by insisting that the negotiations with the ltte be held in sri lanka, government is again trying its best to score a own goal.
lets just examine the logic(or rather the lack of it) behind this demand.
are they saying that the norwegians cannot be trusted? that ltte is going to be favored, and our negotiators will be manipulated in to giving more than they would have, just because they are in a foreign country?
if the government really thinks norwegians cannot be trusted, it should dismiss them as facilitators after coming to a arrangement with the co-chairs for a replacement before any negotiations, instead of insulting them indirectly (btw if i was a norwegian involved in this peace process, by now i would have nothing but personal loathing and contempt for this government).
isn't the government gratuitously implying that ltte has already won the sympathy of the international community when probably the opposite is true?
and are we to believe government doesn't have tough negotiators who cannot be manipulated?
if the government believes ltte gets help in some covert ways (e.g. by being coached in negotiating tactics , by getting access to our team's internal discussions etc. if such things really do happen) aren't there time tested methods to counteract them, with or without help from others?
arguments about monetary cost are not worth any consideration .
only charitable interpretation(on behalf of the government's intelligence) is that this is a pointless delaying tactic.
in fact i believe this insistence on sri lanka as the the location has nothing to do with any of the above, but is just the latest example of government's habit of shooting from the hip in search of (temporary) popularity.
result will be a ignominious climb down (in the face of ltte's inevitable opposition on security grounds) and a general feeling of distrust for the outcome of negotiations when they do take place somewhere else.
btw if the negotiations take place in 'uncleared' areas as some unconfirmed reports say government might agree to , i fail see how that can be better than a foreign country?
why does the government continue to pick stupid fights it will certainly lose? aren't there anyone inside who can prepare a comprehensive strategy and a game plan for the negotiations including for the attendant spin, using the sort of management techniques that are being used in corporate world for instance? where is mr. danapala and the peace secretariat ?
will there be an end to all this bungling after the presidential election?