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conduct pre-exhumation survey in Chemmani
The Island : 6 March 1999
A pre-exhumation survey to
ascertain if a mass grave in Chemmani, Jaffna said to contain the bodies
administration and US congress slam LTTE
Daily News : 4 March 1999
March 3 - The Clinton Administration and members of Congress on Tuesday slammed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for its continuing wanton violence against innocent civilians and conscription of child soldiers in its war against the Sri Lankan Security Forces.
George Pickart, a senior Administration official in the State Department's South Asia Bureau, said, "While we have seen improvements in the Government's record, regrettably, we have seen no signs that the LTTE wants to improve its human rights record or abandon terrorism."
disembarked from train 40 minutes before blast
Daily News : 4 March 1999
The train in which one of its compartments was blasted while approaching the Narahenpita Railway Station around 11pm on Tuesday, had, 40 minutes earlier arrived with a complement of passengers at the Fort Station from Puttalam, Railway
Protection Force sources said.
Extradition Treaty between Lanka and US
Daily News : 1 March 1999
The negotiation of a new Extradition Treaty between the United States and Sri Lanka successfully concluded on February 24 at the US State Department, Washington, DC, the Foreign Ministry said yesterday. The negotiated text was initiated at the US Department of State by the two delegations. Ambassador Dr. Warnasena Rasaputram on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka and Legal Adviser, US Department of State David Andrews on behalf of the Government of the United States of America were present. Senior officials of the Department of State were also present.
villagers hit back: PLOTE office torched
Sunday Times : 28 Feb 1999
Angry villagers burnt a PLOTE office in Nelliadi, Jaffna yesterday after its members were accused of killing a civilian whose headless body was recovered from a toilet pit reports from the area said.
The headless body was found in the toilet pit adjoining the PLOTE office, following a tip-off from a toddy tapper who made a complaint to the Grama Sevaka of area about an unusual stench.
The police was alerted when the Grama Sevaka informed the Human Rights Commission branch office in Jaffna about the complaint.
The dead man has been identified as R. Rajeshwaran, a salesman in a textile shop in Jaffna. The recovery of the body also helped the police to resolve the mystery about a severed head they found at Jaffna town early this week.
Police and army are jointly carrying out a search for PLOTE members responsible for the killing.
step up attacks on civilian targets
Daily News : 25 Feb 1999
Terrorists have stepped up their attacks on civilian targets in the North and in the border areas by killing a civilian at Chavakachcheri and a farmer at Aralaganwila during the past few days, police said.
They said that five armed LTTEers abducted S. Sellarasa of Meesalai North and shot him dead near the Vigneswaram Kovil in Chavakachcheri. While at Aralaganwila, terrorists shot at three farmers killing one and injuring the other two.
|GMOA calls off
strike over hospital employee assault
Arumugam Thondaman surrenders, allowed bail
by Franklin R. Satyapalan and Danielle Boekel
The General Secretary of the Ceylon Workers Congress [CWC] and Nuwara Eliya district MP, Arumugam Thondaman , who is at the centre of a storm which has paralysed health services in the Central province since last Wednesday  surrendered yesterday before Hatton Magistrate, Sampath Wijeratne through his lawyers. The magistrate granted him a cash bail of Rs. 1000 and surety bail of Rs. 10,000.
collection of LTTE front groups in Canada dwindling: envoy
Daily News : 19 Feb 1999
Toronto, Thursday - Sri Lanka's envoy to Canada claims collection of funds by Tamils settled in this country to help Tamil Tigers buy arms has been dwindling over the past few months.
High Commissioner Ananda Goonasekera claimed that Sri Lankan Tamils working for front organisations of the LTTE in Canada had collected about Canadian $8.4 million two years ago. The money was being used to buy arms for mounting terrorist activities in Sri Lanka, he alleged, adding that "their collection is now dwindling."
Press Release issued at the Media Conference held by Hon. Foreign Minister Kadirgamar at the National Press Club in Canberra on 22nd January 1999
local council members face death threats from LTTE
Army to give weapons training for trusted cadres
The Island : 18 Feb 1999
The government has decided to provide weapons training to members of Tamil political parties to provide security to elected members of local authorities in the North amidst increasing threats from LTTE, authoritative government source said yesterday.
The elected representatives in the north had requested the government to dissolve the local bodies in the north unless adequate security could not be provided to them, the source said.
