Another former US envoy goes to Chennai to save Sri Lanka

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 08 February 2011, 17:42 GMT]
Former US envoy to Sri Lanka Teresita Schaffer, speaking at a forum on ‘US perspective on security in South Asian region with special emphasis on Nepal and Sri Lanka’ in Chennai on Monday, ruled out American backing for Tamil Eelam, reported Express News Service, Tuesday. The ex envoy was harping on genuine reconciliation, focus on war crimes investigation and shared her apprehension that “If the reconciliation process is allowed to slide, then some new internal conflict may spring up,” but conceded that she had no idea of how to approach. “I don’t have any clear sense on how one can persuade the Sri Lankan leader on reconciliation,” the ex envoy said. Obviously the helplessness comes by refusing to recognize long-existing realities, commented a political observer in Chennai, long familiar with the competitive Indo-US deceit on Eezham Tamils.

Negating Tamil independence is the primary source of encouragement to genocide and that will never help reconciliation of peoples in the island, the political observer further said.

The former US envoy to Sri Lanka, Teresita Schaffer is currently the director of the South Asia Programme at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Writing on Monday in The Independent on Obama sending a former US envoy to meet Egypt’s Mubarak, Robert Fisk citing an American political researcher Nicholas Noe, said that the US is now subcontracting or ‘privatising’ crisis management.

A former US diplomat Richard Armitage was recently sent to Colombo and that is said to have materialised the sudden ‘private’ visit of war crimes accused SL president Mahinda Rajapaksa to the US.

According to Schaffer, “South Asia gained importance in strategic thinking of the US during the last five years. Earlier, it was focused on Persian Gulf and Japan. Now the policy is driven by great possibilities of ties with India.”

Schaffer further said that she did not expect the US and Indian alliance against China, but at the same time added that China was one of the factors for the alliance.


Chronology:

 

Latest 15 Reports
14.06.19 18:48   Photo
Mano Ganesan misleads on Kanniyaa heritage dispute: Trincomalee Councillor
13.06.19 22:45   Photo
SL military targets Tamil grassroots activists in Mullaiththeevu, GS officer receives death threat
12.06.19 22:47   Photo
SL State-run Timber Corporation escalates logging of teak trees in Vanni
11.06.19 08:37   Photo
SLA Sinha regiment extorts money from Tamils in Batticaloa
10.06.19 21:30   Photo
Occupying Colombo schemes Sinhala Buddhist settlement in Chemmalai-East, Vanni
09.06.19 20:39   Photo
SL authorities plan to seize 50 acres as ‘Buddha Pooja Boomi’ in Thennai-maravadi
08.06.19 20:36   Photo
Kokku'laay-centric united action needed to counter Colombo wedging North-East
07.06.19 17:16   Photo
Tamils, Muslims need strategic alliance to protect heritage rights in North-East
06.06.19 19:18  
Sinhala Buddhist fundamentalism ultimate trump card in unitary ‘Sri Lanka’: Suresh
05.06.19 23:20   Photo
Sinhala monk named Galgamuwe ‘Santhabodhi’ spearheads Buddhicisation of Mullaiththeevu
04.06.19 19:02   Photo
SL military, police suppress traces of officer involved in fatal accident
03.06.19 22:32  
Muslims learn hard lesson on modus operandi of Sinhala majoritarianism: Journalist
02.06.19 12:14  
SL Forest Department seizes 1,500 acres of lands opposite Tamil Heroes Cemetery in Champoor
01.06.19 23:18   Photo
Prejudiced Archaeology Dept escalates ethnic tensions in Trincomalee: Civic Councillor
31.05.19 22:11  
IC failing to impose mediated solution, ultimately responsible for escalating Sinhala chauvinism
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=33528