Published On: Fri, Oct 7th, 2011

Blake wooed genocidal Sri Lanka Army to help Afghan war

Within months of a war masterminded to end in the genocide of Eezham Tamils, the US Asst Secretary of State Robert Blake wooed the genocidal Sri Lanka Army’s help in the US-led war in Afghanistan, reveals a Wikileaks document. In a meeting that took place in Colombo on 8th December 2009 with SL Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, “Blake raised the possibility of Sri Lanka contributing to U.S.-led coalition operations in Afghanistan, noting that would be a significant step in support of improving military-to-military engagement,” briefs a classified cable of the US embassy in Colombo. Citing Muslim sentiments and ire of Islamic organizations, Gotabhaya avoided committing on any direct involvement, but he came out with an alternative for Sri Lanka providing covert training assistance in Afghanistan through NGOs and Private Military Companies.
Earlier Wikileaks documents have reveled how an international orchestration was masterminded by the US for the Vanni war that ended up in genocide and paved way for the on-going structural genocide of the nation of Eezham Tamils. Blake was one of the main architects of the whole process.

Blake has never accepted genocide and colonization taking place in the island against Eezham Tamils.

In lines with the thinking of Gotabhaya on the future Sri Lanka’s military, the UN has recently signed a MoU on inducting the genocidal Army of Sri Lanka into UN Peacekeeping missions.

India never wants an international investigation to protect the culprits in its Establishment and that goes without saying protecting Rajapaksas. India thinks that a snowballing impact could be preempted by thrusting a wanting political formula onto an intimidated and cowed leadership of Eezham Tamils.

Two other powers, China and Russia, and some countries tagged behind them or behind India, in their behaviour in international forums, directly or indirectly endorse the US model of imperialism experimented by the genocide of Eezham Tamils.

Politicians and military strategists in the so-called Liberal Democracies of the West talk and act in different ways.

The leaked confidential US cables show how the US that designed the war and allowed it to end in genocide, was secretly wooing the help of the genocidal SL military in its war in Afghanistan while talking ‘accountability’ and war crimes investigations on Sri Lanka.

But sections of diaspora Eezham Tamils in North America recently staged a comic show of politics by demanding the US action on Rajapaksa, equating him with Osama and Gaddafi.

On the other hand, mesmerized by the ‘Ram’ mantra of seeking solutions from Rajapaksa without definitions, sections of the TNA in the island think self-determination of a nation facing genocide is a sin.

Similar forces were responsible for KP ending up with Gotabhaya and for planting elements in the TNA, commented experienced Tamil political circles in the island.

Getting no response al all for the call of war crimes investigations or economic sanctions and ‘equal citizenship’ paradigm is being misused, what is going to be the next step of the polity of Tamil Nadu is earnestly awaited by Eezham Tamils.

With time allowances Sri Lanka is generously granted in the international arena and considering the current phase of a master plan being implemented by Sri Lanka in the country of Eezham Tamils, the total annihilation Eezham Tamils as a nation having its territory in the island and even their structural genocide will be complete within 5 years, is the opinion of social workers in the island.

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Following are excerpts from and observations on Gotabhaya – Blake meeting that took place on 08 December 2009, brought out by the WikiLeaks:

“[Gotabhaya] Rajapaksa replied that contributing forces for combat operations right now would be too politically sensitive during the current election season in Sri Lanka. He added that the GSL would have to consider seriously the implications for its Muslim minority as well as the danger of drawing the ire of groups like Al-Qaida and Lashkar-e-Taiba by becoming a force provider. He said a possible alternative for Sri Lanka might be to provide training assistance to Afghan security forces under the auspices of a non-governmental organization or private company,” the US embassy cable briefed.

Elucidating on the possibility of Sri Lanka’s covert operations in Afghanistan, Gotabhaya was citing the model of the role played by British and South African ‘private’ companies helping Colombo in the war against Eezham Tamils way back in 1985-1986.

