LTTE Statement on
Indo Sri Lanka Accord, April 1988
elucidation of the provisions of these Bills brings
one important truth to light. That is, the Provincial Council
framework envisaged in these Bills is not specifically addressed
to the specific grievances of the Tamil people with the specific
objective of resolving the Tamil question. Rather, these laws
propose the creation of an island wide administrative structure
rigidly controlled by the Centre with limited distribution of
political authority to all the provinces of Sri Lanka.
Provincial Councils are thus reduced to local administrative
bodies serving to the dictates of the State. They do not enjoy
any autonomous powers of their own, The institutions of the
Centre - the Presidency, the office of the Governor and
Parliament - are invested with sweeping powers to interfere and
control the functions of the Provincial Councils. In essence,
the provisions of these Bills, instead of delegating powers from
the centre to periphery allows absolute concentration of power
to the Centre.
Norwegian Peace Initiative
No Support for Tamil
K. Natwar Singh, Former Indian Foreign Minister
Brahmin owned Frontline, 21 December 2002
Excerpts from Article: ....Oslo has been much in the news on account of the Sri
Lanka-LTTE agreement arrived at some days back. It is the first step and one
hopes it will not have the same fate as the Oslo agreement between Israel and
the Palestinians. A good comparison is the Northern Island situation. But V.
Pirabaharan is no Gerry Adams. The Congress(I) has made it known that while we
welcome the outcome of the Oslo agreement, we are unequivocally committed to
the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Sri Lanka. No support for Eelam
under any circumstances. Neither can the Congress(I) compromise on
Pirabaharan's extradition since he has been named by the Supreme Court as the
mastermind behind the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi.
Under no circumstances would the Congress(I) agree to
Pirabaharan getting any formal high office or position in the new set up in the
North-East of Sri Lanka. He remains persona non grata with us. He
invented suicide bombing, if we leave the Kamakazis of Japan.
India-Sri Lanka Agreement that Rajiv Gandhi and J.R. Jayawardene signed in
July 1987, had, broadly speaking,
all the elements in the Oslo document. The LTTE has come to the
negotiating table because after September 11, 2001, their funds have dried and
they can't buy
or import any arms.
in The Indo Sri Lanka Accord, January1988
"..What does reason say? Reason says that the Peace Accord denied reason to the Tamil
people - and set the stage for the tragedy that was to follow. The Indian Government
denied reason and set on the path of 'bending' the LTTE and the Tamil people to its will.
The Indian Minister of State for External Affairs Natwar Singh declared in India Today,
three months later when questioned about the military offensive launched by the Indian
Army in Jaffna: "No government can go into an agreement of this nature without having tied up the
obvious loose ends. We examined every possible option. There were no low cost options
available. If anybody can suggest a better alternative, we will gladly examine it."