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WikiLeaks: Ranil’s Comment That The Tigers Would Not Agree To Any Peace Settlement Is Interesting:US

“Wickremesinghe showed his usual mix of sharp political insights tempered with a self-centered approach focused on short-term political gains. He made it clear he will not cut the President any political slack, even at a time of national urgency. His comment that the Tigers would not agree to any peace settlement, but would have to be isolated, is particularly interesting.” the US Embassy Colombo informed Washington.

Ranil Wickremesinghe

Ranil Wickremesinghe

The Colombo Telegraph found the related leaked cable from the WikiLeaks database. The “Confidential” cable is signed by the US Ambassador to Colombo Jeffrey J. Lunstead on June 23, 2006.

The ambassador wrote; “The UNP attended the initial session of the President’s All-Party Conference to build consensus on the ethnic issue, but Wickremesinghe now insists that the UNP will not attend further sessions until the GSL clarifies its position and recommits to the Tokyo Declaration, calling for a peaceful negotiated settlement with maximum devolution in a united Sri Lanka. Wickremesinghe believes that if his party and the president’s Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) could decide on a united negotiating posture to address the LTTE, the JVP would not be able to undermine the agreement. The Ambassador asked if, looking back, Wickremesinghe thought negotiations with the LTTE would have brought progress, or whether the LTTE would have returned to violence anyway, as they have now done. Wickremesinghe said that when he had signed the Ceasefire Agreement in 2002, his plan had been to engineer a settlement that would appeal to the mass of Tamils, the Sinhalese, and the international community. This would have isolated the LTTE.”

“Wickremesinghe asserted that some in the Government and the military believe a short, forceful military campaign could bring the LTTE to its knees. If they try that, however, they will fail, and the president ‘will be in trouble,’ perhaps having to bow to public pressure to hold parliamentary elections. In Wickremesinghe’s view, elections would publicly signify that Rajapaksa has no viable solution to the conflict, and his party would lose the majority. The UNP would win the largest number of seats but not a majority, leaving a hung parliament.

“Wickremesinghe also criticized the Government of Sri Lanka’s (GSL’s) human rights record, alleging that high level officers such as defense secretary (and the president’s brother) Gotabaya Rajapaksa and army chief Sarath Fonseka had given orders to target civilians. Wickremesinghe also claimed he had heard reports of Sri Lankan Army and LTTE-breakaway Karuna faction cadres holding Tamil businessmen for ransom. (Note: We have not heard this allegation before, but will attempt to check it out. End note.) Wickremesinghe said this is another reason why the UNP would not ally itself with the government. He felt the European Union, in tandem with its ban on the LTTE, should call the GSL to task over human rights violations.”

Read the cable below for further details;

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 06/22/2016
TAGS: PGOV CE
SUBJECT: SRI LANKA: OPPOSITION LEADER ASSESSES THE CONFLICT

Classified By: AMBASSADOR JEFFREY J. LUNSTEAD FOR REASONS 1.4(b) and (d
)

¶1. (C) Summary. In a June 22 meeting with the Ambassador,
Ranil Wickremesinghe, leader of the opposition United
National Party (UNP), criticized the president’s alliance
with the Marxist Sinhalese chauvinist Janatha Vimukthi
Peramuna (JVP). Wickremesinghe felt the president’s Sri
Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) could work with his own UNP to
prepare a negotiating position to deal with the Liberation
Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). However, Wickremesinghe was
pessimistic about the possibility of the UNP and SLFP
collaborating, suggesting instead that the president will
remain bound to the JVP. End summary.

¶2. (C) On June 22 the Ambassador called on former Prime
Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, leader of the opposition
United National Party (UNP). Wickremesinghe said President
Rajapaksa faces two choices: he can either continue to
support the Marxist Sinhalese nationalist Janatha Vimukthi
Peramuna (JVP) and look to that party for a Sinhalese
chauvinist support base, or he can work with the UNP to
create a long-term solution to Sri Lanka’s conflict.
Wickremesinghe felt Rajapaksa blames the JVP for unpopular
policy decisions that the president actually supports, citing
the JVP’s opposition to the bill on restructuring the Ceylon
Electricity Board (CEB) as one example. Wickremesinghe said
the JVP’s 39 seats in parliament are largely the result of
government support, and the JVP should not be permitted to
drive the agenda in resolving Sri Lanka’s conflict.
According to Wickremesinghe, the president always sees an
alliance with the JVP as “the first option.”

