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What is really happening in Sri Lanka today is that a blood thirsty racist group led by some misled Tamils called LTTE is terrorizing against the Government of Sri Lanka and its people irrespective of their ethnicity with an intention of carving out a separate state. There is no conflict as such between Sinhalese and Tamil communities in Sri Lanka. In fact, the majority of the Tamil community lives in peace and harmony among the Sinhalese population through out the country apart from the Northern part of Sri Lanka. The entire Sinhalese and the Muslims population who lived in the Northern area for centuries were either killed or chased away completely by the LTTE Tamil Tiger terrorists. At the moment, not a single Sinhalese or Muslim is living in Jaffna, but, many thousands of Tamils are living in Colombo in peace with the other communities. Based on 2001 census, the Tamil population in Colombo district is 12.1% (see 2001 census). So, who is discriminated ? Tamils or Sinhalese? Do you need more evidence ?

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13th Amendment ........

The ordinary Tamil people don’t care about 13 or 17 amendments. What the ordinary Tamils want is to get on with their day to day life, get on with their agri work in the field, chena, sea, or in the offices and live a peaceful life which they experienced before 1983. We never thought of discrimination, aspiration, grievances before 1983. It was the politicians who planted these poisonous seeds into our hearts and minds. Grievances are there not only for the Tamils but even to the poor Sinhalese people in the South. That’s common to any nationality.

 

 

 

See what LTTE did for the Tamil civilians trying to flee the "Human Shield" of the LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists

Caution: Images shown on this web site exposing LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorist atrocities maybe disturbing for some users. Please proceed at your own discretion.

“Tamil Tigers”, also called “The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam” (LTTE) declare that they are fighting the government of Sri Lanka to “liberate” the Tamils. During the past three decades of their “liberation struggle” they forcibly abducted an estimated twenty thousand children as young as ten and converted them into human bombs or cannon fodder. Tamil parents who objected to the forcible conscription of their beloved children were tortured or killed in front of their families. Finally, after seven futile attempts at internationally facilitated peace talks and ceasefires, all of which were reneged by the LTTE, the democratically elected Sri Lankan government decided that the only way to liberate the Tamils from the clutches of the LTTE was to eradicate the oppressors. Sri Lanka learned the hard way that any “ceasefire” interval given to these abominable terrorists would be used by them to recuperate, regroup, rearm and attack without warning. Tigers, once the world’s most feared terrorists, are now confined to a few square kilometres of jungle where they have corralled innocent Tamil civilians to be used as human shields. If not for the Sri Lankan government’s concern for the safety of civilians, the LTTE would have been wiped out from the face of earth many moons ago. Tigers make sure that those who try to escape into government declared safe zones are mercilessly killed, mostly burnt alive and the corpses are displayed as a deterrent to others who would try to escape. These photos were taken by a brave Tamil who managed to escape to a safe zone only last week (Read full report).

http://www.spur.asn.au/LTTE_killing_Tamil_Civilians_fleeing_LTTE_Human_Shield_December_2008.asp

 

The monies that have been collected by TD for LTTE war ....

The monies that have been collected by Tamil Diaspora for LTTE war chest runs into billion of dollars during the past three decades. But, where are we now? What have Tamils achieved over the years? Tamils have earned nothing but humiliation and misery. There times I am ashamed to call myself a Tamil to avoid humiliation as Tamils are branded as a set of terrorists.

 

Indian intervention in Sri Lankan internal affairs

 

The Tamil Diaspora should at least realize now .....

The Tamil Diaspora should at least realize now that LTTE’s days are numbered and any funds collected for LTTE will benefit only Pirapaharan and his top LTTE hierarchy. Pirapaharan educated his son with your money. His wife is running around the world seeking a safe haven with your money. Pirapaharan built couple of luxurious bunkers with all the modern facility with your money. It is therefore still not too late to stop financing the dying LTTE; stop organizing protest marches, demos and rallies as the Sri Lankan government is not going to stop now until LTTE who also brought misery to the Tamils is completely defeated.

 

"Tamil Hitler - Made in India" Prabhakaran, who killed Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, is now seeking help from India.

Indian intervention in Sri Lankan affairs

  • They may be strong in armed forces but still they can't find a proper solution to Kashmir Problem (neither military nor political).
  • No matter how strong they are they still have terrorism problems like Chain Bombardments in their capital city, New Delhi, and attacks even inside their Parliament.
  • With all the technology to win space and with all the high tech gadgets in nuclear weaponry, they took more than 30 years to capture a single jungle thief Veerappan.
  • As a nation, collectively they are unable to derive a proper political solution to have a good relationship with neighbouring Pakistan for more than 6 decades.
  • Their politicians are still unable to convince Indian Muslims and Hindus to live in peace and harmony.
  • India had to draw back their RAW (Research and Analysis Wing - Indian intelligence) wing due to their unsuccessful interference in Sri Lanka that resulted in sacrificing their prime minister Shri Rajiv Gandhi. So, they have been unsuccessful in this matter once. So, their predictions are not always correct.
  • India is one of the major parties who aggravated this problem. They trained LTTE Tamil Tiger terrorists initially in south India including Prabakaran, Pottu Amman and Karuna Amman. They air supplied food stuff in the past to LTTE when were terribly in need. South India continuously smuggle combat stuff to LTTE.
  • As a nation no matter how hard they try to display a big image of their selves they have critical issues in their own country. They have racial issues, religious issues, economical issues, social issues and political issues. It is not the country we see in Bollywood films. Besides it is highly unethical to interfere the matters of another independent nation because we don't ask them what to do next. India simply don't have rights to do that.
  • South Indian politicians can come to Sri Lanka and travel through out the country to see where ethnic cleansing is. All the southern cities and all the offices there have Tamils living and working in harmony. But any of the northern cities don't have a single Sinhalese.  So, where is ethnic cleansing? So better not use unknown matters for their personal cheap short or long-term political gains.
  • We Sri Lankans don't have any other country to live in other than Sri Lanka. So, if anybody wants to give Tamils a separate country, please separate south India (Tamil Nadu) from what we currently call India, just like Pakistan and Bangladesh, and create a separate state for Tamils in the world. Tamil Nadu has all the necessities for them.

 

I reminisce with joy and happiness the days before 1983

I reminisce with joy and happiness the days before 1983 when LTTE killed 13 soldiers in Jaffna and provoked the Sinhalese in the South to retaliate. We were living with Sinhalese, Muslims, Burghers, Malays like brothers and sisters and that harmony was shattered. We all were one family of one mother Lanka. But unfortunately, LTTE brought us down to ghettos and taught us to hate Sinhalese people. What have we achieved over the last three decades? We have lost our cream of Tamil political leadership sparing only a few like Ananda Sangaree. LTTE killed our educated Tamil politicians; LTTE killed our intellectuals like Dr. Neelan Thiruchelvam, Kethiswera Loganathan, Sam Thambimittu and many others including many Tamil politicians at parliamentary level to village council level. The many youth both men and women sacrificed their lives in this unwanted terrorist war launched by LTTE and ably supported by TD creating a big vacuum in the Tamil population in Sri Lanka. The Tamil minority, once the next biggest ethnic group to Sinhalese has dropped down to third place by Muslims overtaking in terms population. Who is responsible for this catastrophe? We the Tamil Diaspora and LTTE should bear the full responsibility.

 

Tamil Tiger Terror Machine Forcibly Holding Civilians in the Vanni as a Human Shield

LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists are using 'civilians as shields', despite constant urges made by the Sri Lanka Government for the release of thousands stranded in its clutches".

Those who are expressing concern about the security of civilians in the Wanni have stopped short of calling for action against the LTTE, which is using people as a "Human Shield" in Kilinochchi and Mulaitivu. The Sri Lankan government has made arrangements to accommodate civilians to be evicted from the theatre of war, as it successfully did in the Eastern Province. If the LTTE lets go of civilians, the question of their security won’t arise. Therefore, it may be argued that anyone who laments about the plight of civilians without faulting the LTTE or pressuring it to release people in its clutches is, either wittingly or unwittingly, helping further the LTTE’s cause.

To: The Tamil Diaspora living in luxury and funding the LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists

So-called NGOs and INGOs ?

 

Welfare activities

Sponsor a Child (Organised by SPUR)

SPUR child sponsorship programme, called Ranaviru Daruvan, was aimed at helping the children of soldiers who had sacrificed their life or limbs in the war being waged against terrorists in Sri Lanka. In this programme we also included children living in villages under the constant threat of terrorists and had already faced terrorist attacks many times (Click here for details) 

Click here for other SPUR Welfare Projects http://www.spur.asn.au/activites.htm

Madihe East- Tsunami Relief Housing Project - Handing Over Ceremony By Dharmavijaya Foundation - By Ramani D.Wickramaratne - (Full report in SPUR).

Sponsor a child of a war hero deceased or disabled while in action to protect Sri Lanka

A joint project with Sri Lanka Army Seva Vanitha Unit

http://www.virudarudiriya.com

 

Ranaviru Foundation (UK)

http://www.apiwenuwenapi.co.uk/ 

Apiwenuwenapi.co.uk is the official web site of the Api Wenuwen Api fund raising campaign in UK. The “Api Wenuwen Api Fund” is a collaboration between the The Ministry of Defence and the Central Bank of Sri Lanka to build 50,000 houses for the serving Tri-Service personnel.

 

Thawalama Development Foundation

No. 5, Rajakeeya Mawatha, Colombo 7, Sri Lanka.

The Thawalama Development Foundation (TDF) was established on 1994 April 25th to support and assist in the implementation of Project Thawalama approved by the Ministry of Defense on 1994 January 14th. http://thawalama.org

Ranaviru Project of Manel Mal Movement (please download the PDF File)

Please send your donations to 'Manel Mal Movement' to boost the morale of our heroic soldiers. For more information, please access http://www.manelmal.org/

Ranaviru Fund in UK

Rana Viru Fund is established to provide support for the disabled soldiers in Sri Lanka with the support from Sri Lankans around the World. Donations to Rana Viru Fund can be made to our Bank Account and via PayPal..

A full project report will be furnished to all donors at the completion of each phase. If you have donated last time and have not received the Project Report for Phase 1, please write to us at ranavirufund@yahoo.co.uk and we'll send a copy. See details in www.ranavirufund.blogspot.com

Please help us to help those who paid a supreme price for us to live in a Terror Free Country !

Dhammika Siripala For Rana Viru Fund ranavirufund@yahoo.co.uk 

 
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The Sri Lanka’s brave soldier known as ‘Hasalaka Weeraya

Chronology of LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorist's recent attacks on passenger buses and trains
Helahanda Radio in USA Sri Lanka Peace Secretariat (SCOPP) Media Centre for National Security Sinhale  
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Frequently Asked Questions about LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists (FAQs)

LTTE's ceasefire violations accumulated to date (details in SLMM Website)

LTTE Ceasefire Violations (Sri Lanka Army )

A senior Labour MP in UK has become embroiled in an investigation by anti-terrorism police after speaking at a rally in which suicide bombers were praised, The Sunday Telegraph (UK) has learnt  (click here to read more details).

UNESCO or a FIASCO ? (Click here to read more details)

The International Dimension of Terrorism

A collection of published literature on LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists (click here)(Full report in Sri Lanka Army).(Full report in Sri Lanka Army).

Chapter 01 : Overview Chapter 02 : Binding Legal Process by International Community Chapter 03 : Generic Issues Child Soldiers LTTE Front Organization Fund Raising Arms Trafficking Narcotics Smuggling Human Trafficking Money Laundering Maritime Terrorism Cyber Terrorism Chapter 04 : Links with Other Terrorist Groups Chapter 05 : Country Based Activities (click here to download your copy for lobbying)

International Conference in Countering Terrorism

18 - 20, October 2007 - Colombo, Sri Lanka (click here for details).

The International Dimension of Terrorism (A Publication of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

 

LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorist's Child Soldiers

LTTE's Child Soldiers

Children as young as 4-years are being recruited as Child Soldiers by the LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists in Sri Lanka

While many thousands of Tamil children being recruited as "Child Soldiers", see how Prabakaran prepares to celebrate his daughter's B'day?

(See LTTE Child Soldiers Web Page)

Living in Fear - Child Soldiers and the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka (A report by Human Rights Watch), http://hrw.org/reports/2004/srilanka1104/

An Urgent Appeal - Please save Tsunami Tamil Children being recruited by LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists as "Child Soldiers"

Click here for details - (Please use the facts given in the above sub-webpage in lobbying media, politicians, NGOs etc). Tamil Tiger Terrorists have released only 23 out of many hundreds of children abducted as child soldier after Tsunami. They should release all child soldiers.

Child Soldiers of LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists in Sri Lanka

Child Soldiers of LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists (download Power Point Presentation)

LTTE's links with other international terrorist groups

[1]  http://www.senter.no/PDF/LTTEalQaeda.pdf - Osama hand in glove with LTTE - The Times of India
[2]  http://www.svik.org/lttealqaeda.htm - The LTTE - Al Qaeda link
[3]  http://www.svik.org/thai.htm - LTTE and Thailand
4] http://www.slembassyusa.org/defense/2004/amb_black_statement_08sept04.html - Question: Mr. Ambassador, do you find any evidence about links between the LTTE and Al-Qaeda?
[5]  http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items02/241002-1.html
[6] http://www.southasianmedia.net/cnn.cfm?id=221465&category=Politics&Country=SRI%20LANKA

[7]  http://ydeva.info/telling.htm
[8]  http://www.rand.org/pubs/rgs_dissertations/2005/RAND_RGSD185.pdf
[9]  http://www.burmalibrary.org/reg.burma/archives/200111/msg00044.html
  [10]  http://www.state.gov/g/inl/rls/rm/2002/8743.htm   and http://www.ciponline.org/colombia/02031305.htm
[11]  http://www.lanka.net/lankaupdate/29_March_2000.html
[12] http://www.icclr.law.ubc.ca/Publications/Reports/TNOC_LINKS_STUDY_REPORT.pdf
[13]  http://southasia.net/article429.html

[14] http://www.satp.org/satporgtp/countries/nepal/terroristoutfits/index.html
[15]  http://www.ocnus.net/cgi-bin/exec/view.cgi?archive=73&num=19118
[16]  http://cfrterrorism.org/groups/tamiltigers.html

[17] THE MAOIST THREAT

[18] Indian Maoists admit links with LTTE (Web India)

[19] Armed and dangerous: Taliban gear up (Asia Times: 22 December 2005)

[20] British Charity Commission report exposes TRO-terror links (Island: 08 Feb 2006)

(Read the Full List)

[21] Al-Qaeda, LTTE diverting charity funds - US expert

[22] LTTE's links with with Assam Terrorists in India ; India's N-E separatist group linked to Lankan Tigers

[23] Possible links between LTTE and al-Qaeda

[24] US Senate Foreign Relations Committee reveals Eritrea providing direct military assistance to LTTE (Island: 01 Sept 2007)

[25] Tamil Tiger Links with Islamist Terrorist Groups Tue, 2008-03-04 03:08 By Shanaka Jayasekara - Research Paper Published by the International Policy Institute for Counter Terrorism, Herzliya, Israel (Asian Tribune). (Reproduced in SPUR).

[26] Indian weekly reveals LTTE- Lashkar links (Daily Mirror; 30 December 2008)

[27] Military links between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the militant based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) organization go back to the early 1990s (SPUR)

 

See more details  http://www.spur.asn.au/LTTE's_Links_with_other_terrorist_groups.htm

 

Recent attacks on Public Transport System by the LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists

 

For details please visit http://www.spur.asn.au/Choronology_of_LTTE_Tamil_Tiger_Attacks_on_Passanger_Buses_and_Trains.htm

  • 11 September 2008 - Minor blast on railway track - Sedawatte

  • 10 September 2008 - Minor explosion in Mt.Lavinia

  • 11 July 2008 - Four people including a mother and a son and two other females were killed and 25 others sustained injuries yesterday as LTTE cadres hiding in the Yala National Park opened fire at a Sri Lanka Transport Board bus plying from Moneragala to Kataragama. The incident took place between 50 and 51 Kilometre posts on the Buttala - Kataragama road around 10.30 a.m (read details).

  • 05 June 2008 - Huge Time Bomb Defused Before Five Minutes of its Explosion - RAGAMA: A MASSIVE BLOOD BATH, intended to caused by explosion of 2.5 kg time bomb near a crowded bus halt and a filling station at ALAPITIVALA road MAHABAGE, RAGAMA was prevented just five minutes before its explosion Thursday (5) evening at precisely at 8.25 p.m.. Had the arrival of the Army Bomb Disposal Unit got late to defuse by five minutes, it could have exploded causing a huge carnage on the busy town spot. The Bomb Disposal Team defused it at 8.25 p.m. before it was set to explode at 8.30 p.m.. (Full report in Sri Lanka Army).

  • 05 June 2008 - Huge Time Bomb Defused Before Five Minutes of its Explosion - RAGAMA: A MASSIVE BLOOD BATH, intended to caused by explosion of 2.5 kg time bomb near a crowded bus halt and a filling station at ALAPITIVALA road MAHABAGE, RAGAMA was prevented just five minutes before its explosion Thursday (5) evening at precisely at 8.25 p.m.. Had the arrival of the Army Bomb Disposal Unit got late to defuse by five minutes, it could have exploded causing a huge carnage on the busy town spot. The Bomb Disposal Team defused it at 8.25 p.m. before it was set to explode at 8.30 p.m.. (Full report in Sri Lanka Army).

  • 04 June 2008 - Another bomb has been exploded by the LTTE Tamil Tiger terrorists in a location along the rail track between Wellawatta and Dehiwala railway stations this morning (04 June 2008). It is believed that the bomb had been triggered off targeting the Colombo bound highly crowed passenger train (read details and photos).

  • 30 May 2008 - Sri Lanka police personnel on duty at the main bus stand, Moratuwa have found a claymore mine inside a public transport bus around 9.30 pm, today (May 30). According to the police sources the bomb has been found inside a parcel placed under the rear seat of the bus that completed its trip from Colombo. The bomb has not been armed, but the detonator and few electrical batteries have been found with the bomb, the sources said. Air Force bomb disposal team defused the bomb, the sources added (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

  • 26 May 2008 - 7 civilians were killed including a pregnant mother and 73 more passengers suffered injuries when the LTTE Tamil Tiger terrorists exploded a bomb inside a highly crowded Colombo-Panadura train around 4.55 p.m on 26 May 2008 (see details and photos).

  • 24 May 2008 - Moratuwa - Vigilant civilians yesterday (May 24, 2008) foiled two cowardly attempts made by LTTE terrorist to massacre civilians in the Moratuwa area (read details).

  • 24 May 2008 - Ganemulla - Sri Lanka Police Special Task Force (STF) bomb disposal team defused a time bomb weighing 1.25 kg this evening found in a public transport bus at Kossinna in Ganemulla (May 24, 2008).

  • 25 April 2008 - LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorist's Black Friday Massacre on 25 April 2008 killing 26 and injuring 64 civilians, including a Buddhist Monk on 25 April, 2008. Twenty four civilians returning home after a hard day’s work were killed and another 40 including schoolchildren were injured when a fully packed bus bound to Kahapola was exploded by LTTE Tamil Tiger terrorists at 6.45 p.m. at the Piliyandala bus terminal, near Colombo, Sri Lanka.  This bomb attack clearly showed that the LTTE Tamil Tiger terrorists are not ready to abandon violence and destruction even though the Sri Lankan Government had repeatedly pledged its commitment to peace (Details and photos in SPUR Web page). 

  • 03 February 2008 - LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists Suicide Bomb Attack at Colombo Fort Railway Station targeting civilians on 03 February 2008 A female suicide bomber blew herself up at Colombo's main train station. 12 killed; Over 100 wounded (03 February 2008).

  • 02 February 2008 - Dambulla Bus Bomb  - Another Massive Bomb Blast by the LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists at Dambulla, Sri Lanka on 2 February, 2008 - 20 killed; 50 Injured (read details);

  • 29 January 2008 - Madhu Bus Bomb Blast - Seventeen civilians, including 11 school children, were killed on Tuesday in an accidental explosion of LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorist's claymore bomb on a school bus in Mannar district. This territory is held by the LTTE (29 January 2008)

  • 16 January 2008 - Massacre of school children by the LTTE Tamil Tiger terrorists at Okkampitiya, Monaragala in Sri Lanka on 16 January 2008

  • 07 April 2007 - Easter Holidays Massacre in Sri Lanka - LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists attacked a passenger bus to massacre five Sri Lanka Army Soldiers, killing 8 civilians and injuring 28 (Tamil pilgrims of Madhu Church Easter Festival) (Full details in SPUR Web Page)

  • 06 January 2007 - LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorist suicide bomb blast one more bus: 15 killed & 40 injured in a crowded bus at Seenigama, Hikkaduwa, south of Colombo in Sri Lanka - 06 January 2007 (Read full details in SPUR);

  • 05 January 2007 - LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorist kill 6 innocent civilians and injures another 63, by exploding a bomb in a public passenger bus at Nittambuwa, near Colombo in Sri Lanka on Friday, 05 January 2007 (Read full Details in SPUR Web Page)

  • 15 June 2006 - Kebitigollewe Massacre (15 June 2006), Read full details and phots in SPUR WebPage. Carnage at Kebithigollewa (Photos in Island). Download in PDF 1.88 MB

 

Latest SPUR / SLUNA / WAPS Media Releases

Media Release by SLUNA (Canada) - Canada Outlaws World Tamil Movement (WTM) - Tamil Tiger Terror Front (17 June 2008)

Media Release by SLUNA (Canada) - Tamil Tiger Terror Machine Continues Carnage Targeting Civilians in Sri Lanka (8 June 2008)

Media Release by SPUR (Queensland) - ANOTHER CARNAGE BY LTTE TERRORISTS (7 June 2008)

SPUR (Vic) Media Release - Human Rights and Terrorism (03 June 2008)

Media Release by SLUNA in Canada : Tamil Tiger Terror Machine Targets Civilians in Sri Lanka (28 May 2008).

see SPUR Media Releases in http://www.spur.asn.au/media.htm)

 
Last two Sinhala Employees in Jaffna ..... - In fact, two decades ago, the last of the Sinhala employees of the Cement Corporation and Lanka Cement numbering nearly 180 had to leave KKS within eight hours under threat by the LTTE terrorists. MKN may not know that these ruthless terrorists woke up the General Manager and Deputy General Manager at two in the morning, marched them and placed them against the wall of the Cement Corporation and shot them dead point blank. These two officers were keen and had helped the people of KKS whose livelihood depended on the cement industry. These two officers were Sinhala (Island 26, August 2008).

 

Reports Issued by the Norwegians Against Terrorism

(1) The LTTE is South East Asia with Special Focus on Thailand.  Prepared by R-Senter, Norway - 24 November 2004 http:www.svik.org/PDF/ltteasia.pdf

(2) Report by the Norwegians Against Terror (NAT) - 14 January 2007 - The international Fight Against Terrorism- (report issued by the Norwegians Against Terrorism).  http://www.svik.org/nat1.pdf

(3) Report by the Norwegians Against Terror (NAT) - The Norwegian Peace Facilitators in Sri Lanka - 13 January 2006 (Last Year's Report) - http://www.svik.org/PDF/norway.pdf

(4) Norwegians Against Terrorism (NAT) report - 15 August 2008

 

Read more about LTTE's suicide bombers http://www.spur.asn.au/chronology_of_suicide_bomb_attacks_by_Tamil_Tigers_in_sri_Lanka.htm

LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorist's recent Atrocities ....

Caution : The images shown in this web page exposing the atrocities of the LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists may be found disturbing by some people. Proceed at your own caution.

 

6 Tamil civilians killed, 20 Tamil civilians injured in LTTE artillery attack at Jaffna on 29 May 2008

LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists hand grenade attack on civilians injuring 17, including two children (17 May 2008)

LTTE Tamil Tiger suicide bomb attack near Sambuddhaloka temple in Colombo, Sri Lanka targeting civilians ; 10 killed, over 95 wounded (16 May 2008) Please download your copy of the document in PDF format

Massacre of civilians at Ampare (09 May 2008) See more details in SPUr on 09 May 2008  Tamil Terrorist Bomb Blast, Ampara - Death toll reaches 12 innocent civilians (SinhelaNet). 

Mt Lavinia Bomb attack (23 February 2008)

Colombo Fort Railway Station Bomb on 03 February 2008 (see details and photos in SPUR). http://www.spur.asn.au/LTTE_Suicide_Bomb_Colombo_Fort_Railway_Station_20080203.htm

Deliberate Grenade Attack on Animals in Dehiwela Zoo, Colombo http://www.spur.asn.au/LTTE_Bomb_20080203_Dehiwela_Zoo.htm

On 02 January 2008, LTTE Tamil Tiger terrorists killed another two students, Pathum Divanka Chathura Dissanayake (14), and Malith Lasidu Bandara (16) LTTE_tamil Tigers Slave Island Bomb on 2008 January 02;

LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists massacre another 10 innocent civilians in a remote village of Kalawalgala, Thanamalwila in Sri Lanka on 18 January 2008.

Massacre of school children by the LTTE Tamil Tiger terrorists at Okkampitiya, Monaragala in Sri Lanka on 16 January 2008

Massacre of civilians in Abhimanpura, Kebitigollewa, Sri Lanka (05 December 2007)

Suicide bomb attack on fellow Tamils in Colombo (28 November 2007)

Bomb attack on civilians, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka (27 November 2007)

Ratmalana Bomb on 28 May 2007 - http://208.109.150.200/LTTE_Atrocities_20070528_Ratmalana_Bomb.htm

LTTE gunmen shot dead, Ven. Hadungamuwe Nandarathene Thero, a Buddhist monk at Mahadivulwewa-Stage 1, in the Morawewa General area, approximately 40 kilometers north east of Anuradhapura, on Sunday the 13th of May. (Full details in SPUR : http://208.109.150.200/LTTE_Atrocities_20070513_Hadungamuwe_Nandarathana_Thera.htm

New Year Eve Massacre in Sri Lanka - LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists Kill Five More Innocent Tamil Civilians on the Eve of Sinhala and Tamil New Year (Friday, 13 April 2007).

http://208.109.150.200/LTTE_atrocities_20070407_Vavunia_Mannar_Road_Bus_Bomb.htm

LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorist's Awaranthalawa Massacre on 12 April 2007 (Full details in SPUR Web Page).

