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M. A. Sumanthiran speaking on Adjournment motion in Parliament-11th May, 2012

By M.A. Sumanthiran MP

Speech by M. A. Sumanthiran on Adjournement motion in Parliament (11th May, 2012

Thank you Mr. Deputy Speaker, for the opportunity given to me to speak on this Adjournment Motion moved by the Hon. Member for Kandy District. Before I get on to what I wish to state, I’d like to deal with some very interesting matters that the Hon. Acting Minister for Media just stated to this House. He said that this Motion and the Motion to implement the recommendations of the LLRC are nothing but the agenda of the Tamil Diaspora.

I wonder how kindly His Excellency will take this comment having appointed the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission?

Is the Hon. Minister suggesting that His Excellency the President was acting according to the agenda of the Tamil Diaspora in appointing the LLRC?

He further stated that media freedom in this country is like that horse that was tethered and walked round and round, and even after its release keeps walking round and round. That is concession by the Minister himself that there is self imposed censorship out of fear; that they are being kept within the bounds; and even if one can’t see the rope, the horse knows that it dare not move outside that circle.

Even the private media today knows only too well what is good for their health. That message has been clearly delivered by the Government and today by the Hon. Minister himself in this House.

The Motion identifies two matters. There is recommendation that rules and regulations must be formulated for the Freedom of Information, and secondly, that investigations must be initiated on serious violations
of international laws and Human Rights. But the substantive part of the Motion is with regard to the appointment of independent commissions. Whilst I fully endorse that Motion to appoint independent commissions, I recognize that the Proposer and the Seconder have dealt with that adequately, and I wish to move on to the other matters that are mentioned in this Motion and some matters that are not mentioned in this Motion.

The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission made some interim
recommendations, and in their final report they themselves lament that their interim recommendations have not been implemented. They have not included in their final report those interim recommendations. There is an Article by Prof. Savithri Goonesekere and Mr. Jayantha Dhanapala, a respected retired civil servant who was in foreign service, on behalf of ‘Friday Forum’, that a few matters must be done as a matter of urgency. This is not out of any improper motive but for the sake of the country. One of those is releasing the report of the Udalagama Commission of Inquiry into killings, including that of the 5 students in Trincomalee and the 17 aid workers of Muttur.

If I heard the Minister a little while ago, he was suggesting that we should not rake up matters that have been forgotten. He was suggesting that the killings of the 5 students in Trincomalee and the 17 aid workers in Muttur is a matter that the Government has successfully swept under the carpet, and he is urging the opposition: ‘Don’t remind the international community of this now. Don’t bring this to the fore. Let forgotten matters be forgotten.’

I wish to tell this Government most categorically, that none of those matters will ever be forgotten. Matters of justice, quests for justice, can never be quenched by sweeping these things under the carpet. These two respected individuals further say that names must be made available of detainees and missing persons with regard to whom there is documented information of death.

Thirdly, taking measures to prevent abductions, investigation into such allegations as a matter of urgency, and prosecuting offenders. Even whilst the Geneva sessions were on in the month of March there were white van abductions liberally taking place in this country – telling the international community: ‘We care two hoots for your concern about violations of Human Rights in this country’. Not one person has been apprehended and brought to book. That is what we want to display to the world. We don’t care. We will carry on, regardless of whatever your expression of concern.

As rightly pointed out by the mover of this Motion, this is disaster for this country, and as responsible Members of this House, as responsible Members of the Opposition, it is our duty to again and again remind the Government that they cannot take the country down this slope. I also, like the other speakers from the Opposition, want to record the fact that no responsible Minister was present in this House, until now. Now I can see a senior Minister asleep in the front row. He is still asleep. That shows the seriousness of this Government with regard to these matters. If we proceed in this way, if we go in this direction the writing is on the wall as to what will happen.

With all these things happening, I’m sure the Hon. Member who is trying to disturb me will agree with me that there is very serious concern expressed in the LLRC report itself about religious freedom.

While all these things were happening we saw what happened in Dambulla. Even the perpetrators who are very well identified are still at large. There is provision in the Penal Code of this country to prosecute persons who damage places of religious worship. The one who led the attack – the whole country knows his identity – and the government does not have the will to move a muscle to apprehend that offender.

I wonder what the Hon. Member has to say about that? He dare not say anything. Do you want to say anything? You dare not say anything about that. He has nothing to say to the challenge that I pose to
him. All he can do is sling mud.

