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The high stakes in Geneva in 2009 and 2012: Dayan Jayatilleka recalls

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The 19th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR) has commenced in Geneva from February 27th. It is very likely that Sri Lanka would figure as item 10 on the agenda during the concluding stages of the conclave in the days between March 21st to 23rd.

A wide view during the Urgent Debate on the Human Rights & Humanitarian in Syrian Arab Republic in the High-Level Segment of the 19th session of the Human Rights Council. 28 February 2012. Photo by Jean-Marc Ferré – (UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré)

With high level officials from the US state department having announced that a resolution on Sri Lanka would be presented in Geneva there is much concern and anxiety in the country about its outcome

In that context memories are revived about a similar situation in May 2009 when a special session was convened and a resolution mooted against Sri Lanka . In a commendable feat of proactive diplomacy Sri Lanka turned the tables in Geneva and got a counter resolution passed in its favour.

The “General officer commanding” the Geneva UN Mission then was Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka.In an inexplicable move he was recalled from Geneva shortly after that victory. Currently Dr.Jayatilleka is our envoy in Paris and remains detached from the excitement in Geneva and is perhaps pensively observing the Eiffel tower and Seine river

Dianne Silva from the “Daily Mirror” in Colombo interviewed Dr.Jayatilleka through electronic mail. In that interview Dr.Jayatilleka spoke about the stakes in Geneva ,then and now.

I am reproducing that interview for the benefit of readers on my blog with due acknowledgement to Dianne Silva and the Daily Mirror.

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Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe and Ambassador Dayan Jayatilleka at UNHRC special session on Sri Lanka, in Geneva on May 26, 2009.-pic courtesy: Getty images

The high stakes in Geneva in 2009 and 2012: Dayan Jayatilleka recalls

by Dianne Silva

In an email interview with the Daily Mirror Sri Lanka’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to France & Permanent Delegate to UNESCO Dr Dayan Jayatilleka explained Sri Lanka ’s position at the Geneva Sessions and expressed his views on the Foreign Policy strategy of the government.

Jayatilleka was also the former Ambassador/Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva 2007-9, however was removed shortly after Sri Lanka ’s victory at the UNHRC in May 2009. He comments on the speculation that led to his removal.

Q. How prepared do you think Sri Lanka is for the onslaught at the 19th UNHRC session?

A: In certain important aspects, it is, because our able Minister of External Affairs has been quite active and the President has picked, this time around, Ambassador Tamara Kunanayakam, a very able and committed representative to head our Permanent Mission in Geneva . It is difficult for me to assess preparedness in other, larger dimensions such as doctrine, policy, strategy and tactics, because I am not privy to such information as I am not in the loop.

Q. What are your comments on the quality of SL delegation sent to Geneva this time? Are they capable of carrying out a strong and authoritative diplomatic defense?

A: The threat to Sri Lanka in Geneva is far too important to be met by any but the very best available; it is far too risky to do otherwise. President Rajapaksa stands head and shoulders above the Sri Lankan political leaders presently available, in his unflinchingly staunch patriotism and his gut instinct for assessing threats to Sri Lanka . Prof GL Peiris is the most educated in our Cabinet, is an impressive speaker and our best interlocutor with the world. Ambassador Tamara Kunanayakam is a multilingual intellectual, a writer, a passionate defender of the sovereignty of Sri Lanka and the countries of the Global South, who has thirty years of political and institutional experience in Geneva . If it is left to the synergies of these three personalities, if our stellar ambassador is rightly regarded as the field commander and permitted to lead from the front in accordance with her assessment of the ground situation, if we bear in mind the old saying that ‘too many cooks spoil the broth’, we should come through ok.

Q. When Sri Lanka came under attack in May 2009 you were part of the delegation, which was successful in outsmarting a US led resolution against SL in the UN. Why were you left out this time? Many feel that yourself and Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha, being diplomatically adept and savvy speakers should have been part of the delegation.

A:Wikileaks contain a May 2009 cable from US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton which provides incontrovertible proof that the US supported that special session against Sri Lanka . It shows that in 2009 we were not only up against the EU and its allies, in an offensive spearheaded by Miliband and Kouchner, but a project backed by the sole superpower. “Mission Geneva is requested to convey to the Czech Republic and other like-minded members of the HRC that the USG [US Govt] supports a special session on the human rights situation in Sri Lanka and related aspects of the humanitarian situation.