¶3. (C) The UNP attended the initial session of the
President’s All-Party Conference to build consensus on the
ethnic issue, but Wickremesinghe now insists that the UNP
will not attend further sessions until the GSL clarifies its
position and recommits to the Tokyo Declaration, calling for
a peaceful negotiated settlement with maximum devolution in a
united Sri Lanka. Wickremesinghe believes that if his party
and the president’s Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) could
decide on a united negotiating posture to address the LTTE,
the JVP would not be able to undermine the agreement. The
Ambassador asked if, looking back, Wickremesinghe thought
negotiations with the LTTE would have brought progress, or
whether the LTTE would have returned to violence anyway, as
they have now done. Wickremesinghe said that when he had
signed the Ceasefire Agreement in 2002, his plan had been to
engineer a settlement that would appeal to the mass of
Tamils, the Sinhalese, and the international community. This
would have isolated the LTTE.

¶4. (C) Wickremesinghe asserted that some in the Government
and the military believe a short, forceful military campaign
could bring the LTTE to its knees. If they try that,
however, they will fail, and the president “will be in
trouble,” perhaps having to bow to public pressure to hold
parliamentary elections. In Wickremesinghe’s view, elections
would publicly signify that Rajapaksa has no viable solution
to the conflict, and his party would lose the majority. The
UNP would win the largest number of seats but not a majority,
leaving a hung parliament.

¶5. (C) Wickremesinghe also criticized the Government of Sri
Lanka’s (GSL’s) human rights record, alleging that high level
officers such as defense secretary (and the president’s
brother) Gothabaya Rajapaksa and army chief Sarath Fonseka
had given orders to target civilians. Wickremesinghe also
claimed he had heard reports of Sri Lankan Army and
LTTE-breakaway Karuna faction cadres holding Tamil
businessmen for ransom. (Note: We have not heard this
allegation before, but will attempt to check it out. End
note.) Wickremesinghe said this is another reason why the
UNP would not ally itself with the government. He felt the
European Union, in tandem with its ban on the LTTE, should
call the GSL to task over human rights violations.

¶6. (C) Comment: Wickremesinghe showed his usual mix of sharp
political insights tempered with a self-centered approach
focused on short-term political gains. He made it clear he
COLOMBO 00001048 002 OF 002
will not cut the President any political slack, even at a
time of national urgency. His comment that the Tigers would
not agree to any peace settlement, but would have to be
isolated, is particularly interesting.
LUNSTEAD

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    “The UNP would win the largest number of seats but not a majority, leaving a hung parliament.”

    ha ha that’s why you ended up with 40 seats and allowed Mahinda to have a 2/3 majority in a PR system (unheard of anywhere else)?

    Also reduced UNP to be unable to contest 2 TWO presidential elections ?

    Yes “sharp political insights” indeed.

    One thing I agree, he is very very very self centered.

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      Robert R,

      Was it not the critics of Ranil with MR at the top believed and trumpeted to the world that Ranil can never win an election? MR was most certain that he can never be shaken or removed. What happened?

      See what happens after the next General Elections, to understand who Ranil is?

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        Yes, Ranil has been “winning” elections since 1994.

        20+ years of “victory” that none can match.

        With leaders such as him, why are we surprised that dictatorships take root?

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          Please do not side step the issue. All those 20 odd times MR won by crookery. Your contention was that Ranil can not win an Election. Let us see the up coming election as to whether Ranil will not win?

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      and stupid

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    RE: “WikiLeaks: Ranil’s Comment That The Tigers Would Not Agree To Any Peace Settlement Is Interesting:US”

    “Wickremesinghe showed his usual mix of sharp political insights tempered with a self-centered approach focused on short-term political gains. He made it clear he will not cut the President any political slack, even at a time of national urgency. His comment that the Tigers would not agree to any peace settlement, but would have to be isolated, is particularly interesting.” the US Embassy Colombo informed Washington.”

    That is Foresight from Experience.

    It took that long for the Sri Lankan Politicians to understand that.

