End to bogus CFAs
Prime Minister Ratnasiri
Wickramanayaka's unequivocal statement that the Government would
on no account have truces with the LTTE in the future is perhaps
a final reiteration that the Government means business when it
underlined its commitment to defeat the outfit militarily while
evolving a political solution.
Addressing a function to distribute self employment
assistance to mothers of soldiers who paid the Supreme Sacrifice
under the Viru Mau Surakimu programme the Premier said "the
Government's position is very clear on this and that is it will
not have ceasefire agreements or truce pacts with the LTTE in
The Premier of course has a lot to draw from past experiences
of various Governments in this regard beginning from Thimpu to
the last soiree in Geneva where it became very clear that the
LTTE had paused only for a breather before resuming hostilities
against the Government as events that followed were to prove
such as the Mavilaru episode and the attack on Muttur.
Besides, by its inhuman brutal attacks on civilians like the
recent bomb blast inside a passenger bus in Piliyandala the LTTE
has all but sent a signal that it is not interested in any truce
Past Governments had learnt at great cost the consequences of
being lured into 'Peace Talks". The lull not only broke the
stranglehold the Forces had on the Tigers who were in a tight
corner militarily but also allowed the outfit to muster
sufficient international support during truce periods so as to
prevail on the Government rethink it's military option.
Obviously Prime Minister Wickramanayaka has taken full
cognisance of these stratagems of the LTTE and is not prepared
to play ball this time around.
Besides the country is in no mood to allow for a let up of
the current military operation to regain the Wanni and it would
not be pragmatic for the Government to think of any talks option
at a time the masses have extended their unstinted support for
President Mahinda Rajapaksa's political leadership of the war
even enduring hardships brought about by the high cost of
Besides, the recapture of the East and the success in the
political experiment in the Province have convinced the
Government that a political solution to the protracted conflict
is possible while the military thrust continues and that it will
only be a matter of time that conditions in the East would be
transposed in the North.
It is therefore doubly important that the APRC process is
expedited so a final political solution is ready by the time the
inevitable military success is achieved, to bring the North on
par with the East.
Helping China, Myanmar
Television footage of the cataclysmic natural disasters in
China and Myanmar would no doubt have stirred the hearts all Sri
Lankans to contribute in whatever way to relieve the distress of
the surviving victims as a gesture of solidarity with two of the
country's best friends in the international arena.
It was only some days before Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar's
Irawaddi delta that the country was preparing to dispatch a
large consignment of rice to Sri Lanka despite the prevailing
global shortage of this main staple of Asian countries.
Similarly the massive earthquake in China which buried entire
communities could not have come at a worse time when the country
is gearing itself up for it's 'coming out' into the new world
order through a mega Olympic spectacle.
China which has a close knit relationship with Sri Lanka was
among the first of the nations to come to our assistance during
the Tsunami tragedy and although we are not in a position to
reciprocate in the same level or magnitude a collective
spontaneous response to the plight of the victims would no doubt
be appreciated by the Chinese people. Indeed, President Mahinda
Rajapaksa who was in China only a few weeks ago reiterated the
need to strengthen these lasting bonds of friendship.
A spontaneous response of course was seen when people flocked
in their numbers to the many Centres that have been set up to
collect relief assistance for the disaster victims of both
It is heartening to note several Buddhist organisations and
prominent Bhikkus coming to the forefront in this exercise in
the context of our links with Myanmar based on Theravada
Buddhism and similar cultural ties with China. We must be by
their side in this hour of trial.