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The `Situation in Sri Lanka’ today, is briefly that the lawful Government of the Country is now on the verge of defeating militarily, a set of ruthless terrorists (the LTTE) who had forcibly usurped control of about one fourth (1/4th) of the Country’s territory, in the exercise of its undoubted right to reclaim its territory from that usurper.

Having read in the newspapers and the Internet of a "Congressional Caucus on Sri Lanka and Sri Lankan Americans" as well as of a hearing about Sri Lanka in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee I pen these words on the subject so as to disabuse the minds of the American Legislators of the disinformation fed to them by the pro-LTTE lobby.

First, let me introduce myself. I am a 65 year old Sinhalese `Agnostic’ born to a Christian family and hence a baptized Methodist, who has spent all his life in Sri Lanka, an Attorney-at-Law with over 40 years continuous practice, a former Crown Counsel in the Attorney General’s Department [a State Prosecutor], a former external examiner in Industrial Law for the Master of Laws Degree of the University of Colombo, an Arbitrator at several Commercial Arbitrations, a Government delegate to the first set of `Peace Talks’ with the terrorists at Thimphu, Bhutan in 1985, a former Member of Parliament and the author of seven (7) books on Sri Lanka’s separatist problem which is wrongly referred to as an ethnic problem.

The `Situation in Sri Lanka’ today, is briefly that the lawful Government of the Country is now on the verge of defeating militarily, a set of ruthless terrorists (the LTTE) who had forcibly usurped control of about one fourth (1/4th) of the Country’s territory, in the exercise of its undoubted right to reclaim its territory from that usurper. The LTTE, on the other hand, is seeking obdurately to cling on to a pocket of that territory about 58sq km in extent to which they have now been confined without surrendering, by using the helpless civilians in the area as `human shields’. The object of the LTTE is to prevent these civilians from gaining sanctuary in any part of the Country under Government control by even shooting them when they seek to flee so as to create a humanitarian catastrophe and use such catastrophe of their own making as `bait’ to inveigle foreign countries, and Sri Lanka’s aid donors in particular, to coerce Sri Lanka into declaring a ceasefire, ostensibly, to give the civilians whom they hold in their thrall an opportunity to escape to safety, but in fact to give them a respite to re-arm, re-group, escape the defeat that is now imminent, and to then re-start and continue the armed conflict from behind those self same human shields.

It would be recalled that at the beginning of February, the Government, with advance notice, did cease fire for forty eight (48) hours to permit the poor civilians to find sanctuary in parts of the Country under its control; but the LTTE did not permit them to go. What the LTTE did, was to use that respite to re-group and launch a vicious counter attack on the Army causing many casualties. Given these undeniable facts, and the fact that the LTTE walked out of every set of `Peace Talks held between 1985 and 2006 and used the respite occasioned by those talks and the attendant ceasefires to strengthen themselves and cause more carnage, can there be any doubt that the LTTE will use the ceasefire for which it is now clamouring, if declared, for the same purpose ???

If the Government is now compelled by foreign intervention, whether military, economic or political, to save the LTTE from final defeat by declaring a ceasefire, such misguided intervention will only result in more carnage, more suffering and an even greater humanitarian catastrophe. It would be recalled that in 1987 when our forces were on the verge of finally defeating the LTTE, India intervened and saved them. That unforgivable act of India caused my Country to bleed profusely for another 22 years and India to lose to a suicide bomber of the LTTE, its former Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi who was responsible for saving the LTTE in 1987.

If, as the separatist propaganda machine seeks to make out, the Government is intent on committing `genocide’ of the Tamils, the armed conflict would have been finished by now – for it would not take our forces even one day to destroy the remants of the LTTE in that 58 sq. km of land. What delays the end of the conflict is the care being taken by the Government to avoid civilian casualties, save the civilians and care for them in the several dedicated IDP camps in Vavuniya, Mannar etc.

I will refer to three more canards propagated by the separatists.

First, they say the Tamils are discriminated against and not treated equally with the Sinhalese. I have, for more than twenty (20) years been posing the question what is the right to which I a Sinhalese am entitled to which a Tamil similarly circumstanced is not. That question remains unanswered.

Secondly, they say that the LTTE are fighting to free Tamils from the alleged oppression of the Sinhalese. I have, for more than twenty (20) years been posing the question why the LTTE slaughtered thousands of Tamil speaking Muslims and Tamils who would not kowtow to them, if that was so. That question too remains unanswered.

Finally, it is emphasized that there is hardly a Tamil in the armed forces. It could not be otherwise in view of the fact that hardly any Tamil applied to join the army, because if any did so, their kith and kin living in the North and East would have been murdered.

Sri Lanka, after a long nightmare of violence, is on the verge of regaining the peace it could have regained 22 years ago but for Indian Intervention. Let not any Country be misled by separatist propaganda to intervene once more and deprive my bleeding country of the peace it so richly deserves.

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