Does Sri Lanka need a US Resolution for it to continue to do what it is doing to reconcile the Communities and rebuild the country after 30 years of Terrorism ?
Posted on March 31st, 2013

By Charles.S.Perera

 Though the  President of USA Barack Obama’s father was from a developing country, the President is not interested in poor developing countries, preferring to hobnob with the  White Nations of the West, and those prosperous Nations in  Asia.  He visited India perhaps for political reasons and because pandering it  would help US political strategy against China.

 Kenya which he visited as the country of his father and where he met his relatives was not so much to his liking. In one of his books he says that his wife Michelle  coming back after  visiting Kenya said she was happy to have got away to find her America where she is comfortable and happy.

 Hillary Clinton made a special trip to South India to meet Jayalalitha probably first to encourage  Jayalalitha’s anti Sri Lanka stance and also perhaps as a leverage in case a US State Foreign policy may change to breakup India as it did to Russia.  Robert O’Blake who recently said that he had known Sri Lanka for six years and considers he is a friend of Sri Lanka, did not arrange Hillary Clinton to come to Sri Lanka and see for her self Sri Lanka after terrorism.

 America’s Foreign Policy remains the same who ever is the President.  The President Barack Obama will have to follow the State Department, and the State Department will not  follow the President Barack Obama.  America’s foreign policies are not even made by the Secretary of State but by people like Robert O’Blake  who comes from George Bushe’s era. 

 American governments  had been  from the very beginning  trying to assert its National identity first fighting against the American aborigine Indians , then in secessionist wars, and now asserting its world leadership stumping underfoot the developing countries. 

 In recent times it helped rebels in Bengazi to oust Colonel Gaddafi, it helps rebels in Syria to oust Asad. And now with regard to Sri Lanka it is helping the pro-terrorist Tamil diaspora to oust the Government in Sri Lanka. The US resolution against Sri Lanka is without any valid substance.  It has been presented merely to  undermine the efforts of  a fast developing Sri Lanka, to discourage its efforts to reconcile the communities and go  forward as a progressive nation, without being dependent on USA or its allies of the West. 

 USA does not want any third world  country to develop.  It even  tried to stop the development of China,  recognizing Taiwan as representative of the Chinese people and keeping Peoples Republic of China out of the UNO.

 Later on USA and the West   gave  Tiananmen  square protest in China  undue publicity  expecting it would be the beginning of  the break up of China. The cold war against Russia was planned to break up USSR.  These are the tactics of USA purposely designed to keep away any Nation competing against Americas “established” leadership.  USA would allow countries to develop to a certain limit subject to their being  dependent on USA and the West. USA keeps Cuba inhumanly under trade embargos hoping it would succumbed to Americas superiority.  That is America’s  slave driving mentality.

 USA made a big show  at the UNHRCouncil in Geneva to bring a resolution against Sri Lanka,  a small country which was terrorized by a group of terrorists trained by India purposely to breakup the country and annex the North and East of it as a Tamil Eelam State. USA went all out to help the terrorists to force the government to surrender to them.  Robert O’Blake’s repeated attempts to dissuade the Sri Lanka Government from using a military solution to settle the terrorist problem was a planned project of the US State Department.

 Having failed to make Sri Lanka comply to its agenda, USA State Department now seeks  to divide Sri Lanka by  making use of its pretended  interest in the Sri Lanka  Tamil Community , and accusing Sri Lanka for its just war against terrorism.  It has selected only a part of the  military operations against terrorism to make accusations against Sri Lanka and its Armed Forces. It has conveniently left out the previous  30 years of terrorism to avoid  accusing terrorists and those who aided and abetted the terrorists in those atrocious years of terror. 

 There being nothing  justifiable to  present a resolution against Sri Lanka, US state Department  held on to a biased anti Sri Lanka report presented by Navineetham Pillay who is not objective and independent in her position as the Commissioner of the UNHRCouncil.  She  being a Tamil her sympathies are with the eliminated terrorists of Tamil origin, and therefore biased against Sri Lanka Government and its Armed Forces. 

 Her report is based on a questionable report made by a panel appointed by the Secretary General of UNO for his personal use.  The Panel did not visit Sri Lanka in preparing the report, but depended on documents, and evidence presented to it by the pro terrorist Tamil expatriates.

