'Chance to build a nation with respect for HR'

13 April 2012 05:06 am - 72     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a message greeting all SriLankans around the world for the Sinhala and Tamil New Year said thatit gives an opportunity to help build a democratic nation defined bytolerance and respect for human rights.

The message says:

"On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, Iam delighted to send best wishes to Sri Lankans around the world asyou celebrate Sinhala and Tamil New Year.This celebration brings people together to renew bonds of friendshipand family.

It also gives Sri Lankans of all backgrounds, livinginside and outside the country, an opportunity to help build aprosperous, democratic nation defined by tolerance and respect forhuman rights. As a partner and friend of Sri Lanka for more than 150years, the United States looks forward to supporting your efforts tofoster national reconciliation and development, and to build evenstronger ties between our people.

Congratulations and best wishes for a safe and happy holiday and aprosperous New Year."

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  • Syma Friday, 13 April 2012 03:05 PM

    Dear Madam try to be honest and open minded and then support all nation in the world..

    laikea Friday, 13 April 2012 03:45 PM

    Thank you for that. Now get your hands out of our business.

    Nihal L Friday, 13 April 2012 03:19 PM

    The world will have Peace only when U.S.A lays their DIRTY hands and mind their own biz.This type of statements mean nothing,only good for the FOOLS !

    Lohan Saturday, 14 April 2012 10:15 AM

    Hi Yuri why ask the biggest culprit and the world renowned war crime record held by US. Its tragic why black vans cannot be used instead of white vans ......understand the white vans were first used by the WEST.

    nalaka Friday, 13 April 2012 04:07 PM

    Dear Sri Lankans stop sucking up-to USA and please don't call her madam she does not deserve it

    Bobby Pereira Friday, 13 April 2012 04:06 PM

    You mean like in Abu Graib and Guantanamo?

    Rohan Friday, 13 April 2012 04:03 PM

    Greetings! my foot. Practice what you preach Obama & Clinton. The devastation caused in Afghanistan & Iraq cannot be forgiven for ten generations. You did not learn a lesson in Vietnam until Americans were driven out with shame.
    Shame on you Ms. Clinton to call US a friend of Sri Lanka having accepted election funds from the LTTE terrorists and bending backwards to please them.
    Our true friends are China & Russia not US. Power to ASIA!

    Dehand Senanayake Friday, 13 April 2012 04:05 PM

    USA must destabilise Sri Lanka at any cost. They are doing it in style. Most of our Sri Lankan idiots do not realise the gravity of this. They ruined Pakistan. Now they are gunning for Sri Lanka.

    Punchi Putha Friday, 13 April 2012 05:47 AM

    Will fall again into deaf ears

    Fusion Friday, 13 April 2012 05:58 AM

    Well thank you ma'am!

    A Sri Lankan Friday, 13 April 2012 05:59 AM

    Do we need this ? Aren't we upset by the actions of the US ?

    Athula Friday, 13 April 2012 06:30 AM

    Fake patriots do not understand this simple logic.

    Athula Friday, 13 April 2012 06:31 AM

    Please take the whip

    Leela Friday, 13 April 2012 04:51 PM

    Is it democracy to Libyans or oil to oil companies that the US introduced to Libya from 33,000 feet? Tell us is it peace that westerners offered to Iraqis with depleted uranium bombs and to Afghans with drone attacks for over a decade?

    You do not feel the peace that prevails in Sri Lanka becuse you imagin an up comming war in Sri Lanka. Look inwards and see the two-facedness of your country and help them to be straight.

    HENCHMAN Friday, 13 April 2012 06:33 AM

    what kind of friendship you mean????...

    chanda Friday, 13 April 2012 06:15 AM

    Our hero...General Fonseka...Obata subama suba aluth avuruddak wewa....

    raj Friday, 13 April 2012 05:06 PM

    We should be upset of the inaction/inability to convince US on HR issues.

    raj Friday, 13 April 2012 05:08 PM

    Buying our products such as tea, garments, spices etc....

    Mason Friday, 13 April 2012 06:16 AM

    Those in power have become deaf to good advice. It is a waste of time telling them anything useful.

    Mervyn Friday, 13 April 2012 04:55 PM

    Hillary, you do not know head or tail about this Singhalese New Year, you have only picked it up from some body. So please keep your greetings and advice to yoursel. Additionally, it is better you and your Govt. stop harrassing North Korea, Iran, Syria, Sri Lanka etc and looked after your own country. This will be a blessing to all the nations that you have harraseed and planning to.

    steven Friday, 13 April 2012 05:04 PM

    poring water on ducks back!

