“Missed opportunities for reconciliation & healing” – Some comments
Posted on February 24th, 2010

Dr.P.A.Samaraweera, Australia

In article on ‘Missed opportunities for reconciliation and healing’, to an English Daily  of 23rd February, Jehan Perera (JP) says, that the President despite a handsome 18% majority at the election does not appear interested in being magnanimous to the defeated opponent. He adds, “…the governments apparent unwillingness to soften its approach to Fonseka who continues to be incarcerated in solitary confinement is a frightening example to other dissidents…”
 
Contrary to what JP says, the President in an interview to The Hindu has said that Fonseka is getting five star treatment in custody. He had been given a luxury flat formerly occupied by the Navy Commander. Obviously, he cannot be accommodated at Hilton, Oberoi or any other Five Star Hotel as he had been taken into custody by the Army under the Military Act. In 1982, when Ratnasiri Wickremanayake, now Prime Minister and Vijaya Kuamaratunga were arrested by the UNP govt. they were kept in solitary confinement at Mahara prison.
 
The President had also added that, the Army had wanted to take Fonseka into custody for an inquiry into serious allegations against him but he stopped it because of the elections. According to the Army, even before the elections Fonseka had been working to divide the army and engage in activities prosecutable under the Military Act.  He had also mentioned that now it is a matter for the courts and he does not want to interfere in it.
 
In this connection we may also add that Fonseka at meetings and media interviews had publicly said that, immediately after assuming office as President on 27th February he would imprison his opponents. He asked them to be ready to go to prison. This was to be his treatment fo his dissidents.
 
JP also sheds crocodile tears for the arrest of Fonseka’s daughter’s  mother-in-law, Mrs. Tilakaratne. She had been arrested as she had deposited in the vaults of a bank a sum of US$ 527,000, which were all brand new notes with numbers in sequence. According to the Exchange Control Regulations Mrs. T should have declared how she obtained such a large sum of money. In the UK, USA and Australia people have to declare if they bring in or take out more than US$10,000. We may note that her son, Danuna, has a case against him for dealing with illegal arms through tenders obtained from the army when Fonseka was Army Commander.
 
Finally, JP also claims that the people in the North and the East voted against the President. This was because the TNA, which is a proxy of the LTTE, wanted the Tamil people to vote for Fonseka.
 
JP’s lament is no surprise because during the Eelam war he was an ardent activist along with Human Rights organisations, Peace Councils and so on who opposed the war and argued vehemently for negotiations with the terrorists and put Sri Lanka back to square one.
 
Dr.P.A.Samaraweera,
Australia.

One Response to ““Missed opportunities for reconciliation & healing” – Some comments”

  1. hela puwath Says:

    To the CID: Don’t expect to find a American embassy currier having delivered the $ loot directly to Sarath Fonseka. Instead investigate “coolies” llike Jehan Perera, Ranil Wickremasinge, Rauff Hakeem and other Yankee NGO’s in Colombo.

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