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by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Even as D-day for the vote on a US sponsored resolution regarding Sri Lanka at the 19th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council(UNHRC) drew near in Geneva the Island nation continued to adopt what may be described as a “principled position” as its key strategy in dealing with the diplomatic might of the worlds sole super power.

During the Voting of resolution L.1/ Rev.1, The escalating grave human rights violations in the Syrian Arab Republic during the 19th session of the Human Rights Council. 1 March 2012. Photo by Jean-Marc Ferré

Sri Lanka under the leadership and direction of President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been refusing to compromise in any way with the USA in this matter and instead has been lobbying strenuously on the basis of important principles among the 47 member states of the UNHRC.

President Rajapaksa has given clear instructions to senior officials at Sri Lankas ministry of External Affairs that the Country should adopt a principled position and resist the US action rather than cave into American diktat by compromising.

“It does not matter even if we lose but we must go down fighting” the President has reportedly stated.

The past weeks have seen hectic lobbying by both sides. The US has been applying intensified pressure on members of the UNHRC in this regard. Reputed Human Rights organizations and civil society representatives have also been canvassing in support of the resolution.

Sri Lanka has also been engaged in lobbying and has in the past weeks striven to whip up support by building alliances with key blocs among Non – Aligned and Developing nations.

The power balance among members of the UNHRC has been rapidly fluctuating in recent times. Initially the US was confident of 30 plus votes in the council. The situation reversed dramatically as Sri Lanka stepped up its own lobbying efforts

It soon became a case of “fifty – fifty” and a Sri Lankan envoy to a Western nation summed up the situation succinctly by saying it was a “state of see-sawing equilibrium”.

The US sponsored resolution described as “promoting reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka ” is scheduled to be taken up for discussion and voting under item two of the agenda which relates to the Annual report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The stipulated date on the agenda for Sri Lanka is Thursday March 22nd but there were signs that the vote could be taken a day earlier on Wednsday March 21st.This was because of the speed at which items on the UNHRC agenda were being disposed of. Although not a foregone conclusion it does seem to appear that the vote on Sri Lanka could be taken on the 21st itself.

This possible advancement of dates resulted in Tamara Kunanayakam, Sri Lanka ’s permanent representative to the UN in Geneva compiling and circulating a note to all member states of the UN in General and UNHRC in particular.

The note by Ambassador Kunanayakam focused on the legal and procedural implications of the US drasft resolution on Sri Lanka and embodied the salient principles on the basis of which Sri Lanka is opposed to the US initiative.

Ambassador Kunanayakam’s 14 point note outlining Sri Lanka ’s principled position is as follows-

1) This Resolution will lead to the Council for the first time addressing past issues, and thus taking on the character of a tribunal that will exceed its mandate.

2) This undermines a decision taken by the Council in 2009, and is doubly intrusive because there has only been change for the better since that decision.

3) The Council mandate provides for resolutions to address specific country issues through the UPR or through special sessions in cases of emergency. The alternative is under Item 4, when circumstances have arisen that require special attention, because there are current instances of gross and systematic violations.

4) Reopening issues decided upon in the past is unwarranted and presents a clear risk of developing countries, in particular, being targeted for collateral reasons.

5) The resolution undermines the cardinal principle and well entrenched rule of international law that demands the exhaustion of domestic remedies. Suspicion and criticism of domestic remedies undermines also the judicial process in democratic countries, and introduces a political dimension that attacks the independence of the judiciary.

6) Through this Resolution, the HRC is asked to reach conclusions on a report [that of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC)], which has not been placed before this Council for deliberation. This precedent will encourage the Council to take cognizance of any writing in any document placed before the Council.

7) The resolution judges the intentions of an elected government, and proposes actions that arise from unwarranted hypotheses. These hypotheses are of a piece with the condign criticism from countries advancing this resolution when the LLRC was appointed.

8 ) The effort to impose technical assistance and advice from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights is contrary to the principle that these should be based on consent.

9) The conflation of these with Special Procedures and the requirement of a sovereign government to mandatorily accept such advice is totally contrary to the principle of sovereignty, and has no precedent

10) The lack of specificity as to the budgetary arrangements envisaged by the draft Resolution gives rise to potentially serious concerns about the transparency and accountability of funding sources of OHCHR and Special Procedures in fulfilling the requirements of the resolution. If recourse is had to largely opaque funding sources, developing countries must register their concern about donor driven programmes not subject to scrutiny and monitoring by any inter-governmental body.

11) The resolution subverts the principle of cooperation that has been institutionalized through the UPR procedure. The system of discussion and debate that the UPR has nourished will be undermined by this innovation. In particular, given the pledges made by Sri Lanka at the first UPR cycle, which will be reviewed in a few months, it is gratuitously inappropriate to introduce a fresh mechanism now which anticipates the evaluation due in a few months

12) The justifications advanced for this resolution, which refer to intervention where States have failed, opens the floodgates for subjective assessments in a context of increasingly judgmental indices that are celebrated in the popular media with no reference to objective criteria or the funding sources of such information.

13) Whilst it is claimed that this resolution will promote reconciliation, it will only contribute to polarization in a society that has begun to come together through the various reconciliation initiatives that have commenced.

14) Sri Lanka needs to move forward to a pluralistic society, in which all citizens can live together in harmony, equality, dignity, justice, self-respect and inter-dependent prosperity. In purporting to deal with reconciliation in a manner that satisfies external perspectives rather than those of Sri Lankan citizens, this resolution will only benefit disruptive forces and prevent us from achieving the goals we share

The 14 point note is being widely circulated and read by interested parties in Geneva . It remains to be seen as to whether the vital principles enunciated by Sri Lanka would influence voting patterns in the world of diplomatic “realpolitik” where might is seen as right.

With H-hour drawing close the situation in respect to the voting positions at the UNHRC underwent a swift transformation as the US adopted aggressive lobbying to gain support.

In an unexpected twist, the South Asian Regional power India indicated a change of stance. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said in Parliament that India was inclined to vote in support of the US resolution

This contradicted New Delhi ’s earlier stance of opposing country – specific resolutions at the UNHRC

There are however reports that India is engaged in quiet diplomacy and is trying to get the US to tone down the text of the draft resolution as a condition to vote in support.

The US however is reportedly refusing to water down the resolution further and pressuring India to throw in its lot with the star spangled banner in this regard.

