Gota slams Cameron for politicking in Colombo to placate LTTE rump back home
Posted on November 17th, 2013

By Shamindra Ferdinando Island.LK

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Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa yesterday alleged that UK Premier David Cameron was playing politics in Colombo to placate the LTTE rump back home.

Cameron-â„¢s strategy was obviously influenced by the UK based Global Tamil Forum (GTF), British Tamil Forum (BTF) and Tamils against Genocide, he said.

The British government delegation to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) went to the extent of meeting representatives of the three organizations in London before leaving for the Colombo CHOGM via New Delhi, the Defence Secretary pointed out.

“The British Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats are eyeing the next parliamentary election,” Rajapaksa alleged. He recollected the former UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband admitting allocating two-thirds of his time to Tamil issue at the height of the Vanni war due to domestic political compulsions.

He was responding Premier Cameron-â„¢s warning at a news briefing yesterday that he would move the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) in Geneva in March next year unless President Mahinda Rajapaksa took meaningful measures to address accountability issues.The UK recently secured a place in the UNHRC. The Defence Secretary said that the UK couldn-â„¢t have its own way in the UNHRC as there were other influential countries. He was referring to the election of Russia, China and Cuba to the UNHRC.

“Premier Cameron was speaking as if we were still a British colony,-â„¢-â„¢ the official said.

Rajapaksa ridiculed Cameron giving a deadline to Sri Lanka in the backdrop of UK-â„¢s failure to release the Chilcot Inquiry. Could anything be as unfair as pushing for war crimes investigation on the basis of unsubstantiated allegations propagated by Channel 4 News whereas the UK was yet to finalize its own domestic investigation into the illegal war in Iraq, he asked.

Premier Cameron, the Defence Secretary alleged, was conveniently forgetting his own Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg-â„¢s declaration in the UK parliament that invasion of Iraq on the basis of false intelligence reports was illegal.

“Don-â„¢t forget the March 2003 invasion of Iraq wasn-â„¢t sanctioned by the UN. Premier Cameron is preaching to us on accountability issues thinking we are unaware of its duplicity.”

The outspoken official said that the UK as well as many other countries wanting to have Sri Lanka hauled up before an international war crimes tribunal were focusing on the final phase of the conflict in early 2009 whereas hundreds if not thousands of atrocities took place over a period of three decades.

Rajapaksa said: “Some former members of the LTTE responsible for atrocities committed here are now living in the UK and other EU countries. Today they are British passport holders. One-time British High Commission employee, LTTE theoretician Anton Balasingham-â„¢s wife, Adele, now lives in the UK. Her role in recruiting teenage girls into the ranks of the LTTE is well documented. In spite of us bringing the presence of LTTE personnel to the notice of the British government, the administration is yet to take action.”

The Defence Secretary said that successive UK governments had collaborated with Tamil terrorist groups beginning early 80s; hence the UK couldn-â„¢t absolve itself of responsibility for the terrorism here. Premier Cameron couldn-â„¢t be unaware of the LTTE having its International Secretariat in the UK which coordinated procurement of arms, ammunition and equipment for many years.

“Today, funds raised abroad are exclusively used to destabilize Sri Lanka. A section of the British political establishment is working closely with the LTTE rump. A case in point is former Labour Party minister Joan Ryan joining the GTF as its policy advisor.”

The UK had no option but to proscribe the LTTE in the UK due to the situation getting out of hand there. In spite of that the LTTE remained active and aggressively campaign against Sri Lanka until the conclusion of the conflict in May 2009, the Defence Secretary said.

Those now leading the GTF, BTF as well as Tamils against Genocide always represented the interests of the LTTE. Therefore it would be the responsibility on the part of the Cameron government to explain the circumstances under which such groups had access to British parliament.

The Defence Secretary alleged that the latest British threat was meant to destabilize the country. Under President Rajapaksa-â„¢s leadership, the government was able to finish off the LTTE in three years paving the way for unprecedented economic revival in the Northern and Eastern Provinces. The country could move forward without Premier Cameron-â„¢s help.

