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Ambassador Tamara Kunanayakam

By Ayesha Zuhair

In an e-mail interview with Ayesha Zuhair of the Daily Mirror, Ambassador Tamara Kunanayakam,Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva, discusses the US-backed resolution against Sri Lanka which was adopted at the 19th session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) and the challenges ahead.

QUESTION:

A crucial report on Sri Lanka was presented last week to the US Congress by Stephen J. Rapp, Ambassador-at-Large in the Office of Global Criminal Justice at the US State Department, which emphasised the need to investigate accountability issues in Sri Lanka.

Although reconciliation was the main premise on which the resolution at the UN HRC was presented, it appears that greater priority is now being accorded to the issue of accountability. How do you view the key thrust of the report – that an independent mechanism should be established to investigate the “credible allegations which the LLRC failed to address”? Don’t you think that the Sri Lankan government should take this report seriously?

ANSWER:

Opinions of critics must be taken seriously! Ambassador Rapp’s report cannot be divorced from the US resolution voted by the Council, nor from the Darusman report. All three have one thing in common – US authorship. Let us recall that Steven Ratner, who began his career with the US State Department’s Office of the Legal Adviser, was an influential member of the Darusman Panel. When serving as member of the Panel, he also served on the State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Law

Let’s take a closer look at the three documents. They all say one and the same thing: the LLRC has failed to address the issue of accountability, without which, they say, there can be no reconciliation. Of course, they didn’t say this about the totalitarian regimes in Latin America or South Africa’s apartheid regime. Then, they argued accountability would hinder reconciliation. Bishop Tutu’s guiding principle was there can be no future without forgiveness. So was Latin America’s reconciliation process after decades of US-backed military juntas.

Dismissing the LLRC report will leave us with the Darusman report and its recommendations, so goes the logic. The reference in the Council resolution to the LLRC report functions as a feint in military strategy. If you take out all the references, what remains looks very much like the recommendation in the Rapp report or Recommendation 1 (A) of the Darusman report. They all call for the establishment of an independent, credible, and effective domestic process or mechanism to investigate into the alleged violations of international humanitarian and human rights law. The Darusman and Rapp reports provide details of the allegations to be investigated.

Remember the Rapp report bases itself on allegations in the Darusman report. So, to justify establishment of an international investigation mechanism, the US will have to (a) have the Darusman Report recognized as an official UN document, and (b) demonstrate that domestic efforts at accountability have failed.

The US is not taking chances. Navi Pillay – we all know from where she derives her power – will do what the Darusman Panel couldn’t do, that is, conduct, or pretend to conduct, investigations on the ground. She has already said that her proposed visit to Sri Lanka must be preceded by a senior team from her Office to identify the gaps in the LLRC report, so that she can decide on the type of advice and assistance it can offer. Her statement to the Council that the LLRC report fell short of the accountability process recommended by the Secretary-General’s Panel was deliberate. So was the unusual move by the US to table the resolution under Item 2 of the Council’s agenda, which deals with the Annual Report of the High Commissioner, and not under Item 4 that deals with countries that require particular attention or under Item 10 that deals with technical assistance

All these initiatives are part of efforts to justify external intervention. This shouldn’t come to us as a surprise. In a cable sent to Washington in 2007, leaked by Wikileaks, the then US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Robert Blake quoted Rory Mungoven, who was the OHCHR Colombo representative at the time, that the High Commissioner ‘s objective was not just to provide technical assistance to Sri Lanka, but to set up a “robust” monitoring and reporting mechanism. Today, Mungoven is one of Navi Pillay’s closest collaborators, and leads the internal OHCHR operation against Sri Lanka!

I’m in the possession of an internal note written by a triumphant Mungoven, immediately after adoption of the resolution, in which he calls on OHCHR staff to prepare “a good follow on strategy” to make most of “new opportunities “ opened by the resolution, “and “to pursue this agenda further.”

Q:
Why was Sri Lanka unable to defeat the US-backed resolution at the Council?

