"I Beg Your Pardon"
Says Bala To G.L. On Promises At Rose Garden!
It seems as though the latest round of peace talks at the Rose Garden
Resort in Thailand takes a line from the popular song "I beg your
pardon, I never promised you a Rose Garden!" delivered to Chief
Government Negotiator Prof.G.L Peiris by Chief Prevaricator of the LTTE
terrorist group Anton Balasingham as the LTTE have baulked at the condition
of de-commissioning weapons prior to resettlement of displaced families
in Military held territory comprising of High Security Zones.
What this implies as a 'Faux Pas'on the part of the rebels is that they
are not totally committed towards the cause of peace as the world envisions
it so where is the Peace Process headed?What is their objective in denouncing
legitimate demands by the Security Forces of a democratically elected
Government and do they have any right to their arrogance which not only
scorns the jurisdiction of a Nation but also attempts to impose their
conditions in what appears to be a tactical manouver aimed at coercing
the Government into further subjugation which is a testing time for
its Leadership to stand its ground.
It has to be considered a major setback despite the Government coverups
through the usual GL Peiris Innuendos that all's well on the Peace Front
as a refusal to de-commission can also be interpreted as proof of a
hidden agenda by the LTTE which does not augur well for the Government
which has been accused of collaborating with the LTTE and have been
thrown into a quandry in now trying to establish its bona fides in the
eyes of a watchful Nation and the other watchdogs of the Global Community.
As unanswered questions abound as to why the rebels withdrew from the
committee of de-escalation in response to Sri Lankan Security Forces
demands for immediate disarmament other than Anton Balasingham's muted
response that it was ' unfair and impossible' and hence the suspension,
the LTTE have hastily interjected that other areas of negotiations continue
in a puerile manner typical of the pretentious high ethics of the crafty
Balasingham quoted as saying"There is no crisis,no problem, both
sides are engaging in constructive and cordial talks" and the puppetry
of G.L.Peiris waving arms in obeisance that regardless of the anticipations
of gloom by the more discerning, the Peace Process remains secure and
intact when in fact it appears to be shakier than ever.
The other areas of negotiation being refered by the LTTE to seem rather
circumspect and irrelevant when the foremost key issue of de-escalation
is circumvented with hardly a response from the UNF Government as the
now seemingly shaky talks proceed into its next stage prior to a generous
Japanese Aid Package which may turn out to be conditional depending
on the outcome of the latest round of talks and non functional should
the disparity of compromises between the two factions involved in the
talks result in a deadlock and an unthinkable breakdown.
Balasingham would in reality be better off reviewing his meagre options
on behalf of the terror group he represents and the conditions laid
down by the Global Community and its representations against terrorism
rather than mimicking the lyrics of the song 'Rose Garden" as his
were never promises given any credibility by the Sinhala Nation and
its highest representation the Executive President Madam Chandrika Bandaranaike
Kunaratunga whom he has accused as being' the major setback' to peace
while forgetting perhaps the she is also the Chief Commanding Officer
of the Armed Forces who does not command 'factions' of the Forces but
all of it.Officers of the highest discipline and calibre who would never
be intimidated nor swayed by the verbal banter of a yokel with his self
accaimed accolades of intellect which he would be better off displaying
to a more gullible audience which the myopic Prof G.L Peiris is more
than likely to be capable of enlisting as believers.
Peace within Sri Lanka must be reinstated beyond a doubt but within
the parameters of accepted norms in a Constitutionalised Democratic
Form without conditions which point to the survival and continuity of
an outlawed terror group in full possession of their weaponry and armaments
and to whom the laying down of arms and denouncing ambitions has always
been a hard sell and an impossibility as echoed by Balasingham! but
inevitable towards the well being of Sri Lanka.