Ambassador Atul Keshap and Actg. Asst. Secretary Alice Wells join Opposition Rally in Sri Lanka
Posted on December 9th, 2017

Mahinda Gunasekera

SHOCKING !  His Excellency Atul Keshap, Ambassador for the USA in Sri Lanka, and Acting Asst. Secretary of State, Ms. Alice Wells are seen participating in a Protest Rally in Colombo, organized by the Tamil National Alliance representing the political opposition to draw attention to those Tamils alleged to be missing in Sri Lanka.  The US Ambassador and Actg. Asst. Secretary of State are clearly violating the first principle of diplomatic privilege by their joining such a protest rally.

Those allegedly missing could well be living in the USA, UK, the EU, and the rest of the developed countries, as it is well known that they have flocked to these countries in dilapidated boats, minus their identity papers, or with forged documents, to claim asylum and refuge by cooking up tales of discrimination, torture and harassment to gain access to the economically advanced western nations. They have bypassed Tamilnadu in South India, just twenty (20) miles from Sri Lanka’s northern coast where over 72 million Tamils live, to which region they are linguistically and culturally linked, to travel half way around the globe  taking numerous risks to benefit as economic refugees.

It is also known that some of these asylum seekers have taken up new identities in the lands to which they migrated. It is also estimated that over a million Sri Lankan Tamils have taken up residence in the western world during the last three decades, who also contributed to the war chest of the Tamil Tiger Terrorists with many claiming to have left Sri Lanka for fear of the Tamil Tigers conscripting them for their separatist war effort. The number of Tamils reported as “missing” is said to be about 14,000 to 15,000, with a further 5,000 to 6,000 members of Sri Lanka’s Security Forces too have been reported as Missing in Action. The alleged “missing” Tamils may well be among those who have taken advantage of the conflict to gain access to the economically developed west.

Mahinda Gunasekera

Sri Lanka: Understanding Trump’s foreign policy

Asian Tribune Foreign Policy Note

Washington, D.C. 02 September (

Who is Alice Wells who just visited Sri Lanka, met officials including the country’s president Maitripala Sirisena?Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian affairs Alice Wells

Does she represent Trump administration’s foreign policy agenda? Has Sri Lanka researched what the Trump administration’s foreign policy agenda is?

Did Sri Lanka know that Alice Wells – acting assistant secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs, I reiterate –acting not confirmed by the US Senate, who was recalled from her ambassadorial position in Jordan by the Trump administration in June at King Abdullah’s request?

Does Sri Lanka’s foreign ministry know that Alice Wells was working very closely with the then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Under Secretary (Political) William J. Burns to develop the Obama administration policy agenda to pave the way for Sri Lanka to face international scrutiny for war crimes and accountability for its military action during the final phase of the Eelam War IV?

Does Sri Lanka know that it was Ms. Wells who assisted the Clinton State Department to coordinate with UN Office of Under-Secretary General to initiate Sri Lanka scrutiny in UNHRC, Geneva?

Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian affairs Alice Wells (C), Ambassador of the United States to Sri Lanka and the Maldives Atul Keshap (2R) and Sri Lanka’s opposition leader R. Sampanthan (R) attend a candle light vigil for the minority Tamils missing since the end of the island’s drawn out Tamil separatist war in May 2009, in Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo on 30 August 2017 – AFPFor Sri Lanka’s information, Alice Wells returned to the United States in 2009 after completing her diplomatic assignments abroad and served in several high-profile staff positions.

Until 2011, she was executive assistant to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs William J. Burns. Wells was then named executive assistant to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, working with her until 2012. At that time, she moved to the White House, becoming special assistant to the president. It was during this period that Washington initiated international scrutiny of war crimes, violation of international humanitarian law, and accountability for the military actions during the final phase of the war with Tamil Tigers etc.

The Asian Tribune has been raising questions connected to Sri Lanka’s humiliation before the international community initiated by the Obama’s White House special adviser and UN ambassador Samantha Power, Obama’s National Security adviser Susan Rice and Hillary Clinton State Department when the Rajapaksa administration had its reigns in Sri Lanka, and since the advent of the Sirisena-Wickremasinghe administration, questioning if its Ministry of Foreign Affairs commenced a study of the Trump administration’s foreign policy agenda to get out of the UN agenda put in place by Obama-Clinton duo dismissing the intervention of global jurists in domestic affairs.

Asian Tribune can confidently say that there were only two Sri Lankan diplomats since the conclusion of the Eelam War IV in May 2009 who took utmost efforts to minimize or eliminate the Western agenda on Sri Lanka in Geneva: Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka and Tamara Kunanayakam.

Sri Lanka’s Sirisena-Wickremasinghe administration is yet to distance itself from the machinations of the Office of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva. If it does not understood that the State Department’s most recent visitor acting” assistant secretary Wells doesn’t represent Trump’s global agenda, Sri Lanka has not comprehended the Trump administration’s true nature in regard to foreign dealings and what changes his secretary of State Rex Tillerson is making in his shop.

The Trump administration has not isolated itself from world affairs but has taken certain policy decisions with the knowledge of how previous American administrations used their foreign-policy tools to subjugate developing Third World nations such as Sri Lanka not to interfere in domestic affairs of other nations unless America’s national security and economic power is threatened.