A:
I’ve never masked the difficulties of this battle and I have refrained from making triumphant speeches or declarations. We were facing the US and its allies. Combined US-EU pressure was brought to bear on all developing countries, Africa in particular, and threats to withdraw ODA on which many depend. US failure to obtain sponsors from outside their circle of natural allies and abstentions from Africa is a reflection of the resistance they faced from developing countries.

Continuity is needed if our efforts are to show results. We cannot ignore certain regions of the world for years and then be surprised when they hesitate to support us. The problem of strategy is posed and, especially, our vision of the world. Countries smaller than ours and with far fewer resources have gained international credibility by being present in all corners of the world. The result obtained is, partially, a reflection of this reality.

Having said that, however, many delegations have shown their eagerness to continue to work with us and to find ways of supporting Sri Lanka. That’s why I don’t like to hear one speak of failure, defeat, or debacle!

Q:
What did you (personally) feel at the point at which the resolution against Sri Lanka was adopted?

A:
A sense of disappointment, but the results came as no surprise. I had been informed of the change in India’s position the night before and I knew that that would have an impact on many a developing country vote. Until then, we had had reason to believe that we had a chance of winning, albeit with a small margin.

The fact that practically all of Asia remained with us was by itself a significant victory. Even those Latin American countries that had voted in favour, had refused to join as co-sponsors.

I felt we had won a moral victory, a battle well fought. We had set in motion a number of things, we had managed to create a movement and, by our example, we had given hope.

If we take into account the means employed by the US, the result obtained was more than honourable. I cannot repeat often enough that 2012 had little to do with 2009. Then, the US was not a member of the Council, this time it was. Our like-minded friends had warned me that a US sponsored resolution would be practically impossible to defeat.

There were those who, basing themselves on the 2009 experience, argued for a compromise. What they didn’t say was that a Special Session had to produce an outcome document, good or bad. This time, we were dealing with an Ordinary Session and we were resisting efforts to place Sri Lanka on the agenda!

Certain things could have been done differently and errors avoided. On the last day, after my concluding statement, I received many expressions of solidarity and friendship. One Permanent Representative, echoing many others, congratulated me, “you also fought for us”! For the US, it was a Pyrrhic victory.

It just goes to show, when you fight for principles, even if you don’t obtain the desired result, you win respect. As Etienne de La Boétie said, « They appear large, only because we are on our knees.” I think our people have understood !

Q:
Do you think the resolution was a result of intense lobbying by certain Tamil pressure groups, or the US’s own broader foreign policy interests?

A:
You raise a pertinent question about the true objective of this resolution! During the recent Council session, many of my peers asked me why the US was so aggressively pursuing the resolution on Sri Lanka. “What do they really want”, they asked repeatedly. “If they really care about human rights, then why aren’t they pursuing, with equal zeal, the situation in Palestine, for example?” Then came other questions and answers. Isn’t Sri Lanka located on a strategic maritime corridor? Isn’t it the gateway to a region that massively concentrates the world’s natural wealth and resources, and, increasingly, the technology, shifting the balance of global power in its favour? Didn’t Zbigniew Brzezinski (Advisor to President Obama) argue that control over Eurasia was key to ensuring US global supremacy?

I don’t think we can separate US foreign policy interests from the pro-LTTE diaspora, which benefits from the complacency, facilities and material resources provided them by many a host country. Tamils for Obama or Tamils for Hillary Clinton constitute lobbies that we shouldn’t underestimate. NGOs lobbying on their behalf are known for their lack of ethics and independence.

Human Rights Watch, International Crisis Group, Amnesty International, and Freedom House, are directly linked to USAID and the National Endowment for Democracy, which, since the Reagan years, benefits from millions of dollars in subsidies to assume what the intelligences services cannot do. I think we are seeing and will be seeing greater use by certain countries of what US Professor Joseph Nye calls ‘soft power’ or ‘smart power’.

Q:
What factors prompted India to deviate from its position that it does not support country-specific resolutions to vote in favour of the resolution against Sri Lanka? Do you agree with the view that had Sri Lanka shown a sincere commitment to implement the 13th Amendment, India may not have supported the resolution?

