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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 82

Prabhakaran adopts a "wait and see" attitude towar

[b]Prabhakaran adopts a "wait and see" attitude towards Mahinda Rajapakse[/b]

[b]Colombo, 27 November, ( [/b]Despite the threatening fire and thunder that preceded his annual Heroes' Day speech, Velupillai Prabhakaran has toned down his rhetoric and "decided to wait and observe, for sometime" Mahinda Rajapakse’s moves before "intensifying (the) struggle for self-determination."

This is in stark contrast to Mahinda Rajapakse’s firm and clear cut policy statement which he presented to parliament. In his speech he rejected, among other things, four key elements of the LTTE agenda: 1) the homeland concept ; 2) LTTE as the sole representative at the negotiating table; 3) Ceasefire Agreement and 4) Norway. Side-stepping these issues Prabhakaran states, in rather subdued tones: ”Having carefully examined his policy statement in depth, we have come to a conclusion that President Rajapkse has not grasped the fundamentals, the basic concepts underlying the Tamil national question. In terms of policy, the distance between him and us is vast. However, President Rajapakse is considered a realist committed to pragmatic politics, we wish to find out, first of all, how he is going to handle the peace process and whether he will offer justice to our people. We have, therefore, decided to wait and observe, for sometime, his political manoeuvres and actions.”

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