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Report on Sri Lanka by the Ban-Ki-moon Advisory panel

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By D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Updates:

April 22, 2011: ~ Report release put on hold pending discussion between Ban-Ki-moon and G.L. Peiris scheduled for April 23rd

April 22, 2011: ~ The “See-Saw” battle between the UN SG and the SL Govt

The three-member panel appointed by UN secretary –general Ban Ki moon to advise him on alleged human rights violations and accountability issues in Sri Lanka during the last phase of the war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam organization handed over its report on April 12th. It is expected that the UN Secy –Gen will publicise the contents in due course. At the time of this article being written the report was yet to be made public.

Sections of the media notably some wire services have gone to town describing the report as the “UN Report” and as the “UN War crimes report”. Wittingly or unwittingly this media “spin” has bestowed upon the report a degree of importance which it may not deserve in the final analysis. It has to be pointed out in this respect that the report in question is neither a UN report nor a war crimes report.

SG with members of the panel Yasmin Sooka (South Africa), Marzuki Darusman ( Indonesia), Chair; and Steven Ratner ( United States) ~ pic courtesy: Inner City Press

The official UN press release of June 22nd 2010 that announced the appointment of this panel stated then as follows –”The Secretary-General has appointed a panel of Experts that will advise him on the issue of accountability with regard to any alleged violations of international human rights and humanitarian law during the final stages of the conflict in Sri Lanka”.

ADVISORY

It could be seen therefore that this panel of experts is only an advisory body to Ban Ki Moon. Although appointed by the UN secy – gen it is technically not a UN Panel. The report it has prepared may have been commissioned by the UNSG, but it is not a UN report.

Likewise some of its contents may very well relate to the alleged or real war crimes but that does not make it a war crimes report. It is at best an advisory report authorised and procured by the UN secy –gen. It’s terms of reference at the time of appointment as outlined in the official press communique were –

“The panel will advise the Secretary-General on the implementation of the commitment on human rights accountability made in the Joint Statement issued by President [Mahinda] Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka and the Secretary-General during the latter’s visit to Sri Lanka in May 2009. It will look into the modalities, applicable international standards and comparative experience with regard to accountability processes, taking into account the nature and scope of any alleged violations in Sri Lanka. It will be available as a resource to Sri Lankan authorities should they wish to avail themselves of its expertise in implementing the commitment”

The official statement further said “In the conduct of its mandate, the panel hopes to cooperate with concerned officials in Sri Lanka. It is expected to complete its advisory responsibilities within four months of the commencement of its work. The Secretary-General remains convinced that accountability is an essential foundation for durable peace and reconciliation in Sri Lanka. Through the panel the Secretary-General expects to enable the United Nations to make a constructive contribution in this regard”.

The three members of the panel were Marzuki Darusman ( Indonesia), Chair; Yasmin Sooka ( South Africa); and Steven Ratner ( United States).

CONTROVERSY

Whatever the expectations of Ban Ki Moon it is an undeniable fact that the circumstances leading to the appointment of the panel and the course of events afterwards have been enmeshed in controversy. The situation may very well worsen after the contents of the report are revealed.

Tamil rally pic: AquaView

There is every likelihood that some leading western nations would take the lead in exerting pressure on the UN to follow up the release of the report with further action against Sri Lanka. This effort would be backed by some reputed international human rights organizations, Tamil Diaspora groups and certain sections of the global media.

The Government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa would resist these moves resolutely and refuse to give in . Whatever their differences with the Rajapaksa regime the majority of the Sri Lankan nation would be in solidarity with their president and government in this particular show of defiance. Even the opposition parties are very likely to concur with the Govt in this.

It is not difficult to decipher the logic in this nationalist stance. The initiative taken by Ban Ki moon to get Sri Lanka establish a process of accountability regarding allegations of human rights violations, crimes against humanity and war crimes has been opposed bitterly in Sri Lanka.

pic courtesy: Reuters

Sri Lanka registered its disapproval in very strong terms when the panel was appointed by the UN secy –gen. It refused to cooperate with the panel. Moreover a protest demonstration was launched by cabinet minister and National freedom front leader Wimal Weerawansa opposite the UN office in Colombo at that time.Weerawansa himself went on a “fast unto death” then.

SCENARIO

The UN feared a replay of that scenario when the panel report was released. On March 31st the UN in Colombo held a “drill” of sorts to educate their employees on how to conduct themselves if and when a crisis situation occurred again.

Moreover the official handing over of the report too was delayed. Although the report was ready in March itself the release was put off to coincide with the festive season in Sri Lanka during the Sinhala-Tamil new year in April. It was calculated that the holiday mood would prevent rapid mobilisation of demonstrators.

So far there have been no protests but there is every chance that they would be launched if and when the report is publicised or when the “avuruddhu jolliya” is over.However no protests are likely if the Govt clamps down for reasons of its own.

As expected the Govt has rejected the report. The External ministry issued a terse statement upon receipt of the report. It stated as follows –

“The Government of Sri Lanka has received a copy of the report of the Secretary General’s Panel of Experts on accountability in Sri Lanka. The Government finds this report fundamentally flawed in many respects. Among other deficiencies, the report is based on patently biased material which is presented without any verification. The Government will, in due course, comment in detail on the contents of the report”.

It appears that even the Foreign ministry officials would issue their studied critique of the report only after new year celebrations are over. The haste displayed by ministry officials in issuing the statement is visible in the omission of UN in the reference to secretary –general..It simply says Secretary-General and not UN secretary –general.

DISCLOSURE

While the Govt frowned upon it,International Human rights organizations hailed the report as a welcome development .They expressed full support and full disclosure of details.

“Sri Lankans must be allowed to see the panel’s findings. The report concerns a critical period in their recent history and they deserve to read it in full,” said Sam Zarifi, Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific director. “Ban Ki-moon said that ‘accountability is an essential foundation for durable peace and reconciliation in Sri Lanka.’ He must stick to his word – accounting for violations committed in the recent conflict is the first step to future reconciliation.”

“Secretary-General Ban’s creation of a panel of experts and his decision to make the report public show that the UN has not forgotten Sri Lanka’s war victims,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “In the face of two years of stonewalling by the government, the public release of this report will help move justice forward in Sri Lanka.” “The government has opposed the panel of experts from the beginning and has done nothing to suggest its position has changed,” Adams said. “UN members that care about justice for grave crimes should now make sure that they show all possible support for Ban’s efforts.”

As stated before the Sri Lankan Govt has been against the appointment of a panel by the UN secy –gen and condemned it as being unnecessary and unwarranted. Ban Ki Moon however stated that the Colombo Govt had agreed in principle to this move. Colombo however denied this flatly.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Secretary General Bn-Ki-moon (file pic)

UN secy –gen Ban Ki moon was under strong pressure by Human rights agencies and the overseas Tamil lobby to intervene and stop the fighting during the last stages of the conflict. The Secy – gen did not do so presumably because the western nations and India wanted the LTTE to be finished off at that point of time.

CASUALTIES

Ban Ki Moon visited Sri Lanka after the war was over. He flew over the Mullivaaikkaal area where the final phase of fighting occurred. Upon his return he told the media that there would have been a lot of civilian casualties as a large population had been trapped in a small area where intense fighting had taken place.

After meeting with President Rajapaksa a joint statement was issued on May 23rd 2009. It is this statement that is cited by UN circles as proof that the Sri Lankan Govt had agreed to the setting up of a mechanism ensuring accountability.That statement despite its length is reproduced in full below because of it’s importance –

“Following is the joint statement by the Government of Sri Lanka and the United Nations at the conclusion of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s visit to Sri Lanka on 23 May:

At the invitation of Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, paid a visit to Sri Lanka. During the course of his visit, he held talks with the President, Foreign Minister as well as other senior leaders of Sri Lanka. During his stay, he also consulted other relevant stakeholders, members of international humanitarian agencies and civil society. The Secretary-General visited the internally displaced persons (IDP) sites at Vavuniya and overflew the conflict area, near Mullaitivu that was the scene of the conflict.

President Rajapaksa welcomed the Secretary-General as the highest dignitary to visit Sri Lanka in the post-conflict phase. This was a reflection of the close cooperation between Sri Lanka and the United Nations as well as Sri Lanka’s commitment to work with the United Nations in the future.

CHALLENGES

President Rajapaksa and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon agreed that following the end of operations against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), Sri Lanka had entered a new post-conflict beginning. In this context, the Government of Sri Lanka faced many immediate and long-term challenges relating to issues of relief, rehabilitation, resettlement and reconciliation. While addressing these critical issues, it was agreed that the new situation offered opportunities for long-term development of the north and for re-establishing democratic institutions and electoral politics after 2 and a half decades. The Government expressed its commitment to ensure the economic and political empowerment of the people of the north through its programmes.

President Rajapaksa and the Secretary-General agreed that addressing the aspirations and grievances of all communities and working towards a lasting political solution was fundamental to ensuring long-term socio-economic development. The Secretary-General welcomed the assurance of the President of Sri Lanka contained in his statement in Parliament on 19 May 2009 that a national solution acceptable to all sections of people will be evolved. President Rajapaksa expressed his firm resolve to proceed with the implementation of the 13th Amendment, as well as to begin a broader dialogue with all parties, including the Tamil parties in the new circumstances, to further enhance this process and to bring about lasting peace and development in Sri Lanka.

President Rajapaksa and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon discussed a series of areas in which the United Nations will assist the ongoing efforts of the Government of Sri Lanka in addressing the future challenges and opportunities.

With regard to IDPs, the United Nations will continue to provide humanitarian assistance to the IDPs now in Vavuniya and Jaffna. The Government will continue to provide access to humanitarian agencies. The Government will expedite the necessary basic and civil infrastructure as well as means of livelihood necessary for the IDPs to resume their normal lives at the earliest. The Secretary-General welcomed the announcement by the Government expressing its intention to dismantle the welfare villages at the earliest, as outlined in the Plan to resettle the bulk of IDPs and call for its early implementation.

The Government seeks the cooperation of the international community in mine clearing, which is an essential prerequisite to expediting the early return of IDPs.

ASSISTANCE

The Secretary-General called for donor assistance towards the Common Humanitarian Action Plan (CHAP) jointly launched by the Government of Sri Lanka and the United Nations, which supports the relief, shelter and humanitarian needs of those in IDP sites.

President Rajapaksa and the Secretary-General recognized the large number of former child soldiers forcibly recruited by the LTTE as an important issue in the post-conflict context. President Rajapaksa reiterated his firm policy of zero tolerance in relation to child recruitment. In cooperation with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), child-friendly procedures have been established for their “release and surrender” and rehabilitation in Protective Accommodation Centres. The objective of the rehabilitation process presently underway is to reintegrate former child soldiers into society as productive citizens. The Secretary-General expressed satisfaction on the progress already made by the Government in cooperation with UNICEF and encouraged Sri Lanka to adopt similar policies and procedures relating to former child soldiers in the north.

President Rajapaksa informed the Secretary-General regarding ongoing initiatives relating to rehabilitation and reintegration of ex-combatants. In addition to the ongoing work by the Office of the Commissioner General for Rehabilitation, a National Framework for the Integration of Ex-combatants into Civilian Life is under preparation, with the assistance of the United Nations and other international organizations.

Sri Lanka reiterated its strongest commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights, in keeping with international human rights standards and Sri Lanka’s international obligations. The Secretary-General underlined the importance of an accountability process for addressing violations of international humanitarian and human rights law. The Government will take measures to address those grievances”.

This then is the full text of the joint statement. An in depth perusal of the joint statement reveals that no explicit or concrete assurance or pledge had been given by Sri Lanka that an accountability mechanism as envisaged by Ban Ki Moon would be set up. The relevant passage in this case is the final paragraph.

It states that Sri Lanka reiterates its commitment to promotion of human rights in keeping with International human rights standards and Lanka’s international obligations. According to the paragraph the secretary –general underlined the importance of an accountability process for addressing humanitarian and human rights law. It then says the Govt would take measures to address those grievances.

ACCOUNTABILITY

It can be seen from this that the Sri Lankan Govt is on firm footing when it says it never agreed to the setting up of an international accountability process or mechanism. The joint statement has vague references but there is no categorical assertion to that effect. Given the Rajapaksa regime’s uncompromising adherence towards the sovereignty of Sri Lanka it does not seem possible that the President consented to international intrusion.In any case the wording of the joint statement does not support the claim that the setting up of an accountability mechanism had been agreed upon and has been recorded in the statement.

What happened however was that initially the UN and western nations like the USA wanted Sri Lanka to set up its own mechanism to investigate the final phase of war, identify possible war crimes and penalise those responsible if any. But Sri Lanka took up a diametrically opposite position in this regard.

The official position of Sri Lanka on the question of possible human rights violations and war crimes has been that of a vehement denial. Colombo has taken up the stance that no such violation or crime had been committed. In an eloquent expression of this viewpoint President Rajapaksa stated that the soldiers had fought with a weapon in one hand and the human rights charter in the other. Setting up an accountability mechanism would be a contradiction of this position.

Moreover the Sri Lankan armed forces were the victors in the war. They had defeated a powerful organization condemned worldwide as terrorist. Setting up an accountability process to inquire into their conduct during the final phase of the war amounted to the victors being treated as the vanquished and being meted out “victor’s justice” was the dominant feeling in the Colombo corridors of power. Also the armed forces had acquired “heroic” status after the war and any perceived attempt to tarnish their image would be resented by the people at large.

Besides the war victory had boosted the popularity of Mahinda Rajapaksa immensely. It was on the strength of the war victory that the United People’s Freedom Alliance won the Presidential election and routed the opposition in Parliamentary and Local authority polls. Against such a backdrop it would have been political suicide for him to agree to such an international probe. Even a domestic investigation would have had political repercussions. Also such a move could have triggered off a revolt within the armed forces.

UNREALISTIC

Under these circumstances it was extremely unrealistic of the UN and some western nations to expect President Rajapaksa’s agreement to the setting up of an accountability process. Given the dimensions of the intricate Sri Lankan situation it just was not possible .Even a future UNP president will not be able to probe the conduct of the armed forces without risking popular unrest and political hara -kiri.

This does not mean that Ban Ki Moon was at fault for seeking an accountability process It only means that the political environment in Sri Lanka is currently not conducive to such expectations. That “parippu” cannot be boiled in this “thanneer”.

In such a situation there was a behind the scenes tussle on the issue. The UN tried its best with the backing of some western nations to make Sri Lanka set up an accountability process. This was resisted by the Rajapaksa regime.

It must be noted that India did not subscribe to these moves at that time. India wanted Sri Lanka to put the war behind and get on with rehabilitation, reconstruction, development and political settlement. The UN and some western nations continued to emphasise the importance of accountability as a pre-requisite to ethnic reconciliation and national unity.

In spite of persistent efforts by Ban Ki moon to get Sri Lanka to set up its own accountability process, President Rajapaksa did not oblige. Finally a disappointed UN secy–gen decided to appoint his own panel to “advise” him in this respect. As Ban Ki Moon went ahead with his plans despite opposition by the Sri Lankan Government, the excreta collided with the oscillator

(TO BE CONTINUED)

DBS Jeyaraj can be reached at djeyaraj2005@yahoo.com

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221 Comments

  1. It is well known that the army committed much atrocities against innocent civilians in last days of war against LTTE.

    But as Mr.Jayaraj points out it is politically impossible for the president Mahinda and govt to hold serious inquiry into those incidents

    Rajapakshas will be finished in politics if that happpens and army will do a coup and capture power

  2. Sri Lanka needs to get this ‘war crimes investigation’ monkey off the back. For that they need to have their ‘psudo’
    investigation. After SL releases its LLRC report SL gov. should investigate itself with some international observers. These investigations should be into very specific incidences where there is enough evidence to warrent an investigation.
    Many countries and international orgationsations are not going to let go of this war (humanitarian operations) unless there is an investigation.

  3. The mistake made by Mahinda govt was to deny that any human rights violation happened at all. This cannot be possible in a heated war

    If govt admitted that some incidents happened then it can e by saying sorry about it

    but when it says nothing happened and challenges western countries then they will use UN as instrument to beat sri lanka

    But as DBSJ correctly said majority of Sri Lankans will stand by the country in this

  4. Hopefully the truth will stand out and the perpetrators punished along with the victims being compensated,

    It is long overdue. A j

  5. [There is every likelihood that some leading western nations would take the lead in exerting pressure on the UN to follow up the release of the report with further action against Sri Lanka]
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    You hit the nail on the head DBSJ. That is why regardless of the fact that it may not be an official UN report and not a war crimes report as you mention, the importance of the document is the same.It is the nail by which they will try to crucify srilanka. Can srilanka try to escape by saying that is not the correct nail. Go and get the corect one please which should be an official UN nail and a nail used for war crimes only please. In the meantime we will wait patiently near the cross, we are not going anywhere,so don’t worry.

  6. In a nutshell this is what happened. The top LTTE leaders shielded themselves with people for protection. They were also frantically calling TN and western support base to do everything possible to stop the onslaught. The SL military obviously disregarding the human shield surrounded Vanni and destroyed LTTE top tier leadership. UN estimates 6000 civilians died as a result. I don’t think even hardcore LTTE Tamil can disagree with this account.

    What is there to take more account of? What occurred first? The human shield came first. If LTTE did not use human shield there would not be casualties. OK say the military should have stopped the offensive for peace talks. What for? It never worked before. Name one instance where LTTE did not walk out of peace talks.

  7. USA supported Sri Lanka in war and wanted to destroy terrorist LTTE. Now because our govt supports Iran and Libya the same USA is winding up UN to attack Sri Lanka.If Mahinda changes policy the UN will back down because USA will change position

  8. Even if whole world comes against Sri Lanka we patriots will not be frightend. we will strongly support our country,president,govt and army

  9. Govt alone cant be blamed for civilian killings. The LTTE that forcibly kept the people as hostages and exposed them to danger are also responsible

    They shot their own people for trying to escape

    The LTTE operatives abroad must be arrested by western countrys and punished for supporting war crimes

  10. Right thinking Sri Lankans are sick of the corrupt, violent, and revengeful Rajapakses. What happened in Egypt will not happen here because of the fear of uncontrolled, wholesale slaughter of demonstrators. So, our only hope is for the international community that upholds some democratic values (which excludes China, Iran, etc) to impose sanctions. Let those who committed or ordered the massacre of civilians, including Gotabhaya and Sarath Fonseka in they are guilty, be punished.

  11. Tamils like me living in sri lanka in middle of singalese people are very worried and afrain by the UN Move and Tamil diaspora support

    The Singala hardliners can make life very difficult for Tamils living here.

  12. It’s sad to see that the UN has once again fallen prey to the Western financial domination and their vested interest! Is that the mandate of the UN? Will they intervene if the US, French or UK breaks into civil war and when the State/Govt. uses force to repeal violence. Why did they not intervene in France? Or when US African community where persecuted by the white American government backed cults? Or has the UN forgotten Ireland’s civil war? Or more recent, when Bush, Dickcheny were found fabricating WMD in order to gain natural resources, at the expense of many thousand Iraq lives [see wikileaks] ?? Where is justice to the World at large??

    The idea of ‘natural justice’ and ‘humane equality’ is now none existent in the UN charter, its duplicity evident to all of the Developing World and to all those who see its immorality in their line of work. UN is not worthy of serious thought and its work is mere waste of Western Tax Payers Funds. Clearly what this report says it’s good to kill one ethnic group [the Sinhalese and Muslims, Moors, Burghers] who DO NOT curries favor with the West. Or put differently the UN supports those who sell their motherland to gain political asylum/social welfare from the West. It has been proved [see wikieleaks/John Perkins] that the same diplomats who talk about “War Crimes” obtain financial support for their political campaigns with social monies provided by the so called “domestic tax base”.

    In any civil conflict there is no one side that is right/wrong, nor can any side hold moral right to inflict death and destruction on another group. In that case who is going to hold LTTE and their sympathizer accountable? Will the UN bring the LTTE to book and also hand out equal punishment to those Sri Lankan’s [Tamils] who funded the LTTE to commit many atrocities home and abroad? Aren’t they found to be ‘Mens rea’ and accountable to mass murder?

    Let the people of Sri Lanka [people on the ground] deal with healing and reconciliation process in manner that will do moral right by all communities that have been affected. Both parties have had their fare share of death, let us therefore deal with the wounds and find a path to mutual self respect. The UN can keep its “So called” report in a place where it so chooses it belongs. As it does not belong to the people of SRI LANKA!

  13. the best way to have real reconciliation and peace in sri lanka to brign justice to the victims. Or, an inquiry should find what happened in the last stage of the war after expelling all witness from the battle field.

    When Sinhalse and Tamils naturally stop accusing each, it can be considered as a real peace. Though the government enjoy the miliatary victory, there is no real peace.

