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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2646

Allegation of LTTE - Government of Sri Lanka secret pact, a false and malicious lie.

By Dr.T.C.Rajaratnam

Desperate attempt to undermine the government fails. Select committee to be appointed to determine all agreements between GOSL and LTTE from inception.

Parliament met yesterday to discuss 1.Motion to appoint a parliamentary select committee to look into the secret pact alleged to have been entered into between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and some other persons. 2. The amendment in respect of the motion of appointing the aforesaid parliamentary select committee.

When Parliament met on Thursday, 20 September there were desperate attempts to give priority to baseless allegations with language not pertinent to the dignity of the House. The House was deplete of TNA members as usual avoiding critical situations only to represent their own benefits. Like the slippery snake/s the TNA members as usual did not want to commit themselves.

Suresh Premachandran TNA parliamentarian made a statement to the effect that the TNA was not concerned with any agreements and as such would not participate in the debate. This is a classic example of the dubious methods adapted by the TNA members for their own survival in Parliament not only betraying their flickering Leader Mr.Velupillai Pirabaharan but also their respective party policies and the Constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka having taken oaths as Members of Parliament for a unitary state. The symbol of hypocrisy was manifest. The TNA neither denied any involvement of the LTTE nor agreed. On all other occasions thy raise their voices to reveal their intricate and intimate relationship with the LTTE. Whilst holding diplomatic Passports and enjoying all the benefits of the State, they have the privilege to be traveling around the world tarnishing the image of the Government, paying lip service to the cause of the Tamils and on occasions even criticizing their own leaders.

Two Members of Parliament Mangala Samaraweera and Sripathi Sooriyaratchchi were earlier ardent supporters of President Rajapakse. However astrologers had predicted a better and brighter future for Mangala Samaraweera who wanted to be Prime Minister by conniving and conspiring with Sripathi Sooriyaratchchi. They both went over the limit, betrayed their own leader President Rajapakse who had no option but to sack them from their respective portfolios. The infuriated duo - Mangala and Sripathi then framed a story to tarnish the image of the President by stating that the Presidential Candidate together with them had a secret deal with the LTTE to prevent those from the North not to vote and as such that the victory of President Rajapakse was due to the fact that the Tamils were not allowed to vote for Ranil Wickremasinghe.

It is trite learning that it was during Ranil Wickremasinghe’s Government that the Karuna faction broke loose from the main LTTE and as such Pirabaharan feared that if Ranil Wickremasinghe was elected then he would be destroyed and that the Tamils should not be allowed to vote for the survival of Pirabaharan. President Rajapakse had no hand in any of these baseless allegations.

President Rajapakse has been a tower of strength to the poor, the homeless and the destitute people of Sri Lanka regardless of race or religion. He has a deep sense of responsibility and has performed his duty with commitment, determination and courage to bring about a lasting solution. His inherent duty to protect the Nation as a whole is his priority.

False allegations were made by Sripathi Sooriyaracthi and Mangala Samaraweera - the two MP’s who were sacked by the President for disorderly conduct and conspiracy to overthrow the Government with the connivance of Ranil Wickramasinghe, the Opposition Leader. Their baseless allegations that President Rajapakse was instrumental in signing a secret pact with the LTTE was countered and argued by the Government members much to their disappointment. In fact yesterdays proceedings proved with what anxiety the Leader of the Opposition was guiding the two defectors to bring the motion and to be seconded.

There was so much chaos and conspiracy to humiliate and persecute him but he has overcome all adversities and adversaries owing to the faith the Nation has for him.

Politics has become more and more fractured and pluralized just like our lives. As we divide into more sharply defined organized groups around more stratified issues as we communicate with people in extreme rhetoric through the media, it is difficult to determine the conclusion that our political system is producing the sort of discussion that will give us the kind of results required for a nation.

The nature and role of the Rajapakse Government has been affirmative. If one wants to maintain public response there must be an effort to change but not eviscerate the Government. A democracy requires a certain amount of common ground. There should be analysis, assimilation of ideas and complex questions cannot be solved at grass roots level or at a national level or anywhere in between if there is too much extremism of rhetoric and excessive partisanship. Times are changing, we have to be alert.

We need to be flexible. We need to have new solutions based on old values. Consensus is important at group discussions.

No progress can be made unless a common ground is established. To endeavor to establish common ground certain specific responsibilities on the people and political leaders should be imposed. More of our people must set an example. People should be made conscious of their conduct.

We must learn to discuss matters with those who are different to us. Not just people who agree with us but with somebody who is different. We need more conversation and less combat.

When we differ, we ought to offer an alternative. We should say what are for and just not what we are against. We ought to look relentlessly at the long term and remind the people that the problems we have developed over a long period of time.

We have to move beyond division and resentment to common ground. We have to go beyond cynicism to a sense of possibility. There should be only one race - the human race - all religions speak of compassion, love, forgiveness and good conscience - let us not segregate and commercialize religious values which are not to be labelled but borne in our mind. Religion is a subject that should not drive us apart.

Religious freedom is a necessity - a human necessity within the legal norms. It makes a difference in the way we live and the way we function and our ability to overcome adversity.

We have to come out from behind locked doors and shuttered windows to help reclaim our streets from drugs and gangs and crime and everyone of us must assume personal responsibility - not only for ourselves and our families but for our neighbors and our nation. Our greatest responsibility is to embrace a spirit of oneness.

We should not succumb to the dark impulses that lurk in the far regions of the soul. We must overcome them.

The President has the wisdom and will to act in the best interests of the Nation. He takes affirmative action in the best interests of the Nation.

The purpose of affirmative action is to give the Nation a way to address the systematic exclusion of individuals of talent on the basis of their gender or race from opportunities to develop, perform, achieve and contribute.

Affirmative action is an effort to develop a systematic approach to open the doors of education, employment and business development opportunities to qualified individuals who happen to be members of groups that have experienced longstanding and persistent discrimination.

When affirmative action is done right, it is flexible, it is fair and it works. The law does require fairness for everyone and we must see that it is done.

We must look for diplomacy. Those who are opposed to us are not considered as our opponents. We must find a compromise with such people, meeting of minds-understanding so we would have a just objective as a unitary Nation. The President is ably assisted by Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle who is a tower of strength in Parliament. Unfortunately due to the fact that he was indisposed he was not present in Chambers yesterday but he was monitoring the situation from Hospital to defend the Government and the President. Had he been present there would have been a rich golden thread towards the debate.

Mr.Basil Rajapakse , the new Member of parliament and the brother of President Rajapakse vehemently denied all allegations regarding the secret pact. He was supported by the other Government MPs Mr.Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Mr.Hemachandra Nanayakara, Mr.Navin Dissanayake, Mr.Mahinda Amaraweera, Mr.Dilan Perera and Mr.Mahinda Wijesekera.

It is unfortunate that some on both sides of the divide have used rhetoric and irrelevant statements not pertinent to the issues which damaged to dignity and decorum of the House.

It is trite learning that the devil himself knows not the thought of man, those who made these baseless allegations may withdraw the same as it is a futile attempt by men in distress.

Dr.T.C.Rajaratnam is the Co-ordinating Secretary to the Chief Government Whip of Parliament and an International Legal Consultant.

- Asian Tribune -

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