Why southern consensus eludes us

  • 31 Jan 2008 19:45:28 GMT

    AnuD

    we are in year 2008 not 1983 to talk about Friday the 13th, any talk for a solution should start from ISGA with 100% implementing the CFA what ever was agreed .

  • 1 Feb 2008 05:11:28 GMT

    [Sri Lanka`s peace processes have come a cropper as they have always been conducted at the behest of foreign powers with Dixits, Chilcotts and Solheims at the helm without the representation of all stakeholders. They have also been characterised by the fundamental mistake of equating the government with the Sinhalese and the LTTE with Tamils. The interests of the voiceless Muslims, a community that has borne the brunt of the conflict, have never figured in peace talks.]

    At the physical level, GOSL will be seen through Sinhalese and Tamils through LTTE. Not only Muslims but Burghers also have not been represented in peace talks. It is the duty of LTTE to ensure that all these minorities are included in their thinking. Then the conflict is between majority and minority powers on the basis of race. If other minorities do not feel as Tamils do, then they are part of the majority. It is then the duty of the GOSL to include their interests.

    People must recognize their voices. If the voices and not loud enough - then must do something to develop it or accept minority status as the preferred status. We must find our own peace as per out own collective values. If Muslims feel more connected to Sinhalese than to Tamils then they belong with GOSL. If Burghers feel more connected to Tamils than to Sinhalese then they belong with Tamils in these peace talks. As per my observations, Muslims feel more intuitively and subjectively connected to Tamils and Burghers to Sinhalese. Hence these respective groups must be facilitated to be grouped with their natural associations so the whole country would benefit from subjective power.

    Gaja Lakshmi Paramasivam - Australian Tamil

  • 1 Feb 2008 06:05:42 GMT

    Gaja

    [It is the duty of LTTE to ensure that all these minorities are included in their thinking.]

    The LTTE has ensured that other minorities i.e. Muslims and Burghers ARE included in LTTE thinking. That is why the Muslims were ethnically cleansed from the North in 1990.

    As for Burghers, their number is quite insignificant being less than 5000 in the East and the LTTE regards them as Tamils. There is no record of any opposition from the Burghers for being regarded as Tamils.

    [If other minorities do not feel as Tamils do, then they are part of the majority.]

    Strange logic. The Muslims obviously don`t feel as the Tamils do, nor do they feel as the majority does. How can they become as part of either the Tamils or the majority?

    [As per my observations, Muslims feel more intuitively and subjectively connected to Tamils and Burghers to Sinhalese]

    Muslims of the North and East have more in common with the Tamils than the Sinhalese but the so-called Tamil `freedom fighters` have chosen to regard the Muslims as enemies. With the Sinhala racism now on the rampage in the East targetting the Muslims, they can trust neither the Tamils nor the Sinhalese. That is why they are asking for a separate delegation at peace talks.

    As for Burghers in the East whose number is very small, they seem to have been quite comfortable with the Tamils. Linguistically and culturally, they are more Tamils than Sinhalese.

  • 1 Feb 2008 12:49:31 GMT

    [The 13th Amendment was forced down Sri Lanka`s throat by India in a bid to appease the LTTE. Its birth was consequent to the rape of Sri Lanka`s sovereignty]

    I think this editor is a hard core JVPer.

    Who is this editor?

  • 2 Feb 2008 22:13:00 GMT

    I think our power devoltion must not exceed Indian constitution.