A solution to the Sri Lankan ethnic

issue can emerge only if the LTTEsurrenders. Agitations andprotests in Tamil Nadu will notstem the Sri Lankan militaryoffensive. The political parties inthe State should realise this andrefrain from whipping up thepassions of the youth. They shouldmake efforts to persuade the LTTEto lay down arms. The DMK's standon the issue is truly heartening.L. Marinstine Fernando,Hartford, Connecticut

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It is time the LTTE realised that itsname has become synonymouswith terrorism and suicide bombing,and that it no longer evokessympathy from even those whosecause it supposedly champions.One hopes the Tigers will pave theway for a solution to the ethnicconflict to emerge through democraticmeans before it becomesirrelevant.Vembar K. Ranganathan,New York

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This refers to the editorial "A historictrial" and the article "The momentof truth for the LTTE" (Feb.5). One should view the LTTE's activitieskeeping in mind ThomasLubanga Dyilo - charges againstwhom includes conscription ofchildren under 15 - who is nowstanding trial in the InternationalCriminal Court. In my view, theLTTE's top brass should also betried in The Hague. No one has theright to take away the right of childrento enjoy their childhood.Y.V.V.J. Rajasekhar,New Delhi

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Colonel R. Hariharan has done wellto expose the LTTE's true nature.It is a murderous and treacherousorganisation which has killed allother leaders fighting for the causeof the Sri Lankan Tamils. Its leaderV. Prabakaran has eliminated hisown second line of leadership becauseof his suspicious nature. Hemay be a good military strategistbut the welfare of the Tamils seemsto be the last thing on his mind.How else can one explain his act ofholding civilians by force as a humanshield?B.G. Baliga,Thrissur

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The LTTE is on the run with nologistic support and a void in itsleadership. Such a situation is inevitablefor any terrorist organisationwhich believes in theannihilation of its opponents. TheLTTE never demonstrated the politicalwill to work for a solution tothe ethnic issue. For their part,chauvinistic Sri Lankan politicianstoo played a major role in bolsteringthe LTTE's ideology. The assassinationof Rajiv Gandhi proved tobe the last nail in its coffin.It is time Colombo declared a ceasefireenabling a safe passage forthe Sri Lankan Tamils caught inthe crossfire. New Delhi must usethe good offices of all pro-LTTEelements to bring it to the negotiatingtable.Bichu Muttathara,Pune