MR urges govt not to jeopardize national security over petty politics
Posted on December 5th, 2015

Courtesy adaderana

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today accused the government of hastily” releasing hard core terrorists” without regard to the nation’s security due to political pressure from certain interested quarters.

The Kurunegala District UPFA MP was delivering a speech in Parliament for the first time since being elected at the General Election in August.

He stated that after the LTTE was defeated in 2009 there were about four attempts of varying severity by separatist terrorists to regroup in the North but due to the vigilance” of his government they were able to nip all those attempts in the bud.”

I see now that this vigilance no longer exists,” he declared.

My government rehabilitated and released over 11,000 LTTE cadres and retained in custody only those considered to be dangerous to the community, he said.

The present government has been hastily releasing hard core terrorists without regard to the nation’s security due to political pressure from certain interested quarters.”

While dangerous LTTE detainees are being released, the Prevention of Terrorism Act is being used to imprison members of the military,” he charged.

He stressed that the PTA was enacted to deal with terrorism and not to detain members of the armed forces.

Rajapaksa also slammed the current administration’s ill-conceived” foreign policy, which he claims is based on bending over backwards” to please certain foreign governments which are in turn influenced in their policy towards Sri Lanka by various Tamil Diaspora organisations which can deliver votes at elections in those countries.

The ex-President called upon the government not to place the nation’s security in jeopardy over petty political considerations” and due to their antipathy” towards him and the government he led.

Full Speech: 

Hon. Speaker,

In 2009, we militarily defeated the LTTE which had been officially named by the US Federal Bureau of investigation as the deadliest terrorist organisation in the world. Though we had defeated the military machine of the LTTE, their political and financial structures based in Western countries remained intact. Therefore, my government maintained constant vigilance to ensure that there was no resurgence of terrorism in Sri Lanka. There were about four attempts of varying severity by separatist terrorists to regroup in the North but due to our vigilance my government was able to nip all those attempts in the bud.

I see now that this vigilance no longer exists. My government rehabilitated and released over 11,000 LTTE cadres and retained in custody only those considered to be dangerous to the community. The present government has been hastily releasing hard core terrorists without regard to the nation’s security due to political pressure from certain interested quarters.

While dangerous LTTE detainees are being released, the Prevention of Terrorism Act is being used to imprison members of the military. The PTA was enacted to deal with terrorism, not to detain members of the armed forces.  If any investigation is to be carried out into the conduct of military personnel, the government has a duty to deal with the issue under the laws applicable to the military or under the ordinary law of the country. That is a basic curtsy that we have to extend to members of the armed forces who sacrificed so much for the country. We have to be heedful of the self respect of our armed forces.

Officials of foreign organisations have been permitted unfettered access to Sri Lanka’s military installations such as the Naval base in Trincomalee. This has resulted in an immediate danger posed to members of the intelligence wing of the Navy reminiscent of the situation that arose after the Milenenium city betrayal in 2002.

Hon Speaker,

We have to be mindful of the events which occurred on the so called Mahavir day marked recently. The black flags and the posters on the Jaffna campus openly deified Prabhakaran and called for the establishment of Eelam.  The provincial council of the Northern Province ordered that schools be closed and hartals and hunger strikes were organised in the North to bring pressure to bear on the government to release dangerous terrorists. A 17 year old youth jumped in front of a moving train and committed suicide. It is said that a letter was found in his possession demanding that LTTE prisoners be released forthwith. It is not possible to believe that a teenager would have resorted to this behaviour without instigation and elaborate planning by others. We must be mindful of where these incidents are leading the country.

Despite the danger signs that have been manifesting themselves, the government has taken the ill-advised move of removing the proscriptions on eight pro-LTTE organisations and 269 individuals. I have seen on the internet photographs of the Tamil Youth Organisation and the Canadian Tamil Congress both of which were recently de-proscribed,  hoisting the Eelam flag and paying public homage to Prabhakaran. These are organisations which my government banned to safeguard Sri Lanka’s security but they have all been irresponsibly de-proscribed by the current administration.

Officials of foreign governments have visited our country and made demarches to Sri Lanka’s leadership about withdrawing the military from the Northern province. Decisions with regard to the deployment of troops are matters that should solely be within the sovereign jurisdiction of Sri Lanka. I cannot approve of officials of foreign governments declaring that they will remain ‘cautious and vigilant’ with regard to military matters in Sri Lanka.

The root cause of these problems is the ill-conceived foreign policy of the current administration which is based on bending over backwards to please certain foreign governments which are in turn influenced in their policy towards Sri Lanka by various Tamil Diaspora organisations which can deliver votes at elections in those countries.

