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After messing up question of Eezham Tamils ‘IC’ embarks on Myanmar

[TamilNet, Saturday, 09 June 2012, 22:58 GMT]
After messing up the national question of Eezham Tamils into genocide, the so-called international community now conceives identical models for the struggling nationalities in the island of Sri Lanka and Myanmar (Burma). The basic message is that the struggling nations should abide by the existing constitutions, compromise with the genocidal militaries of the respective states, envisage only non-descript solutions to come eventually and now concentrate only on resettlement rehabilitation and reconciliation to facilitate the ‘development’ of the so-called international community. Following the peace initiation of Norway in Burma, Australia and Singapore embark upon to play a role there, resembling what the Co-Chairs did to Eezham Tamils.

The Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr on Friday announced that Australia would provide $ 5 million as initial contribution to promote peace in Myanmar’s conflict affected regions, said a report of the Australian Agency for International Development.

Australia will work with Norway and other international donors to create the necessary environment for the settlement of internally displaced people, the report said.

According to Bob Carr explaining the model, "While Australia strongly supports rapid assistance for peace-building efforts, we will also continue to work with international partners to expand the delivery of our substantial aid program to conflict-affected areas in Myanmar […] "With concrete improvements in their lives, people will have greater incentive to make enduring peace."

Australia is the second largest bilateral aid donor to Myanmar. Meanwhile Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) cited a source from a local humanitarian group saying on conditions of anonymity: “It is now clear to me that the intention of the plan is to back the Burma government to bring the ethnic groups under the 2008 constitution and not support the UNFC [United Nationalities Federal Council] or KIO [Kachin Independent Organisation] requests to have dialogue outside of parliament.”

The policy also coerces exiled groups into registering as official NGOs in Burma, if they want funds. But they are not in a position to move back into Burma as legal entities, DVB commented on the peace initiative.

The Secretary of the Karan National Union, cited By DVB, did not want such programmes expanded before a political settlement was reached.

Without finding no solution at all to Eezham Tamils after the IC abetted genocidal war, and leaving them in the straits to face Sinhala militarisation, colonisation and structural genocide, the IC has now embarked upon peace facilitation in Myanmar. It is not peace facilitation but peace intimidation, commented Eezham Tamil political activists.

After ending the war in genocide and parading it, Myanmar was the first country visited by Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Meanwhile, Singapore has also sent a business delegation to Myanmar this week, reminding of a proverb in Jaffna on business greed putting the finger on hot pie (Aa’raatha soattinilum avukken’ru kaivaiththal).

Last month the Singapore Foreign Minister Shanmugam led a business team to Colombo too.

‘Slash and burn development’ is the term perceived by political analysts to describe the kind of activities practiced by the IC and peace facilitators operating at its instance, in various parts of the world in the name of international crisis management and conflict resolution.


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