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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 104

Will Solheim let Prabhakaran abduct his children?

[b]Will Solheim let Prabhakaran abduct his children?[/b]

By H.L.D. Mahindapala

President Mahinda Rajapakse's government is struggling, without the obligatory help from the Co-chairs and the "facilitator" Erik Solheim, to put an end either to (1) the escalating violence of the LTTE or (2) the increasing demands of the LTTE – both of which have undermined the peace process and any prospects of holding talks in Geneva. Even a blind man's dog can see that the LTTE exploits this twin-track tactics to consolidate its intransigent and belligerent politics.

Emboldened by the lack of meaningful intervention by the Co-chairs and Erik Solheim the LTTE thumbs its nose at the international community contemptuously. The situation has deteriorated to the point where the LTTE escalates violence even when their demands are granted. (Example: Transport to their commanders). Knowing that they can get away with violence they escalate demands backed by claymore mines.

As the situation deteriorates neither the Co-chairs nor Erik Solheim is prepared to say: "Enough is enough!". In his latest interview to AFP, Solheim has complained that he is frustrated with both sides for not showing any flexibility. This statement stretches the truth beyond sustainable limits. Presumably, the Royal Norwegian Foreign Ministry has not told him that the Chief Peace Monitor, Ulf Henricsson and his spokesperson, Helen Olafdottir had bluntly placed the blame on the LTTE for escalating the violence and piling demand after demand without compromising, blocking the road to Geneva.

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