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WikiLeaks: US On LTTE’s Invocation Of The ‘Eritrea’ Mantra

By Colombo Telegraph

“The popular perception of the Sri Lankan government as anti-Tamil is reinforced by the apparently random manner in which the army lobs artillery shells into Jaffna. The Reuters correspondent recounted two such incidents which occurred during the week he has in Jaffna. In one case a shell landed in a crowded fish market, killing two civilians and wounded seventeen. Two days before, a woman and her two children were injured when a round fell on their house while they were sleeping. ‘I can’t understand why they do this,’ the Reuters man said, ‘because the LTTE doesn’t even have camps in the areas being shelled.’” the US Embassy Colombo informed Washington.

A Leaked US diplomatic cable, dated June 17, 1994, updated the Secretary of State regarding the LTTE’s civil administration structure. The Colombo Telegraph found the related leaked cable from the WikiLeaks database. The cable subject was “Life Under The LTTE”.

The Embassy wrote; “LTTE Spokesman Anton Balasingham told the visiting journalists that the Tigers’ see newly-independent Eritrea as the model for their own independence struggle. By setting up civil administration in areas under their control and working towards economic self-sufficiency, the Tigers hope to achieve de facto sovereignty. When the Reuters correspondent pointed out to him that the central government was still running schools, staffing hospitals and distributing food in the north, Balasingham reportedly said shrugged and said ‘We can’t do that, so we let the government to do it.’”

Placing a comment the US embassy wrote; “The LTTE frequent invocation of the ‘Eritrea’ mantra conveniently leaves out the fact that Eritrea achieved its independence because the central government in Addis Ababa collapsed; the Sri Lankan government is unlikely to follow suit. Nonetheless, the burgeoning Tiger civil administration indicates that the LTTE is steadily working to make ‘Tamil Eelam’ is a fact.”

Read the cable below for further details;

R 171229Z JUN 94
FM AMEMBASSY COLOMBO
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 0056
INFO AMCONSUL MADRAS
AMEMBASSY PARIS
AMEMBASSY NEW DELHI
AMEMBASSY LONDON
AMEMBASSY KATHMANDU
AMEMBASSY DHAKA
AMEMBASSY ISLAMABAD
AMCONSUL KARACHI
USCINCPAC HONOLULU HI
UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 03 COLOMBO 003119 

LIMITED OFFICIAL USE 

CINCPAC FOR FPA / LONDON FOR N. JOHNSON
KARACHI FOR LAWTON / PARIS FOR ALLEGRONE 

E.O. 12356:N/A
TAGS: PINS PHUM PTER KPRP CE
SUBJECT:  LIFE UNDER THE LTTE 

1.  SUMMARY.  RECENT TRAVELERS TO JAFFNA REPORT THAT
THE LIBERATION TIGERS OF TAMIL EELAM (LTTE) CONTINUE
TO SET UP CIVIL ADMINISTRATION IN AREAS UNDER THEIR
CONTROL.  A TIGER POLICE FORCE HAS REPLACED THE
REGULAR LTTE CADRES ON THE STREETS OF JAFFNA, TIGER
COURTS ARE DISPENSING JUSTICE THROUGHOUT THE
PENINSULA, AND A "BANK OF TAMIL EELAM" HAS BEGUN
FUNCTIONING UNDER THE MANAGEMENT OF A FORMER STATE
BANK OFFICIAL.  THE TIGERS ARE ALSO EMPHASIZING
ECONOMIC SELF-SUFFICIENCY BY ATTEMPTING TO PRODUCE
SUBSTITUTES FOR ITEMS ON THE GOVERNMENT'S "BANNED"
LIST.  ON THE MILITARY FRONT, THE LTTE IS PREPARING
FOR A POSSIBLE ARMY ASSAULT ON JAFFNA AND HAS
THREATENED TO DISRUPT THE UPCOMING PRESIDENTIAL AND
PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS IN THE EASTERN PROVINCE.
END SUMMARY. 

