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

Is a vote for Ranil a vote for Eelam?

[b]Is a vote for Ranil a vote for Eelam? [/b]

By Bandara Deepal - Germany

The Sri Lankan presidential election scheduled for 17 November 2005 is likely to be the last poll held under the unitary status of this Indian Ocean island state thus dismembering an almost 200-year-old administrative and political creation.

Less than a month before the poll, all indications are that the candidate of the United National Party (UNP), and leader of the opposition Ranil Wickremesinghe (56), will emerge victorious in this unfree and unfair election. His likely victory can be compared to the corporate sponsored constitutional coup that installed multimillionaires George W. Bush and Richard Cheney in the White House in January 2001.

Similar belligerent, elitist, evangelical, moneyed and separatist forces are backing Wickremasinghe and they are likely to press him to undertake the following steps, if he is inaugurated as Sri Lanka’s fifth executive President, to bring about peace at any cost:

(1). Request the European Union (EU), to immediately and unconditionally revoke the ban on receiving delegations of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), claiming that this ban has become an impediment to the continuation of the peace (peace or appeasement), process;

(2). Further request states to deproscribe the LTTE and accept it as the sole representative of all Tamils living in Sri Lanka;

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