Sri Lanka has never taken such a ‘humiliating’ stance – Dayan Jayatilleka
Posted on March 5th, 2017

By Yusuf Ariff Courtesy Adaderana

March 4, 2017  07:43 pm

Former Sri Lankan diplomat Dr Dayan Jayatilleka today charged that Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera that has declared to the entire world that Sri Lanka is a ‘failed state’.

The former Sri Lankan Ambassador to the UN in Geneva was referring to the foreign minister’s recent speech at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, during which he had said that the country’s attempts at nation building after gaining self-determination from British rule has failed.

In my lifetime, Sri Lanka has never taken such a humiliating stance anywhere in the world,” Dr Jayatilleka said, while speaking during the annual convention of ‘Viyathmaga – Professionals for Better Future’ in Colombo on Saturday (4).

Meanwhile, former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa while speaking at the event stressed that he would not intend to take a post in a future government.

Rajapaksa also pointed out the state officials should be given the freedom to take decisions.

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One Response to “Sri Lanka has never taken such a ‘humiliating’ stance – Dayan Jayatilleka”

  1. Dilrook Says:

    In 1987 Sri Lanka took a defeatist stand on 13A which remains the most dangerous and humiliating stand ever. The stand taken by Mangala (and Sri Lanka) today is only a derivative of the 1987 unmitigated disaster. It was worsened by the stand Sri Lanka took on May 21, 2009 conveyed to the visiting Indian “viceroy”, the May 23, 2009 Joint Statement with the UN and the May 27, 2009 UNHRC resolution for the full implementation of 13A.

    Mangala’s statement must be evaluated from these historical traps Lanka has willingly jumped into. Today there is a subtle attempt to worsen the 13A by getting TNA into a compromise between 13A and Tamil Eelam.

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