Geneva Resolution – The Government must also accept some blame
Posted on April 2nd, 2012

Media Release -Sri Lanka Support Group, Canberra

The recently passed Geneva Resolution is the only such Resolution that has ever been passed against Sri Lanka. It is immaterial whether we lost by a few votes or more, the end result is that the consequences of the Resolution are serious.

This is the beginning of a new, long, protracted campaign to be initiated against Sri Lanka by the international community. Sadly, India is also part of it. And this is a very serious situation.

The end result one day could be the initiation of a referendum in the North East of Sri Lanka by the international community to split Sri Lanka into two. If India too supports this (quite likely), the dream of an independent Tamil Elam will become a reality soon.

The new independent Tamil Elam will be born without a single fire being shot “”…” this is the difference between the two wars – the war waged by Prabhakaran and the new, sophisticated war by pen waged by the Tamil Diaspora.

Sadly,  this reality (formation of Tamil Elam) can happen in the near future, those who think this may not happen in their lifetime, may be mistaken.

It was a decision by the Sri Lankan Government itself to appoint the LLRC. It was established as a result of continuous critique on Sri Lanka by the international community. The members of the LLRC were appointed by the Sri Lankan Government. When the LLRC was established, western Governments strongly criticised Sri Lanka and even before the report was out, they stated it will be a biased report and they will not accept it. Enormous pressure was put on the Sri Lankan Government by the West to publish the Report the way they want it. It looks like the Sri Lankan Government succumbed to this  trap. In this regard, Robert Blake travelled to Sri Lanka several times, even just before the Report was published, again just before the Geneva Resolution. The Sri Lankan Government entertained him in the country with open arms. Whether or not he met the members of the LLRC before the report was published is not clear to us.

The LLRC Report came out with extremely adverse findings against Sri Lanka. It even acknowledged that a large number of civilians were killed in the North and East by the Sri Lankan military during the war (albeit inadvertently).  Then,  just before the Geneva Conference,  the Department of Statistics of the Government of Sri Lanka stated that 8,000 Tamil civilians were killed during the war, mainly in the North of the country. This was a damning admission by the Government of Sri Lanka, at the wrong time. The Department  failed to mention that those who died were Tamil terrorists “”…” numbering more than 10,000.

The LLRC Committee went beyond its mandate to recommend that land and police powers must be given to the North and East Provincial Governments and that security camps in the North and East must be dismantled or toned down. The Government allowed LLRC to publish the Report, and went ahead and made it public. After the Geneva Resolution, it was reported in internet media that the Government had alleged that some of the members of the LLRC (2 in particular) had been “ƒ”¹…”bought’ by the US. If this is the situation, the Government should also bear some responsibility for this. Why did it allow the Report writers to write such a damning report, especially allowing them to recommend things that were not within the terms of reference given to the  LLRC. Why did not the Government before the Geneva conference emphasised this blatant breach of the terms of reference by the LLRC. Also, why did the Government  appoint such people in the LLRC, who seem to have written the report to please the Western Governments, especially the US?

It looks like this time too, as in the past, the rights of the ordinary Sri Lankans have been compromised by those who are in powerful positions in Sri Lanka.  The ordinary citizens’ rights have not been protected by Sri Lanka, due to the fear of intense international diplomatic and other pressure.

When the issue of the LLRC Report was taken up in Geneva, the Government ran the campaign to defeat the Resolution, somewhat in a circus type manner. Two ministers were sent with more senior Ministers following later. The experienced Foreign Minister was purposely marginalized in favour of another Minister whose portfolio is on Plantation.  It was not conducive to allow the Plantation Minister to lead an international delegation with the Foreign Minister being marginalized. The Foreign Minister, Professor Peiris,  is erudite and  an internationally accepted diplomat. He knows the international diplomatic language better than the other ministers who were in Geneva.

It was also reported in the internet that the Government team comprised of over 70 in numbers, who were staying in plush Geneva hotels, and they were divided into two camps of the two ministers, and the two ministers were fighting against each other to lead the team. This situation must have made us a laughing stock before the international delegates in Geneva.

It is true the Government gave a fight to defeat  the Resolution but it could not defeat the most powerful USA with India supporting it. We must not forget there were 40 odd co-sponsors to the Resolution and Australia was also one of them. Just because there were 8 abstaintees, we cannot say they were siding with us. If so, they should have voted for us. Even if all of the 8 abstaintees voted for us, we would have still lost the Resolution.

