LTTE leader Anton Balasingham is no longer the sabre-rattling Tiger, baying for the blood of the Sinhalese and Muslims. He took time out from the hectic negotiations between the LTTE and the Sri Lankan government in Nakthon Pathom, Thailand, to talk to Lasantha Wickrematunge. Excerpts:
Are you satisfied with the progress made so far and the implementation of the ceasefire agreement (CFA)?
There is a general satisfaction that the truce agreement is working very well without any major outbreak of violence or (violation of) the ceasefire conditions.
But the Muslims in the east have their complaints?
That's why we called the leader of the Muslim Congress to Wanni. Our leader V. Prabhakaran and Rauf Hakeem jointly signed an MoU where we pledged that harassment, extortion and abductions would be stopped. Ever since, almost all these complaints have stopped apart from one or two stray incidents, which took place without the knowledge of the local LTTE leadership. We have impressed upon Hakeem that when issues facing the Muslim people, or even other...