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LLRC has failed totally on the most crucial issue of accountability – Sumanthiran

by Jatila Karawita

TNA National List MP M.A. Sumanthiran says that the LLRC Report has ‘dramatically failed to address the accountability issues pertaining to the final phase of the North-East ethnic conflict between the government security forces and the LTTE.’

In an interview with Jatila Karawita, MP Sumanthiran, while dismissing all allegations that they were negative or pessimistic on this issue, charged that while the government had held out to the world that the LLRC would be the domestic mechanism to address issues pertaining to accountability, it (LLRC) had failed to shed light on accountability totally.

The TNA National List MP said that while his party would issue a detailed response to the LLRC Report in time to come, only an independent inquiry which is not biased towards either the government or the LTTE would reveal the truth concerning alleged war crimes being committed during the final phase of the war.

Excerpts:

QUESTION: The TNA has publicly decried the issuance of the final LLRC Report stating that it is contradictory. The TNA continues to insist that it (LLRC report) is biased. Isn’t the TNA being partisan on this topic, that concerns the Tamil people in the North-East?

ANSWER: The TNA is not pessimistic or negative. If that was the case, we will not be sitting down and talking to the government for one whole year when there was no response at all from the government for eleven months. Only now the government delegation has indicated that they have some ‘problems’ with three matters. We have acted in good faith and with immense tolerance, because we are absolutely sincere in wanting to find a solution. I must also add that there is no question of being partisan in this matter. Our concerns are entirely for the people of the North-East, and we will continue to look after their best interests.

Q: Could you also explain or elaborate at length on the public stsatement that the LLRC Report is contradictory and biased. On what grounds are you basing these charges?

A: I said it was contradictory. We are in the process of preparing a fuller response in which the numerous contradictions will be listed. But for now, I can say that it is a contradiction – to say on the one hand that they did not investigate fully into specific allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity and on the other, to exonerate the government from any wrong doing and conclude that a only few soldiers may have indulged in some of these acts. That is certainly a biased conclusion which runs counter to the evidence of several hundreds of people who came before the LLRC.

Q: The government has reacted strongly to one of the TNA’s suggestions that there should be either an international investigation, or intervention, on issues raised in the LLRC Report. The government, particularly the Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris has said that Sri Lanka is capable of sorting out her own issues sans any intervention or interference from outside forces or countries. What are your comments?

A: The Sri Lankan government has not shown the necessary political will to sort out these issues in a just and fair way. The LLRC Report itself comments adversely on the track record of the Sri Lankan government ino implementing the recommendations of previous commissions! What happened to the Udalagama Commission?
Why did the International Independent Group of Eminent Persons (IIGEP) withdraw from their functions?
In any case, what happened to the Report of that Commission said to contain recommendations regarding the killing of the five students in Trincomalee and the 17 aid workers in Muttur?

Can you blame the parents of these persons for filing cases on foreign soil in respect of these matters, after waiting for years for justice and finding that justice is not going to be meted out through any domestics process in Sri Lanka?

Q: The government has said it would appoint a commission shortly or in time to come, to look into intentional or wanton disappearances of persons during the final stages of the North-East conflict, when the war raged against the LTTE at its severest. Given such an undertaking or assurance, isn’t the TNA yet convinced of the government’s genuine initiatives to address issues of a similar nature? What more measures could the government take in this regard?

A: The Government of Sri Lanka issued a joint statement with the United Nations Secretary General on May 26, 2009 in which it undertook to set up a mechanism to look into accountability issues. A year later, it appointed the LLRC, not to look into any accountability issue but to find out why the Ceasefire Agreement of 2002 failed! Yet, Professor Peiris went around the world saying that the LLRC had the necessary mandate to look into issues of accountability. When the UNSG appointed a panel of experts to advise him on accountability issues in Sri Lanka, he protested wildly and said the LLRC will do that.

Whenever the question of accountability was raised by anyone, the government said to wait for the LLRC Report. They protested at the expert panel’s conclusion that there were credible allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by both sides at the last stages of the war, and publicly declared that the government or its soldiers were not culpable for any such thing, without any inquiry whatsoever. Now the LLRC confesses that it did not carry out a thorough investigation, but concludes nevertheless, that the government is not to be blamed. Can this conduct be referred to as ‘genuine initiatives?’

Q: Isn’t it true that the TNA is opposing any move or all moves undertaken by the government to find a solution to the ethnic issue — merely for the sake of it — or sometimes intentionally, in the way the LTTE did during its rein? Even the president has said that the TNA is adopting the same hard-line tactics and stance adopted by the LTTE. What is the genuine stance of the TNA, and is it to oppose this government at every given turn — at the drop of a hat so to say?

A: The president appointed a government delegation to talk to the TNA in January this year to find a political solution. At the very first meeting with the government delegation we stated for the record that the solution we have in mind is exactly the same as what the president himself articulated in July 2006 when he addressed the inaugural meeting of the APRC and its panel of experts. At the second meeting we gave an outline of the solution we had in mind. The government delegation wanted a more comprehensive set of proposals and we very clearly spelt out our position as early as March this year, at the third meeting.

That position is nothing more than what the successive governments were prepared to settle for since 1987. How then can anyone say that we are adopting hard-line tactics like the LTTE?

