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Prabhakaran will get fair trial in India: US envoy

There are 24 comments on the www.indiaenews.com story from Feb 22, 2008, titled Prabhakaran will get fair trial in India: US envoy. In it, www.indiaenews.com reports that:

Tamil Tiger leader V. Prabhakaran would get a fair trial in India if he were captured and sent to the country to be tried for alleged involvement in the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi, says US Ambassador in Sri Lanka Robert Blake.

Asked bluntly if he thought Sri Lanka was a 'failed state', Blake said: 'I don't see Sri Lanka as a failed state; quite the contrary. I think that Sri Lanka has got so much going for it.

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VP_Rule

Toronto, Canada

#1 Feb 22, 2008
Full interview:

BENCHMARK: Would you support the Government s short, sharp, strategic war to eliminate terrorism?

BLAKE: I don t think that such an outcome is possible. I don t know what that means really. We don t believe that a military solution is really possible. Prabhakaran has survived up to now, since the late 70s, and he has shown himself to be very adept and resilient, and I think he continues to be so. We certainly don t have any great affection for Prabhakaran, but we feel that the ultimate answer lies in a political solution, and that is why we are encouraging the Government to pursue that path.

BENCHMARK: Despite the liberation of the Eastern Province, the Pillaiyan group continues to practise terror tactics there. So are some forms of terror acceptable?

BLAKE: No. No forms of terror are okay. And we have expressed our concern over all the paramilitaries, not simply the Pillaiyan group, or the Karuna faction. And again, we think the long-term solution to this situation in the east is to not allow these groups to bear arms, and for them to be a part of the political process, and I think the Government is moving in that direction. I was pleased to see the other day that PAFFREL, which is a group that is going to provide some monitors, and is already monitoring conditions out there, said that the Pillaiyan group has laid down their arms, and are not intimidating people in the east. So that is a very good sign if it is true, and I hope it is.

BENCHMARK: Successive Governments have shied away from banning the LTTE, probably because this would effectively forestall any future prospect of talks. But with the present Government s war on terror, why not take that step too?

BLAKE: I m not sure that the Government will gain much in banning the LTTE at this stage. I think they have already made their point. Banning the LTTE may be interpreted in the international community as taking a further step away from a political solution. Obviously, it is up to the Government to decide what to do.

BENCHMARK: President Mahinda Rajapaksa has expressed a wish that Prabhakaran be captured alive, with a view to extraditing him to India.
BLAKE: Well, he is widely believed to be responsible for the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi. So certainly, that would be fine. I m sure he would get a fair trial in India, and we have no concerns over that. The question is whether you will be able to capture him alive or not? I m not sure if that is possible or not!
VP_Rule

Toronto, Canada

#2 Feb 22, 2008
BENCHMARK: What role does the US see India, whose previous foray into Sri Lanka was a disaster, playing in conflict resolution now?

BLAKE: India, as you say, has a long history here. People still remember that they were the ones that engineered the 13th Amendment and some of the things that are, I think, still being talked about today. In many ways, they ve played a very crucial and salutary role here. And so, whatever role they continue to play will be positive from my perspective, and we will continue to work very closely with our friends from India.

BENCHMARK: Is there a case for a UN peace-keeping mission in Sri Lanka?

BLAKE: I don t think so. First of all, there is no peace to keep! So that s a bit of a far-fetched scheme. In terms of a role for the UN, it has to be requested by the member state in question. I have not heard that the Government is interested in any UN force at this state quite the contrary. They ve taken quite an active role to oppose, for example, any role by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, who was interested in setting up an office here.

BENCHMARK: Will the US support such a mission?

BLAKE: Any such mission would be led by Louise Arbour by her office- the United States is in favour of such an office, because we believe that there has been a climate of impunity here, and there has been a significant problem with human rights here. Sri Lanka s own institutions have been incapable of dealing with it effectively. So we believe that the office would help to improve not only the functioning of Sri Lanka s own systems, but help to provide a measure of protection. We favour this, but it will have to be worked out between the Government and the office of Louise Arbour. We are not really playing an active role in that regard.

