Report to Congress on Incidents during the Recent 
Conflict in Sri Lanka."  The report was posted on the 
Department (S/WCI) website on October 22. 

¶2.  (C) Rapp first asserted Sri Lanka's right to self defense 
against a terrorist group.  He also stated at the outset that 
both sides to the conflict are required to respect 
international humanitarian law.  He went on to outline the 
report, noting that it included reports of the use of human 
shields and child soldiers by the LTTE, and reports of 
unlawful attacks on civilians and civilian objects such a 
hospitals.  Rapp next identified specific limitations, such 
as lack of access to the conflict zone and the inability to 
corroborate many incidents, which explained why the State 
Department was not in a position to draw factual or legal 
conclusions.  Rather, the report should be seen as a 
compilation of credible incidents worthy of investigation by 
the GSL.  He expressed great respect for and confidence in 
Sri Lanka's legal institutions and traditions.  He said the 
United States is not calling for international 
investigations, but is looking to the GSL to identify and 
implement a credible accountability process.  Blake 
emphasized the importance of the Sri Lankan government 
engaging Tamil leaders in Sri Lanka on what they would 
consider to be a credible accountability mechanism. 

¶3.  (C) Wickramasuriya had no immediate reaction to the 
report itself, but said the GSL believed that economic 
development and resettlement of internally displaced persons 
(IDPs) would foster reconciliation.  As the oldest democracy 
in Asia, he said Sri Lanka has its own investigatory 
processes, including administrative sanction against police 
and soldiers who commit abuses, such as occurred in the 
1980s.  He said the Army was much more disciplined this time 
and showed restraint in this final offensive against the 
LTTE, losing a lot of soldiers as a result. 

¶4.  (C) Blake noted recent information the USG had received 
that the GSL was about to embark on an ambitious returns 
process over the next few weeks.  Wickramasuriya said there 
would be 50,000 releases by the end of the month.  The 
government had agreed to allow IDPs who cannot return to 
their villages -- due to mines or lack of infrastructure -- 
to join friends, in addition to joining family members (which 
had not led to many releases).  Some of these releases would 
be to Colombo.  He said 50,000 per month would be the target, 
emphasizing that with the ten new excavators the GSL has 
acquired, demining is moving very quickly -- he witnessed it 
himself during his recent visit -- and the GSL expects to 
have the majority of inhabited areas demined within six 
months.  Resettlements would begin within two months to newly 
demined areas.  Wickramasuriya also said that all IDPs now 
have ID cards, and all have been registered, though a 
separate screening process continues for "strong LTTE 
cadres."  Blake and Rapp emphasized the importance of the GSL 
communicating the positive steps it is taking.  (COMMENT:  We 
will need to verify these measures and monitor these releases 
closely to ensure they are genuine.  END COMMENT.) 
CLINTON
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  • 16
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    What is this Tea taster know about democracy ?? As the oldest democracy in Asia?? my foot. Even still cannot solve the Tamil issue.

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      Sri Lanka is NOT the oldest democracy is Sri Lanka. This idiot Jaliya is a disgrace to the government and an INSULT to the people of Sri Lanka! He should get his facts right and stop telling LIES.
      India got independence from Britain in 1947, one year before Ceylon and is an older democracy. It is also the world’s largest democracy. What a moron this fellow who is supposed to represent Lanka but only represents his family criminals – the Mahinda Rajapakse clan of which he is a member. No one will believe anything the representatives of Sri Lankas Jarapassa regime!

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        Sri Lanka is NOT the oldest democracy in the world. This idiot Jaliya is a disgrace to the government and an INSULT to the people of Sri Lanka! He should get his facts right and stop telling LIES. India got independence from Britain in 1947, one year before Ceylon and is an older democracy. India is also the world’s largest democracy. What a moron this fellow who is supposed to represent Lanka but only represents his family criminals – the Mahinda Rajapakse clan of which he is a member. No one will believe anything the representatives of Sri Lankas Jarapassa regime say!

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        India is a pseudo Democrasy as it has effectively been run by a tiny tiny minority since independence, with 1 family having ruled India for decades. — Sri Lanka too was hardly ever a democrasy, it only had the overt trappings of a democrasy but it has never really had respect for rule of law and fundemental human rights.

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          Palmsquirrell,

          Well said. I have to agree with you.

          Sri Lanka’s democracy is deeply flawed and corrupted.

          Cheers!

