On the 5th of December 1995 the Lion
Flag of the Tamil king of Kandy, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe, was raised in the Jaffna city's
Duraiappah Stadium by the Sinhalese Deputy Minister of Defence, Mr Anuruddha Ratwatte, to
signify the "fall" of the Tamil heartland of Jaffna.
|Whither International Community.
An Open Letter from the
Action Group of Tamils in Colombo (AGOTIC) to the international community as represented
by diplomats of most donor countries who are stationed in Colombo, Sri Lanka...
|Federalism or Bantustans?
Bandaranaike Kumaratunga announced her "Devolution Proposals" on the 3rd of
August 1995. The Proposals described future Sri Lanka as a "Union of Regions",
which implied a high level of autonomy for the "Regions"... However, three days
later the Proposals wilted...
|Who Are the Peace-Makers?
The Liberation Tigers of
Tamil Eelam (LTTE) signalled their withdrawal from the talks with President Chandrika
Bandaranaike Kumaratunge by attacking two naval boats in Trincomalee on 19 April 1995. The
instant and generally widespread condemnation in the South was directed against the LTTE.
The Colombo-based "peace lobby", Sinhala intelligentsia and People's Alliance
(PA) Government propaganda all accused the LTTE of attempting to scuttle the peace
process. It is alleged that LTTE feared peace. AGOTIC wishes to examine the truth, if any,
behind these allegations...
practised transparency on three occasions in March 1996. The first occasion was her
interview with Sidharth Bhatia of India Business Week, broadcast on the 10th of March
(1996). The second, was her interview with Malini Parthasarathy published in The Hindu of
27 March. The third occasion was her address to the Sudu Nelum meeting held at the
Sugathathasa Indoor Stadium on the 30th of March...
|Reflections on the Open
Letter Published by Mr. D. B. S. Jeyaraj.
Many months ago I heard that
Muncharie was forced to suspend publication. Without a doubt the loss of Muncharie is a
body blow to the political life of the Canadian Tamil community...
An Open Letter from the
Action Group of Tamils in Colombo (AGOTIC) to the Country Delegations attending the 41st
Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference on 8 October 1995 in Colombo, Sri Lanka...
|Whither peace package.
The contents of Mr
Wickremesekera's article is the now fairly predictable reaction in the South to critical
Tamil opinion. He failed to meet the arguments advanced in our statement. Instead he
side-stepped them to make wild and unsubstantiated claims about the motives behind the
|Conflict Resolution or Counter
In February 1995 the
President, Mrs Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge, completed her third month in office;
and the Peoples Alliance (PA) government has been in power for six months. During this
period the Action Group of Tamils in Colombo (AGOTIC) has repeatedly emphasised two major