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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 78

Can the Co-Chairs handle the new Sri Lankan realities?

[b]Can the Co-Chairs handle the new Sri Lankan realities?[/b]

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

The reply sent by Ms. Benita Ferrero-Waldner,EU Commissioner for External Affairs, to the pro-LTTE Tamils in Europe demonstrates a decisive shift in the attitude of the international community to the LTTE. In it she drives home some telling facts to the Tamils who petitioned the EU objecting to the travel ban imposed on the LTTE on September 26.

She also reveals a sound grasp of the grim realities facing Sri Lanka and the international community. Some of the key aspects highlighted in her reply are:

1) the LTTE has not renounced violence, stopped political killings, put an end to child soldier recruitment and allowed political pluralism in the north and the east of Sri Lanka;

2) "these are issues that my predecessor, Chris Patten stressed when he met with Mr. Prabhakaran in November 2003;

3) "I raised them again when I travelled to Sri Lankan last March and I intended to discuss them once again with Mr. Prabhakaran, but he was unable to receive me;

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