Meanwhile unidentified persons believed to be from the LTTE pistol gang who had infiltrated the Jaffna peninsula claimed the ninth elected representative when Kopay Valikamam East Pradeshiya Sabha Councillor Pandari Kandasamy (52) was gunned down by two unidentified youths last Sunday.
to implement UN Convention on Suppression of Terrorist Bombings
The Island : 18 Feb 1999
The government has decided to give effect to the 1997 United Nations Convention on Suppression of Terrorist Bombings and Parliament is expected to approve the necessary legislation shortly.
A bill titled Suppression of Terrorist Bombing Bill under the name of Minister of Foreign Affairs Lakshman Kadirgamar was presented to parliament last week by the government Chief Whip and Minister of Education and Higher Education Richard Pathirana for this purpose.
Sri Lanka is a signatory to the UN Convention on Suppression of Terrorist Bombings of December 15,1997. The Convention was opened in the UN Headquarters in New York on January 12, 1999 for the Signature of member nations and Sri Lanka, pressed with a terrorist problem at home, was one of the first countries to have signed the convention on the first day.
Tigers wing suffers devastating loss
By Our Defence Correspondent. (Island : 17 Feb 1999)
There was much celebration in naval circles this week, when military intelligence officers stationed in Vavuniya reported that the Sea Tiger wing of the LTTE had received a crushing blow in a battle with navy gunboats off the northwestern coast last week.
Sources in LTTE territory in the Wanni have reported that a total of 25 LTTE cadres were killed in the fight near the Sea Tiger base of Nachchikudah on Monday, February 8, between the islands of Delft and Mannar.
More importantly, the two large boats which were sunk were carrying some of the most senior cadres of the Sea Tiger wing, and intelligence has confirmed that two Lieutenant Colonels and no less than seven Majors, five Captains, and two Lieutenants had been killed. Nine ordinary cadres were also among the dead.
One of the Majors
was an Intelligence wing officer, while all the others who were killed were Sea Tigers.
My interest in Sri Lanka dates back to those gory days of 1983 when the island was rocked by anti-Tamil violence, the worst of its kind in the nation's recent history. Through my subsequent readings I developed a deep fascination for two towns in particular, Kandy and Jaffna, the seats of Sinhalese and Sri Lanka Tamil cultures, respectively. While it was easy to pay visits to Kandy, which I actually did several times turning it virtually into my second home, Jaffna remained in my dreams only for obvious reasons. And the more it remained out of bounds for the common Indian, my curiosity increased. The process gave rise to myth-buildings in one's mind the crux of which was that Jaffna was too distinct a socio-cultural reality to ever become a part of the Sri Lankan whole in the real sense. But this self-created myth of my imagination today stands exploded now that I have physically visited the peninsula and met its people.
|The Blind Alleys of History|
|Another transformer blast averted
Island : 6 Feb 1999
On information provided by people, Grandpass police on Thursday night defused a time bomb fixed to a electricity board transformer near Samagipura flats, police said yesterday. The improvised explosive device weighing approximately 300 grams was timed to explode at 9 am yesterday. Police said that 14 suspects have been taken in for questioning in connection with the abortive bid to blast the transformer near Samagipura flats.
Earlier in the day LTTE blasted an electricity board transformer at Norris Canal Road. Three persons have been detained in connection with the Norris Canal Road blast.
Since January 18, terrorists have blasted six transformers in Colombo. The six blasts have taken place in Fort, Kotahena and Borella.
However police with the help of the public had detected and defused six bombs during the same period. Some of the people who helped in the detection of bombs have been given cash rewards.
Chandrika Badaranaike Kumaratunga
The President of Sri Lanka
Copy to Hon Laxman Kadirgamar (Minister of Foreign Affairs)
We, the Society for Peace,
Unity and Human Rights for Sri Lanka is the largest and most active Sri Lankan
organization in Australia with sister organizations in all Australian states and
territories. Established in 1994, we have been at the forefront in the war against Sri
Lankan separatist propaganda abroad and humbly consider ourselves to be self taught
specialists in the field. The long and continuous engagement in this exercise has endowed
us with an excellent understanding and a rare insight into the ardous role of an
inforomation officer who is committed to effectively counter separatist propaganda rather
than sit back and pass on government communiques and news releases. Experience has made us
appreciate and understand the pitfalls, defeats and treachery such a person has to face in
his/her uphill battle against the enemy, the separatists. We believe it is better to make
a minor mistake or be temporarily defeated rather than not fight at all. After all,
contrary to the dictums of arm chair bureaucrats and jealous couch potatoes, what counts
is not losing a battle but winning the war.