Power Point Presentation on some of the LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists attacks  (save and open)

Easter Holidays Massacre in Sri Lanka - LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists attacked a passenger bus to massacre five Sri Lanka Army Soldiers, killing 8 civilians and injuring 28 (Tamil pilgrims of Madhu Church Easter Festival).(Full details in SPUR Web Page).

LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorist suicide bomb blast one more bus: 15 killed & 40 injured in a crowded bus at Seenigama, Hikkaduwa, south of Colombo in Sri Lanka - 06 January 2007 (Read full details in SPUR)

LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorist kill 6 innocent civilians and injures another 63, by exploding a bomb in a public passenger bus at Nittambuwa, near Colombo in Sri Lanka on Friday, 05 January 2007 (Read full Details in SPUR Web Page)  Please download the PDF Flyer

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) have laid fresh charges against two Melbourne terrorism suspects, accused of being members of the Tamil Tigers (Read more details in SPUR)

LTTE Atrocities - 2006 Review (See details in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Chronology of LTTE Tamil Tiger Atrocities since June 2005

See full details of LTTE's Somadevi School massacre (7 Dec 2006) in SPUR Web Page

Sri Lanka's Defence Secretary, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, escapes assassination by LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists in Sri Lanka ....

Details on LTTE's Suicide Attack in Habarana (2006 Oct 15)

Details on LTTE's Suicide Bomb Attack on Tsunami Devastated Town, Galle

Information Received from Anti-LTTE Tamils

Chronology of Suicide Bomb Attacks by LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists in Sri Lanka

Suicide Attacks by the LTTE

Massacre of Muslims in Muttur by the LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists on 03 August 2006

HOW THE MISSILE CARRYING LTTE SHIP WAS DESTROYED (Please click for the video)

Major incidents involving the LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists outside Sri Lanka (May 2007)

A home guard beheaded by the LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists - The tiger terrorists killed a home guard at Sirimangalapura in Serunuwara Police division in Trincomalee. The incident happened at the early morning on 24 July 2006 (Full report in NMAT).

LTTE TERRORISTS SEVER HEAD OF A HOME GUARD NEAR TRINCOMALEE AND RUNS AWAY WITH THE HEAD (Full report in LankaWeb).  (Details in SPUR).

Major General Parami Kulatunga assassinated by LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists LTTE_Atrocities_20060626_Parami_Kulatunga.htm

Chronology of Suicide Bomb Attacks by LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists in Sri Lanka (Click here for details).

See details and photos in SPUR

Massive Demonstration to demand banning the Tamil Tiger terrorists under the Criminal Code of Australia.

Organised by several community organisations in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Woolongong etc

(See SPUR Website for more photos, please click here)

Kebitigollewe Massacre (15 June 2006), Read full details and phots in SPUR WebPage. Carnage at Kebithigollewa (Photos in Island). Download in PDF 1.88 MB  Terror Strike on Public Bus in Kebithigollewa Called to Memory

Read full details on Suicide Bomb Attack on Lt General Sarath Fonseka - 25 April 2006.

Kalyanapura, Gomarankadawala Massacre on 23 April 2006

Welikanda Massacre on 29 May 2006   PDF Brochure

LTTE's attack on Sri Maha Bodhiya at Anuradhapura (14 May 1985).

Policemen and security personnels look at the bodies of construction workers who were shot dead by Tigers in an execution-style massacre, 30 May 2006 in Welikanda. ( AFP) (Details in Island). (See more details in SPUR)

LTTE Tamil Tiger Atrocities

This document contains some photographs of poor innocent children, women and men brutally massacred by the LTTE Tamil Tiger terrorists.   Warning: The photographs may offend the sensibilities of some readers.

(see more LTTE atrocities in SPUR Webpage)

 

Enough is Enough - It is now clear to everyone that all these terrorist activities are being planned and executed by the LTTE Tamil Tiger terrorists living in lodges in Colombo. Therefore, the Sri Lanka Govt should take immediate actions to inspect all these lodges in Colombo and arrest suspected LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists. 

An Appeal to the Defence Secretary

  • Open Letter to Mr. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Defence Secretary, Government of Sri Lanka Colombo, Sri Lanka - By Asoka Weerasinghe, Canada (03 January 2008) Click here for the full letter.

  • Open Letter to Mr. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Defence Secretary - Flush out undesirables in Colombo - By Vajiragnana Warnakulasuriya, Melbourne, Australia (04 January 2008) - Click here for the full letter.

  • A Plea from a Retired Tamil Public Servant living in Colombo, Sri Lanka (read details).

  • Enough is enough – Please take steps to eliminate terrorism - By Ben Silva, United Kingdom (read full letter)

 

 

President Mahinda Rajapaksa requests UN officials to take action against Child Conscription by the LTTE

A list of atrocities committed by the LTTE on Tamils, whom the LTTE say have to be "liberated"(Read the atrocities from May 2002 to September 2003)

Killing / Abduction / Attempt to Murder Causing Injuries to EPDP Members by LTTE since Signing of Ceasefire Agreement on 23rd February 2002 until September 2004

HOSTILE ACTS OF THE LTTE INTIMATED TO THE EPDP

THE GATHERING STORM IN THE EAST 

LTTE's deadliest vehicle bomb attacks (June 2007)

Raising the LTTE Flag in USA - The New York Society for United Sri Lankans in a letter addressed to Mr. Evans Owens of the US Embassy in Colombo said if the laws banning the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the US allow a front organization of the terrorists to teach Tamil students of New York such doctrines as ethnic cleansing as correct the proscribing law must be a real ass and a real hollow one (See LankaWeb).

VIP treatments by the Government of Sri Lanka to the terrorist leader who was / is / will be  distributing lies worldwide to damage the good name of the Government of Sri Lanka and who planned the deaths of thousands of defence personnel and unarmed civilians (Read Full details in SPUR).

Imploding Federalism in Australia - Are there Lessons for Sri Lanka? (full report in PDF format).


The Sting in the Tigers' Tale

(read full transcript in SBS Dateline).

 

The Norwegian Peace Facilitators in Sri Lanka 

Report prepared by Norwegians against Terror (NAT)
Oslo, Friday 13th January 2006


Please download the PDF version of the report and use it for lobbying purposes. www.senter.no/norway.pdf  or www.svik.org/PDF/norway.pdf

 

Please read in full, the award winning article by Namini Wijedasa - Tigers kill democracy in Batticaloa - Blatant, relentless child recruitment

Tamil Tigers Extort Diaspora for ?Final War? Funds
Tamil Families and Businesses in Canada, UK Threatened  (Full report in Visit Human Rights Watch)    http://hrw.org/reports/2006/ltte0306/

LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists continue to assassinate civilians, members of the rival political parties and security personnel under the banner of cease-fire agreement (CFA) 

Press Release by EU - Declaration by the Presidency on behalf of the European Union condemning the actions of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)EU Declaration on LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists - 26 September 2005

LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists continue to assassinate civilians, members of the rival political parties and security personnel under the banner of cease-fire agreement (CFA). (see details in SPUR) (Read the Media Release by SLUNA, 21 January 2006)

  Liberate Tamils from the LTTE Tiger Terrorists   (more details)

LTTE Front Organisations identified by various sources (See Details in Lak Handa UK) Visit Lak Handa (UK) Home Page

 

   

Liberate Tamils from LTTE Tiger Terrorists

Click here for more details

 

Between February 2002 and August 2005, 2,069 complaints were registered against the LTTE. Of these, 1,693 have been ruled as CFA violations. The SLMM had ruled that the total number of CFA violations committed by the LTTE, involving all categories, is 3,113. Of the 141 cases ruled as CFA violations by the Sri Lankan armed forces, there are no complaints of child recruitment. Pointing out that upto the end of August, the UNICEF had recorded 1,277 outstanding cases of child recruitment, the Coalition emphasised that "the recruitment of any child under the age of 18 for military purposes ? whether forced or voluntary ? is contrary to international human rights norms." (Hindu, 05 Oct 2005)

Media Release - Tamil Tiger Terrorist Attacks Heighten Tensions In Sri Lanka  (Full Media Release of SLUNA, Canada).

Worldwide Protests against the current Norway Government and the LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists Atrocities (Read Norway and LTTE)

 

10 December 2005 in Geneva (Organised by patriots in Italy)

 

30 October 2005 - Italy, Rome (Piazza Della Republica)

 

18 September 2005 - Protest opposite UN against LTTE atrocities - A protest rally against political assassinations including that of Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadiragamar, recruitment of child soldiers, import of military weapons and other terrorist activities, was held at the UNO Headquarters, in New York on September 18 (Sunday) between 1.00 p.m. and 3.00 p.m. A large number of Sri Lankans resident in the New York and New Jersey states participated. The protesters forwarded a petition to the UN Secretary-General with copies to other world leaders (Full report in Island).

 

17 September 2005 (Saturday) - In Kathania (from Piazza Borgo to Piazza Duomo), Italy- 3:30pm

 

Melbourne (11 September) - A massive protest rally on famous "9 / 11" in front of the State Parliament in Victoria, Melbourne, Australia (Click here for Photos and details). Click here for the Media Release

 

Vancouver (27 August) - A mass protest will be held at the Georgia Plaza of the Vancouver Art Gallery at 750 Hornby Street (Hornby Street / West Georgia Street), Vancouver

 

Los Angeles (17 Aug) - Protest in Los Angeles against LTTE (LankaTruth).

 

Canada (17 Aug) , USA (18 Aug) and UK (19 Aug)  - JVP International takes protests across Atlantic (details and Photos in SinjelaNet)  - Protests in France, Canada and UK against LTTE Protests in France, Canada and UK against LTTE (Lanka Truth).

 

Paris (17 Aug 2005) - JVP internationally protests against the LTTE (Full details in SinhelaNet)

 

Canberra (18 Aug 2005) - Australian Sri Lankans stage vibrant demonstrations in front of the Sri Lankan and Norwegian diplomatic missions

 

International Crisis Group (ICG) - Crisis Expert and Export Crisis? ............

Trying to convince Virginia Judge ...  the "True" nature of the LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists in Sri Lanka ............

 

Defense of Viginia Judge New South Wales MP lacks credibility (Asian Tribune)

 

Do 3000 votes justify, challenging a Country?s Sovereignty ? a Sri Lankan asks Ms. Virginia Judge MP (Asian Tribune)

 

Ms.Virginia Judge, NSW MP defended (Asian Tribune)

 

TO YOU VIRGINIA JUDGE, AND TO YOU THE FRIENDS OF SRI LANKA (LankaWeb)

 

Statement made in the New South Wales Parliament on September 15, 2005 (SLUNA)

 

Another open letter to New South Wales Member of Parliament Ms.Virginia Judge (Asian Tribune : 23 September 2005)

 

An open letter by a Sri Lankan to Ms. Virginia Judge, New South Wales MP (Asian Tribune: 22 Sept 2005)

 

"I experienced first-hand a concerted campaign to prevent me from traveling to Tamil Eelam" ? Virginia Judge (Asian Tribune: 17 Sept 2005)

 

Australian MP carrying dollars to Mullaitivu ? LTTE stronghold (Asian Tribune : 31 Aug 2005)

 

Jane's Intelligence Reports

 

The Eelam Peoples Democratic Party (EPDP), alleged that the LTTE was responsible for the killing of journalist Dharmaratnam Sivaram on April 28, 2005.

Probe LTTE atrocities since signing the CFA (click here for details)

LTTE Tamil tiger terrorists air assets a threat to India and Sri Lanka

Assassination of Major Nizam Muthaliff 

It is immoral that LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists want innocent Tamil children to fight the war for them. There is simply no excuse, no acceptable argument for arming innocent Tamil children http://www.spur.asn.au/childwar.htm

So-called Joint Mechanism or P-TOMS

 

Read Full details on the Supreme Court judgement on P-TOMS

P-TOMS funding ? another let down - By Neville Ladduwahetty

Joint Mechanism, a mechanism for unconditional empowerment - by Neville Ladduwahetty -

Joint Mechanism ? a prelude to Tiger Eelam - by Neville Ladduwahetty

Memorandum of Understanding for Establishment of a Post-Tsunami Operational Management Structure Preamble

Anti-JM protests in Colombo - Norwegians protected Protests held in all major cities

Getting ready for the grand betrayal

Power Point Presentation on so-called Joint Mechanism (269 KB only). Please circulate

  http://www.spur.asn.au/Can_Donor_countries_promote_terrorism.ppt

 

 Power Point Presentation on so-called Joint Mechanism (269 KB only). Please circulate 

Sri Lanka Development Forum

Inaugural session held on Tuesday, 16 May 2005

Paper presented by Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thera (read full)

Let's carry the important message given by Ven Rathana thero to all donor countries - Ven Rathana thero used the golden opportunity tactfully to directly address the representatives of all the donor countries and international lending agencies to expose the LTTE. Now, it is the responsibility of all patriots to carry the initial message given by Ven Rathana thero to all donor countries, by explaining in details the danger of this so-called secretive Joint Mechanism (SPUR Media Release)

The link between LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists and the Tamil Rehabilitation Organisation (TRO)

Read Australia House of Representatives Hansard No 3, 2004 - Tuesday, 7 December 2004 - See Pages 141 - 142
Here below the URL :
http://www.aph.gov.au/hansard/reps/dailys/dr071204.pdf
A very important statement by Hon Alexander Downer, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Government of Australia. (See Question No 41 in page Nos 141-142 - Government of Australia, House of Representatives, Official Hansard, No 3, 2004 - Tuesday, 7 December 2004)

Over 7,000 NGOs in Sri Lanka; Now NGOs are running the country undermining Sri Lanka's sovereignty. A commission is required to investigate the hidden agenda's of this NGO Mafia, and expel them from Sri Lanka (see details)

The LTTE is South East Asia with Special Focus on Thailand.  Prepared by R-Senter, Norway - 24 November 2004 http:www.svik.org/PDF/ltteasia.pdf  

(Click here for details of the Press Conference held last night)

  http://www.svik.org/Videos/karuna.wmv

The forgotten victims of WAR and Peace in Sri Lanka

Navy plans to launch its own website http://www.navy.lk/ on December 10. This coincides with its 54 anniversary.

 

 

SPUR Sub - Webpages

Home  SPUR Policy Clarification Massacre of 175 Muslims by LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists

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Ethnic cleansing in Sri Lanka

Power-point presentation indicating the atrocities committed by the world's most ruthless Tamil Tiger Terrorist group (LTTE) of Sri Lanka (Power Point Presentation)

A Trail of LTTE Atrocities (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

Prominent Tamil Leaders Assassinated by the LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists

Prominent Political Leaders Assassinated by The LTTE

Political killings by LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists

LTTE Tamil Tiger Atrocities

Power Point Presentation on LTTE Atrocities

Serial Killings of some of the Parliamentarians by LTTE Tamil Tigers

LTTE has so far killed 23 parliamentarians

Please sponsor a "Ranaviru" Child (New Management)

Chronology of LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorist's recent attacks on passenger buses and trains

450 Years of Colonialism (Part 1 - British Rule) / (Part 2 - Dutch Rule) /  (Part 3 - Portuguese Rule) 
More LTTE Atrocities Page 1 More LTTE Atrocities Page 2
More LTTE Atrocities Page 3 Media Releases SPUR Mission Statement
LTTE bomb attack on Central Bank, Colombo LTTE bombs Sri Dalada Maligawa in Sri Lanka
LTTE Child Combatants  by Rohan Gunaratna SPUR Mission Statement News - Archives
LTTE TERRORIST OFFICES, FRONT ORGANISATIONS AND OTHER SYMPATHETIC ORGANISATIONS THAT ESPOUSES THE SAME TERRORIST CAUSE, BASED IN THE UK  Eelam House The forgotten victims of WAR and Peace in Sri Lanka
LTTE International Secretariat Two Unmanned Aerial Aircrafts smuggled to Sri Lanka in September 2003... Who has smuggled those two planes ? What
LTTE activities in South Africa

South African LTTE Connections Exposed

International and Regional Implications of the Sri Lankan Tamil Insurgency - Rohan Gunaratne

Sri Dalada Maligawa in Kandy (World Heritage Centre) WORLD OPINION about LTTE Tamil Tigers
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and Answers LTTE Tamil Tigers in Thailand
Gonagala Massacre in Ampare - LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists massacred 61 Sinhalese villagers including
17 Women and 7 children on 18 September 1999
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Child Soldiers

Child Soldiers (1)

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Child Soldiers of The Liberation Tiger of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)

Chronology of Suicide Bomb Attacks by Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka

Suicide Killings - DataChronology of Suicide Bomb Attacks by Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka

Suicide Killings - An Overview

LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists bomb Central Bank in Colomo, Sri Lanka killing 58 civilians and injuring several hundreds

Please send your opinion to King Parayakaran or the JVP?

SPUR Advertisements Page
SPUR Foster Parents Project -  "Ranaviru" Child   Tamil National Alliance parliamentary candidate Rajan Sathiyamoorthy was killed by LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists on 30 March 2004.

Evangelical movement in North and East led by the LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists ......LTTE Tamil Tigers Attempt to Assassinate Hindu Leader, Minister T Maheshwaran

Media Release of the World Alliance for Peace in Sri Lanka Unmanned Aerial Aircrafts Smuggled in September 2003

Norway - "Peace" or "Piece" Brokers in Sri Lanka

Summary of LTTE activities prior to 2000 (Part 1) Summary of LTTE activities prior to 2000 (Part 2) Summary of LTTE activities prior to 2000 (Part 3)
Summary of LTTE activities prior to 2000 (Part 4) Summary of LTTE activities prior to 2000 (Part 5) Summary of LTTE activities prior to 2000 (Part 6)
Summary of LTTE activities prior to 2000 (Part 6) Summary of LTTE activities prior to 2000 (Part 7) Summary of LTTE activities prior to 2000 (Part 8)
Summary of LTTE activities prior to 2000 (Part 9) Summary of LTTE activities prior to 2000 (Part 10) Summary of LTTE activities prior to 2000 (Part 11)
Summary of LTTE activities prior to 2000 (Part 12) Summary of LTTE activities prior to 2000 (Part 13) NGO
LTTE Activities in South Africa Norway and LTTE  
Is LTTE the Sole Representatives of Tamils? - By Prof Shantha K Hennayake The Facts About So Called Discrimination Katunayake International Airport Attack
Please download "Sithumina Vol 1", the monthly electronic news bulletin of SPUR Victoria in Acrobat format Please download "LakHanda Vol 1 in 2004", the news bulletin of SPUR Victoria in Acrobat format LTTE Child Combatants  by Rohan Gunaratna
"Slideshow: Sri Lanka Bombing" link to see the slide show. http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/stories/srilanka/feature2.html

Slide show on Sri Lanka Bombings

Friday 2 March 2001 - Melbourne Central Conference Centre, Melbourne, Australia
Sponsored and organised by
Society for Peace, Unity and Human Rights for Sri Lanka Inc. (SPUR)

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Lanka Truth top stories on the national question LankaWeb Go2lanka
Heladiva Sinhale in Italy Sihala Urumaya in UK
Terrorism Research Centre InternationalSinhela (Hela) Centre UK Gateway
United Sinhalese Association in Italy Sri Lankan Events in Melbourne Nishanthaya
Sihala Urumaya (SU) Reports from SU Situation Reports from SU
Power Gamis in War & Peace - By Prof Harendra De Silva WebPage of Umberto Gui Report of Sinhala Commission
UNICEF Press Releases Sri Lanka Democracy Forum Umberto Guy
Sacrilage
Global Terrorism -
Lecture given by the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, London on 15th April 1998.
International and Regional Implications of the Sri Lankan Tamil Insurgency - Rohan Gunaratne
TIGERS, 'MODERATES' AND PANDORA'S PACKAGE - By SL Gunasekara  TAMIL SEPARATIST ISSUE IN SRI LANKA
AND THE DEVOLUTION PROPOSALS - overview By S B Hettiarachchi
Kingdom of Jaffnapatnum - "Traditional Homelands" The Verdict of Cartographic History
THE SO-CALLED TAMIL KINGDOM OF JAFFNA -
By Prof. S.Ranwella
Racism: the evil elite of Jaffna - H.L.D. Mahindapala - 6th, October 1996
The revolt of the privileged - H.L.D. Mahindapala - 29th September 1996
The Liberation of Kilinochchi - ACSLU Statement issued after the Capture of Kilinochchi
LTTE INTERNATIONAL CONNECTIONS LTTE ACTIVITIES IN THE UK

Bangkok Post 29/10/97 - Tigers adopt a new tool of terror International & Regional Security Implications of the Sri lankan Tamil  Insurgency.
by
Rohan Gunaratna

South African LTTE Connections Exposed - By Rohan Gunaratna

LIBERATION TIGERS OF TAMIL EELAM?S (LTTE) INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION AND OPERATIONS - A PRELIMINARY ANALYSIS

Peter Chalk

Tamil Tigers receive training in Pan-Negroist South Africa

EU Election Observation Mission (EOM) to Sri Lanka, Parliamentary elections - April 2004
Human Rights Watch (Canada) Janes Intelligence Sri Lanka Democracy Forum
Free Lanka Media Asian Tribune EPDP News
Sihala Yovun Saviya in Colombo, Sri Lanka Child Soldiers in Sri
Lanka 
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Latest security situation from Sri Lanka Army News Centre Latest Reports from UTHR From the Parliament (Lanka Truth)
Security Situation from Go2lanka.com Janavijaya Foundation (Ven Soma Thero). University Teachers for Human Rights (Jaffna)
SCN Features Syndicate Presents...
Ranil's Diary
The Coaliation to Stop Child Soldiers

LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists bomb Central Bank in Colombo, Sri Lanka killing 58 civilians and injuring several hundreds

Janes Defence Page
SPUR Foster Parents Project -  "Ranaviru" Child   News from Lanka Truth Latest News from Sri Lanka Army
Hostile Acts by the LTTe Tamil Tiger Terrorists Against the Other Political Parties and Civilians (EPDP) Umberto Gui Assassination of EPDP (Political Party) Members by LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists
LTTE Tax System LTTE Political Killings (Muslims) The True History Of Sri Lanka
 
Voice of Sinhela from Germany Rupavahini News

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Media Releases of SRI LANKA UNITED NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CANADA [SLUNA]
P.O.Box 55292, 300 Borough Drive Toronto Ontario M1P 4Z7 Canada

Suicide terrorism: a global threat (Janes's Intelligence)

Tamil Democratic Forum (TDF) in Denmark

Please visit new website

Helabima at http://www.helabima.org/

Sihala Urumaya March to Maniraakulam LTTE Camp:Page1, Page2, Page3, Page4 News from the Official Website if the Govt of Sri Lanka. Persons Chargeable With Treason - THE DOSSIER - The Chronicle Of acts of omission and commission which are seriously detrimental to the Sri Lankan nation and the state. Click on Lakhanda
LTTE Child Combatants  by Dr Rohan Gunaratna In the Shadow of a Cease-fire: The Impacts of Small Arms Availability and Misuse in Sri Lanka, by Chris Smith, October 2003 Tamil tigers in Norway

Mysterious  Sudden  Passing  Away  of The  Most  Ven.  Gangodawila  Soma
Maha  Nayaka  Thera

Sinhala Net

Tigers and us - by Association of United Tamils Overseas (AUTO) London

Child Soldiers - 1 (from EPDP)

Child Soldiers - 2 (from EPDP)

PNM Website

Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)

LakHanda (UK)

The Mackenzie Institute (Canada)
The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA)   UNICEF Press Releases

Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies

 

LIBERATION TIGERS OF TAMIL EELAM?S (LTTE) INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION AND OPERATIONS - A PRELIMINARY ANALYSIS Peter Chalk Winter COMMENTARY No. 77 Canadian Security Intelligence Service March 17, 2000

Turning a Blind Eye to Terrorism (The Mackenzi Institute in Canada).

Canada and Terrorism

 

Atrocities commited by LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists to their own Tamil people
International and Regional Implications of the Sri Lankan Tamil Insurgency - ByRohan Gunaratne
The Svik organisation in NorwaySri Lanka 

Ethnic cleansing of Northern Muslims

Sri Lanka Navy
Danish political parties spearhead a move to ban LTTE in Denmark, as well as in the EU (Asian Tribune)

Persons Chargeable With Treason- THE DOSSIER - The Chronicle Of acts of omission and commission which are seriously detrimental to the Sri Lankan nation and the state. Click on Lakhanda (UK) Web Page

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Two Unmanned Aerial Aircrafts smuggled to Sri Lanka in September 2003... Who has smuggled those two planes ? What happened to the investigations ?

Lanka peace process : Voice your opinion to India.Info Web Page

 

Media Releases of SPUR and WAPS (Contd)

JOINT STATEMENT FROM SRI LANKAN ORGANISATIONS IN AUSTRALIA ON THE MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING (MoU) SIGNED BY SRI LANKA GOVERNMENT WITH TAMIL TIGERS - Surrendering Democracy and Rewarding Terrorism - The Memorandum of Capitulation (MoC)  - SPUR Media Release - March 2002

Resolution adopted at the Annual General Meeting held on 20 April 2002 (SPUR)

Environmental Vandal Norway Eyes Sri Lanka?s Rich Environmental Heritage (Full Details in SPUR Web Page : 17 July 2002)

MEDIA RELEASE by Pacific Alliance for Peace in Sri Lanka (PAPS)

DO NOT REWARD THE LTTE FOR TERROR, MURDER AND COERCION (June 2002)

Pacific Alliance for Peace in Sri Lanka (PAPS) Urges the USA Government to Read the Riot Act to the LTTE (6 July 2002)

SRI LANKA'S TERRITORIAL SEA CANNOT BE HANDED OVER TO A TERRORIST  ORGANIZATION TO SUBVERT DEMOCRACY AND CREATE A SEPARATE STATE IN SRI LANKA (23 April 2003)

CHOOSING FASCIST TIGERS OVER MUSLIMS IN THE EAST AND OTHER UNARMED CITIZENS (26 April 2003)

ANY CHANGES TO HIGH SECURITY ZONE (HSZ) BOUNADARIES WILL THREATEN NATIONAL SECURITY AND THE SAFETY OF CIVILIANS IN JAFFNA - Media Release of Pacific Alliance for Peace in Sri Lanka (PAPS) -Tuesday, 6 May 2003

Media Release (Thursday, 15 May 2003) by Pacific Alliance for Peace in Sri Lanka (PAPS) - Elimination of Unsung, Unwept, and Dauntless Defenders of Sri Lanka continues - Government's deafening silence is CONDEMNED (full Media Release in SPUR).