It was the government that did not respond for so long after that and we still exercised infinite patience. The president is on record stating that he will fully implement the 13th Amendment, meaningful devolution going beyond the 13th Amendment, 13++, etc. Police and Land powers are devolved even under the 13th Amendment, which also provides for the merger of the North and East Provinces. How then can anyone from the government now say that land and police powers cannot be devolved and that there can be no merger?

Who is changing positions here, is it the government or the TNA?

We are only asking the president and the government to be sincere in this exercise; not to go back on all the undertakings and then blame the TNA for it! We are now accused of not nominating names to the Parliamentary Select Committee. After nine months of talks with us, and after not responding for six months to our position paper given in March this year, suddenly, the president announced that he wants to appoint a PSC. Why then did he appoint a delegation to talk to us in January, and not permit them to respond to us after we placed on the table very reasonable proposals at their invitation?

Even then we did not reject it, but agreed with the president that substantive agreement arrived at between the government delegation and us at the bilateral talks would be taken to the PSC as the SLFP-TNA position. We are still committed to that agreement. And no sooner some substantive agreements are reached at the bilateral talks, we will participate in the deliberations of the PSC. Therefore it is wrong to say that the TNA is opposing all the moves of the government is this regard. We have fully cooperated in every move and are only asking that the president and the government also to please keep to their side of the bargain.

Q: Hasn’t the TNA rejected the LLRC Report simply out of hand when otherwise it has been a comprehensive Report, commisoners having interviewed people from the North-East as well before coming out with suggestions by way of a 400-page report. What prompted the TNA to reject this Report so comprehensively?

A: We have only issued an initial response, in which we have pointed out that the Report has dramatically failed to address the accountability issues. Accountability was the focus of the LLRC Report, although its mandate said nothing about it. The government held out to the world that the LLRC was the domestic mechanism that will deal with accountability issues. In fact, many were reprimanded for not waiting to see what the Report said about accountability. We did not pre-judge the issue, although we always had serious reservations concerning the composition and mandate of the LLRC. But on the most crucial issue, i.e., accountability, the LLRC has in fact failed totally.

That is all we have said for the present. We will deal with the Report comprehensively later.

Q: With the dismissal of the LLRC Report out of hand, it is obvious that the TNA has not even either read it fully or delved into its contents in-depth. What are your comments?

A: We have read it and have made an initial response. We will analyse the contents and make a comprehensive report later. At that point in time, it will be clear to everyone how in-depth we had studied it even before making our initial response.

Q: The TNA and various other anti-government political parties and organizations including Human Rights Watch, both locally and internationally had pre-conceived notions that the government security forces are guilty of committing many atrocities during the crucial final phase of the war. Hence any report issued by the government pertaining to this vexed issue continues to be opposed by the TNA. What are your comments?

A: We will not oppose an independent report on this matter. The LLRC could never have come to the conclusion that the violations were not ‘systematic’ and that the government cannot be held responsible for those, having regard to even the evidence that they had. We will demonstrate that in our detailed report. The government and the LTTE are both accused of violations. Only an inquiry that is independent of both will reveal the truth. If the government is confident that they are not responsible for any violations, then they don’t have to be worried about an independent inquiry into that.

Q: Isn’t the TNA ready to accept the LLRC Report for what it is and doesn’t it carry first person accounts which could be described as authentic under any circumstance?

A: I am sorry, the question is not clear at all. But my previous answers may have addressed whatever was intended by that question.

Q: There are allegations levelled at the TNA that the party is guilty of stalling tactics with regard to current talks held with the government delegation on seeking a settlement to the North-East issue. Could you explain your party’s stance?

A: I think some of the detailed answers above deal with our party’s stance. The TNA is genuinely interested in a just, reasonable and durable political solution within a united country. This solution need not be any more than what successive governments were willing to grant as power-sharing arrangements. President Mahinda Rajapaksa has himself articulated his position in 2006.

There are some people who say that now the circumstances have changed. If by that they mean the absence of the LTTE, that is a dangerous argument. Such a position only tells the Tamil people that if they came with guns, more political power would be devolved! We have clearly articulated a non-maximalist, reasonable arrangement within a united country, and have been waiting for a just and reasonable response since March this year. We are not the ones who stalled the talks. The record will bear that out. courtesy: LakbimaNews

63 Comments

  1. aratai says:

    .

    The SL government agreed to 13+ because of LTTE.

    Now LTTE no more and therefore 13-.

    If another Tamil armed rebellion comes, we’ll see 13+ again.

    :-)

  2. Bandara says:

    The interviewer has done a great service to the Srilankan society by giving an opportunity to expose the flawed commission report and the attitude of the government, which does not have the guts to do justice to the society and the country at large by solving the prolonged problems. We have seen how deceitful the government was. By appointing committees after committees, it had been continuously trying to evade even the internationals, who questioned the lack of fair play. The flawed LLRC report has proved that this country lacks the required skills for home grown solutions.

