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- Unsuccessful attempt to assassinate Maha
- (Ananthariya Maha Papa Karma)
- Bomb attack to National Council of Buddhist meeting
A meeting of top Buddhist monks was bombed and three (3) people were injured Sunday (6
Aug 2000) as they prepared to protest government secret plans to turn Sri Lanka into a de
facto federal state. Buddhist monks were preaching non-violence and
calling for unity in ethnically-fractured Sri Lanka when a powerful blast ripped through
the venue in Colombo. "The man tried to hit our meeting," said Buddhist monk,
Ven Thiniyawala Palitha, pointing to two patches of blood just behind the car of top
Buddhist monk Ven Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero. "I was watching from an
upper floor." Leading monk Maduluwawe Sobitha's car was slightly damaged by the bomb
that went off in the hands of the attacker who cried in pain asking for help. "This
is a time when we should shed all difference and unite in our peaceful campaign," Ven
Sobitha Thero said as dozens of shocked monks and laymen gathered outside the two-storied
Ven Hadihalle Wimalarasa began death fast as Sri
Lanka reform protests grow
Saffron-robed monk Hadihalle Wimalarasa began the death fast opposite a sacred tree after
a large group of clergymen marched through the streets of Colombo, witnesses said, as
legislators began a debate on the draft constitution.
- THE END OF THE NATION - THE WORST BETRAYAL IN SRI LANKAS HISTORY
Both the government and the opposition, ending the secret talks that went on for months at
the Temple Trees and elsewhere, have finally agreed to give in to the demands of the
Colombo based separatist Tamil parties. They have fully agreed to merge the north and the
east and hand it over to one race, namely the Tamils (Click for full article).
- Sri Lanka Security Forces killed
41 LTTE Tigers
Kumaratunga's People's Alliance MP Jayasena Rajakaruna (MP for Bingiriya in Kurunegala
District) told parliamentary officials that he would step down from Sunday as he could not
vote in favour of a draft constitution bill. Jayasena Rajalkaruna of President
Chandrika Kumaratunga's Sri Lanka Freedom Party, quit after expressing reservations over
the new Bill and its provisions to devolve powers to Tamil-dominated northeastern
province. We salute Mr Rajakaruna for his brave and heroic
- The only aim of these cunning and
selfish politicians is to be in power at whatever the cost to the Nation.
- The entire proposed constitution is based on the
racism, it is not the solution to the racism, it encourages the racism. It is NOT a "Caesarian operation" to the problem.
- Proposed Constitutional Reforms -
Devolution of powers on "Ethnic Basis"
- Foolish idea in the Sri Lankan history - An authorised Licence to LTTE for Ethnic Cleansing in North - East
- Devolution of powers on ethnic basis would
lead to :
- beginning of a permanent war between different
ethnic groups in Sri Lanka ;
- systematic elimination (ethnic cleansing) of
Sinhalese and Muslims in North - East provinces in Sri Lanka by the LTTE.
At the end, in a year or two, President
Chandrika Bandaranaike may receive the "Norway Government Noble Prize for Peace"
by sacrificing few thousands of innocent poor lives of Sinhalese and Muslims in North-East
|CAUTION : Some media (newspapers
and LTTE and Sri Lanka Government websites) are reporting that Monks are on a war path as
Sri Lanka pushes reform plan, which is completely incorrect. The Monks are protesting
peacefully (NOT WAR PATH)
against the President Chandrika Kumaratunga's radical so-called ethnic peace (secret
- 3 August 2000 - BLACK AUGUST
DAY for Sri Lanka
- The New Constitution encourages LTTE for
systematic mass ethnic cleansing of Sinhalese and Muslims in North East within next 10
years before the referendum to be held in 10 years time ......
- The proposed bill provides for the creation of eight
semi-autonomous regional councils, one of which will be governed by minority Tamils for
five years without an election. The government is also proposing a key territorial
concession to the Tamils by temporarily uniting the Tamil-dominated northern province with
the multi-ethnic eastern provinces to form the country's largest regional council. The
united north-east regional council is to function for 10 years after which a referendum is
to be held to decide if the merger of the two provinces should continue.
Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) said it would mobilise supporters
to demonstrate before Parliament on Thursday demanding the Bill not be tabled in the
interests of the Sinhala people.
"I appeal to you (Kumaratunga) to refrain from presenting this bill
in parliament," leading monk Madihe Pannaseeha urged as he addressed the crowd.
President Chandrika Kumaratunga flew to the hill
country town of Kandy this morning by helicopter to meet the chief priests of the Asgiriya
and Malwatte order of monks whose representatives were present at the demonstration in
Maharagama. The two chief priests have been at the helm of the opposition to the draft
constitution and recently wrote to legislators asking them not to vote for the bill when
it presented in Parliament. They urged the government not to go ahead with the
proposed peace package and vowed to defeat the proposed legislation with mass agitation.
Meanwhile, after a long silence on the constitutional
reforms, the Janatha Vimukthi Perumena(JVP), which spearheaded violent protests against
the 13th Amendment in 1987, today said it would mobilise supporters to demonstrate before
Parliament on Thursday demanding the Bill not be tabled in the interests of the Sinhala
- Prabhakaran is gearing up for a
major offensive to be launched during election period.
- Sri Lanka's Selfish Political
Leaders Exposed (Horungeth Horu, Kamba Horu)......................
Chandrika meet LTTE leader in London ???????
According to Ranil Wickramasinghe, Sri Lanka President Chandrika
Kumaratunga held secret talks with a London-based LTTE leader, Anton Balasingham, the main
ideologue of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) who is responsible for
killing of many thousands of Sinhalese, Muslim and Tamil civilians and bombing many
temples, buses, trains and city centres in Sri Lanka.
Ranil meet LTTE leader in Singapore ???????
Tamil businessman's relative admits links with LTTE -
Leader of Sri Lanka's opposition United National Party (UNP) Ranil Wickramasinghe on
Sunday suffered a major embarrassment as a close relative of a Tamil businessman, whom he
met in Singapore recently, admitted that her family was a prominent overseas supporter of
the LTTE. In an interview to Sunday Times newspaper, Sharmalee Gnanakone,
sister-in-law of Tamil shipping magnet Charles Gnanakone settled in Singapore, said her
husband Jayantha Gnanakone was indirectly in contact
with the LTTE and supplied medicines and essential food
supplies to the Tamils living in rebel-controlled areas.
- Sri Lanka Minister, M. H. M. Ashraff escaped
from a LTTE's bomb attack
- Sri Lanka troops defused a powerful bomb planted on the main
railway track in Bambalapitiya, Colombo
- President Chandrika Kumaratunga's decision to
press ahead with plans to turn Sri Lanka into a de facto federal state in exchange for
ethnic peace has attracted a determined opposition from the Maha Sangha.
- "We will not allow anyone to split this country
into pieces," said Ven Akuretiye Nanda
- Former VC of the Pali and Buddhist University.
- The High Priests of Malwatte and Asgiriya
chapters have conveyed their strong opposition to the new constitutional proposals
- Hundreds of saffron-robed Buddhist monks
held a meeting here Saturday (29 July 2000) to protest the political package which
Kumaratunga says will be presented in the 225-member parliament on Thursday. The monks
will hold another meeting Tuesday to escalate protests against the reforms, shortly before
parliament completes its six-year term on August. The most senior High Priests in
Sri Lanka have appealed to all MP's to defeat Kumaratunga's controversial plan and
registered their protest with Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister, G. L. Peiris.
"The High Priests of Malwatte and Asgiriya chapters of Buddhism have conveyed their
opposition to Minister Peiris," a source close to the senior monks said last week.
