Attempt to create a South Sudan in Sri Lanka
Posted on March 29th, 2013

Sri Lanka Support Group, Canberra

It is believed Eric Soheim was instrumental in creating the separate state of South  Sudan. Norway, with help of the West threatened Omar Al Baashir that unless he agreed to hold a referendum on South Sudan, war crimes charges against him (in relation to the Darfur conflict where it is alleged that up to 400,000 people died) will be vigorously pursued. By then the UN Security Council had passed a resolution to refer Al Baashir to the War Crimes Tribunal in the Hague (in 2009).  The Hague’s prosecutor, Acampo,  quickly issued an indictment against him.  Note, China, the great ally of Al Baashir, also voted in favour of the Security Council’s resolution. Afterwards, Al Baashir was vulnerable to be arrested, he evaded foreign trips. He knew that the only way to avoid the Hague was to allow the UN to hold a referendum and he consented to same.  The UN held the referendum and it was passed with 99% of the vote, thus the new nation of South  Sudan was born, in 2010. A special invitation was extended to Tamil separatists to attend the inauguration ceremony. Tissa Witharana represented Sri Lanka.

The birth of the new nation, South Sudan, did not stop violence between North and South Sudan, in fact the conflict escalated. It is reported  since inauguration  up to 6,000 people  have died on boarder wars between the two nations. The good thing for Al Baashir is that the West somewhat gave up the hounding  down of him. Apparently Al Baashir is now safe and freely travels within Africa, including a trip to Egypt recently. He also travelled to China (in 2011). None of the western assets he hold were frozen (it is alleged he had invested US$ 9 billion with Lloyyd’s Bank in the UK, the bank had denied this).

The West by linking the Sudanese war crimes allegations with the South Sudan referendum was engaged in an unethical act. They were two separate issues.

By threatening to bring war crimes charges against Sri Lanka, the West is trying the same tactic again “”…” hoping that like Al Baashir, Sri Lanka will also one day consent to a referendum – confined to the voters of northern and eastern Sri Lanka,  asking them whether or not they wish to remain within one Sri Lanka or wish to live in a new country. (Al Baashir failed to stress that it should be a Sudan-wide referendum).

Sri Lanka should strenuously fight against the fraudulent war crimes allegations  made against its leaders and the war heroes , but, at the same time, it should not fall into the same trap that North Sudan fell into. Today the people of North Sudan curse Omar Al Baashir for consenting  to hold the referendum. The Muslim North Sudan has become poorer, the Christian South Sudan ended up owning the rich oil wells.

We live in an era today where new nations are constantly being created. Kosovo is a creation entirely by the international world “”…” it was created despite the severe opposition by its former “ƒ”¹…”owner’ Serbia. They had the support of Russia and China, but still failed.  East Timor was created due to bunglings by the then Indonesian Presidents, Gus Dur and Sukharnopoutri (note during the strong leader, Suharto’s time, he held on to East Timor). Other recent examples of the creation of new countries are “”…”Eritrea, South Ossetia, Abkhazia and Ingushetia, Then, all the new nations that emerged from the old Soviet Union.

The US and India demand Sri Lanka to hold the northern provincial council election soon (in September 2013). This has been acknowledged in the recent Geneva Resolutions also. They know once the Land and Police powers are given to the two provincial governments (north and east) (it is possible that with the SLMM’s support both provincial governments can be led by the TNA), it is possible for the two provinces to re-merge and make a claim to secede from Sri Lanka.

If the two powers are not given, the northern provincial government may seek redress from the Sri Lankan Supreme Court. How the  Sri Lankan Supreme Court would address their grievance, it is premature to say.  They will also appeal to the West and India, who will squeeze Sri Lanka using the UN machinery such as Geneva, Security Council and the General Assembly.

In our previous media releases we have clearly shown that giving Land and Police powers to the northern and eastern provincial governments will lead to creation  of the  Tamil Elam “”…” name of the new nation is immaterial now, it is more likely to be called  “ƒ”¹…”North Eastern Sri Lanka. The truth is that the new nation will be led by the TNA or a different Tamil group that is very closely aligned with Tamilnadu.

