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WikiLeaks: US believes JVP honestly wants to move the country forward

By Colombo Telegraph

“While few Sri Lankans think of the JVP when they think about political reconciliation, we believe they are sincere in wanting to move the country forward to a new era of national peace and inter-ethnic cooperation.” the US Embassy Colombo reported to Washington.

JVP - sincere in wanting to move the county forward to a new era

The US Ambassador Patricaia Butenis met the JVP leader Somawansa Amarasinghe and JVP MP Sunil Handunneththi on January 15, 2010. In the meeting they discussed the JVP’s version of a United, multiethnic, multi–lingual Sri Lanka, JVP’s support for Sarath Fonseka’s presidential candidacy, JVP’s support for a truth commission instead of a war crimes trial and JVP’s view of the involvement of the international community in Sri Lankan internal affairs.

The cable classified as a “CONFIDENTIAL” by the Ambassador Butenis. According to the cable she has reported to Washington “This presidential election has had many surprising developments, not the least of which is the alliance between the old arch-enemies of the right-liberal UNP and the neo-Marxist JVP.” “This represents, in part, opportunism on the part of both parties. But it also reflects the highly polarizing character of Rajapaksas. The JVP supported Rajapaksa in 2005 but h alienated them by appointing cross-over (mostly UNP) MPs to ministerial positions coveted by the JVP, and the latter has been looking to settle the score ever since. At the same time, the JVP position appears to be more than opportunism and paybacks.” Butenis further wrote.

The Colombo Telegraph earlier published part of the cable with the following related news reports.

WikiLeaks :JVP is a reformed Marxist party- Somawansa said to US Ambassador

WikiLeaks: Rajapaksa has an inferiority complex

WikiLeaks: There is no “International Conspiracy” against Sri Lanka

We now publish the full cable related to the JVP-US discussion. Read the below cable for further details;

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C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 COLOMBO 000053

SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR SCA/INSB

E.O. 12958: DECL: 01/25/2020
TAGS: PGOV PREL PREF PHUM PTER EAID MOPS CE
SUBJECT: LEFTIST JVP EXPLAINS SUPPORT FOR FONSEKA

COLOMBO 00000053  001.2 OF 002

Classified By: AMBASSADOR PATRICIA A. BUTENIS.  REASONS: 1.4 (B, D)

1. (C) SUMMARY: In a January 15 meeting with Ambassador,
neo-Marxist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) party chief
Somawansa Amarasinghe and JVP MP Sunil Hanunnetti discussed
the JVP's vision of a united, multiethnic, multi-lingual Sri
Lanka; their support for Sarath Fonseka's presidential bid;
their support for a truth commission, instead of a war crimes
trial; and their view of the involvement of the international
community in Sri Lankan internal affairs.  END SUMMARY.
JVP REVAMPING IMAGE
-------------------

2. (C) Amarasinghe described the JVP as a reformed Marxist
Party, which stood for a united, multiethnic, multi-lingual
Sri Lanka, with equality for all.  He emphasized that they
were not a nationalist party and believed strongly in
multiparty democracy.  The JVP was even in favor of a Tamil
prime minister.  The JVP also believed in devolving power as
far as possible, including allowing villages to decide on the
allocation of funds.  On election violence, Amarasinghe
claimed that although JVP members were forceful at
demonstrations, they were very disciplined and avoided
violence.  He asserted that the JVP had never engaged in
political violence during peacetime.  (NOTE: The latter claim
might only hold true if one accepted the JVP line that the
1971 and 1987-89 JVP insurrections, in which thousands lost
their lives, could be considered "wartime."  END NOTE.)

SUPPORT FOR FONSEKA
-------------------

3. (C) Regarding JVP support for Sarath Fonseka's
presidential campaign, Amarasinghe cited several reasons: 1)
He was the only person who could defeat President Rajapaksa;
2) the JVP had never supported the current government (NOTE:
This strains credulity.  The JVP supported Rajapaksa in 2005
then grew increasingly alienated as Rajapaksa favored his own
party supporters over the JVP in government appointments.
END NOTE.); 3) Fonseka was willing to eliminate the executive
powers of the president; 4) his focus was on education and
health issues, not the military; 5) he was well-respected by
the people; 6) he was very direct; and, 7) he had a broad
vision for the future of Sri Lanka.  Amarasinghe went on to
add that Fonseka was marginalized after the military defeat
of the LTTE because he was in favor of reconciling with
former LTTE members.  This convinced the JVP that Fonseka
truly was committed to uniting the nation.

THE JVP AND RAJAPAKSA
---------------------

4. (C) Amarasinghe was very critical of President Rajapaksa,
saying he had a very narrow vision and an inferiority
complex, which stemmed from the fact that he was not from one
of the traditional power families.  As a result, he suspected
everyone, especially "learned people."