  Media Release (Friday, 16 May 2003) by An Alliance of Expatriate Organisations Put the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission on Notice - STOP INTERFERING AND INFRINGING ON SRI LANKA'S SOVEREIGNITY (read full in SPUR).

Media Release (21 May 2003) - World Alliance of Patriotic Organisations  say "Enough is Enough" and Request President to Disband the SLMM

Open Letter to World Bank Resident Representative in Sri Lanka by Alliance of Sri Lankan Expatriate Organisations - REWARDING TERRORISM AND UNDERMINING DEMOCRACY IN SRI LANKA

Open Letter to Prime Minister of Thailand in Sri Lanka by Alliance of Sri Lankan Expatriate Organisations - Stamp Out Tamil Tiger Terrorist Gun Running - Help Sri Lanka Eradicate Tamil Tiger Terrorism

Open Letter to the President of Sri Lanka (2 June 2003) - The Government Should Not Capitulate to Terrorist Blackmail - Reject Outright the Demand for an Interim Administration

The World Alliance for Peace in Sri Lanka (WAPS) says in a letter to President and Defence Minister of Sri Lanka "We are deeply shocked by the news that the Defence Ministry is about to issue a dictum to Sri Lanka's Navy to fly the flag of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) when patrolling Sri Lankan seas with SLMM representatives on board Navy vessels".

Media Release by the World Alliance for Peace in Sri Lanka (WAPS) - 20 June 2003. 'SLEEPERS WAKE! THE WATCHMAN IN THE HEIGHTS IS CALLING' 

World Alliance for Peace in Sri Lanka (WAPS) - Press Release : 13 July 2003 - The Nation must stand by its Servicemen and Women in this hour of need

Press Release by World Alliance for Peace in Sri Lanka (WAPS) : Sunday, 30 August 2003 - OPEN LETTER TO WORLD LEADERS AND HUMAN RIGHTS PROTECTION ORGANIZATIONS - Stop killing and intimidating political party members and civilians in Sri Lanka

Press Release by WAPS : Thursday, 11 September 2003 - Linking Aid to Good Governance

Press Release by SPUR :Sri Lanka Police action to remand democratic protesters is a clear violation of human rights (4 November 2003)

Press Release by SPUR :SPUR Rejects Outright Proposal by LTTE Terrorists for Establishing an Interim Self Governing Authority for the North and the East of Sri Lanka (4 November 2003)

Press Release by SPUR :The Sacking of Three Ministers and Suspending Sri Lanka?s Parliament (5 November 2003)

Press Release by WAPS :SACKING OF MINISTERS IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF SRI LANKA (7 November 2003)

Open Letter to President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaranatunga by the World Alliance for Peace in Sri Lanka (WAPS) - 4 Dec 2003

Critique of the LTTE?s proposals for an Interim Self-Governing Authority - By Mahinda Gunasekera, Honorary President Sri Lanka United National Association of Canada (SLUNA) - February 2004

Press Release of the World Alliance for Peace in Sri Lanka (WAPS) - Press Release Ref: A05F/UA/2004 dated February 11, 2004 issued by the Tamil Centre For Human Rights (TCHR) titled Hundreds of Christian Churches Vandalised in Sri Lanka

Media Release - Presidential Commission to Inquire into the Unexpected Death of Venerable Gangodawila Soma Thero (5 March 2004)

Media Release by SPUR - MAXIMISING ELECTORAL POWER (7 March 2004)

Press Release of the World Alliance for Peace in Sri Lanka (WAPS)  - SAVE SRI LANKA AND THE SRI LANKAN TAMIL COMMUNITY FROM THE GRIP OF TAMIL TIGER TERRORISTS (19 March 2004)

Press Release of the World Alliance for Peace in Sri Lanka (WAPS) - Sri Lankans call for annulment of north and east polls (09 April 2004).

SPUR Media Release - Sri Lanka?s Permanent Representative to the UN (17 April 2004)

WAPS Media Release : 31 May 2004 - Proposals to Establish an Interim Self ?Governing Authority for the North/East Region by the LTTE

WAPS Media Release - An Appeal to the Malwatte Chapter Mahanayake - Most Venerable Tibbutuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Thero (21 September 2004)

SPUR Condemns the Abduction of Civilians from Trincomalee and Urge the International Community and the Government of Sri Lanka to take Immediate Steps to Secure their Release (24 Sept 2004).

Norwegian Anti terrorism speaker says that LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists sold hundreds of Norwegian passports to Al Qaeda group

Please read the following two reports. If you wish, please get a hard-copy and forward to those individuals / organizations to act against the funding by the Norwegian Government to LTTE, it's front organisations and their paid agents ....

(1) Report by the Norwegians Against Terror (NAT) - 14 January 2007 - The international Fight Against Terrorism- (report issued by the Norwegians Against Terrorism).  http://www.svik.org/nat1.pdf

(2) Report by the Norwegians Against Terror (NAT) - The Norwegian Peace Facilitators in Sri Lanka - 13 January 2006 (Last Year's Report) - http://www.svik.org/PDF/norway.pdf

Please save the innocent Tamil Children from the clutches of the LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists

Read more about LTTE's Child Soldiers http://www.spur.asn.au/childwar.htmchildwar.htm

http://www.spur.asn.au/LTTE_Child_Soldiers_Photo_Gallery.html

Read more and more about LTTE's Child Soldiers

http://www.spur.asn.au/childwar.htm

View how LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists are parading in Government controlled areas

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LTTE Tamil Tigers Attempt to Assassinate Hindu Leader, Minister T Maheshwaran (read details in SPUR).

Please download following Power Point Presentations (PPP) for lobbying purposes

Responses to Dr. John Whitehall, Pediatrician Director, Townsville Hospital Neonatal Unit Queensland, Australia.

The Chinese in Malaysia is not entitled to a second homeland in Malaysia where a large Chinese community lives. Its real homeland or native is China . Malaysia is the homeland of the Malays where they are the bhoomiputras. So why should Tamils be entitled to a second homeland in Sri Lanka when next door to this island is their real homeland having a history of many thousands of years of Tamil civilization? Any foreigner has only to visit Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu see the difference between the two countries and find out what the true Tamil homeland or native land is.
Homeland .......We should note the difference between a person's land of birth and his/her motherland (or fatherland as the Germans would say). The latter is the land of our ancestors who built a civilization culture and language for over two centuries. Accordingly Sri Lanka is the motherland of the Sinhalas. They have no other home land or mother land in any other part of the world, unlike the Tamils whose homeland is Tamil Nadu established on January 14, 1969. Ninety percent of the world's Tamil population lives in India and 75 percent of them in Tamil Nadu which is twice the size of Sri Lanka .

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LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists shot this child at point blank range when refused to join

(read more to understand the true nature of the LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists)

 

APRC Proposals ....... The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna has already warned the government that it would face dire consequences, at the forthcoming budget, if it backs the APRC proposals for a Federal State. JHU and MEP representatives of the APRC have publicly denounced the Chairman for his efforts to undermine the mandate received at the last presidential election for a unitary state. The persistent attempt by the Chairman of the APRC to sell a set of proposals based on the very same report of the expert panel, rejected by the main political parties (SLFP.JVP, JHU, MEP etc) who were instrumental when bringing the present regime into power, could drag the ruling circles into a difficult situation unless remedial action is taken in time.
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International Crisis Group (ICG) - Crisis Expert and Export Crisis? .............

Open Warrant Issued to Arrest Prabhakaran 

High Court judge Sarath Ambepitiya issued an open warrant through the CID to arrest Prabhakaran and three others who were absconding. He said the LTTE leader was guilty on 51 counts and each count carried 20 years in jail making a total of 1020 years. But for practical purposes the Judge said he was imposing the sentence only on the first ten counts making a total of 200 years in jail.

Wanted by Interpol

http://www.interpol.int/public/Data/Wanted/Notices/Data/1994/54/1994_9054.asp

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Since the restoration of democracy in the Eastern Province, the Sri Lankan Government has allocated Rs. 6.2 billion for its development.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan, Chief Minister of the Eastern Province (Commonly known as Pillayan, who joined the LTTE at the age of 14 as a child soldier and gave up the armed struggle and choose the way of democracy) at the opening ceremony of the Arugam Bay Bridge.

Canada bans World Tamil Movement

A Toronto-based non-profit organisation has been outlawed by Canadian Cabinet under the Anti-Terrorism Act, in what may signal an aggressive new approach to combating terrorist financing in Canada.

Public Security Minister Stockwell Day announces Monday in Toronto that the World Tamil Movement has been added to the government’s list of terrorist groups. (Adrian Wyld / CP)

Currently listed entities

(read details in Public Safety Canada).

Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)

Also known as
The Tamil Tigers, the Eellalan Force, the Ellalan Force, the Tiger Movement, the Sangilian Force, the Air Tigers, the Black Tigers (Karum Puligal), the Sea Tigers, the Tiger Organization Security Intelligence Service (TOSIS), the Women's Combat Force of Liberation Tigers (WCFLT)

Description
The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is a Sri Lankan-based organization which advocates the creation of an independent homeland in the north and northeastern part of Sri Lanka which it has called "Tamil Eelam". Its war against the government of Sri Lanka has been fought on three fronts: a political campaign, guerrilla warfare, and a terrorist campaign. The LTTE is committed to using a variety of terror tactics in order to achieve its objectives, including attacking political, economic, religious and cultural targets, as well as targeting civilians. The LTTE's campaign has included plans to create Tamil-only northern and eastern provinces, and to this end it has aggressively expelled non-Tamils from these regions. The LTTE also endeavours to eliminate moderate Tamils and other Tamil militant groups that compete with it for influence and power within the Sri Lankan Tamil community.

Date listed
April 8, 2006

Date reviewed *
November 9, 2006

World Tamil Movement

Description
The World Tamil Movement, created in 1986, is the leading front organization for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in Canada. The various offices of the WTM in Canada transfer funds to bank accounts in Sri Lanka meant for the LTTE. The leadership of the WTM acts at the direction of leaders of the LTTE. WTM representatives canvas areas in Canada with large Tamil populations demanding large donations on behalf of the LTTE. Refusals to contribute often lead to threats and intimidation.

Date listed
June 16, 2008

(for details, please visit the web page of Public Safety Canada).

In 1926, a statement by Anagarika Dharmapala

 

Friday, 24 April 2009 08:42 AM 

The Sri Lanka Government has successfully completed the "Rescue Operation to free Tamil Civilians from the clutches of the LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists". But, some Western nations are interfering Sri Lanka's sovereignty at this 11th-hour.

 
Wanni Operation 23 rd April 2009 (Sinhala)
Northern Battle Front 23 rd April 2009 (Sinhala)


LTTE Tamil Tiger's Media Spokesman, Daya Master, and Interpreter, George Master surrender to Sri Lanka Army

 

LTTE's Media Spokeman "Daya Master" & Interpreter, George Surrender to SLA (Tamil Version)

LTTE's Media Spokeman "Daya Master" & Interpreter, George Surrender to Sri Lanka Army (Sinhala Version)

Velayuthan Thayanithi alias Daya Master.

Velayudam Thayanidhi alias Daya Master, was born on March 3, 1956 Is a former private English tutor. Later joined the terrorists outfit and is known to be one of the most senior member of the LTTE.

Was the head of the LTTE media and propaganda machinery for years until he was sacked from his position.

Was kept under house arrest by the LTTE leader for revealing intelligence information of the outfit.

 

Kumar Pancharathnam alias George Master.

George, is a former postmaster in the Postal Department Known to be one of the most senior LTTE cadre. A language translator of the outfit Was once the English translator to Thamiselvam, former LTTE “political head

 

 

 

 

 

Wanni Operation 22 nd April 2009

Northern Battle Front 22 nd April 2009

In 2006, on humanitarian grounds, the Sri Lanka Government provided VIP medical treatments to Daya Master.

13 July 2006 - In 2006, LTTE’s media coordinator Daya Master who suffered a severe heart attack on Wednesday evening was rushed to Colombo early Thursday morning. The LTTE had contacted the government through the SLMM and permission for the passage of Daya Master to Colombo came from the President’s Office. The vehicle carrying Daya Master, his wife and son had arrived at the Omanthai entry/exit checkpoint at 6.30 pm on Wednesday. When the vehicle was checked only the driver was in possession of a national identity card. The vehicle neither had a revenue license nor an insurance policy. The entourage was led by an army jeep followed by his Montero Jeep, an Amy Jeep, and the SLMM vehicle. Daya Master arrived at the Apollo Hospital at 1.30 am on Thursday under tight security.

LTTE leaders in disarray

Troops give first aid to a child injured in LTTE firing on Monday. (Army Media)

 

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Daya Master and George seek refuge with Army - Two top LTTE leaders, Velayuthan Thayanithi alias Daya Master and Kumar Pancharathnam alias George have sought refuge with Sri Lanka Army. According to defence sources, the two LTTE leaders along with their family members arrived at the army defence line at Puthumathalan area this morning (Apr 22) and surrendered themselves to the Army officials. Daya Master, a former private English tutor later joined the terrorists outfit is known to be one of the most senior member of the LTTE. He was the head of the LTTE media and propaganda machinery for years until he was sacked from his position. George, a former postmaster in the government postal department is also known to be one of the most senior LTTE cadre. He is also a language translator of the outfit and once performed as the English translator to Thamiselvam, former LTTE "political head" (Full report and photos in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Saving civilians from Tigers and Crocodile Tears - The last week has seen what amount to pleas to save the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam reach hysterical levels. Whilst much of this was couched initially in language suggesting concern not for the Tigers, but for the civilians trapped by the Tigers, gradually the mask slipped, and the true colours of the interventionists showed themselves. The picture became clear when the Sri Lankan government granted a humanitarian pause which had been argued for on the grounds that this was essential for the captive civilians to escape. There was no actual argument for this, since a pause is needed when something has to be stopped, and there was no need to stop the Sri Lankan forces from firing on civilians fleeing to refuge amongst them. They had never even started this, and in the entire history previously of 65,000 finding their way to safety with the government, there was not a single allegation even of harm coming to them from our forces, even by accident. All the shooting and killing of these escapees was by the LTTE and therefore the plea to stop firing should have been made to them. But no, ulterior motives held sway here, and so the call had to be to the government. And then, when the government obliged, the hidden motives became clear. Instead of concerted pleas to the LTTE to honour the pause and let their captives free, immediately the cry was that the pause was not long enough, and that it had to be extended. Mr Miliband, with his hockey sticks attitude to life, even went on and on about a ceasefire, as was demanded by the motley crew of Tiger sympathizers who seem to have taken over the soul of the Labour Party. The claim was that two days was not enough. If common sense did not make it clear that this was nonsense, yesterday’s events, when almost 40,000 victims of the Tigers poured out in a day, would have given Mr Miliband and his cohorts the lie. But will there be an apology or even a retraction. Certainly not. How can a pillar of the Foreign Office be wrong, and mere darkies on the ground right about matters in their own country? (Full report in SCOPP).

Over 122,000 Wanni civilians seek refuge in Government - The 58 Division troops backed by the Commando and Special Forces troops yesterday continued their humanitarian operation to rescue the civilians trapped inside the Safe Zone after reaching the Eastern beachfront dividing the Safe Zone into two enabling more civilians to arrive into the military controlled areas as huge influx of civilians continued till yesterday evening. The Security Forces were able to rescue more than 62,000 within the last 48 hours ending midnight yesterday and more than 10,000 other civilians are awaiting to reach the Security Forces controlled areas. This brings the total number of civilians who fled the LTTE grip to over 122,000. "More than 58,000 civilians have arrived in military controlled areas by land and another 4,000 by sea", Army Commander Lt. General Sarath Fonseka told the Daily News. A huge influx of civilians were reported from the 58 Division area as more than one km long queue to enter Security Forces held areas was witnessed even by yesterday evening (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

"Sural Nada" in Kuwait in aid of "Api Wenuven Api" - The Seva Vanitha Unit of the Sri Lanka Embassy in Kuwait organized a cultural show themed "Sural Nada" in aid of the "Api Wenuven Api" Ranaviru Housing Scheme. Deputy Minister of Tourism Hon. Faiszer Musthapha, was the Chief Guest at the event on 3rd April, 2009. The event was organized by the Sri Lankan embassy in collaboration with the Sir Lankan Cultural Association in Kuwait. Earlier, on 6th February a similar event "Ranaviru Pranama" musical was organized and performed by the Sri Lanka Ranaviru Troupe as part of the 61st Independence Day Celebrations. "On that occasion a sum of Rs. 3 million was raised and later officially handed over to H.E the President in Colombo", embassy sources said in a communiqué‚ released (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Over 122,000 Tamil civilians escaped the "Human Shield" of the LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists .

Freedom at last Over 122,000 Vanni civilians seek refuge in Government: - The 58 Division troops backed by the Commando and Special Forces troops yesterday continued their humanitarian operation to rescue the civilians trapped inside the Safe Zone after reaching the Eastern beachfront dividing the Safe Zone into two enabling more civilians to arrive into the military controlled areas as huge influx of civilians continued till yesterday evening. The Security Forces were able to rescue more than 62,000 within the last 48 hours ending midnight yesterday and more than 10,000 other civilians are awaiting to reach the Security Forces controlled areas. This brings the total number of civilians who fled the LTTE grip to over 122,000. “More than 58,000 civilians have arrived in military controlled areas by land and another 4,000 by sea”, Army Commander Lt. General Sarath Fonseka told the Daily News. A huge influx of civilians were reported from the 58 Division area as more than one km long queue to enter Security Forces held areas was witnessed even by yesterday evening. The Security Forces engaged in this humanitarian operation facilitated the arrival of tens of thousands of civilians into military controlled areas by providing them water and food as they reached the Security Forces controlled areas crossing the lagoon in Puthumattalan and Ampalavanpokkanai area. The Army Commander said the operation to rescue the civilians trapped inside the No Fire Zone was planned in such a way that civilians could reach the military controlled areas by land and also by sea as ground troops manned the beach fronts without enabling the LTTE to prevent the civilians fleeing by sea. “The civilians fleeing from the No Fire Zone are arriving towards Navy operating some 20 km away from the Safe Zone in Chundikulam and Nayaru”, the Army Commander said (Full report in Daily News).

President tells British PM: No pause necessary - The request by British Prime Minister Gordon Brown for a pause in military action was deemed as unnecessary by President Mahinda Rajapaksa considering the unexpected exodus of 35,000 civilians to the cleared areas from the No Fire Zone (NFZ). This was said by President Rajapaksa during a telephone conversation initiated by the British Prime Minister, yesterday. President Rajapaksa observed that this movement of civilians had evoked a completely new situation and he had instructed that additional consignments of food, medicine and other essentials be dispatched to these civilians who are sheltered. He explained that the people took to fleeing to the cleared areas amidst shooting and other forms of intimidation by the LTTE, now holed up in the NFZ. Subsequently by evening, another 5,000 people had moved out of the NFZ along the beach front to the North, he said. President Rajapaksa pointed out that he has a responsibility to take care of the welfare of these civilians and is committed to providing the required facilities and conditions. He assured the British Prime Minister that these displaced persons would be re-settled in their areas of habitation within the shortest possible time, following the clearance of landmines, which is being done with the assistance of the UN, and when the environment is secured. He also referred to the need for infrastructure development in Kilinochchi and other areas that had been under LTTE control all these years (Full report in Daily News).

63,000 TAMIL CIVILIANS MANAGED TO ESCAPE ON MONDAY AND TUESDAY TO THE GOVERNMENT CONTROLLED AREAS FROM TIGER HELD TERRITORY - By Walter Jayawardhana - Sri Lanka government authorities said about 63,000 Tamil civilians have escaped the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam held areas in the North Eastern Sri Lanka and escaped to the Sri Lanka government controlled areas seeking the services of the welfare centers during Monday and Tuesday. The Minister of rehabilitation said 154 buses have been deployed to Wanni area to transport the internally displaced persons to the welfare centers. At a press conference in Colombo the Minister said 74,000 IDP’s have been temporarily resettled and and accommodation for another 58,000 have been built . He said 6700 tents also have been sent for the use of the IDP’s. He said blocks of land to built more welfare centers have been demarcated at Periyankulam, Medawachchiya, and schools have been earmarked as temporary shelters at Puliyankulam, Thannikal and Omanthai. The IDP’s are expected to remain in the welfare centers until the security forces could complete the removal of thousands of land mines buried in the Vanni area. Meanwhile a deadline for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to surrender to the security forces ended 6.30 GMT on Tuesday with no response from the rebels. Army Commander Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka revealed that although the army knows the general area the LTTE leader is hiding they do not know exactly where he stays. He said action will be taken to destroy him. He told the BBC , "We do not know exactly the place where he is hiding, but we suspect he is most probably hiding among the civilians, trying to take cover behind them. "Therefore we have to be very careful about what action we take to ensure that no civilians get harmed." Rebel leader Prabhakaran was hiding in coastal strip about 8km long and 1.5km wide, Lt Gen Fonseka was quoted having said. Troops believe he could try to escape the war zone by boat, a method used by other rebel leaders. The army commander said there could be only 300-400 armed cadres still remaining but he said there could about also 700 forcibly armed people there (EOM).

Surrender deadline lapses, 15,000 more flee Tigers - With the deadline for the LTTE to surrender expiring at noon yesterday, a further 15,000 civilians had escaped from the Puthumathalan ‘No Fire’ zone to the Government controlled Puthukudiruppu. That number took the total to over 50,000 escapees since Monday and over 100,000 since the exodus from terrorist clutches began a month ago. Authoritative Military sources said that only around 10,000 civilians are still trapped in the ‘No Fire’ zone and the troops would continue operations to rescue them too. At noon on Monday the government gave the Tigers 24 hours to surrender but by noon yesterday they had not responded and military sources said the troops would continue with there mission to wipe the terrorists out. The Tigers, including their leader Velupillai Prabhakaran are now said to be trapped in the southern part of the NFZ. "Prabhakaran and key LTTE cadres, whose days are numbered, are mingling with the civilians, but their fate is a foregone conclusion," military sources said. Army Commander Lt. Gen Sarath Fonseka and military top brass were at a high level conference yesterday planning military strategies at the time this edition went to press. The troops were busy yesterday screening the civilians entering the cleared areas and dispatching them to the Vallipuram Transit Camp for IDP’s, Army sources said (Full report in Island).

Basil to visit India - Senior Presidential Advisor and Parliamentarian, Basil Rajapaksa would visit India shortly as a special envoy of President Mahinda Rajapaksa for talks with the Indian authorities, Media Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said at a press conference in Colombo yesterday. The Indian government had not changed its policy regarding the terrorist problem reiterating it was an internal problem of our country though the Tamil National Alliance members had visited India and tried their best to influence India. We are very thankful to the Indian government for their laudable stance, the Minister said. As the major power of the region India continued to strengthen peace and stability in the region by refusing to intervene in the internal affairs of our country that was waging a humanitarian war against terrorism. Though the TNA tried to use the opportunity to influence Indian authorities during the current election time, the Indian authorities did not yield to TNA’s pressure, he said. President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s recent visit to Kilinochchi was a historic one as even during a ceasefire agreement the former Prime Minister could not go beyond Vavuniya to sign the ceasefire agreement with the terrorist group, the Minister noted. The President not only visited the former terrorist administrative centre Kilinochchi but took the opportunity to thank the valiant soldiers, one by one, for the great service they had rendered to the country by defeating the terrorist group. Some external forces had tried to influence the Government to arrive at a ceasefire with the terrorists but the Government would continue its war against terrorism (Full report in Daily News).

French police to charge 184 Tamil rioters : French police will file criminal charges against most of the 184 Tamil Tiger cadres and sympathizers detained for rioting, possessing of weapons and damaging public property. On Monday police arrested 211 Tamils who fought policemen after attacking several busses and cars at La Chapelle area in Paris. After preliminary investigations, 27 of them were discharged. Police is conducting investigations to ascertain the links between the detained Tamils and the LTTE, which is a banned terrorist organization. On Monday Hundreds of demonstrators blocked an intersection in central Paris, throwing bottles at passing buses as they demanded that Sri Lanka end its military assault on Tamil-held areas. They carried placads saying "French people, react" and "Sarkozy, help us" and walked towards Gare du Nord train station for an unauthorised demonstration. Police said the demonstrators might be charged with belonging to an "armed gathering" as the bottles they threw could be considered weapons. Police urged the rioters to disperse peacefully, but the demostrators started to pelt stones and bottles at the policemen and passing vehicles. Three policemen received injuries due to the attack. For the last several weeks Tamils have been demonstrating in different venues in Paris. Police will also check the residential permits and passports of the detainees as most of them are suspected to be illegal immigrants. Those who are staying illegally will be deported with the assistance of the Sri lanka Embassy in Paris and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). French analysts are of the opinion that the rioters are hardcore LTTE cadres and they organized demonstrations as the Tigers are rapidly loosing the tiny stretch of land they control in Mulaiithivu district in North Sri Lanka. "They are desperate and they try to prevent the military from completely defeating the LTTE," a French political scientist said. "They know that the moment Kilinochchi is lost, they will loose their money collecting racket". The LTTE cadres in the Western capitals are collecting millions of Euros every month from the Tamil people. “The moment the LTTE is routed in Sri lanka the Tamils will stop payments and the :LTTE cadres in Europe will loose their luxury life style," analyst said (Asian Tribune).

Key LTTE leader Nishanthan killed - Key LTTE cadre Nishanthan alias Thamilan and another were yesterday killed by the troops. Military sources said Nishanthan was travelling in a vehicle when he and the other were fired at by the troops. He is the sixth LTTE front liner killed by the troops during the last two weeks. Other leaders killed in the recent past were Dheepan, Dhurga, Gadaffi and women leaders Dhurga and Vidusha (Island).

