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President Mahinda Rajapaksa To Address Oxford Union December 2nd

Its Official. President Mahinda Rajapaksa will be leaving Sri Lanka on
Monday night, bound for the United Kingdom. He is scheduled to address the
Oxford Union Society on December 2nd, the same day that the famous explorer
Sir Ranulph Fiennes will also address the Union.

President Rajapaksa's visit to the UK - he departs after finishing his
duties with the Prime Minister of Pakistan who is now visiting the island -
sends a strong signal to the Tamil diaspora in the United Kingdom that the
President of Sri Lanka is hardly anxious about threats to have him arrested
whilst in the UK, using the global jurisdiction laws in Britain. Sources
close to the Presidential Secretariat confirmed the visit, saying the
President would be away for six days and is being accompanied by close aide
Sajin Vaas Gunawardena. There was no confirmation from the British Foreign
Office as to whether the President will be given an appointment to see David
Cameron the British Prime Minister. It is thought it unlikely that President
Rajapaksa will agree to meet either William Hague or Deputy Prime Minister
Nick Clegg, due to protocol procedures.

The British laws have met with growing controversy and the Foreign Secretary
(Minister) William Hague has promised to have the laws changed. Israel
objected strongly to the laxity of those laws which meant that the deputy
Israeli Prime Minister and its Opposition Leader cancelled their planned
visits to Britain fearing arrest. The laws were used most famously when Mrs
Thatcher was in office, against Chilean strongman, General Augusto Pinochet,
the 30th President of Chile. He was arrested and held under house arrest on
charges of crimes against humanity, before being released by then Home
Secretary, Jack Straw on health grounds without being charged. Gneral
Pinochet was said to have been allowed to leave thanks largely to the close
rapport he had with Mrs Thatcher and due to the strategic importance of
Chilean support during the Falklands war between Britain and Argentina.
During his house arrest Mrs Thatcher visited him in Surrey on more than one
occaision to have tea with him. (FS)

81 Comments for “President Mahinda Rajapaksa To Address Oxford Union December 2nd”

  1. nilanthie

    Thatcher was long gone from office when Pinochet was arrested during Tony Blair’s reign.
    Rajapakse is almost certain to be arrested.

    • Purohitha

      So sorry to disappoint you Nilanthi, None of the things that you are hoping for will not happen. You may be a Christian you may be a hurting Tamil using this south Asian name who hates our country and our leader who has done so much for peace in Lanka, assuming you are a Sri Lankan and someway related to the Sinhala race, all you have achieved is to make me hate myself for being born in the same country with you and probably be related to the same race as you. You remind me of the well-known story of punishment wells in the hell designated for each country and guarded by devils guards with shears who continuously speared those who tried to escape having climbed to the surface with the help and encouragement of ones fellow country men in the well. The well that contained the Sri Lankan sinners did not need guards because apparently the ones at the bottom always pulled back down any body tried to climb higher.

  2. bibikkan and sambar

    the tamil diaspora in London must be smacking their lips and waiting for their quarry to enter the country

  3. Free Thinker

    Whatever said and done he is our elected president and no country can arrest him. Unpatriotic Nilanthi looks like day dreaming!

    • willows

      yes 1005 WITH YOU , he is our leader after all

      • f ... u

        I am so ashamed of your opinions about the man who killed more than 40’000 people. It is unfair what you all are speaking. He must be arrested … SOOON … you call him leader , but also a leader don’t have rights to kill innocent people … nobody and now I ask you: and why did he killed innocent people ? innocent babies ? let jung women being raped ? did you ever thought about the reality ? all people , who now things that all things are goood and the life is back , if you lost your relatives and … than you now how it is …

    • Andy

      Yeah.! I agree with “Freethinker”..I know there are many fellow Sri Lankans with this wishful thinking..Oh..How unfortunate.!
      This is the mentality badly effect Sri Lanka and keeping it from forwarding to a better future.!

    • sujeewa

      Yes, You are correct. He is our president no one can not to arrest him. Some country try to do several things against our country as well as MR. Because they know we can do somthing therefore they are trying to do some thing against our country. The nearest example is the Uk has stoped the MR’s speech.