- Most Ven. Madihe Pannaseeha
leads protest on constitutional proposals
Parliament is likely to be dissolved in the last ten days of August, probably on
any day between August 20 and 24, 2000. Over 3,000 bhikkus and 2,000 lay leaders from all
parts of the country are expected to attend a national Sangha convention to protest
against the new constitutional proposals organised for 3 pm on August 1 at the National
Youth Council Auditorium, Maharagama. The National Joint Committee (NJC) said that the
Mahanayaka Theras of the three Nikayas will preside at this meeting. The principal
speakers will include the Mahanayaka Theras and Ven. Madoluwawe Sobhitha Thera,
President of the Jatika Sangha Sabha.
|Maha Sangha wants
Major General Janaka Perera and Major General Sarath Fonseka to be sent back immediately
to Jaffna to lead the troops to protect Sri Lanka from LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists.
Tiger affair - Sharmalee Fernando, alias Gunawardene alias
Gnanakone, wife of businessman Jayantha Gnanakone arrested and released by Police last
week has declared her husband and she are totally supportive of the LTTE cause. In a frank
and free interview with The Sunday Times, she said that even if LTTE leader Prabhakaran
was eliminated the cause of the Tigers will go on for another 50 years if necessary.
Lanka formally asks Britain to ban LTTESri Lanka has formally
requested the United Kingdom to ban the separatist Tamil Tigers, whose international
headquarters are in London. Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar made the
request during talks in London with the UK Foreign Office Minister, Peter Hain. The
Foreign Office has confirmed the request and said Mr Hain told his Sri Lankan counterpart
that the UK Government would consider it.
|The post of Overall Operations
Commander, which Maj. General Perera held, has been scrapped. We sincerely hope that they
can be replaced by officers of equal or even better calibre, if available. It was also
reported that the government t had informed Army headquarters that the security
situation in Jaffna has improved and that the LTTE is no longer capable of seriously
threatening areas held by the army.
There is to be a demonstration to show the public outrage against the proposed
- Date: Wednesday 26th of July
- Time: 12:00 - 14:00
- Place: Sri Lanka High Commission, 13 Hyde Park Gardens, London W2 2LU
- Nearest Tube: Lancaster Gate (Central Line)
- LTTE Tamil Tiger Terror heat on Olympics
in Sydney, Australia
- FIVE people with suspected terrorist links
have been deported from Australia in the past year as fears grow of a threat to the Sydney
Olympics. Another illegal immigrant who was picked up outside NSW was found to have
links to the Sri Lankan Tamil Tiger
terrorist group, which was behind a
1996 explosion in Colombo that killed 90 people and injured more than 1400 other.
- LTTE Tgers Terrorists making hectic preparations
for war to be launched during the forthcoming general elections ...........
Behind the relative lull in the battle fields of the north, the LTTE Tamil Tiger
guerrillas are making hectic preparations for war. The clandestine Voice of Tigers
radio, heard in the Wanni and the Jaffna peninsula, was making repeated calls for fresh
recruits to join in what it called decisive battles ahead. These calls have been
followed by propaganda campaigns, where video footage of the recent LTTE seizure of the
Elephant Pass defence complex, has been shown in public areas under their control.
- "This plan is unacceptable to us and we reject it.
This plan betrays Buddhism,''
- - Ven Maduluwawe Sobitha, President of the National
Council of the Buddhist Clergy
|Sihala Urumaya party said the arrest last week of a
retired army general, Ananda Weerasekara, in connection with murders allegedly committed
12 years ago was motivated by political reasons. After retiring from the army, Major
General Weerasekara set up an organisation called the Sinhalese Veerawidhana, or
Sinhala Heroes' land, which is closely linked to the Sihala Urumaya aiming to contest up
coming elections. The general's supporters in the Sihala Urumaya said the reasons behind
the decision to charge him are political. They said there was no evidence against the
former general, and that the government wanted to discredit him because of the threat
posed by his party to the Peoples Alliance (PA) party of President Chandrika Kumaratunga.