    Once, the Problem was understood, a Solution was in sight, Courtesy Sarath Fonseka et al. That is why VP wanted to kill Sarath Fonseka.

    “95% of the Solution is identifying the Problem” Bertrand Russel.

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    “alleging that high level officers such as defense secretary (and the president’s brother) Gotabaya Rajapaksa and army chief Sarath Fonseka had given orders to target civilians.”

    And there are people who still want to block a war crimes Inquiry??

  • 9
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    In SL, Politics is an exercise of half-truths dished out for half-wits. And, Ranil is a maestro at that. If he was that interested in reaching a negotiated settlement, with maximum devolution, what is holding him today from serving Tamils that very settlement that he once wanted to.

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      ” half-truths dished out for half-wits “

      if you had said half truths dished out BY half-wits I could agree.

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    Ranil is a tragedy for this nation.He cannot afford to be normal because if he becomes friendly with any person soon that person will realize what a failure Ranil really is . So he hides his weaknesses behind a show of arrogance and family bullshit.

    Look at this Ranil government. Yesterday ( 10 June) very little work was done in Ministries and Government Departments because all the bosses( UNP boys) went to Kandy for Senaka Senasiinghe’s fathers funeral , a retired lawyer.

    Among the mourners was the Governor of Central Bank Arjun Mahendran who looked really sad at the passing of the old Senasinghe. Arjun Mahendran is not a politician nor has to be popular. His job is such that he has to maintain some independence and integrity.

    I do not know if Senasinghe and Mahendran have been life long friends but that is very unlikely as they come from different class and culture. Now Mahendran whose right to hold this post is very damaged seems to be currying favour with politicans however minor.

    This is the type of Ranil rule which the UNP is canvassing for !

    Ranils argument for removing CJ Mohan Pieris was that Pieris was not properly appointed as Shirani Bandarnayke was not properly removed. Was DM Jayaratne properly removed and Ranil properly installed as PM ?

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    Ranil you are spot on! I bow my head to the rank and file LTTE cadres who took up arms to fight racial oppression in SL, but the LTTE leadership was not interested in finding a political solution. In 1987, there was a near-perfect political solution mediated by India but Prabaharan like a madman opted to ignore this and resumed fighting. In early 90s, Chandrika came up with a meaningful package to work out a political solution, but again this madman blasted off Neelan T and carried on fighting.

    I am relieved this madman is no longer with us. I’m sure, if Ranil had been the president, he would have still finished this madman without harming the civilians and committing horrendous war crimes.

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      So do you also bow your head to those in the LTTE hierarchy that approved the bombing of buses and innocent children as well as mosques and schools so they could ‘fight racial oppression’? Pre 1987 was just as bad as post as long as innocent Sri Lankans were getting murdered.
      And as for you being sure that Ranil would have ended the war without ‘horrendous war crimes’ how long do you reckon that would’ve taken? Even if it was a year later you do realise that you are then saying that you would rather have more innocent Sri Lankans get killed in that time including any one of us?

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        You don’t seem to write like a ‘Raj’

        Read my comment again. Have I ever said I bow my head to the LTTE hierarchy?

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          And you don’t seem to write like someone that gives a flying fiddle for loss of civilian life. You’re not honestly then suggesting that the cadres were not part of the LTTE hierarchy whatsoever?
          Please elaborate Real Peace how a ‘Raj’ should write?

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    What a wuss !…

    Hope that Mahanayaka who gave the blessings of the Triple Gem to this betrayer read this.

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    Can this wuss become the next PM?.

    As a punter would say odds are against him

    Besides the good SLFPers, some within this UNP,Sirisena, Vellala , Wahabi and Diaspora Alliance are also working to do Ranil in.

    Look at the mess Ranil is in with Mahendran, Surendran and his own F….CID ..

    Samare in contrast is now a Champ.

    He is a ruthless person with an iron will, who joined the UNP to become its leader.

    With Ranil around it is impossible even with his Iron will..

    While Ranil is smeared with dirty deals of the CB Boss, Samare has become the darling of the West, Diaspora, Vellalas, Whabis and the Gay Lobby..

    Samare is a true blue SLPEr, And he has total loyalty to his old boss CBK.

