We Support the President!

Posted in Uncategorized on January 21st, 2010 by cfern95

We have decided to support President Mahinda Rajapaksa to be President of Sri Lanka for the next six years.

We believe it is in the best interest of Sri Lanka, and the World at large, that he be elected again for the following reasons:

1. He defeated a ruthless enemy after 30 years of war,and without his focus and vision this should not have been possible.

2. As a Sri Lankan national, the President has the support of the majority Singhalese, and hence he and he alone and bring about a resolution to the on going Tamil problem. We believe the President has the support of the people of Sri Lanka to bring about implementing the 13th Amendment, thereby making peace with the Tamils of Sri Lanka and above all the Indian Government, whom he has promised to get this amendment finalized.

3. We strongly commend the President for standing against all the foreign powers who would have negotiated with the Tamil Tigers, even when the Tigers were on the verge of defeat. That we believe was bravery of the highest order, and we all salute him for his independent stance against the foreign Western Powers.

4. We strongly believe for the advancement of Sri Lanka, all the actions of the Government should be transparent and accountable. We strongly urge the Government of Sri Lanka to take all actions for swift punishment against those involved in the assassination of journalists, and allow journalist access to all government matters.

5. We also implore on the President to make sure the Sri Lankan Government adequately screens foreign NGO’s prior to be given permission for entry, and that their activities are closely monitored.

Repairing US Sri-Lankan Relations: A review of the SENATE REPORT

Posted in Uncategorized on December 19th, 2009 by cfern95

REPAIRING SL-US RELATIONS
December 10, 2009  

THE SENATE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE REPORT
 
-          By Dayan Jayatilleka
 
As a citizen of Sri Lankaand a political scientist by vocation, hardly a day passes when I do not envy the American people for the high intelligence of their political leadership and policy elites, the capacity for self-correction ensured by the functioning of their democratic political institutions, and the transparent, accountable, democratic and participatory character of their civic culture.  (I didn’t feel this way during the Bush years of course).
 
One of the most superbly impressive of these institutions is the US Senate’s powerful Committee on Foreign Relations. That body has just issued a report dated Dec 7th, 2009, entitled Sri Lanka: Re-charting US Strategy after the War.  Bearing the signatures of two of the most respected and influential USSenators, John Kerry and Richard Lugar, Democrat and Republican, it is an admirable combination of Realism and principle, balancing US interests with US values.  Its sheer analytical intelligence and lucidity of perspective and presentation are in stark and welcome contrast with the preachy platitudes that pass for political and policy debate in Sri Lanka be it in the institutions or the public domain. 

 
The Report shows that Sri Lankahas made its point. We didn’t blink, and fought the war to a victorious finish, using our friends to balance off the efforts of the West to secure a truce. Our balance of power strategy and countervailing efforts succeeded.  The USunderestimated us, miscalculated. However – and this is crucial – the US has the “smarts” to strive to re-set the relationship, given its strategic interests. It also lets Sri Lanka know what its views, opinions and parameters are. The Report educates the USsystem and public opinion what reorientation is needed in US policy so as to best sub-serve US interests. In that sense it is an antidote to the anti-Sri Lankan propaganda of the pro-Tamil Eelam lobby. As importantly, it also seeks to educate the Sri Lankan political elite and opinion makers as to the deal that is on the table.
 
As someone who played a direct role in defeating a Western attempt to push through a UN resolution inimical to Sri Lanka, I’d strongly suggest we take the deal that is on the table, barring one matter that should be off limits.  That is Sri Lanka’s relationship with China. Now it must be stressed that the US Senate Report does not even hint that Sri Lanka should cut back on that relationship, but it signals quite rightly that the USshould not let its own interests go by default and should enter the ring. That’s fine.  Given that the Report itself indicates that China’s power of veto forestalled a possible Western move to push a truce through the UN Security Council, none can fault us for recognizing the grand strategic value – perhaps even primacy—of that relationship, on which we cannot and must not compromise, though we must carefully balance our relations with China and India as Madam Bandaranaike and Lakshman Kadirgamar did.              
 
