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

UNP to impose Ranil Wickremesinghe’s policy of appeasement to the Tamil Tigers, through the MOU on Rajapaksa government

By Walter Jayawardhana

Colombo, 20 October, (Asiantribune.com): The United National Party (UNP) would try to impose former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s policy of appeasement to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), religiously followed through during the premiership of the UNP leader, through conditions imposed in the proposed Memorandum of Understanding scheduled to be signed at the end of the month, between the government and the UNP, party insiders said. Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapakse in a lighter moment with opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe during their meeting on finding a solution for the country's ethnic conflict, in Colombo on 12  October 2006.Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapakse in a lighter moment with opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe during their meeting on finding a solution for the country's ethnic conflict, in Colombo on 12 October 2006.

The UNP leadership also has discussed with the LTTE through intermediaries like Dr. Jayalath Jayawardena, who rushed himself to the Apollo Hospital to have prolonged discussions with LTTE propagandist Daya Master about the future relationship between the two groups.

Daya Master traveled to Colombo under government security protection in the guise of a prisoner return arrangement to Colombo, but the promised Police prisoner was returned to Colombo only months later than the date of arrival of Daya master in Colombo.

The secret meeting between Jayawardena and Daya Master led to a heated exchange of words between the doctor and a Southern Province parliamentarian Hemkumara Nanayakkara , with whom Ranil Wickremesinghe has mended fences now, after the quarrel that nearly turned into a physical.

Former Minister and Parliamentarian and a Wickremesinghe loyalist Laxman Seneviratna said that the aim of the UNP is to continue with their peace process as base to find a political solution to the National Question addressing a media conference October 19 at Colombo.

The Wickremesinghe loyalist, who does not represent the whole divided UNP these days, said that through the MOU the UNP intended to carry forward the UNP’s peace process in the coming three years.

Seneviratne’s statement is expected to lead to strong controversy since last Presidential election was fought against the policies of Ranil Master- a name they used to call the UNP leader in reference to LTTE’s Daya Master.

Although the Ceasefire Agreement he signed with the LTTE, which the LTTE has broken thousands of times, according to the Nordic Monitoring Mission, is not abolished, government’s legal experts have openly called it an illegal document. Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapakse (L) listens to opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe during their meeting on finding a solution for the country's ethnic conflict, in Colombo October 12, 2006. Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapakse (L) listens to opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe during their meeting on finding a solution for the country's ethnic conflict, in Colombo October 12, 2006.

It has also drawn harsh criticism from other Tamil groups as an unacceptable document.

Ranil Wickremesinghe’s so called peace process is based on that document.

Seneviratne charged that 2500 have lost their lives under the regime of Mahinda Rajapaksa. He did not mention that losing lives more among the Tamils than the Sinhalese started during Ranil Wickremesinghe regime since the LTTE started assassinating Tamil leaders taking advantage of the fact that other Tamil groups were disarmed while the LTTE was the only group allowed to bear arms other than the country’s security services under Ranil‘s controversial agreement.

Making use of the highly questionable Ceasefire Agreement thousands of innocent children were kidnapped from Tamil homes and schools while the government looked at the other side.

The government of Wickremesinghe also allowed sponsors of the LTTE, the Royal Norwegian Government, to grant millions of dollars worth of radio broadcasting and military communication equipment, part of which was destroyed by the bombing of the Mahinda Rajapaksa government by the recent air raids at Kokkuvil, near Mulathivu recently.

The LTTE also rigged the last general elections, by virtually stuffing the ballot boxes, to help their proxy party the Tamil national Alliance to enter parliament and almost hijacked the Tamil United Liberation Front, if not for the heroic stand taken by its leader Ananda Sangaree.

Going against all Western nations including the United States, they recruited children and adults to a suicide squad whose technology was finally sold to all middle eastern terrorist groups, including all affiliates of Al-Queda operating under the controversial Ceasefire Agreement.

Assassins of the LTTE started migrating to the city of Colombo when barricades were lifted by Ranil Wickremesinghe government in the name of his peace process.

This policy of peace process came to be known as peace at any cost. Carried away by the policy pro-Wickremesinghe media, mostly owned by his family and pro-Wickremesinghe police officers betrayed the country’s intelligence units, some housed in the Millenium Housing Scheme near Colombo. Since then many intelligence officers have been assassinated by the LTTE.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa, addressing an Asia Society meeting in New York said that he would never accept peace at any cost. So does his party. It would be an uphill task, more difficult than winning the last Presidential election for Wickremesinghe to impose a peace at any cost program on the ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party without much turmoil in the country.

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