14 Responses to “Gota slams Cameron for politicking in Colombo to placate LTTE rump back home”

  1. helaya Says:

    Well said Mr. Defense secretary. It easy to give Cameron a creditable report. Compile a set documentary including original Killing field on Sri lanka with Tamil dialogs, including videos how our brave soldiers rescuing civilians ect. The problem is the lethargic response of FM of Sri Lanka to all these allegations.

  2. Ananda-USA Says:

    Bravo! Well said, Gota … for a well delivered OFFENSE is the best form of DEFENSE!

    The Premier of the second most war-mongering nation in world today, with blood dripping from crimes comitted all over the world with ABSOLUTE IMPUNITY, presuming to lecture Sri Lanka for Liberating its HAPLESS CITIZENS from 30 years of vicious endemic terrorism, is the PINNACLE of IMPUDENCE!

    David Cameron is a HYPOCRITE INCARNATE gathering pandering to Eelamists in Britain to garner votes for his re-election, throwing the National Interest of his own country to the wolves!

  3. Lorenzo Says:

    Well said BUT still falls short of pointing out British war crimes in SL and Endia. That would be the perfect COUNTER ATTACK.

  4. radha Says:

    Just show ignorant, but crafty, Cameron the two fingers. It is a British gesture; he will understand it. SLK could start HR proceedings after Brits have put Churchill and Blair on the docks for their HR abuses in Dresden and Iraq respectively.

  5. Ananda-USA Says:

    If Sri Lanka is hauled up by Britain in front of the UNHRC meeting in Geneva next March, our team should READ INTO THE PERMANTNT UNHRC RECORD a FULL LIST OF WAR CRIMES and HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS by Britain, demanding EQUAL ACCOUNTABILITY from Britain.

    A PARTIAL list of these British CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY, culled from sources on the Web, is given below:

    …. The ILLEGAL unpunished war in Iraq without UN sanction and based on false fabricated allegations of WMD production by the Iraqis, extinguished over 1.5 million Iraqi lives as estimated by the British Medical Association’s Lancet journal staff. During the first years of British rule in Iraq, numerous attacks on civilians were carried out, including village burning and indiscriminate bombing.

    …. Raping of local German women was a common feature among British troops in post-WWII occupation of Germany. Even elderly women were targeted. The Royal Military Police tended to turn a blind eye towards abuse of German prisoners and civilians but rape was a major issue for them.

    ….The indiscriminate carpet bombing of Dresden, Germany that created a firestorm that killed over 100,000 people. While “no agreement, treaty, convention or any other instrument governing the protection of the civilian population or civilian property” from aerial attack was adopted before the war, the Hague Conventions did prohibit the bombardment of undefended towns. Allied forces inquiry concluded that an air attack on Dresden was militarily justified on the grounds the city was defended.

    …. The summary execution of 7 captured Argentine soldiers by British soldiers in the Falklands war. In 1993, Argentine president Carlos Menem ordered an investigation into allegations that Argentine soldiers captured during the Battle of Mount Longdon had been executed by British paratroopers. The statements were said to confirm seven executions.

    …. The GENOCIDE in Sri Lanka in the Uva-Welassa uprising of 1818. Tens of thousands of innocent villagers were slaughtered by marauding British troops, thousands of women raped, thousands of children decapitated, hundreds of thousands of homes burned, all cattle and other live stock killed, fruit trees cut down, rice fields and irrigation systems destroyed, and the land and the means of livelihood of the people laid waste, just as Gen. Tecumseh Sherman did fifty years later in his march from Atlanta to the Sea in the US Civil War.

    …. the suppression of India’s 1857 Sepoy Mutiny including widespread summary executions across the countryside, particularly by forces under the command of Neill and Renaud; indiscriminate murder of civilians during the capture of Delhi; and the summary execution of the princes of Delhi and other Indian leaders,

    ….. the treatment of Boer civilians in the Second Boer War, when the British Empire ordered the civilian internment of the Afrikaner population into concentration camps, killing around 34,000 people. A later Prime Minister, Henry Campbell-Bannerman, declared in the British Parliament on 14 June 1901: “When is a war not a war? When it is waged in South Africa by methods of barbarism.”