After the Resolution, India has indicated that they will send an all party fact finding mission to Sri Lanka. After the humiliation and back stabbing that they  did to us, it will be an insult to the Sri Lankan people to welcome such a delegation from India.  The Government should politely refuse this delegation. At least Indians will then know how we, the Sri Lankans, feel about their treachery, and that we have  a spine. Hillary Clinton has invited the Foreign Minister to visit the USA on 18 May 2012. What is there to discuss after the treachery that the US inflicted on Sri Lanka? This request must be either politely refused or the US Ambassador must be summoned to the Foreign Ministry in Colombo and it must be explained to them why the US-led Resolution was an unfriendly act towards Sri Lanka, how much it had damaged the relations between Sri Lanka and the US, and how much the Sri Lankan  people are disappointed about such an unfriendly act.

When Channel 4 brought out the “ƒ”¹…”Killing Fields’ videos against the Government, the Government did not rebut them. The Government’s lethargy led Channel 4 to produce several others videos. They were mostly fabricated stories and were exceptionally damaging. By the time the Government put out its own videos, the damage to Sri Lanka from the Channel 4 videos globally had been fully hit.  When the Darusman Report was out, the Government demonstrated the same level of complacency. The Government refused to respond to the Darusman Report word by word, this caused us a huge disadvantage. It is clear that those who give advice to the Government are amateurs who do not know how international politics work.  The Government leadership had been given poor advice by its international law advisors.

Both Channel 4 videos and the Darusman Report made wrong, fabricated propaganda against Sri Lanka – that the Sri Lankan Government killed nearly 40,000 innocent Tamil people during the last stages of the civil war. The Government of Sri Lanka knows these are false allegations, but it failed to rebut the allegations with utmost venom. It just acted like a zombie.

This is because the Government has handed over its propaganda work to inefficient, inept people who have no clue how to handle international pressures and false propaganda.

The Government should have taken legal action for defaming the nation and its proud people, it decided to keep silent and turned a blind eye. Those who tried to initiate legal action in international arenas were not supported by the Government, but dissuaded from doing so. They were grave mistakes at the time.

What should the Government do now to stop the future spreading of international action against Sri Lanka? The Government should use wise, intelligent diplomats who can sit with the adversaries of Sri Lanka like Robert Blake, SM Krishna, Pranab Mukharjee, William Hague, Hillary Clinton et al – to sit with them on par, on equal footing. The Government must establish contacts with key persons who work opposed to us internationally and embark on a massive scale diplomatic dialogue on a continuous basis.

There is hardly any minister in the Government who is up to such task, thus the Government must look for efficient people from elsewhere including from its Diaspora community.

There is nothing for the Government to hide. Its record after the civil war in the North and East is exceptionally  good. The Government did not kill 40,000 Tamils but rescued over 300,000 of them.

Like a good salesman, the Government must sell its performances and achievements to the international community, including India.  Sadly, the Government has thus far failed to do this. If India feels that it has been tricked by the Government by saying different things at different times, the Government must come clean about its future plans for Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka Support Group, Canberra  states there is no ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka, only a terrorist problem existed, which was wiped out in 2009. There is no reason to give land and police powers to the North and East provincial governments, this will lead to secession. The military camps established in the North and East must not be closed or toned down. They are required to preserve the sovereignty of the nation.

Tamils and Sinhalese are living in harmony in Sri Lanka. Tamils in Sri Lanka do not want a separate state except the Tamil Diaspora.

TNA has become a mouthpiece of the Tamil Diaspora.                         

Sadly, there is hardly anyone in the Government who can do the high standard of diplomatic work that must be undertaken in the future.  Even Professor GL Peiris  though erudite, is weak (this man once tried to negotiate peace with the murderous Tamil Tigers in the Ranil Wickramasinghe Government, and then considered that the Tamil Tigers can be trusted. This shows his immaturity). He can be taken for a ride by people like Hillary Clinton. Effectively, this is a task that must be handled by the President himself, only if he is capable of doing that.

