Who Governs Sri Lanka at present. Is it USA,UK or India
Posted on March 1st, 2016

To all concerned with this country – By Dr Sudath Gunasekara a seriously concerned citizen of Sri Lanka

I wants all those who are concerned with  his country to read very carefully  the following  news item  and find out the answer to as to who govern this country today whether it is USA,UK or India?. Shame with the people who are supposed to be governing from Jan 8 2015. It is high time the whole country to  rise against this disaster immediately and try to arrest this most dangerous trend.

Dr Sudath Gunasekara a seriously concerned citizen of Sri Lanka

Return remaining lands swiftly-US to SL

While expressing support to Sri Lanka in fully implementing the commitments as agreed in the Human Rights Council resolution, the US has urged the Sri Lankan government to return remaining lands to rightful owners swiftly.

The United States expressed support for the Government’s plans for constitutional and legislative reform including public consultations on a new Constitution and the repeal of the Prevention of Terrorism Act to be replaced by appropriate counter-terrorism legislation consistent with international law,” the US said.

The United States praised the government of Sri Lanka for its return of land to the rightful owners, and urged that remaining land be returned swiftly,” said a joint statement issued by the Sri Lanka and US after the first annual US-Sri Lanka Partnership Dialogue held on February 26, 2016 in Washington, D.C.

The statement also stated that the US supports Sri Lanka as it undertakes security sector reforms in line with Sri Lanka’s post-conflict requirements.

The full statement

Sharing a commitment to democracy, rule of law, and shared prosperity, the United States and Sri Lanka convened the inaugural Partnership Dialogue on February 26, 2016 in Washington, DC. Both nations highlighted the growing bilateral cooperation between Sri Lanka and the United States and reaffirmed that the relationship is based on shared values and common goals of the two countries and their peoples.

The Partnership Dialogue demonstrates the consolidation of cooperation between the United States and Sri Lanka and serves to further strengthen and enhance bilateral relations in the widest sense, through regular and structured engagement. As fellow democracies, our governments agree that we have a shared interest in working together to foster greater stability, security, prosperity, and a rules-based order for the Indo-Pacific region and around the world.

Building on a long legacy of support for the Sri Lankan people since 1956, the United States plans to launch several programs to encourage investment in Sri Lanka’s economy, assist the government in its efforts to institutionalize good governance best practices across key ministries, and support the process of reconciliation and development to which the government and people of Sri Lanka are committed. These efforts are to be undertaken with a view to achieving durable peace and socio-economic progress for all. U.S. assistance and cooperation should help forge new partnerships, dialogues, and exchanges, and be based on mutual respect and inclusive consultations.

International and Regional Affairs

The delegations discussed Sri Lanka’s pivotal geo-strategic location within the Indian Ocean Region and how to strengthen cooperation on issues of regional importance bilaterally and through multilateral organizations like the Indian Ocean Rim Association. The United States encouraged Sri Lankan participation in its Indo-Pacific Economic Corridor initiative to increase economic connectivity among South Asian countries and with Southeast Asia, which is congruent with Sri Lanka’s participation in BIMSTEC and other forums. Both governments affirmed a shared desire to continue to collaborate on issues before the United Nations, including peacekeeping operations. Foreign Minister Samaraweera looks forward to participating in the 2016 Our Ocean Conference in Washington, D.C., hosted by Secretary Kerry, which is to focus on robust commitments to protect our oceans under the four focus areas of marine protected areas, sustainable fisheries, marine pollution, and climate-related impacts on the ocean.

Economic Cooperation

Economic discussions highlighted Sri Lanka’s economic priorities and joint cooperation to expand trade flows, increase foreign direct investment, and improve the overall business environment in Sri Lanka, such as fair and transparent competition practices. Sri Lanka’s delegation appreciated the lifting of the U.S. legislative mandate against supporting Sri Lankan projects at international financial institutions and the U.S. vote in favor of a recent project at the Asian Development Bank, which will deliver $100 million to Small and Medium Enterprises in Sri Lanka. The next Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) Council meeting to be held this year should initiate deepened engagement through development of the U.S. –Sri Lanka Joint Action Plan to increase external trade and investment. This Action Plan, a road map for future work under TIFA, reinforces Sri Lanka’s development strategies and fosters an increased role for foreign direct investment and external trade in Sri Lanka. It also seeks to improve the competitiveness of key industries; promote new industries through innovation; and fully leverage Sri Lanka’s location and skilled workforce. The two sides intend to explore during the TIFA meeting opportunities for exchanging customs information to facilitate the free flow of goods.

