The killing on Monday of the Deputy Chief of the Sri Lankan Army, General Parami Kulatunga, by a suspected LTTE suicide bomber is definitely a great blow to the peace process. That the killing has come after President Mahinda Rajpakse's message to the Tigers seeking talks indicates their attitude. They do not believe in peace. Unless the LTTE gives up violence, there is no hope of a solution to the problem in the island nation. India and the international community must stand by the Sri Lankan state in its fight against terrorism.
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Time is running out for President Rajapakse who has been showing enormous restraint despite provocative attacks by the LTTE. The volatile situation in the island is disturbing and the LTTE should accept a solution within the constitutional framework of the country.
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The "methods" adopted by the LTTE in its long struggle are surprising. Violence will achieve nothing. President Rajapakse should mobilise the support of the international community and marginalise the outfit.