2.  THE FOLLOWING REPORT IS BASED ON CONVERSATIONS
WITH RECENT TRAVELLERS TO THE LTTE-CONTROLLED JAFFNA
PENINSULA, INCLUDING THE COLOMBO-BASED BBC AND
REUTERS CORRESPONDENTS AND THE JAFFNA-BASED BISHOP
OF THE CHURCH OF SOUTH INDIA. 

3.  RECENT TRAVELLERS TO JAFFNA WERE STRUCK BY THE
DEGREE TO WHICH THE LTTE HAS SET UP ITS OWN CIVIL
ADMINISTRATION IN NORTHERN SRI LANKA.  GONE ARE THE
TRUCKLOADS OF HEAVILY-ARMED TIGERS WHO PATROLLED THE
STREETS OF JAFFNA AS RECENTLY AS 1992.  THE
GUERRILLA FIGHTERS HAVE NOW BEEN REPLACED BY
BLUE-UNIFORMED "TAMIL EELAM POLICE."  THE
LIGHTLY-ARMED POLICE DIRECT TRAFFIC (MOSTLY
BICYCLES), RECORD STATEMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC AND
INVESTIGATE CRIMES "JUST LIKE IN COLOMBO," ACCORDING
TO THE REUTERS CORRESPONDENT.  THE INSPECTOR GENERAL
WHO HEADS THE FORCE IS A FORMER CONSTABLE IN THE SRI
LANKAN POLICE. 

4.  THE POLICE ARE BACKSTOPPED BY THE LTTE "JUSTICE
DIVISION," WHICH RUNS FOUR DISTRICT COURTS AND ONE
APPELLATE COURT.  LTTE "JUDGES"--ALL FORMER
GUERRILLAS--HEAR CASES AND HAND DOWN JUDGMENTS FROM
THE BENCH.  ACCORDING TO THE BBC CORRESPONDENT,
THESE JUDGES RECEIVE SIX MONTHS OF LEGAL TRAINING IN
AN LTTE "LAW COLLEGE" BEFORE TAKING OVER THEIR
DUTIES.  EACH JUDGE ALSO HAS A "LEGAL ADVISOR,"
GENERALLY A RETIRED GOVERNMENT ATTORNEY.  THE JUDGES
THEMSELVES TEND TO BE YOUNG, IN THEIR LATE 20'S OR
EARLY 30'S.  THE ONE APPEALS COURT JUDGE IS A
WOMAN.  THE BBC AND THE REUTERS CORRESPONDENTS
AGREED THAT THE COURTS SEEMED TO BE HANDLING BOTH
CIVIL AND CRIMINAL CASES IN A STRAIGHTFORWARD LEGAL
MANNER. 

5.  ON THEIR ARRIVAL IN JAFFNA, THE JOURNALISTS'
BAGS WERE CHECKED BY LTTE CUSTOMS OFFICERS AND THEIR
PAPERS WERE EXAMINED BY LTTE IMMIGRATION OFFICIALS.
CHECKING WAS THOROUGH; IT TOOK THE OFFICIALS THREE
HOURS TO CLEAR THE 150 PEOPLE WHO ARRIVED ON AN ICRC
BOAT FROM TRINCOMALEE.  NO PASSENGERS WERE ALLOWED
OUT OF THE CUSTOMS AND IMMIGRATION HALL UNTIL THEIR
BONA FIDES WERE ESTABLISHED AND THEY HAD PAID ALL
APPLICABLE DUTIES ON THE GOODS THEY BROUGHT FROM THE
SOUTH. 

