`The present Ceasefire Agreement (CFA) has failed on self-evident and empirical evidence, former DIG and Master in Public Administration, John F. Kennedy School of government, Harvard University, USA Gamini Gunawardene said at the World Alliance for Peace in Sri Lanka (WAPS), in association with the National Joint Committee and Sansadaya held an international conference in Colombo recently.
`Though it was intended to be a cessation of hostilities, it continued violence under cover and sometimes openly, resulting in the death of noncombatant service personnel, police officers, government servants, intelligence personnel and LTTE cadres and the illegal capture and detention of service and police personnel.
`Prevention of exercising their fundamental right to vote at the Presidential elections was demonstrated by the amputation of a limb of a voter who dared to exercise his right,` he charged.
`The CFA was founded on the mala-fide initiative of Norway, who was, over a period of time, instrumental in disturbing the peace in this country, intent on helping the LTTE in achieving their illegitimate goals of creating a separate state in Sri Lanka,`he said.
`In effect, it sought to give recognition to an untenable notion that the British created Northern and Eastern administrative provinces, as `traditional homeland of the Tamils of Sri Lanka.`
`Hence, `CFA had to necessarily fail because, it was conceptually flawed, as it was founded on unaccountable assumptions and positions.`
`Therefore, it is our position that patch work on a fundamentally flawed cease fire agreement is a vain exercise. It is in fact voluntarily cornering ourselves into a disavatageous position, not of our seeking,` he opined.
The new government needs to ensure that there should be no hindrance to the full exercise of all democratic and human rights in the Northern and Eastern provinces and all undemocratic and antihuman rights institutions should be dismantled,` Gamini Gunawardene concluded. H. L. D. Mahindapala, Bandu de Silva, Cecil D. Dharmasena, Gamini Ranasinghe, Dr. Susantha Goonatilleke, Manohara de Silva, Senaka Weeraratne, Dr. Piyasena Dissanayake Brig. (Rtd), Hiran Halangoda, Ranji Soysa also presented their submissions.