  US resolution against Sri Lanka is a paradox. The resolution states in its preamble,

  ” Reaffirming also that States must ensure that any measure taken to combat terrorism complies with their obligations under international law, in particular international human rights law, international refugee law and international humanitarian law, as applicable,”  

 What a hypocrisy ?

 Is  USA following these strictures it makes   against Sri Lanka, in its wars against terrorism in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria far away from America? In Pakistan  40 000  civilians have been killed in drone attacks-is it within human rights Law ?

Then the  US resolution goes on to give advice (which it does not follow), first by acknowledging the work so far done by the Government of Sri Lanka, adds to it :

 “”¦..noting nonetheless that considerable work lies ahead in the areas of justice, reconciliation and resumption of livelihoods, and stressing the importance of the full participation of local populations, including representatives of civil society and minorities, in these efforts.” 

 Has USA that devastated Iraq, and Libya in their search for terrorists in the first and to assassinate Colonel Gaddafi in the second, gone back to those countries to reconstruct what it destroyed to allow the civilian population to resume their normal lives ?    

Next  item in the resolution  is a groping in the dark without knowing the intentions of the Sri Lanka governments in appointing the LLRC,   and states,

 “”¦”¦”¦”¦.Taking note of the National Plan of Action to implement the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission of the Government of Sri Lanka “¦”¦”¦”¦Noting that the national plan of action does not adequately address all of the findings and constructive recommendations of the Commission. “

 This is a wrong interpretation of the LLRC recommendations.  The intention of the government is only to make it a catalyst to search essential ways and means to avoid  perpetuating the existing compartmentalisation of the Communities, but bring all the communities together, whether they are Sinhala ,Tamil or Muslim to be united together as Sri Lankans. In order to make a reality of that intention only selected recommendations  of the LLRC could be implemented to help in the greater task of building a Nation.

The US resolution  demonstrates the inability of the USA to understand the underlying principle for which the LLRC was appointed.  It also shows that a foreign country  not conversant with the culture and social structure of the people of another country  is unable to understand the reasons behind another nations progressive actions. USA  jumps to accuse Sri Lanka having failed to understand  the  Sri Lankan way of  reacting to a cultural and a social  situation. 

 The US resolution  continues to elaborate whole series of  issues the Government of Sri Lanka is quite aware of and is preparing to solve these problems adequately at its own pace in view of the fact that the Government is dealing with a people who had undergone  a perilous period of fear and uncertainty,  and is still in the throes of psychological fear of what it suffered under terrorism., which US and its allies  foreign to the way of thinking of a people will never understand.

 The USA and its allies, insults the intelligence of the Government of Sri Lanka and its Armed Forces which without their advice, help or assistance fought on its own, adopting appropriate war strategies to defeat the aims of ruthless terrorists  and eliminated them in a fair military operation.

 Devolution of political authority is not what the ordinary Tamil people demand, it is the demand of the egoist Tamil politicians who are “descendents” of the defunct terrorists. USA and its allies  have got the wrong “picture” of Sri Lanka and has the pretention to teach Sri Lanka what are its duties to its people.

 “Calling upon the Government of Sri Lanka to fulfil its public commitments, including on the devolution of political authority, which is integral to reconciliation and the full enjoyment of human rights by all members of its population “,

USA in the  absence of any reasons on which to accuse Sri Lanka, resorts to the biased report of Navineetham Pillay the UNCHR  to state:

Noting the High Commissioner’s call for an independent and credible international investigation into alleged violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law,”

 Why should there be a credible International  investigation  when the Government of Sri Lanka  has already done an adequate investigation to attend to whatever sufferings the war against terrorists had caused to the civilian population. The fact that such findings are considered not credible by the USA and its Allies is not surprising as they look at it from their own point of view.  Sri Lanka belongs to the people of Sri Lanka and it is to their satisfaction that investigations should be carried out to redress any wrongs the war has caused to them.

 US State Department has  burrowed the defective report of the Office of UNHCHR, which itself is not based on facts but on a report of a Panel appointed by the Secretary General of UNO for his own purposes. The  defect of that report comes from the fact that the  Panel did not move away from their comfortable office at the UNO and collected documents from pro terrorist websites and hearsay evidence from the anti Sri Lanka  terrorist Front Organisations of the  Tamil Diaspora.  None of the facts stated in the report of the Panel is substantiated  with eyewitness accounts or examination of the venue ware the violation of human rights is said to have taken place.

