September 22, 2011 Comments Off on Wikileaks reveals SL Archbishop lobbied US
Colombo Telegraph – Wikileaks: Mahinda Rajapaksa is a “christian” – says Archbishop
A leaked US Embassy cable reveals how the Archbishop Malcolm Ranjith lobbied US government against international pressure on accountability for war crimes.
The Archbishop Malcolm Ranjith told to the US ambassador that “ pushing the government of Sri Lanka too hard on the war crimes accountability issue now could destabilize Sri Lankan democracy and could suffer revolution from the right or a coup by the military” a leaked US Embassy cable revealed.
The remarks by Washington’s embassy to Sri Lanka, are revealed by the Wikileaks leaked cable. The cable classified as “ CONFIDENTIAL” by ambassador Patricia A. Butenis.
The cable said, the Archbishop Ranjith , despite his problems with the Buddhist right has a good relationship with the President, whose wife is Catholic. It is certainly true that the President is under great pressure from the Sinhalese Buddhist right. It is also arguable that the international community’s pushing too hard on accountability could backfire…
September 19, 2011 Comments Off on Wikileaks: US knew of high civilian deaths, UN chose not to publish figures
The US embassy in Colombo reported to the State Department that the average civilian death toll in the battle zone in Sri Lanka increased every month as fighting intensified.
63 civilians a day on average were killed in inside and outside the war zone during the last stages of the war against the Tamil Tigers, according to the latest Wikileaks revelations.
Quoting unpublished UN figures provided on 07 April 2009, Ambassador Robert Blake has reported on the same day that 4164 civilians were killed from 20 January to 06 April.
Over 10,000 have sustained injuries during the same period, according to the cable sent to Washington.
But the cable noted that UN did not intend to publish the estimated figures gathered through reliable sources…
September 18, 2011 Comments Off on Wikileaks reveal IC knew of carnage and resolved to simple lip service
September 5, 2011 Comments Off on Wikileaks reveals Indian govt's cold heart
The Times of India – West’s criticism of Lankan human rights record concerned India
NEW DELHI: In what might prove to be a political embarrassment for Congress in Tamil Nadu, a Wikileaks cable has revealed that India viewed Western criticism of Sri Lanka’s human rights record with concern as it felt shunning the island nation would drive it towards China.
An Indian official in the external affairs ministry told US diplomats that the West — by shunning a victorious Sri Lanka (after its defeat of the LTTE) over human rights issues — “pushed Sri Lanka into China’s arms”, and opened the region to the influence of both China and Iran.
In the January, 2010, interaction, joint secretary T S Tirumurthi said the elections in Sri Lanka should be welcomed and they would mark a new phase in resolving the Tamil question democratically. India was confident that if the vote is closely divided it would motivate the victor to consider the views of the other camp… More
September 4, 2011 Comments Off on Wikileaks shows super powers knew of SLA shelling of Tamil civilians
International donors were aware of artillery attacks on Tamil civilians by the Sri Lanka military in the last stages of the war against Tamil Tigers, according to recent Wikileaks revelations.
…Wikileaks reveal that the donor nations were told by Sri Lanka authorities that heavy weapons were used contrary to public statements.
“The Norwegian Ambassador commented that in two recent meetings with Rajapkasa he acknowledged military forces were shelling into the safe zone, but was not comfortable discussing the subject,” it said…
…But the donors, namely Japan and Norway, have objected to a call by the EU to issue a statement on the “potential humanitarian catastrophe” saying that Sri Lanka is “making an effort” to respond to previously raised concerns “with the exception of its recent shelling of the safe zone”.
“They argued that a critical public statement now might set back Basil’s efforts to provide more food,” says the US embassy cable…More
August 30, 2011 Comments Off on Proof of SL govt's manipulation of eye witness testimonies
Two WikiLeaks cables from U.S. Embassy in Colombo, released to the public last week said that four Tamil doctors who worked with the injured civilians during the last months of the war, and who recanted the casualty figures at a Sri Lanka Government organized press conference, had told the US Embassy officials that “they were heavily coached for the press conference [by Colombo], given specific lines to say, and even practiced with several members of the local media beforehand. They said they had not lied when giving their original statements during the war.”
The memo sent by the US Embassy official in Colombo was dated Monday, 24 August 2009, same day after the doctors were released on conditional bail.
The doctors released were Ki’linochchi Regional Director of Health Services (RDHS) Dr. T. Sathiyamoorthy, Mullaiththeevu RDHS Dr.Thurairaja Varatharajan, Dr. Ilancheliyan Pallavan of Puthukudiyiruppu government hospital and Mullaiththeevu Medical Superintendent Dr. Kanapathipillai Shanmugarajah. The fifth doctor, Dr. S.Sivapalan, was still under detention… More
May 11, 2011 Comments Off on Another Wikileaks cable to haunt the Govt
The Sri Lankan government rejected a surrender offer by Tamil Tiger rebels at the end of the war, reports released through the Wikileaks website say.
They say that Defence Secretary Gothabaya Rajapaksa dismissed US pressure to allow a mediated surrender with the words “we’re beyond that now”.
The leaked US cables suggest requests for the International Red Cross to go into the war zone were refused.