Boyle denounces Power's notion of "trust deficit"

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 02 December 2015, 22:55 GMT]
Commenting on US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power's statement in an interview to the Sri Lanka's Sunday Observer that "[t]he entire country [Sri Lanka] needs to feel that there is positive and concrete action being taken to move forward...The government has commenced a journey and it must deliver the peace dividend to the people by calling for truth, justice and an end to impunity," Professor Boyle, an expert in International Law, said "Power knows full well that what she is saying here is total baloney and double-talk...It is ridiculous and preposterous for Power to talk about a ‘trust deficit’ between the GOSL and the Eelam Tamils—between the Genocidaires and their Victims."

Professor Boyle was troubled by the following response of Power in the Sunday Observer interview:

    Sunday Observer: During the meetings with the government leaders, what specific did the US call for?

    Samantha Power
    US Ambassador to UN, Samantha Power
    Samantha Power: The United States has repeatedly called for robust mechanisms and speedy actions to bridge the trust deficit that exists in the North. The entire country needs to feel that there is positive and concrete action being taken to move forward. There is a lot of international goodwill for the island, due to the recent political changes. The government has commenced a journey and it must deliver the peace dividend to the people by calling for truth, justice and an end to impunity.


Boyle said that "[i]t is ridiculous and preposterous for Power to talk about a “trust deficit” between between the GOSL and the Eelam Tamils—between the Genocidaires and their Victims. I do not recall Power ever talking about a “trust deficit” between Yugoslavia and the Bosnians—between those Genocidaires and their Victims."

Full text of Boyle's comment sent to TamilNet follows:

"In July of 2005 both Power and I separately attended the Tenth Anniversary of the Genocidal Massacre at Srebrenica in Bosnia and Herzegovina. I was there in my capacity as the Attorney for the Mothers of Srebrenica and Podrinja. After the Memorial Service at the Potocari Memorial and Graveyard located on the Killing Fields of Srebrenica itself, we both spoke at a Conference at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Sarajevo. Power knows full well that what she is saying here is total baloney and double-talk.

Prof.  Boyle at ICJ in 1993
Prof. Boyle at ICJ (1993) representing Bosnian Muslims
"When it came to the Serbian atrocities against the Bosnians, the United States sponsored at the United Nations Security Council the establishment of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia—not some type of domestic mechanism under the control of the Serbian Genocidaires. At the time, I was the Attorney of Record for the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina before the International Court of Justice, and arguing their case for genocide against Yugoslavia.

"By comparison, with respect to the genocidal massacre of Tamils in Vanni in 2009 by the Government of Sri Lanka, the United States worked in cooperation with the GOSL Genocidaires to establish a so-called domestic mechanism whereby the GOSL will be able to cover-up their international crimes. There is no way the GOSL will or can deliver a “peace dividend” to the Eelam Tamils. This is because the GOSL has already inflicted upon the Eelam Tamils the proverbial “peace of the grave.”

"It is ridiculous and preposterous for Power to talk about a “trust deficit” between between the GOSL and the Eelam Tamils—between the Genocidaires and their Victims. I do not recall Power ever talking about a “trust deficit” between Yugoslavia and the Bosnians—between those Genocidaires and their Victims. Based upon her direct and personal experience in Bosnia, Power knows better. She was also behind me at Harvard Law School. As a self-styled human rights lawyer, Power has now knowingly become an Accessory After The Fact to the GOSL genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity perpetrated upon the Eelam Tamils," Boyle said.

From 1993 to 1996, when Power's and Prof. Boyle's paths crossed in Sarajevo, Power worked as a journalist, covering the Yugoslav Wars for U.S. News & World Report, The Boston Globe, The Economist, and The New Republic. When she returned to the United States, she attended Harvard Law School, receiving her J.D. in 1999.


External Links:
BBC: Mothers demand arrest of UN officials
SO: A 'Power'-ful message, US: Cautious,vigilant but engaged


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