  14. Way to go Ban ki Moon. Hope you will take positive steps to follow up on this instead of molly coddling tyrants as in the past

  15. Dear Sir,
    What could one mention or state, apart from the report speaking for itself.
    In my view, it is time that moderate men and women, irrespective of ethnicity, religion, caste or class to stand for justice, fair play and equity. It must come from people who live in Sri Lanka, not expatriate men or women who are Sri Lankns by descent, such as me for example, who migrated with my parents and twin sister from Colombo, Sri Lanka to Australia in December 1984. This is my candid and honest view in regard to the whole situation or saga. At last let the truth be revealed, the situation and implications be understood for the country and its people objectively and from a practical perspective. I hope this is an eye opener for all Sri Lankans and the majority of the people living in Sri Lanka not viewing the report based on ‘coloured glasses’. This being with a biased or subjective attitude and mind set. I believe this is vital or imperative.
    In conclusion, may god bless Sri Lanka and its people, who in my view should be the guardian angels for aspects, such as justice, equity and fair play in Sri Lanka. Not expatriate Sri Lankans living overseas, who are generally, are not interested in Sri Lanka and its welfare, apart from sentimental values, as they are Sri Lankans.
    Yours Faithfully,
    Muralidaran Ramesh Somasunderam.

  16. An international pannel should investigate the genocide carried out by SriLankan governments since 1948. We lost faith on SriLankan biased judiciary. Not a single service pesonnel was punished for terrorism committed against innocent Tamils. State sponsored terrorism should be investigated at Haige by the International Criminal Court. War criminals should be indicted.

    Ananth

  17. As Ban Ki Moon went ahead with his plans despite opposition by the Sri Lankan Government, the excreta collided with the oscillator
    ____________________

    This brilliantly summarise the events.
    Thank u DBSJ for giving an insight to the past & present.

    Yet to understand how things will unfold. It is best for SL government to take this on a low profile. Avoid big protests.
    Get the best diplomats to handle the affair wisely.

    Also the government should correct its course in the future with out shedding excreta undercover.

    Yes for many decades SL governments(present & past) had crushed insurgencies ruthlessly. in these anti insurgency measures always military & para military were involved. No accountability up todate. Many governments changed since 1971, 1983, 1989. Were there accountability or justice to the innocent blood shed?

    will there be accountability for 2009 innocent blood shed? Any ones good guess.

    At least bring the perpatrators to law where individual cases like .. ambilipitya school children massacare, french NGO workers massacre, 5 school boys murder in trinco, ect.

    Also many media personel were murdered or tortured too since 1980s. This is not a recent trend. Will there be Justice for them ?
    If not make sure these will not repeat again. How?

  18. shankar says:
    April 15, 2011 at 7:05 pm
    Go and get the corect one please which should be an official UN nail and a nail used for war crimes only please. In the meantime we will wait patiently near the cross, we are not going anywhere,so don’t worry.
    ______________________________________________________

    Good one. The picture may not be that cool as they may not wait patienly. I am afraid they may shed more excreta undercover. At the time of the Roman capital punishment of crucifixtion there were no oscillators !!

  19. “UN secy –gen Ban Ki moon was under strong pressure by Human
    rights agencies and the overseas Tamil lobby to intervene and stop the fighting
    during the last stages of the conflict. The Secy – gen did not do so presumably
    because the western nations and India wanted the LTTE to be finished off at that
    point of time.”

  20. The flow and of the report was expected and no surprising at all given the fact that it potrays the expectations of it sponsors. The Sri Lankans were not intimidated by the UN or the resultant allegations and charges, and thats why it ignored it and anihiliated the LTTE in the first place!!

    However it has no bearing at all and life will continue in Sri Lanka in the right direction. They are ever grateful that the LTTE was crushed and there is peace in the country. The cry babies and losers can only smart from their unfulfilled objectives and as correctly pointed out, all parties in Sri Lanka will stand united when it comes to the elimination of the LTTE.

    This is the fundamental truth whether anybody within or outside like it or not. The people are enjoying the freedom and dividends of peace and that is what matters for Sri Lankans (Living in Sri Lanka).

  21. Panhinda

    OK say the military should have stopped the offensive for peace talks. What for? It never worked before. Name one instance where LTTE did not walk out of peace talks.

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    Okay. Now there is no LTTE and what is preventing your Govt to proceed in the reconciliation. Till LTTE was there you were able to put the blame on to it. Now whom will you put the blame on to.

    You Sinhalese cannot be trusted. You will renege on your written down agreements.

    Nothing is there to speak of with you.

  22. Very easy to roar and growl like lions and tigers but reality is that tiny Lanka cant go against the western powers and survive. LTTE learnt a terrible lesson.Now its Mahindas turn to learn

  23. best thing for Mahinda is to prostrate himself in front of Patricia Butenis and kiss the US ambassadors feet.Otherwise what happened in Serbia and Ivory coast will happen here too.Hurry up Mahinda ,Patricia is wiggling her toes

  24. World is talking about accountability in view of war crimes, the worst offense against humanity.

    It is shame and silliness if Mango and some other commentators above consider ‘accountability’ as a ‘technical’ issue by dismissing it by demanding ‘evidences’ and ‘eye witnesses’ etc.

    Yes, evidences are required in any such situation. But it is not the only criteria.

    The HR defenders globally termed it as a ‘war without witness’, long before this UN panel was nominated, even before the war was over.

    Besides, there are plenty of circumstantial evidences available.

    The world today is not the world that was ten years ago.

    It has technical ‘eyes’ and ‘ears’ like Satellite Images and others

    Moreover such capabilities are not only the privileges of the states today. Non state actors are too equipped with such.

    We are not talking about the subject of separatist tendency and unity and territorial integrity of Sri Lanka here.

    There can be many confrontational views on this subject. I for one respect the territorial integrity

    But what we are discussing here is about murder, rape, torture, starvation, genocide, indiscriminate bombardments of hospitals, schools, civilian targets , use of banned weapons by the Srilankan state against its own citizens.

  25. We should agree for a human rights and war crime report, if the same panel does the report on US War crimes in Afgan, Pak, Iraq, Libiya and in the US. Do you know, US has the largest personal killings and gun culture. Also they lack basic services like Medicine and Education to poor people. UN should highlight those human rights valations.

  26. iT IS NOT A CORRECT PANEL THAT BAN KIMOON APPOINTED?BECAUSE THAY ARE NOT GOING TO SRILANKA TO INVESTIGATE, HOW CAN THAY GET THE CORRECT DETAILS WITH-OUT GOING THERE,FANTACTIC?WE WILL OBJECT FOR THAT PANEL;

  27. SL Army march into the sea through the Vanni is similar to Sherman’s march to the sea through Atlanta. I am not sure, but Sherman used the slash and burn technique. SL did not. I am sure the International Community of those days expressed much dissatisfaction with the morality of the whole thing.. I am sure the US Government paid those comments their due attention.

  28. 16th April island news paper published the panel report.

    All responding to DBSJ’s article should better read it before commenting.

    link – http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=23146

    Few paras that cought my attention:
    *The justice system should play a leading role in the pursuit of accountability, irrespective of functioning or outcomes of the LLRC. However, based on a review of the system’s past performance and current structure, the Panel has little confidence that it will serve justice in the present political environment. This is due more to a lack of political will than to lack of ability. In particular, the independence of the Attorney-General has been weakened in recent past, as power has been more concentrated in the Presidency.

    *During the course of its work, the Panel observed that there were several other contemporary issues in Sri Lanka, which if left un-addressed, will deter efforts towards genuine accountability and may undermine prospects for durable peace in consequence. Most notably, these include:
    (i) triumphalism on the part of the Government, expressed through its discourse on having developed the means and will to defeat “terrorism”, thus ending Tamil aspirations for political, autonomy and recognition, and its denial regarding the human cost of its military strategy;
    (ii) on-going exclusionary policies, which are particularly deleterious as political, social and economic exclusion exclusion based on ethnicity, perceived or real, have been at the heart of the conflict
    (iii) the continuation of wartime measures, including not only the Emergency Regulations and the Prevention of Terrorism Act, mentioned above, but also the continued militiarisation of the former conflict zone and the use of paramilitary proxies, all of which perpetuate a climate of fear, intimidation and violence;
    (iv) restrictions on the media, which are contrary to democratic governance and limit basic citizens’ rights; and
    (v) the role of the Tamil Diaspora, which provided vital moral and material support to the LTTE over decades, and some of whom refuse to acknowledge the LTTE’s role in the humanitarian disaster in the Vanni, creating a further obstacle to accountability and sustainable peace.

    *Recommendation 2: Other measures to advance accountability

    A. The Government of Sri Lanka should implement the following short-term measures, with a focus on acknowledging the rights and dignity of all of the victims and survivors in the Vanni:

    (i) End all violence by the State, its organs and all paramilitary and other groups acting as surrogates of or tolerated by, the State;

    (ii) Facilities the recovery and return of human remains to their families and allow for the performance of cultural rites for the dead;

    (iii) Provide death certificates for the dead and missing, expeditiously and respectfully, without charge, when requested by family members, without compromising the right to further investigations and civil claims;

    (iv) Provide or facilitate psycho-social support for all survivors, respecting their cultural values and traditional practices;

    (v) Release all displaced persons and facilitate their return to their former homes or provide for resettlement, according to their wishes; and

    (vi) Continue to provide interim relief to assist the return of all survivors to normal life.

    B. The Government of Sri Lanka should investigate and disclose the fate and location of persons reported to have been forcibly disappeared. In this regard, the Government of Sri Lanka should invite the Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances to visit Sri Lanka.

  29. Kamal says:
    April 16, 2011 at 12:16 am
    UN panel is wrong in blaming LTTE.Unfair to attack LTTE when no leaders are living today to reply

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    Why not the LTTe rump:
    GTF/ BTF
    TGTE
    many more in oslo, in europ & canada too

  30. DBSJ
    You are right. This panel or their report will do nothing.

    But this kind of process will help LTTE propaganda which will make more trouble to the Tamils live in Sri Lanka.

  31. The whole world EU, US and Top Diplomats including China and India now very concerned. It is from this report major problems are to beigin in to the Rajapakse Relations Gang. Very soon you will find the shoulder to shoulder Gadaffi – Rajapakse reactions in Colombo.Already you have seen how SL President was treated in his last visit to India and watch for prominent reaction in coming days.

  32. MEMBER

    They wanted to come there. You never allowed them to come there. Now you are objecting to their report. Fantastic.

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    Jathika veeraya

    Even if whole world comes against Sri Lanka we patriots will not be frightend. we will strongly support our country,president,govt and army

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    To see that you people will not be frightened I would like the whole world to come against you. You people indiscriminately killed the Tamils long before the final offensive in 2009…don’t forget that.

  33. Dailymirror has published the executive summary of the UN panel,s report. It is an independent report by the panel and an unbiased person definitely understands. The report condemns both the Sri Lanka Government and the LTTE for the abuses commited by them. In one para, the report condemns UN also

    “International role in the protection of civilians
    During the final stages of the war, the United Nations political organs and bodies failed to take actions that might have protected civilians. Moreover, although senior international officials advocated in public and in private with the Government that it protect civilians and stop the shelling of hospitals and United Nations or ICRC locations, in the Panel’s view, the public use of casualty figures would have strengthened the call for the protection of civilians while those events in the Vanni were unfolding. In addition, following the end of war, the Human Rights Council may have been acting on incomplete information when it passed its May 2009 resolution on Sri Lanka.”

    According to some news today, International Court found some Croatian heroes guilty of war crimes.The world is very tough on those who commit crimeas against humanity. So it is a big blow particularly to the Government.As far as LTTE is concerned, they are dead and gone, and majority of the Tamils whether in Sri Lanka or overseas are not going to defend them.The report will not die.It is going to be recurring problem for the government.

  34. For all those guys out there who dout our commitment…. We love Sri Lanka, we love MR , we love Gota, we love Fonseka……. Bring it on you bast****ds!

  35. Tamil people know who did what to them- We know what LTTE did , and what SLA did in the past 30 years.
    I think those who need to know the truth is the majority signalise. The reality is, they were not living in war zones : under bombs, LTTE pressure ,without electricity and embargos on food, and other basic things…without mentioning the massacre in the final stage of the war….Singhalese who never received a single shell or bomb on their head think that LTTE bombs , in teh south, is the worst things that happened in Sri lanka , and they are using those attacks to justify anything and everything against tamil. After and attack in Colombo : police , medical team s , and media and help and witness what happened..but for Tamil people : those were attacking them were those who are supposed to help them….
    Reports and Investigations by Independent bodies should inform the Singhalese that LTTE attacks in south were not the worst horror that were happening on the island….Sinhalese people should accept to understand that Sri lankan state, which is supposed to protect all citizens , was in fact massacre ring Tamils for the past 30 years in the name of war against Terrorism….. Only after that there will be peace and reconciliation in Sri lanka.

  36. What the report shows is that Mahinda Rajapakse is a war criminal. Gothabaya Rajapakse is also a war criminal. What the report does not state, but has been extensively documented elsewhere, is the diplomatic cover provided by India for S. Lanka to carry out its massive genocide of tens of thousands of Tamils. The United Nations is a failed organization, just as Sri Lanka is a failed state. That one failure cannot comment on another’s failure would be amusing indeed, save for the fact that between these two failures, many millions have died, and continue to do. At the end of the day, both the Sri Lankan Government/State and the UN are a sorry excuse for humanity.

  37. Under these circumstances it was extremely unrealistic of the UN and some western nations to expect President Rajapaksa’s agreement to the setting up of an accountability process.

    If the UN fails to take action, it is setting a bad precedent. It is saying, “okay, you go and destroy a terrorist group using diplomatic cover of mighty India/China/Russia, and, regardless of the civilian cost, we will do all the cleanup work, aka funding IDP camps.” The problem here is that the UN has no mandate to enforce those obligations which its members swore to uphold. The politics and economic interests of certain pre-existing or soon-to-be superstars gets in the way of proper action. The UN would have done a lot more in S. Lanka, had India not interfered.

  38. It could be seen therefore that this panel of experts is only an advisory body to Ban Ki Moon. Although appointed by the UN secy – gen it is technically not a UN Panel. The report it has prepared may have been commissioned by the UNSG, but it is not a UN report.
    IF so what is the use of it ? why so much cry and fear in srilanka over this report ?

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    This advisory report commissioned by Ban Ki Moon can be the first step in serious action against Sri Lanka in the future. The UN secy – gen can appoint his own fact finding commission as an authentic UN body. This could be submitted to the UN Human Rights Council or Scurity Council for further action.In short this could be the harbinger of a hard course of action on Sri Lanka

  39. Stupid, jealous and untrusted Tamils are now tallking about reconciliation. What reconciliation they are talking about. When the LTTE war mongers butchering innocent Sinhalese and Muslims in hundreds for no reason but for just being Sinhalese and Muslims I wonder where were these reconciliation seekers.

  40. For years we were told our army did a great job in finishing off LTTE and fought clean. BUT UN report shows that is not so. The shine is taken out from victory. ONly honourable thing to do is to admit mistakes and hold inquiry and punish those responsible

  41. after a long time i am reading your article and i guess some changes have been made in the format of this blog.it is very good and it is much more colourful though it cant match bloggers comments lol.coming to the question of united nations investigations or what ever the name it is,world has changed a lot since the end of cold war civil wars are taking place every where around the world and has taken place.world which has witnessed lot of technological changes and more countries have become democratic hence united nations and its members feel that accountability should be there in any civil war that is why united nations set up a war crime tribunals for rwanda killings,serbian civil war and its president was arrested and jailed unfortunately he died while in prison.similarly in srilanka if the society had been much more civilised and accomodating the tension between tamils and sinhalese would have never risen.since 1950s when anti tamil riots took environment of impunity has only prevailed resulting in tamils not having confidence in sinhalese government.along with this sinhalese government never took seriously the tamil moderate leadership under svj despite it having the overhelming backing of tamils.i cant accept this arguement that victors cant be held accountable in any war nor can i accept the arguement that sinhalese nationalism will prevent present as well as future governments to pursue justice rather it is a facile arguement justice is not decided by the numbers rather it is decided by cold logic.if sinhalese are not going to accept the united nations groups conclusion united nations should impose sanction on srilanka let them emulate what zulfikar bhutto said after the 1971 war with india we will build nuclear weapons even if we have to eat grass similarly sinhalese can eat grass or bark of the tree if they feel that they should not cave into united nations act.jey there is no doubt that tigers were ruthless they were plainly stupid in spurning the peace talks and i hold prabakaran singularly responsible for it but that does not mean that sinhalese army can get away with the murder.atleast if sinhalese had demonstrated goodwill by speedily implementing political solution unfortunately this is not been done mahinda says one thing to foreign press and tells something else to his vote bank.mahinda can redeem himself in the eyes of world if he implements 13th amendment and delegates meaningful powers to provinces or else united nations should not have any qualms of imposing sanctions on srilanka if it is needed.

  42. Nihal says:

    April 15, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    But as Mr.Jayaraj points out it is politically impossible for the president Mahinda and govt to hold serious inquiry into those incidents
    Rajapakshas will be finished in politics if that happpens and army will do a coup and capture power

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    Especially if president mahinda and gota are the chief culprits(i don’t know.Just guessing because they stopped the UN panel from coming to Srilanka to investigate). Recently Lasantha’s widow has said government blocked all inquiries into his killing. I suppose you will say that if they had allowed it and army guys were involved, politically the rajapakshe’s would be finished and there will be a military coup.

    According to your theory politicians can get away with anything just by stating that they will be politically finished if the truth is found out.

    mahinda says he can’t give federalism also because he will be politically finished.If nehru had also said the same thing at that time today India would be at least 10 countries without being binded together as one comprising 25 states.

    Ultimately you must do what is good for the country if you are a true patriot and not selfish.Getting rid of the LTTe was good for the country. killing more than 30000 civilians unnecessarily in the process(i don’t know whether it was collateral damage or not, again i’am just guessing because of the subsequent behaviour of the government in trying to cover it up)is not good for the country. The least you can do now that it is done and those poor souls cannot be brought back to life, is to at least support an accountability process. Tamils also should not go on a witchhunt because it is not going to bring back these people. A truth and reconciliation commission like what happenned in south africa and rwanda might be more beneficial to everybody. I remember DBSJ brought this up just after the war ended but most readers including me were not for it and wanted the usual process of do the crime and do the time. DBSJ correct me if i am wrong. At that time i told you this was a new fangled concept without punishment for perpetrators and i am not sure that it is beneficial. Now after we have commented so much on the blog especially with our sinhalese friends i am tending to change my position on that view i held.

    An important distinction between the truth and reconciliation commission held by the srilankan government and the south african, rwandan governments is there the victims were the ones who controlled and administered the commission.The perpetrators of every individual incident confessed and said they were sorry and were mostly pardoned. The near and dear ones of the victims knew exactly what happened to them and were weeping but forgave the perpetrators, because it isn’t easy to come in public and confess to such hideous crimes.That itself is a terrible punishment mentally but it also gets it off your chest and you will begin to feel like a human being again. Time to time most of us tend to lose it and cease to be human for a fleeting moment in our life.Only the degree of fall from civilised to uncivilised behaviour could vary from individual to individual.

    In Rwanda more than 1 million tutsis were killed and it pales in comparision to the about 30000 mentioned in this UN advisory report(indirectly,because they mention that over 330000 were originally in this ‘safe zones’ and we know that finally 300000 were in the camps). It was a magnanimous gesture by the Rwandan president who is a tutsi to forgive these people without going on a vengeful bloodbath in return for his people being massacred. Sri lanka has always been a vengefull type of country where incessantly people go after each other with revenge attacks. They can take a lesson from tiny Rwanda and try to hence forth turn a new leaf.

    A truth and reconciliation commission conducted by the UN or some other independent body may be the best for the country, as the government in this case is the perpetrator and obviously it will be deficient if conducted by it.When the commission is conducted it must be made clear that nobody is going to be punished and to come forward and tell their stories and get it off their chest.

    Those who dont do that of course will have to face justice.The ones who come before the commission and cough out the truth should be pardoned for their sins because they have confessed and shown genuine repentance.

    This should apply equally to the remnants of the LTTE too who are abroad,as the UN report clearly states the amount of atrocities commited by the LTTE. If they had anything to do with the decisions made or knew about it and gave their tacit approval by their silence then they should be held accountable too. I am thinking of nediyavan, rudrakumaran, KP,Mrs balasingham,Col Ram to name a few. Just saying that the LTTE leaders on the battleground are dead won’t do. When they knew what they were doing, they could have said that due to the manner in which the LTTE leadership was treating their own people, they henceforth are resigning from the organisation and will have nothing to do with it henceforth.They did not do that and therefore since they held influential positions in it and continue to do so even now directly or indirectly, should also be asked to appear before the commision.

  43. The prayers of millions of people have been answered. Let hope this just a beginning, ultimately this will become very very important step in long march to freedom. 1st time in history tamil struggle, we have clearly on morale high ground. won the support of the international community. Already Sri Lanka has rejected option it was given by report.

    Martin Luther King once said “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” it being upheld by and rights organization, we should welcome that whole heartily.

  44. Here the Sinhalese go around one more time. They sent their players to play till May 20 and they are calling them back on May 5th. It is one more instance that they do not keep their written words.

    Breaking their words oral or written is the National Character of the Sinhalese, it appears. I want to be proved that I am wrong.

