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UK, time to show your cards

Before I even start this post, I have to point out that in no way is this an indication of  support towards the current government.

The Brits threw down the gauntlet, in a manner of speaking, when they allowed Mahinda Rajapaksa to be targeted by the Diaspora in the UK resulting in him cutting short his visit there last week. They made their impressions of the President very clear when Scotland Yard once again said they could not provide the security for him despite him having a pre-planned address at the  Commonwealth Economic Forum. He cancelled the speech, and left the country on the 6th (he was originally scheduled to depart on the 7th).

So for the second time running the President has gone to the UK only to return after being told they cannot provide the security for him. Of course, I personally think that if they were genuine security could have been provided. Do not forget they have hosted George W. Bush at the height of the protests against him, although granted he was the President of the most powerful country in the world. Nonetheless the threat on his life was very much more real than that which exists over Mahinda Rajapaksa.

So, for me this is clearly the British telling the Sri Lankan government “read between the lines, we will tolerate you but we do not have to like you”.

Fiji, as some of you’ll might know, was suspended from the Commonwealth for a military coup. Now while the UK has not officially labelled the government over here guilty of war crimes, their actions depict which way they are leaning. The have continually called on the government to allow independent investigations, which to date have not happened.

In turn, members of the Sri Lankan government have accused the West (Britain and the US in particular) of supporting the LTTE. In fact one prominent Minister went so far as to call for the expulsion of the British High Commissioner, thankfully sense prevailed on that occasion. Of course, despite Sri Lanka’s “firm stance” on the West we continue to run after them looking to please them at any point possible (case in point being Minister G.L. Peiris’ visit to the States).

So this is the scene as I see it, both parties are on either side of the table, hands under the table cloth stroke nine millimeters waiting for the other party to make the first move. The time has come for one or the other to take a firm stance on their policy. Either the UK steps forward and demands an inquiry in to these allegations, or they step back and allow the country to continue on its way. In turn Sri Lanka must either comply with the wishes of the UK and allow an independent inquiry, or they need to stop telling them to back off while running after them.

The half way house that both government’s have found themselves at is doing nothing more stalling, the time has come for some definite action to be taken by either side.

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  1. June 19, 2012 at 10:48 am

    While the Sri Lankan government’s own report from its Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission , published last December, includes important findings on reconciliation, and represents a potentially useful opportunity to begin a national dialogue on the conflict, it is disappointing in its failure to address seriously accountability issues. The recent announcement that the army intends to investigate its own actions during the conflict is not the kind of independent inquiry that is required.

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