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Double standards in dealing with terrorism

D. N. Kannan

It is unfortunate that US and most of the European nations seem to have double standards in dealing with terrorist organizations of the world.

In support the my statement above, I compare the way they dealt with two of the top ranking terrorist organizations, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and Al-Qaeda in the gulf region. While having a strong stand on not negotiating with terrorists organizations such as Al-Qaeda, they openly involved in funding and negotiation talks with LTTE Tigers in Sri Lanka.

The citations listed below show how soft they were with the LTTE, how they funded directly to projects in LTTE controlled areas & what promises LTTE and the Sri Lankan government were given to set up post-tsunami operations management structure (P-TOMS or joint mechanism).

European Union's Commissioner-in-Charge of External Relations - Chris Pattern
Chris Pattern talked with V. Prabakaran, the leader of the LTTE, a terrorist wanted by interpol when Patten visited Kilinochchi, rebel controlled town in Sri lanka, on 26 November 2003.
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British High Commissioner, Steven Evans
The visits of uninvited Chris Patten and the British High Commissioner, Steven Evans to the TRO (Operates under LTTE) Secretariat in Killinochchi, a town under rebel control, are prime examples of dancing with the terrorists wolves.
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Canadian High Commissioner Ruth Archibald, Christian Tardif, Head of Aid, Canadian High Commission and Joe William, Develo-pment Advisor, CIDA
They visited the Wanni, an area held by LTTE from April 27 to May 1, 2001 to monitor four projects being implemented with Canadian funding. This is a clear evidence of direct funding by foreign countries to terrorist organizations.
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Japanese Ambassador to Sri Lanka - Sciichiro 0tsuka
The Japanese Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Mr. Sciichiro 0tsuka, met the head of the Liberation Tigers' political section, Mr. S. P. Tamilselvan, in the Vanni in August 2002
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UN secretary General -_Koffi Annan
Koffi Annan had consented to meet the LTTE representatives either in Colombo or at the Katunayake Airport. However the Sri Lankan Government did not allow Koffi Annan to visit to the LTTE controlled area.
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Former US President - Bill Clinton
Mr. K.P. Regi, Executive Director of the Tamils Rehabilitation Organization (TRO), an organization under LTTE, met with former US President Bill Clinton at a meeting of the UN agencies and Civil Society organisations working in Sri Lanka Saturday. The meeting took place at Trans Asia Hotel on May 28 2005 at 4.30 PM in Colombo.
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Clinton expresses support for Joint Mechanism

New Zealand's Green Party MP Mr.Keitz Locke
Mr.Keitz Locke met .S.P.Tamilselvan, leader of the political wing of LTTE on 31st October 2003 at the Peace Secretariat in LTTE controlled area. The NZ MP had expressed interest in the nature conservation projects that are underway in Tamil homeland.
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US Deputy Secretary of State Christina Rocca
Christina Rocca, assured the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), a group of Tamil MPs work directly under LTTE command, that her country would do everything necessary to create the joint mechanism, (Virakesair 21/4/2005).
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Sri Lankan president was encouraged to get joint mechanism signed with the LTTE, promising tsunami aids. But after signing the joint mechanism, US says that "The US Government would not be legally binding to contribute to the P-TOMS". The UK has indicated that they will have second thoughts. This clearly shows the double standards of so called developed nations. This is a very good lesson for fellow Sri Lankans. Be unite, forget the past, respect each other, and do not depend on donors. Sri Lanka needs good honest leaders.



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