Mission is further requested to provide assistance, as needed, to the Czech Republic in obtaining others, signatures to support holding this session… Mission is also instructed to engage with HRC members to negotiate a resolution as an outcome of this special session, if held. Department believes a special session that does not result in a resolution would be hailed as a victory by the Government of Sri Lanka. Instructions for line edits to the resolution will be provided by Department upon review of a draft.” [Cable dated 4th May 2009 from Secretary of State ( United States )]

The Wikileaks cables report a conversation in Paris , significantly between the US Ambassador-at-large for War Crimes Issues, Clint Williamson, and senior officials of the French Foreign Ministry. A cable from the US Embassy in Paris to Washington DC quotes France’s Official Representative for International Penal Tribunals, Christian Bernier, saying “Bernier opined that the Sri Lankan government is “very effective” in its diplomatic approach in Geneva…” [Cable dated 16 July 2009]

The very fact that Sri Lanka figured prominently in a discussion that the US Ambassador-at-large for War Crimes Issues had with the Official Representative for International Penal Tribunals of a Western ally, fellow Permanent member of the UN Security Council and NATO member, is an incontrovertible indication of the high stakes in Geneva at the Special Session in May 2009, and what would have followed had we not prevailed in that battle

The US Mission in Geneva informed Washington DC of the efficacy of our line and stance:

“As in the past, Sri Lanka ’s delegation took a tough and often acerbic tone in its latest public relations campaign in Geneva . While this may in part reflect the personality of its ambassador in Geneva, Dayan Jayatilleka, it also reflects a strategy of appealing to NAM countries, to whom it argues implicitly (and probably explicitly, behind closed doors) that it is willing to stand up to the West, which is unfairly picking on it. That message resonates particularly strongly in the Human Rights Council, further complicating our efforts to use that body to pressure Sri Lanka on its human rights record.” [Cable date 10 March 2008] A US Mission cable described the effect of our strategy as follows: “… There was general agreement that Sri Lanka , and in particular its outspoken ambassador here, were effectively playing off the West against less developed countries.”[Cable date 10 March 2008]

A considerably important cable conveys the assessment made to Susan Rice, Cabinet-ranked US Ambassador/Permanent Representative in the Security Council, by Human Rights High Commissioner Navi Pillay, on the results of the Special Session on Sri Lanka . “Pillay …contrasted this outcome with the result of the special session on Sri Lanka , where … Sri Lanka and its allies, meanwhile, had a draft resolution ready to go and simply outmanoeuvred the EU.” [Cable date 25 June 2009]

How did we defeat it? It was certainly not by ‘outsmarting’ the West. We prevailed by standing for principles, waging what Fidel calls ‘a battle of ideas’, building the broadest possible coalition flexibly but founded on the right principles, and also by the personal and collective performances of the very small and unconventional ‘A-team’ we had assembled.

So, as to your question as to why Prof Rajiva Wijesinha and I were left out this time, all I can say is that I was removed from Geneva a few months after the victory. I was not replaced by Ambassador Kunanayakam who would have built upon our 2009 achievement. She was posted to Geneva only last year, which left a gap of two years between my stint and hers. I cannot speak for Rajiva, who superbly partnered me in the Geneva battle of 2009 – we set the ‘ground record’ batting at two ends of the wicket– but there would be absolutely no point in my presence on the delegation in Geneva today even if someone were to consider deploying me, because I did not help pick the delegation, I do not know the doctrine that is being followed by the delegation, and I would never implement a doctrine I hadn’t been part of working out and which I may not agree with. In 2009, I had a clear foreign policy doctrine for the Geneva arena, worked out strictly between President Rajapaksa and myself already in early 2007 when he sent me there as a member of the delegation just prior to my assumption of the post of Ambassador/Permanent representative

Q. How do you think the power blocs will vote this time? Will Sri Lanka have the support of the African Bloc and will the Asian Bloc be split in its votes for us?

