MR slams resolution, defends ties with Gaddafi

150819160321-sri-lanka-mahinda-rajapaksa-august-2015-exlarge-169Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says though the passage of the US sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) without a vote last Thursday is being hailed as a diplomatic victory for Sri Lanka, he is unable to share that view.

Rajapaksa raised concerns over some clauses in the resolution, including operative paragraph 6 which affirms the importance of the participation of foreign judges, prosecutors, lawyers and investigators in the Sri Lankan judicial mechanism to be set up to investigate alleged human rights abuses during the war.

“After its passage, the Prime Minister said that Sri Lanka has now been ‘taken off the agenda in the UNHRC’. Posters of the UPFA have appeared on the streets hailing the government for delivering the country from the ‘imperialist death trap’ in Geneva. Such statements sit oddly beside the operative paragraphs of the resolution mentioned above. The mismatch between the provisions of the resolution that was passed and the government’s present mixed signals and rhetoric may be due to a belated realisation that nothing has been gained by Sri Lanka joining the USA as a co-sponsor of this resolution except to commit the government to a course of action which runs contrary to the interests of this country and is therefore politically unfeasible,” he said.

Rajapajsa said that there are times when foreign powers try to foist their way of thinking upon other nations and the country at the receiving end has to find ways of dealing with the situation.

He said the first duty of the Sri Lankan government is to see to it that the interests of the war heroes are looked after.

“Operative paragraphs 6 & 8 of the resolution run directly contrary to that sacred duty. I regret to note that there is an attempt to whitewash the unfavourable resolution in Geneva by claiming that this was the best that could be achieved and that things could have been far worse with the near certainty of economic sanctions if my government had been still in power. The withdrawal of the GSP+ trade concession in 2010 and the ban on Sri Lankan fish imports to the EU in January 2015 were mentioned as the forerunners of the sanctions that were to be imposed on Sri Lanka. The public should be made aware that the ban on fish imports to the EU this year was due to issues relating to ‘illegal, unreported and unregulated’ fishing in the Indian Ocean in contravention of the rules of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission and had nothing at all to do with politics or human rights. As for GSP+, this is a special trade concession of doubtful utility which gives the EU a political handle over the recipient country. In 2010 when GSP+ came up for its quinquennial review and this was being used to impose the EU’s will on Sri Lanka, my government made a conscious decision not to reapply for GSP+. Even after this trade concession was withdrawn, my government ensured that apparel exports to the EU kept growing at more than 6% a year. It should be noted that no major exporting country in Asia has applied for GSP+ due to the political strings attached to it,” he said.

Rajapaksa also drew attention to comments made by President Maithripala Sirisena that he had antagonised Western nations by being photographed with his arm around Muammar Gaddafi of Libya.

“It is actually Gaddafi who has his arm on my shoulder in that much publicised photograph. In the last months of the war in 2009 when Sri Lanka was fast losing foreign reserves due to the severe global economic recession that year and the IMF under pressure from the Western nations was delaying the standby facility that we were entitled to, Muammar Gaddafi agreed to lend 500 million USD to Sri Lanka in response to a single phone call from me. If not for that pledge, the economy would have collapsed before the war could be won,” he said.

He said that he never submitted to foreign pressure and this resulted in the defeat of terrorism in the country.

Rajapaksa noted that Governments are elected by the people of Sri Lanka to do what is best for the country and not to agree to everything said by foreign powers. (Colombo Gazette)

28 COMMENTS

  1. The whole world knows that the West is good in divide and rule, in order to keep its power. Yet the majority can’t work together against the West. That’s the power of the West. The West plays its game not only by its power but based on human psychology as well. Hating others is easier than loving others, therefore it encourages the developing countries to hate each other and also supplying arms.

  2. Believe or not Sirisena is the real Gaddafi. At present Sisrisena’s speeches are written by US, exactly similar to Sadam Hussain and Gaddafi when they had the support of US to carry out their US missions in these middle-eastern countries. For example, USA is providing weapons to terrorist groups in middle-east and not to democratically elected governments? If you know the answer ‘why’……. then apply it to here..

  3. This govt. is a dictatorship headed by the worst dictator in the world. Everything said would be ignored and only Siri-Ranil agenda will be implemented. Sinhalese would have to take to boats thanks to the despicable duo and UNP voters.

  4. The pledge of US Dollar 500 million loan to Sri Lanka by Gadafi compelled IMF to provide the loan to SL which was discouraged by Hillary Clinton.
    It is criminal to call Gadafi a despot dictator when his Libya was the best welfare nation of the World.

  5. US insidious and unlawful intervention in Libya killed thousands of innocent people in Libya whilst the US armed Libyan rebels against Gadaffi. Gadaffi’s death was orchestrated by US. Today Libya is in tatters with violence, poverty and disintegration, thanks to US. Our President MS should know that there are no permanent friends or permanent enemies in politics.
    Hope his recent picture with Obama will not offend China, Russia or many South American countries who hate US policies! Even pro Western J.R.Jayawardene once praised Fidel Castro during the time Cuba and US were dead against each other. Today Cuba and US relations are being renewed. President Sirisena should guard himself against unwanted comments and gaffes that may not go well with his responsible position. If we have to avoid shaking hands with world leaders who don’t toe the line with US, then we will earn more enemies than friends.