New Delhi is being reluctantly compelled to adopt a supportive stance with regard to the resolution on account of American insistence as well as heightened pressures from the Southern state of Tamil Nadu home to 60 million Tamils

India however continues to play its cards close to its chest and what position it would finally adopt seems unclear yet.

Meanwhile Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe stated that the government was negotiating with the US on the resolution at the UNHRC calling for accountability and reconciliation issues in Sri Lanka and it might not be put to vote this week. The UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe told the UNP parliamentary group meeting in Colombo this , according to party sources.

Wickremesinghe said that the resolution was to be deferred on the strict condition that the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime undertook to speedily implement the LLRCs recommendations which inter alia call for the re-establishment of the independent police, election, public and judicial service commissions required to enforce the rule of law and safeguard human rights.

The government by rejecting all overtures by the UN, had placed the country and its people in the present predicament, Wickremesinghe said, adding that it was good to hear of a change in attitude even at this late stage.

It is against this backdrop that the UNHRC in Geneva will determine the fate of the US sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka

The following is the text of the Draft Resolution–

Draft Resolution tabled by US at UNHRC

Promoting Reconciliation and Accountability in Sri Lanka (3/6/12)
Guided by the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenants on Human Rights, and other relevant instruments,

Reaffirming that States must ensure that any measure taken to combat terrorism complies with their obligations under international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law, as applicable,

Noting the Report of Sri Lanka’s Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) and its findings and recommendations, and acknowledging its possible contribution to Sri Lanka ’s national reconciliation process,

Welcoming the constructive recommendations contained in the LLRC report, including the need to credibly investigate widespread allegations of extra judicial killings and enforced disappearances, de-militarize the north of Sri Lanka, implement impartial land dispute resolution mechanisms, reevaluate detention policies, strengthen formerly independent civil institutions, reach a political settlement involving devolution of power to the provinces, promote and protect the right of freedom of expression for all, and enact rule of law reforms,

Noting with concern that the LLRC report does not adequately address serious allegations of violations of international law,

1. Calls on the Government of Sri Lanka to implement the constructive recommendations in the LLRC report and take all necessary additional steps to fulfill its relevant legal obligations and commitment to initiate credible and independent actions to ensure justice, equity, accountability and reconciliation for all Sri Lankans,

2. Requests that the Government of Sri Lanka present a comprehensive action plan as expeditiously as possible detailing the steps the Government has taken and will take to implement the LLRC recommendations and also to address alleged violations of international law,

3. Encourages the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and relevant special procedures to provide, and the Government of Sri Lanka to accept, advice and technical assistance on implementing those steps and requests the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to present a report to the Council on the provision of such assistance at its twenty-second session.

DBS Jeyaraj can be reached at djeyaraj2005@yahoo.com

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  1. I can understand the position taken by the Rajapaksa regime as nobody likes to be told by outsiders how to conduct their own affairs. This is a human position to take. However the position the regime is defending is an immoral one. It is like a murderer standing in a court and defiantly declaring “I am not guilty”. The position the regime is taking is that they should be allowed to get away with war crimes and be allowed to continue oppressing the Tamils

    The so-called principled position is actually a hardline one. If the regime is taking such a hardline position on such a minimalist and innocuous resolution, what hope do the Tamils have for the future. The Tamils have been saying for a long time that the Sri Lankan state will not change its treatment of the Tamils without outside pressure. The regime’s hardline position on the resolution is more proof of this and should not surprise anyone.

  2. Nirvana attained?

    New thinking in Colombo?

    I doubt it, its just that the chokkas are frightened that if the resolution is passed, its a foot in the door and that means they are in the house and the ICC in The Hague is just down the corridor.

  3. Singh should have waited till today before telling that india is inclined to support the resolution.Yesterday we taught india a good lesson by denying them the asia cup,and allowing our good friends and india’s arch enemy pakistan instead to get the cup,by giving dilshan to bowl instead of continuing with kulasekera who was bowling so well.

  4. I don’t see anything obstructive to the sovereignty of Sri lanka in the above given draft UN resolution that should make the Srilankans suspicious of others motive in bring this resolution at UNHRC. Infact, it would be great if Srilankan Govt. make voluntary international commitment on reconciliation on its own free will at the forum of UN.

  5. Kunanayakam is a brilliant diplomat – along the likes of Lakshman Kadirgamar. She must be protected from extremists who may wish to assassinate her.

  6. Albeit this is a symbolic resolution rather than anything else, the resolution should pass in order to wake up the ruling elite that there may be some serious ones in the future. Obviously India’s support would be needed by both sides for the same symbolic purpose! India especially the congress government is indeed in dilemma due to the stance adopted by the TN parties.
    Being cynical as always about India, my suspicion is that India might vote in favour of the resolution and at the same time may help Sri Lanka to gain support of some other countries. So my guess is that the resolution will fail. Hope I am proven wrong.

  7. The text of the resolution is short and sweet and to the point. Finally this is about post-war justice for victims in Sri Lanka who have been denied justice by the Colombo regime and this should be the reason for a positive outcome.

    All the grand standing about colonialism and claims that the highly militarized Colombo regiem’s is a victim of former colonial powers by Kunanayagam rings hollow in the context of the Rajaapske regime’s militarizaiton, occupation and colonization of the northeast minority regions in Sri Lanka at this time. Their crony capitalists are appropriating land of poor framers and the miltiary disabling livlihood of poor traders. This is the truth of Rajapakse’s victimhood!

    Post-colonial rhetoric is increasingly a fig leaf for perpetrating INTERNAL COLONIALISM and COLONIZATION OF MINORITY REGIONS by barbaric third world dictatorships such as the Rajapakses in Sri Lanka. No one should be fooled by this empty post-colonial rhetoric unleashed by highly militarized post-colonial dictators and their apologists such as Kunanayagam.

  8. Finally the resolution is about post-war justice for victims in Sri Lanka who have been denied justice by the Rqajapakse regime. This local level reason alone should be the reason for a positive outcome. The resolution is not against the people of Lanka but against the Rajapakse regime.

    All the grand standing about colonialism and claims that the highly militarized Colombo regiem’s is a victim of former colonial powers by Kunanayagam rings hollow in the context of the Rajaapske regime’s militarizaiton, occupation and colonization of the northeast minority regions in Sri Lanka at this time. Their crony capitalists are appropriating land of poor framers and the miltiary disabling livlihood of poor traders. This is the truth of Rajapakse’s victimhood!

