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By Lakna Paranamanna


Former Peace Secretariat Head Professor Rajiva Wijesinha today said that the ceasefire agreement (CFA) of 2001 was a good idea but yet it was a failure mainly due to then Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe’s inability to integrate it.

Speaking before the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Committee (LLRC) Prof. Wijesinha said that the actions of Mr. Wickremasinghe and many officials who were engaged in the CFA process, benefited the LTTE - including instances where the Peace Secretariat had provided money to the LTTE. “The Government wasn’t interested in monitoring what was done with the money that was provided. The general lack of monitoring allowed the LTTE to run riot,” he added.

He said that unlike former Presidents Premadasa and Chandrika Bandaranike Kumaranatunga, Ranil Wickremasinghe failed to realize his mistakes of being completely impawned by the LTTE. “His naïve and culpable actions during the ceasefire period turned the CFA a betrayer of all the Tamil leaders who stood against the LTTE,” he added.

Prof. Wijesinha also said that Mr. Wickremasinghe’s limited perception of the international community – that it comprises only of Western countries - and his actions provided leverage for the LTTE in the eyes of the international community which resulted in the LTTE taking advantage of the situation. “The sudden affection of the international community towards ex-Army Commander Sarath Fonseka makes it evident that their agenda towards the conflict in Sri Lanka was political throughout the years,” he said.

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  • Purohitha Monday, 23 August 2010 10:30 AM

    The man is a total failure though the darling of the western govts.

    Justin Monday, 23 August 2010 10:33 AM

    one sided story

    justin

    Concerned Citizen Monday, 23 August 2010 10:45 AM

    Rajiva Wijesinghe, so you think the Ceasefire Agreement was a good idea? Then thank the architect of that Agreement for the good idea without throwing brickbats at him. The good idea was used to the hilt by MR when he canvassed for Presidency by giving the LTTE money to stop people from voting.

    Nadee Monday, 23 August 2010 10:47 AM

    well said Sir !

    sltk2004 Monday, 23 August 2010 10:48 AM

    Professor, forget about the sudden affection of the international community towards ex-Army Commander Sarath Fonseka, what do you say about the affection shown to him by the Sri Lankans last year (after the defeat of LTTE)? According to your logic then that affection too was political...

    arjuna Monday, 23 August 2010 10:53 AM

    Who takes this fellow Rajiv W seriously

    Ramzeel Monday, 23 August 2010 11:00 AM

    The Lessons Learnt Committee should not accept the views of Bureaucrats as they sing hosannas to the ruling party. Mr. C. R. De SIlva should invite the people who faced the problems at ground level and not the bureaucrats who are just praising the Govt and trying to destroy the opposition, like this instance by Prof. Rajiva.

    DHA Monday, 23 August 2010 11:01 AM

    Ranil & CBK were like puppets to the International community....!!! if they were in ruling L.T.T.E would've crowned themselves as the supreme rulers of this country....!!!

    Yehiya-Doha Monday, 23 August 2010 11:01 AM

    Yes. Ranil has poor leadership qualities but is a honest man.

    willows Monday, 23 August 2010 11:03 AM

    why bring GSF to this picture now, if not for GSF we would have suffering still???

    Sujith Monday, 23 August 2010 11:07 AM

    What you are talking men? He is more cunning than MR. That's why now Sajit is facing few problems

    Dr Ron Mada Tuesday, 24 August 2010 12:20 AM

    Rajiva is trying his best to win a position in the Rajapaksa government!

    athula Monday, 23 August 2010 11:19 AM

    BOTH RANIL AND RAJIV ARE GREAT FAILIURS

    hb Monday, 23 August 2010 11:28 AM

    Ranil's International community - Norway, USA, and EU countries
    MR's International community - India, China, Russia, Japan and the countries that stand by Sri Lanka

    halawathabanda Monday, 23 August 2010 11:35 AM

    the UNP or the International community will never like these facts. But seems to be a very good analysis.

    Labby Monday, 23 August 2010 11:57 AM

    The government is hell bent on making Ranil the scapegoat for everything. At the end of the day though Ranil has the last laugh, everyday.

    Leslie Tuesday, 24 August 2010 10:18 AM

    Did Rajiva caution Ranil that his actions were harmful and was benefiting the LTTE. If not, Rajiva is a traitor having sided withthe LTTE.

    Smart Aleck Tuesday, 24 August 2010 04:11 AM

    Prof. Rajiv, are you saying this with hindsight? If not, why did you not advise your cousin Ranil at that time?

    Ace Monday, 23 August 2010 01:21 PM

    Heres an interesting fact did you all know that Prof Rajiva and Ranil are very closely related!!

    ajith Tuesday, 24 August 2010 05:02 AM

    Ranil cannot alone implement it.He was not given a proper time period and proper environment. Why LTTE made the Tamils not vote for Ranil, is an evident that LTTE was not happy with the way he architect the CFA. And CFA only made Karuna split from LTTE which is a major setback of LTTE. We always try to criticize a person, but don't like to give due credit for the good work.

    Sandeepa Monday, 23 August 2010 01:45 PM

    It's true that Ranil has the last laugh, but the problem is that he always has the last laugh at the expense of the UNP and its members.

    Riaydh Camel Tuesday, 24 August 2010 07:26 AM

    Well said Ajith, we need to understand that War is not the opposite of a negotiated settlement ..its only one of the many ways of addressing a problem and each one will have its own set of pros and cons ... so lessons learnt commission should also look at the pros and cons of the War driven result likewise ...bottom line both are history and the past not always a way forward for the future !

    p.wijesekera Tuesday, 24 August 2010 07:47 AM

    Yes but the good professor knows on which side his bread is buttered

    Sharma Monday, 23 August 2010 08:44 PM

    So this must be a relationship battle?


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