Taking the fight back to SL’s
Sri Lanka will be taking the fight back to its critics
several notches higher today with the telecasting at the UN in
New York of its sharp riposte titled ‘Lies Agreed upon’, to the
Channel 4 fabrication which helped in adding more spite and
venom to the campaign of falsehoods which has been unleashed
against this country in some Western circles. Sri Lanka’s
Permanent Representative to the UN Dr. Palitha Kohonne and his
Deputy Maj. Gen. Shavendra Silva, we learn, will be at hand at
the telecasting of Sri Lanka’s response, to elaborate on its
contents to the international community.
As our front page news story indicates, Sri Lanka does not
intend to take anything lying down in this connection. Sri Lanka
would be going well armed with the necessary information and
awareness-raising material to enlighten the world community at
the UNHRC sessions to be held in Geneva later this month, about
how efficiently, humanely and sensitively it has been going
about the twin momentous undertakings of reconstruction and
rehabilitation in the Northern Province.
The state is on record that it would not be responding to the
charges contained in the Controversial Darusman Report, but it
would be providing to the international community all the
necessary informational material which would expose the baseless
nature of the Report.
It is in view of this backdrop that we need to particularly
welcome our news story today that the ‘Curtain is coming down on
IDP camps.’ According to state sources, some 95 percent of the
Displaced have been resettled in the North-East. Accordingly, we
will be seeing an end to these camps over the next two months,
apparently, with the resettlement and rehabilitation process
Herein we have more concrete evidence that the Lankan state
has not been blind to its responsibilities over the past few
months. The government has already elaborately documented its
successful efforts at bringing development, peace and harmony to
the one-time conflict-hit areas of this country. We understand
that these reports are already being circulated internationally.
One of the most concise and cogently worked out documents of
this kind is the report titled ‘Humanitarian Operation - Factual
Analysis, July 2006 - May 2009’, brought out recently by the
Ministry of Defence. This report, among other things, puts the
record straight on the steady succour provided by the state to
the Northern people during the humanitarian operation which
saved Northern lives in the tens of thousands.
Such efforts at putting the record straight on the continuing
state-led moves to bring normalcy and stability to the
North-East must continue until perfect harmony and joy of living
is restored in the once conflict-affected areas of this country.
These efforts are the most effective answer to the baseless
allegations which are being leveled at Sri Lanka and constitute
the most resounding rebuttal of the Darusman Report, for
But the proverbial icing on the cake will be an expeditiously
worked out political solution to the ethnic conflict. News of a
Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) which will be charged with
formulating a solution to the conflict has been in the air for
quite some time now and we hope no time will be lost in getting
this process going. This exercise would, of course, need to be
an earnest one which would have as its aim, a fair and durable
solution to the conflict.
Time is of the essence. Sections of the Tamil community are
skeptical about a solution coming out in double-quick time and
it is the disappointments of the past on this score which are
contributing to this frame of mind. The government must prove
these skeptics wrong by getting down to the task of finding a
political solution without further ado.
As we see it, a huge credibility gap has to be filled. All
other parties to the conflict must be convinced by the state
that it is in earnest this time round. The government would have
no problem in meeting this requirement because it has the
necessary legislative strength to go about this business of
winning the peace, by evolving a political solution which will
be fair by all relevant sections. There is also a President who
is perfectly willing to go along with the PSC in its peace
efforts. Let not this chance to win the peace be squandered.