WAR CRIMES
----------

5. (C) On the JVP's position on the war-crimes issue,
Amarasinghe said there were human-rights violations in every
war.  In the last year of the Sri Lankan war, however, there
were, in fact, far fewer human-rights violations then ever
before.  In terms of moving forward, he favored the idea of a
"truth and reconciliation commission," not a war-crimes
trial.  He added that the JVP had issued a statement in favor
of this approach, which was provided to the Ambassador.

INTERNATIONAL "INTERFERENCE"

COLOMBO 00000053  002.2 OF 002

----------------------------

6. (C) Amarasinghe expressed opposition to any outside
"interference" seeking to impose solutions on Sri Lanka, such
as the UK government's drafting of a new constitution without
consulting Sri Lankans.  (NOTE: We assume Amarasinghe was
referring to the joint British-Sri Lankan drafting of a
constitution in 1948, which adopted many terms from British
usage but also took into account local conditions.  END
NOTE.)  Nevertheless, he went on to say that all countries
had to surrender some of their sovereignty when they signed
international agreements and that this gave other countries
the right to interfere to some extent in other nations'
affairs.  He also said that there was no international
conspiracy against Sri Lanka, claiming instead that the
president's raising this issue was a sign of his election
desperation.

COMMENT
-------

7. (C) This presidential election has had many surprising
developments, not the least of which is the alliance between
the old arch-enemies of the right-liberal UNP and the
neo-Marxist JVP.  This represents, in part, opportunism on
the part of both parties.  But it also reflects the highly
polarizing character of the Rajapaksas.  The JVP supported
Rajapaksa in 2005 but he alienated them by appointing
cross-over (mostly UNP) MPs to ministerial positions coveted
by the JVP, and the latter has been looking to settle the
score ever since.  At the same time, the JVP position appears
to be more than opportunism and paybacks.  While few Sri
Lankans think of the JVP when they think about political
reconciliation, we believe they are sincere in wanting to
move the country forward to a new era of national peace and
inter-ethnic cooperation.
BUTENIS


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    Buggers are changing that is good news! ;)

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      one thing for sure: America always had “an active interest” to move our country “forward”.

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    Watch out!! JVP is the perfect cat’s paw to stir up Sri Lanka.

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    Even before I read this 2nd comment, It struck to me that US is trying to use JVP to destroy our country. They are trying to use our own people to destroy our country. Pour money into JVP and aiming to suck the flesh of Mother Lanka. Now that it says we have got oil ….Oh! Please Watch Out! Think what they did to other countries. I mean those politicians. What I see that even common people of US do not approve what their heads do to the world. We and those people want peace. JVP! money can make you really foolish!

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    Really ? Forward, but in what direction?

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      to a new era of national peace and inter-ethnic cooperation.

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        More than 800,000 died in Rwanda due to ethnic conflicts within 100 days. ( 10% of the population). Where was their “national peace and inter-ethnic cooperation?”

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    i think the US believes that the sun shines out of its arse!

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    Ugly Americans are also freaking dumb. These diplomats have no idea what is happening in America, but become experts in local politics. But they could not save a single Tamil in 3 years.. BS…. and all talk…

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      heh ….. could the Tamils save tamils either ????

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        How about the Sinhalese killing each other??? Have you forgotten the 100,000 Sinhala Youth (Non JVP) killed in 1971-1972, and 1987-1989. What did the Sinhala Ponniahs? What did the JVP -Sinhala Terrorist do? They could only murder their own Sinhalese selling Indian Parripu and Medicine.. Yes, the Tamils could not save the Tamils from the chemical bombs and the War Criminals. That does not mean Tamils who have no MOD budget of $2.2 Billion dollars, will keep quiet. There are different ways and smart ways to fight in the 21st century.. The whole civilized world is the battlefield now.

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          oh I get it … it is the Battlefield Earth now :) will see

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    If the report is true and if JVP is really honest about their political goals, too bad they are falling apart now (which is not unusual for a Sri LANKAN political party)

    Seriously, their involvement in Uni’s must be with all good spirit then ha :-)

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    My foot… These JVPers destroyed SL quite simalar to LTTE. These idiots will never never agree to something positive done by either SLFP or UNP. They always use the uni students achive their political targets.

    It looks like USA is going to use desparetd JVPs for their benifit.. I bet these JVPs will not be able to get 2 seats in the next election..RIP JVP

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    HE.US ambassador,what you said 100% corect if jvp come to power sri lanka will take forward.they have progresseve plan to clear exsisting problem in sri lanka.all most last 7 years MR (Courrent regiment) in sri lanka drive away uncivilise path.
    ( no law and order,)
    G.T.Appuhami

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    We need another R Premadasa type leader to get wipe these JVPs from SL.

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    Some of the above foolish comments reflects their ignorance about the JVPs good sides after coming to mainstream politics..

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    Us assessment is perfectly correct but unfortunately when the people of our country is going to realize this?

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    Mate we can remember very well what they did in 70s and 80s…. read the history if you live in another country..Now the lastest plan of JVP is to win 2 seats in the next election …

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