India cannot pardon Prabakaran: Priyanka - Amethi: Congress star campaigner Priyanka Vadra on Tuesday said India as a nation could not forgive LTTE chief V. Prabakaran for the assassination of the former Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi, though personally she and her family harboured no “hatred or anger” against the killers. Ms. Vadra downplayed the controversial comments of DMK chief and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi that Prabakaran was not a terrorist, saying she would have no “personal grief” even if anybody “praises” the LTTE chief. “This issue is both political and personal for me. I fully understand politically the former Prime Minister of India was assassinated and they (LTTE) cannot be pardoned by India as a nation,” she said when asked what treatment she would like to be meted out to Prabakaran if he was handed over to India by Sri Lanka. She hastened to add that “from humanity point of view, I have nothing against them [killers] in my heart...neither anger nor hatred.” Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by the LTTE in a suicide bomb attack at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu on May 21, 1991. Ms. Vadra, in interviews to the media while campaigning for her brother Rahul Gandhi, referred to her meeting with Nalini, one of the convicts , and described it as a learning experience. Asked whether she has forgiven Nalini, Ms.Vadra responded, “I am like Nalini. I am a human being. One human being cannot forgive another human being.” On Mr. Karunanidhi’s comment that Prabakaran was not a terrorist but a good friend, Ms.Vadra said, “If somebody says things about them [LTTE] or praises them, it does not cause us personal grief. Politics is quite separate to us from our personal grief.” At the same time, she noted that “he [Mr. Karunanidhi] has retracted his statement.” She declined comment on the AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa’s remark that Congress president Sonia Gandhi should tell the nation what she felt about the DMK chief’s remark. About Mr. Rahul Gandhi’s remark that the family was yet to get justice for the assassination, Ms.Vadra said she and her brother perhaps reacted differently (Hindu).

To the Editor: Ottawa Sun - Canada as broker for Sri Lanka's ceasefire - By Asoka Weerasinghe - Sir: The mass rescue of 39,081 Tamil civilians taken hostage by Tamil Tigers by the Sri Lankan Special Commando Forces on April 20 on the first day of their rescue mission is heartening. And prior to this rescue, 70,000 had been rescued since January and are now housed in Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) villages approved by the UN. All this exciting news puts a cap on the demands by hundreds of Tamils demonstrating on Wellington Street and Parliament Hill wanting the Canadian Government to pressure a ‘ceasefire’ to get the Tamil civilians out of the last sliver of land where the Tamil Tigers are cornered. There are a few more thousands still under the control of Tamil Tigers, and they too will be rescued pretty soon as the Tamil Tigers are now on the verge of being annihilated. They might as well surrender now as demanded by the President of Sri Lanka and let the rest of the hostages go. As for Sivas Premjeyanth’s call for ‘Canada can lead effort to broker Sri Lankan ceasefire’ (April 20), it is wishful thinking as Canada abdicated her Lester Pearsonian Nobel Peace Negotiator Crown in the Sri Lankan context the very day that the Liberal Government turned its head to let the Tamil Diaspora collect two million dollars a month to stuff the Tamil Tiger war chest to purchase weapons for this war and it went on for the next 13 years. In my world you don’t help arm one side of a feud and say to the other side , “Hey! I want to negotiate peace for you!” I doubt Sri Lanka is that naive to accept Canada as a negotiator who helped the Tamil Tigers kill thousands of her innocent civilians. Unfortunately, Canada has lost its leverage on Sri Lanka to make any impact to end this war. I disagree completely on all aspects of Premajanth’s thesis for the reasons why the Tamils are demonstrating and not to accept that the Tamils were the “privileged minority” and the Sinhalese were the “wronged majority” during 131 British colonial rule and decades after Independence. I am disappointed that he took umbrage on one aspect in particular, for which he should have been rejoicing. He says, “Admission to university based on merit was abandoned and “standardization” was introduced to force Tamil students to score higher marks to attain university admission.” Standardization of marks had nothing to do with Tamil students (from urban communities) but had everything to do with Sinhalese, Tamil, Muslim and Burgher youngsters from rural communities, who did not have advance-education facilities to provide them that rare chance to enter University and become brain surgeons, diplomats, lawyers, accountants and engineers. Standardization of marks certainly gave an opportunity for the rural Tamil Toddy Tappers and Chilli Farmers sons and daughters to enter University, who now happen to be doctors and lawyers and driving BMWs in the capital Colombo. The standardization of marks affected all communities, just not the Tamils who were attending schools in urban centers. It is unfortunate that Premjeyanth has difficulty to accept competition for equitable admissions to Universities among all communities in an eras when everyone is jockeying for equity in every aspect of community life. It happens even in Canada.

Govt will not halt rescue mission - PM - The Security Forces are engaged in the evacuation of innocent Tamil civilians being trapped by the LTTE terrorists in the No Fire Zone and the Government will not halt this mission under any circumstances until the civilians are fully liberated from the clutches of terrorists, Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremenayake said yesterday. The Premier was addressing an election rally at Ingiriya. He said the international community and various international agencies are exerting enormous pressure on the Government to go for a ceasefire and the Government is not ready to give into to such pressure and stop the mission to free innocent Tamil civilians from the clutches of terrorists. “The Government has the responsibility of rebuilding the North and the East Provinces which were devastated by the terrorists. “The economy and industry specially agriculture should be uplifted for the benefit of the people who would be resettled in their original homes soon. He said the Government seeks public support for the development of the North and East which were battered by the LTTE terrorist activities. Agriculture Development Minister Hemakumara Nanayakkara said the LTTE strengthened itself during the negotiations with the UNF Government. “The LTTE received tremendous boost under the UNF regime. The LTTE imported all hi tech weapons under the pretext of the Cease Fire Agreement which was signed by UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and Velupillai Prabhakaran without the knowledge of the Head of State. The LTTE for the first time formed an Air wing under the UNF Government. The Security Forces have now limited the terrorists to a narrow stretch of land. Urban and Sacred Area Development Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake has fulfilled the aspiration of the people in the Horana Electorate. He said President Mahinda Rajapaksa deserves the full credit for freeing the country from the scourge of terrorism. “During the UNF regime, our forces were confined to camps.” Horana SLFP Chief Organiser Vidura Wickremanayake also spoke (Daily News).

LTTE is a terrorist outfit, says PM New Delhi(PTI): Amid a flip-flop by DMK chief M Karunanidhi over the status of LTTE, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said the government of India considers the outfit based in Sri Lanka as a "terrorist organisation" and its leader V Prabhakaran remains a "proclaimed offender". "Our position has been explained by the spokesperson of the Congress party in the last few days that LTTE is a terrorist organisation and that Prabhakaran is a proclaimed offender. That, I think, the situation has remained unchanged as far as our government is concerned," Mr. Singh told Times Now. He was responding when asked to comment on remarks by Mr. Karunanidhi that LTTE is not a terrorist organisation. The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, however, later backtracked on his comment. Mr. Singh took note of Mr. Karunanidhi's revised comment, saying "The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu has clarified the position." Asked whether such statements put any pressure on post-election coalitions, the Prime Minister said, "I hope not, but I don't rule out anything in this age of uncertainty." (Full report in Hindu).

PRIME MINISTER MANMOHAN SINGH REITERATES THAT LTTE IS A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION AND PRABHAKARAN A PROCLAIMED OFFENDER - By Walter Jayawardhana - India’s Prime Minister Man Mohan Singh reiterated in New Delhi that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam is indeed a “terrorist organization” and its leader Velupillai Prabhakaran is a “proclaimed offender”.  The Indian Prime Minister was compelled to make the statement due to the controversial flip-flop created by Singh’s coalition partner and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Muthuvel Karunanidhi about the status of the outfit which has been named a terrorist outfit by Indian law. Both leader Prabhakaran and his intelligence chief Pottuamman are wanted men in India for the assassination of the Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. Karunanidhi first stated that the LTTE is not a terrorist outfit and immediately considering the political fallout backtracked on it.  The Prime Minister said, "Our position has been explained by the spokesperson of the Congress party in the last few days that LTTE is a terrorist organisation and that Prabhakaran is a proclaimed offender. That, I think, the situation has remained unchanged as far as our government is concerned." Referring to the revised position of Karunanidhi he also added, "The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu has clarified the position." (EOM).

KOHONA IN MALAYSIA TO TRACE TIGERS - KUALA LUMPUR: The Sri Lankan Government is working with the Malaysian authorities to monitor the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) network in South-East Asia. Sri Lankan Foreign Secretary Dr Palitha Kohona said the LTTE’s main arms procurer K. Padmanadhan, commonly called KP, was known to have travelled to this region, including Malaysia, under several passport names and is likely to be in Southern Thailand or Malaysia. Besides Malaysia, the LTTE has networks in Australia, New Zealand, the European Union, Canada and the United States and they collect up to US$300mil (RM1bil) a year from contributors as well as illegal activities and the money is used for purchasing weapons in the black market, propaganda or bribing officials, he said. Dr Palitha was here to brief the Malaysian Government on the Sri Lankan Government’s efforts in wiping out the LTTE in northern Sri Lanka and on the LTTE’s presence in Malaysia. On why the Sri Lankan Government had not been able to close in on the LTTE after two months of fighting, he said they could have easily carpet-bombed the area but did not do that because there were civilians involved. (The Star (Daily Mirror).

China backs Sri Lankan fight against LTTE - BEIJING: China on Tuesday came out in support of the Sri Lankan government’s efforts to wipe out the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and apprehend its leader V. Prabakaran. It also backed the decision of the Nepal's Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Prachanda, to induct Maoist forces in the country’s army. “Both Nepal and Sri Lanka are friendly to China. We support the efforts of their governments to safeguard national integrity while ensuring security and political stability,” Jiang Yu, spokeswoman for the Chinese foreign ministry said at a press briefing. She was responding to a question about the end of the 24 hour deadline for surrender given to Prabhakaran by the Sri Lankan government. The statement comes at a time when relationship between China and Nepal has become stronger than ever before. China recently promised to enhance its annual assistance to Nepal by 50 per cent to 150 million yuan ($23 million). It is also considering investing in hydropower projects in the Himalayan kingdom bordering India. Beijing is also pushing the international community to enhance financial support to help Somalia sort out its political problems and tackle the menace of pirates, who have been harassing foreign ships sailing past the country/ China is among the countries who have sent war ships to counter the challenge posed by the pirates. "We expect positive outcome from the international donors’ conference on Somalia so as to provide substantive support for the Somali political process," Jiang said while referring to an international donor’s conference in Brussels on Wednesday and Thursday which would gather representatives from the United Nations, the African Union and the European Union (Full report in Daily Mirror).

Prabhakaran's Golden Key and investors - Nothing has exposed the LTTE and its backers more than the army's successful rescue mission on Monday. Prabhakaran, the self-styled messiah, had no qualms about unleashing unbridled terror against the very people he once promised to liberate. While his supporters were engaged in aggressive protests overseas to mislead the world into belief that the Sri Lanka military was committing genocide, Prabhakaran let loose his brainwashed suicide cadres on fleeing civilians by way of punishment. He also trained his big guns on those miserable people. The whole world saw those acts of craven terrorism thanks to real time pictures from a UAV above the civilian safe zone. It is not only Prabhakaran and his fellow criminals on the battlefield who must be condemned for violence against civilians. His collaborators staging protests in foreign capitals and foreign diplomats running riot in Colombo together with their INGO/NGO hirelings all out to derail Sri Lanka's war on terror must also be held answerable for those crimes as it is they who keep the LTTE going by giving Prabhakaran false hope that if he could hold out, they would be able to have the war halted. All of them therefore have on their hands the blood of the innocent men, women and children perishing at the hands of LTTE death squads. But for their anti-Sri Lanka campaign, Prabhakaran would have come to terms with his fate and given up fighting months ago. Or, not to put too fine a point on it, he would have shuffled off his mortal coil leaving others in peace (Full report in Island).

Role of the UN - The UN yesterday issued a statement welcoming the escape of tens of thousands of civilians from the conflict Zone. One could assume that this is an endorsement of the measures taken by the Government forces to secure the safe exit of civilians caught in the grip of the LTTE. It was the perennial fear of the UN as well as Western Governments that the civilians in the No Fire Zone would be vulnerable to any sudden outbreak of fighting in the small pocket the LTTE is presently confined to. The UN is not unaware of the various measures taken by the Government to ensure safe passage of the civilians such as the opening of corridors and rescue missions by sea. The Government also voluntarily declared a 48 hour ceasefire during the New Year period to permit the LTTE to free the civilians. The UN is also cognisant of welfare measures arranged for the escapees. All these and the fact that the LTTE was never willing to free the civilians made the UN’s call for an extended ceasefire untenable. All it’s appeals to the LTTE to ensure the safe passage of civilians to Government controlled areas were in vain. The Government for it’s part could not prolong the stalemate. It had a duty to free the civilian population held hostage by the LTTE. The President had utmost faith in the security forces that they were up to this monumental task. They did not disappoint their Commander-in-Chief. The UN’s fear vis-à-vis security forces were proved to be unfounded with troops succeeding in engineering perhaps the biggest human exodus in known history, without harming a single civilian. On the contrary the LTTE started firing at the fleeing civilians and used heavy weapons in the No Fire Zone to block their exit not to mention the multiple suicide attacks which killed nearly 20 civilians and wounding scores (Full report in Daily News).

Canada must pressurize the Tiger lobby to demand civilians be released - A media release from the Consulate-General for Sri Lanka in Toronto states that the time is right for Canada to take appropriate action against the Tiger terrorist lobby and the front organization that support it. (April 22, Toronto, Sri Lanka Guardian) The time is right for Canada to put pressure and threaten action against the Tamil Tiger lobby and its front organizations active in Canada, stated a press release from the Consulate-General of Sri Lanka in Toronto. It further said: “Canada should put pressure on the Tamil Tiger lobby to demand the LTTE to release immediately the balance, suffering and innocent civilians held hostage by the Tamil Tigers. Canada and the world must understand that the Tamil Tiger lobby will never listen to persuasion, only to pressure. “There is celebration in Sri Lanka today with nearly 50,000 innocent people enjoying freedom away from the clutches of Tamil Tiger terrorism, due to the effort by the Sri Lankan Security Forces. Other hostages are waiting to be rescued with Tamil Tiger terrorists facing imminent defeat. It clearly shows that innocent Sri Lankan Tamils are defying the terrorists and escaping. “The flight to freedom, the fundamental right of every Sri Lankan that the Government of Sri Lanka is striving to accomplish is a humanitarian service. It is sad that certain opposition Members of Parliament in Canada cannot understand this flight to freedom of the Sri Lankan Tamils "enclaved" by the Tamil Tigers.” (Full report in Sri Lanka Guardian).

 

Tuesday, 21 April 2008

Sri Lanka Army receives 49,058 Tamil civilians escaped from the "Human Shield of LTTE" in 24-Hrs

World's largest hostage rescue mission becomes success; over 35,000 Tamil civilians held by the LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists as the "Human Shield" rescued by Sri Lanka Army.

Tens of thousands of Tamil civilians continued to flow into Sri Lanka Government controlled area from the No Fire Zone throughout yesterday. Courtesy Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation

ARMY RECEIVES 49058 TRAPPED CIVILIANS IN 24 HOURS MULLAITTIVU: THE LATEST HEADCOUNT who sought protection for their lives after arriving in cleared areas of PUTHUKUDIRIPPU from the PUTHUMATHALAN “No Fire Zone” in the past twenty-four hours ending Tuesday (21) noon has now risen to 49,058, updated statistics received by the Army confirmed. 58 Division troops have received 41,000 civilians whereas the troops, attached to the 55 Division accepted a total of 5863 civilians who crossed the sand bund. 53 Division troops meanwhile received twenty-eight escapees during Monday (20). Naval troops on Monday (20) in the meantime recorded the receipt of 2167 escapees who had fled on ordinary fishing craft across the seas. Army troops, well prepared to cope with the developments screened all those who were lining up to enter cleared areas within hours and expedited their dispatch to VALLIPURAM Transit camp for IDPs (Sri Lanka Army).

Another TamilNet lie exposed - The TamilNet, LTTE’s news constructor made a serious faux pas in its daily report of lies; call it a howler. Wriggling daily like a miserable worm it has been trying to tell its readers that it is the Armed Forces that are engaged in capturing the civilians held hostage by the Tigers and marching towards the LTTE FDLs as their shields. This is what the director of Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam (LTTE) Peace Secretariat S. Puleedevan told TamilNet today Tuesday. In his own words: “The Sri Lanka Army (SLA) has started to move on two fronts at Valaignar-madam and at Maaththa'lan using a section of the civilians who were caught by the SLA on Monday as human shields.” When asked how the SLA was advancing, Mr. Puleedevan said the Sri Lankan military has forced hundreds of civilians to walk through LTTE defence line at gun point and was moving its troops under the cover of the civilians. "These are serious war crimes and the Sri Lankan government and the head of the armed forces are directly responsible for this carnage." But another report in the TamilNet same day said: “Dr. Siva Manoharan had refused to flee as he was focused on serving the civilians as casualties were mounting due to indiscriminate shelling by the SLA.” And now the question is if the Armed Forces were capturing the civilians as human shields for themselves why did they ask Dr Siva Manoharan to flee? (Full report in Sri Lanka Guardian).

Sri Lanka rebels ignore deadline to surrender - The Sri Lankan army seized more ground from the Tamil Tigers on Tuesday as the rebels ignored a deadline to surrender, the defence ministry said, and fears grew for tens of thousands of civilians. Fresh fighting saw government forces effectively slice the last small strip of coastal jungle held by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in two, and came as civilians flooded out of the area. "The LTTE has not responded to the government's call to surrender, so we are keeping up our offensive to rescue the civilians," military spokesman Udaya Nanayakkara said as the midday deadline passed. The government says its troops were poised to defeat the LTTE, a hardened guerrilla group that has been fighting for an independent Tamil homeland on the ethnic Sinhalese-majority island since the 1970s. The defence ministry said nearly 50,000 men, women and children managed to escape on Monday after troops punctured rebel defences at Puttumatalan, inside the rebel-held area in the island's northeast. It also said 17 civilians who tried to escape from rebel-held territory on Monday had been killed by the guerrillas while another 373 had been wounded (Full report in Vancouver Sun).

Oprah Winfrey Says No - LTTE publicity stunt ‘Walk to Oprah Show’ fizzles- By Hassina Leelarathna - (April 20, Los Angeles, California, Sri Lanka Guardian) The much-publicized ‘Walk to the Oprah Winfrey Show’ by a group of Sri Lankan Tamils from Canada has gone down as a ‘walk to nowhere.’ A spokesperson for the Oprah Show confirmed there were no plans to feature the walkers on the show. The announcement comes in the wake of an online petition opposing the walk reaching a count of over 16,000. The Oprah Show became an unwitting Eelam battleground after the group’s six men, claiming to be ‘students,’ declared they had started trudging from Toronto to Chicago, Illinois, a distance of 840 kilometers (520 miles), with the stated purpose of appearing on the Oprah Show ‘to publicize human suffering.’ The first day of the walk was March 4. While carefully avoiding any reference to the war in the Wanni and the Tigers, the event carries the hallmarks of a well-organized LTTE stunt, with advance media publicity and a website exclusively launched to record the walk. Titled ‘Oprah, Give us a Voice’ and bearing Oprah’s photo in the header, the web site includes a public poll titled ‘Should Oprah Give Us a Voice’ and a comments section, both blatantly manipulated to show an overwhelming number want Oprah to feature the walkers on her show. In response, the Los Angeles-based activist group, Sri Lankan Patriots (SLP), salvoed an online petition titled ‘Oprah, Say no to LTTE Terrorists,’ warning Ms. Winfrey the walkers were sympathizers of a brutal terrorist outfit and calling on her not to feature them on her show. Since its creation just a week ago, the petition has drawn a whopping 16,000-plus signatures from Sri Lankans and others worldwide (Full report in Sri Lanka Guardian).

Sananthanan Subramaniam - Terror Leader in Toronto Canada - Tiger terror groups had inflitrated into Canada in numbers during the last ten years, according to inteligence sources from Sri Lanka and India. In today's edition of Ragavan project, we are exposing a story of a major terror runner in canada named Sananthanan Subramaniam. Sananthanan Subramaniam had been an active Tiger member in Sri Lanka, according to ex- Tiger members in North. Due to his skills, he had been given a role with LTTE inteligence wing in Colombo during his teenage years. Schooled at Uduppiddy American Mission College in Sri Lanka and Emery Adult Leraning Centre in Canada, Sananthanan Subramaniam posses not only academic skills but skills to operate fire arms effectively. He is currently employed at Petro - Canada. He had also been employed at The Globe and Mail as a News Paper Delivery man. As Tamil Tigers are on the verge of defeat in Sri Lanka, the Tamil Tiger gangs in Canada are expected to go berserk during the next few days. Sananthanan Subramaniam will be playing a major role in these save-tamil-tiger protests aimed at continuation of Tamil Tiger terror in Sri Lanka (Full report in Sri Lanka Guardian).

LTTE Ignores Sri Lanka's Ultimatum To Surrender - (RTTNews) - The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) ignored Tuesday a noon deadline set by Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa for Tiger supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran and his top aides to surrender, reports say. The LTTE rebels, now reportedly confined to a 14-sq-km area in the island-nation's northeast that the government had designated as a "safe zone" for beleaguered civilians, faces an unprecedented military thrust as thousands of civilians continue to flee LTTE-controlled areas. "The LTTE terrorists have not surrendered during the ultimatum. But the people who were held hostage by them in a small strip of coastal land in the Mullaitivu district continue to arrive in the government-held areas in large numbers since Monday," a military spokesman said after the time of the ultimatum lapsed. Over 49,000 civilians fled LTTE-held areas, moving into government-held areas in Puthukkudiyiruppu since Monday morning, he added (Full report in RIT News).

Rescue operation an unexpected success! - The Chronology of the Operation today... - Around 11.45pm- 12 midnight, a team of Special Forces (1SF) and another team from 2 Commando led by Colonels Athula Kodippili and Ralph Nugera breached the 12km LTTE earthbund. The teams cleared a stretch of 3km from Puthumathalang towards Valaimadam. Heavy fighting erupted between the LTTE and the Special Forces. Large volumes of LTTE artillery and mortar fire from the NFZ started landing on the LTTE bund. The Special Forces took the lead and went on an aggressive bunker-busting operation. Troops reported heavy casualties to the LTTE via communication sets. By the time the bund was cleared, 11 Special Forces soldiers including a Special Forces Captain had laid down their lives. Soon afterward, thousands of civilians took to their heels and started running towards the now breached LTTE earth bund as Tigers started running in the opposite direction unable to face the SF and Commando squads. The Special Forces and Commandos temporarily halted their offensives and allowed the civilians to come. 3 Black Tigers hiding among the civilians blasted bombs strapped to their bodies killing 17 civilians. Total casualties to civilians in the 3 blasts was around 200 (Full report in Defence Wire).

Army enters vacated areas of NFZ; save thousands of civilian lives under terror clutches - Sri Lanka Army 58 Division soldiers this morning (Apr 21) entered into those areas of Puthumanthalam and Amapalavanpokkanai in the No Fire Zone [NFZ] , where they had rescued over 31,000 civilians yesterday (Apr 20). According to the sources, troops rescued nearly 3000 civilians early this morning and walked into the vacated areas. Now, troops have established their positions across the NFZ from Puthumathalan to the beachhead, said the sources. The maneuver has saved lives of several thousands of civilians trapped in the area extending from Puthumathalan North to the northern border of the NFZ, the sources added. Aerial observation yesterday revealed that a small group of terrorists had been firing indiscriminately at a group consisting of several thousands of civilians attempting to cross over to the cleared areas through the northern borders of the NFZ. Troops of 55 Division manning their defences about one kilometer short of the northern border, yesterday received 5863 of these civilians who had managed to escape the terrorist grip. "The civilians said they were fired upon by the terrorist as they crossed over to the cleared area. They brought 3 bodies with them along with several dozens of others having gunshot injuries. They said that they had to leave behind many others gunned down by the terrorists", the defence.lk special correspondent at Chalai said (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

58 Div troops rescue fleeing civilians: destroy LTTE cab, 4 terrorists killed - Puthumathalan 4 LTTE terrorists were reported killed and an armor plated cab vehicle destroyed when 58 Div troops raided an LTTE gathering position East of Puthumathalan this morning (April 21). According to our Wanni correspondent, troops had lay siege after identifying a group of heavily armed terrorists who were indiscriminately firing at civilians fleeing the area from LTTE hostage. The terrorists were continuously harassing the civilians shooting at gun point, the sources said. Meanwhile, ground sources citing intercepted enemy communication said that an LTTE area leader was also among the terrorists killed (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

39,000 Civilians rescued from terrorist clutches - Sri Lankan forces rescued a total of 39081 civilians held hostage by the LTTE terrorists in the No Fire Zone, yesterday (Apr 20). According to the reports, 31027 civilians were rescued by Army 58 Division manning the defence line in Puthumathalan West, whereas another 5863 civilians were rescued by troops of 55 Division. Army 53 Division, engaged in operations in Vellamullavaikkalai west rescued 27 civilians. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Navy rescued 2167 civilians arrived in 103 boats. More information will follow (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Top Sri Lankan diplomat visits Malaysia to monitor LTTE's networks Kuala Lumpur (PTI): As Sri Lankan forces move to crush the LTTE, the island government has sent its top level emissary to Malaysia to monitor the Tamil Tigers' network in South-East Asia, a top Lankan official said here. Sri Lankan Foreign Secretary Palitha Kohona, now on a visit here, has said that the Tamil Tigers were getting its arms supplies from the region and that a top LTTE leader, identified as K Padmanadan, had reportedly travelled to Malaysia under several passport names and was likely in southern Thailand or Malaysia. The visit of the top Lankan diplomat comes amidst fears that the LTTE supremo V Prabhakaran and his senior aides could flee Sri Lanka by boat at the last moment to any of the South East Asian country, including Malaysia, Indonesia or Thailand. Besides Malaysia, the LTTE has networks in Australia, New Zealand, the European Union, Canada and the US and it has collected up to USD 300 million a year from contributors as well as from illegal activities and the money was used for purchasing weapons in the black market, propaganda or bribing officials, he was quoted by local media reports as saying. Mr. Palitha was here to brief the Malaysian Government on the Sri Lankan Government's war against LTTE in northern Sri Lanka and on the LTTE's presence in Malaysia (Hindu).