    Post-colonial rhetoric is increasingly a fig leaf for perpetrating INTERNAL COLONIALISM and COLONIZATION OF MINORITY REGIONS by barbaric third world dictatorships such as the Rajapakses in Sri Lanka. No one should be fooled by this empty post-colonial rhetoric unleashed by highly militarized post-colonial dictators and their apologists such as Kunanayagam.

  9. The Rajapakse regime does not know the meaning of PRINCIPLES and ETHICS! They are a mafia of looters and power hungry demogogues who don’t give a fig leaf for the suffering of the impoverished masses they claim to have liberated – particularly in the northeast!
    By rejecting the resolution rather than working with the US, and claiming that the resolution undermines the government’s currently non-existent reconciliation efforts, it is the Rajapakse regime that is promoting division amongst the various ethno-relgious communities in Lanka at this time, as they beat the drum of patitism to save their own skin. The Colombo Regime by failing to engage in genuine reconcilliation and demilitarization promotes the division of the communities in Sri Lanka.
    Once again the COlombo regime is muddying the waters and putting the cart before the horse by claiming that the resolution is an impediment to recncilliation, when infact, it is the Rajapakse Bros and their military mafia who are the biggest impediment to peace, co-existence and reconciliation in Lanka at this time – now that thanfully the LTTE and Prbakaran is no more!

  10. This will not work atall, if US is trying to do anything in favour to tamils (by-force)sinhalese will feel inferior and thats will only worsen the situation.

  11. This resolution is not going to deliver justice BUT The common people all over this globe will fight for justice and peace. That is the trend. Tamils will get the justice they deserve. lies will vanish and truth will prevail. That is the destiny.

  12. DBS J

    Another good reporting on what has been happening in Geneva. Thanks a lot.

    If I may knit pick on Tamara’s 14 points note, on the whole she is under the direction of Mighty Mahinda trying hard to manœuvre Sri Lanka into a diplomatic corner where Sri Lanka would be boxed and get punched diplomatically. I welcome her diplomatic maneuver.

    Point

    1. “taking on the character of a tribunal that will exceed its mandate.”

    If Sri Lanka doesn’t full fill its international obligation let the tribunal do it for them. It is good for the country, good for the people and good for the world.

    2. “This undermines a decision taken by the Council in 2009, and is doubly intrusive because there has only been change for the better since that decision.”

    We can put up with double jeopardy.

    3. Sri Lanka has never addressed its past war crimes which began in 1971. This would be an enforced opportunity for Sri Lanka to take stock of its business as usual attitude regarding war crimes and crime against humanity. Hopefully this leads to complete review of how the state deals with its people. The might even prevent next round of slaughter in the South. Sinhalese should be thankful to the Tamils who sacrificed their lives in order to prevent future war crimes.

    4. Lets set a precedent in the UN.

    5. Sri Lanka had laws on books but never took any principle positions on domestic or international affairs. Therefore why bring principle positions now? Sri Lankan attitude to rule of law is laughable, and the state does not need UN to undermine its own laws, it has already done it splendidly on its own. Since 1971 how many war criminals have been brought to justice? Only two, although commissions after commissions have named the alleged war criminals, politicians, member of armed forces, paramilitary and police personnel none of them have been charged.

    6. LLRC was never set up to investigate war crimes in the first place. It conclusions were to blame the tiger and it never named names. LLRC report is a cooked up document, with limited brief, without witness protection, ….. nevertheless a state document, which has been the evidence of state’s good intentions and good faith. Now why suddenly Tamara is complaining about placing the document for discussion?

    7.LLRC was never meant to investigate war crimes and crime against humanity in fact its brief and report was aimed at absolving Sri Lanka from all charges.

    8. To begin with Sri Lanka never acknowledged civilians were being killed in the war,but it blamed the UN for reporting 7,000 war death. State shifted its principle position from no death to 5,000 (Rajiva’s figure) to 8,000. The figures improve in proportion to Diplomatic pressure from outside. There is more scope for improvement if UN is allowed to help the state to “investigate” its own crime.

    9.Come on what sovereignty?

    10. Why is this relevant?

    11. “The resolution subverts the principle of cooperation”

    The state always used members of international community’s cooperation to kill its own people irrespective of race, religion and region. This is the pay back time or is it?

    12. “objective criteria or the funding sources of such information”.

    Sri Lanka has nothing to worry if it has nothing to hide. Lets see if we can appoint Mervyn Silva to head newly created watchdog of international media.

    13. “it will only contribute to polarization”

    How and why?

    14. “all citizens can live together in harmony, equality, dignity, justice, self-respect and inter-dependent prosperity”

    Did she mean what she said above?

    All these diplomatic manœuvres remind me of “Inspector Clouseau” who rather than solving the problem always caused more problem and ended up incriminating himself.

    DBS J knows what I meant by Inspector Clouseau.

    Peter Sellers and the Pink Panther.Feel like watching them again……..DBSJ

  13. Whatever happens, Sri Lanka should not back down. Most likely Sri Lanka will be defeated, but it is naive to think that Tamils are going to win. There will be no winners from our region. Only an ignorant fool would believe that America is serious about human rights in our country or anywhere outside USA.

    So if India supports USA, so be it. India can cement its place as a deputy sheriff of USA and forget about becoming a regional leader. Sri Lanka will survive (in the long run) with or without India’s support.

  14. In the good old days, Uncle Sam would have prevailed, at a cocktail party in Colombo 7,after a few rounds of Duty Free Whisky, brought in with the Diplomatic cargo.

    Now the things look different, according to this article.

    No Cocktails even in Geneva and the President’s directives are very clear.

    Yet the Leader of the Cocktail set, and the part leader of the Opposition comes up with a ridiculous statement to undermine the Govt and gives his US buddies a free kick.

    How pathetic is this man when it comes to protecting the Sovreignty, Independence and Dignity of the Nation?.

    Tamilnadu is the state whose leader demanded the Indian PM to impose trade sanctions and, urged the Naduans to boycott Srilankan goods.

    No record of the outcome of that demand.

    Would her new demand to the PM to bow down to the US prevail?.

    Highly unlikely , considering the comment of the Indian PM that the US is the main financier of the NGOs there , who are whipping up human rights to destabilize the country.

