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WikiLeaks: Discord between the brothers -half to Basil, half to Gota

Many have remarked that they rarely appear in public together

By Colombo Telegraph –

“Basil and Gothabaya appear not to get along very well. Many have remarked that they rarely appear in public together, seem never to attend the same meetings, and at times offer the President conflicting advice.”the US Embassy Colombo informed Washington.

The Colombo Telegraph found the related leaked cable from the WikiLeak database. The cable is classified as “CONFIDENTIAL” details the conflicting  issues between Presidend Rajapaksa’s two brothers, Minister Basil Rajapaksa and Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.  The cable was written on May 15, 2007 by the US Ambassador to Colombo Robert O. Blake.

Ambassador Blake wtote “For example, when the GSL was reviewing bids for construction of a proposed new port in Hambantota, Basil and Gothabaya endorsed different Chinese companies. In the end, the President had to split the work between the two companies to appease his brothers.”

“Basil and Gothabaya also disagreed on whether the government should accept the United National Party (UNP) defectors in January 2007. Gothabaya preferred not to take them into the government and to work more closely with the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP). Basil wanted the crossovers to shore up the ruling party’s position in parliament, thereby negating the need to depend on the JVP for a majority. Their biggest area of disagreement is quite possibly the debate between a military or a political solution to the ethnic conflict. Gothabaya favors a military solution, while Basil evinces skepticism that a military solution is possible. Despite their different agendas, Basil often relies on Gothabaya to provide the necessary ‘muscle’ to get things done.” Blake further wrote.

Below we give the relevant part of the confidential cable;

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OO RUEHBI RUEHLMC
DE RUEHLM #0698/01 1350532
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 150532Z MAY 07
FM AMEMBASSY COLOMBO
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 6029
INFO RUEHRL/AMEMBASSY BERLIN PRIORITY 0380
RUEHKA/AMEMBASSY DHAKA PRIORITY 0087
RUEHIL/AMEMBASSY ISLAMABAD PRIORITY 7068
RUEHKT/AMEMBASSY KATHMANDU PRIORITY 5157
RUEHLO/AMEMBASSY LONDON PRIORITY 3729
RUEHNE/AMEMBASSY NEW DELHI PRIORITY 0943
RUEHNY/AMEMBASSY OSLO PRIORITY 3800
RUEHKO/AMEMBASSY TOKYO PRIORITY 2880
RUEHCG/AMCONSUL CHENNAI PRIORITY 7654
RUEHBI/AMCONSUL MUMBAI PRIORITY 5335
RUEHGV/USMISSION GENEVA PRIORITY 2019
RHHMUNA/HQ USPACOM HONOLULU HI PRIORITY
RHEFDIA/DIA WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY
RHEHAAA/NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY
RUEHBS/USEU BRUSSELS PRIORITY
RUEHLMC/MILLENNIUM CHALLENGE CORPORATION PRIORITY
C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 04 COLOMBO 000698

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR SCA/INS
MCC FOR D NASSIRY AND E BURKE

E.O. 12958: DECL: 01/12/2017
TAGS: PGOV PREL PTER PHUM MOPS CE
SUBJECT: PRESIDENT RELIES ON BROTHERS FOR POLICY ADVICE AND
POLITICAL COVER

Classified By: Ambassador Robert O. Blake, Jr., for reasons 1.4(b,d).
Discord Between the Brothers
----------------------------

7.  (C)  Basil and Gothabaya appear not to get along very
well.  Many have remarked that they rarely appear in public
together, seem never to attend the same meetings, and at
times offer the President conflicting advice.  For example,
when the GSL was reviewing bids for construction of a
proposed new port in Hambantota, Basil and Gothabaya endorsed
different Chinese companies.  In the end, the President had
to split the work between the two companies to appease his
brothers.  Basil and Gothabaya also disagreed on whether the
government should accept the United National Party (UNP)
defectors in January 2007.  Gothabaya preferred not to take
them into the government and to work more closely with the
Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP).  Basil wanted the crossovers
to shore up the ruling party's position in parliament,
thereby negating the need to depend on the JVP for a
majority.  Their biggest area of disagreement is quite
possibly the debate between a military or a political
solution to the ethnic conflict.  Gothabaya favors a military
solution, while Basil evinces skepticism that a military
solution is possible.  Despite their different agendas, Basil
often relies on Gothabaya to provide the necessary "muscle"
to get things done.
BLAKE
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    See how corrupt they are? half to elder bro half to younger bro. dear dear!

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      Horitha, if you the president you will do the same . That our Sri Lankan culture . you should know that.

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      They are not talking about corruption here

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      IT’S GOOD TO KNOW THE CONFLICT BETWEEN THE BROTHERS BUT AT THE SAME TIME, EVERY TIME WE BLAKE WITH PRESIDENT & HIS BROTHERS ON NEWS PAPERS & TV….. HE’S ALWAYS HUGGING,SMILING, GIVING FANCY TALKS……. BUT BEHIND THE SCENCE HE’S PLAYING ANOTHER VERSION OF PYTHON GAME………… WOW…… WHAT AN AMERICAN MINDSET……. GOOD ON YOU BLAKE…. LIVE LONGER & DO MORE & MORE SPY WORK & REPORT IT BACK TO WASHINGTON..

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    … How come half-brother Mervyn is not in the picture??

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      He is well educated, a Ph.D holder , :) :) :) so, no corruption.

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    Every individual is a independent person with a self ideas and self thinking. This nature is common for sibilings in same family too. Basil and Gotabaya Rajapaksha may have different views and differents solutions for a same matter or problems. So they disscuss and as a matured and experienced politician and a brother, president Mahinda Rajapaksha decide the best without creating conflicts between sibilings, this is commong for majority of sri lankan families older one take final decision. About attending meetings, I think as leading figures in the country, it will be awkward if all brothers appeared in a same meeting everytime. It is better atending one person at a meeting and other one engaging another important matter. It seems US Embassy didn`t have anything more important to do other than digging out about Rajapaksha family.