The Motion says that investigations must be initiated into serious violations of international laws and Human Rights. The Tamil National Alliance has openly stated our position with regard to this. The violation of international laws is not a simple issue. That’s a matter on which the international community can legitimately ask questions and that is not considered interference. That is international law today.

We have said accountability remains an urgent and important need to help victim communities overcome trauma and rebuild their lives.

You talk so much about reconciliation. If you’re serious about reconciliation, your concern will be that of the victims. If victims are to recover from their trauma, justice and accountability are a necessary part of that. That is so, because to bring closure to a collective and personal grief; to ensure genuine reconciliation, to break the cycle of impunity in Sri Lanka, and to ensure against a return to violence, we need to put in place a credible and independent mechanism for accountability.

International standards with respect to accountability require that this process advances truth, justice and victim reparation. That can happen only by the appointment of an independent international investigation. Nobody will argue – any investigation must be independent.

Everyone who knows this country, knows that no internal arrangement will ever be independent, and that is why we have consistently requested that it must be international to ensure that it is independent.

There is another matter about reparation to victims. Three years have passed since the conclusion of the war, and as I said, if one is serious about reconciliation, the whole language of the Government ought to reflect that. I have with me today, an invitation to an event that is to happen on Monday the 14th. It says somebody has written a book, and it says ‘Gota’s war’. Gota’s war. Whose war? Gota’s war.

Sir, the subtitle says – ‘The crushing of Tamil Tiger terrorism in Sri Lanka’. It says ‘Tamil Tiger terrorism in Sri Lanka.’ Tamil equals Tiger equals terrorist.

The author is C. A. Chandraprema. We all know who he is. You can write a book about the war. That’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about the language used. You say ‘Tamil Tiger terrorist’. Tamil equals Tiger equals terrorist. That mindset will never advance any kind of reconciliation in this country. If you’re serious about reconciliation you need to change that – radically.

Removing Tamil officers from Tamil areas and appointing persons who have no proficiency in Tamil will not advance reconciliation, as has happened just yesterday to the GA Vavuniya. This follows, (from) some time ago, the appointment of the GA of Mannar. We protested. We have consistently protested about the fact that the Government Agent of Trincomalee is also a person who has no proficiency in Tamil and worse, he is a retired military man. Only two provinces in this country have as their governors retired military personnel – that’s the North and the East. Why is that?

Three years after the end of the war, paying mere lip service to reconciliation, you still want to keep that tight control over those people. You want to occupy their lands. Only two days ago we had an Adjournment Motion on that, and I must place on record, the most responsible replies that we had on that day were from the Minister for Resettlement, and the Deputy Minister for Resettlement. Both conceded that enough has not been done. There were other ministers who talked through their hats, but the ministers concerned accepted that this has not been done properly.

Mr. Deputy Speaker, the Hon. Member for Kandy moving the Resolution referred to various assurances that the Government has given, without serious thought of consequence, just to get over their difficulty on that day. All of those are matters of record. The Resolution that was passed in May 2009 in the United Nations Human Rights Council very specifically says that it welcomes the assurance by His Excellency the President. This is what it says:

‘Welcoming also the recent assurance given by the President of Sri Lanka , that he does not regard a military solution as a final solution, as well as his commitment to a political solution, with implementation of the 13th Amendment to bring about lasting peace and reconciliation in Sri Lanka.’

Three years ago. Now, it is a strange thing in this country, that the Head of the country gives assurance that he will implement the Constitution. That speaks volumes about the Rule of Law in this country. Hon. Lakshman Kiriella referred to previous resolutions in 2006 where assurances were given that the 17th Amendment will be implemented.

Whoever gives assurance that a part of the Constitution will be implemented, conceding thereby that they are violating the Constitution at that point in time? And here we are three years later – nothing has been done about implementing part of the Constitution.

The 13th Amendment remains in the Constitution, and repeatedly the Government says ‘we will implement it’. These assurances themselves have given a clear picture to the international community that this is a country that does not honour its Constitution – its Supreme Law.

That is consistently confirmed by its Ministers and even the Head of the country. We don’t honour the Constitution. We merely pay lip service. We take oaths under the Constitution to uphold the Constitution and then we go around the world saying ‘We will implement it, we will implement it. Someday we will implement it.’

This is the attitude that has to change. This assurance given world over that a political solution will be found has not been done. No effort has been taken. Merely appointing committees and ensuring that nothing comes out of those committees is no way of demonstrating to the world that you’re serious about finding a political solution.

This is the same with regard to the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission as well.