While our relationship with the US cannot be at the expense of our relationship with China, our relationship with China and India cannot be at the expense of each other, and our identification with the rest of the Global south must not be the price we pay for our relationship with the USA, the US Senate Report does not indicate any such zero sum games. Our relationship with the US can dramatically improve at virtually no cost to Sri Lanka, in a multiple sum game.
 
Our wartime foreign policy was an essentialist one, necessarily balancing off the East against the West and the North against the South. That is no longer necessary.  It does not mean that we must dump our friends, shift our tested relationships or unmoor our existential identifications. It does mean that we have to re-balance; re-calibrate our relations, repairing the damage in our relationships with the USA, thereby plugging the gap in our external relations. This would enable us to have a multi-directional (multi-vector) foreign policy, suitable to an increasingly multi-polar global reality.
 
A powerful, respected segment in Washington DC is ready to reach out to Colombo. Their checklist of concerns (though the word “demand” appears once) is transparent and to my mind possible and positive; unexceptionable and desirable. No international friend of Sri Lanka that I can think of would suggest that we ignore or cold-shoulder it. As I have pointed out before, we have stretched our friends to the point of embarrassment with our confrontationist rhetoric in relation to the Obama administration and there’s not much more mileage to be obtained by staying that course at a time when the equations these friends (China,Russia, India) have with the US under Obama have significantly improved.
 
Indeed the Report provides a kind of roadmap for domestic reform and re-democratization that a consortium of concerned Sri Lankan citizens should have come up with, but has not so far. The states that supported us when the chips were down have all been urging these reforms on us in private. Thus we may say that the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee Report would command a broader international consensus on Sri Lankathan Sri Lanka’s own self –perception, claims and rhetoric. Our failure to win a majority of the Commonwealth over to our effort to host the heads of state summit in 2011 and its postponement to 2013 points to our position and predicament.
 
 
The Senate report recognizes some vital historical facts: “President Mahinda Rajapaksa declared total victory after government soldiers killed the Tamil Tigers’ leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran, and took control of the entire country for the first time since 1983…It was a bitter and hard-fought victory, one of the few instances in modern history in which a terrorist group had been defeated militarily.” (My emphasis- DJ)
 
 
 
It correctly identifies, far better than any election propaganda, the challenges, tasks and programme for post war post –election Sri Lanka:“The war in Sri Lankamay be over, but the underlying conflict still simmers. Contrary to conventional wisdom, Sri Lankais not a post-conflict environment. While the fighting between the Government and the LTTE may have ended, the reasons for the political and social conflict (that also gave rise to youth militancy and armed clash in the 1970s and 1980s) will take time to address. Those root causes must be tackled soon and with a sense of urgency to prevent the country from backsliding”.
 
 
 
Tamil leaders and opinion makers should take note of the clear criticism contained in the Report, which indicates a course correction that should be made by the Tamil polity: “Thirty years of violence have taken a toll on the majority Sinhalese population, giving rise to a siege mentality toward the ethnic Tamil minority. For their part, Tamil leaders have not yet made anticipated conciliatory gestures that might ease government concerns and foster a genuine dialogue”. (My emphasis- DJ)
 
 
The Report also has some fascinating snippets– such as Opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe’s suggestion to the US to “keep up the pressure”. It also contains some discreet signals. While the name of the present Foreign Minister does not appear even once in what is after all a Report of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, one name crops up at least three times, in a clear indication as to who has presented the Sri Lankan case most successfully to the US: Justice Minister Milinda Moragoda.    

PPSRI Board Makes Progress on Rehabilitation Centers in Sri Lanka

Posted in Uncategorized on November 1st, 2009 by cfern95

Positive progress has been made towards the vision of two (2) rehabilitation facilities as Physical/Psycho-Social Rehabilitation Institutes (PPSRI): an Inpatient institute in the Northern Province with 20 beds, and an Outpatient Institute in the Southern Province.

At their Summer meeting, the Physical/Phycho-Social Rehabilitation Institute (PPSRI) Board of Directors decided that the site of the PPSRI facilites should be at a location in the Northern Province as designated by the Government of Sri Lanka.