6.  THE LTTE HAS RECENTLY OPENED BANKS IN JAFFNA AND
OTHER NORTHERN TOWNS.  UNLIKE THE BRANCH OFFICES OF
COLOMBO BANKS, WHICH ONLY TAKE DEPOSITS, THE "BANK
OF TAMIL EELAM" ALSO PROVIDES LOANS TO FARMERS AND
SMALL BUSINESSMEN.  THE TIGERS HAVE MOUNTED A MAJOR
PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO PUT THEIR
MONEY IN THE LTTE BANKS.  THE MAIN SELLING POINT IS
THAT THE NEW BANKS WILL RECYCLE MONEY INTO THE
COMMUNITY RATHER THAN (AS IS NOW THE CASE) TAKING IT
OUT OF THE PENINSULA.  THE MANAGER OF THE BANK OF
TAMIL EELAM IS A RETIRED BANK OF CEYLON OFFICIAL. 

7.  THE EXISTENCE OF THE LTTE-RUN "TAMIL EELAM
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION" (TEEDO) IS
ANOTHER SIGN THAT THE TIGERS ARE STRIVING FOR
SELF-SUFFICIENCY.  TEEDO IS CHARGED WITH FINDING
ALTERNATIVE LOCAL SOURCES OF SUPPLY FOR "BANNED"
ITEMS EMBARGOED BY THE SRI LANKAN GOVERNMENT.  IT
HAS REPORTEDLY HELPED SET UP SMALL-SCALE
MANUFACTURING ENTERPRISES TO PRODUCE AGRICULTURAL
IMPLEMENTS, BOTTLED SOFT DRINKS AND OTHER
HARD-TO-FIND ITEMS.  TEEDO ALSO OFFERS CASH
INCENTIVES TO PEOPLE WHO COME UP WITH INNOVATIVE
SOLUTIONS TO PROBLEMS ARISING FROM THE EMBARGO.  ONE
SUCH AWARD RECENTLY WENT TO A MAN WHO PERFECTED A
WAY OF USING "BIO GAS" TO RUN HIS TRACTOR. 

8.  ACCORDING TO THE TWO JOURNALISTS AS WELL AS THE
BISHOP, ALL ITEMS ON THE GOVERNMENT'S "BANNED LIST"
ARE FREELY AVAILABLE IN JAFFNA, THOUGH OFTEN AT
PRICES SEVERAL TIMES THOSE IN THE REST OF THE
COUNTRY.  "PENLIGHT BATTERIES, CHOCOLATES, ANYTHING
YOU CAN FIND IN COLOMBO YOU CAN FIND IN JAFFNA,"
SAID THE REUTERS CORRESPONDENT.  RETAILERS SIMPLY
PASS THE EXTRA COST OF SMUGGLED ITEMS ON TO THE
CONSUMER, WHILE THE LTTE ALSO EXACTS ITS CUT.  WITH
THE EXCEPTION OF GOLD MERCHANTS, ALL SHOPS AND
BUSINESSES PAY THE TIGERS A TWO PERCENT TAX ON GROSS
SALES.  GOLD MERCHANTS PAY 4 PERCENT. 

9.  ELECTRICITY, SHUT OFF BY THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT
IN 1990, IS NOW SUPPLIED BY LTTE GENERATORS TO SOME
15,000 COMMERCIAL SUBSCRIBERS.  RATES ARE SAID TO BE
TWENTY TIMES THOSE IN COLOMBO:  100 RUPEES (USD
2.00) A UNIT VERSUS 5 RUPEES A UNIT.  SOME SHOPS,
HOTELS AND NEWSPAPERS HAVE THEIR OWN GENERATORS
WHICH RUN ON A MIXTURE OF KEROSENE AND VEGETABLE
OIL.  THE LTTE ALSO HAS ITS OWN 200-LINE FIELD
TELEPHONE SYSTEM, ACCESS TO WHICH IS SO FAR LIMITED
TO LTTE OFFICES AND OTHER KEY INSTALLATIONS. 