"This is a politically motivated arrest," Sihala Urumaya general Secretary
Thilak Karunaratne said adding that they condemned the charges brought against
Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka have destroyed a school bus for the second day running near the
northern town of Vavuniya.
opposition leader pulls out of peace talks
Sri Lanka's main opposition leader
Ranil Wickremesinghe Friday pulled out of government-led talks aimed at resolving the
island's Tamil separatist war, party officials said. Wickremesinghe announced his
withdrawal from the bipartisan talks when he met President Chandrika Kumaratunga to
protest against an alleged smear campaign against him by the government, party sources
Sri Lanka, Thailand agree on intelligence
Sri Lanka and Thailand have agreed to exchange intelligence on Tamil Tiger rebels who
reportedly made Thailand their new base for gun running, the government said Thursday.
Sri Lanka's defence secretary Chandrananda de Silva visited Thailand and held talks
with deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Banyat Bautadtan recently, the
government's Special Media
Information Centre (SMIC) said. "At the discussions between Sri Lanka delegation and
the deputy prime minister the two sides decided to exchange intelligence reports about the
LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) activities," the SMIC said.
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) terrorists exploded a bus
after disembarking all passengers in northern Vavuniya
on 20 July 2000. The bus carrying 19 passengers and some schoolchildren were proceeding
from the main Vavuniya bus depot to a nearby place when terrorists stopped the bus and
asked the passengers to get down. Thereafter, the bus was exploded.
The LTTE's attempt to blast the Trincomalee-Colombo Mail train at Pallaiyuttu
near Trincomalee failed on Tuesday (18/7/2000) as the bomb exploded even before the train
reached the spot. Troops recovered a few batteries, 100 meters of wire and a motorcycle.
Opposition and UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe is reported to have had lengthy
discussions with a well-known Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leader during a
recent private visit to Singapore with his wife on June 18, 2000. The meeting
between Wickremesinghe and Gnanakoon, the Tiger leader who is in charge of LTTE shipment
of arms and ammunition for the terrorists in Sri Lanka, took place at the Conrad Hotel and
lasted two hours, according to the Daily News.
Sri Lankan security forces killed some 943 Tamil Tiger
rebels between April and the middle of Juy 2000. The fatalities included 13
self-styled lieutenant colonels, 59 majors, 63 captains, 68 lieutenants and 70 second
lieutenants, the SMIC said, adding that most of those killed were Tigers from the eastern
Sri Lanka's Ambassador to Thailand, HE Mr Karunatilake Amunugama
escorted to the suspected LTTE's shipyard in Phuket
The submersible being built in a Phuket shipyard in
Thailand is similar to a vessel used by Tamil Tiger rebels, Sri Lankan ambassador HE Mr
Karunatilaka Amunugama said on 14 July 2000. The envoy, who made a one-day trip to
the province where he was briefed by Phuket Governor Charnchai Soontornmust, said later
that the vessel, once completed, could accommodate two to three people. Mr Amunugama did
not elaborate on the discovery of the vessel in the yard partly owned by a suspected
sympathiser of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. He said he had inspected the
vessel when he was taken to the yard by Mr Charnchai, Vice-Adm Sanay Chaichomlert, the
Third Fleet commander, and Pol Maj-Gen Kongphol Suwannarak, the Phuket police chief.
Switzerland asked to probe Tamil groups
- Sri Lanka has asked the Swiss authorities to investigate Tamil Tiger fund-raising
activities in Switzerland. It is concerned at the growth of Tamil Tiger support
groups in Switzerland, where 30,000 Tamil refugees live.
UNICEF slams Tigers on child soldiers - COLOMBO,
JULY 13. The United Nations Children's Fund, (UNICEF), today accused the LTTE of breaking
a commitment not to recruit children for combat in its war against the Sri Lankan
state. The UNICEF representative in Sri Lanka, Mr. Colin Glennie, told journalists
that the situation for children in areas held by the LTTE had worsened since the promise
given by the group's representatives in 1998 to the visiting U.N. special envoy on
children and armed conflict, Mr. Olara Otunnu.
