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Who is calling the shots in Sri Lanka?

Sri Lanka, and the government, is at crossroads regarding its future. On one side we have a path that could see us coming under a new regime with an unknown leadership, while on the other side there is a path that will see the Rajapaksa government strengthen  their already iron grip over the politics in the country.

However, sadly it is not the people who will decide what part we will be going down but rather the politicians. What is worse is that these politicians do not necessarily come from Sri Lanka, but rather from other nations that have vested interests in the country.

The news, since yesterday, has been the quiet rumblings that former Army commander and Presidential candidate, Sarath Fonseka, will be released shortly. This decision appears to have come out of the blue with previous attempts to have the man released shutdown. Feelings regarding his release are mixed, with a previous post of mine having expressing my own. (Refer “buying support”).

The question, however that many seem to have forgotten is who really convinced the government to do a 180 and release the man they have accused of treason? UNP MP Tiran Alles has been credited with the move, with sources stating that it was his numerous discussions with the President that achieved this.

Others have credited the President himself, saying that he took the decision believing that such a move would increase his popularity and help smooth over the growing rumblings over the rising cost of living.

I personally feel that the pressure to enact such a move came from powers outside of Sri Lanka, namely the US. They are a country which has shown an interesting amount of interest in the Sarath Fonseka case, choosing to send a member of the embassy to each of his court dates.

Now G.L. is headed to the US empty-handed, despite expectations from the Hillary Clinton that he would arrive with an action plan outlining the implementation of the LLRC. Instead he will be going there with nothing concrete to show their efforts in working towards reconciliation.

So, did the US pressure Sri Lanka into releasing Fonseka as an alternative to the absence of an action plan, or did the government consider that G.L. could use the news that he would be released to pacify the Americans. Do not forget they comfortably had a resolution passed against us as few months ago. It will not be too hard for them to do so again, especially with the way events are going in Sri Lanka.

Either way it is, to me at least, clear that the US has played a part in the Fonseka release. To what extent their role was is unknown and may never be known. But one thing is for certain, the anti-American members of the government (I am sure everyone knows who I am talking about) have gone silent. The protests are over and the calls to boycott are America have been silenced in the lead-up to the visit to the US.

We are now looking at a very interesting time ahead politically, whatever the fallout from the Fonseka release is there is no way to discount international involvement. All I can hope is that we do not go the way of so many Latin American countries.

  1. May 16, 2012 at 4:34 am
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