Why should the LLRC recommend that there must be Rule of Law? That the Constitution must be implemented? Don’t we all know that? Why should an inter agency advisory committee be appointed – yet another committee – when interim recommendations are made by the LLRC? If the LLRC makes interim recommendations, implement those. It is for that that you appointed that Commission in the first place.

Now it has given its final report, you have gone and appointed yet another committee to advise you on what of that can be implemented, and when that report comes a further committee will be appointed, and when that comes another committee will be appointed, and this pattern keeps going on and on and on. Hon. Minister was heard urging members of the United National Party to convince the Tamil National Alliance to come into the Parliamentary Select Committee.

Now, we have made clear to the whole country our position with regard to the Parliamentary Select Committee. You can’t appoint a committee for bi-lateral talks, go on with that for one year, and then start appointing another committee. There must be an end to appointment of committees. There must be a serious political will that is demonstrated in action.

Even (with regard to) this Action Plan that has been mentioned in this Motion, I conclude now supporting the proposition that this Action Plan must be first laid bare to the country, before something that we don’t know is taken around the world, to deceive the world.

Thank you very much

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25 Comments

  1. Political solution for Tamils 1958 to till
    Power devolution for India 1987 to till
    Action plan for World just starting now 2012

  2. Govt is merely finding excuses and dragging its feet when 13A and LLRC can be implmented without much ado.
    Most likely the blocks are due to a pan-sinhala buddhist agenda and the greed for power of the ruling junta.

  3. Dear Illustrious MP,
    Tha Tamil Diaspora is indeed proud in your input into the SL Hansard the sentiments and aspirations of the Tamil Nation in properperspective to read and re-read for them to continue in your positiv, constructive and intellectual political recipe. Please accept my personal congratuations in performing fullyand conclusive the trust imposed as a nominated MP, which you not only deserve but we are really proud of. I am too old and I do not know whether im my life time left to me, I will meet you to personally meet you.- Your dear once upon client.

  4. Succinctly put Mr.Sumanthiran! The present administration reminds of the prelude to Maha Baratha where the Blind King Dhridarashtra was ruling in Hasthiapura with his one hundred siblings the eldest of whom Duryodhana running wild and arrogant looking for conflict and war with Pansawa pthras – the rightful owners to the throne . He was installed as a caretaker, but his greed and lack of integrity blinded his mind even though he was physically blinded. However he was ably assisted by his Prime Minister Vidura by highlighting the gaping holes in his government and also he was advised relentlessly by Dhrona Acharya, Bishma and Krupa Acharyas on Dharma and Adharma. Even though guilt sometimes affected his mind, his narrow-mindedness and nepotism prevailed and the inevitable war ensued. Maha Baratha itself suggests through the word of mouth of Shri Krishna in the form of Gita Upadesh that it was not the first was that was fought and that would not be the last either. There will be wars between good and the evil, even though the evil would appear to be mighty and overwhelming. In the end I shall manifest to destroy them from yuga to yuga.

    There is an uncanny resemblance here too!

  5. Proud to be an ‘attorney-at-law’ … you speak for the people who are fed up! we are realistic and supporting the nation in every way but surely we deserve better than this ?

  6. sumanthiran is a good debater. Reminds me of those good smart ones the TULF had during the amirthalingam era till the idiot VP killed them all. However I hope Sumanthiran will be there to lead the next generation of tamils. We sure dont want another bunch of rat hole former LTTE hoodlums like Karuna, KP, Douglas to be the role models for tamils of the future. Let Sumanthiran and Sampathan be the role models. Let us be
    a community that compromises and not surrenders be confident but not arrogant

  7. As the constitution of a country is indeed its supreme law, perhaps it should not be framed by a foreign government with no input from the domestic audience concerned and then imposed under threat of armed intervention. The 13th amendment was foisted on Sri Lanka by Indians carrying big sticks. It has left us with an extra level of corrupt and ineffective government to complement the existing one. We should repeal it, once and for all, and introduce a more local form of democracy in its place.

  8. Mr Sumanthiran it is great that he spoke in the parliament but if the SL Government is not going to implement anything why waste his time? nothing is going to happen and when 2013 march comes the lunatic fringe will start the whole circus in Geneva
    Dont be surprised if they have 150 to 250 delegates and at the end the diplomat in Geneva will be fired as it happened to Kunanayagam who will have the guts to stick thier neck out this time?
    Mayanmar government will be very happy because Sri Lankas loss is their gain in terms of Foreign investment

    Jayawava Sri Lanka

    Nathen

  9. Having right on the side of the Tamils alone is not sufficient. We must be able to express ourselves clearly and put our points across in a convincing fashion, and in the English language so that the message will reach the largest number of people. Unfortunately, not many of us can communicate effectively in English. That is one of our greatest weaknesses. Much of the information presented in the Tamil media regarding our problems is not available in the English media.

