Prof. G.L. Peiris gets wide coverage in Indian media:BOYCOTT DOESN’T STOP PSC
Posted on August 20th, 2013

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* Detained Indian fishermen will have to face judicial process

* Kachchathivu, a done deal

External Affairs Minister Prof G.L Peiris meeting Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid in New Delhi

External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L.Peiris stated that a Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) would be making recommendations on the future of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution and criticised the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and other parties for refusing to participate in the PSC deliberations, according to the Hindustan Times and The Hindu.

The minister was addressing a media conference at the official residence of Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in New Delhi.

Addressing issues relating to fishermen, Prof. Peiris stated that Sri Lanka ruled out early repatriation of over 100 Tamil Nadu fishermen arrested recently for allegedly crossing into Sri Lankan territorial waters.

Some have been in custody for over two months, and they would have to face the judicial process though the intention is not to deprive them of their liberty for long, The Hindu quoted Prof. Peiris as saying

According to articles published in the Indian Express and the Hindustan Times, the minister had stated that the “ƒ”¹…”arrest of Indian fishermen by the Sri Lanka Navy was a sensitive issue in Tamil Nadu.’

However, he claimed undeterred fishing in Sri Lankan waters by Indian fishermen was hurting the livelihood of the native fishermen.

Prof. Peiris also said Sri Lanka is expecting India to participate in the CHOGM scheduled to be held in November “at the highest level” while indicating that this was matter of immense importance to the country.

This was the first time in 25 years that the summit would be held in Asia. “India is the largest country of the Commonwealth, in terms of population. So Indian participation is important,” he said.

Commenting on the Northern Provincial Council elections being held on September 21 to the Indian media, Prof. Peiris mentioned that there was a vigorous election campaign underway with 350 candidates from nine political parties contesting and assured that the elections would be conducted in “a free and fair manner.”

On the conduct of the elections and whether the TNA will be allowed to form a government if they do win, the Times of India reports that Minister Peiris dismissed these concerns saying that his government had invited international observers including the chief electioncommissioner of India to oversee the elections, and stated that, “Of course they will be allowed to form a government.”

The minister was very critical of what he called attempts by the Tamil diaspora to ensure Sri Lanka’s economic isolation, adding that, “There is no chance of another war, so their methods have changed,” explaining that the “ƒ”¹…”campaign’ by overseas Tamils was intended to hurt tourism and investments into Sri Lanka.

On the issue of Kachchathivu, in news articles carried in The Hindu, Indian Express and the Asian Age, reopening of the 30-year-old pact which settled the maritime boundary was ruled out by Prof. Peiris, who said that it was a done deal.

The External Affairs Minister had stated categorically that the matter was settled by the former Prime Ministers of both countries namely Indira Gandhi and Srimavo Bandranaike.

The Hindu also refers to comments made by Prof. Peiris that Sri Lanka is in compliance with its obligations in terms of the Indo-Lanka Accord which includes specific provisions on linguistic and cultural aspects. In this context he referred to Tamil language being given its due place.

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15 Responses to “Prof. G.L. Peiris gets wide coverage in Indian media:BOYCOTT DOESN’T STOP PSC”

  1. Lorenzo Says:

    I defended GLP. But now I know Geeth was right and I’m wrong.

    GLP is a mindless tool. He is useless and is NOT capable of taking SL’s views abroad.

    He tells one thing to Endia and another to locals.

  2. Fran Diaz Says:

    Re “On the conduct of the elections and whether the TNA will be allowed to form a government if they do win, the Times of India reports that Minister Peiris dismissed these concerns saying that his government had invited international observers including the chief electioncommissioner of India to oversee the elections, and stated that, “Of course they will be allowed to form a government.”

    We suppose GL means that ‘they will be allowed to form a LOCAL government’. These days, accuracy of expression matters.

  3. helaya Says:

    I agree with Lorenzo. GL is like that. I had the opportunity see him several times and I was ashamed to say this guy is our external affairs minister.

  4. Indrajith Says:

    In today’s Asin Tribune, there’s an article by Daya Gamage about the credibility of Navi Pillay.

  5. Lorenzo Says:

    Fran,

    “We suppose GL means that ‘they will be allowed to form a LOCAL government’. These days, accuracy of expression matters.”

    NO! He meant A GOVERNMENT.

    A professor of law, the TOP diplomat of the country and a LEGAL EXPERT would NOT misuse words on such IMPORTANT matters.

    e.g. In TN, the TN govt. (headed by Jeya) is called A GOVERNMENT.

    1. SL govt.
    2. TNA govt.

    Then the 2 GOVERNMENTS share power. One cannot tread over the other!!

    This is what they WANT to do. See how dangerous it is?

    MR is SLEEPWALKING into a bigger trap than JR.

  6. jayasiri Says:

    Agree with our commentators. WE NEEED AN EFFICIENT, ORATORY & WIT are some of the qualities he or she should have when dealing with a COUNTRY LIKE India. Remember NOT too long ago, India dilli-dallied, about VOTING YES or NO to Lankan issue at UNHRC in Geneva.