A:
India must be seen for what it is, not for what it was and not as hostile to Sri Lanka. We have much in common and, in some ways, we are part of the same family, and in all families there can be disagreements. This doesn’t mean that whenever we disagree, we must break up.

As for the 13th Amendment, India does not make a secret of its desire to see it implemented, but to reduce its vote to this sole requirement is to fall short! We cannot ignore US strategy in the region or bilateral agreements of a geostrategic nature between the two countries.

There is more that unites than divides us. We are natural partners, not only because of the geographic proximity but because of the values and principles that we share and which we jointly promoted during our struggle for independence and in founding the Non-Aligned Movement.

Q:
Do you think that India has a role to play in resolving the ethnic issue in Sri Lanka?

A:
I think we must solve our own problems! Assistance cannot be imposed. For almost 30 years, we were confronted with separatism and terrorism. These are also problems that India faces and it is quite normal that we share common experiences and concerns.

Q:
What are the practical implications of this resolution, and what might be the consequences of non-compliance? Do you fear that a harsher motion could be moved at the 22nd Session of the HRC next March should Sri Lanka choose to ignore it?

A:
This resolution is only a first step. As I said earlier, it is a repeat of the Darusman Panel’s Recommendation 1 (A). If, by March 2013, the Government does not implement the LLRC, but, more importantly, if it does not take the additional measures required of it, then we may see a call for implementation of Recommendaton 1 (B) of the Darusman Panel, the immediate establishment by the Secretary-General of an independent international investigative and monitoring mechanism, and Recommendation 2 relating to “other immediate measures to advance accountability.”

The UN Secretary-General will also soon begin implementing Recommendation 4 of the Darusman Panel on conduct of an internal review of actions by the UN system during the conflict and the aftermath. OHCHR will be contributing to that review.

During the interim period, those behind the resolution may seek to make the case that the Government is unwilling or incapable of protecting its own citizens. The objective of our detractors is to produce a damning report that encompasses the past, the present and the future. They will try to show that the Government does not have the intention, the political will, nor the means to address the issues raised in the resolution. We may see an intensification of the NGO and media campaign on allegations of intimidation, reprisals, abductions and disappearances.

The UPR in November will be a key moment. OHCHR has already begun preparations. Declarations by Navi Pillay have multiplied in the recent past and it is likely they will be incorporated into her report. If they succeed in creating a sufficiently unfavourable climate, certain countries may even try to raise the issue at the General Assembly later this year.

I believe that those behind the resolution are partial and selective in their approach, because they have an hidden agenda. Rory Mungoven’s internal note is evidence of this partiality. The extent to which they will succeed, however, will depend on how much support and solidarity we are able to mobilise.

Q:
There is a general impression that you have carried out your duties as Ambassador / Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva remarkably well given the circumstances – and this has won you a large number of admirers. However, your statement that the West wants regime change in Sri Lanka lifted many an eye-brow and there are those who considered it to be too strong a statement to emanate from a diplomat. Could you share your reflections of your own performance?

A:
I appreciate the many expressions of support that I have received, but I don’t have a personal agenda, I am not here for career, fame, or fortune. I try to do my job the best I can! It is not for me to judge my personal performance; there will be plenty of others to do so!

Yes, I did speak of regime change. For many Ambassadors this is obvious! UK Foreign Office Minister Jeremy Browne’s reference to a failed State when speaking of Sri Lanka and Navi Pillay’s description of Sri Lanka in her oral presentation of her Annual Report means what it means! This concept in the vocabulary of certain countries implies regime change. The 2010 Failed States Index produced by a research institution linked to the US State Department lists 35 of the 47 members of the Council either on its Alert or Warning list! In that sense too, the resolution sets a dangerous precedent.

Besides, several US Congressmen have characterized the LTTE as “freedom fighters,” which implies recognition of the need for regime change. Doesn’t that make sense?

Q:
What are your thoughts on Sri Lanka’s current foreign policy trajectory? A common criticism is that the current administration is generally reactive and not proactive?

A:
We should be on the offensive! For this, we must have a vision and an ambition. This Council session has shown us that it is not by subjugating ourselves that we make ourselves understood, create the conditions for unity and gain respect, but by taking the offensive on principles. We need to invest more in such sensitive areas as international law, right to development, multilateralism, solidarity and cooperation, and to learn from the reflections of others.

