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WikiLeaks: Peace Process – Five Things That Upset Sinhalese Extremists

By Colombo Telegraph

“Always a lively crowd, Sri Lanka’s Sinhalese extremists have been raising a ruckus over five issues of late. They have demanded, for example, that (#1) the Norwegian Ambassador be expelled from the country, and complained about (#2) a pro-Tamil movie that opened in Europe recently and (#3) a BBC poll that gave pride of place to a Tamil nationalist song. Constructing strawmen, they are also demanding that no effort be made to change (#4) the flag or (#5) the national anthem as part of the peace process. Although their anti-peace process tirades have generated little impact thus far, the extremists’ use of these five issues highlights how they continue to nibble away at the margins of the body politic.” the US Embassy Colombo informed Washington.

A Leaked ‘Confidential’ US diplomatic cable, dated January 17, 2003, updated the Secretary of State regarding the anti-peace process tirades and Sri Lanka’s ‘Sinhalese extremists’ details the JVP and the Sihala Urumaya demands.  The Colombo Telegraph found the related leaked cable from the WikiLeaks database. The cable is classified by the US Deputy Chief of Mission Lewis Amselem and signed by the US Ambassador to Colombo E. Ashley Wills.

The US embassy wrote; “Tirades by Sinhalese extremists against the peace process seem to have generated little support for their cause, thus far. The extremists’ use of the five issues reviewed above, however, highlights how they continue to nibble away at the margins of the body politic. It is unclear whether their constant attacks and forays into cultural nationalism are having an effect at the village level in the Sinhalese hinterland in the south. If they are, it is possible that the extremists could be putting themselves in position to make political gains if the peace process hits a stumbling block. At this point, however, with the process still buoyed by widespread public support, the JVP and SU remain decidedly on the outside looking in despite their best efforts.”

Read the cable below for further details;

Related posts to this cable;

WikiLeaks: Norwegians Imported Radio Equipment For The LTTE At The Specific Request Of The GOSL

C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 03 COLOMBO 000101 

SIPDIS 

DEPARTMENT FOR SA, SA/INS; NSC FOR E. MILLARD 

E.O. 12958:  DECL: 01/17/13
TAGS: PGOV PTER SOCI CE NO LTTE
SUBJECT:  Sri Lanka:  Five things that upset Sinhalese
extremists 

Refs:  Colombo 90, and previous 

(U) Classified by Lewis Amselem, Deputy Chief of
Mission.  Reasons 1.5 (b,d). 

SUMMARY
=======
1.  (C) Always a lively crowd, Sri Lanka's Sinhalese
extremists have been raising a ruckus over five issues
of late.  They have demanded, for example, that (#1) the
Norwegian Ambassador be expelled from the country, and
complained about (#2) a pro-Tamil movie that opened in
Europe recently and (#3) a BBC poll that gave pride of
place to a Tamil nationalist song.  Constructing
strawmen, they are also demanding that no effort be made
to change (#4) the flag or (#5) the national anthem as
part of the peace process.  Although their anti-peace
process tirades have generated little impact thus far,
the extremists' use of these five issues highlights how
they continue to nibble away at the margins of the body
politic.  END SUMMARY. 

===================================
Issue #1:  The Norwegian Ambassador
=================================== 

2.  (SBU) In addition to their usual anti-peace process
tirades, Sri Lanka's Sinhalese extremists have been
raising a ruckus lately on five peace-related issues.
(Note:  FYI.  About 75 percent of Sri Lankans belong to
the Sinhalese ethnic group, which is mostly Buddhist.
Sinhalese extremist groups maintain the support of
somewhere over 10 percent of the total body politic.)
One of the issues that has them up in arms is Norwegian
Ambassador Jon Westborg, who they want kicked out of the
country.  They charge that Westborg illegally allowed
the Norwegian Embassy to import radio equipment for the
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in a diplomatic
consignment.  (Note:  In fact, the Norwegian Embassy did
this only at the specific request of the government's
Peace Secretariat.  This issue has prompted a recent
exchange of letters among the GSL, President
Kumaratunga, and the GoN -- see Reftels.  End Note.) 

3.  (C) Upping the pressure in a January 13 press
statement, the Janantha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) party
demanded that Westborg leave the country immediately.
If this did not happen, it threatened to launch an
"agitation" campaign against him.  Commenting on the
situation, Taranjit Sandhu, polchief at the Indian High
Commission, told us that this was quite a "threat"
against Westborg, given the JVP's proven ability to
raise a crowd.  (Note:  The radical JVP, the country's
largest Sinhalese extremist party, has thousands of
disciplined cadre, including many from its lively labor
union wing.)  More generally, Sandhu thought that the
JVP's anti-Westborg invective was an attempt to ramp up
its long-standing campaign to undermine the Norwegian
government peace facilitation effort, which the JVP (and
other Sinhalese extremists) consider pro-LTTE. 

