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Issues between Lankan Govt and LTTE

What Lanka lacks is a realistic political programme or plan to solve the basic ethnic conflict.

india Updated: Apr 29, 2006 15:02 IST

Fight for Eelam

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE ) has been fighting for a separate Eelam or a state for Tamils in Sri Lanka's North and East since 1983. The Tigers, at present, are prepared to consider autonomy proposals if they meet the aspirations of the Tamil people.

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa after assuming power ruled out talks on a separate homeland for Tamils in the island nation.

The President said that a new model based upon all the suggestions made up until now could be developed.

Disarmament

The immediate issue is the disarming of the Tamil paramilitaries, including the Karuna group, a breakaway faction of the LTTE.

The LTTE says these shadowy groups are propped by the Lankan army and that they are going about killing LTTE supporters and cadres with impunity.

But the government says that there are no Tamil paramilitaries and that the Karuna group is only a faction of the LTTE.

The government also says that the LTTE is wantonly attacking the armed forces and innocent civilians both Sinhala and Tamil, only to create a communal riot on the scale of the 1983 riots.

The government wants Norway and the international community to put pressure on the LTTE to conform to civilised norms and come for talks.

Peace

Both the LTTE and the government say that they want peace. But analysts say, both are using the talks and the peace process only to trade charges against each other.

Both talk about the deteriorating ground situation and blame each other for it.
 
No realistic roadmap

Neither side has a realistic political programme or plan to solve the basic ethnic conflict. Neither side wants to reveal its cards on this score for fear of losing out in any peace negotiations that might take place.

In the absence of any political road map or political conceptualisation, petty issues get more importance.

The issue of giving the LTTE leaders air force chopper rides when they move from one sector to another for political consultations is a petty one.

But it is blown up because there are no substantial political issues under discussion.

In the absence of a political framework, the vacuum will be filled by terrorist and military actions.

These will only exacerbate tensions and stiffen the already belligerent attitudes. Not a good thing for the settlement of the decades old problem which has prevented the island nation from realising its full potential as a country with excellent natural and human assets.