    The arguments put forward in this interview by Sumanthiran can not be rejected by anyone who knows the unchanged clear mandate given by our Tamil brothers and sisters for decades. The ruling group exposes its emptiness by bringing in the LTTE to confuse and misguide the citizens of this country, whenever they discuss the issues related to the Tamil community. It is to be noted that well educated elected members of the Tamil society and not the LTTE are participating in the so called discussions with the party in power. The Tamil representatives are not half-baked cakes. Certainly the party in power is aware of all the facts but using the same old tactics to set one community against the other, as usual. It is a pity that the Sinhala society has not realized how our politicians are degrading us. It is to be admitted that few of our sinhala journalists have started to educate us and to understand the problems as they are. However, at this juncture, we all have to realize that the prevailing problems can only be solved by unbiased external eminent group of people.

  3. Mahendra says:

    Knowing the track-record of all past Govts. and specially the actions of this
    Regime, the TNA is at its best in its action and outlook. The Qestioner has
    tried his best to trap the MP into siding with the LLRC at some point, but failed.

    The Diaspora carp used by the Regime is a red-herring when everything can be
    done or undone by a Soverign state even with its dictatorial democratic practices.

    It can be concluded that even with Commissions & Committees no solution will be
    forthcoming as long as Rajapakse s rule.

  4. Ram says:

    A good interview. Will it help to open the eyes of our ordinary Sinhala brothers and sisters. TNA has to take some initiatives to reach ordinary sinhala people. Raviraj did some thing on that unfortunately silenced by Gota..

  5. Kalu Albert says:

    A thought provoking interview from Mr Sumanathiran to kick off the New Year.

    Here is what he say’s

    “Some people say the circumstances have changed and if by that they mean, the absence of LTTE, it is a dangerous argument?”

    Although it is not clear what this danger, that he is alluding to, the change in circumstances is the sum total of several factors, in addition to the departure of Mr Prabakaran.

    + The largest ethnic group now is the indigenous Muslim community.

    + Indian Tamil community now has a bigger population than the Srilankan Tamil community.

    + Even the Srialanka Tamil community it self, is split into North and East factions.

    + As the latest polls indicated, TNA representation is only confined to the North.

    + Even there, the TNA has no absolute majority.

    These are the circumstances that have changed.

    Does Mr Sumnathiran have the consent of all the above groups to demand Rajapaksa to do a private deal of this magnitude with him and his Boss Mr Sambandan?.

    Can Rajapaksa do a such private deal even if he wanted to?.

  6. Bindu says:

    SL Govt does not want to solve Ethnic problem.
    Other Asian countries are developing faster except SL.
    SL Govt’s narrow minded approach will only bring more suffering to people of SL for sure.

  7. siva says:

    aratai,

    There is only one solution ! just to remove 13 from the constitution.

  8. laksiri says:

    you kind of people will never can find solution to Tamil matters.you think going world tour can get solution or addressing Canadian meeting make solution to your matters.now you have matter related to how to punish the majority of sri lanken.you and TNL and the major problems not Tamil people.you will never look any positive way to settle this matter.LTE ACTION COST $30B TO THIS POOR NATION AND YOUR PARTY WANTS TO ADDING ANOTHER 60B TO THIS LOSS TO SEE THIS NATION WILL END-UP WITH BANKRUPT.STOP THIS DIRTY (F) ACTION AND FACE TO REALITY.

  9. tomsamusa says:

    Well said sumi; there is no reason to comramise at this stage .Stick to the guns like Jinnah; it’s all or none.

  10. Western observer says:

    The TNA is asking exactly what the LTTE asked for, except under the guise of remaining united with Sri Lanka. Let’s not make make this any more complicated. The entire country is now under one government. Why does the TNA insist upon a situation where a false Tamil majority area should be Tamil controlled. If this notion made any sense, what would happen to Colombo, which is dominantly Tamil at the moment. Forget your ethnic origins, throw away this notion of a national alliance of Tamils and become Sri Lankans first. Your history is too colored to be taken seriously as the one and only representative of the Tamil ethnicity population. You don’t speak for the Tamils throughout the country.

  11. Hela says:

    No one expect TNA to side with LLRC report. They still behave like the political wing of LTTE which they are. Their so called preliminary response itself reveals their eagerness to get foreign involvement (even before a thorough study!!) to re-establish the separatist foundations that have been dismantled with the military defeat of their so called ‘sole representative’. The issue at hand for them is punishing the govt for dismantling the separatist foundations in the first instance and nothing else. Anything short of that would be anathema for them.

    Accordingly, TNA becomes irrelevant to a common Sri Lankan destination for all it’s citizens. Therefore GOSL must focus on constructive discussion of LLRC recommendations and implementation with or without TNA. It has rightly sought wider participation through PSC because TNA is NOT the only stakeholder and GOSL should proceed with the PSC process. It’s up to TNA to be a partner in this common and inclusive exercise. At this moment TNA is intellectually dishonest and is unable to make a genuine contribution because they are under heavy influence of the separatists including elements of LTTE.

  12. Marzook says:

    Bandara is very clear about the attitude of the Govt. There seems to be no sincerity on the part of the Govt. to reach an agreement. The Sinhala masses should understand this and bring pressure upon the Govt. and all Sinhala politicians to reach consensus in finding a solution.

  13. Ravi Kariyawasam says:

    Please name your so called unbiased external eminent group of people or give us a criteria to select group so. You probably expecting a group similar to Darusman’s who is biased towards you to called it unbaised.

