5 December, 2020

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WikiLeaks: Solheim Presented Five Points Plan To Present To The GoSL And Tigers

By Colombo Telegraph

“Solheim summarized five points that the Co-Chairs agreed to present to the government and Tigers: – There is no international support for war in Sri Lanka. The conflict cannot be won through military means. – Human rights abuses must stop now. There are no acceptable excuses. As long as human rights abuses continue, all those working in Sri Lanka (aid groups, journalists, businesspeople, etc.) will continue to be afraid. – Both parties must give uninhibited humanitarian access, even if the war continues. – If the government wants to restart talks, it must establish contact with the Tigers, at least through Norway. The government cannot be advised by the Norwegian facilitators if the latter have no contact with the Tigers. Preparations for potential talks should begin immediately. – The All Parties process should be completed, and a credible devolution package for resolving the conflict presented. (FYI: On this point, Solheim thought not much progress will result from the All Parties process. Even if there is a devolution proposal, he believes it is unlikely to be of interest to the Tamil Tigers.)” the US Embassy Oslo informed Washington.

A Leaked “CONFIDENTIAL” US diplomatic cable, dated July 24, 2007, recounts the details of a meeting the representatives of the Sri Lanka Co-Chairs (United States, European Union, Japan, and Norway) has had in Oslo on June 29,2007 to discuss the  developments in Sri Lanka.The Colombo Telegraph found the related leaked cable from the WikiLeaks database which is classified by DCM Kevin M. Johnson.

Related posts to this cable;

WikiLeaks: GSL And LTTE Not Interested In Diplomatic Niceties – Solheim To Co-Chairs In 2007

WikiLeaks: Boucher Noted The Difficulty In “Reading” Prabhakaran

 

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    Too sad this guy had no idea who real Sri Lankans are! FYI – For several centuries, we are keeping only TWO-POINT plan.

    1. Decimate the Tamil terrorists within our borders by hook or crook
    2. Keep the Tamil Terrorist Diaspora, the TTD, very busy, licking the
    rears of the white master, operating outside Motherlanka.

    No wonder this criminal cannot sleep now, without the TTD active behind him!

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      What if you were born a Tamil? Will you have the same attitude? According to your Logic Tamils have no place in this country. Is It?

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        @Gamini… read my lips… Tamil ‘Terrorist’ Diaspora (TTD). Tamil speaking ‘Sri Lankan’ civilians have nothing to do with TTD.

        Just look at those Tamil civilians have achieved in our society as business tycoons, professionals and civil servants, and appreciate the opportunities available for all in the country.

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          F.L. could you be more specific. From the Tamil Speaking Sri Lankan civilians Diaspora who are the TTD? If one demonstrate for their grievences and the inhumanities many have been subject to, in to which category do they fall? The Tamils whom you mention who have achieved as Business Tycoons, Professionals and Civil Servants are all products of the early years after Independence, thanks to the British introduced System. Thereafter our Patriots taking the reins who are the Tamils who have achieved such status in the recent years? Whom are you trying to fool?

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        @gamini

        There is nothing special to ‘Tamils’ is Sri Lanka. All folks in Sri Lanka, regardless of ethnicity have grievances… from elephant attacks to water shortage to education to poverty to housing to dengue to food prices to unemployment to crime… the list is endless but not uncommon even in developed countries.

        Should the victims in these cases also complain to the white man? Would a just and a fair solution can be expected from them?
        A separate state, may be?

        Sri Lanka is rich, the systems and opportunities are there to find solutions. If anyone is lazy, unable to find a way within or looking for a shortcut for success through foreign vultures, it is their problem, not the country’s.

        Read the articles on this Eric vulture and understand how he inflated the ‘military capabilities’ (my A$s) of the Tamil terrorists and preached that the country was already divided! Bloody lowlife.

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          The grievencies you have mentioned that is common to all, elephant attacks, lack of drinking water, education, to poverty to housing etc. are not the grievences the Tamils are complaining about. It is no wonder when you are blind to their grievences or conveniently try to bluff and pretend that there are none, that results in conflict. Imagine being meted out differently being a Tamil in their areas in a language they do not understand but have to meekly sign legal doccuments as having understood leading to sometimes convictions for no crime committed? Harassment at Public Officers again unable to understand or express in a known medium, thus being at the complete mercy of the Sinhalese, making them feel second class citizens. Being shut off from govt. job allocations leave alone promotions as the numbers of Tamils in Govt. service have dwindled to only menial jobs of road sweeping and drain cleaning form positions held as administrators before. The list is too many to jot here. I invite you to carry a Tamil identity and move about in society with your present attitude as a Sinhalese and see first hand for yourself what it is to be a Tamil in this country.

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    Interesting evidence of the Norwegians being comprehensively outplayed by GoSL, when even in 2007, it wasn’t certain that the LTTE could be comprehensively defeated; and along the way, proving Luttwak’s seminal thesis of “Give War a Chance” where he stated:

    “AN UNPLEASANT truth often overlooked is that although war is a great evil, it does have a great virtue: it can resolve political conflicts and lead to peace. This can happen when all belligerents become exhausted or when one wins decisively. Either way the key is that the fighting must continue until a resolution is reached. War brings peace only after passing a culminating phase of violence. Hopes of military success must fade for accommodation to become more attractive than further combat.”

    http://www.mtholyoke.edu/~jwestern/ps62/edward_n_luttwak.htm

    Why were the Norwegians so keen on meddling in SL? What was in it for them?

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    A very interesting article from Luttwak, Mango. In his novel “1984”, the UK author George Orwell wrote of a world in which there was a constant state of war between the main states of the world, although who was enemy and who was ally would change every now and again. In the world foreseen by Orwell unending war is a means for the main states to retain the loyalty of their populations. It also provides unending profits for arms manufacturers, employment for young men and women, and, we now know, employment and influence for various peace-promotion and human rights lobbies (although George Orwell didn’t foresee that). I believe it’s now quite possible that there are more lobbyists of various sorts attending the UNHRC meetings in Geneva than there are actual delegates from the members. Most of those lobbyists, of course, well be on expense accounts paid for by others and staying in one of the world’s most expensive cities. Oh, what a crazy world we now live in!

    It’s also interesting to note the the famous British nurse Florence Nightingale, opposed the work of the Red Cross on the grounds that saving the lives of the losing party in a war would actually prolong the war rather than shorten it.

    This doesn’t mean that the laws governing wars should be abolished and that international conflicts are best settled with violence. That would go to the other extreme of “might is always right”. But it does mean is that we need to think rationally rather than emotionally about how states and governments may ethically use violence in certain circumstances, particularly when faced with a fanatical movement which values its political objectives even more than life itself and that believes that any and all means are justified in pursuit of those objectives.

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