    …. the murder of German naval prisoners from the two German submarines, U-27 and U-41 which were sunk by the British Q-ship HMS Baralong between August and September 1915. In the first case, a number of survivors were summarily executed by Baralong´s crewmembers under orders of Lieutenant Godfrey Herbert on 19 August 1915. The massacre was reported to a newspaper by American citizens on board Nicosia, a British freighter loaded with war supplies which was stopped by U-27 just minutes before the incident. On 24 September, Baralong destroyed U-41, which was in the process of sinking the cargo ship Urbino. According to Karl Goetz, the U-41′s commander, the British vessel continued flying the U.S. flag after opening fire on the submarine, and the lifeboat carrying the German survivors was rammed and sunk by the British Q-ship.

    …. the use of chemical weapons in WWI. Poison gas was introduced by Imperial Germany, and was subsequently used by all major belligerents (including Britain) in the war against enemy soldiers, in violation of the 1899 Hague Declaration Concerning Asphyxiating Gases and the 1907 Hague Convention on Land Warfare, which prohibited the use of “poison or poisoned weapons” in warfare.

    ….. the killing of Irish civilians in retaliation for Bloody Sunday violence in Dublin on 21 November 1920.in which the IRA assassinated 13 British intelligence agents. That same afternoon, a joint force of British soldiers, policemen, and paramilitaries opened fire in retaliation on a crowd attending a Gaelic football match in Croke Park, killing 14 civilians and wounding 68.

    …. the greatest genocide of the 20th century was not the Holocaust in German death camps during WWII, but the Bengal famine in India as late as 1943, caused due to English atrocities. Mass stockpile of food grain harvested in the state of Bengal,were taken away and hoarded by the English in anticipation of Japanese attack. Very seldom has this genocide been mentioned in historical records. More than 3 million lives perished. Never has England acknowledged this fact, and never will they include this in their historical records. It is an absolute shame. This aspect places England not much better than some of the merciless regimes of the modern era that have absolutely no remorse for the crimes they have committed.

    … the mass murder by engineered famines in Colonial India. In his book Late Victorian Holocausts, published in 2001, Mike Davis tells the story of the famines which killed between 12 and 29 million Indians. These people were, he demonstrates, murdered by British state policy.

    When an El Nino drought destituted the farmers of the Deccan plateau in 1876 there was a net surplus of rice and wheat in India. But the viceroy, Lord Lytton, insisted that nothing should prevent its export to England. In 1877 and 1878, at height of the famine, grain merchants exported a record 6.4 million hundredweight of wheat. As the peasants began to starve, government officials were ordered “to discourage relief works in every possible way”. The Anti-Charitable Contributions Act of 1877 prohibited “at the pain of imprisonment private relief donations that potentially interfered with the market fixing of grain prices.” The only relief permitted in most districts was hard labour, from which anyone in an advanced state of starvation was turned away. Within the labour camps, the workers were given less food than the inmates of Buchenwald. In 1877, monthly mortality in the camps equated to an annual death rate of 94%.

    As millions died, the imperial government launched “a militarized campaign to collect the tax arrears accumulated during the drought.” The money, which ruined those who might otherwise have survived the famine, was used by Lytton to fund his war in Afghanistan. Even in places which had produced a crop surplus, the government’s export policies, like Stalin’s in the Ukraine, manufactured hunger. In the North-western provinces, Oud and the Punjab, which had brought in record harvests in the preceding three years, at least 1.25m died.

    …..Slaughter of 100,000 by violence and engineered famine in Kenya. Three recent books – Britain’s Gulag by Caroline Elkins, Histories of the Hanged by David Anderson and Web of Deceit by Mark Curtis – show how white settlers and British troops suppressed the Mau Mau revolt in Kenya in the 1950s. Thrown off their best land and deprived of political rights, the Kikuyu started to organise – some of them violently – against colonial rule. The British responded by driving up to 320,000 of them into concentration camps. Most of the remainder – over a million – were held in “enclosed villages”. Prisoners were questioned with the help of “slicing off ears, boring holes in eardrums, flogging until death, pouring paraffin over suspects who were then set alight, and burning eardrums with lit cigarettes.” British soldiers used a “metal castrating instrument” to cut off testicles and fingers. “By the time I cut his balls off,” one settler boasted, “he had no ears, and his eyeball, the right one, I think, was hanging out of its socket”. The soldiers were told they could shoot anyone they liked “provided they were black”. Elkins’s evidence suggests that over 100,000 Kikuyu were either killed by the British or died of disease and starvation in the camps. David Anderson documents the hanging of 1090 suspected rebels: far more than the French executed in Algeria. Thousands more were summarily executed by soldiers, who claimed they had “failed to halt” when challenged.

