‘For whom the Co-chairs strive,’ asks Tamil parliamentarian

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 03 February 2009, 21:33 GMT]
The statement of the Co-chairs released Tuesday is “regrettably based on wrong premises and aims at disastrous ends,” Jaffna district parliamentarian S. Kajendren told TamilNet. "It sounds as though the Co-directors of the current war are at a last bid attempt to save Sri Lanka, one of the worst genocidal states of our times, before it collapses under its own burden of militarization, ethnic chauvinism and human rights violations. Their approach would have been different if they really care for the lives and dignity of civilians and if they have any respect for the democratic right of the national aspirations of Eezham Tamils,” he told TamilNet while issuing a statement responding to Co-chairs' stand.

Full text of the statement follows:

Selvarajah Gajendran
TNA Jaffna MP Mr. Selvarajah Kajendren
First of all, the Co-chair countries base their stand on vicious premises that LTTE could not be persuaded in allowing the movement of civilians. They know very well that the particular population of civilians demonstrated their will to stay with the LTTE, fearing worse outside. Only an unconditional ceasefire can save the situation.

Secondly, the Co-chairs are wrong in their judgment that by LTTE losing control of territory, either the war is over or the Tamils have abandoned their national liberation struggle.

Thirdly, by calling LTTE to surrender arms and seek amnesty with the genocidal Colombo, the Co-chairs have only proved themselves as the mouthpieces of Rajapaksa. They are not strangers to the commitment of the LTTE and the support it enjoys among the people of Eezham inside the island and in the diaspora, for the Tamil national cause. This unrealistic demand only makes one suspect the real intentions of the present stance of the Co-chairs.

Fourthly, the Co-chairs as usual are evasive at the fundamental issue: the nature of the political settlement, once again knowing very well that nothing can come out of the state system of Sri Lanka. Contrary to what they all were blaring out in the past, they never cared for the political option in parallel. They only abetted the military option.

In short, the Co-chairs are calling for the subjugation of Tamils.

Fifthly, they promise to work for the guarantee of existence and a camp-life to Tamils, but they themselves must be aware of their track record that how good they were in persuading the Colombo government to observe human rights in the past.

The hard truth about the island of Sri Lanka, knowingly ignored by the Co-chairs is that, ‘Tamils can find safety and dignity only under Tamil hands decided by them’.

At a time when the civilized world is fully aware of the butchery, duplicity, injustice and total disregard to human rights on the part of the Colombo government and coming out with condemnation against it, the Co-chairs calling for the submission of the victims, relinquishment of their safeguards and asking them to seek amnesty at the hands of their butchers, amounts to nothing but a mockery of human civilization.

The reactionary world authorities set a wrong inspiration to human progress and have crossed the lines of democratic decency.

The most regrettable aspect of the Co-chair show is the behaviour of Norway, a country that ventured for the noble and neutral task of facilitation, becoming a signatory of the Co-chair move aiming for the protection of genocidal Colombo and sabotage of the aspirations of the victimized Tamils.

Norway has always been claiming that their involvement in the island of Sri Lanka is on the basis of the request of both the parties of the conflict. Norway signing the present Co-chair statement calling for the surrender of one of the parties, casts serious doubts on its credibility as a trustworthy international peace facilitator. Contrarily, it only paints a picture of it as a handmaid of certain powers.


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