As Terrorists Continue To
Dictate To A Sovereign Nation And Its People Ask The Question, Why?
Periscope- Global Sinhala
Village For LankaWeb
The Testimony towards the indelible reality that the
LTTE are closer to their sought after Eelam has never been more obvious
now than ever before after their counter proposals were read by the
Government and hopefully revoked in its best interests and that of
the Sinhala Nation who have been thunderstruck into the realization
that such a scenario could have ever been permitted to take place
where an internationally outlawed and banned terrorist group seems
to be dictating terms to an incumbent Administration of a Sovereign
Democratic Nation in a Free World.
As reported by Asian News Sources in Colombo on Sunday 1st November
2003, Sri Lanka's Peace Process appears to have suffered a blow Saturday
when the Government seemed unpleasantly surprised at the LTTE 's(
Liberation Tigers Of Tamil Eelam) counter proposal for an interim
administration in the country's North and North East.
The LTTE proposal would give them sweeping powers of law enforcement
and tax collection, as well as control over State Land and other matters
which are the entitlement of a Sovereign Nation and its Administration.It
also calls for the withdrawal of Sri Lanka's Army from Tamil-owned
private lands which were annexed through the War Measures Act During
the time of the LTTE insurgency and any withdrawal at this time would
compromise the security of the civilians in the region including many
Muslims and Sinhalese as well as Regional Security which the Indian
Government has also pointed out specifically in recent times and continues
to maintain in dialogue emphasized by the president of the Janatha
Party who has said that Sri Lanka should not make any deals with the
LTTE as it would endanger regional Security .
Taking into consideration that the LTTE who do not fully represent
the Tamil are an armed unrelenting terrorist group who have not agreed
to de-commission their weapons nor given up their objectives towards
continuity as a terror group and go about openly beating their chests
about their arrogant capabilities with a criminal leader in hiding
wanted by Interpol, India and the Government of Sri Lanka, there should
be no provisions logically for the LTTE to address their needs as
emphatically stated by many analysts including India.
The Tamil Tigers began fighting in 1983 to carve out a separate state
for the country's ethnic minority Tamils according to their propaganda
but seemingly appears to be one which encompasses more, their rights
to continue as the LTTE an internationally banned and outlawed, terrorist
organization in an assumed role of representing the Tamil Community.
About 65,000 people have died in the conflict until a Norway-brokered
cease-fire in Feb. 2002 together with Governmental efforts have maintained
the continuity of Peace and the Tigers agreed to accept limited autonomy
instead of all-out independence although their response of counter
proposals to the one originally presented to them by the Wickremasinghe
Administration seems to have deleted the term 'limited' and substituted
it with 'complete' in what appears to be a precursor to the term Eelam!!
? placing themselves first perhaps and sidelining the Tamil community
which they purport to represent!
The Government has responded by saying that the rebels' counter
proposal goes too far, and would make the predominantly Tamil northeast
virtually independent.A somewhat mild response whereas an Administration
with any back bone would point out implicitly to the LTTE what their
real rights were! unless there was a hidden reason for their soft
pedalling other than the continuity of peace within Sri Lanka, justifiable
although no subjugation necessary towards a prurient entity where
other options may need viewing entailing a stronger dialogue with
the collective wisdom of the International Community.
The proposal says their new administration would be known as the
Interim Self Governing Authority, or ISGA, and would have jurisdiction
over aapproximately one-third of Sri Lanka. The proposed administration
would have representatives from the Sri Lankan Government and the
Nation's Muslim community whose leader in parliament Mr. Rauf Hakeem
has vehemently objected to the nature of the counter proposal which
also compromises the security of the Muslims in the North and North
The LTTE would have a majority representation in the governing body
they have proposed which seems a deviation from the sublime to the
ridiculous and a fantasy trip of immeasurable direction which could
open avenues of opportunity towards their separatist goals if not
accomplished already in their minds at least and the need to emphasized
to all concerned that no such proposal would be acceptable is imperative
to the well being of Sri Lanka and her people.
The proposal also names pre-requisites such as the preparation of
an annual budget, access to direct foreign aid from sources such as
the World Bank, the establishment of an independent Elections Commission,
separate from the one in the capital, Colombo, and demands elections
for the Region under their ISGA 'Jurisdiction' every five years. By
all definitions the rebels' counter proposal "differs fundamentally
from the initial proposals submitted by the Government of Sri Lanka,"
and deemed unacceptable by the Administration as well as the rest
of Sinhala Sri Lanka.
If there ever was a need for its submission in the first place as
the majority of the Sinhala Nation has always contended that such
a proposal would contravenes the Laws Of The Land As Well As Its Constitution,
the semantics and technicalities of it all should have been discussed
with all parties including the non terrorist Tamil representation.with
the intention of isolating the LTTE who should have been given the
choice to come clean or else depart.
An oversight which now seems to be having ramifications on continued
Peace within Sri Lanka which perhaps seems more distanced as long
as the LTTE are bargained with rather than being informed of their
Time enough perhaps to ask the veritable question "As A Sinhala
Nation, Who In Heaven's Name Are Afraid Of Them ? Other Than Those
In Hesitancy With A Felt Need To Humor Them!! "