UN Secretary General welcomes rescue of civilians from LTTE grip - By Walter Jayawardhana - A statement from the office of the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon said he welcomed the escape of tens of thousands of civilians from Sri Lanka's conflict zone. He also condemned the attempts of the LTTE to prevent the civilians to leave the war zone. The statement said, " The Secretary-General welcomes the escape by tens of thousands of civilians from the conflict zone in North Eastern Sri Lanka over the last three days." Over 35, 000 Tamil civilians have escaped the conflict zone after the Sri Lankan military intervened and killed the Tamil Tiger rebels who were preventing the civilians to use passages of escape to the Sri Lanka government controlled territory, according to the Sri Lanka government sources. The Secretary General also assured that he would take all measures to send humanitarian assistance to the increased refugees. The statement said, "In the light of the latest outflow of displaced persons, the UN is increasing its efforts to provide the required humanitarian assistance, and will continue to do all it can to ensure conditions fully reflect international standards." (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

 
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Three LTTE suicide bomb attacks target fleeing Tamil Civilians as Thousands Rescued by Sri Lanka Army

17 civilians including women and children have been killed

Read more about LTTE's suicide bombers http://www.spur.asn.au/chronology_of_suicide_bomb_attacks_by_Tamil_Tigers_in_sri_Lanka.htm

Over 35,000 civilians freed in Entebbe style dawn Op - Over 17 escapees killed in 3 suicide blasts Troops confident of taking Prabhakaran - The Army’s 58 Division, in the early hours of yesterday, carried out a meticulously planned operation in which the last LTTE sand bund in Pudumatalan was breached and over 35,000 civilians held by the Tigers as a human shield were rescued. Highly placed military sources quoting ground commanders said troops were now looking for Prabhakaran, whom they were confident of taking. The 58 Division carried out an Israeli Entebbe style operation in one of the biggest humanitarian operations in the history of the war against the LTTE, Defence Spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella saidc. Senior Presidential Advisor Basil Rajapaksa was in constant touch with the authorities in Vavuniya and gave instructions to the troops engaged in yesterday’s operation. With yesterday’s escape of over 35,000 civilians nearly 100,000 civilians have so far escaped from the the clutches of the LTTE. While the civilians were escaping from the no fire zone, three LTTE suicide cadres blasted themselves in a bid to halt the exodus and 17 persons, including children died in the blasts. Nevertheless those who fled using the breach in the sand bund continued on their way to the Government controlled area, military sources said. "Those civilians were being held against their will as human shields by the LTTE and without firing a single shot the troops were able to rescue them," Rambukwella said. The Minister said that the bund, which was perhaps the last of the sand bunds of the LTTE at Pudumatalan was about 3 kms long (Full report in Island).

Army destroys LTTE earth bund and enters Puthumattalan: Human Avalanche Over 35,000 cross over to Government controlled area: Around 20,000 more await evacuation: Troops attached to 58 Division engaged in the biggest ever hostage rescue mission in the military history, yesterday ended the months’ long forcible detention of tens of thousands civilians by the LTTE, after entering the No Fire Zone in the early hours of yesterday with the capture of the three km long Tiger earth bund in Puthumattalan and Ampalavanpokkanai, military sources told the Daily News. With the gates to the No Fire Zone in Puthumattalan and Ampalavanpokkanai were opened by the troops attached to 58 Division along with Commando troops and Special Forces troops, an avalanche of civilians started to flood into the Security Forces’ controlled areas through the Security Forces’ defences in Ampalavanpokkanai and Puthumattalan yesterday morning. “The Security Forces witnessed civilians exceeding 35,000 flooding into the military controlled areas in Ampalavanpokkanai at day break yesterday soon after LTTE defences were breached by the 58 Division troops,” a senior military official told the Daily News. “Troops attached to 58 Division under the command of Brigadier Shavendra Silva were able to open the gates of the No Fire Zone without shedding a single drop of blood of the civilians which was totally an unexpected situation for the international community who were fearing a blood bath in the No Fire Zone,” military officials added. President Mahinda Rajapaksa who arrived at the Air Force Headquarters last morning witnessed the freedom march of the civilians (which was one of the dreams of the Security Forces in their two and half year long march to liberate Vanni) from the Operations Room through the visuals of the Unman Aerial Vehicle of the SLAF flying over the skies of the No Fire Zone (Full report in Daily News).

Checkmate! - The Sri Lankan army has done the civilised world proud by undertaking probably the biggest ever rescue operation in the world to save tens of thousands of civilians taken hostage by a terrorist outfit banned in many countries. Yesterday, the troops smashed the LTTE defences in the ‘civilian safe zone’ enabling over 35,000 men, women and children to move to safety in the government-held areas. Prabhakaran's death squads, true to form, used suicide bombers and fired heavy weapons killing as they did dozens of civilians in a desperate bid to prevent them from fleeing. But, civilians keep pouring out of the LTTE-held 'safe zone'. With the army breaching the LTTE's FDL at several points and facilitating a mass exodus, Prabhakaran and his fellow criminals will soon be left without any more women's clotheslines and babies' cots to hide behind. They will now have to come out and face the army or bite their cyanide phials. The influx of civilians into the government-controlled terrain has once again given the lie to the Tiger lobby's claim of genocide in the Vanni. If those hapless people had any fear of genocidal violence, would they ever seek protection from the military? Yesterday's daring rescue operation also exposed the international community's impotence. Not even the powerful countries like the US could pressure the LTTE to let go of civilians. All their pleas were in vain and they had egg on their face. But, the Sri Lanka army spoke the language the LTTE understood and 35,000 people were able to escape within hours (Full Editorial in Island).

A clip of the State television footage showing a large number of civilians crossing over to government controlled areas. President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that over 35,000 civilians had managed to escape LTTE controlled areas during yesterday’s humanitarian operation. Pic Courtesy SLRC

President gives LTTE 24 hours - President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday gave the LTTE 24 hours in which surrender or face grave consequences. The President’s ultimatum came in the wake of nearly 20,000 civilians, held hostage by the LTTE in the ‘no fire’ zone, being rescued by the Army (Island).

International Tamil Terrorist Diaspora (ITTD) - By Dr. Raju Selva - I am not surprised to read a letter in many websites by one Malin Abeyatunge titled Tamil Diaspora-The newest Terrorist outfit naming as “International Tamil Terrorist Diaspora (ITTD) albeit he mentions that all Tamils are not LTTE apologists and activists. I belong to the so called Tamil Diaspora but I like to be alienated with the so called supporters in the ITTD. This newest terrorist outfit as named by the writer as ITTD should stop their protest demos and rallies in big cities in the world including London in a vain attempt to give oxygen to the dying LTTE who led all Tamils in the garden path and to get International attention. But heads of many countries in the western world and other humanitarian agencies of the UN (not the HRW or AI who may be thriving on LTTE dollars) have categorically asked LTTE to release the Tamil civilians held in captivity. I realized my folly being a supporter long time ago and happy that I got alienated from the brutal terrorist group which I am not proud of it being a Tamil. The so called ITTD instead of calling for a ceasefire should force LTTE to release the innocent hapless civilians who are held in captivity to be used as human shield. I also read in the Sri Lankan print media that a group of moderate Tamils from Australia (the guy who led the mission has already being threatened by ITTD members) had met the President and other important ministers and visited the welfare centres to find out the actual situation of the IDPs in welfare centres. They have commented that the IDPS in welfare centres have been looked after well within the resources available despite many odds. The Tamil Diaspora in Canada, UK, Norway and other EU countries should act like this Australian group and help the Sri Lankan Government to help their brothers and sisters in the welfare centres instead of walking down the streets with LTTE Flags and banners disturbing the day to day lives of the peaceful citizens of these countries. By going in demos and rallies, the ITTD demonstrators have done nothing good for the Tamil civilians but boosting the morale of the few LTTE cadres left in the No-Fire Zone hiding behind the innocent Tamil civilians. I therefore plead these demonstrators of the International Tamil Terrorist Diaspora to stop this crap and request LTTE to releae the Tamil civilians held as human shield by force. Incidentally, I also read in today’s (19/4/09) print media that a group of 60 civilians, who have crossed over said that there were nearly 100 civilians with them but the LTTE which shot at them killed over 30 people including children. Why do you continue to support LTTE whilst living in luxury in the affluent countries when LTTE continues to kill their own Tamil brothers and sisters?.

Just half an hour! - Following the huge influx of civilians into the Army controlled areas from the No Fire Zone through out yesterday, President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday called upon the international community to exert pressure on Prabhakaran to let him grant freedom of movement for just half an hour. He made this call while he was addressing the Sri Lanka Nidhas Upadhidari Sangamaya at Temple Trees yesterday after observing through UAV visuals that tens of thousands of people were arriving in the Government controlled areas braving brutal attacks by the LTTE. Thereafter, President Rajapaksa said the remaining terrorists could either surrender to the armed forces or eat the cyanide capsule which they wear on their necks. He said around 35,000 civilians entrapped in the ‘No Fire Zone’ as ‘Human Hostages’ by Velupillai Prabhakaran, are earnestly seeking to cross over to Government held territory. President Rajapaksa added it was clearly evident by this exodus that these innocent civilians who are even wading through the water, are trying their very best to exit from Prabhakaran’s domain, and enter our territory. “Our Armed forces have executed an arduous but exemplary task of evacuating these civilians from the cruel grip of the terrorists.” (Daily News).

Looking for freedom… Thousands of trapped civilians are seen fleeing the ‘Safe Zone’ today towards the military held Puthukuduirrippu. The defence ministry said that more than 35,000 civilians had reached the cleared areas during the day. Pictures courtesy Army media.

BAN KI MOON WELCOMES THE EXODUS OF 35,000 TAMIL CIVILIANS FROM WAR ZONE AND ASSURES INCREASED HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE FROM UN - By Walter Jayawardhana - A statement from the office of the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon said he welcomed the escape of tens of thousands of civilians from Sri Lanka’s conflict zone. He also condemned the attempts of the LTTE to prevent the civilians to leave the war zone. The statement said, “ The Secretary-General welcomes the escape by tens of thousands of civilians from the conflict zone in North Eastern Sri Lanka over the last three days.” Over 35, 000 Tamil civilians have escaped the conflict zone after the Sri Lankan military intervened and killed the Tamil Tiger rebels who were preventing the civilians to use passages of escape to the Sri Lanka government controlled territory, according to the Sri Lanka government sources. The Secretary General also assured that he would take all measures to send humanitarian assistance to the increased refugees. The statement said, “In the light of the latest outflow of displaced persons, the UN is increasing its efforts to provide the required humanitarian assistance, and will continue to do all it can to ensure conditions fully reflect international standards.” The statement also said in obvious reference to the LTTE, “ While the departure of civilians to safer areas is welcome news, he remains deeply concerned about the circumstances of the civilians that remain in the conflict zone and the potential for large-scale casualties. He deplores the continued use of heavy weapons in the vicinity of civilians, and the use of force by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in preventing the departure of civilians from the conflict zone.” The UN statement also said, “The Secretary-General stresses that it is now imperative for UN staff to be allowed into the conflict zone to facilitate relief operations and the evacuation of civilians. Humanitarian agencies must be allowed to assess needs and bring in adequate relief supplies. They must also be allowed to have full access to screening centers and any other reception points for those escaping the conflict zone. It is also important to ensure the sustainable resettlement of these internally displaced persons (IDPs) as soon as possible.” (EOM).

Demand for Second Emergency Debate of Sri Lanka - By Asoka Weerasinghe, Canada Hon. Jay Hill, MP,  Leader of the Government in the House of Commons House of Commons, Ottawa. Dear Jay Hill:So the word is out in the media that the Tamils are going to pressure the Government to have another Emergency Debate on Sri Lanka, and if failing to comply that they would have 25,000 Tamils demonstrating on the Hill by the weekend.  The question is do we really want the second debate? You were there on February 4th and I watched you all on CPAC. You will agree with me that it was a prime time Hoax Theatre with five Liberals charging the Sri Lankan Government of “Genocide” when there was none such thing happening, and then of course Jim Karygiannis was an embarrassment to you all when he acted like a drunken Greek sailor singing the Tamil Tiger Blues off key, and showing his arrogance and asking you all to “kick Sri Lanka out of the Commonwealth”. That is Jim Karygiannis alright, the Tamil Tiger reincarnate, and we all know it.You all know the reason why the Tamils are demonstrating feverishly. Their Tamil Tigers who controlled 1,500 sq.km of territory in the North-east of Sri Lanka on July 26, 2006, before their leader Prabhakaran spoiled for a fight with the Sri Lankan soldiers, saying that it would be a Mother of all Wars, have now met his Waterloo, with the Sri Lankan armed forces beating the socks off him and his 10,000 Tamil Tigers, and pushing them into a 17 sq.km sliver of land and are on the verge being wiped out. So they are complaining.   I suppose you noticed that they never complained when they were in control , having helped them with 2 million Canadian dollars a month for 13 Liberal government years to stuff the Tamil Tiger war chest, and turning Sri Lanka into a killing field for the past 26 years. Sri Lankans have no more tears to weep over the bodies of their loved ones downed by Tamil Tiger land mines, bombs and bullets. They have shed them all (Read full letter).

Misled Students of Ottawa University to Join Tamil Protest on April 21, 2009 - By Mahinda Gunasekara, Canada - Ms. Julie Seguin VP Communications Student Federation University of Ottawa Ottawa   Ms. Julie Seguin,Re: Your Communication titled Tamil Solidarity  I write with reference to your communication on the subject, a copy of which is annexed hereto. I was quite shocked and surprised to read the contents where it is apparent that you are merely repeating invented tales or lies put out by the Tamil Tiger Terrorist propaganda machine, as they face elimination after nearly three decades of brutal violence including suicide terrorism launched by them in pursuit of a mono-ethnic fascist separate state in the north and east of Sri Lanka comprising 35 percent of the land spread over 67 percent of the coastal belt of the island for resident Tamils numbering under 4percent of the total population. You speak of chemical weapons and other banned weapons being used by the Sri Lankan Government against innocent Tamil civilians?  The only chemical weapons and banned weapons such as thermobaric guns were found in the Tamil Tiger camps that were  overrun by the Sri Lankan forces.  You also speak of 200,000 Tamil civilians caught in the war zone, which again is incorrect. The number of civilians earlier claimed to be as much as 350,000 is now being lowered to 200,000 and in recent western media reports to between 150 and 180 thousand. The Government of Sri Lanka estimates the balance number of displaced civilians still remaining in the narrow 20 square kilometre strip of land to be less than 60,000  after 72,000 escaped from the clutches of the Tamil Tiger Terrorists to seek safety and care in government controlled territory. Furthermore, these civilians were uprooted from their villages and forced to withdraw with the Tamil Tiger fighters who were retreating in the face of advancing Sri Lankan forces, and are presently being held hostage to form a human shield for these cowardly terrorists within the zone that was designated a 'safe zone and no fire zone' exclusively for the displaced civilians. Report on 2838 Tamil civilians fleeing from the Tamil Tigers to seek refuge in government territory on April 18, 2009 is also annexed for your perusal (Read full letter).

New 24 hr ultimatum to LTTE Military offensive continues: - The Security Forces will continue their military operations until it rescues the last civilian held hostage by the LTTE and the last LTTE leader is killed or surrenders to the Security Forces, Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa told the Daily News yesterday. He said it is high time for the LTTE leaders to let the remaining civilians arrive in the Government controlled areas and surrender to the Security Forces as a 24- hour ultimatum has already been issued by the Government for them to surrender. “They should either surrender to the Security Forces or see their end at the hands of the troops,” Rajapaksa added. He said the Security Forces displayed their professionalism to the entire world by successfully rescuing the civilians in the biggest ever hostage rescue mission in the world. The Defence Secretary said the Government did not agree to a Ceasefire with the LTTE as it was aware that the Security Forces would be able to carry out its mission successfully. “If we had agreed to a Ceasefire with the LTTE the LTTE would not have allowed these civilians to arrive in military controlled areas as they did today,” the Secretary added. He said the United Nations and the international community should at least realize the ground realities now and exert maximum pressure on the LTTE to release the civilians. He said it was high time for the international community to realize the true nature of the LTTE as everybody was given a chance to view what was happening inside the No Fire Zone. “There is no need to speculate about the situation as all had the opportunity to witness what was happening there and the way the LTTE was keeping those civilians under their detention,” he added (Full report in Daily News).

35,000 civilians flee LTTE hold - Sri Lanka gave the Tamil Tiger rebels 24 hours to surrender or face a final military assault, after the military rescued 35,000 civilians from the last swath of rebel territory, officials said. The government issued the ultimatum, giving the Tamil Tiger rebel chief Velupillai Prabhakaran and his fighters 24 hours starting today at noon to surrender before the military launches a final assault aimed at crushing the insurgents and ending the island nation's 25-year civil war. Defence spokesman Mr Keheliya Rambukwella told reporters that the rebel chief had until noon tomorrow to make up his mind. Earlier today, over 30,000 civilians fled Sri Lanka's northern war-zone while 17 people were killed in three suicide bomb attacks by the Tamil Tigers as troops advanced deep into the last stronghold of the rebels, authorities said. "Latest reports received from the Army 58 Division indicate that over 30,000 civilians held hostage by LTTE terrorists at Puthumathalan and Amplalavanpokkani areas have been liberated," the defence ministry said, adding that several thousand more civilians were waiting to be rescued by the armed forces. It said that the mass rescue operation reached a significant phase when troops captured the 3 km long earth bund built by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), on the western border of the No Fire Zone (NFZ) this morning. According to the defence ministry, the mass exodus of Tamil civilians began this morning when the troops "opened a safe route for the hostages to come out of the LTTE grip". "The LTTE terrorists have launched a cowardly attack at the Tamil civilians leaving their grip. Three LTTE suicide cadres have exploded themselves killing dozens of refugees including women and children," the ministry report said. Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said that most of the civilians besieged in the Puthumathalan NFZ have made their way across the Nathikkadal lagoon area, defying the orders of the LTTE to stay on. The civilians reached the army-held areas in Puthukkudiyiruppu (Full report in The Statements)

Tiger chief can bite the thing dangling from his neck – President ‘We’ll first hang him and hand him over to India’ - President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said now Prabhakaran could either surrender or bite ‘the thing that was dangling from his neck’. He was referring to the cyanide phial Prabhakaran was sporting. Addressing a meeting of the SLFP Graduates’ Association, a smiling President said there was a high demand for Prabhakaran, especially from India because of the crimes he had committed. "We also need him to serve a sentence here and we will first hang him and then hand him over to India," President Rajapaksa told a cheering crowd, adding that the war would be finished shortly for the benefit of generations to come. He asked the LTTEto disarm and surrender without delay. The President said he was confident that people were with him and he could face any challenges with popular support (Full report in Island).

No Shame Norway & failure of LTTE’s bid for Tamil Eelam & its relocation - By Shenali Waduge - In attempting to understand the conflict in Sri Lanka it is of great relevance that we ascertain the exact status quo given to the LTTE. At times-freedom fighters & at times terrorist leaves little hope to categorize exactly where we ought to place the LTTE especially so when despite a ban by 33 nations LTTE offices remain openly operational in these very countries. What we all know in essence is that the LTTE desires a separate state - what we need to really evaluate is whether the LTTE’s desire for a separate state through terror is the same aspiration shared by the 80million world Tamils? In choosing Sri Lanka as base to launch a separate state for the Tamils, leaves us to deduce that the actual homeland of the Tamils becomes of inconsequence for where is the practicality of creating a separate Tamil state in an area of just 8884sq.km in Sri Lanka when 65million of the 80million world Tamil population live in the state of Tamil Nadu, India? Thus, in deciding the location for a Tamil Eelam the fact that Tamils have been historically aligned to and traditionally belonging to a particular area does not come into too much consideration. It then permeates any to wonder whether the aspiration for a Tamil Eelam could be perhaps relocated from Sri Lanka to perhaps a nation that has been sympathetic towards the terror movement and how perfectly Norway fits that bill (Full report in Asian Tribune).

World's largest hostage rescue mission becomes success; over 30,000 rescued - Latest reports received from the Sri Lanka Army 58 Division indicate that over 30,000 civilians held hostage by LTTE terrorists at Puthumathalan and Amplalavanpokkani areas have been liberated. According to the sources, several thousands of others are waiting them to be rescued by the armed forces. All hostages held in Ampalavanpokkanai and Valayanmadam areas have been rescued, the sources added. The mass rescue operation reached a significant phase when troops captured the 3 km long earth bund built by the LTTE, on the western border of the No Fire Zone this morning (Apr 20). With this capture troop opened a safe route for the hostages to come out of the LTTE grip which was occupied by tens of thousands civilians seeking refuge with the soldiers. Meanwhile, defence sources on the field said that LTTE terrorists have launched a cowardly attack at the Tamil civilians leaving their grip. Defence.lk special correspondent in the area said that three LTTE suicide cadres have exploded themselves killing dozens of refugees including women and children. "The terrorists initially fired at the civilians on the causeway using heavy machine guns. When they stepped into the lagoon to avoid LTTE machine gunfire, three LTTE cadres ran on to them and exploded themselves", he said. More information will follow... (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

TDD to channel funds from Tamil diaspora to rehabilitate IDPs - Dr. Rajasingham Narendran, a member of the Tamil diaspora delegation, said yesterday that they had requested the Government to make available a mechanism to channel funds from the Tamil Diaspora to care, rehabilitate and reconstruct IDPs’ dwellings. They requested the Government to do everything possible to minimise casualties among the civilians caught in the War Zone and that those fleeing be treated in the highest humanitarian standards, and surrendering and captured combatants be treated humanely and rehabilitated. They said resettlement of the IDPs and reconstruction activities should commence as soon as possible. An Interim Provincial Council should be appointed to the North until normalcy is restored – without violence and no other person other than the Armed Forces and Police be allowed to carry arms. All IDPs should be resettled as soon as possible and conditions created for all Tamils scattered around the country to return and elections to provincial councils be held after a three-year interim period, they said. A mechanism for drawing in the skills of the Tamil diaspora to contribute their skills to IDP care, national health, reconstruction and development process to be created. Law and order and due process to be enforced without fear or favour to build the confidence of the Tamils in Sri Lanka. All preventive measures to be taken to prevent communal riots in the future (Full report in Island).

SRI LANKA ARMY FACE STIFF RESISTENCE, KILL17 AND CLEAR THE ROADS FOR A SUDDEN INFLUX OF 3000 TAMIL CIVILIANS TO ESCAPE - By Walter Jayawardhana - As the Sri Lankan security forces stepped up an offensive against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and killed the Tamil Tiger gunmen blocking safe passages for the civilians to escape, 3000 Tamil civilians arrived in the government controlled areas , by Sunday military sources said. The Ministry of Defense said in a statement , "The civilians started arriving in large groups since (Saturday) afternoon using the safe routes opened for them by troops." The influx of civilians have suddenly increased after some parts of the LTTE blockade has been cleared. Compared with the new influx it was a trickle of civilians that reached the government controlled areas, during the truce declared during the New Year analysts said. In heavy fighting to clear the civilian roads , the Sri Lankan Army killed 17 rebels and injured 22 . The government of President Rajapaksa said it would not come under any international pressure in allowing anything that would harm the country. Rejecting a ceasefire with the LTTE that came especially from the West government troops went ahead in clearing the roads. "Battlefield reports indicated that troops have encountered stiff resistance from the terrorists," it said. (EOM).

'LTTE is a terrorist outfit and Prabhakaran its leader' - Less than 24 hours after claiming that LTTE chief V Prabhakaran was his best friend and not a terrorist, DMK president and Tamil Nadu chief minister Kalaignar M Karunanidhi has done a U-turn in what his critics call an "artistic flip flop", given that his title, Kalaignar, stands for artiste. Karunanidhi said an anti-DMK TV channel had "misquoted" him in its exclusive interview (Full report in DNA).

Karunanidhi backtracks on LTTE, faces flak from Amma, Vaiko; Cong feels relieved - Muthavel Karunanidhi, known widely as the "Chanakya" of Dravidian politics, has backtracked on LTTE. On Sunday he called Prabhakaran a good friend and not a terrorist. He also said LTTE did not start as a terror group it has become now. But on Monday, he clarified these remarks, which have brought relief to the Congress even as Vaiko dubbed him as a traitor to Tamil cause and his bitter rival, Jayalalithaa Jayaram of AIADMK publicly taunted Sonia Gandhi, saying ‘Why Rajiv’s widow is silent on Karunanidhi’. Appearing before a host of TV cameras in Chennai, Tamil Nadu chief minister said, ‘I never said LTTE is not a terror group. We cannot forgive the LTTE for killing Rajiv Gandhi. Sriperumbudur cannot be forgotten’. Karunanidhi’s lawmaker daughter, Kanimozhi, who was by the side of her father when he spoke to NDTV, said in a statement that his remarks were taken out of context. In his clarification, the DMK chief said his interview was ‘misinterpreted’ and ‘blown out of proportion’. He stated that he had given the interview for more than one hour and answered questions on various subjects ‘but only one sentence was picked up’. He also said that LTTE did not start as a terrorist organization it became a terror group later. He added that he had expressed concern for the Tamil cause in Sri Lanka (Full report in Asian Tribune).

A Tribute to H.L. de Silva: Federalism and Ethnic Problem in Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka’s H.L. de Silvalegal luminary and constitutional expert H.L. de Silva has been an erudite and lively contributor to the development of thoughts, arguments, proposals, interpretations, insights and analyses to his country’s never ending debate on devolution of political and administrative power to the periphery arising out of ethnic Tamil political party demands since 1948 Independence and the manifestation of those sentiments through a violent uprising engineered and administered by the LTTE or Tamil Tigers. The imminent demise of the Tamil Tigers in the hands of Sri Lanka’s military under the strategic planning of Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and political and diplomatic maneuvering of his brother President Mahinda Rajapaksa, and the early April this year of passing away of HL will not halt the devolution debate that involves all ethnic communities in this South Asian nation. Instead it will intensify not only in Sri Lanka but also beyond her shores (Full report in Asian Tribune).

Norway eats "American Pie" - By Dimuth Gunawardena - ........And I knew if I had my chance, That I could make those people dance, And maybe they’d be happy for a while ....... Bad news on the doorstep I couldn't take one more step. It is all over, the floodgates have finally opened, more than 100,000 civilians already have crossed over to the safety and security of Sri Lanka government (GOSL). The Tamil Diaspora agitated worldwide. Emotions are high. Words like ‘genocide’ are thrown around carelessly as per the dictates of crass politicking. Fed for years on an opiate called Eelam, and having secured considerable benefits courtesy Eelamist propaganda including citizenship in Western capitals and lifestyles unimaginable by the thousands held captive by Prabhakaran, it is but natural for these people to scream until they are hoarse at this historic moment when the bubble of Eelam is about to be blown in their faces. The stakes are too high for them to be silent because Prabhakaran’s end would be the beginning of unravelling a massive lie they’ve sold to gullible politicians in the countries they are now resident in. So, Mr and Mrs. Refugee, now voters in some small precinct in England, are forced to stop Mr or Ms. Representative and demand that he/she do his/her all to help Prabhakaran come out of this alive. Their future depends on it and they’d do their darnedest to make sure their representatives’ political future dependent on it as well. We can understand, therefore, the ‘agitation’ currently experienced by people like David Milliband. We can understand also the agony of Norway. Less clear is the agony of Robert O Blake, the US Ambassador for Sri Lanka (Full report in Asian Tribune).