A: Since I do not know the ground situation I cannot answer that. I can only provide the public and policy makers with the ‘open secret’ of our success in 2009 and hope that there are ‘lessons learnt’. A research scholar David Lewis presented a paper at the University of Edinburgh which has since been published in a journal and contains an analysis of our successful diplomatic strategy. The title of the study is ‘The failure of a liberal peace: Sri Lanka ’s counterinsurgency in global perspective’, and is published in Conflict, Security & Development, 2010, Vol 10:5, pp 647-671. David Lewis is Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for International Co-operation and Security in the Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford , and headed the International Crisis Group’s Sri Lanka programme in 2006-7. He writes:

‘Many of the battles over conflict-related norms between Sri Lanka and Europe took place in UN institutions, primarily the Human Rights Council (HRC)…it was Sri Lanka which generally had the best of these diplomatic battles… Although this process of contestation reflects shifting power relations, and the increasing influence of China, Russia and other ‘Rising Powers’, it does not mean that small states are simply the passive recipients of norms created and contested by others. In fact, Sri Lankan diplomats have been active norm entrepreneurs in their own right, making significant efforts to develop alternative norms of conflict management, linking for example Chechnya and Sri Lanka in a discourse of state-centric peace enforcement. They have played a leading role in UN forums such as the UN HRC, where Sri Lankan delegates have helped ensure that the HRC has become an arena, not so much for the promotion of the liberal norms around which it was designed, but as a space in which such norms are contested, rejected or adapted in unexpected ways.

As a member of the UN HRC Sri Lanka has played an important role in asserting new, adapted norms opposing both secession and autonomy as possible elements in peacebuilding—trends that are convergent with views expressed by China, Russia and India…The Sri Lankan conflict may be seen as the beginning of a new international consensus about conflict management, in which sovereignty and non-interference norms are reasserted, backed not only by Russia and China but also by democratic states such as Brazil.” (pp. 658-661)

Q. Is there a chance of Sri Lanka finally putting to rest, the call for an international mechanism of accountability? Or are we no match for Navi Pillay’s vindictive nature?

A: The issue is far bigger than Navi Pillay and anyway, Navi Pillay is not vindictive; she is a human rights fundamentalist. The call for an international mechanism of accountability can be put to rest finally, only by a combination of strong, credible, independent and fully functioning national mechanisms of human rights and accountability, and successful post-war ethnic reconciliation, which builds a better, and more just Sri Lanka different from the one that spent half of its life as an independent nation, locked in war with and within itself

Q. The Lankan Delegation has called for the postponement of the resolution against Sri Lanka , till the periodic review that is due in October, was this an appropriate move? Or is it better to deal with these issues now?

A: It is far fairer to deal with these issues at the UPR. Nothing is prohibited and everything is permitted for discussion and debate at this peer review, including the two reports that some delegations wish to see discussed in the Council. So why this strange combination of delay and haste? I use the term ‘delay’, because the war is over, it is not an ongoing conflict, and I say ‘haste’ because the UPR is a few months hence. This having been said, we must squarely face the challenge of the US resolution, and I think it is better to face that challenge now. We must not make the mistake that Israel made, in playing for time, when, as President Obama cautioned it publicly, time is not running in its favour!

Q. What guarantee is there, that Sri Lanka will be in a better diplomatic or political position in six months’ time?

A: There are no guarantees at all. It depends entirely on how wisely and positively we spend those six months in addressing the relevant issues. In May 2009 in Geneva I helped build a wall to defend Sri Lanka , and bought us more than two years. I am proud that we are still defending ourselves behind that wall. Future historians will judge how we used those years that were bought by our May 2009 diplomatic victory. That has, by the way, been the single, solitary vote we have won in any international arena since that time. In the last year of the war and for months after the two victories, on the ground and in the global area, I wrote about the future dangers, warning that a new Cold War against Sri Lanka has begun, and urging certain policies, strategies and courses of action. These pertained to domestic issues with external ramifications; policies which would have guaranteed that the Geneva Consensus, the broad bloc that supported us in Geneva , remained with us. My ideas and recommendations were intended to ensure that the global political, strategic and diplomatic space available to Sri Lanka in May 2009 did not shrink in the post-war period; they were intended to re-build Sri Lanka ’s soft power, and enable us to hold the moral high ground. It was speculated in the media that these views led or contributed to my removal from Geneva . Now is a good time to assess whether or not the implementation of those suggestions would have put us in a better position than that which we face today.

Q. Do you think Sri Lanka ‘s foreign policy is moving in the right direction?

A: I think that foreign policy formulation should be left entirely in the hands of the two most able persons, who are also those constitutionally mandated to do so, namely, President Rajapaksa and Prof Peiris. We won’t go too far wrong, that way.

Q. Prof G.L. Peiris head of SL delegation has flown to Africa in a bid to woo African votes. Do you think Sri Lanka should have done its homework before rather than waiting last minute shuttle diplomacy?