    Hamid Hamidi Friday, 13 April 2012 06:44 AM

    tHANK YOU for your good wishes. We wish you & President Obama had extended your hearts & minds to the Sri Lankans through the President & the govt. of Sri Lanka, as the proper channel of communication. We have a govt. duly elected by the people. Since you had wished that we build a democratic nation, we wish you will recognise the right channels of wishing us in a democracy. The govt. may have shortcomings, perhaps much less than yours! But since you are our Prosecutor elsewhere , it is a fundamental human right that our President & the govt. are in our law presumed innocent until proved guilty, unlike yours where you kill & then presume guilt! Pl. do not exploit our Legitimate internal democratic differences to ignore our elected govt. By doing so you are demeaning us. Hamidi

    Shelton Fernando Friday, 13 April 2012 07:00 AM

    Thank you!

    Dalu banda Friday, 13 April 2012 07:23 AM

    Thanks to madam Clinton for your kind words.

    sanjeev Friday, 13 April 2012 07:29 AM

    Fist TIME..FROM US...BE alret!!!!....Come soon War crime!!

    hasthi Friday, 13 April 2012 07:31 AM

    Thanks for the greetings "friend"

    But where were you all during 1971 to 2009?

    We may have lost the 'tolerance' and 'respect' when we had 'missing' friends like you during our troubled times.

    And since 'imported' tolerance or respect is not palatable to us let us slowly rebuild it ourselves, the way it suits us.

    sinhabahu Friday, 13 April 2012 07:27 AM

    Thank you... We will be sending you a new year gift through GL.
    Please accept.

    Maru Yaka Friday, 13 April 2012 08:07 AM

    Thank you verymuch madam! We would greatly apeciate if you could divert these greetings towards Afganistan and Iraq as you are always in their thoughts for the peace you have provided!!!

    Yuri Friday, 13 April 2012 08:16 AM

    Democracy in Sri Lanka? Hello... first help us from White Van then we talk about Demo caray

    samosa Saturday, 14 April 2012 12:37 PM

    immigration issue has nothing to do with HR, immigration detained him to verification, this could happened to anyone anywhere. that's not something like white van...

    cxcb Saturday, 14 April 2012 12:52 AM

    if North Korea, Iran, Syria, Sri Lanka govts. stop harassing their own people, then no one in the world will interfere.
    further, you are happy that no more VP, but Tamils not happy as there is still people like MR denying basic rights.

    Minister Friday, 13 April 2012 09:25 AM

    We appreciate your greetings for all Sri Lankans!

    limatc Friday, 13 April 2012 09:51 AM


    chandrarathna Friday, 13 April 2012 09:53 AM

    Dear Madam, Thanks for comments but how can I believe you.

    cdr Saturday, 14 April 2012 02:12 AM

    US You better practice what you preach!!!...talk about it your killings of innocent civilians in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Palestinia, Iraq, Hiroshima & Nagasaki and many many more...AND PLEASE MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS

    Dilan De Silva Friday, 13 April 2012 09:56 AM

    First practice at least whilst you preach..good luck with that!

    Nodrog Saturday, 14 April 2012 02:48 AM

    Did the US respect HR when they invaded Pakistan and murdered Osama, when they invaded Iraq to look for non-existent WMDs, Afghanistan etc...???
    Obama and Hillary watched Osama being murdered!!! Where was human rights then?

    citizen1 Saturday, 14 April 2012 03:00 AM

    Why? Is respecting human rights a bad thing??

    citizen1 Saturday, 14 April 2012 03:15 AM

    Even though we are an island, we are still part of the world and can't afford to isolate ourselves as we are FAR from self-sufficient.

    Hk Friday, 13 April 2012 09:58 AM

    Mind your own work with middle east countries ! Don't think about Lankan lions !

    kumaraya Friday, 13 April 2012 10:15 AM

    What has Mr. Weerawansa to say?!

    chandrarathna Friday, 13 April 2012 10:16 AM

    This is one side support,no mewaning of continuing . thanks

    chandrarathna Friday, 13 April 2012 10:20 AM

    if my grammer is wrong,recorrect it & open

    raj Saturday, 14 April 2012 04:12 AM

    Did you know that United States is Sri Lanka's second-biggest market for garments, taking almost 40% of total garment exports ? The biggest market is EU. If we go by Min. Wimal, boycotting US product will not hurt the US, but imagine if USA boycott our products? how much will it hurt us ? will China buy our products?

    chandrarathna Friday, 13 April 2012 10:23 AM

    is this democratic path

    sambol Friday, 13 April 2012 10:14 AM

    What does she mean by 'democratic', 'tolerance' and 'human rights'? We don't have them in our dictionaries.

