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Colombo reaches ‘understanding’ with USA, claims Sinhala daily

[TamilNet, Thursday, 07 March 2013, 07:09 GMT]
Sinhala daily Divaina, which is a sister news paper of The Island, published by Upali Newspapers in Colombo, has stated in a recent news report citing ‘reliable’ sources that Colombo had reached a mutual understanding with Washington on the implementation of LLRC and monitoring its implementation through a Rajapaksa-appointed Commission of Colombo. According to the paper, the USA had promised to Colombo that it would refrain from imposing sanctions on Sri Lanka through UN Security Council until 2016. Last week, the External Affairs Minister of the New Delhi Establishment in the Indian parliament ‘encouraged’ the USA and Sri Lanka “to directly engage on the draft resolution and aim for a mutually acceptable outcome.”

Journalist Keerthy Warnakulasuriya, writing in Divaina on 03 March 2013, further claims that the understanding was reached prior to the SL delegation leaving Colombo for Geneva.

Mr Warnakularsuriya further writes that Colombo had agreed to permit the USA to review the progress on LLRC implementation on an annual basis.

In the meantime, informed circles in Geneva on Wednesday told TamilNet that there is nothing new in the draft and that certain countries, like Egypt, were pushing for dropping specifics in the already watered-down draft currently in circulation.

In addition to the rejection of the territoriality of Eezham Tamils in the island, Colombo’s LLRC report has fixed 2020 as the year to complete the structural genocide of Eezham Tamils as a nation, through the deceptive ‘Trilingual Initiative’.

The LLRC denies even the existence of ethnic districts in the island.

Informed circles say that the US resolution in Geneva may mention non-descript ‘devolution’ of powers but will not deal with the status of Eezham Tamils as a nation or even as an ethnicity.

The signal from Washington has already made it clear that the CJ impeachment issue (State reformation) is more important than the issue of genocide in the island.

The resolution will provide full green signal to Colombo to continue in full speed the annihilation of Eezham Tamils as a nation having territoriality in the island, the sources said. Both New Delhi and Washington must have already received the ‘payments’ for their services in this year’s session of the UNHRC, the informed sources said.

In keeping the sides–committing genocide and facing it–silent, the USA now need not worry about the Sinhalese, and about Tamils the USA is thoroughly confident about its control on the diaspora, Tamil parliamentary politicians in the island, mainstream parties in Tamil Nadu and the machinations of New Delhi, the sources further said, adding that the ultimate aim of talking Soft Power - Hard Power formula is to blunt the People’s Power.

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The Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid, said the following during the parliamentary debate in New Delhi on last Wednesday:

“I would like to inform the august House that we understand that a follow up procedural Resolution on Sri Lanka is likely to be proposed by USA for consideration at the forthcoming session of the UNHRC in Geneva in March 2013. At this juncture, we would encourage the United States and Sri Lanka to directly engage on the draft resolution and aim for a mutually acceptable outcome. Needless to add, our decision on a potential resolution in the forthcoming meeting of the Human Rights Council will await the outcome of these efforts and would depend on the substance of the resolution finally tabled.”

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Excerpts from the LLRC recommendations revealing what is actually aimed by the implementation of them, i.e., the annihilation of the identity of Eezham Tamils as a nation of its territory in the island:

The following excerpts, showing how unambiguous the recommendations are in the structural genocide of Eezham Tamils, are brought out here for the benefit of the gullible arguing in favour of the implementation of the LLRC recommendations.

On the language identity of the nation of Eezham Tamils:

No district or province should be categorized in terms of language (LLRC 8.240)

The Commission also recommends that the government should have a pro-active of policy to encourage mixed schools serving children from different ethnic and religious background. In this regard the Government should develop a carefully conceived policy facilitating the admission of children from different ethnic and religious groups to these schools (LLRC: 8.250)

The Commission therefore welcomes the Government initiative for a trilingual nation by the year 2020 (LLRC: 8.239)

On power-sharing:

While the distribution of meaningful powers to the periphery is essential, there are powers, which form the core responsibilities of the State and which cannot be so devolved, and need to be retained and exercised by the Government at the centre. It is also important to ensure that any power sharing arrangement has inbuilt mechanisms that would effectively address and discourage secessionist tendencies and safeguard the sovereignty and integrity of the State. (LLRC: 8.224)

On land and homeland of Eezham Tamils:

The view was also expressed that no part of Sri Lanka belonged to any ethnic group. It was stated that due to terrorist activities, Sinhalese people from the North and East had been chased away, and that these people should be taken and resettled in the North (LLRC: 8.107)

The Commission is of view that the Government should expedite action on the establishment of a National Land Commission (NLC) in order to propose appropriate future national land policy guidelines (LLRC 6.104.12)

On the war and reputation of Sinhala Army:

In evaluating the Sri Lanka experience in the context of allegations of violations of IHL, the Commission is satisfied that the military strategy that was adopted to secure the LTTE held areas was one that was carefully conceived, in which the protection of the civilian population was given the highest priority (LLRC 4.262)

The Commission finds that there are troubling technical and forensic questions of a serious nature that cast significant doubts about the authenticity of this video and the credibility and reliability of its content. It is also observed that trauma evident on the bodies of victims does not appear to be consistent with the type of weapon used and the close range at which the firing is seen to have taken place (LLRC 4.374 e)

It is also the obligation of the Government to clear the good name and protect the honour and professional reputation of soldiers who defended the territorial integrity of Sri Lanka and particularly the many thousands of soldiers who perished carrying out their combat duties cleanly and professionally against a widely condemned terrorist group who used most inhumane tactics in combat (LLRC 4.376)



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