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          Problem with you Jaffna Tamils is they always think only they have head in the world even though they are beaten at school, campus etc. by none other than Brahmins who lived there.

          The SL Muslim has produced world champion snooker.

          What have you shown the world suicide bomb only??

          Tamil Nadu alone has Anand the 5 times chess champion of the world trained by his housewife mum.
          Many a booker prize, Nobel prize etc.

          To give you Eeeeelam is blasphemy.

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        He is not an insult to ruling GOSL but to the Nation.

        Ruling GOSL is branded as one of the brutal regimes acting the world today.

        And the bugger may have just made a mistake starting with unknown stuff.

    • 7
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      Chutiooooooooooo,
      not to get worried,
      This is one of the thousands of ridicule decisions of the current rulers.
      So, the levels have now fallen beyond all bearing.

    • 1
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      There are even plate washers that have become millionaires in their late life. We cant be against him being a tea taster, but the guy possesses the qualifications to work in diplomatic areas. Bottom line is : Whether Jalia Wickramarajapakse owns the assertiveness to hold an Ambassador role, after all in a country, English is the first language

    • 0
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      He was sucking ….. as a student.

  • 10
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    This is 2009, but still no independent investigation. :(

  • 5
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    It is true that Sri Lanka had a good democracy and there is no doubt that the justice system is capable of investigating provided that it is independent from the authoritarian interference. The fact is justice is not allowed to function independently and they are the slaves of the power of the authoritarian rule. Democracy is not about having elections and I don’t think opportunistic diplomats like Jailya can understand the facts.

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      Look at this joker. Fuking uneducated [Edited out] became ambassador becuase of the the realationship to rajavassas. And you ajith think he is a diplomat. Yeah my ass! he became a diplomat bneucase he is a cousin of Jaravassa Rajavassas. still following hat is happening in Sri Lana? IDIOT!

    • 5
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      Democracy we enjoyed to some extent – until 2005. It was not the best but CBK s terms were not bad. However the very same idiots were the parasites in her second terms, so she had to end up in that way. But people may remember it to this day – torture had NOT become to today ^s levels during her 2 nd term.
      These are facts. Foreign policies were also not that paralyzed before MR took the office.

  • 7
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    This man is absolutely a real joke – far from all highly qualified diplomats that the country produced since independence.

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    “WikiLeaks: As The Oldest Democracy In Asia, Sri Lanka Has Its Own Investigatory Processes – Jaliya To US”

    Let the pipers keep boasting about Sri Lanka. Let’s hear what UNHCR has to say about it in March 2014.

    An impartial war crimes investigation will decide whether this oldest democracy is worth preserving.

    • 0
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      Yes, use chilli bags, pins in the penis, barbed wire in the rectum- The best Investigators-how true

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    How can SL be a democracy when everyday 120 Tamil women are [Edited out] by the army?

    Soon all Tamil women will bear Sinhala children like IPKF did to Jaffna Tamil women.

    Democracy? My foot!

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      Go back under the stone you came from mussie of the Golan heights that encouraged the suicide bombers.

  • 6
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    This Jaliya Wickremasekera has made a stupid utterance in favour of his relative MARA. He is good for tea tasting and no t to run an embassy. He failed in US and now he will fail in Canada

  • 5
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    Oldest Democracy in Asia? Sri Lanka? This bloody joker has yet to learn his history!

  • 4
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    Please do not get worried. What Jaliya
    meant is something else. Democracy is
    one of the brand names of teas he sells
    in the US. The other is Royal Teas. He
    wants the world to know that the oldest
    tea from China Jat is marketed by him.
    The one time door to door salesman in
    Los Angeles know very little other than
    that.

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      I THINK PEOPLE ARE WELL AWARE OF ALL THESE.
      He is posted to that position not yesterday.
      Unfortunately, MR could achieve lot more if most appropriate candidate was given the chance. Anyway, it is due to their idiosyncratic principle based decisions.

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      @Hiran Fonseka

      No, Hiran, what he meant was “Oldest Profession” It suits for him and his boss.

  • 3
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    This Pinguththaraya knows nothing about Democracy, but more about his tea trade. What my granny repeated it to me then was – praises where praises due.

    Anyway, in an episode, self made mechanisms of Jaliya’s cousins have almost eroded all democratic values in the island nation to this day. This was the reason why Ms Pillae to see it that the country is now on an authoratarian rule.

