Pro-LTTE Simon Hughes and Priyath Liyanage lament over the dead ceasefire agreement and discuss interference
By a special correspondent in London
London, 20 January, (Asiantribune.com): Pro-LTTE British parliamentarian Simon Hughes told BBC’s Sinhala language program producer Priyath Liyanage disclosed that many international players trying to influence in Sri Lankan affairs are not trying to interfere in the island nation’s internal affairs, but are helping the country to find a lasting solution to prevent the bloodshed.
Hughes led an adjournment debate on Sri Lanka in the British parliament and accused Sri Lanka for leaving the Norwegian sponsored ceasefire agreement under which 98 percent violations were by the Tamil Tigers.
Hughes has a long history of sympathizing with the LTTE and the interviewer Priyath Liyanage has been maintaining close political ties with Wickramabahu Karunaratne who is the closest political ally of the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka.
Hughes said that Sri Lankan economy suffers so badly as a result of the war while many of the Sri Lankan Diaspora in Britain said he was only shedding crocodile tears since he has been silent over the LTTE’s constant damage to Sri Lanka‘s economy through blatant violence, by attacking economic nerve centers.
Simon Hughes, the President of the British Liberal Democratic Party was a keen participant of the ceremony of terrorist leader Prabhakaran’s birthday speech deliverance by electronic media few weeks ago in London. Observers said Hughes is more interested in the political power machine in his constituency that is heavily powered by the local pro-LTTE organizations. LTTE is a banned organization in the United Kingdom but has cleverly organized lobbying groups to bring pressure on British MP’s. LTTE is accused of trying to lobby the FBI with bribes running into millions to get the US ban on the LTTE lifted. They are also accused of buying a powerful daughter of a VVIP in Chennai.
Priyath Liyanage quoted him as saying that nearly quarter of a million Sri Lankans live in the United Kingdom and what is happening in that country is of great importance to Britain. But it is a fact that many of those Sri Lankans are British subjects who have no connection with Sri Lanka except of having an interest to make political changes in the island nation by remote means, perhaps in the separation of the country, not in the larger interests of the population of Sri Lanka, according to observers.
The interviewer quoted the pro-LTTE British politician as saying that it is “likely to see escalation of violence” after the Sri Lanka government withdrew from the West imposed Norwegian brokered ceasefire agreement. Both the BBC’s Liyanage and the pro-LTTE Hughes have been avoiding to state that the Tamil Tigers have violated the agreement from day one it was signed more than ten thousand times.
Informed sources said the present phase of violence started when the LTTE killed 65 civilian bus passengers at Kebithigollewa and in an unique act of terrorism blocked drinking and irrigating waters to thousands of farmers at Mavil Aru. Politicians like Hughes remained silent without condemning such acts when they were using the ceasefire agreement to do such acts of terrorism, violating the agreement but sob over the abrogation of the non-working pact, that was in fact had become an instrument of escalating violence.
“In reality, what Liyanage and Hughes lack is credibility”, they concluded.
- Asian Tribune -