Sri Lanka tells EU not to allow use of EU as Platform for LTTE apologists
Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg and the EU Ravinatha Aryasinha has strongly protested the denial of Sri Lanka’s ‘right of reply’ at an “exchange of views on Sri Lanka” held at the European Parliament last week.
In a letter of protest addressed to Human Rights Sub-Committee Chair, Heidi Hautala who was not present during the discussion, Aryasinha pointed out that in the over one hour long discussion on Sri Lanka on December 6, of the 32 MEPs on the Sub-Committee, only one chose to speak, and other than for a few comments by the European Commission, most of the time was given to a number of Non-Governmental Organizations”.
The Ambassador said despite his being present and demanding Sri Lanka’s ‘right of reply’, its denial by the Presiding officer at the time, “leaves the unmistakable impression that the Human Rights Sub-Committee is not interested in having a reasoned and balanced discussion on Sri Lanka, but is merely content to allow itself (the European Parliament) to be used as a platform for LTTE apologists to discredit the Government of Sri Lanka”.
This week during the plenary sessions of the Parliament held in Strasbourg, Ambassador Aryasinha who addressed the ‘Friends of Sri Lanka’ of the European Parliament – a cross party group which comprises 25 MEPs from over 10 EU member countries, drew attention to this issue.
He urged them to prevail upon European institutions and their respective home governments “to prevent efforts by LTTE apologists to seek to discredit Sri Lanka, which having overcome its 30 year long struggle against LTTE terrorism, is now firmly embarked on a path of reconciliation and development”. He said “it would be a mistake if European Institutions and member states allow rump LTTE cadres and other LTTE apologists to dictate foreign policy towards Sri Lanka”.
He cautioned that “these institutions and states should be mindful that these elements, as in the past, are continuing to be active and are raising funds in these countries using the cover of human rights, and would pose law and order problem to their hosts, as is evident from the continuing number of arrests of LTTE and its front organization activists in many parts of Europe.”
Addressing the group, ‘Friends of Sri Lanka’ Chairman MEP Geoffrey Van Orden, who called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa in London recently and attended a briefing given to Members of the British Parliament and Members of the European Parliament by the President, informed the group of the discussion he had with the President.
He said the ‘Friends of Sri Lanka’ is advocating that full benefit of the post war development should be enjoyed by the people of Sri Lanka and that to this end the EU should play a prominent role.
The group also took note of the rapid strides taken in Sri Lanka to re-settle and provide livelihoods to most IDPs from the conflict, to re-integrate into society all child combatants and many others who surrendered were arrested, to progressively relax emergency regulations and the on-going work of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) which had already made a number of interim recommendations which were being implemented by the Government. They agreed to intensify efforts to protect the good image of Sri Lanka, both within the European Parliament and in EU member state capitals.
Source: Government News Portal
Forgin countries which acting against Srilanka, will learn good lessons sooner or later as outcomes of their evil acts..!
I am grateful to Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha for having lodged a strong protest in the EU parliament, at a meeting held last week, for not being given a ‘Right of Reply’ to the disinformation dished out against SL mainly by the NGO friends of diaspora LTTE, who are obviously on the LTTE payroll to lobby the EU parliament on their behalf, to discredit SL as human rights abusers and war criminals.
Is this the democracy the imperial West preaches to the third world countries so assiduously? The imperial West has double standards and are blatant liars and hypocrites. The chief liar and hypocrite is USA followed by Britain. As the Red Indians of USA said in centuries gone by, “White man speaks with forked tongue”, How true! White man has not changed and will not change. White man wants to keep smaller nations trampled and their assets stripped. This is neo-colonialsim. We must fight relentlessly to the last man, this neo-colonialism.
Negitiw. Gasaw Bera .Pibiw Sack.
I think it is too late to blame the EU parlimant,Because still our srilanken ambassadors to forign countries,they do not do enough propergandas to srilanka, like Ltte do.so therfore my adviced is all the ambassadors to europe they should do more propergandas regarding the present and past situation in srilanka.please be wake and active.
I propose Mr Pillayan be appointed External Affairs Minister for the Democratic Republic of Sri Lanka (the P state).
DC seems to be the self-appointed Media Spokesman in his so-called trans national tamil ltte government in exile.
What a laugh!
My dear mr.D.C.why not?We had a one of the best Forign minister in the world who fought against the ltte terrorist. That was mr.Kadiragam, Unfortunatly bloody Ltte terrorist they killed him.Otherwise everything whould have been deferant to so called tamils disapora who came from Tamilnadu and lived in out of the srilanka.otherthan that mr.D.C. you can dreame your Tamil disapora.
Hon Mr Pillayan,
You will be a wonderful cabinet colleague of the student-stripping and student-slapping Minsiter for education. You guys will get along very well.
DC, I wonder what ministerial post you currently hold in this so-called trans national eelam government in exile. Are you the media spokesman like Goebels to distort truth and manufacture stories such as the incinerator? We know the Vikings gifted one to VP for his daily entertainment id burning captured soldiers and Tamil cadres who tried to flee his grip. Could you inform us where it is hidden. We can add it to our collection of war exhibits.
My dear mr.D.C.thank you for your comments.as i said,still you are dreaming of terrorism,so you can dream further.