Finally, last week the “ƒ”¹…”Tamils for Obama’ submitted a 31,000 signature petition to the US Government requesting the initiation of a South Sudan style referendum in Sri Lanka. The US Government was very keen to pursue the request. The petition is currently receiving the keen attention of the US Government. The next step by the adversaries to Sri Lanka will be that:  as Sri Lanka has failed to provide to its ethnic minority “”…” the Tamils, the only alternative available  is to divide the country after a Referendum. It is no surprise that like many other diplomatic pressures, the  Government of Sri Lanka will succumb to this diplomatic pressure as well. Note how Omar El Bashir agreed to hold a referendum in South Sudan that led to creating a separate nation there. Afterwards the threat to frame war crimes charges against him has died down.

It is time for the Sri Lankan Government to nip this idea of South Sudan style Referendum in the bud, rather than allowing it to grow like a huge tree. Like how the Tamil Tigers, who were a weak outfit in the 70s became a massive force in the 80s, 90s and 2000s due to the inefficiency of the previous Governments. In this regard, the Sri Lankan Government, Professor Peiris in particular,  must make very strong representations to the US Government.

Sri Lanka Support Group, Canberra states that releasing all the captured terrorists (11,000 in number) back to the community is a grave mistake, one day the country will pay a high prize for this shortsighted act. After they are released these ex-terrorists’ acts are not even monitored “”…” they should be asked to report to the local police station at least weekly. Some of them, who had previously committed the most atrocious and heinous crimes, can retreat to the Vavuniya/Mulativu/Batticaloe  jungles and revive as a group to commence terrorist acts against the nation’s people. We must not forget there needs to be one person to emerge as the leader, some of the released ex-cadres could rally round him.

We must not forget that Tamilnadu, where the Sri Lankan Tamils come from and a place where over 50 million Tamils live, is ever eager to support any Tamil liberation movement in Sri Lanka.

The saddest of one of the grim realities is the dumb silence maintained by the thousands of Sri Lankan Sinhalese Diaspora living comfortably in English-speaking countries, who simply do not come on board to protect the motherland. They are sitting and watching how the motherland’s good name is desecrated internationally. They are also complacent because they can see the Government is not doing a good job to rebut the very strong anti-Sri Lanka propaganda worldwide.  The Sri Lankan Sinhalese Diaspora due to lack of proper leadership and other reasons, is not well organised like the Tamil Diaspora. The lack of organization of the Sri Lankan Sinhalese Diaspora, one cannot directly blame the Sri Lankan Government, it is the overall negative psyche of the Sri Lankan Sinhalese Diaspora living in English-speaking countries.

Sri Lanka Support Group, Canberra

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19 Responses to “Geneva Resolution – The Government must also accept some blame”

  1. AnuD Says:

    How about the story that out of 70 that was sent, 65 of them did nothing. Even the minister who handled it did not know how to do that. Did you read the article by Mr. Mahindapala ?.

    So, they themselves screwed it up big time.

  2. Dham Says:

    I have doubts now that the Government has set up the whole thing to justify 13A +++.
    Why ?
    Possibly Rajapakes take bribes mostly from India. Lowering the taxes for the Son to import Maruti Cars from India ?
    Is this drinking blood of our dead sons and daughters ?

  3. AnuD Says:

    [I have doubts now that the Government has set up the whole thing to justify 13A +++. ]

    If Rajapakse’s plan is to implement 13+++++, then the war was a futile exercise. Because, the same thing could have been achieved without the war. Then the death of those 6000 or so people become a curse to the nation.

  4. dhane Says:

    The facts given by Sri Lanka Support Group, Canberra should be consider seriously.
    Why not Sri Lankan are requesting US Government or UN to consider initiation of a South Sudan style referendum in Tamil Nadu and create their Homeland or Ealam in South India where the majority of Tamils are living in the whole word.
    Then India will learn a good lesson. We know there is a legislation preventing any separation of India introduced in 1962. Alternatively Sri Lanka too should introduced similar legislation preventing any separation of Sri Lanka in Parliament before its too late.

