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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 72

What next after Prabhakaran’s annual speech?

[b]What next after Prabhakaran’s annual speech?[/b]

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

[b]Part ll[/b]

If Wickremesinghe won the presidential election he would have hailed Prabhakaran’s self-serving ”wait and observe” attitude as a personal victory for his rapport with the LTTE. He and his backers in the Churches and NGOs (is there a difference between the two?) would have crowed that his pro-peace policies (other call it appeasement) had staved off another round of war. But Mahinda Rajapakse who has deliberately confronted the fundamentals of the LTTE’s political agenda -- a) rejection of the homeland concept; b) rejection of the Ceasefire Agreement; c). denial of the LTTE status of being the sole representative at the negotiating table and d). rejection of Norway as the ”facilitator” -- has received a response that would not have been different from that of a victorious Wickremesinghe.

In any case, after Wickremasinghe’s unsubstantiated claim that his administration 1) split the LTTE; 2) sank LTTE ships and 3) set up an international net to trap the LTTE, his chances of reconciling with the LTTE, or winning its goodwill, would have been far less than before. In a desperate, last minute, bid Wickremasinghe was gambling to win the Sinhala-Buddhist votes in addition to the Tamil votes by frantically waving the national flag at public meetings. In the end he got neither the Sinhala-Buddhist vote nor the Tamil votes. Wickremasinghe who was hailed as ”genuine and sincere” in Prabhakaran’s speech of 2004 lost credibility in the eyes of the LTTE in 2005. Besides, if Wickremasinghe won there is no evidence to prove that Prabhakaran would have given him the most favoured treatment. After all, he did not back either candidate during the elections. Why should he back any one of them after the election?

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