    …. At least twenty such atrocities overseen and organised by the British government or British colonial settlers: they include, for example, the Tasmanian genocide, the use of collective punishment in Malaya, the bombing of villages in Oman, the dirty war in North Yemen, the evacuation of Diego Garcia. Some of them might trigger a vague, brainstem memory in a few thousand readers, but most people would have no idea what I’m talking about. Max Hastings, in the Guardian today, laments our “relative lack of interest in Stalin and Mao’s crimes.” But at least we are aware that they happened.

    …. the enslavement of whole Indian villages and transporting them as bonded laborers to work in other British colonies in Asia, Africa and the West Indies. This is how much of the Indian communities in other colonized countries were created.

    …. the production of Opium in India and its sale under military threats (i.e., the Opium Wars) to the people of Imperial China to convert them wholesale into drug addicts.

    Seeing little to gain from trade with European countries, the Chinese Qing emperor permitted Europeans to trade only at the port of Canton, and only through licensed Chinese merchants. For years, foreign merchants accepted Chinese rules—but by 1839 the British, who were the dominant trading group, were ready to flex their muscles.

    They had found a drug that the Chinese would buy: opium. Grown legally in British India, opium was smuggled into China, where its use and sale became illegal after the damaging effects it had on the Chinese people.

    With its control of the seas, the British easily shut down key Chinese ports and forced the Chinese to negotiate—marking the beginning of what is known as the “one hundred years of humiliation” for the Chinese. Dissatisfied with the resulting agreement, the British sent a second and larger force that took even more coastal cities, including Shanghai. The ensuing Opium War was settled at gunpoint; the resulting Treaty of Nanjing opened five ports to international trade, fixed the tariff on imported goods at five percent, imposed an indemnity of twenty-one million ounces of silver on China to cover Britain’s war expenses, and ceded the island of Hong Kong to Great Britain.

    This treaty satisfied neither side. Between 1856 and 1860, Britain and France renewed hostilities with China. Seventeen thousand British and French troops occupied Beijing and set the Imperial Palace on fire. Another round of harsh treaties gave European merchants and missionaries greater privileges, and forced the Chinese to open several more cities to foreign trade and opium sales.

  6. Ananda-USA Says:

    “But while the past must always be remembered — and, at times, interrogated — does it need, as Cameron says, to be apologized for?”

    Is this THE SAME DAVID CAMERON … who threatens Sri Lanka with HELL, FIRE and BRIMSTONE for not repenting for faked alleged war crimes …. trying to DODGE THE BULLET fired at Britian’s own well documented MONUMENTAL CRIMES? Is this the same guy, or is he a totally new Englishman BORN-AGAIN with a BLANK MEMORY in the last few days?

    As I said before, here is a HYPOCRITE INCARNATE ….. exercising the WHITE IMPERIALIST’S inalienable birthright to ADOPT DOUBLE STANDARDS with IMPUNITY against former “subject” peoples!

    Bah! .. A POX on HIM & HIS ENTIRE HOUSE!

    …………….
    David Cameron in India: Should U.K. Apologize for Its Imperial Past?

    At the Jallianwala Bagh memorial, David Cameron called the 1919 massacre “a deeply shameful event,” but didn’t extend a formal apology on behalf of his government

    By Ishaan Tharoor
    World.Time.com
    February 20, 2013

    On Wednesday, U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron became the first serving British Premier to pay a visit to the Jallianwala Bagh memorial in the northern Indian city of Amritsar. The site marks the 1919 massacre of scores of unarmed Indian protesters by British colonial troops — imperial officials at the time put the body count at 379; subsequent Indian investigations claim more than 1,000 died. The incident is firmly embedded in India’s 20th century historical memory and inflames nationalist passions. It reached the rest of the world’s imagination when immortalized in a scene in Richard Attenborough’s Oscar-winning 1982 film, Gandhi.