    We need more people like M.A. Sumanthiran MP who can state the pertinent facts, present cogent arguments and articulate our position clearly so that everyone can get the proper picture. I say, more power to Sumanthiran’s hand and let us pray that there will be more persons like him to speak up on our behalf.

  10. What, one of the ministers fast asleep?. What a boring topic for him, this is the quality of people who the voters have sent in.

    Looks it all about lessons, failure to implement recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission, which GoSL itself commissioned resulted in UN passing the famous resolution advising it to go and learn again, however, this time around, as you did not prepare to learn on your own, take down some notes and prepare an action plan on how and when to implement those recommendations therein the report, as a proof. However, USA disgusted to note that GoSL had prepared it to show Washington rather than for its use or its people. Followed was the order to show the action plan first to the people of Sri Lanka. Is it all learning? If our Govt failed to learn even at this latest stage then they will have to prepare themselves to go through some extra classes from Ms Pillai. Like many SriLankans, I would also like to see the action plan before it gets delivered to the State Secretary. As well as LLRC and its recommendations, the action plan and the actions in it, would also pave the way for next show down at Geneva. Accumulating paper trails without commitment as a way of escape route for its current woes, yet another demonstration as to how it handles the key issue which affects this country.

    Nomination of two Foreign Ministers might be necessary as unlike in the past one EFT should be dedicated to deal with matters of the UN and to council disgruntled ambassadors so they do not seek remedies under unfair dismissal laws or seek assistant from media to conduct a trial by media.

  11. Dear Mr S,

    When the Tamil Tigers were upto massacre of innocent civilians you did not object to the word ‘tamil’, When Rajiv Gandhi was murdered you did not object to the word ‘tamil tigers’ When the BBC reports stating ‘Tamil Tigers’ killed 40 soldiers you did not obejct so why now only when a sinhalese writer says you think its Racial? Crushing of the Tamil tigers is not crushing tamils unless you want to potray the same. There are tigers in every race even amongst the Sinhalese and Muslims and there are innocent amongst all races too.

    I agree with most of what yous state that there must be law and rule of law. but where was the TNA which you represent when the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam caused mayhem and murder not only amongst Tamils but on all other races too.

    Yes please do use the parliament to voice your opinion and I will respect same. Try not to creat a race issue when there is none.

  12. Dear MP,

    You should also have to ask, what is the different between All Party Representative Committee (APRC) and Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC)? Same Mahindha appointed APRC like LLRC,but not implemented anything.

    It is all talking until implementing LLRC(SL Civil Committee),APRC(SL Parlimentary Committee),13thAmendment(SL Constitutional Commitment).As a Government their duty to implement all side well aproved above recommendation and not debating and debating and debating and doing nothing.

    TNA should not enter this PSC debating drama unless GOSL ready to discuss and finalise within 3 months and start implementing political settlement before this year end.We are all expecting your report by end of this year about
    the plus and minus outcomes and your stand behalf of Tamils political rights.

  13. The title “Tamil Tiger Terrorists” has really cheesed off this supposed to be the gun MP of the TNA.

    Doesn’t LTTE stand for Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelaam?.

    Weren’t the current MPs of the TNA hand picked by the LTTE Leader himself?.

    He categorically states that the killings in Muttur and Trincomalee will never be forgotten.But wants the Sinhala majority to forget everything that were done to them.

    Another interesting comment is that by not listening to the Diaspora instigated recommendations from Geneva are not implemented ,the inhabitants are facing disater and this MP and his mates can’t allow the country to go down.

    The majority inhabitants may wonder how low can they go in terms of disaster, death and destruction after what they have been through for three decades under the LTTE.

    Would you accept the description “Sinhala State Terrorists”?……….DBSJ

  14. Congratulations to Mr. Sumanthiran!! He managed to say what he had to say despite all the interruptions!!!

    I don’t understand the mentality of the sinhalese!! They want the whole world to FORGET about all the BAD DEEDS they had done and is doing daily even now!!! (including the several state sponsored pogroms, several killings of Tamil MPs, journalists, students, aid workers, thousands and thousands of Tamil civilians, including, old,infirm, babies, unborn babies, pregnant mothers, Dambula incident etc.)

