'LLRC lessons advocate permanent subjugation of Tamils'

[TamilNet, Friday, 10 September 2010, 02:30 GMT]
LLRC, the Rajapaksa appointed Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission, is created “neither to learn lessons nor to reconcile but to make Tamils accept and tolerate the crime and cruelty of the Sinhalese and live with repression forever,” says a reader, Sam Thambipillai, in sending a comment on Jayantha Dhanapala’s submission to the LLRC. Colombo’s diplomat Jayantha Dhanapala, who once attempted to contest for the UN Secretary General position, in his submission to the LLRC last month said: “We have learnt a great deal of lessons from the experience of combating one of the most ruthless terrorist groups […] We would be providing something innovative to the international community […] to give some guidance to armies of nation states as to how they should react to such a situation”.

Twisting the spirit of Right to Protect (R2P) in favour of the state in Sri Lanka and accusing India for training the Tamil militants and accusing others for allowing flow of money, Dr. Dhanapala said: "Now I think it is important for us to exapnd that concept [R2P] to bring in the culpability of those members of the international community who have subscribed to the situation that has caused injury to the civilians of a nation."

According to the diplomat, who once served as the head of Colombo's Peace Secretariat, 300,000 lives were saved in Vanni because of the bravery of Sri Lanka's military.

Jayantha Dhanapala was a former UN Under-Secretary-General, a former Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the USA and to the UN Office in Geneva. He is currently Chairman of the UN University Council.

Full text of the comment received from Mr. Sam Thambipillai follows:

“It is universally understood that a person who offends needs and seeks forgiveness. An apology therefore comes from the offender and not from the offended or the victim, if serious reconciliation is desired.

“For the past 60 dreadful years, the Sinhalese wronged against the Tamils, repeatedly and brutally. Therefore, it is only the Sinhalese who must apologise for their wrongs. But why the Tamils? This pertinent question should have been put forward to Jayantha Dhanapala by any serious person sitting on LLRC. Why was it not done? Stupidity or hypocrisy?

“Further, most African countries that were repressed, resorted to armed rebellion and gained their independence, after attempts for peaceful resolutions failed. Even the UN ratified the independence of those countries. ANC, ZANU, MPLA, SWAPO, EPLF and FRELIMO were such armed groups that have become political parties, governing their countries now.

“Therefore, Tamils taking up arms against state terrorist and genocidal regimes in Sri Lanka, to gain independence for Tamil Eelam, after the people democratically mandated it in 1977 and negotiations with SL failed, is not wrong but is absolutely right according to the ‘morality’ of the UN. Rightly therefore, the Supreme Court of New Zealand decided that LTTE was a political organisation and not ‘terrorists’.

“But the GoSL, which signed even a CFA recognising the ‘de facto state’ of Tamil Eelam and held talks with the LTTE, similar to the Israeli-Palestinian talks, defiantly propagated falsely LTTE as a sole terrorist organisation and Dhanapala spearheaded that rut.

“Obviously, the covert purpose of the GoSL was to destroy the freedom movement of Tamil Eelam and the extermination of Tamils, in spite of being a signatory to all the covenants on Human Rights and [International] Humanitarian Law.

“You do not ‘sign justice’ you do justice! Sri Lanka is a war criminal and genocidal state running away from the UN enquiry, yet Dhanapala stated in the LLRC that this prodigal Sri Lanka would contribute to the UN with its experience to fight ‘terrorism’ and went unchallenged by anyone in LLRC.

“Undoubtedly, the LLRC is created neither to learn lessons nor to reconcile but to make Tamils accept and tolerate the crime and cruelty of the Sinhalese and live with repression forever.”

 

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