    After laying a wreath at the memorial for those slain, Cameron commented in a handwritten note at the site, describing the slaughter 94 years ago as a “deeply shameful event.” But, as all the media have noticed in both India and the U.K., he didn’t extend a formal apology on behalf of his government. Aware of the full weight of scrutiny on his visit, Cameron offered this defense to reporters in Amritsar:

    In my view we are dealing with something here that happened a good 40 years before I was even born, and which Winston Churchill described as ‘monstrous’ at the time and the British government rightly condemned at the time. So I don’t think the right thing is to reach back into history and to seek out things you can apologize for. I think the right thing is to acknowledge what happened, to recall what happened, to show respect and understanding for what happened.

    Fair enough. Cameron was in India (he had earlier stops in Mumbai and New Delhi), after all, on a trade mission, focused on a rosy future of Indo-British cooperation. Why bother with the sulfur stench of the past?

    Yet in India and other countries once ruled by the British, there are of course lingering resentments and historical grievances. For all the railroads and courthouses built, the British were always in India for pragmatic (read: rapacious) reasons. “India was bled white,” wrote Cambridge historian Piers Brendon, author of The Decline and Fall of the British Empire. The British Raj “rested on a mountain of skulls,” said the well-known India-based British writer William Dalrymple in a recent interview with the Daily Telegraph. “And people need to know that.”

    As a moral buffer, Cameron cites the contemporary outrage of Churchill, then the British Secretary of State for War, upon hearing reports of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. Churchill and a whole rank of latter-day defenders of the empire maintained an earnest belief in the otherwise “liberal” effects of British dominion. But the man lionized in the West as that bulldog of liberty and democracy brimmed with racist contempt toward Indians and their aspirations for freedom. He also perhaps criminally neglected their plight. In 1943, as many as 3 million people in Bengal died in a famine instigated by British imperial policy during World War II and deliberately ignored by Churchill.

    But while the past must always be remembered — and, at times, interrogated — does it need, as Cameron says, to be apologized for? It’s difficult enough for countries these days to retrieve treasures plundered by the 19th century’s empires; symbolic state apologies are even rarer. Think of the decades of silence and shame that yawned between Australia’s apology to the aborigines or the U.S.’s apology to those harmed by the Chinese Exclusion Act and the cruelties for which they atoned. This past December, French President François Hollande stood before Algeria’s Parliament and spoke of the “brutal” and “unjust” effects of French colonial rule, but stopped short of an actual official apology. “I recognize the suffering the colonial system has inflicted,” uttered Hollande. That’s probably the most people from the decolonized world can expect from a European head of state.

    The obvious argument here is that once the apologizing begins, when does it stop? If Cameron had tendered a formal apology to India for Jallianwala Bagh, shouldn’t his government have also considered the inept British blundering that led to the hideous communal slaughters of Partition in 1947? (The current crises in the Middle East could also be laid at the feet of British cartographers.) Shouldn’t London also then turn to the deeper past and the grotesque rapine and pillage the East India Company inflicted upon whole swathes of India in the late 18th and early 19th centuries? And shouldn’t postcolonial governments then adopt a similar pose and consider accounting for the mistreatment of marginalized minorities or the misdeeds of their revolutionary wars? As some of the lingering geopolitical disputes in Asia prove, history can become both the most tedious and thorny of battlegrounds.

    But history is also rich with irony. Cameron was in India less as an imperial of old and more as a supplicant to a rising power, eager to boost trade. He faces stiff competition from the likes of Hollande — France recently beat the U.K. to win a lucrative fighter-jet contract with New Delhi. And then there was that moment of pleasing cultural contact: Cameron’s other stop in Amritsar was at the city’s famous Golden Temple, the holiest shrine for Sikhs. He knotted his head in a blue turban and spent an hour among its altars. The visit was a gesture not simply to Sikhs in India, but the large diaspora in the U.K. “What [Punjabi Sikhs] contribute to our country is outstanding,” said Cameron. The past may be a foreign country, as the saying goes, but the future should be about finding a better home there.

