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Act with restraint in responding to UN SG advisory panel report - Friday Forum

Former Ambassador Jayantha Dhanapala on behalf of 'Friday Forum', a collective of concerned citizens calls upon all parties to act with restraint in responding to the Secretary General of the United Nations over the UN advisory committee report.

Full text of the statement:

The Friday Forum is deeply concerned over the initial reactions to the leaked sections of the report of UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon's Panel of Experts on Sri Lanka both within Sri Lanka and abroad.

A full and fair assessment of the report has necessarily to await the official release of the entire report. This will indicate whether the Panel has exceeded its mandate of advising the UN Secretary General "on the issue of accountability with regard to any alleged violations of international human rights and humanitarian law during the final stages of the conflict in Sri Lanka". It may also help clarify how state sovereignty and the applicability of international norms on human rights and humanitarian law can be reconciled in this instance. There may be substance of the report we disagree with but also substance that will be worth engaging, and we as citizens of Sri Lanka need to engage in a constructive manner with the report in the best interest of our fellow citizens.

We call upon all parties to exercise restraint and refrain from violent speech and action. The durability of the hard won peace in Sri Lanka after three decades of bitter conflict and the enormous task of reconciliation, rehabilitation and development can only be set back by a confrontational situation involving the Government of Sri Lanka, the UN Secretary General, various groups within Sri Lanka and within the International community.

Emotional wounds suffered during the conflict can be exacerbated by extreme nationalist reactions on the one hand and clumsy external intervention on the other. We urge the government to exercise maximum restraint and effective diplomacy and dialogue in responding to the Secretary General of the United Nations.

The Government of Sri Lanka appointed the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission last year and the Friday Forum, collectively and through individual members, has been pleased to co-operate with it in fulfilling its tasks.

We earnestly appeal to all concerned to await the final report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission so that all possibilities are kept open for national processes for reconciliation, truth and justice to unfold consistent with the highest standards of human rights and international humanitarian law.


Thank you, Friday Forum.

What is the government telling the future generation about the UN and the international Law?

We would like to hear from United Nations Association of Sri Lanka too.

Posted by: eureka | April 21, 2011 09:39 PM

Timely words of advice with wisdom.

Posted by: TRN | April 21, 2011 09:55 PM

Who or what is the Friday forum ? Sounds like a bunch of wannabe rulers who don't have the guts to contest politically.

What gives them the right to make appeals to anyone ?

Posted by: Ravana | April 22, 2011 03:24 AM

Former Ambassador Jayantha Dhanapala has given a mature sensible statement to all Srilankan. But, He has indirectly asked 'Not to let the 'deviated' emotions cloud the thinking minds'. However, He went on to say's "three decades of bitter conflict and the enormous task of reconciliation, rehabilitation and development can only be set back by a confrontational situation involving the Government of Sri Lanka, the UN Secretary General, various groups within Sri Lanka and within the International community". Yes he may be right, But let us analyse the present situation. The government is afraid that the TRUTH would come to light, and what their Sinhala supporters, and the countries that supported them in this war, are going to make out , as it would differ from their version of the victorious story.
The Majority community keeps on harping on this 'three decades of bitter conflict' to apportion the blame in the Tamils and the LTTE and keep on this 'delirious sentence', to show off their innocence to the world. But Tamil peoples bitter story spans over six decades with full of deceit and violence. It was this three decades of armed conflict was waged, first to defend Tamil civilians from state terrorism and secondly, to claim the lost Tamil sovereignty back from their internal colonial rulers who had been claiming the Island for themselves.
"The enormous task of reconciliation rehabilitation and development can only be set back" If there was any of these terms are helping the Tamil community. How can there be any set back Jayantha? As Nothing is happening after the end of the 'so-called war', there is no visible reconciliation or rehabilitation of the Tamil IDP'S, except for those 'So called LTTE cadres' youths, I am unable to comment as to what type of 'rehabilitation' taking or took place, but one could only presume a type of 'Brain wash' may have taken place. Brain washed to sing the hymn's from the Sinhala Buddhist nationalism and instilled a general fear for uniforms.- 'do as we tell you' Clear examples are 'Karuna' rehabilitated /Ex-TMVP now SLFP member and minister. Mr Kanagaratnam former TNA MP. You say 'Development' what development? this development is for whose benefit? can't any one see! it is for foreign investors and Sinhala Cabinet Ministers of Rajapaske clan. Tamil peoples lands being grabbed for whom to benefit? Tamils !
What more, one can expect from this corrupt government, which is trying to manipulate the UN to hide its brutality. Tamils cannot expect any reconciliation from these ' Mahavamsa Mindset' government with its Sinhala heroism and its Dutta-gemunu President

Posted by: Waran | April 22, 2011 06:02 AM

You, as a group of concerned citizens, should stand by the Tamil people who have suffered as a result of the bloody civil war, especially in its last phase which prompted the UN report and its allegations of war crimes. Justice must be seen to be done to them and all necessary means, nationally and internationally must be harnesed to achieve that and any efforts to deny them justice by the state must be resisted. Therefore,in the interests of humanity, transparency, accountability and justice you should be calling upon the state of Sri Lanka and the UN to publish their full reports.

Posted by: cyril | April 22, 2011 06:17 AM

Mr.Dhanapala - With due respect, can u tell me whether ther had been any fact finding commission appointed by previous gouverments achived their objectives to address numerous atrocites by civilians or the SL gouverment forces against the tamils.

Why would LLRC would be any different?

Posted by: Raj | April 23, 2011 02:02 AM

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