No political agendas Mr. Monitor
"Been there; done it before ' may be one way to sum up the
LTTE's latest refusal to come to the negotiating table. To the extent
of being boring and repetitive, we say that, constantly it has been
our unpleasant task to ask whether , the LTTE's chief negotiator
Anton Balasingham is, in fact, actually in charge and whether there
is any purpose served in negotiating with him.
The LTTE, in
turn would ask whether it is worth negotiating with the UNF Government
if the opposition and the people will ultimately reject whatever
is agreed upon. That is not quite the same though of negotiating
with someone who really is but a puppet-on-a-string with the puppeteer
in a Kilinochchi bunker. Yes, we know that Mr Balasingham did say
at that press conference in Kilinochchi last year that he and his
leader Velupillai Prabhakaran speak en-voce. And we know that this
is not so.
Back in 1995,
Mr. Balasingham, like anyone else in the rest of the country, was
taken by total surprise when his leader sank the peace talks Mr
Balasingham was thoroughly engaged-in, by sinking a naval craft
at the Trincomalee harbour.
This time is
no different, except that Mr. Balasingham knew to the extent that
he was asked to do what he calls was the "painful" task
of carrying out the fiat from his leader and suspend talks.
If this is
LTTE pique at not being invited to the US aid group meeting last
week, it is no different and extraneous a reason to what they said
when they kicked the table back in 1995. They said, then, that the
Colombo Government did not send a senior-enough delegation for the
'level' of any delegation is a matter for that delegation, as much
as inviting anyone for a seminar in one's capital is a matter for
that Government. What in fact has happened is that this terrorist
organisation has been permitted to make-believe that the whole world
is afraid of their suicide-bombs, their Sea Tigers, and are wooing
them silly, on bended knees, pleading with them to end the civil
war. The procession of local and foreign dignitaries, the fawning
and the tread-with-care approach seems some how to have got the
better of their judgment. And who can blame them.
in Colombo, we hope, will not fall for this bluff. By conceding
more and more without winning any concessions in return, the sleeping
Opposition in the country has been aroused. Permitting the Norwegian
go-betweens to make the preposterous proposition that the Sea Tigers
be recognised because they are de-facto in-situ does not help win
public opinion in the country, or for that matter in our neighbourhood.
SLMM has now amended this suggestion of theirs, but in the process
have gone and put both their feet in its big mouth. They have issued
a press release, quoting the Oxford English dictionary and all that,
which is nothing but another ham-handed approach to the politics
of a sovereign State. They have had the audacity to say,
SLMM fully supports a fully constructive democratic debate on issues
of National concern. However, discourages the behaviour of internationally
misinterpreting matters of sensitive nature and taking them out-of-context
in order to further a specific politicl agenda."
This is naivety
at its dangerous zenith, which begs the question, whether the Norwegians
are fit for the job at hand. Who are these Norwegians of retired
major-generals to now start pontificating on political issues and
to encourage or discourage "specific political agendas"
and the like in this country?
Make no mistake,
Maj-Gen. Tryggve Tellefsen, you are here only to monitor the ceasefire;
not to concern yourself about discouraging anyone's political agendas.
You are certainly not doing the Government a favour by your utterances.