Power & Soros in Sri Lanka to press for Federal Constitution
By Daya Gamage
(Courtesy of Asian Tribune)
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U.S. Permanent Representative for the United Nations Samantha Power, Obama administration’s top foreign policy advocate is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka November 21-23. This is her second visit, the previous one being June 2010 during the Rajapaksa administration.
In January 2016, American multi billionaire George Soros is scheduled to visit Colombo – it is said – for an economic discourse.
Both visits are significant when both of them, since 2012, have been direct participants of UN-Department of Political Affairs- initiated ‘promotion of federalism’ in Third World nations envisaged to bifurcate nations on ethnic lines.
The two visits are even further interesting when Colombo has an American diplomatic envoy – Atul Keshap – who is a strong believer of a federal structure in Sri Lanka. He has gone on record advocating the system.
And more interesting because the Sirisena-Wickremasinghe administration early this week made an official announcement – with cabinet approval – that the Executive Presidential system will end with Sirisena’s completion of his term and that in early 2016 the Sri Lanka legislature will be transformed into a ‘Constitutional Assembly’ to draft a new constitution for the country.
U.S. Permanent Representative for the United Nations Samantha Power Because of the Rajapaksa administration’s ill-advised triumphalism soon after the Eelam War IV ended in May 2009 giving the 11% minority Tamils a sense of defeat which helped the operatives – who were once ‘Material Supporters’ to Prabhakaran’s Tamil Tigers – within the Tamil Diaspora to convince the US State Department and foreign offices of the EU nations that they are the ‘voice’ of the Tamil people reviving the issue of federalism in Sri Lanka.
The operatives of the Tamil Diaspora – now the so called voice of the Tamil people – in their dialogues with the officials of the state department and Obama White House – convinced that the best solution to redress Tamil grievances was a constitutional arrangement devolving administrative and development powers to the ‘Tamil Homeland’.
Having fulfilled her desire as, first, Obama White House human rights and genocide czar, then as US ambassador to the UN retaining her influence over White House foreign policy initiatives to take Sri Lanka to the UNHRC, Geneva on the issues of accountability, Dr. Power, since 2012, was instrumental in getting the UN Department of Political Affairs (DPA) to come out with a broad plan to re-structure several developing Third World nations’ constitutional arrangement to impose federalism as an answer to ethnic minority grievances. Napal was one example.
The DPA for decades has been under the effective control of the State Department. The Under- Secretary-General, the second most senior office holder next to the Secretary-General, has always been a former state department official. Currently, it is headed by Jeffrey Feltman, the former assistant secretary who had served the state department for more than two decades.
It is in this context that the visits of Power, this week, and Soros next January so crucial to the existence of Sri Lanka as a united nation.
The UN, since 2012, has been holding a number of closed-door meetings and seminars at which the partition of UN member states has been discussed. Most of the meetings have been held under the direction of the UN Inter-agency Framework for Coordination on Preventive Action (the Framework Team or FT). The FT is directly under the control of Under- Secretary-General (Political Affairs).
The process in 2012 commenced during Under Secretary-General (Political) B. Lynn Pascoe’s period who retired from his senior state department position at the behest of Washington to take over the position. The holder of this position as the head of the Department of Political Affairs (DPA) advises the UN Secretary-General on peace and security issues globally, while overseeing “good offices” initiatives and field-based political missions carrying out peacekeeping, preventive diplomacy and peace-building activities. The incumbent also oversees the UN electoral assistance provided to dozens of its member states each year.
The FT, when 2012 process started, advanced the work of President Obama’s then “information czar” Cass Sunstein and his wife Samantha Power who was an influential member of the U.S. National Security Council.
The FT has also trained certain activists around the world, particularly in developing and other countries with pro-western governments, to use “the system” to effect change. It is a well known fact that the entire FT operation at the UN is bankrolled with George Soros money.
When the process commenced in 2012, Sri Lanka, apart from Nepal, was also a target for the identity federalism engineers. During the 2008 presidential campaign, both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama received large campaign donations from front groups for the Tamil Tigers which was in 1997 designated as a terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department. As a way of thanking the Tigers for their support, the Obama administration, Soros, and the International Peace Institute of Norway (which has been called a front for NATO, Soros, and the CIA and which supported the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam [LTTE] during their long civil war against the Sri Lankan government) have been pushing for a federal system in Sri Lanka that would create a Sinhalese, Tamil, and Muslim federation, with secession following.
A widely-read blog itmakessenseblog.com noted in a 2012 report that although South Korean Ban Ki-moon is the Secretary General of the UN, his most important deputies represent the interests of NATO and its allies. The Undersecretary General for Political Affairs is B. Lynn Pascoe, a former U.S. ambassador to Indonesia and Malaysia and is thought by many UN staffers to have links to the CIA. The Undersecretary General for Safety and Security is Gregory Starr, a former Director of the U.S. State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service who is also thought to have close links to the CIA. The Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Planning and Policy Coordination is Robert Orr, the former Director of Global and Multilateral Affairs at the U.S. National Security Council on which the CIA is represented. The Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is Anthony Lake, a former U.S. National Security Adviser.