A: I am not privy to whether or not, and to what extent, Sri Lanka has done its homework. I assume and hope that it has. It is not prudent to assume that time, demography and world opinion are on Sri Lanka ’s side. Sri Lanka needs to look at the big picture and wrestle with the large questions: How do we look to the world? How have we projected ourselves? What is our profile? Who are we? What have we become? What must we become? What is our way of being in the world? After three decades of war, have we caught up with the rest of Asia ? Have we caught up with the 21st century? Does our discourse “resonate strongly”, broadly and widely enough? All this requires thinking and clarity.


  1. Fools
    who cares even 25 million people in Lanka ask not to intervene

    who cares

    You fellows killed thousands and thousands and thousands of innocent mothers fathers old men women
    World begged you not to kill innocent people

    you killed these Lankan Thamilians like a cokroach

    Now you are begging the international community not to intefere

    are you kidding me ??

    World body should and must interfere to punish each and every criminal who killed, tortured , raped innocent Thamilans
    The ciminals of Rwanda and Serbia are waiting for criminals of Lanka in Hague

  2. DJ can take talk all about “doctrine” but it was India that protected Sri Lanka at the UNHRC when he was in Geneva. China, Russia and Cuba being such exemplary violatorts of human rights, their support to SL–war criminal regime and all– is hardly surprising. India’s shameful complicity in Sri Lanka’s war crimes is something that will come back to haunt it. Nothing less than its ascension to the UNSC is at stake.

  3. Dayan was used in 2009 by MR and discarded as used condom. Now he may be asked to go to Geneva if situation is bad

  4. Dr, why you, government wasting time, money….. Just accept the mistakes made in the past, be accountable for what you have done so far, take actions for hmanrights violatators and come to a settlement with TNA.

  5. Dr Barath,

    Where were you when the LTTE was killing so many civilians. It was due to the the stupid LTTE behaviour which enabled the governement to behave like it behaved

  6. Dayan says….

    “The issue is far bigger than Navi Pillay and anyway, Navi Pillay is not vindictive; she is a human rights fundamentalist. The call for an international mechanism of accountability can be put to rest finally, only by a combination of strong, credible, independent and fully functioning national mechanisms of human rights and accountability, and successful post-war ethnic reconciliation, which builds a better, and more just Sri Lanka different from the one that spent half of its life as an independent nation, locked in war with and within itself”

    better be careful chum, you might lose your job!!!!!!……..again………..and our friend will have to feed you and house you in Singapore…………….again……

    So you are saying in a roundabout way……

    Yes, We Can……..OBAMA.

  7. Hey Dr Bharath,

    I agree with you, perhaps not for the same reasons…….. our Chokka’s think that they are smart and can get away with murder.

    Just like the LTTE, with their superior chola mindset they too thought that they were super intelligent and can get away with murder.

    So just like the LTTE, our chokka’s must also face the music……and like the LTTE, it is only then that they will learn.

    It was the United States that first listed the LTTE as a terrorist organisation.

    and now, its going to be the first to initiate a successful resolution against the monkeys.

  8. Can Dr.Dayan Jayatilleke explain the logic behind Douglas Devananda ,the EPDF leader and a minister in the government, being included in the delegation to the UNHRC sessions in Geneva, where if one were to believe the media, a life and death battle is being waged against Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka is aggresively trying defend itself. How can a human rights violator, specifically named by the LLRC help Sri Lanka in Geneva? Is’nt he one of the chinks in the government armour? Devananda no doubt threatened to take the LLRC to court, knowing very well that it is an entity that has ceased to exist. Is he taking his case to the UNHRC? Can it absolve him of the accusations? He has no doubt the right to defend himself, but is the UNHCR the right forum and is the time opportune? It is indeed very brave of him to have gone to Geneva and quite brazen for the government to have taken him.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

  9. Agnos, you attribute to that factor, an importance that the US Mission in Geneva does not, going by the Wikileaks revelations. India was a necessary but not a sufficient condition for our victory. A few weeks, perhaps a fortnight after our Special session, there was a resolution on Myanmar at the UNHRC. Myanmar had the full support of India, Russia and China….and yet, lost that vote.

    Dushy, one of the reasons we won in 2009 is that I had kept your ex-patron and friend, a moronic monkey if ever there was one, out of Geneva for the whole two years I was there! He contributed to getting me out of Geneva and then the electorate got him out of parliament, paradoxically, in an election where there was a pro-government wave!:))

    As for the rest of you Diaspora Tamil Tea Party types, don’t underestimate Comrade Ambassador Tamara Kunanayakam’s spirit of anti-imperialist resistance.