  4. Maniwadu

    We must wait and see. If President is on a state visit then it is a differnet case, but at this time of the year when Diaspora LTTE is working hard to join hand with some other foreign forces with the help of KP now with the government they the diaspora may take up this challange. Once Rajapaksa is out their task may become easy to get North and East.
    Good luck President, who knows the KARMA is turning on you for what he did to General Sarath Fonseka, and the time is ripe to enjoy the liberal attitude of British government in a Prison cell.

    • gamunu

      Maniwadu, those liberal attitudes in British prisons haven’t solve the crime rates in that country that keeps rising year after year. Convicted felons go there to have better lives often than their victims. If you go along with those ethics that is your problem.
      The Brits and the Eupropeans do things differently to even USA where boot camps are in place. So much for liberal attitudes. You may want bring Britishness to our nation, but we in our land do things differently. It is british and other colonial rule that destryed the fabric of our nation for so long.
      As an elected president of a nation he must be protected and be respected regardless of diaspora and interested INGOs views and pressure. It has never been the British Government view to arrest him on suspicious evidence. An arrest must for specific charges with evidence not what they have been used so far. If they apply any other rule there are plenty of leaders including, George Bush, Israeli priministers (past and presidents), to name a few who needs to be treated as criminals. Diaspora view to put MR away and establish a tamil Ealam will never be accepted by Srilankans and by many other nations.

  5. Lokka

    nilanthi, why dont you get your facts right. thatcher was pm, jack straw was home sec and prabhakaran was in power hiding in the bushes. he lost and you are hiding in the west thanks to him. or go to be with his daughter in south africa.

    • nilanthie

      Thatcher a conservative PM with a labour home secretary Straw?
      The British judiciary and police are independent of government,can you imagine a Rajapakse son being arrested as was Tony Blair’s ?
      He will be arrested to keep the heat from Bush and Blair on hold.

      • gamunu

        nilanthie I realise you value Britishness more than most of us. Hence my suggestion to you is to stay there for good and enjoy the luxuries that come along with. We in SL have more serious issues than tony Blairs’ son to worry about. One final matter. Do try to compare apples with apples and not with any other fruit. Not everything in Sl is correcr but life still goes on. You the educated, engish speaking, converted Brit should spend your life there.

  6. Boru Booruwansa

    Oh Boy..Don’t trust the Poms…MR might get a bit of taste of his own medicine.

  7. Anuk

    OOOPs…… Accompanied by Sajin !!!

    Another sum similar to Rs 1400 million ( UN joy trip )down the drain !!!!!!!!

  8. .This is very sad story. War is finished. We have to thanks Mr. Rajapakse & the forces. But still not done anything to Tamil & Muslim nations by constitution or administrative. before settling the Tamils, Sinhalese are send to north & creating problems. Political rival is in the cell. Entire country police service is very worse. Most of places high ranks are appointed by military officers. Ministers secretary appointment 99% gone to majority. Higher authority must advise to president. International communities looking very suspicious way. Tamil Diaspora day by day growing. High professional people without cast must appoint to diplomatic & civil service. Otherwise very soon we will face another disaster. Prof. Rajeeve Wijesekara must utilise to foreign service.

  9. Peter

    Oh No! do not bother this ‘Professor’ Rajeeve., he is too busy. The female reporter, to whom this Professor once expressed his concern about the ‘Blue eyed’ children being born in the North through the NGOO, is waiting to ask him on his next visit here, how concerned he is about the ‘Slant eyed’ children being born elsewhere in Srilanka or for that matter in one of his house holds. So much so for the ‘Professionals’ of Srilanka,

    • gamunu

      Peter
      why waste valuable space on trivial matters that have little or no relevance to the subject. If you have evidence to back your allegations, I suggest you report that in an approriate media such as the Tamilnet (sorry the Syndicate tamilnte). That may be availbel to slander by people like you. Good luck, Mate!!!

  10. lalithd

    First of all I don’t know what a speach this president is going to give. Even at the UN there wasn’t a quoram for him and the ones who were there too weren’t paying any attention to him. He is best only for the SL citizens who can listen to his acting speaches. I hope uk will take some action against him, this dictatorship should stop somewhere, otherwise there won’t be any democracy left in our country

  11. Thali NOOR

    What is he going to do in Oxford? Send is sons ? You can not buy qualification in Oxford. Try your luck MR. Hope SF’s people are waiting for you.

  12. preethi

    I hope UK will take some action against this dictator who is ruining our country.