  5. S de Silva Says:

    Writing for the nth time: ….. if Tamils want a separate state on account of their ‘Tamilness’, that place is no other than the place of their Dravidian place of racial origin -Tamil Nadu – and nowhere else on this Earth. Why on Earth are our stupid Sinhala leaders unable ever to utter these words aloud??? May be it was to avoid upsetting India in the past, but should not be so in the future as our response for stabbing us from behind! The claims to justify a Separate State on “Discrimination” and “Historical Homeland” is pure bunkum and a clever diversion- S de Silva – London

  6. AnuD Says:

    British Subjects should swear allegiance to the Queen. Why, Sri Lanka don’t introduce such allegiance to the constitution. If not they should not be allowed inside the parliament.

  7. Lorenzo Says:

    “British Subjects should swear allegiance to the Queen. Why, Sri Lanka don’t introduce such allegiance to the constitution. If not they should not be allowed inside the parliament.”

    Good point.

  8. dhane Says:

    Whatever I do not think India like creating Homeland in North & East of Sri Lanka. Afterwards these Tamils will extend Ealam Stage 2 into Tamil Nadu. That was Prabakaran’s and Tamil Nadu supporters vision. At the start Rajiv support LTTE after realizing the danger with 2nd stage of Ealem he turned the table and paid the penalty with his life. India wants this Ealam movement to keep as long as possible within Sri Lanka to delay spreading into India. USA & EU wants to destabilized Indian and Sri Lanka economic growth by steering Ealam with Tamil Diaspora. Thereby India have to fight eternally same as Kashmir another frontier in South.

  9. jayt Says:

    Keep American and Israeli off Sri lanka military bases. Do not help them again to come as friends and misguide Sri lanka military to kill Tamil then come out and charge war crime when SL refuses their military interest in SL ports. This how American and Israelis hijack the world to serve their interest. They can come out and lie to Western public since there is no anybody to come western public that Israeli and American order sl to kill Tigers. American and Israel sold weapon and gave military experts to kill Tigers. This and above statement can be used against American\ European in a court hearing in the west against Western false propaganda of war crime.

  10. Fran Diaz Says:

    Good article. I am afraid it exposes that GoSL was rather laid back on the UNHRC issue.

    First of all, the 13-A must be removed.

    Some other points :

    (1) How did the Dept. of Census & Statistics arrive at the neat figure of 8,000 Tamil civilians dead at the end of last war ?
    did they add on the Tsunami dead too ? Have they taken into account the number of Tamil illegal migrants in the North who entered Lanka via the Mannar route when ltte was in charge of those areas ?

    (2) Lankan leaders are reactive, not proactive. The Tamil leaders are thinking 20 to 50 yrs ahead, to form a separate Tamil homeland in Sri Lanka, and I don’t mean just a part of it. What are our leaders doing to stop it ? Do we want a Caste bound plus land like Tamil Nadu in Lanka, because that is what is going to happen to Sri Lanka.

    (3) Deporting all Illegal Migrants and making sure no one lands in Lanka and stays on is all important. Fishermen from TN and other places, in particular should be under surveillance. Fishermen in SE Asia think they can land anywhere and stay on.

    (4) Making the N & E multiethnic is imperative.

    (5) Less and less dependency on Tamil labor all important. Tea plucking machines operable by any ethnicity should be introduced into tea plantations and line rooms removed and labor live out of estates.

    There are a host of other actions to be taken. The People are behind you, GoSL, go for it !

  11. Fran Diaz Says:

    About (1), I have more points to make.

    (a) There was a rapid swell of numbers of Tamil people in all the cities of South Lanka, especially Colombo which showed a large influx and up 55% of Colombo became Tamil. From where did these people come – obviously from the North & East mostly. Are they too counted as the ‘war dead’ ?
    How did the North end up with such a large number as the Human Shield when those areas were supposed to be sparsely populated ? the Army at that time reckoned the Human Shield numbers to be around 100,000. The NGO plus UN officials said around 300,000 plus ! How did this number swell up if not for illegal migrants via Mannar Route ? (Rev. Reyappu Joseph’s Mannar).
    So, we have swell of numbers of Tamils in the South cities, plus a swell of numbers in the North too. Only a large number of illegal entrants can account for this phenomenon.
    They ought to be deported.

    Also, there is such a term as ‘co-lateral damage’ used by the west when wars happen. Same thing happened in the war with ltte. And we also know that the ltte was shooting at their own people fleeing the ‘HUman Shield’.