    CBK can shoe hone her offsprings in to Parliament under a SLFP Govt .

    Under UNP , they will find hard even to get a nomination, let alone a gig in Parliament.

    Will CBK get the old Servant to give Samare the PM ship under a SLFP Government?.

    As a small time punter myself,I would be happy to put a few bob on Samare ..

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      K.A Sumanasekera

      “As a punter would say odds are against him”

      Fellow CT readers would say you have been suffering from imbalances of thridosas, particularly “Pitta” (bile).

      Signs of Pitta Aggravation

      Angry, Irritable
      Hostile, Enraged, Destructive
      Impatient
      Critical of self and others
      Argumentative, Aggressive
      Bossy, controlling
      Frustrated, Willful, Reckless
      Acidity, heartburn, Stomach ulcer
      Fitful sleep, Disturbing dreams
      Diarrhea, Food allergies
      Bad breath, Sour body odor
      Very sensitive to heat, Hot flashes
      Skin rashes
      Boils
      Bloodshot eyes
      Acne
      Weakness due to low blood sugar
      Fevers, Night sweats

      I suggest you consult a Veda Mathaya as soon as possible.

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        Dear Native,

        I know Masala Dosas & Pittu..

        They taste bloody good too, with a Jaffna Mutton curry..

        Is this Tridosas a family recipe..

        There is a Auyrvedic Massage centre behind my pad in Vellala Gardens.

        It is on Marine Drive close to KFC,

        What do you reckon.. Will it be any good.

        Appreciate any input from even your mate Peace Lover..

        I don’t want to spend 2G unless I do a sort of “trip adviser”.. You know what I mean…Don’t you Native ?…..

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          K.A Sumanasekera

          Please let us know what you know about Ven. Thotagamuwe Sri Rahula Thera

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            Dear Native,

            I know the Mahanayaka of Asgiriya and Veberable Gnanissara who helped and are still helping your unelected PM, Ranil . with the former giving blessings too for the PM for a long life to look after the Sinhala Buddhists…

            Don’t tell me this is another UNP Thero…

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              K.A Sumanasekera

              “Don’t tell me this is another UNP Thero…”

              Seriously, are you a Sinhala/Buddhist?

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                correction Native Veddah

                K A Sumanasekera is not just a Sinhala Buddhist but a Vellala Sinhala Buddhist at that!

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    Every time when Palestinian negotiators (during discussion with foreign powers ) ..are about to take a decision they call Yasir Arafat who flatly told them to reject…..

    Still many accuse Arafat for dismantling the Palestine issue …and for the suffering of them…

    THE TRUTH IS NEVER A REAL FREEDOM FIGHTER WILL SELL HIS PEOPLE FOR POWER AND MONEY

    When LTTE was in upper hand they will go and beg …and say we will give federal solution and when LTTE is down they ask What is Tamil problem?????? he he he he

    RANIL lost his golden opportunity to become President because of his mouth…

    Cheers

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      Chola

      ..”RANIL lost his golden opportunity to become President because of his mouth”………
      …and the Tigers took a decisive revenge on Ranil, but later MaRa gave mouthful of muddy sand to Praba’s big mouth in Nanthikadal..!!

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        Yes…with the help of 34 nations and with banned chemical weapons from poverty India …MURDERPAKSAE or his army couldn’t face them alone …

        so you dance for this bored..fake..artificial victory for free liquor ???

        By the way why to this day no death certificate issued for VP ???? he he he

        Cheers

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          Supreme leader of Tamils worldwide, Thalaivar Velupillai Pirabaharan was inhumanely sodomized before he was martyred. Indian inteligence services have documented evidence. Patriotic Eelam Tamils should demand this heinous crime to be investigated by an international inquiry and strict punishments of death sentence given to Sinhaloid military.
          Thalaivar led the Tamils until death martydom, He is the one to create the world largest martyrdom force of black Tigers. He is also first the national leader to be sodomized to death. long live Tamil Eelam

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            Unfortunately the medical examiner’s report was inconclusive.
            He did note that sodomizing Thesiath Thalaivar with the red hot barrel of a recently fired T-56 as alleged would have been akin to throwing a twig down a railway tunnel, and as such as such the lack of evidence couldn’t be interpreted either way :D

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          Still can’t stomach the fact that it was the Sri Lankan army that whipped the murderous traitors, the LTTE. with the full political backing of the then government? The biggest beneficiaries were the Tamils themselves, with 300000 civilians liberated from the clutches of their tormentors. Today they are free to do as they wish, and go about their business anywhere in the country, as are the rest of the citizens.

