Thursday, July 12, 2012

No one can challenge the right of the army-SL

Sri Lanka Army on Wednesday (11) said that no one can challenge or dispute the right of the Sri Lanka army to be serving anywhere in the country.

“No one can challenge or dispute the right of the Army to be serving anywhere in the country. It is their prerogative and area of responsibility. The public in Jaffna overwhelmingly support the Army presence and they know very well it is the Army who will come to their help in the event of any emergency. I don’t think the Jaffna public would ever dare to allow the Army to move out in any case,” Army Chief Jagath Jayasuriya told media this evening in Colombo.

The Commander made this comment responding to a question, that troops in the Jaffna peninsula remain confined to their military formations, performing their routine legitimate duties, similar to the roles and tasks of any other Army.

“Like any other Army in the world, we, in the Army as directed by the government have thrown our full weight behind the country’s post-conflict recovery machine and infrastructure development tasks and roles. It has been amply proved that our commitment for any development project could perform comparatively much faster and more effective than any other civil organization could do. Everywhere in the world, the armies play a vital role in post-conflict situations and Sri Lanka remains no exception”, the Commander said.

The commander was addressing a press conference on the forthcoming international defence seminar to be held in Colombo next month said that more than 63 countries in the world have been invited to attend the three-day ‘Defence Seminar - 2012’ in Colombo with a view to sharing and discussing post-conflict experiences on the road to recovery and reconciliatory moves, designed for long-lasting peace and stability.

“Final arrangements are now in progress to hold the Army-initiated international ‘Defence Seminar - 2012’, titled ‘Towards Lasting Peace and Stability’ from August 08-10, 2012 at Colombo Galadari Hotel and it is focused on the thematic 5Rs (Reconstruction, Resettlement, Rehabilitation, Reintegration, Reconciliation) in post-conflict Sri Lanka,” he said.

By yesterday, a total of 24 representatives from 14 countries have already confirmed their participation in the deliberations. In addition, a few more dozens of other foreign destinations are in close contact with the Army for onward arrangements, the commander.(SD)
Daily Mirror

