Peace delayed is peace denied says LTTE Peace Secretariat
Alladin Hussein in Colombo,
September 9, 2004, 11.00 p.m..
The LTTE Peace Secretariat today said ‘peace delayed is peace denied’. “The LTTE and the Sri Lankan Government are haggling to recommence the stalled peace process. One side blames the other for delay. Self-styled commentators put-up for sale their own theories and the merchandise has a good market, for everybody save the scheming politicians and the biased media, are interested in peace. The Peace Secretariat also noted, “We have barely a month to celebrate, if it is a celebration at that, one year completion since LTTE handing over the Interim Self Governing Authority proposals to the then United National Front Government. Much water, fortunately not blood as hitherto, has flown under the bridge since then. The UNF government reciprocated the LTTE's readiness to recommence talks on the basis of the ISGA proposals. The government changed and the positions too changed.
“President Chandrika cannot absolve herself from the guilt, first of being cynical of the Ceasefire Agreement and continuing further knowingly entering into a coalition with a similar entity, the JVP an entity that was, from the beginning opposed to the peace process and even the facilitator role of Norway.”
Dilly-Dallying and procrastination therefore becomes inevitable. Here comes the talk of a 'counter proposal'. To counter what? Is it to counter the call for the delivery of peace dividend normalcy, which encompasses urgent humanitarian needs of a people devastated by war? The ISGA in fact is a cohesive mechanism that envisages humanitarian delivery without waiting for the final political resolution, which is time consuming.
The Tamil people's experience in past pacts, agreements and proposals are so bitter that they shudder to think of another counter proposal that, according to the dictates of history, cannot meet their requirements. It is therefore imperative that the head of state, first educate the expedient ruling partners and those to become so, on the necessity for fairness and then to proceed arrange the recommencement of talks instead of procrastinating, added the LTTE secretariat.
Published: Thu Sep 9 13:06:43 EDT 2004