USAID’s on-going economic programs support growth and promote stability within small and medium scale private companies. Similar initiatives help bring economic stability to vulnerable populations, including war widows, female heads of households, persons with disabilities, and resettled families by providing financial assistance, equipment, tools, training, and market access. In the future, technical assistance to the Ministry of Finance and Board of Investment is planned. The U.S. Departments of Commerce and Treasury and USAID are helping the Sri Lankan Government to improve the commercial law environment and attract foreign direct investment, implementing training programs for key economic sectors, and providing technical assistance for public financial management.

Both sides recognize their shared interest in clean energy development and energy security and reiterated their commitment to deepen cooperation to develop and access affordable, clean renewable energy sources. The United States also agreed to explore ways to support and assist Sri Lanka in the implementation of Sri Lanka’s Climate Action Plan, including adaptation projects. Officials from the Millennium Challenge Corporation said they would visit Sri Lanka in March to begin discussions on Sri Lanka’s threshold program. The Export-Import Bank of the United States looks forward to enhanced engagement with Sri Lanka and its private sector, particularly in the area of infrastructure investment.

Governance, Development Cooperation, and People-to-People ties

The delegation of Sri Lanka emphasized the commitment of the government to strengthening democracy and democratic practices, good governance, the rule of law, justice, reconciliation, and parliamentary procedures. The United States welcomed the significant progress made in many areas during the past year, especially the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution which enabled the setting up of independent commissions, and Sri Lanka’s co-sponsorship of a consensus resolution at the United Nations Human Rights Council in September 2015, which demonstrated Sri Lanka’s strength as a nation committed to achieving lasting peace and prosperity inclusive of truth-seeking, justice, reparations and guarantees of non-recurrence that includes providing closure to the families of the missing, and implementing appropriate reforms to enhance the professionalism of security institutions. The United States expressed support to Sri Lanka in fully implementing the commitments as agreed in the Human Rights Council resolution.

The United States expressed support for the Government’s plans for constitutional and legislative reform including public consultations on a new Constitution and the repeal of the Prevention of Terrorism Act to be replaced by appropriate counter-terrorism legislation consistent with international law. The United States praised the government of Sri Lanka for its return of land to the rightful owners, and urged that remaining land be returned swiftly.

The U.S. Government continues to be proactive in responding to the government’s reform agenda in strengthening democratic and economic governance, rule of law, truth and reconciliation. In October 2015, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) launched the Sri Lanka Parliament Support Program to build capacity for the newly elected Members of Parliament and their professional staff to fully carry out their policymaking and oversight functions. Similarly, USAID is helping to strengthen public sector accountability and transparency through support to key independent commissions enshrined in the 19th Amendment. The United States and Sri Lanka plan to work together to strengthen the Sri Lankan justice system’s capacity to address criminal activities, including complex crimes such as corruption at all levels, and to deliver fair and equitable justice services to citizens.

With a view to assisting the Government of Sri Lanka in strengthening good governance and the rule of law, the United States agreed to consider Sri Lanka’s requests for assistance through programs and projects aimed at strengthening accountable and responsive governance institutions and capacity building; training and assistance for enhancing accountability, transparency, integrity, and effectiveness of public administration; and inclusive and effective service delivery including local governance. The two countries reiterated their commitment to active and high-level participation in the Open Government Partnership as a strong vehicle for reform, and to pursue robust partnerships with civil society under the Open Government Partnership; and the United States reaffirmed its commitment to supporting Sri Lanka’s work with civil society in the development of its first National Action Plan.