    Suddenly out of the blue they decided to VOTE against Lanka. We have had enough of these Indian donkeys manupilating us in this manner. NO OTHER country will stoop this much to get India to come to CHOGM. Why should we.? If we invite other leaders by sending official invitations, WHY SHOULD we make special case about India.

    Just as to any other leaders, we should expect India to participate in CHOGM, after all they are the country, who OWE us much more.

    Remmber our writer to lanka web(Mr Charles Perera) pointed out, INDIA owes us US$200.00 billion for FIRST arming terror organization LTTE & then proviided training in TN. Warned US NOT to shoot down Indian PARIPPU air drop. If we did India will INVADE us.

    Is India is a friend or FOE?. You all decide & mete our proper welcome to ALL Indians who visit lanka. We must treat them the way they TREATED US in the past. PUNISHING by taking legal action againt Tamil nadu INTRUDERS, POACHERS is the best thing to STOP illegal FISHING.

    We should NOT make any concessions to INDIA anymore…….Thank you all………LETS CLEAN UP THE EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTRY NOW.. before it is too late………..As always writing all these from far..~ ONE COUNTRY, ONE FLAG, UNITED & FREE……..May the Noble Triple Gems guard our President & Sri Lankans everywhere……..J

  7. S de Silva Says:

    Well as some have described him before – GLP has the personality of a “wet rag!!” – say no more

  8. Fran Diaz Says:

    Sri Lankans ! Use the LAW to defend Lanka and keep it whole, united and undivided !

    The Sinhala people do not study the LAW of the land. Do so at least now. Even Buddhist priests ought to study LAW to defend the country.

  9. Fran Diaz Says:

    Here are some obvious facts that must be put in writing :

    The trouble with Sinhala/Buddhist (70.19% of Lanka) thinking is that they FEEL, or they like to think that the Buddhist Doctrine governs the land. This is far from the truth. The truth of the matter is that in Sri Lanka :

    * Roman/Dutch Law governs basic Civil Law
    * British Law governs Criminal Law

    The Legal Systems of Sri Lanka comes from Colonial times. Sinhala/Buddhists have to come to terms with the reality of the ground situation.

    All this may be alright, if only that more and more Sinhala/Buddhists study the Law of the Land, protect and govern the country from invaders, within and without. Buddhist priests ought to study Law for that very purpose and add/remove Laws to/in the Constitution to properly govern Lanka and protect the land and the People.

  10. Mr. Bernard Wijeyasingha Says:

    I am so sick and tired about mollycoddling Tamil feelings. Since when did humanity take a second place to the “holier than thou” feelings of the Tamils? I have read many articles in many internet magazines and newspapers where the feelings of the Sri Lankan Tamils or the Indian Tamils take precedence over the feelings of other communities.
    The Times of India reports articles that have violated Tamil sentiments while not mentioning one word about Singhalese sentiment.

    To quote the article: “According to articles published in the Indian Express and the Hindustan Times, the minister had stated that the ‘arrest of Indian fishermen by the Sri Lanka Navy was a sensitive issue in Tamil Nadu.’ One must understand that these Indian Tamil fishermen have broken the law and must face the consequences in a manner that a thief must face. One must realize it was the Indian Tamil people that destroyed Anuradhapura, and kept on invading. the only saving grace is that the Singhalese kings repelled them from taking over the island. The current civil war that ended in 2009 after 30 years has only increased world attention to Tamil sentiments while again not stating one single word of the Singhalese sentiments thereby creating a sense that the suffering of the Singhalese is just an Academic issue.

    In this light lets look at Tamil culture. Sri Lankan Tamils claim the northern province and the Eastern province as their “homelands”. But the definition of a homeland is where one’s culture was formed. Be it the Tamil language, Bharatanatyam dance the Gopurams of their temples, to the religion they follow were first developed in Tamil Nadu and not Sri Lanka. I believe that the Tamils are the only group in the world that has multiple homelands.

    Now lets take their culture. Their immense temples had hundreds if not thousands of Deva Dasi’s who would dance to the God and the sell their bodies to the masses. “Dancing prostitutes” would be a better term than “servants of God”. Since that is a fact what does the Temple become when prostitution is practiced within its Temple precincts. It would be more appropriate to consider them whore houses than places of worship. Finally what does such practices encouraged by the Temple priests connotate? It transforms the Temple priests to that of a pimp.

    Taken in whole Tamil Culture is a culture nurtured by prostitutes where even wars were funded by the money made by temple prostitution at an immense scale. Tamil culture is a culture of prostitution and debauchery. This culture stands in stark contrast to the Singhalese Buddhist culture where no Buddhist Vihara has prostitutes working for them and a culture that deliberately developed itself in the dry zone sparing the verdant forest and by that creating one of the first “hydraulic” civilizations in the world. In addition the Singhalese civilization is the only culture outside of China to have an unbroken written history of herself Something that is unfathomable to the Tamil culture of the past.
    The vulgarity of the Tamil culture has molded them to be naturally savage using deception and lies to get their way. Time for the Sinhalese to launch a campaign meant for the international community that showcases the high standards of Singhalese culture and that Sri Lankan Tamils live a far better life than their Indian counterparts. Sri Lanka needs an ongoing campaign showing the compassion of the Singhalese people to live and work with a people whose gutter culture is alllowed to function and a campaign that demands the world to look with compassion of the misery the Singhalese suffered during that war including bringing to justice those in India who trained and supported LITE to commit genocidal crimes all for the sake of creating Eelam. Time for the world to be equally concerned of the shattered lives of the Singhalese or face the consequences of people who have been ignored.