  15. Principled Lobbying for Unprincipled Governance.

    I’m sure the international community will see through this so called Principled Position of Srilanka. The crux of the matter is Srilanka internationalized the internal conflict by numerous methods and ways since independence of the country from British rule. The showdown at the UNHRC is the extrapolation of that. Also the country, the international community, NGOs and other lobby groups realize the root causes that has necessitated such a resolution are as follows.

    1.) The country has descended into anarchy and autocratic rule.
    2.) The rule of law does not apply in the country and the whole country’s political structure is manned by thugs
    and drug runners.
    3.) Corruption has reached a level where factors of production costs are threatening Foreign Direct Investment.
    4.) Businesses are being appropriated due to political reasons and laws are enacted for same.
    5.) The people who have been affected by the war beg rehabilitation like shelter, security counseling, medical care, provisions for livelihood

  16. I appreciate the determination shown by President Rajapakse and his unwavering stand on this Geneva issue. Any other leaders of Sri Lanka would have caved in to the pressure of the ‘mighty’ US. Even (the mighty?) India has proved it is susceptible to western pressures irrespective of the serious consequences not only India, but also the other South Asian countries might have to face in the future because of this sinister move by the western powers on the pretext of human rights.

    I hope and pray that Sri Lanka would be able to overcome this hurdle and walk free towards a better future embracing the three main communities living in Sri Lanka. If it couldn’t be done by president Rajapakse, then no other present leaders would be able to do it.

  17. Principled Lobbying for Unprincipled Governance.

    I’m sure the international community will see through this so called Principled Position of Srilanka. The crux of the matter is Srilanka internationalized the internal conflict by numerous methods and ways since independence of the country from British rule. The showdown at the UNHRC is the extrapolation of that. Also the country, the international community, NGOs and other lobby groups realize the root causes that has necessitated such a resolution are as follows.

    1.) The country has descended into anarchy and autocratic rule.
    2.) The rule of law does not apply in the country and the whole country’s political structure is manned by thugs
    and drug runners.
    3.) Corruption has reached a level where factors of production costs are threatening Foreign Direct Investment.
    4.) Businesses are being appropriated due to political reasons and laws are enacted for same.
    5.) The people who have been affected by the war beg rehabilitation like shelter, security, counseling, medical care, provisions for livelihood etc.
    6.) Military Subjugation of a section of the country must be ended and civilian governance must be established in the North and East of the country.
    7.) Successive governments have always reneged on the agreements and pacts made to address the National Question. The difference this time around is the present government has done the same at the national and international level.
    8.) Accountability and War Crimes did take place not only during the final stages of the war but throughout the conduct of the conflict. This issue will not go away until a genuine process is established and issues dealt with.
    9.) Victims of the war need justice. Justice not only should be served but also should be seemed to have been served.
    10.) Press Freedom has to be re-established in the country. The abductions, extra judicial killings that take place must stop.

    Can this government deliver the above given its record? It may lobby and hide behind the skirts of some countries who are the worst perpetrators of such crimes. The house can only be put to order with outside help. The outside world whose help was sought to fight this brutal war especially the last stages of the war.

    It is time to face the music.

  18. I like Dinuk’s paragraphs, perhaps most of these posts are written by a couple of tamlis in the west sitting in internet cafes writing the same old stuff with different names in order to stay sponsored to live wherever they are!

  19. Just a thought of what happened in the past. Whatever happens at UNHRC should be accepted. Even if we lose we will win at the end and vise verse may be true.

    I’m copying and pasting from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_San_Francisco#Ceylon.27s_Defence_of_Japan

    ‘Ceylon’s Defence of Japan
    A major player in providing support for a post-war free Japan was the delegation from Ceylon (now known as Sri Lanka). While many were reluctant to allow a free Japan capable of aggressive action and insisted that the terms of surrender should be rigidly enforced in an attempt to break the spirit of the Japanese nation, the Ceylonese Finance Minister J.R. Jayawardene spoke in defence for a free Japan and informed the conference of Ceylon’s refusal to accept the payment of reparations that would harm Japan’s economy.

    we believe in the words of the Great Teacher [Buddha] whose message has ennobled the lives of countless millions in Asia, that ‘hatred ceases not by hatred but by love’.” He ended the same speech by saying “This treaty is as magnanimous as it is just to a defeated foe. We extend to Japan the hand of friendship and trust that with the closing of this chapter in the history of man, the last page of which we write today, and with the beginning of the new one, the first page of which we dictate tomorrow, her people and ours may march together to enjoy the full dignity of human life in peace and prosperity”.
    Minister Jayewardene’s speech was received with resounding applause. Afterwards newspapers such as the New York Times stated “The voice of free Asia eloquent, melancholy and strong with the tilt of an Oxford accent dominated the Conference. The ablest Asian spokesman at the Conference was Ceylon’s Finance Minister J. R. Jayewardene”.

  20. When J.R. and his UNP was in power, they created a communal riot in 1983. Not a single criminal was prosecuted. News Papers of the opposition were closed down. Our Human Rights Champions never open their mouths about the atrocities of the UNP.The worse is the TAMILS now become partners with the same criminal UNP.

    LLRC is a project of the current government and nothing to do with any International organs. The question is why USA take the LLRC report? Does the USA expect the LLRC report to be thrown out in the garbage?

    What is the purpose of the USA by hijacking the LLRC Report? Indirectly USA creates “apathy” towards the LLRC Report or any reconciliation.

    Ms. Tamara Kunanayakam, Amabassodor of Sri Lanka at Geneva, is clear and tell the intentions of others.

    The UNHRC lost its credibility by reading the LTTE propaganda statements in 2009. Then how this USA ask SL to get “advice” from the same UNHRC?

    Indian vote against Sri Lanka will lead to a permanant stagnation of any reconciliation. USA and their allies the UNP, TNA too want the same. Conflict must be present always. Then only “third” parties can interfere!

  21. There is the following proverb in Tamil that describes the principled position of GOSL:

    Kedu madhi Sol kelaadhu. (wicked perception does not listen to counseling)

  22. Raja
    I told you son 3 years ago that Srilanka can not escape from WAR crimes
    It is not an internal matter any more even the entire Srilankans both Thamils and Sinhalase object international intervention
    Total civilians killed in Lanka is much much higher than total no killed in Syria , Libya, Egypt and Tunnisia
    There is no escape from war crimes. Period

    I was wrong on BJP. I thought BJP support Lankan Thamils . I was wrong on that
    I am shocked they are against international intervention . I am disappointed

    Rajapakshe should get ready to adjust life style in Hague where he has many friends from Libya , Senegal Somalia and Rwanda who are waiting for Lankan Kings arrival

  23. I wonder What moral authority US or western europen have? you are the worste human right abusers the mankind ever seen.