Monday, 20 April 2009

President orders relief - As the influx of civilians from the NFZ continues from in its thousands, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has instructed the Commissioner General of Essential Services to ensure that necessary food, medicines and other essentials be provided in adequate quantities to the people. The President gave this directive when he visited the Air Force Headquarters this morning to view footage of the large exodus of civilians from the NFZ to government held areas. The President also instructed that all persons injured in suicide bomb attacks, explosions and shooting carried out by the LTTE to prevent the civilians from leaving the NFZ, should be given immediate medical assistance and flown to hospitals for treatment (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Thousands more civilians rescued - Palamattalan - Over 1000 civilians have sought refuge with the soldiers of Army 55 Division manning the northern boundary of the No Fire Zone (NFZ) at Plamattalan, South of Challai, reveal defence sources. According to the sources, troops have captured one of the LTTE built earth bund located north of the NFZ this afternoon (Apr 20) reducing LTTE's fire power in area. Meanwhile, aerial observations indicated nearly 3000 civilians have been rushing towards the northern boundary of the NFZ along the coastline. Later, a large group of people have attacked the LTTE cadres who attempted to stop them and crossed over to the army line amid LTTE small arms fire. The sources further said that exact number of civilians who have been rescued so far in the area is yet to be finalized. More information will follow... (Full report and photos in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Sailors join hands with soldiers for rescue mission; over 1500 hostages seek refuge with Navy sea units - Sri Lanka Navy sea units deployed in the northeastern coastal waters of the Island have rescued 92 boats with over 1500 civilians onboard. According to the Navy sources, navy units are now escorting 80 boats to the Point Pedro harbour whereas another 12 boats are being escorted to Pulmoddai. Sri Lanka Navy detected a cluster of small boats coming out of the No Fire Zone early this morning (Apr 20) with LTTE attack boats firing at them. Having identified that refuges were being attacked by the LTTE, Navy sea units have separated the terrorist boats from refugee boats by tactically manoeuvring in between them, Navy Spokesperson Captain DKP Dassanayake said speaking exclusively with defence.lk. More information will follow ... (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Record 2,838 Tamil innocent civilians escape the "LTTE Tamil Tigers Human Shield" and enter into Government held area

Sri Lanka Army soldiers helping an elderly Tamil civilians escaped from the "LTTE Human Shield"

A Tamil civilian who escaped from "LTTE Human Shield" exposes LTTE atrocities (In Tamil) 

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466 civilians including the injured, feeble adults and patients were ferried to PULMODDAI on Friday 17, April 2009.

Tamil toddler in the hands of a female Sri Lanka Army soldiers

Sri Lanka Army medical officers treating sick Tamil civilians escaped from the "LTTE Human Shield"

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Civilians escape "LTTE Human Shield" using Sea Routes (English Version)

Civilians Leave NFZ Using Sea Routes (Tamil Version)

Civilians Leave NFZ Using Sea Routes (Sinhala Version)

LTTE Video Footage Reveals the True Face of Mano Ganeshan and TNA MPs (English Version)

LTTE Video Footage Reveals the True Face of Mano Ganeshan and TNA MPs

Mano Ganeshan, Awamangala Samaraweera and Ranil Wickramasinghe

 

President asks International Organisations to urge LTTE: 'Give hostages one hour freedom' - "I would like to ask the national and international organizations that were urging us to stop the humanitarian military operations to request the LTTE to give the civilians who were being held as hostages for the past 30 years one hour's freedom to go wherever they like," President Mahinda Rajapaksa said on Saturday. "If such a freedom was given to the Tamil civilians held back by the LTTE no one could prevent them coming of their own free will to the government administered areas," the President said addressing a group of indigenous physicians and farmer association representatives at Temple Trees. The President said the war was used as a beggar's wound for several years but this Government defeated the terrorists within three years. "However we did not neglect mega-development projects. In some countries in our region, power cuts are being imposed but there are no power cuts in our country," President Rajapaksa said. "New mega-power generation projects like Norochcholai, Kerawalapitiya and Upper Kotmale were started to provide relief to the public. While leading industrialized nations like the USA and UK were reeling under the world economic recession our country did not face such problems as the Government was able to manage the national economy with foresight. We saw the food crisis brewing long before it occured and we started the agricultural program Api Vavamu Rata Nagamu to stave off the problem. We are self-sufficient in rice due to that program," the President said (Daily News).

Information Feature - Genocide of Tamils - By Asoka Weerasinghe, Canada Dear Editor:- I was jolted by the surreal content of the spinned ‘Tamil Truth’ in the paid advertisement “WORLD WATCHES HELPLESSLY – THE GENOCIDE OF TAMILS, by the Concerned Tamils of Ottawa. To the confused Ottawans on the Tamil Tiger flag waving demonstrations on Wellington Street and Parliament Hill, during the past  couple of weeks, kindly permit me to explain the ‘Tamil Facts’, the flip side of this story as related in the advertisement so that your readers could juxtapose the two stories and be judge and jury on this issue.CURRENT SITUATION After spoiling for a serious fight on July 26, 2006 with the Sri Lankan Government Forces for the fourth time the Tamil Tiger terrorists who have been fighting to carve out one-third of the island’s territory bordered by 60 percent of the coastline for their mono-ethnic, separate, racist Tamil state, Eelam, for 12.6% of the population (now 3.9% World Watch Jan. 2008), finally met their Waterloo.  The fighting by the Tamil Tigers which started around 1972, have now  been beaten and pushed back by the Sri Lankan armed forces to a sliver of land of 7 sq.km, along the east coast of Mullaitivu. When they started this Eelam War IV the Tamil Tiger terrorists controlled 1,500 sq.km of territory in the Wanni region of the North-east of Sri Lanka. They were pretty sure of winning this war and their leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran announced that this was going to be the ‘Mother of all Wars’ and that the Sri Lankan Government would regret it. This is what the demonstrators are crying about. There is no ‘Genocide’ of the Tamils. This is a hoax to get attention of the Ottawans and their sympathy (Read full letter).

Sri Lanka says no to Ceasefire - The Government on Saturday rejected calls to extend the unilaterally declared 48 hour 'humanitarian pause' as the LTTE had not honored it and had actively prevented civilians from leaving the 'safe zone' during the said period. Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa rejecting internationally originated calls to extend the pause said, that there was no purpose in extending the period as the LTTE was not prepared to let the civilians go. He told UN Secretary General's Ban Ki-moon's Chief of Staff Vijay Nambiar "We cannot extend our decision to restrict offensive military operations because there was no result during the previous halt in the fighting". During the 'humanitarian pause' only 134 people had crossed over, from the 'safe zone'. Soon after the period ended over 2800 civilians made their way to the cleared areas on Saturday alone. Also the LTTE used the opportunity to attack troops located close to the 'safe zone' using small arms fire and snipers throughout the day on April 14th, the military said.. The Defence Secretary commenting on the matter said that the relevant international parties did not understand the ground realities in Sri Lanka, and was continuing to insist on extending the "humanitarian pause" when it was evident that the LTTE would not release civilians kept as hostages. He further said that he had also taken steps to inform the UN Secretary-General's Chief of Staff Vijay Nambiar, that the LTTE had not only prevented civilians from leaving their territory during the period but also had directed fire at the troops. While adding that there was no purpose in extending such a 'humanitarian pause' as the LTTE was not prepared to let the civilians go, Rajapaksa said that it would only allow LTTE to recruit people and strengthen defences (Full report in Daily News).

Convicted London-based LTTE procurement agent’s MI5 link bared - The alleged head of the Tamil Tigers in Britain was buying bomb-making equipment for the terrorist group while holding regular meetings with Special Branch, it has been revealed. Timesonline on Saturday (April 18) reported Arunachalam Chrishanthakumar, known as AC Shanthan, became the first person to be convicted of aiding the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) since the British Government declared them an illegal terrorist group in 2001. Chrishanthakumar, a property valuer from Norbury, South London, bought electrical components seen in remote-controlled bombs used by the guerrilla force fighting a civil war in Sri Lanka. Details of links between the Tamil Tigers and the British authorities were revealed during a nine-week trial at Kingston Crown Court. LTTE representatives had frequent meetings with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Chrishanthakumar regularly met Special Branch officers and was contacted by MI5 as part of efforts to monitor the 300,000 Tamils living in Britain, the court was told. Clare Short, the former International Development Secretary, appeared as a defence witness and told the court that the Government gave millions of pounds in humanitarian aid to areas of Sri Lanka controlled by the Tamil Tigers during a four-year ceasefire that ended in 2007 (Full report in Island).

President’s Kilinochchi visit: Wide acclaim Several political party leaders and members of the clergy hailed President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s visit to Kilinochchi, not long ago the de facto capital of the LTTE’s so called Eelam state. They said the visit was a historic one which reinforced the Government’s writ in the entirety of the North and one which raises hopes among the Tamil civilians for a peaceful future (Full report in Daily News).

President calls for appeal to LTTE to release civilians - President Mahinda Rajapaksa called on all those pressuring his government, both locally and internationally, for an extended "humanitarian pause" or a ceasefire to instead appeal to the LTTE to give freedom of movement "just for one hour" to innocent civilians stranded in the No-Fire Zone (NFZ), in the North. "If the LTTE gives such freedom to the Tamil civilians held back by it for nearly 30 years, no one could prevent them coming of their own free will to the government controlled areas", he said. He was addressing a gathering of ayurvedic physicians, Justices of the Peace, and representatives of farmer organizations at Temple Trees, Colombo on April 18. Even as he made this statement the military reported that more than 2,800 civilians crossed over from the NFZ, where the LTTE is still holding several thousand civilians, to the government controlled Safe Zone. This is the largest number of civilians to cross over from the war zone on a single day in the last few months. In contrast during the recent 48-hour pause of offensive during the traditional New Year period - April 13 and 14, there were hardly any civilians who crossed over from the NFZ, which by then had 68,000 who had fled to freedom. This was so during the 48-hour pause announced by the President in January 2009, too. President Rajapaksa said the operations of the government Armed Forces were not aimed at the Tamil people but against a terrorist group and they did not harass or put the Tamil people into any difficulties, although some politicians were alleging violation of human rights against him, the Defence Secretary and the Army Commander. They would rather face the gallows than betray the country, he said. He stressed that some decisions made for the sake of the country may not please some people but such decisions were necessary for the benefit of the people, especially the unborn generations, the President said (Daily Mirror).

Massive stocks of hidden military hardware uncovered - Troops conducting search operations at various locations within the newly liberated areas of Mullaitivu has uncovered massive stocks of hidden military hardware, including aircraft bombs, suicide kits, 130 mm artillery rounds high explosives etc. From Mudaliyarukulam area in Mullaitivu, troops have recovered eight light aircraft bombs and 650 rounds of T-56 magazines. In the Ampakamam area, the Security Forces have found one 81 mm high explosive bomb, two T-56 magazines, one 12.7 mm gun mount and 406 rounds of T-56 ammunition. Meanwhile in Pudumattalan, Mullaitivu, troops have uncovered a large stock of military items including 10, 130 mm artillery rounds, 30 T-56 assault rifles, two claymore bombs, three suicide kits, 14 60 mm high explosive bombs, 23 RPG bombs, 490,000 rounds of 5.56 x 46 ammunition, 11 IED’s, 07 electric mines etc. In addition, 52 Division troops during a search operation in Miriyankadu, Jaffna recovered five kg claymore mines (Daily News).

LTTE doomed - The sudden upsurge in the influx of civilians trapped by the LTTE in a bid for freedom with the ending of the 48 hour humanitarian pause is a clear indication of the desperation of these hapless souls to break out of the hell hole they have been consigned by those who claimed to be their sole representative. It is also the writing on the wall for Velupillai Prabhakaran to whom the genesis of the existence of his outfit was the liberation of the Tamil people. According to the main story of our weekend paper the Sunday Observer close to 3,000 civilians have escaped the LTTE, no sooner the lull in fighting ended. They had arrived at the 58th Division which is in close vicinity to the No Fire Zone. According to reports originally over 5000 civilian hostages were planning to escape but half of them had to run back as the LTTE had started firing at the massive crowds. That the remainder managed to escape even while being fired at shows the desperate lengths to which they are willing to go to escape the Tiger tyranny. It is in this light that President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s call to those opposing his humanitarian military operation, to urge the LTTE to give the civilians one hour’s freedom to do as they please is significant. “If such a freedom is given to the Tamil civilians who are held back no one can prevent them coming of their own free will to the Government administered areas,” the President said at a function at Temple Trees. The influx has also proved beyond all doubt that the civilians have had enough and want to get out. They are no longer prepared to tolerate LTTE barbarism. There are also accounts of rebellion in the No Fire Zone with civilians daring to challenge the LTTE. All this no doubt, strips the LTTE of its claim to represent the Tamil community (Full report in Daily News).

Oslo attack and International Law - By SARATH WIJESINGHE - Diplomatic relations in the world is governed by Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations adopted in the United Nations on April 16, 1961, relevant changes in the Diplomatic Privileges Act. One of the main functions of the sending state is to represent, except the sending state - article 2 (a)- Article 22 is powerful and clear regarding the safety of the receiving state which reads as follows. 229(1) the premises of the mission shall be inviolable. The agents of the receiving state may not enter them except with the consent of the Head of the Mission (2) the receiving state is under special duty to take all appropriate steps to protect the premises of the mission against any intrusion or damage and to prevent any disturbance of the peace mission or impairment of its dignity. (3) The premises of the mission, their furnishing and other property thereon and the means of transport of the mission shall be immune from search, requisition, attachment or execution. Irrespective of the size and power of the member country this principle is strictly adhered to. Attack on the Sri Lankan Mission in Norway has raised eye brows of the international community as these incidents are never heard of. Sri Lanka has strictly adhered to the principles despite the humanitarian interventions which have consumed most of the security resources (Full report in Daily News).

Over 1,200 mt of essential food items for civilians - Over 1,200 metric tonnes of essential food items have been shipped for the civilian polity in the High Security Zones of Mullaitivu and Pudumathalan from the Trincomalee harbour yesterday. These essentials such as rice, flour, sugar, dhal and soya meat have been transported by the ship Thirupathi, Resident Manager of the Trincomalee Ports Authority Nimal Jayatissa said. The staff of the Port Authority and the Navy have loaded these essentials within the last two days on the directives of the Commissioner General of Essential Services S.B. Divarathna. These goods are now to be handed over to the Mullaitivu GA (Daily News).

Tiger jailed in Chennai - A member of the banned Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was remanded to judicial custody in Chennai on Saturday, police said. Officials from the Q Branch wing of the Tamil Nadu police dealing with extremist activities said the man, identified as Muthanna, was arrested on Friday night with global positioning system equipment. The arrest came after specific information disclosed by Jayanathan, another LTTE member arrested earlier, they said. Muthanna had come from Mullaitivu (Daily News).

Mahanayake Theras tell newly appointed envoys: Lankan Ambassadors should enlighten about Govt's sincere efforts - It is the bounden duty of foreign ambassadors to enlighten their respective countries of the sincere efforts taken by the Sri Lanka Government to free the innocent Tamils from the scourge of terrorists and thus bring about permanent peace to Sri Lanka, the Chief Prelates of Malwatte and Asgiri Chapters said. The Venerable Mahanayake Thera made these advisory remarks when three ambassadors designated to Norway, Kenya and Brazil called on them in Kandy yesterday. Rodney Perera (Norway), Jayantha Dissanayake (Kenya) and A.M.J. Sadik (Brazil) are the three new ambassadors who paid a courtesy call before their departure. Representatives from Norway continued to help the LTTE under the guise of peace. They underestimated the explanations given by Sri Lanka Government. As a consequence of this Sri Lankan Embassy in Norway was attacked recently. Asgiriya Maha Nayaka Thera Most. Venerable Udugama Sri Buddha Rakkitha Thera said. Mahanayake Thera of Malwatte Chapter Most Ven Tibbotuwawe Sri Siddhartha Thera said that certain Embassies were reduced to mere rest houses for retired government servants in the past. The Most Ven Thera added that young ambassadors were needed to add dynamism to this sector in the future (Daily News).

Sunday, 19 April 2009

Documentary evidence (Videos) showing luxurious life enjoyed by the LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists leader Prabhakaran and his family

Prabhakaran's main concern and No. 1 priority was the safe and happy environment for his family.

 
She is not an "Awurudu Kumari" or a Hindi actress from Bolywood. She is the daughter of LTTE terrorist leader Prabhakaran who is currently studying in the United Kingdom and enjoying the life in a luxurious apartment in UK (see Video). ; Luxurious life of Pirabhaharan Family Exposed; Watch the Tamil Version ; Luxurious life of Pirabhaharan Family Exposed (Tamil Version)
Celebrations of birthdays of Prabhakaran's children (See video in Tamil)
Prabhakarans Family (see the video); Luxurious life of Pirabhaharan Family Exposed (English Version)
Prabhakaran's marriage

Prabhakaran's children enjoyed a luxurious life and education in United Kingdom while the children of ordinary Tamils were used as child soldiers

Please visit LTTE Child Soldiers Web Page

LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists shot this child at point-blank range when refused to join

(read more to understand the true nature of the LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists)

A list of atrocities committed by the LTTE on Tamils, whom the LTTE say have to be "liberated"(Read the atrocities from May 2002 to September 2003)

Tamil Tiger Terrorists in Phuket, Thailand (watch the video)

LTTE Tamil Tigers in Thailand

 

LTTE Activities in No Fire Zone Monitored by Sri Lanka Army

If there is any genocide in Sri Lanka, it is by theTamil Tiger Terrorist says Lord Naseby

'If there is any genocide in Sri Lanka it is by the LTTE' says Lord Naseby (By: Walter Jayawardhana)

Derana News 18 04 2009 End of War

Record 2838 Civilians Escape into Government Held Area - [Updated :: 2009-04-18 20:36:24 Hours || Home] MULLAITTIVU: A RECORD two thousand eight hundred and thirty eight besieged civilians in the PUTHUMATHALAN “No Fire Zone” exited from the grip of LTTE terrorism and escaped into troop-held areas in PUTHUKKUDIYIRUPPU Saturday (18) by about 7.30 in the evening as this report was pasted. Ground troops in PUTHUKKUDIYIRUPPU confirmed a huge exodus of people is on the way as the day was coming to an end on Saturday (18). Most of them made their way across the lagoon area (Sri Lanka Army).

Government’s Aim: Liberation of Tamils from the LTTE - In an exclusive interview with Sri Lanka Guardian’s Udara Soysa, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador in the US, Mr. Jaliya Wickramasuriya said that the aim of the Sri Lankan government is the liberation of the Tamil people from the Tamil Tigers. He pointedly stated that the government values the lives of Tamils trapped in the war zone with utmost importance. He observed: “While we respect the great humanitarian work done by UN agencies in the Northeast, it cannot be overlooked that pro-LTTE elements might have infiltrated the local UN offices. This can result in a biased scenarios painted against Sri Lanka (Full report in Sri Lanka Guardian).

'Prabhakaran getting bunkers constructed around LTTE areas' : As the battle in Sri Lanka' north enters a do-or-die phase for the beleaguered LTTE, the outfit supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran has ordered for bunkers to be constructed expeditiously around the 17 sq km rebel-held territory of Pudukudiyirippu, a top official said on Sunday. The Tiger rebels have been confined to a small stretch of land, packed with civilians, in the country's north east and are fighting for survival. The LTTE leaders, including Prabhakaran, are getting bunkers constructed around their territory and could be ensuring they are completed expeditiously, the official said. "Of course these LTTE bunkers are not the traditional designer or modern types with all facilities," he told PTI. In February, government troops had captured a two-storey air-conditioned bunker hidden in a coconut grove in Mullaittivu -- thought to be one of Prabhakaran's main bases, besides seizing the modern communication centre of the rebels. Though the 54-year-old rebel leader has not been spotted for nearly 18 months, the army is confident that Prabhakaran has not left the area. Officials have said Prabhakaran is most probably inside the 'no-fire' zone in Pudukudiyirippu along with his son Charles Anthony, his intelligence chief Pottu Amman and other senior leaders (Full report in Hindu).

"Victims of War" in Geneva - "Victims of War" a photographic exhibition to enhance worldwide awareness of the brutalities, political assassinations, cruelties imposed on civilians and disregard for human rights by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) through the past three decades, as well as the successes so far of the humanitarian operations to free the country from terrorism, will open in Geneva this week. Photographs of from a large number of Sri Lankan and foreign journalists, from international news agencies and publications, will be on display at this exposition which will be held at the Centre International de Conference Geneva (CICG), Rue de Varemba 17, 1202 Geneva from April 21 to 23, 2009. The exhibition has been organized by the President's Media Division in association with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the assistance of the Office of Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Geneva. Arrangements are being made to take this exhibition other locations in the West, due to the heightened interest on developments in Sri Lanka (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Troops manoeuvring to open main road access to NFZ; hostage rescue mission continues - Sri Lankan soldiers of 53 and 58 Divisions were just 700m to 800m short of the bridge on the A-35 road (Paranthan - Mullaittivu) at Vellaimullaivaikkal last night (Apr 18), defence sources said. According to the sources, troops after a daylong march along the A-35 axis readjusted their forward boundary that extend across A-35 to the northern bank of the Nanthikadal lagoon. The manoeuvre is aimed at opening up a main road access to the No Fire Zone [NFZ], where nearly 70,000 civilians have been held hostage by LTTE terrorists, said the sources. Battlefield reports indicated that troops have encountered stiff resistance from the terrorists. Intercepted LTTE radio transmissions revealed that 17 LTTE cadres were killed and 22 others suffered injuries in the day's fighting. Also, troops found four T-56 rifles, and one radio communication set during subsequent search. The NFZ is a 12 km long narrow stretch of land on the northeastern coastline of the island containing about 17 square kilometres. The government demarcated the area as a safety zone for the civilians forcibly held by LTTE several months back. However, the area has now become the main headquarters of the terrorists, with all their main guns have been positioned and their leaders cowering among civilians. The wide western frontage of the area is separated from the mainland by an extension of Nanathikadal lagoon, leaving only a limited space for the civilians to leave the area. The civilians have become the slaves of the terror outfit that constantly exploit them at gunpoint. The children have become the cannon fodder for the outfit while the rest have been held as a human shield (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Libraries for IDP children - Ananda Kannangara - Libraries for schoolchildren of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) will be established  in Vavuniya, Jaffna and Mannar districts shortly. The Resettlement and Disaster Relief Services Minister Rishard Bathiudeen on Friday, prior to his departure to the USA on an official visit told the Sunday Observer that the proposed libraries will be established along with schools. They will be set up under the three task forces, appointed by Minister Bathiudeen on Friday. The objective of establishing three task forces was to look into the smooth functioning of health, food and education facilities of over 68,000 IDPs who have currently crossed over to liberated areas from the LTTE clutches. "In addition, these task forces would be responsible for establishing pre-schools for children, especially those who were deprived of attending schools for several years due to prevailing conditions," the Minister told. He also urged officials in the task forces to provide uninterrupted essential services as water, electricity and healthcare for IDPs. He said he had already directed Government Agents in Mullaitivu, Jaffna, Mannar, Kilinochchi and other key areas to provide shelters, camps and sanitation to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Nearly 3,000 arrive yesterday: Huge civilian influx - The agitation brewing among the hostages against the LTTE terrorists in the No Fire Zone (NFZ) have eventually broken the iron gates of the LTTE’s human prison as nearly 2,857 civilians have escaped the LTTE, yesterday. They have arrived to the 58 Division which is in close vicinity of the NFZ. The LTTE, hoping for a last minute sympathetic response from the international community to call for a ceasefire to strengthen their fighting power, is holding thousands of civilians as a human shield despite repeated requests from the international community including the UN to let the civilians have freedom of movement. The sudden influx of civilians was recorded after the 48-hour `humanitarian pause’ ended last Tuesday. According to sources, the group included 832 women, 772 men and children (Boys 680 and girls 645). A group of over 5,000 hostages were planning to escape and have had heated arguments with the terrorists who were trying to prevent them crossing the FDLs. According to civilians, the LTTE had ordered the terrorists to open fire at the massive crowd. Thereafter half of them had run back while others managed to escape. “The LTTE could not control the massive crowd. Civilians say that people were waiting for the military to rescue them”, G-O-C of the 58 Division, Brigadier Shavendra Silva said. He said that the civilians were able to motivate some terrorists who were guarding the FDLs to facilitate them to escape. “ Some civilians had threatened the terrorists and some had fights with them to make the move”, he said (Full report in Sunday Observer).

Govt. rejects ceasefire call to facilitate UN - Prabha meeting -  The Sri Lankan government has rejected an international call for an immediate ceasefire on the Vanni front to facilitate a meeting between UN representatives and LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran in the civilian safety zone on the Mullaitivu coast. Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa Thursday evening told the visiting Chief of Staff of the UN Secretary General, Vijay Nambiar and Hitoki Den of the UN Department for Political Affairs that a fresh lifeline wouldn’t be given to the LTTE. On Friday, Nambiar had one to one meeting with President Mahinda Rajapaksa over breakfast at Temple Trees. Government sources revealed that Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama and two senior Foreign Ministry officials were previously scheduled to join the discussion but it was later decided that the meeting would be one on one. This followed by a luncheon meeting attended by Bogollagama, Nambiar and the Colombo based envoys of the US, India, EU, UNDP and ICRC. But Norway and Japan, both co-chairs of the group set up after the 2003 Tokyo conference, hadn’t been present. Nambiar was returning to New York through India, sources said. Well informed sources told The Sunday Island that Gotabhaya Rajapaksa had emphasized that a fresh ceasefire would only strengthen the LTTE, thereby prolong the misery of the civilians trapped in the war zone. The meeting took place at the Defence Ministry shortly after the Defence Secretary returned from Kilinochchi along with President Mahinda Rajapaksa (Full report in Sunday Island)

IT WAS TOO BAD LTTE DID NOT SURRENDER SINCE PRABHAKARAN’S ACTIVITIES WILL COME TO AN END SAYS PRESIDENT - By Walter Jayawardhana - President Rajapaksa said it was too bad the Tamil Tigers did not surrender to the government troops during the two day truce and expressed his confidence that too soon Velupillai Prabhakaran will be captured alive or his end will be witnessed. Addressing the ruling party’s women’s organizations at the Temple Trees in Colombo the President said he was able to visit the valiant soldiers and the IDP’s at Kilinochchi recently because the people put their country at war before their stomachs, and no achievement could have been gained otherwise. The President said it was unfortunate, that Prabhakaran did not surrender or release the Tamil civilians he has been holding hostage. He alleged that the LTTE wanted to use them as a human shield. He said Prabhakaran deliberately did not allow the Tamil civilians to enter government held areas. "But the LTTE leader neither surrendered nor did he release the civilians held hostage by him to enter government held areas," the President said . On the opposite, LTTE cadres' snipers targeted and killed two of our soldiers during this period on April 13 and 14, the Sinhala and Tamil New Year period. My army is strong, effective and efficient, Rajapaksa said. The Lankan army will put an end to Prabhakaran's activities very soon, said the President. Rajapaksa said he gave the LTTE leader his "few remaining leaders 48-hours of respite to surrender to the military along with their cadres." President Rajapaksa said the government achieved all these military gains defeating a precarious position created by certain leaders by drawing up agreements to divide the country, since the people was behind it. Addressing another meeting of three wheel drivers associations the President said he was amazed to see the millions of cash sent to Kilinochchi for the improvement of the living standards of the Tamil people have been spent to luxurious air conditioned bunkers for the LTTE leaders and to buy military ware. He said unfortunately not even a a proper road has been spent using that money (EOM).