    • Ram

      Preethi,
      First take action against to your own father and mother who create you ,because they are responsible for your comment , specially if you are a Sinhalese, You must be one of Fonseka’s daughters .filling all the articles comments like this.
      HE WILL GO FOR ANOTHER 16 YEARS,

      • You are right Ram. Preethi has some hatred towards MR. She is indeed one of Fonseka daughters.

        • preethi

          Nana why do u think oly SF’s family has hatred towards MR? MR has so many enemies as he has ruined so many families whether it’s Tamils, Sinhalese,Muslims or Burghers. He doesn’t care about anyone else other than himself, that’s what happened to his daughter too.
          Send me your address I will send you a copy of my birth certificate! This is a joke all what we can do is lol!! ha!ha!ha!

      • preethi

        Ram why should I take action against my parents? I don’t understand your english! I know that my parents created me and not you!! For your stupid information I’m not fonsekas daughter. why is that if anyone speaks against your raja it has to be a fonseka daughter? But most of us know what Gota and the clan did, so this is nothing new.
        and raja will suffer one day for the things what he is doing. right now it’s the others who are suffering but he will get it very soon, from no one else but the god above.

    • Kalag

      Then UK will learn the bitter lesson. Nobody can touch our President.

  13. Peter

    This is what happens to people who read only’Lake House ‘ and JUH press release. First of all I am not a fan of Tamilnet besides what you guys read and watch are completely different from what we watch and read like who is in your eyes a ‘Professional’ becomes a mean persoanality for some body else, so I am completely lost trying to convince most of you fellas, and hence graciously accept defeat in that issue. This was on coloured video recording even if I produce that evidence it will as usual like many other, automatically become a ‘Doctored’ ,LTTE sponsored propaganda. So like I said nothing will be achieved producing that evidence. The comment was meant for those who have seen such clips and continue to do so. So carry on enjoying reading what is provided and watching what is decided what you guys are supposed to see and enjoy the company of the ‘Doctors’ and’ Professooris’. By the way the photograph of your ‘King’ and the ‘Queen’ with President Obama, supposed to be on their visit to UN, was faked or real?

  14. umesh

    when someone is accused of crime, they loose moral to write in the newspaper. If that so, when someone is accused of war crimes, they too loose moral authority to address the public.

  15. Ram

    QUEEN FACILITATE TO YOU SIR . SO WHO CARES FOR PRIME MINISTER AND OTHER PUPPETS.
    WELCOME TO UK Mr PRESIDENT . A GREAT MAN WHO WON THE BLOODIEST WAR . YOU ARE A HERO . WE CAN LIVE WITH OUT BOMBS OF TAMIL CRIMINALS & TERRORISTS .(I HAVE LOT OF VERY GOOD TAMIL FRIENDS WE ARE LIKE BROTHERS AND LIVING TOGETHER)
    WHO KILLED BUS LOADS OF INNOCENT SINHALESE SCHOOL CHILDREN? WHO KILLED POOR SINHALESE VILLAGERS IN NORTH ? THEY WERE CUT INTO PIECES LIKE FISH. WE NEVER FOR GET THAT GENOCIDE AGAINST SINHALESE PEOPLE. HOW MANY GREAT MONKS THEY KILLED, NO WAY TO FORGET ALL THAT. WHAT GENOCIDE TO TAMILS IN SRI LANKA ? THEY ARE THE MOST RICHEST PEOPLE IN SRI LANKA . HOW MANY TV CHANNELS THEY CONTROLS? HOW MANY BIG TAMIL OWNED BUSINESS GROUPS IN SRI LANKA ? IS THIS NAME “MAHARAJA ORGANISATION” MEANS A SINHALESE NAME ???

    • Ram,
      You are accusing LTTE of attrocities, some of which are true.
      What about the crimes committed by the Govt. forces?
      This is why an independent investgation is required to find the truth.

  16. i am calling all the Tamils to get ready when he come, we Tamils need to make sure that justice is given to this MAHINDA RAJAPAKSA who gave orders to kill the Tamils in srilanka so i call all the Tamils to keep some stones with them so when he come from the airport through at him and let him know that he is not well come to the UK

    • ruban

      hi, i live in kilinochchi 1996-2000. u know how many people killed by ltte? u dont know? ha ha ha ha ……………..pirabakaran big killer.u dont know anything,because u just talking. otherwise why u dint joint with ltte? & fight the sl army?

