In Matters Pertaining To
The Sri Lankan Political Situation,The USA Prior To Taking A Bi -
Partisan Stance Behind Prime Minister In Reality Should Support The
Sinhala Village For Lankaweb
A spokesman for the President of Sri Lanka has expressed regret that
America has taken a bi-partisan approach and a dim view of the political
problem of Sri Lanka. The Office of the President of Sri Lanka has
recently been somewhat rudely surprised that the USA has boldly spoken
out against the President and in support of the policies of the Prime
Minister on the matter of National Defence where the ongoing tussle
for the Defence Ministry which constitutionally hence legally belongs
to the President although being contested by the Prime Minister has
been firmly appropriated by the President.
Perhaps it is time auspicious to gently nudge the USA in letting
them know that all their assertions about matters pertaining to the
politics of other Nations are not always legit nor acceptable relevant
to the manner it has handled many fiascos of their own creation beyond
the realm of conjecture of their rightful status to justify their
actions and in the case of Sri Lanka the bi- partisan stance the USA
appears to have taken in support of Ranil Wickremasinghe as opposed
to the Constitutional Rights of the President, as puerile as the policies
of George W. Bush itself! The portrayal of the 'Emperor Who Wore No
Clothes ' has now been made more than manifest by the manner in which
the Bush Administration continues to hoodwink some of the more naive
and gullible of the International Community into thinking that he
has accomplished a great deal for the world when the likes of Osama
Bin Laden and his Al Quaeda, infamous terror groups such as Hamas,
Islamic Jihad, Abu Sayak, and many other dangerous terrorist cells
including the LTTE and even the Taliban who are now suspected of regrouping,
carry on their nefarious activities with impunity and unapprehended!
The Sri Lankan Nation is well aware that the current political crisis
as presented by the Prime Minister in his bleatings to the US Administration
has been exaggerated and blown out of proportion to gain sympathy
whereas the stand taken by the President Mme. Chandrika Bandaranaike
Kumaratunga is an assertive one in defence of Sri Lanka's Sovereign
and Territorial Integrity which the policies of Ranil Wickremasinghe
by virtue of his inconsistent attitude towards National Defence seemed
to have been on the verge of being signed off into the hands of the
insurgent LTTE and their ISGA about which the huge outcry by a vast
majority of Sri Lankans together with its prominent Buddhist Clergy
and all opposition parties bore testimony to the mood and climate
of the Nation as being circumspect and suspicious of the current Administration
and as an aftermath of which the President has reclaimed the Portfolios
of Defence and Communications which were rightfully hers and much
to the relief of the more discerning within Sri Lanka.
Speculations are presently rife that the scenario being enacted by
the US Government's attitude towards the President's policies relevant
to sidelining her recent actions appear to be pro-Wickremasinghe propaganda
with US Deputy Secretary Richard Armitage often the spokesperson,
by now fairly well known for his prevaricating statements and inconsistent
jargon which sometimes speaks for the cause of Sri Lanka's integrity
and unitarity and at times sounds undecided about what he is really
implying or whose side he is really on, leading the dialogue on behalf
of the USA as purported by reliable sources!
Perhaps the USA should re- evaluate their trend of thought and ponder
whether they are in anyway justified in dabbling with the present
theatrics of derring-do Ranil Wickremasinghe and his presented crisis
( probably himself a crisis in the minds of many Sri Lankans ) and
be a bit more focussed on the realities facing Sri Lanka in the face
of all adversities created by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam
which the USA has officially proscribed and align their policies in
keeping with the Constitution of Sri Lanka which fully entitles President
Kumaratunga to the course of actions she has chosen to pursue in the
best interests of Sri Lanka!
If the concept is beyond the comprehension of the mighty US of A
perhaps they are better off toning down their rhetoric propagated
by Mr. Armitage and permitting the President to control the helm of
her ship without hinderance, whose course which to all intents and
purposes could be misguided with dire consequences for Sri Lanka should
the buccaneeering mentality of the Wickremasinghe Administration be
permitted access to the areas demanded with the 'loyal' support of
the Bush Administration.
Sri Lanka is not just about ready to capitulate to a group of insurgents
based purely upon US foreign policy whether inadvertently or not which
in the case of Sri Lanka seems contradictary to their usually professed
objectives towards world peace if the policies of President Kumaratunga
are being undermined to uphold a bi-partisan support for a seemingly
misguided Prime Minister whose actions could easily jeapordize the
safety of the entire region!!
The response from the President's Office to all of this is that the
President has made it crystal clear to the country, as well as to
the International Community, in being quoted as saying" There
is absolutely no Constitutional Crisis as implied by some in the country
to whose advantage it might perhaps be if such a crisis was projected!
and whatever crisis theory put forward by the United National Front
and its leadership was illusionary, deceptive and imaginary one.
Recent news reports have been quoted as observing that the Prime
Minister is now more adamant on having the Defence Ministry at the
cost of the human misery. It is suspected that the Prime Minister
is more inclined towards power and authority and not in peace and
prosperity of the country.
If this message reaches the USA and their exponents of righteousness
towards an acceptable world order perhaps it may be a deterrent towards
their unjustifiable attitude of criticizing the President of Sri Lanka
mandated by the people of her country to uphold, sovereignty and territorial
integrity , peace, law and order and most importantly the Constitution
of Sri Lanka.It seems bemusing that the USA seems to have overlooked
the all important aspects of Sri Lanka's Governance and Administration
being creations of the Constitution of Sri Lanka set in place by its
founding fathers as much as the relativities of what the Confederation
and Constitution of the USA stand for or is this another 'Faux Pas'
for which its reputation seems to be gathering momentum as of late?
According to the Constitution of Sri Lanka at its last amendment
the President is the Head of State and Head of the Government. The
President nominates the Prime Minister and other Ministers and is
in overall authority over all ministers and areas of Government and
Commander In Chief Of The Armed Forces. In the Sri Lankan Constitution
the Prime Minister's status or authority at no instance by decree
grants him or her supremacy over the President and is clearly stated
in the articles of the Constitution.
Must it be emphasized then that the USA prior to taking a bi-partisan
stand behind the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka in matters pertaining
to the political situation would be better off supporting the President
as being the more logical thing to do.