  10. This interview is a classic example of what ails our Foreign Policy!

    You will find no other diplomat from any other country making comments about his superiors, colleagues and about policy like Sri Lankan diplomats do especially when a country faces critical foreign challenges?

    This may be because Sri Lanka is unique or due to the influence of non professional career diplomats or party politics that had crept into the Foreign affairs like in other institutions.

    if Dayan Jayathilake and Prof Rajiv are the heroes of Geneva 2009 why their talents are not recognized in 2012.

    Is it due to pure jealousy?

    or they had erroneously claimed credit for the achievement of somebody else
    Could Dayan clarify”

    But your replies in this interview are brilliant and brings in better perspective unlike your usual ill conceived

    A welcome change!

  11. While trying his best to hide the glare of the sun with one finger, the Lankan Ambassador in France has at the same time acknowledged the futility of clouding stark facts about human rights violations and accountability and the wisedom of a successful post war ethnic reconcilliation for a better harmonious island nation.

    The past is past change and progress is the only alternative to bloodshed,tyranny and destruction and those who strive to regain the past will unwittingly join the ranks of those they destroyed is the message which one is able to discern from a reading of the interview.

    The psychology of power plays an important role.Yesterdays victors become the reactionaries of today and will eventually divorce themselve from the people.They will becoming the victims of the same psychology that was developed to win the war.This phenomena has got to be understood by the new forces brewing within the Lankan society which is at variance wiht the said reactionariews if a meaningful process were to set effect to continue the struggle for peace and progress.

  12. Ravi Perera > Thank you for accepting the GOSL is a terror regime as LTTE is a terror outfit. LTTE is paid the price now is the GOSL turn..

  13. .
    DJ says: The call for an international mechanism of accountability can be put to rest finally, only by a combination of strong, credible, independent and fully functioning national mechanisms of human rights and accountability, and successful post-war ethnic reconciliation, …

    But we never do good things on our own…. we need someone to keep the pressure….
    IDP’s were resettled quickly because of the pressure….
    LLRC was the outcome of this pressure from IC…..

    It’s good if the resolution is defeated this time too… so the pressure is on till the next meeting.


  14. Full credit for Dr DJ for recording a diplomatic victory in the UN in 2009. Look as if he has been reflecting on lost soft power now. The photo here shows Minister Mahinda Samarasinga was also at the UN then, and the fact that his name is not being mentioned in the report extrapolates what to expect this time around, when he leads the group with the help of Shavendra Silva, in particular, who has been carrying out orders of the Colombo, assuming every one in UN has a iq level of VP or a little better, and ends up being humiliated. A storey of a hero is becoming to zero.

    In my view, this resolution being brought in haste given the time available for GoSL since the report was released. While there were recommendations over decades old left behind unimplemented, why is only this being forced by IC, like the APRC, 13th and etc. To me, it is about more of who should have control over the island than holding GoSL for accountability. However, GoSL’s lacklustre efforts towards reconciliation, implementation, etc. contributed to this end. What is on display here is although GoSL is prepared to beg every country in the world, no matter how bad these countries were, it is not willing to talk to its own citizens and sorts these issues out, deciding its own destiny.

  15. “……………………only by a combination of strong credible independent and fully functioning national mechanisms of human rights and accountability………….”
    All these have been promised by the LLRC.
    But there is no political will to implement them.
    Again a delying tactic called a “Parliamentary Select Committee” is proposed as a Red Herring.
    Unless the UNHRC prods sri lanka by passing the US Resolution, nothing will happen.
    There will be further procrastination,until the parliamentary and presidential elections are due.

  16. Hey Dushy,

    I have seen many times you mention about the Chola mindset. Let me tell you that today’s Tamils in don’t give a damn about the Cholas or Pallavas just like today’s Peruvians & Columbians don’t give a damn about the Mayan Dynasty. It’s a forgotten history even in Tamil Nadu. So please spare the mindset!

    Having said that amongst all the Indian subcontentinental tribes and the Sri Lankan settled North Indian tribes, the Chola and the pallava empires were the most formidable in every sense stretching all the way to the far east and that culture still resonates in the walls of Angkor Wat. So, it’s no shame to emulate or admire them.

