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

Not an Island unto Itself…

[b]Not an Island unto Itself…[/b]

Tisaranee Gunasekara

[i][b]"…knowledge derived from experience of the occasions for vigorous action and for remission".[/b][/i]
[b]Marcus Aurelius[/b] ([i]The Meditations[/i])

No country can be an island unto itself politically and militarily, even if it is an island geographically. Sri Lanka needs the backing of the international community if she is to meet the Tiger challenge successfully. Indubitably in this contestation with the LTTE we can rely on the support of our traditional friends, such as China, Pakistan and Russia. Equally indubitably a majority of the international community would be agnostic on the Lankan conflict.

But by the same token, there is nothing much we can realistically expect from this neutral majority; they would not care, would not get involved, one way or the other. The case is far otherwise with India, the US, the EU, Canada and Australia. They are interested in the Lankan conflict and could help or hinder us with the stand they take on Sri Lanka, together and severally. Consequently we need to cultivate their support, to persuade them to take a clear and an unambiguous stand for us and against the LTTE.

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