  14. Ravi Kariyawasam says:

    There is no ethnic problem in Sri Lanka. It is in the corrupted minds of old fashioned nationalistic tamils who think that they are of special kind in the country which not a single Sri Lankan agree.
    Sri Lanka id developing much fater than other Asian countries in the absence of LTTE.
    TNA like minds non other than LTTE will only bring more suffering to SL Tamils as they did since 40′s.

  15. True Nation says:

    Mr Sumanthiran has expressed a clear picture about the true nature of the LLRC report. He outclassed in highlighting the duplicity of the current regime in resolving the national issues.
    Excellant!

  16. Daniel says:

    The militarisation of the north and east must be removed first.Then, under the normal civic government tamils will feel free to live without fear.
    If they feel free and equal to all other citizens,in every aspect of governance, then the quest for a special model of governance unlike in other provincial areas will not arise.The northern and eastern provincial administrations should function without interfearance from the central government, within the parameters of the constitution. There should be discipline among the law enforcement agencies, judiciary and civil administration.
    Paramilitary groups must be disbanded and disarmed.
    Elections must be made absolutely free and fair.
    Then tamils will be content to live as sri lankans, as equals.
    But will this regime allow and implement these changes, is the question.

  17. aratai says:

    .
    You people never learn. You always leave space for ethnic issue to continue, even your own APRC and LLRC reports say this.

    Instead you lease land to China for 99 years.

    :-)

  18. A.Sellathurai says:

    I agree with Kalu Mahataya. He should, under the changed circumstances quoted, give strong advice to President MR to cancel the wasteful talk with TNA, stop to proceed with the PSC deliberations and throw the LLRC Report to the dustbin without wasting time in going through its merits or demerits.

  19. Gamage says:

    Sir, When one makes comments on an issue like this, it is important to do some research or at least make an attempt to study the history of the country and the ongoing issues. Certainly, Westerners generally make use of the analytical mind and hesitate to comment without knowing the facts except a few who are on the payroll of the government.

  20. Rationalman says:

    Dear Mr. Kalu Albert,
    I usually leave your nonsense alone but this too much to let it pass!
    I would appreciate if you could substantiate the following statements….
    —-+ The largest ethnic group now is the indigenous Muslim community.
    —–+ Indian Tamil community now has a bigger population than the Srilankan Tamil community.

    Please feel free to use the numbers from the Department of Census and Statistics of Sri Lanka. http://www.statistics.gov.lk/.

    Of course the only way your statement could be true and things have changed substantially 2007 special enumeration of the Northern and Eastern provinces, is if the Sri Lankan Armed forces had committed genocide at a much larger scale than previously suspected. If you know anything about it, please share it with us.

    The rest of your statements are subjective as the North and East are under military rule. And the validity of the elections have been discussed enough times on this website to go in to it again.

  21. Rationalman says:

    Oh, Western Observer, if Colombo is dominantly tamil, why is the local government of Colombo dominated by the Sinhalese?
    With your distant knowledge of the politics of Sri Lanka from the other side of the hemisphere , perhaps you are not aware that TNA has been elected by the majority of Tamils of the North and East. So they are perfectly entitled to speak on behalf of the people who elected them.
    As a self proclaimed westerner, I am surprised that you are unfamiliar with the concept of democracy.
    Perhaps the truth and you are closer to home?

  22. Gamage says:

    Bindu,

    “Other Asian countries are developing faster except SL”

    It seems that you have not read a newspaper for the past 2-3 years. For your information, Sri Lanka will be the second fastest growing economy in the world after China in 2012, at 8.2%. And Sri Lanka’s economy has been growing at a rate of arounfd 8% in the past 2 years.

  23. Ilaya Seran Senguttuvan says:

    For those who naively believe the regime will respect the findings of Commissions of Inquiries that none but the GoSL appoints, the fate of the IIEGP report
    Mr Sumanthiran refers here, is clear proof of what’s in store. The regime went
    ga-ga that former Indian Chief Justice Bhagvati agreed to be involved it. But Shri Bhagvati is an intelligent man – a good student of the mental make-up of his interlocutors as well the future. He simply chose to stay out.

    As Mr Sumanthiran asks here what happened to the reports on those 5 Trinco youth and the 17 Lankan French-NGO? If justice is not available here surely the world of today provides platforms for justice on serious HR crimes – and this not
    focused or centred on S/Lanka issues only. Who is fooling whom?

    ISS

  24. Anonymous says:

    The economy growing so fast ,they are unable to pay their top academics promised pay hike.

  25. Kalu Albert says:

    A very A good question from a rational mind.

    If the TNA carried forward their alliance with the UNP which they formed at the last Prez election forward; and contested as a united front , Colombo Municipality would have had more Tamil members than the Sinhalese for sure.

    This would have not only given the Southern electorate a good opportunity to have real time experience of the TNA in governance, but also helped to ease their reservations about genuineness of the TNA to be a fairdinkum part of the polity.to work as a partner in a peaceful and united Srilanka.

  26. Kalu Albert says:

    The figures are straight from the horses mouth.

    Which blog would be better than Messers Rauf Hakeem and Mano Ganeshan ?.

  27. Ratiionalman says:

    Kalu, you may listen to horses, but I would like some empirical proof!

  28. Ratiionalman says:

    Kalu, rational minds would say if “Colombo, which is dominantly Tamil at the moment”, there would be no need for a coalition with UNP or any other party.

