Lettre ouverte à Monsieur Bernard Kouchner
Posted on June 29th, 2011

Dr Bandula Kothalawala  London

Cher Monsieur

 Silence du Sri Lanka

 En tant qu’expatriƒÆ’†’© du Sri Lanka, je m’adresse ƒÆ’†’  vous pour vous faire part de mon indignation sur la lettre que vous avez cosignƒÆ’†’©e avec Mon David Miliband, ancien ministre britannique des affaires ƒÆ’†’©trangƒÆ’†’¨res, dans le New York Times du 20 juin 2011. 

 Que Mon Miliband s’ƒÆ’†’©chine ƒÆ’†’  s’acquitter assidƒÆ’†’»ment de ses besognes envers des groupes sƒÆ’†’©paratistes qui avaient ensanglantƒÆ’†’© un pays souverain pendant trois dƒÆ’†’©cennies n’est un mystƒÆ’†’¨re pour personne. Ses discours au parlement, ses dƒÆ’†’©marches en faveur de ceux qui prƒÆ’†’´nent le dƒÆ’†’©membrement du Sri Lanka et ses engagements auprƒÆ’†’¨s des groupuscules qui s’acharnent sans cesse contre la paix durable et essaient d’attiser le conflit de nouveau afin de faire obstacle ƒÆ’†’  la reconstruction and la rƒÆ’†’©conciliation tƒÆ’†’©moignent sans ƒÆ’†’©quivoque de ses intentions.

 Dans votre lettre faite en tandem avec Mon Miliband, vous ƒÆ’†’©voquez des notions de la primautƒÆ’†’© de la loi et celles des droits de l’homme et de crimes de guerre. Je voudrais bien savoir ce que vous entendez par ces concepts. Quant ƒÆ’†’  la primautƒÆ’†’© de la loi, il semble que vous, qui discourez ƒÆ’†’©loquemment sur le silence du Sri Lanka, n’ayez pas soufflƒÆ’†’© un mot sur la nomination de Mon Alain JuppƒÆ’†’© comme ministre des affaires ƒÆ’†’©trangƒÆ’†’¨res. MalgrƒÆ’†’© sa condamnation pour dƒÆ’†’©lits financiers, Mon JuppƒÆ’†’© se pavane sur la scƒÆ’†’¨ne internationale comme si de rien n’ƒÆ’†’©tait, et cela dans un pays dont l’administration exige qu’on ait un casier judiciaire vierge pour postuler pour un simple poste comme, par exemple, celui d’infirmier. Je ne vous ai pas entendu, non plus, quand le gouvernement franƒÆ’†’§ais faisait pression sur le gouvernement mexicain pour obtenir la libƒÆ’†’©ration d’une citoyenne franƒÆ’†’§aise condamnƒÆ’†’©e par la justice mexicaine pour enlƒÆ’†’¨vements, port d’armes et participation ƒÆ’†’  dƒÆ’†’©linquance organisƒÆ’†’©e. Je trouve votre silence assourdissant dans ces cas prƒÆ’†’©cis. Vous voulez bien parler de la primautƒÆ’†’© de la loi quand cela vous convient!

 Quant aux droits de l’homme, vous avez vraiment manquƒÆ’†’© une belle  occasion de vous taire. Le palmarƒÆ’†’¨s de la France en la matiƒÆ’†’¨re est fort impressionnant et il vaut certainement plusieurs prix Nobel! Les crimes odieux et inqualifiables commis contre les peuples sans dƒÆ’†’©fenses dans vos anciennes colonies, les abominations de l’esclavage, plus rƒÆ’†’©cemment, la part de la responsabilitƒÆ’†’© de votre pays dans le gƒÆ’†’©nocide au Rwanda et maintenant celle des massacres quasi-quotidiens d’hommes, femmes et enfants en Afghanistan et en Libye vous situent sans doute au premier rang en ce qui concerne les crimes de guerre. Vous n’avez vraiment pas grand-chose ƒÆ’†’  envier aux autres – ni aux Britanniques, ni aux AmƒÆ’†’©ricains, ni, peut-ƒÆ’†’ªtre, aux Allemands et beaucoup moins encore au gouvernement sri lankais. Franchement, vous vous moquez du monde. Quels que soient des dƒÆ’†’©fauts des dirigeants du Sri Lanka et des imperfections du systƒÆ’†’¨me dƒÆ’†’©mocratique du pays, les pays europƒÆ’†’©ens y compris la France le devancent de plusieurs annƒÆ’†’©es-lumiƒÆ’†’¨re quand il s’agit des crimes de guerre. Il est peu probable que la contribution ƒÆ’†’©pistolaire au New York Times ait grandi ses auteurs!