  6. my3 does not have a any clue about western mind games…pretty soon u.s. will ask for a army base in the north and east..That way they can control Chinese and have a acess to Indian Ocean..Ranil also dreaming..this is not politics ..just a Power grab.by the U.S.

  7. Helping hambantota and helping himself this man does not love his motherland he has raped her assetts he has spawned a further three thugs shiranthi madam leave this
    village thug and save your kids do not forget you are a christian burger lady save your kids by leaving this village thug it is not too late esto perpetua

  8. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is correct about what he is stating in this article. Sri Lanka should not bow down to any nation big or small if we have to tow their line. Libiya was a friendly country towards Sri lanka when Gadaffi was in power.

  9. Why are you afraid of the truth?you are afraid because of the criminal acts you and your family has commuted.Remember the mills of God grind slowly but surely

  10. If the maharaja stopped fraud and corruption and use millions of commissions from each and every project in the country he could have money to run the country.
    What happened to the to KP. Money ?

  11. What a shame that the voters of Sri Lanka are ignorant of the Western schemes to destroy the independence of SL. MR was no saint. He was corrupt, or at least, looked the other way at corruption. But the current government is not only corrupt, but they are also traitors who dance to the tune of SL’s enemies.

  12. You are talking of imperialist!What were you liked to be called ? Maharaja !!! Isn’t that imperialistic? Then again UPLF under you was more capitalistic than the UNP. You forgo that SWRD build the SLFP on socialist principles! You allowed your cronies to be big capitalists by illegal means. Just today I read that 55 Million BOC loan for Dhammika Perera has been written off illegally.
    So you now say that the economy was not really in good shape? That’s not what you said before you lost power! So was this another loan we have to pay apart from the massive Chinese loans?

  13. WELL SAID MR PRESIDENT HON: MAHINDA RAJAPAKSHA AS ALWAYS……PLEASE COME BACK TO POWER SOON AND SAVE OUR MOTHERLAND FRON THESE SIRISENA/RANIL/CBK/MANGALA/RAJITHA TRAITORS…

  14. When Tony Blair hugged and kissed Gaddhafi it was not an issue, then Condoleeza Rice did the same no noise made by anyone……….when someone from a tiny country like Sri Lanka does it the whole world frowns at it! Money and power that rule the world. Shame!

  15. While Gaddafi was running for his life and hiding under a duct, your envoy to UN voted against him and for the Libyan interim government; check yourself for Amnesia.

  16. President MR didn’t know how to deal with the smart and powerful West. He avoided smart Lankans, but believed in astrology. The West is too smart for Asians. I spent eighteen months in Asia, Asians have no chance to beat the West. You won’t have the knowledge to beat the West, and the West won’t allow people like me to help you either. The West knows how to entertain your foolishness, by giving wrong information about me to defeat you.

  17. Ex.President, now, just M.P. Do not raise your hand because it has no value. Do you understand shame? Until you understand shame, you can never be a man. You lost your manhood as soon as you became President in 2005. Can you remember “Helping Hambantota Sunami account”. Retired , ex.C.J., illegally helped Mahida to get new life. He used this golden oppurtunity to conquer Lanka’s south only. He use stupid minds of the people. Still people are stupid, like the ex.President. and his family members. Ex. C.J. gone. Ex.Prsident, Mahinda (Percy) gone, with the wind for ever. Do not raise your lifeless hands, do not open your rotton mouth and shut-up for ever.

  18. MR, Please do not cry foul! Almighty god saved us from the grave ending! if you were still in power Srilanka would have gone down the drain. Please step aside and let the president and PM to do their jobs! by the way you and your boys would have to pay the price for robbing the country soon.

  19. We are sorry that we cannot accept your opinion. Gaddafi era ended and your era with your family ended too. Our President has saved you and your family from the gallows. So, thank President Sirisena for saving your neck. Worship him. Kneel at his feet and worship him. Your family members, your brothers and Sisters too. Name Rajapakse to be deleted from all records. We like to live in peace. Prosperity is to follow and the nation is going to improve. So, you can get lost for ever. You are lost already. Just disappear.

  20. “He said the first duty of the Sri Lankan government is to see to it that the interests of the war heroes are looked after.”
    Who imprisoned the war hero by kangaroo courts on trumped up charges ?

  21. Sirisena always criticizing president Rajapaksa, Mr. Blair also photographed with Mr. Gadahaffi, although lots of world leaders did. Sirisena himself do not know what he is talking about, Get back to job and do things for country, Than criticizing his former regime.

  22. Mahinda a down to earth Dictator.This is proved Nationally & Internationally by his very own ACTIONS.No arguments on that. You are reaping what you sowed. AHINDA, YOU ARE no more the DRACULA.that the Nation feared.

  23. Well said MR. You missed one line in the end. The government is elected by the people no to rob its resources and for the leaders to live lavishly like kings and queens at expense of the people who elected them.

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