It is with this scenario initiating federal structure in many Third World small nations on ethnic lines that US State Department officials declared the best political solution to Sri Lanka’s ‘National Issues’ is serious devolution of power with a federal structure.
The incumbent Under-Secretary-General Jeffrey Feltman is well within the process of promoting federal structure of government in many Third World small nations such as Sri Lanka.
American ambassador to Sri Lanka Atul Keshap has gone on record his authoritative declaration that this South Asian nation needs a federal structure to redress minority Tamil grievances. Previously, he was working very closely on Sri Lankan issues with Robert Blake when he was the assistant secretary of the South Asian Bureau. Mr. Blake was the US envoy in Colombo during the period the Sri Lanka military undertook the final assault on the Tamil Tiger movement.
Atul Keshap has been to Sri Lanka on two occasions, one in June 2014 and the other in February 2015.
Ignoring the Sinhalese consensus that establishing a federal structure in the Island is a stepping stone for separatism, a political concept under which the Tamil Tigers launched its military offensive since the mid-seventies until its domestic demise in May 2009, Atul Keshap made the statements to the effect of the necessity of a federal structure when he accompanied assistant secretary Biswal on an official tour in June 2014 at media interview in Colombo.
Officials in the United States Department of State based in Washington do not make policy statements to the effect what other nations should undertake unless they are determined as policy planks at the highest level of the American government. Earlier in this note we disclosed how the ‘federalism process’ commenced at the UN in 2012.
When Mr. Atul Keshap, not once but several occasions in the same interview with a Sri Lankan newspaper – Daily Mirror – about the vitality of establishing a federal structure in Sri Lanka, he was obviously pronouncing a policy plank of the United States Government already determined at some high level.
At this June 20, 2014 interview Mr. Keshap told what the United States believed in saying: “the U.S. believes in a very bright future for this country and it believes that Sri Lanka has the potential in terms of human capital, in terms of resources, in terms of geographic location, in terms of having secured peace after a very brutal civil war – a country connected to the entire world. A country that is not the subject of UN Human Rights Council Resolutions because it has perfected its democracy and perfected its respect for human rights. A country that has created a meaningful formula for devolution of power and federalism, to ensure coherence among the various regions. A country that is reconciled, peaceful, and prosperous”.
Lamenting about the long delay in bringing changes Mr. Keshap said: It’s been five years since the war ended and I haven’t seen any meaningful discussion or movement along the lines of a meaningful negotiation of the very tricky political issues related to federalism.
Samantha Power’s visit to Colombo is the culmination of this development at a time the Sirisena-Wickremasinghe administration envisages to promulgate a new constitution for Sri Lanka.
Samantha Power rose to prominence in government circles as part of her campaign to promote a doctrine known as the Responsibility to Protect. It is a doctrine advanced by the UN and is predicated on the proposition that sovereignty is a privilege, not a right, and that if any regime in any nation violates the prevailing precepts of acceptable governance, then the international community is morally obligated to revoke that nation’s sovereignty and assume command and control of the offending country. Assuming command and control is mostly through diplomatic endeavors.
The worldwide leader in the promotion of this doctrine that Samantha Power worked to develop is the Global Center for Responsibility to Protect (GCR2P). One of the biggest financial supporters of the GCR2P is the Open Society Institute which itself is a branch of the Open Society Foundation,, an organization created by financier George Soros.
Apart from providing financial backing to the Responsibility to Protect, Soros personally believes in and promotes the philosophy. In an article published by Foreign Policy in 2004 entitled “The People’s Sovereignty: How a New Twist on an Old Idea Can Protect the World’s Most Vulnerable Populations,” Soros presented his take on the principles that undergird the Responsibility to Protect.
“True sovereignty belongs to the people, who in turn delegate it to their governments,” Soros wrote.
And: “If governments abuse the authority entrusted to them and citizens have no opportunity to correct such abuses, outside interference is justified. By specifying that sovereignty is based on the people, the international community can penetrate nation-states’ borders to protect the rights of citizens.
“In particular, the principle of the people’s sovereignty can help solve two modern challenges: the obstacles to delivering aid effectively to sovereign states, and the obstacles to global collective action dealing with states experiencing internal conflict”.
Sri Lanka is faced to deal with this emerging situation with the arrival of Dr. Samantha Power and George Soros. One could see the fall-out of ‘internationalizing’ a ‘domestic’ issue and the LTTE transformation from militarism to ‘Global Diplomatic Maneuver’ with tacit State Department and United Nations participation.