10.  LTTE SPOKESMAN ANTON BALASINGHAM TOLD THE
VISITING JOURNALISTS THAT THE TIGERS' SEE
NEWLY-INDEPENDENT ERITREA AS THE MODEL FOR THEIR OWN
INDEPENDENCE STRUGGLE.  BY SETTING UP CIVIL
ADMINISTRATION IN AREAS UNDER THEIR CONTROL AND
WORKING TOWARD ECONOMIC SELF-SUFFICIENCY, THE TIGERS
HOPE TO ACHIEVE DE FACTO SOVEREIGNTY.  WHEN THE
REUTERS CORRESPONDENT POINTED OUT TO HIM THAT THE
CENTRAL GOVERNMENT WAS STILL RUNNING SCHOOLS,
STAFFING HOSPITALS AND DISTRIBUTING FOOD IN THE
NORTH, BALASINGHAM REPORTEDLY SHRUGGED AND SAID "WE
CAN'T DO THAT, SO WE LET THE GOVERNMENT DO IT." 

11.  ON THE MILITARY FRONT, THE TIGERS ARE PREPARING
FOR A MAJOR ARMY ASSAULT ON JAFFNA.  TRAVELERS
REPORT THAT THE LTTE IS DIGGING TRENCHES AND
PREPARING DEFENSES THROUGHOUT THE PENINSULA.  THE
LTTE ALSO REPORTEDLY REQUIRES EVERY FAMILY IN JAFFNA
TO PROVIDE A NUMBER OF HOURS OF FREE LABOR EVERY
MONTH.  EACH FAMILY HAS BEEN ISSUED A "LABOR CARD"
TO BE STAMPED BY THE TIGERS UPON COMPLETION OF THE
FAMILY'S REQUIRED CONTRIBUTION.  WHEN ASKED ABOUT
THE LULL IN FIGHTING SINCE LAST YEAR'S BATTLE AT
POONERYN, BALASINGHAM EXPLAINED THAT "BOTH SIDES"
HAD SUFFERED HEAVY LOSSES AND WERE IN THE PROCESS OF
RECRUITING AND TRAINING NEW FIGHTERS.  WHEN THE
BISHOP QUERIED BALASINGHAM ABOUT THE LTTE'S ABILITY
TO WITHSTAND A FULL-SCALE ARMY ASSAULT ON JAFFNA,
BALASINGHAM TOLD THE BISHOP NOT TO FORGET THAT "WE
STILL HAVE THE CAPABILITY TO STRIKE COLOMBO.  OUR
BOYS ARE THERE." 

12.  BALASINGHAM SAID THAT THE LTTE DID NOT ATTEMPT
TO DISRUPT THE LOCAL ELECTIONS IN THE EASTERN
PROVINCE BECAUSE THE POLLS WERE "NOT IMPORTANT" AND
THE COST OF DISRUPTING THEM WOULD HAVE BEEN HIGH,
BOTH IN TERMS OF CIVILIAN CASUALTIES AND LTTE
RESOURCES.  HE WENT ON TO TELL THE REUTERS
CORRESPONDENT THAT THE TIGERS WOULD NOT VIEW THE
UPCOMING PRESIDENTIAL AND GENERAL ELECTIONS WITH
SUCH EQUANIMITY.  "OUR OFFICIAL POSITION," SAID
BALASINGHAM, "IS THAT WE ARE OPPOSED TO THE HOLDING
OF ANY ELECTION IN THE NORTH AND EAST UNLESS AND
UNTIL A POLITICAL SOLUTION IS WORKED OUT TO THE
SATISFACTION OF OUR PEOPLE."  THE REUTERS
CORRESPONDENT TOLD POLOFF THAT BALASINGHAM SAID OFF
THE RECORD THAT THE TIGERS WOULD WITHOUT QUESTION
DISRUPT THE POLLS IN THE EAST. 