The two nations plan to foster stronger cooperation on women’s empowerment and the advancement of gender equality including by supporting efforts to exchange lessons learned and best practices to enable women’s economic participation, the prevention of and response to gender-based violence, and greater women’s participation in reconciliation efforts.

The two nations reiterated their commitment to the Fulbright Program for student and scholar exchange. They also identified education as an important area for future cooperation and underlined the importance of developing further partnerships between U.S. and Sri Lankan educational institutions.

Recognizing that Sri Lanka faces a number of development challenges – from the scourge of chronic kidney disease to food insecurity in rural areas – the U.S. Government expressed its commitment to partner with Sri Lanka to address these issues. The two governments also plan to support multi-cultural, multi-religious, multi-lingual people-to-people dialogue throughout Sri Lanka.

Security Cooperation

Both nations plan to strengthen maritime security cooperation efforts in the Indian Ocean Region in order to counter piracy, provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, and ensure free and safe navigation in the region’s vital shipping lanes. The United States welcomed the commitment by Sri Lanka to further contribute towards UN Peacekeeping Operations. The United States also plans to continue to support Sri Lanka’s efforts to remove anti-personnel landmines in former conflict areas. The United States supports Sri Lanka as it undertakes security sector reforms in line with Sri Lanka’s post-conflict requirements.

The delegations aim to expand export control cooperation through the Export Control and Related Border Security program in support of nonproliferation objectives. Both nations recognized the need for greater counterterrorism and intelligence cooperation and information sharing as well as capacity building in view of increasing transnational threats. Both countries also expressed commitment to continue to cooperate to counter money laundering, terrorist financing, and violent extremism. Recognizing the importance of international cooperation to promote an open and secure cyberspace, and Sri Lanka’s standing as the only South Asian nation party to the Budapest Convention, the two sides agreed to explore opportunities for collaboration on cybersecurity and to combat cybercrime.

The Road Ahead

Together, the United States and Sri Lanka recognized the importance of their bilateral relationship and expressed commitment to broadening and strengthening the bilateral partnership. Both delegations expressed satisfaction at the successful completion of the inaugural Partnership Dialogue and agreed to hold the second Partnership Dialogue in Colombo in 2017.

11 Responses to “Who Governs Sri Lanka at present. Is it USA,UK or India”

  1. mario_perera Says:

    Dr.S.G. what do you expect?

    What we should realize even at this late juncture is that our country is a pitifully POOR and deplorably POWERLESS.

    We are not just beggars of the rich, but in reality their SLAVES.

    The only difference we have with slaves is that we can choose our masters. The previous rulers chose China. The present ones chose the triad you mention, USA,UK and India. Once that is done we have absolutely no other option but to toe their line. So that is what is happening.

    Dr.S.G. you say: Shame with the people who are supposed to be governing from Jan 8 2015. It is high time the whole country to rise against this disaster immediately and try to arrest this most dangerous trend.

    What you have stated I would term in words reminiscent of a famous poem: A slaves dream.

    Our glorious past, our religion and culture and civilization cannot put us on our feet redressing our poverty and powerlessness. What good comes out of the ‘pride of slaves’? The lot of the slave is not to make reply, not to reason why, but to do and die.

    Lot of us take pride in saying:Sasana vasana turu, nivan dakina turu, pin ketha hela lak deraney yali upadinnata, hethu vasana. Do such people reflect on what good could come out of being reborn in a country that is a permanent slave of the rich and the powerful? Furthermore, as for ‘nivan dakina turu’ , unfortunately ‘tomorrow is the the eve’ (ce n’est pas demain la veille).

    For a salve country changing governments is like changing pillows to rid oneself of a permanent headache.

    As for me I would prefer to be reborn in this country after it has shed its slave status.

    Dr.S.G. patriotic intentions are one things, realism is another.

    Mario Perera
    Kadawata

  2. Lorenzo Says:

    PM Run-nil DRUNK in parliament or gone MENTAL. Must watch.

    “https://www.facebook.com/abrighterfutuersl/videos/1727516230817591/”

    Please give WIDEST publicity.

  3. Fran Diaz Says:

    Sri Lanka can have bi-lateral relations with friendly countries. But virtual sale of Lanka to foreign countries, which seems to be envisaged by Exec PM Ranil W., cannot and should never be allowed.

