Presidential Cautions About
National Security Seem Very Realistic As The Wickremasinghe UNF Downplays
Village For LankaWeb
A recent report submitted by the President has warned the Nation
that Tamil Tiger rebels have sent 840 suicide bombers to unleash a
wave of attacks if and when the peace process breaks down.Consequently
there seems to be an interesting dispute worth evaluating between
the Nation's two foremost administrators namely the President Mrs.
Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe
whose so called cohabitational politics seem to be playing to the
Nation from different sides of the same theme and applicable to National
Security with great concerns.
While Madame President contends that the LTTE have been for sometime
now, posing a clear threat to the Nation based on her intelligence
investigations linked to Military sources which in the past have proved
to be clinically accurate together with those of former Foreign Minister
Lakshman Kadirgamar, the Prime Minister defiantly downplays the contentions
with his usual hoopla and hype which in its latest presentation of
bravado that the United States and India will be a deterrent towards
any LTTE fancy ideas about a resumption of aggression while ignoring
the foremost reality that the people of Sri Lanka have become an unwilling
pawn in this latest game of chess and probably need greater assurances
then those of the Prime Minister to assert the reality that Sri Lanka
is indeed secure from any planned LTTE insurgency.
Quoting The People's Alliance, which is the main opposition in Parliament
led by the President it has been disclosed that it had information
from Military Intelligence and its own research that the guerrillas
were preparing to mount attacks and that the LTTE were preparing to
unleash violence where the Nation could be sliding towards a dangerous
situation where LTTE attrocities could very well commence in North
eastern and Eastern Sri Lanka.
There is a great deal of agitation presently initiated by the LTTE
in these regions and there appears to be no conjecture on the part
of Presidental sources whose anxieties are based on reliable Army
Intelligence information and need to be heeded with objectives towards
dispeling any threat to National Security with much more than mere
verbal assurances such as those of the Prime Minister as the numbers
of LTTE cadre including suicide bombers who appear to be in readiness
towards ursurping the peace process in an eventuality disfavourable
to their demands notwithstanding the extent of the Peace which has
lasted thus far appear alarming and seem to be far beyond any previous
Time and time again the LTTE have reiterated that they were not ready
to negotiate with the government's proposal to give limited political
powers to a rebel-controlled provincial administrative structure which
is not agreeable to their terms and according to the Information presented
by the Opposition. "They are going to present the government
with a 'take it or else' proposal based on LTTE terms as devised by
their idealogues! " was a unanimous assention by a recent statement
made to the media.
President Kumaratunga's opposition to the Wickremasinghe Administration's
handling of the peace process along with her cautions that the Tigers
were moving their cadres in the eastern district of Trincomalee and
threatening the security of the Trincomalee Naval Base suddenly becomes
a visible reality which needs to be viewed objectively and taken very
seriously and a caution which not only re surfaces the concept that
the assurances being given to the Nation by the Prime Minister is
a misrepresentation of facts but also shows off the reality of how
unconcerned he seems to be of a worst case scenario and the extent
to which he is prepared to gamble with the Nation's Security which
is a poor indication of his leadership as bearing any credibility
towards his duties which at best seem lackadaisical.
At his speculative best, Wickremasinghe has been quoted as saying
that Sri Lanka was counting on foreign military support, notably from
the United States and India, should its "territorial integrity"
be threatened, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said Thursday.The
government has worked to restructure and strengthen security forces
under the current ceasefire with Tamil Tiger rebels, Wickremesinghe
wrote in a five-page letter to President Chandrika Kumaratunga who
has accused him of jeopardising national security by allowing a rebel
build-up undercover of the ceasefire.
Wickremasinghe has responded by saying that quote "There have
been many measures taken by our government to restructure and strengthen
our security forces in order to ensure that we are in a position to
meet any hostile threat to the Sovereign territorial integrity of
Sri Lanka.Separate programs have been worked out for the army, navy
and air force and special forces. This is being achieved in a systematic
manner using both our own expertise and resources as well as the support
of countries like India and the United States."end quote although
interestingly enough neither the US Government nor India have given
any indication or corroborated Wickremasinghe's claims and the constant
references to the protection of Sovereign and Territorial Integrity
seems to be fast becoming a borrowed cliché with little to
substantiate its importance relative to any reality.
The premier said continued his dialogue that the UNF government which
has been in power since December 2001 has strengthened relations with
other countries who could "assist speedily and effectively if
the need arises" albeit proof positive of this is still in the
air with nothing officially to substantiate his claims.
"While urging the President to keep National Security and defence
completely out of what he terms "their political bickering"
he seems to have forgotten the President's Constutionalized Accords
which provide her with far greater authority than himself to provide
the Nation with the kind of security needed in the present climate
and in the face of a renewed LTTE threat which he seems to prefer
sweeping under the carpet with false assurances and dank consideration
towards posterity and the future of the Sinhala Nation!
It might also be considered that if blackmail is a bargaining tool
to be used by terrorists against a Sovereign Democracy then Sri Lanka
would have created a precedent towards its success or be faced with
eradicating the source within the norms of the free world with substance
rather than with rhetoric!