Why Double Standards ? Some are more equal than
others - Rs. 5 Million to CV's children
The government has decided to pay Rs. 5 million as compensation to the bereaved three
children of slain minister C.V. Gooneratne and his wife, sources said. The compensation
has been approved by the cabinet and be paid shortly. Each of the Gooneratne children
would receive Rs. 1,545,000 as compensation from the state.
Tamils fed up with Lankan war - Although
20 per cent of the 22 million people of Sri Lanka are Tamil, fewer than a million now live
in the LTTE-dominated North. More than 80 per cent of the Tamils live in areas with a
significant - if not overwhelming - Sinhala population, including the cities of Colombo
and Kandy. These individuals have the most to lose in case Eelam becomes a reality.
"Modern Tamil youth are not the boys who underwent armed training after the LTTE was
formed from the Tamil New Tigers in 1975", an ex-fighter now turned businessman in
Batticaloa said. "They want good jobs and to settle in Australia or America, not to
die for Eelam". However, the LTTE continues to have a reservoir of committed
fighters, including over two hundred "human bombs" scattered across Sri Lanka
and outside waiting for activation, according to a Sri Lankan official.
- Tamil Tigers attack another Buddhist Temple
- Tamil rebels attacked Valigamvehera Buddhist temple in
northeast Sri Lanka. A Buddhist priest received injuries and four civilians were killed
due to the terrorist mortar fire.
The University Teachers for Human Rights (Jaffna) (UTHR) said
in a report today that the forcible recruitment had increased since the rebels launched an
offensive to re-capture the northern Jaffna peninsula in April 2000. The LTTE is forcing
children to join their ranks to fight Government troops and many of the youngsters are
being killed in action, a Human Rights Group said. The Rights Group, made up
mostly of Tamils who used to teach at Jaffna University, said a fresh
child-recruitment drive began on May 5, soon after the rebels captured the key `Elephant
Pass' military base on an isthmus connecting Jaffna with the rest of the country.
112 Tamil Tiger
rebels have been killed in fresh conflicts in the north and northeast of Sri Lanka as
government troops launched counter offensives against the separatists.
Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga Friday (7 July 2000)
ended a first round of talks aimed at hammering out a political solution to the island's
Tamil separatist war with no final agreement. Kumaratunga held lengthy talks with
opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe on a new constitution designed to end the bloodshed
that has claimed over 60,000 lives, but failed to agree on transitional provisions.
General Janaka Perera directing Sri Lanka Armed Forces - More and More losses to Tigers
- The rebel Voice of Tigers Radio
reported that 32 Tamil Tigers were killed while repulsing a government attack in
Nagarkovil, in the northern Jaffna peninsula. Another three were killed when a
nearby base came under fire.
- Sri Lanka monks urge Thailand to ban
- Sri Lanka Tigers pay homage
to 188 suicide bombers on Black Tiger day
Lankan troops kill 50 rebels, capture territory - Troops recaptured sections of the northern
Jaffna Peninsula after destroying two Tamil Tiger rebel bunker lines and killing more than
- Government soldiers mounted a fresh
offensive against Tamil Tiger guerrillas in northern Sri Lanka Tuesday, killing at least
23 rebels for the loss of two soldiers. Troops attacked a bunker line of the
separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) at Nagarkovil in Jaffna while soldiers
also mounted ambushes against rebel reinforcements.
- Army destroy LTTE HQ: 02 leaders and 28 Tigers killed - Thirty Tigers including LTTE regional leader
and a female Tiger leader called Ramani were killed by security forces during an attack on
a terrorist headquarters at Athawetunawewa in Welioya area.
- Govt. consults all, but not the
Sangha - Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhita Thera (President of the Jatika Sangha Sabha (National
- 64 KILLED IN SRI LANKA AS ARMY STEPS
UP ATTACKS ON LTTE
- Sri Lankan Troops launched a new operation at
the village of Gajabapura on Friday and attacked suspected positions of the separatist
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), killing 30 rebels including LTTE Area Leaders
Jeevakumar and Ramani.