  24. Mr David
    You are not talking about the barbaric LTTE acts. The killing of Prabakaran & co is the best thing happen to Sri Lanka . 20 Million people will back this regieme. Even tamil community in North. You can visit North and can see the farming and development taking place.

  25. Gnanam Selvaratnam: Ummm. No. That’s David and David. In your rush to reduce Tamils, you fail to read/understand carefully. You are a good metaphor for SL Govt.

  26. GOSL CLAIMING EXCLUSIVE INTERNAL AFFAIR, THEN MEDDLING ABOUT IN HAITI

    Happy to recieve payment from UN / US also, that no prob

    white van abduction yet the norm, defence expediture getinh higher and higher, people are shot, poor mans fuel is robbed, minorities abused.
    No this is not the stuff of tiger, but now GOSL.

    India as our local super-power is concerned about its back waters, also Tamils in India and SL

    India has learned a thing or two about bluff from MR

    Our ancestors are after all from India no,……even language, religion……….

    Millions of people suffering from kerosine theft, etc. and Wimal has developed a self-pity

    Failing to realize, not just the above, but his boss is the local American

    As the people were taken for a ride and the forces were exemplary at most part, only the liars and thieves at the top of GOSL should be effected.

    More effective than resolution that might insult the ordinary citizen (and too much of that by our white-van abducting kerosine thieves and Ipad lovin, US hatin Don Juan beards) is to file charges on these Americans that are ruling the country

    And since these love foreign stuff, aid and loans only because of the country, nothin else, that why, so give it in parts with prgress on the rights of the citizen and the entitlement of the minorities.

    The problem is the Paksas have bluffed India and the West so much that they may not buy that stuff.

    Ipad (designer cars, top security) are luxuries even in the west that a few politicians have. This Wimal can go to the village, then comes up with this stuff about why the western tractor and not the local bull, he will be thrown out, so now we have to put up with this idiot, but as a country marching forward in this Global village we should not

  27. Good buy? in the future no more call India will be more many different states new name may be US-Indiana.

  28. If I may paraphrase Samuel Johnson, “National Sovereignty is the last refuge of the scoundrel”. My position and that of many others is that Human Rights should transcend national sovereignty. Why should persons who don’t care two hoots about human rights, good governance and the rule of law become hysterical about a mild infringement of national sovereignty?

  29. The position Rajapakse regime taking is a win-win kind of a position. If they win, they can claim that they defeated mighty US but if they lose, they can claim that this solution was forced upon Sri Lanka. They still can implementing most of the steps in LLRC while escaping the wrath of nationalists. It is win-win for regime and honestly I believe secretly they are hoping that they lose so that they can implement the recommendations and get that monkey off their back.

  30. No country will a slightest self respect will accept outside interference in its affairs. A resolution asking that the government to implement the LLRC recommendations is reasonable enough, but to say that GOSL should report to UNCHR with plans to do so and report on progress is absurd and is designed to humiliate the country. The initiators of this resolution are the biggest human rights abusers of the world during last few decades and they do not have the moral authority to dictate anything to anyone.

    The crowd that asks how high when a Western Power says jump will be wailing that the country is not listening to their colonial masters but I think majority of the population will support the government in its stance.

    Unfortunately, the more pressing issues of economy and cost of living, on which this government can be pressured, and on which the opposition to find some support among the general electorate is again being pushed aside. I am sure that the government will lay the blame for this resolution at UNPs and TNAs feet and it is very likely the general population will buy that argument.

  31. Gnanam Selvaratnam

    You are rest assured I am not sitting in an internet cafe to get my comment out to DBS J. Rather I am sitting on a tree top deep inside the jungle, awaiting for the right wind to carry my messages to this website.

    It is a hard work yet I think its well worth it.

    You say:

    “different names in order to stay sponsored to live wherever they are!”

    Could you let me know how this life style work.

  32. Wow, two people wrote the same to the letter. I wonder how that happened? You would definitely find the same two paras in some other blogs. That is what they do to influence the opinions of unsuspecting readers. What an outfit.

  33. Ganapathy Moorthy says:

    “If it couldn’t be done by president Rajapakse, then no other present leaders would be able to do it”.

    If I am not mistaken I had heard this worn out message before not once but many times. Didn’t the Colombo Tamils say the same thing about Sri Mao, JR, Premadasa, Chandrika,…….

    They haven’t learned anything at all in the past 64 years. Tamils are stupid people just like their Sinhala brethren.

  34. I welcome this resolution by the US.

    There is nothing bad in this resolution except making the GOSL to commit itself to it’s own LLRC panel recommendations.

    I had faith in Mahinda and Gota earlier, but realized now, that they are only looking after themselves and their families and not the country or it’s inhabitants. My opinion is that, Gota is the major impediment for any constructive solution to the ethnic problem. GOSL has become merely a one family controlled entity now.

    We had golden opportunity to reconcile once and all after the defeat of LTTE and what have we achieved constructively beside the numerous constructions of military cantonments and “High Security Zones” in the North and the East.

    It’s high time the external parties tighten the knot on the GOSL and commit it to implement it’s own LLRC’s recommendations under the supervision of the UN.

  35. The vote that may be taken at the UNHRC within the next couple of days will be a watershed event and set a precedent that would become a “weapon of mass destruction ” against the countries & peoples that are governed by regimes that “seem” to be unfavourable for interests of the US & it partners. Sri Lanka must fight and must fight to the the end. And it must continue this fight both within the UNHRC as well as the UNGA forming blocs and alliances with like minded countries for this resolution is not an end but a begining – a begining to a rather sordid journey being initiated by the backers of the resolution against a people – dragging it even towards a modern day Libiya. The fight will have to continue whether we win or lose, more vigour if we lose. Sri Lanka has started well and have laid a good foundation for this fight by taking an uncomprimising principled stand. You are either with us or against us!