In addition, the Board has decided to build an outpatient center in the Southern Province in an area designated by the Government of Sri Lanka.

The Board plans to build these Institutes and fully furnish them, including start-up supplies.

Once completed, it is the Board’s intent to hand these over to the Sri Lankan Government to serve the people of Sri Lanka.

“We are only waiting for the land to be designated by the Sri Lankan Government.” said Dr. C. Kumarlal Fernando, President of the PPSRI Board.

The Board also decided to retain “Give2Asia” as the 501.c.3 organization for these projects. Give2Asia will continue to collect all funds and work with the PPSRI Board to build the hospital. Donations will also be available on-line with Pay-Pal.

The Board also decided, for the purposes of transparency, that all expenses incurred by the Board President and other members of the Board towards the hospital project will be purely from their private funds and not from PPSRI funds.

Dr. Fernando and Dr. Menezes have agreed to bear expenses from their own private funds for all administrative expenses and secretarial work.

The PPSRI Board is made up of eighteen (18) prominent members of the Sri Lankan-American community from all across America, including: President Dr. C. Kumarlal Fernando, CEO of Island Rehabilitation Center of Marco Island, Florida; Vice President Dr. Ralph Menezes, MD, former Medical Director of Forest Hospital, Chicago, Illinois; Dr. Jiva Ganepola, MD, Professor of Surgery, Columbia University, New York, NY; Dr. Samuel Tambyraja, MD, Consultant Child Psychiatrist, Cincinnati, OH; Dr. Jayasiri Fernando, MD, Consultant Radiologist, Effingham, IL; Brian Thambi, Managing Director, Pharmaceuticals, Chicago, IL; Manel Samarashinghe, Montessori Instructor, Wilton, CT; Hihal Goonerwardene, President, International Science & Technology Institiute Potomac, MD; Priyan Guneratne, Chief Operating Officer, TF Stor Inc., Denver, CO; Diva Sandrasagra, Princeton, NJ; Mahinda Ranawake, Commissioner, International Visitors Commission, Springfield, IL; Dr. Ahmed Rahm Mowjood, D.O., Consult Physician, Aneheim, CA; Thalif Deen, Editor-in-Chief, IPS UN Journal, New York, NY; Sid Fernando, President e-Matings, New York, NY; Indrajith Obeysekera, Esq., Consul to Kaiser Permanante, San Francisco, CA; Dr. Ananda Guruge, PhD, Former Ambassador for Sri Lanka to the USA, CA; Saliya Abeysekera, Chief Executive Officer, Aqua Regal Inc., Sarasota, FL.

News: “Tamil Doctors Say Only 600 Killed”

Posted in Uncategorized on October 14th, 2009 by cfern95

From BBC World News site: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8297568.stm
Page last updated at 16:05 GMT, Thursday, 8 October 2009 17:05 UK

Sri Lanka medics allowed to work

By Swaminathan Natarajan
BBC Tamil

The doctors hope they will be discharged from remaining cases

Four Tamil doctors have been allowed back to work after being detained and accused by Sri Lanka’s government of exaggerating civilian casualties.
The doctors treated Tamil civilians throughout the final phase of Sri Lanka’s bitter war against Tamil Tiger rebels earlier this year.
After the government declared victory, the doctors were arrested. They later recanted their claims, saying they came under pressure from the rebels.
They were released on bail recently.
Three doctors have now been posted to the northern and eastern provinces. Another one has been allowed to pursue higher studies in Colombo.
A fifth doctor, Dr Sivabalan, who the government claimed was working for the rebels, was also detained. He has not been released.
Contested claims
The doctors still face charges of talking to the media and aiding rebel propaganda.
But one of the medics, Dr Satyamoorthi, told the BBC Tamil service of his relief at being appointed as a health director for the northern province.
“We are very happy to join back,” he said.
“We have to appear in the court on 9 November. Apart from that we have to go and sign in at the Criminal Investigation Department’s office every month.
“I hope in due course we may be discharged from these cases,” he said.
Regularly during the war some of the doctors said people had died in shelling which appeared to come from government-controlled territory.
When recanting their statement Dr V Shanmugarajah said that he and his colleagues believed a total of 600-700 civilians had been killed, and nearly twice that injured, between the start of January and the end of the war.
But United Nations figures for those killed are roughly 10 times higher, while on 12 May the Red Cross said it had evacuated nearly 14,000 sick or wounded people and their relatives since mid-February.
The Sri Lankan government barred journalists from entering the war zone so there has been no way of verifying the various claims.
Most international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) were also asked to leave the area before the final assault began.