    Most recent incident -Kampurupitya torture, Dearniyagala multi murder, Rathupaswala gunning down toward youth protesting just for drinking water, last but not least – the greatest ever embarrassment importing over 260kg of heroin by approval of PM office of current regime. – ALL THESE ARE THANKS TO THE GREAT VALUES OF OLDEST DEMOCRACY IN ASIA.
    Those who not good enough to allow as street mongers, have now become the representatives of the nation to the outside world – anyway, if our forefathers knew all these, they would rise up from their graves.

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    If the investigatory processes of Sri Lanka are followed, every sudden death has to be recorded and a coroner’s inquest held. Every Supreme Court Judge has revisionary powers to ensure that the law is followed. There have been killings of the Sinhalese (innocent) youth during the JVP uprisings. Killings of Tamils from 1948, 1958 onwards. There are no records. Leave alone the 2009 war, since then there have been disappearances of people unaccounted for. This fool who is ambassador speaks of investigatory processes in Sri Lanka when they have been non-existent as the police and judges are as crooked as the politicians and ambassadors. At least, the man can desist from talking about matters he knows nothing about.

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    Idiotic Political Diplomutt. Another like the many others mutts barking for their meals.

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    Yes, Sri Lanka had a democratic tradition and a judicial system where rule of law , equality before law and equal protection of the law were upheld even during colonial era.The famous Bracegirdle is a case in point,though it may not be ideal.But this cherished system has been ruined and systematically replaced by a autocratic,tyrannical, corrupt ,despotic rule under MR and his criminal hooligans. This fellow is MR’s bootlicker turned diplomat chosen to utter thinks that even MR does not realistically comprehend.

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      Earlier as far as my knowledge was concerned, it was like that any candidate that have passed a particular entrance exam were entitled to apply for foreign affairs. How is that today ? No secret, that none of those former soldiers but made diplomats by MR are in accordance with those prerequisites. But today, even Mervin or anyone of his standard could, represent the country, if close to the President ?

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    It is very famous that jaliya wickramasuriya use to be a tea tester in sri lanka.as soon as mahinda became the leader of the country, tea tester appointed as the counceler general to los Angeles CA.
    Then he became sri Lankan ambassador to US had no knowledge about any diplomatic service. Sooner he will be the next sri Lankan high commissioner to Canada.
    this was the main reason why sri lanka faces lots of problems at Geneva.(most of sri Lankan diplomats are good for paduru paties and they have 0 knowledge of external affairs)
    Relatives of Jaliya Wickramasuriya
    Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka
    Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Defense Secretary of Sri Lanka
    Prasanna Wickramasuriya
    Udayanga Weeratunga
    Basil Rajapaksa
    Chamal Rajapaksa

    • 0
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      Battichooooooooooooooooooo,
      It should be TEA TASTER. Not tester ?

  • 0
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    His face says it all!!!

  • 0
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    yes in the Sri Lankan democracy this idiot gets to be our ambassador purely based on his relationship to the president. This is our nepotistic democracy.

    The damage this idiot has done to our interests in the US and world is enormous. State Department Officials have asked me in private why we are shooting ourselves by sending this idiot to represent our position. So very sad that so many qualified foreign service officials are being sidelined while this nincompoop destroys our country

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    THE TIME HAS COME FOR COLOMBO TELEGRAPH, CNN, BBC, ALJAZEERA TO REPORT THE TRUTH TO THE WORLD!!!
    1)The ethnic issue was initiated by the Tamils in the north!!
    They chased out all Sinhalese people living in North of the country.But Sinhalise never had an issue sharing south of the country with the tamils and all other ethnics.
    Tamils didn’t want any Sinhalese student to come into Northern Universities.But they had the privilege of coming to southern universities!!
    The Tamil professors in universities and collages favored the Tamil students and failed the bright Sinhalese medical students.

    2)Where were the so called International Community and the UN, when the LTTE terrorized the Sinhalese!!!
    Innocent unarmed Sinhalese and Muslim villages were attacked and hacked to death including children.
    LTTE Suicide bombers killing thousands of civilians almost every other day!!!
    Killing innocent Buddhist priests in temples and bombing the temple of the tooth and Sri Maha Bodhi!!
    Killing unarmed soldiers going home for their vacation.
    Killing and preventing Sinhalese and Muslim fishermen fishing in the northern part of the Indian Ocean. (As LTTE had a secret pact with Tamil Nadu fishermen!)
    3)Sri Lankan Armed Forces are mentally and physically fit to defeat any terrorist group as they are disciplined to the core.
    They will face the enemy than use “drones” to attack.
    4)Massive post war development work in the north using peoples tax money!!
    Tax money is used to develop the north, which Tamils destroyed!!
    Specialized army offices clearing all land mines in the north put by the LTTE.
    Ex LTTE terrorist solderers are freed back to the society. (unlike in US or UK, where they are tortured inhuman ways in prison camps)

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      Sleepless Sinhala fundamentalism.