Most recently as August 21 at the military base Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia, President Donald Trump on the topic ‘Strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia’ declared: But we will no longer use American military might to construct democracies in faraway lands, or try to rebuild other countries in our own image. Those days are now over. Instead, we will work with allies and partners to protect our shared interests. We are not asking others to change their way of life, but to pursue common goals that allow our children to live better and safer lives. This principled realism will guide our decisions moving forward.”

When asked about the implications of the ongoing purge – immediately following the abortive military coup in Turkey in 2015 – Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump echoed: What right do we in the United States have to criticize the condition of human rights elsewhere?

Here’s Trump: I think right now when it comes to civil liberties, our country has a lot of problems, and I think it’s very hard for us to get involved in other countries when we don’t know what we are doing and we can’t see straight in our own country. We have tremendous problems when you have policemen being shot in the streets, when you have riots, when you have Ferguson. When you have Baltimore. When you have all of the things that are happening in this country — we have other problems, and I think we have to focus on those problems. When the world looks at how bad the United States is, and then we go and talk about civil liberties, I don’t think we’re a very good messenger.”

Trump, as the 45th president inaugurated on 20 January 2017, has not changed his position, and in fact, embedded the above sentiments into his foreign policy agenda.

Trump’s secretary of state Rex Tillerson has led to the convening of the State Department’s Executive Steering Committee to draft new statements on the department’s purpose, mission and ambition as part of the overall reorganization of the State Department and USAID, revealed in an internal email that went out on July 28.

This internal email reveals the State Department’s draft statement on its purpose as: We promote the security, prosperity and interests of the American people globally.”

The State Department’s draft statement on its mission is: Lead America’s foreign policy through global advocacy, action and assistance to shape a safer, more prosperous world.”

The department’s draft statement on its ambition is: The American people thrive in a peaceful and interconnected world that is free, resilient and prosperous.”

The existing (fiscal year 2016 and before) State Department Mission Statement runs as follows: The Department’s mission is to shape and sustain a peaceful, prosperous, just, and democratic world and foster conditions for stability and progress for the benefit of the American people everywhere. This mission is shared with the USAID, ensuring we have a common path forward in partnership as we invest in the shared security and prosperity that will ultimately better prepare us for the challenges tomorrow.”

The significant difference is the deletion of justice and democracy.

On May 3, addressing the department staff, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson declared, if we condition too heavily that others must adopt this (American) value that we’ve come to over a long history of our own, it really creates obstacles to our ability to advance our national security interests, our economic interests.”

In March, Secretary Tillerson was absent when the state department issues the annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices Worldwide. This was the first occasion the secretary of state was absent when the American administration’s human rights report was released.

In a another example, the State Department will soon eliminate the website and move its contents to an alternate web address, www.state.gove/j/drl, the Asian Tribune is in a position to report.

If Sri Lanka has no capacity to understand this bit – this bit – that the Obama White House and Clinton State Department adopted a policy to humiliate Sri Lanka in the past, but this time, Sri Lanka is humiliating itself for reasons unknown to even erudite persons like Dayan Jayatilleka and Tamara Kunanayakam.

– Asian Tribune –

4 Responses to “Ambassador Atul Keshap and Actg. Asst. Secretary Alice Wells join Opposition Rally in Sri Lanka”

  1. Christie Says:

    Athul Keshap is and Indian vermin from the USA. Indian vermin almost run USA when it comes to blacks and people like us.

  2. Hiranthe Says:


    This Athul Keshap is not a real Ambassador nor a decision maker. He is just a puppet of the US administration. He is one of the guard dogs or herding dogs of the master. That is all. White masters use these faithful dogs to get their dirty work done…. They are like Paraya dogs… not dogs with remarkable pedigree, but treated with big posts so that they will do all the dirty jobs, their white master wants them to do.

    By using these dogs at the front, the white master can hide his ugliness and still in good books in the world politics.

    Can they do the same celebration with Al Kaeeda? These are Tigers who contributed to killing of Thousands of people and great leaders of SL in both communities. No difference to Al Kaeeda terrorists.
    I don’t think any of the local newspapers will carry this photo and the article.

    For US to bring a resolution against SL, there must be a long term plan of CIA or US Administration. Whether it is Obama or Trump in the driving seat, US policy would be the same on us.

    What do they expect by doing these things? For them, in their minds, Sinhalas and Tamils are both dirty black bastards.. so why favour Tamils to get rid of Sinhalas. What is their real motive??

    I feel very sad of Mother Lanka. She is being destroyed and molested from all the possible angles by every Dick and Harry.

  3. Ratanapala Says:

    These low lifes attempting a second Maidan in Colombo. This is exactly what they did in the Maidan Square in Kiev when Victoria Nuland came amidst the Ukrainian Thugs and distributed biscuits – a token way of supporting those who over threw the democratically elected President to install Poroshenko as Ukrainian President and Yatsinouk as the Prime Minister.

    They are going all over the world destroying comparatively peaceful ways of life in exchange for their brand of Democracy and Human RIghts which by the way is not found even in the US.

    As a result there is Democracy and Human rights in full swing in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya to name only a few. In Libya there are Human Auctions all, ‘grace a US, UK and other US poodles in the world!

  4. ranjit Says:

    American dogs Will suffer through nature for their crimes against humanity. As long as these yamaballo stays on we have to face these kind of interferences. What this government does cannot be acceptable. Before long our Motherland will be swallowed by these wormins west and the Indian parasites. Patriots, get united as soon as possible to fight against those evil conspirators and the Yamapalanaya stooges.

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