OPINION

Sri Lanka situation

The long-drawn war between the security forces and the LTTE in Sri Lanka has almost come to an end. It is Colombo’s responsibility to ensure the safety of around 200,000 Tamils being held hostage by the Tigers. In the past two decades, the Tamils under the LTTE have been subjected to untold suffering and torture. President Mahinda Rajapaksa deserves praise for decisively beating the Tigers in the civil war. He should now draw plans for a smooth transition of power to establish normality.

Nemani Girija,

Hyderabad



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LTTE leader V. Prabakaran’s uncompromising attitude forced the Sri Lankan government to press for a military solution to the ethnic issue. This has caused immense damage to the minorities’ cause in Sri Lanka. The leaders of Tamil Nadu, particularly Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, should respond positively to Mr. Rajapaksa’s call to persuade the LTTE leaders to spare the lives of civilians being used as a shield against the army. It is also an opportunity for Mr. Rajapaksa to show his statesmanship by being generous in victory.

Comdt. G.V. Mathew (retd.),

Thiruvananthapuram



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Now that the Sri Lankan army has almost succeeded in its operations against the LTTE, President Rajapaksa should talk peace. He must bring the LTTE back to the negotiating table. Persuading it to release civilians is Mr. Rajapaksa’s task, not that of Tamil Nadu’s political leaders.

J. Eden Alexander,

Thanjavur



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Colombo should not negotiate with the LTTE at this stage. It should insist on the Tigers’ surrender and the release of civilians. It should try the LTTE cadres for the atrocities they have committed. At the same time, the government can engage in a dialogue with the Tamil groups. It can involve Mr. Karunanidhi and Ms Jayalalithaa too in the process.

M.D. Ravikanth,

Chennai

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