For Sri Lanka, India comes first

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  1. HeinzGud

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    For Sri Lanka, India comes first - President

    President Mahinda Rajapaksa said he considers India first and others later. "As soon as I came to power, I went to India and got their support; after that, I did not have to bother about the UN, UK, US, and so on. In fact, we got help from the US by way of vital information about LTTE ships which made it possible to destroy them at sea," he said in an interview with Deccan Chronicle in Colombo.
    "As for China coming here with major infrastructure projects, I must tell you that every project that we gave the Chinese we first offered to India, including the big port project in Hambantota, but there was no response. Even the Colombo port expansion was advertised but only the Chinese came," President Rajapaksa said.
    Asked whether the Tamil National Alliance's (TNA) victory at the last Parliamentary election indicated the existence of a strong demand for autonomy in spite of the elimination of the LTTE in view of the claims by the Jaffna Chamber of Commerce (JCC) that the Tamil Diaspora will not invest in the country until there is a political solution, the President said: "These elections were held under the proportional representation system. There was also a substantial number that voted against the TNA. You must note that 54 percent of Tamils live outside the north and the east. The JCC is free to have its opinion, but there are Sri Lankan Tamils abroad who have shown interest in investing in the north.
    We are keen on a sustainable political settlement. But it must have wide acceptance, especially in the context of the post-conflict situation."
    President Rajapaksa also said regional autonomy was a slogan used by the terrorists and their apologists. "The need is for strong unity in diversity, for which regional autonomy is not the only way. A better approach would be equality of opportunity, and the spread of democratic freedom and rights, together with speedy economic development of the north, in tandem with other regions of the country," he said.
    The President also said the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) is a good approach to what has been a vexed problem because in a democracy it is Parliament that will ultimately have to agree to any solution. "Unfortunately, the TNA has not named its representatives to the PSC. They (TNA) have the same attitude as the LTTE. They demand impossible things - merger of the north and the east, land policy and Police. See what happened in your country when Rahul Gandhi was travelling in Uttar Pradesh. Chief Minister Mayawati tried to get him arrested. Do you think I want to get arrested by these people (by giving the Tamils a police force)?," he asked.
    "The TNA seems to be driven by the Tamil diaspora, which does not want peace and political settlement, as they fear that their host countries might then send them back home. The TNA cannot represent the same separatist agenda of the LTTE, which will not find acceptance with the majority population. I want to work towards a solution but the TNA is not cooperating," the President said.
    Brushing aside complaints that the North remains highly militarized and that over 100,000 troops policing about 300,000 people, the President said:
    "There are more than 300,000 Tamils in the north. The military presence is not worked out in proportion to the population but the security needs of the region. The presence of the military in an area that has seen brutal armed conflict for nearly three decades does not amount to militarization. "The military is playing a significant role in building infrastructure as the locals lack skills. Also, large sections of the north are yet to be de-mined. It is not true that school functions or library meetings and such activities require the permission of the military. But there could be cautious surveillance, knowing the nature of the defeated enemy. We are still getting hidden arms caches of the LTTE. The presence of the military will be phased out in keeping with security needs."

    http://www.defence.lk/new.asp?fname=20111229_03
     
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    Bhadra Defence Professionals Defence Professionals Senior Member

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    Can any thing else come first?
    Geographically, culturally, religiously, ethnically, historically and above all politically ?

    What is reassuring in this? Sri Lankans take India for granted. Is not it. But that is good.

    So far as Colombo and Hambanttota are concerned, it is good that Chinese are spending money there. After all, only Indians will make best use of both the ports !! Sri Lanka also knows it well.
     
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    The Messiah Bow Before Me! Elite Member

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    And for India, Indian tamils come first.
     
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    INDIA has wasted the hands on opportunity to invest in Sri Lanka.
     
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    Which means the plantation workers!
     
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    Only after the Chinese investments thwarted Indian strategic interests in Sri Lanka.
     
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    Bhadra Defence Professionals Defence Professionals Senior Member

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    Strategic for the Chinese !! You mean to say SL will allow Chinese to operate their Navy from Colombo ??

    Though precedences exist when SL allowed Pakistan ships to refuel during 1971 but you must be nuts to suggest that SL will allow Chinese ships in Colombo to even enter !! That will be too good for SL to do.

    But tell me, Are not you a Pakistani or trained by Pakistani ??
     
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    Sri Lanka will allow Chinese warships to enter SL ports even in war time........ Sri Lanka is natural country even Indian warships can enter into our ports in war time!

    I was trained by ISI in a remote location in deep Afghanistan. They have posted me specially to troll in IDF so PDF can benefit from it.
    I'm actually a Martian with little antennas sprouting out of my head.......... and I'm green in colour
     
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    Good that China was thought of in the end. Cosco has big plans for Colombo as a shipping hub.

    Lots of SL students in China. One is quite active on TV shows nicknamed 'Eagle'.

    As for that TNA thing, my gut feeling, though many may disagree, is that NO political parties shall be allowed on basis of ethnicity or religion.
     
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    With people of your thinking being there, I can assure you that India and China will use you and throw into Bermuda Triangle. I also assure you that Indians and Chinese are No fools to into war and destroy their people. They may fight a war outside their countries and Sri Lanka is welcome to offer themselves.

    I am colour blind but can make out red and Green by the acts of individuals. Otherwise I do not care, if you are ISI or Khad or Mossad .
    For me, I think you troll.
     
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    S**t I'm being spotted...................... Better run back to Afghanistan!
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    One should not complain if Sri Lankans have the Chinese to build their ports.

    If India does not respond, surely Sri Lanka would not be sitting back and whistling for the favourable wind to blow!
     
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    dear rajapakse,

    action speaks louder than words. prove you are not sleeping with china
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    I would say let us be macho enough so that Rajpakse chooses us over the cute Chinese! ;)

    I would be fair and say that if we are lazy, then the chatak Chinese will make hay everywhere.
     
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    There is a reason we did not take up the offer to build their ports. It made more sense to invest in our own ports at Trivandrum. It is estimated that the Vizhinjam port can handle 5 times the cargo of the Hambantota port. Which would have made the Hambantota port redundant and hence a poor investment. the Chinese seized on it even though they knew this because of naval docking facilities.
     
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    Makes sense but then if we had built it, we could have controlled it in a way we desired.
     
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    trackwhack Tihar Jail Banned

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    Correct. I think this was another strategic oversight from our decision makers.
     
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    Poor Rajapaksa , looks like he is scared shitless with the UN persisting with the enquiries into warcrimes and wants India to cover his arse once more.
     
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    We got Chinese and Ruskies for a change!
     
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    The point is not the capacity of the habour but the location. Hambanthota habour is planned as a relief location for ships using shipping lanes down Sri Lankan waters. The Hambanthota port offers refuling and provisional facilities for ships for a reasonable fee. As for a capacity need Sri Lanka is widening the Colombo harbour. Therefore effectively nullifying the strategic depth of Vizhinjam port. India rejected the both proposal because these SL harbours will render Indian harbours useless.
     

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