We are only at the initial stages of the battle and I am perplexed at the “time and space” formula that some of us so easily use. I believe that corrective measures are urgently needed to face the challenges ahead.

Q:
What steps should Sri Lanka take to win more friends internationally, and to deal more effectively with the pro-LTTE propaganda machinery?

A:
A few years ago, I wrote an article on “Why Latin America is important for Sri Lanka.” Before assuming duties in Geneva, I spent almost four years in Latin America, in Brazil and Cuba. Despite the expectations and sympathy for us, I was struck by how little is known of Sri Lanka in the region, except in Cuba with which we have close ties since the Triumph of the Cuban Revolution. The situation is similar in Africa, especially in francophone Africa. To win more friends, we must first know what it is that we want, then we must exist by being present, then we must be able to communicate in their language. I was dismayed that our Foreign Minister’s recent visits to Africa were described as “African safaris.” The Human Rights Council has 13 members from Africa, 8 from Latin America, and 13 from Asia, which means 34 out of 47 Council members are our natural allies. The question is, what are we going to do about this reality? courtesy: Daily Mirror

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33 Comments

  1. Good on you Tamara. You agreed Sri Lanka needs to address the issues specially the minority of the country. It is sad most of the current politicians including the president and his beloved brother feel there is no such problem. They had only Terrorist problem . They would have realised now they made a biggest mistake by wiped out the LTTE. They must take the ownership now. It is obvious to see now looking for virtual 150 tigers in the jungle.

    While you do your job in your best. Let the the Government of Sri Lanka ( people called Family regime ) to bring the so called ” the home grown customised solution ” to the table. If had they realised then though would have brought it before the Geneva’s resolution ! What do you think Tamara…

    How can you discuss with people like you , Mervyn de silva, Karuna , Doulougs, Prof G L Peris to discuss the issues to find a solution.

    We need to have a fundamental change . What do you think ?

  2. Ammah Sridevi
    what are you talking ? Thamilians were discriminated from the day Lanka got independence

    The riots in 1956, 1958, 1965,1974, 1977 ,1983 are examples

    May be you are hiding the truth or you are a liar

    Our dear true Ammah Jeyalalitha is the only person who can stand up to your King Rajapaksha

    wait for sanctions from West and India sooner than later .

  3. There is this idea that the Tamil Diaspora is pro- tiger. This is absolute nonsense.It is a convenient means of branding the Tamil people who live abroad as pro-tigers. Please disassociate with this idea and be factual when writing about the Tamil Diaspora.

  4. This Tamara seems to like tilting at windmills! She keeps talking about ‘battles’ and wars rather than trying to negotiate and find the middle ground and work in a constructive manner. The fact is that neither party (Lanka or US), is blameless and compromise is the way forward.
    The US after all has plenty of more important issues like Israel/Palestine Afghanistan, Korea, Iran, Iraq, Euro debt crisis, China, etc to worry about, instead of fighting with tiny Lanka!
    Also she does not seem to know that US is Lanka’s biggest trade partner and actually helps grow the real economy and benefit the working people of Lanka by buying Lanka goods unlike CHina which floods the our markets with cheap goods, and giving loans to Rajapakse and his crony capitalists for white elephant infrastructure in Hambantota that is expanding the national debt and crashing the rupee – which the poor have to pay for!
    The US is a far better development partner for Lanka than China since Chinese aid to Lanka is generating huge debt. Tamara does not seem to know the basics of post-colonial critique of development economics – that “TRADE NOT AID” is the way forward for Lanka and the developing world. Dambias Moyo, a Harvard trained African economist has called for an end to AID which indebts poor countries in Africa and contributes to bad governance since it is not transparent. Many third world academics have termed “AID” or ODA a form of colonialism by other means.
    Also, TK ‘s arguments about colonialism are quite outdated in the academic world. Lanka has been independent for 61 years, China is the world’s second power and many third world countries have been practicing “Internal colonialism” against adivasis and minorities. Tamara seems totally oblivious about and keep harping on about Euro-American world dominance and colonialism. She does not have a creative or subtle mind and clearly is not a good diplomat for Lanka – she should find another job!