    The role of India is of special significance. India , once looked upon by the rest of the developing world being the world largest democracy as a potential leader (after Russia & China)for the whole of the third world , seems to be at a lost. India has gone through significant changes over the last so many years. By succumbing to the US pressure – yes , there is domestic pressure as well but that is not something that Centre cannot overcome as we have seeen in the past, even in the very recent past – right in its backyard it has demonstrated to its neighbours that India is not able to chart a policy towards her neighbours independant of the US, rather sad situation for a UN Security Council aspirant.

    The message that is given by India to the strategic communities of her neigbours if she votes with the US is loud and clear – the neighbours must look beyond India to safeguard their interest and India cannot be relied upon when the going gets tough.

    And in turn, it also shows those who are applying pressure on India the kind of results that can be achieved by applying the right amount of pressure – and this open up the door to many possibilities – possibilities that could change this neighbourhood in many significant ways but not neccessarily for the good of the inhabitants of the neighbourhood.

    India paid dearly for arming terrorists once. Is she about to commit a similar mistakes – this time by arming the ‘human rights crusaders” ?

  36. Mr. Gnanam Selvaratnam
    Reference to your observation that Dinuk is tamil it is no different to you and Mr. Ganapathy Moorthy masquerading as someone from dravidian stock.

    May I ask in which internet cafe are you sitting and in whose payroll you are ???

  37. Dushy Ranetunge says:

    “I doubt it, its just that the chokkas are frightened that if the resolution is passed, its a foot in the door and that means they are in the house and the ICC in The Hague is just down the corridor.”

    I beg to differ.

    We do not know what exactly going to be in the resolution.

    The purpose of the drama played in parts in the international arena is not to bring MR into line but to exonerate Sri Lanka from all war crimes and crime against humanity. This process will go on for next few years until the Diaspora exhausted and grown tired of the whole war crime issue. The script for each episode is well crafted with international writers, would run for another few years.

    The war crime charges would be buried deep inside Mullivaaikkal for the sole reason that India has been the active partner in war crimes and crime against humanity.

    Indian involvement in selecting, training, arming Tamils to destabilise Sri Lanka. India also selected the targets for LTTE and other groups, where and when to attack. Attacks such as at Anuradhapura by LTTE and on Chavakacheri police station by TELO are two strategic events changed the course of war. LTTE and TELO were guided by India to chose these two targets early on in the conflict. In one of the attacks members of Indian agencies were present according to sources close to action.

    Secondly the unfinished business of investigation into IPKF war crimes.

    Thirdly the extent of Indian involvement in the war preparation and actual war since 2005/6.

    If anything the foot should be in New Delhi investigating destabilisation of Sri Lanka, War crime by IPKF and India’s collusion in war crimes. It was a joint enterprise aiding and abetting Sri Lankan war criminals.

    Once a credible investigation starts in Sri Lanka that investigation will want to look at Indian role in the whole affair since 1982.

    This will set a precedent. India does not want its own human rights violation investigated, for it is the second biggest violator on its own soil.

    Therefore I doubt the sequel would be anything but war crime investigation.

    The demand for war crime and crime against humanity is a non starter in other words dead on arrival.

    Stupid Sri Lankans always work for the strategic interest of other countries .

    When will they work for themselves?

  38. “In the good old days, Uncle Sam would have prevailed, at a cocktail party in Colombo 7,after a few rounds of Duty Free Whisky, brought in with the Diplomatic cargo”.

    I can see your point after reading all those Wikileaks disclosures.

    You say:

    “Would her new demand to the PM to bow down to the US prevail?.”

    You have a selected and short memory.

    There was a thirty year war which was brought to conclusion by international collusion. JR’s comment “gonna and her calf” bled the country for thirty years. VP’s revenge attack on Rajiv exposed myth surrounding national leader and he ended up in his underwear. India made leaders out of criminals and criminals out of leaders.

    Indian money and VP’s guns helped to elect your president. Well what more you want to know?

  39. 13) Whilst it is claimed that this resolution will promote reconciliation, it will only contribute to polarization in a society that has begun to come together through the various reconciliation initiatives that have commenced
    Madam you are absolutely correct and spot on.

    It is crystal clear for the majority Lankans that the real purpose is to seek revenge and to secure strategic geo political advantage. The real losers would be the minorities again, as it will harden the extremist elements further and would polarize the majority against the minority. The late Mr Thondaman was a strategic player and used his vote base to win many rights to his people, though he never betrayed the country. The minorities must fight for its rights no doubt, but not by going against the majority and to do so would mean political hara-kiri.

    On what basis could anyone seriously think of a regime change when the majority of the Sri Lankans love their leadership? The detractors (The white masters, their supportive bandwagon of NGO, activists, and the defeated LTTE elements, the local bootlickers from the Colombo) seem to think that a resolution could force Sri Lankans to reconcile with its minorities. How naive one could be?

    The Arab spring (Where the leaders were unpopular)/face book/twitter type revolutions cannot work in Sri Lanka as essentially it’s the rural Sri Lankans who call the shots when elections are around and they know the agenda of the West. The present regime enjoys unprecedented electoral success, even though there are issues like abductions, corruption etc, which doesn’t really affect the ordinary people to have a major impact on their political affiliations and choices as they are grateful for bringing peace to the country after 30 years of bloodshed at the hands of the LTTE, who abused human rights of all communities.

    The leaders of Sri Lanka should rightfully apologize to the minorities for the collateral damage incurred in saving them from the LTTE terrorists. This is what the US and EU, UK did when civilians were perished as far as few weeks ago. The recommendations of the LLRC should be given serious thought and be implemented along with investigations of specific incidence of violations by in a timely manner by an independent domestic mechanism and guilty need to be punished no doubt, whether they are Singhalese , Muslims or even LTTE elements who stay outside Sri Lanka . Yes there was no UN call for independent investigations or accountability, reconciliations in Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, Pakistan etc and there is no reason why it should be different in case of Sri Lanka either, other than one’s hidden political agenda and the use of UN as a vehicle to achieve it. The selective application of double standards will be rejected and defeated. This is the principle stand and resolve of moderate Lankan people.

  40. we are even scared of commenting against the rulers of lanka on this page,….
    We love our nation and all nationals live there.. but what’s wrong with this resolution.. it’s fine.. we don’t need US to tell us.. if we are genuine and intelligent we could have started this year ago or even early..
    at last this government is liars… criminals… drug dealers.. a shame for our nation..
    they keep all lankans out of the global knowledge and access to make sure they rule as much as they want !
    PEOPLE OF SRI LANKA MUST UNDERSTAND THESE BASICS
    GOD BLESS SRI LANKA !

