People will rally round Government to beat Western conspiracies
|Former LTTE women cadres
returning to their hometowns after completing rehabilitation
programs conducted by the Government.
|The scene after Minister
Jeyaraj Fernandopulle died due to an attack by a LTTE suicide
The West has always exerted undue pressure on Sri Lanka before and
after the defeat of the terrorism. During the 2006-2009 humanitarian
operation, certain countries in the West shed crocodile tears on
so-called civilian casualties while turning a blind eye on thousands of
hapless civilians mercilessly killed due to LTTE's mass-scale bomb
They conveniently credited the bodies the LTTE terrorists killed in
action as those of civilians. During the latter stages of the battle
LTTE used cadres in civil so that their head bodies sans weapons could
be tagged as those of civilians killed by the Security Forces.
The Tiger cadres had been given clear instructions to collect weapons
and abandon the dead bodies of fellow cadres in civil attire.
That was an LTTE strategy to put the blame on the Security Forces and
woo sympathy for the LTTE. It was with those bodies of the LTTE cadres
that the West claims that a huge number of civilians had been killed
during the final phase of the battle against terrorism.
But none of them would ever provide any concrete evidence to support
that claim. If there had been such a large number of civilians killed
during the confrontation, their kith and kin should be able to provide
details of those persons as evidence. But hardly anybody had done so
because they know that most of those people killed were LTTE terrorists.
If they provide such information, the names of the LTTE cadres among
civilians would come to light.
In the guise of protecting human rights, certain Western countries
try to meddle in internal matters of Sri Lanka, posing a grave threat to
the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The results of the recent Western and Southern Provincial Council
elections is an ample proof that the masses still repose implicit faith
in President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the UPFA Government. That is
precisely why the people in the Western and Southern Provinces gave a
landslide victory for the UPFA.
The decision of the voters sends a clear signal to the international
community that the masses would approve the fearless foreign policy of
the Government and that they would strongly rally round the President to
beat all Western conspiracies.
Even after the defeat of the terrorism, certain Western countries and
international organisations have exerted tremendous pressure on Sri
Lanka, setting up impossible goals. They expect Sri Lanka to achieve
Yet, Sri Lanka has achieved world first. Resettling over 300,000
civilians rescued during the humanitarian operation in the North sets
new world standards. No country after a conflict situation has resettled
such a large number of displaced persons in double quick time. Hardly
anybody in the West could see these positive developments. Instead, they
continue to harp on the final stages of the battle.
The other most notable achievement is the demining of the LTTE-held
areas. Sri Lanka was able to complete demining in human settlement areas
in the shortest period of time on record
In fact, Sri Lanka heads the list of countries which had completed
demining in areas earmarked for human settlement, and farming lands,
within the shortest period of time under international standards in the
aftermath of the elimination of terrorism. Over 1.1 million landmines
and explosives that were strewn by the LTTE terrorists have been
recovered by the Security Forces and other groups that were engaged in
the demining program.
Countries such as Vietnam and Cambodia have not yet been completely
demined after several decades since the end of conflict in those
countries. Yet, Sri Lanka has achieved something no other country could
ever think of emulating.
Sri Lanka was able to demine areas for human settlement and their
farming lands a hundred percent and there is only 82 square kilometers
to be demined out of the 2,064 square kilometres that was strewn with
landmines, claymores and high explosives by the LTTE before terrorism
The area that has to be demined is in the thick jungles and the
demining program is in progress. The demining has been conducted to the
UN Demining Program standards.
When demining was completed, such areas were inspected and guaranteed
by UNDP officials before lands were handed over to the civilians. Of the
total area that has been demined, more than 70 percent of the job was
completed by the Security Forces. The balance demining activities were
done by local and foreign NGOs.
Hence, Sri Lanka could humbly be proud of its success in the demining
program within a short period of time as no other country in the world
history has been able to achieve such a degree of success in demining
after ending a conflict situation. Landmines in countries such as
Vietnam, Cambodia etc have not yet been completely removed, even though
conflicts in those countries ended long ago.
Without understanding these landmark achievements and ground
realities, certain Western countries, including the US and
the UK continue to exert pressure through the UNHRC Resolutions.
