Daily Archive: November 29, 2015
The French response to Nov. 13 Paris massacre should be examined against the backdrop of Sri Lanka having to address accountability issues during eelam war IV (Aug 2006-May 2009).
In accordance with overall Western strategy, France, a current member of the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), pushed for war crimes probe, targeting Sri Lanka. The Western project was meant to undermine the previous government of war – winning President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Western powers accused Sri Lanka of atrocities, as well as excesses. However, French counter-terrorism operations, launched in the wake of the Paris massacre, underscored the use of maximum force against a ‘target,’ according international media. Obviously, the French wanted the alleged ‘mastermind’ of the Paris massacre dead.
U.S. Permanent Representative for the United Nations Samantha Power, Obama administration’s top foreign policy advocate is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka November 21-23. This is her second visit, the previous one being June 2010 during the Rajapaksa administration.
In January 2016, American multi billionaire George Soros is scheduled to visit Colombo – it is said – for an economic discourse.
Both visits are significant when both of them, since 2012, have been direct participants of UN-Department of Political Affairs- initiated ‘promotion of federalism’ in Third World nations envisaged to bifurcate nations on ethnic lines.
The two visits are even further interesting when Colombo has an American diplomatic envoy – Atul Keshap – who is a strong believer of a federal structure in Sri Lanka. He has gone on record advocating the system.