ISOLATE THE NORTHERN TERRORISTS
AND ACCELERATE THE DEVELOPMENT OF
The predisposition of Norway towards the Northern terrorists was
once again demonstrated through the planned visit made by its Deputy
Foreign Mnister Vigar Hellgesson to internationalize the terrorist
accusation of government's complicity in the dissent of ex-terrorists
in the East. Observing a complete silence over the recent brutal killings
carried out by the Northern Terrorists, he has blamed the patriotic
masses in the South for adopting a hard-line stance about the so-called
peace process. Sri Lankans are cognizant of how this same individual
reacted in November last year by calling off their so- called mediator
role stating that there is no clarity as to who holds political authority
and responsibility in Sri Lanka. Their open biasness towards the Northern
terrorists has once again questioned the validity of allowing them
to get involved in the Sri Lankan issue anymore.
At a time the white tiger Norwegians continue to hide the atrocities
of the Northern terrorists, it is significant to find the exposures
given by international human rights organizations, including the Amnesty
International on the murder of democratic leaning ex- terrorists in
the East. Listing a number of killings carried out by the Northern
terrorists, including murder of inmates in the Batticaloa prison,
the Amnesty International and the New York based Human Rights Watch
have called for an immediate halt for these killings.
These organizations have ridiculed the Northern terrorists of doing
a window dressing by establishing a unit called â€śNorth-East Secretariat
for Human Rights (NESHOR) recently under its Peace Secretariat, and
acting in complete contrary to the objectives of this establishment.
They have specifically criticized the Northern terrorists for the
public execution of two dissidents in Batticaloa on July 8th and protection
given for persons reported to have killed the Eastern Tamils in Kottawa.
They have also criticized the Sri Lankan Monitoring Mission for failing
to act in accordance with their responsibilities, and have urged them
to bring to account those responsible for killings.
In a complete disregard of condemnation made by these reputed human
right orgasnisations, the Northern terrorists have offered a reward
of Rs. 22.5 million to any person who brings the head of Karuna. It
has also announced that it will pay Rs. 50,000 to the families of
each of those who are reported to have carried out the Kottawa killings.
The government should make use of every opportunity and the sources
to provide widest publicity to the Human Rights reports and expose
the duplicity of peace overtures by the Northern terrorists. In the
meantime the government should give its fullest attention to finalize
the defense pact India is contemplating to sign with us. Possibility
of having similar pacts, on a short-term basis, with other nations
should also be looked into and pursued with.
The sincere desire of the government to find a negotiated solution
to the terrorist problem has been misconstrued by the reactionary
elements led by the kleptocratic UNP and the Northern terrorists as
a sign of the government trying to overcome a structural problem,
as they believe. They mistakenly believe that the government is weak,
it is unable to govern, it will make any sacrifice to get a parliamentary
majority, it is unable to get foreign assistance and so on. They hope
that obstructions and threats could weaken the government, divide
it and ultimately topple it as they succeeded in 2001. They are unaware
that countries like Malaysia, India etc, have made vast strides in
developing their countries through uplifting the rural economy and
without being totally dependent on foreign assistance.
People are convinced now that the government did its best to find
a negotiated solution to the terrorist problem and the inflexibility
of the Northern terrorists and the connivance of the treacherous UNP
with the terrorists were stumbling blocks to make any progress in
this regard. Announcement made by Tamilnet website last month that
Mr. Ranil Wickremasinghe has agreed to discuss the obnoxious ISGA
proposal, is a clear example.
Without wasting its time and energy on the so-called peace impasse,
under the rigidity and mushrooming and never ending conditions being
presented by the Northern terrorists, although it is the government
that has a right to put forward conditions, the government must direct
all its efforts to develop the rural areas that were completely neglected
during the last two years of peace-farce. The development and strengthening
of the rural economy over and above other preferences is the clear
and loud message given by the majority in the two rounds of elections
that brought the government into power in the center and in the provinces.