Double standards in dealing
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
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.
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
Canadian High Commissioner Ruth Archibald, Christian
Tardif, Head of Aid, Canadian High Commission and Joe William, Develo-pment
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
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
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.
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.
expresses support for Joint Mechanism
New Zealand's Green Party MP Mr.Keitz
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.
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).
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.