Like what is happening on the boarders of  north and south Sudan now, boarder wars will erupt between North Eastern Sri Lanka and Southern Sri Lanka. Thousands of people from both sides may die, including civilians. The ex-Tamil Tigers (about 11,000 of them), will be the leading fighters for the new country. It is likely that at least preliminarily,  mainly due to the direct military support from Tamilnadu, the war unready Southern Sri Lanka will suffer heavy casualties.

The only way to avoid this (forming of a “ƒ”¹…”South Sudan’ in northern Sri Lanka) is to do the following:

Abolish the 13th Amendment  – then there will be no provincial governments in Sri Lanka including the TNA led northern (and possibly eastern) provincial government. There will be no necessity  to implement the LLRC recommendations, and there will be no requirement to hold a provincial government election in the north in September this year or any other time.

How to abolish the 13th Amendment (either of the below 3 ways would be sufficient) “”…”

  1. By way of an island wide referendum (see our media release below, dated 29 March 2013)
  2. Obtain a declaration from the Sri Lankan Supreme Court that the 13th amendment is void ab initio (can also use the reasons articulated by the late Supreme Court Justice Raja Wanasundera). Any ordinary citizen can bring in the Supreme Court Application.
  3. By an enactment – passed with 2/3 majority in the  Parliament (see the fine and refreshing statement to “ƒ”¹…”the Island’ by the Sri Lankan Defence Secretary “”…” Lankaweb, 29 March 2013

We believe the 1st method is more appropriate and that process has  more credibility than the other two. The 3rd method is the easiest but will be the least acceptable to the US and India. Once the 1st method is successfully  completed, to fully abide by the Constitution and impress the world, the 2nd and 3rd steps, especially the 3rd, , should be followed.

Some of the big mistakes Sri Lanka made after the end of the war  (we are not discounting the many good things that the government has done):

  1. Upon Prabhakaran’s death, Sri Lanka failed to articulate to the whole world that there exists no ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka, only  a terrorism problem existed and it was successfully defeated. We should have stressed that all people live in peace, harmony and unity and there exists no discrimination of people on ethnic ground (eg. more than 40% of Colombo’s population is Tamil and they live in harmony with the Sinhalese. Tamils run most of the businesses in Colombo). There is no necessity to consider political solutions when no political problems exist.
  2. Released the murderous Tamil Tigers (about 11,000)  back into society in the belief that they have been rehabilitated””…” this may boomerang on us one day. The correct thing that should have been done was to prosecute the ex-Tigers after establishing a special judicial commission (like how the JVPers were prosecuted at end of the 1971 insurrection) and release only those who have been totally innocent,- not almost all of the combatants that were captured with difficulty. Note Cambodia is currently prosecuting the murderous Khamer Rouge guerillas through a special tribunal, more than 30 years after the end of that  war.
  3. Failed to internationally “ƒ”¹…”market’ the many good things that the government has done  including the prompt resettlement of the IDPs
  4. Failed to adequately  confront the Channel 4 fabrications and nip the wrong accusations in bud, mainly by our Foreign Ministry (we note the “ƒ”¹…”Lies Agreed Upon’, which was excellent) . The Channel 4 went ahead and produced further 3 or 4 videos. They may produce more.
  5. Failed to very comprehensively respond to the Darusman report.
  6. Failed to adequately confront the foreign NGOs including human rights organisations who have produced incorrect reports about Sri Lanka.
  7. Failed to initiate legal action against Channel 4 and ABC Four Corners (Sri Lanka  Support Group went into great extent in this regard, but, unfortunately failed, it is still ready to take up the task), Mr Gordon Weiss, The UK Guardian newspaper etc. We can say the prospects of success in defamation are good.
  8. Failed to convince or failed in trying to convince the West (ie, their politicians) that their perception about Sri Lanka is wrong  and that the Tamil Diaspora and their allies are spreading false, concocted stories about Sri  Lanka and that they should not be believed, but the Sri Lankan government.  For this, just like the Tamil Diaspora, after identifying the correct people  we  should have lobbied them on a continuous and regular basis ( it is still not too late to do this).  Only people with excellent diplomatic and communication skills are able to handle this type of arduous tasks, unfortunately, they were not engaged, but unqualified people were used to do the difficult job. Lots of money was wasted on foreign PR agencies, law firms etc. who had no real knowledge about Sri Lanka.
  9. Indicated to give 13+ to India and may have sent inconsistent messages to India.
  10. Appointed a LLRC Commission basically to please the West  and somewhat encouraged the Commission to write a strenuous report about Sri Lanka. They came up with almost impossible to implement recommendations. This is hugely boomeranging on us now.
  11. Failed to obtain assistance from the patriotic Sri Lankan (mainly Sinhala) Diaspora scattered throughout the world for the just cause
  12. Unlike the Tamil Diaspora, we failed to bring in the foreign (ie, western) allies of Sri Lanka (say, the politicians, academics, doctors, lawyers, journalists etc.) under one  umbrella.
  13. Failed to mount an international campaign to expose and/or prosecute the Tamil Diaspora who are LTTE members or strong sympathisers in their respective countries.
  14. Failed to assist the displaced Sinhalese and Muslim people to be re-settled in the north and east.
  15. Failed to formulate a Lawyers Front (comprised of patriotic lawyers who have a sound knowledge on international and Human Rights laws) to advise the government and our foreign missions, rebut the human rights and other wrong allegations made by the West, NGOs and the Tamil Diaspora against Sri Lanka. Note the very effective Lawyers Front of the  Tamil Diaspora .
  16. Agreed to hold the Northern Provincial Council Election in September 2013.  (see our media release below of 29 March 2013).
  17. Concentrated on mega development projects for the north and east which have borne little yield and many of the ex-Tigers are still unemployed (this failure applies to the whole country).  What the Government should have done was to use the precious borrowed monies for micro- economic  projects (eg. giving Gramin Bank type loans to the citizens to overcome poverty, build their houses/toilets, self-employment projects etc, and spend monies on public health/sanitation, education and restoration of irrigation tanks etc).

