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WikiLeaks: Pact With JVP Is ‘Just Words’, I Know How To Handle And Use Them – Mahinda Assured US

By Colombo Telegraph

“The Prime Minister told the Ambassador that there should be no cause for concern since the agreement was ‘just words.’ Moreover, there had been translation inaccuracies from the signed Sinhala original into English. Rajapakse reviewed his long history of opposition to and district electoral victories over the JVP and told the Ambassador that he knew how to handle them and use them. In order to win the election, the PM said, JVP support was essential, and he knew from experience that the way to handle the JVP is to agree to whatever they want in order to get their support. ‘You must understand this is an election campaign. I want to win, so I need everyone.’ Moreover, Rajapakse concluded, there is nothing in the agreement he signed with the JVP that could be construed as not supporting the peace process. ‘I want peace.’ the US Embassy Colombo informed Washington.

I know how to handle them and use them (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

A Leaked “CONFIDENTIAL” US diplomatic cable, dated September 12, 2005, updated the Secretary of State on Sri Lanka’s presidential election 2005. The Colombo Telegraph found the related leaked cable from the WikiLeaks database. The cable was signed by the US Ambassador Jeffrey LunsteadThe cable details a US meeting with Prime Minister and the Presidential candidate Mahinda Rajapaksa.

US Ambassador Jeffrey Lunstead wrote “the Ambassador, accompanied by DCM (notetaker), called on Prime Minister (and Sri Lanka Freedom Party – SLFP- Presidential candidate) Mahinda Rajapakse September 12. The Ambassador noted that he had just returned to Sri Lanka after five weeks and conveyed condolences on the assassination of former Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar and expressed appreciation for Sri Lanka’s gestures of support in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, both of which had occurred during the Ambassador’s absence. Renunciation of Peace Process?”

“Turning to the presidential election campaign, the Ambassador told the PM that the agreement that he had signed with the Marxist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) to bring them into his electoral coalition had caught the attention of the international community. (Note: the agreement, signed September 8, calls, inter alia, for a complete renegotiation of the cease-fire agreement (CFA), a re-examination of the role of the Norwegian facilitators, insists on a ‘unitary’ state and trashes the Post-Tsunami Operational Management Structure (P-TOMS) signed with the LTTE, but now entangled in court challenges to its constitutionality. The agreement also criticizes privatization in key economic sectors and promises to follow JVP economic policies. Over the weekend, the press published an acerbic letter to the PM from President Chandrika Bandanaraike Kumaratunga (CBK) in which she criticized Rajapakse for signing an agreement which, in her view, contradicted key SLFP tenets and policies. End Note) The Ambassador noted that, taken at face value, the agreement with the JVP would appear to be a complete renunciation of the ongoing peace process which has long enjoyed the support of the international community. No Cause for Concern: ‘Just Words’” he further wrote.

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    Moda Somawansa & Weerawansa fell for his trap.

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      Not only the,US,India and people of Sri Lanka fell for his trap…US specially..

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    Cunning mahadenamuththa and 400 thieves with back lickers

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    Both SLFP & UNP treat all left wing parties according this formula.

    Left wing parties are both power hungry and dumb. Each time there is an election they fall into this kind of traps one way or the other.

    This cable reveals our President is a shameless liar.

    He ran for the election based on his agreement with the JVP. But, he had no intention of implementing any of the policies he was selling to the electorate. MR was knowingly decieving the Sri Lankan people.

    Sri Lanka’s so called President has zero respect for his own voter bank. He considers them idiots that he can handle.

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      It is Bandula J. (a.k.a “Somarama”) who can help the country get rid of this unethical, uncultured rascal – Idi Mahin??

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        mike,
        did you not read the latest news that Bandula.J has “resigned” his job and leaving to Australia to take up the Ambassador job.
        His record in Canada and then in New York was so impressive that MR has promoted him as Ambassoder.

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      Thank you Wikileaks.

      Sri Lankans now know beyond any reasonable doubts that their President is a compulsive liar. Deceives his own people. Not a man of his word, who should occupy that important office.

      If he has any dignity what so ever, he should have resigned a long time ago.

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        Why aren’t Sri Lankans calling for him to resign then? This Wikileak and the one about him telling the JHU to forget about the Anti-Conversion Bill will only raise Mahinda’s status amongst the population. He will look like the cunning leader who does what it takes to keep the country strong. His critics will hate him more, his fans will admire him more.

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    True face and character of Rajapakse. Not only JVP he uses everyone although those idiots dont realise.

    His deceitful character is revealed in the sentence

    “The Prime Minister told the Ambassador that there should be no cause for concern since the agreement was ‘just words.’”

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      Safa,”idiots” are we who have no mechanism to defeat them.In Srilanka,
      left will be wiped out if they don’t look after their comrades in harvest
      times.This is the case with Thonda,Hakeem and other small fish as well.
      We must call the culprit to task and not the victim.

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    He is going to be caught red handed. The UN has found and expressed the truth of war crimes and genocide. It must act immediately and bring the criminals who rule SL to justice.

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      Does that effort include punishinng LTTE Die-ass-pora overseas and their backers? Both financial and logistical. They terrorized the entire population of Sri Lanka for 30 years. While they flourished in the West. War criminals?

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      wishful thinking. keep dreaming.

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      Even with all admission by the UN of failing to protect innocent Tamils,as long as USA, India, China & Russia continue to support the regime no justice will be done in the end.
      If USA is serious it can at least investigate those individuals who are accused of war crimes, who are holding US citizenship.

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      Can you quote verbatim any such expression by the UN, Sarwan?

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        David Blacker

        “Can you quote verbatim any such expression by the UN, Sarwan?”

        Part of International Community’s strategy (tactics?)is to water down its reported allegation over a long period of time.

        This is what they call “Salami Tactics” in the business, piece by piece sweep them under the carpet so that MR could walk like a hero on it.

        What MR is not aware is that one day someone somewhere will pull the rug underneath him.

        Prepare yourself for MR’s not so soft landing.

        By the way are you an admirer of MR, GR, VP…?

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          Natve it is a matter of time now, for those who have been supportive of MR to eat humble pie.

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