  29. Soma says:

    As far as we are concerned ‘Tamil Nation’ constitutes all those groups you mentioned. I have no objection for a separate Tamil homeland so long as all the groups are accommodated in that area. Diaspora could very well foot the bill for transport and a five meter high wall along the border.

  30. Soma says:

    As I told you once earlier that is set off against the 147 innocent Muslims praying in the Kattankudi Mosque. Don’t tell the readers here again that it was a minor incident in your humane struggle for justice. Tell that to investigators you propose for the killings you mentioned.

    You guys are misreading the International community – if ever an investigation takes place it won’t be limited to Nandikadal. If it does we will complete the rest locally.

    If Tamils do not want reconciliation Sinhalese too can very well manage to live without it.

  31. Rationalman says:

    “If Tamils do not want reconciliation Sinhalese too can very well manage to live without it”.

    That has always been the attitude of the Sinhalese. Look how such attitudes have brought you fellow down and dragged the other communities as well. In the 1950s, Ceylon has one of the highest per capita GNP in Asia. Now “Sri Lanka” is the beggar of Asia. Open anarchy, criminals running the government crumbling infrastructure, massive failure in the educational system……… etc.etc etc…

    Well done, “Machan”! Keep it up!

  32. Ratiionalman says:

    “Diaspora could very well foot the bill for transport and a five meter high wall along the border.”

    I would actually want the fences electrified to keep the economic refugees from “Sinhalaland” away! We will have riots like the ones in Colombo regarding the Korean jobs.

  33. Ratiionalman says:

    “You guys are misreading the International community – if ever an investigation takes place it won’t be limited to Nandikadal. If it does we will complete the rest locally.”

    And what to you mean by “we will complete the rest locally”?. Complete the unfinished business at Nandikadal?
    And who is we? Are you a member of the Rakapakse clan?

  34. Sellam says:

    There should not any armed rebellion in future as we Tamils have learnt the bitter lessons.If you cannot achieve what you want in fighting, you achieve it in friendship.

  35. Rationalman says:

    Ravi Kariyawasam says:
    “Please name your so called unbiased external eminent group of people or give us a criteria to select group so”.

    Mr. Kariyawasam, I will go one step further and give you the definition of the word “unbiased”. :free from bias; especially : free from all prejudice and favoritism : eminently fair.

    The LLRC’s members are as follows:

    Chitta Ranjan de Silva Esquire, P.C.
    Former Attorney General

    Dr. Amrith Rohan Perera Esquire, P.C.
    Former Legal Advisor
    Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Dr. Karunaratne Hangawatte Esquire,
    Professor – Department of Criminal Justice
    University of Nevada, Las Vegas

    Chandirapal Chanmugam Esquire,
    Former Secretary to the Treasury

    Hewa Matara Gamage Siripala Palihakkara Esquire,
    Former Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Mrs. Manohari Ramanathan,
    Former Deputy Legal Draftsman

    Member, Monetary Board, Central Bank of Sri Lanka

    Maxwell Parakrama Paranagama Esquire
    Former High Court Judge
    Tax Ombudsman

    Mr. M.T.M. Bafiq Esquire
    Senior Attorney at Law

    Secretary
    S.B. Atugoda Esquire
    Former Ambassador

    I do not claim that the composition of the committee, 6 Sinhalese, 2 Tamils and one Muslim is anyway biased. Nor do I claim that the sleeping habits of one or more of the committee members is anyway prejudicial (http://groundviews.org/2011/01/09/a-slumbering-llrc-the-image-of-reconciliation-in-sri-lanka/).

    However all except two (Mr. Bafiq and Dr. Hangawatte) have been employed by the Government whose actions, they have been tasked to investigate.

    Four members, Messrs. Silva, Perera, Palihakkara and Atugoda have been part of the recent regimes that have waged war on the people of the North and East and have actively defended the actions of the Sri Lankan Government. Justice Paranagama was part of the Judiciary that allowed torture.

    Please explain to me how you would consider these people except Prof Hangawatte and Attorney Bafik unbiased?

    And by the same standards how could you justify the members of the UN SEc Gen’s Committee (Mr. Marzuki Darusman, Ms Yasmin Sooka and Mr. Steven rattner as being biased?

    Perhaps you have proof that Mr. Darusman is Prabharan’s brother in law? Or Ms Sooka was paid off by Pathmanathan or Mr. Rattner is really Mr. Ratnasingam?
    Your response is anxiously awaited.

  36. Native Vedda says:

    Soma

    The solution is simple.

    Please go back to your Sinhapura. When you go take your Tamil brothers and sisters with you and drop them at a convenient point in Tamilnadu.

    Alternatively if you believe you are related to Nayakar dynasty you can reclaim your throne from mayor of Madurai.

    Regarding expenses UN can help you under one of their schemes with Chinese and Indian support.

    India would be delihgted to see its long lost relatives. Please make them happy.

    How soon can you leave?

  37. Ilaya Seran Senguttuvan says:

    That under-performing “Minister” – a mediocre Engineer who played about with the books of the CEB misleading the country the entity is making billions – has once more publicly threatened the Govt and the regime his extreme Sinhala political party and fellow travellers will reject the LLRC if it allows even diluted features to the Tamils on devolution the Report recommends. He has privately threatened to take 30,000 monks to the streets with their raised sarongs to bring the MR regime down – if his “advise” is not acted upon. Now this is an affront to his Boss and siblings from one who made it to the Cabinet virtually through
    the backdoor. The question is if the President will permit the integrity of his
    creature – the LLRC – to be undermined by a Johnny Come Lately.