SL will not accept compensation for damage to mission in Oslo - The Sri Lanka government will not accept the Norwegian offer of compensating the government for damage caused by an attack on Sri Lankan Embassy in Oslo last Sunday by a group of pro-LTTE demonstrators. "We will not be accepting the offer of compensation made by Norway," a senior foreign ministry official said on condition of anonymity. "We can meet the cost ourselves." Officials in Colombo are also unhappy that the Norwegian Foreign Minister had not directly contacted his counterpart in Colombo to express regret over this attack. In a news release last week, the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Colombo said that Norway’s Foreign Minister "has personally conveyed his regrets through the Sri Lankan Embassy in Oslo." "Given the fact that a Norwegian minister could talk to the chief of the LTTE’s political wing and police, Nadesan, on the telephone, what is the difficulty for Norway’s foreign minister to talk to our minister about this attack?’’ an official of the Colombo foreign office asked. The Norwegian news release said that "Norway will compensate the Sri Lankan government for the damages done to the property of the Sri Lankan Embassy." Diplomats in Colombo said that this was an indication of Norway accepting culpability for the attack by not providing the required security. Norway has taken up the position that there was tight surveillance of LTTE groups and the only foreign diplomatic mission in Oslo provided a static police guard was the Israeli Embassy. There has been extensive comment here that the fact that the attack was videoed by somebody who seem to have accompanied the group responsible for the outrage, it would be easy for investigators in Oslo to identify those who were present and take necessary action (Full report in Sunday Island).

Thousands of Norwegian passports have been missing and stolen by the LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists in Norway

Spreading An Attenuated Dose Of LTTE Terrorism In Ottawa - By Rajendra Alwis – Ottawa - The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), which came into being nearly three decades ago in Sri Lanka, grew to be the most horrendous terrorist organization in the world possessing land, sea, and air fighting capabilities. Similarly, their infamous history is also not second to any other terrorist organization in the world. However, during the last two and a half years, under the able Leadership of President Mahinda Rajapakse, Sri Lankan Army, assisted by the Sri Lankan Navy, Air Force and the Police were able to almost completely uproot this terrorist organization, and bring them down to their knees. In this backdrop, during the last few days, the LTTE sympathizers in Canada have flocked together around the Parliament Hill seeking the intervention of the Canadian authorities for a “ceasefire” in Sri Lanka, inconveniencing the traffic and general public to the maximum, in the down town. Their improper usage of toilets, over the days, in the neighboring restaurants has left breeding grounds for germs and infections. In the present context, the City has to pay, out of taxpayer money, several thousands of more dollars as overtime for the city police and paramedics and other officials to care for the protesters at a time when they are spreading the attenuated doses of terrorism in the country, blatantly abusing the democratic rights honored in the land (Full report in Asian Tribune).

News Report on Contact and Assistance to LTTE of Sri Lanka - By Ira de Silva Ontario, Canada - Hon. R. Blake Ambassador of the United States Colombo, Sri Lanka. Dear Sir: I am writing to you in response to a news report that your main interest is to rescue the LTTE leadership and that the U.S. together with the Norwegians, who have been the close ally and confidant of the LTTE for decades, are trying to impose "conditions" on Sri Lanka. It is stated that the 48 hour truce was "negotiated and agreed upon by the Government, at the insistence of Ambassador Blake". It is also stated that you have direct contact with the LTTE and “KP”, K.Pathmanathan in particular. The Norwegians used him and facilitated a conversation with John Holmes of the U.N. In other words, you are dealing with a known terrorist who is wanted by Interpol and pressuring the Sri Lankan government to negotiate with terrorists which is against the stated policy of the United States. It is also claimed that you have been influenced by top LTTE supporters and sympathizers in Colombo. Having read this news report it is now possible to understand why Mrs. Hillary Clinton was discussing Sri Lanka with the Norwegians and indicating that the U.S. was working with Norway regarding Sri Lanka. Living in Sri Lanka I am sure that you are fully aware, or should be, that the majority of Sri Lankans know first hand that the Norwegians were but an extension of the LTTE and that E. Solheim was their chief supporter providing funding, military and financial support for terrorism in Sri Lanka. Is it your intention to replace the Norwegians as the new extension of the LTTE? (Full report in LankaWeb).

LTTE won’t free civilians even if 48 months are given - Rambukwella -  The Mahanayake Theras of Malwatta and Asgiriya Chapters hailed the President’s visit to Kilinochchi, the one-time strong-hold of the LTTE. When Foreign Employment Promotions and Welfare Minister, Keheliya Rambukwella called on the prelates, Most Ven. Tibbatuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Mahanayake Thera of Malwatte said that President Mahinda Rajapaksa visit is a great encouragement to the security forces. There was the belief that Kilinochchi could never be re-captured from the LTTE. The visit of President Mahinda Rajapaksa has proven that Kilinochchi was only a temporary fortress of the LTTE terrorists, the prelate of Malwatta noted. The Most Ven. Udugama Sri Buddharakkitha Mahanayake Thera of Asgiriya said the President’s visit encouraged the troops and the Tamil civil community who looked upon the government to save them from the grip of LTTE terrorism. "The President’s bold step is praiseworthy", the prelate noted. Minister Rambukwella said that the false impression among certain foreign powers that Kilinochchi was a permanent headquarters of the LTTE terrorists was erased. The President’s presence in Kilinochchi created the opinion that the LTTE terrorists will have forego the rest of their hiding places in the north, Minister Rambukwella noted. The LTTE is at present taking refuge in the villages of the Tamil civilians. Even if the LTTE is given 48 months instead of 48 hours they will not free the civilians, the Minister said (Full report in Island).

British scribe deported for biased, distorted, irresponsible reporting - British journalist Jeremy Page was deported from Colombo as he had been blacklisted for biased, distorted and irresponsible reporting on Sri Lanka’s battle against LTTE terror, Immigration and Emigration chief P. Bandula Abeykoon said yesterday. "We will not allow foreign journalists who defy the sacred ethic of balanced reporting to come here and file warped reports", he insisted. "That’s why we have blacklisted many of them". Page, the South Asia Correspondent for The Times in the United Kingdom was detained on arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport and deported the following day. In a report in the Times Online edition of April 18, 2009, Page says that when his details were keyed into a computer at the airport’s immigration office, a message "DO NOT ALLOW TO ENTER THE COUNTRY" flashed up on the screen. "My passport was confiscated, I was escorted to a detention room, locked up for the night, and deported the next day", he complained in his report headlined, "How I was barred from reporting Tamil Tiger conflict". "We have been provided with a list of blacklisted foreign journalists by the Defense, Foreign and Media Ministries and other relevant authorities", Abeykoon explained. "They will not be allowed to enter Sri Lanka". He said that Page had arrived in Colombo on a tourist visa, which was contrary to the accepted rules, where the foreign media should apply for a journalist’s visa from their home country (Full report in Sunday Island).

A C Shanthan alias Arunachalam Krishanthakumar found guilty London LTTE chief found guilty - by Dushy Ranetunge in London - The long standing chief of the LTTE in London A C Shanthan alias Arunachalam Krishanthakumar was found guilty on Friday of supplying bomb-making equipment for the Tamil Tigers and receiving documents for the purpose of terrorism. The jury was discharged after failing to reach a verdict on three other charges against Arunachalam Chrishanthakumar, 52, of South London. The jury at Kingston Crown Court was also unable to reach a verdict on one charge against co-accused Jegatheeswaran Muraleetharan, or Muralee, of Powys, Wales. He had denied receiving electrical components for the purposes of terrorism. The court was told that the UK authorities had warned Shanthan in 2004 after he bought boots and handcuffs for the Tigers’ police force. Prosecutors said that despite this, he continued supplying electrical components for the Tamil Tigers, including some which had "an obvious terrorist purpose". A majority of jurors decided that he was guilty of receiving electrical components as well as literature and manuals with titles such as Underwater Warfare Systems, Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Naval Weapon Systems. But the jury of five men and seven women was unable to reach a verdict on three other charges against him. These were: receiving military equipment, receiving money, and belonging to a proscribed organisation, all of which Chrishanthakumar denied. During deliberations, the jury sent almost 70 notes to Mr Justice John Saunders. One member asked to be discharged because deliberations were proving "too stressful". The Crown Prosecution Service will decide next week whether there will be a re-trial. Shanthan was very close to the late Anton Balasingham and the duo more or less ran the LTTE in London. He also accompanied Balasingham, his wife, Adele, and the editor of the Tamil Guardian newspaper, Nadarajah, during their visit to Geneva for peace talks in February 2006 (Full report in Sunday Island)..

Was Tiger boss in London a double agent? - The alleged head of the Tamil Tigers in Britain was buying bomb-making equipment for the terrorist group while holding regular meetings with Special Branch, it has been revealed. Yesterday Arunachalam Chrishanthakumar, known as AC Shanthan, became the first person to be convicted of aiding the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) since the British Government declared them an illegal terrorist group in 2001. Chrishanthakumar, a property valuer from Norbury, South London, bought electrical components seen in remote-controlled bombs used by the guerrilla force fighting a civil war in Sri Lanka. Details of links between the Tamil Tigers and the British authorities were revealed during a nine-week trial at Kingston Crown Court. LTTE representatives had frequent meetings with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Chrishanthakumar regularly met Special Branch officers and was contacted by MI5 as part of efforts to monitor the 300,000 Tamils living in Britain, the court was told. Clare Short, the former International Development Secretary, appeared as a defence witness and told the court that the Government gave millions of pounds in humanitarian aid to areas of Sri Lanka controlled by the Tamil Tigers during a four-year ceasefire that ended in 2007 (Full report in Sunday Island).

Tamil leader convicted of terrorism charges - A jury convicted a leading figure in Britain's Tamil community of terrorism on Friday, finding him guilty of supplying bomb-making equipment to the Lankan Tamil Tigers guerrilla group. Prosecutors had accused Arunachalam Chrishanthakumar, 52, of supplying materials, including electrical components with an “obvious terrorist purpose”, to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, who have fought the Sri Lankan government for decades. Despite warnings from police to stop aiding the group, Chrishanthakumar, also known as Shanthan, continued to provide material support in his role as head of the United Tamil Organisation, prosecutors said. The jury at Kingston Crown Court in southwest London also found Chrishanthakumar guilty on a second charge of receiving documents for the purpose of terrorism, a court clerk said. However, the jury failed to reach a verdict on three other charges against him and on one charge against his co-defendant. A third defendant was found not guilty on all charges. Chrishanthakumar's conviction comes at a time of heightened tension within Britain's 100,000-strong Tamil community. Angry Tamil protesters have held nearly two weeks of demonstrations outside Britain's Parliament calling for London's help in securing a ceasefire between Sri Lankan forces and Tamil Tiger separatists on the Indian Ocean island (Full report in Sunday Times).

Norwegians tired of LTTE and its demonstrations – author Jan Hornby Zacki Jabbar - The public in Norway are tired of pro-LTTE demonstrations that are continuing in Oslo and look upon them as trouble-makers, Norwegian writer Jan Horn said yesterday. Speaking to the "Sunday Island" from Oslo, he said that Sri Lankan Tamils who came to Norway are treated well, but despite that, some of them are now blaming his country for the LTTE’s folly. "These Tamils are trying to shut down our capital, block the Prime Minister’s office and have also damaged the Sri Lankan embassy. Things are getting out of hand and Norwegians in general believe that such behaviour should not be tolerated from people whom they have helped start a new life in their country", he said. Horn said that Norway has a long tradition of helping people and nations at war, hunger, refugees etc. and the name that comes to mind in this regard is Fritjof Nansen. "We also award the Nobel Peace Prize every year. But our generosity should not be taken as a sign of weakness. There are more than 30 conflicts around the world and Norway with just 4.5 million people cannot be expected to solve all of them." Diplomatic sources said that Professor Christian Stokke of the Oslo University, addressing the pro-LTTE demonstrators had told them that Norway is a ‘peace diplomat’ and cannot condemn the Sri Lankan government as demanded by the LTTE (Full report in Sunday Island).

Libraries for IDP children - Libraries for schoolchildren of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) will be established in Vavuniya, Jaffna and Mannar districts shortly. The Resettlement and Disaster Relief Services Minister Rishard Bathiudeen on Friday, prior to his departure to the USA on an official visit told the Sunday Observer that the proposed libraries will be established along with schools. They will be set up under the three task forces, appointed by Minister Bathiudeen on Friday. The objective of establishing three task forces was to look into the smooth functioning of health, food and education facilities of over 68,000 IDPs who have currently crossed over to liberated areas from the LTTE clutches. “In addition, these task forces would be responsible for establishing pre-schools for children, especially those who were deprived of attending schools for several years due to prevailing conditions,” the Minister told. He also urged officials in the task forces to provide uninterrupted essential services as water, electricity and healthcare for IDPs. He said he had already directed Government Agents in Mullaitivu, Jaffna, Mannar, Kilinochchi and other key areas to provide shelters, camps and sanitation to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). Minister Bathiudeen further said that in the next few days a large number of IDPs are expected from uncleared areas and Government will have to allocate a large sum of money to provide them with necessary facilities. “In addition we are continuously providing all essential food items such as wheat flour, sugar, cooking oil, dhal to all areas where people live,” He said during the past three weeks nearly 200 lorry loads of essential food items were despatched to Mannar, Vavuniya, Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi areas. The Minister has also informed the security personnel at places where the goods are being loaded to supervise the food items carefully, so that all lorries could be able to reach their destination without any difficulty (Sunday Observer).

Protest in Colombo Norway should also ban the LTTE — Jana Setha Peramuna - The Jana Setha Peramuna (JSP) staged a demonstration in front of the Norwegian Embassy in Colombo last week to protest against the storming of the Sri Lankan mission in Oslo by pro-LTTE supporters. The protesters, led by Ven. Battaramulle Seelaratana thera, General Secretary of the JSP, demanded an inquiry into the attack on the Sri Lankan Embassy and punitive action against those responsible for this dastardly act. Later, Ven. Seelaratana thera and a group of protesters were allowed to meet with a Norwegian Embassy official, to whom a memorandum was handed over. "We expressed our strong displeasure against the Norwegian government which looked on helplessly when the Embassy of a friendly country was stormed and smashed up by a group backing terrorists in Sri Lanka", the prelate said. "We also severely condemn the gross violation of diplomatic rights and privileges which are internationally recognized and observed", he said. The memorandum handed over to the Norwegians by the JSP demanded that Norway, as a one-time peace facilitator in Sri Lanka, call upon the LTTE to release the innocent civilians held captive and allow them to move into government-controlled areas where they are well looked after by the army (Full report in Sunday Island).

Sympathy for Tamils, but not Tigers- National Post, Canada - "Pro-LTTE protesters insult Canada" "If the Tiger supporters in Ottawa truly had the best interests of innocent Tamils at heart, they would be pleading with the Tigers themselves to release their human shields, not declaring their undying support for a terror organization," said the Canadian "National Post" in an editorial comment (April 16). "The ongoing Parliament Hill protests and hunger strikes by Tamil Canadians are meant to stir our lawmakers into action against Sri Lanka, whose government is waging a successful military campaign against the LTTE, better known as the Tamil Tigers. If anything, however, the protests have had the opposite effect: Tamils who fly the flag of the LTTE, a terrorist insurgency that once controlled much of Sri Lanka. What’s worse, the protesters have flown the LTTE flag alongside the Canadian flag - an insult to our own country. As we have written several times before, we are not without sympathy for the cause of the Tamil people, many of whom have been treated as second-class citizens by the Sinhalese-dominated government in Colombo. Indeed, the Tamils would have had a rightful claim to the world’s sympathy - if the LTTE, which fights for an independent Tamil homeland, hadn’t itself adopted such inhumane tactics since its formation in the 1980s. The Tigers perfected the tactic of suicide bombing, deploying explosive-wrapped killers by the dozens even before the practice had caught on in the Arab world, the editorial comments. Full text of the editorial (Full report in Sunday Island).

End of the war & a new beginning -There is no escaping the reality that the end of the current phase of the war against terrorism is taking longer than expected. That is due to the obvious reason of the human shield of civilians behind whom Prabhakaran and what’s left of his hierarchy, together with perhaps a few hundred fighters are now cowering. If the military didn’t care about those civilians, the mopping-up would have been in the words of Thomas Hobbes in his classic, Leviathan, ``nasty, brutish and short.’’ Fortunately the world outside our shores has now come to see the real picture for what it is and several western countries as well as multilateral agencies now agree that the LTTE is compelling the civilians, often at the point of a gun, not to flee the last pocket in the Vanni yet under Tiger control. Despite this, pressure is being mounted on the Government of Sri Lanka to either halt or ``pause’’ military operations to enable the civilians to leave. This is exactly what the government did during two days of the New Year last week but there was no large exodus. The reason for this is easy to see. The LTTE did not let it happen (Full Editorial in Sunday Island).

H.L.de Silva, the man I knew - By Gomin Dayasri - Trekking in a Himalayan desert in December 2008, I sadly could not attend the funeral of E.D.Wikremanayake; so I penned an obituary which was published. In January this year when I visited HL, he told me he had read it and said I must write his obituary without fail. Shattered by his words implying his end was near, to comfort myself told him not to talk rot. His wife, Manel, in anguish told him that I had just reviewed his book. I heard the sad news of HL’s passing today (April 9) by an SMS message at 16,400 feet near Zero Point in Sikkim and reached out sadly for my palmtop to fulfil a request which I had brushed off some weeks earlier. HL outlived his generation when law was practiced as a profession and performed as an art with cultured elegance and courtly courtesies. Law is in the statutes and treatises but he was the magician using his hands as the wand and his mind as the computer, weaving ingenious spells of creativity with well chosen words, precise and concise, enunciated with grammatical perfection, to set forth innovative but coherent interpretations which eventually were embedded in judgements and became law. Of course the logic was crafted to suit the submission of the master advocate. He made it and sold it convincingly to establish his thinking as the law. No wonder he was the most sought after lawyer of his times (Full report in Sunday Island).

Where have NGO funds gone? - Despite the presence of several foreign-funded non-governmental organizations, no development had taken place in Kilinochchi for the past few years”, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said. “None of these organizations have built community centres, roads, houses or have provided electricity, water or other facilities to the people in the area. Speaking to the Western Province Three Wheel Drivers’ Association at “Temple Trees” yesterday he said that what the NGOs have done in the past few years was just to build a culvert. “For this they have spent Rs. 1.5 million,” he said. “However, administrative centres for the LTTE and well built bunkers clearly show where all the attention was focused on,” he said. “In Kilinochchi I saw the modern bunker used by Thamilselvan and by looking at it I got the message where all the consignments of steel and cement were diverted to,” he pointed out. The President also told the gathering that he visited Kilinochchi last Thursday to take the Sinhala Avurudu to the forces who were posted there. We have a responsibility to provide facilities and infrastructure to all the people and the government was getting credit from overseas, for this reason. For the first time five harbours have been simultaneously built in addition to the massive power generation projects and other mass development that is taking place in the country. Two agreements have been signed for additional power generation projects in Trincomalee. Despite spending for the war, development too had been going on with funding for 700,000 government employees. Commenting on three wheel drivers he assured that their welfare too will be considered and several benefits were being offered to them. President also noted that in addition to providing transport, three wheel drivers too act like unofficial security officers (Full report in Sunday Observer).

Eat up, National Post tells LTTE hunger strikers - The following is the full text of an editorial published by Canada's National Post Thursday: The ongoing Parliament Hill protests and hunger strikes by Tamil Canadians are meant to stir our lawmakers into action against Sri Lanka, whose government is waging a successful military campaign against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), better known as the Tamil Tigers. If anything, however, the protests have had the opposite effect: Just as radical Canadian Muslims attract disgust when they raise the flags of Hezbollah or Hamas, so too do Tamils who fly the flag the of the LTTE, a terrorist insurgency that once controlled much of Sri Lanka. What worse, the protesters have flown the LTTE flag alongside the Canadian flag an insult to our own country. As we have written several times before, we are not without sympathy for the cause of the Tamil people, many of whom have been treated as second-class citizens by the Sinhalese-dominated government in Colombo. Indeed, the Tamils would have had a rightful claim to the world sympathy if the LTTE, which fights for an independent Tamil homeland, hadn't itself adopted such inhumane tactics since its formation in the 1980s. The Tigers perfected the tactic of suicide bombing, deploying explosive-wrapped killers by the dozens even before the practice had caught on in the Arab world. The LTTE has also press-ganged children as young as 10 into military service and, following the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, they cleared out orphanages for foot soldiers and interdicted relief supplies to feed their adult insurgents and fund terror campaign against the Sri Lankan government. The sight of this group flags flying in Canada is nothing short of revolting (Full report in Sunday Observer).

Blatant disregard for Govt's gesture: Tigers' recruitment drive during truce - Showing blatant disregard for the two-day truce offered by the Government for the LTTE to release the hostages trapped in the narrow coastal belt stretching to a mere 17 kms, the latter have used the opportunity to accelerate abducting more civilians including under-aged children to keep up its shrinking manpower. The LTTE, which is in its final days of defeat, has also neglected the request by the UN Secretary General Bank-Ki-Moon to permit the civilians to move out of fighting. According to the sources, less than 1,000 civilians have fled the LTTE control and the human rights activists said that still the LTTE use civilians as a shield for its survival and also to thwart any military push designed to rescue civilians. However, disrespecting the international pressure to open the gates of the hell-hole to allow the thousands of civilians to move in to Safe Areas,the terrorists had abducted over 300 civilians and according to informed sources they were taken to a temporary camp in Vellamullivaikkal beach front for a crash military training. Before the two-day `humanitarian pause' came into effect the terrorists did not storm into houses to snatch civilians as the people had strongly protested against the LTTE for recruiting civilians to fight the Security Forces. But, according to the sources, the terrorists in numbers came in tractors and Canter trucks, had abducted people during the `pause in fighting', which ended on last Tuesday. Meanwhile, in fear of a division of the human shield as a result of the troops of 53 division and Task Force 8 advancing to Vellamullivaikkal and 58 Division to the Ampelavanpokkanai, the terrorists had `chased' the civilians further boxing them from Velayanmadam to Vellamullivaikkal (Full report in Sunday Observer).

Holmes and the like blind to the truth - As the 48-hour humanitarian pause declared by President Mahinda Rajapaksa in view of the Sinhala Tamil New Year came to an end on April 14 mid night, amid  LTTE launching a vigorous campaign to stop civilians moving out of the No Fire Zone, an extensive debate is now on as to who is responsible for the plight of the civilians trapped in the small pocket in the Mullaitivu coast. Many were of the opinion that the LTTE did not reciprocate to the 48 hours humanitarian pause declared by the President, as they did not allow the civilians to move out of the Safe Zone. They blamed the LTTE for preventing civilians moving out of the Safe Zone freely. The British and French foreign ministers have in a joint statement urged the LTTE to lay down arms and to free the civilians from hostage whilst deploring the LTTE attempt to use the civilians as a shield. Meanwhile, UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes, briefing the media about the current Sri Lankan situation on April 15, after the Government declared 48 hours humanitarian pause came to an end, said that it was inadequate for the civilians to move out. During that press conference Holmes also blamed the LTTE for not letting the civilians out of the Safe Zone whilst urging the Security Forces not to use heavy weapons to direct fire into the No Fire Zone (Full report in Sunday Observer).

London MPs again on rampage - Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha, Secretary General, Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process - ... Obviously not aware of what happened in the eighties, to drive so many of his constituents safe into his arms, he says the situation in Sri Lanka has got worse and worse for Tamils. Siobhain agrees, and asks that the British government call for Sri Lanka to be suspended from the Commonwealth. And then she goes on the rampage again, talks of genocide, and cluster bombs, and a thousand amputees who are desperate to be evacuated ‘but the Red Cross cannot get to them’. No one has told her that, over the last few weeks, the Red Cross has evacuated about 3500 patients, and more bystanders, the latter obviously being carried in the absence of more people requiring medical treatment. If they are there, and not allowed out, it is because the LTTE will not allow them out, being in control of the area which Siobhain had so dramatically described... (Full report in Sunday observer).

The last march of the `Vaddukkodai Resolution’! - by Prasad GUNEWARDENE - The infamous `Vaddukkodai Resolution’ that sought the creation of the dreamland of a separate state, is now on its final march towards the graveyard constructed by Velupillai Prabhakaran. This resolution will be written in Tamil history, as the most criminal and notorious piece of paper that cost the lives of thousands of Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims in this country. By historical conscience, that vicious resolution also snatched away many Tamil leaders of repute, who dreamt that distant dream, in hope and joy. Lest they knew the horror contained in that once `joyous’ dream. The separate state concept was a dream deferred, and in the words of African-American poet, Langston Hughes. And, that deleterious dream exploded critically on the Sri Lankan society like a curse contained in a `charmed’ paw of a monkey. At least three generations of Tamils from the North and East, who would have had emerged brilliant and worthy citizens of this country, were dragged into a senseless war and buried by that cruel resolution mooted in Vadukkodai. The graveyards constructed by Prabhakaran over the thirty years, speaks volumes to that effect. It only resulted in the creation of an armed struggle that finally ended up in terrorism, now confined to a ruthless gang of Tamil traitors led by Velupillai Prabhakaran, called the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). History has its twists and turns, as well as backward and forward movements that often take many by surprise. Such a dramatic turn was witnessed two years ago, when the LTTE forced President Mahinda Rajapaksa into another war, code named by Prabhakaran as - Eelam War 4. Prabhakaran never ever dreamt that it was the beginning of his end. As usual, he depended much on the Tamil Diaspora overseas for funding (Full report in Sunday Observer).