ENGAGING THE SRI LANKAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY

Posted in Uncategorized on October 12th, 2009 by cfern95

On Friday, October 9th, 2009, a meeting was held by Assistant Secretary of State, Robert O. Blake, Jr., with a group of Sri Lankan Americans at the State Department in Washington, D.C., USA.

Assistant Secretary Blake welcomed the Sri Lankan-Americans to the State Department and expressed the desire to discuss matters of mutual interest to Sri Lanka and the USA.

Mr. Blake said he wished to discuss three subjects: IDP’s, Political Reconciliation and Human Rights.

Regarding IDP’s, Mr. Blake was quite adamant that the US Government insists that the people in the camps should be allowed freedom of movement, and that the US Government would continue to support that effort if the Sri Lankan Government does not act in good faith.


Many members of the Sri Lankan-American delegation implored the Secretary to understand that the Sri Lankan Government is trying its best to resettle the IDP’s in safe surroundings after de-mining has taken place, and after the Tamil Tiger elements are separated from the rest of the Sri Lankan community within the camps.

Dr. C. Kumarlal Fernando, Chairman of the “Sri Lankan-Americans for Obama.com” network, compared the current IDP situation to the Hurricane Katrina refugees. The Katrina disaster occurred nearly 4 years ago and still nearly half the displaced persons have not yet been resettled. This is in-spite of the fact that the US is a wealthier nation, and did not have the difficulties of an internal war as in Sri Lanka.

Dr. Fernando went on to say that the government of Sri Lanka has pledged to resettle all IDP’s by the 18th of January, and called upon the US Government to allow Sri Lanka to meet that schedule.

He stated that the US government seems not to trust the word of those in power in Sri Lanka and it is important we all help in the process of bridge-building to bring the to two sides closer.

Responding to the matter of Political Reconciliation, Mr. Blake spoke of his views that the Sri Lankan Government seems to delay the process of implementing the 13th amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution.

Dr. Fernando pointed out that Sri Lanka is the oldest democratic country in Asia. Certainly the US Government should support this democracy, and not attempt to mico-manage another country. Dr. Fernando referred to the fact that Sri Lankan President Rajapakse has pledged that he will devolve power to the Provinces after the elections next year. Dr. Fernando urged Mr. Blake to communicate a willingness to wait until after the elections to make judgement on this issue.

Regarding human rights, Mr. Blake implied that there has been limits to freedom, restrictions of movement, and profiling against the Tamils.

Attendees, Dr. Hemachandra and Dr. Nihal Goonertane, both spoke up to Mr. Blake in saying any perceived attention towards the Tamil is due to the war with the LTTE terrorists, nothing more.

Dr. Hemachandra and Goonertane, voiced comparisons of Mr. Blake’s perspective of the “profiling” of Tamils to the US Government’s “profiling” of Muslims due to the US’s current “war on terror.” They pointed out that the majority of Tamils live with the other communities in the rest of the country other than Eastern and Northern Provinces.

Mr. Blake reminded those present that the US government has provided $56 million in humanitarian assistance and another $6.6 million in de-mining assistance in 2009. He went on to say that if the US sees that the Government of Sri Lanka is moving rapidly with resettling the IDP’s and hastens the process of reconciliation, the US Government would be more helpful to the people of Sri Lanka.

Dr. Goonertane added that we should avoid Sri Lanka moving towards the Chavez-Ghaddaffii group and try to maintain their friendly relations with Sri Lanka.

Regarding Human Rights, Mr. Blake went on to say that the Government of Sri Lanka must seek to improve human rights and accountability.