    Of course, whether the Tamils accept the LLRC in toto is an entirely different matter and will be discussed in a different place and at a different time.

    ISS

  38. Why remove 13?
    Is it because it is considered an unlucky number?
    Rajapakse strongly believes in astrology.

  39. Kalu Albert says:

    …”30,000 Monks with their raised Sarongs on the Streets” .. Mr Illay Sengutuan.

    This is the entire Buddhist clergy in the Island where 75 % of the inhabitants are Buddhists.

    Mr Illay Sengutuan represents the high class, and high caste Hindus in Colombo and the Diaspora interests locally.

    And this is the level of respect he has for the religion of the great majority of Srilankan inhabitants.

    And these are the people who are hell bent on getting Police Powers and Land Rights to rule two thirds of the country, where most Muslims and some Sinhala Buddhists are also domiciled.

  40. Rationalman says:

    Kalu,
    do you have dyslexia? (perhaps that would explain your comprehending abilities). Why are you butchering Ilaya Seran Senguttuvan’s name as Mr Illay Sengutuan?
    Are you just being contemptuous of a Ceylon Tamil?

  41. Kalu Albert says:

    Rationally speaking Isn’t it better than butchering Sinhala Buddhists and even their Monks?

  42. Victim says:

    If this statistics is true, this is what the Sinhalese government’s since independence were planning and executing, “GENOCIDE” of the Tamils. It is still continuing to this minute to the obvious “delight” of some of the commentators!!!

  43. Victim says:

    Is it Peace or PIECE? These are the soldiers who, according to the King, who walked with “HUMAN RIGHTS CHARTER IN ONE HAND” during the Vanni war, which was “GLORIFED” as a “HUMANITARIAN” operation!!! I definitely know that this story would be dismissed as “Tamil net Propaganda!!!Everything which is published in the STATE MEDIA is gospel truth, but anything which is published by the TAMIL media is propaganda and independent sources are GAGGED, THREATENED and the Journalists killed, tortured!!! Any inteligent, independent thinking readers can make their own conclusion about the situation for TAMIL civilians in the MIRACLE OF ASIA!!!
    http://www.dailymirror.lk/news/15785-solider-arrested-for-killing-army-officer.html

    http://www.dailymirror.lk/news/15764-attempts-to-undermine-investigation-of-britishers-murder.html

    2ND LEAD
    SLA soldier shoots dead traveller on Poonakari Road
    [TamilNet, Thursday, 29 December 2011, 14:29 GMT]
    A Sri Lanka Army soldier, manning a check post on Poonakari Road, shot and killed a traveller on motorbike Thursday around 7:00 a.m. after demanding the traveller to hand over his motorbike, sources in Poonakari told TamilNet. The SLA soldier was reportedly killed in friendly-fire when he later confronted fellow soldiers, the sources further said. Tension prevailed in the area and the road remained closed for hours. Although the dead body of the SLA soldier was sent to Jaffna hospital and transferred to Palaali military hospital, the information or identity of the slain traveller is yet to be made public. SL military officials are yet to reveal details of the episode and journalists were blocked from reaching the site.

    The SLA soldier at the bridge had demanded the motorbike from the young man who was on his way to Jaffna from Vanni.

    When the man politely declined to hand over his motorbike saying that he was on an urgent trip to Jaffna, the soldier shot him, reportedly killing him on the spot.

    After killing the traveller, the SLA soldier started to fire at his fellow soldiers, who attempted to control him.

    When the situation got out of control, the SLA soldier was seriously wounded in the gunfire from fellow soldiers and later succumbed to his injuries.

    The slain traveller was an innocent victim, according to the construction workers, who witnessed the episode.

  44. Anonymous says:

    “There is no ethnic problem in Sri Lanka. It is in the corrupted minds of old fashioned nationalistic tamils who think that they are of special kind in the country which not a single Sri Lankan agree.”

    Perhaps you should try to demonstrate in an international forum (Not in Rajapakse’s forum) how having an official Sinhala language policy can benefit Tamils. You can also try and demonstrate why Colombo should control the national budget and develop Hambantota & Anuradhapura whilst Jaffna & Trinco doesn’t get their fair share!

    Don’t try to pretend as if there is no ethnic problem!

  45. Ratiionalman says:

    Absolutely…..

    I guess, I should be grateful that you are only butchering Tamil names, instead of butchering Tamils like you did in 1956, 1958, 1977 and 1983 and periods in between those years and after. You have “out scored” us a hundred fold. That is why even when it comes to Tamil names, your inherent instinct seems to be kicking in.
    So I truly am thankful that you are only limiting yourself to butchering Tamils names.

  46. Anonymous says:

    With LTTE and its guns, roadside bombs, suicide bombs and etc for 30 years under numerous governments, none implemented 13A in full. So why do we talk 13A+ to N or N & E now when we know that its aimed devolution would bring about isolation and alienation from rest of the country where most Tamils live. We should scrap 13A and look in to any genuine complaints of all Tamils and other minorities and address them. Above all this government or President has n mandate to offer 13A+.