BENCHMARK: Will the putative discovery of oil off the coast of Sri Lanka make a strategic difference to the interest levels of the international community vis--vis the country?

BLAKE: I don t think it will have much of an impact. I went with Minister Fowzie to Houston to help lead a road show there, where we explained to a number of international oil companies about some of the opportunities. So far, no American company has bid. There were three international companies, and I have not had a chance to discuss with them why they chose not to bid. But all of them were very, very experienced in these matters. Perhaps they felt that the oil that was there was not enough to justify significant investment. Or else, perhaps they were worried about the security situation here. I m not sure I don t have details of what the reasons are for the lack of bidding, but I don t see it as a significant part of the strategic picture here.
VP_Rule

Toronto, Canada

#3 Feb 22, 2008
BENCHMARK: Would you support the Government s short, sharp, strategic war to eliminate terrorism?

BLAKE: I don t think that such an outcome is possible. I don t know what that means really. We don t believe that a military solution is really possible. Prabhakaran has survived up to now, since the late 70s, and he has shown himself to be very adept and resilient, and I think he continues to be so. We certainly don t have any great affection for Prabhakaran, but we feel that the ultimate answer lies in a political solution, and that is why we are encouraging the Government to pursue that path.

BENCHMARK: Despite the liberation of the Eastern Province, the Pillaiyan group continues to practise terror tactics there. So are some forms of terror acceptable?

BLAKE: No. No forms of terror are okay. And we have expressed our concern over all the paramilitaries, not simply the Pillaiyan group, or the Karuna faction. And again, we think the long-term solution to this situation in the east is to not allow these groups to bear arms, and for them to be a part of the political process, and I think the Government is moving in that direction. I was pleased to see the other day that PAFFREL, which is a group that is going to provide some monitors, and is already monitoring conditions out there, said that the Pillaiyan group has laid down their arms, and are not intimidating people in the east. So that is a very good sign if it is true, and I hope it is.

BENCHMARK: Successive Governments have shied away from banning the LTTE, probably because this would effectively forestall any future prospect of talks. But with the present Government s war on terror, why not take that step too?

BLAKE: I m not sure that the Government will gain much in banning the LTTE at this stage. I think they have already made their point. Banning the LTTE may be interpreted in the international community as taking a further step away from a political solution. Obviously, it is up to the Government to decide what to do.

BENCHMARK: President Mahinda Rajapaksa has expressed a wish that Prabhakaran be captured alive, with a view to extraditing him to India.

BLAKE: Well, he is widely believed to be responsible for the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi. So certainly, that would be fine. I m sure he would get a fair trial in India, and we have no concerns over that. The question is whether you will be able to capture him alive or not? I m not sure if that is possible or not!

Since: Feb 08

United States

#4 Feb 22, 2008

Since: Feb 08

United States

#5 Feb 22, 2008
Robert Blake:
I dont Know
I dont think so
I'm not sure
I have not had a chance
I dont have details
I dont see
Has he become a TAMIL ????(state-less)

Since: Feb 08

United States

#6 Feb 22, 2008
My children are now in a western country. But are they safe? No not from the LTTE - you either contribute or be hounded. Don t you agree with me that there are many Tamils outside the North and the East who are really scared of the LTTE

http://lankaguardian.blogsp0t.com/2008/02/eel...

Oh 'My people the Tamil people' don t you think it is time we admitted to ourselves and the world that we have been taken for a ride by the Tamil and Sinhala politicians. Do we really need a separate state? What are we going to do with it.

Take a hard long walk to any of the top Companies in Sri Lanka and see for yourself how many Tamils are doing top jobs. Do they want a separate state? May be a few for their own selfish gains. I for a fact know that it was mostly the Vellahlas who are guilty of causing all this hardship to the Tamils and it is they who will try to run a separate state if there ever will be one.

They will never ever allow a low cast to run the affairs of the North.


http://lankaguardian.blogsp0t.com/2008/02/eel...

