and more carrots have not worked with the LTTE’-Dhanapala
“The premeditated and diabolically planned assassination of
Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar, unmistakably
points to the culpability of the LTTE.
Kadirgamar assassination is the worst of a series of ceasefire violations.
Investigations into the assassination of Mr. Kadirgamar so far have
clearly established a direct link to the LTTE. The GOSL will act
expeditiously to conclude investigations, apprehend those responsible
and bring them to justice.
after the Kadirgamar assassination it cannot be business as usual.
We are therefore engaged in a policy review, which we would like
to share with the international community and seek cooperation in
GOSL has been calling for a review of the implementation of the
CFA for quite sometime, a request endorsed by the SLMM but steadfastly
resisted by the LTTE until they found it expedient to divert the
recent outrage and opprobrium expressed by the international community
in the aftermath of the Kadirgamar assassination by agreeing to
than three years after the CFA it does not appear that the LTTE
is able to change and accept the imperative for democratization
and the fact that it is not the ‘sole representative of the
Tamil people’. International pressure on the LTTE is needed
to allow other parties to conduct political activities in LTTE controlled
majority of CFA violations (54%) relate to child recruitment, in
blatant disregard of the undertaking the LTTE had given to the United
Nations in 1998 and the UNICEF Action Program of mid 2003 and thus
a serious effort is needed to stop child recruitment by the LTTE.
the question of child recruitment, the Sri Lankan government welcomes
the UN Security Council Resolution 1612(2005), which establishes
a monitoring and reporting mechanism on the use of child soldiers,
and will work closely with UNICEF to give effect to this resolution.
violations, whether they are political killings or child recruitment,
are carried out with impunity even in the face of international
condemnation as there are no sanctions against such violations.
is also now a consensus emerging among civil society in Sri Lanka
that a separate human rights agreement may be necessary to stem
the tide of human rights violations by the LTTE.
must also emphasize that the GOSL will continue its humanitarian
and development work in the North and the East as a matter of priority,
irrespective of the progress made in the peace process, as the people
of the North and the East cannot be penalized for the faults of
tools including foreign tours of the LTTE have however, made little
or no impact on the LTTE to either desist from violations of the
CFA or return to the negotiating table, which they left in April
of the committees set up during peace talks are now functioning
and the Oslo decision signed by the two sides also remains a dead
letter with the LTTE steadfastly refusing to reiterate it publicly.
the LTTE with various incentives, by the international community
in the hope that dialogue and engagement will slowly democratize
the organization is however no longer a tenable policy.
GOSL, however, believes that the international community has an
important role to play in supplementing the role of Norway as facilitator
by applying pressure on the LTTE.
route of appeasement or the ‘carrot and more carrots’
approach, have not worked with the LTTE. Immediately after the Kadirgamar
assassination, the GOSL called for concerted international action
that is immediate and tangible against the LTTE, to include not
only those that have a bearing on the LTTE, but also its numerous
front organizations in many countries through which it continues
its reign of terror in Sri Lanka.
United States as a close friend of Sri Lanka, and as a member of
the Co-Chairs of the Tokyo Donor Conference, has consistently supported
a sanctions based approach to the LTTE, and maintained that the
US listing of the LTTE as a foreign terrorist organization will
remain in effect until it renounces terrorism in word and deed.
impact of the international community has however, not been particularly
effective in stemming the tide of grave ceasefire violations, insisting
on a resumption of talks or transforming the LTTE into a democratic
next meeting of the Co-Chairs of the Tokyo Donor Conference is scheduled
for the 19th of September in New York. It is an opportunity for
the U.S. to continue to show leadership at that meeting to ensure
that acts of terrorism like the Kadirgamar assassination would not
go unpunished and that conditions for human rights and democracy
to flourish in all parts of Sri Lanka would be created.
Sri Lanka enters a democratic process of electing a new President,
the LTTE must be under no illusion that they can get away by assassinating
political leaders and resorting to electoral malpractices in the
areas controlled by them as they have done on previous occasions.”