  47. Soma says:

    “Now “Sri Lanka” is the beggar of Asia. Open anarchy, criminals running the government crumbling infrastructure, massive failure in the educational system……… etc.etc etc…”

    Any more justification needed for the political Tamils to get the hell out our shores?

  48. Soma says:

    No solution is forthcoming because there is no conceivable solution that encompasses at least 90% of the Tamil nation.

  49. Soma says:

    “I would actually want the fences electrified to keep the economic refugees from “Sinhalaland” away! We will have riots like the ones in Colombo regarding the Korean jobs.”

    That means my dream to see the entire TAmil nation moving into the North and EAst will become true?

  50. Soma says:

    “The militarisation of the north and east must be removed first.Then, under the normal civic government tamils will feel free to live without fear.”

    You forgot that you fought a 30 year war against us(against out military and our civilians). Strong military presence in the war arena is needed for the next 10 years to ensure security of the nation. We must seek advice from a western military expert in this regard.

    However if the military bases are occupying any private land full compensation must be paid to the owners.

  51. Rationalman says:

    Soma,
    that is where you make a fundamental mistake. Its not ALL your shores. You stay on your side of the island. And we will stay on our side of the island as you suggested earlier “I have no objection for a separate Tamil homeland so long as all the groups are accommodated in that area. Diaspora could very well foot the bill for transport and a five meter high wall along the border.” . I would like the fences electrified to keep the economic refugees from the south away.

    And thanks for agreeing that you guys have made “Sri Lanka” is the beggar of Asia. Open anarchy, criminals running the government crumbling infrastructure, massive failure in the educational system……… etc.etc etc…”.

  52. Anonymous says:

    A solution that is being sought is for the collective good of the community, not for each individual. It is incumbent on the individual to decide for himself/herself how he/she wants to avail of the outcome.

    Your insidious attempt to distort the truth behind the scattering of Tamils is infantile trickery!

    It is not that the South(Colombo) is comforting, it is that our habitat(North East) has been deliberately made hellish for us!

    Let go your hypocrisy, please.

  53. Soma says:

    The major stumbling block for the Tamil homeland is their desire to live among the Sinhalese.

    I have been accused of various things in my life but this latest one of trying to scatter the Tamils around the island is the most hilarious.

    Did I ask the Tamils in the estates to refuse when they were offered to go back to their homeland and live in dignity. They chose to live this menial life probably because they thought Sinhala devils are better than their own country men. If they did their children would be thriving today in the IT haven of the fastest growing economy.

    Did I ask the Tamils in Colombo to leave that pompous egalitarian society and live within the barbarian Sinhalese.

    Is it Soma who asked the Tamils who practise Islam as their religion to occupy various Sinhala areas?

    Most commentators here are predicting a reverse kallatoni situation in the very near future. It would be most interesting to witness the Tamils who are subjected to continuous Sinhala genocide sailing back to the paradise.

    What I propose is TNA to launch a campaign asking the Tamils living outside North and East is to move into the areas demarcated for the homeland voluntarily on the agreement with the Sri Lankan government and International community that Tamil homeland would be declared when 80% of the Tamils are settled.

    Shall we present the issue before a third party to decide who is the hypocrite?

  54. Soma says:

    Dearest Rational man I salute you. You are the only Tamil so far who have agreed with me that all Tamil speaking people (Tamil Nation) should be accommodated within the proposed homeland.

    I call all others stinking hypocrites.

    As I can’t have it both ways I have to agree with your proposal for the electrification of the wall though it would be a sheer wastage of money.

  55. Canadian says:

    There is no ethnic problem in Sri Lanka and no need of devolution of powers of any circumstance. These are political problems. (1).
    The national or official language of Malaysia is Malay. Which is the mother tongue of the majority (72%) Malay ethnic group. The main ethnic groups within Malasia comprise the Malays, Chineese, Indians. Likewise India – Hindu majority (72%)
    (2) The government has allocated Rs. 5000 million for next 2-3 yrs for the proposed development projects and resettlement in Jaffna and Batticaloa districts last week.

  56. Rationalman says:

    Dearest Soma,
    Thank you for the compliment. Please do not be angry with the people you call “stinking hypocrites”. Its just that they have more faith in the Sinhalese and think that they will negotiate in good faith.
    You and I know better and are realists. We can see the future clearly not clouded by false hope and expectations.

  57. Rationalman says:

    Sometimes you surprise me.

    Yes, to reassure you “goni billa” fearing Sinhalese, you (and us) should seek advice of the western military experts from democratic societies and remove the military bases as quickly as possible. But you fellows are doing the exact opposite by calling in the Chinese.

    And you say “However if the military bases are occupying any private land full compensation must be paid to the owners.” I know you fellows will come to that conclusion very quickly when you realize that the Rajapakses are doing the same in the South. Nothing helps like seeing the point of view of your neighbor like walking a mile in his shoes. So far, you have walked about 10 yards and have a long way to go.

    But a start is a star!

  58. Rationalman says:

    Yes, lets hope we can fulfill your dreams!