13.  ACCORDING TO THE JOURNALISTS' ADMITTEDLY
UNSCIENTIFIC SURVEY OF THE JAFFNA CITIZENRY, SUPPORT
FOR THE LTTE REMAINS FAIRLY STRONG.  THE REUTERS
CORRESPONDENT ATTRIBUTED SOME OF THIS SUPPORT TO THE
MILITANTS' LOW PUBLIC PROFILE AND THE GENERALLY
FAVORABLE ATTITUDES TOWARD THE NEW CIVIL
ADMINISTRATION. "PEOPLE ADMIRE THE DISCIPLINE OF
THE LTTE ADMINITRATIVE SERVICE AND APPRECIATE THE
FACT THAT THE ARE NOT HARASSED," HE SAID.  THE BBC
CORRESPONDENT SAID THAT THE GENERAL LEVEL OF SUPPORT
FOR THE LTTE HAS "MORE THAN I EXPECTED."  BOTH
CORRESPONDENTS AGREED WITH THE BISHOP'S STATEMENT
THAT GIVEN A CHOICE BETWEEN THE ARMY AND THE LTTE,
THE MAJORITY OF JAFFNA RESIDENTS WOULD CHOOSE THE
LATTER. 

14.  THE POPULAR PERCEPTION OF THE SRI LANKAN
GOVERNMENT AS ANTI-TAMIL IS REINFORCED BY THE
APPARENTLY RANDOM MANNER IN WHICH THE ARMY LOBS
ARTILLERY SHELLS INTO JAFFNA.  THE REUTERS
CORRESPONDENT RECOUNTED TWO SUCH INCIDENTS WHICH
OCCURRED DURING THE WEEK HE HAS IN JAFFNA.  IN ONE
CASE A SHELL LANDED IN A CROWDED FISH MARKET,
KILLING TWO CIVILIANS AND WOUNDING SEVENTEEN.  TWO
DAYS BEFORE, A WOMAN AND HER TWO CHILDREN WERE
INJURED WHEN A ROUND FELL ON THEIR HOUSE WHILE THEY
WERE SLEEPING.  "I CAN'T UNDERSTAND WHY THEY DO
THIS," THE REUTERS MAN SAID, "BECAUSE THE LTTE
DOESN'T EVEN HAVE CAMPS IN THE AREAS BEING
SHELLED." 

15.  COMMENT.  THE LTTE'S FREQUENT INVOCATION OF THE
"ERITREA" MANTRA CONVENIENTLY LEAVES OUT THE FACT
THAT ERITREA ACHIEVED ITS INDEPENDENCE BECAUSE THE
CENTRAL GOVERNMENT IN ADDIS ABABA COLLAPSED; THE SRI
LANKAN GOVERNMENT IS UNLIKELY TO FOLLOW SUIT.
NONETHELESS, THE BURGEONING TIGER CIVIL
ADMINISTRATION INDICATES THAT THE LTTE IS STEADILY
WORKING TO MAKE "TAMIL EELAM" A FACT.  END COMMENT. 

MANN
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    “central government was still running schools, staffing hospitals and distributing food in the north”

    All corner stones of a government bent on ‘genociiite’ :D

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    Looks like all extras Mr Sambandan is demanding now ,were there in mid ninities, plus LTTE Customs Service as well.

    Why didn’t Mr Sambandan take his loyal followers, whom number almost all Srilankan Tamils,according to the TNA to the North and settle there?

    Had he done that, the LTTE would have been still around with a full fledged independent Eelaam, in the Peninnsula at,least.

    If Mr Sambandan persuaded the Diaspora also to migrate with their money, it would have been like Hong Kong but linked to mother India through the real Eelaam of Tamil Nadu.

    The population density also would have become even, with the Indian Tamils and the Batti Tamils sharing the rest of the land with Sinhalese and Muslims with a Green Line across Elephant Pass.

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    LTTE is a lost case , gave up all the opportunities, and lost hundreds of thousand mass.

