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An open letter to all foreign embassies

Respect Sri Lanka’s sovereignty

Our organisation, De Dham Rakno, is a movement of the people of Sri Lanka, that is committed to preserving the sovereignty and the integrity of our country, and the right of all its people to live in peace, equality and harmony across the length and breadth of the island. It is not aligned or affiliated to any political party either directly or indirectly. It spurns foreign funds and is financed purely by the meagre contributions of its members and well wishers.

This letter is to express our utmost displeasure over the continuing acts of interference in the internal affairs of our country, by the ambassadors of some Western NATO countries and their allies both in the East and West, riding rough shod over Sri Lanka's sovereignty, with scant regard to the sensibilities of our people. Some of these ambassadors act in the most despicable and shameless manner, as if Sri Lanka is a colony of the countries they represent. They are not only violating all norms of diplomacy but are also flagrantly abusing our sovereignty.

In the aftermath of the recent ousting of Ranil Wickremesinghe from power, which is purely an internal matter of our country, the role that these ambassadors played in holding discussions with the Speaker of the House, Karu Jayasuriya and persuading the latter to change his earlier position recognizing the appointment of Mahinda Rajapaksa as the new Prime Minister by the President, in accordance with the powers vested in him by the constitution, amply supports our position stated above. Their over eagerness to reinstall their ally Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister, led them to demean themselves to the level of DPL jokers, when they applauded and rejoiced in the lobby of the Parliament, over the declaration made by the Speaker that Mahinda Rajapaksa has lost a no confidence motion, that was rushed through Parliament without regard to proper procedures. They no doubt consider the occasion as a victory for their joint effort (or conspiracy?) to restore Ranil Wickremesinghe to power.

We could have dismissed their behaviour lightly as arising from a burst of unbridled but crude expression of colonial mentality, if not for the fact that their Governments, casting aside international law, jointly endeavour to have their puppets installed and maintained in high offices in countries across the globe. In many a such country, these puppet regimes have readily allowed the wealth of their countries to be stolen by their masters, and further commit their people to serve in proxy wars to oust other legitimate governments that resist the demands of the Western NATO states. But we Sri Lankans do not want such a fate to befall us.

While civil unrest, military power struggles and separatist wars have brought untold suffering to people of nations that have undergone the “regime changes” effected by the NATO states, the wealth of the latter has burgeoned by the sale of armaments to the warring factions. The citizens of NATO states, basking in the comforts of sitting rooms furnished by such ill begotten wealth, are inclined to readily believe the reports churned out by the biased high profile Western media, without going through the trouble to ascertain the truth from alternative sources of information.

We also take this opportunity to call upon the Indian government, or rather, once again, its good hearted citizens, to examine their country's foreign policy, especially vis-a-vis its small neighbouring states. We believe that if India is to be the great world leader it has the potential to be, and we sincerely wish it to be so, it should seek its position in the world on its own merit. A great country that has produced the Buddha, an Asoka, a Gandhi and an Ambedkar, should be a beacon of righteousness to the world.

Even if we cannot forget India's past aggression, we can forgive India, if only it is in turn prepared to mend its ways allowing us to solve our problems by ourselves, truly respecting our sovereignty, integrity and independence. If India wishes to go further and live up to the claim it makes about the special status it affords our relationship, it can stand by us in resisting the pressure brought on us by the NATO states to carry out their diktats.

However they should realise that when they act hand in glove to our detriment, they cannot complain if we seek closer ties with other powerful countries in the world to protect our sovereignty. 


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