=======================================
#2 & #3:  Anger over a Movie and a Song
======================================= 

4.  (SBU) Another issue that has the extremists spun up
involves a movie called "In the Name of the Buddha,"
which apparently opened in Oslo recently and is now
showing in the UK.  (Note:  The movie was reportedly
filmed mostly in the UK by Sri Lankan Tamils.)  From
what Mission understands (we have not seen it), the
movie takes a pro-Tamil slant on the Sri Lankan
conflict, accusing the GSL's security forces of
committing widespread human rights abuses.  In a
decidedly heavy-handed and inflammatory linkage, the
figure of the Buddha is reportedly super-imposed on a
Tamil cemetery at one point in the movie. 

5.  (SBU) The showing of the movie in the UK has
garnered widespread negative publicity in Sri Lanka.  In
particular, it has enraged the JVP and the Sihala
Urumaya (SU), another extremist political party.  Both
parties have publicly demanded that the GSL work to
ensure that the movie is no longer shown.  In reaction
to the JVP and SU protests, as well as those of some
Buddhist groups which call the movie "blasphemous," Sri
Lankan High Commissioner in London Faiz Mustapha has
complained to the British Foreign Office and other HMG
ministries.  This effort has been to no avail inasmuch
as the movie is apparently still being shown. 

6.  (SBU) Extremists are also angered over the results
of a recent poll on a BBC website.  The poll, which
asked people to register their favorite songs of all
time, listed the Tamil-language song "Poovum Nadakkuthu,
Pinchum Nadakkuthu" at the number five slot.  A rough
translation of the (rather prosaic) title is "Even the
children are displaced, the children are not spared."
The song is strongly pro-Tamil and anti-GSL, and recites
an account of Tamils being displaced due to an attack by
the Sri Lankan military.  Similar to the uproar against
"In the Name of the Buddha," the song has served to stir
up Sinhalese extremists, who have demanded that the song
be taken off the BBC website.  According to press
accounts, Mustapha was reportedly ordered by the Foreign
Minister to study the text of the song as the first step
before the possible launching of an official protest by
the GSL against it.  In response to the attention, the
BBC has stated that the poll was open to the public on
its website and it just published the results.  (Note:
The "top ten" list was extremely eclectic:  the number
one song is called "A Nation Once Again" by the Wolfe
Tones and the number eight song is "Believe" by Cher.) 

==========================================
#4 & #5:  The Flag and the National Anthem
========================================== 

7.  (SBU) The JVP and SU have also criticized the
government heatedly for allegedly trying to change the
flag and national anthem.  Both parties accuse the GSL
of maintaining a "secret plan" to adjust the flag and
the anthem so that they represent a more cosmopolitan
nation and not primarily a Sinhalese Buddhist one.
(Note:  The Sri Lankan flag is dominated by a lion,
which is a symbol of Sinhalese Buddhists.  The national
anthem is also rich in Sinhalese Buddhist associations.)
In a letter to the Minister of Cultural Affairs, the SU
also accused the GSL of trying to re-do the anthem to
"suit the so-called proposed federal state."  (Note:  In
the ongoing GSL-LTTE peace talks, both sides are
discussing transforming the constitution and making it
federalist in structure, as opposed to unitary.) 

8.  (C) In a recent conversation about the JVP and SU
complaints, Kethesh Loganathan of the Center for Policy
Alternatives, a well-known local NGO, told us that both
parties were creating strawmen.  He noted that there had
been some discussion "over drinks" in academic circles
of these issues, including whether the country's name,
"Sri Lanka" (a name rich in Sinhalese associations),
should be changed back to the more neutral "Ceylon."
Nonetheless, there was no "secret plan" by the
government to change the flag and anthem, and he doubted
that there was any intention to do so. 

=======
COMMENT
======= 

9.  (C) Tirades by Sinhalese extremists against the
peace process seem to have generated little support for
their cause, thus far.  The extremists' use of the five
issues reviewed above, however, highlights how they
continue to nibble away at the margins of the body
politic.  It is unclear whether their constant attacks
and forays into cultural nationalism are having an
effect at the village level in the Sinhalese hinterland
in the south.  If they are, it is possible that the
extremists could be putting themselves in position to
make political gains if the peace process hits a
stumbling block.  At this point, however, with the
process still buoyed by widespread public support, the
JVP and SU remain decidedly on the outside looking in
despite their best efforts.  END COMMENT. 

