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By Walter Jayawardhana reporting from Los Angeles

Sudaroli, a strongly pro-LTTE Tamil daily published in Sri Lanka said by not granting the interim administration for the LTTE so far to take over the Northern and Eastern provinces of the island nation according to a pre-election secret pact the administration of Ranil Wickremesinghe was deceiving the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

According to Sudaroli a secret pact was reached between the now ruling UNF of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and LTTE’s Chief Negotiator Anton Balasingham several months before the December 2001 elections about a governing arrangement between the political party and the then banned terrorist group fighting for a separate state in Sri Lanka.

The Sudaroli said the secret pact was reached between the current minister of the UNF government Milinda Moragoda, as a representative of UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and Anton Balasingham as a representative of the supremo of the terrorist group, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) Velupillai Prabhakaran.

The Tamil daily said the secret pact was signed in London where the terrorist leader Anton Balasingham was a citizen of the United Kingdom and openly directing terrorist activities despite the fact that the LTTE was partly nominally banned as a terrorist group.

Due to the highly contentious nature of the subject the leader of the UNP Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and such junior leaders like the leader of the House W.J.M.Lokubandara, close to Buddhist monks, openly denied during the election campaign for the December 2001 elections that such a pact existed. It is customary for Sri Lankan politicians to lie during elections and there is no tradition of resigning when such lies are exposed later.

According to Sudaroli, which usually reflects the thinking of the hierarchy of the Tamil terrorist group, “the UNP is deceiving the LTTE” on the promise of granting the interim administration. Apparently, Minister Milinda Moragoda a then member of the kitchen cabinet of Ranil Wickremesinghe flew to London to sign the secret pact with Anton Balasingham.

According to the news it was agreed between the two leaders that as soon as the UNP captured power with the help of the LTTE there would be an immediate ceasefire followed by peace talks and an interim administration would be granted for the terrorist group for a minimum period of two years to run the Northern and Eastern Provinces.

But a serious crisis in the UNF created by the boycott of Muslim members of parliament in the Eastern Province was preventing Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on proceeding on the controversial Interim Administration as promised or the Joint Task Force demanded by the LTTE.

The LTTE would not leave the so called Peace Process at any rate since a large amount of financial aid promised by international donors. It is believed part of it could be secretly channeled to strengthen the ever-increasing military strength of the LTTE. (EOM)

(15/11/02 go2lanka.com)