 The item one of the US resolution based on these absurdities reads:

 “1. Welcomes the report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on advice and technical assistance for the Government of Sri Lanka on promoting reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka[1] and the recommendations and conclusions contained therein, in particular on the establishment of a truth-seeking mechanism as an integral part of a more comprehensive and inclusive approach to transitional justice;”

 It is just meaningless verbiage and says nothing  factual.  Why should Sri Lanka now seek advice and technical assistance from foreigners, who did not come forward to give Sri Lanka any technical advise when Sri Lanka needed them during the military operations against the terrorists ?

 What advice and technical assistance could they give to Sri Lanka when Sri Lanka is well equipped with knowledgeable people and perhaps with a higher IQ than any foreign technician, and can  do without them to bring the Communities together and settle  difference in intelligent dialogue. 

 The country needs no truth seeking mechanism as neither the Government of Sri Lanka nor the people engaged in reconciling the communities have anything to hide.  The problem is only with the US  State Department and its Allies, whose relentless  interference to accuse  Sri Lanka for its elimination of terrorism four years ago  hampers its programme of  development and the unification of the people.

The second item in the US Resolution reads:

 2. Encourages the Government of Sri Lanka to implement the recommendations made in the report of the Office of the High Commissioner, and also calls upon the Government of Sri Lanka to conduct an independent and credible investigation into allegations of violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law, as applicable;

 Sri Lanka does not trust the UNHCHR and her report which the US resolution refers to as a panacea to solve problems of Sri Lanka. Her “cut and pasted” report  is not worth the paper on which it has been written.  The US State Department should stop talking about the Human Rights Law and the International Humanitarian law as USA acts in breach of those laws with impunity with its Armed Forces posted in foreign countries, looking for Al Qaida terrorists. USA stands as the police man of the developing world without any one to questions its own deplorable breach of all Human Rights and  Humanitarian laws. 

 Sri Lanka has ended terrorism in its own country with its own Armed Forces, and rescued 300 000 of its own people  held forcibly by the terrorists. Sri Lanka  is not answerable to any one for deaths of “Civilians” which in USA parlance is ” collateral damage”. If that explanation is good for the “goose it is also good for the gander”.

 Those civilians who voluntarily stayed with the terrorists  were aiding and abetting the terrorists and Sri Lanka is not responsible for the death of such “civilians”

 The next item in the US resolution is the most ridiculous.  It  states:

3. Reiterates its call upon the Government of Sri Lanka to implement effectively the constructive recommendations made in the report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission, and to take all necessary additional steps to fulfil its relevant legal obligations and commitment to initiate credible and independent actions to ensure justice, equity and accountability, and reconciliation for all Sri Lankans;

It demands Sri Lanka to implement the report prepared by its own LLRC. US State Department  as usual is unable to understand all the  implications of the issues in Sri Lanka.  The LLRC was appointed to study the terrorist situation and the conflict that ended with the elimination of the terrorists.  The LLRC was not mandated to make recommendations.

 The recommendations they had nevertheless made cannot be implemented without taking into consideration other vital factors that ensues the end of a 30 year struggle and a suffering of the people.  The Government has to evaluate the situation and forge a different progressive path of development, reconciliation and unity. That is some thing that had to be undertaken by people who understand the culture , customs, and social values of different communities. 

 It is therefore some, thing that had to be undertaken by the government of Sri Lanka and not at the behest of  the USA and its allies or Navineetham Pillay.  This was well spelt out by the president immediately after the elimination of terrorism, when he said ” there are no more minorities and a majority, but there are only good or bad Sri Lankans”. 

 This is a profound philosophical statement made by a generous man who would not hesitate  giving up every thing  for the betterment of his country and its people. It is  a clarion call for an essential unity.  This the Americans, the West or the separatist Tamil Diaspora will not understand. 

 It is better they take a moment to understand what it involves.  This makes the US resolution against Sri Lanka a worthless impediment to a greater project the President  and the Government of Sri Lanka has in mind  for the people of Sri Lanka.  Implementation of the US Resolution to the letter will only help separatist politics putting one community against the other when what is needed to day is Unity of all Communities.

