West wants ‘regime change’ in SL-Tamara

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Sri Lanka’s ambassador and Permanent Representatives to the UN in Geneva Tamara Kunanayakam slamming the west said that the Western countries want only a ‘regime change’ in Sri Lanka.

“Their real objective is “regime change”! Many Ambassadors in Geneva have been telling me that this is also what they want to achieve in Sri Lanka, so we take it very seriously. Over the past 10 years, the US has sought to impose the concept “responsibility to protect” or “R2P” to justify military interventions in countries where, according to them, the Government is unable to protect its own citizens !,” she says.

In response to UK Foreign Office Minister Jeremy Browne’s argument that Sri Lanka is a failed state, she says, “Like “terrorist States” or “rogue States”, the notion of “failed States” is part of a repertoire that, is used to justify interference in the internal affairs of sovereign States, but under an angelic and moralizing appearance.

UK Foreign Office Minister Jeremy Browne’s reference to Sri Lanka as a “failed State” is direct. The High Commissioner for Human Rights uses apparently innocuous language, but punctuates the section dealing with Sri Lanka with terminology associated with that dangerous concept. She suggests that Sri Lanka is unable or unwilling to protect its citizens, that its institutions are incapable of implementing the recommendations of LLRC, and that it refuses to engage with UN institutions.

She notes that the West had developed such arguments to justly their interventions in Iraq, Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria

She said that the West had developed this argument to justify and legitimize their interventions in Yugoslavia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and now Syria. (Kelum Bandara)

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  • wonderboy Tuesday, 06 March 2012 11:31 AM

    Say what you like. They are not planning any military interventions, but can you prove that SL is not a 'failed state'.

    Shelton Fernando Wednesday, 07 March 2012 04:35 PM

    Not only west even most Srilankans want a regime change!

    Renu Wednesday, 07 March 2012 04:40 PM

    People are waiting for a change

    ind Tuesday, 06 March 2012 11:23 AM

    30% is not everyone. It's like UNP's international community (Only UK and EU) !!!

    hello Tuesday, 06 March 2012 11:37 AM

    We want Kumar Sankakara

    Christo Tuesday, 06 March 2012 11:24 AM

    The war was fought to protect the majority of the civilians against a minority. This is the concept of Democracy. Calling it by any other name is hypocracy. Western powers want Mid East Oil and control of our geographical location. I am no lover of this Govt. But I vehemently oppose the western countries double standards.

    upul Wednesday, 07 March 2012 07:44 AM

    Do whatever violations and send a powerful person to get escaped ???

    ind Tuesday, 06 March 2012 11:24 AM

    30% is not enough !!

    Ranjith Tuesday, 06 March 2012 11:25 AM

    Went there with another fake leftist and protesting with LTTE against then SL goverment

    ind Tuesday, 06 March 2012 11:39 AM

    First groom up a proper leader !!

    Francis Wednesday, 07 March 2012 05:31 PM

    All the problems in the country are due to the last three words of your comments Jagath

    ranjan Tuesday, 06 March 2012 11:27 AM

    U.S. and west makes us kill each other. It may happen very soon. Our fools can"t understand this.

    ind Tuesday, 06 March 2012 11:40 AM

    UNP need a regime change, With the help of WEST !!

    Rajitha Wednesday, 07 March 2012 07:57 AM

    It is great that this comment was made by none other than a Tamil diplomat and she hit the nail on the head. No matter
    what internal politics spelts out no outside party has the right to meddle in our internal affairs. We had to be hard and take them head on otherwise we have to face the inevitable. More than 5 elections in Sri Lanka repeatadly elected the government in power with a resounding mandate and the west ignore this.. They will never be allowed to mess in our internal affairs by the majority of Sri lankans. They can do only if we divide.

    Wasudewa Wednesday, 07 March 2012 05:52 PM

    Like Libiya, Western may try Wikramabahu or Sarath Manamendra to become the leader in Sri Lanka.