    But they continue to kill innocent Tamil young men and women. Continue to rape, disappear, white van abductions, torture, stealing livelihood, lands and homes. They talk of reconciliation despite all this atrocities!!! May be they don’t know the meaning of reconciliation, peace, justice, honesty etc.

  15. I think we may have to go back to basics, as people just do not understand anything more than in simplistic terms.

    Tell the people of Sri Lanka that they have a written Constitution. All MP’s and especially the Govt. and the President takes an oath to safeguard and protect the Constitution. Tell them why this has not been done, and that those who took the oath have not protected the Constitution and are therefore traitors!!!

    Once the President realizes he is legally a traitor, then he may do something about it. Two options, enforce the Constitution or change it both if which he has the power with the majorities he has. Which will he choose?

    I suspect neither and so he is a legally impotent, traitorous President. Try arguing that!!!

  16. There are some indications tells Sumanthiran will not be accomodated in the list of candidates in the coming General Election.

    No country in this world implement the constitution letter to letter.

  17. Where were all these commentators when the successive governments since the 1950s killed Tamils, destroyed their properties, raped and killed their women, killed their elected representatives, burnt the libraries, schools, distorted history!! In short committed unmentionable crimes then and even up to this very minute!! There is no peace in the Tamil areas or even in the Sinhalese areas as the Sinhalese propaganda tries to portray to the world!!!

    I think the Sinhalese thinks that they are superior to every other race in this universe and no one should ask them any questions, that they have the right to kill, go on the rampage like wild animals and no one should have the right to fight back even to protect their lives!!!They try to hide behind “the sovereignty”!! Sovereignty does not give you the right to kill and plunder the defenseless!!

    If only the numerous Budha statues which are being erected hastily in the Tamil areas have life, they will shed tears of blood to see the atrocities committed on the innocent Tamils living there!!!Money spent on these statues could have been spent to feed and educated the poor citizens of Sri Lanka. That is the essence of all the religions practiced all over the world!!!

    You guys many succeed in destroying the Tamils in Sri Lanka, but remember you are breeding monsters among yourself, who will eventually turn back on the masters who are behind this!!!

  18. sinhala state terroists..

    these are the idiots the tamils have to associate or live with in the name of unitary state…!

  19. People like Sumathiran who represent communal political parties (TNA) should not complain about these things. After all TNA did support the LTTE (Tamil Tiger Terrorists) and still try to carry the flame for them.

  20. dilshanferdi
    Mayhem caused by Tigers nothing compared to teh ones created by State in 1956, 1958m 1977, 1981, 1983, Nagar Kovil School Arli Churchch Kumuthini Boat, VVT Schhol, Encholai and cap it all 40,000 Innocnet Civilan in Mullivaikkal. AMount of property and live lost due to LTTE mahems are nothing compared to what state terrorism did. You talk about mayhems off LTTE you racist. LTTE was no different than Egptian, Libyan and Siriyan Uprisings with arn support of US. Only difference Tigers manged to find arms on their own without US Support. LTTE is our Fredom Fighters. We will be back other means

  21. ***Removing Tamil officers from Tamil areas and appointing persons who have no proficiency in Tamil will not advance reconciliation, as has happened just yesterday to the GA Vavuniya. This follows, (from) some time ago, the appointment of the GA of Mannar. We protested. We have consistently protested about the fact that the Government Agent of Trincomalee is also a person who has no proficiency in Tamil and worse, he is a retired military man. Only two provinces in this country have as their governors retired military personnel – that’s the North and the East. Why is that?
    Three years after the end of the war, paying mere lip service to reconciliation***It is pathetic a Rocket scientist from India also used in the Trilingual propaganda, please practice it before preaching.

