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Colombo begins deluding campaign through ‘Lessons Learnt’ Commission

[TamilNet, Saturday, 14 August 2010 08:59 No Comment]

Accusing the LTTE for missing the opportunity of ‘mega development’ and for walking out from the Peace Process on ‘flimsy grounds’, Sri Lanka’s former head of the Peace Secretariat, Bernard Gunatilleke inaugurated the misinformation campaign of Colombo while appearing before the ‘Lessons Learnt’ Commission on Wednesday. However, Gunetilleke who emphasized that the Interim Self Governing Authority (ISGA) demanded by the LTTE for return to negotiation could not have been granted by the government, didn’t attribute any reasons for it. Whether hoodwinking Tamils with ‘development without political solution’ is a long-contemplated strategy of Colombo and its abetters and whether it was this attitude that ditched the peace process is the question asked in the Tamil circles.

For more than six decades the Sri Lankan state was deceiving Tamils of any righteous political solution towards sovereignty and power sharing.

The Sri Lankan state has learnt enough lessons in the past how after every ethnic pogrom it could still successfully noose back Tamils without conceding any political solution.

Whether the international abetters had started playing the same game with Tamils when the peace process was initiated in 2002, ask Tamil circles.

The bulk of the responsibility to deceive Tamils of political solution has been taken over from Colombo by the international abetters, Tamil circles accuse.

Answering Richard Armitage who committed to ‘development’ in the island but said that the LTTE should renounce violence and secession, LTTE’s Chief Negotiator Anton Balasingham said that those questions would not have come had there been political solution.

"[..] We do not agree with Mr. Armitage’s concepts of terrorism and violence. As far as we are concerned the ceasefire document amply demonstrates the intention [...] to cease all forms of violence. I have indicated in my brief statement the roots of the armed conflict. If these root causes are eliminated then there is no need for violence," was the response of Mr. Balasingham on 25 November 2002.

The LTTE was consistent on the point of not getting deceived in political solution by the talk of ‘development’.

Meanwhile, in April 2008, TamilNet brought out a comment from a reader, responding to a British Foreign Office document, titled The UK Peace Building Strategy (PBS), that came out in August 2007:

"The British policy outline, probably drafted by one of the novices in the British Foreign Office, was harping on the theme of simultaneous strengthening of Sri Lanka’s military and ‘development’ in the East to resolve the Tamil question in Sri Lanka, without heeding to any of the fundamental issues," the reader commented.

The British document of 2007 was arguing for priotirizing development without talking about political solution.

The powers, which were caring only for ‘development’ conquest through ‘peace process’ and were not caring or capable of political solutions, finally thought of ditching the peace process, crushing the strength of Tamils and abetting the genocide, Tamil circles said.

Whether war or peace, whether genocide or subjugation of Tamils, the abetters of Colombo to this day are consistent in the point of development conquest without political solution.

People behind the so-called peace process are now keen in saving their skin in the international arena and in this connection they have strong conniving understanding with Colombo, informed circles say.

Colombo has now started teaching them the ‘lessons it had learnt’ well over six decades about engineering and managing genocide and how to come out of it unscathed, Tamil circles said.

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