    Just because the Mahavamsa mindset doesnt approve the Cholas that doesn’t take away their achievements like just because the Indians critize the British of plundering India for 200+ years and massacaring 5000+ people in Jallianwala Bagh, that doesn’t take the contributions of the British towards Global Progress and Development.

  17. Dushey
    Do you have a special altar for the US in your house ? Do you light candles at it everyday and kiss Obamas picture while uttering prayers
    You are a shameless Western bootlicker masquerading as a ‘rights activist’ PERIOD

  18. Dr Bharath says:

    You are right first part of your comment.

    The pepetrators list a long one however I will try to sumarise for you:

    Sri Lankan armed forces

    Its para military goons




    Other militant group which supported the state, LTTE and JVP and killed civilians.

    Punishment is not needed however truth is important.

    Lets review war crimes and crime against humanity from 5th April 1971.

  19. ….builds a better, and more just Sri Lanka different from the one that spent half of its life as an independent nation… DJ

    Hey Dr, you are excluded to defend SL in the current UNHCR section because of your thoughts similar to this statement or you are now saying this because you are no longer part of this team?

  20. The issue is:

    1. The President appointed the LLRC commission and the outcome of course is his, as acknowledged in the parliament on 17 December 2011 and it must be implemented.

    2. UNP opposed the LLRC and did not give evidence, but supports the outcome subject to expressing reservations on issues.

    3. TNA opposed the LLRC and did not give evidence, but supports the outcome subject to emphasising on accountability issues.

    4. Global Tamil Forum supports the LLRC report, subject to independent inquiry on accountability issues.

    5. US resolution supports the LLRC outcome, subject to proper inquiry into war crimes.

    6. International Human Rights NGO’s supports the LLRC report subject to international inquiry into war crimes.

    7. The governments that supports the US resolution are also supporting the LLRC outcome, subject to internal inquiry on crimes committed at the end of the war.

    8. The governments supporting Sri Lanka who are opposing external interference are wanting to deal with the issues internally, implying they too support the LLRC report subject to proper internal mechanisms to deal with the war crimes.

    9 People like us who opposed the LLRC from the outset supports the LLRC outcome, subject to very same reason of wanting an inquiry into war crimes.

    10. There are many other organisations, parties, individuals and international bodies taking the very same stand.

    But unfortunately government is erratic and behaving in hyphened tension to undermine the overwhelming outcry. It is clearly subscribing to the:

    1. Government partner (the bullock cart to Bens hero) Champika Ranawake.

    2. Fasting hero Wimal Weerawanse.

    3. and other extremists associated with the government.

    It seems the President is aligning with the second group, instead of aligning with the wider views. If LLRC recommendations are honestly implemented, the war crimes issue too would be automatically addressed. This is why the government is opposing its own LLRC report.

    Unfortunately, the sectarian government does not want to respect its own commission recommendations.

    In true democracies, when such reports are released, the government will make sure they own them and implement them fully.

    But sadly for Sri Lanka, which is a democratic dictatorship, there is no heart to implement such an important piece of recommendations.

    Just imagine if this is what the international community is facing with Sri Lanka, what is/would have been the fate of the Tamils in Sri Lanka.

    Under the notion of asserting restrictive sovereignty nations commit crimes and there are no easy international mechanism to redress the crimes of the state.

  21. Some poor deluded folk are spouting ‘Yes We Can’ and quoting Obama like he is Moses

    Quite forgetting that even after four years of post-Yes-We-Can, still nothing much has happened or will happen….

    “Yes We Can” has been transformed into “errrr… Yes, we thought we could but found out we cant”

  22. The situation of May 2009 was different from now. In May 2009
    -The number of civilian casualties was considered at that time to be around 7000 only(the same magic number brought in GOSL’s recent survey report) and call for accountability was not strong.
    -The HR violations, Darusman Report and Channel 4 etc. revelations were not available
    -The LTTE rumps kept claiming that their leaders are in fact alive and are in the process of regrouping .
    -India strongly supported Sri Lanka and gave an impression that it would persuade its neighbor to follow through on a political settlement.
    -Sri Lanka did not set up its own commission named LRRC
    -People who promised the third world countries on behalf of Sri Lanka like Dr.DJ and Prof.RW are not there now to answer on their promises to the very same countries.
    -Even after one year of talks with TNA, Sri Lankan Govt could not come out with a solution
    -It was a specially convened session and discussions were limited.(It was done only 10 previous occasions)
    -16 countries are not there now and new ones are there in their place.