    • space hopper.

      Why don’t you two just swap email address and let dog’s lie- a Brit expression !! but its a shame that all you Tamils can not be deported back to your own Country , So you just hide and cast the first stone just like many foolish people who do not understand what has been going on here in this wonderful island.

  17. Kichi Banda

    Let the king get on board the plane . Dont worry not only the tamils of Sri Lanka but the majority of the Singhalese too want MR fixed for what he did to SF . What goes around must come around otherwise religion is a fake.

    • Kalag

      Which world you are living in? MR is loved by Sri Lankans (majority Singhalese). He has done so many good things to Sri Lanka. Only Tamils hate him because their pride was dent. We didn’t have this problem when JVP uprising was put down. LTTE terrorism was put down exactly the same way – or lot more humane way.

  18. Ruwan

    I backed MR during the war. Hats off for him the way he ended the most rutheless terrorist org in the world. he gave the political leadership to the war and SF gave the military leadership. (Gota did nothing compared to SF & MR). what MR did after the war is completely unacceptable, specially the traetment towards SF. I hope he gets the taste of his own medicine in UK.

  19. Mike Brown

    I am sure Rajapaka will not make the trip to London/Oxford. Oxford University is world class institution, and will not entertain brutal dictators. That is a place for honest, decent, properly educated GENTLEMEN, and not thugs with Honorary Doctorates from Ukraine, received for over priced contracts with commission.
    December 2nd is not far off. So, we all can see. I am sure, he will end up in front of the International Criminal Court of JUSTICE.

  20. Lokka

    Maha Raja will go to UK
    He will go to Oxford
    He will address the Oxford Union Society
    He will return home
    Victorious
    As usual
    All because he is Our Maha Raja.
    Eat your heart out diaspora

  21. Ruwan

    Ram acts like a 5 year old!!! I dont dispute the fact that MR gave the political leadership to ar and saw the end of it…the whole nation tributes for that!!! MONKS WERE KILLED BY KARUNA…. Dalada Maaligawa was bombed by PILLAYAN….but KARUNA & PILLAYAN was never tried in court of law. actually they are PATRIOTS now…I have n doubt Ram was brain washed by MR propaganda… by the way Ram, “forget” is one word ;)

  22. N.C.Wijeratne

    How many others are going-Sight seeing on Peoples money!

  23. desapriya

    now is starting mahindas pay back time.

  24. desapriya

    is he going to address in sinhala ?

    • lasantha

      SO WHAT if he is going to adress in sinhala. Bankrupt western liberalism has a lot to learn from him. It is those pundits from oxford and other so called world class institutes that brought the whole world to bankruptcy. Tell them to arrest him if they can. Why shoul he speak in english. It is not our language. He should speak SINHALA OR TAMIL.

    • No. The speech was prepared by the PR firm- Bell Potinger, in English.

  25. shyamali

    our president welcome to uk. you are the best. Good luck.

  26. Tomsamusa

    This guy cannot speak two sentences in English in a row, leave alone his knowledge on anything except how to carry out the genocide of Tamils.
    By” inviting” him, Oxford University has demeaned itself as a premier seat of learning.

  27. Rajapaksa history always repeats itself. Past PM have been either killed, or are now living in the streets begging for money. Chandrika is begging for money in the streets, and your past leaders have been killed.

    The liberation struggle will continue amidst a very small defeat. The LTTE always come out with a new tactic which is more strategic, and more powerful.

    The world has to understand one thing, the movement can never be destroyed it can only get stronger.

    WIKILeaks will show the world that Sri Lanka is on its own, the US/UK/Western countries will put the war criminals behind bars.

  28. noel

    I DONT THINK THAT MR WAS INVITED BY THE WORLD FAMOUS “OXFORD UNION” ITSELF. HE MUST BE GIVING A SPEECH TO THE SRI LANKAN SOCIETY AT THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY.

    THESE ARE TWO DIFFRENT SOCITIES AT OXFORD. THE WORLD FAMOUS OXFORD UNION HAVE HAD SRI LANKANS SUCH AS SWRD, LALITH ATHULATHMUDALI, KADIRKAMAR, JAYA WILSON AS ITS PRSIDETS IN THE PAST.