Mr. Blake recommended that the Sri Lankan-Americans present should seek opportunities to channel their resources and expertise toward supporting national reconciliation and the reconstruction of Sri Lanka.

Dr. Fernnado appealed to the Sri Lankan-Americans present to unite and form institutions and foundations such as “think-tanks” and others to help Sri Lanka.

Everyone present thanked Mr. Blake and his efforts with the help of the US government to continue friendly relations for the benefit of both countries. Mr. Blake concluded by saying that he would like to continue the dialogue with the Sri Lankan-Americans and urged the participants present to continue to share their feedback.

Sri Lanka government to resettle 50,000 IDPs soon

Posted in Daily Briefing, Uncategorized on August 30th, 2009 by cfern95

Thu, Aug 27, 2009, 10:00 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 27, Colombo: Sri Lankan government is making arrangements to resettle at least another 50,000 Internally Displaced persons now housed in relief camps at Vavuniya, in the next two weeks, the government announced today.

According to the Vavuniya Government Agent Mrs. P.S.M. Charles arrangements are being made through the relevant GAs to resettle these IDPs in their original homes in Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu.

The government is expediting the process to resettle the IDPs before the arrival of the monsoon rains as flooding in the camps is a major concern.

Disaster Management and Human Rights Minister Mahinda assured the parliament last week that measures have been taken to reduce or prevent the flooding in the camps.

The numbers resettled could be even higher as more facilities are made available for resettlement by the government and other agencies carrying out this work, the Vavuniya GA said.

Senior Presidential Advisor and parliamentarian Basil Rajapaksa who heads the President’s Uthuru Waanthaya development program in the North said the goal is to return all the IDPs in the camps to their original homes within the projected 180-day period.

Letter to Senator Patrick Leahy

Posted in Uncategorized on July 17th, 2009 by cfern95

Senator Patrick Leahy
433 Russell Senate Office Building
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

Re: IMF Loan

Dear Senator Leahy,

We are very disappointed that you, Senator Leahy are acting in a very undemocratic manner to stop the IMF loan to Sri Lanka. It is very sad a man of your stature acting like a tin-pot dictator in the light of all the facts on the ground.

As you are aware Sri Lanka totally annihilated a Terrorist Group in Sri Lanka, without hardly any collateral damage to its own people, compared to our operations in Iraq and Afghanistan where we the Americans have killed literally hundreds of thousands of civilians in the name of fighting terrorists in other peoples land. Now Mr. Leahy, where are the inquires and structures against our own army and the government? Are we asking for an inquiry for war crimes against the US government!

Now, let me ask you what is your rationale for asking an inquiry against Sri Lanka? Obviously you are not aware over 5 billion of the free world voted for Sri Lanka against half a billion people from the old colonial counties against Sri Lanka for the same purpose and how come we joined the old colonial network.

Please stop this nonsense and work with the Sri Lankan government to usher a prosperous and united Sri Lanka.

Sincerely,

Dr. C. Kumarlal Fernando
President, Srilankanamericansforobama.com

LEE MATHEW: INNER CITY PRESS: NORWAY

Posted in Uncategorized on June 16th, 2009 by cfern95

Mr. Mathew,

Everything you said about Sri Lanka is wrong/ in fact they were blatant lies. I understand you are a highly paid (it is alleged) by the LTTE left over’s who still control a large sum of money. The money the LTTE controls is illegal and it is time the INTERPOL went after them. I have never heard one word you uttered that has been correct about Sri Lanka. Why don’t you give-up your day-job and find some useful employment!

You are still harping on the detainees and internment camps and genocide. Don’t you understand that nearly 5 billion people voted for Sri Lanka at the UN HRC meeting in Geneva and only half a billion voted for your buddies-the colonial powers- who have no standing in the world anymore. My friend this is DEMOCRACY AT WORK!