  41. Reputed Human Rights organizations and civil society representatives???? how Reputed can these groups be as almost all of them dont like to be transperant in its funding.. Imagine that calling other nations mainly non-wester to be transparent.. yet when it comes to them their very seacretive.. My god we know more about the CIA than these Reputed organizations.. Not just Sri Lanka.. but these Reputed organizations have been used as s political tool to punish those nations that go against the Western Block which is the club similar to that of 100 years ago called the Berlin Conference.. Where all the westerners Carved up Africa in the name of civilising the savages.. Today the civilising is has been treated to Human Rights but the savages still remain in their eyes. Reputed Human Rights organizations and civil society representatives???? A joke.

  42. “It does not matter even if we lose but we must go down fighting”, – sounds all too familiar!

  43. Sovereignty – I think this is bollocks
    Today the world is a global village and everyone can creep into everyone else’s back passages and check how much it stinks.
    The leadership of a nation / country is so sacred and it should be maintained sacredly. If leaders fail to meet sacred duty then I think USA (honorary global policeman) should intervene. It’s a shame that USA has to tell us how bad we are in managing our affairs and what a bunch of retards we are (we are retards and that’s the truth).
    No one likes the terrorists but we shouldn’t napalm people to get rid of the rats and cockroaches. I personally believe that Tamil people need some answers and reconciliation. Prabakaran et al (too long to list his supporters) have died without answering; how can he, now he is dead. People who are alive in Colombo now it’s their time to enter the MASTERMIND to excel.

    Sri Lankans could have done the USA style court martialling of all the chaps who are involved in war crimes, as mentally unstable post traumatic patients OR if they want to keep their head high (i.e. I am clean and I am not going to go down OR I am too proud and I don’t care) they need a good rectal examination to check their piles, clear their constipation and for a milking of their prostrates
    I like the Sri Lankan cricket team, I feel quite happy when they win, and it is a bit disheartening when they lose but today it is Bangladesh’s day and I think they need an opportunity to play a final and their people need a sparkle in their eye too.
    Woe on to the idiots who are talking about losing the match to the Bangladesh team because they spite India. How can India help when you abduct, kill, murder, rape, kill, murder, abduct X10 times and keep every institution in the country under the political claws. I am with the USA on having independent institutions but (I have stopped using Microsoft, GMAIL, actually I am going to smash this Apple Computer on the floor, faster than it landed on Isaac Newton’s head after I have typed this message, I have already thrown my new iPad in the bin. LOL but wait these US products are assembled in China and many other poor countries, should I stop and starve these people. **** I think you should go and starve in front of the Indian embassy.
    This is getting too long and windy, I’ll stop

  44. Against a Resolution that calls for:

    … the Government of Sri Lanka to fulfill its commitment to initiate credible and independent actions to ensure justice, equity, accountability and reconciliation for all Sri Lankans,

    … the Government of Sri Lanka to present a comprehensive action plan detailing the steps the Government will take to implement the LLRC recommendations,

    Where is the truth in Tamara Kunanayakam’s position, principled or otherwise, that:

    … it will only contribute to polarization in a society that has begun to come together

  45. Gnanam Selvartanam needs an enlightenment on digital revolution…’Internet Cafes’ nowhere here. Better used the term ‘Apple’ or any other Tablet based computing on the go, this is what’s current.

  46. Common sense tells that item three of the resolution insults Sri Lankans by appointing Navi Pillai to oversee the process. Even if SriLanka lose this vote because ‘American might is always right’, every vote cast against the resolution is also a vote against Indian’s double game.

  47. I have to be a TAMIL and lived in that environment to understand the troubles that Tamils faced from Sinhalese. I have to be a SINHALA and lived in that environment to understand the troubles that Sinhala people faced from Tamils. I have to be an Muslim, Palastine, Israel, BinLaden to understand their problems. Those UN, AI, Europe, etc will never understand these problems.

  48. This is a good move,we hope as Srilankans this despotic regim which took away the democratic rights of the people of this country could be tamed at least by this.There is no law of this country.Every institution such as judiciary,poolice is controlled by the family of this despot.So this is the only hope to bring pressure to this corrupt regime.

  49. “It does not matter even if we lose but we must go down fighting”

    Isn’t that what VP said too? What more proof do you need that VP and MR are two sides of the same coin, violent Sinhala nationalism vs violent Tamil nationalism.

  50. The LTTE, JVP all gone but the Tamils need credible pwoer sharing to live as equal citizens in budhist dominated sinhala south.International pressure is the only option the Tamils have and thank you Mother India

  51. “Lanka adopts an intransigent position as D-Day draws near at UNHRC in Geneva” perhaps is a more apt title for this piece.

    Whether the sponsors win or lose, the Sri Lanka government has been warned in no uncertain terms: to shape-up or face sever consequences. It is quite unlikely that the China card would any longer be effective, against the entire democratic world: US + EU + India + Canada + Doen Under + many others. The government better get real!

  52. To understand the nature of twist and turns and to appreciate the implications of Convergence vs Divergence in the present context, the following article dated 4th June 2010 by DBSJ titled –The Intermestic Tamil Issue in Indo-Lanka Relations – would be helpful.

    http://dbsjeyaraj.com/dbsj/archives/1454

  53. I liked the determination shown by President Rajapakse and his unwavering stand on the Geneva issue.
    If MR couldn’t resolve Tamils issues, then no other presidents would be able to do it. Simple reason being, MR has the guts, power, experience, knowledge and the support from sinhala extremists.
    None of the previous SL presidents has ever had the support from people of all walks of life.

    However, I sincerely hope those whom committed atrocities on the innocent people will be brought to justice and punished before the end of President Rajapakse’s term.

  54. Dear DBS,

    The Present parliament consists of Thugs and uneducated Fools except people like GL Peris.What do they understand ? Most of them won’t even know what is going on in Geneva.They only know there is something against their Master…….

    The God Almighty Knows when and how to punish the criminals.He has now taken the sword to his hand even USA cannot stop it.Wait and see how the so called Dutaguymunu and his family members are going to suffer in the hell fire! Even China cannot fan the flame away. The cry of innocent children in Mullivykal will brake the power!

    Amen

  55. DBS J

    After the voting in Geneva (24,15,8) how do you rate the performances of Inspector Clouseau and his/her sidekick Kato Fong and Official sidekick Sergeant Deux-Deux?