  5. Tamara says “Let’s take a closer look at the three documents. They all say one and the same thing: the LLRC has failed to address the issue of accountability, without which, they say, there can be no reconciliation”.

    The UN Expert Panel Report which you like to call “Darusman Report” made its recommendations well before the LLRC Report. So the above statement is not factually true.

  6. Sinhalese are one way smart in using the resources of Tamils against themselves.

    Now, SL Tamils’ fate depend on needs and expectations of majority countries.

  7. Tamara will not be an Ambasador in Geneva if not for her name…………..
    Kunanayakam should be thankful for her name which gives GOSL an additional credentials in the international forum. In realty we have seen the way the ambasador had been side lined in many occasion.

  8. Valiant fighter for a battle! What is the cause? May i humbly submit? What cause? To safeguard a genocidal regime that is turning against anything that is not Sinhala/Buddhidst nationalist?

    When she say “We” are confronted with… Does she mean the Sinhalese or Sri Lankan”s.

  9. Nelson Mandela was brave enough and honest enough to make a public statement that America is the biggest threat to World Peace. In this context and in relation to how US bullies and puts its prppaganda machine(to gain soft power) to control and exploit developing countries, I salute Tamara’s work. While doing this all important work we also have to ensure that the government in power in Sri Lanka governs responsibly and accountably so as not to give an excuse to US Imperialism and its allies to poke their fingers into the internal affairs of Sri Lanka. The surest way to frustrate US Imperialism hidden agenda is to put our house in order and to demonstrate that we are capable of governing our country in a just and fair manner.All our efforts must therefore be directed to this task.

    Sooriasegaram

  10. I think all should forget the Geneva episode and carry on with ongoing challenges. There is no time in this world to worry about what happened in the past, or what could have happened if something else happened??? Just forget this matter and carry on with your life and your moral responsibility of been an ambassador. My humble advise to you!

  11. Malinga Bandara says ‘Whatever it may, the lady must be looked at as Tamil first then Sri Lankan’
    C’mon Malinga, you can’t be serious. Why are we always suspicious and where’s the fair go here? We’ve seen great SL Tamils who’ve done great things for the country and you have to give respect where it’s due. Please don’t fall to the level of imbeciles ‘Dr Bharath’ and ‘Hettie Archie’ whose cynical utterances add no value to the forum at all!

  12. Malinga, you are Sinhala budhist with the Mahavansa mindset and it is this attitude you picked up at the pirivena school that brought us to the present situation.Grow up and learn to live appreciating the diversity of humanity.

  13. Good people need Tamara Kunanayakam and the bad people will hate her. She is quite right about the three reports and the obvious US authorship. It is heartening to see that she is amongst the majority of Tamil civilian living oversees who have not fallen into the traps, threats and machinations of the Tiger terrorist diaspora and is brave enough to stand for true justice. The abuse hurled at her in some of the blind comments under various sinhala and Tamil names, elevates her stature even more and will attract greater respectability, which should give her more strength to battle the international trouble makers and day dreamers.
    The US maybe riding high today and flirting with terrorists to topple governments they do not like, but at the same time they have created many enemies amongst the civilised nations who are today compelled not to oppose USA, fearing they will end up like Iraq, Libya, Syria, Iran and the EURO currency (which threatrens the Dollar).
    Good luck to Tamara Kunanayakam, to continue successfully her mission to defeat evil and violent forces. My good wishes wont be necessary as the truth and fairness alone will support and guide her, just like in the case of the Late Mr Lakshman Kadiragama.

  14. “The US is not taking chances.” – Amb. Kunanayagam

    And it won’t in the future either: the chance that Sri Lanka could become a Chinese-style dictatorship.