    PATRIOTISM toward Lanka a must by EVERY CITIZEN. An Oath of Allegiance a must by school children, office workers and organisations/associations in Lanka.

    Some suggestions to Save Sri Lanka :
    *. Only One NATIONAL & OFFICIAL LANGUAGE, SINHALA, in Lanka. English & Tamil can be link languages.
    *. EDUCATION must be geared toward the job market.
    *. The ECONOMY must first serve the PEOPLE, not the money market at all costs.
    *. SECURITY ISSUES FIRST, NEXT THE ECONOMY and EDUCATION.
    *. All illegal migrants must be sent back to their country of origin.

    Many more …

    Those who have no Vision with Heart for the PEOPLE AND THE COUNTRY, or Talent for Governing, should let go trying to govern Lanka.

    ———-

    STOP KILLING SINHALA/BUDDHISTS OF LANKA !

  4. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    DR. SUDATH !!!

    ***RETURN REMAINING LANDS SWIFTLY- US to SL.***

    I fully agree with this very reasonable Order, by the US.

    OVER 25,000 SINHALESE LOST THEIR LANDS IN THE NORTH, WHEN THEY WERE ETHNICALLY CLEANSED BY THE LTTE TAMILS. THEY ARE NOW REFUGEES IN THEIR OWN LAND. THE GOVERNMENT MUST, AS REQUESTED BY THE US, SHOULD SWIFTLY ENSURE THAT THEIR LOST LANDS ARE RETURNED. THE GOVERNMENT HAS NO VALID REASON TO IGNORE THIS REQUEST.

    OVER 100,000 MUSLIMS LOST THEIR LANDS IN THE NORTH, WHEN THEY WERE ETHNICALLY CLEANSED BY THE LTTE TAMILS, WITHIN A TIME FRAME OF 48 HOURS. THEY ARE NOW REFUGEES IN THEIR OWN LAND. THE GOVERNMENT, AS REQUESTED BY THE US, SHOULD SWIFTLY ENSURE THAT THEIR LOST LANDS ARE RETURNED. THE GOVERNMENT HAS NO VALID REASON TO IGNORE THIS REQUEST.

    THE SINHALESE AND MUSLIMS HAD THEIR GOLD, VALUABLES, PLUNDERED BY THE LTTE TAMILS. IT WAS THIS GOLD AND GOLD JEWELLERY, THAT WAS RETURNED TO THE NOTHERN TAMILS AT TEMPLE TREES, AS WAS REPORTED IN THE MEDIA SOMETIME BACK.

    THE GOVERNMENT HAS TO FIND WAYS AND MEANS OF FULLY COMPENSATING THESE INNOCENT SINHALESE AND MUSLIMS, FOR THEIR MOVABLE VALUABLES, THAT WERE PLUNDERED.

    I SEE NO REASON WHY THE LANDS TO THE SINHALESE AND MUSLIMS SHOULD NOT BE SWIFTLY RETURNED TO THEM.

    PROCRASTINATION IS THE THIEF OF TIME.

  5. Lorenzo Says:

    AGREE with Mario.

    ALL SL leaders since 1977 have tried to PLEASE the masters. UNP blames MR for appeasing Endia, LTTE Rump, UNHRC and west. MR camp blames UNP for appeasing Endia, LTTE Rump, UNHRC and west. BOTH UNP and MR claim they are Endian relatives and BOTH worship 13 amendment. BOTH worship KP and Thirupathi.

    This is the BITTER TRUTH. Please DROP the UNP, SLFP, JVP colored glasses and see the REALITY.

    Singhalese are DIVIDED into political camps but Tamils and Muslims are NOT.

    DROP disgusting BRITISH IMPOSED party politics and politicians. They are ALL USELESS. Identify who REALLY feed us (our own poor rural women who sweat, bleed and die in the middle east, our poor farmers who take poison and CKD and die after feeding us and poor rural youth who die to save us and then die again on war crimes charges) and be loyal to them.