  45. Ban Ki moon cannot defeat Sri Lanka. As Sri Lankans we cannot be defeated and not allow to do that. we know, every real Sri Lankan know discipline of our armed forces. do not equal our brave and well disciplined armed forces with western forces. we do not kill innocent civilians like as USA. we have watched how USA murder innocent civilians in Iraq by wikileakes. we know Mr. moon that you sucks the western penis. what you have done for NATO attack to libiya ? .what did UNO, when lumumba was killing ?. nothing. please do not do stupid things and do not waste money and save you breath. please remove this western and tamil diaspora report and help Sri Lanka to alleviate poverty and hungry, help both sinhala and tamil nations to improve their education, health and life level.stop the lick the western ass.

  46. .
    War ia War…. let’s forget about it for a moment.

    But who is responsible for:
    – Aid workers killings
    – Trinco students killings
    – Tamil MP’s killings
    – Journalists (including Lasantha) murders

    You all know the truth.
    🙂

  47. krish says:
    April 16, 2011 at 12:26 am
    How will this UN report help the Tamil victims of war?
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    Read the report u will understand.

    yes report is only in paper unless SL government take corrective measures as suggested, nothing will come out of it.

  48. raj says:
    April 16, 2011 at 12:12 am
    the best way to have real reconciliation and peace in sri lanka to brign justice to the victims. Or, an inquiry should find what happened in the last stage of the war after expelling all witness from the battle field.

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    Can u please spell out what u mean by justice to the victims.

    What happened in the last stages of the war is obvious —> who ever did not cross over to the IDP zone were killed. What u people are seeking? reconciliation and peace in sri lanka ??

  49. About twenty two million innocent Africans were killed during the slave trade; this amount is far greater than Hitler ever killed in the entire Europe. Why no one was held responsible for this genocide? Hundreds of millions innocent Indigenous people were killed around the world during the British colonialism. Why no one was held responsible for this genocide? About forty million Indians died during the man made famines in India, under the British rule. The number of people who had died in India was far greater than the people who had died during the First and Second World Wars combined. Why no one was held responsible for this genocide? Why this world constantly talking about Hitler and Nazis, but do not talk about the most evil leaders and their most evil crimes. Hitler got punished as the most evil leader, but the true evil leaders have got away with their most evil crimes. I am not defending or justifying Hitler’s crimes, but I am disappointed that the genuine justice has not prevailed.

    Furthermore what about those innocent people killed in Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya? When they are going to do war crimes probe in those countries? Shame on you white bastards, you can not use the moral as weapon to keep others under you forever. Your game is about to finish, and your dominant days are numbered.

  50. What about those innocent people killed in Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya? When are they going to do war crimes probe in those countries? Shame on you white bastards, you can not use the moral as a weapon to keep others under you forever. Your game is about to finish, and your dominant days are numbered. America I hope you have been watching how the BRICS has been building up their economical and political power, they will keep you bastards honest in the near future. As I said your dominant days are numbered.

  51. About twenty two million innocent Africans were killed during the slave trade; this amount is far greater than Hitler ever killed in the entire Europe. Why no one was held responsible for this genocide? Hundreds of millions innocent Indigenous people were killed around the world during the British colonialism. Why no one was held responsible for this genocide? About forty million Indians died during the man made famines in India, under the British rule. The number of people who had died in India was far greater than the people who had died during the First and Second World Wars combined. Why no one was held responsible for this genocide? Why this world constantly talking about Hitler and Nazis, but do not talk about the most evil leaders and their most evil crimes. Hitler got punished as the most evil leader, but the true evil leaders have got away with their most evil crimes. I am not defending or justifying Hitler’s crimes, but I am disappointed that the genuine justice has not prevailed.

    Furthermore what about those innocent people killed in Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya? When they are going to do war crimes probe in those countries? Shame on you white bastards, you cannot use the moral as a weapon to keep others under you forever. Your game is about to finish, and your dominant days are numbered. America I hope you are watching the BRICS, they are building up their economy and political power. They will keep you bastards honest in the near future.

  52. What about those innocent people killed in Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya? When are they going to do war crimes probe in those countries? Shame on you white bastards, you cannot use moral as a weapon to keep others under you forever. Your game is about to finish, and your dominant days are numbered. America I hope you are watching the BRICS, they are building up their economy and political power. They will keep you bastards honest in the near future.

  53. This is the time for Tamil Diaspora to retaliate. Pay more money to these UN guys and gals and put everything upside down. Punish the S L security personnel. Get T N A to to fight another Eelam war. Diaspora can fund.TNA leaders can hide themselves in Tamil Nadu.Vaiko will help you.Send poor Tamil children to the battle front.Norway and other western homosexuals can pork their fingers in.Banki Moon will be happy.
    Vaityalingum

  54. The report has been leaked to the Island. I believe someone within the GoSL wanted to steal the thunder by leaking it now, before the UN could formally release it. They probably wanted to foment protests against the UN by pro-regime mobs sooner rather than later.

    The report powerfully reiterates what most people already know, and exposes people like Dayan Jayatilleka and Rajiva Wijesinha for the frauds that they are.

  55. Please publish my comment as it is….I am a Sri Lankan working for UN. I am emotional and please forgive for my long comment……

    People like me are the most suffering human beings when it comes to situations like these. UN is ours (mean for all the 192 member states) but in reality, as per the rule of jungle, the mightiest always survive.. So it has become a joke as of now….

    In short there is no internal justice, professionalism, good will and the so called humanity or equity of which the UN always speak out. Most of the UN experts are just theoricians who do not have practical knowledge and sense of humour.

    Most of UN reports indicate the personal opinions of those who are involved in preparing it. These people always prefer inner circles and lobbying for their information rather than reaching the grassroots. They just sit in front of lapotops entertaining huge preveliges and do whatever their masters imply.

    Whenever there is a realistic staff member who questions the injustice within the UN, he or she will be gradually sent out of UN system by the time contract extention reaches. They normally say there are no funds but for those who they prefer they create posts, recruite and extend.

    In the UN, people who represent the Western ideology (regardless of their actual origin) do survive. When we openly questions and raise issues they will answer diplomatically in public but off the meeting they will call you and tell if you like to continue you may try to be a little bit of “diplomatic”. That’s a clear warning on your job extention.

    Diplomacy is the fancy word they use to cover their lack of professionalism and pre set agendas. They use it as a weapon for trapping non western Statemen and Governments who are not aware to translate their true concerns into so called diplomatic language. In such cases local indviduals who understands this fancy “diplomacy” take the lead…. Popped up media heros and socalled NGO think tanks are a few of such who take the adavantages by linking a country with UN and other INGOs. These people do not represent their country people but coming from elite English speaking social layers. UN always lobby and network with these elements.

    I have seen some of Western UN staff entertaining LTTE attacks on SL defence eltablishments. When LTTE attacked Colombo with two air crafts one of the senior guys was highly sarcastic on how SL Anti Air Craft Gunners fought but was full of respect for the two suicide pilots.

    We are not a part of these UN reports on our country. We support this country to develop through programms we are employed in. Most African, Latin American and Asian staff in UN DO support Sri Lanka but their voices are dominated by Westerners who are also the donors for UN.

    We just do our job since we have our family commitments and also it is our right. But I am personally sometimes crying myslef for my country.

    My request is for the HE president is that please replace your inner circles with country loving professionals. Do a massive transformation of our foriegn service and Englsih media.

    Finally no war can be won without violating human rights. When we fight to defend ourselves the same happen. It is reduculous that this report ignore the incidents took place for 3 decades in Sri Lanka. Also they should have started with US in Vietnam, Iraq, Afaganistan etc…. Any way this is a part of pre set agenda.

    We have been bullied by our brother India and then Western powers in the 3 decades…. We had every right to finish that war at any cost since we were not the invader but the victim.

    Unfortunately most Sinhala UN satff are silent and majority of Tamil and Muslim staff in UN always fuel the international staff with anti Sri Lankan inputs which has direct influence with the end result of such reports. My personal feeling is that until minorities stop detering majority with their international links, the tension would counrinue.

    If we lost for LTTE, then these panels would not be there. All this came since we won it and their target is HE the President and Hon. Defence Secretary. If this happened under the leadership of Ranil or Chandrika again the reaction would be something else… It is full with individual preferences.

    Still world super powers are un beatable…… Only mother nature will teach them how the suffering is felt. Mother nature selected wrong places in 2004 (Tsunami), 2009 (Haity), 2010 (Pakistan) etc….. I wish Mother nature made the next selection correctly leaving all the innocent world citizens in peace.

  56. MR.DBS, THANK YOUR BIOS ARTICLELS, MAYORITY OF SINGALISE PEOPLE WON/T SUPPORT THE PANEL REPORT” WHAT ABOUT MAYORITY OF TAMIL?????????????????????

  57. Well done Ban Ki Moon

    Now it is our time to expose the war criminals and bring them to international justice. war heros will become war zeros

  58. People like me who are not Sinhala or Tamil and are living in Sr Lanka among Sinhala and Tamil people are not happy about this report.

    At a time when Sinhala and Tamil people are putting the war past behind them and learning to live together this report will cause mch bitterness and rake up old wounds

    true reconcilation is needed now. The UN report will prevent that

  59. You have correctly said that Mahinda cant have a probe into the army conduct in the war because of domestic political reality.

    While we resist international pressure we must reach out to our Tamil brothers and sisters and reconcile with them

  60. What is so sad and hard to understand is why the President and the defense secretary pushed the armed forces to carry out the unnecessary shelling that cost civilian lives and kill the LTTE leaders that surrendered. Those leaders alive would have been far more of value (propaganda) than the dead version. The army specially fought hard and bravely through many sacrifices and the colateral damage was minimum till the end when the worst was committed. The orders would have come from the top. The Rajapakses and Sarath Fonseka had all the power and were accountable. The unneccsary acts are such a black mark on a set of young men and women who sacrificed so much for all of us. For that reason the presendent and the defense secretary should pay! They should resign and not let their foolish mad acts hurt the country as a whole….

    I know what you all think…. yeah right!

  61. If any one beleive sinhalavan use his tiny damn jelly in his skull, never ever. we tamils blame one and only praba and his madness. yes we paying a heavy price for that….

  62. Patriot Diplomat

    It is reduculous that this report ignore the incidents took place for 3 decades in Sri Lanka.

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    What about your atrocities committed during pre LTTE. You are a diplomat and therefore you are maintaining a studied silence on that, isn’t so. Talk about that also.

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    We have been bullied by our brother India and then Western powers in the 3 decades…. We had every right to finish that war at any cost since we were not the invader but the victim.

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    Is a Jaffna or a Eastern Tamil an invader and you are a son of the soil. They have also been living in your island from times immemorial. You display Mahavamsa mind set.

    And you are lamenting Mother Nature selected wrong places to give destruction in the form of Tsunami and Earthquake.

    YOu are silent about the recent Tsunami and the nuclear catostrophe that the Japan is facing. May be you are happy at the plight of the Japan.

    What a mentality you have.

  63. I think that ban-ki-moon is trying hard to please western powers(Mr clean)& tamil dispora. At this stage I am thinking of my good loving friends who lost their lives from random bus bombings in colombo and other parts of conuntry .

    If some body did not eliminate LTTE, still they cuold have continuing atrocities

    International ,levels We think why not Un is not investigating cilvilian deaths in afganistan and iraq. is it because those wars are conduted by western powers or those contires are inferior contries or inferior people? needs answers by somebody

    The report is biased.

    God bless selfish superpowers ( Mr clean)????

  64. ban kin moon in your office siting many terorist sapoter as ( pilan,nambiyar)many ater i bilive you and your thiss groups got a lotof many from LTTE.

  65. Vaitiyalingum Trinawakarasu,

    Ohi my sinhala friend, known as Vaitiyalingum Trinawakarasu, First of all get the TAMIL name right. It should be Vaithiyalingam Thirunavukarasu to sound like a genuine Tamil name.

    Further. Sri Lanka was with two blood brothers. One, VP who had ‘yes sir, no sir, two bags full men around him’ and he was done and dusted.

    Now MR is with the same type of men, Mervin (Kalaniya Murderer), Douglas (wanted in India for murder), Karuna Amman (Should I say more, Wimal Weerawanse (Excellent Idiot: Remember the fasting outside UN office) and all sort of other idiots. So he will be done and dusted soon.

    Had he a foreign minister of Luxman Kadirkamar’s caliber he could have done well diplomatically.

    VP was on the wrong path with the victory at the Elephant Pass gone to his head and MR too was on the wrong path when he compared the victory over Tigers as over Tamils.

    Sri Lanka does not depend of these criminals. It can do well without them.

    West got two choice. Either take out MR and leave Sri Lanka one nation with equal opportunity for all.

    Or Sudan receipe: Leave MR as a weak leader with war crime tag and give the Tamils a choice to vote on a referendum if they want to live in a united Sri Lanka or NOT.

    In these scenario it is better for MR to quit for the country to be one.

    And it is a vainly affair to write again each other community.

  66. todays news
    Ban Ki-moon’s report
    Government prepares to release a joint statement with Ranil
    all sinhala nationalist are uniting under Mahasanga guidance .this gives a social message in srilanka

    it is time for tamils to unite instead of becoming part and partial of GENOCIDE for few rupees or womern or what ever

    my comment
    on Positive forward movement in Govt-TNA dialogue
    below, becomes one more step closer with this week cancelation of TNA visit to dtainees ,
    Dr Kumarakuru Vasanthi says:
    March 20, 2011 at 4:13 pm
    Forensic Psychological analysis of the events (above) lead to believe that TNA being forced to sit down with a party not talking truth or its agents not willing to implement what is agreed in talks

    Mervin de Silva a known liar in the Govt panel and the events lead to believe that TNA will be deceived at last.

    TNA must make wise Plan B ( for eventual failure of talks ) at the earliest with relevant parties forcing them to sit down and talk. .

    Two teams cannot solve a institutionalised problems unless sanctions are announced against those who refuse to implement decisions of the panel.

    http://dbsjeyaraj.com/dbsj/archives/2044#comments

  67. TRN says:
    April 16, 2011 at 10:40 am
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    Can u please spell out what u mean by justice to the victims.

    What happened in the last stages of the war is obvious —> who ever did not cross over to the IDP zone were killed. What u people are seeking? reconciliation and peace in sri lanka ??

    ——

    Its an irnoy in Srilanka that, the minority (victims) should beg for reconciliation with the majority (culprits).

    Who should seek & lead the reconcilation efforts?

    To answer your question directly, it appears war affected Tamils seek punishment of the culprits. What does GOSL seek?

  68. Patriot Diplomat

    what a sincere feedback from a fanatic, hardcore Pro Srilankan, patriotic UN official.

    Why do you blame and criticize UN officials are biased.

    See yourself in mirror.

  69. Delaying Positive forward movement to genuine power sharing mechanism with Native Tamils even after 2 yers of the 26 Years civil war and still not listen,accept and implement their
    political aspiration for federal solution only lead to gear up this kind of negative movements as predicted.

    “Arasan Anru Kolvan,Theyvam Ninru Kollum”

  70. DBS,

    This report will do nothing inside the country. In fact it will do the opposite. Mahinda’s popularity will increase and rightly or wrongly UNP, who has been tarred with Western influences will sink even lower. Unless of course Ranil comes out strongly against the UN findings. I don’t believe that will happen, he is a gutless opportunist who is ready to jump out of top floor in a high rise if the suggestion came from a Western country.

    The timing of all of these is unfortunate, as it gives another reason for government to harp on how the West with the Tamil Diaspora is out to destroy Sri Lanka. I am sure MR and company will use this report to their utmost benefit. The leaking of the contents of the report by the government to Colombo media before it was officially released by UN shows that is their intention. One good thing that might happen from all this is that the much awaited GOSL’s own commission findings may contain much more “difficult” information – just to make UN look stupid and throw egg on all those INGOs who refused the invitation to come and give evidence to the Lessons Learned commission.

    One also hopes that this UN report will not influence the talks between GOSL and TNA. If TNA gets in to its head that they are in a much stronger position simply because of the UN report, that could be a disaster to the negotiations.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    My worry is that too.Instead of bringing about reconciliation the fall out from the accountability process demand by the UN & west will only deter and delay the slow reconciliatory journey.An immediate casualty could be the Govt-TNA talks

  71. Mahesh said:
    Here the Sinhalese go around one more time. They sent their players to play till May 20 and they are calling them back on May 5th. It is one more instance that they do not keep their written words.

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    IPL that employed is a private business fully owned by BCCI. SL Cricket that agreed to SL player’s participation in IPL games is a semi-private business owned by SL government. When there are contractual disputes between commercial entities what do they do? If they can not resolve those by negotiations they go to courts and the offending party will be legally held responsible. It is not a matter of keeping someone’s word. It is a matter of whether a commercial agreement was violated or not.

    Why drag ethnicities in a pure commercial dispute? Why do you guys have to look at everything in terms of Sinhala this Tamil that? World is not that black and white you know.

    During the last few years, we have heard about many Indian companies that have taken kick backs, violated the law, cheated shareholders, etc, etc to the tune of millions or billions of dollars. So apply your argument and do we think of all Indians as cheaters, bribe takes and all Indian companies run by crooks?

  72. DBS, This statement from the Cuban Representative to the UN Human RIghts Council is still relevant and worth re-reading by all.

    Statement by Ambassador Juan Antonio, permanent representative of Cuba at UNHRC

    (May 29, Geneva,) At the outset allow me to extend my appreciation for the statement of the Minister of Disaster Management and Human Rights of Sri Lanka, Mr. Mahinda Samarasinghe, whose presence in this special session evidences the constant will of Sri Lanka of exchanging with the international community, the importance Sri Lanka attaches to the Human Rights Council, of which it was a founding member, as well as the commitment of the country in this regard.

    Let me also pay tribute to Ambassador Dayan Jayatilleka, who I consider to be a tireless champion in defense of justice and principles in the framework of this Council. A prominent intellectual and patriot, for whom dialogue with others and honesty constitute basic premises when approaching any situation regarding human rights, no matter its complexity.

    Cuba did not support the call for this special session.

    We did not do it because we saw it as an attempt by some former colonial metropolises to single out and stigmatize a small developing country, victim of an internal conflict that has lasted for years and devastated the nation, reduced its possibilities for development and caused the death of thousands of people. A conflict that was not exempt from terrorist acts, that Cuba, a country that has been a victim of terrorism for more than 50 years, are condemnable from all points of view.

    In addition to this, the process that led to the call for this special session brought about the reset of the tarnished methods and practices of the defenestrated Commission, which are incompatible with the new working culture that should be promoted by the Council on Human Rights.

    The fact of not holding talks with everyone since the beginning about the call for a special session, double standards, pressures in Capitals to get a signature, the secrecy and lack of transparency, are some of the vices that we hope will not be repeated in the future when tackling complex situations that require sensitivity and constructive atmosphere.

    Ensuring an approach based on good faith dialogue and cooperation, and not resorting to the old practices of imposition, selectivity and politicization, is vital for the success of the Human Rights Council. In fact, and I should say it clearly, the proponents of this special session imposed an approach of confrontation that has divided the Council, closing the door to other initiatives and proposals few days before the inauguration of the 11th regular session of the Council.

    By the way, it has not escaped our attention the statement delivered by the Independent Expert on extreme poverty, who speaking apparently on behalf of all special procedures made a number of allegations. I wonder how such kind statements are drafted agreed, and if they are compatible with the Code of Conduct.

    Cuba is a co-sponsor of draft resolution L.1, entitled “Assistance to Sri Lanka in the promotion and protection of human rights”, submitted by Sri Lanka in an additional expression of openness, cooperation and commitment with the Human Rights Council.

    L.1 document gets off the hackneyed path of cold, condemnatory and imposition-like languages, and goes through the path of good faith cooperation and full involvement of the concerned State, while not neglecting the main concerns on the situation in the country, which have been recognized by the Government itself.

    L.1 document tackles, among other elements, the situation of the internally displaced persons and the need to provide assistance to the people affected by the conflict, including the access to basic rights such as food, sanitation, health care and safe drinking water. It also includes the rehabilitation of former child soldiers into society, the cooperation with the mechanisms of the United Nations and other international organizations, and the issue of a political solution of national reconciliation.

    After more than 25 years of internal conflict, Sri Lanka needs the solidary support and cooperation of the international community (IC) to rebuilt its country and fight against poverty and underdevelopment. L.1 emphasizes on this aspect.

    The difference between L.1 and L.2 is very simple. The first one is based on cooperation and constructive dialogue. It captures a comprehensive and cross-regional new vision on how this Council should operate. The second one is the same inquisitorial look of those that do not accept the new realities of the world in which we live. The decision is therefore very simple: either we go back to the past, or we better build all together a new vision of future.

    Cuba invites all members of the Council, in particular developing and non-aligned countries, to unequivocally support L.1.

    In order to conclude, let me reaffirm our conviction that the encouragement and development of a genuine international cooperation, based on the respect for the sovereign equality of all States and on the principles of universality, objectivity and non-selectivity, constitute the only possible way to effectively for progressing in the promotion and protection of all human rights for all.