    Around 6,000 soldiers of the SL Army died trying to release the Tamils from the clutches of the ltte. So many died because the Army was careful not to fire indiscriminately at the ltte hiding among civilians. There must be justice from any decision makers on deciding on a final figure of the numbers of civilians who actually died in cross fire.

  12. gamunu6 Says:

    Sri Lanka Support Group ~ Canberra.
    Thanks so much for exposing the ineffective of our ministers involved in Foreign affairs, and waiting for the last moment to react instead beng pro-active. This is not the first time, we have to feel ashamed of how UN-Preapred for International organizations & their requirements.

    As much as we love our President for erradicating terrorism in May 2009, we cannot harp on that achievement for ever. There should be a process to follow after defeating them. Just because Int. Comunity says so, we need not abide by releasing the LTTE inmates so early, and strict monitoring of theii wherabouts, what they are doing, or are they planning sabotage or actions that are detrimental to country’s well being.

    These should be our primary objective in releasing them & that also must be in accordance to laws of Sri lanka. Even though I do not agree with our ex – general Sarath Fonseka, he had the right idea, when he said NOT to realease them as it is too early for them join the peace loving ordinary folks in Lanka.

    With respect to Sinhalese & other ethinicities called SRI LANKA NON LTTE or NON Tamil diaspora, should have been active in supporting our Motherland. Not only Sinhalese, but Muslims, Burghres & other minority groups should unite & support our course.

    Often when I write responses to excellent articles, I am informed that I am repeating myself, BUT if the end result is not conducive or acceptable most expats or Lanka lovers, we must REPEAT till our brothers & sisters understand & unte against common enemy. Even here in Canada, when I approach my good friends from Sri lanka, they do not want to know.

    That is why tamils & LTTE remnanats are so well organized fighting for a seperate state. I am afraid we must continue to repeat, if ths is not the place we should contact our other news media & get Sri lankans who love our motherland united.

    Why are so many Indians & tamils occupyig our major cities, Colombo, Kandy & now in Uva Province too?. Is India trying to occupy most of Sri lanka & then demand we support their brohers here. No, we have our own people to support, NOT Indians, Illegals & undesirables.

    Thanks again for the valuble article, I feel still there is time to join hands be constructive in our criticisms of our leaders.

    Just expressing my views as an Expat from Canada…….~ Gamunu, retd engineer

  13. douglas Says:

    I am the 12th to post a comment. Better late than never.

    My attention is drawn to para 2 viz. “This is the beginning of a new, long protracted campaign to be initiated against Sri Lanka by the international community”.. I have some other and different thoughts on this statement as:

    1. After winning the war against the terrorists and peace returned, the first confrontation that we had and is facing even as at date is “PORCHING” by the South Indian firshermen. This is, in my opinion is a litmus test carried out by the combined of ex-LTTE combatants disguised as firshermen and the actual South Indian firshermen on the payroll of the LTTE. This excersise is to test the strength of our Navy and local firshermen and also to discredit this force publisizing the “killings” and harassment of the poor neighbours. Did you notice the campaign that South Indian Authorities, spearheaded by Jayalalitha are carrying out against Sri Lanka in respect of this issue of so called “staged porching”?

    2. We also see the Indian Nationals in large numbers “mingling” with the locals specially in the districts of East and North and engaged in “trading activities”. How many of them have been nabed by the Immigration Authorities for violating the visa requirements and had to be detained and deported. Also the so called “refugees” who were determined to have fled to South India and returned to the island. We were quick to welcome them and grant them Sri lankan citizenship to show the world that we are a “great, compassionate” nation. Did we spent our resources in screening these refugees” who returned to the island? Could there be freshly trained LTTE cadres from India?

    3. Also we see a very comprehensive and a well thought and planned schemes of violence such as “abductions”, “killings” ,”rapes”, “extortions” etc. that are being carried out on a daily basis which activities were not even heard of in our society. It is a sudden “phenomenon” that we began to experience immediately after the war. Is that a natural tendency after winning a war that brought misery for three decades?

    4. the next is the civil disturbances such as “protests” “stikes” “walk outs” “rallys” starting with the universities and its staff- both professionals and non academics, those in the medical professions and latest by the “farmers”.

    5. The unthinkable and un-immaginable utterances by the Politcians both in the Government and the Opposition. If you care to read the publications of the “wikileaks”, we are unable to comprehend as to who these people with whom the entire administration of the country is resting upon.

