The world must act fast
It is indeed commendable that the
Government is going more than the extra mile to resume the search for a
negotiated solution to our conflict. This is something which was not
lost on visiting Japanese peace envoy, Yasushi Akashi, who, reportedly,
complimented the Government for the immense patience shown in the face
of LTTE stubbornness and violence.
Since he has satisfied himself that the Government has discharged the
responsibilities expected of it in this context, the Japanese peace
envoy should take the logical path of impressing on the Tokyo donor
conference Co-Chairs and the world community, the need to compel the
LTTE into cooperating in the peace effort.
The Government has agreed to all the conditions laid down by the
Tigers so far for a resumption of the peace process and it is plain that
it is the Tigers who are playing spoiler by opting out of the path of
negotiations. It is up to the international community, led by the
Co-Chairs, to pressurise the Tigers into re-entering the path of
The concern shown by the world community towards Sri Lanka's
condition needs to be greatly appreciated, but it just would not do to
confine such anxiety to words. As we have said many times before, the
world must act decisively and that too without further delay to impress
on the Tigers the need to negotiate.
Thus far, the Tigers have been dragging their paws in the belief that
nothing concrete would be done by the world to force it to the
negotiating table. A seeming lack of urgency on the part of the
international community has encouraged the LTTE to persist in the belief
that it need not be unduly concerned about the peace process. Instead,
the LTTE seems to have run away with the notion that it could continue
to undermine the negotiatory process by stepping-up violence.
It is clear that passivity on the part of the world is deepening Sri
Lanka's anxieties. The world must act decisively to end this sad state
of affairs by slapping rigorous sanctions on the Tigers for their
prevarication and dangerous evasiveness.
What is urgently needed are sanctions that "bite", such as the
drastic weakening of global terrorist financing. Besides, more and more
states need to blacklist and hunt-down the Tigers. In this regard, the
US has proved somewhat effective thus far. Other states in increasing
numbers, need to follow suit.
The world sees the devastating consequences of terror on a daily
basis. The shedding of blood and barbaric violence just cannot be
allowed. This principle applies to all global theatres of violence. The
civilized world is opposed to such inhumanity. Accordingly, the Tigers
need to be outlawed if they do not cooperate in bringing peace.