I am a US citizen born in Sri Lanka and lived in Ceylon until I was 23 years old. Let me remind you some local home truths. In Sri Lanka everybody uses barbed wire around the perimeter of their home. I remember vividly my dad had people working on our fence with concrete posts around the house with barbed wire inside the posts to keep outsiders coming to our home. The front of the house was protected by a wooden picket fence with two large gates for cars to drive through. This was generally the rule. So Mr. Mathew it is not to keep us in the house, but to protect us from outsiders. You in the West do not seem to get it! You think of BARBED WIRE and the CONCENTRATION CAMPS you guys started in South Africa and later in Germany. CONCENTRATION CAMPS are not the hallmark of EASTERN SOCIETY.

As for Norway been worried about the Internally Displaced persons-let me tell them there is nothing to worry about them. They are citizens of that country and they will be resettled soon the moment the de-mining is complete. The Norwegians are shedding crocodile tears. They are the main cause of the problem.
They helped the Tiger Terrorists so much-including training them in military warfare and given them all types of arms and ammunition. In fact, Norway with a few other countries should be tried in the International War Tribunal for aiding and abetting a fanatical terrorist group.

I am wondering why Mr. Matthew, the UN or Norway worry about the displaced persons in the SWAT Valley. Nearly 80% of 2.5 million people are refugees due to the fighting. Is it ok when the West fight the locals, and them to be displaced, I do not understand the logic. Common guys lets be real!

TAMIL DOCTORS IN TERRORIST CAMP

Posted in Uncategorized on June 8th, 2009 by cfern95

Three Tamil doctors who were in the terrorist held areas were informing the world regarding the final days of the war.
Now there are two groups clamoring for their release.

The first group is the medical group – “Doctors” without borders. The Second group is the Human Rights Groups who have no credibility either in Sri Lanka or anywhere else.

Now let’s look at the facts, if these three doctors were working for the Sri Lanka Government and yet talking to the world on their own, then they are in a lot of trouble. On the other hand if they were coerced by the terrorists to say all the stuff they said they said then it is another story.

Sri Lanka is a sovereign state and everything they have said so far has been correct and even the UNHRC gave then a huge victory.

So let the Sri Lanka Judicial Process take its course and if it is found out that the doctors were coerced then they will be released according to the law in Sri Lanka.

WE SAY TO THE GOVERNMENT OF SRILANKA DO NOT ALLOW THE TWO HUMAN RIGHTS GROUP, AI AND HRW EVER TO ENTER SRILANKA.

A Tamil Talks

Posted in Uncategorized on June 4th, 2009 by cfern95

* The views expressed in this article are those of the author.

MAY 24, 2009

Hi Friends,
I write this with a lot of sadness, relief and hope, form what has happened in the past few months. As a Tamil, (and proud to be one) I deeply feel that together, we can build the burnt bridges and pave a path to peace, happiness, equality and prosperity for us and for the future generations to come.

We cannot forget what happened for the past three decades, however we need to put aside our emotions, despair and remember those lives, which were lost in bloody war in the name of “equality”. We (Tamils) have to now reconcile and win the trust of the nation. For decades, we have been secretive, unpredictable and uncompromising. Sure enough, we were discriminated in the past, deprived of our equal rights and treated unfairly. Now we have to give the nation a chance to prove that, it is not the case.

We have to let go of the past and not react to our feelings in an irrational and selfish way. We talk about the 1953 era, of the riots and how the Tamils were discriminated and treated badly. In 1953, the whole world was a different place and had a different attitude. In America blacks could not go in to a restaurant or a supermarket or attend a white school, the aborigines in Australia did not have any rights. Now America has a black president, and the Aborigines have equal rights; we Tamils now have to give it a chance for change to happen in our motherland. We are hanging on to views and ideologies, which formed thirty years ago, which are not appropriate anymore. I think that, in the past 20 years we have created a doubt in the minds of the Sinhalese and the nation, making them wonder weather every other Tamil is a Tamil Tiger or not.