    The Americans – mostly for idealogical but also to a lesser degree strategic imperatives, do not like and will not allow Asia’s oldest democracy to become a Sinhala-Buddhist fascist dictatorship, even if that is what the majority Sinhalese would want. The good ambassador’s and the GoSL’s view that the Americans want to drag the Rajapaksas in war crimes charges is not the intention, rather, for them to see the light and to abandon their family-oriented authoratarianism and adopt democratic behaviors. America’s attachment to their creation, Jeffersonian-Democracy is at the root of U.S. policy in Sri Lanka, and expect it to get lot more tougher, lot sooner than later. I urge my friends in government to co-operate with the U.S. administration as it would be in the greater long term interests of all Sri Lankans. It is not always that Tiny is Right and Might is not Right.

  15. Well done! keep up the good work. AS you said it is high time we change stratergy and go on the offensive. What ever we do or how much ever we try to please, will not stop them until they achive their target ‘Regime change’
    We can start the offensive with their side support,the left over of LTTE high command now living comfortably in the west. The next target should be the TNA. The Tamil population in the north must be made to realise what is being done in their name and the role TNA plays in it.
    One thing that scares me is that this continued pushing and shoving of the http://WWW.COM(White Wild West &company)will make the lives of Tamils in Sri Lanka more insecure as there is only so much pushing one will take. And there are plenty of politiacal goons on every side to exploit a situation.
    Like the Tigers this http://WWW.com would also love a backlash against the Tamils in this country to have an excuse to interfere.

  16. A brilliant intelligent Sri Lankan the country can be proud of , Sri Lanka need many more fearless ambassadors like Tamara.

  17. It is inetresting to read your question and answers.The point missed out is how much money did GOSL throw out to some of the countries that supported Sri lanka and secondly most of the countries that supported srilanka are the worst abusers of human rights in the world.To resolve this or the GOSL is telling the truth ask the government to ratify the Rome Statute.
    Thirdly external intervention is is must when the ineternal mechanisim does not work or abuse contines(Refer R2P)

  18. Condoctor Bharath,

    You are talking about Tamilians descriminating. You goon should understand that it was Sinhalese who suffred under Tamil terrorism nearly 3 decades. We Sinhalese are the majority in our country and if you are so sad of your tamils here, you can call them back to Tamil nadu. Will you? You cunning racists will never do that. and You are so confident about your Jayalalitha amma so as you were very confident about your appa PIRABHAHARAN. Your Appa, Amma only can deliver big speeches before innocent tamils. Your appa PIRAPAHARAN also wanted to teach a lesson to President Rajapaksha but at last he learnt the best lesson he has ever learned.

    Just for a example, Northern Tamil fishermen of Sri Lanka who are struggling to rebuild their lives are being robbed of their fish by the Tamil nadu poachers ably assisted in the plunder by none other than Chief Minister Karunanidhi and Jayalalithaa, who are weeping buckets for Sri Lankan Tamils. No need more than this to express your ammas kindness on our tamils.

    Ms. Tamara kuganayagam, You are a Sri lnakan tamil who fought bravely against cruel USA and other seperatist fronts. We are proud of you. All Sri lnakans appreciate your efforts.

  19. Tamara, you are one those fools like the Ponnambalam Ramanadan who rescued the Racists (I mean the Sinhala Nationalists) from the British jails for their plan of the pogrom against the Muslims. What happened after 50/60 years from then. They showed gratitude in kind to his future generation of his community.

    Same to you. Look at what the Muslims are getting for supporting them in the UN…. Insults and threat of attack if they continue their worship…. That’s a fine gratitude.

    Look at the way the monk insulted the Muslims in Dambulla… OIC (Organization of Islamic Countries) vehemently supported their own ardent enemies – The Sinhala Buddhist Nationalists…What a reply for the support.

    Pakistan helping Sri Lanka in the war – most Sinhalese accuse the muslims for supporting the pakistan as if Pakistan is the number one enemy of the state. Derana TV presenter of Derana Aruna / CHATURA said it nicely about the ugliness in supporting the Pakistani Cricket team. He’s a nice clean racist with a nice smile. OH! he has a thread in his hand /right hand…that’s a sign of racism.

  20. End of the day my point is, what matters the most is mother lanka and who is with it. It’s beyond our capacity of look at Tamils without suspicious eyes after this many years of divide and hate. Let’s be honest you guys forgot everything over night? It’ll take decades, may be century to over come.