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            Ramuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

            Here we go again.

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      cholan

      “THE TRUTH IS NEVER A REAL FREEDOM FIGHTER WILL SELL HIS PEOPLE FOR POWER AND MONEY”

      Except the psychopath Thiruvengadam Vellupillai Prabaharan.

      He strategically provided his services to Hindia, the West, Premadasa, Mahinda, … except his own people. Those were the work of a classical Chanakya, only to be hammered by the whole world.

      Did he have any friends within and without this island?

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        Tell poverty Indian government to lift the ban on LTTE and see…

        he he he why they have to ban an organization which was defeated and destroyed according to MURDERPAKSE & CO., ??????

        Why still they create panic about LTTE among poor podimenike and punchibanda here?

        Why defeated LTTE has become election talk again?

        he he he something wrong somewhere ???

        Wolf and Shepherd story ???

        Cheers

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          cholan

          “Tell poverty Indian government to lift the ban on LTTE and see…”

          Why should I?

          Poverty in India is Hindian’s problem not yours.

          Why don’t you ask your umbilical kith and kin Thirumavalavan, Vaiko, Nedumaran, Seeman, 80 million people, Kaleinger and Amma to help lift the ban?

          Why was the ban on LTTE imposed by Hindians? Bear with me for I conveniently forget many things.

          “Why still they create panic about LTTE among poor podimenike and punchibanda here?”

          They are as stupid as their brethren Chera, Chola, Pandya, Veera Saivas, Kalapraayar,…………………..

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            the ban was imposed to please the imported Italian ex-baby sitter cum bar girl ……….not because of security of poverty India….

            he he he even the high cast poverty Indians touch the feet of this Italian ex-baby sitter cum bar girl and worship her without knowing her caste… these jokers will even wash her clothes for power and money….

            1 Billion idiotic poverty Indians gave not only their kangress ( inglish for congress) party but also there entire country to this 3rd grade white skin ex-baby sitter cum bar girl…for over 10 years..

            Rajesh Pilot ..and Prince MadawravSindhia the 2 people who know very well about this imported Italian ex-baby sitter cum bar girl during here days in Cambridge went to heaven very early by accidents (???)

            Cheers

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    “the Government and the military believe a short, forceful military campaign could bring the LTTE to its knees. If they try that, however, they will fail, and the president ‘will be in trouble,’”

    Ranil should quit politics and take up a new career as a soothsayer – he’ll be just as successful :D

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    Are Ranil’s days numbered?.

    FM Samare’s political fortunes have jumped exponentially since January 8.

    He is now the undisputed Champion of the Vellalas, Diaspora and the West, after TNA Abraham accompanied him to London all the way in Sleeper Class, to hold the first summit with the ex LTTE big honchos lead by Norwegian Solheim, after election.

    The Photo in yesterday’s Elite rags in Colombo shows a few GTF heavies shaking hands with Samare after the Summit..

    They seem to be happy after listening to Samrare’s advise to them , to call themselves Srilankan Tamils and come back the old Motherland with their Moolay.

    The expressions on their faces look happy and contended.

    I like it.

    Only Statesmen can make such conversions, specially considering the fact that these are the big ass Hard Core Financiers and Supporters of the mighty LTTE.

    Ranil in contrast, is fighting like hell to save his ass by avoiding the NCF.

    Ex PM whom Ranil accused in Parliament only last month as Drug Dealer to his face, is now the chief Political Adviser to the President, along with the other living ex PM .Rathnasiri.

    These are hard core SLPFeers .

    And it doesn’t auger well for Ranil’s survival.,

    Is Sira’s strategy to isolate Ranil, and blow him up so that there is no collateral damage which might upset the NGOs..

    I mean Vellalas wouldn’t want him now . Right.

    Specially after taking the first class tickets for Abraham to accompany our e FM. all the way to London to present to the TNA London and the GFT in front of Solheim.