  7. Ananda-USA Says:

    As Shenali Waduge said elsewhere, let us NOT HAVE ANY Half-Hearted Solutions NOW! NONE but FULL-THROATED Complete Solutions!

    1. REPEAL the 13th Amendment
    2. DISMANTLE the Provincial Council System
    3. ELIMINATE Indian Involvement in Reconstruction & Rehabilitation efforts in the North & East
    4. REDUCE Indian Involvement and Investment in Sri Lanka’s economy
    5. END Military cooperation with India; they can’t and don’t help SRi Lanka with any weapons ANYWAY!
    6. SECURE Sri Lanka’s coastline with coast guard and naval bases within EYESIGHT of each other to protect Sri Lanka’s Maritime resources and PREVENT illegal immigration, gun running, and goods smuggling
    7. LAUNCH a thorough investigation of the CITIZENSHIP STATUS of the residents of Sri Lanka to IDENTIFY & DEPORT upto 1.6 MILLION ILLEGAL aliens from TAmil Nadu as indicated by the 2012 Census.
    8. ADOPT Ethnic Integration as National Policy with the goal of achieving a UNIFORM ETHNIC DISTRIBUTION nationwide, without REGIONAL ethno/religious concentrations.
    9. INCREASE the number of Armed Forces camps and Personnel in former LTTE-infected territories, PERMANENTLY SETTLE military personnel AND their FAMILIES in the North and East as part of Ethnic Integration, providing land, good hmes, schools, hospitals and other INFRASTRUCTURE to INCENTIVIZE PERMANENT SETTLEMENT by Sinhala people in these areas. In the Final Analysis, Ethnic Integration of this kind is the only permanent hope for peace and security of the people of Sri Lanka.

    The END of CHOGM, and the CLEAR DISPLAY OF ENMITY by India, Tamil Nadu, and Western Nations with large Sri Lankan Eelamist Tamil Populations, has given the GOSL the PERFECT OPPORTUNITY to IMMEDIATELY IMPLEMENT the above 9-POINT PROGRAM in the National Interest.

    Carpe’ Diem! Seize the Day!

  8. Lorenzo Says:

    Ananda,

    Please write that list as an article to LW.

    We should demand democracy within commonwealth decision making. ALL commonwealth decisions should be put to the PEOPLE of the commonwealth in a referendum. Will see who wins!!

    Endia outside TN has 1 billion people = 700 million votes far higher than UK + Canada. MOST Endian people are NOT against SL.

  9. Fran Diaz Says:

    Sri Lanka ought to have a Memorial for all those killed during the Colonial period by Colonial forces, a period of some 500 yrs under the Portuguese, Dutch and British.

  10. Wijesinghe Susantha Says:

    “AND WHO THE HELL IS DAVID CAMERON ” ?

    I love that phrase, as Timothy Bancroft repeatedly said, ‘AND WHO THE HELL IS DAVID CAMERON ”

    He is an upstart British AH from the Tamil Terrorists LTTE Ghettos.

  11. Ananda-USA Says:

    This Pakistani writer KNOWS what he is talking about, because HE LIVES IN Pakistan BESET TODAY by the same ills that TORTURED Sri Lanka YESTERDAY!

    Thank you Mr. Siddiqi!

    Our Prayers and Best Wishes for DELIVERANCE FROM ENDEMIC TERRORISM are with your country, a TRUE FRIEND of Sri Lanka!
    …………………………………………..
    Toothless tigers
    By Kamal Siddiqi, Editor of The Express Tribune
    Tribune.com.pk
    November 17, 2013

    One wonders what was British Prime Minister David Cameron’s agenda when he not only castigated the Sri Lankan government for its alleged human rights abuses but also made a visit to Jaffna “to see for himself” what had transpired. My understanding of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), currently being concluded in Sri Lanka, was that it was a meeting of leaders of the Commonwealth, a more or less toothless body, and not used by the former empire to chide subjects, particularly natives, for bad governance.

    I cannot recall another instance of a Commonwealth head of state interfering so blatantly in the internal affairs of another country. It is somewhat rich for Cameron to castigate Sri Lanka. The British didn’t have much of a human rights record when they ruled the colonies. More recently, its role in the wars against Iraq and in Afghanistan as part of the coalition of the willing leaves a lot to be desired.