  73. tharis says:
    April 16, 2011 at 7:16 am
    Tamil people know who did what to them- We know what LTTE did , and what SLA did in the past 30 years.
    I think those who need to know the truth is the majority signalise. The reality is, they were not living in war zones : under bombs, LTTE pressure ,without electricity and embargos on food, and other basic things…without mentioning the massacre in the final stage of the war….Singhalese who never received a single shell or bomb on their head think that LTTE bombs , in teh south, is the worst things that happened in Sri lanka , and they are using those attacks to justify anything and everything against tamil. After and attack in Colombo : police , medical team s , and media and help and witness what happened..but for Tamil people : those were attacking them were those who are supposed to help them….
    Reports and Investigations by Independent bodies should inform the Singhalese that LTTE attacks in south were not the worst horror that were happening on the island….Sinhalese people should accept to understand that Sri lankan state, which is supposed to protect all citizens , was in fact massacre ring Tamils for the past 30 years in the name of war against Terrorism….. Only after that there will be peace and reconciliation in Sri lanka.

    ________________________________________

    To all SL tamils living in SL today.

    Please understand v know what u people went through. We were & are helpless to poke our hand in to the mess. We all kenw that the civillians will get cought in the middle of the cross fire.

    Every one knew but the tamils were kept as human shields. Could they have first crossed over to the south rather than run away with the LTTE ? As i read in a recent article in Transcurrent, when Marwil aru attack started sinhalese & muslims crossed to the south while the tamils fled to north. Then ultimately got trapped. What happened is irreversible.

    It was obvious the political will of the government was to finish it off. Also as the report too noted many powerful nationa wanted the LTTE to lose.

    We are trying as common people to reach out to you people. We were the first to come to IDP camps to help you people. The events were beyound the common man’s control.

    Please appriciate what is already done. Most of the sinhala people don’t carry bitterness in their hearts. They are quick to forgive & forget. What the politicians are doing is beyound our control.

    But I can see there are positive things that are done by government to N&E. Also there may be things that are not to the liking of the tamil people. Its is best that we start a dialogue and try and understand the other citizens of this country who were cut off from the north for several decades.

    It is between u & me.

  74. Two of the panel members are from South Africa. It is something suspicious. South African Tamil connections sent guns to LTTE. Now the TRO Chief Reggie who is wanted by Interpol, invested millions in South Africa. Furhter Reggies’s wife is now a resident in S/Africa.

    Navaneetham Pillai is an untrustworthy person because once she read the LTTE figures as hers in a report.

    Totally, this is an excercise of intimidation and nothing more!

  75. shankar says:
    April 16, 2011 at 9:13 am
    Ultimately you must do what is good for the country if you are a true patriot and not selfish.Getting rid of the LTTe was good for the country. killing more than 30000 civilians unnecessarily in the process(i don’t know whether it was collateral damage or not, again i’am just guessing because of the subsequent behaviour of the government in trying to cover it up)is not good for the country. The least you can do now that it is done and those poor souls cannot be brought back to life, is to at least support an accountability process. Tamils also should not go on a witchhunt because it is not going to bring back these people. A truth and reconciliation commission like what happenned in south africa and rwanda might be more beneficial to everybody. I remember DBSJ brought this up just after the war ended but most readers including me were not for it and wanted the usual process of do the crime and do the time. DBSJ correct me if i am wrong. At that time i told you this was a new fangled concept without punishment for perpetrators and i am not sure that it is beneficial. Now after we have commented so much on the blog especially with our sinhalese friends i am tending to change my position on that view i held.

    An important distinction between the truth and reconciliation commission held by the srilankan government and the south african, rwandan governments is there the victims were the ones who controlled and administered the commission.The perpetrators of every individual incident confessed and said they were sorry and were mostly pardoned. The near and dear ones of the victims knew exactly what happened to them and were weeping but forgave the perpetrators, because it isn’t easy to come in public and confess to such hideous crimes.That itself is a terrible punishment mentally but it also gets it off your chest and you will begin to feel like a human being again. Time to time most of us tend to lose it and cease to be human for a fleeting moment in our life.Only the degree of fall from civilised to uncivilised behaviour could vary from individual to individual.

    In Rwanda more than 1 million tutsis were killed and it pales in comparision to the about 30000 mentioned in this UN advisory report(indirectly,because they mention that over 330000 were originally in this ‘safe zones’ and we know that finally 300000 were in the camps). It was a magnanimous gesture by the Rwandan president who is a tutsi to forgive these people without going on a vengeful bloodbath in return for his people being massacred. Sri lanka has always been a vengefull type of country where incessantly people go after each other with revenge attacks. They can take a lesson from tiny Rwanda and try to hence forth turn a new leaf.

    A truth and reconciliation commission conducted by the UN or some other independent body may

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    Dear Shankar

    I agree with most you have said in this comment.

    How long will this process to become a reality in SL? I’m not sure.

    The most imporatnat facts for reconcilliation is to accept one’s fault, be it sinhala / tamil and repentance for the committed sin.

    Which I think is lacking in both sides of SL conflict. the panel report is pointing fingers to both sides and showing their failuires. its a shame that outsiders have to intervene to a largely internal conflict.

    We common people who were never a part of these events except being born a sinhala or tamil are trying to put in some sense in to the morons.

    Lets hope & pray that wiser counsel prevail for the greater good of the common man/woman & child.

  76. Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa told the Sunday Times that the government would take the report “seriously” and send teams to India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Malaysia, the other Non-Aligned countries including those in Africa and Latin America to explain why Sri Lanka had no option but to use military force to liquidate the LTTE’s military capabilities. He said a white paper would be prepared outlining the justification for military action; the civilian casualties caused by the LTTE; the benefits that have accrued to the people of Sri Lanka both in the north and south from the elimination of terrorism; and the humanitarian measures taken by the government during that final offensive against the LTTE and thereafter for the displaced civilians during the final stages, especially in the Vanni and Mullaitivu districts.

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    Now this is a good move but it would have been better done way back in 2008- 09 while the war was on going.

  77. President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday urged SLFP organisers to turn the May Day rally into a massive show of strength that would send a strong message to the world that the people are with him in the wake of a UN report that accused his government of committing war crimes.

    Addressing them at a Temple Trees meeting, the President said his government had been lenient towards LTTE detainees and had even released hardcore member after rehabilitating them.

    Expressing surprise at the allegations contained in the UN Secretary General’s expert panel report, the president said that not even close relatives of the LTTE cadres had made such charges when they appeared before the government’s Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).

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    now this is local politics !

  78. Muralidaran Ramesh Somasunderam says:
    April 16, 2011 at 12:43 am
    Dear Sir,
    What could one mention or state, apart from the report speaking for itself.
    In my view, it is time that moderate men and women, irrespective of ethnicity, religion, caste or class to stand for justice, fair play and equity. It must come from people who live in Sri Lanka, not expatriate men or women who are Sri Lankns by descent, such as me for example, who migrated with my parents and twin sister from Colombo, Sri Lanka to Australia in December 1984. This is my candid and honest view in regard to the whole situation or saga. At last let the truth be revealed, the situation and implications be understood for the country and its people objectively and from a practical perspective. I hope this is an eye opener for all Sri Lankans and the majority of the people living in Sri Lanka not viewing the report based on ‘coloured glasses’. This being with a biased or subjective attitude and mind set. I believe this is vital or imperative.
    In conclusion, may god bless Sri Lanka and its people, who in my view should be the guardian angels for aspects, such as justice, equity and fair play in Sri Lanka. Not expatriate Sri Lankans living overseas, who are generally, are not interested in Sri Lanka and its welfare, apart from sentimental values, as they are Sri Lankans.
    Yours Faithfully,
    Muralidaran Ramesh Somasunderam.
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    Dear mr. somasundaram,

    Thank u for being honest. Appriciate your openess & boldness to speak with out biase.

  79. Nadaraja ponnambalam says:
    April 16, 2011 at 10:20 am

    please remove this western and tamil diaspora report and help Sri Lanka to alleviate poverty and hungry, help both sinhala and tamil nations to improve their education, health and life level.stop the lick the western ass.
    _______________________

    I am sure u have not read the report before commenting.

    Surely it did not look like a Tamil diaspora report but yes it is more from the west.

    Also how could there be 2 nations sinhala & tamil . Sinhala & tamil are 2 languages as far as I know.

  80. This report is sponsored by countries such as the US, UK, EU, Australia, Norway and Canada. 20 LTTE terrorist supporting organisations in western countries and 50 INGOs funded by foreign countries deeply hostile and racist towards the srilankan population fed wholesale lies to write this report. This report should be rejected outright and thrown into the dustbin and it belongs rightly in the dustbin of history.

    Funny no mention in this rag of the thousands upon thousands of civilians massacred by the LTTE terrorists in thirty years of war, the longest running civil war in asia thankfully which is now over.

    Lets look at the accuser (all false by the way) countries such as the US, EU, UK, Norway, Australia and Canadas conduct. These imperialists have cruise missiled, cluster bombed and used depleted uranium to blow to bits unfortunate citizens of unsuspecting countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam, Korea and Libiya. Iraq once a modern prosperous country with an ancient civilisation today has been reduced to rubble. Its citizens are roaming the streets living like beggers. The Iraqis should have been one of the richest people on earth due to oil resources but today they are destitute and in deep trouble. Depleted uranium used in Iraq would result in cancer for decades to come and have poisoned the landscape for years to come. Half a million children of iraq died due to sanctions imposed on that country.

    Today in libiya due to greed for oil cruise missiles, rockets, bombs and again depleted uranium is used to destroy that country. Depleted uranium will hang around causing cancer in that country for decades to come. Libiyan people are in deep trouble because these self same countries mentined above are so greedy for oil they dont see the wood for the trees when trying to grab these resources.

    These countries should be condemned outright and in the strongest terms possible and if they come to harrass the peaceful people of srilanka with false cooked up reports, these reports should be thrown into the dustbin.

  81. Ranjan, Toronto

    IPL that employed is a private business fully owned by BCCI. SL Cricket that agreed to SL player’s participation in IPL games is a semi-private business owned by SL government. When there are contractual disputes between commercial entities what do they do? If they can not resolve those by negotiations they go to courts and the offending party will be legally held responsible. It is not a matter of keeping someone’s word. It is a matter of whether a commercial agreement was violated or not.

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    If breaking the promises or words or written down contracts happens once in a while then it could be understood. You people have a very long history of it. Why pick on me for that. If you have to pick on somebody first pick on Murali.

    Tell me one agreement which you have not dumped.

  82. The Tamils hailing the Ban Ki Moon panel report as an indictment of the Lankan army alone do not realise that the report is a severe indictment of the LTTE also

    In the final analysis the army was forced to engage in anti-civilian activity only because the LTTE held the Tamils at gun point as hostages.

  83. Gota says he will have to ask for protection from china and russia. When the defence secretary says something like that what does it mean in plain english. Mahinda’s or gota’s next move is to make a trip to china and/or russia to explain the situation and ask for a defence agreement. After all indira ghandhi did that with russia to counter china and the US.Now of course the environment has changed and india is cuddling upto the US for its nuclear needs.Don’t know where one day srilanka will end up, but as at today “api yanawa beijing,apiyanawa moscow,vodka bonawa hondata,fried rice kanawa niyamata”.

    On a less serious note, our sports minister(who has as a typical srilankan politician, has made everyone take responsibility for the world cup defeat,except himself of course)is cursing india for body searching him and his colleagues. He should be thankful that they did not strip search him.And what about our own mahinda. What if mahawamsa 3 page dutu 2 had been bodysearched. sacrilege. Srilanka would have declared war on india. White vans would have been ferried across the palk strait. Indians should not underestimate us. Did they think we would have reached the final. Did they get a shock when sewag and tendulkar got out and we scored 274.If ghambir had got out when 30……If they had body searched our emperor, our king of kings, then they would be in for a mother of all shocks with our battle hardened army in a lightning srike racing all the way to new delhi while everybody was engrossed in the world cup. mahinda would have quietly vanished and disguised himself as a begger. Oh yes we had it for them indeed and they don’t know how they escaped by a whisker.It is not the first time a srilankan king has invaded india.

    In a nutshell don’t underestimate srilanka.We are not nepal,bangladesh or pakistan. We are the unique and one and only srilanka who will be a boil on your bum forever and ever.

  84. Nalin,
    not only USA China , libya, India and pakistan also supported thw war against LTTE.
    Then Libya, Iran, china as well as India Will change position. As usual UN will back all countries
    An Eelam citizen

  85. I am not surprised to observe, that many writers, who usually write here, as their habit, only to make Tamils look stupid, after the UN report, instead accepting their previous opinions were wrong, trying to pretend, that they are really concern about the Tamil welfare than the JUSTICE. The logic is, simply their intelligence is very average or even very poor. Go them to HELL.

  86. Finally the Truth is coming out. It is sad the sinhalese don’t want admit the crimes. But thank God this time the choice is not theirs. At the same time the LTTE survivors need to be tried as well. This is what majority tamils want.

  87. at the outset i would like to congratulate patriotic diplomat(i guess sinhalese chauvinism has different names)for his patriotism and i feel once his tenure ends he can join the external affairs department of rajapakshe becoz his services are needed and if he resigns before his contract he can also reap benefits like dayan jayatilake who became ambassador to paris primarily for writing pro sinhalese articles under the cover of international marxism.i concur with mahesh ranjan i read a newsitem that one of the reasons why srilankan players have been called back is becoz srilankan cricket chief was not happy with the treatment given to mahinda rajapakshe when he visited mumbai for the finals so it has nothing to do with teams welfare or practice rather it is nothing but politics and in srilanka everything is linked only to sinhala chauvinism.i happened to read about reconciliation commissions in south africa,rwanda i doubt it can ever happen in srilanka i am eternal optimist when it comes to other things but when it comes to srilankan affairs i become a pessimist despite the fact jey is very much concerned about the lives of tamils.only international pressure will work in srilanka unless international community pressurises no sinhala government will be ready to implement political reforms tutsis and blacks were magnanimous and serbs were fed up with milosevic but sinhalese will never have that attitude they always feel that 13th amendment is a first step towards secession for that they always will try to employ all sort of dirty tricks like changing the demography of the north and east,now they have come out with an out of the box idea that instead of provincial powers let us have some jana sabha concept who will listen only to central government not to provincial government thus undermining even little bit of power provinces enjoy hence please please international community put pressure on this sinhala government to implement 13th amendment though it cant be solution to all the problems faced by tamils atleast tamils can solve their own problem.may be we can have a trade off lets not have a united nations enquiry into human rights violations let us have 13th amendment with meaning powers to provinces or else tamils will be doomed in srilanka.lastly if mahinda rajapakshe whips up sinhalese chauvinism let him do it should not deter international community becoz local sentiments will have to be taken into account but it should not prevent accountability to be enforced.

  88. X Srilankan:

    The prayers of millions of people have been answered.

    ________________________________

    Pray for mercy. Revengeful prayers will not be answered for sure.

  89. DBS once wrote that Tamils can get Eelam/self-rule only if the Sri Lankan regime commits horrible blunders and irreversibly annoys the IC and India. 

    I think Mahinda is fulfilling these prerequisites…..despite strong protests by India, SL navy is suspected in the recent deaths of 5 Indian fishermen……..the way Mahinda is handling the Panel report is likely to infuriate the IC. 

      

  90. I hope this UN report paves way for the eventual separation of Sri Lanka. After that Tamils can live in peace.

  91. The best thing the UN can do right now is impose sanctions on Sri Lanka. Sanctions will curb foreign investment, thereby adversely impacting economic growth. While the majority of people in Southern Sri Lanka are unable to grasp the nuances of the UN report in any positive sense – let alone pressure their government to act on it – a skyrocketing cost of living and high rate of unemployment will not escape their attention. The unfortunate reality is that had Sri Lanka been a majority Muslim nation, such sanctions would have been in place a long time ago. Unfortunately, Sri Lanka is a mere nobody on the world map, and the only nation that has a vested interest in its future is India. For a very long time now, the UN “opinion” on Sri Lanka has been formulated and dictated by India. Obviously, this needs to change. Each nation ought to be evaluated on the basis of its own merits, not on the evaluation generated single-handedly by the regional superpower. Imposing sanctions on Sri Lanka is the first positive step in this direction.

  92. People regard the UN as if it some kind of constitutional monarch, above national politics, beyond corruption, completely impartial, acting for Truth, Peace and Justice. This is nonsense. It is a collection of many nations with many agendas, dominated by the Security Council whose powerful member states have their own agendas.

    While the West is demonising Col Gaddafi for using cluster bombs, they forget that the US refused to sign the convention banning their use and used thousands of cluster bombs in the first Gulf war against Iraq. Now why is the UN silent?

    The US has always claimed that the atomic bombing of Japan shortened the war despite killing tens of thousands of civilians. Where is the UN investigation? The US used napalm against civilians and Agent Orange in Vietnam causing hideous deformities in children. Where was the UN?

    More recently the US used depleted uranium shells in Iraq causing even more deformities. Where is Ban Ki Moon’s report? http://www.thewe.cc/weplanet/news/depleted_uranium_iraq_afghanistan_balkans.html

    All this simply shows that the UN is attacking Sri Lanka at the behest of powerful nations. Perhaps they are preparing for R2P regime change if oil is found in Mannar!

  93. Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.
    John F. Kennedy

  94. “During the final stages of the war, the United Nations political organs and bodies failed to take actions that might have protected civilians.

    Recommendation 4: United Nations

    Considering the response of the United Nations to the plight of civilians in the Vanni during the final stages of the war in Sri Lanka and the aftermath:

    A. the Human rights Council should be invited to reconsider its May 2009 Special Session Resolution (A/HRC/S-11/l.1/Rev.2) regarding Sri Lanka, in light of this report.

    B. The Secretary-General should conduct a comprehensive review of actions by the United Nations system during the war in Sri Lanka and the aftermath, regarding the implementation of its humanitarian and protection mandates”

    Apart from pinpointing responsibility on GOSL & LTTE ,the Panel has put UNSG also in a soup.
    He has to act now and Sri Lankans should appreciate this fact and act daccordingly.

  95. At the best of times it is difficult to get an innocent person to willingly agree to go before a court of justice for an alleged crime that was committed. It is substantially more difficult to get a guilty person to willingly agree to the same! That is why in matters of criminality it cannot be up to the convenience of the alleged criminal that determines the action that must be taken. Hence the rule of law must be pursued no matter whether it is expedient to do so or not.

    DBS, you are right that it was “unrealistic” to expect President Rajapakse to agree to set up an accountability process. That is why it is extremely important for the UN to kindly take the onus off of His Excellency’s shoulders and to pursue the rule of law through the appropriate institutions at their disposal.

    Here’s a little mental exercise that may help bring some clarity to our thinking on war crimes. Should George Bush Jr. and Tony Blair be brought before the International Criminal Court (ICC) for the 2nd Gulf War? For those who say no, you may read no further. For those who say yes, the question is why should they be taken before the ICC? Isn’t it because the war was a violation of international law and has led to loss of untold numbers of innocent Iraqi civilian lives? If we would like to see justice served in this instance, wouldn’t we want to see justice also served in all cases of violations of laws-of-war and humanitarian law? The fact that we may never see justice served in the case of the 2nd Gulf War cannot be an argument that all violations of humanitarian law should go unpunished. In the case of Sri Lanka, isn’t it in our interest to see the rule of law upheld, or have we already succumbed to an acceptance of a future of increasing lawlessness?

  96. DBS this layout looks good but one thing to note it may be good to number the comments.
    regards

  97. It is interesting to note that US is trying to its level best to get the Gladstone Report on Israeli war crimes in Gaza revoked and the report withdrawn. I suppose it is not a war crime or anything else when things are done by a party or a country that the West supports.

    Same story about Libya. After all the sanctimonious crying about the need to protect innocent civilians, now it turns out that West’s action has very little to do about protecting innocent civilians, but it is to support a rebel army that is intent on over throwing Gaddfi and installing a regime that is more aligned with the West. The West knows that there would be very little domestics support for military action in Libya by the Nato if it was just a pure case of regime change, so they had to twist the truth and show that what they are doing is protecting civilians.

    Interestingly enough, the West that was ready to protect civilians in Libya at a drop of a hat is strangely silent about Baharain where Sunni dominated government is brutally suppressing a domestic Shia population with the aid of Saudi army. Things are so bad there, the people who are injured in popular demonstrations against the government cannot go to the local hospitals because government security forces are manning the hospitals and taking away people who go to these places for treatment. Given that Baharain is the HQ of the American 6th Fleet and they do have enough service people on the ground, one wonders why they cannot be used to protect Baharani civilians from their own government that is hell bent on suppressing the popular dissent?

  98. Mahesh:

    Why pick on Murali? He rightfully pointed out that there is an agreement between SLC and BCCI that appears to have been violated. He did not go on a rant on how this is typical of Sinhalese and try to convert a purely commercial issue to a Sinhalese-Tamil issue.

    As for you questioning what agreements have been broken in Sri Lanka, first take a look in the mirror and ask yourself why India has not kept her promises made to the UN and the world community since 1948 on Kashmir. I have asked you this question a few times before and each time we have seen some utterly lame responses from you and I guess this time wont be any different either.

