We shot ourselves in the foot – Dayan Jayatilleka
July 9, 2010 01:43 pm
Foreign policies cannot be formulated on the streets and
diplomacy cannot be achieved through protests and blackmails said Dr. Dayan
Jayatilleka, Former Ambassador/Permanent Representative of
He made this statement, commenting on the protests and the
hunger strike going on outside the UN office in
The only use for the hunger strike is that it serves to
expand Wimal Weerawansa’s waste plan, asserted Dr Jayatilleka. He said since,
Wimal Weerawansa is a responsible cabinet minister his actions will reflect
very badly upon
As for the protests going on outside the UN office and
taking the employees as hostages, such actions are extremely damaging to the
Dr. Jayatilleka said that these actions violate the
international norms of conduct and will damage the legitimacy of
“We will not have much sympathy from the international community if we try to blackmail international institutions,” he reiterated.
He opinioned that while he thinks that the expert panel is unnecessary, we should neither underestimate it nor overestimate it.
Dr. Jayatilleka said that since
However he said that Ban Ki Moon can have an expert panel to advise him about anything if he wants and that is his business. He added that the panel does not necessarily violate the Sri Lankan sovereignty.
He said that G. L. Peries is a fine foreign minister and he should not be embarrassed in front of the world in this way.
Speaking about the GSP plus issue, Dr. Jayatilleka said that it was our own fault that we lost the trade concession. He said the former foreign minister Rohitha Bogollagama paved way to this when he removed the trade expert who had successfully won over the trade benefit for us.
“With this, we shot ourselves in the foot,” Dr, Jayatilleka said.
He said the second mistake we did was to wait until the EU imposed these conditions on us. He said after the war we should have resolved these human rights issues ourselves and removed these obstacles without waiting till international organizations prompted us to do so. He said if we had taken these actions, we would not be in this position.
“I don’t see any reason for the emergency to continue one
year after the war,” he said. “There should be a difference between war
He said now we have to be very careful because the same thing could happen with the US GSP and we simply cannot afford to lose both trade concessions. He said job losses are never a good thing and along the road the situation could even result in an economic depression.
He also opinioned that while the tone of the EU conditions
is certainly an insult to us, these conditions are in the best interest of