    However this is a sad day for Sri Lanka not because Sri Lanka lost the resolution but because of its leader’s arrogance and stupidity (stupidity because he is a Sinhalese)the country is being humiliated periodically by the international community.

    MR is the mirror image of VP. We know where VP ended up with his arrogance, brutality and stupidity (he was a stupid Tamil). Much praised VP’s diplomacy did not help him at all though he was given a way out by Minister Chidamparam. Similarly much praised MR’s Chanakkya (diplomacy) will not work. The majority Sinhalese must realise MR is no longer an asset for them but a severe burden for them to carry him on their back in the future. Tamils failed to get rid of VP and ended paying the costs. I don’t think Sinhalese will ask him to vacate his job as they are not clever enough to see parallels between VP and MR. The stupid Sinhalese might chose to rally around and prop up him as did the LTTE supporting Diaspora.

    The resolution itself does not demand much but it will be used as an invitation to gate crash South Asian countries.

    Much valued friendship with China and Russia could not stop the resolution being passed by the Council. Indeed did they want to stop it at all? China and Russia abstained during the crucial vote against Libya. What is the guarantee that they may not repeat the success by sitting on the fence? Diplomacy is governed by their interest in other countries.

    When push comes to shove Sri Lanka has a guardian angel in India.

  56. In my interpretation, the principled positions in the 14 point list looks like a very amateur rearguard action. They have taken too many positions already to come up with the principled list in the end when all other avenues failed.

    This is simply the US being fed up of the double standards of the present Sri Lankan government in never doing what they say they will. Then they are posturing and pretending to be the agrieved party in this global geopolitical game, which is all that is and they do not like to be slighted. For example when GL was asked to come to DC for consultations with the US Secretary of State he refused, and once it looked like we were going to lose this resolution he decided on a U turn. No one likes this sort of treatment, especially one like SL trying to through their non existent might.

    Remember this has nothing to do with the Sri Lankan people and all to do with the instransigence of the SL govt. of MR and family.

    SO there is no need to panic as MR has been shown up yet again, and we must castigate him for putting the name of this country to shame by petty heroics and histrionics all of which could have been avoided, if the properly trained diplomats were allowed total freedom to handle this matter at the UN level without sending a bunch of amateurs to fight our case.

  57. Yippeee……. I have been proven wrong, One big change in India’s complexion…
    ….Commenting after the resolution voting.

  58. Its done. For the resolution 24 against 15 abstain 8. India is the only country from Asia to vote against SL.

    SO now lets wait and see how things will move forward/ will it be bacwards??

  59. This Resolution is wrong in content and against the UN and UNHRC charter and its spirit. Thats why Sri Lanka was Against it. Sri Lanka like any other country did not like to be treated selectively. A dark day in the UN history where might became right and there are still monkeys jump when commanded. Now that the resolution is passed celebrations can begin. The US staked its very status against Sri Lanka after their lap dogs failed the last couple of times. Some jokers are already waiting at the ICC’s door steps waiting for Rajapakses to be draged down the corridor.They can wait till the kingdom come, while keep on seeing the happy dream that Rajapakses and the chokkas running scared and looking for hiding places. What a laugh! What this resolution really did was to bring the Indian government to its knees infront of tamil nadu. As for intervention in Sri Lanka lets wait and see.

  60. 24-1( India suppose to abstain) = 15 + 8,

    So if India abstained, and those abstained voted against, the resolution wouldn’t have passed.

    on the other hand, if India voted against and some how Srilanka persuade those abstained to vote against, then the resolution would have defeated.

    turned out, India was the king maker ?

    Now that there are resolution in the HRC not matter what it states, Srilanka has been mortgaged to international brokers ( the gates are open for any dog to come and go under ” supervision” process

  61. NAM says:

    “This Resolution is wrong in content and against the UN and UNHRC charter and its spirit. Thats why Sri Lanka was Against it”.

    Could you clarify why it is wrong in content and against the UN and UNHCR charter and its spirit?

    So it was a principled position. Good. Could you also list Sri Lanka’s other principled positions apart from killing its own innocent civilians.

    You say like LTTE supporting Diaspora:

    “What this resolution really did was to bring the Indian government to its knees infront of tamil nadu”

    Did it really do that? If so why did not Tamilnadu brink Indian goverment to its knees in front of them during the war?

    Please educate me.

  62. NAK says:

    “This Resolution is wrong in content and against the UN and UNHRC charter and its spirit. Thats why Sri Lanka was Against it”.

    Could you clarify why it is wrong in content and against the UN and UNHCR charter and its spirit?

    So it was a principled position. Good. Could you also list Sri Lanka’s other principled positions apart from killing its own innocent civilians.

    You say like LTTE supporting Diaspora:

    “What this resolution really did was to bring the Indian government to its knees infront of tamil nadu”

    Did it really do that? If so why did not Tamilnadu brink Indian goverment to its knees in front of them during the war?

    Please educate me.

  63. [“It does not matter even if we lose but we must go down fighting” the President has reportedly stated.]

    PROBABLY WHAT PRABHA ALSO MUST HAVE SAID WHEN HE TOOK ON INDIA IN 1988.

    [The US has been applying intensified pressure on members of the UNHRC in this regard.]

    US PRESSURE DID NOT WORK WITH THE ASIAN COUNTRIES.

    INDONESIA,PHILIPINES,BANGLADESH,SAUDI ARABIA AND QATAR,ALL VOTED FOR SRILANKA.AMAZING THAT THE US IS LOSING ITS CLOUT IN ASIA INCLUDING THE ALL IMPORTANT MIDDLE EAST.TINY SRILANKA HAS SHOWN THE WORLD HOW THE US INFLUENCE HAS DIMINISHED IN ASIA.EVEN INDIA VOTING WAS BECAUSE OF TAMILNADU, AND CONGRESS POSSIBLY HAVING TO FACE A ELECTION IF KARUNANITHI WITHDRAWS HIS MP’S.

    [The 14 point note is being widely circulated and read by interested parties in Geneva .]

    GOOD JOB BY SRILANKA.14 POINTS THAT ARE FOOD FOR THOUGHT FOR THE OTHER COUNTRIES.THIS IS THE WAY TO CONDUCT AFFAIRS WITHOUT THE USUAL HOT AIR AND INSULTS FROM THE PARLIAMENTARIANS BACK HOME.

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