Maintaining symmetry of power, key to meaningful peace talks-
Tamil National Alliance MP, Adaikalanathan
[TamilNet, December 16, 2005]
“Instead of choosing a constructive political path setting
incremental milestones to monitor progress in addressing the national crisis,
various Sri Lanka governments in power, were preoccupied with an "oppressive
mindset" and have attempted to weaken the Tamil struggle by purposely dragging
out peace processes,” said TNA parliamentarian Selvam Adaikalanathan, speaking
to TamilNet Friday. He said that a meaningful peace process is possible only if
the prevailing strategic symmetry of power is maintained between the two
The International Community should act constructively to
maintain the status quo that forms the foundation of the cease fire,
Adaikalanathan further said.
“Expectations and hopes of the International community and thousands of
tsunami–affected Tamil families were shattered when the Sinhala polity used
provisions in the Unitary constitution to derail the Post Tsunami Operations and
Management Structure (P-TOMS). Supreme court appears to apply constitutional
jurisprudence selectively to cases that benefit Sinhala community. While the
court deemed it prudent to defer action on the constitutionality challenge to
the MoU which paved the way for three years of peace, it chose to invalidate key
provisions of P-TOMS using constitutionality arguments,” he told TamilNet after
meeting European Commisssion official, Mr. Herve Jouanjean.
TNA Members of Parliament R. Sampanthan, Joseph Pararajasingham, Suresh
Premachandran, Selvam Adaikalanathan, and Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam met with the
Deputy Director-General for Asia and Latin America of the European Commission,
Mr. Herve Jouanjean, at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday.
Jouanjean was sent to Sri Lanka as the personal envoy of the Director General
for external relations of the European Commission to study the political
situation regarding the peace process, as a precurser to the forthcoming
Co-Chairs meeting scheduled for 19th of December.
Associated with Jouanjean was the Head of the delegation of the European
Commission to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Ambassador Julian Wilson.
The meeting lasted for more than an hour, sources added.
Mr. Joseph Pararajasingham MP, the leader of the Foreign Relations Committee of
the TNA, told TamilNet that the meeting was constructive as many issues
pertaining to the ethnic conflict and the current peace process were discussed.
"We have clearly identified to the European delegation the issues affecting
Tamil people and possible alternative options available to them in resolving
these issues, Mr Parajasingham said.
"If the peace process is to be saved the International Community should impress
on the the Sri Lankan state to deliver quickly proposals that meet Tamil
aspirations," he said. Pararajasingham further that the delegation emphasized to
the EU official that Sri Lanka military, working with paramilitary forces in
violation of the CFA agreement, is the main cause of the violence and tension in