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

Self-rule - LTTE's new diplomatic maneuver

[b]Self-rule - LTTE's new diplomatic maneuver[/b]

By K.T.Rajasingham

Breaking with the tradition of military and other belligerent campaigns, for the first time ever, Sri Lankan Tamil rebels are involved in a subtle diplomatic maneuvering of bringing consensus in the midst of the Tamil population in the country on one side and on a larger scale, the international community for the required support for a self-rule agenda in the North and East of Sri Lanka, which is claimed by the Tamil rebels to be the traditional homeland of the Tamils.

While details of self-rule proposals remain sketchy and unclear, but one thing that was clear was that Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has lost their patience, as the dilatory tactics so far adopted by Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga and by the southern political leaders have failed to come to terms with reality to bring about sustainable peace in the country.

It was unfortunate that while the Tamil rebel outfit, Tigers of Tamil Eelam is presently bent on focusing on an appeal to the international community to recognize the Tamil community’s basic rights and life of freedom with peace on the basis of their traditional homeland concept, their nationhood and self rule and struggle for sovereignty, the Sinhala political leaders in the south of Sri Lanka still hoping to pursue to negotiate with the Tamils by searching for a solution within a unitary form of government.

“We seek the recognition by the international community of our basic rights and life of freedom with peace on the basis of our traditional homeland, our nationhood and self rule and struggle for sovereignty.”

So far LTTE is bent on a very slow but on a steady process, by putting forward a self-rule political agenda for the Tamils in Sri Lanka by appealing to the international community for justice and endorsement: “We, the Tamil speaking people inhabiting the traditional Tamil homeland, place our desperate and perilous plight before the international community and seek justice and endorsement.”

Earlier, on 31 October 2004, LTTE for the first time came up with an Internal Self-Governing Authority (ISGA) proposal and urged the Sri Lanka Government to accept the same.

Sri Lanka Government failed to take up the LTTE’s ISGA proposal seriously and the Southern political leaders condemned the proposal as a stepping stone for the separation of the country.

Subsequently, LTTE Supremo Velupillai Prabakaran in his annual ‘Heroes Day’ address on 27 November 2004, urged the Sri Lanka Government to resume the peace talks, without conditions, on the basis of the Interim Self-Governing Authority as proposed by his outfit.

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