LTTE should denounce violence - EROS Gen Secy
Norway did hardly anything constructive:
Former military commander of the pioneer Tamil militant organisation
Eelam Revolutionary Organisation of Students (EROS) in the east,
Rajanathan Prabhakaran said that the armed struggle of the LTTE would
not fulfil the political aspirations of the Tamils in the North and East
and the LTTE leadership should denounce its violence and concentrate on
achieving the rights of the Tamils politically.
In an exclusive interview with the Sunday Observer he said that the
Tamil militancy for the past two decades had done nothing but enormous
destruction to the lives and properties to the Tamils in the North and
East. "The Tamils want to live in peace.
Thousands have been killed and thousands more have been maimed.
Forty-two-year-old Rajanathan Prabhakaran joined the EROS in 1980 and
functioned as its military commander in the east until the outfit
entered the political mainstream following the signing of the Indo-Lanka
accord in 1987.
However, having seen all these destructions the LTTE still wants to
continue with its terror activities. Therefore, I appeal to the LTTE to
give up its violence and enter the political mainstream to fulfil the
political aspirations of the Tamils in the North and East. He said that
Norway's involvement in the peace process has done hardly anything
constructive to bring the LTTE to the political mainstream.
"If the Norwegians had done their part in coming down hard on the
LTTE when they engaged in the violation of the Ceasefire Agreement, the
peace process would have succeeded. However, the Norwegians failed in
handling the LTTE and my personal opinion is that Norway cannot function
as a peace maker any more and it is India which could deliver the goods
in settling the Lankan crisis," EROS Prabhakaran said.
The EROS contested the General Elections in 1991 with thirteen of its
members entering Parliament from the North and East. During that period
Rajanathan Prabhakaran who is the present General Secretary of the EROS
was actively engaged in political activities.
However, when senior members such as V.Balakumar and K.
Pararajasingham of the EROS joined the LTTE in the late nineties
Rajanathan Prabhakaran remained loyal to his party EROS and carried out
the party's activities.
Rajanathan Prabhakaran who has now returned to the political arena
while reorganising EROS and contesting the recently held local
government polls in the east is currently making arrangements to contest
the forthcoming Provincial polls in the east.
Meanwhile, the Tamil National Democratic Alliance comprising the TULF,
PLOTE and EPRLF (Naba) has called for an alliance including Muslim
parties and others in the South for the forthcoming Provincial Council
polls in the Eastern Province.
Tamil United Liberation Front Leader V. Anandasangaree told the
Sunday Observer that his alliance was determined to sink differences and
join hands with Muslim parties and others in the South to contest the
Provincial Council polls in the East.
"We are currently working on finalising our nominations list. Unlike
the Local Government polls, the Provincial Council polls are crucial in
ushering in democracy and the rule of law in the East.
The Provincial Council system earlier in the North and East was a
flop. However, we expect the fresh polls for Provincial Council to
rekindle the democratic process in a broader way and pave the way for
the democratic process in the north as well," Sangaree said.
Anandasangaree said that since the Eastern Provincial Council polls
will be important with more parties showing concern, the polls should be
free of all violence.