Kosovo - no precedent to Eelam
Tamil politicians reject LTTE's attempt of UDI
While the LTTE and its sympathisers were overjoyed with Kosovo's
Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI) from Serbia, and trying to
draw a parallel between Kosovo and the North East, Tamil politicians
said that the LTTE's desire will not be fruitful without the support of
the international community.
The leader of Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) V. Anandasangaree
while strongly opposing the LTTE using innocent civilians as scapegoats
said that no one could see any similarities between Kosovo and the LTTE
which are two different entities. "These two are entirely different
situations and I do not think there would be anyone in the international
community to back the LTTE leader Velupillai Prabakharan in his attempt
to declare UDI", he said.
Anandasangaree said that if countries which have similar issues set
Kosovo as an example the world would be divided into several separate
states. "If India set Kosovo as an example there would be several units
as they have several issues within their country. This development
should not be taken seriously", he said.
Condemning the LTTE for using innocent civilians in the battle front,
the TULF leader said that he was very sad to note that the LTTE have
their bunkers in the villages tempting the military to attack the
terrorists. "If they are real freedom fighters they should be in the
jungle areas without placing lives of innocent villagers at risk", he
He questioned the international community over their silence on the
LTTE acts. He pointed out that it is high time the international
community demand the LTTE to move into jungles to launch their
The leader of the People's Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE)
Dharmalingam Sidarthan said that Kosovo declared UDI as they had the
backing of the US and EU countries but there would be nobody to back the
LTTE to declare the North and East as a separate state. "The LTTE
sympathisers who are thrilled by this declaration can launch a massive
propaganda as they are unaware of ground realities", he said.
Sidarthan said that the LTTE's attempt would not be successful
without the support of India. "India will not support the outfit. Even
if the LTTE declares UDI, they cannot survive as the entire North and
East region still depends on the government. Even dry rations for
refugees are supplied by the government and how can the LTTE maintain a
separate state without anyone's support ?, he said.
"I strongly believe that the LTTE should not use civilians as human
shields. This was proved in the Vakarai operation where the military
found several bunkers around the hospital. This shows how the LTTE puts
the lives of innocent people into danger", he said. The Sri Lankan
government objecting to the Kosovo UDI declaration have stated that it
was an unmanageable precedent and posed a grave threat to international
A press release issued by the Foreign Ministry states that Kosovo had
declared independence without the consent of the majority of the people
of Serbia and the secession was a violation of the UN Charter, which has
enshrined the sovereignty and territorial integrity of member States.