“He recalled a local precedent for this approach, dating back to 1985-1986 when a South Africa-based company had provided security assistance to Sri Lanka in the early years of the war with the LTTE.”

“He said the company had provided military and security experts from a host of countries, including the United Kingdom, other Commonwealth nations, and even some Russians.”

“For four or five years, the company was based in Jaffna and had trained Sri Lankan pilots and taught infantry tactics, including close quarters combat skills. He said that while the South African company had not participated in combat operations, it had closely monitored Sri Lankan military operations, assisting in de-briefing patrols and conducting after action reviews.”

Revealing his future plans for SL military, Gotabhaya expressed his readiness to contribute 10,000 SL soldiers immediately for UN Peacekeeping missions. He envisaged expanding Sri Lanka’s Navy to prevent LTTE coming back and he assured participation in maritime coalition operations against piracy and trafficking of persons and narcotics.

Blake meeting Gotabhaya in December 2009, barely 7 months after the genocidal end of the Vanni war, was supposedly to discuss accountability and reconciliation; the State of Emergency; disarmament of ex-combatants and paramilitary groups; reconstruction in the North; rehabilitation of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) ex-combatants; LTTE child soldiers and access to LTTE ex-combatants for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), other than the military talk.

But the cable shows that Blake’s agenda on ‘accountability’ was confined to scapegoating only some members of the SL military for the war of genocidal proportions.

“Blake emphasized American and international expectations and concerns about accountability and reconciliation, and urged the GSL to make every effort to show it had investigated and when appropriate held accountable members of the military alleged to have committed human rights abuses or war crimes,” the cable said adding that Gotabhaya’s reply was that the military was taking action.

Blake was listening to Gotabhaya defending the emergency to keep the ex-LTTE combatants in detention, his assurance that SL had disarmed all paramilitaries, his deceptive talk that SL had encouraged the Tamil diaspora to take a greater role in reconstruction and his accusation that the ICRC was interfering in the ‘rehabilitation’ programmes and was undermining international donor support.

Blake clarified that the ICRC was not undermining such support.

The cable shows that Blake’s ‘experience’ of the situation 7 months after the genocidal war was that there were few patients in the hospital in the camps, the area around Madu Church had not appeared as damaged by the war as expected and what the IDP s badly wanted was “more computers and more bicycles.”

In his meeting with Gotabhaya “Blake suggested that the GSL exchange further information about LTTE networks with U.S. counter-terrorism experts.”

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C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 03 COLOMBO 001159

SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR SCA/INSB

E.O. 12958: DECL: 10/08/2019
TAGS: PGOV PREL PREF PHUM PTER EAID MOPS CE
SUBJECT: DEFENSE SECRETARY DEFENDS SRI LANKAN POLICIES WITH
A/S BLAKE

COLOMBO 00001159 001.8 OF 003

Classified By: DCM VALERIE FOWLER. REASONS: 1.4 (B, D)

¶1. (C) SUMMARY: In a December 8 meeting with A/S Blake, Sri
Lankan Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa discussed
accountability and reconciliation; the State of Emergency;
disarmament of ex-combatants and paramilitary groups;
reconstruction in the North; rehabilitation of Liberation
Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) ex-combatants; LTTE child
soldiers; access to LTTE ex-combatants for the International
Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC); potential Sri Lankan
contributions to peacekeeping operations and to U.S.-led
coalition efforts, and Sri Lankan military expansion plans.
A/S Blake noted that ICRC access to LTTE ex-combatants and
GSL action to hold members of the military accountable for
any human rights abuses or possibly war crimes would be
important for the normalization of our military-to-military
relations. END SUMMARY.