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7 Responses to “Attempt to create a South Sudan in Sri Lanka”

  1. Lorenzo Says:

    18. FAILED to settle Sinhalese in large numbers in the north to make Tamil a MINORITY in the province.

  2. aloy Says:

    Well said SriLanka support Group.
    I fully agree with Lorenzo; this is the #1 thing to do.
    Our leaders should also guide ther nation avoiding all the traps of international community and India. They should also try to emulate leaders like D.S, Dudley and CWW Kannangara. Dudley left this world with only Rs. 350 in his bank account and CWW died a pauper in a government hospital bed, nevertheless did the best so far by any politician in our country.

  3. thirdeye Says:

    Sri lanka support group.. has identified the matter correctly.

    but unfortunately our leaders were living in a fantasy soon afetr the war ended, first thing what they did was to become rich quicker. get them self establish and rule for ever such as removal of the 2 terms presidential eligibility. it appears that our leaders were so short sighted as usual has dig its grave. it has become a vicious cycle on the hole country now.

  4. Kosala777 Says:

    fascinating and fantastic write up. Everything you say is true. Thank you so much

  5. Senevirath Says:

    L.L.R.C MEMBERS BETRAYED SINHALESE TO SUPPORT TERRORISTS.

    They were there to take from sinhalese and give more to tamils.They insulted sinhala buddhists by mentioning that there was an ethnic problem and not a terrorist problem

    Patriots never used the word “ETHNIC PROBLEM””. These members purposely used that word to create problems
    But who appointed them—Mahinda knew who they were . but he appointed them for some purpose—that is because he too wanted to devolve power.
    wait and see these members will be rewarded in the future.

  6. Melbourne Patriot Says:

    Lorenzo – there are certain things that needs to be done in confidence. How can Sri Lanka Support Group whose word is highly accepted throughout the world publicly say that Sinhalese should be systematically implanted in the North. The Government should know to do these things secretly, unfortunately they have done nothing, a pretty disappointing thing

  7. radha Says:

    So, why Solheim is allowed into the country. He msut be declared an undesirable element. It is the government’s fault for letting him in.

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