    Rohan Tuesday, 06 March 2012 11:42 AM

    Oh no Wonderboy you got it wrong. The west is trying their best to intervene and if possible regime change. They think we are their poodle. This will not be allowed - we Sri Lankans will never ever allow the big boy to do this. US has gone quiet as they couldn't find an ally. Let the diaspora spend their money to buy out US/UK but this will not work this time. I am sure you are another assisting diaspora..

    kaputakukula Tuesday, 06 March 2012 11:42 AM

    So many baits are thrown by SL will they bite?

    citizen1 Wednesday, 07 March 2012 07:52 AM

    great sense of humour.

    chandrakumar Wednesday, 07 March 2012 07:58 AM

    Well done, madam Ambassodor . You have told spade a spade. We need more of your calibre officials to run the department of foreign affairs . Some people who live in the west exploiting the political asylum system may tell you that you do not know about the West and the human rights etc.
    Don't bother as they try to prove their cases to get the approval for political asylum in the west.

    Poopalan Tuesday, 06 March 2012 11:45 AM

    We know how developed the west is. You are sitting inside a pond like a frog. Come to the west if you want to know what goes on. Human Rights have gone through the window and looks like you are not in-tune with what goes on.
    There are deaths in any war and that cannot be war crimes... learn it man.

    Periya Tuesday, 06 March 2012 11:46 AM

    What nonsense are you talking...

    Anton Abeyesekera Wednesday, 07 March 2012 08:17 AM

    What is the Human Rights record of the West.They alleged that Iraq had weapons of Mass destruction and launched an unjustifiable war on the country and the ordinary people suffered immensely.Does this mean that they protected this people rather they were totally responsible for the mental trauma of innocent people not only in Iraq but also in other nations mentioned by Tamara,

    Damsen Tuesday, 06 March 2012 11:48 AM

    You are dreaming

    MOHAMMED Wednesday, 07 March 2012 08:04 AM

    World all human rights violated and violating by USA, UK and their allies over many decades but actions not taken agaisnt them bcz their the one who ruling world organization like UN.

    Yuri Wednesday, 07 March 2012 08:23 AM

    You are Genius, actually they are hunting for Criminals

    Calif Wednesday, 07 March 2012 06:48 PM

    So what can the other Countries do about it. Noithing my Friend. Take control of what you can Don't blame the others.

    Yes, We do what we want, . Come live in USA for few days and see how a True Democracy works.

    Alibaba Wednesday, 07 March 2012 07:09 PM

    Don't be stupid. She is only a puppet, speaking what she is being told to say.

    Rahmathullah Wednesday, 07 March 2012 08:46 AM

    It is true that US cannot claim to be a champion of human rights. Their intervention in Iraq alone resulted in 2.5 million killings 1.5 million widows and 15 million children orphaned. This is the largest catastrophe in the human history. But, this cannot be a reason for us to commit rights violations in Sri-Lanka. The crimes in Sri-Lanka is on alarming proportion and the culprits are let go scot-free due to state patronage.

    Gas Banda Tuesday, 06 March 2012 12:13 PM

    whatever said and done we cannot allow outsiders to interfere unless it's real critical(extreme cases of human rights abuse) we must tackle internal affairs within ourselves.
    At this juncture all Sri lankans must be together fight external forces and should also fight for rights in internal matters as
    well

    Kangaroo 2 Tuesday, 06 March 2012 12:00 PM

    My like would give you a answer I think bro

    Paddy Suman Wednesday, 07 March 2012 09:30 AM

    Jegath you are a fool. As long as what she says help the country, it is an advantage to represent SL by a Tamil lady. Sorry if your tiny brain cannot understand that.

    Mifaz Wednesday, 07 March 2012 09:32 AM

    All the peoples murmers get stopped when get sanctioned or whatever happens negatively and we are defenseless at that time.. lets pray that will never happen.

    sam Tuesday, 06 March 2012 12:22 PM

    yes that is true. West knows Sri lanka will achieve largest economy of the world under this regime

    NE Tuesday, 06 March 2012 12:12 PM

    They will only stop this harrasment when TNA come to power in SL.

    Rinose Tuesday, 06 March 2012 12:35 PM

    when did MR give you a call

    Nilanse Wednesday, 07 March 2012 09:51 AM

    Does she mean that they would send troops to SL for a regime change? That won't happen. I'm sure that the US/UK/EU are not thinking about this. What all the countries they invaded got in common, is that they where all dictatorships. Undemocratic countries with no respect for human rights or their citizens.
    The GOSL got lots of support among its citizens. The only thing I can see SL got in common with Iraq, Libiya etc, is the issue with human rights. I wish SL wouldn't try to be friends with such countries (Iran, Libya etc). That's nothing to be proud of. And remember people! Just because someone criticize the human rights situation in SL, it doesn't mean that it's an LTTE supporter.

