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Friday, May 8, 2009

CFA abrogation unmasks LTTE-TULF leader

* The views expressed in this article are those of the author.

By: Sunil

The Tamil United Liberation Front leader Veerasingam Anandasangaree welcoming the decision to abrogate the Ceasefire Agreement said that the agreement only helped the LTTE to expand its terrorist activities and to blindfold the international community.

Anandasangaree commenting on the abrogation of the CFA said that the CFA should have been scrapped when the LTTE went beyond its limits. "The CFA was introduced to streamline the peace process.

Not only Sri Lankans even the international community expected the CFA to work effectively. But the LTTE had committed the bulk of the CFA violations. The CFA allowed the organisation to carry out the political activities in the cleared areas. But instead of concentrating on political matters, the outfit was planning its war strategies within the cleared areas to launch its attacks against the Security Forces," Sangaree said.

Adding to the CFA violations, he said that the Norwegian facilitators had failed to nip the bud of the LTTE's CFA violations. "The Sri Lankan Monitoring Mission (SLMM) was bullied, insulted and intimidated in the areas it functioned. Hence, the Scandinavians were in a helpless situation in implementing the CFA.

"I believe the CFA collapsed within a year of its introduction. The agreement was a farce and lost its credibility soon after the peace talks came to a standstill in April 2006 in Geneva," Sangaree said.

"While abrogating the CFA the Government should explore new avenues in re-launching the peace process.

However, the ultimate solution to the Tamil crisis could only be brought about through political means and not by military means. Therefore, I consider the abrogation of the CFA is nothing but unmasking the LTTE," the TULF leader said.