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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2618

Avoid Human Tragedy, Declare Ceasefire - Urges Indian Union Muslim League

By K.T.Rajasingham

New Delhi, 27 February, (Asiantribune.com): To avoid a K.M. Khader Mohideen M.P.K.M. Khader Mohideen M.P.human tragedy, declare ceasefire, appeals Indian Union Muslim League. As the terrorist outfit Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam are holding innocent Tamil civilians as human shield at gunpoint, Sri Lanka Government should consider seriously a ceasefire to save the innocent Tamil civilians, it was urged.

The Indian Union Muslim League said that LTTE should immediately lay downs their arms and surrender to safeguard the civilians.

"We are appealing on a humanitarian grounds to the Government of Sri Lanka, because the innocent Tamil civilians trapped in the war zone have to be saved" said Professor K.M. Khader Mohideen, Member of the Indian Parliament.

Also he urged the Sri Lankan Government to resettle in their original habitat in the Northern Province, those thousands of Muslims driven away 19 years ago by the Tiger terrorists. He said that the Sri Lankan Government should close down their refugee camps and immediately settle them back in the Northern Province.

He further added, "I just explained to you the policy of Indian Union Muslim League, as far as Sri Lanka is concerned. We are insisting on ceasefire not for the sake of ceasefire, but we are insisting that the Government of Sri Lanka to stop the war, because the civilians are to be saved – men, women and children are caught up in the crossfire and are indiscriminately killed. It seems very clearly that the LTTE is not the least worried about the plight of the innocent civilians. This is a human tragedy."

Professor K.M.Khader Mohideen is an elected Member of the Indian Parliament (Lok Sabah) from Vellore(Tamil Nadu) and also the state leader of Indian Union Muslim League. He is one of the three members of the Indian Muslim League in the Indian Parliament. The other two MPs are from the state of Kerala and the leader E. Ahamed, Minister of State for External Affairs is at present in Sri Lanka, participating in the SAARC Foreign Ministers Conference representing Pranab Mukerjee, the External Affairs Minister.

In an interview with Asian Tribune, Khader Mohideen said, I wish to point out to the President of Sri Lanka and the Government of Sri Lanka that an acceptable political solution will be the appropriate answer to the problems Tamilians are facing presently in Sri Lanka .

“What we want to say is, by continuing the war if you are able to discriminate and isolate the terrorists, then it is good. But it is not possible to rid the terrorists when they are holding civilians as human shield and pointing guns at their heads.

Given below the excerpts of the interview Asian Tribune had with Professor K.M.Khader Mohideen MP from Tamil Nadu:

Asian Tribune: I want to have your comments on the looming humanitarian crisis in Sri Lanka?

Professor K.M.Khader Mohideen MP: You know better about the happenings in Sri Lanka. The Government of India’s policy is that the LTTE should lay down their arms and surrender, at the same time the Government of Sri Lanka should enter into a ceasefire and stop the war.

Asian Tribune: Enter ceasefire with whom?

Professor K.M.Khader Mohideen MP: With the LTTE.

Asian Tribune: Why ceasefire with the alleged terrorists’ organization?

Professor K.M.Khader Mohideen MP: What the Government of India says is that now the Government of Sri Lanka is fighting the LTTE. While fighting the war with the LTTE the so called rebels or else the Terrorists, the innocent people, the Tamilians are killed, caught up in the crossfire. According to reports reaching to India, thousands of people are being killed and they are caught between two fires. Also LTTE is using the innocent Tamil civilians as human shield by pointing guns over their head. We know well that they are not the least worried about the plight of the civilians.

We only learn about the war situation from the news reports and I don’t know the ground reality. I am only repeating what the Government of India says.

This is the policy of the Government of India. They want the war to be stopped. At the same time the LTTE also should lay down their arms and surrender.

Regarding the Tamilans in the Northern and Eastern parts of Sri Lanka , Indian Government is of the view that these Tamilians living in both the provinces have got their unsolved problems in the country. And their problems have to be settled politically and constitutionally. This is what the Government of India is insisting.

These problems should be settled amicably without resorting to military actions, and the settlements should be done within the framework of Sri Lankan constitution, and all the rights and parity to be given to Tamils and Tamil speaking Muslims in Sri Lanka. This is the policy explained by the Government of India.

Asian Tribune: I want also to have the position of the Indian Union Muslim League on the Sri Lankan and the LTTE?

Professor K.M.Khader Mohideen MP: We support the policy of the Government of India in this issue.

At the same time we know that our Muslim community in Sri Lanka, they got their problems as they are being ethnic cleansed by the LTTE in the Northern Province and they are all in the refugee camps.

Asian Tribune: According to reports there are more than 100,000 Muslims languishing in the refugee camps for the last 19 long torturous years?

Professor K.M.Khader Mohideen MP: Yes their problems too should be solved.

Asian Tribune: Solved by whom?

Professor K.M.Khader Mohideen MP: Only by the elected Government of Sri Lanka.

As large chunk of land areas controlled by the LTTE has been already seized back by the Government of Sri Lanka. Immediately the Government has to come forward to close down the refugee camps. Muslims who are still languishing in those camps must be sent back to their original homes. Resettle the Muslims in their original habitats. That is the demand the Indian Union Muslim League is making.

Asian Tribune: Tell us the IUML position in Tamil Nadu and your association with the Tamil political parties in Tamil Nadu regarding the Sri Lankan issue? It seems that almost majority of them are supporting the separatist cause of the LTTE?

Professor K.M.Khader Mohideen MP: Yes they are doing that. But we are not subscribing to their stance. The Indian Union Muslim League is not supporting LTTE. The issues and conflicts created and caused by LTTE is an internal matter of Sri Lanka.

Please note that the Government of India’s policy is the policy of the Indian Union Muslim League and we are supporting it. In addition to that we insist that the problems of the Muslim community in Sri Lanka should be settled amicably by the Government of Sri Lanka.

Asian Tribune: You mean to say about those suffering by the ethnic cleansing caused by the LTTE?

Professor K.M.Khader Mohideen MP: Yes that is a known fact internationally. Also at this juncture, I wish to remind that military solution will never be a permanent solution. Even it might seems that military action as successful today, and tomorrow the same people might resort to guerilla warfare, and as suicide bombing is taking place all over the world, and according to trends it might lead to destructive suicidal wars inside.

Therefore, I wish to point out to the President of Sri Lanka and the Government of Sri Lanka that an acceptable political solution will be the answer. What we want to say is by continuing the war if you are able to discriminate and isolate the terrorists, then it is good. But it is not possible to rid the terrorists when they are holding civilians as human shield.

I just explained to you the policy of IUML as far as Sri Lanka is concerned. We are insisting on ceasefire not for the sake of ceasefire, we are insisting that the Government of Sri Lanka should stop the war because the civilians have to be saved – men, women and children are being indiscriminately killed. This is a human tragedy. Therefore we appeal to the Government of Sri Lanka on humanitarian grounds that the indiscriminate killings of the civilians should be stopped.

Asian Tribune: Regarding the killings of civilians, there are so many reports about this subject. Even on the other day some western news agencies interviewed the civilians who escaped from the war zone and majority of them told: "the LTTE had fired artillery from populated areas, 'compelling the army to target us'. The military denies targeting civilians, but has acknowledged some may have been killed."

It is suspected that there is an LTTE propaganda ploy behind this allegation.

Professor K.M.Khader Mohideen MP: If it is so and if innocent civilians are not targeted then we welcome it.

- Asian Tribune -

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