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    The Indian government created the Tamil armed groups to keep Sri Lanka under its wings. However, India also understood that letting the Tamil armed groups grow beyond its control would be detrimental to India. This is the reason Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi got a very good package for the Tamils under Indo Sri Lanka agreement. Unfortunately the LTTE did not see what Rajiv Gandhi did, because of the Tamil Diaspora. Today the Tamils only can dream about this kind of political solution from Mahinda Rajapaksa and Wimal Weerawansa.

    Anton Balasingam, TGTE, world Tamil Congress all are puppets of the westerners. The Western countries use the Tamil diaspora leaders to develop Western countries and to keep the Westerners on top. Otherwise the diaspora leaders will be unemployable or in prison in the Western Countries like me, Julian Assange and Bradley Manning. Why the Westerners would ever allow the Tamil diaspora to use the Western countries to develop other parts of the world? The Westerners are only 8% of the world population they have a vital interest to destabilise every community and every country to keep themselves on top forever. The Westerners kept the war going in Sri Lanka through the Tamil diaspora, thousands of Tamils are paying tax to build their countries and also helping them to talk about war crimes, ill democracy and human rights abuses. We Sri Lankans some how managed to got out from their trap. But the Pakistanis are not fortunate as we are. The Western intelligence members are working day and night to make that country a disaster, a gateway to hell in order to create so much headache for emerging powers in Asia.

    I really do not believe the Tamil diaspora leaders are supporting the West deliberately, they are backing the West without knowingly, due to lack of knowledge. I would be doing the same if I decided to involve in politics with my business degree without the knowledge I have gained from being a writer and reading 300+ books about history, politics, democray, communism, capitalism, cultures, religions etc. I have been writer for years, it is impossible for me to get a job due to my writings . I have also lived in four continents and learned a lot. Do the Tamils or Sinhalese respect and value people like us? The answer is no, this why Sri Lankans have been fighting since 1948, and the Tamils have nothing to show after 30 years of bloody war.

    Many Sri Lankans diaspora think that as soon as they have a Western degree and lived in the Western country for a while they are smarter than the Westerners who have been ruling the world for centuries. The most funniest thing is, most of the Sinhalese and Tamil politicians do not even have a degree, neither lived or seen orher Countries, but they think that they are far smarter than others, and have the ability to make Sri Lanka as wonder of Asia and knowledge hub. The fools who call them as leaders have nothing, but big heads, their heads are biggest as hot air balloon. How many Sri Lankans involve in politics can answer the following questions. Who is the father of strategy? What can they say about him? Do they know who build the West this strong? Can they name few? Can they name few Sri Lankan politicians who have same capability as the forefathers who developed the West this strong?

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    In the 19th century the Germans were advancing their military and technology. The British were scared of the Germans, so they applied divide and conquer strategy to undermine the Germans. The British offered a homeland to the Jews in the Middle East, in order attract the six hundred thousand Jews in Germany. Due to this, thousands of intellectual German Jews moved to England and worked closely with the British. During the First World War the Jewish scientists who got their education in Germany helped the British to make ammunition to fight against the Germans. During the 1st World War Hitler was a soldier, and well aware what the German Jews were doing against his country. Hitler’s bitterness started to grow against the German Jews, eventually he decided to eliminate the Jews and fallen into the trap of the British. Winston Churchill was a statesman, but Hitler was a general and did not see was was coming. Hitler had an opportunity to get the world behind him by expose the British atrocities in Asia, North America, Australasia and Africa, but he failed utterly. Hitler also fallen into the trap of British propaganda “communism is evil”. This is the reason, Hitler decided to invade Russia, even though he made an agreement with Russia that he will not invade Russia.

    We Asians are not Germans, we know every single idea to invade or rule others conceived in England. Whether invading Asia, North America, Australasia, Africa, or Middle East, all ideas came from England. The Americans and other Westerners execute the Britain’s ideas. We know how important England as the nerve centre for the Westerners. The Chinese and Indians must watch carefully, the West can give wrong ideas to the Asian countries to create a chaos in Asia, in order to undermine the billions of Asians. Whether it was the 17th century or current 21st century the Britain’s greatest strategy is “divide and conquer”. As emerging powers we must be very mindful of their dirty trick.