    Nodrog Friday, 13 April 2012 10:04 AM

    Thanks Hilla-ry and hope you will try harder to act like a true friend and partner not only with words but in deeds too.

    raja Saturday, 14 April 2012 04:37 AM

    Sri Lanka is becoming another Burma in the Indian Ocean.

    saman Saturday, 14 April 2012 04:40 AM

    All LTTE supporters have now become HR guardians. What a joke!

    Fusion Saturday, 14 April 2012 05:18 AM

    Ane yako! It is civilized, cultured Sri Lankan behaviour to thank someone who just wished or greeted you, regardless of that person's (in this case 'Hillary Clinton') motives. Maan, the insecurity of our nationalist seem to be hitting a new level.

    freehit Saturday, 14 April 2012 05:42 PM

    Physician, heal thyself !

    lal Saturday, 14 April 2012 05:00 AM

    GL, please take some Ceylon tea for Mrs Clinton, Jaffna cigars for Bill and ganga for Barrack.

    Tharu Saturday, 14 April 2012 05:29 AM

    Dear Madam!
    You shows your dignity and friendliness sending greeting. Our goverment violate most of Sri Lankans' HRs.These are fundermental right. This goverment works as family own business. Only family members take profit and people of Sri lanka receive losses. Thank you for greeting to SL people. Majority of people know how important relationship with America and rest of world. Fulish MR does not understand it.

    Fayad Friday, 13 April 2012 11:09 AM

    USA can also do the same in the intentional area not only in USA

    Fayad Friday, 13 April 2012 11:16 AM

    What happened to Shah Rukh Khan ? detain for the 2nd time round because he is a Muslim where is so called HR in USA ??

    Baba Saturday, 14 April 2012 07:35 PM

    you want Mr.Obama to presure the government for what? killing prabakaran? Are you professional to give advise? more than 50% people of this country has selected the preseident not a boot likers like you'll but good sri lankans have selected him.

    GOPI Friday, 13 April 2012 11:34 AM

    looks like you are permanant deaf.

    Bindu Friday, 13 April 2012 12:52 PM

    Thank You Mrs Clinton
    Tell your US mision in SL to watch out for White vans

    Ranjan Alwis Sunday, 15 April 2012 02:10 AM

    You do not mention about the cultural reconciliation achieved by Tamil and Sinhalese people which has made it possible to have a common New Year.In addition religeous reconciliation is a reality between Buddhists and Hindus.This is due to the 2500 year bond that has not been dented due to the 30 years of war.

    silva Friday, 13 April 2012 01:25 PM

    Pity no one is worried about corruption,accountability and good governance.

    Nalin De Silva Saturday, 14 April 2012 07:51 AM

    I thank you and echo your sentiments. As Dr. Kissinger wrote in his 1994 book "Diplomacy," the US foreign policy has always been shaped by two opposing approaches—one inward-looking & isolationist and one outward-looking & multilateral. Yet even in today we are still witnessing a tug-of-war between these two approaches.

    rohan Friday, 13 April 2012 01:45 PM

    You may be deaf. But your money works for Hillary.

    Priya Friday, 13 April 2012 01:49 PM

    You need to understand this woman speaks with two tongues.Hillary must practice what she preach.

    paramu Friday, 13 April 2012 02:30 PM

    Madam! we need a regeme change. Help us the people srilanka like you did in Lybia

    sarath Saturday, 14 April 2012 08:53 AM

    This is call Civilized world. Appreciate Madam

    Nihal Friday, 13 April 2012 02:53 PM

    There is a clear message to GOSL in the coming new year.

    Yehiya Saturday, 14 April 2012 09:13 AM

    Govt. no plan to do anything for solution. Only need power. There are some professional or neutral ministers very clear about solution. Most of decision making & advisory to president not professional to bring the clear picture. Mr.Obama’s pressure will bring the solution.

    paths Friday, 13 April 2012 02:54 PM

    her call for tolerance & respect for human rights is apt; but wil fall on deaf ears. She is also calling for SAFE & happy ---. Safe - very apt for Tamils.

    Lord nuremberg Friday, 13 April 2012 03:03 PM

    Thanks madam! We are Sri lankans and after a bloody war we are having a very good new year to celebrate though inside and outside troubles are immense.Though you passed a resolution against my country as a nation with great hospitality you will definitely have a place in our new year sweets table if you come to My home today.Thnax dear lady for your kind wishes. We definitely determine to build our nation as in your wish.Thanx!

    yeshan Friday, 13 April 2012 03:10 PM

    fusion, stop being a local sudda!

    J.Samarakoon Friday, 13 April 2012 03:01 PM

    Ms.Clinton- Our wish is that please don't interfere with Srilankan internal affairs.

    dilhan Friday, 13 April 2012 03:10 PM

    mind your own business woman

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