GOVERNMENT SHOULD NOT ACCEDE
TO NORWEGIAN INSINUATIONS TO LEGITIMIZE THE TERRORIST OUTFIT INTERNATIONALLY.
It is almost a month now since the ferocious Tsunami tidal waves
devastated the coastal areas of our country. Many steps have been
taken to rebuild the ravaged areas, resettle the displaced and enliven
the lives of those affected. In the midst of these activities there
are signs of heightened scrupulous activities being carried out by
the anti-national forces to achieve their tenacious objectives that
they failed to gain currency in the pre-Tsunami era. The government
should be vigilant and cautious about these veiled moves, and the
people in unison should oppose and defeat these conspiracies.
The speed with which many countries rushed to aid and assist us in
numerous ways is unprecedented and highly appreciable. However, the
manner Norway entered the scene, the composition of its delegation,
and its activities are highly suspicious and reproachful. Its activities
in Sri Lanka this week indicated that it give great importance to
LTTE than the legitimate Sri Lankan government and it is committed
to extend its fullest cooperation and assistance to protect and further
the objectives of the LTTE.
At a time almost all the world leaders, including the Secretary General
of the United Nations clearly expressed in no uncertain terms that
they recognize only the Sri Lankan government as the sole authority
in Sri Lanka, Norway not only violated this international paradigm
and proceeded to the Vanni jungle to discuss with the terrorist outfit
and thereby give it international exposure and legitimize its nefarious
claim for the ownership of a territory.
As a result of the meeting the white tiger Norwegians had with them,
the terrorist outfit had mooted the idea of including their representatives
in a common programme with the government for providing relief assistance
in the Northern and Eastern provinces. This had been presented as
a camouflaged proposal of their willingness to cooperate with the
government. They have also demanded to include one of their members
in the specially formed International Trust Fund initiated by the
World Bank to provide relief to the people hit by the disaster.
Assignment of a representative to an international body will automatically
give international recognition to the terrorist outfit. The government
should be very much cautious about these hidden moves, under the sponsorship
of the white tiger Norwegians, to legitimize the terrorist claim of
The government should unswervingly establish its authority in the
whole country and assign the armed forces the task of attending to
relief work, under its complete control. Sri Lanka should also take
a lesson from the Indonesian example where it completely ignored and
shunned the Aceh rebels although it had the backing from powerful
western countries in the pre-Tsunami era, and took complete control
of relief activities.
If the LTTE has a true interest about the people as it claims, let
it help the armed forces in the distribution of relief assistance
and other relief related work being undertaken by the armed forces,
as it is being done by those in Aceh who had been rebelling against
the Indonesian government.
If the terrorist outfit is genuinely interested in the welfare of
the nation as a whole, let it disarm their armed and naval forces,
denounce terrorism and repudiate its separatist objectives. It is
only under these conditions the government should give any consideration
to white tiger Norwegian insinuations, being presented on behalf of
the terrorist outfit.