  99. georgethebushpig

    Of course what you say has some truth in it., but such “justice” must also meet the tests of impartiality and equal application in ALL cases..

    There is a reason why the Lady Justice is depicted with a Blindfold and a set of Scales

    Unfortunately, in the case of the West, it seems her scales have false weights and her blindfold is slightly askew so she may wink at the US, UK, NATO etc for their transgressions..

    Until the above tests are met,there is no reason for anyone to accept the Western brand of “Justice” and no meaningful way of enforcing it short of direct military intervention. A costly enterprise as we can see from many examples.

  100. Ranjan, Toronto –

    What exactly is the ‘problem’ for the Sinhala nationalists with the West?

    All this colonialism and all that is tired and tried arguments. The Mahanayakes are acting like China and Russia are guardians of Buddhism and those powers treat humanity within their own borders with dignity.

    So this ‘opportunistic’ politics in the form ‘patriotism’ will come to pass.

    Its a good ‘opportunity’ for MR to hide the worker issues and COL on May Day and turn it into a anti UN rally.

    When the govts. in the West acted against LTTE, all Manayakes cheered. Now they see a conspiracy.

    The Tamils lobby govts in the West then and now. The Sinhalase diaspora cannot have it both ways. They need to become a bridge beteween Tamils, Govts in the West and Mahinda Rajapaksa.

    If Ranil W is in office the country will not be facing this issue. If the longterm prosperity of Sri Lanka is depended on good relationship with the world, bashing of the West needs to stop. Otherwise, Sri Lanka’s friend will be only Bangladesh and Pakistan.

    And dont forget the West has several give and take diplomacy with Russia and China, as it was evident with Libya.

  101. I think, recent UN report is the best New Year gift to all victims whose beloved ones were killed in Sri Lanka war

    Sri Lankan war criminals have developed the mentality of cannibalism. They have gone crazy and their mentality is similar to a psychopath serial killer driven by “thirst for human blood”. Rajapaksa Regime has mastered the manipulation in hoodwinking the Whole World and is fooling the Sinhalese to follow its policy of appalling brutality

  102. shankar says:
    April 17, 2011 at 5:32 am
    Gota says he will have to ask for protection from china and russia. When the defence secretary says something like that what does it mean in plain english. Mahinda’s or gota’s next move is to make a trip to china and/or russia to explain the situation and ask for a defence agreement.
    ______________________________________

    MR is in Balgaladesh on an official visit.

    Its best to wait till the official SL report is available. To see how our diplomats have answered the allegations in the UNSG’s panel report.

    This may end up like another storm in a tea cup at the end.

    If we really look at the events. UN did not give in to pressure of Tamil diaspora protests in the west. Allowed to continue the last phase of the war. At that time their agenda was different.

    But unfortunately some foriegn journalist got the UN & USA officials involved for a surrender and it misfired. How is what they want to know now. Nothing else. Or the US was hurt that SL officials slapped them on the cheek. Now they want to bring discipline to the disobidient Asian.

    Tamils are euphoric their prayers were answered & the sinhala hardcores have another heroic task to protect the motherland from UN. The never ending false pride that brought total destruction to this nation.

    While the victims of war will rot in their missery the hardcore morones on either side will have their parties for ever. Mother Lanka will remain a tear drop until this party is over.

  103. What taking place is that west is now taking stock control, in an enough is enough mentality ; this is not confined to Mullivaikal or the last phase of the so called war.
    The country was forced to bleed for the last four decades and had the effects of the bleeding confined within sri lankan soils , the West probably would not have worried as it does now.
    This bleeding has
    (i) Made a government to make a mokery of all norms of civilisations in executing a war which if followed as a precedence will threat th every existence of man kind.
    (ii) Bumped off more than 100,000 civilians and about 25,000 each from both side of combatants
    (iii) Gave successful re-birth to a very disturbing weapon – suicidal bomber , which the west consider is a real threat to future global stability , considering the effects in muslim countries
    (iv) Bumped off an incumbent president
    (v) Bumped off an ex prime minister of the largest democracy on the planet
    (vi) Allowed a tiny clan to amass a wealth that any one can only dream of.

    They ( The wast et al ) wanted one side to be finished off first and allowed the other side to see things in a reasonable perspective.
    Now they seems to have lost the patience.
    They ( the West et al ) can stage manage whatever they want ( from dropping un-wanted A-bomb to oust unwanted leaders )
    Something is sure .. SL sinhala leaders do not have the capacity to understand this .
    PS: Only SLFP can only behave like this. First the standardisation then the Mullivaykall. There certainly was a reason that SLFP rajapakse was allowed to come instead of UNP Ranil . Well, the Sinhalese had made a mistake that may haunt them forever.
    Jacoob Anas…..

  104. The enormous gravity of this Report – forms the basis for the future direction and well being of the Sri Lankan nation. The UN Secretary General Mr. Moon would not have appointed these 3 particular candidates unless he was absolutely certain that they would deliver what he – under extreme pressure by the US and other Western nations – wanted: justification to pursue war crime charges against the Rajapaksa administration. The Wikileakes clearly delineate who the State Department believes committed war crimes on the island. Now, Mr. Moon has got the ammunition he needs to pursue the next step: the appointment of a war crimes tribunal. [Note that he has the authority to by-pass both the UN General Assembly as well as the UN Security Council to appoint a commission.]

    Do the calculus: wikileaks of the US Ambassador in SL + the recent State Dept. report on human rights abuses in SL + Blake’s threat to take a strong message by the Obama administration to the SL govt. + Mr. Obama’s last UN speech criticizing about leaders who dismantle term-limits + +; if it is not crispy clear what the Americans want in Sri Lanka, then please go and get a new pair of spectacles. 

    This is not an exclusive Ban initiative – but one that is well thought-out and engineered by the most powerful office on the planet. A policy effort perhaps driven by Samantha Powers of the National Security Council – a consistently ardent human rights advocate. To think anything else would simply be to immerse in denial or to lack in insight.  

    Contrary to the view that this would derail the negotiations on a political solution – in my view, it would enhance the effort – as India would use this threat as leverage to impel the SL government to expedite a solution. At the end of all this it is India’s influence – both on the US and West as well as on the Sri Lankan govt. – that would make the difference.

  105. Jacob Anas:
    Why do Tamils always blame SLFP? UNP did 1983 communal riots but Tamils simply forget UNP. Even Prabhakaran allied with UNP. What is the reason of this Tamil-UNP love affair?

    SLFP brought Tamil and Hindu religion to schools and nationalised all the schools. Even University of Jaffna was established by SLFP when Mrs. Sri Mavo was the PM.

    Standardizations affected students in Colombo, Kandy, Matara and Jaffna. Why are the Tamil politicians tell a lie that it was aimed at Tamils? Standardization helped many poor students in Eastern Districts and Vavuniya as well. My friends from Vavuniya and Batti entered Medical and Engineering faculties with 3S in 1971,72 period.

    Jaffna problem is always projected as TAMIL problem. Even professional smugglers like Kuttimani and Thangathurai too had grievences when their smuggling activities were destroyed by SLFP. Later these smugglers became leaders of a Tamil militant org. Kuttimany was appointed by A.Amirthaligam to Parliament. Dont you feel these are the horrible “TAMIL MISTAKES”?

    Sinhalese on the other hand made mockeries in the name of patriotism. They joined hands with RACIST attacks at every riots. No thug was punished by JR administration. Tamils never questioned UNP why UNP did not punish any criminal involved in the 1983 riots.

    When LTTE killed all the educated people in Jaffna, Tamils kept silence. Mistakes of the Tamils are more horrible than what happened in Mullivaykkal where Tamils were dragged by LTTE to be used as human shields.

    Tamils must understand the Sinhalese too have problems like Jaffna people. Praying foreign intervention will make Tamil people as bad Sri Lankans because foreign vultures are not Tamil and have no interest in any Tamil Welfare except using the Tamils for their own benefits!

  106. Rajapaksa Regime said that any price can be paid for victory !!

    Only a FOOL will believe that violence is the only answer and that no other TRUE options were available.

    I can understand a smaller guy picking up violence to protect himself BUT never the GOVERNMENT.

    Thats the biggest betrayal of trust – hardly a show of heroism.

    True peace can never be achieved unless a mediator helps to draw on the real issues and establishes a framework to address these root cause.

    I think whats happening in Sri Lanka is disgraceful.

    The people of Lanka need to be smarter than this…

    1. Bring all those responsible for any killing to trial
    2. Fix the governance structure to ensure minorities are not being opressed – equal rights on merrit
    3. DONT celebrate as a victory – there were 40,000 people killed in a space of 2 weeks

  107. The President is calling the nation to take to the streets in demonstration against the UN report. The government’s complains that `everybody’s is ganging up against this poor innocent island never known for any HR violations which only wants to preserve its national pride, territorial integrity and unity’.

    Where are the two Parliament Jesters, Hon. Lemon Puff Weerawansa and Hon. Dr. Merawin Silva?
    Hon. Lemon Puff Weerawansa can start another fast-unto death campaign since his last years fast around this time got botched and Hon. Dr. Merawin Silva with his street credentials should be given all government protection, weapons and personnel to go round intimidating those who opt out of demonstrating and stay inside their houses.

  108. Thank you DBSJ for this timely and sobering article.

    The full report has claimed unequivocally that the Sri Lankan armed forces deliberately massacred civilians, aid agencies and hospitals in the final stages of the war, in numbers far beyond what the government has officially claimed.

    There is no excuse for such wanton slaughter of human beings.

    To commentators such as Ranjan I ask if it was your immediate family and their neighbours and community trapped between two oppopsing armies on the shores of Mullaivakkal would you have so willingly embraced the annihilation dealt by the Sri Lankan armed forces? How can you therefore justify the the tradeoff of someone else’s loved one as a necessary unavoidable choice?

    No amount of economic development can wash away the vileness that unfolded. No amount of economic progress that is being trumpted as the wholesale promise and answer to all of Sri Lankas problems can drown out the very real necessary and unavoidable cry for justice which is the value eroded over 50 years of independence.

  109. TRN says:

    April 18, 2011 at 12:41 am

    This may end up like another storm in a tea cup at the end.

    If we really look at the events. UN did not give in to pressure of Tamil diaspora protests in the west. Allowed to continue the last phase of the war. At that time their agenda was different.

  110. TRN says:

    April 18, 2011 at 12:41 am

    This may end up like another storm in a tea cup at the end.

    If we really look at the events. UN did not give in to pressure of Tamil diaspora protests in the west. Allowed to continue the last phase of the war. At that time their agenda was different.
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    I don’t think so.The noose is tightning. It was inevitable because the way the war was conducted in 2009 showed that the guys who made the decisions did not have the intelligence to see the full picture. They were of course a bit better than VP who was like a blinkered horse and went over a cliff.It is like tweedledee and tweeduldum. Now gota is by hollering he is going ask protection from china and russia is thinking that his miscalculations will be negated by india coming and saving his arse. India coundn’t care a fart, because this is its backyard just like taiwan is china’s and georgia is russia’s.The west or india don’t muckaround with taiwan or georgia, and similarly china and russia will not give protection to srilanka if india objects to it. There is tacit approval among the bigpowers to respect their backyards for their mutual security benefits. If one of them breaks that rule then all hell could breakout with a possible third world war. You would recollect that the first world war broke out because of the tiny serbia killing the austrian prince. The second world war was due to the unfinished business of the first with a humiliated germany trying to get rid of the versailles treaty.Unlike south asia these regions that suffered so much during these world wars will not allow srilanka to start the third.If indeed it happens it will be south asia’s turn to be devastated.

    This time india will not stand between the west and srilanka, and that is the major worry.If srilanka does something quickly on the political solution India might be a bit mollified and again come back to its normal position of blocking everything thrown at srilanka.It won’t do this dirty job continously of course,and srilanka’s cocky and arrogant behaviour like with the indian fishermen and treatment of the affected tamils in northeast,thinking they have the china and russia card would have made india fed up.Gota is playing that card quite early and as you predicted the shit has started to hit the fan again.Gota is going to find out the hard way that instead of the ace he thought it was it turned out to be a joker, or the king of spades to bury the rajapakshes.

    You are right that the UN’s attitude towards the slaughter of civilians during the war was different to what it is now.That is because vijay nambiar was the chief of staff to ban ki moon while his brother satish was a weapons consultant to srilanka. It does not take much to put two and two together to know that both of them have become multimillionaires overnight(and iam not talking of millionares in rupee terms). In fact nambiar asked the UN officials in srilanka to cover up the civilian casualties,saying it is better not to upset the governments war with the LTTE. In any commercial transactions if you get a contract by bribery, we all know the benefits will be there for you until that person and his cronies are there to look after your interests. Once they change of course the shit will hit your head and sometimes you are not even paid for work done. This happenned to companies like shell when putin took over from yeltsin.You can’t have it both ways, going on the bribery path and getting immense benefits and then not losing everything when things go awry.

  111. To hell with Moon and the West. The Lion Nation will be protected by China, Russia & Iran. Will will give sanctuary to Gaddaffi.

  112. Mercator,

    “Of course what you say has some truth in it., but such “justice” must also meet the tests of impartiality and equal application in ALL cases..”

    In an ideal world this is what one would expect, unfortunately, as you are aware, we live in a deeply flawed world. To move from the rule of the jungle to some sense of order and fair play is what international law tries to aspire to. This is not “a western brand of justice” but international law that Sri Lanka has signed on to.  

    Let’s assume that a horrible crime was perpetrated against you (God forbid!) and you were told that you are not entitled to justice because someone else who committed a similar crime got away without being charged. Would you be ok with that?

    This should not be made into an argument about the West against Sri Lanka but whether we as Sri Lankans have the good sense, moral integrity and basic decency to support the call for justice against alleged crimes committed against a civilian population of largely poor farmers. Did somebody, or a group of people, make the call during the last days of the war in 2009 to discard the discipline and code of good conduct of the Sri Lankan forces, which led to the massacre of a large number of civilians? I don’t know about you Sir, but I for one, would certainly like to hear an answer to this question and any guilty party brought to justice.

  113. The fate of UN action depends only in one hand: INDIA. If India wants Mahinda to remain but subjugated to it, then this report just merely serve the purpose of blackmailing Mahnida whenever he tries to lean towards China. But if India wants to remove Mahinda from power and to involve something like it did in 1987, then serious actions will be taken based on this report. So it all depends on what India wants. As an ally US have to listen India’s words. BTW for major powers, the local protest in Sri Lanka is not a matter at all. Another thing China or Russia won’t even think about applying Veto for these type of matters as they did not do anything in Libya.

  114. Too little too late UN! the report summarizes what everyone knew all along. Do something to help the country rebuild instead. Whats done is done and no one can reverse it. You sat there and watched it happen like you have in so many countries.

    UN – A bunch of unemployed ‘experts’ that somehow land these freeloading jobs, who are overpaid ten folds. What tickles me is how they pretend like they are all volunteers when they run around the third world in their white landrovers.

    Does anyone know what they would have spent on this report?? we could have used the millions in the IDP camps – or better yet, an evacuation operation for the people that were trapped. They never even tried.

    lets live in the present. What can we do now to rebuild and ensure that this will never happen again? This is what we should be focusing on.

  115. Ravin Wickramasingha:
    To commentators such as Ranjan I ask if it was your immediate family and their neighbors and community trapped between two opposing armies on the shores of Mullaivakkal would you have so willingly embraced the annihilation dealt by the Sri Lankan armed forces? How can you therefore justify the tradeoff of someone else’s loved one as a necessary unavoidable choice?
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    Mr Wickramasingha
    If I was in that situation it would have been extremely difficult to do anything else but to ask for an end to the fighting right then and there, regardless of who was doing the annihilation.

    However, one does not govern a country based on emotions alone, but based on practical realities and by make hard choices. That is why people who have a personal stake in situations like that should not be put into positions of having to make such gut wrenching decisions.

    You say that me or someone else is willingly embraced the annihilation that was dealt. What practical solution was available to end the conflict short of laying down and telling the LTTE to walk in and take everything? Despite all the propaganda to the contrary, you and I pretty much know that this did not happen overnight. This happened after many attempts at negotiations, ceasefire agreements that were violated not one, ten, or hundred times, but by thousands of times. This happened after different governments offered the LTTE a de facto separate state without naming it as such. Tell me, what would have been your alternative solution to end the conflict permanently?

    I know that it does not offer any solace to a person who was in such a situation to offer logical arguments to explain why what happened was maybe not the right thing to do but the best solution out of a bad lot. Only thing I personally can do is try to understand the pain those people are going through and may be do my duty in a very small part to make sure that things like that does not happen again.

    There is no joy in this “victory” for me as a Singhalese but just the relief that may be a very dark period is somehow over. Twenty years ago, I was in the situation of having to listen to the grief of people who are close to me who had lost their loved ones in the brutal crackdown by then government against JVP and the red terror that those unleashed in Sri Lanka. Ever since that time I have wondered about what the correct response of a government should be in such a situation. I don’t know still.

    Only thing that I know is that most people when having to make such decisions with the knowledge that their loved ones will be affected will make decisions one way. The same decisions taken in same circumstances with knowledge that their loved ones are safe, will most likely be different. My only hope is that I will never have to make such decisions in such a situation.

  116. Reply to Sivananthan:

    I was trying to objectively analyse the whole picture, in the aftermath of May 2009 to May 2011.
    Though deviating from main line discussion, I observe the following;
    (i) Standardisation introduced in early 70s is not the same as being implemented now. Before they corrected the blunders after several years, the damage was already done.
    (ii) (Standardisation should be implemented so as to benefit the underprivileged ones and NOT to drastically affect the cream of the bright people.. after all this is education)
    (iii) 1983 was one of the main turning point ; JR was mainly responsible for that and he was distanced by his own party.
    (iv) I did not advocate for UNP/Tamil love but rather was pointing out how the Singhalese’s interest would have been promoted in a long term run , had they elected UNP regimes instead of SLFP . ( even the so called victory they reap at the moment is due to UNP’s covert operation that split the LTTE .. otherwise it would have been a stalemate even now!)

  117. A lot of people are asking for the ‘Truth’. Truth is relative to the time and perspective. To the many outside Sri lanka who write here and to the western countries there is a ‘Truth’ that many innocent died during the last six months of the LTTE war era. To me the war spanned from 1983 onwards. To me the ‘Truth’ is a whole of that era many did die innocent in the south and in the north. To me the ‘Truth’ is that we live now in peace. To me the ‘Truth’ is that still lessons learnt are only for people living in Sri Lanka. The western countries and Diaspora and TNA including TULF have dreams of Eelam being created at whatever costs. To me the ‘Truth’ is that this yearning will never die in the minds of the politicians of the north in their quests for power and greed. To me the ‘truth’ is that people living elsewhere are aware and that they WILL resist all forms of whitewash of the LTTE and discussion of the war atrocities limited to six months of a 30 yr war. Its like writing about a 50 over match and reporting only the last over. As DBSJ rightly mentioned TNA has ‘welcomed’ the findings and a breakdown of the Govt TNA talks is eminent. Thanks Ban ki Moon next time have a panel when the war is on, like the present UN sanctioned attack on Libya to protect its citizens when the whole world knows its to get Qaddaffi.

  118. Ranjan, Toronto

    ” However, one does not govern a country based on emotions alone, but based on practical realities and by make hard choices “.

    Thank you very much for saying this. This is the reason why there is no intervention in Bahrain. Whenever and wherever there is intervention you would not miss the oppurtunity to point out civilian casualty. If the absence of intervention you are demanding action.

    Saudi Arabia has a restive Shia population. The Saudis fear the Shia uprising in Bahrain would spread and affect stability in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia has about 25% of proven oil reserves of the world. Instability in this part of the Middleast region, experts predict, would drive oil price above 200 dollars/barrel which in turn would lead to worldwide recession. China buys more of Saudi oil currently than US. Europe and Asian countries too buy Saudi oil. At 200 dollars/ barrel developing countries and the so called miracles of Asia would have to revert back to bullock carts. Developed countries too will be affected by the backlash. Hope you understand the gravity of the situation.

  119. 3D…

    What you say is true about the oil, but there is another alternative that West does not want to explore because the oil lobby in the West – especially in US prevents it. One could very easily cut the demand of the oil by 20-30 percent by mandating better mileage on cars and other vehicles and using energy efficient methods. That is even before going on to alternative energy processes such as solar and wind and nuclear. If the demand for oil falls by 20-30 percent, the gas prices will fall by almost half. The real reason for the oil prices are high is that current oil reserves in the West – especially in Western Canada tar sands and in the continental shelf outside US are not economical to extract if the oil prices are below 80-90 dollars a barrel. I am not certain about these numbers as I am quoting them from memory, but you get the idea. So this story about needing stability in Saudi Arabia is just a myth that the oil companies and the Saudi government is perpetuating for their own end.

    Chinese and Indian economies collapsing under 200 dollars/barrel oil is another myth. These countries have vast amount of coal reserves that are not being used fully today because of environmental concerns. Do you think for one moment that these countries will sit and look on and let their economies collapse because of lack of oil to run their power plants while reserves of coal, enough for 100-200 years, just sits there, climate change notwithstanding?