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    The decent Sinhalese people do not need the world, or Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi or Prabhakaran to tell them what they need to do for their fellow countrymen. Therefore, I urge the Sinhalese intellectuals to educate their government as I do. Today Tamils diaspora in thousands all over the world, and their leaders are under the Western grip. If the Tamils would have been treated equally there would be no diaspora. The 1983 riots created thousands of diaspora. The Tamils took arms due to the systematic discrimination by the Sri Lankan government. Therefore, the Sri Lankan government and the Tamils share equal responsibility for the past disasters. It is not late to put everything in order. Remember, “late is always better than never”. Therefore, I urge all of you to walk forward, if some fools want to walk backward, lets educate them by our knowledge and deed. After all, we are all Sri Lankans, does not matter whether you are Tamil, Sinhalese, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Christian, smart, fool, rich, poor, short, tall, young, old, male or female.

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    A very sensible and an analytical approach by Antany Peter.As a person who lived in Eritrea, I know how superficial had LTTE promoter Anton Balasingham had been.Eritrean history had been a completely different story.It is clear that Anton Balasingham had used Eritrean Independence which was the climax of historical developments that took place from the time Emperor Menelik.II. of Ethiopia defeated Italian armies in a battle famous as ‘Battle of Aduwa’ but allowed Italians to remain in Eritrea.It was even before that, Italians ruled Eritrea as a separate region.It was a kind of a ‘recognition’ of Eritrea as a separate region.Then in the power struggle that followed,Italians tried to consolidate their authority in Eritrea and it was from there Benito Mussolini’s armies operated to capture Ethiopia which humiliated Italian power.When the tables turned, British took over from the Italians after the AXIS was defeated, and ruled Eritrea separately. It was after a referendum, Eritrea was joined to Ethiopia. But the Ethiopian government did not adhere to the terms and conditions and Eritreans had enough reasons for their Independence struggle.In Sri Lanka , the situation was different.Prabhakaran was only a figurehead used by outside forces to establish a separate state for Tamil People. Why could not they do it in India where the real Ethnic Tamil people are found concentrated and are in very large numbers ? It was because, if such an aspiration could be fulfilled it could be done only in Sri Lanka which was the weakest point geographically.Prabhakaran later became a War Lord and had the capacity to make money and live a luxury life while innocent believers became sacrifices.The Local Administration LTTE tried to establish was for that purpose only.Their goals became visible when they ignored various opportunities they got in getting at least some of them, with the over-confidence that they were more powerful than the Sri Lankan Government.Those administrative facilities were to extract as much as money to run their armed forces only.If the Sri Lankan Government cut off humanitarian supplies, the people would have revolted. The administrative measures in Eritrea could not be compared to what was happening in Northern Sri Lanka.It is a fact that LTTE became very effective in propaganda and that was how the key and relevant authorities in Western countries were convinced. Naturally, Eritrea also would have accepted the stories given by anyone from LTTE who approached them as such people would have convinced them that their struggle was genuine.They would have hidden the fact that Singhala and Tamil people lived in Sri Lanka for thousands of years.Eritrea is a vast country with a population of little over 05 Million.In Sri Lanka Tamil people would be comfortable only in a politically united country as that is the only way to provide access to its resources.Among people there are no problems, it is with the stupid politicians who try to capitalise on cultural aspects to show that there is a difference.Yes, we need changes in attitudes and that applies to both Singhala and Tamil people.Sri Lanka is big enough for all kinds of people to live together.What we have to ensure is that everyone is free and has equal rights.Mutual respect in action is the solution. There, who have to understand that are the leaders of both Singhala and Tamil people.

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