      • 0
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        The world is getting to know the true Tamil parasite!!!

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      EMIL YOU ARE A BLOODY JOKER. WERE YOU ASLEEP IN 1957/58/77/83? I DON’T DISAGREE SOME OF THE DIRTY TAMILS WHO CHASED NOT ONLY SOME REALLY GOOD SINHALESE PEOPLE BUT ALL THE MUSLIMS THERE AS WELL. ALL THIS WAS STARTED BY THE NORTHERN TAMILS? ARE YOU BLOODY MAD? SINHALA BUDHIST FUNDEMENTALIST STARTED ALL THIS GARBAGE SINCE THEY WERE SO BLOODY INSECURE LIKE YOU, ALWAYS PEEING IN YOUR PANTS EVERY TIME THEY SAW A SUCESSFUL TAMIL.

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    Sri Lanka (at that time Ceylon) was one of the first Asian countries to allow voting rights to women over the age of 21 without any restrictions. Since then, women have enjoyed a significant presence in the Sri Lankan political arena. The zenith of this favourable condition to women has been the 1960 July General Elections, in which Ceylon elected the world’s first woman Prime Minister, Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike. Her daughter, Mrs. Chandrika Kumaratunga also became the Prime Minister later in 1994, and the same year she was elected as the Executive President of Sri Lanka, making her the fourth woman in the world to hold the portfolio.
    so jaliya is right is one of the oldest democracies as a us ambassador jaliya is doing a great job

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      Really, he is doing a great job ?

  • 0
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    Idiot! First sri lanka is not the oldest democracy in asia. First comprehend what this man is saying. And dont talk history,talk about the present situation.ITs no more a democracy. People like you should be wiped out from this earth for kissin ass or murderers, rapists, and thieves. You also have a cut aha?

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    Perhaps this taster of black tea is basing his theory on what others say was offered by the Donoghmore constitution in 1931. Actually experts deem that Japan is the oldest democracy in Asia. As Alexander Pope said:”Little learning is a dangerous thing”. Bensen

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    His sister is the secretary to the president and director at Mobitel, brother at airport and aviation as chairman …..together they work in concert to take our country to a new low…..

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    “Cheap Shot Artist”- “Wickramasuriya stupidity shines on your face.

    Stupidity and fraud go hand in glove – Jung.

    The British gave all the inhabitants the right to vote in 1931.

    In 1948 by accident Ceylon was given independence and the Sinhala Buddhist immediately disenfranchised the tea workers the bread winners of the nation even today.

    This is the democracy this rajaporkistan mutt is spelling out.

    May you be dammed at the Den Haag.

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      Absolutely Javi. Keep writing, so some of these fools will understand the moderates like you and me will not take it anymore. This Jaliya bugger should have said, Sri Lanka is the oldest ‘dys’functional democracy in the world. Disgraceful bugger, what schooling does he have to go to the U.S. to represent this useless government.

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    chin gala [Edited out] don’t talk a load of bollocks. we all know the merit of your investigatory process. your investigations for the past 65 years on any subject have not only been inconclusive but also resulted in exonerating the guilty. your so called pucca legal system is nothing but a load of bunkum. in short the victims never got any justice from your flawed and biased legal system. your legal system is even worse than the law of the jungle. stop blabbering just pack it in.

  • 0
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    I always love this guys looks. Priceless.

    • 0
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      good one.

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    The biggest weakness of all of Sri Lanka’s envoys
    overseas is that they play to the gallery in
    Colombo. They send reams of news reports to the
    local media speaking of things which they never
    do.In the case of Jaliya, he has even hired a
    PR agency at US $ 30,000 public money to promote
    himself. They sing paeans of praise for this horseless
    jockey. What a waste of funds!!!

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    The facility extended to you to make comments is democracy in itself. Have respect for yourself when making comments. You may be right but you are wrong if you are rude. If you have to – feel free to make comments on what Mr Jaliya Wickremasuriya said. You only expose yourself when you make rude comments.

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