  120. US President is immune from all crimes. US soldiers cannot be prosecuted for WAR CRIMES. These are the LAWS enacted in USA. Why cannot Mahinda too bring the same LAWS now?

    UN is now pressured by USA which was the backer of all terrorists of the world. Now UN wants how the criminals killed humanly or not. Further UN or USA never worried about the civilians. There is no evidence to show that UN had any interest in saving the civilians.

    More than 9000 LTTE combatants surrendered. How? Ban Ki Moon must explain!

  121. Sunil De Silva says:

    April 18, 2011 at 3:57 am

    Where are the two Parliament Jesters, Hon. Lemon Puff Weerawansa and Hon. Dr. Merawin Silva
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    Wimal is gorging himself to get ready for the fast.Mervin is acting as dutugemunu in a film that is being shot in sigiriya.He is asking for trouble just like fonseka. We all know that there is only one dutu 2, the mahawmsa 3 page one. Any pretenders will be dealt with. maybe mervyn is sending a message to mahinda that his army of goons better be more respected by him.

    God save the rajapakshes and cod save the queen(kate middletons cousin is a fish and chips operator.

  122. Ranjan, Toronto

    Forget about oil, Bahrain and Middleast. Your evasive response reveals why the problems in the beautiful island nation are so intractable.

  123. Dear DBSJ,

    This is a classic example of much ado about nothing. Why is everyone wasting their time? When all is said and done China, India and Russia will not vote against Sri Lanka and essentially that means inaction.Forget it and move on with your lives guys!Sri Lanka does not have oil for the Western Countries to shed crocodile tears.Once this is past, MR will massacre Tamils again.The final lesson learnt would be MR could get away with murder and the world will stand by and yawn.Good luck!

  124. with all these unneccessary foreign interference and hatefilled racist tamil diaspora the only solution for Sri-Lanka is to ethnically integrate the North. Once the ethnic mixture is more reflective of the nation there will be no place for racists who asks for homelands.
    so this is the option- will the hatefilled racist tamil diaspora back off and let Sri-Lankans solve our issues or should moderate Sri-Lankans now support a solution to end this racism i.e. ethnic integration of the North (no one in the North can then be considered 2nd class citizens as the make up of the North will be more reflective of Colombo)

  125. We have got a great leader and he knows how to handle these moppets and the puppet. These are just base less allegations, made to please the Tamil terrorists, our humanitarian operation will continue until all terrorist element is eliminated. Wait and see the first of May.

  126. A group of officers in the computer unit of the People’s Bank headed by Karunajeewa had worked tirelessly during the New Year holidays in order to make President Mahinda Rajapaksa one of the most influential people through the Time magazine, sources from the Bank said.

    Karunajeewa had engaged the services of a few employees loyal to him for the purpose.

    Thousands of IP addresses had been taken in order to vote in the e-mail polling to bring the President to the top spot.

    Meanwhile, the External Affairs Ministry and the Defence Ministry have also worked tirelessly to bring the President to the top spot in the magazine’s poll. Several Chinese technicians affiliated to the Defence Ministry have assisted in the Ministry’s work to promote the President.

  127. I sincerely hope TNA behaves responsibly and do not fall into the trap set by the Tamil Ünarvaalarhals”.Also Mahinda continues his pragmatic approach and continues his dialogue with TNA.But i fear Mahinda is going to take a more “defensive”approach and let the wound fester for long time.As observed by DBSJ if the SL govt- TNA talks take a backseat -Who would be the happiest? the same old “Unarvaalarhal.

  128. Well the West can not fool others forever; they are using moral (democracy and human rights) as a weapon to divide others in order to keep others under them. We do not have sandbags in our head, we have brain too. In due time the Asian, Arab and African fools will come to know the truth, and stand with their own people.

  129. As you have said elsewhere, one thing is true, that there is no point in squabbling over the dead. But unfortunately it is exactly what the West and the UN are bent on doing.
    Worse the local “Tamil” representatives like Sampanthan are also bent on pushing Singalese and thereby and in particular the Tamils living peacefully amidst Sinhalese in the South in extreme dangers.
    The recent proclamations by TNA,welcoming the “UN report” only shows the scant regard they have for the Tamils here and even in Vanni and their utter political stupidity (immaturity?). Which portrays Tamils as unpatriotic- which is not true at all.
    This is applicable to the TNGTE and the ever cushy diaspora as well. Their actions are more bent on creating more trouble for the Tamils living in Sri Lanka than helping them. It makes the people living in the camps worse.
    When would they realize this? GOK!
    The problems of minorities here are perhaps an entirely different matter, I guess.

  130. Let’s be realistic: the Sri Lankan Government will never investigate, let alone prosecute, any of its top-ranked military or political personnel. Surely the readers here recall Janaka Perera and his ambassadorial appointment, over and beyond the implications of Chemmani mass graves. On the other hand, the UN report might induce GOSL to find a comprehensive solution to address Tamil political aspirations.

  131. It is time to bring justice for those innocent Tamil people, most of them were kids, babies, killed by the barberic war crime conducted by the Sri Lankan government. I hope that UN release the report without further delays.

  132. HS De Silva & San:
    Tamil political aspirations are well known. It is a separate state under Europeans. No one will give it!

    LTTE kidnapped and killed thousands of children. Many children become ORPHANS because the LTTE killed their parents. UN or pro-LTTE elements never ever give justice to those people killed by LTTE.

    If UN is impartial, it must prosecute Tamil diaspora and confiscate their properties to compensate the victims of LTTE.

  133. Sen,

    Now this has got to be one of the best I’ve heard in a long time: “Their actions are more bent on creating more trouble for the Tamils living in Sri Lanka than helping them. It makes the people living in the camps worse”. Indeed, it makes people living in the camps worse… 3 years after the war was declared over they are still living in camps.

  134. Ranjan, Toronto

    ” What was my evasive response? ”

    We can’t drift too far away from the subject and be out-of-sync. Perhaps we can lock horns on this matter at some other time down the road.

  135. Manju says:

    April 19, 2011 at 1:43 am

    Dear DBSJ,

    This is a classic example of much ado about nothing. Why is everyone wasting their time? When all is said and done China, India and Russia will not vote against Sri Lanka and essentially that means inaction
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    manju,my kunju i hope you are reading other bloggers comments too, if you expect yours to be read by others.I give below what dias has stated, and if true can be serious, and does not need votes from china and russia.I’am not an expert on UN procedures,but what dias says seems to make sense. If member states can veto war crimes tribunals from being appointed, then you will never have them, and there will be plenty of massacres in the future too.Now we need a sun to counter the moon and it is not china or russia with their ‘votes’ as you claim,but India.We have played hell with india after the war thinking as your same mentality shows we have china and russia in our pocket.We have after promising india that we will expedite a political solution during the war, told it to more or less go to hell after the war. Now this can be done with the tamils continously after independence tearing up agreements, but not with the fifth largest economic power after EU,US,china and japan in whose backyard we are in.

    When it came to the post conflict issues of the affected tamils,we have also more or less told india to kindly mind its own business, and we will attend to those in our own sweet time, and the way we want to do it. The first casualty out of all this,asking india to butt off will be a more hardline chief minister in tamilnadu to counter the hardline government here. The next casualty of course is us with a more hardline india that is not going to do the dirty work of protecting us anymore,from the rest of the world and sullying its reputation further.

    Then we went and gave a kick on india’s butt killing the tamilnadu fishermen. From the way we have been treating the ‘kalu demalas’ we think that we can treat the tamils of tamilnadu the same way.There is a big difference. Now india does not consist of aryans and dravidians, but only indians.When our government publicly humiliates one indian in front of the whole world regardless of the fact that it thinks he is only another ‘kalu demela’, you are humiliating 1200 million of them.How i wish we had also followed the indian model instead of the sinhala bhuddhist nationalism one after independence.

    Now we are being petty minded and calling our cricketers from india for a measely 15 days earlier after giving a certificate for them to play.Like banda publicly tearing up the banda chelva pact, and the consequence of which his daughter lost an eye.Well. Our cricketers will come back, and we will be crowing that we have taught india a good lesson, thinking we have china and russia,same way VP thought he had the west in his pocket when he told Rajiv to take his indo lanka accord and shove it up his….

    So at least read now what dias has written,which i give below come back to us again and tell us how to counter that with your extensive knowledge of world affairs.And please don’t say lets go back to india to help us if china and russia can’t.

    Dias says:

    April 18, 2011 at 3:11 am

    Now, Mr. Moon has got the ammunition he needs to pursue the next step: the appointment of a war crimes tribunal. [Note that he has the authority to by-pass both the UN General Assembly as well as the UN Security Council to appoint a commission.]

  136. shankar & Dias says:
    Now, Mr. Moon has got the ammunition he needs to pursue the next step: the appointment of a war crimes tribunal. [Note that he has the authority to by-pass both the UN General Assembly as well as the UN Security Council to appoint a commission.]
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    The question is, will he by pass UNGA and UNSC on his own? That would be setting a very important precedent and a creating a hole in UN protocol so big that one could drive an A1M1 tank through. lets say for the sake of argument that UNGA and UNSC are both against such a tribunal. You think that Mr. Moon will be brave enough to go on his own? Then what is there to prevent him or a future UN Secretary General from setting up a tribunal to investigate the US conduct in Iraq/Afghanistan or say Russia’s conduct in Chechnya? Or more interestingly, Israeli conduct in Gaza where there is already a damning UN report?

  137. As some one mentioned before this is going to make it werst for the people back home.even the TNA has to focus on the shattered tamils should leave all these egoes and political revenge.i wonder why the LTTE were gunning down the MPs but i m not a fan of them what a arrogant thick heads.do they really care about the innocents now only people back home forgive each other and leaving all the bitterness
    Unfortunatley the timing is not good at all.in reality he is a popular leader among the majority now they smell the peace.before they were living in fear -to rid of that fear beyond any cost.in other words if we bring this regime to war crimes or what ever,what will be the fate of tamils back home.after Sampandan left the statment will MR look forward to more talks.
    Rather than bashing each other we Sri lankans have to sort out our own problems.i was amazed to see how Indians gave support to the cricket,so many religions languages some of them never been to india even the lots they born out side of india, we have witnessed in Sri lanka how up country were patriotic that is what unique of india is.

  138. according to the ban-ki’s panel
    The LTTP was guilty of
    i) using civilians as a human buffer;
    (ii) killing civilians attempting to flee LTTE control;
    (iii) using military equipment in the proximity of civilians;
    (iv) forced recruitment of children;
    (v) forced labour;
    (vi) killing of civilians through suicide attacks.
    But according to the diasspora the Liberation Pussycats didn’t hurt a fly….so that must mean the sections pertaining to the LTTP are flawed and biased. Maybe the diasspora should conduct some BigMac hunger strikes(tm) against these allegations against the Pussycats and the Sun God ™.

  139. DBSJ WROTE
    This advisory report commissioned by Ban Ki Moon can be the first step in serious action against Sri Lanka in the future. The UN secy – gen can appoint his own fact finding commission as an authentic UN body. This could be submitted to the UN Human Rights Council or Scurity Council for further action.In short this could be the harbinger of a hard course of action on Sri Lanka

    Mine is a two part question (I know you are not a soothsayer but i have always respected your thoughts) – Basically whats the worst that can be done……will it be a slap on the wrist, sanctions on the nation, travel bans or even a Slobodan Milošević style hauling of the Rajapaksa posse in front of an international tribunal. Secondly, will other nations that regularly walk the line vis-a-vis human rights (China, Russia and India) stand idly by and watch a precident being set in Sri Lanka?

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    I have not written the paragraph you have attributed to me and based your questions on

  140. citizensl says:
    April 20, 2011 at 1:39 am
    according to the ban-ki’s panel
    The LTTP was guilty of
    i) using civilians as a human buffer;
    (ii) killing civilians attempting to flee LTTE control;
    (iii) using military equipment in the proximity of civilians;
    (iv) forced recruitment of children;
    (v) forced labour;
    (vi) killing of civilians through suicide attacks.
    But according to the diasspora the Liberation Pussycats didn’t hurt a fly….so that must mean the sections pertaining to the LTTP are flawed and biased. Maybe the diasspora should conduct some BigMac hunger strikes(tm) against these allegations against the Pussycats and the Sun God ™.

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    oh.. The Westeners are always biased .. UN and USA are are up against Srilanka..US falls in line with India..Srilanka must side with China.. Dont believe UN Human rights and their biased report. Ban-ki & UN panel should never be allowed to enter Srilanka.

    Long live king MR. Long live Buddhism.. Long live Sinhala nation.. ha ha ha ..he.. hee.. hee.. Hooo …hooo… hooo

    What kind of jokers….lol

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  142. Mahesh says:
    April 16, 2011 at 2:01 am
    You Sinhalese cannot be trusted. You will renege on your written down agreements.

    Nothing is there to speak of with you.
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    That’s how we are remain as indepentent country. Otherwise India will includs us as their 27 teritiry. If not their ambition why indians including our country when they drawing indian map.

    We aware that your superior mentality. It again proved treatment of our crecket hirachy when their reacent visit in India. ou people even don’t know the meaning of hospitallity.

  143. We aware that your superior mentality. It again proved treatment of our crecket hirachy when their reacent visit in India. ou people even don’t know the meaning of hospitallity.

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    What undeserving treatment was meted out to you people?

    Indians always treated people with respect and hospitality. You would have got the hospitality you deserved.

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    That’s how we are remain as indepentent country. Otherwise India will includs us as their 27 teritiry. If not their ambition why indians including our country when they drawing indian map.

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    If you had been our 27th territory then atleast you would have found peace with yourself.

    In a map we also draw the Pakistan, Bangladesh etc. Does it mean that we have some ulterior designs over them.

    If you want to join hands with China and be a neighbor to China, then all you people sit along the sea shore of your island and row in unison and take your island to the shores of China.

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    DBSJ

    This layout is not good. Please revert back to the old one. We find it difficult to read as the sentences/lines are big. Seriously consider this. Also bring back the numbers.

  144. There is an old saying. “Arasan andru kolvan; Theivam nindru kollum”, meaning “King will punish the same day; God will punish later”.

    I have noted numerous times in DBSJ’s forum responding to some hard core Mahinda supporters, that sooner or later, Mahinda and his war criminal group will become a huge ‘liability’ to all the Sri Lankans. The southern population should have realized early, that no western country allows a despotic regime like Rajapakse’s to carpet bomb civilians in Wanni ‘without a reason for later’. They allowed it to happen because at that time, they wanted LTTE finished for their own geopolitical gains. The western nations also want something in return from Mahinda for this. That is, Sri Lanka needs to listen to western nations and be controlled forever for their interests.

    The sinhala nationalists should know now, that it would have been much better to come to a compromise with SJV Chelvanayakam 40 years ago and we all could have built a Sri Lanka with equality and justice. Instead of that, the majority southerners decided to support a blood thirsty president in his carpet bombing, thus allowing the western countries to blackmail and bully Sri Lanka forever using human rights violations as a stick.

    Now, it does not matter how hard the southerners will stay by the president, things will only ease up only when Mahinda falls at Western countries’ feet. Some here may argue that China and Russia will be behind the war criminals. It will be only good in the short term. Look at what is happening to ‘Gadaffi’ who runs a ‘family centric power’ just like Mahinda. China still supports Gadaffi in principle, however China will not come to the military aid of Gadaffi as it will trigger a confrontation with the U.S. The same is applicable to Sri Lanka. No China or Russia will come to rescue Sri Lanka if Mahinda is hauled by the west for harsh treatment just like in Gadaffi’s case.

    Either way (acceding to West’s request or refusing it), Sri Lanka will lose control over itself for a long time.

    In my opinion, Mahinda and others who were gleefully executing the tamil massacre should be punished and an example should be set for similar blood thirsty regimes around the world. That should serve as a warning.

  145. Mahesh says:
    April 20, 2011 at 9:33 am
    What undeserving treatment was meted out to you people?

    Indians always treated people with respect and hospitality. You would have got the hospitality you deserved.
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    Following complain stands itself as an exibit for your level of hospitallity

    The sports minister in Sri Lanka says he will lodge an official complaint with the International Cricket Council (ICC) over the ‘ill-treatment’ of Sri Lankan VIPs by the Indian officials.
    Minister Mahinda Aluthgamage said the Sri Lankan ministers were subjected to harassment by the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) when they visited Mumbai to watch the World Cup final on 02 April.

    He insisted that his grievances are not against the government of India.

    Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh were the co-hosts of the 2011 cricket World Cup.

    “Although I am the minister of sport in Sri Lanka, I myself had to buy tickets for the final,” he told BBC Sinhala service, Sandeshaya.

    The Malaysian president, for example, visited Sri Lanka with a group of 25 delegates. We provided all of them seats in the VIP lounge and other facilities

    Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage

    All the Sri Lankan cabinet ministers were forced to sit outside VIP lounge despite repeated requests to the BCCI for VIP facilities, he added.

    “When we hosted World Cup matches we provided foreign VIPs with VIP facilities,” Minister Aluthgamage told BBC Sinhala service.

    “The Malaysian president, for example, visited Sri Lanka with a group of 25 delegates. We provided all of them seats in the VIP lounge and other facilities.”

    The cabinet ministers, he said, were forced to wait for hours in the sun in front of Wankhede stadium and had to go through “many security check ups”.

    “I myself was checked. When the VIPs visited Sri Lanka, we did not check them. We gave them the due respect but I am not happy with the way BCCI treated us,” the minister added.

  146. Meikandan says:
    April 20, 2011 at 6:20 pm
    No China or Russia will come to rescue Sri Lanka if Mahinda is hauled by the west for harsh treatment just like in Gadaffi’s case.
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    Meikandan,
    you are dreaming in day time. See the world in real eye. Russia just came to protect us. I suporse Chaina will be follows.

    samarasekara

  147. @worried tamil
    as you living among the sinhales you will be known better than me that even single tamil pepolle was not effected after 2009 may

  148. Shankar says:
    You are right that the UN’s attitude towards the slaughter of civilians during the war was different to what it is now.That is because vijay nambiar was the chief of staff to ban ki moon while his brother satish was a weapons consultant to srilanka. It does not take much to put two and two together to know that both of them have become multimillionaires overnight(and iam not talking of millionares in rupee terms). In fact nambiar asked the UN officials in srilanka to cover up the civilian casualties,saying it is better not to upset the governments war with the LTTE. In any commercial transactions if you get a contract by bribery, we all know the benefits will be there for you until that person and his cronies are there to look after your interests. Once they change of course the shit will hit your head and sometimes you are not even paid for work done.
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    vijay nambiar was the chief of staff to ban ki moon while his brother satish was a weapons consultant to srilanka.

    <<<<<<<<<<<<<<

    Just to counter your argument. if the weapon consultant wanted to comtinue with his paid job, the continuation of the war was a neccessity. Not to assist so that it will end.

  149. Ranjan,Toronto says:
    April 18, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    I know that it does not offer any solace to a person who was in such a situation to offer logical arguments to explain why what happened was maybe not the right thing to do but the best solution out of a bad lot. Only thing I personally can do is try to understand the pain those people are going through and may be do my duty in a very small part to make sure that things like that does not happen again.
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    The persons who were in such a situation have come to terms with it now. some who couldn’t illegally left in boats to Aussie / canada/india. Yet some more awaiting to leave when oppertunity arrives.

    However many have adopted and getting on with their lives. I know this for sure as I meet many from the North & east often when I travel to a university in the northern part as a visiting lecturer.
    Yesterday I met a family travelling from jaffna to colombo. They were reaching out to many sinhala folk in the train offering their seats by keeping the 2 children on their laps. Also they initiated conversation with me ‘colombo poringa?’
    Then we did chat with broken sinhala,tamil & english mix.

    ‘How is jaffna?’
    ‘Now good. No war. we were IDPs now living in Jaffna. have property in killinochchi too.’

    ‘How was it during war?’

    ‘u can c the remnants, i got a foot drop, from shelling’

    they even shared their crispy vade with us. Now this is the reality down here.
    This is only one of many similar incidents.

    Many who is crying for justice had not been in the situ or not even visited this country for decades.

    We are at a decisive junction we all need a soul search and find a common path to travel, learn from our past mistakes, avoid making the same mistakes. one thing is for sure we should stop pointing fingers at each other. Revenge, haterad & bitterness will never bring justice.

    I would rather wait & c how things will take the turn. My only hope is that this will not break the bridges/bondages that are been made between the devided people . Life will continue if there is hope to live. when hope is shattered life is as good as dead.

  150. Mahesh says:
    April 20, 2011 at 9:33 am
    If you had been our 27th territory then atleast you would have found peace with yourself.

    In a map we also draw the Pakistan, Bangladesh etc. Does it mean that we have some ulterior designs over them.

    If you want to join hands with China and be a neighbor to China, then all you people sit along the sea shore of your island and row in unison and take your island to the shores of China
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    Before trying to add our country into your 27 th teritory, what you do is

    1. given the adequate shelter to your own people are curently living under polithine shuntees.

    2. Privide adequate sanitory facilities for people. any bank of river side or corners of cany briges are not prevent from smell of piss.

    You are omited that Pakistan and Bangalidash are former Indian parts but Sri lanka is remain as independent contry from the bigining.