10.  (U) Minimize considered. 

WILLS
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    Definitely, A tamil is in the editorial board of the Colombo Telegraph.

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      Hard On Jim,

      If you and your cowardly ilk on CT don’t care or want to know the truth for truth’s sake, how can you ever dream of being fair minded or just to your fellow beings let alone the other living forms Gautama Buddha asked for?

      You better continue hiding under an assumed name and continue vomiting s*** to feel good inside and shag yourself outside and/or get help from an Indian village called Bahala as in a recent Foxtel documentary entitled “The Sunnyside of sex” they can practically help and teach you to have orgasm without ejaculating by controlling the stomach muscles.

      Why gloat on the accident of your birth?

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      So what!!!

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        hema:

        Please check

        “Removal Of The Occupying Sinhala Forces Is The Only Solution – Rudrakumaran”

        for my response to your comment.

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      If I were Tamil, I’d take that as a complement, considering how equal opportunity CT has provided both sides to air their opinions and for us mere spectators to chime in on the matters.

      Compare and contrast this to the joints run by Sinhalese like the Rupavahini, ITN, Radio Ceylon (especially), Daily News etc. and you will have to think twice before putting yourself in the same bunch as basket of worms, don’t you think?

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      Jim Softy

      “Definitely, A tamil is in the editorial board of the Colombo Telegraph.”

      Its not VP is it?

      Even the entire editorial board is filled with Tamils would it matter?

      Perhaps a Veddah in the board could bring out the truth (nothing but the truth) much better than a liberal Tamil or Sinhalese.

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    Gota talking Regime Change…Three years after war ended ….and without solving any Tamil minority political issues, although advised by many international community to implement LLRC as a solution, but without implementing any of them…….now GOTA talking about Regime Change…..

    Also again Gota has started to abduct students, harassing people, sudden imprisonments etc…etc..

    This is nothing but……Re born of STATE TERRORISM……trying to introduce again gun and fear culture among citizen.

    This may also be a pre-empt to impeach CJ and take over Supreme Court under Gota……

    If MARA, GOTA combination plans to kick out CJ and install a puppet CJ and take Supreme Court under their control, what we Citizens, opposition parties, Bar association and the Justice loving Clergy and trade unions plan to do?……….

    Come January 10th 2013 Parliament will go ahead with CJ impeachment debate with or without opposition parties present…….and could deliver the verdict without the opposition similar to the PSC verdict.

    If the Govt.Parliament Impeach CJ …….what is opposition parties, Supreme court, Bar association, Buddhist Preletes and other religion clergy, trade unions and we citizen plan to do………Have any opposition political partiess drawn any plans to address masses on this issue and what action to take to avoid CJ been kicked out by MARA.……if so what and when.

    We have to prepare to safeguard CJ, the Judiciary and the Supreme
    Court for our safety and for our freedom and rights…..and if we fail definitely MARA-GOTA Tyranny Dictatorship will abuse all of us citizen who oppose their Dictatorial Regime.

    Therefore I request all the opposition parties to come up with Plan A..B..and C to Safeguard our Madam CJ and the Judiciary and inform Masses in advance as to what action they take and how we could contribute to STOP MARA GOVT. TRY TO CHANGE OUR CHIEF JUSTICE…. AS WE CANNOT ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN.

    WE ARE EVEN READY TO GET INTO STREETS AND WILL RALLY ROUND THE SUPREME COURT FOR SATYAGRAHA. WE WILL NEVER ALLOW MARA DICTATOR TO CHANGE CJ AND WILL FIGHT FOR OUR RIGHTS TO THE END.

    BOTH UNP AND JVP ALONG WITH ALL TRADE UNIONS SHOULD TAKE A STRONG PRIORITY TO ORGANISE MASS DEMONSTRACTIONS AND INFORM US CITIZENS HOW TO JOIN YOU.

    ALSO KEEP INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY AND UN INFORMED TO COME TO OUR RESCUE IF GOTA PLANS TO UNLEASH HIS UNDERWORLD THUGS, SIMILAR TO WELIKADA PRISON MASSACRE TO DISRUPT OUR DEMONSTRACTIONS AND HURT OUR LIVES.

    This is Very Important.

    EVERY PATRIOT SHOULD COME FOREWARD TO SAFEGURAD CJ and JUDICIARY.

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      MARAs’, Bros, Sons, Families and Companies will all self destruct in time similar to VP & Co through their own folly as they are their own worst enemies through their own sheer greed and folly but many more may have to be maimed and die and waste away with loss and damage to property and minds as well.

