Shavendra Nullifies Channel-4 in New York.
Posted on June 23rd, 2011

Translated from Sinhalese from an article that appeared in the Sri Lankan newspaper DivainaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s online edition of June 23, 2011, by Keerthi Warnakulasuriya.

Attempts to portray the Sri Lankan Army as ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-war criminalsƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ by groups with vested interests, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and a group called Crime Group Society at a meeting at the Church Center of the United Nations in New York had been effectively nullified by Major Genral Shavendra Silva, who had exposed the fabrications that the tailor-made video (for the Tamil refugee lobby), and brought it into real perspective.

During the question and answer session that followed the screening of the Channel-4 video to Diplomats, Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Ambassador to the United Nations, Dr. Palitha Kohona had introduced Maj. General Silva, as the most suitable person to address the audience. Observers note that the Director of the purported ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”documentaryƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ Mr. Callum McCrae, had become visibly uncomfortable with the appearance of Maj. General Silva.

ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Channel-4ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s video shows the Sri Lankan Air Force bombing a forest region where terrorists were hiding. But the subsequent ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”casualtiesƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ that were shown in the video are shown in a vast open area. Channel-4ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s narrator claims that these pictures were obtained through the United Nations satellites. But, at the end of the video, the narrator contradicts himself and says that the scenes depicted were obtained from the Sri Lankan Air ForceƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚, the General has said. ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-This are serious distortion of real facts by Channel-4ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ the General has added.

ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Also, the ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”innocent journalistƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ Damilvani, portrayed by Channel-4 as killed by the army, was actually a terrorist cadreƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ said the General. ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Damilvani had used several different aliases. We have a recorded statement from DamilvaniƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s sister who has said that after her divorce, Damilvani had ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-disappearedƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ from England without a trace.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ Further, he added ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Investigations have shown that she came to Sri Lanka on a six-month visa, and had received ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”trainingƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ as a terror-cadre and was sent to the front lines.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ Subsequently, the General said that ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-the Army is in the possession of videos showing a seriously-injured Damilvani being treated in a makeshift terrorist hospital.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-She was a terrorist, and she was injured and killed in a battle with the Sri Lankan armed forces.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚

A visibly-rattled McCrae had then asked the General ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-why didnƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t you tell about the lessons you learnt to the Presidential commission, the LLRC?ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚, to which the General has said ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-I gave evidence to the LLRC, twice! ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢¢”š¬…” they are all in the internet.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-It is not my fault that you are completely ignorant of the facts, and this indicates that you have not researched facts properly before rushing to air your ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”documentaryƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢,ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ added the General.

ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Channel-4, while preaching media fairness, has been a victim of anti-Sri Lanka movements (of the Tamil terror-supporting refugee diaspora), and has rushed to air a ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”documentaryƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ they had obtained from illicit sources without properly researching and verifying factsƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚, the General had added. This statement had received thunderous applause from the foreign Diplomats who had been present for the airing of the documentary.

Mr. McCrae had been rendered speechless.

Translators note: A further detailed description of this dialog is also available at the Asian Tribune:

In New York – Dirty intentions of Channel 4 video documentary exposed :

3 Responses to “Shavendra Nullifies Channel-4 in New York.”

  1. Sarath W Says:

    It is time president Rajapaksa take notice of the Sri Lankan diplomats abroad who are capable of defending the good name of our country like Gen Silva, Dr Kohana and Jaliya Wickramasinghe. These diplomats continue to do their job very effectively while others in important missions like in England, Australia, Canada and many other western countries are never heard. It is time to recall some of these incompetent political goons from those missions and appoint capable professionals who can serve the nation.

  2. aravinda Says:

    Thank you Major General, right man for the right job always pays off. Like Sarath W pointed out, GOSL should use upright, honest men like Major General who can’t be intimidated. In the past, ” Career diplomats” have done more harm than good. In 1983 our Ambassadors in UK, France and Germany behaved in a manner which was detrimental to the nation. We have learned well from these mistakes.

  3. Vis8 Says:

    Well done, General!: These morally-bankrupt morons should be handled this way: by giving them a taste of their own medicine.

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