  59. Rationalman says:

    Soma, when “The major stumbling block for the Tamil homeland is their desire to live among the Sinhalese”, I do think you are flattering yourself. There are monographs published by the academic researchers on the subject of internal migrations in Ceylon from the British times and haveing read one of two of them, I can assure you that “desire to live among the Sinhalese” is not a reason. I urge you to read these these monographs. The GOSL Archives and good the national libaray should have them.

    You aske “Did I ask the Tamils in the estates to refuse when they were offered to go back to their homeland and live in dignity. They chose to live this menial life probably because they thought Sinhala devils are better than their own country men. If they did their children would be thriving today in the IT haven of the fastest growing economy.”

    Even if you and your fellow travelers had asked, sensible Sinhalese would have vetoed you. If these poor indian laborers had left Ceylon, the Tea industry, one of the biggest exports, would have come crashing to a halt. So lets not get carried away. And these people have lived and worked in the estates of Ceylon for almost 150 years and more. In civilized countries, nationality is given after a reasonable number of years. Civilized countries like Malaysia, Singapore, Guyana, Kenya, heck even the Apartheid regime of South Africa gave full citizenship rights to their imported Indian workers. It only in Thudding Sri Lanka, where immigrants after 150 years of residence are still treated as aliens. Says a lot about you fellows’ doesn’t it?

    You say “Most commentators here are predicting a reverse kallatoni situation in the very near future. It would be most interesting to witness the Tamils who are subjected to continuous Sinhala genocide sailing back to the paradise”. What is the reverse Kallathoni situation? Can you please explain?

    You say..”What I propose is TNA to launch a campaign asking the Tamils living outside North and East is to move into the areas demarcated for the homeland voluntarily on the agreement with the Sri Lankan government and International community that Tamil homeland would be declared when 80% of the Tamils are settled.”

    I absolutely agree. But to do that, the Tamils should guaranteed a defined area with a Federal political structure, with only defence and finance centralized. And we would need the agreement to be guaranteed by a strong third party as in our experience, your political leaders cannot be trusted to bargain in good faith as be have a history of broken promises from the Banda Chelva Pact.

    Do that and watch the migration back to the north and east, not only from the rest of the Island but also from the rest of the world.

    Still want to do it?

  60. Soma says:

    The rationale for a separate area for the Tamil speaking people (the Tamil Nation) is presented to the outside world as discrimination,alianation, harrasment, genocide,etc. by
    the majority Sinhalese. But what does a foreigner who reads this blog observe? Depicting Sinhala Buddhists as the most uncivilised barbarians the history has seen and in the same
    breadth all kinds of sophisticated arguments to justify the contuninued presence of the majority of Tamil speaking people among the Sinhallese. Tell that person ” I can assure you
    that “desire to live among the Sinhalese” is not a reason”. He might presume that then it must be the dislike to live among their own. He can feel assured that when he studies the dispersion of Tamils throughout the world – Sri LAnka, Malaysia, Fiji islands, Africa, Canada and Europe. He will instantly learn the reasons – abject poverty coupled with abominable caste discrimation. Sorry, the truth hurts.

    Regarding estate Tamils I acknowlege their contribution to our economy and our moral obligation to allow them to stay if they choose.You have chosen to speak only the obvious. But
    what is inexplicablle is given the option why did they ‘choose’ to stay instead of living in their own homeland in dignity. Any sane person would agree that they were wrong in their choice and if they did their children would be thriving today in the IT haven of the fastest growing economy. Answer is simple: it is the desire to live among the Sinhalese or dilike to among their own.
    Same goes for Colombo Tamils and the Tamils whose religion is Islam.

    The foreigner might wonder this is ‘liberation’ or ‘invasion’.

    I say the Sinhalese should insist that all Tamil speaking people must move to the ‘Tamil homeland’ in order to demonstrate that there is no conceivable solution to this most impractical demand other than a unitary country where all citizens are absolutlely equal in all respects with freedom to live anywhere and use of Tamil language is facilitated. More importantly to expose the hypocrisy of the Tamil position and their ulterior motives.

    Mr. Rationalman you seem to be a very clever man. At your leisure try to think of a possible solution that encompases 90% of the Tamil speaking people. Presently what the TNA is pushing for is what I call the ‘vacation resort model’ My mission is to enlighten the Sinhalese over the dangers of this ‘solution’.

    For the present tell us unambiguously which of the following groups comprise the ‘Tamil Nation’:

    A. Tamils in the Northern province
    B. Tamils in the Eastern province
    C. Tamils in the Colombo district
    D. Tamils in upcountry estates
    E. Tamils whose religion is Islam.

    Thanks.

  61. Soma says:

    You ran away from VP to escape forcible conscription and hid yourself in the jungle habitat of our Veddas, pretending you are one of them. From time to time quite unconsciously the original racist takes the better of you and you forget your pretense. How soon can you leave our aadi vaasis alone before they throw you into Nandikadal? Learn to swim in the mean time.

  62. Soma says:

    Give us some empirical proof over all those hilarious numbers at Nandikadal the political Tamils are spewing out two years after the event.

  63. Soma says:

    “But you fellows are doing the exact opposite by calling in the Chinese.”

    That is for the Indians reading Transcurrents, isn’t it?

    You are insulting Indian defense establishment including RAW.

    This kind statements clearly demonstrate your evil intent which comes out at times quite unconsciously . At times I ponder the boss was 1000 times a honest man than his supporters.

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