Sri Lanka rejects LTTE offer to enter Democratic Process
Sri Lanka rejects LTTE offer to enter democratic process
May 25, 2009 07:25 am
Sri Lanka’s defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has rejected the LTTE’s offer to enter a democratic process after their military defeat by government forces.
In an interview with the BBC, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said the LTTE rebels could not be trusted to give up “terrorism”.
“I do not believe the LTTE can enter a democratic process after years of their violent activities,” Mr Rajapaksa said.
The rebels had said they would give up violence after their leader was killed in recent fighting in the north-east.
“I am not interested in LTTE at all,” the defence secretary - the most senior civilian official in charge of the war against the Tamil Tigers - told the BBC in a wide-ranging telephone interview.
He said there were “enough democratic Tamil political parties in the country” to represent the Tamil minority.
This attempt of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam trying to enter the democratic process in Sri Lanka was predicted. If they really want to enter the Democratic Process, they could easily do so through the Tamil United Liberation Front which is a long standing political party in the North, or any other party of their choosing.
It will be difficult for Tamils in the North to vote for a Tiger when there are so many good and respected politicians who are for the Tamils in the area. It will also be difficult for the Tigers to say once again that they are for the Tamil people. Prabhakaran said this once and not only let them down but used them as protection for him, when he was losing the war.
It is also strange to see how a gun runner who had two red notices against him at Interpol and is wanted by India for crimes concerning explosives and gun running is trying to get into a democratic process of the country. What is aim? To be the President of a separate state in Sri Lanka?
The Sri Lanka Government eliminated the most ruthless terrorist in the world and his gang. IF Prabhakaran managed to achieve his dream, then he would have been, Prabhakaran the Terrorist - President and Prime Minister of Eelam. Now the tigers by trying to enter democratic process of Sri Lanka, the Tamils in Sri Lanka must be wondering what really is going on.
It will be interesting to note the designs of the now thoroughly beaten LTTE. Perhaps, a second dream - K.Pathmanathan the Gun Runner, President of Eelam?
Mr Rajapaksa also said the work of government forces was not yet over as they had to recover weapons hidden by the LTTE in the northern and eastern regions. “Some people think that the army’s task is over... it is not. The entire area has to be de-mined and then we have to look for any remnants of the LTTE hiding in the jungles,” Mr Rajapaksa said. He has also appealed to Western nations to dismantle the LTTE’s overseas network and hand over their local leaders, who he said were trying to purchase arms and ammunition for the group.