    6. The behaviour of the Public Sector in carrying out day to day functions of the Government is neglected to such high levels that the ordinary citizens are made to suffer in silence and harbour a grudge against their own elected representatives and government machinery.

    The above are a few obvious, I say, well planned schemes that are put into operatons by “enemies” of this country to shaw the world that this is a nation “incapable” of managing its affairs. All these operations have targeted key areas such as Political, Social and Economic life of the country. All these activities are well “funded and supervised” by outside sources through the operations of NGOs and other related organizations and individuals. Even the Oppositions is in this game. Look at the recent statement of UNP leader RW, who says that they will carry on with the “agitations and protests” until Rajapaksa is chased away. He very well knows that it is not even forseeable with a two thirds majority, but continues with the “proposal”. It is nothing but the “strong mandate” he receives for a “regime change”. He even has gone to the extent of “uniting” with TNL to hold a joint May Day Rally in Jaffna. He is also fully backed by his collegues such Dr. Jayalath Jayawardna, Ravi Karunanayka , Laxmn Kiriella who all codemned the war against LTTE and sought the intervention of the foreign powers. The JVP, of cours has virtually become another NGO and they have made a policy decision to destabilize the country as per instructions and the dollars received in their coffers.

    This is a very brief summary of what is going on at present in Sri Lanka. Now don’t you see this as the “beginning of a new long protracted campaign to be installed agains Sri Lanka?

    The question is ” Are we ready to face it and fight it at the very beginning”?

  14. jayt Says:

    Canbara support groups. Thanks to hear the truth and thanks to hear there are some ancient lion kings live in Australia. I wish I had immigrated Australia. If that was the case,today, fake human right workers on trial in the west and serving life time jail for murdering million of children around
    world. I am dreaming to join you to create global friendship net work and collect million of dollars to rescue helpless leaderless Sinhalese society from global plot.

    Do not worry about negative Sinhalese in the west but we investigate how they are produced in SL. They produced from English medium schools with foreign names which gave them from feeling to look down on village culture which is the true Sinhalese culture. First thing is we have to build economic power to dictate sri lanka politician to preserve our culture and pride and block foreign plotters infiltrating our culture. We need vast global friendship cooperation with many countries for funds to put foundation for Sri lanka to stand it’s own.

  15. jayt Says:

    ” well planned schemes that are put into operatons by “enemies” of this country to shaw the world that this is a nation “incapable” of managing its affairs. All these operations have targeted key areas such as Political, Social and Economic life of the country. All these activities are well “funded and supervised” by outside sources through the operations of NGOs and other related organizations and individuals”.

    Finally, some body sees the picture.

  16. Fran Diaz Says:

    Please read this bit of news from the Asian Tribune. Are these passengers coming in through the Ferry Services from Tuticorin (Tamil Nadu), genuine tourists ? Do they go back ? Our concern is about illegal migrants from Tamil Nadu especially. Is the Ferry Service a new way to enter Sri Lanka ?

    Also, the last Ferry Service wound up because the ferry catering bills had not been paid. What kind of people runs these services – take the money and run types ? ex-ltte types ? Lanka should be cautious about business with Tamil Nadu especially after the UNHRC debacle and lately Tamil Nadu leaders requesting Delhi Centre to stop cricket with Lanka, plus of course the large scale fish poaching by TN fishermen, and false accusations about attacks on so-called fishermen of TN by the SL Navy.

    —————

    After the gap of five months: Ferry services to Sri Lanka will resume on April 19
    Tue, 2012-04-03 01:42 — editor
    News
    By Sathyalaya Ramakrishnan
    Chennai, 03 April, (Asiantribune.com):
    After a gap of five months, ferry service between Tuticorin and Colombo will resume on April 19, A. Subbiah, Chairman, V.O. Chidambaranar Port Trust, Tuticorin, has said here on Sunday.

    Flemingo Liners, the vessel operator, is likely to charter a 450-seat vessel this time. Previously, Scotia Prince, a nine-deck vessel with a seating capacity of 1,044 was operating twice a week between these two ports. Owing to some technical reasons, the service was suspended in November. The last sailing was from Tuicorin on November 18.

