We are a sovereign country – MP Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe
United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) MP Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe yesterday (21) told Parliament that the USA has no power to order Sri Lanka as to who the Commander of the Tri-Forces should be or should not be. He made these observations condemning the announcement of the United States Ambassador in Sri Lanka regarding the appointment of Army Commander Lt. General Shavendra Silva.
“We have signed the United Nations (UN) Convention that we are a sovereign country. It is true that we are a small country when compared to countries like the USA. But it does not make us less important than them as a country. We have independence and sovereignty as a country. We are equal as any country in the world. So the United States and its Ambassador in Sri Lanka have no power to meddle with our internal affairs. Countries like them still think that we are a colony of theirs. What will happen if Sri Lankan Ambassador in the United States gives instructions to US President Donald Trump on appointing military heads?” he questioned.
Dr.Rajapakshe also said that the US brought a proposal against Sri Lanka on alleged human rights violations during the war to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). “But the US withdrew their presence from the same entity saying that they have no faith in international human rights organizations. In that back drop how can the US Ambassador in Sri Lanka speak against the appointment of the new Army Commander based on alleged human rights violations? They do not have any power to tell us as to who the Army Commander should be. That power exclusively is vested with the President of Sri Lanka,” he added.
Furthermore, Dr. Rajapakshe alleged that it was the weak decisions taken by then various Foreign Ministers that paved the way for countries like the United States to meddle with internal affairs in Sri Lanka.
He alleged, “Instead of standing up for our War Heroes, then Foreign Minister who did not have a backbone, co-sponsored the Geneva Resolution against Sri Lanka. Decisions like these created the way for countries like US to interfere with our internal affairs. The Chinese Ambassador in Sri Lanka did the same. He went to all the government ranks until we sold Hambantota Harbour to China.”
“The government should announce its official stance on the US Ambassador’s announcement regarding the appointment of the Army Commander,” Dr. Rajapakshe noted.
(Source: Daily News – By Camelia Nathaniel and Amali Mallawaarachchi)
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Excellent, song-singing Nationalists pushing the country down the drain and blaming it on the doers!
We are a sovereign country govern by these idiots and controlled by USA UK Europe and rich Muslim countries like Iran and Saudi. Our major assets are owned by China, India and other western countries. The debt of the country is drowning the country. God help us.
Which God are you talking about?
Isn’t Sri Lanka a Sinhala Buddhist nation?
We have become a magnet for foreign bullying, and eternally under the microscope due to Tamil expat lobbying.
Why? Largely due to our undisciplined democracy, courtesy of a government of mainly uneducated, self-interested politicians.
Hasten to add, not everybody chose to elect them!
You the nail on the head. Our people don’t realize that we are being bulleted by the west. Our current regime seems want to bend over for the big guns who are trying to interfere with our country. The butterfly leader is always running to them.
Rather shameful to note that a sovereign and independent nation with resources aplenty claiming that its being bullied by international agencies at the behest of a handful of LTT diaspora.
Wasn’t VP killed in the shores of Nandikadal? Wasn’t the last nail in LTT’s coffin nailed at the conclusion of the war in 2019?
There is an entire Foreign Ministry and a network of representatives of GOSL in more than 100 countries and international agencies?
What are these resources doing to combat the so-called LTT diaspora manipulations?
LTTE physical fighting might have finished in 2009, but the ideology, members and supporters still exist.
The goal for a separate state, and
far right Tamil nationalism is alive here and globally.
The Tamil block vote abroad is powerful enough for foreign politicians to intervene on their behalf. E.g. Canada has a big Tamil expat community, and one of the countries opposing the army commander.
Agreed; not sure why our high commissions are not effective enough to defend our rights.
Only hope is strong leadership in next government!
We should our brand new Army Commander overseas to eliminate the Tamil expats who are lobbying foreign governments and agencies.
He is indeed, a proven and effective eliminator.