The LTTE shows no understanding of human rights norms and they rule by fear and terror.
I don't believe the aim of the government's devolution offer should be to put something on the table that will engage the attention of the LTTE.
I have serious doubts as to whether the LTTE leadership would be sincere about reaching a negotiated settlement....
They have never accepted that anyone else should be able to speak for the Tamil people, a fundamentally undemocratic position.
But unless they embrace democratic, non-violent methods, they will exclude themselves from any future peace process.
I don't believe that a future peace process should be based on talks exclusively between the government and the LTTE.
But the government has the right to take steps to defend itself against the threat posed by the LTTE.
If there has to be a fight, and given the LTTE's attitude to democracy and peace negotiations, it is hard to see how one is avoidable.