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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2374

Vaiko appeals to European Union to save the LTTE to Prevent an ancient race being wiped out

By Walter Jayawardhana

Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra kazagam (MDMK) maverick leader Vaiko appealed to the European Union and said they must bring pressure on the Sri Lanka government to stop the military offensive against Velupillai Prabhakaran led Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

Vaiko’s appeal came after the LTTE’s political head Nadesan made a similar appeal to Norway and its International Minister Eric Solheim to intervene in the situation and bring a stop to the war few days ago.

Militarily, the LTTE is in a very bad position and has already lost the sprawling Eastern Province to the country’s army while desperately trying to keep the Mulathivu and Kilinochchi districts; they run with an iron fist in the North. The current war was started by the LTTE when they stopped water to a farmland by blocking an irrigation canal.

Although the LTTE is banned in India Vaiko led MDMK, an extremist party has been carrying on a relentless campaign to save the tottering Tamil group’s base in the Southern state of Tamil Nadu.

Vaiko equalled the offensive against the LTTE in Sri Lanka as an offensive against the Tamils, to wipe out an ancient race.

But the LTTE, one of the most repressive Fascist regimes in the world recruits children as soldiers disregarding constant protests by the UNICEF and the United Nations. It has also become a major reason for the Tamils to flee away from the area.

Vaiko also did not mention that 54 per cent of the Sri Lanka Tamils live outside he LTTE run Wanni area in Sri Lanka having fled away from the area, when he was speaking at this conference organized by the Art of Living Foundation of the Indian Spiritual Guru Sri Ravi Shankar in Oslo, Norway. Vaiko’s demand was not very different from that of the LTTE.

He said, that unless Tamils were accepted as a "separate nation" and their inhabited zones were regarded as their "traditional homelands, no negotiation would lead to a solution. He still maintained the position taken by the LTTE for a separate state in Sri Lanka.

Other Indian political leaders like Subramaniam Swamy have accused parties like MDMK and PMK of carrying out with funds supplied by the LTTE.

Meanwhile UNP’s Jayalath Jayawardenena speaking at the seminar said a ceasefire between the warring parties should be organized. He did not say whether he was expressing his private opinion or the opinion of his party at the seminar.

- Asian Tribune -

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