LTTE SAYS IT WILL USE POLITICAL MEANS TO ACHIEVE ITS GOALS BUT REFUSES TO ENTER AN ELECTION PROCESS TO DO SO.
Posted on June 29th, 2009

By Walter Jayawardhana

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam new leader K. Pathmanathan alias KP said that his outfit would fight for his past separatist goals “through political means” but refused to enter any elections in Sri Lanka to do so.

 In an interview with India Today’s Rajesh Sundaram the LTTE’s past arms procurer and new leader KP said the terrorist outfit would refuse to take part in Sri Lankan elections and did not elaborate in what other political means it would take to achieve its goals.

 But he said his outfit is giving up violence and is attempting to get its international ban as a terrorist group revoked.

 “We will continue our fight through political means until ….. aspirations of Tamil people are realized. We will stick to this position,” K.P. alias Pathmanathan said without specifically mentioning what those political means are.

 Pathmanathan , whose outfit had never faced an election among Tamil people since its inception said, ” We do not see any rationale or space for participation in the elections in Sri Lanka. Fighting the cause through the political means does not necessarily mean participating in the elections. LTTE would not participate in the elections until a political settlement is reached based on the principles of Tamil nationhood, homeland and right to self determination.”

 He attacked India for supporting Sri Lanka in the last Eelam War 1V and said his people became “victims of the Indian position.”

 During the interview KP admitted that a small group of LTTE fighters led by one Col. Ram is still left in the Eastern Province jungles and appealed to the press to act “responsibly” since their safety could be jeopardised .

2 Responses to “LTTE SAYS IT WILL USE POLITICAL MEANS TO ACHIEVE ITS GOALS BUT REFUSES TO ENTER AN ELECTION PROCESS TO DO SO.”

  1. cassandra Says:

    It does not cease to amaze me how the Diaspora Tamils who are so far away from Sri Lanka and are now firmly established in foreign lands should want to determine what is good for the Tamils of the island. I hope the Tamils of Sri Lanka will have the good sense to find local leaders who are not beholden to the Tamil Diaspora or need to be propped up by foreign governments to give them true leadership and protect their interests. The sight of TNA MPs rushing off to India for consultation and assistance from the government in New Delhi and the politicians in Tamil Nadu has been most unedifying. In fact, no Tamils are entitled to question the loyalty they have for the land they live in and the parliament they serve in.

    The Tamil Diaspora should leave the Tamils in Sri Lanka to sort out their political problems. What the Diaspora can do usefully, if they in fact care for the Tamils in the island, is to help them improve their economic lot.

    All in Sri Lanka, especially the Tamils, are well rid of the LTTE. Its manifestation in a new incarnation – still driven by the same people – cannot be any better than what we have just got rid of.

  2. cassandra Says:

    In line 6 of the first paragraph of my earlier message, ‘no Tamils’ should read ‘non Tamils’.

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