to enabling the local public to meet an anticipated rise in
living costs, the government confronts the urgent challenge of
putting the record straight further on the nebulous allegations
stemming from the Darusman report and of implementing
continuously the principal recommendations of the LLRC report.
Currently debated UNHRC-linked issues underscore the importance
of these tasks.
The state has been addressing these challenges over the past
few months but the urgency of making further palpable and
concrete progress on these questions should be beginning to
impress itself on the state, now that it is clear that Sri Lanka
would be figuring at the UNHRC sessions, beginning February 27.
Accordingly, it would be in the fitness of things if Sri Lanka
persists strongly on the road of reconciliation and makes it
abundantly clear that the LLRC recommendations are being made
the bedrock of national unity.
Needless to say, the best debating team from Sri Lanka would
need to be in Geneva to not only further expose the groundless
nature of the plethora of 'credible allegations' put forward by
sections of the West but to also expose the double standards and
connected anomalies the critics of Sri Lanka have been
consistently adopting in this context. The baseless nature of
the case against Sri Lanka must be decisively and conclusively
proved. The critics of Sri Lanka need to be resoundingly
rebuffed and this exercise must be carried out with expert
Meanwhile, the process of winning support for Sri Lanka
worldwide must continue and very vibrantly so. As we have time
and again pointed out, this is a moment Third World
organizations, such as, the Non-aligned Movement must seize.
Here is a case of a founding member of NAM and a very important
Third World country being pressurized needlessly by some
sections of the international community, whose track records as
regards issues, such as, human rights protection would not stand
up to scrutiny at all, and its allies are yet to take up its
case strongly in the 'Councils of the World.'
This should not be the case and it is up to the Lankan state
to continue to galvanize Third World support in its favour.
External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris has figured
prominently in strengthening Sri Lanka's ties with the states of
the African continent and this is the right way to go. More
efforts in the direction of consolidating international support
for Sri Lanka are desirable and this exercise must be proceeded
with without a break. In fact, the time could not be more
opportune for Third World organizations, such as NAM, to make
their presence felt on the world stage once again. For, the
global economic balance has moved decisively in favour of the
Eastern hemisphere and the voice of the developing world could
in no way be ignored.
Besides, it is open to question whether the West has the
required economic clout to back its seeming political power.
The Eurozone crisis, for instance, is a sure indication that
the West is in one of its worst moments, materially speaking,
since the outbreak of the Great Recession of the thirties of the
century past. Now is the time the developing world could pull
its weight behind the cause of International Law and justice and
it should lose no time in doing so.
Sri Lanka and her allies need to be clear about the attempt
by sections of the West to subject her to discriminatory
treatment. The state enjoys the sovereign right of defending
herself against internal aggression and this must be continually
highlighted. Whereas allies of the West are being allowed to
exercise this right unchecked, against perceived terror, Sri
Lanka's legitimate use of this right is being frowned upon.
Clearly, the shifting global power balance must be used
judiciously by Sri Lanka. It must be used to sustain the tenets
of International Law very strongly and thereby check the
tendency for the mighty of the world to steadily undermine the
foundations of global justice.