OPEN LETTER to Mr. Paul Williams, Ex MP Netherlands
Ira de Silva Canada
Regarding your statement on Sri Lanka and your attempt at "warning" the Sri Lankan government that the Kosovo example could be applied to Sri Lanka, it is obvious that you have just a superficial knowledge of the terrorist problems in Sri Lanka. I could rebut your statement line by line but am restricting myself to the most blatant falsehoods in your attempt at "warning".
To begin with is your assumption of an "oppressed minority". The assumption that the minority is "oppressed" is just that, an assumption because there is no substantiation of "oppression" which is the propaganda of the Tamil terrorists. For your information, the Tamils have the same rights as anyone else in Sri Lanka.
The Sri Lankan government ended the ceasefire in January 2008, the
LTTE had ended it in 2006 with the statement from it's leader. The government
merely gave notice that it was formally ending it because there was
no ceasefire to maintain which is a fact that all those in the so-called
international community had recognized, even the Norwegian facilitators.
What you refer to as the "once optimistic peace talks" is another canard. It was immediately evident to all Sri Lankans that the only "optimists" were the foreign powers who were attempting to manipulate events in Sri Lanka to their own benefit. Ordinary Sri Lankans knew that the cease fire agreement was only for the benefit of the LTTE and that before the ink was dry on it the LTTE started their acts of terrorism, suicide bombings, ethnic cleansing and other forms of intimidation on civilians to spread their "influence".
It was not the "incapability of the international community to
create the right environment to proceed in the peace process" but
the intransigence of the LTTE that lead to the failure of the peace
As for your statement that there be dialogue between the warring parties "to enable them both to interact with the same international community on the basis of equality" that is the final indication that you are merely parroting what has been fed to you by the LTTE because you fail to recognize the difference between an elected government and a terrorist movement. Would you by the same token advocate that the the "international community" who are involved in Afghanistan "interact with the Taliban on the basis of "equality" and negotiate with the Taliban rather than wage war against them? Why not lead by example? It is easy to preach when the lives in question are not that of the west.
As for a "democratic elected government" in the north and east, you have missed the fact that since the east was liberated from the clutches of the fascist LTTE, there have been local government elections and that elections to provincial elections are slated to take place. Please note that this was done by the Sri Lankan government without the help of the "international community". The same will be done in the north when those areas are also cleared of the LTTE dictatorship. If the "international community" has any credibility or ethical standards it should support the government and people of Sri Lanka to defeat terrorism, fascism and dictatorship by the LTTE, not try to draw imaginary comparisons to Kosovo as there is no comparison.
Ira de Silva
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