- LTTE ALSO SUFFERED HEAVILY IN YET ANOTHER
LIMITED OFFENSIVE LAUNCHED BY THE TROOPS NEAR PERIYAMADU IN THALLADI AREA IN NORTH-WEST
MANNAR DISTRICT YESTERDAY. FIFTEEN REBELS WERE REPORTED TO HAVE BEEN KILLED IN THE ATTACK.
A Norwegian peace
initiative to end the 17-year-old civil war has failed to take off with Tamil Tiger
rebels outrightly rejecting the government's autonomy offer. ``On Friday, the rebels
dismissed the government peace plan as ``ludicrous'' and vowed to continue its violent
campaign for a separate Tamil homeland.
Lankan expats rally against LTTE
fund-raising on Canadian soil .......
barricaded roads and forced closure of shops, schools and government offices in an eastern
town Thursday to protest the killing of a Muslim by LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists.
- The Sri Lankan police claimed to have arrested an LTTE woman
suicide bomber, the 27-year-old Yogalingam Vijitha, who was designated to attack a
police station at Negambo, north of capital Colombo. She was later sent to
Colombo in the company of two other bomber trainees. All three have been arrested.
The Maha Sangha, the highest body of the Buddhist clergy in Sri Lanka, has
bitterly complained about being kept out of the on-going discussions between the ruling
Peoples' Alliance (PA) and the opposition United National Party (UNP) on a new
constitution to grant a high degree of devolution to the Tamil areas of the country.
- The LTTE pistol gang shot and killed two
members of the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO) Vinayagamoorthi Pushparangan
(26) and Somasundaram Manivannam (28), on Wednesday (28 June 2000) in Batticaloa.
- The LTTE has rejected the Sri Lankan
Government's offer for ceasefire to be followed by peace talks, saying the cessation of
hostilities would occur only if the 30,000 troops were withdrawn from northern Jaffna
Rana Viru Seva
Rana Viru Housing A House for every service person in operational areas.
(Rana Viru Seva Authority Housing Development, Account number
0747-08-0000436-8, Bank of Ceylon, Taprobane Branch).
Rana Viru Education A scholarship for every child in GCE O/L, GCO A/L classes of
every service person in operational areas.
(Rana Viru Seva Authority Educational, Account number 0747-08-0000439-5, Bank
of Ceylon, Taprobane Branch.)
- Another attack on civilian targets - LTTE Tamil rebel carried out a suicide attack on a ship carrying food and other
items for civilians in Jaffna. It is reported that rebels deployed six members of an
elite suicide squad to sink a merchant vessel which they alleged was carrying arms and
The Sri Lankan government's efforts to end the 17-year-old Tamil
separatist war suffered a serious setback on Friday as the Tamil Tiger rebels rejected its
offer to join an Interim Council after giving up arms.
LET US MARCH IN A PROTEST RALLY AGAINST CANADA SPONSORED TERRORISM IN SRI
To urge the Canadian government to put
an immediate stop to the fund raising activities of Tamil Tigers.
To demand the resignations of Federal Ministers Paul Martin and Maria Minna for attending
fund raising dinner to aid terrorism in Sri Lanka.
To force the proscription of blood thirsty LTTE in Canada.
Venue: Canadian Consulate
550 S. Hope Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(Closest Intersection: 6th Street and Hope)
Date: Friday July 07, 2000
Time: 2.30 pm
Show your solidarity for a movement to save a nation on the brink of extinction at the
hands of foreign conspirators!!!
- No LTTE Tamil Tiger rebels in
interim council - Sri Lankan
President Chandrika Kumaratunga has, in a statement, denied reports that Tamil Tiger
rebels will be included in a proposed interim council.
The new Chief of Staff of the Army Maj. Gen. Janaka Perera assumed duties
at Army Headquarters last afternoon (20 June 2000) at an auspicious time. He will
continue to lead the operations in North as commander in addition to his new duties.
