Congratulations On your decision
Posted on May 5th, 2013

 Dr. Chula Rajapakse MNZM FRCP/FRACP Spokesperson United Sri Lanka Association,

Rt Hon David Cameron

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Dear Mr Cameron,

We write to congratulate & thank you for your  decision to  support the CHOGM in Colombo in November by attending. We agree with  you whole heartedly that the best way to promote change in SL for the better is by engaging with rather than isolating Sri Lanka.

We also note that Commonwealth and Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt as well as many UK Parliamentarians such as Conservative MP’s Ian Pasely Jn , & James Wharton who have visited Sri Lanka extensively in the past few months,  have    confirmed especially  in the Parliamentary debate of the 8th of Jan 2012 that the impressive realities of Sri Lanka today in terms of ethnic reconciliation, post war reconstruction and upholding Commonwealth values, are quite different from the allegations of human rights violations originated and orchestrated by the Tiger Diaspora. They are best known for sustaining three decades of terrorism in Sri Lanka through funding and misinformation.

The Labor MP Siobhain McDonagh ,who moved the motion of the 8th of January 2012 , ” Sri Lanka and the United Nations responsibility to protect” to pour criticism on Sri Lanka, when asked conceded that she had never visited Sri Lanka and was depending on information provided , presumably by the tiger Diaspora. This is true for many vocal critics of Sri Lanka.

This includes the likes of   the  Canadian Prime  Minister Harper, arguably pitching for the three hundred thousand Tamil votes in marginal electorates in Canada, who continue to regurgitate these Tiger allegations  like Labor MP Siobhain McDonagh without  first hand  verification  and are now advocating boycott of the best opportunity to do so , the CHOGM .

Clearly there are improvements to be made in Sri Lanka. These  as you have indicated is unlikely to be achieved by boycotting the CHOGM but by engaging with Sri Lanka.

We in New Zealand are very pleased at the announcement that our PM John Key will follow the lead of the Australian government to support and attend the CHOGM. The Australian decision follows   extensive visits to Sri Lanka by many  parliamentarians on different occasions, ( just like the UK Parliamentarians) led by foreign minister   Bob  Carr and  deputy opposition leader Julie  Bishop and well researched Australian TV documentaries, all confirming similar conclusions to those of the UK parliamentarians referred to above.

If the Diaspora of the  worlds most brutal terrorists are permitted to turn tables on their victims, using the CHOGM, it will only make a mockery of the CHOGM.

Thank you again for not permitting this to happen  by attending the CHOGM in Colombo.

Yours Sincerely

Dr. Chula Rajapakse MNZM



United Sri Lanka Association,

141 Knights Rd., Lower Hutt

New Zealand

3 Responses to “Congratulations On your decision”

  1. aloy Says:

    GOSL should request Her Majesty the Queen to attend CHOGM herself instead of sending a representative. This will give her an opportunity to see for herself how we are benefitting from the Mahaweli project which her government helped us to start.

  2. Marco Says:

    HM the Queen after 40 years of attending the CHOGM will not be attending, instead Prince Charles will be representing her.
    Prince Charles has a habit of “ruffling” a few feathers. I wonder if it was a clever ploy soon after Cameron decided to attend.
    It will come as no surprise that Harper attends too at the last minute.

    Waste of tax payers money to cause further embarrassment to the Island Nation.

  3. Lorenzo Says:

    As much as I oppose commonwealth, I celebrate the VICTORY over LTTE Diaspora. A WIN against LTTE in UK is SIGNIFICANT.

    Queen has been SL friendly. She NEVER made statements AGAINST SL (to her credit).

    Tamilnut has already called upon Tamil people to kill the British PM and members of the Royal family!!

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