    Annil

  22. [Now I can see a senior Minister asleep in the front row. He is still asleep]
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    So what.Maybe he was working late for the country,or maybe he has sleep disorder such as sleep apnea.Come,come Mr.sumanthiran,don’t nitpick over some shuteye,and let sleeping dogs lie without waking them up.They could do more damage when awake than asleep.Because of you he could wake up and tug someone’s saree.
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    [With all these things happening, I’m sure the Hon. Member who is trying to disturb me ]
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    yeah,what do you expect.What goes around comes around.Now how do you feel about being disturbed,when you were trying to disturb someone’s sleep.
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    [Even whilst the Geneva sessions were on in the month of March there were white van abductions liberally taking place in this country – telling the international community: ‘We care two hoots for your concern about violations of Human Rights in this country’]
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    We have been telling these fellows not now,but for the last several years,but they are not listening.They don’t respect our sovereignty to do as we please.For example if a man catches his wife by the throat and chokes her,because she has not cooked the dinner properly or because he is drunk,she does not call the police in this country no.She might cut his privates off when he is asleep.After all it is a family matter.It is our culture here,pure bhuddhist one.They must respect and understand our culture,these foreigners.After all we are the descendents of the yakshas,nagas and rakshas and devas,though we call ourselves the sinhalese and tamils now.Do these bloody foreigners think they just evaporated into thin air or something.Let us enjoy our culture in peace,please.
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    [I wonder what the Hon. Member has to say about that? He dare not say anything. Do you want to say anything? You dare not say anything about that. He has nothing to say to the challenge that I pose to
    him.]
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    How can he say anything,you fool,when he is asleep.Continue your diatribe when he is awake and see what happens.The yaksha in him will make a seeni sambol of you.
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    [The Motion says that investigations must be initiated into serious violations of international laws and Human Rights.]
    ———-
    Is this a loose motion?Our yaksha ancestors did not make such a hue and cry about it like you, and quietly went to a secluded part of the forest and did it.This is british imported stuff you are trying to bring here and ruin our culture.
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    [Whose war? Gota’s war.

    Sir, the subtitle says – ‘The crushing of Tamil Tiger terrorism in Sri Lanka’.You say ‘Tamil Tiger terrorist’. Tamil equals Tiger equals terrorist. That mindset will never advance any kind of reconciliation in this country. If you’re serious about reconciliation you need to change that – radically.]
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    Okay,okay,fussy boy,to keep you happy we will call it simply T.T.T. Upto you to take it as Tiger Tamil Terrorist or Tamil Tiger Terrorist,we really don’t care,let us snooze please.Once we go home difficult to sleep with that yaksha woman yakking around non stop,unless she is throttled a bit.
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    [Only two provinces in this country have as their governors retired military personnel – that’s the North and the East. Why is that?]
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    If you want we can have for the other provinces too.What to do with these fellows?We have sent them abroad too.We can have 25 percent reserved for them in parliament too,like in burma,if you want.In fact we can reserve 25 percent of public service jobs for ex military personnel,i’am sure they cannot do worse than the present public servants.Whats your grouse with the military?Are they “gonibillas”.
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    [Three years after the end of the war, paying mere lip service to reconciliation, you still want to keep that tight control over those people. You want to occupy their lands]
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    Yes,that is reconciliation.We want to come closer to you,then we get to know your feelings for us and your problems first hand.Out of sight,out of mind,they say.
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    [The Resolution that was passed in May 2009 in the United Nations Human Rights Council very specifically says that it welcomes the assurance by His Excellency the President. This is what it says:

    ‘Welcoming also the recent assurance given by the President of Sri Lanka , that he does not regard a military solution as a final solution, as well as his commitment to a political solution, with implementation of the 13th Amendment to bring about lasting peace and reconciliation in Sri Lanka.’]
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    Thanks,for reminding.He had forgotten.Sinhalese have short memories you see,ask your own prabha if you want.No skullduggery or duplicity,that you are trying to imply here.Haven’t even you forgotten things in your life,man.His Excellency will get onto it right away.What was that amendment again?13th or 18th?
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    [this is a country that does not honour its Constitution – its Supreme Law.]
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    That does not mean we don’t honour other things.It is just that the constitution is way down in our list of priorities.See the health,life expectancy,education,cleanliness and compare with india.
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    [We take oaths under the Constitution to uphold the Constitution and then we go around the world saying ‘We will implement it, we will implement it. Someday we will implement it.]
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    That is because this is a british imported constitution.If it was our yaksha constitution we would have implemented quickly.We jungle men from the south or north believe in home grown constitutions.By the way did your northern jungle man,prabha even have a constitution,other than the T56.At least our southern jungle man has one.
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    [Merely appointing committees and ensuring that nothing comes out of those committees]
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    Don’t talk nonsense.Lot of loose motions have come out of the committees.Have you tried to make stringhoppers.When you squeeze does not something come out of that wooden thing.The more you squeeze harder the more you get.
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    [Now it has given its final report, you have gone and appointed yet another committee to advise you on what of that can be implemented, and when that report comes a further committee will be appointed, and when that comes another committee will be appointed, and this pattern keeps going on and on and on]
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    More and more stringhoppers.Don’t you like stringhoppers.You like to be a pukka sahib and eat toast with bacon and eggs,i presume.You can ape the west,but as far as the west is concerned you are still a ape.
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