Author Archive for ASOKA WEERASINGHE

A response to Minister Managala Samaraweera’s intended Diasposa Festival

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1 . Canada 27 May 2015 Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, MP Minister of Foreign Affairs Government of Sri Lanka Colombo, Sri Lanka. Dear Minister Samaraweera; I read in Tamil Diplomat of May 24, a head line Sri Lanka to Organise a Diaspora Festival: Says Foreign Minister […]

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My response to say “Sorry to Tamils”

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1 . Canada 18 May 2015 Dear Don Suraweera: To continue with my response of 13th May to your “Hello Friends: I just wanted to let you know about a great event that is organized in relation to reconciliation or ask forgiveness from the Tamil […]

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Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena meets U.S.Secretary of State John Kerry

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1 . Canada 6 May 2015 Honourable Maithripala Sirisena President of Sri Lanka President’s Secretariat Galle Face Colombo 1, Sri Lanka Dear Honourable President Maithripala Sirisena: I felt somewhat assured that you will be an honest caretaker of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of […]

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Indian High Commission’s response to The Island’s editorial

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada 12 April 2015 Mr. Gaurav Ahluwalia First Secretary (Political) & Head of Chancery High Commission of India in Sri Lanka Colombo, Sri Lanka Dear Mr. Ahluwalia: What’s all this eye-wash by you on behalf of your country India, when you said “I am constrained […]

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A response to Douglas’s queries on my My3 Palanaya Bilingual Policy – A Warning

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario.  Canada Good Friday, 2015 Sri Lanka’s My3 Palanaya Bilingual Policy – A Warning Responding to Douglas’ Comments & Questions Dear Douglas: I was pleased that you read my letter of concern to President Maithripala Sirisena of 30 March, 2015.  It was written from my heart the […]

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Sri Lanka’s My3 palanaya Bilingual Policy – A Warning

Monday, March 30th, 2015

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Ottawa . Ontario  . Canada 28 March 2015 Your Excellency  Maithripala Sirisena President of Sri Lanka Presidential Secretariat Galle Face Colombo 1, Sri Lanka Copy to Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka Your Excellency: Sri Lanka’s  My3 palanaya Bilingual Policy – A Warning […]

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Minister Mangala Samaraweera: wanting to lift ‘terrorist ban’ from Eelam activists abroad

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1 . Canada 23 March 2015 Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, MP Minister of Foreign Affairs Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sri Lanka Colombo 1 Sri Lanka.   Dear Minister: It was exasperating to read the news in Adaderana of 19th March which said: “Sri Lanka’s new government […]

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TNA HIGHLIGHTS – Sinhalese influx into North Lanka

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

Every Sri Lankan [Tamil and Sinhala] should read this and pass it on to others……………. Dear Members of the TNA, I was livid to read what P.K. Balachandra had reported of your concerns about the “Sinhalese influx into North Lanka ”.  Let’s get this crystal clear to all you shadows of the late Velupillai Prabhakaran, […]

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Canada’s statement on Sri Lanka’s Presidential election

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada 12 January 2015 Hon. Jason Kenney, MP., PC Minister of Employment & Social Development & Multiculturtalism House of Commons, Ottawa Dear Jason Kenney: Thank you for forwarding John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affair’s statement of congratulations on a Sri Lanka’s Successful Presidential Elections.   That was magnanimous […]

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper: It’s time to apologize to Sri Lanka

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1 Canada 20 December 2014 Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, MP, PC  Prime Minister of  Canada House of Commons, Ottawa Honourable Prime Minister: The Ottawa Citizen of 15 December 2014 reported bylined Peter O’Neil that Defence Chief apologized to India in 2011.  Why?   Because, a ministerial […]

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Deepak Obhrai: says “Tamils faces discrimination in Sri Lanka

Sunday, December 7th, 2014

Asoka Weerasinghe  Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada 6 December 2014  Hon. Deepak Obhrai, MP, PC Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, House of Commons, Ottawa.  Dear Deepak: Your statement in parliament in response to the Tamil Tiger sympathizer, the rookie Tamil MP  for Scarborough-Rouge River, Rathika Sitsabaiesan’s comment in parliament offending Canada’s […]

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Rathika Sitsabaesan insulting Canadian Veterans

Friday, November 28th, 2014

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1 Canada 28 November 2014 Rathika Sitsabaiesan, NDPs Rookie MP for Scarborugh-Rouge River, Ontario House of Commons, Ottawa Hon. Steven Blaney, Minister for Public Safety; Hon. Tom Mulcair, MP, Leader of the NDP and the Oppositio;  Hn. Julian Fantino, Minister of Veteran Affairs. Dear Rathika: […]

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OHCHR’s collusion on Sri Lanka Investigation

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1 . Canada 14 November 2014 High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein UN Human Rights Council Palais Wilson, 52 rue des Paquis CH-1201 Geneva, Switzerland. Dear Mr. High Commissioner Zeid: Five days ago I received  a nine page letter titled: Sri […]

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Hill Shooting

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Asoka WeerasingheKings Grove Crescent . Gloucester. Ontario . Canada 30 October 2014 The Editor The Hill Times Dear Editor: In your report on the Hill Shooting you say ‘PM Harper vows to fight terrorism after Hill shooting but others urge caution.’  And so do I. If I were Prime Minister Harper, I would be careful to […]

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The day that Canada faced terrorism

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Asoka Weerasinghe  Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada 24 October 2014 The Editor EMBASSY, Ottawa Dear Editor: I hate to tell you this that it was a matter of time that Canadians would come face to face with terrorism, and we did  on 22 October 2014.  We were never immune to terrorism while cynically […]

