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Diplomats, representatives of diplomatic missions and Non-Governmental Organization representatives in Colombo met at the United States Ambassador’s residence to discuss the United Nations Secretary General’s Panel Report.

The meeting was reported to have been held at the invitation of US Ambassador Patricia A. Butenis on Thursday but the US Embassy refused to deny or confirm the meeting.

“As a matter of policy we don’t comment on the Ambassador’s meetings or what is discussed at these meetings,” a US Embassy Official told Daily Mirror.

National Peace Council Executive Director Jehan Perera confirmed that such a meeting had taken place on the invitation of Ms. Butenis.

“We discussed the Panel Report and how to make use of it as a constructive instrument for reconciliation instead of one of division and polarization,” he said.

Dr. Perera those who attended included Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu (Centre for Policy Alternatives), Sherine Xavier (Home for Human Rights), J.C. Weliamuna (Transparency International), Sudarshana Gunawardena (Rights Now) and Sunila Abeysekera

The diplomats were from India, Britain, the European Union, the Netherlands, France, Canada, Australia, UN Officials, Japan, Norway, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland and Italy.  (Dianne Silva)
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  • ind Saturday, 30 April 2011 06:17 AM

    But this peanut did what those mighties couldn't even think by defeating so called unbeatable LTTE.

    ind Saturday, 30 April 2011 06:18 AM

    You must be dreaming ? These dollar scavengers giving the best for Sri Lanka !! What a joke !

    David Saturday, 30 April 2011 06:18 AM

    If this country is a peanut why you guys don't move to TN ,leaving peace loving Sri Lankans alone ...

    prasa Saturday, 30 April 2011 06:39 AM

    Time to give the title of "persona non grata" to H.E. Ms. Butenis

    Jan Chandra Saturday, 30 April 2011 06:50 AM

    You must be joking. Where and when had the US and UN interfered for the good of a country. This report will only polarize communal feeling and draw down SL to 1983 riots. We should settle our own problems. Keep the outsiders off our territory.

    Darwin Saturday, 30 April 2011 07:02 AM

    They may be discussing the rubbish uttered by the minister.

    Darwin Saturday, 30 April 2011 07:17 AM

    Because thees countries are the leaders of human rights violations.

    Apu Saturday, 30 April 2011 07:40 AM

    How do you know China and Russia were not invited?
    They maybe did not accept the invitation. Don´t speculate about things you dont know! Too many are alreday...

    Saleem Saturday, 30 April 2011 07:24 AM

    The status quo is that the government always headed and run by mono-ethnic community that manipulates news, media and the communities and culture of immunity to violators of human rights must change. Those who are behind HR violations must be made to realize that HR, media freedom and justice to minorities are a part of democratic rule. Army rule in the Tamil speaking areas must also change.

    Senior Citizen Saturday, 30 April 2011 07:35 AM

    Why the hullabaloo if nothing to hide. Let us be open - show that whatever we did brought good results while LTTE was only pure destruction.

    lal Saturday, 30 April 2011 07:37 AM

    These jokers are panicking and trying to corner the SL govt. The SL govt will out smart them without a doubt. Whoever wants to justify supporting genocidal terrorists will be losers. The Sri Lankan delegates ought to remember if Americans participated in a discussion in America against their govt, they will be locked up. Julian Assange has more info on the subject.

    Commonsense Saturday, 30 April 2011 08:29 AM

    If NGOs are harming the country, if they are violating the law, why not take genuine legal action. We should not generalize from one or two cases. Who does not like $$ for existence. All the ministers and politicos and some business magnates love it, not only NGOs. If you are Buddhist - think for yourself!

    Mad Patriot Saturday, 30 April 2011 08:39 AM

    Had they interfered we could have saved tens of 1000s of people who had nothing to do with war

    Mad Patriot Saturday, 30 April 2011 08:45 AM

    how about Iran , north korea , burma and ukraine

    prkiruba Saturday, 30 April 2011 08:54 AM

    That is to say that LTTE is NOT defeated yet ?? Why did we have all those celebations of triumph??

    ridd Sunday, 01 May 2011 09:06 AM

    Wow these guys really know how to make enemies. Don't they have enough. I feel the time will come when US will have to pay even more dearly for meddling in the affairs of others to further their own ends

    dSilva Saturday, 30 April 2011 09:36 AM

    more like cashew nut....which is more expensive , more sort after than peanuts

    ind Saturday, 30 April 2011 09:26 AM

    Well said !

    ind Saturday, 30 April 2011 09:28 AM

    Why you all don't talk about US human violations? Is it because US is your master ??

    Peter Sunday, 01 May 2011 09:54 AM

    by bombing everything on it's path and killing thousands of innocent people.u must be really proud,

    Lanke Banda Saturday, 30 April 2011 10:35 AM

    Another Plot Been Hatched ??????

    ind Saturday, 30 April 2011 10:39 AM

    War criminals all dead.

    NOBEE PERERA Saturday, 30 April 2011 10:43 AM

    AFTER SRI LANKA ARE THEY HEADING FOR IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN

    Nicky Saturday, 30 April 2011 10:47 AM

    It seems like, still there are disgraceful backbiters remaining in the country. First we need to work on them

    politico Saturday, 30 April 2011 10:46 AM

    Where is Sri Lanka situated in the world map? Please help me to figure out!!!!

    David Friday, 29 April 2011 09:30 PM

    Why not change the headline to "LTTE had a meeting at US ambassador's residence"

    Guru Friday, 29 April 2011 10:16 PM

    Discuss all points and recommed the next step of action to be taken i.e arrest of war criminals.

