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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 103

Give life bag back to the abrogated ceasefire agreement begs, Vaiko when he met Eric Solheim

By Walter Jayawardhana

India’s maverick politician Vaiko has begged of Norway’s most controversial peace negotiator and International Development Minister Eric Solheim who has been charged by non-tiger Tamil groups as a pro-LTTE man, to give life to a dead cease fire agreement that has been violated thousands of times by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) itself.

LTTE news sources revealed that the two controversial men met recently at Oslo’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Vaiko requested Solheim to help revive the Norway brokered abrogated Ceasefire Agreement (CFA) signed between Ranil Wickramasinghe government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

A close personal friend of the late Tamil Tiger “peace negotiator” Anton Balasingham, Soheim has been publicly attacked as a “White Tiger”, and enjoys very little credibility in Sri Lanka. He has been criticized by anti-LTTE Tamil groups and pro-Sinhala groups in the country as a non acceptable man.

Pro LTTE news sources said, Vaiko expressed his “gratitude on behalf of the Tamils in India to the Royal Norwegian Government for its engagement as facilitator to the CFA...” when the two controversial politicians met each other in Oslo in Norway few days ago.

Vaiko has become the unofficial spokesman of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in India where the group is banned after a LTTE suicide bomber killed the late Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi.

The LTTE who are believed to be in a difficult position militarily after the agreement was abrogated is alleged to have used the agreement to gain military advantages by violating the very agreement thousands of times, according to Norway managed documents.

Vaiko has told pro-LTTE news media that he told Solheim that a key violation of the agreed principles was the clause 1.8 which demanded the Government of Sri Lanka to disarm the paramilitary groups, referring to the Karuna group. Before the Karuna group came into being, under the CFA Tamil groups who embraced democratic way of government like the Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) were disarmed under the CFA. The agreement allowed only the LTTE to be armed except the country’s armed forces and the police say hundreds of members of the Tamil groups like EPDP and PLOTE had been killed by the Tamil Tigers with impunity. Tamil Tigers unsuccessfully attempted to kill EPDP leader Douglas Devananda many times after they signed the CFA.

Vaiko has refused to protest against such killings when fellow Tamils were being killed by his friends, the LTTE, Tamil critics point out.

But Vaiko told Solheim “that the International Community should prevail upon the GoSL to reinstate the ceasefire in order to engage in a meaningful process for a negotiated settlement.”

Vaiko, the General Secretary of Marumalarchchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhakam (MDMK), was in Oslo Norway recently to participate in an international conference in which such figures as UNP’s Dr. Jayalath Jayewardene , Venerable Brahmanawatte Seevali Thero, Arumugam Thondaman and Venerable Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thero took part.

- Asian Tribune -

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