  29. Go ahead mr southern lion mr pressdent, you are a hero of the heros. god bless you. now we are living safely bcoz of you!

  30. Kalubanda

    Its gonna be WW3 mates..!

  31. Arrest Tony Blair and Bush Jr first for the havoc they made in Iraq. All these Westeren people want someone like Zardari, Hamad Kazai like puppets to rule our country. So that they can watch the puppet dance on their palm.

    MR did not bow down to their voices during the war although many people have forgotten that. What was the crime MR did to deserve this punishment? Is wiping off terrorism from your motherland is a crime?

  32. Ranila

    Well what can I say if Mr Rajapaksa would like to face death then he is more than welcome to enter the UK.

  33. Ranila

    …WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND…i think you get the point…lets see Mr Rajapaksa suffer!…

  34. Purohitha

    So sorry nilanthi, didn’t realise you are a wannabe English Rose. Hair is easily bleached, what are you going to do with the skin! . Bad luck girl just keep on learning about Thatchers and Blairs, who knows, you might be lucky next time around. To be in England drinking English beer. You are not invited to ride with the hounds and hope we don’t see you running with the foxes on Thursday.

  35. Nandi Mithra

    Two questions pop up;
    a) Is it the Oxford Union or the Sri Lankan Students Union at Oxford? The same organiser arranged a similar meeting with the latter group on a previous occasion.
    b) What is the benefit of this address, when there ios so much to be done at home?
    N. Mithra

  36. wel done mr Rajapakse you are our hero.
    our prince of diyasena or re born new Dutugamunu, jaya wewa

  37. upul

    Heh…
    While MR in London they don’t even close water taps in the country, if they can remember mawil aru. We don’t let him arrested in this country, he is the leader of our country and he has a very strong backbone.

  38. kumudini

    How about the JVPers who killed innocent Sinhala boysand girls . where is the punishment for them ?? KP And Karuna at least are informants and helped the goverment with vital details against the LTTE . The war was partly succesful due to Karuna’s information re the LTTE .

  39. Jonny

    MR always says Law is equal to every one! So it should be applied to him as well when he lands on UK land.

  40. Dilshan

    Mahinda got HIS Men/Women/Girls are in each and every departments in UN, USA, UK, EU,CHina, India and everywhere. They are all bending/sending/dumping and doing everthing for from young to old politicians. He is not scared; he will be very well looked after.

  41. Ravana

    What a pitiful Country that our only hope of getting rid of a tyrant is to hope that another Country would arrest him !

  42. Mano

    Eelam Tamils in England had shown there power. NO MORE SPECH FROM THE 21ST CENTURY HITLER RAJAPAKSA.

    Due to security concerns surrounding Mr. Rajapaksa’s (21st century HITLER) visit which have recently been brought to our attention by the police, the Union has regretfully found that the talk is no longer practicable and has had to cancel his address.
    This decision was not taken lightly and the Union deeply regrets the cancellation

  43. Ruwan

    heheh… speech was cancelled!!!! okata thama kiyanna illagena kema kiyala!
    what a waste of public funds…!!!!

  44. God.Your grammar is atrocious.All of you! – pack your bags and go back to school. And of course you cant spell ..goes without saying this is Sri Lanka after all.

    Cheers losers

  45. Why can’t I swear when I post a comment? Swearing is a legitimate way of expressing my anger and disgust. What kind of prude runs this newspaper/website?

  46. preethi

    this is an addition to the above comment. I would be a prud daughter to have a father like SF who is a hero and a man who is not afraid to speak the truth and to face any circumstance unlike MR’s brother who is a coward!

  47. This is the main reason why Nasheed is making a last minute replacement of President of Sri Lanka. When President of Sri Lanka decided not to attend Oxford Union amid fear of strong protests in London by the opponents of Rajapaksa the Oxford Union was left with no choice but to get someone from the region.

    http://www.maldivestoday.com/2010/12/02/should-the-commander-in-chief-nasheed-attend-oxford-brooks-as-last-minute-replacement-of-sri-lankan-president/

  48. Lokka

    the maldivian president was already booked to attend the oxford union on 3rd – a day AFTER our President.

  49. vathy

    Now Mahinda can win a gold medal in running. Have you heard anybody who came back faster?

  50. Now that he could not speak in Oxford, he should have a Hard Talk with Stephen Sackur.

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