If JM is not political why sign a MoU with
If the Government has to Sign
a document, it should be with the TNA who represents the terrorists
The reactionary bandwagon seems to be complete, with the L.S.S.P, and
the Communist Party supporting the JM with LTTE and the Political analyst
Jayadeva Uyangoda urging its immediate set up.
The argument is that the JM is not a political settlement with the
LTTE but a means to assure reconstruction of tsunami affected areas.
And they argue that there are the government areas and areas controlled
by the LTTE, that is out of bound for the Government.
If the JM is non-political and not connected with the peace settlement,
why should the areas controlled by the LTTE , be out of bound for the
Government ? In these areas controlled by the LTTE , the Government
must be able to work together with the LTTE in the construction work,
without signing any formal JMs as it has nothing to do with politics.
The LTTE should co-operate with the government for this purpose if the
terrorists have any genuine concern for the welfare of the people in
the tsunami affected areas in the North and the East.
The LTTE has not to-date honoured the MoU signed with Ranil Wickramasinghe,
so why sign another for tsunami reconstruction ? And what is the guarantee
that the LTTE will honour MoU for the JM ?
But the parties that have joined the reactionary bandwagon, should
be agreed that the JM that they are supporting is non-political and
not peace motivated. Because, if it is that the LTTE has no reason to
deny the government servants carrying out the construction work in the
North and East, access to areas under their control. But
LSSP does not seem to have understood this, because this is what the
news item in the Colombo page says: The LSSP is of the considered
view that this mechanism can prove to be a significant step in taking
the peace process forward, without for the present effecting any crucial
changes in the status quo
The Communist party is completely lopsided in its argument when it
says( -again according to the report in the Colombo Page ) It
( Communist Pary) also contends that although the Military and Administrative
authority rests with the Government in areas under its control, the
political power often remains either with the LTTE or Muslim or Tamil
Does not that mean that the Communist Party accepts the LTTE as a political
party having political power, in par with Tamil and Muslim Parties ?
If the Government signs a MoU for the JM, then it should be with the
TNA which is the Political Party that represent the Terrorists in the
Parliament. That is what the JVP says and correctly so.
In reality what LTTE has is no political power, but the ability to
create fear psychosis in the minds of the people of the North and East
with their pistol gangs, hand bombs, black tigers, sea tigers, kidnappings
, torture, forced manifestations, and what not.
And the EPDP agreeing to the JM had said: We believe that such
a mechanism has to be broad-based, and ensure ethnic and political pluralism
and also respect democratic traditions and human rights". That
is fine, and EPDP goes on to add: Observing that the population
affected by the tsunami was desperately in need of relief, the party
expresses the view that Joint Mechanism should not only be confined
to relief and reconstruction but should be such that all the affected
people would be served by it.
All that is very good sentiment, but, if this barrier of accessible
and not accessible areas exist in the North and the East, how could
the JM partisans( including the Communists and EPDP ) who have no access
to areas under LTTE control, ensure that the ethnic and political
pluralism and the democratic traditions and human rights are respected..
And further how can the government ensure that the funds disbursed under
a JM is utilized for the purpose for which it is given ?