Though the latest US-led resolution talks about an investigation only on
the final phase of the battle, it looks that they have now changed their
The United States on Thursday said that although the recently passed
resolution on Sri Lanka at the Geneva session wanted to investigate
incidents between 2002 and 2009, 'an independent and credible
investigation into all actions, by all parties, for the entire period of
the conflict would be good for Sri Lanka'.
US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Michele J. Sison, addressing to the
Foreign Correspondents Association in Colombo, has said that there have
been many questions about why the time frame of the investigation was
limited to that period. "It is not because the international community
only cares about what happened between 2002 and 2009. In fact, an
independent and credible investigation into all actions, by all parties,
for the entire period would be good for Sri Lanka," she was quoted as
What was exactly what Sri Lanka is doing. Sri Lanka has already
embarked on its own local mechanism on the recommendations of the LLRC.
We don't need expert ideas of the West because they would never guide us
to our well-being.
The West would always like to see countries such as Sri Lanka
confronting with never-ending problems.
Certain Western political leaders conduct themselves as if they don't
have any other problem to attend in their countries than meddling in
internal matters of Sri Lanka. The only problem the British Prime
Minister David Cameron has is Sri Lanka and he often devotes dime in the
British Parliament to talk on Sri Lanka.
Cameron said last week that Britain will work closely with its
international partners to support the implementation of the resolution
on Sri Lanka setting up an international investigation. In response to a
question, Cameron told British Parliament on Thursday, "We believe that
progress on accountability, human rights and reconciliation is important
in establishing an enduring peace in Sri Lanka. Such progress will
ensure Sri Lanka can reach its full potential as a strong and prosperous
He also said ahead of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution
vote on Sri Lanka on 27 March,"...I personally engaged with a wide range
of UNHRC member states including those from the Commonwealth.
That alone shows the extraordinary concern Cameron has on Sri Lanka.
No other world leader has son so much of concern on Sri Lanka than
Cameron. Could a foreigner has so much concern on Sri Lanka and people
here than our own leaders? If so, that could well be due to ulterior
We all know that the Tamil Diaspora has gradually taken control over
certain politicians in the UK. Their vote is a decisive factor in
certain areas. It is no secret how British politicians such as David
Milliband had thrived due to Tamil Diaspora. Hence, it's natural that
the people such as Cameron show unbelievable interest on Sri Lanka and
These interests are for their personal well-being and not with the
good intention of sincerely helping Sri Lanka. If they are genuinely
interested in helping Sri Lanka and wishes the well-being of our people,
the biggest help that they could do at this juncture is to refrain from
poking their fingers in Sri Lanka's domestic matters.
Surely Cameron has enough and more burning issues the Britons are
facing to address. Instead of devoting time on those, he devotes a
considerable time of him to 'help' Sri Lanka. We could well imagine his
'devotion' and the 'interest' on Sri Lankans. Cameron could not foot
intelligent Sri Lankans who are acutely aware the agenda behind the
British PM's moves. Cameron could not have a greater pain on Sri Lankans
than our President. We will never get carried away by Cameron's
As US Secretary of State John Kerry noted, the UNHRC resolution
"supports the Sri Lankan people", in recognition of the resilience they
have shown after years of war and their yearning for democracy and
prosperity. As Secretary Kerry also said, "the time to pursue lasting
peace and prosperity is now; justice and accountability cannot wait."
The resolution represents the international community's unwavering
support to help prevent a return to violence and to ensure a secure,
unified, and prosperous Sri Lanka for the future. Our ultimate goals are
ones shared by friends of Sri Lanka: stability and long-lasting peace on
We all know why these characters are showing that extraordinary
concern about Sri Lanka and its people. But none of them were there when
21 million population of Sri Lanka were at receiving end due to
indiscriminate bomb attacks of the Tiger terrorists.
It was only our leaders in the Government, led by President Rajapaksa,
were there to protect us. The godfathers of human rights who now shout
from the rooftops were at a faster sleep when LTTE terrorists
mercilessly killed unarmed civilians.
If not for the political sagacity and the illustrious leadership of
President Rajapaksa, we still would have been a nation hit by LTTE
terrorism with a collapsed economy. Now that we have found our own
solution to terrorism, we could have the same local mechanism for
reconciliation. We don't want any foreigners to advise us.