Govt will protect people and country's
It is an open secret that LTTE
cohorts and a section of the Tamil Diaspora are doing their damnedest to
mislead certain countries in the West and take the maximum advantage of
their close ties with various international organisations to discredit
This modus operandi was also adopted when the LTTE waged its
deadliest battle against the Security Forces. The Tigers launched a
massive propaganda campaign and resorted to various means to discredit
Sri Lanka and its Security Forces until the LTTE leadership was
vanquished on May 18, 2009.
They used international platforms to inject their ideology and
mislead the international community. International summits such as the
United Nations General Assembly, UN Human Rights Council, Commonwealth
Heads of Government Meeting and other international platforms are still
being exploited to mislead Western politicians. There is no exception
this time around and the Tiger cohorts are working round-the-clock to
influence the international community and exert pressure on Sri Lanka.
LTTE cohorts have spared no pains to resurrect the terrorist outfit
at a time the UN Human Rights Council is scheduled to meet in Geneva
next month and Sri Lanka plans to host the Commonwealth Heads of
Government Meeting later this year.
Moreover, they are capitalising on human rights as an effective tool
to browbeat Sri Lanka as they are cognizant that these organisations and
the international community are very sensitive to this subject. Hence,
the international community ought to be wary and think twice on any
course of action they intend taking against Sri Lanka.
External Affairs Minister Prof G.L. Peiris last week made out a
strong case against the inclusion of Sri Lanka as an agenda item at the
meeting of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) scheduled to
be held in London in April.
As Prof. Peiris quite rightly pointed out, such a course of action is
contrary to the decisions taken at the last Commonwealth Heads of
Government Meeting in Perth in October 2011 on the mandate of the CMAG
and the scope of its functions. The Minister discussed this matter
during his recent talks with Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh
Sharma in London.
Sri Lanka's landmark achievements since terrorism was eradicated
almost four years ago, especially in development, resettlement and
reconciliation should be properly evaluated by the international
community. More importantly, infrastructure development and the new
lease of life enjoyed by people in the North and the East are
commendable achievements that have set new world standards. No country
has ever resettled displaced civilians so swiftly, ensuring their
livelihoods with all facilities.
Minister Peiris has emphasised the crucial need to preserve the
essential character of the Commonwealth as a "Voluntary association of
sovereign states, characterised by a striking diversity of cultures and
outlook among the 54 states in the organisation".
As Prof. Peiris had pointed out, any attempt to politicise the
Commonwealth Movement or permit its structures and mechanisms to be used
as instruments by some countries to interfere in the domestic issues of
member countries, would inevitably distort the cultural ethos of the
Commonwealth and pose significant challenges with regard to its future.
Moreover, the provisions in the United Nations Charter of calling on
all nations to refrain from the threat or use of force against the
territorial integrity or political independence of any state in their
international relations should be strictly adhered to.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa highlighted this cogent fact in his
Independence Day address to the nation on Monday in Trincomalee. He said
that nothing contained in the present Charter shall authorise the UN to
intervene in matters which are essentially within the domestic
jurisdiction of any state or shall require the members to submit such
matters to settlement.
Sri Lanka, as a member nation, has always respected the UN Charter.
Similarly, all member countries of the United Nations, irrespective of
their size, military capabilities and population, should respect the UN
Charter in like manner.
The country's foreign policy is based on the principles of the
Non-Aligned Movement and it is important that Sri Lanka builds a new era
in foreign affairs that would be in accordance with this policy. Sri
Lanka's hard-earned peace could be sustained, protected and preserved
only if we follow such principles.
Western politicians who blindly swallow concocted stories
disseminated by Tiger cohorts must first and foremost visit Sri Lanka
and gain first-hand experience before arriving at any conclusions. They
should visit Sri Lanka and acquaint themselves with the real ground
situation rather than going by what the LTTE rump keeps projecting.
The best answer to the malicious propaganda carried out in foreign
countries is Sri Lanka's development, reconciliation and stability. The
West must take serious note of the peaceful coexistence that now
prevails among different ethnicities.
The dismal picture projected by LTTE cohorts in most parts of the
world is that the minority Tamils are isolated in the North and the East
due to discrimination while the majority Sinhalese control all other
parts of the country, enjoying all its resources. This is furthest from
the truth and if it is so as claimed, the Sinhalese would never have
become the minority in Colombo.
The Tamils are by no stretch of imagination confined to the North and
the East and more than 50 percent of the country's Tamil population
lives outside these two provinces. Sri Lanka, perhaps, could be the only
country where the majority race is a minority in the capital city. Isn't
this a shining example of the peace and harmony that exists among the
Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims?
Racial or religious differences would not arise if people belonging
to different races and faiths live in harmony. This is exactly what is
now being experienced in the country. Hence, is it practical to have
different administrations in Sri Lanka, based on ethnicity?
The only solution is to live together with equal rights for all
communities. This is precisely what the Government has embarked on,
respecting each others' ethnicity and religious beliefs. The West should
by no means attempt to distort this stark fact and thrust any artificial
solutions to a non-existent problem.
Sri Lanka needs sincere friends in the international community, but
certainly not arbitrators or governors. As the President has stressed
time and again, people in the West cannot have more concern about the
grievances of our people than the country's leaders. Our leaders are
those who have been elected democratically and the masses have reposed
implicit faith in the President and the Government at successive
If politicians in the West who shed crocodile tears over Tamils in
the North and the East are genuinely interested in the people's welfare,
they should support the Government's efforts to further develop these
two provinces. Else, they should desist from trying to advise us on
reconciliation if they do not practise what they preach.
Those countries which show undue concern on the human rights of
terrorists killed during the humanitarian operation must first account
for the grave human rights violations they had committed when they
invaded countries such as Sri Lanka a few centuries ago. The tragic
irony is that those who had forcibly invaded countries and built
colonies are now posing off as saints and pontificating to us on human
rights and reconciliation. Is such conduct justifiable?
Before preaching to us on accountability, these interlopers must
first and foremost account for the lives of those hapless civilians they
had killed when invading sovereign states. Is there any other nation,
apart from Sri Lanka, which has respected human rights from time
No force on earth should be permitted to meddle in Sri Lanka's
internal affairs as the President and the Government have won the hearts
of all communities and respects the country's Constitution.
Opportunist and bankrupt politicians are certainly free to join hands
with some Western politicians who depend heavily on the Tamil Diaspora
vote in their adopted countries to sling mud and discredit this country.
But, come what may, the President will always protect the people and
respect the country's Constitution.