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A statement was issued suddenly by the Secretary of State of the United States, Hillary Clinton against Sri Lanka. In short it stated that the United States will support if a resolution against Sri Lanka was presented at the forthcoming United Nations Human Rights Council Sessions.

The United States Assistant Secretary of State for Asia Robert O Blake and a high ranking United States official Maria Ottero came to Sri Lanka, that means they came to our doorstep. After discussions with high ranking officials they once again told the same thing what Hillary Clinton had said.

In line with this, the Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe also got activated. He immediately announced the United National Party’s stand on the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission Report recommendations. In that announcement it was said that the United National Party accepts the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission.

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He wanted those recommendations to be implemented. On the face of it there is no mistake in this. Nevertheless, the United National Party has made several serious allegations against the government through this announcement. There is no fault in that even. It can be cited as a responsibility of the Opposition. While mentioning about “loss of life of a large number of civilians, destruction of public properties, national shock created by large scale disappearance of villagers, the United National Party also finds fault on the shortcomings of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission.

Robert O Blake Hillary Clinton

The government did not pay much attention to this statement of the United National Party. In short it completely ignored it. It was arrogant behaviour of the government underestimating the Opposition. But the statement of the United National Party was also released to the international community along with the arrival of Robert O Blake. What the United National Party says is the same thing being said by the United States. What is that? That is requesting to implement the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission. The government has accepted that. It has not first accepted it but it has also given a time framework to the United Nations Human Rights Council about implementing it. Then why is America bringing a special resolution on that? Earlier what America said was that they would support a resolution that will be brought in. Now they themselves have brought the resolution. It is here that the question arises.

America now attempts to push us to the wall speaking about the proposals we have made. The fault lies here. That is bringing a resolution targeting a particular country. The United National Party does not say a word about this. This stance of the United National Party in this regard is just like an attained girl who stays inside the house until she is bathed.

Disciplinary Committee

If the former Deputy Leader Karu Jayasuriya became victorious in the elections the other day and the Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa was appointed with sufficient powers, in a problem like this that affects the country the United National Party will not confine itself to the house in this manner. Karu Jayasuriya who hails from the patriotic Gamini Jayasuriya’s family is a leader who loves the country in political matters. Now it is clear that his joining the government to support the war and after fulfilling that task returning to the United National Party were right decisions taken by him.

Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa is attempting to show that he is also a person of that kind. In this crisis it was only Sajith Premadasa who made the right statement as a leader of the Opposition. He questioned the government if the crisis is so critical why attempts were not made to send an all party delegation to Geneva.

Today the leader of the United National Party has taken up arms against Sajith Premadasa. Attempts are being made to take him to the Disciplinary Committee. The reason for this is making a statement on behalf of the country while remaining in the Opposition. It was leaders like J. R. Jayewardene, Ranasinghe Premadasa and Gamini Dissanayake who made the United National Party to stand on their bipeds when the party had been confirmed in the country as the Uncle, Nephews Party and was upside down.

Export income

Also President Ranasinghe Premadasa succeeded in taking out imperialist slavish laceration from the wound of the United National Party and to make it a party of village folk. Minister Gamini Dissanayake strengthened the cordial relationship with India. It seems that those who are holding power in the United National Party currently are attempting to reverse it to the old position. We do not no whether to say that it is the Kollupitiya Chintanaya.

If persons like Karu Jayasuriya, Sajith Premadasa and Imtiaz Bakeer Marker were in the leadership positions of the United National Party with capabilities of making some influence despite whatever their difference and disagreement with the government they would have made a statement on behalf of the country.

The General Secretary Tissa Attanayake cannot do such a thing alone by himself. At present the United National Party has become so backward that it is not caring about Sri Lanka even at least to the extent of the Congress Party of India. There is no one in this country who does not know that this situation is not because of the general membership of the United National Party.

At present some are building on unprincipled antipathy against the United Nations Organization and the United States of America. It seems that we do not even have an understanding of where the country will end in the future through building this kind of anti-UN, anti-American and anti-Western protests. It is hilarious to find their instigating the people towards a boycott of American goods. America will lose nothing by such action. Even today 65 percent of our export income comes from America and other Western countries.

This political extremism should also be condemned similar to condemning the politics of the United National Party. Even today Sri Lanka has got an international reputation because of the clear Non aligned policies adopted by SWRD Bandaranaike and Madam Sirimavo Bandaranaike. The Dudley Senanayake eras of the UNP also contributed to it. Although the Sri Lanka Freedom Party founded by Bandaranaikes is the nucleus of this government some of the contemporary leaders of it seem to be very much ineffective.

Foreign investment

A minister of this government Anura Priyadarshana Yapa during a visit he made to Vietnam recently has asked an important question from the Prime Minister of Vietnam. The question was "In the past America bombed and destroyed your country, it triggered aggression in your country. Despite that why is your country is now having a very close relationship with America?" Minister Anura asked this question from the Prime Minister of Communist Vietnam. The response of the Vietnamese Prime Minister was, "Those are now only things of the past. What we want now is to raise our country from those very ashes as a powerful state.

Therefore, we need the assistance from America and other Western countries". That year the Foreign Investment obtained by Vietnam from America and other Western countries amounted to 8 Billion US Dollars (8,000 million). The highest foreign investment we have obtained so far is investment amounting to 750 million US Dollars. That was also what we received last year.

A government has to think about all these things. There is a popular saying in Ruhuna that "even curd should be eaten as per the practice". We cannot say that President Mahinda Rajapaksa does not know about this. The position we are in today is to get the support of both the left and the right and to get the country developed. We are not in a position to condemn the imperialists for all things, curse them and credit them for all mishaps and to become globally isolated.

But it is a victory achieved by President Mahinda Rajapaksa and this country to make the Western world which accepted the Darusman report to accept the report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission.

If we succeed in honestly implementing the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and the Reconciliation Commission report President Mahinda Rajapaksa will enter the international arena not only as the leader who conquered the terrorists but also as an illustrious leader who also won peace.

If it happens so, we are not bothered about what happens on the 23rd. It is not necessary to show President Mahinda Rajapaksa the difficult path trekked then by Nelson Mandela in implementing the "Truth and Reconciliation Commission" after the end of the South African civil war.

 

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