ACCOUNTABILITY AND RECONCILIATION
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¶2. (C) A/S Blake emphasized American and international
expectations and concerns about accountability and
reconciliation, and urged the GSL to make every effort to
show it had investigated and when appropriate held
accountable members of the military alleged to have committed
human rights abuses or war crimes. Rajapaksa asserted that
the military was taking action, and — in response to A/S
Blake’s request — agreed to provide the United States with a
copy of the Ministry of Defense’s input into the GSL response
to the European Union’s Generalized System of Preferences
(GSP)-Plus report. (NOTE: The Embassy subsequently received
a copy of the “Observations of the Government of Sri Lanka in
respect of the ‘Report on the Findings of the Investigation
with Respect to the Effective Implementation of certain human
rights Conventions in Sri Lanka’.” The Observations were
essentially a narrative defense of the GSL position, appeared
to have little input from the Ministry of Defense, and
contained no statistics on military investigations of
potential criminal acts. The Embassy has continued to try to
get the report on military investigations that the Defense
Secretary promised to A/S Blake, as well as to Ambassador
Butenis, but thus far has been unsuccessful. END NOTE.)

SECURITY AND RECONSTRUCTION
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¶3. (C) A/S Blake suggested that lifting the State of
Emergency would help demonstrate GSL progress addressing
long-term human rights concerns. Speaking hours after
Parliament had extended the State of Emergency for another
month, Rajapaksa replied the provisions remained necessary,
primarily to keep in detention the 1,000 or so hard-core LTTE
cadres. He said the GSL was trying to figure out a way ahead
to process the detainees within the judicial system, but if
the Emergency were lifted now, the GSL would have to release
them. Rajapaksa emphasized that most of the other security
restrictions had already been eased or lifted, including
restrictions on air travel, transportation, and those related
to the fishing industry.

¶4. (C) In response to A/S Blake’s suggestion that the GSL
disarm paramilitary groups in the North as it had done in the
East, Rajapaksa noted that the government had disarmed all
militant groups, including those in Vavuniya. He said every
day the security forces are collecting arms and ammunition,
uncovering many hidden caches from information provided by
Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and LTTE ex-combatants.
He dismissed recent media reports of a Tamil group
identifying itself as a Peoples’ Liberation Army and calling

COLOMBO 00001159 002.6 OF 003

for an independent homeland for Tamils. Rajapaksa said the
GSL has excellent security controls in the Eastern Province,
and had seen no indication of any such group.

¶5. (C) Rajapaksa said the GSL had encouraged the Tamil
diaspora to take a greater role in reconstruction. He said
that there was a critical need for construction of housing
and hoped the diaspora would provide assistance as they had
done after the devastation caused by the 2004 tsunami in the
North, the South, and in the Eastern Province. A/S Blake
mentioned his trip to the IDP camps and resettled areas in
the North. He noted few patients in the hospital in the
camps. He said the area around Madhu Church had not appeared
as damaged by the war as expected. He said the resettled
IDPs had expressed the need for two types of assistance,
namely more computers and more bicycles, adding that the IDPs
had told him that the Sri Lankan Army had passed out a lot of
bicycles to them, but they would like more. Rajapaksa
responded that the Army had carried out most of the clearing,
reconstruction and renovation around the Madhu Church.

ICRC AND EX-COMBATANTS
———————-

¶6. (C) In response to A/S Blake’s support for the ICRC’s
mandate, Rajapaksa said the ICRC continued to visit LTTE
cadres in prisons and there was no problem with ICRC visiting
the LTTE ex-combatant camps. Rajapaksa said he had no issue
with ICRC performing its monitoring mission. He said it was
inappropriate, however, for the ICRC to interfere in the
rehabilitation programs that were the purview of
International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the GSL.
He blamed the ICRC for undermining international donor
support for IOM rehabilitation programs, and encouraged A/S
Blake to discuss the problem with IOM representatives. Blake
clarified that the ICRC was not undermining such support.
Rather, by granting ICRC periodic access, the GSL could
improve prospects for international support. Rajapaksa
highlighted that the LTTE child soldiers’ education program
at Hindu College in Ratmalana was going well. He said that
during his recent visit to the facility, he had spoken to the
children and that most wanted to continue their studies and
rejoin their families. Rajapaksa noted that there were two
or three cases of children with no families and that one
child thought his parents had gone to London, but no one had
been able to trace them.

