Sustaining domestic normalcy and
That the enemies
of Sri Lanka could not prevail against her at the recent UN
Human Rights Council sessions and at the CHOGM in Perth,
Australia, is now all too clear and there is no doubt that the
laudatory comments directed at President Mahinda Rajapaksa and
other members of his administration, such as, External Affairs
Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris and Plantation Industries Minister
and Special Envoy on Human Rights Mahinda Samarasinghe and their
respective teams, have been very well earned.
Thanks to their untiring and deft diplomatic efforts, the
criticisms directed at this country in some external quarters
have been resoundingly answered and blunted into
Expanding further on this theme, Secretary to the President
Lalith Weeratunga, went on record on the pivotal role President
Rajapaksa played in bringing about these memorable diplomatic
triumphs. For instance, he underscored the catalytic function
played by the 'mature leadership, personality stature and
diplomatic skills' of the President in bringing about this
favourable state of affairs for Sri Lanka, and one could only
wholeheartedly agree with him, considering the cogency with
which the President advocated the interests of this country on
the international plane. The very fact that the CHOGM will go
ahead as scheduled in Sri Lanka in 2013, is ample evidence that
there is substantial confidence in this country on the part of
the international community. Sri Lanka, then, has won the day
and for this accolades are due to the President and the
government he directs.
But there is no question of the state resting on its laurels.
As is very evident, the LTTE rump and its supporters are very
active in those parts of the world which matter and the process
of taking the fight back to these enemy camps must continue
vibrantly. From what could be gathered, some sections of the
West are yet to awaken to the dangers of molly-coddling the LTTE
rump and its supporters and of turning a blind eye to the
presence of these subversives within their national boundaries.
For instance, the LTTE rump was vociferously active during the
recent CHOGM in Perth. In fact, a notorious top Tigress was
among the most voluble of the President's critics in Australia.
There were also futile attempts at legally restraining the
President in the US and Australia.
There is no denying, therefore, that the enemies of Sri Lanka
are still very much alive and kicking wildly. Evidently, not
enough is being done to dislodge these venomously vocal centres
of opposition to the Lankan state abroad. A comprehensive and
energetic diplomatic drive needs to be launched to convince
Western governments of the advisability of neutralizing and
putting out of action these anti-Lanka propaganda mills and like
formations in their midst. It should be pointed out that Western
states would be also acting in their own interests by doing so.
After all, they are conscience-bound to cripple the Tigers,
because many of them have outlawed the LTTE and are major
Besides, these Tiger bases abroad pose very serious law and
order problems for the West and the latter would be only
ensuring their well being by neutralizing these hot spots of
terror. When we say this, we not only have in mind so-called
transitional governments and gang warfare, which more than
occasionally erupts among those still espousing the separatist
cause. We also have in mind LTTE-engineered mounting white
collar crime in world metropolises, which is increasingly
blighting the lives of Western citizens.
However, equally crucial tasks await us here in Sri Lanka.
The state has done well to militarily neutralize the LTTE, but
it needs to also forge ahead with greater speed on the
reconciliation front. There is no better way to do this than by
resolving the grievances of our communities on an urgent basis.
No doubt, the state has gone some distance in resettlement and
reconstruction, but permanent normalcy would come our way only
when the national integration process is taken to its logical
conclusion and people, without exception in this country,
identify completely and unreservedly with Mother Lanka. This is
nation-building in its truest essence and this is the foundation
of permanent domestic stability and normalcy.