Prior, to 1988, before I left to Australia, I remember after a rugby game at Longden Place and a few (in my context) drinks at the club, going home in the early hours of the morning, my only fear was whether I will be stopped and breathalyzed and charged for DUI – Driving Under Influence. In the later years in my many trips to SL, the fear was whether I would be subject to harassment because of my Tamil name. Why do you think it is so? Is it not because of the war, the suicide bombings? All of this distrust of Tamils started after the war began. So, did we not create this for ourselves? This is not only happening to the Tamils, in fact If you send money to the US or visit the US bearing an Arabic name, you are scrutinized vigorously, which began after “9/11”. The Arabic world calls it “discrimination”.

In 1983, the news of the death of 13 soldiers sparked an organized riot, and over 2000 Tamils lost their lives and over 100,000 Tamils were displaced. The nation soon realized that it should not have let it happen, and the wider community shared the same sentiment. In 1996 a raid on a Military camp in Mullaitivu by the Tigers, 1,500 soldiers were killed, yet there was no repeat of 1983, or for that matter since 1983 several thousands soldiers have lost their lives and we did not see a repeat of 1983.

We talk about “Genocide”, which is a very powerful and compelling word. No doubt, that many women and children have lost20their lives, but one has to remember in every war, innocent people loose their lives. There is blame on both the armed forces and the Tigers. Let’s not be the judge of that, let the appropriate organizations investigate and report the findings.

The Tamil Diaspora and number of organizations are having protest marches and their websites are relentlessly publishing calls for the IC to intervene about the mistreatment and harassment of the civilians. However much we are angry and anxious, we must have patients and let the government, UN and the other aid organization to embark on the huge task ahead of them to relocate, resettle and reconcile the civilian casualties.
We have been having protest marches for decades around the world. Has one head of state or a member of a parliament took a flight and gone to Sri Lanka and discussed the problem with the authorities? I do not think so. The IC will mention our plea in their speeches, or talk about it when the next election comes around.

Does the IC know the differences between Jayasinghe and Jayasingham? It is up to us reconcile and rebuild friendships. What has happened in the past has happened; we cannot turn back the clock. The truth of what happened in the battle zones will only surface, if the victims have no fear in revealing the truth. From this point, onwards it is up to us to make sure that this is possible. We should regain the trust and the sympathy of the grater community.
We Tamils started this war his was never an option. For thirty years, we have fought a bloody war with no results. Are we going to continue this for another thirty years? No. We, have lost too much, the nation has lost too much. It is time to take a step back and think sensibly putting aside our emotions and pride.

The Tamil Diaspora and community leaders, spokespersons and organisations are calling for the Tamil community to “re-group and realise our leaders dream”, after three decades of war, is it not the time now to wake up from that dream?

They say now that the Tigers are defeated that we will be systematically eradicated, as there is no one to protect us.
We should stop speculating of what the future holds for the Tamils in Sri Lanka and need to get these myths out of our heads and win the trust of the nation we should responsibly publish and circulate articles and news items, or even refrain from doing so until the displaced civilians are settled.

Now we need to concentrate and work closely with those who are in SL to help the refugees.

In the past few days there are reports that, during the celebrations following the governments’ victory over the Tigers many Tamil businesses were forced to give money towards the celebrations, and this news is from “Reliable sources”. This may be true may not be true, however when we hear such news we need to think rationally and responsibly before we spread it around, Sometimes, in times of sadness, desperation and anxiety the, truth is often exaggerated and taken out of context. We all remember, back in SL at a big match we generally have a “hat collection” to pay for our celebrations. This has been a culture. Every Christmas, New-year, Vesak or during Veil Festival, the garbage collectors, the posties etc go house-to-house collecting money for celebrations. It is not an unusually thing to happen. The people who have not experience this should not be alarmed and portrait such incidents as “discrimination and harassment”.

I ask those who receive this mail, to support me in achieving a united and equal Sri Lanka for all who were born there. One day I wish to return to the country of my birth and live as an equal citizen in peace and harmony.

How can you help? Tamils should reach out to the Sinhalese and speak about the grievance you have, and ask them to help you achieve security and equality. My Sinhalese friends should reach out to a Tamil and unconditionally trust them and help them achieve security and equality.

We, Tamils have to realize that this is the only nation that Sinhalese is spoken, and we should respect that, win their trust and respect in return

Cheers!!!
Mohan