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Sri Lanka: OHCHR Investigation per UNHRC Resolution A/HRC/25/1

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Asoka Weerasinghe (Mr.) Sri Lankan (Sinhalese)-Canadian  Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1. Canada 24 August 2014 Hon. Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General, United Nations, New York  Hon. Ban Ki-Moon: Re: OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka per UNHRC Resolution A/HRC/25/1 of March 2014 & ‘UN Chief encourages Sri Lanka to cooperate with the international […]

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Reporter Terry Glavin on Sri Lanka’s ethnic cleansing of Tamils

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove, Gloucester . Ontario . Canada   28 August 2014   The Editor (Letters) THE OTTAWA CITIZEN   Dear Editor: How wrong Terry Glavin  was when he said, “Let’s say, too, that the reason Prime Minister Stephen Harper boycotted the Commonwealth conference in Sri Lanka last November was mostly because 300,000 Tamil-Canadians […]

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Canada complaints at the UN in Geneva on Srl Lanka army’s sexual violence

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada 12 July 2014 Hon. John Baird, MP, Minister of Foreign Affairs for Canada Hon. Deepak Obhrai, MP, Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister of Foreign Affairs for Canada Hon. Lynne Yelich, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs of Canada   cc. Permanent Representative for Sri […]

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Press Release on religious riots at Beruwela and Aluthgama in Sri Lanka

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada 24 June 2014 Andrew Bennet Canada’s Ambassador for Religious Freedom  Foreign Affairs, Sussex Drive Ottawa, Ontario Dear Andrew: Your Statement on behalf of the Canadian government condemning the outbreak of communal violence against Muslims in Sri Lanka, is fair dinkum to a point. The […]

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Commonwealth waits for Canada

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada 10 June 2014 Editor (Letters) Winnipeg Free Press 1355 Mountain Ave Winnipeg, Manitoba , R2X  3B6 Dear Editor: It is not too often that one reads an excellent clinical essay on Canada’s boycotting the Commonwealth Summit in Colombo last November and also its treatment on […]

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Canada boycotts Sri Lanka’s Victory Parade

Sunday, May 18th, 2014

Asoka Weearsinghe  Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada 17 May 2014. Her Excellency Shelley Whiting Canadian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Colombo, Sri Lanka Dear Shelley Whiting: I just read the news item in The Island which said: “Canadian High Commissioner Shelley Whiting yesterday said that her country wouldn’t be represented at […]

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Frosty-Sri Lanka

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Asoka Weerasinghe  Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada 15 May 2014 The Editor, EMBASSY                                                                                                                                                                            Ottawa. Dear Editor: In your essay, “Taking the temperature of Canada’s diplomatic relations”, on “Frosty – Sri Lanka”, you mentioned that Foreign Affairs spokesperson Jean-Bruno Villeneuve had said in an e-mail statement Sri Lanka’s government had called […]

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Canada’s relations with Sri Lanka is ‘Frosty’ Canada says.

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Asoka Weerasinghe  Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada 14 May 2014 The Editor  THE EMBASSY, Ottawa Dear Editor: I was absolutely stymied to read the comment about ‘Taking the temperature of Canada’s diplomatic relations’ as being ‘FROSTY’ when it comes to Sri Lanka. You said, ‘Tensions have built between Canada and Sri […]

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Conservatives and the Supreme Court Justice of Canada

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada 8 May 2014 Hon. John Baird, MP, Minister of Foreign Affairs  Hon. Deepak Obhrai, MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Lynne Yelich, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs House of Commons, Ottawa, Ontario: Dear John, and Deepak and Lynne: “Ouch!” […]

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Canada plays politics in the Commonwealth

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada 4 May 2014 Hon. John Baird, MP, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada Hon. Lynne Yelich, MP, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs House of Commons, Ottawa Dear John and Lynne: I have just read in ColomboPage the news item “Canada does not recognize […]

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US sponsored Resolution against Sri Lanka at the UNHRC

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canad 28 March 2014 Hon. John Baird, MP, Minister of Foreign Affairs Deepak Obhrai, MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Lynne Yelich, MP, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hon. Jason Kenney, MP, former Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, and Multiculture Dear […]

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The Supreme Court of Canada: Marc Nadon case

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada 22 March 2014 Hon. John Baird, PC, MP, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Government of Canada Hon. Deepak Obhrai, MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Lynne Yelich, MP, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs House of Commons, Ottawa, Ontario. Dear John […]

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Canada’s statement on the arrest of human rights activists in Sri Lanka

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada 19 March 2014 Hon. Deepak Obhrai, MP Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs,  House of Commons, Ottawa Dear Deepak: Here’s what I read last night in ColomboPage. ‘Canada calls on Sri Lanka to respect the rights of the detained activists.’ The comment […]

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Canada: Co-sponsor of the US 3rd Resolution against Sri Lanka at the UNHRC in March

Monday, February 17th, 2014

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario .Canada 17  February 2014 Hon. John Baird, PC., MP, Conservative Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada Hon. Thomas Mulcair., MP.,  Leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada and Leader of the Opposition Hon. Justine Trudeau, MP, Leader of the Liberal Party of  Canada Hon.Elizabeth May, […]

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Rathika’s Jaffna Gum Shoe Saga

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

Asoka Weerasinghe. Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada 7 February 2014 Rathika Sitsabaiesan, MP., NDP Member for Scarborough-Rouge River, Ontario                                                                                                                                             House of Commons, Ottawa. Dear Rathika: I have just started to catch up with the Rathika’s Jaffna Gum Shoe Saga of your travels to Jaffna in the North of Sri Lanka.   What […]

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