    We expected more inside stories about the Special Session 11 from Dr. DJ.
    In fact it was not a resounding victory in 2009 as claimed. In May 26/27 2009 Special session, 29 voted in favor of Sri Lanka, 12 against and 6 abstentions, which was 22,17, 7 on the oral amendments proposed by Germany was defeated by Cuba’s no-action request) and Dayan’s work is commendable in that respect as well as the work of former Ambassador to Cuba Tamara Kunanayagam.

    Several Western states tried to amend the text to pressure Sri Lanka to improve humanitarian access to its camps, but were blocked by Cuba which requested a move directly to a vote.
    Brazil, Cuba, India, and Pakistan led efforts to prevent the passage of a stronger resolution including war crime investigations that was put forward by the 17 members of the council that convened the Special Session. Czech Republic also played an important role for bringing a stronger resolution.
    Asian bloc led by India, Pakistan and Malaysia argued for the special session to be abandoned altogether. India, China and Egypt walked out of the meeting after it was refused.
    It was stated by Sri Lanka that the special session was called when there were hundreds of thousands of civilians were trapped in the war zone and hence there is no need for a session now as the regular session is only a few months away.

    A counter resolution was tabled by Sri Lanka and backed by powerful allies including China, Russia, and India, which called for the UN to cooperate with the Sri Lankan government in providing humanitarian assistance.
    As claimed in Sri Lankan media later, the counter resolution never praised Sri Lanka on ending the war. It only commended on the measures taken re IDPs. In fact the Chair at that time Nigeria said that he did not subscribe to the thinking that because consensus was not achieved it was a failure. He said the resolution was not a blank check for the Government of Sri Lanka.
    The result of the vote was as follows:

    In favour (29): Angola, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, China, Cuba, Djibouti, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Madagascar, Malaysia, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, South Africa, Uruguay, and Zambia.
    (In favour at beginning (22): Angola, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, China, Cuba, Djibouti, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, and South Africa.

    Against (12): Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, and United Kingdom).
    (Against at beginning (17): Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mauritius, Mexico, Netherlands, Republic of Korea, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and Uruguay).

    Abstentions (6): Argentina, Gabon, Japan, Mauritius, Republic of Korea, and Ukraine.
    (Abstentions at beginning(7): Azerbaijan, Brazil, Gabon, Nigeria, Senegal, Ukraine, and Zambia0.

  23. One Asian and Global intellectual and a great leader in the early 1990s (during Narasimavo’s time as PM of India), spoke his mind and told his view on the SL’s internal problem : the Sinhalese must develop the South and Tamils must develop the North East or some thing to that effect, so that the whole of SL progress. I do not think the SL leaders took his wisdom seriously.

    In my view, now that the Sinhalese have won the war and the armed forces occupying the lands, people like DJ, GLP, M.S,Rajiva and the likes think that the Tamil community has become “Thavicha Muyal ” ( breathless, groaning cornered Rabit) within their own country and in South Asia.

    Sadly diplomat DJ’s above interview reflects his Sinhala Imperialist mind and winner takes it all mind set and wants go for a kill of NE Tamils’political legitimacy for survival as a distinct community like Sinhalese with equality within SL, under UN Charter.

    DJ thinks they have cleverly cornered Tamils with the help of IC and Asian powers because of the LTTE’s failure to understand geo- political games that have intesified after 9/11 and did not go for compromise under the watch of IC.

    Now that they have won the war with the help of so many ,they can forget the help even seek to form alliance with others and doing plotting to teach the IC and India another lesson this time in Geneva.

  24. Dr. Barath,

    From where he received this Dr. brand. any way Dr. Haven’t you seen the power of 21 million people in Sri lanka 3 years before. We are the people who defeated and route out world most ruthless terrorist out fit. you may keep blind eye at the time Tamil terrorist killing so many innocents in our motherland. remmber we have defeated two fronts bravely. LTTE terrorist and their wetern champion human rights violaters. If you want to see the power of Sri lankans again come and touch sri lanka. then we will teach you what does it means the power of Sri lankans.

  25. Hey Dayan,

    your pal Boggles seems to be maneuvering and moving in for the kill…..? Soon you might be reporting to him.

    I know you are a secret admirer of him, as the best Foreign Minister Sri Lanka had.

    I have a story for you from one of my pals who is a Australian citizen and the owner of one of Sri Lanka’s largest businesses.