    As far as concern in Chinees people they coming here for investment purposes. After finishing their duties they are not trying to stay here but Indians are not behave like this manner.

  151. shankar says:
    April 19, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Then we went and gave a kick on india’s butt killing the tamilnadu fishermen. From the way we have been treating the ‘kalu demalas’ we think that we can treat the tamils of tamilnadu the same way.

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    I have read you commenting on this several times previous occations. I do not agree with this baseless accusations. How couls u level such accusations as ‘kalu demalas’? If the navy’s mentality as such they should kill the real ‘kalu demalas’ not the indians.

    I am unable to comprehend why you quickly jump in to conclutions. No one knows who killed the indian fishermen but the SL navy is the suspect not proven guilty.

    The TN fishermen are using this situ to their advantage. They will not leave any fish for the SL fishermen in the north .Now even the North western waters are been porched.

    I would suggest that SL should get a substantial fee from India for invading our waters and dwindling our resources. Then pay compensation for our fishermen who have lost their livelihoods.

    U c only what u want to c in this situ which has many dimensions. I avoided commenting on this as this is not relevant to DBSj’s articles but today I couldn’t resist.

    Please do not drag this, I just voiced my opinion, u can hold on to yours.

  152. some sat images are said to show a devastated pudikuduyirippu hospital.but the truth is that ltte removed roofing sheets of the hospital which would show that the building suffered heavy damages if a img is taken from sky.but army showed ground img show only roofing sheets removed.

  153. http://www.dailynews.lk/2011/04/21/news01.asp

    Final days in Vanni:

    Tigers killed 600 Tamils – Ex-TNA MP
    Innocent civilians killed like stray dogs:

    Over 600 innocent Tamil civilians were shot and killed like stray dogs from October 1, 2008 to May 18, 2009 in the Vanni region by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), said former Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP S. Kanagaratnam.

    Not a single innocent civilian was killed by the Sri Lankan Armed Forces in the hostility campaign against the LTTE, he said.

    Kanagaratnam told the Asian Tribune that he was with the people throughout in the Vanni.

    The Asian Tribute also asked Kanagaratnam if he had seen any Sri Lankan Army personnel entering the civilian area and shooting and killing them, whether he had seen any civilians fleeing to the government controlled area being shot and killed by the Sri Lankan Army personnel and if he had seen any women been raped by the Sri Lankan army? Kanagaratnam replied: No, not at all. I haven’t seen any civilians being killed by the Sri Lankan Army. I haven’t heard any women being raped by the Army men. But I have seen the Army personnel collecting the injured persons while receiving the fleeing civilians and taking them and treating them and actually saving the lives of a few hundred civilians.”

    Asked if he did not see any top level LTTE leaders, Kanagaratnam said:” There was lot of middle level leaders who were trying to convince the disheartened and disillusioned civilians that they would overcome the Army and win the war.

    But when anyone questioned them, that person was always shot and killed at pointblank range. This was done to instill fear in the minds of the people.”

    “I wish to say with certainty that Prabhakaran has never endorsed the plan of surrendering to the Sri Lanka Army. I know for certain that the LTTE leader has not approved Nadesan and Pulidevan surrendering by carrying any flag. I was told Prabhakaran sent his elite group to stop the duo fleeing the LTTE controlled area. Thus the duo must have, I am sure received the fatal blow by the very LTTE gunmen who were loyal to Prabhakaran,” Kanagaratnam said.

    Asian Tribune: So you deny that Sri Lankan Army has not shot and killed innocent civilians. Tell whether you are denying this allegation? S.Kanagaratnam: Yes, I deny such frivolous allegations. I must be truthful in the name of the God. I am also answerable to Almighty the God.

    I know these are propaganda ploy of the rump LTTEers in the West.
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    Hmmmm….. Now this is something I never excepted.
    I wonder how he became an ex- TNA MP. Did he contested & lost? or was not given nominations?

  154. TRN says:

    April 21, 2011 at 2:29 am
    -have read you commenting on this several times previous occations. I do not agree with this baseless accusations. How couls u level such accusations as ‘kalu demalas’? If the navy’s mentality as such they should kill the real ‘kalu demalas’ not the indians.

    I am unable to comprehend why you quickly jump in to conclutions. No one knows who killed the indian fishermen but the SL navy is the suspect not proven guilty.
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    Look mate,lets not beat around the bush. hundreds of tamilnadu fisherman have been killed. You can’t keep on telling the same story to the world that it is not done by us etc, etc.The same old story has become stale.

    Reason i mentioned kalu demela’s is sinhalese have been talking like this since independence and the relevance is that when you have this mentality of treatment of others in derogatory terms it starts to spill over the borders too.The relevance to this article is that i feel these killings must be a key factor in india’s sudden cold shoulder to us and shabby treatment at the world cup final and the lack of support with this UN report.

    transgressions of territorial waters by fishermen take place all over the world, but we are the only country that kills them for this offence. Recently too some of ours have been arrested all the way up the Andra Pradesh coastline. Mind you they have not been killed, but merely arrested.

    I agree with you that these fishermen from tamilnadu are very stubborn and keep coming into our waters, probably because they have finished all the fish in theirs due to overfishing in unsustainable manner and having now to feed their families. The correct thing is to arrest them. and confiscate their boats or destroy it and put them in jail for a couple of years as many countries do.We have to not unnecessarily annoy our neibhour during these testing times we are in. My critism is not against my country which i love very much, but to change its mentality for the better.I believe the root cause is the mental aproach by which we view others and hence my reference to derogatory terms used by sinhalese to describe others.Even muslims are referred to as thambiyah or something like with a snort like as if sinhalese are some high class chracters.You have to change the mentality and the critism is for your own good and not meant to hurt, but i call a spade a spade.Dealing harshly with our own people is one thing,but going and doing it to other countries citizens, especially an important country like india,is another thing altogether. Bring a law in parliament that anybody who hurts a fisherman from taminadu will face the courts regardles of who they are. Then india will know that this issue is buried for good.Do you want such a trivial matter as some fish to spoil the relationship between 2 neighbours?

  155. wathsala says:
    April 20, 2011 at 10:02 pm
    Mahesh says:
    April 20, 2011 at 9:33 am
    What undeserving treatment was meted out to you people?

    ________________________________________

    Mahesh has found his long lost twin Wthsala !!

  156. Canadian Tamils for Peace and Democracy rejects claim of TGTE Rudrakumaran’s “Thamilarin Thaakam Thamil Eelath Thaayakam” ( Tamil Eelam is the Thirst of Tamils) as not the Thirst of Tamils but as ‘Pulikalin Thaakam” (Thirst of Tigers).

    In the 1st parah of his statement Mr.V.Rudrakumaran says Tamils killed in violation of article 2(a) of the Genocide Convention. The same convention does not segregate the Terrorist from poor civilians and from the oldest history of war to modern day warfare, it’s the poor civilians were the affected ones at all times. To the contrary Tamil civilians were used as human shields by the LTTE against the same International conventions and this same Tamil Diaspora has failed to request the LTTE to release the Tamil civilians kept as human shields mainly to protect the leadership of the LTTE. Even the Government of Srilanka (GOSL) announced a safe area ( No fire Zone) for the fleeing civilians was utilized by the Terrorist to safeguard themselves from Government firing endangering the life of Tamil civilians. LTTE went further to fire artillery towards the government forces hiding themselves in the safe zone making more casualties for fleeing civilians and knowingly to create such situation will aggravate the emotions of the Tamils living abroad will help them to protest throughout the world to come for their rescue. So the argument of Mr.Rudrakumaran has no valid claims. Furthermore, does the Tamil Diaspora controlled by LTTE have any morale right to say Srilankan forces are the only killers? What about Sinhalese civilians killed and their leaders by LTTE? What happened to their own Tamils civilians killed in thousands and their political opponents by LTTE itself? Has the Tamil Diaspora have opened its mouth once to condemn these killings? Instead it supported and encouraged the LTTE to carry on with its Terrorist activities by means of Political and monetary support. Therefore the Tamil Diaspora carries the equal responsibility for the destructions and loss of lives in the separatist war.

    In the 2nd parah Mr. V.Rudrakumaran talks about destruction of Tamil Nation and violation of fundamental human rights. There was only one Nation that existed and that was called Srilanka and will exist forever. There are political aspirations for the Tamils in Srilanka and which has to be within the united Srilanka and have to be negotiated politically by both sides. He also mentioned a few things such as freedom of speech, freedom of conscience and freedom of assembly. Does the same existed or practiced in Vanni, during the de facto government of Tamil Eelam under Pirabaharan? Can a Top level leader itself open his mouth against any act of Pirabaharan or its Terrorist leaders? If then what would be the situation of ordinary civilians? Knowingly or unknowingly, Mr.Rudrakumaran admits there was no political space for Tamils and must be mentioning during the Pirabaharan era. He should be knowing that LTTE political wing leader Yogi was dumped as a physical trainer by Pirabaharan. But one thing has become very clear that the destruction of de facto government of Terrorist has given a breathing space along with a political space for Tamils living in Srilanka and outside to decide their political path under no pressure. It will help particularly the younger generation of Tamils living in North and East, not to be carried away by emotions and false slogans but to correct their ways learned from past history.

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    Its a relief to know that there are sensible Sri Lankan Diaspora. I am glad the moderate Sri Lankan voice is unified.

    TNA should take advice from wise men/women.

  157. Daily news on line 21st April 2011

    SL has all the right to protect people – Envoy

    Dharma SRI ABEYRATNE

    When Sri Lanka is healing its wounds after the 30 decade conflict, the United Nation may render its assistance, if needed and not to complicate the reconciliation process, Russian Federation Ambassador to Sri Lanka Vladimir P Mikhaylov said.

    The ambassador addressing the media in Colombo yesterday regarding the report of the panel of experts established by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, said the Sri Lankan government as an independent and sovereign country has every right and obligation to protect its people from terrorism.

    Speaking about the report, he pointed out that the report is not “a UN report” since it was prepared neither by a UN body nor even by its request.

    It was just a personal initiative of the UN Secretary General, he said.

    “As follows from UN sources, this panel is not a fact finding or investigation mechanism, but is designed solely to advise the UN General Secretary on accountability issues relating to alleged violations of international human rights and humanitarian law,” Ambassador Mikhaylov said noting the Russian position regarding the panel report while quoting a press statement on June 24, 2010 issued by the Russian Federation Foreign Ministry.

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    Hmmm …. Shankar there may be a world war in the corner.

  158. wathsala

    Thanks for your advice.

    But will you also advice your people, your President, Your Defense Secretary and your those great Budhist Bhikkus, who indulge in politics and business and claim that they are the very personification of renunciation, to solve or not to stand in the way of any political solution. Please also do that.

    Don’t brag that you have always had been independent. You were colonized by our Kings in the past. History could repeat. If India were China we would have few stars in our flag and said one of the star is for the Sri Lanka. The relationship between out two countries predates history.

  159. Somebody posted an article stating that two persons had been detained by the Canadian authorities for indulging in killing the captured/surrendered Sinhala soldiers. Those two detained were former Tigers.

    Yes killing people in captivity is a crime for which they may be deported back to the island.

    Likewise killing civilians is also a crime and the top officials of the Sri Lankan army and the government are accused of doing the same.

    Why not try them also in the lines of the Canadian govt.

    So war crimes investigation should go for both the parties. If VP was not there then we can do nothing about it. But why not proceed against those who are living on either side.

  160. My God what a circus we live in !. The world media is abuzz with talk shows and reports on Sri Lanka. I just saw an interview of a former UN spokesperson Gorden Weis ( Kicked out of Sri Lanka I believe ). Another on Al Jazeera ( slightly balanced ) . Now they are talking about the last six months of war. Not about 30 yrs of murder mayhem and anarchy. Seems to me that the UN panel also talks about atrocities of the LTTE. THEN WHY DO THE WESTERN COUNTRIES SIMPLY NOT TAKE IN THE KNOWN LTTE MEMBERS NOW LIVING AND EXTORTING MONEY FORM TAMIL CITIZENS NOW DOMICILED.!!!.

    Seems to me that the LTTE was not of Tamil origin and all who died were innocent tamil citizens. Does the report reduce at least one person for being killed for carrying arms against the Country?

    I can say for sure that this report and further sabre rattling of diaspora will only prolong the journey to normalcy.

  161. truth

    ” some sat images are said to show … ”

    What if the secure communication networks were compromised ! Too early to start pumping your fists in the air dear. Think in terms of both eyes and ears. Sight and sound. Video and audio. Visual and accoustic. Plus, if Delhi starts vomitting…… Please have your fingers crossed and pray non-stop.

  162. There are people huffing & puffing after finding themselves naked. They can have a inner peace & a loin cloth when they realize that atrocities were people against the people & find real truth, not the last 6 months, not the last 30years, not the last 50 years, but even longer. Then we can find real peace & prosperity for all our posterity.

  163. dilshanf says:
    April 21, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Seems to me that the UN panel also talks about atrocities of the LTTE. THEN WHY DO THE WESTERN COUNTRIES SIMPLY NOT TAKE IN THE KNOWN LTTE MEMBERS NOW LIVING AND EXTORTING MONEY FORM TAMIL CITIZENS NOW DOMICILED.!!!.

    Ohi Mate, All the remaining hardcore Tigers are with Colombo. Karuna Amman, Pillaiyan, KP, Daya Master to name a few. Wanted murderer in India Douglas need no mention here. UN panel also mentioned about them as paras.

    The diaspora are smart enough to know that there is no point in giving money to anyone for ‘so call liberation’ at the moment and no one is out there to raise money and you may be surprised to know that who collected money during the war are in Colombo living in luxury after sharing their loot with those in power. A former ‘collector’ in Swiss returned to Sri Lanka and purchased 50 acres estate in the Central Province but failed to pay whoever concerned. That led to the arrest of him in SL and 10 others in Swiss. So West is active against those former ‘collectors’.

    Whatever we talk and say which will be in vain, as far as West is concerned Mahinda is in the same situation as that of his blood brother ‘Thambi’ (VP) during the war.

    If you care to look at it as a Sri Lankan (without taking any racial side), you will understand that the West decided to remove VP because he was a stumble block to peace and that was completed with the blessing and support of India.

    Now the same West is seeing Mahinda in the same way as a person who is sliding with China and seeking support from Russia. And his friends are Iran and Libya.

    The West is capable enough to note that the hawks like Champake, Wimal and Medananda thera were helpful in getting the Sinhalese supports for War but the same are the stumbling block for peace and reconciliation.

    So he will be removed with the blessing of India who may be a silent partner. UN will be a tool. Due to the early support that the regime received from China and Russia the West used a different strategy this time and with this war crime tag the regime will find it difficult to receive OPEN support. All will provide lip servicers but in the back ground they will do the opposite way.

    Sudan’s Al Basher experienced this in the hard way that saw his nation seperated.

    In normal life we withdrew support to an admirable person who just caught red handed stealing goods.

    My worry is that Mahina did a good job but with in the last two years he did not do well enough for ‘National reconciliation’ and the time will not wait for him. War crime tag is serious one that could divide nations and there are plenty of example. In East Timor, the Indonasian president escaped the charges by agreeing to corporate with the UN.

    As a Sri Lankan I see we have two choices:

    1. Support the regime and we will see what VP wanted will be delivered in a platter. (Eg: Sudan)
    2. Support the Nation and the National Reconciliation with another regime and the country will be undivided. (Eg: South Africa)

    Difficult choice in front of us. If the regime tries to raise the emotion among the Sinhalese people to save itself, in the way it does then future is foreseeable that is two counties in the Island.

  164. Rattapakse,

    I am not an ardent supporter of any political regime. If not the Govet of SriLanka the people of this country too have learnt a lesson too. An I mean all communities. An interview of one LTTE 15yr member said it all. ‘ We just want to go back to our families and live normally’. Thats what every citizen want. Nobody is interested to find out what happened during the last six months of the war because everybody knows !!!!!.

    Of course I too know that many even thousands of civilians were caught up. Yes many thousands did also get caught up before the last six months. So if this war took the lives of thousands sic months and before – all the way to 1983 and a report covered the entire period no of us ‘moderate’ would not be annoyed.

    We are annoyed that once again external forces are meddling n the affairs of this country on the pretext of removing the present regime causing once again division of the general citizens.

    I saw on the Al jazeera interview ‘ Thillepans’ Brother in Law stating ‘They want to kill me’ Who is they? SLA or SL govt or Douglas DEvanada. he acts as he is lilly white. Perhaps he has forgotton how many children he sent to be slaughtered by conscription. This SOB talks about displaced still not settled when he was one who caused it in the first place.

    Talking of conscription – where was the UN panel when all tamil families in the north were forced to give one child to the LTTE when it was proscribed in many western countries?

    We see the current report and the hijacking of the UN as activities of the still present LTTE. and as long as the LTTE shows their status the whatever the Rajapkses do in the name of united Sri Lanka will be greatly endorsed by the general public.

    They talk of a war veiled in secrecy by the SLA. What about the LTTE controlled area ? Was any foreign journalist free to go and report on all child soldiers and forced conscription.

    To me this report is useless as I am perfectly aware of the Truth. I have said before and I will say again. Many did die from both communities during the entire 30 years of war. Its gone . We need peace and no more of any re-visiting any past but building a great future.

  165. Some have to relax, take deep breath. Well, human rights are used as a tool by powers to push their agenda, rights activist are not only ideologue but also realist & use the geopolitical agenda of the powers to push their agenda which is human rights. China & Russia have a bigger fish to fry than saving MR regime & they are in big business which need good PR with rest of the people in the world, not to support a killer in the eyes of the world. Reality is that mirror image VP has long gone, do not say we killed a terror son God along with 40000 anonymous soles. Russia & China will still support people of Srilanka, not MR regime.
    But MR is going to say & will make every one say I’m the sole representative of Srilankans, matter is getting messier now.
    MR can partially reverse his fate by ending emergency law, let the fourth estate do their job without any fear so that they can educate ALL Srlnkans the truth, negotiate with minorities with international help, & more importantly justice for all the soles disappears anonymously.
    No one is morally higher ground in Srilanka until they learn the truth & repent for our ignorance, arrogance then reconcile & respect the rights of another.

  166. http://transcurrents.com/tc/2011/04/act_with_restraint_in_respondi.html

    few paras from the above link

    There may be substance of the report we disagree with but also substance that will be worth engaging, and we as citizens of Sri Lanka need to engage in a constructive manner with the report in the best interest of our fellow citizens.

    We call upon all parties to exercise restraint and refrain from violent speech and action. The durability of the hard won peace in Sri Lanka after three decades of bitter conflict and the enormous task of reconciliation, rehabilitation and development can only be set back by a confrontational situation involving the Government of Sri Lanka, the UN Secretary General, various groups within Sri Lanka and within the International community.

    Emotional wounds suffered during the conflict can be exacerbated by extreme nationalist reactions on the one hand and clumsy external intervention on the other. We urge the government to exercise maximum restraint and effective diplomacy and dialogue in responding to the Secretary General of the United Nations.

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    Timely words of wisdom. This is a moment that the leaders should act with wisdom

  167. TRN says:

    April 21, 2011 at 7:22 am
    Hmmm …. Shankar there may be a world war in the corner
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    Don’t waste my time and your time with this russian stuff.Ultimately russia will do what india want’s it to. China is the one that can take on india. I’am wondering why it is quiet and sending out its buddy to do the dirty work.Probably doing some probing using russia.Russia will not take on india and the west for the sake of srilanka.If mahinda goes to it for help it will first ask india what it thinks about his request.India and russia are still friends dating back to their long alliance during the soviet union era. India is currently moving towards the west because of their nuclear and other needs.It can move back towards resource and energy rich russia anytime and the russians know it.

    Don’t forget that russians are first and foremost white europeans and many russians are proud of that heritage.You must see the racism in russia with asians getting bashed in parks and other lonely spots.Ultimately russia will inch closer and closer towards the european union because of their european heritage though they are a different ethnic group called the slavs.There won’t be 2 europes one day,only one.The white skin will take precedence over everything else.If you think europeans are going to bash each other in a world war 2 over srilanka,think again. Be realistic,however distasteful we may find it,the colour of the skin matters and will take precedence over everything else that happens in the world in the future.That is why we darkies should be united like the indians without expecting others to come and save our arse everytime we botch something. To get that unity we have put in place the necessary political and administrative reforms.

    Instead of making a hue and cry over russia and china,please try to repair the damage done in our gradual decline in our relationship with india after the war.Of course we are a sovereign nation and should draw the line that india cannot cross, and india will understand and respect us for it.After all don’t forget we are all one stock of people.Even the nagas and yakshas who would have now been assimilated and their DNA heavily diluted by indian settlers and invaders,were part of india before srilanka broke away from it.When vijaya landed in mannar the coastal areas of the country including the north and western were populated by the nagas while the interior was by the yakshas. Vijaya for some reason went into the interior passing the nagas and assimilated with the yakshas.Similarly future tamils and other south indians coming to the coastal areas would have assimilated with the nagas. The nagas and yakshas did not suddenly vaporise into thin air, or did not die with diseases brought by the white man like in other parts of the world or did not die fighting the newcomers.They just assimilated.We all will have at least a tiny part of their DNA in us and the majority with the indians. Srilankans and indians are all one people.So first unite the people in srilanka and unite them with india,without running behind everyone else to save your arse.