  11. Mr. Bernard Wijeyasingha Says:

    I am so sick and tired about mollycoddling Tamil feelings. Since when did humanity take a second place to the “holier than thou” feelings of the Tamils? I have read many articles in many internet magazines and newspapers where the feelings of the Sri Lankan Tamils or the Indian Tamils take precedence over the feelings of other communities.
    The Times of India reports articles that have violated Tamil sentiments while not mentioning one word about Singhalese sentiment.

    To quote the article: “According to articles published in the Indian Express and the Hindustan Times, the minister had stated that the ‘arrest of Indian fishermen by the Sri Lanka Navy was a sensitive issue in Tamil Nadu.’ One must understand that these Indian Tamil fishermen have broken the law and must face the consequences in a manner that a thief must face. One must realize it was the Indian Tamil people that destroyed Anuradhapura, and kept on invading. the only saving grace is that the Singhalese kings repelled them from taking over the island. The current civil war that ended in 2009 after 30 years has only increased world attention to Tamil sentiments while again not stating one single word of the Singhalese sentiments thereby creating a sense that the suffering of the Singhalese is just an Academic issue.

    In this light lets look at Tamil culture. Sri Lankan Tamils claim the northern province and the Eastern province as their “homelands”. But the definition of a homeland is where one’s culture was formed. Be it the Tamil language, Bharatanatyam dance the Gopurams of their temples, to the religion they follow were first developed in Tamil Nadu and not Sri Lanka. I believe that the Tamils are the only group in the world that has multiple homelands.

    Now lets take their culture. Their immense temples had hundreds if not thousands of Deva Dasi’s who would dance to the God and the sell their bodies to the masses. “Dancing prostitutes” would be a better term than “servants of God”. Since that is a fact what does the Temple become when prostitution is practiced within its Temple precincts. It would be more appropriate to consider them whore houses than places of worship. Finally what does such practices encouraged by the Temple priests connotate?.

    Taken in whole Tamil Culture is a culture nurtured by prostitutes where even wars were funded by the money made by temple prostitution at an immense scale. Tamil culture is a culture of prostitution and debauchery. This culture stands in stark contrast to the Singhalese Buddhist culture

  12. Mr. Bernard Wijeyasingha Says:

    To quote the article: “According to articles published in the Indian Express and the Hindustan Times, the minister had stated that the ‘arrest of Indian fishermen by the Sri Lanka Navy was a sensitive issue in Tamil Nadu.’
    But where is the coverage of Singhalese feelings or the destroyed lives of the Singhalese community. It is time for Sri Lanka to campaign on this issue and that there are more than one ethnic group whose feelings have been violated. Tamil Nadu wants to ban the Bollywood movie “Madras Cafe” because it puts the LITE and the leadership of Tamil Nadu in a bad light.
    It is time that the other side of the invasion of Indian Tamil fishermen to the channel 4 video tape to the issue that reconciliations cannot happen unless both Tamils and Singhalese are treated equal under the eyes of human rights violations. Failing any of this would only delay the process of reconciliation and might just backfire into another ethnic conflagration.

  13. Mr. Bernard Wijeyasingha Says:

    It is time that the other side of the story be campaigned. Nagging issues such as the right number of innocent people that were killed during the last days of the war to who killed them. Is the Sri Lankan army solely responsible or did the LITE be equally to blame and if so then why are those who trained the LITE still free of any accusations or charges.

    It is time to bring the invasion of Indian Tamil fishermen to a final close even if it requires UN intervention or more draconian regulations against them. In addition a campaign to show what ill effects these Indian Tamils are doing to the ocean ecosystem including the lives of the Sri Lankan fishermen and once proved reparations should be in order.

    It is time to hold anyone who accuses Sri Lanka of not treating the Tamils with equality and freedom produce the hard evidence or be sued for libel and inflammatory comments.

    It is time to make it quite clear to the UN that the Sri Lankan military which was created to protect and fight for Sri Lanka should determine what parts of the nation should have their presence and any insinuation that this act is a violation of human rights must prove their accusations by showing any law or regulation that prevents an army to establish itself in any part of a nation.

    It must be made clear to the Tamil National Alliance that the same freedoms given to Tamils to live anywhere in Sri Lanka and to construct their temples is the same freedom that all Sri Lankans share and that Jaffna is not a separate land by any means.

    It would be advisable to erect a statue of President Rajapakse in the defeated lands to remind them who saved the Tamils lives and who ended the war

  14. Lorenzo Says:

    MR’s statue should be INSIDE NALLUR kovil.

    Hindus worship ANYTHING. With time they will worship MR if his statue is inside Nallur kovil.

  15. Fran Diaz Says:

    No Pres MR statues in the North till all issues are cleared, once and for all.

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