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      Kumari, the best comment and the answer to all the uneducated ignorant hate mongers who has nothing else to do other than to spread gossip including the Yankees who cannot stomach the progress of the country achieved so far by these BROTHERS and who want to see the country being stagnated and remain a THIRD WORLD COUNTRY.

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        Thank you KISHORE, when we hear or read news we shouldn’t accept that they are always absolutely true, we should think critically and decide what’s the real truth or are there any hidden adgendas of the news.

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        Bravo Kishore you tell them dame Yankees truth of the matter is three Brothers are thick as thieves don’t you think so Kish?

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    This is the most unfortunate situation for Sri Lanka today! Once war is done successfully President promised his next goal is to streamline state administration, whereas it has gone obviously bad to worse ever since during MR’s regime because he is sympathizing a handful of corrupted politicians, officers every time when there is an issue, (now AL results)

    Though MR was brave enough to defeat terrorists, he is afraid and panic to eliminate state corruption/injustice may be one powerful reason that his brothers too have indirect links with such corruptions/injustice hence MR is unable to implement his Chintanaya or fair deal to his poor people of this country who appointed him as President.

    One thing President should understand that people’s anger and curse for his silence against wrong doing will be unavoidable which Gota & Basil will have to regret one day their elder brother’s sufferings!

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    The real issue is why Blake writing these heresay to Washington. One thing is per sure there are idiots within us to believe things from a foreigner rather than from a Sri Lankan. Even when they talking about ourselves, These idiots were there even during 1815 they still exists.

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      TamilSon, the biggest problem is, ignorance is inherited and not achieved.So these idiots were there in 1815 and still excist and will in the fiture too.Sad to say these idiots are like the frogs in the well(linde inna gembo).

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      wHAT ? HERE SAY? THESE TRUE FACTS, Hambantota was given to two Chinese contractors. is it false? heh

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        True facts??? were you there when agreements were signed?can you prove to the nation otherwise or are you too a dumb ignorant idiot out of many who place obstacles in the path of development,progress,prosperity of a nation with a fogged vision???Wake up at least now and give recognition where it is due.

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      lol. seriously? Politics is fun right?

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    This is not an issue to inform US or anyone else, however if anything obstacle running state administration at the expense poor Banda’s and Appuhami’s tax money then President is responsible for his people than his brothers’ differences!

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    its about competition, price, quality of workmanship & completion to the contractual date..We cannot blame the Rajapakse family for their endeavours & political ambitions..Where were the previous PM’s & there intentions to find solutions to end the civil war & foreign investment for progress..Every large family have had similar issues, but must be managed in a civil manner for the betterment of SL..The R family responsibility is to members of the public in SL NOT usa..end of story / period..

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    silly lankans giving china a contract to build a harbour is like giving a serial rapist a room in your house! your future generations will pay the price for monkey rajapakses foolishness. no ship can even ener this hambantot pond. what pathetic fools

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    People oh people,
    Think what is good for the country than to discuss who says what!

    Our nation id gifted with lots of natural resources. Take the weather for example. We should be happy to have a wonderful weather throughout the year. Look at our beaches. They are great.

    So, now what left to do is to develop our nation so that every citizen benefit from it. Not just a few!

    To archive that, every decision should be taken with “country first” in mind and not family first!

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    Some stupid blokes think Rajapakses are saints , track record shows how incompetent , corrupt & thuggish this regime is.

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    so what lolz patricia buletin should be sent to a 3-some with gays like ponil

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    I WONDER WHAT ELSE HE’S BEEN SHARING WITH THE “WHITE HOUSE” ABOUT THE SRI LANKAN PEOPLE…………

    TELL HIM TO WORRY ABOUT THE UNEMPLOYMENT IN AMERICA… ALMOST 13 MILLION AMERICANS ARE STILL UNEMPLOYED (LITTLE MORE THAN 9%).

    TELL HIM TO BRING THE “WAR CRIMINALS” TO JUSTICE OF AFGHAN & IRAQ WAR. (MORETHAN 200,000 INNOCENT CIVILIANS DIED SO FAR).

    TELL HIM TO WORRY ABOUT THE LICENSED “WEAPON SALE” ON AMERICAN STREETS.

    TELL HIM TO WORRY ABOUT “PORN INDUSTRY” IN AMERICA ( AMERICANS MAKE THE MOST PORN MOVIES IN THE WORLD).

    TELL HIM NOT TO WORRY MUCH ABOUT THE “WAR FOR OIL” & TO WORK LITTLE HARDER FOR THE “WORLD PEACE” INSTEAD.

    GOD BLESS.

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    I like to see my “Eta Deka ” gena white house ekata kiyanawanam! This msg to current US embussy people and those who go shopping (kade Yana) for them.

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    THIS IS SRI LANKAN EMBUSSY SPECIAL SECRET CABLE:

    OMG! OBAMA WENT TO KAKUSSI. OMG! THE BETTA (BOGA) MENNA SIZE.
    NOT ONLY THAT OUR SPECIAL INVESTIGATOR FOUND TAKKALI PIECS AND BELL
    PEPPER PIECES ON BOGA.

    SRI LANKAN EMBASSADOR WASHINGTON D.C.

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    seriously, Now that we have the power of freedom to build sri lanka sky high in very few years. We do not need to think about what others think or talk this period. What we have to do is stick in to the same plan , which is development through sustainable economy, which is again agriculture base economy of course. Thank you very much . have a nice day.

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