Long Arm of Sri Lanka’s Toronto Envoy – November 24,2009 by Martin Cohn
Posted on November 24th, 2009

Ira de Silva London, Ontario Canada

The Letters Editor
Toronto Star
Toronto, Ontario
Dear Sir:
Re: Long Arm of Sri Lanka’s Toronto Envoy – Nov. 24,2009
Reading this article I was glad to hear that finally we have an official from Sri Lanka who is not in Canada on a holiday paid for by the Sri Lankan tax payer but that he is doing what representatives are supposed to do, namely uphold the good name of the country they represent and in Sri Lanka’s case, give the lie to the false propaganda of the supporters of LTTE terrorism of whom there are thousands in Toronto. 
Up to now, judging from the opinions expressed by it’s editors, the Toronto Star has been a loyal supporter of LTTE sympathisers in Toronto.  From the tone of this article it appears that the writer is also objecting to a different opinion been expressed by the Consul General. He states that Sri Lanka’s government has a way of making itself heard “”…” and felt “”…” in the person of its high profile Consul General in Toronto, Bandula Jayasekara. That indicates that up to now, he too has not heard a “voice” for Sri Lanka – it is a compliment to the Consul General and Sri Lanka that at long last your readers and the public do not have only the opinions of the pro-LTTE Canadian Tamil Congress spokesperson Poopalapillai and Cheran Rudhramoorthy, a candidate for the LTTE transnational government.
As for  Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, the writer claims he is the “voice of reason”. It is obvious that he is either unaware or chooses to ignore that Saravanamuttu, the Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Alternatives, is funded by international agencies with a vested interest in contributing to dissension and turmoil in Sri Lanka. Saravanamuttu is paid to carry out the programmes of his paymasters. Although his Centre was formed in 1996 to supposedly provide “conflict resolution”, it has not provided any valid or constructive contributions because it concentrated on being critical of the Government of Sri Lanka and had no answer or critique of the LTTE that was terrorising the country. There was no attempt at engaging the LTTE so it is difficult to understand how it could claim to provide conflict resolution in the Sri Lankan context. To say that he is one of Sri Lanka’s “foremost thinkers”  is indicative of either the writers superficial knowledge on Sri Lanka, that he believes only LTTE propaganda or that he too has fallen for the hype propagated to elevate Sarvaanamuttu so that he can earn more dollars for his questionable Centre for Policy Alternatives.
Yours truly,
Ira de Silva
London, Ontario

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