    Wahabis always know how to pick the winner, although they are not suppose to be punters.

    Looks like Mahendran , F…CID Boss and the Special Director of Bribery Commission will be the only ones left to help Ranil.

    Sorry, my Elders tell me Keselwatta Kid might back him because Samare hates the Premadasa clan…

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      KAS…. What are you smoking these days?
      Kerala ganja VIA MANNAR imported for many years by one Minister which is very well known in the streets of Colombo, Mannar, Puttlam -Kalpitiya to Mutur.

      They are in the meanwhile destroying forests and wildlife and building houses while acquiring over 3,000 acres of crown land.

      Anyway, do not worry about the Gay Rights in Colombo.

      Ranil will be the PM for another 5 odd years which makes in 2021. He will be 69.
      By that time the PM will become stronger and Ranil might not want to be President as he seems to be very comfortable @ Temple Trees.

      Only backing Mangala has got is from Chandrika who is not even popular in Attangalla, or Anuradhapura which electorates Maithri lost in the popular votes with Chandrika, Rajitha, Maithri, Fonseka Ranil and JVI/JHU canvassed and supported. However, there might be some JVP support for Mangala. But which Party is going to make Mangala their leader? Think about it. But Chandrika has some control of the SLFP MP’s in this Parliament. Who knows what the Parliament looks like in September?

      He can talk to all the banned Tamil organizations as he wants including Senator Brian Seneviratne and Sriskandarajah’s TGTE with Rudrakumar as PM in Cyber Space… Brian is crying that he has been left out. BTF, TAG, USTPAC, TAPI, and CTC also are there waiting in the wings to talk to anybody. All talks will be fruitless, even for fruitcakes like Mangala and these Tamils.

      Elected Tamil leaders are from the TNA and upcountry Tamils led by Mano Ganeshan and Digambaram. These talks are fooling everybody and each other including the UNHRC and IC. Trust me, the US and India are fully briefed.

      So are Ranil and most of his cabinet who can think. Now that is a ……………

      Donald Gnanakone

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        Donald mate.

        Talking about Gay Rights in Colombo,did you see [Edited out] Amare and [Edited out] Samare handing out Duals to Diasporeans in our FM canteen..

        Did you get one or you already have one..

        Don’t put too much dough on a Ranil win. Even UNP Illangakoon has stopped taking orders from Ranil.

        If you do a performance review Samare will come up with flying colours.

        Galleo Ravi just announced USD 2 Billion worth 5 & 10 year bonds,

        He is going to pay 6 % and ready to absorb all over subscriptions too.like what Mahendran did, perhaps with the same concession on the interest rate.

        Even 2% will make it a grand total of 8 % .

        Not bad for the lucky Diasporians who are in the BTF.

        The new Duals also may take an application on their way back home.

        Do you know whether there were any Dalits in this inaugural batch of 150 ?…

        Ranil and 69 doesn’t sound right..

        BTW, I have graduated to Single Malt. But I can get you a joint in Vellala Gardens ,,

        Not sure whether it is Kerala Herb,

        But I prefer the locally grown stuff.

        Do you know 500 Million there do not use toilets…

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    The colombians and hard core UNPers believe RW to be an extremely intelligent guy. It is akin to religiously sanctioned loyalty. But in reality RW is an idiot who loves to look smart.

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    “Still can’t stomach the fact that it was the Sri Lankan army that whipped the murderous traitors, the LTTE. with the full political backing of the then government? The biggest beneficiaries were the Tamils themselves, with 300000 civilians liberated from the clutches of their tormentors. Today they are free to do as they wish, and go about their business anywhere in the country, as are the rest of the citizens.”

    If it is true the Sri Lankan army liberated 300,000 Thamil civilians from the clutches of the LTTE, then why on earth the people are voting decisively against the Liberator Mahinda Rajapaksa in every election held since May, 2009 in the North? Are you saying the Thamils are an ungrateful lot? In the election held on January 08, this year Rajapaksa polled only 108,831 votes (20.89%) compared to 394,991 (75.82%) in favour of Sirisena! That is four times the size polled by Rajapaksa? LTTE is still popular with the masses because they fought against an oppressive and repressive state and its army!

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