OPEN LETTER FROM SRI LANKANS IN LOS ANGELES TO THE SRI LANKAN GOVERNMENT VIA AMBASSADOR PRASAD KARIYAWASAM
Posted on February 13th, 2016

TEXT OF PETITION

February 4 is a day when Sri Lankans look back with immense pride on the long road our forefathers took to free our beloved island from foreign domination.

This year, that pride is tempered with the reality of the numerous indignities being heaped on our nation by foreign powers and other threats to Sri Lanka’s continued existence as a free and sovereign state.

Seven years after the defeat of a 30-year long terrorist movement for separatism, we observe with great concern disastrous moves to drag Sri Lanka away from what was a journey towards peace and nation-building to chaos, disharmony, and fragmentation. As Sri Lankan- Americans who dedicated decades to confronting the separatist movement and its pro-LTTE lobby in the US we are alarmed at the following developments:

  • Eelam groups backed by foreign governments and NGOs dictating policy and governance in Sri Lanka while soldiers and military officials who risked their lives to bring back peace and normalcy are being hounded, harassed, and jailed.
  • The all out plan to dilute the existing unitary constitution for a nominal unitary” status implementing all features under federalism.
  • Attempts to bring in a new constitution sans salient features safeguarding the true sovereignty of the people, through an all-powerful Parliament steering committee and a flawed referendum containing a mix of variety of issues.
  • Subjecting the country’s foreign policies, investments and resources to the behest of India and other powerful western nations.

On this 68th anniversary of Sri Lanka Independence we urge President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe to make the following commitments to ensure the nation’s stability and continued existence as a sovereign nation:

  • Stop the harassment of Sri Lankan forces responsible for defeating the LTTE and treat them with the same respect and dignity that the United States, Britain and others give to their war veterans.
  • Make a declaration guaranteeing the unitary status of the Sri Lankan constitution
  • Make any revisions or the enactment of a new constitution subject to Parliamentary procedures and a genuine referendum calling for the people’s preferences on each issue.
  • Require Sri Lanka’s foreign envoys to counteract the outrageous diabolical untruths against Sri Lanka propagated by the international media such as the New York Times.

ABOVE ALL: STOP THE POLICY OF APPEASEMENT.

The security and prosperity of the Sri Lankan people should be at the core of all decisions not the appeasement of separatists and foreign forces who want to see Sri Lanka balkanized and fragmented along racial and religious lines.

Contact: (818) 943-6391; [email protected]

13 Responses to “OPEN LETTER FROM SRI LANKANS IN LOS ANGELES TO THE SRI LANKAN GOVERNMENT VIA AMBASSADOR PRASAD KARIYAWASAM”

  1. Sarath W Says:

    What is the point in having a referendum to seek peoples preferences on anything as long as the current election commissioner is in office? We all know how he rigged the last two elections and who deposited millions in his Singapore HNBC account.

  2. sena Says:

    I would like to add that the most sacrifices to the defeat of terrorism was borne by the rural poor. In addition the economy is also borne by the rural poor. So the middle and upper middle class who get their education free of charge and depend on the productivity of these rural populace should change their ways and develop a knowledge based advanced economy. Until then they should let go of their current living style (and government should see that it happens) which has made the country severely in debt and vulnerable to outside influence.

  3. nilwala Says:

    CONGRATULATIONS! SRI LANKANS in LOS ANGELES, CA!!…for this TIMELY AND COURAGEOUS MOVE!

    Glad to note your coming forward with your views on what is going on in Sri Lanka. Many other Sri Lankans IN THE USA will surely join in and come together in condemning what is going on in the island nation.

    What is most despairing is the way the new Government has been changing its stance and all that was stated in their election promises is being nonchalantly thrown out without conscience.
    What is stated today, is changed tomorrow to suit the immediate bewailer. The PM too has now gone back on his statement that the ACCOUNTABILITY investigations would be via a judicial process that would not involve internationals, following a trip to Tamil Nadu.
    COFUSE AND CONFOUND IS THE ORDER OF THE DAY.
    TRANSPARENCY BE DAMNED!
    RULE OF LAW BE DAMNED!

  4. Ancient Sinhalaya Says:

    It’s party time for tamils, mussies and catholics. It is a hellish time for Buddhists. They themselves have to be
    blamed for the destruction of everything so important to them.
    Catholic traitor chief pol pot ponil is at the helm now and ruling Sri Lanka as PM (Pathala Man). Maru sira is a mere puppet.

    Catholic traitor chief is a token Buddhist to hoodwink the Sinhalese. He is a die hard catholic underneath. Proof?
    Remember how him and his party killed Buddhist jvpers? They were burnt in tyres, torsos were floating in rivers.
    But catholic-run UNPatriotic party was very reluctant to take action against catholic tigers of tamil drealam since the outfit was mainly a catholic one. Hitler pira(mala)paharan, foreing minister tamil selvan, anton balasinyo, kasippu joseph, em manure, soosei, etc. etc. were/are all catholics. So there was no chance the catholic-run UNPartiotic party taking drastic action against them. Even after massacaring Buddhist monks, after Sri Maha Bodhi attack, after
    Sri Dalada Maligawa attack, UNPatriotics were reluctant to take action. Instead they rewarded hitler malapaharan with CFA to rule his kingdom.