Hon Speaker,

In October this year, the present government ill-advisedly accepted and co-sponsored a resolution against Sri Lanka which is based on a report which states that there are ‘reasonable grounds to believe’ that Sri Lanka’s armed forces committed grave crimes during the last phase of the war against the LTTE.
In terms of this resolution the government has agreed to establish a war crimes court to try Sri Lankan military personnel with the participation of foreign judges, prosecutors and investigators and to allow this mechanism to obtain funding from foreign countries. They have also agreed to reform the domestic law to bring it into line with the laws implemented by international war crimes tribunals.  They have also undertaken to remove through an administrative process members of the military suspected of having committed human rights abuses even if there is insufficient evidence to charge them in a court of law.

When the British prime minister met our President recently, the former made an offer of six million pounds to reform the military. I do not believe that foreign governments should be sponsoring the reform of Sri Lanka’s armed forces nor should any such reform be done due to pressure from overseas.

I have come to learn that the senior military officers who led the various Divisions during the final phase of the war are to be retired without being given the usual service extensions. When these officers retire, they lose the institutional backing and protection provided by the military. Sending these officers on retirement at a time when war crimes investigations are being spoken of is a clear case of deliberately abandoning these officers. It is my view that these officers should be granted service extensions by the government until the danger abates.

The government has also agreed amend the Public Security Ordinance and to repeal the Prevention of Terrorism Act and replace it with legislation acceptable to the foreign powers. I see this as a reckless dismantling of the country’s core security legislation.

Hon. Speaker,

The State owned Rakana Lanka Security Service built up a successful maritime security service in the Indian ocean region during my administration. More than twenty private security companies collaborated with Rakna Lanka in this enterprise in various capacities. Sri Lanka earned a considerable amount of foreign exchange through this endeavour and it continued to function under the present government until very recently. But now I find that the government has for political reasons embarked on a course of action aimed at completely destroying this successful maritime security service which functioned with the approval of the relevant UN bodies.

Key individuals who provided political and military leadership to the war effort are now being hauled virtually on a daily basis before various police financial investigation units and commissions of inquiry probing allegations corruption and fraud. I believe this is being done to tarnish the image that these individuals built up in the country by providing leadership to the war effort. I know that the people are following these developments carefully.

I wish to call upon the government to not to place the nation’s security in jeopardy over petty political considerations and due to their antipathy towards me and the government I led.

Thank you.

11 Responses to “MR urges govt not to jeopardize national security over petty politics”

  1. LANKAPUTHRA Says:

    Brilliant Speech, this clearly shows that MR has understood what the present government is doing and to satisfy whom? My answer is Muslim Obama’s White House, US state Department, British Government (Stooges of Muslim Obama), Germany, and EU as a whole. Every thing that is happening up today is in it but will the average reader understand it? There are three types of readers and they interpret it and puts their comments to satisfy their sponsors.

    1. Reader who is hell bent on Insulting MR and his wife. This category is Lorenz / Fran Diaz type and bring JRJ late D.S. Senanayake in to today; Bring past to present and the past is our problem and NOT the Present Government.

    2. Reader is convinced that MR government is a scholasticism and only way to solve, is to put MR on trial at Geneva. All the problems SL has today is because MR sold the counter to the Chinese and not the doing of Ranil Punk Sirisena government.. Dilrook Kannangara is a good example of this type of article and comment writer.

    3. Reader who was hell bent supporting MR hora pal Hora, now realizes that he made a mistake and now critique the Ranil Punk Sirisena government. An Example is; Comment writer RATNAPALA is this type.

  2. Nanda Says:

    Valuable and very valid advice to the government after the damage has been done. This speech would have made in 2013 or 2014 going in front of a mirror.
    Nevertheless extremely good advise and if MS and RW can reverse the trend. He must speak more frequently without letting WW to do everything. BTW had working people of our poor country spend 1/2 million monthly on him – must pay back.

  3. Hiranthe Says:

    “….not to place the nation’s security in jeopardy over petty political considerations and due to their antipathy towards me and the government I led”

    What a selfless statement? The whole nation is indebted to you Sir!

    You should not be in this situation!! Mother Lanka must be weeping to see the things happening today.

    Hope the ungrateful lot who brought “Yahapalana Hyenas” into power will realise their folly and mistake by now.

  4. nilwala Says:

    THIS COMMENT EXTRACTED FROM THE REPORT OF MR’S SPEECH IN PARLIAMENT
    IN THE COLOMBO TELEGRAPH SAYS IT ALL. NOTE THE NAME OF THE WRITER……

    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/matters-of-concern-regarding-national-security/

    “President Rajapaksa would not write on a British propaganda rag like Colombo Telegraph. Uvindu Kurukulasuriya has published the text of his speech in the Sri Lankan parliament.

    I agree with every word he has said, and I have been warning about the resurgent LTTE ready to start Eelam War VI. They are building the campaign up on the Internet – on Facebook and YouTube, from their bases in Tamil Nadu (Vaiko and Seeman), the USA (TGTE), Canada (Tamil Canadian) and London (BTF and GTF).

