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Cease-fire, another LTTE camouflage
[23 Jan 2001]

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) threatens not only the domestic stability of Sri Lanka and India but also the security of the international system as a whole, a Washington-based think-tank said recently.

The activities of the LTTE include movement of refugees, arms transfers, terrorism, money laundering and drug trafficking, all "by products" of the militant group's insurgency in Sri Lanka.

According to political experts the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in Sri Lanka and India tops the list of suicide attacks between 1980 to 2000.

The LTTE had executed 168 suicide attacks during the past twenty years Both in Sri Lanka and in India, a recent Study done for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service revealed.

If LTTE leader Prabhakaran is committed to peace and ready to chose non-violence instead of violence he should take the initiative to set grounds for negotiations. Instead, this time he has put forward a bag of conditions as an ' initial ' step to set grounds for peace negotiations. 

In the past twenty years, from time to time the LTTE has urged the need for reconciliation, peace negotiations and cease-fire but only when they found the organization in a militarily unfavorable position. It had used this particular tactic to fool two previous governments, according to political sources.

The LTTE can no longer deceive the international community to raise funds under the guise of humanitarian label to pump money to strengthen the LTTE military mechanism as it once used to do.

Currently the only option available for the LTTE is deviating from violence to talking peace with the Government, in the face of mounting international pressure and successful military operations carried out by Sri Lanka Army. 

Ironically the LTTE theoretician Anton Balasingham in an interview with a local Tamil newspaper on Friday said if the government continues to chose a military solution to the ethnic conflict the LTTE would not extend its months long unilateral cease-fire.

Meanwhile the Sri Lankan Government has urged the British authorities to outlaw Tamil Tiger terrorists under new anti-terrorism legislation due to come into force next month.

The new anti-terrorism legislation will undoubtedly be a severe blow on LTTE fundraising operations carried out in Britain, the stronghold of the LTTE. Hence the LTTE would do whatever possible to stop banning their organisation. From that point of view, one can not mistakenly consider the LTTE cease-fire as a step towards peace negotiations. The cease-fire is solely another one of their camouflages to regain military strength and win the international community over to their side. 



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