    Still some traitor, pea-brained Sinhalese support this Buddhism-destroying, Buddist-killing anti Sri Lankan, anti-Buddhist, anti Sinhalese murderous thugs. If you want further proof, do a google search on Sri Lanka’s underworld gangs. Buddhist hating UNPatriotic party’s pathalayin top the list.

    UNPatriotics treacheries to Sri Lanka, Sinhalese and Buddhism are everywhere to see. Aligning Sri Lanka with the catholic west whose aim is to make Sri Lanka a catholic country is enough to stay away from the traitors for the Sinhalese. But some pea-brained, traitor Sinhalese believe all the lies coming from these traitors back sides and vote for them. When you go along with the west and india, their agenda is to please tn tamils, diasporats, and make Sri Lanka a catholic country eventually. So it is not surprising staunchly catholic countries norway, uk, us, brasi, argentina etc. etc. voted against us at the UNHCR. Even archbishop two three of south africa making noise about the war crimes. Do you see the connection? Rajapaksa being punished for scuppering the plan of making Sri Lanka a catholic country. Now the die hard catholic token Buddhist pathala man (PM) is running the show. So they know this is the best chance to destroy Buddhism further in Sri Lanka.

    During UNPatriotic party’s BHEESHANA SAMAYA got rid of 60,000 Buddhists. Then catholic tigers killed more than
    100,000 Buddhists during their 30 years with the blessing of UNPatriotics turning blind eye, sacrificing Buddhist police, Buddhist army, Buddhist nave, Buddist air force personnel. Same time got rid of Buddhist temples and Buddhism from the north and the east. Now they can achieve even more with the Buddhist-hating UNPatriotics at the helm. So they going full steam ahead. Rana viruwan to the gallows, tigers to roam streets freely and revive the campaign, Buddhist monks in prison etc. Remember Soma Thero? Remember what happened to him? Remember 60,000 jvpers? Remember 100.000+ victims of catholic tigers of tamil drealam? They don’t count since they were all
    Buddhists. Syria, where millions die and displaced, UN is impotent. But in Sri Lanka, UN is like rampaging rapist on a high dose of viagara! Rajapaksha is war criminal since he stopped the formation of a catholic country in Sri Lanka.
    We still call this Buddhist Sri Lanka!

  5. Siri Says:

    Sri lanka is going through a sad period. The sooner Ranil and the Gamarala are got rid of the better. The country is going backwards. Crooked politicians and their friends are making money. The poor are getting poorer. There has been no development for the past year. The world is moving forward. We will be left behind.

    It is time for the people to rise up and demand for the overthrow of this government. If they are foolish enough to let this situation continue, it is to their peril. We need regime change and fast.

  6. Fran Diaz Says:

    Wonderful move here by the SRI LANKANS IN L.A. !

    Clear headed, reasonable Requests here. We join them wholeheartedly in their Requests and wish that all Sri Lankans all over the world will send in immediate Letters of Requests to their Sri Lanka Ambassadors too.

  7. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    FRAN !!Small correction;- LA is Louisiana. Los Angeles is in the State of California…CA

    Many people use the abbreviation LA for Los Angeles, as a matter of habit. There is no harm in it. The Postal code for Los Angeles is CA, and for Louisiana is LA.

  8. Fran Diaz Says:

    Susantha,

    Thanks for clarification !

    Louisiana or Los Angeles, it does not matter. Their example must be followed !

  9. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    FRAN !! CALIFORNIA HAS A VERY LARGE SRILANKAN DIASPORA. I HAVE MANY FRIENDS THERE.

  10. Lorenzo Says:

    Siri,

    People are ATTACKED and KILLED. They CANNOT do regime change now. The MILITARY should take the lead.

  11. Fran Diaz Says:

    Susantha,

    Please tell your friends to write to Lanka Ambassador. Thank you.

  12. Dham Says:

    Lorenzo,

    Military is divided too. It takes a lot courage, bravery, dedication and love of country and its people to someone to organise it with readiness to sacrifice life for the country. Knowing personally some big names in the forces, I can tell you that it has to come from an officer in lower ranks.

    Similar to military, you will rarely find really patriotic people. Those guys going after politicians go for their own benefits. Simply using politicians to topple governments will bring us even worse , irreversible results.

    I am waiting for 1 man openly opposing LLRC recommendations.

  13. nilwala Says:

    Susantha: I’m going to be rather picky here –
    but Fran is correct….and did say L.A. meaning Los Angeles, NOT LA meaning Louisiana!

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