    My point here is our president made a disasterous mistake by appointing this lady to lead the delegations to Geneva.

  21. Chandana sir

    Thamilians did not ask for Eelam or there was no LTTE in 1956, 1958, 1965, 1974

    Thamilians were killed, raped , tortured , looted by the Majority similar to Rwanda where Hutus were killing Tutsis
    The truth should be told Mr Chandana

    You did not know It was Amma ( Madam Jeyalalitha) who banned LTTE in Tamil Nadu. she was the number 1 enemy to LTTE
    We majority of Thamils of India hated LTTE for what They did to our beloved Rajiv Gandhi

    we also know how Our Thamilians in Lanka suffer in the hands of racists like Chandana sir
    Amma said it is the duty of India to make sure to bring war criminals who killed innocent civilians , raped women and tortured civilans to justice
    world watched channell4 helplessly . Your beloved King Rajapksha and his tyrant brothers makes Sadam Hussein and his buddy Gadaffy saints
    WORLD IS WATCHING U . NO ESCAPE THIS TIME

  22. Malinga Bandara is not only a racist ad sexist, but he is also stupid amd illeterate!
    First TK didn`t lead the delegation to Geneva it was Samarasinghe, and with him Peiris and 7 other ministers!
    Malinga should tell why TK was a disasterous mistake? Because she is Tamil? Every one knows except Malinga that TK have very high credentials and a long experience in the UN system like in international affairs! More she has been a target of the LTTE for a long time because she fought against separatism which is obviously not the case of Malinga , but before every thing she is a Sri Lankan lady and this is to much for Malinga to understand what it means! Perhaps Malinga don`t like women in charge of a political mission and prefer to see them in the kitchen or more simply he doesn`t like women at all!

  23. [A few years ago, I wrote an article on “Why Latin America is important for Sri Lanka.” Before assuming duties in Geneva, I spent almost four years in Latin America, in Brazil and Cuba. Despite the expectations and sympathy for us, I was struck by how little is known of Sri Lanka in the region, except in Cuba with which we have close ties since the Triumph of the Cuban Revolution.]
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    Words that have come back to haunt her indeed.What is she grumbling now of being sent back there.

  24. [So, to justify establishment of an international investigation mechanism, the US will have to (a) have the Darusman Report recognized as an official UN document, and (b) demonstrate that domestic efforts at accountability have failed.

    I had been informed of the change in India’s position the night before and I knew that that would have an impact on many a developing country vote. Until then, we had had reason to believe that we had a chance of winning, albeit with a small margin.

    The fact that practically all of Asia remained with us was by itself a significant victory.

    Certain things could have been done differently and errors avoided.

    It just goes to show, when you fight for principles, even if you don’t obtain the desired result, you win respect.

    Tamils for Obama or Tamils for Hillary Clinton constitute lobbies that we shouldn’t underestimate.

    As for the 13th Amendment, India does not make a secret of its desire to see it implemented, but to reduce its vote to this sole requirement is to fall short! We cannot ignore US strategy in the region or bilateral agreements of a geostrategic nature between the two countries.

    This resolution is only a first step. As I said earlier, it is a repeat of the Darusman Panel’s Recommendation 1 (A). If, by March 2013, the Government does not implement the LLRC, but, more importantly, if it does not take the additional measures required of it, then we may see a call for implementation of Recommendaton 1 (B) of the Darusman Panel, the immediate establishment by the Secretary-General of an independent international investigative and monitoring mechanism, and Recommendation 2 relating to “other immediate measures to advance accountability.”

    The UN Secretary-General will also soon begin implementing Recommendation 4 of the Darusman Panel on conduct of an internal review of actions by the UN system during the conflict and the aftermath. OHCHR will be contributing to that review.

    During the interim period, those behind the resolution may seek to make the case that the Government is unwilling or incapable of protecting its own citizens. The objective of our detractors is to produce a damning report that encompasses the past, the present and the future. They will try to show that the Government does not have the intention, the political will, nor the means to address the issues raised in the resolution. We may see an intensification of the NGO and media campaign on allegations of intimidation, reprisals, abductions and disappearances.