Indian Infiltration secret behind calls to remove Mullikulam Navy Camp

Fri, 2012-07-13 00:40 — editor        By Shenali Waduge
India’s comments, actions and gestures never happen without reason and become accentuated by their Sri Lankan mouthpiece the TNA ever willing to carry out anything and everything India orders. Thus, the diplomatic tempos being thrust on Sri Lanka are all nothing but pressure points to clear Sri Lanka’s military presence along the coastal fronts leaving Sri Lanka open to India’s whims and desires.
Therefore, we should not shrug the links to the greater plan currently being carved by India in continuing its efforts to destabilize Sri Lanka, whilst pretending to be a friend. Mullikulam is important because of its location within the small strip of area connecting India through a ferry service perfect to advance India’s grandiose plans to interfere in sovereign Sri Lanka.
There is much to read between the lines. The diplomatic chidings regarding Indian fishermen, the TNA’s sudden concern for 81 non-Hindu families, the uproar over their displacement and demand for them to be resettled while insisting that the Navy camp be remove dare intricately linked. At the back of our mind should always remain the 50,000 sponsored Indian homes and the question of who these homes are actually meant for. With only a handful of the 297,000 refugees saved by Sri Lanka’s military remaining to be resettled it begs to question whether these 50,000 houses are being earmarked for a greater Indian plan!
Let us see what this fuss is all about and derive at possible conclusions how it has become a trend to use electronic media, Tamil Nadu leaders, the TNA, Christian and Catholic NGOs and their representatives to become mouthpieces simply to use these naïve people to advance their ulterior motives. Mullikulam is not the first such instance.
The Mullikulam Navy camp area comprises around 10acres with 2000 acres surrounding which is mostly jungle terrain. Within the current area of the camp there is a Church which is possibly about 100 years old, but now in decrepit condition and 32 houses most of which are partly destroyed and in bad condition. Bishops from Mannar arrive every Sunday for religious prayers.
We are well aware of the fixation to issue inflated civilian casualties and numbers and it came as no surprise when internationally it was relayed that 200 families have been purposely displaced by Sri Lanka’s military. Contrary to these false propaganda is the fact that there are not more than 110 (81 families) people at the center of the issue. Also true is that these people had been living in parts of Mannar since 2000 which would obviously explain why the houses are in bad condition and why the condition of the Church is no better. What is more these families do not have any title deeds either despite the TNA’s calls that these people be given their land. The people too are well aware that they do not possess any title deeds and so are ever grateful to be given built homes within an enclave that they can carry out their livelihood. Even the children of these families had been receiving their education in Mannar and there is no evidence of any school being run pre-war in the area.
The navy has provided the people plenty of facilities. Contrary to the accusations of inhumanness of the armed forces, it is the navy that provides water through bowzers, the navy has also facilitated the people with toilets and navy doctors attend to the medical needs of the people. The navy has also gone to the extent of making a clear path in order for these non-Hindus to attend Church on Sundays from the makeshift homes they currently live in. There are enough of food purchasing outlets and there is a significant presence of NGOs and Church involvement to assist the families as well.
The livelihood of these people naturally depends on the season with men (40 or so) taking to fishing during season and during off season attending to agriculture (paddy cultivation and vegetables)
The issue at hand appears to be that having realized the importance of Mullkulam, India does not desire to have the naval camp present and India is doing what it knows best to create a scenario of embarrassment for the Sri Lankan Government and its military. This is a modus operandi that India is famous for. The naval camp was created in2008 and it has now been turned into the North Western province naval headquarters housing 1500 sailors and 25 officers.
It is for Sri Lankan authorities to realize that India remains only another neighbor in the South Asian region and India has no right to be dictating how our coastal areas are to be run. If the people in question are satisfied with the arrangement that they are to be built 32 houses close to the paddy field and fishing area and just 4km from the Church to which a bus service is promised to be arranged for them to go to Church on Sundays what is India’s and TNA’s problem when the people are extremely happy with the arrangement offered through the Government. Why does India and TNA want to use these people who had abandoned these houses decades ago wish to insist that they remain in order to use them as a ruse to demand the closure or removal of the Navy camp?
If these people are to be given homes, to be close to fishing and agriculture and to be given electricity when their homes will be gifted once complete has anyone given these people anything better over the years except to use them to promote lies about hartals and complaints which are being relayed over electronic media?
To make matters worse while India and Tamil Nadu are often up in arms about harassment of Indian fishermen do they forget to mention that it is Indian “fishermen” that come poaching into Sri Lanka’s territorial waters and they come in trawlers and crafts with 500 or1000 Indians inside leaving Sri Lanka’s navy in a tight situation on how to arrest and who to arrest.
It is not difficult to really connect what India’s plan is to use different strategies to demand Sri Lanka’s Government remove its strategic bases from the coastal areas especially in areas that India finds it easy to steadily bring in illegal Indian immigrants and house them over time to be used when the time is right. Thus, it is important to always remember the 50,000 Indian housing scheme and checklist who exactly each house has been awarded to. We have not forgotten that 30 years is a very long period that illegal immigrants would have been arriving in Sri Lanka and these Indians are now living as Sri Lankans and that is why we cannot make sense of the population figures in the North and East especially pre-war.
What Sri Lankans must remember at all times is that with the LTTE now no more, India has to now think of different ways to infiltrate Indians into Sri Lanka – in the South it is happening through bogus commercial ventures and open visas systems in other parts it is taking place through our waters. Never has there been an important time than now to protect our shores and Sri Lanka’s Navy needs to be given the fullest backing and public support.

Visit of Sri Lankan Diplomats to Neduntivu

Fri, 2012-07-13 04:33 — editor
Colombo, 13 July, (
Oshadi Alahapperuma Sri Lanka’s Ambassador for Sweden is seen being received in Neduntivu

Ambassadors and head of posts, representing Sri Lanka in foreign countries were yesterday received in Neduntivu, (Delft) when they visited the island as part of their tour program.
They made the sea journey from Kurikadduvan jetty in Pungudutivu in the Vadatharakai – 2 mechanized vessel and landed at the Mavili jetty in Neduntivu.
The Sri Lankan diplomats were received near the jetty by Daniel Roxiyan, Chairman and members of the of the Neduntivu Pradeshiya Sabah.
Also religious leaders of Neduntivu, Alvapillai Sri – Neduntivu District Secretary, officials, school principals, students and public welcome them to Neduntivu.
To the musical beat of the band of Yarl Roman Catholic girl students they were taken in procession to the public hall of the Preadeshiya Sabah.
The Jaffna Government Agent Sundaram Arumynayagam explained the development activities undertaken in the Neduntivu Island, followed by Economic Development Ministry officials who explained the purpose of the visit of the diplomats to the Island.
- Asian Tribune –

Ramesh to review India-aided projects in Sri Lanka

IANS               New Delhi,Diplomacy,Indo-Pak/Pakistan, Thu, 12 Jul 2012

New Delhi, July 12 (IANS) India's Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh will Thursday meet Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Colombo to review the progress of various developmental projects supported by India in the island nation.
Ramesh will also meet Sri Lanka Foreign Minister G.L. Peiris and Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa, informed sources said.
India plans to invest about $1 billion in various development projects in the island nation.
India's rural development minister is also expected to review the rehabilitation of Sri Lankan Tamils.
Ramesh will address a seminar on poverty alleviation organised jointly by Sri Lanka's Lakshman Kadiragamar Institute for International Studies and the Research and New Delhi's Information System for Developing Countries.
Later, he will also deliver a public lecture at the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS) in Colombo on the "Changing Role of India in South Asia."