    And hours before coming to Colombo to upstage everyone else, the British prime minister had said in a statement in India that “it would be good to meet Narendra Modi”. That statement itself is chilling.

    Let us be honest at least. Canada and Mauritius stayed away from CHOGM also because of the human rights record of the Sri Lankan government. The fact that what they said was both countries have sizeable Tamil populations doesn’t seem to have raised eyebrows it seems. The biased coverage of this controversy as seen on the BBC, an otherwise favourite news channel of mine, indicates that the days of independent public broadcasting seem to be coming to an end in the UK.

    India was at least pragmatic. Facing an election in the coming year, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s party cannot upset its allies in the south. There was no talking down to Sri Lanka. Possibly India learnt its lessons earlier on and doesn’t want to burn its fingers again.

    All wars have casualties and human rights abuses. There is no denying that. And Sri Lanka should be encouraged to set up an independent human rights commission to investigate the allegations of atrocities. They have enough right minded people to head it.

    But for the British PM to take it upon himself to investigate these allegations on his own suggests that he may be angling for something other than justice for the victims. Sri Lanka has a capable system that should be able to do what is needed. One does not need to embarrass the country into this.

    One must recall that Sri Lanka is that country which finally shunned all international intervention when it went for its military offensive against the LTTE. Do not try and force it into a situation where it does the same again. Because the last time it did this, it succeeded in fixing the problem.

    For me, the most powerful statement in CHOGM came from Sri Lankan president Rajapaksa. In an angry response to the statements made by Cameron and others, he said killings had taken place in Sri Lanka not only in 2009, as his government crushed the LTTE, but for 30 years up until then. Since the past four years, “there has been no terrorist attack in the country.”

    Sitting in strife-torn Pakistan, this statement itself was enough to inspire me. I wish the same could be achieved in my country, where terrorism is eating away from inside while other countries pay lip service to our problems.

    As far as the conflict in Pakistan is concerned, it is not enough for Mr Cameron to pump money into the government machinery here as part of the British contribution to our war. There must be some ownership. We don’t see that. In fact, the British treat Pakistan and Pakistanis quite shabbily.

    Ours is a war that your government and its allies helped create in the first place. Britain has many stakes in Pakistan, as I am sure it did in Sri Lanka when that country was at war, but that would be transgressing. The fact is that when Sri Lanka was fighting its war, the British government did little to help. CHOGM was silent on the issue.

    Maybe the anger is more directed to the fact that the Chinese have been given lucrative contracts in Sri Lanka. But best not to speculate and question the motives of great powers.

  12. Ananda-USA Says:

    Lorenzo,

    Thanks for the suggestion; I submitted it to LankaWeb for publication as an article under the title
    “The Blood Spattered Legacy of Crimes Against Humanity of the British Empire”

  13. PRIYAN WIJEYERATNE Says:

    It is comforting to read articles written by SL patriots. But the question I have is if we have done nothing wrong and we can defeat any external force, with our friends in need, why do we worry about these suckers? Simply ignore them and continue our good work to develop the country. In the mean time I would like to ask my favorite secretary of defense, do we have a plan in case these western suckers shun us from all affiliations and put on economic sanctions on us? This is what we need to plan on. Simply ignore these suckers. I like to read and respond to a series of articles planning on a scenario of war (may not be a modern war) defending our Fatherland against the western dogs.

  14. Ananda-USA Says:

    Nationalist governing party ally holds British responsible for creating the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka

    ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

    Nov 18, Colombo: An ally of Sri Lanka’s governing party, the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) has accused the British for creating an ethnic conflict in the country.

    Referring to the warning of an international inquiry against the country by British Prime Minister David Cameron, JHU General Secretary, Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka charged that the British Premier had no right to call for an international inquiry in violation of the sovereignty of a country.

    He noted that such a move would also be in violation of the Commonwealth Charter.

    The Minister observed that there was no Tamil or Eelam issue in the country when the British landed in Sri Lanka in 1796 and it was the British who created the ethnic conflict.

    According to Ranawaka, the British administration should pay compensation to Sri Lanka for creating a Tamil issue that has resulted in the loss of many lives.

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