The Tigers do not represent anyone : Lord Naseby
Lord Naseby a Conservative peer and chairman of the all-party British-Sri Lanka group has stated that LTTE does not represent the Tamils and either they should surrender or face the risk of being wiped out.
Some of the points he made in his special report on Sri Lanka titled "Ransomed in the last redoubt", to The House Magazine are as follows.
- The Tigers do not represent anyone – certainly not the Tamil people
- End in sight to the country’s bitter ethnic strife.
- Tension between the Tamil community and the other ethnic groups goes back to British rule.
- In 1st century AD, the people of South India invaded, destroying Anuradhapura and Polannaruwa.
- The tension increased when Sinhalese was made the only official language.
- There can’t be a ceasefire because LTTE has held Sri Lanka to ransom for 25 years.
- They can surrender or be wiped out. When the Tigers are defeated the Tamil people will rebuild the north.
- Elections will be held as soon as possible and Tamils will be democratically elected to Parliament.
- To appoint a special envoy like telling the Indian government that the Mumbai attacks were due to the Kashmir issue.
I have known Sri Lanka since 1963 when I worked there. The purpose of my visit in January was to assess the political situation and to do some private touring to revisit places I had not seen for 45 years.
One has to remember that tension between the minority Tamil community (18 per cent) and the other ethnic groups goes back to British rule when the civil service was purposely recruited from the minority on a sort of divide-and-rule strategy. One could go back to the first century AD and right through the centuries as the people of South India invaded, destroying what are now World Heritage sites at Anuradhapura and Polannaruwa. I visited them both and what a wonderful job of restoration has been done by the Sri Lanka Department of Culture and Unesco.