“Government’s willingness to do something is only due to a necessity” – Senior LTTE member Balakumaran
Our long struggle enduring economic hardships has now awakened the international community but Sinhala seem to have not realized it. Today if the Sinhala government is showing a willingness to do something it’s only due to a necessity that has arisen,” says Senior LTTE member K.V. Balakumaran in an interview to Thiankkural, a leading Tamil daily published from Colombo.
Talking in Kilinochchi to the widely read newspaper, the former EROS leader who has been a long time confidante of the LTTE leader V.Pirabaharan said “Even though they are coming for the talks due to this necessity, we are not attending them with sureness either”.
He spoke of the LTTE views to the newspaper on current political conditions and the approach of international community; excerpts as follows:
“You can see the Liberation Tigers amidst the currents of a favorable breeze from the international community these days. If we continue to keep talking at the peace table, we may be cajoled into and even be removed from the list of ‘terrorist’ organizations. Getting off this list is among our priorities. Our desire is for who ever called us ‘Terrorists’ will one day to call us that we are not that. This will give us a boost for the long haul.
But we cannot journey on this long path laden with oppression and atrocities. Continuing to talk under these circumstances will be in vain. We too have certain time limitations and how much longer to reign in. Our National Leader will determine the course of those. He knows when, where and what move to make. The Tamil aspect has presented a time frame to the International Community and the Sinhala side. We can be accused that this interval is to buy weapons and boost the rankings of our troops. In the meantime the international community may deem that we will continue to be at the Peace table.
But that is not our intent. Our purpose is how the people of Thamil Eelam could apply this period to their aspirations and put forward the stance. You are now seeing the results of this position.
Today the Sinhalese stand in terms of the international community, seems to be of a defensive posture. Even the Sinhala side realizes this very well. What will the Sinhalese do in these circumstances? Therefore they will prefer only to move to a situation where there are neither talks nor war. But even this will be one day be jeopardized by JVP. This is why Mahinda is trying taking all the Southern political parties along with him.
Q: How do you view the mention of the paramilitaries in the US State Department Human Rights Report?
A: The more authentications we get, the more we will keep talking – this seem to be the belief of the international community. We could view this as an incentive to keep on just doing that. However the truth is that this should have been done long time ago. We are being accused of enlisting children to our forces. However no one cared when embryos were killed in 1958. Today we are compelled to pay a heavy price to arrive at this juncture.
Q: What do you think of the Geneva agreements…could we anticipate that they will be implemented?
A: We are not waiting in the hope that the Geneva agreement will be implemented.
The Tamil people have been at this ‘receiving end’ of promises by the truck loads. We have been given assurances since 1918. What happened to the Sinhala pledge that Tamil representation will be given (for Tamils) in the Western Province. This dilemma continues to date. From 1918 through the agreements reached in Geneva, the timespan is filled with broken promises and barren pledges.
But as a liberation movement we never lost our conviction. We know how to solve this without inflicting anguish and agony to our people. That’s what we are striving for. Concurrently we are not going to bungle from our deep seeded commitments either. We will not move away from our goal. Without laying down the arms and not losing sight of our ultimate aim, we continue to participate in the peace process. Nobody can drive us away from this. [TamilWeek Mar 26, 2006]
[Thinakkural interview by R.Bharathi] – [Translation by TW news-features]
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