    The inaugural ferry service was flagged off by Union Shipping Minister G.K. Vasan on June 13, 2011. As many as 12, 202 passengers had used the ferry service. License income of Rs. 7.8 crore and passenger fare of Rs.1.8 crore were generated from the ferry service, Mr. Subbiah told reporters.

    Earlier, sweets were distributed to officers and the workers of the VOC Port for having achieved better results in cargo handling and container traffic. During 2011-12, 281 lakh tonnes of cargo had been handled at the port. A 10 per cent increase in handling of cargo was recorded this financial year. As for container traffic, 4.77 lakh TEUs (Twenty Foot Equivalent Units) were handled, a two percent increase from the previous fiscal.

    The port had a capacity of 20.55 million tonnes in the last five year plan period. It had doubled to 43. 04 million tonnes in the recently concluded 11th five year plan.

    In 2012-13, the eighth berth would be dedicated at the container terminal, besides the North Cargo Berth-III and IV exclusively for handling coal, shallow draft berth for handling cement and construction materials and for handling barges. Work on North Cargo Berth-I for NLC power project was in progress for handling coal.

    Since dredging work for 12.8 meter-draft was completed in November, Panamax (large) vessels had also started berthing here. Over the past three months, 40 Panamax vessels were received at the port, Mr. Subbbiah added.

    – Asian Tribune –

  17. Dham Says:

    Actually the Government should be ther party to FULLY BLAMED. why ?

    Enemis are not friends. Friends could become enemies. Te enemy will keep on setting traps, spreading lies, creating places to breed suicide bombers once again. Very soon that too will come.
    What did Raja do for past 3 years ?
    Why did he appoint LLRC crooks ? How can these four crooks create such a problem by selling our country to Pundaylingams ?
    Why Raja he trying to test water now by asking Mahindanada to tell the world that 13+ will be implemented.
    Why no guts to tell this himself ?
    We had so much faith on him but why is he doing this with more and more greed to be there.
    Why not he resign and let Gota contest ?

  18. Fran Diaz Says:

    We have an excellent leader in Pres. Rajapakse. What he now needs is the support of the Opposition, the educated of the land and fairplay by the international community.

    Read this and rejoice in our President’s sincerity of purpose for Sri Lanka :

    Gazette Notification
    During the rebellion a Gazette Notification was issued by Robert Brownrigg to condemn all those who rebelled against British Rule in Sri Lanka. All those who participated in the uprising were condemned as “traitors” and their properties confiscated by the government under the notification. Several governments after the independence of Sri Lanka in the past wanted to revoke this ignominious Gazette Notification, however could not take action in this regard. In 2011, the Gazette Notification issued by Governor Brownrigg was brought to Sri Lanka on the instruction of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. It was submitted to the Parliament and was revoked with the signature of the President. This allowed all those who participated in the uprising to be recognised as National Heroes, and their label as traitors erased. A National Declaration was awarded on their behalf to their descendants on Republic Day of Sri Lanka, 22 May.
    [edit]

  19. Ratanapala Says:

    Congratulations – Canberra Sri Lanka Support Group. You have done an excellent analysis of the ground situation in Sri Lanka and what needs to be done. What more can we expect when a group of Colombians have been given the task of sitting on a commission and writing the LLRC report.

    It is clear from the way the UNHCR fiasco ended up, that the Sri Lankan government has been caught napping. It is quite evident that our diplomatic services including those at the top and those who man these offices are vastly inadequate, incompetent and sometimes traitorous in handling Sri Lanka’s foreign affaires. The Eelam war was won by the Buddhist nation with the leadership given by President Mahinda Rajapakse and ably assisted by this brother Gotabhaya. Presently the President is surrounded by the Colombians who are determined to put every obstacle in front of him from doing the right thing by the motherland. It is better if he can retire to Hambantota or some such place away from the Colombian scum so that he can think straight and act accordingly.

    The President has achieved an unenviable and unassailable position in the history of Sri Lanka by doing away with the LTTE terrorist scum. All this will soon be forgotten if he is not able to consolidate the peace and victory over terrorism so painstakingly achieved by our Ranaviruwos. The task of eliminating the chance of the specter of terrorism ever raising its ugly head over Sri Lanka is in his hands. May he have the strength and moral rectitude to do so. The is much he can do now he is in possession of the 2/3 majority in the parliament.

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