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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 79

Why do Co-chairs want Lanka to negotiate with LTTE

Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

Why do Co-chairs want Lanka to negotiate with LTTE? It is no secret that Norway’s International Development Minister Eric Solheim has direct links with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) fighting for a separate state in Sri Lanka. LTTE leader V. Prabhakaran is said to pass on messages to Solheim through Kumaran Pathmanadan a.k.a K.P, the LTTE’s international arms procurer.

There is reason to believe that Sri Lanka’s ‘Tokyo donor Co-chairs’ – the USA, UK Norway and Japan – are attempting to use Norway as a third party in the Sri Lankan conflict again to urge for a stop to the ongoing operations against the Tamil Tigers and press for negotiations.

The LTTE has been banned in several countries including the USA and UK as a terrorist organization. It is surprising now to note that those self same countries are coming forward to rescue Prabhakaran when he is cornered in a tiny area of land and staring defeat in the face. If the same fate befalls al Qaeda’s Osama bin Laden Limited only 6 Sq Kilometers, will the USA grant him amnesty? Prabhakaran’s LTTE is responsible for introducing the suicide bomber kit to al Qaeda, according to the USA’s own Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) website.

Just a week ago, the Sri Lankan government forces mounted the world’s largest civilian rescue operation in the north-east of the island and saved hundreds of thousands of civilians held hostage by the LTTE as human shields. And Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa who observed the unfolding events over UAV relayed images at the Sri Lanka Air Force operations room in Colombo, instructed his Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama to invite foreign diplomats and journalists to witness for themselves the historic event. They did and saw the LTTE cadres opening fire on fleeing civilians and killing some of them.

Either these diplomats have not kept their respective governments apprised of the situation or they are just turning a blind eye on the LTTE atrocities on the trapped civilians just to pacify the ‘Co-chairs’. Why don’t they appreciate the government and the military’s handling of the Internally Displaced civilians?

Sri Lanka has suffered due to terrorism for the last three decades. Why is the West worried about rescuing Prabhakaran without assisting Sri Lanka to get rid of him once and for all? Almost all countries agree that there should be no negotiations with terrorists. So why are they only worried about Sri Lanka? The governments of the island nation have negotiated with the LTTE not once but four times.

Every time it was the LTTE which found some excuse pulling out or procrastinating the process and ultimately pull out of talks.

Sri Lanka has learned through hard experience that the LTTE and its leader Velupillai Prabhakaran are not genuinely interested in negotiations or peace. All it wants is Eelam – a separate state – and is determined to get it by hook or crook. The only way to avoid future conflicts and more bloodshed is to find an end to the terror outfit.

All Sri Lankans only hope is to get rid of terrorism that last 30 years. Sri Lankans don’t like any country interfering in its military action. Sri Lanka Public had indicated it when they vote Government in Provincial Council election.

- Asian Tribune -

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