UNHRC chief meets Tamil politico

The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) President Laura Dupuy Lasserre on Friday had discussions on Sri Lanka with a Tamil politician, sources in Geneva told the Colombo Gazette.

According to well informed sources the meeting took place outside the UN building in Geneva and was attended by a few UN officials as well.

It was not immediately clear who the Tamil politician was but sources said that it was believed to be either a current or former Tamil National Alliance (TNA) member.

The meeting between the Tamil politician and the UNHRC President comes a week ahead of a crucial vote on a U.S sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka.

A Sri Lankan delegation is already in Geneva lobbying against the resolution which seeks the immediate implementation of the recommendations of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).

The TNA was initially expected to head to Geneva for the UNHRC session but later reversed its decision which drew severe criticism from the Tamil Diaspora.

Meanwhile the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) said it had talks with Norwegian Minister Erik Solheim in Oslo, Norway also on Friday.

GTF Delegates with Erik Solheim

In an email to the media (GTF) said it had formal meetings with Solheim, Leader of the Opposition & Conservative Party Leader Erna Solberg MP and Karin S Woldseth MP of the Progress Party and Member of the Foreign Affairs and Defence Parliamentary Select Committee.

Norway is one of the 47 voting members of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and the Norwegian Parliament will also be debating Sri Lanka on 26 March, GTF noted.

Meanwhile a Sri Lankan delegation in Geneva had another briefing with foreign diplomats, human rights representatives and NGOs on the sidelines of the UNHRC session yesterday.

The Sri Lankan delegation included Presidential advisor and parliamentarian professor Rajiva Wijesinghe and head of the Consortium of Humanitarian Agancies (CHA) Jeevan Thiagarajah. (www.colombogazette.com)

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  1. Machinations,intimidations,cajoling, Grease yakshayas,fears of retributions etc…none of these things persuaded the Tamil majority vote to go to the TNA at the last elections. That underscores the efficacy of the TNA’s appeal to the Tamil masses as well as the efficacy of the Tamil diaspora’s influence on every Tamil voter in this country. A huge number of votes[ postal] did not flow in from the diaspora for reasons we are familiar with.

    What does all this underscore ? That the reign of the Tamil terror outfit did not survive merely on recruiting child soldiers, that the global funding did not all come because of threats and intimidation by the LTTE. Splintered and depleted, the LTTE rump as it is derisively called by Tamil-bashers, can easily be challenged by the pretty huge diaspora had it a mind to do so.

    Its top leaders are in hiding in several countries thanks to intelligence passed on to the government by KP. It’s possible that a goodly section of the diaspora of its own volition lends its support to the enduring Tamil demands: first for accountability [ the argument is ” if we’re accountable, so are you” ] secondly for what has now patently become a demand for a recognition and restoration of their ‘ traditional homelands”. A couple of centuries of unbroken settlement in those areas does carry some punch within the ambience of general law that recognises right to reside and own even after a period of some seven years unbroken residence.What is wrong is that this ‘right’ is expanded into claiming legitimacy for separation. The kandyan Buddhist Sinhala people can also then lay claim to separation as they indeed di have a Kandyan Kingdom.

    But to get back top the point, the Tamil resistance from the diaspora and the militant segments from abroad is proof that we have to deal with more than merely the TNA. There seems to be a greater Tamil voice that has persuaded the powers that be abroad as well as leaders of influential world bodies that Colombo is indeed accountable and transparently so.

    Now this is the missing collective ingredient, or so they argue in the capitals of the world. And world leaders seem to concur. This is basically the magnitude of the problem that Colombo is up against. And Colombo, in the eyes of every beholder, objective or partisan, seems to be brick-walling and getting its kept wordsmiths and sundry mouthpieces to prevaricate further, buy more and more time, and by this filibustering merely exacerbates the crisis.

    NOTHING HAS BEEN GAINED BY THIS STANCE AND RESPONSE SINCE MAY 2009.The actions of the past have had their extenuating circumstances, and to stretch a point, justifications.What is not necessarily ‘legally correct’, what is not always the ‘right’ thing to do is not automatically ” wrong” or ” criminal”. The killing of Bin Laden us a case in point. And by that measure such actions are not accountable depending on whether the end objective is in the greater interests of global security and peace or whether it has been a personal rendezvous worked out under licence of an authority or power for purposes which that licence does not recognise as just and is hence an abuse of that authority and hence demanding accountability.

    Confrontation with world powers which are deeply concerned about their own national security and that of the wider world at large in which megalomaniacs and racists, religious extremists etc are at large is hardly a stance we can afford to adopt,let alone flaunting the stupid opinion that this is within the ambience of our sovereign rights as a nation. Personal ego and stupidity can hide behind the label of ‘sovereignty’but they are far removed from what is and is not correct and responsible in the context of a nation’s overriding commitment to overall global safety and security. It reveals our inner selves to the world when we align ourselves with elements which for multiple decades have demonstrated with callous actions how very real a threat they are to the security of nations they see as enemies purely because of semitic and religious factors. When we align ourselves and publicly declare such elements to be our friends we can hardly blame the US and other nations for using any handle possible to effect a regime change in Colombo.

    It’s all that simple !

    Fools rush in where angels fear to tread. We shouted it on the rooftops that we were darling pals of Gadaffi who financed anti-west terrorism,China and Iran which is seen as a huge nuclear threat to the entire civilized world. Time was when we sent openly warm messages to Saddam. If my memory serves me well I think we do have a couple of villages named after them somewhere in the north-central province.One must excuse me if my memory is slightly awry at 70.

    It’s obvious also that we have made utter jackasses of ourselves by protesting overmuch against the US move to ‘bare our assets’ at the UNHRC sessions.

    To me it sounds as though all the smart alec talk by Colombo’s kept wordsmiths has only served to strengthen the case against the government. Neither Russia, China, India – or anyone for that matter, HAS TO DATE SAID ONE WORD IN SUPPORT OF WHAT COLOMBO CLAIMS ARE ALL LIES CONCOCTED BY THE TAMIL DIASPORA , THE LTTE RUMP AND THEIR LOVERS ABROAD.

    NOT ONE OF THE COUNTRIES THAT HAS VETOED MOVES AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT at the UN and UNHRC HAS ENCORED THE DEFENSES AND SUNDRY ARGUMENTS ADVANCED BY COLOMBO against allegations made against the government and the security forces. ANALYSTS HAVE MISSED THIS VITAL POINT.

    CHEW ON THAT FOR AWHILE IF YOU MAY.
    A DEBATE ON THIS ISSUE AT THE UNHRC SESSIONS IS LIKELY TO BRING ALL THESE FACTS INTO FULL GLOBAL FOCUS AND DISCUSSION… AND THAT’S WHEN THE SHIT CAN HIT THE FAN !

    THAT EVENT HAS BY ALL MEANS TO BE PREVENTED. SO,PERHAPS THERE IS QUITE A BIT OF SHIT ?

    iF NOT, WHY ON EARTH CAN’T OUR WORDSMITHS TAKE ON THE WORLD AT THE UNHRC? sURELKY WE’VE GOT THE BEST IN THE BUSINESS ? OR, NASTY THOUGHT THIS : HAVE ‘THEY’ GOT BETTER? And is this what all the shivering and shaking is all about ? Is this why the “prevention” campaign went into overdrive ?

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