    Izmy Tuesday, 06 March 2012 12:47 PM

    Madam your statements will see nothing bicos we are too late by not taking any action regarding the allegations.At least if some action was taken regarding the killing of 17 aid workers at Muttur in 2006 the world will trust us.

    Saskia Tuesday, 06 March 2012 12:52 PM

    This is ofcourse an extream human rights abuse. Are raping, torturing, killing of innocent people not extream according to you?

    harbi Wednesday, 07 March 2012 10:22 AM

    Oh wonder boy......you are really a stupid and a bad boy!

    ss Wednesday, 07 March 2012 12:05 AM

    well said madam !!

    Nilupul Wednesday, 07 March 2012 12:25 AM

    Well said madam. I am proud of you.

    Real peace Wednesday, 07 March 2012 11:03 AM

    I would not say it's a very bad idea!!

    Gamini Udagepola Tuesday, 06 March 2012 01:35 PM

    Jeremy Browne sees Sri Lanka as a failed state, but, who cares what she says for her own satisfaction. LOL. (Hats off to Ambassador Tamara Kunanayakam.)

    kugan Tuesday, 06 March 2012 01:38 PM

    Redime change yes thats what lot of protest still going in UK against Cameron Govnt
    We shouldnt rely on their pearks we have to concentrate on our own economy affaiars well done Tamara

    Ajith Wednesday, 07 March 2012 03:23 AM

    yeah, a better managed state, with no white vans and no tying up people in trees and yeah well managed economy

    Ajith Wednesday, 07 March 2012 03:29 AM

    OMG...are you serious...forget the west, the way we are managing economy, we might even end up queuing for bread...remember the time...?

    nimal Tuesday, 06 March 2012 02:11 PM

    You mean Australia?

    Neomal Wednesday, 07 March 2012 03:30 AM

    Naturally, to help the people who are suffering under these despots.

    Bird Eye Wednesday, 07 March 2012 03:52 AM

    I am feeling the failure.

    jack Wednesday, 07 March 2012 12:40 PM

    America is terrorizing the developing & under developed countries in the guise of democracy. Their greediness for power & oil never come to an end unless other top nations teach America a good lesson.

    Million of dollars have been dispensed via diaspora, NGO & INGO with an aim of toppling public elected governments.
    Most of countries in the world hate this country except few puppets.

    das Wednesday, 07 March 2012 04:02 AM

    They are not necessarily haters of SL, they simply understand that we are simply a country which has to achieve a lot before we can really call ourselves developed or even civilised. Of course you will not get negative comments in a newspapaer which only caters to the monolingual yakkos who think SL is at the center of the universe and that everyone wants to conquer us.

    Simple Mind Wednesday, 07 March 2012 03:51 AM

    You are day dreaming. But then again that is your right

    gafa Tuesday, 06 March 2012 02:36 PM

    Ok guys and ladies if Sri Lanka needs a Regime change, please name the next regime who can go head to run the government, Any idea?????

    Jegath Tuesday, 06 March 2012 02:25 PM

    I agree with what she says but how can a Tamil woman represent a Sinhala Buddhist Country?

    Anuruddha Disa Tuesday, 06 March 2012 02:51 PM

    Dear Madam, We are proud of you. It is a shame that daily mirror news get lot of comments from haters of Sri Lanka, mostly upset because their political parties have been rejected by the people. But the ground reality is different. The interest of west is clear, they want to keep the third world as it is , always unstable , poor , and underdeveloped. They support internal dissident groups to harm the stability of such nations. I do not say MR as the most righteous president , but neither Li Kuan Yew, nor Mahathir Mohamad were perfect . Only thing is that they gave the stability to the country which intern gave the space and time to for the country to develop --heal wounds .

    Theshara Jayasinghe Tuesday, 06 March 2012 09:53 AM

    well said !

    Asoka Tuesday, 06 March 2012 02:47 PM

    Yes that is correct. US needs a regime change. They don't care about what happen to tamils or singalese. They are worried about china's expansion in south indian teritory. Sri Lanka is allowing china an access place in the south. US are worried about increasing millitary power of China. They need a regime in Sri Lanka which do what they say. Like don't give access to china. We will give you cheap loans and food aids etc...etc....

    willows Tuesday, 06 March 2012 09:42 AM

    well said Madam.

