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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2734

Sri Lanka Regime Change: Leads to Bifurcation

Washington DC, 28 November, (

"The issue at the forthcoming presidential election is not the replacement of incumbent president Mahinda Rajapaksa with opposition common candidate Maitripala Sirisena; the larger scenario is whether the people of Sri Lanka are prepared to allow the strategy manipulation of the Tamil Tiger professional activists within the Tamil Diaspora - with the aid of the United States Department of State and its diplomatic mission in Geneva - to diplomatically achieve the bifurcation of the nation into an independent north-east separate state that the Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran could not militarily achieve", was what a former US State Department employee Daya Gamage said when he was interviewed by Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation Chairman Hudson Samarasinghe for his early morning popular program 'DASA DESIN' in the CITY FM.

As an employee of the state department Daya Gamage was at the American Embassy in Colombo, Sri Lanka from 1970 through 1995, first ten years involved in public affairs and the rest handling public diplomacy and strategic communication in the political section of the US Mission. He now resides in the United States since his retirement from the federal government and currently works as the US National Correspondent to the Online Daily Newspaper ASIAN TRIBUNE frequently writing political analyses drawing his extensive knowledge of American foreign policy trajectory toward the South Asian region, US interests in the region and how the South Asian nations react to policy decisions in Washington.

Daya Gamage told the CITY FM on its DASA DESIN program that the bifurcation of Sri Lanka, which was the sole objective of Prabhakaran's Tamil Tigers, moved toward the LTTE's once professional activists within the Tamil Diaspora who strategically came closer to the policymakers at the state department to initiate a 'diplomatic' campaign to isolate Sri Lanka from the West to enable the fulfillment of the separate state dream Prabhakaran militarily failed to achieve.

"There are signs that - in the name of human rights and good governance - how a Wickremasinghe-Sirisena regime could play into the hand of the 'separatist elements' within the Tamil Diaspora," Gamage said.

Explaining the scenario Mr. Gamage pointed out two examples how both Ranil Wickremasinghe and Maitripala Sirisena could fall into the 'trap' of the 'operatives' within the Tamil Diaspora and how the United States - which works with the Tamil Diaspora on issues such as human rights and good governance - consider them as Third World nation political leaders who are bent on supporting US interests in South Asia.

"When India categorically rejected the Bush administration's request to open its civilian airports as transit points to transfer captured terrorist suspects in 2003 to CIA 'Black Posts' during its 'extraordinary rendition program' - posts that were well revealed as 'torture chambers' - Sri Lanka's then prime minister Ranil Wickremasinghe gave that facility to America clearly exhibiting himself as a politician who served the American interests. Even when Sri Lanka's National Drug Policy was not fully implemented, the offices of USAID and the Diplomatic Mission in Colombo jointly identified Health Minister Maitripala Sirisena as a 'potential leader' way back in 2013 to be a recipient of the Harvard University's prestigious health award. Despite the United States never wanted Sri Lanka divided, though its aggressive policy on issues of human rights, rule of law and good governance, it has helped the professional activists within the Tamil Diaspora to move forward - step by step - toward laying the ground work for a separate state in Sri Lanka. Wickremasinghe-Sirisena duo could be of immense help in that Diaspora 'project'".

This then is the larger scenario to what's happening in Sri Lanka, 'regime change' that can shape the contours of the governance of the Sri Lankan state in the event of the advent of a Wickremasinghe-Sirisena regime, said Daya Gamage in his interview with SLBC's D ASA DESIN program.

Replacing the incumbent president Mahinda Rajapaksa - meaning a regime change to the delight of the Eelam separatist within the Tamil Diaspora - can have devastating consequences for Sri Lanka, Daya Gamage noted.

Editor: Rread Daya Gamage's following reports that are connected to his interview given to SLBC's DASA DESIN program:

Maitripala Sirisena was in United States 2013 'Potential Leaders' list

U.S. foot-hold in Sri Lanka through Ranil: Maitripala Sirisena 'The Face'

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