May 26, 2009

ONE GIANT STEP CLOSER TO NATIONHOOD:

Moderate Tamils chart new course (Ameen Izzadeen, 5/26/09, Asia Times)

[V Anandasangaree, leader of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF), a party which in 1976 adopted a resolution for a separate state] said the only way forward was the introduction of a power-devolution system based on the Indian model. "The Indian model is a big success. It has silenced the voices that raised the cry of a separate state in Tamil Nadu state in the 1960s. It will work here, too," he said, adding that he strongly believed that President Mahinda Rajapaksa would come up with a solution acceptable to the Tamils.

"When the president said in his victory speech in parliament on Tuesday that there are no minorities in Sri Lanka today, he was speaking from his heart. I am confident, he will offer a solution that meets the Tamil aspiration," he said.

Anandasangaree said he did not believe that the Tamil struggle would return to violence. He said he believed that this was the time for the moderate Tamil voices to speak.

Over the past two decades, the LTTE hijacked the Tamil cause. It not only did not allow moderate Tamil leaders who believed in democratic approach to speak up, but it also intimidated and killed them.

The moderate Tamil voice is now coming to the fore. The Tamil National Alliance, the party which was forced to act as the mouthpiece of the LTTE in parliament, is now free to chart its own course. Tamil leaders who fled the country to escape from the LTTE are willing to return.


It's hard to concede a state to an armed group, easy to popular pols.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 26, 2009 6:35 AM
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