Tuesday, June 21, 2005
Just a little something I photoshopped this morning. I would love this on a T-Shirt.
Well, the word on the streets was wrong again. It doesn't look like the Joint Mechanism is going to be signed today either. Right now Vidar Helgesen is in Kilinochchi selling the final plan to the LTTE. It most certainly doesn't look like they're going to be signing anything today.
And Erik's not here either.
Last week a couple of newspapers reported that on Wednesday the 21st (today) the Joint Mechanism will be presented to Parliament. This was after Chandrika made her promise to the Mahanayakas that she wouldn't sign it without public debate.
Parliament sources say it's not going to be discussed in the house today. Three local newspapers have differing accounts. The Daily Mirror says it's not going to be brought before Parliament today, but it will be sometime this week. One of the Sinhala newspapers claim they have been told it will be brought to Parliament tomorrow and another one claims it will be friday (day after tomorrow).
Some people are starting to think she'll keep talking about it forever and never sign it.
Moving on to infinitely more important things, in a few days time (at the end of this month) the initial 6 month period decided on by the Government for immediate aid ends. This means the financial aid the displaced people were getting for rations, and the other immadiate aid they were getting is going to end with this month. Also the building of temporary shelters is going to stop at the same time.
This would have been OK if enough temporary shelters have been built. But the problem is they haven't. Many people, especially in Ampara, are still living in camps in tents. Quite a few of them have even been told that those are the temporary shelters they are going to have to live in until the permanent houses are built. The Ampara Government Agent has been intentionally downplaying the numbers of people living in camps and even the NGOs working in the area say their calculations are seriously affected because the GA keeps giving them wrong figures.
The Government hasn't yet realised the problems that will arise come the end of this month. This has to be the bloody height of shortsightedness. It's only when starving people begin protesting that the Government will see that they can't stop giving aid to the people just yet.
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"Muslims comprise 1.3 million of Sri Lanka's 19 million people, and like the rebels, want autonomy in areas where the community is in a majority."
"The demands that Tamils are a separate nation and the northeast is their homeland were won indirectly by Thanthai Chelva through his pacts with former prime ministers S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike and Dudley Senanayake and through legislation enacted by another former prime minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike."
"Karuna is now demolishing these gains. He has questioned, in most of the interviews given to the local English and Sinhalese language papers and to the international media, the basis of the Tamil nation and homeland. He said Sri Lankan Tamils do not constitute a nation. There are only regional groups. He said, “Batticoloa Tamils are different from Jaffna Tamils. Both differ from Vanni Tamils.”
He also said that the eastern province is not the homeland of the Tamils. It is the homeland of Tamils, Sinhalese and Muslims. He said, “The Eastern Province is not the homeland of the Tamils. It is the homeland of the people who live there - Tamils, Muslims and Sinhalese.” "
what do you have to say for this?