Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today urged the police not to allow any Tamil to raise the LTTE flag or let them respect their next of skins killed by the Sri Lankan Army in the North and East this week to mark the LTTE heroes’ week. If the Tamil people are allowed to raise the LTTE flag it will be a case where we Sinhalese are falling on our knees before the Tamils.
Rajapaksa said that his Government never allowed Tamil people in the North and East to commemorate LTTE cadres or allow the Tamils to remember their next of skins killed in thousands by his Army.
Mahinda and his group frequently played Racist Card to stay in power. Under Mahinda Rajapaksha rule Christians, Hindus and Muslims have been discriminated and Buddhist radical groups were financed and supported to make Sri Lanka a Sinhala Buddhist Country. The Tamils were cheated of his famous 13+ political package promise.
But the majority ousted him in the 2015 election. This put his family members who became millionaires in few years under Mahinda’s rule in trouble as New president Maithiri and PM Ranil promised to take action against fraudsters. After 10 months of rule by the new Maithiri/Ranil to date No one is known to be punished and public beleive that there is a deal between Mahinda and Ranil.
Rajapaksa says the LTTE heroes’ week is going to be commemorated at a time when the ban imposed on several former LTTE front groups has been lifted because there was no real concern to ban them, but his Party members were upset as the ‘Racist Card’ was the only way Mahinda can survive the Killing of more than 40,000 Tamil civilians alone in month of May 2009.
Rajapaksha supporters wish the groups de-listed by the new government are still pushing for a separate State, so that it will help Mahinda play the Racist Card to cover up the frauds and billions of money deposited in foreign countries. The government lifted the ban on several former LTTE front groups through a gazette notification published by the Government Printer last Friday.
Signed by the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence as the Competent Authority, the gazette notification repeals the gazette issued by the former government listing at least 15 organizations over alleged links with the LTTE. The amended list removes the ban on the Global Tamil Forum (GTF), the British Tamil Forum (BTF), Australian Tamil Congress (ATC) and the Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC), among others. The new gazette notification has also lifted the ban on the head of the Global Tamil Forum, Father S.J. Emmanuel.
Breaches of accords and pacts
Anyone who goes into Sri Lankan history will understand that, Sri Lanka is famous for breaches of accords and pacts, it had previously agreed to. A few high lights are given below:
On 26 July 1957 an agreement known as the “Banda-Chelva” pact was signed between Bandaranayake (President Chandrika’s father) and the Tamil leader, S. J. V. Chevanayagam. This agreement was based on a quasi-federal system devolving certain powers to the Tamils in the North East provinces.
On 24 March 1965, an agreement known as “Dudley-Chelva” Pact was signed between Dudley Senanayake and the Tamil leader S. J. V. Chelvanayagam.
On the 29th July 1987, a peace accord known as “Indo-Lanka” was signed between Sri Lanka and India. Even though this accord purported to bring an end to the island’s ethnic crisis, it was signed without any consultation with the Tamils of the North and East. This paved the way for the 13th amendment, which has never yet been implemented.
On 5 January 1995 the Government of Sri Lanka (President Chandrika) signed an agreement for cessation of hostilities with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam – LTTE. The Government announced lifting of the economic embargo but the embargo continued. Later Chandrika government argued that there was no such thing as an economic embargo in the Tamil region.
On 21 February 2002, under the facilitation of Norway, a Ceasefire Agreement “Memorandum of Understanding” was signed between the LTTE, and the then Sri Lanka Prime Minister Mr. Ranil Wickremasinghe.
Several rounds of negotiations took place in Thailand, Japan, Norway, Germany and Switzerland. The government of Sri Lanka failed to implement the agreed outcomes of peace talks.
On 24 June 2005, the Post Tsunami Operational Management Structure – PTOMS was signed between the government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE. This agreement was made null and void because of a political judgement on 15 July 2005, from the Supreme Court. The PTOMS involved distribution of Tsunami aid in the North and East.
Out of all of the above, not a single agreement was respected by the political leaders or governments of the day in Sri Lanka.
Therefore, ignoring or breaching the latest resolution of the UN HRC is not a difficult affair for the present government.