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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 78

Time for Solheim to get off Karuna and failed Ceasefire Agre

[b]Time for Solheim to get off Karuna and failed Ceasefire Agreement to advance peace [/b]

H. L. D. Mahindapala

[b]Part IV [/b]

In the preceding articles three articles (see Asian Tribune April 7, 8 9, 2006) the role of Erik Solheim, the "facilitator" sitting the middle of the Sri Lankan conflict, was drawn in some detail to establish that he has, in the main, (1) acted contrary to the declared principles of the Royal Norwegian government; (2) violated the basic canons of international humanitarian law and (3) not advanced the peace process in any viable or durable direction other than to strengthen the hands of the LTTE to violate all known canons of humanitarian laws with impunity.

It was also pointed out that he survives in the peace process basically on the symbiotic relationship he has established with the LTTE. Both need each other to gain legitimacy in the eyes of the international community. No doubt, Solheim would have conveyed to the Co-chairs that the LTTE would not participate in any negotiations without him, thus making him "indispensable" to a "peace process" that is decimating Tamil dissidents and victims of his intransigent allies in the LTTE running a one-man regime in the Vanni. The fact that the concessions given to the LTTE under international pressure have not influenced the LTTE to make any reciprocal or positive contributions to the peace process or to the fundamental political principles advocated by either the Co-chairs -- US, Japan, UK and Norway -- or the rest of the international community has gone over the heads of the Western high priests of democracy, rule of law, liberalism, pluralism etc.

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