 En espƒÆ’†’©rant que vous vous occuperez des affaires de votre pays plutƒÆ’†’´t que celles des autres, je vous prie de croire, Cher Monsieur, ƒÆ’†’  l’expression de mes sentiments distinguƒÆ’†’©s.

 Dr Bandula Kothalawala
Londres

 (Translation)

 As a Sri Lankan expatriate, I should like to express my indignation over the letter you co-signed with my David Miliband, former British Minister of Foreign Affairs, in the   New York Times on June 20, 2011.

That Mr Miliband toils hard to fulfil his obligations to separatist groups which had caused much bloodshed in a sovereign country for three decades is no mystery to anyone. His speeches in parliament, his actions in favour of those advocating the dismemberment of Sri Lanka and his commitments to small groups working against durable peace and trying to stir up trouble there again in order to prevent the reconstruction and reconciliation provide unmistakeable evidence of his intentions.

In your letter published in tandem with Mr Miliband, you refer to the notions of the rule of law and those of human rights and war crimes. I wonder what you mean by these concepts. As for the rule of law, it seems to me that you who lecture eloquently on the silence of Sri Lanka did not raise a murmur over the appointment of Alain JuppƒÆ’†’© as foreign minister. Despite his conviction for financial crimes, Mr JuppƒÆ’†’© is strutting on the international scene as if nothing had happened, and this happens in  a country whose administration stipulates that no one with any criminal record can apply for a simple job, say, for instance, that of a nurse. I did not hear you utter a word when the French government was putting pressure on the Mexican government to secure the release of a French citizen convicted of kidnapping, possession of arms and delinquency and sentenced by the judiciary in Mexico. I find your silence deafening in these cases. You want to talk about the rule of law when it suits you.

As for human rights, you really missed a good opportunity to keep quiet. France’s record in this field is indeed very impressive and worthy of several Nobel Prizes! With unspeakably heinous crimes committed against defenceless people in your former colonies, the abominations of slavery, more recently, the share of the responsibility of your country for the genocide in Rwanda and now the almost daily massacres of men, women and children in Afghanistan and Libya, you are certainly in the forefront with regard to war crimes. There is hardly any need for you to envy other nations “”…” British, American and perhaps even the Germans, and certainly, not the Sri Lankan government in this regard. You must be joking! Whatever the faults of the leaders of Sri Lanka and the imperfections of the country’s democratic system, Sri Lanka cannot hold a candle to European countries including France when it comes to war crimes. It is unlikely that the letter to the New York Times did any good to its authors!

 I do hope that you will mind your own business in future and keep out of others’.

 Yours sincerely

 Dr Bandula Kothalawala

London

3 Responses to “Lettre ouverte à Monsieur Bernard Kouchner”

  1. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    A very BIG thank you Dr. Bandula, for giving this immoral interloper a piece of your mind. When there are hundreds of countries having their share of conflicts, in this world, this man is seeing only Sri Lanka. So is his bed fellow Miliband, who spends 60% of his time on Sri Lanka. These two imbeciles have something in common. They have the lust for LTTE Dollars.

    No wonder they are licking the posterior exits of the oesophagus, of the LTTE TAMIL TERRORISTS DIASPORA BRIBE GIVERS.

  2. Vis8 Says:

    Dear Dr. K.,
    Don’t waste a second on these two self-possessed morons, Milliband and Kouchner…. All they care is how to get that Tamil vote to get elected the next time around……. and, Tamil terrorists, who are using their ‘refugee’ power to empower these losers are feeding them with their terror-money…………

    Anyway, just forget about these losers. But, take a look at terror-media exposed::::::::::::::::::::::::

    http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2011/06/29/terrorist-propaganda-exposed-%E2%80%9Cchannel-4%E2%80%9D-and-ofcom-owe-an-explanation-to-sri-lanka-and-her-citizens/

    With Best Regards.

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