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    Wimal Monkeywamsa all set to repeat his lemon puff heroics to defeat western conspiracy. Monkeywamsa dancing to the tunes of his Masters Voice & started the bogey of War Crime charges to rekindle ‘Patriotism’ among the Sinhalese.

    Wimal Monkeywamsa said,
    “They (international community) will then say that because there in no independence of the judiciary, Sri Lanka is unable on their own to investigate war crimes allegations. Then the UN would start its own investigation against Sri Lanka,` he said, adding the `public must stay awake to defeat these conspiracies”.
    .
    Does this monkey believe UNHRC Will stop investigating HR abuses if they stop impeachment proceedings when incidents like this happen to Tamils all over Sri Lanka???

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    What is all this Sinhala Extremism? Just because you want to protect your Nation and the majority religion from Psychopaths? Tamils have few political parties for Tamils, and Muslims have Muslim only political parties for Muslims but Majority Sinhalese can’t have a political party for Sinhales? Is this what this idiot and others saying? If Sihalese talks about the injustices done by mainly Muslims then it is Extrmism, but when Muslims talks about it then Sinhalese are discriminating. Why don’t you go to Arab countries and say that Muslims are extrmists? Load of rubbish, people who have ulterior motives say these to mislead the world.

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      A coward like you with a partial and/or incomplete identity and/or assumed name does not deserved response yet in the interests of other who read your S*** ask yourself as to what you did to be born a Singhalese Buddhist? Did you choose your father or mother, your birth name, your place of birth, the country of your birth, your race, the colour of your skin etc? You and almost 95 to 98% of us are all mere by-products of two sex starved humans sexual gratification.

      What is there for you to be proud of plead for special treatment over these accidents without any effort on your part? What have accomplished with your effort other than bleat like a sheep with the rest of the almost mindless greedy emotional Sinhala Buddhist masses or Muslims, Hindus or any other silly organised religious, commercial or political belief system without any effort at critical thinking or feeling?

      Why do you greedily long for and seek advantages under facades of religion and politics for a more comfortable life style by the sheer accident of your birth wanting to be rewarded for belonging to a group of greater prolific copulations who restrict, control the other g the other impoverished groups through family planning, wars and pogroms’ when the day is not far off when the ruling elite will gobble you up as well unless you take timely action to rethink your priorities That too only if you have that capacity though I doubt you having it in your genetic and/or mematics whilst others who read this may benefit, as fools will not learn from the either the wise or foolish whilst the wise will learn more and become wiser from both the fools and the wise.

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    The concept of a ‘ Normal Curve’ in statistics accommodates the mean or average at the centre- the larger proportion pertaining to any parameter and identifies the extremes – the smaller proportions- on either sides. In a society the extreme on the left are like the saints and the one on the right are the sinners, perverts, rogues , gangsters and those of similar disposition. Among the so- called extremists there are thus the saints as well. What is important to identify the extremists on the right and not confuse them with the larger majority that is together normal and saintly. If the extreme on the right is a majority the curve is skewed and there is no hope for Sri Lanka.

    Dr. Rajasingham Narendran

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    With corrected TYPO errors. You may please delete tha above in liewu of the following.
    So-called Rohana,
    A coward like you with a partial and/or incomplete identity and/or assumed name does not deserve a response yet in the interests of others who read your S*** ask yourself as to what you did to be born a Singhalese Buddhist? Did you choose your father or mother, your birth name, your place of birth, the country of your birth, your race, the colour of your skin etc? You and almost 95 to 98% of us are all mere by-products of two sex starved humans sexual gratification.

    What is there for you to be proud of to plead for special treatment over these chance accidents without any effort on your part? What have accomplished with your effort other than bleat like a sheep with the rest of the almost mindless greedy emotional Sinhala Buddhist masses or Muslims, Hindus or any other silly organised religious, commercial or political belief system without any effort at critical thinking or feeling?

    Why do you greedily long for and seek advantages under facades of religion and politics for a more comfortable life style by the sheer accident of your birth wanting to be rewarded for belonging to a group of greater prolific copulators who restrict and control the other impoverished groups through family planning, wars and pogroms; when the day is not far off when the ruling elite will gobble you up as well unless you take timely action to rethink your priorities. That too only if you have that capacity though I doubt you having it in your genetic and/or mematics whilst others who read this may benefit, as fools will not learn from the either the wise or foolish whilst the wise will learn more and become wiser from both the fools and the wise.

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    Jim softy is an imposter of my Name I dont understand why CT allowed 2 jims to exist.

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