    Boggles had visited Australia with his gang, no different to your boss going around with a plane full. Speaking of plane fulls, I have been informed by one of your fellow diplomuts, that this time that it is possibly the largest delegation ever sent to Geneva by anyone else other than the Chinese and the Pinochet government. I think boss is following in the footsteps of the Chinese and Pinochet.

    anyway, back to the story……

    the group while in Australia had met up with an Australian magnate and negotiated to purchase a granite cutting business in Sri Lanka. The Aussie was so pleased, and he had said that the Sri Lankans were very accommodating and bending over backwards to please. We are legendary for our hospitality, are we not. I of course, take all that with a pinch of salt, because I know our chokkas well.

    So the negotiations had progressed so well, with our legendary hospitality and the Aussie had flown to Sri Lanka to pay the dosh and finally buy the business and had booked into one of Colombo’s best……seven star one, i am sure.

    Then, these legendary hospitable people, on the eve of signing the deal, had become very rude and had started demanding money….commissions.

    The Aussie had got fed up, packed his bags and buggered off back to good old Aussie, gods own land, after having told the chokkas to go fly a kite.

    Guess who the guy who was demanding commissions was?

    None other than your legendary childhood hero, Biggles junior of whom many great novels have been written.

    These guys are all members of the love the country clan…….they are loving so much, I have tears in my eyes.

    exhausting business……all this love of the country…country first and all that crap……

  26. Probably True Dr Bahrath I agree – Criminals of India should go to Hague too 🙂 with American Brothers in arms. Helping Sri Lanka, Blocking Aids, Bombing Kashmere, Killing Muslims in Ayodhya, and Killings in Assam. Do you want a list?

  27. Mr Ranatunga surely didn’t notice the comment of Srilankan’s close ally and friend, the best PM ever in Indian, on the eve of US sabre rattling.

    Mr Ranatunga equally has missed the comments of the US Ambassodor in Lanka.

    Keep insulting our good citizens, if that is some consolation for your depression.

  28. Mr Ranetunge,

    Why are you spewing bile here? Chokkas delivered when the Colombo elite made a mess of the country. So stay in London and let the chokkas govern themselves. Sure, they at times make mistakes and missteps. Still the country’s masses deserve a government that truly represents their interests. That is true democracy. There is no straight carpet road. Every country has had their cross. This is ours.

  29. Dear Dushy

    I agree.

    Both our Chokka’s and the LTTE, must face justice sooner or later for unspeakable crimes committed.

    I hope you are not counting on US intervention though as force a for good in Sri Lanka.

    USA must face the music herself soon, like our Chokka’s and the LTTE.

    Question is who’s got the balls to initiate a successful resolution against the monkeys in USA, UK and perhaps above all Israel?

    Selective International Justice riddled with double standards is not credible in the global south, including Sri Lanka.

  30. Dear Dushy

    I agree.

    Both our Chokka’s and the LTTE, must face justice sooner or later for unspeakable crimes committed.

    I hope you are not counting on US intervention though, as a force for good in Sri Lanka.

    Because, USA must face the music herself soon, like our Chokka’s and the LTTE.

    Question is who’s got the balls to initiate a successful resolution against the monkeys in USA, UK and perhaps above all Israel?

    Selective International Justice riddled with double standards is not credible in the global south, including Sri Lanka.

  31. Hay Dushy, The last six Prime Ministers of the country that you have adopted as your fatherland, the UK have been involved in six wars and nine conflicts? True, isn’t it. Now, leave out that Chokka business and the US tagging LTTE as terrorist for the name sake and your continual effort to castigate Sri Lanka patroits as criminls for a moment, taking what I exposed earlier, tell us whether your UK is a peace-loving country?

  32. Dushy Dushy tsk tsk….. saying what you feel as if it is the cool thing to do.

    I so wish i could have a one-to-one chat with the Dr. Jayatilaka. I wonder what he really feels like with this resolution.

    a. although this international bullying leaves a bad taste in my mouth, is this the only way we can put some pressure on the Rajapakses?

    b. is that actually counterproductive as the Rajapakes are using this foreign interference to further consolidate their nationalist base

  33. Chaminda says:

    “I so wish i could have a one-to-one chat with the Dr. Jayatilaka. I wonder what he really feels like with this resolution.”

    Could you also ask him “if” ever there be a LTTE run Tamil Eelam and the leader offers Dayan the post of foreign minister would he accept the offer?

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