In that light, we wish to lodge our strongest
dissappointment and vehement protest with regard to the termination of the services of Mr
Aruna Kulatunga as the Information Counsellor at the Sri Lankan High Commission in UK.
suspects could be tried in Britain, says Fatchett
Daily News : 3 Feb 1999
Yesterday there were bad tidings for members of LTTE front groups here who terrorise innocent Tamil expatriates into handing over cash with threats that if they decline, their families in Sri Lanka will not be safe.
The warning came when Derek Fatchett, a Foreign Office Minister who visited Sri Lanka last year, said that extremists suspected of planning or assisting in terrorist attacks abroad could be put on trial in Britain.
Mr. Fatchett said: "If there is enough evidence against an individual that they are in breach of UK laws, then, yes, those individuals will be charged. We are determined to use the legislation if the need is proven and the evidence is strong. London will not become a base for terrorism."
A spokesman for the moderate Tamils in Britain told the Daily News that they have received a number of complaints regarding demands for money from LTTE agents but they fear to approach Scotland Yard as their kith and kin back home will be killed.
He said that during a pooja at a Hindu Kovil in North London recently such demands were made from a section of the devotees.
billions, German court hears
Daily News : 21 January 1999
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|....... from National Movement
With the announcement by Velupillai Prabhakaran on 26th Nov 1998 that he is ready for negotiations under third-party mediation, the clamour for peace talks with the LTTE is rising again. Some MPs and Ministers of the PA Govt., Leader of the UNP Ranil Wickramasinghe, so-called peace activists of foreign-funded NGOs, Tamil rascist political parties and organisations and other miscellaneous supporters of the LTTE have begun to echo Prabhakarans voice. An Assistant Secretary of the UN, Jayantha Dhanapala, has already stated that the United Nations Organisation is ready to act as the third-party mediator if invited to do so. It is hardly a secret that the British Govt is waiting to intervene in Sri Lanka. It is also clear that the ulterior motive of the so-called peace initiative of the business community is to press the Govt and the Opposition to negotiate with the LTTE. Therefore we issue this warning, that national and foreign forces are again trying their utmost to continue their conspiracy against the Sri Lankan nation and the Sinhala people.
The door of peace is always open for Prabhakaran but this would not mean a slowing down of the Government's military offensive against the terrorists, Power and Irrigation Minister and Deputy Defence Minister General Anuruddha Ratwatte said.
a blind eye to Jaffna
H.L.D. Mahindapala reviews a review written by Prof. Alfred Jeyaratnam Wilson
Jeyaratnam Wilsons review of "Culture and Politics of Identity in Sri Lanka',
(The Sunday Island of November 8, 1998), edited by Mithran Tiruchelvam and C.
S.Dattathreya (Colombo, International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES),1998) deserve some
attention because it contains summaries of the orthodox political ideologies currently
peddled by intellectuals, academics, NGOs and some sections of the Churches and the media.
A close scrutiny of Prof. Wilson's review
The Island : 9 Dec 1998
Most of the Tamil racist parties
either believed or pretended to believe that Prabhakaran had said in his speech on the
27th of November in Vanni, that he wanted peace. In the English translation of his speech,
released by the so-called LTTE International Secretariat in London, which was published in
'The Island' of 2nd December, he had only said 'We have not closed the doors for peace',
and these parties together with the NGO's demanded that the government should respond
positively to this 'peace call' of Prabhakaran. The UNP, which had earlier agitated for
unconditional negotiations with
declares LTTE a terrorist organisation
Hindustan Times : 7 Dec 1998
Following the U.S. footsteps, Canada has declared the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) a terrorist organisation along with some Indian Sikh extremist outfits, media reports said here today.
Power and Energy Minister and Deputy Defence Minister General Anuruddha Ratwatte and the three service chiefs miraculously escaped death yesterday when the LTTE fired mortars at a Hindu kovil compound in Oddusudan.
The mortars landed only a few metres away from the minister and his entourage who were leaving the Kovil after attending a pooja around 1.30 p.m. DIG Lionel Karunasena was also with the Minister.