 The next two items, propose continued interference  into Sri Lanka’s reconciliation and development efforts.  If it is allowed Sri Lanka would only be a subject State of USA and the West.   Sri Lanka should refuse any mandate holders or interfering NGOs or specialists into Sri Lanka, either by invitation or as visiting dignitaries.  We have had enough of interference from the USA and the West ever since we rid ourselves of the terrorists.  None of them came to our  rescue then , therefore there is no reasons to invite these “disasters” into, our midst now.

4. Encourages the Government of Sri Lanka to cooperate with special procedures mandate holders and to respond formally to their outstanding requests, including by extending invitations and providing access;

5. Encourages the Office of the High Commissioner and relevant special procedures mandate holders to provide, in consultation with and with the concurrence of the Government of Sri Lanka, advice and technical assistance on implementing the above-mentioned steps;

 The last item in the US resolution is to bind Sri Lanka to their ” beck and call”,  making  Sri Lanka a subject NationIf this is allowed we will have this self same comedy being enacted at the UNHRCouncil in Geneva every year in and year out, until Sri Lanka or USA and its allies put an end to it.

 Therefore, it is best that Sri Lanka take the initiative to end it refusing to cooperate with the UNHRC.  The resolution if allowed to stand will see the end of the reconciliation of Communities , encourage enhanced   activities by the separatists Tamil expatriate groups against the Unity of Communities to  take the Nation forward, and perhaps revive terrorism once again in Sri Lanka. 

6. Requests the Office of the High Commissioner, with input from relevant special procedures mandate holders, as appropriate, to present an oral updateto the Human Rights Council at its twenty-fourth session, and a comprehensive report  followed by a discussion at the twenty-fifth session, on the implementation of the present resolution

In considering the whole of the US resolution against Sri Lanka, it is evident that it is going to be an annual exercise of the US State Department and its Western allies against Sri Lanka, therefore, the US Resolution against Sri Lanka is only good to be thrown into the waste paper basket.

 It is not just and fair that USA that is violating  human rights, human rights Law and International Humanitarian Law in its different theatres of war  go scot free without any one making any resolutions against America’s blatant violation of human rights.

 Sri Lanka should propose China, Russia and the SAARC to set up a Committee to make America answerable for its violation of human rights, in Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Afghanistan and helping  rebels arming them and assisting them to fight against Governments in place.

4 Responses to “Does Sri Lanka need a US Resolution for it to continue to do what it is doing to reconcile the Communities and rebuild the country after 30 years of Terrorism ?”

  1. Kit Athul Says:

    Good if it happens, it will not. It is like the old British empire.No one can challenge it. China, Russia and SAARC (Not cannot but) will not. I am referring to item 6.

  2. Mahinda Wickramarathne Says:

    Good article by Chales Perera. Even if Sri Lanka complies with the recent Geneva Resolution = very difficult to comply because of full implementtin of the LLRC report. land/police powers and war crimes investigation, they will bring another harsh resolution next time. USA ane india will not Sri Lanka go free

  3. thirdeye Says:

    we are Sri Lanka and its not a colony on US or UNHRC. Sri Lanka should work according to its policies and procedures not according to some reports organized by the separatist.

    Iraq,Libya,Pakistan,Iran,syriya and Sri Lanka together should challenge US for its violations of Human rites in those countries by force interference and destruction of its society.

  4. S de Silva Says:

    Thank you Charles for your detailed analysis on the recent UNHRC resolution. At that meeting our rep Mahinda Samarasinghe concluded on behalf of SL by FORMALLY Rejecting on 27/02/2013 the contents of the resolutions by the words: “We categorically rejected the resolution on a matter of principle” – So here is the opening for SL to work on. : ANY ‘Accountability’ has to apply equally to all participants of the conflict, ie India for permitting terrorists to be exported to SL, the LTTE remaining in the West and their financial supporters also in the West should be held accountable. Clearly, so far, that appears to be not the case. If The UNHRC wants SL to comply, these conditions must be the ONLY conditions on which SL will entertain ANY investigation – it is up to the GoSL to say so in absolutely clear explicit language to The UNHRC and others, categorically rejecting UNILATERAL ACCOUNTABILITY – S de Silva – London

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