- Customs officials on Monday took into
custody six crates which they suspect to have contained anti-armoured tank equipment at a
warehouse in Wattala police area, Customs sources said.
- The Democratic and Republican co-chairs of
the Congressional Caucus on Sri Lanka and Sri Lankan Americans have condemned the recent
terrorist attacks and wanton killings of innocent civilians by the
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Deputy Minister of Posts
Telecommunica-tions and Senior Muslim Congress member, A. L. M. Hisbullah yesterday
rejected the LTTE offer to extend Tamil Eelam to the Muslims saying his party was for
devolution within a united Sri Lanka.
- Prominent Muslim politicians in Sri Lanka,
including minister for sports M H M Ashraff, have rejected
LTTE's call to Muslims to support formation of Eelam, a separate state for the Tamils, and
said the community will continue to strive for the unity and integrity of the country.
- More than ten Tiger suicide bombers
were arrested by police in Kotahena
- Fundrasing for Construction of the
"Shakyamuni Vihara" in Melbourne to be cancelled - Donate all money in aid of
war victims of Sri Lanka - Ven Gangodawila Soma Thero (Chief Incumbent of Noble Park
Buddihst Vihara Victoria in Melbourne) - Fundraising
on 25 June 2000 in Melbourne
- About 250 members of Canada's Sri
Lankan community rallied on Parliament Hill on 16 June 2000 to demand the Canadian Federal
Government put an end to terrorist fundraising on Canadian soil.
- Tamils threaten to sue the National Post
- LTTE Attacks National Post (Daily News : 16 June
Today The Canadians are unable to buy The National Post newspaper in
Vancouver because the LTTE supporters have blocked all the National Post vending machines
in the Greater Vancouver area. They have placed a notice on the vending machine of the
National Post stating that "in case of problems please call ??????????". When
you call that number a Tamil person answers the phone to inform you that you should buy
the Globe & Mail instead of National Post. In our humble opinion it appears that the
Tamil Tigers have started limiting our freedom of expression. If the LTTE has the
capability to attack democratic institutions in Canada, the day is not far away for their
quest for another Tamil Homeland in Canada. They need to be stopped as soon as possible.
- Canada's Tamils under scrutiny - BBC : 16
- Concern is growing in Canada that Tamil
Tiger rebels from Sri Lanka are using the country's liberal traditions and legal system to
raise funds and conduct propaganda campaigns. Canada has one of the world's largest
Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora populations - around 155,000. Newspaper reports
allege that a number of expatriate Tamil organisations in Canada are actually fronts for
the Tigers, and have used their legal status to raise more than $14m for the militant
group. Canada's Minister for External Affairs, Lloyd Axeworthy, said the government was
working on legislative amendments to stop fundraising for terrorist groups for which
Canadians had "no tolerance". He was speaking in parliament last week
after a bomb in Colombo killed the Sri Lankan Industry Minister, CV Gooneratne.
- Second LTTE suicide-bombing in eight
days in Colombo - Today (14th June 2000) around 8.20 a.m. at Wattala,
along Colombo Negombo Road near Gemunu Cinema Hall, a LTTE suicide cadre exploded a
bomb targeting a bus carrying Air Force personnel. Two civilians were killed and seven
other people, including Air Force personnel wounded. The bomb, which was triggered
prematurely, killed the bomber himself and two by-standers. The bomber, a young boy
in a bicycle, tried to get at the Air Force bus near Gemunucinema on the main airport
road. But unable to reach the target because of heavy traffic, he exploded his device
prematurely. The window panes of the Air Force bus were shattered but the wounded
servicemen inside escaped with minor injury. The suicide bomber was knocked down by a
cyclist as he tried to jump in front of the military bus. "If not for the
cyclist, there could have been a bigger tragedy."