Lankan minister survives mortar attack
(BBC News South Asia : 6 Dec 1998)
This is the second attempt on Mr Ratwatte's life
Sir Lankan Deputy Defence Minister, Anuruddha Ratwatte has survived a mortar attack by Tamil Tiger rebels.
However, four soldiers guarding him were killed and more than 40 other soldiers were injured in the attack in the northern town of Oddusudan.
|LTTE admits losing key town to Lankan troops
Indian Express : 5 Dec 1998
COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger guerrillas today admitted that they had lost a key town in northern Sri Lanka and accused government troops of indiscriminate aerial attacks. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in a statement from their London office said over 11,500 civilians fled the town of Oddusudan which the defence ministry said was in the hands of the military. The LTTE said that a "fleeing elderly civilian was killed" while many more were wounded when air force jets bombed the area on Thursday, reports AFP.
Sri Lanka's Defence Ministry yesterday announced the end of Operation Sure Victory, the biggest-ever offensive against Tamil Tiger rebels - which has left thousands dead and the military far from victorious.
citizens should hail duties of armed forces and police
Daily News : 5 Dec 1998
It is the bounden duty of all citizens to hail the duties performed by the armed forces and police to safeguard the country, said Ven. Devalegama Dhammasena Thera, Principal, Kavantissa Pirivena, Tissamaharamaya. He was addressing a large gathering of Buddhists at the Sathi Pirith chanted to bless the President, country, the armed forces and police. It was organised by Tissamaharama P.S and Tissamaharama D.C. offices under the guidance of Ven. Hakmana Pannaloka Thera, Viharadipathi, Tissamaharama Raja Maha Viharaya on the instructions of the Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Mahinda Rajapakse and Hambantota District MP Chamal Rajapakse.
|LTTE destroying a generation of Tamil children through its terror campaign - Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar
The LTTE is destroying a whole generation of Tamil children through its ruthlessly violent terror campaign, Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar said on Tuesday.
Speaking during the committee stage debate on the votes of the Foreign Ministry, Minister Kadirgamar said: "There is a limit to all this violence. The LTTE has exceeded that limit. It is utterly, ruthlessly violent and it is violent to the children of the North."
The Minister further said:
"You make a very eloquent plea for the LTTE. It is the burden of your argument, my dear friend, and the burden of Mr. Anura Bandaranaike's argument, that since the LTTE has so many offices all over the world, so much of a marvellous network and so many contacts - you seem to be dazzled by them - we should do nothing, do nothing because there is nothing we can do. What you are really saying is - why bother don't bother because you cannot do anything about it. What you are saying is that they are so great and so powerful, that there is nothing we can do about it. I refute that completely. I refute that absolutely and completely. We have to do something about it.
only after containing Tigers
The Hindu : 03-12-1998 :: Pg: 14 :: Col: e
In the first official reaction to the latest offer by
the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for a negotiated political settlement, the Sri
Lankan Foreign Minister, Mr. Kadirgamar told Parliament on Tuesday that the ``group''
|Lanka says no
talks with pack of murderers: Paper
COLOMBO: Sri Lanka has rejected LTTE chief V Prabhakaran's offer for
unconditional peace talks saying
|Vishista Seva Vibushana (VSV) exclusive awards were
conferred on nine senior army, navy and air force personnel by President Chandrika
Kumaratunga at a ceremony held at Presidents House on Saturday evening.
The President posing for a group photograph on the occasion with the recipients, Maj. Gen.
H. S. Hapuarachchi, Maj. Gen. C. Srilal Weerasooriya, Maj. Gen. Jaliya Nammuni, Maj. Gen.
A. K. Jayewardena, Maj. Gen. W. M. P. Fernando and Maj. Gen. S. T. T. Jayasundera of the
Sri Lanka Army, Rear Admiral D. W. K. Sandagiri of the Sri Lanka Navy and Air Marshal
Jayalath Weerakkody (Commander SLAF) and Air Vice Marshal K. G. A. Peries of the Sri Lanka
Air Force. Defence Secretary Chandrananda de Silva, Presidents Secretary K.
Balapatabendi, Army Commander Lt. Gen. Rohan Daluwatte and Navy Commander Vice Admiral
Cecil Tissera are also in the picture. (Pic by Eranga Jayewardena)
(Island : 30 Nov 1998)
signals from LTTE
Date: 01-12-1998 :: Pg: 14 :: Col: e
The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has stepped up its on-going confrontation with the Sri Lankan Government by sending contradictory signals - while on the one hand expressing its willingness for a negotiated settlement with third-party mediation, on the other, still maintaining an aggressive military posture.