    WISDOM Friday, 29 April 2011 10:25 PM

    HATCHING ANOTHER PLAN!

    Kumara Dharmarathne Friday, 29 April 2011 10:34 PM

    Hope, the meeting must have discussed the. best for Sri Lanka people.

    raju Friday, 29 April 2011 10:34 PM

    good news,can see some possitive sign. whatever it is when we compare with other countrys srilanka is peanut for them.

    Sinha Saturday, 30 April 2011 11:51 AM

    SL government too good for them and still they alive !

    Sri Longus Thuma Friday, 29 April 2011 11:47 PM

    The stooges have met their paymaster!

    Nadaraj Sethinathan Saturday, 30 April 2011 12:37 PM

    What a silly observation by many SLankans! Anyone criticising SL Govt is labelled LTTE, or its supporter, sympathiser, or on LTTE payroll. What an amazing country and people!!!!

    MagodisThuma Saturday, 30 April 2011 12:54 AM

    An another conspiracy ?.

    nagu Saturday, 30 April 2011 12:58 AM

    Cat out of the bag....

    Channa Saturday, 30 April 2011 01:12 AM

    USA is the one who is bank rolling these NGO who work against Sri Lanka.

    Janaka Saturday, 30 April 2011 02:18 AM

    Why don't you talk about war crimes against humanity perpetrated in Iraq, Afghanistan and in Guantanamo Bay?

    PP Sunday, 01 May 2011 04:23 AM

    we haeve not resolved the problems since 1983 or 2009, thts why they want to interfere and resolve.....

    Menike 1 Saturday, 30 April 2011 02:24 AM

    It "proves" that the U.S. is leading the anti-GOSL activity - Butenis has such a history and is just following Blake's lead.

    Leelananda Saturday, 30 April 2011 02:49 AM

    All the participators are not happy with this government.

    Ibnu Batuta Sunday, 01 May 2011 04:44 AM

    The person who really did the job is in jail. What a shame...?

    NE Saturday, 30 April 2011 02:38 AM

    Where is China ad Russia.? She has deliberately excluded them from the invitation list in order to have a unanimous atmosphere of the discussions.

    kalawedda Saturday, 30 April 2011 03:11 AM

    all US's puppet countries??

    Ibnu Batuta Sunday, 01 May 2011 04:54 AM

    All these comments prove Sri Lankans are carried away by their emotions without using their intellect. What a pity...?

    Sinha Saturday, 30 April 2011 02:56 AM

    Watch out for LTTE proxi agendas

    eddy Sunday, 01 May 2011 01:21 PM

    let their meeting or conspiracy begin,we have sorted our problems long time ago,no turning back.

    kasunsiri Gunaratne Saturday, 30 April 2011 03:15 AM

    The list is full of people who was jobless after Prabha Died. They now have a new life . Typical US action.

    Shyam Saturday, 30 April 2011 03:46 AM

    They all against the true Sri Lankan identity

    patiya Saturday, 30 April 2011 04:16 AM

    Who would hang the bell on cat's neck??

    aaa Sunday, 01 May 2011 02:03 PM

    How about muslim language

    DUWI Saturday, 30 April 2011 04:32 AM

    No doubt under the instructions of Mr. Robert Blake.

    Labby Sunday, 01 May 2011 05:20 AM

    And while those discussions were going on was Weerawansa staging a farce unto death outside ?

    ila Sunday, 01 May 2011 05:19 AM

    did they discussed about Wimal Wikrmasinghe's alternative UN? If so, his diplomacy works. Though he is not a well educated, he is getting popular by his actions and word.

    Sunil Ratne Saturday, 30 April 2011 05:14 AM

    Why not Russia, China, were not invited? That shows this is purely LTTE supporting lobby.

    umesh Sunday, 01 May 2011 05:44 AM

    Oh god! The only way to reconciliate is to have a political solution. Let the tamils have some sort of self rule ie Federalism!. Sing National anthem in sinhala and tamil.
    Federalise Sri Lanka into 3 states: One for tamils, one for sinhalese, one for Mainly Sinhalese with tamil as second language. Problem solved

    Pradeepa Kumara Saturday, 30 April 2011 05:16 AM

    Sri Lanka will overcome this problem thanks to Russia and China. Dont let the US embassy unite forces against Sri Lanka, and get a strong platform when blake arrives here.

    Channa Saturday, 30 April 2011 05:02 AM

    So this is why US has been so concerned about Local NGO's like Centre for Policy Alternatives, Transparency International for past few months

    Niroshan Senanayake Saturday, 30 April 2011 05:31 AM

    June 12, 2008 farewell speech at the Gulshan Club, Dhaka, the outgoing American ambassador to Bangladesh Patricia Butenis told the distinguished gathering "I know that some Bangladeshis believe that I was sometimes too outspoken," but she rationalized that by suggesting that in a fast and complex world of diplomacy, "Ambassadors must be clear about their country's interests and viewpoints to avoid misunderstanding."

    tissa Saturday, 30 April 2011 05:36 AM

    Sizewise peanut, Valuewise invaluable! Read the words of Robert O'Blake why US has interest in Sri Lanka

    Maru Yaka Saturday, 30 April 2011 05:59 AM

    Out come of the meeting:
    First the Dutch, Portugese and then the Brits. Now sad to say but "Sri Lanka has been sold to the US" with all its natural resources.


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