    My father Brian Senewiratne is flying to the USA to meet with the TGTE boss Rudrakumaran on 17th December, planning to stay till the 28th. I am urging the US authorities to arrest him for his crimes in Sri Lanka and Australia over the past decades. Details are on the Holistic University Network (HUN) sites on Facebook and YouTube and on the Holistic University of Brisbane (HUB) websites. ”

    Dr Romesh Senewiratne-Alagaratnam
    December 5, 2015 at 5:40 am
    Repl
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    THIS SAYS IT ALL AND WE CAN ONLY HOPE THAT THE PRESIDENT AND SRI LANKA’S DEFENCE FORCES ARE ALERTED.

  5. Lorenzo Says:

    Dear MR,

    Well said Mr president.

    But as a VIGILANT patriot I have 3 problems with your GOOD speech.

    1. You are 3 weeks LATE. Why didn’t you make this speech BEFORE these terrorists were released? No point locking the prison AFTER the terrorists have bolted!! Around the time these terrorists were released, your EXCELLENT DIWALI message was widely published though.

    Same with the Avant Garde affair.

    2. The 11,000 terrorists we released in 2011 were BY NO MEANS LESSER terrorists. MANY of them were re-arrested for trying terrorist work. The so called hardcore terrorists should have been charged with crimes and punished (preferably with death).

    3. KP is an INTERPOL wanted INTERNATIONAL TERRORIST. His weapons shipments killed 27,000 soldiers and another 10,000 lost their legs. Why wasn’t he sent to Welikade prison or executed for GRAVE crimes he did? Unlike KARUNA, KP didn’t help us win the war.

    4. I heard that your excellency was NOT present in parliament to DEFEAT the ANTI-PEOPLE and PRO-Tamil Ealm BUDGET. That is a serous shortcoming.

    These are matters to consider to IMPROVE your EFFECTIVENESS. SL people are HIGHLY INTELLIGENT people and they OBSERVE these things.

  6. nilwala Says:

    THE QUOTE: “ETERNAL VIGILANCE IS THE PRICE OF LIBERTY”.
    Often attributed to Thomas Jefferson

    ——————-
    THE ’80S VERSION THAT’S STILL RELEVANT TODAY:

    “Eternal vigilance is the price for continuing security.”
    James R. Schlesinger (1929-2014)
    American government official who served as CIA director, Secretary of Defense
    His version of the “eternal vigilance” saying comes from his July 1987 “Report to the Secretary of State on the Moscow Chancery Construction Project.”
    ———————–
    COLD WARRIOR QUOTE:

    “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance and a willingness to act in its defense.”
    George P. Shultz
    U.S. Secretary of State under President Ronald Reagan
    ————————-

    ALDOUS HUXLEY’S TAKE:

    “Eternal vigilance is not only the price of liberty; eternal vigilance is the price of human decency.”
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)
    English novelist and social critic
    From his introduction to the radio version of his novel Brave New World, produced by William Froug for CBS Radio in 1965

  7. Fran Diaz Says:

    Our thanks to dear former Pres MR for this fine speech. He speaks for the entire right thinking side of the nation of Lanka.

    ————-

    Some folks expect MR to carry the whole of Lanka plus the region ! As far as I can see, MR has carried more than his fair share for the country over these many, many years, and still continues to do so.

    Re the Budget, Dinesh Gunawardena said it all. What more to be said ?

    Get real, dear People. Every one of us matters in this Guardian role for Lanka. MR is just one person. He can state words to guide us, and right now he has done us proud in that matter, but to set things right, action is needed by each one of us.

    We have to, each of us, guard our Nation’s Freedom and integrity (as stated in the quotes by Nilwala).
    I might add : ‘No man is an island’

  8. sena Says:

    may be the west is dangling the aid carrot. with our freely educated professionals not contributing anything to build a knowledge base economy and continuing to depend on blue collar workers like housemaids, sri lanka is doom.

  9. Nanda Says:

    Sri Lanka has been saved from stoning to death. But she has contacted AIDs.

  10. Hiranthe Says:

    Dear Nanda,

    I like that comment. It speaks for 1000 words.

    I agree that SL contacted AIDS. SL is infested because SL is subject to Gang Rape from January 2015.

    This Gang Rape is still going on day and night in front of our eyes…

    Whom to Report to?? Who will come and rescue her??

  11. Fran Diaz Says:

    Lankans will have to rescue themselves. No one will ever come to truly help. Those who try to help are fobbed off by superior powers. They did not help during 30 yrs of terrorism and will not help now.

    Now the country is facing Westward Ho ! So the main goal is accomplished for Yahap. Building up the Economy is next. Is Ranil aka Dr No up to it, with CBK in tow ? past signs say ‘no’.

    Only way forward is to bring in those who have succeeded in the past. Why don’t the People use all grass roots organisations/associations to influence/compel MPs for ‘REAL CHANGE” (ATHTHA VENASSA).

    Time to hand over the baton to those who can get a job of work done ! Time for Patriotism.

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