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

President Mahinda Rajapakse’s UK style devolution analyzed

[b]President Mahinda Rajapakse’s UK style devolution analyzed [/b]

By Usha S Sri Skanda Rajah

Mahinda Rajapakse has failed to comprehend the genuine aspirations of the Thamil people when he announced of a UK style devolution is the maximum he is prepared to concede to the Thamils and nothing more – this he said under his so called "maximum devolution under a unitary state" concept.

It's a great pity that Mahinda Rajapakse is living in another world far away from reality. How could anyone negotiate with a man who has only a tenuous connection to reason? It is becoming more and more evident that there is a yawning and ever widening gap between the day-dreamer that is Mahinda Rajapakse and his "followers" and the Thamil demand rightly defined by the LTTE as a political settlement that’s guided by three cardinal principles that of "Homeland, Nationhood and Self-rule".

One cannot help but detect a kind of insincerity in his pronouncements - a reluctance to face up to reality and effect a just peace. He does not even come close to what might be termed as "Thamil aspirations". This, despite a Thamil demand for a separate state has been suspended by the LTTE at the "Oslo accords". A compromise made in good faith in the hope that the other party would fulfill its obligations in the bargain to move towards a negotiated settlement. Mahinda Rajapakse has nothing but utter reluctance for the Thamil People's real and legitimate expectations.

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