  168. TRN:
    S.Kanagaratnam was ans MP of TNA. He is the brother of Selvanayakam alias SELLAKILI AMMAN who lead the attack on the army convoy at Thirunelvely in 1983. He knows all the TIGER guys.

    We cannot reject his statements because he knows all the Tiger problems well than any others!

  169. To all, get over it…LTTE IS NO MORE, VP IS NO MORE. Many are happy that war ended but unhappy over how it was brought down. Any unlawful events should be punished, no matter LTTE or SLAF.
    LIKE DBSJ mentioned once, YOU CAN NOT BUILD UP A COUNTRY ON INJUSTICES. Absolutely right DBSJ, justice should be served. I am a diaspora myself and in a way I am happy this war is over, but MAKE MYSELF CLEAR justice should be served.
    MR claimed 0 civilian casualities, so there is absolutely nothing to hide. Open the door for UN and let them find out what really took place. Let’s see how many support that idea.

  170. Rattapakse says:
    April 21, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    As a Sri Lankan I see we have two choices:

    1. Support the regime and we will see what VP wanted will be delivered in a platter. (Eg: Sudan)
    2. Support the Nation and the National Reconciliation with another regime and the country will be undivided. (Eg: South Africa)
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    There ie a third option too.

    Maintaining the same position what we are maintining now.

    The massecure to VP and his group done by the government was more or less same as massecure to WIJEWEER and his group done by the then government. Even VP had chance to fight, but Wejeweer put into the fire with lively.

    There was a rumer that the person called NADESION and group got shot while they are coming for surender.
    What happend to GAMANAYAKE. He killed after showing the TV annousment that he escaping from the custody.

    This is how our country treats to tererosts. Irrespective of their races the tererosts are qualify to get same treatment.

  171. DBS – you make some good points, but the final claims that the Rajapaksas could never launch an investigation into war crimes because it would be political suicide, or because the military wouldn’t have it, has got it backwards. The problem is that accountability would be personal suicide for the brothers, since the orders to commit atrocities (from indiscriminate shelling to executing LTTE leaders) came from Gota, Basil and Mahinda and Sarath F, and perhaps a few other senior commanders. It’s not primarily the average soldier who is guilty of atrocities (though some were, as we can see from the various mobile phone videos that have come out), but the brothers and their close friends. We need to clear the name of the average Sinhala soldier – many of whom suffered and died because of the vicious nationalisms of the Tigers and the Rajapaksas. Let’s reclaim the honor of the Sri Lankan military by holding the brothers accountable. If the Sri Lankan people can’t or won’t do this, then the rest of the world will have to.

  172. Santha Akka:
    Can you explain how 9000 LTTE terrorists surrendered to the army? How can 350,000 people fled LTTE controlled area?

    Mahinda is not a DutaGemunu but a Ho Chi Minh who chased the Americans. LTTE is backed by Americans and no body else! Sri Lankans have a demon at the door now!

    Wathsala has a point.
    Where was this UN and other Human Rights hooligans of the west when the JVP was massacred?

  173. at the outset i would like to reply to ranjan torontos query regarding kashmir.it is a fact that nehru was too magnanimous in agreeing for a united nations interventions when kashmir had become part of india. when it came to kashmir india provided article 370 which gave more power to jammu and kashmir state than any other state.indians cant settle down in that state may be they can live there they would not get voting power and in fact last year i guess a law was passed which said that kashmiri girls who get married to other state residents lose their residential status,right to ancestoral property and other fundamental rights.despite providing all these protections to kashmiris mainly muslims of valley still they are disconted lot becoz kashmiris were not given good governance becoz of differences which were personal in nature mainly differences between nehru gandhi family and abdullah family.after sheikh abdullah died in 1983 his son farooq abdullah who is a union minister now and whose son is the chief minister of jammu &kashmir became chief minister and in 1987 elections took place congress and farooq abdullah party joined hands to fight the elections if they had allowed it to be fair and free kashmir problem would not have been blown out of proportion they rigged the elections and as a result kashmiris were disillusioned they took to arms struggle offcourse with generous support of ever meddling pakistan.interesting fact is syed salahuddin aka mohammed yusuf shah who is the head of hizb mujahideen also stood for the election in 1987.the reason why i am narrating these facts is to defend my friend mahesh and it is an interesting experience which srilanka or sinhalese should have learnt after defeating tigers in 2009.instead of reconciliation mahinda embarked on a megalomaniac drive so that srilanka continues to simmer.white vans were sent for critics,vitiated the general atmosphere where it was impossible for oppposition parties to exist.whipped up sinhala chauvinism after winning war as if he was dutagamenu and prabakaran was elara and lastly instead of finding political solution to north east he kept on dilly dallying which only exacerbated the problems srilankans face.now kashmir has democracy though it may not be different from its neighbouring states,civil society has been given right to criticise indian government for its violation of human rights and i read somewhere that indian army is trying to win the hearts and minds of kashmiris though it is an unenvyable task by building schools and roads.what i am trying to send home the point is srilanka should try to win the hearts and minds of tamils instead of increasing the army units and trying to colonise the traditional tamil areas it must slowly bring down its numbers it must respect tamil culture i hope this happens though i doubt it will happen under mahinda rajapakshe becoz lol by the time it happens he will be in hague where slobodovan milosevic was incarcerated (hopefully).

  174. M.Sivananthan says:
    April 22, 2011 at 2:31 am
    TRN:
    S.Kanagaratnam was ans MP of TNA. He is the brother of Selvanayakam alias SELLAKILI AMMAN who lead the attack on the army convoy at Thirunelvely in 1983. He knows all the TIGER guys.

    We cannot reject his statements because he knows all the Tiger problems well than any others!
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    Thank u for the information.

    Yes I know we can not reject his statements. Appologise I just checked my previous post I had made a spelling mistake. what I meant was never expected.

    DBSJ how can v get a spell check before we post?

  175. Here comes the real demons. Wijay nambiar and Jasmin Sooka (Sooka is an Indian from South Africa)both Indians have done a good job. There are almost 100 million Tamils in India. The cause of thr war in Ceylon is the Indian interests. It is ok for Tamil terrorists to bomb the day light out of the Non Indians (Indians include tamils). The tamil terrorists killed thosands of innocent non-Indian cvillians, since the independence from Brits.
    UN was silent when civillians were killed by Tamil terrorists. Tamil terrorist were trained in Tamil Nadu in the late seventies and early eighties when MG Ramachndran was the boss in tamil Nadu.
    The UN report is the work of UNGS office advisor Vijay Nambiar. He was the boss of Indian Intelligenc Service.

    What else will you expect from these Indian colonists and Imperialists.

    Why is UN silent of Indian Army killing Kashmir, in the last few weeks at least 20 or more Kashmiri civillians were shot dead by the Indian army.

    Where is justice. Since the wiping out of Tamil terrorists not a single non-Indian or Indian has died as a result of the tamil terrorists bombing.

  176. There are almost 100 million Tamils in India. The cause of thr war in Ceylon is the Indian interests. It is ok for Tamil terrorists to bomb the day light out of the Non Indians (Indians include tamils). The Tamil terrorists killed thosands of innocent non-Indian cvillians, since the independence from Brits.
    UN was silent when civillians were killed by Tamil terrorists. Tamil terrorist were trained in Tamil Nadu in the late seventies and early eighties in Tamil Nadu.
    The UN report is the work of UNGS office advisor Vijay Nambiar. He was the boss of Indian Intelligenc Service, the Third Eye.
    Yasmin Sooka is an Indian from South Africa. What we see is the coming out of the Indian imperialism with this report.

  177. Hi Hon UNSG Mr Moon

    When are you going to investigate murder of Kashmiri civillians by the Indian Army in the last four weeks.

    Has Wijay Nambiar has forgotten to advise you or is it Yasmin Sooka declined to investgate Indian Army atrocities.

  178. Who is going to account for what the Tamil terrorist did to Sri Lankan people for the past 30 years?
    Bombing of Air ports, trains, public gatherings, civilian buildings, Killing innocent people & politicians past Presidents…etc Loss of Sinhala Muslim Tamils lives, loss to development tourism, fishing, exports..etc Loss to religion, education, sports…etc.
    Is there another UN report to account for the loss caused to 20m people because of Tamil terror?
    Wakeup Tamils live peace fully.. don’t dance to the westerners agenda and ruin Marvelous Asia!!
    West needs and work for Money, We Asians have a religion and work for great values in life!!
    Think twice before you side with those greedy money, power hungry WEST.

  179. One of the senior Government cabinet minister Devananda, when speaking to BBC yesterday, mentioned that he has not seen the Report submitted to the ‘Government’ and spoke as a third person like ‘they(government) may have thougt, ‘they consider this’, ‘they object’ and the like. However the government wants him to oppose the report’s release and encourage the people to protest.
    So, who is this ‘government’ when it comes to Sri Lanka?
    Parliament
    Ministers
    Cabinet
    Selected Ministers or
    President & his family

  180. i remember when i was in Sri Lanka, Tamils would always talk that if Tamils in the North and East make demonstrations, it will have negative impact on the Tamils living with Sinhalese (it was before birth Tamil armed groups). Becasue Tamils voted for an Independent country in Sri Lanka in 1977 general election, there were riots against Tamils in the south where Tamils were minority. In other words, Tamil never resorted violence against Sinhalese before the birth of Tamil armed groupd. Who motived Tamils to take arms is Sri Lankan government. Therefore, Sinhales governments imposed violence on innocent Tamils before the birth of armed groups.

    Now it is the responsibility of the International community and the UN to bring justice to the victims of the war. Failgure to do so, will leave sad memonry among Tamils for generations.

  181. So called UN report made due influnce of UK & US had given much needed boost for extremist diaspora elements to rise up against sri lankan unity and etnic harmony at a time when d country engages in reconciliation process and trying to heel the wounds of both communities after 30 years of bloody conflict . This time too UN has got their wires mixed up perhaps due pressure FROM UK and USA as DBS says …the excreta collided with the oscillator.

  182. As the Russians stated, this so called UN Report is not sanctioned by UN members but a personal advisory request from Ban Ki- moon. This outrageous attempt to harm the ethnic reconciliation process underway in Sri Lanka will create bitterness and division among the communities. All the fact finding this panel did was from Tamil diaspora who financed LTTE and the die-hard supporters of LTTE. What do you expect to find ? The mistake the democratically elected Sri Lankan government did was not to allow this panel to visit Sri Lanka and talk to the people who were caught in the middle to find the truth. Government thought this UN panel will destabilise their own Truth and Reconciliation Commission, therefore they refused to cooperate.

    Let us analyse why UN is doing this.
    Prior to the ending of war, internationally banned terrorist outfit LTTE has been running a virtual government in Nnorth and East of the country forcefully taking away the children and training them as suicide bombers ,the concept they invented that other terrorists follow at present. This war has been going on for three decades where LTTE violated the rights of people ruling by the gun financially supported by Tamil diaspora overseas.

    During the final phase of the war in which Sri Lankan forces eliminated the LTTE and rescued hundred of thousands of civilians held captive as a human shield, USA, UK and Norway governments requested SL government to stop the war and offered safe passage to airlift 100 odd top leaders of LTTE and their families. USA did not want SL to be the first country to defeat terrorism when they were in a mess to control Iraq and Afghanistan. Also as per Wiki-leaks the Tamil diaspora virtually blackmailed western politicians for votes if they did not support LTTE. LTTE has smuggled the Tamil diasporas and smartly settled them in certain electorates to get the numbers significant enough have a say.

    Sri Lankan leaders stubbornly asked the West to go to hell. Wiki-leaks confirm what was said to David Milliband and the French FM in Colombo. This is why these countries have a vendetta against Sri Lanka for revenge. They were the colonial masters after all. Now most of the UN funding comes from these western countries especially USA. It is not rocket science to understand UN is a puppet of the western world. UN sanctions, the invasion of countries western powers don’t like / vested interest in resources are paving way to massive human right violation of civilians caught in the middle.

    Ban Ki-moon is near the end of his term in office and is due for re-election. No secretary general is appointed without the blessing of the major funding nations. Who is Mr Ban trying to please now? Sri Lankan nation or his masters who can reappoint him? Ban Ki Moon and his UN does not care a donkey about what the truth is but only their own interests. I wonder what the UN has to say regarding the Iraq indiscriminate bombing (shock and awe tactics), Guantanamo Bay enquiry in US and Iraq enquiry in UK that were swept under the carpet by the respective governments.

  183. If there is anyone who can save Rajapakse family that can only be Tamil people…tamil Diaspora. If Sri lankan gvt was intelligent enough it will try to attract tamil people by removing the unnecessary  military occupation of north east , stopping the colonisation of tamil areas , buy putting in place a real solution for the ethnic tamil without delay….But only thing MR gang is doing , against UN report, is going to beg other BIG war criminals like China , RUssia and to blackmail Tamil people and Intl community saying it will affect the reconciliation indirectly telling it will harm Tamil people….dear Singhalese friends , your leaders and SLA did enough crimes to tamils , we are not worried for worst…

  184. D.B.S., the most respected Sri Lankan journalist has given a realistic assessment. To advice the Tamils, he is the best!

    Of 11,500 LTTEers, over half has been released. If we go according to the panel recommendations they should be arrested from their homes and tried in courts.

    LTTE factions overseas do not care about them. They fought for us but in their rush to remain prime minister, Rudra and to enjoy the perks in Europe, Father Emmanuel, and the millions of money hidden in their accounts Nediyawan wants to sacrifice them.

    Let us now give up this mad dream of Tamil Eelam and work together with KP anna to rebuild the north east.

  185. Did UN advise LTTE to hold people as human shields? Did Moon give the copy of the report to any LTTE leader or who still claims they are the LTTE? If not what is the hell Moon can do against LTTE?

    American atrocities including blatant lies at UN by Collin Powell are always not investigated. Americans and White Colonial powers are ready to spend thousands of tons weapons of mass destruction anywhere.

    Sri lanka must sign a treaty to facilitate friendly military powers to occupy Trincomalee harbour and other areas in order to thwart WHITE colonialism!

  186. Why are all the LTTE supporters and followers of monster praba silent about atrocitys done by LTTE against Tamil civilians during war?

  187. A lot of SriLankans have no idea who is playing prominent role behind the reports, with out American consent there would have been no advisory panel at first place. Americans have decided to teach a lesson to Lanka for not toeing the line drawn by Western powers instead It allied with China, Iran, Burma and Libya. Americans are savvy at calling shots behind the scene on many unfriendly countries around the world. JR Jayawardne made fool of himself by annoying Indira Gandhi in 70s, otherwise India would have never used Tamil militants to teach a lesson to Srilankan old fox. Indira would have handed Prahbaharan in silver plate if Srima was ruling the Island at the time. Srilankans are drunk with so called patriotism, they don’t need to be proud of themselves since these successive governments have sent you as maids to Gulf countries after all.

  188. jagan sriram says:
    April 22, 2011 at 10:45 am
    and lastly instead of finding political solution to north east he kept on dilly dallying which only exacerbated the problems srilankans face.

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    Please U people who have never been in Sl or been to Sl are becoming experts of telling us how we should arrive at political solutions. none of you have an ounce of understanding what we people have gone through for years. No problems are exacerbated at present, things are falling in to place. There is a vacuum of leadership in tamil politics. Most of the remnants are proxies of military or paramilitary. how can any one find justice with people of such calibre ruling these areas?
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    kashmir has democracy though it may not be different from its neighbouring states,civil society has been given right to criticise indian government for its violation of human rights and i read somewhere that indian army is trying to win the hearts and minds of kashmiris though it is an unenvyable task by building schools and roads.what i am trying to send home the point is srilanka should try to win the hearts and minds of tamils

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    I agree constructive criticism is good and media freedom is something that was jeopardise since 1960s in SL if i’m correct.

    Yes of course the SL forces are trying to win the hearts & mind of people in the war zone. They build houses , schools , hospitals & roads. You only listen to one side of the story. Tamil population had dwindled mainly because they have fled the country ligally or illigally.

    What do u mean colonize? all are citizens of this country. If northerners or easterners buy property in other parts of SL is it wrong? Why can’t the army have units in strategic areas? this is for national security. Tamils are always preoccupied by this ‘genocide’ claim, so they could twist the arms of gullible international community.

    Look at other minority communities in SL they don’t stooge to IC or india. They have won the trust of majority. For a genuine political solution the present political leadership (TNA)should show that they are patriotic towards SL. They change coolors often. They were LTTe proxies, now trying to hide the stipes. Their allegencies to india and LTTE rump is also a factor for the slow progress towards a political solution.

    But all of you only point fingers at GoSL.

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  189. Lak Puthra says:
    It is not rocket science to understand UN is a puppet of the western world. UN sanctions, the invasion of countries western powers don’t like / vested interest in resources are paving way to massive human right violation of civilians caught in the middle.
    April 22, 2011 at 3:15 pm

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    Yes its plain & simple that western powers don’t like SL or the leadership. So now the GoSL should act wisely and shrewdly. They should’ve acted more diplomatically during the war and after the war. It is a simple fact they messed up things internationally. SL foreign policy had never been cordial since 1977.

  190. Even GL Peiris talks in the blackmailing manner. He warned it will be unfortunate for the UN … like that.

    Gota said that he will ask the support of the China and the Russia.

    India is vacillating or it is not making its stand clear. So Russia’s stand is also not clear.

    China will be the only country left to support the SL.

    How far will China go to support a small island nation. You are not indispensible for China.

    There is a story in Mahabharatha. A question is posed by Yudhishtira to Bhishma. He asked his grand sire ‘why shouldn’t a King have a ordinary man as his friend?

    To this Bhishma replied. In a forest there was a Lion and a Jackal. It so happened that they both forged good friendship with each other.

    Because of the friendship of the Lion the Jackal used to threaten other animals and used take away whatever it wanted to.

    Whenever it fell into trouble its trusted friend Lion came to its rescue.

    When one day Lion fell into trouble and its life was threatened it called for the Jackal to come to its help.

    Jackal just fled from the scene.

    Friendship is possible between only the equals.

    You have to take support and give support to your allies.

    Here Lion can give support perenially and the Jackal can take support perenially.

    Jackal can never go to the aid of the Lion.

    This analogy is worth remembering now. First let us know our place under Sun and live within our limits/powers. It is no use fretting and fuming. Everybody has got limitations.

  191. The west is using moral as a weapon to divide and create wars around the world. The west is using democracy and human rights as a weapon to divide and create wars to keep others under them. But the Tamils and Arabs have no idea what is going on. I am a Tamil and I have a business degree and red hundreds of books on politics and western invasions. I live in Canada. I lived 21 years in the western world. I have seen their dirty democracy. But I have no way of educating rest of the Tamils. The Western intelligence members are keeping me isolated, by telling all kind of lies to others in order to keep me isolated from the Tamil community. The Tamil Diasporas will not have a decent Tamil leader, the west is keeping them in blindness in order to use them.

  192. Most People says that because LTTE use humans as shield these war crime happened, That not the whole truth, Of cource LTTE used human as shield because of that people died whcih LTTE has to hold the responsibel,

    The tell me how come all those people DIE WITH THEIR CLOTHES STRIPPED OUT Specially WOMEN ?? when people get killed their clothes gets striped off by bullets, be sensible people.

    There are Enough videos how Army strip people cloths and take photos & videos.

    These are also WAR CRIMES.

  193. All western countries (especially USA & Norway) are always trying to capture us. because we have everything what they haven’t. We have culture, they don’t have it. We have history, they don’t have it, We have more resources more than them. Their economic is depend on the wars. Because they are doing selling weapons to other countries. They don’t need to see the people living peacefully at all. So this is the time to stand up for resist them. Come on Sri Lankans… we can do it like we finished LTTE forever.

  194. The truth is that the Tamils are all over the world is being mislead. You who says that the Sinhalese did not face any attack is a good example. We Sinhalese were the most affected by LTTE Terrorist attacks all over Sri Lanka. Most of our temples were bombed, leaders were killed, children were brutally killed hitting on trees and rocks when you Tamils fled to EU and chased all the Sinhalese and Muslims from North and East… And you say we were not been affected!

    Where are the independent bodies you say? UN? EU or the Yankees who help LTTE to fund their ammunition to kill the innocent? We do not trust any of those as well as Tamils who still raise funds to kill people n the name of so called liberation.

    Simply why can’t you live peacefully with other races? Wherever goes a Tamil, there is a problem. You check with anywhere on Earth. You Tamils have proved it yourselves.

  195. We people don’t need anyone to protect ourselves as we know what we are doing. UN , US and this Tamil Diaspora thing runs madly now as they couldn’t stop us from erasing terrorism from our motherland. I would say that the people who represent these parties will never gonna have their next birth as humans due to the stuff they involve in their present life. US is the most wicked country in the world who always try to stick their noses into others matters. They ruin Middle East as they wish and kill millions of innocent people as they are looking for oil as thirsty vampires.

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