    The survival of Singhalese is at stake. ALWAYS it was outsiders that came to rescue Singhalese. TAMIL VELU-SUMANA, AMERICAN OLCOTT, RUSSIAN BLAVATSKY, etc. because they are divided. NO such person will come this time. You have to DROP politicians and unite as ONE PEOPLE. Politicians (ALL politicians) are a distraction. They have their sons, brothers, etc. in the US!! What do they care about SL!!

  6. Lorenzo Says:

    “THE SINHALESE AND MUSLIMS HAD THEIR GOLD, VALUABLES, PLUNDERED BY THE LTTE TAMILS. IT WAS THIS GOLD AND GOLD JEWELLERY, THAT WAS RETURNED TO THE NOTHERN TAMILS AT TEMPLE TREES, AS WAS REPORTED IN THE MEDIA SOMETIME BACK.”

    Classic! Some poor Singhalese went to these events begging for their gold. They were turned back.

    And what did the govt.s do since 2009?

    Did they resettle displaced Tamils in Jaffna, Vanni? YES. With the patronage of Endian film stars and with a STATE SPONSORED GRAND WEDDING for all eligible LTTE cadres.

    Did they resettle displaced Muslims in Jaffna? NO. But at least they resettled them in WILPATTU! Bathurdeen would not stop bugging until that was done.

    Did they resettle displaced Singhalese in Jaffna? NO. Why should they! Singhalese are happy with the war victory. Hurray! “We have no land. We have no food. We have no gold. Hurray! We won the war. Hurray! Our army commander was in prison. Hurray! Our war heroes are in prison. Hurray! KP is a VVIP. Hurray! We have 13 amendment. Hurray! We have national anthem in 4 languages. Yey!”

    They are divided into political camps. IF Mr. X is from the MR camp, he sees EVERYTHING about MR good. IF Mr. Z is from the UNP camp, he sees EVERYTHING about UNP good. Captive slaves to an INHERITED political party.

  7. Christie Says:

    Hi Folks

    An Indian dragnet across Ceylon and Mauritius. The evolving partnership of India-US has to be destroyed.

  8. Lorenzo Says:

    Kithsiri,

    Of course!

    HOW?
    WHO?

  9. LANKAPUTHRA Says:

    Lorenzo. It is very difficult to explain how the Cayman Island banking system works. Mangala Samaraweera’s money is there. I got it from two different sources. I have no pure proof. First his agent in (I do not know who he/she is). He gets a overnight loan from a Commercial Bank where the US state Department is the guarantor. His agent moves the interest to a bank in Cayman Island bank. 50 million. From this 50 million he buys GOLD from Sri Lanka Treasury, without paying for it using an IOU. All this time Mangala’s account is earning money in a Cayman Island bank. How I came across this is because SWISS government Closed a International bank last week named URA head-quarters based in Begum for money laundering and allowing its members to not pay INCOME-TAX to any country. MSNBC news carried out a lengthy discussion on this group of people but the Names cannot be disclosed. I would like to guess that Mangala went to US to give a talk to the Peace Council regarding MR government money laundering. EVEN FBI and CIA is forbidden to investigate money transfers to Cayman Islands. This is all I have for now, unfortunately it is in bits and pieces .

  10. sena Says:

    After the expensive war (won mainly on the blood of poor rural youth) their should have been revival in the economy and balance of payment. But economy is in trouble due to the fact that SL middle and upper middle class is trying to maintain middle income living standards on a subsistence economy shouldered by blue collar workers like housemaids. Fuel bill alone is 40% of the dollar earnings (earned mostly by blue collar workers). The country will go bankrupt if the fuel price recover. When the economy is in trouble outsiders poke their fingers. It is urgent that the people who benefited from our 80 year investment in higer education step in and develop a knowledge based economy even at this late stage

  11. Fran Diaz Says:

    Agree with Sena, with small but all important addition.

    A KNOWLEDGE/PEOPLE based ECONOMY is needed, even at this late stage.

    Sri Lanka is small country (25,000 sq mls). It is not impossible to get this done. PROVEN Trustworthy, lawabiding leadership required to do such heroic deeds. Past Proven failed leaders cannot lead.

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