Statement on Sri Lanka’s General Shavendra Silva – November 21,2010
Posted on November 26th, 2010

Ira de Silva London, Ontario 

Mr. Mathew Lee
Inner City Press
New York, N.Y.
U.S.A.
 
Dear Mr. Lee,
 
I am writing regarding your latest posting on  Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka’s Representative to the U.N. in New York, General Shavendra Silva the current Deputy Permanent Representative. You state that General Silva is “responsible for many of the war crimes in 2009”. To make this statement as one of fact, what proof do you have? You say it has been “noted by a New York tabloid” – I suppose you mean the New York Post in which Brad  Hamilton has repeated your wild claims  although he has been careful not to make direct accusations. He has protected himself by writing “a suspected war criminal who allegedly played a key role in the slaughter of 40,000 civilians in Sri Lanka has landed a cushy job at the United Nations – with full diplomatic immunity”. It seems that you are so used to making wild accusations against Sri Lanka and not suffering any consequence, that you believe you can write anything however inaccurate, unsubstantiated or defamatory and get away with it.  
 
It is clearly evident to anyone who reads the news on Sri Lanka from international sources and compares it with what you publish, that you are not knowledgeable  on Sri Lanka, have no factual knowledge, are not up-to-date on current events and keep making unsubstantiated accusations based on incorrect information. Where you get information from is anybody’s guess but it is clearly biased and you have made no attempt at verification. At press briefings at the U.N. you merely repeat accusations which are blatantly false  and pass this information on to other news media.  Referring to General Shavendra Silva, in your latest tirade you state “a commander in charge of the battalion that shot surrendering troops that came out with a white flag” . Again, what proof do you have?  You obviously do not because you go on to say “what I want to know is, if these reports in Sri Lanka are true “. If you do not know that these reports are true, on what basis do you make the accusation against General Silva? If you were a journalist of any integrity or credibility  you would not make such an accusation without knowing that your facts were correct and that you have credible sources of information that will stand the test of legal scrutiny.  
 
You seem to be aware that there is a review going on in Sri Lanka regarding the conflict. You write “if such individuals that were actively involved in the final stage of the conflict in Sri Lanka, which is now being investigated by Sri Lanka and advised in”. However it is clear that you know no details of the investigation.  If you had any interest in accuracy you would follow the presentations being made to that Commission and courts of law in Sri Lanka that deal with the conflict.   Clearly you do not because you are unaware that as of today, there has been no evidence that this claim of “surrendering troops being shot” is true. All the so-called human rights groups who have made their living by supporting the Tamil terrorist group the LTTE in their terrorism in Sri Lanka have not been able to provide any credible information regarding this claim, but this canard keeps being repeated by people like you who do not seem to care if you are writing fact or fiction. Had it not occurred to you that General Silva’s credentials were accepted by the Secretary General because he is aware that these accusations you and others make are unsubstantiated?
 
Your final insult of  General Silva is your statement “now they have a war criminal, a man with first hand knowledge, coming into the UN to represent Sri Lanka”. You are accusing General Silva of being a war criminal without any evidence. You say “a man with first hand knowledge” – knowledge of what? He was a front line commander therefore he does have first hand knowledge of what took place but that does not make him a war criminal. Perhaps it is because he has first hand knowledge of what took place and takes place in Sri Lanka that he has been sent to the U.N. so he can rebut the false accusations made by people such as you.
 
Not content with making false accusations against General Silva, believing that you can say anything against Sri Lanka and get away with it, you have extended your accusations to one other person although you have not had the courage to name that person. You claim that with regard to the white flag  murders, “there are two individuals with first hand knowledge who can often be found together inside the UN building”.
 
General Silva is a man of honour and made a great contribution to Sri Lanka when he was part of the security forces that rid Sri Lanka of the Tamil terrorist leaders.  I am requesting that you correct the false accusations by a retraction or correction.  If you do not, I hope that, as has been suggested by many who read your posting of November 21,2010, either the General or other Sri Lankans will seek redress by whatever legal means are available in the U.S.  Perhaps the other unnamed individual could join him to redeem their reputation.
 