Since: Feb 08

United States

#7 Feb 22, 2008
stupid State-Less demala's..... Sad!
VP_Rule

Toronto, Canada

#8 Feb 22, 2008
Racist Sinhalas are realizing the defeat is immenent, so we can expect they go
complete nuts and write racist crap.

Truth hurts only for racists.

Country is bankrupt, defeated already.

No one gives handover anymore even loans.
Elias

Perth, Australia

#9 Feb 22, 2008
mahasohona wrote:
stupid State-Less demala's..... Sad!
disenfranchising people is nothing to be proud of
hiphop

Thornhill, Canada

#10 Feb 22, 2008
Elias wrote:
<quoted text>
disenfranchising people is nothing to be proud of
Elias that idiot does not even understand what you are sayings
stupid Singhala

Singapore, Singapore

#11 Feb 22, 2008
heheheheheh

Since: Feb 08

United States

#12 Feb 23, 2008
hiphop wrote:
<quoted text>Elias that idiot does not even understand what you are sayings
looks like someone's pissed eh!
State-Less Rat....

Pumpkin,
Sri Lanka C.I.D., Police treat Tamils like stray dogs - Mano Ganesan
LoL..... Finally, Sri Lankans Tax Rupees @ Work !
Sakkili Demala's being treated the way they should be !!!....

Demala's:
1st brought in as Sakkili's from India...
Then, the poor coolies became STATE-LESS...
Now, being treated as STRAY-DOGS...

what an achievement ! lol....
Punc

Ottawa, Canada

#13 Feb 23, 2008
stupid Singhala wrote:
heheheheheh
thats all you got? heheheheh.. you are not a tamil you are a singa shit. Tamils can do better with big words and such.

dont spit papa.
Shoba

Champigny-sur-marne, France

#14 Jul 11, 2012
INDIA is democratic country but .....?
Punc

Ottawa, Canada

#15 Jul 11, 2012
WTF??
Prabhakaran will get fair trial in India??

ROFL... are demalu idiots or what? The pakaya is dead. the army cut the fat morons head, I dont think the pakaya survived the cut. ROFL.
KUTTA

Sri Lanka

#16 Jul 11, 2012
Punc wrote:
WTF??
Prabhakaran will get fair trial in India??
ROFL... are demalu idiots or what? The pakaya is dead. the army cut the fat morons head, I dont think the pakaya survived the cut. ROFL.
osama viagra vesi was also dead. That muslim balla used viagara to erect his tiny coca to get inserted. lol
eksath perera

Sri Lanka

#17 Jul 12, 2012
KUTTA wrote:
<quoted text>osama viagra vesi was also dead. That muslim balla used viagara to erect his tiny coca to get inserted. lol
Lol typical muslim ponnaya!

Punc is his ponna yaluwek.
Fraudulent Sitsabaiesan

Markham, Canada

#18 Jul 12, 2012
KUTTA wrote:
<quoted text>osama viagra vesi was also dead. That muslim balla used viagara to erect his tiny coca to get inserted. lol
Osama had to take Viagra because your sister is butt ugly. ROFL.
pow podi demala vesita.
wasantha

Knoxfield, Australia

#19 Apr 6, 2014
Who is Rajiv? They are the people who created this monster. He should be tried not for Rajiv killing; he should be tried for thousnds for innocent women and children killed, thousnads of bombs placed in public trains, buses, trains, banks, market places, bus loads of monks, massacre at Sr I maha Bodhi, temple of Tooth, 100s of politicians killed including Premadasa, Lalith, Gamini, Kobbakaduwa, and so on. Only good thing he did was killing of rajiv. That is the bastard who saved him at Vadhamarrchchi. If he allowed us to kill Ba..t..d there we would have saved thousands fo inocent people includuing the idiot Rajiv.
US always back the wrong horse and burn the fingers.
These fools never learn.
Punc

Ottawa, Canada

#20 Apr 6, 2014
paraba died like kari vesi. LOL

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