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Colombo continues bilateral ploy to elude international solution

[TamilNet, Monday, 13 June 2011, 01:35 GMT]
The genocidal establishment of Mahinda Rajapaksa continues with its pre-war trick of bilateral dealings to escape comprehensive international action cum solutions to the national question in the island, and some competing powers and their proxies continue to provide space for Rajapaksa juggle, by not collectively calling for the logical solution of liberation of Eezham Tamils but bilaterally harping on unworkable models, accused political circles in Jaffna watching the coming and going of the Indian Troika and new bilateral deals Colombo is hatching with others. While there is immense irritation in Eezham Tamil political circles over New Delhi and Colombo ‘talking’ land and police powers for nearly 25 years, informed sources said anger is mounting in Tamil Nadu over New Delhi ignoring the stand of TN State Assembly and scheduling the visit of Manmohan Singh to Colombo.

Mahinda Rajapaksa establishment now harps on unrest in the South to excuse itself from coming out with political solutions to Tamils, citing that the Sinhala nation will not accept anything right now.

As the Sinhala nation never accepted any meaningful solution other than extermination of the Tamil nation, why India and others discussing minor details with Colombo should waste time and efforts to the detriment of Tamils is the concern in Tamil political circles.

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) that met the visiting Indian Troika on Saturday pointed out delays in ‘long-lasting’ political justice permanently harming the Tamil nation in the island.

Three thousand acres of land has been confiscated in Moothoor in Trincomalee to construct settlements with Sinhala-Buddhist stupa and many other lands amounting to thousands of acres have been taken over for Sinhala colonies in the north and east, while not allowing Tamils to resettle in Valikaamam in Jaffna and Champoor-Moothoor in Trincomalee, the TNA members pointed out.

Responding to Indian Troika’s open denouncement that they have not discussed anything on the stand of the Tamil Nadu State Assembly resolution with Colombo, Mr. Kolaththoor Mani, the president of Periyar Dravidar Kazhakam in a statement condemned Shiv Shankar Menon for saying that he didn't take up Tamil Nadu Assembly resolution for discussion in his meetings with Colombo. Similar condemnations have also come from Naam Thamizhar Seeman and other political activists in Tamil Nadu.

When an Indian journalist asked Shiv Shankar Menon to comment on the UN panel report figure that 40, 000 people were killed in the last stages of the Vanni War, the visiting Indian National Security Advisor replied that no census was taken in Vanni after 1991 and the Indians were not present in the battle scene to comment on the number.

However, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, the Foreign Minister of India during the war [Shiv Shankar Menon was the Foreign Secretary at that time], was sure of his statistics that only 70,000 people were trapped in the war zone, while the actual number later proved to be many times more.

Meanwhile, Rajapaksa who plans to visit Russia on Tuesday to ‘thank’ Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will also be attending the International Economic Forum convened at St. Petersburg, participated by the Chinese President Hu Jintao.

Presidential sibling Basil Rajapaksa is on a ‘private’ visit to attend to the childbirth of his daughter in the USA.

In the meantime, following ‘diplomatic overtures’ from Norway, and remarks coming from the failed peace broker Erik Solheim, bailing out Colombo from international war crimes investigations, Colombo and Oslo are opening up new initiatives for ‘good relationship,’ news reports from Colombo said. Norway is hunting to find diaspora Tamils to work in collaboration with Rajapaksa establishment, informed circles said.

Before the war, India didn’t support the idea that the countries that would be abetting Colombo in the war should place a joint demarche on the political solutions that should follow the war. This stand helped Rajapaksa to make separate deals with the abetters and then to ditch them with the help of new bilateral deals.

The Bush Administration of the USA had no idea on the post-war solutions of any wars it undertook, say international political analysts. People handling Sri Lanka continued it under the Obama Administration too.

The policy ‘strike now and finish to the end, what comes later could be seen later’, followed during the war, is what now echoes in the Rajapaksa rhetoric ‘past is past,’ and all of them now work together primarily to save themselves, commented a Tamil leftist in Jaffna.


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