    The UPR in November will be a key moment. OHCHR has already begun preparations. Declarations by Navi Pillay have multiplied in the recent past and it is likely they will be incorporated into her report. If they succeed in creating a sufficiently unfavourable climate, certain countries may even try to raise the issue at the General Assembly later this year.

    This concept in the vocabulary of certain countries implies regime change.Besides, several US Congressmen have characterized the LTTE as “freedom fighters,” which implies recognition of the need for regime change. Doesn’t that make sense?

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    There are some insights to be gleaned from this valuable interview.

    1.India’s vote was crucial to the final outcome.

    2.American influence in asia seems to be waning.

    3.Tamara says certain things could have been done differently and errors avoided.Crucially the interviewer does not ask what these were.The government should get a report from her on how things could have been done better.

    4.She talks of principles to fight for.How can you fight for principles when thousands of civilians have been killed and the government refuses and international investigation into it.When you are in a bad wicket where principles are concerned how are you going to fight back based on principles?The strategy should have been to somehow keep that resolution out.How is the principles going to help.

    5.If tamils for obama had a big influence in all this,what will happen if mick romney defeats obama.Will the tamils for obama change to tamils for romney.If romney beats obama will the pressure reduce on mahinda,as what happened when millibrand was kicked out?

    6.When asked why did india vote against us she gives 3 reasons 13th amendment,US regional policy,bilateral agreements of a geostrategic nature between india and US.At least if we had implemented the indo lanka accord we could have focused on the other 2 which are indeed difficult ones over which we have not much control,but maybe we can become a party to those strategies instead of being perceived as an impediment, hollering about china and threatening india and US with it.If you can’t beat them,join them,or take risk and go with china.

    7.The resolution is a repeat of darusman panels recommendation 1(A).

    8.If by march 2013 the government has not complied with this resolution,then darusman panels recommendation 1(B) will be implemented,namely the secectry general will establish an international investigative and monitoring mechanism.

    9.Darusman panel report recommndation 4 of a internal review of the UN systems during the conflict and its aftermath will be implemented by the Secretary-General soon.

    10.So looks like the recommendations of the darusman panel seems to be the path that the UN is going to tread in the future,one by one implementing its recommendations.

    11.Between now and march 2013 the government should be on its best behaviour,because its detractors will try to publish a damning report trying to portray it as incapable and/or unwilling to fulfil the obligations under the resolution.For example the disapearances etc will be highlighted to show that it does not care a for human rights.

    12.November 2012 also a critical moment as navi pillay will give her report.If it is damning enough some countries might want the matters brought up before the general assembly this year itself.Happy christmas and new year for the government of srilanka.If not at least a happy aluth avurudda in april 2013.

    Now that tamara has also got a dose of the used condom practices of the rajpakshe’s,she can go back to cuba,but her successors better take on board what she has said and adequately prepare the country against the threats that she has brilliantly enumerated here.

  25. Tammy,you can only do your best and as long as you know that that’s fine.It is the general trait that once you have used someone,if THEY get the hoorahs then the person used, is well set.If THEY are critisised then there is no place in THERE set up.You have lived too long away from the Sri Lankan system to know how you need to manipulate rather than be manipulated.Some things never change.Of course the blame sharing for things that have happened have to be shared among all people and communities in Sri Lanka.That the war has ended is great.It would have never happened if not for the much criticised CFA that Ranil initiated.If not for that some of the people in the North would not have known the words, ‘peace, no war’which was around for about two years.Also some misguided anti-gov. personnel realised that without suffering in the jungles they could be having a luxurious life if they helped end the war!!So they did and they had the correct person in power to be able to take the appropriate(although some critics say otherwise)action.All the best work on the Education system in Cuba and pass some good tips to our Educationists here.Till we set up a National Education Policy nothing is going to change.Ranil has the ideas and the ability but lacks PR and is not able to humbug the people by pretending to be something he is not.It is our bad luck that we can’t accept people for who they are and get the best out of them.

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