UN Group and Maj. General S. Silva
Posted on February 24th, 2012

Ira de Silva London, Canada

The Editor
The Island
Colombo, Sri Lanka
 
Dear Sir:
 
It has been reported that Maj. General l Silva who was nominated by the Asia Group to be a member of a UN committee was snubbed when he attended the first meeting, was ostracised and not allowed to participate by  Madame Louise Frechette, Chair of the Senior Advisory Group. In other words Mme. Frechette has found the Major Gen. “guilty” – she has acted as prosecutor, judge and jury. She is the Canadian representative, coming from a country that is supposed to be a democracy, talks much and lectures the world about rights, law and order and democracy but acts in this high-handed manner which is reflection of the attitude to Asia by the “white west”. Does she represent the real “Canadian values”?
 
This dictatorial attitude is the basis for much of the decisions made at the UN where a few of the colonial powers,  their colonies that are white and the current so-called leader of the world band together to force their views and rules on other countries.  It could not be said that Mme Frechette is unaware of the workings of the UN because she was a senior member of the UN. She has adopted this superior attitude forgetting that she is subject to the rules of conduct and etiquette of the UN. Her attitude to the Asian Group is “you may make a nomination but I am the one who will decide”. She has adopted this outrageous and high handed attitude forgetting that the United Nations is an Organization of Member-States and that all members are supposed to be equal and her personal grudges have no place and should not be tolerated. When is Ban ki Moon going to set her straight regarding how she behaves or if she is not willing to work within the rules of the UN, dismiss her immediately and nominate someone who does not bring disrepute to the UN by arrogance, vindictiveness and plainly racist attitudes.
 
Further, it is imperative that the GOSL make representations to the UN and the Asia Group to ask for an apology from Mme. Frechette and permit Maj. General Silva to represent the Asia Group as it is they who have nominated him and  not allow  one person working for the UN to behave as a dictator. Whether in this instance or as is happening in Geneva, it is obvious that Sri Lanka has to take a stand and not be dominated and dictated to by biased, arrogant, dictators who believe that they can behave like colonial masters.
 
Yours truly,
 
Ira de Silva
London, Canada

3 Responses to “UN Group and Maj. General S. Silva”

  1. aravinda Says:

    Madam, please civilize us. As Kipling wrote, “We are “White Mans burdens”. We don’t know how to enter another mans land, kill him, rape his wife and daughters, poison his water, steal his land and oil, bash his babies on the ground, cut open belly of his sister, burn his holy books, blind and dismember his brother and then, if he resists, advise him he is committing war crimes. We don’t know how to do it. Please civilize us. Tell us how it is done. I don’t think we will ever learn it.

    When racists raise their heads in World forums, I always remember reading “Heart of Darkness” by Conrad. He wrote, “The conquest of the earth, which mostly means the taking it away from those who have a different complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it.” How true. How true about Canada.

  2. Marco Says:

    The author should be made aware that it was SRI LANKA that was endorsed by the Asia Group to participate in the SAG as per the Asia Group Minutes.
    It was Sri Lanka (in particular the President, against the advise of External Affairs Minister) that nominated Shavendra Silva to represent Sri Lanka.
    The Asia Group endorsed the statement given by Frechette.

  3. Ben_silva Says:

    GOSL should inform the whole world that terrorism was funded from the West, generally with money raised from bogus refugees, who obtained refugee status by lying through their teeth. The same Western counties favoured Tamils and discriminated against the Sinhalese, perhaps continuing the divide and rule policy they practiced during colonal time

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