MILITARY MISSIONS
—————–

¶7. (C) Rajapaksa discussed his future plans for the Sri Lanka
military to participate in UN Peacekeeping missions.
Rajapaksa said he could make 10,000 peacekeepers available
“today” for deployment on UN missions. Although Sri Lankan
Air Force (SLAF) aircraft were also available, deployments
were impractical given the unaffordable up-front costs the
GSL would incur just to deploy them. Regarding participation
in maritime coalition operations to counter piracy and the
trafficking of persons and narcotics, Rajapaksa noted that
Sri Lanka would be very open to the idea. Regarding reported
plans to expand the military, Rajapaksa said he had
instructed the military to develop a plan for expanding
maritime capabilities, with the primary intent of preventing
the LTTE from once again smuggling arms and ammunition into
Sri Lanka. He said the Sri Lankan Navy would be critical to
stopping any LTTE smuggling operations, and would also play a
significant role in countering the LTTE’s human trafficking
operations throughout the region to destinations such as
Australia and Canada.

COLOMBO 00001159 003.8 OF 003

AFGHANISTAN
———–

¶8. (C) A/S Blake raised the possibility of Sri Lanka
contributing to U.S.-led coalition operations in Afghanistan,
noting that would be a significant step in support of
improving military-to-military engagement. Rajapaksa replied
that contributing forces for combat operations right now
would be too politically sensitive during the current
election season in Sri Lanka. He added that the GSL would
have to consider seriously the implications for its Muslim
minority as well as the danger of drawing the ire of groups
like Al-Qaida and Lashkar-e-Taiba by becoming a force
provider. He said a possible alternative for Sri Lanka might
be to provide training assistance to Afghan security forces
under the auspices of a non-governmental organization or
private company. He recalled a local precedent for this
approach, dating back to 1985-1986 when a South Africa-based
company had provided security assistance to Sri Lanka in the
early years of the war with the LTTE. He said the company
had provided military and security experts from a host of
countries, including the United Kingdom, other Commonwealth
nations, and even some Russians. For four or five years, the
company was based in Jaffna and had trained Sri Lankan pilots
and taught infantry tactics, including close quarters combat
skills. He said that while the South African company had not
participated in combat operations, it had closely monitored
Sri Lankan military operations, assisting in de-briefing
patrols and conducting after action reviews.

LTTE LINKS TO ERITREA AND LET
—————————–

¶9. (C) Rajapaksa briefed that the GSL knew of five planes
that the LTTE had purchased in Eritrea, where they remained.
The LTTE had also established boat-building operations in
Eritrea, he added. The Eritrean government has rebuffed GSL
attempts to open a diplomatic mission. He claimed that LTTE
operatives also helped train Somali terrorists in Eritrea.
Rajapaksa outlined that the LTTE employed middlemen in India,
Philippines, Eritrea, Thailand and Malaysia, and used
Singapore as the financial hub. The brokers usually married
a native, started a business, and bribed officials to
facilitate deals. The shipments originated in North Korea,
and usually contained Chinese-origin goods.

¶10. (C) A/S Blake warned that Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), which
has used Nepal and Bangladesh as staging posts to attack
India, could next turn to Sri Lanka. Rajapaksa related that
the GSL had arrested two men transiting Sri Lanka to Nepal
based on information provided by India’s Research and
Analysis Wing (RAW). The GSL has since turned them over to
RAW. Rajapaksa noted that the GSL has assigned separate
officers to watch for extremists. A/S Blake suggested that
the GSL exchange further information about LTTE networks with
U.S. counter-terrorism experts.
BUTENIS

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