Upali Newspapers and Kobbekaduwa Trust
More artificial legs needed for disabled soldiers
More than 5,000 young men have lost their limbs in Sri Lanka's North-East war. Every year, more and more of our able-bodied men are left with mere stumps for legs as the war drags on. Most are robbed of their livelihood and lives.
They go to war to defend the integrity of the country - to save lives. As a result, they end up with their lives in shambles.
One may feel there is little one can do to help them rebuild their lives - but there are ways. An artificial leg gives a new lease in life to those cruelly disabled in the war.
A few months ago, Upali Newspapers Ltd launched a campaign to raise funds for the Denzil Kobbekaduwa Trust to be used for the provision of artificial limbs to disabled soldiers. The campaign, carried out by way of appeals published in newspapers as well as individual requests to more than 81 eminent businessmen in the country. While it has resulted in the collection of a sum of over 800,000 rupees, the response from the top-notch businessmen has been disappointing.
Meanwhile, Air Lanka has agreed to fly in the finished limbs from their count ry of origin free of charge and a duty waiver has been requested for their import. There has, however, been no response yet on the duty waiver.
There has been sizeable contribution from workers in the Middle East and individual well-wishers here and abroad. However, the moneyed businessmen in the country who usually spend their capital freely to sponsor sporting events - and the like - have been silent.
The Denzil Kobbekaduwa Trust has tied up with two suppliers of the best quality limbs. One is a German-owned factory located in Sri Lanka and the other is a British company with a branch in Malaysia. The latter provides limbs to landmine victims in Cambodia. Both companies provide light, easy-to-use limbs that allow maximum comfort to the wearer. The legs, being of high quality, are relatively expensive. And the Trust needs money to support its work.
In an appeal for help to supply artificial limbs, Chairperson of the Trust, Lali Kobbekaduwa, says that all the boys who lose their legs come from different ethnic backgrounds but have one thing in common: "they come from desperately poor homes and have gone to war not only to fight for the integrity of our country but also to earn a wage that would help support their families". "You will agree that they have paid a terrible price for their patriotism and their poverty," she adds.
Upali Newspapers and the Denzil Kobbekaduwa Trust appeals again for donations to this worthy cause. All names of donors will be published in 'The Island' and the 'Divaina'. It can also be arranged for donations to take place in the premises of a donor company in order to attract maximum attention to their generous act.
Money contributed towards giving soldiers back their lives is different to sponsoring sporting events but it is ultimately a case of what a company prioritises: buying artificial limbs for those who lost their legs on the battlefield while defending our right to life, or lending their name to a game or sporting event. One thing is certain - the soldiers need your help.
On the run in most other parts of the world organisationally, the terrorist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam is in the process of finding a haven and even striking roots in South Africa. An investigation. Click here for the full Report
raised for LTTE in South Africa channelled through Australia
Daily News : 21 Nov 1998
Funds raised for the LTTE in South Africa are being channelled by the Tamil Rehabilitation Organisation (TRO) in Durban via its office in Australia. Addressing a Press Conference in Pretoria on Thursday at the conclusion of his 4-day visit, Minister Kadirgamar disclosed that the People Against Sri Lankan Oppression (PASLO) Group to whom be had given a patient hearing during his current visit to South Africa had said that they indeed collected large sums of money in South Africa which was channelled through Australia. Foreign Minister Kadirgamar had in bilateral talks with South African Foreign Minister Nzo on Monday, already drawn attention and expressed Sri Lanka's concerns about a well-known front organisation involved in LTTE fund-raising.
Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar who is currently on an official visit to South Africa, on Tuesday and Wednesday held a series of meetings in Pretoria and Johannesburg with representatives of South African political parties, interest groups and academic bodies in discussing developments in Sri Lanka.
Forces kill 118 terrorists
Daily News : 20 Nov 1998
The breakdown is as follows:
The Air Force on November,13 in Mullaitivu North in a successful strike totally destroyed a terrorist camp. Another strike by the Air Force on November 14, in Kokawil area destroyed an LTTE camp killing seven terrorists including three leaders. LTTE radio messages intercepted by the Army have confirmed that the three leaders were Samson, Ambu and Krishna.
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