Yours truly,
 
Ira de Silva
London, Ontario  
 

2 Responses to “Statement on Sri Lanka’s General Shavendra Silva – November 21,2010”

  1. Ratanapala Says:

    If General Shavendra Silva is not a war criminal, but there is a whole host of western leaders who eminently fit the bill – these include Winston Churchill, President Harry Truman, President John Kennedy, President Johnson, President Nixon and a whole host of western leaders including Margaret Thatcher.

  2. TERRENCE DE SILVA Says:

    IT IS WELL KNOWN THE WORLD OVER THAT THE ARMED FORCES OF SRI LANKA FOUGHT A WAR AGAINST THE “LTTE” TERRORIST ORGANIZATION WHO PLACED EXPLOSIVES IN PUBLIC BUSSES, TRAINS, AIRPLANES, BUS-STANDS, PUBLIC GATHERINGS AND AT PLACES OF WORSHIP. THIS WAS HITHERTO A WAR OF TERROR AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT & GENERAL PUBLIC OF SRI LANKA TOGETHER WITH THEIR SUICIDAL BOMBERS BOTH MEN AND WOMEN CADRES.

    THIS WAS NOT BY ANY STANDARDS A CONVENTIONAL WAR WHICH CAME UNDER THE GENVA CONVENTION. SO WHY DOES THE WESTERN WORLD AND THE U.N. CONTINUALLY BRING UP THE ACCUSATION THAT THE LTTE LEADERS WERE SHOT WHILE ATTEMPTING TO SURRENDER UNDER THE WHITE FLAG OF TRUCE.

    HERE WAS A TERRORIST ARMY WHO RENEGADED ON THE PEACE TALKS AND VIOLATED PREVIOUS NO-FIRE ZONES AND TREATIES. BLEW UP THEIR FORMER ALLIES
    VIZ., PRESIDENT PREMADASA OF SRI LANKA AND INDIAN PRESIDENT RAJIV GHANDI AND OTHERS.
    RECRUITED AND USED CHILD SOLDIERS; WHAT CONVENTIONS DID THEY ADHERE TO – THEIR LEADER PRABAKARAN DISTRIBUTED THE CYANIDE CAPSULE (WORN AROUND THE NECKS) OF ALL RECRUITS TO BE CHEWED UPON WHEN THEY WERE TAKEN CAPTIVE. TO ESCHEW DEATH INSTEAD OF CAPTIVITY. STRANGELY NEITHER OF THE SUPPOSEDLY SURRENDEES OF THE HIGHER LTTE ECHELON HAD BEEN WEARING THE CYANIDE CAPSULE WHEN THEY WERE REPORTEDLY SHOT UNDER A FLAG OF TRUCE (WHITE FLAG).

    AND NOW CERTAIN SECTORS WANT TO ACCUSE GEN. SHAVENDRA SILVA, SRI LANKA’S HON. PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE AT THE UNITED NATIONS OF SOME SUPPOSED WAR CRIMES. U.N.’s SECRETARY GENERAL SHOULD TAKE SERIOUS NOTE TO SQUASH & REFUTE THESE ALLEGATIONS AND HAVE ELITE INTERNATIONAL MILITARY BRASS ADVISE HIM ON CONVENTIONAL WAR RULES & REGULATIONS AND THAT OF UNCONVENTIONAL WAR AGAINST TERRORISTS THE WORLD OVER.

    THE PRESIDENT OF SRI LANKA AND HIS COUNTRY’S ARMED FORCES HAVE TO BE COMMENDED FOR VICTORIOUSLY ANNIHILIATING THE LTTE TERRORISTS WITHIN THE COUNTRY BY MILITARY FORCE DESPITE THE VAST NUMBER OF INNOCENT SRI LANKAN TAMIL MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN HELD AS A HUMAN SHIELD BY THEIR SO CALLED LIBERATORS – PRABAKARAN & HIS LTTE TERRORISTS –

    THIS HUMAN SHIELD WAS RESCUED BY THE SRI LANKA ARMY WHO PROVIDED A “NO-FIRE ZONE” DURING THE LAST STAGES OF THE BLOODY CONFLICT AND A PLACE OF REFUGE FOR THESE INNOCENT WAR VICTIMS TO ESCAPE TO.

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