The Eighth meeting of the Indo-Sri Lanka Joint Commission held in New Delhi on Tuesday and was co-chaired by the External Affairs Ministers of the two Establishments, ended with nothing new either to the pressing issues of the genocide-facing island or to its bilateral issues with India, political analysts in the island commented. A Foreign Secretary level meeting on Monday preceded the ministerial meeting. Perhaps the only new programme found mentioned in the joint commission press statement was that both sides agreed to jointly celebrate the 150th birth anniversaries of Swami Vivekananda in 2013-14, and of Anagarika Dharmapala in 2014-15.
The press statement was harping on expressing satisfaction on the progress of the old projects such as KKS harbour, Palaali airport, railway lines, ferry service, ‘landmark’ project at Champoor, Thirukkeatheesvaram temple, and on ‘positive impact’ on the ground by Indian assistance providing relief, resettlement and rehabilitation to the IDPs.
The commission discussed on doubling bilateral trade in the next three years.
There was a proposal to explore the possibility of a revised Air Services Agreement.
The usual rhetoric marked the fishermen issue.
India agreed to finalise a MoU for cooperation in connection with “Ten Year Presidential Initiative to Steer Sri Lanka towards a Trilingual Society by 2020.”
The initiative set by the LLRC recommendation and was inaugurated by India’s former president Abdul Kalam is widely seen by Eezham Tamils as a camouflage for Sinhalicisation, annihilation of the nation and territoriality of Eezham Tamils and completion of their structural genocide by 2020.
Perhaps a significant revelation in the Joint Commission statement is that it has conceded the fact that nothing significant happened in the matter of housing promised by India to the war-affected Tamils.
Out of the 50,000 promised by New Delhi three years ago, only 1000 found completion by the end of 2012.
In the meantime, genocidal Colombo was able to complete more than one thousand structures of Sinhala military camps, Buddhist stupas, rest houses etc., and several more structures for the colonising Sinhalese in the occupied country of Eezham Tamils, commented field-oriented Tamil social workers in the North and East.