March 14, 2003
You should send
this editorial (Rational Choice for Sri Lanka CDN
March 14,2003) to the like of President Chandrika Kumaratunga, Prof. Peiris, Anura
Bandaranayake JVP, MEP and the hawks in the governing party.
sinking of the LTTE ship off the Mullaitivu coast Prof. Peiris says, "They were
acting according to the standard guidelines to protect the territorial integrity and the
sovereignty of the country which has also been identified in the ceasefire
agreement. The Navy has not violated any local or international laws or the ceasefire
agreement. He also refuted the claims that the Defence Ministry stood idle over the
incident; the Minister said the Navy did not require political consultation to carry out
ceasefire agreement clearly says that neither party shall engage in any military
action. One does not necessarily have to be a professor of law to interpret the MoU
written in plain English. Here is the exact
wording of the relevant section:
party shall engage in any offensive military operation. This requires the total cessation
of all military action and includes, but is not limited to, such acts as:
- The firing of
direct and indirect weapons, armed raids, ambushes, assassinations, abductions,
destruction of civilian or military property, sabotage, suicide missions and activities by
deep penetration units;
- Offensive naval
1.3 The Sri
Lankan armed forces shall continue to perform their legitimate task of safeguarding the
sovereignty and territorial integrity of Sri Lanka WITHOUT ENGAGING IN OFFENSIVE
OPERATIONS AGAINST THE LTTE. (Emphasis mine)
is entitled to safeguard the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Sri Lanka,
but it should be done WEITHOUT ENGAGING IN OFESIVE OPERATIONS
AGAINST THE LTTE.
Therefore, it is
no excuse the attack took place within the exclusive economic zone of Sri Lanka. An
attack is an attack and it is an offensive operation.
government sinking the ship in order to safeguard the sovereignty and territorial
integrity of Sri Lanka; what if the LTTE to maintain military balance resume bomb attacks
in Colombo? Will that be all right with the learned Professor? Will that be all right with
him under the MoU?
I think the
smooth talking Prof.Peiris has taken the LTTE delegation to a ride. Asked about the gift
of a coast guard ship by US to the SL Navy Prof.Peiris replied tongue in cheek
that "the coastguard
ship offered to the Sri Lankan Navy by the US Government, it was a clear indication
of international backing for the Government on the path to peace!"
The US which
says it is interested in the ongoing peace process gifts a coastal ship fitted with all
modern radar, guns etc. that will upset the military balance between the LTTE and GOSL! No
doubt US is rocking the cradle and pinching the baby at one and the same time!
It appears that
Prof. Peiris have learnt a few things from President Chandrika, George Bush and Tony
Blair in the conduct of international of diplomacy. Prime Minister Tony
Blair and President George Bush wants to bomb Iraq because both want to
effect regime change and restore democracy and they will not be
bound by an unreasonable
veto! This is rewriting international law with a vengeance.
The fact should
not be forgotten that Prof. Peiris as Minister for Constitutional Affairs and Deputy
Minister of Finance in President Chandrikas cabinet was part and parcel of the "War for Peace" military operations
that devastated and destroyed the infrastructure of the Northeast.