“The JVP expressed great concern over recent rumors of U.S. prosecution for war crimes of Chief of Defense Staff General Sarath Fonseka, and possibly Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, which could crush its election hopes.” the US Embassy Colombo informed Washington.
The Colombo Telegraph found the related leaked cable from the WikiLeaks database. The ‘confidential’ cable recounts the details of a meeting the US Embassy had with the JVP MP Vijitha Herath .The cable was written on November 06, 2009 by the US Ambassador to Colombo, Patricia A. Butenis.
The ambassador wrote; “In a meeting with PolOff, MP Vijitha Herath of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP, the People’s Liberation Front) offered guarded comments indicated the leftist-nationalist party was probably waiting for a more certain political climate to declare publicly its political intentions. Herath repeatedly underscored the need to abolish the Executive Presidency. He cited the economy and IDPs as central issues for the JVP, issues which he accused the GSL of largely ignoring.”
Read the relevant part of the cable below;
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C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 COLOMBO 001016 SIPDIS DEPARTMENT FOR SCA/INSB E.O. 12958: DECL: 11/05/2019 TAGS: PGOV PREL PREF PHUM PTER EAID MOPS CE SUBJECT: JVP: PLAYING IT CLOSE TO THE CHEST--FOR NOW REF: COLOMBO 1006 COLOMBO 00001016 001.2 OF 002 Classified By: Ambassador Patricia A. Butenis. REASONS: 1.4 (B, D) ¶1. (C) SUMMARY. In a meeting with PolOff, MP Vijitha Herath of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP, the People's Liberation Front) offered guarded comments indicated the leftist-nationalist party was probably waiting for a more certain political climate to declare publicly its political intentions. Herath repeatedly underscored the need to abolish the Executive Presidency. He cited the economy and IDPs as central issues for the JVP, issues which he accused the GSL of largely ignoring. The JVP expressed great concern over recent rumors of U.S. prosecution for war crimes of Chief of Defense Staff General Sarath Fonseka, and possibly Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, which could crush its election hopes. END SUMMARY.
J.muthu / June 1, 2013
All Sinhala Buddhist rascals, never want to follow true Buddha. following blood thirsty, hope it will end soon. According to mars astrology Sinhala Buddhist hear very bad news soon….just wait…
Siva Sankaran Sarma / June 1, 2013
LOL, Mars astrology. Well that explains quite a bit about the ‘successes’ of you primitive monkeys so far :-)
JimSofty / June 1, 2013
Shankar is tamilized to Sankaran ?
Rasathi / June 1, 2013
Hi Muttu, according to lord Buddha or any god for that matter, one’s every action has a reaction. Not all Sinhala, Tamil, Hindu or Buddhist, will be punished for the actions of a few. Who is a Sinhala Buddhist? Was lord Buddha Sinhala. So why do these Sinhala Buddhists believe they are the cats whiskers just , these humbugs do not even understand basic Buddhist principals. Like those Pataliputra Ranawaka and Gamanpila and Bodu Balu fellows. They thieve, they lie and they womanise. They will do any thing for power. Intolerance of others race cast or creed is immaterial. This is not Buddhism
JimSofty / June 1, 2013
Only Jainist Tamils understand it. So, they walk naked every where.
Rod Atkins / June 1, 2013
Where is BBS JHU SINHALA RAVAYA Homos? let them burn themself when Gota get caught along with Fonseka. All the best, devil is caught by devils along with other devils whom following Develism.
ponil-Waiko / June 2, 2013
Haro hara, worship the dike head ,in the name of Sun goat -prabu,,,
Jogan / June 2, 2013
Every one knows that Rajapaksas’ were bigger devils/Evils than Prabhakaran’s . Had the Prabha been a worse devil he would have got Eelam!
aruna / June 3, 2013
Don’t talk like an idiot ..I think you never see a devil… so that’s why you are talking like this…prabhakaran is the biggest devil, not Rajapaksha’s That is the truth every one knows
Samith / June 3, 2013
we are not rascals bloody idiot MUTHU you all rascals and what a shitty shame you are not a real son or daughter for your mother.remembered one thing we will vanish from our country this is ours Buddhist Sinhalese country.not yours get lost rascal,bloody fool.KEEP QUIT YOUR MOUTH WITH YOU IT WILL LOST YOU LIKE FISH…….
aruna / June 3, 2013
sir Gotabaya… you don’t worry about these works. because every one knows who is the right person.sir you always get correct decision in correct place. so we have no reason to fear about our motherland
KAPAN / June 4, 2013
Aruna people you are a ignorant fool. I am not suppoting prabakaran or gothabba. They are all de same.
Anjula / September 11, 2013
I want to see gota and Sarath fonseka sharing a lunch in same cage.