    Dinesh Tuesday, 06 March 2012 09:57 AM

    Not only West we also wants a ‘regime change’ in SL

    Kangaroo 2 Tuesday, 06 March 2012 09:44 AM

    Even everyone here is also expecting the same

    Saskia Tuesday, 06 March 2012 09:46 AM

    MrsTamara Kunanayakam, first take action to proof that SL has not committed any war crimes before pointing out the mistake at others.West is more developed than SL in matetrs like Human rights.

    Anton James Tuesday, 06 March 2012 10:00 AM

    Madam Ambassador, You are 'spot on', Sri Lanka needs more Envoys of your calibre.

    Prasad Tuesday, 06 March 2012 10:02 AM

    Exactly! Well done. Keep it up!

    sinha ranasinha Tuesday, 06 March 2012 02:58 PM

    Well said Madam...

    Fayad Tuesday, 06 March 2012 09:50 AM

    Very firm & clear statement Ms Tamara
    Bravo Bravo !!!

    ila Tuesday, 06 March 2012 02:59 PM

    when human righst are violated, a country automatically loose its soverign and guard against others' intervention. I let the readers to decide whether it can be applied Sri Lanka or not.

    ind Tuesday, 06 March 2012 09:52 AM

    Exactly. If they really worry about human rights, where were they in 1988-90 period. Over 60,000 killed in JUST 2 YEARS !! Only thing is that time it was UNP regime. So no need to worry about it.

    Daya Tuesday, 06 March 2012 09:54 AM

    Ok now whats the plan. Keep blaming !! ??

    dPora Tuesday, 06 March 2012 10:02 AM

    I like her

    kondebendapucheena Tuesday, 06 March 2012 10:04 AM

    exactly they want whom can listen to there agenda,

    CYMAiWIMALAi Tuesday, 06 March 2012 10:05 AM

    EX-CHANGE?

    DeSelva Tuesday, 06 March 2012 10:11 AM

    high time

    law Tuesday, 06 March 2012 10:32 AM

    We all want to change but henchmen and women like you want to protect the corrupt !

    Haybusa Wednesday, 07 March 2012 06:14 AM

    Ho.. Just shutup.. You all will never be satisfied.

    Rohana Sumanasekara Wednesday, 07 March 2012 06:25 AM

    Well done Madam! valiant officials with back bones like you are needed more and more to mother Sri Lanka. You are truly patriotic and have the fullest right to talk on behalf of Sri Lanka as Sri Lanka is your mother land too.Late Mr: Kadiragamar laid his life down for a noble cause of talking on behalf of Sri Lanka. This is not a land meant exclusively for a single community. Those who still clamour that this country is only for Sinhala buddhists are traversing on the fringe of lunacy and brushing salt on healing wounds.

    Javi Tuesday, 06 March 2012 10:51 AM

    Most of public expects regime change themselves, its not for western

    TMA Tuesday, 06 March 2012 10:54 AM

    MR went to Geneva ab't that. In present context that would be a betrayal

    lion Tuesday, 06 March 2012 10:45 AM

    may be a foreign animal like 'kangaroo' wants to dance according to western tune and a regim chane, but not to real lions who constitute the majority of sri lankans irrespective of their ethnicity!

    faqi Wednesday, 07 March 2012 07:09 AM

    At last we have a very astute woman representing us in Geneva. More power to her. If we have people of this calibre in all our foreign missions, most of our problems will be over.

    Shira Wickramasngha Tuesday, 06 March 2012 11:18 AM

    Exchanged regime better be changed.

    Yuri Wednesday, 07 March 2012 03:45 PM

    Jack, you are watching too much movies...

    steve Tuesday, 06 March 2012 11:23 AM

    Forget about the west Sri Lankans need a regime change!

    gamini Tuesday, 06 March 2012 11:14 AM

    well said madam we ar proud of you

    Piranha Tuesday, 06 March 2012 11:15 AM

    Absolutely right. Not just the West but also most civilised countried in the world want regime change in Sri Lanka.

    Regime change is what is needed for Sri Lanka's future prospects.


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