- 'I'm appalled at how the Tamil Tigers have
abused our hospitality'
- - Martin Collacott (National Post : 13 June
Support from Canadian sources has been a major factor in nurturing the vicious and bloody
campaign of terrorism being waged by the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka. What is surprising and
disturbing is that some Canadian leaders still refuse to admit that by cultivating the
Federation of Associations of Canadian Tamils -- a key front organization for the Tigers
in Canada -- they continue to encourage funding that has in large measure made possible
the insurgency and acts of terror that have killed tens of thousands of Sri Lankans.
(Martin Collacott was the Canadian High
Commissioner to Sri Lanka and also served as ambassador to Syria, Lebanon and Cambodia)
Asylum requests of all 14 Tamils
have been rejected by the Dutch authorities
Discovery in LTTE activities may
force rebels to quit operations in South Thailand, Phuket (Bangkok Post : 11 June 2000)
Tamil Eelam group wants India to
lift ban on LTTE
SomeTamil students of University of Morauwa
are connected to the C V Gunaratna suicide bomb incident.
Britain Condemns Assassination of Minister
C.V.Gooneratne - Speaking in an adjournment Debate on Sri Lanka in the House of
Commons in London 7 June 2000. Foreign Office Minister Peter Hain said the
fatal bomb attack in Sri Lanka "Even as we speak, reports are coming through about a
suicide bomb attack near Colombo in which Industrial Development Minister C.V. Gooneratne,
and at least 20 others have been killed and several seriously wounded at a memorial parade
commemorating War Heroes Day, said Press Release issued by British High Commission
Government jets and artillery bombarded
rebel bunkers in heavy fighting in the Jaffna peninsula as the
military, with fresh supplies, attacked guerrilla positions, even as the LTTE appealed to
international humanitarian agencies on Saturday to work out a cease-fire.
The World Tamil Movement was to have held a
rally on 10/6/2000 at the Molson Amphitheatre, but the company that manages the
downtown venue abruptly cancelled the event yesterday "in the interest of public
News just now received from Phuket in
Thailand - Mini-sub fever, sparked by newspaper reports of a submarine
being built in a Phuket shipyard for Sri Lankas rebel Tamil Tigers, reached a new
pitch at the weekend with reports of another small sub sighted in the waters off Koh Hey
Island, south of Phuket's Chalong Village.
The major owner of the Seacraft Co shipyard where
the mini-sub was found is Christy Reginald Lawrence, understood to be a Tamil traveling on
a Norwegian passport. He was arrested by Phuket Marine Police in April for smuggling, and
is currently out on
bail. Pol Capt Pailin Jamjamrat of Phuket Town Police Station, who was initially in
charge of the case, revealed that, in addition to the smuggling charge, Mr Lawrence was
also arrested for illegal possession of walkie-talkies. I dont know where he
is right now, but he must be in Thailand because his passport has been stamped so that he
is barred from leaving the country; he must wait at least until his two cases with us are
settled. If he escapes, all of the assets put up for bail by the Norwegian government will
be seized, said Pol Capt Pailin.(Nation : 7 June 2000)
In a significant development, the Minister
of External Affairs, Mr Jaswant Singh, is scheduled to arrive here on an official visit on
Sunday to hold discussions with the Sri Lankan President, Ms. Chandrika Kumaratunga
Internet Website for Armed Forces
Personnel - The Ranaviru Surakum Ekakaya (RSE), the Human Intervention Unit
of the Presidential Secretariat, has opened a website on the Internet to obtain donations
for the welfare of combatants and their families to coincide with the Ranaviru Day (June
7) states Media Release issued by the Special Media Information Centre. Its web address is
National Post (8 June 2000) reports
...... Ruth Archibald, Canada's High Commissioner, admitted at a
national conference that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) were active in
Canada. She said: "Probably none of the monies collected by the LTTE in Canada
ended up in Sri Lanka, but may be going towards the purchase of arms in other countries.
We need the co-operation of other countries to look into this."
- Slain Lankan Minister's wife, Mrs Shyama
Goonaratne and two others, who were among 60 people injured in the blast, succumbed to
their injuries on Thursday taking the number of victims to 25.
- Clinton condemns Lankan bombing,
calls for peaceful solution