It Needs More Than Lip Service
In Dealing With The LTTE Who Are Terrorists And Have No Right To Legal
There seems no earthly use of continued lip service towards tolerance
preached by any foreign source of authority as the LTTE continue their
attrocities in the North and East of Sri Lanka. They simply fall on
deaf ears as far as the LTTE are concerned as their attrocities continue
while a Ceasefire and Peace Agreement exists and in violation of both
which is fast becoming a joke!
It has been reported that the co-chairs of a group monitoring Sri Lanka's
peace process during a meeting in Brussels, Belgium has addressed the
Tamil Tiger rebels (LTTE) to put an immediate end to violence which
continue in Sri Lanka under many guises but always attributable to the
LTTE where warning of unspecified serious consequences are said to have
been issued according to the latest Reuter's Report.These warnings which
need to be more classified and put into perspective on a more tangible
basis than rhetoric have not been stipulated specifically towards definition.
This is probably a golden opportunity for these nations who condemn
the LTTE to go all out and proscribe them if they already haven't, in
conjunction with Sri Lanka also re-proscribing them towards correcting
a grievous error committed by the UNP regime of recent past history.
Regardless of all the dialogue which takes place about what's best for
Sri Lanka, broadcast by various mediators who preach tolerance in the
face of grave provocation it would be a very plausible initial step
towards quelling the ongoing LTTE attrocities even to some degree.
The latest meeting between the European Union, Norway, Japan and the
United States the four co-chairs of a 2003 Tokyo conference on reconstruction
and development of Sri Lanka -- has taken place as violence continues
in the Tamil-dominated Jaffna peninsula. At least one person has been
reported shot and wounded on Monday as Sri Lankan troops and protestors
clashed, with each side accusing the other of trying to provoke further
While Norway which continues showing sympathies towards the LTTE as always,
cannot be expected to take this stance logically and the United States
having already banned the LTTE playing an anchor role, it would be a welcome
step if the European Union still on tenterhooks about whether or not to
ban them and Japan joined hands towards proscribing the fully armed unrelenting
LTTE. It has to be observed critically in favour of proscription that
the LTTE have re-opened their sporadic hit and run tactics, setting off
land mines and continue their attempts to intimidate the Sri Lankan Armed
Forces in an attempt to once again intimidate the well being of the Nation!
The latest address by their leader in hiding (or a theatrical double)
the invisible Prabhakaran, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)
have threatened to resume their two-decade struggle next year unless Colombo
comes up with a viable power-sharing blueprint, saying this is its last
chance to avert a return to a war in which more than 64,000 people have
So what greater mandate do these Countries issuing warnings to the LTTE
need towards outright proscription and sending a strong message to back
off on their fang baring and incongruous ultimatums regardless of whether
or not they might be fangs bared by toothless tigers as the greater implication
now rests on securing and defending the Nation of Sri Lanka from its greatest
enemies the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam! And how better to do it?
than by cornering them and imobilising their effectivities through a clear
warning where it would be the Donor Nations and the Nation of Sri Lanka
delivering the ultimatums!!
"Interestingly also The co-chairs have condemned the LTTE's enforced
boycott of the Presidential election in parts of the North and East, which
they allege have deprived Tamil voters of the right to vote and in more
stronger terms the recent escalation of violence in the North and East.
The co-chairs have ordered the LTTE to put an immediate end to their on-going
campaign of violence where the failure to demonstrate a willingness to
change would not be without serious consequences. Whatever these consequences
are, from a Sri Lankan security standpoint, they need to be applied in
a manner which would be felt by the LTTE rather than hot air which continues
to fan their deaf ears on a regular basis and would be worthless unless
made manifest towards thwarting any ambitions towards their real objectives
which needs no rocket science to figure out!
However, delving further into the theme of dialogue and negotiation,
the merits of which continue to be debatable as opposed to the application
of more stringent and effective means to quell the LTTE( termed draconian
by some!) the group of co -chairs has welcomed the Presidential bid towards
the Government and LTTE holding talks to review implementation of a ceasefire
agreement between the two sides.Something which is now taking on the air
of an ongoing revolution of a somewhat eccentric wheel meandering and
swaying from side to side not only in indecision but in meaningless direction
where the issues which need settling are fast becoming very relative to
the illegalities of the LTTE and the Sovereign Democratic Rights of the
Sinhala Nation whose Constitutional and Legal Authority is being questioned,
needled and hampered by a group of terrorists who have no rights to their
All this on the part of the LTTE whose theatrics extend further in turning
down all the viable hosts and venues offered to them while requesting
only the LTTE friendly hosts whom they think fit such as Norway and venues
conducive towards their security and convenience notwithstanding the adage
that beggars whom they have now turned out to be are hardly choosers.!
They are no more kingmakers towards establishing the ruling party nor
are they the complete representation of the Tamil community and in reality
should thank their lucky stars they have come this far towards their tolerance
and existence in Sri Lanka.
The rebels have rejected Japan's offer to host peace talks, saying they
wanted only to go to peace broker Norway, and that the Government was
trying to freeze them out of Europe. The EU has barred LTTE delegations
from entry and has said it is considering listing the organisation as
a terrorist group, as Britain and the U.S. have. More than 1,000 people
marched through Colombo to the European Commission offices ahead of Monday's
meeting in Brussels to demand such a listing. Mere consideration by the
EU towards proscription is hardly acceptable as a genuine gesture which
would further expose the LTTE's categorization as terrorists and the sooner
they are made to realise that they cannot continue in their present guise
as terrorists the better!