Put pressure on LTTE: Rajapaksa - Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said that those pressuring his government for a “humanitarian pause of few more days” should instead appeal to the LTTE to give freedom of movement “just for one hour” to innocent civilians stranded in the no-fire zone (NFZ). Mr. Rajapaksa did not name any country. Addressing a gathering of practitioners of alternative medicine and agricultural unions from the Western Province at Temple Trees on Saturday evening, Mr. Rajapaksa asserted, “Let [the] LTTE give a one-hour pause and I am sure nothing would prevent the civilians from crossing over to the government-controlled areas.” The observations of Mr. Rajapaksa came even as the military said that over 2,800 civilians crossed over from the NFZ to the government-controlled territory on Saturday. This is the largest number of civilians to cross over from the war zone on a single day in the last few months. Earlier on Friday, Mr. Rajapaksa maintained that his government took crucial decisions on the basis of national interests and expected support from the international community without any hindrance or disruption (Full report in Hindu).

Protection to Diplomatic Missions and International Law - By Sarath Wijesinghe Diplomatic relations, globally, is governed by the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations adopted in the United Nations on April 16, 1961, and each country applies it with relevant changes made by their local legislation covering diplomatic matters. One of the main functions of the sending State is to represent the sending State. Article 2 (a) - Article 22 of the Convention is powerful and clear regarding the safety of the receiving State, which reads as follows. (1) The premises of the mission shall be inviolable. The agents of the receiving State may not enter them except with the consent of the head of the Mission (2) The receiving State is under special duty to take all appropriate steps to protect the premises of the Mission against any intrusion or damage and to prevent any disturbance of the peace of the Mission or impairment of its dignity. (3) The premises of the Mission, their furnishing and other property thereon and the means of transport of the Mission shall be immune from search, requisition, attachment or execution. Irrespective of the size and power of the member country, this principle is strictly adhered to. The attack on the Sri Lankan Mission in Norway has raised eyebrows among the international brotherhood, as these incidents are never heard of. Sri Lanka has strictly adhered to the principles, despite the humanitarian interventions which has consumed most of its security resources (Full report in The Nation).

Saturday, 18 April 2009

TAMIL DIASPORA-THE NEWEST INTRERNATIONAL TERRORIST OUTFIT  - By Malin Abeyatunge, Melbourne, Australia - During the last few weeks, the international community mainly the western world had experienced an emergence of a  new phenomenon in International Terrorism - launched by the hard core LTTE apologists activists among the Tamil Diaspora (*Not all Tamils are LTTE apologists or activists). This new terrorist outfit hereafter can be branded as International Tamil Terrorist Diaspora (ITTD).  The ITTD has already spread its tentacles in Canada, UK, Norway, France, Italy, Germany, Australia, India, Malaysia, South Africa and many other countries disturbing the peaceful life of the citizens of these countries by their continuous rallies, demonstrations, agitations, attacks on Sri Lankan Embassies, Sinhala businesses and attacking innocent students by taking law into their hands, involved in credit and insurance scams, drug and human cargo trafficking , illegal arms deals etc. You name any illegal operation in the world,  they are well into it. Just as much as Al Qaeda has cells in almost every country, the ITTD also has established cells operating specially in the western world and a few Asian countries. This new terrorist outfit ITTD is as bad as  Al Qaeda and the countries should watch their clandestine operations carefully and vigilantly.  During the last few weeks we saw the actions of  ITTD in many countries causing disturbance to peaceful  communities. What are these ITTDs activists demonstrating for? They wanted another ceasefire in Sri Lanka to give oxygen to the dying Tamil Tigers. The International Tamil Terrorist Diaspora believes that given some oxygen to LTTE who is in last ditch of defeat, Prabhakaran will bring back the lost glory, regain the lost 15000 sq.kms held illegally, regain and consolidate the lost military strength and  more than anything else the promised mythical Eelam and that’s what they are demonstrating for (read full letter).

SPUR Condemns Tamil Tiger Terrorists; Why hack innocent children and pregnant mothers? Tamil Tiger Terrorists (LTTE) responded to President Rajapaksa’s generous gesture of a two-day ceasefire by slaughtering 12 innocent Sinhalese civilians living in the East of Sri Lanka in Buththala and Okkampitiya. Children as young as one and a half years were garrotted and left to die in their dead mothers’ arms. Witnessed by international ICRC officials, the LTTE then shelled areas outside the No Fire Zone (NFZ) in Mullativu killing a number of Tamil civilians seeking refuge with the Government forces, including three innocent Tamil children. How long can the law-abiding citizens of Sri Lanka and the  Sri Lankan Diaspora tolerate this LTTE carnage? The time is right to eliminate the LTTE and their leadership from the theatre of terror. This will immensely benefit the people of Sri Lanka and the law-abiding citizens of other western democracies suffering anarchy and violence hoisted up on them by some members of the Tamil Diaspora manipulated by the LTTE.  There is no doubt that the petrified LTTE leadership including Prabakaran, fearing death, are holding Tamil Sri Lankan citizens as hostages in the Mullativu NFZ. Over 60,000 hostages have escaped the clutches of the LTTE joining the liberating Government forces. Devoid of fear, they live in hope of relocating back to their ancestral lands sans the demonic presence of the LTTE. Their hopes and aspirations and ours are intrinsically linked to the success of the armed forces in eradicating the parasitic LTTE. Another 50,000 or so civilians trapped by the LTTE await liberation. The LTTE’s only saviour seems to be the misguided and ill-informed Tamil Diaspora in countries such as USA. UK, EU, Australia and Norway who continue to rampage through the streets of their adopted nations perpetrating mindless violence. The increasing militancy and violent frustrations of the LTTE supporters are evidenced by a number of recent international incidents including:  (Read full Media Release).

Prominent Tamil ‘supplied bomb parts to terror group’ - Sri Lankan now living in London provided Tamil Tigers with electrical components - By Mark Hughes, Crime correspondent - A Sri Lankan man has been convicted on terror charges after being found guilty of supplying bomb-making equipment to the Tamil Tigers. Arunachalam Chrishanthakumar, 52, known as Shanthan, organised the supply of hi-tech electrical equipment for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Despite warnings to stop, Chrishanthakumar, described by the prosecution as a “very prominent figure” in the UK’s Tamil community, continued supplying components to the LTTE with “an obvious terrorist purpose”. He was also found guilty of receiving documents for the purpose of terrorism. A jury at Kingston Crown Court, south-west London, failed to reach a verdict on three other charges, all denied by Chrishanthakumar. The Crown Prosecution Service will decide next week whether to seek a retrial. From Sri Lanka, Chrishanthakumar was head of the United Tamil Organisation in the UK before it was proscribed in 2001. In 2004 police became aware he was buying military boots and clothing from an army surplus store in Southsea, Hampshire, which he shipped to Sri Lanka. He was told to stop. Three years later at his home, officers discovered more equipment. The investigation showed evidence of the procurement of electrical components including computers, circuit boards, remote control gear, components associated with radio transmitters and satellite equipment. Officers believed these were being sent to LTTE. Chrishanthakumar denied this, but jurors decided he was guilty of receiving electrical components and manuals with titles including Underwater Warfare Systems, Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Naval Weapon Systems. They failed to agree on charges |relating to Jegatheeswaran Muraleetharan (Muralee), 46, from Powys, Wales, accused of receiving electrical components for the purposes of terrorism. His brother, Jeyatheswaran Vythyatharan, 40, also of Powys, was cleared of the same charge. Murugesu Jegatheeswaran, 34, from Mitcham, south London, was found not guilty of the same charge (Full report in The Independent, UK).

Prabakaran exposed and threw away Oslo Federal agreement; LTTE's defeat started from there - Karuna - LTTE's morale was low right at the beginning of the unnecessary war - While LTTE leader Prabakaran has lost almost everything he and his community built up within 32 years due to lack political sense, his ex-deputy Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman is stepping up in the ladder of politics becoming a minister of the government. One cannot deny that Karuna Amman is the best example in Sri Lanka for political sense. This wonderful Tamil personality engaged in a dialogue with Lanka-e-News recently. Lanka-e-News: Once you said that you possess arms; now you deny it. What position can we accept? Karuna Amman: It is wrong information. We had threats from LTTE when we split from it and formed TMVP. We held arms then to face LTTE threats. Later I quitted from TMVP and those who broke away with me did not keep arms. The weapons are with the TMVP and not with us. Lanka-e-News: Why did you join Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP)? Karuna Amman: Almost all Tamil political parties are against the LTTE. But they are diverse regarding what should be done. There is a multiplicity of small groups like sports clubs. Such groups cannot provide solutions for the problems of the Tamil people. That is why I joined a bigger party like SLFP. After that, 1000 of our cadres were recruited to Army. Around 300 of them are on duty in Thoppigala area now. Further 1500 cadres are to join the Army. Of them 1200 are now being processed. Another group is to be attached to police. All our offices in the Eastern Province have been turned to SLFP offices. There are 80 such offices. Police guards them. After 25 years, Minister Maithripala Sirisena opened a SLFP office in Batticaloa. TMVP has only a couple of cadres now (Full report in Lanka e-News).

Urination and its discontents - By Malinda Seneviratne - (April 19, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) I have for a long time been convinced that all nations have approximately the same percentage of saints, rogues, men and women of wisdom, morons, geniuses and intellectual pedestrians. I feel now that the tragedy of human affairs and in particular relations among nations, is that the decision makers, the movers and shakers, are not exactly the saints, the wise and the pragmatic, but rather the morons and the rogues. I am referring particularly to India’s External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, David Milliband, the would-be Viceroy of Sri Lanka, and a set of international meddlers who are headquartered at some place called the Global Centre for R2P. Mukherjee’s language, in a missive to the Government of Sri Lanka, is particularly offensive. This is what he says: "Continuation of precipitate military actions leading to further civilian casualties at this time would be totally unacceptable. While it is incumbent on the LTTE to release all civilians and IDPs under their control, the Government of Sri Lanka cannot be oblivious to the evolving human tragedy and the fate of the Tamil civilian population caught up in the so-called No Fire Zone." ‘Unacceptable’? ‘Cannot be oblivious?’ What gives Pranab the right to decide what’s acceptable or unacceptable? And who is he to ask Sri Lanka to be concerned or oblivious? In the first place, the government is clearly not ‘oblivious’ to civilian concerns. If it was, Pranab, this war would have been over months ago. Secondly, Pranab, your government in dealing with the terrorists who made you people piss in your pants a few months ago in Mumbai, was clearly oblivious to the fate of civilians and thereby abdicated the right to wax lyrical on the morality of such issues (Full report in Sri Lanka Guardian).

Navy rescues 361 Civilians fleeing from LTTE clutches - Sri Lanka Navy rescued 361 Tamil civilians who had been fleeing from the LTTE clutches. The Navy rescued them on 16th and 17th of March 2009 in three different occasions in northern warters. The rescued consisted of 240 adults (119 males and 121 females) and 121 children. They had been found in white flag-hoisted dinghies while attempting to flee from the LTTE clutches in the un-cleared areas. The first group of 10 refugees were rescued around 0410 hrs on 16th April and safely directed to the Munai beach. The second group fleeing in two white flag hoisted boats comprising 40 civilians were rescued around 1630 hrs on the same day.All of them were escorted to Pulmudai Naval camps. The Navy rescued 311 men and women in 14 white flag hoisted refugee boats in two different locations around 0830 hrs and 1000 hrs on 17th April 2009. They were directed to Pulmudai and the Munai beach. They were provided with much-needed food, refreshments and medical assistance. The rescued expressed their heart-felt gratitude to the Navy for coming to their rescue. The exodus of the innocent Tamil civilians escaping from LTTE clutches is now on the rise. This is largely due to the confidence they have placed in the Government Security Forces whose humanitarian operations have helped Tamil civilians to extricate themselves from the terrorists’ clutches (Full report in Sri Lanka Navy).

Prabhakaran will be captured dead or alive soon: Rajapaksa - Exuding confidence that LTTE supremo Vellupillai Prabhakaran will soon be captured "alive" or his end will be witnessed "very soon", Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said the Tigers failed to utilize the opportunity to "surrender" during the recent two-day truce. He said Prabhakaran had not made use of the 48 hour pause period that ended on Tuesday night and held the Tamil civilians as "human shield". "But the LTTE leader neither surrendered nor did he release the civilians held hostage by him to enter government held areas," the President said last evening. "The army will capture Prabhakaran alive or see the end of him very soon. Although the LTTE leader was given the last opportunity but he failed to make use of the opportunity. Now we have left only to deal with him militarily," Rajapaksa told the news website 'Asian Tribune'. On the contrary, LTTE cadres' snipers targeted and killed two of our soldiers during this period on April 13 and 14, the Sinhala and Tamil New Year period. My army is strong, effective and efficient, Rajapaksa said (Full report in Times of India).

Secretary of Defence meets families of war heroes - A cordial meeting was held between the relatives of the war heroes who have sacrificed their lives in humanitarian missions since Mavilaru and the Defence Secretary, Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa at Kuruvita Gemunu Regiment Headquarters yesterday (17). The Defence Secretary personally showed keen interest in the problems faced by the families of fallen war heroes. The meeting was organized by the Ranaviru Seva Authority. Consequent to the meeting Officers of the Seva Vanitha Unit of the Ministry of Defence too participated in a discussion with relatives of the fallen heroes of the Army, the Navy, Air Force and the Police. Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa who addressed the gathering said though the lives of the fallen heroes cannot be regained, their names are etched in the collective memory of the nation, like those of King Dutugemunu, Keppetipola and Puran Appu. Yesterday (16), when the H.E. President visited Kilinochchi, he recalled how the first Lady was prevented from hoisting the National Flag in Vavuniya, through the LTTE pressure. He said a large territory comprising the North and the East was named in LTTE dominated areas. 'LTTE flag' had been hoisted in Vavuniya, Trincomalee and Batticaloa, the Defence Secretary recalled. But today due to the sacrifices made by war heroes, the National Flag has been hoisted in those areas, he added. Moreover, today anybody including the members of Tri Forces and the Police have freedom of movement, he stressed (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

WHAT’S EATING THE NEO-COLONIAL POWERS - By Mahinda Weerasinghe - So many writers are commenting and analyzing as to why Norway, USA, UK ect. are so keen to help Velupillai Prabhakaran the mass murderer escape. But somehow the most vital point just keeps eluding them. These financers of terror are not concerned if Prabhakaran gets killed. In fact they will be happy if that happens. But their in a cold sweat, that he might be nailed by Gen. Fonseka. Why? Cant you guess? Obviously because Prabhakaran is the repository of all the information. What information? Norway’s and other western nations aid for his terror campaign in Sri Lanka! Money, weapons, logistics, bank connections and contact names are all in his head. And these western nations who financed his terror campaign are mortified of what would come to be if he is apprehended. What is more, even if he is caught by the Sri Lankan forces, there must be a Sinhalese Catholic mole in the Army waiting to bump him off. That contract must have been in place for some time now. So don’t cry over spilt milk when that happens. In other words they want Prabhakaran dead, and very dead at that, not alive under any circumstances, in that way they can bury the whole sordid episode and get away Scot free. Under the circumstances it is the obligation of Gen. Fonseka not to let that happen. Indeed what the good general should do is, some how seize him, but should not inform the world that he did so. Then he should video everything he says and pump out all the information, before giving him the cyanide. He is a coward so you will have to push the pill down his throat. With that information Sri Lanka can bleed these terror financers and make them pay billions and billions for their crimes. For they may be scared, that Sri Lanka may present the list of terror financers to the UN’s general assembly. Think, people think! 

AI Have you got any brains ? Open letter to AI - From Ben Silva UK 18 April 2009 Media reports indicate that you want a ceasefire in Sri Lanka. The UN reports that Tamil Tiger fighters killed six civilians trying to flee the conflict zone. Evidence indicate that LTTE will kill any one that is trying to leave and they will force civilians to fight against their will. LTTE have planted booby traps and mines to prevent civilians escape their grip. Have you thought of asking LTTE to surrender ? If they do, then there would be an automatic ceasefire. Is it too much for your tiny brain to think ? Remember that LTTE is one of the deadliest terror groups in the world and you want to give them a life line. During the ceasefire that was implemented recently, the number of civilians that escaped was a minimum. The reason is, when the troops are not attacking LTTE, they have the time to stop civilians leaving. Not only that LTTE, has time to lay mines, lay booby traps, construct bunds and so on. As a result, each time there is a ceasefire LTTE gets stronger and it gets more difficult to dislodge them. So what exactly is the reason to ask for a ceasefire ? Is it because your pay master LTTE can plant more mines and booby traps ? Because of that, LTTE will do more killing and unnecessary lives will be lost. To minimize loss of life, LTTE has to be eliminated firmly, as soon as possible. If not, no one in Sri Lanka would be safe. LTTE would have been strangled if their funds were cut off. You never lobbied to stop funding for LTTE. Instead you were hounding the democratically elected government of Sri Lanka and behaved like a puppet of LTTE, controlled by the pay master LTTE. Remember your cricket ball stunt, where you behaved like the god father of LTTE ? (Full report in LankaWeb).

22nd Batch of Patients and Civilians trapped in Mullaithivu evacuated with Naval Assistance - The twenty-second batch of 474 patients and civilians was evacuated on board “MV Green Ocean” on the 17th April 2009. The evacuation of patients and civilians trapped in LTTE Clutches in the un-cleared areas in Mullaithivu is being carried out under the ICRC flag. Sri Lanka Navy is providing safe passage for evacuees on humanitarian grounds. The patients among the evacuees, upon disembarkation at Pulmuadai, were provided with emergency medical treatment by Naval doctors and were rushed to the General Hospital in Padaviya by the Naval personnel for further treatment. Elaborate arrangements have been made to treat the sick and the wounded evacuees once they reach cleared areas. Hospitals have been equipped with adequate stocks of essential drugs and specialist medical personnel are assigned to treat the sick and the wounded as they are transferred to hospitals. The twenty-second batch consisted of 135 adult males, 192 adult females and 147 children in total. Among them were 74 male and 62 female patients needing medical treatment. The evacuees had been languishing in pain and fear due to the LTTE’s adamant stance to hold all civilians captive in the un-cleared areas as human shields despite the repeated appeals by the International Community to free all civilians to arrive in safe areas immediately. The Navy, as part of its humanitarian operations, has put in place a number of comprehensive evacuation measures to facilitate the evacuation process. Naval personnel and vessels along with stand-by rescue and medical teams are on special deployment in the North-eastern seas for assisting Tamil civilians fleeing from LTTE clutches (Sri Lanka Navy).

Situation in Sri Lanka EMBASSY OF SRI LANKA, BRUSSELS Intervention - by H.E. Ravinatha Aryasinha, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg and the EU, at the meeting of the European Parliament’s South Asia Delegation – 31 March 2009 “Mr. Chairman, given that 38 out of your 56 pages of the documentation for this meeting is on Sri Lanka, I trust Sri Lanka should be given reasonable time at this meeting of the South Asia Delegation, with which we have continued to engage and actively participated in. My understanding of parliamentary democracy is that you hear what everyone has to say, and I demand to be heard. I would like to say at the very outset that we are all concerned about the situation in Sri Lanka and the people trapped in what is now a small pocket of 21 Sq KM in the Vanni. No one is more concerned about it than us Sri Lankans. You talk about ‘catastrophe’. The catastrophe in the North of Sri Lanka, Mr. Chairman and members, is that in the uncleared areas, the LTTE is holding as human shields some 50,000 civilians. The catastrophe is that the LTTE is firing at civilians who are trying to escape from its clutches. The catastrophe is that the LTTE is firing heavy artillery out of the ‘no fire zone’. Why the European Parliament, in particular in its last resolution, shied away from directly pointing this out, baffles me (Full report in LankaWeb).

A tribute to my father – H. L. De Silva

Before I leave for Australia, I wish to reflect awhile on the life of my father. A man who was born 81 years ago in a small country town called Minuwangoda. The beginnings of his life were quite ordinary, with no hint of the stature he would go on to attain. His spent his early years in various schools in Negombo, before completing his secondary education at St Peters College, Colombo. Ammi always said he was a rolling stone that gathered some moss!. He graduated in law from university and started work in the Attorney Generals Dept, where his rise to prominence was swift. He was quickly promoted over the heads of many of his seniors, which caused a lot of angst in a system that was both hierarchical and conventional. Constrained by a structure that did not recognize his initiative, he left the safety of government employment to begin a career in private practice. This was a turning point for him. He experienced instant success and appeared for many leading personalities in Sri Lanka, including Mrs Bandaranaike, the world’s first woman prime minister and her daughter, President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga. He has held positions of leadership in many spheres of his life. He was elected President of the Bar Association. He was appointed Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the United Nations spanning the times of Boutros Boutros Ghali and Kofi Annan. He met many of the worlds most controversial and flamboyant leaders, including Bill Clinton, the Pope and Yaser Arafat (Full letter in Island)..

LTTE member held - An LTTE member has been arrested and some communication equipment including a global positioning system (GPS) device seized from him, police said here today. The&aposQ&apos Branch wing of the Tamil Nadu police, which deals with extremist activities, arrested Muthanna from Chennai yesterday on specific information given by Jayanathan, another arrested member of the banned militant outfit. Muthanna had come from Mullaitheevu in Sri Lanka where the army is engaged in a fierce battle with LTTE and had told police that he was part of the outfit&aposs procurement module,&aposQ&apos Branch sources said (Full report in Indopia).

Troops advance to rescue civilian hostages: LTTE mounts artillery attacks from NFZ - LTTE terrorists continued mounting heavy artillery and mortar attacks from the No- Fire-Zone (NFZ) at the 53 Division troops now advancing towards general area Vellamullivaikkal on Friday (April 17). According to ground military sources, terrorists manning the forward defences were caught in total disarray with numbers reported fleeing towards civilian populated patches taking shield from direct confrontation. At least 8 terrorists were killed and 9 others reported injured during the initial confrontations military confirmed said citing intercepted LTTE communication. Also, terrorists were reported arguing with its rear assault groups for delaying of reinforcements to stall the advancing Army infantrymen (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

U.K. Tamil leader convicted -  Arunachalam Chrishanthakumar, a property valuer and founder of the British Tamil Association, was on Friday convicted of terror charges. The LTTE is banned in the U.K. as a terrorist organisation. Chrishanthakumar (52) of South London was convicted of supplying bomb-making equipment to the LTTE and receiving documents for the purpose of terrorism. But the jury at Kingston Crown Court failed to reach a verdict on three other charges including the allegation that he is a member of the LTTE. A decision on whether there should be a re-trial is expected to be taken next week. The court was told that Chrishanthakumar, known as “Shantham”, was warned in 2004 after he bought boots and handcuffs for the LTTE but despite the warning he continued to help it with material some of which had “an obvious terrorist purpose”. There are an estimated 300,000 Tamils in the UK, a majority of them in London (Hindu).

LTTE actively prevented people leaving during pause - John Holmes - There seems to be less civilians getting out during the [New Year] pause than before. So it is clear that LTTE did not allow those who wished to leave even if they wished to leave the area during this pause to do so, they seemed to be actively prevented from doing so, perhaps more actively prevented from doing so during this pause, so that is a matter for great regret,” said UN Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs Sir John Holmes, at a briefing on the situation in Sri Lanka at the UN, New York, April 15. “We believe they should be allowing people, encouraging people to leave the no fire zone. Civilians should not be used as pawns or human shields in this way. So we call on the LTTE very strongly to change their attitude to this and to allow those who wish to leave, which we believe is the vast majority at least, and to do so as soon as possible to get them out of harms way,” he added. Responding to a question by the media on what evidence do UN has that these people actually would like to get out, Sir John Holmes said: “The UN agencies, International committee of the Red Cross and our staff and people, when they came out of the LTTE hold they made it absolutely clear that people were being held against their will. They had to flee and if they try to leave they are being fired upon. When they try to flee, huge pressure is put on them against their leaving like forced recruitment of the civilians including children against their will, to fight or work for the LTTE. There may be some immediate family members who may stay but overwhelming majority would want to get out at least for safety reasons irrespective of political reasons.” (Daily News).

Norway to compensate SL for LTTE terror in Oslo - The Norwegian Government announced that it condemned and would compensate Sri Lanka for the losses it suffered by the LTTE attack on the Embassy in Oslo last Sunday. In a statement on the attack on the Sri Lanka Embassy in Oslo the Norwegian Government said: "Soon after the Norwegian Government learnt about the attack on the Sri Lankan Embassy in Oslo it condemned the attack and made immediate arrangements to strengthen security at the Embassy. "Norway is aware of the feelings among a large section of Lankans over this attack. The Norwegian Foreign Minister has contacted his Sri Lankan counterpart and expressed his sympathies over the incident. "Norway will compensate Sri Lanka for losses caused due to the attack. Police has given top priority to investigations that are being conducted over this attack and speedy measures are being taken to bring the culprits to book. "The friendship between Norway and Sri Lanka exists for a very long period and Norway always attempted to establish peace within a united Sri Lanka and the attention is now focused on civilians trapped in the conflict zone and wish the problem would be settled without any further aggravation." (Full report in Island).

India asks LTTE to release civilians, Sri Lanka to extend ceasefire - : India today asked the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to allow civilians trapped in the so-called No Fire Zone (NFZ) to leave the area to secure locations, and requested the Sri Lankan government to extend the two-day ceasefire so that civilians can move out of the tiny NFZ to safe places. In a statement here today, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said: "India is deeply concerned about the humanitarian situation in Sri Lanka. The continuing conflict has taken a heavy toll on Tamil civilians and internally displaced persons caught in the cross fire. "The Government of India has repeatedly expressed its concern for their security and sought to ensure safe passage to secure zones for the civilian population." He said India had welcomed the announcement by Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa of a cessation of hostilities for the Tamil and Sinhala New Year over the last two days. "The Government of Sri Lanka must extend this pause in hostilities to prevent further casualties and enable trapped civilians to leave the area to secure locations. Continuation of precipitate military actions leading to further civilian casualties at this time would be totally unacceptable." Mukherjee went on: "While it is incumbent on the LTTE to release all civilians and IDPs under their control, the Government of Sri Lanka cannot be oblivious to the evolving human tragedy and the fate of the Tamil civilian population caught up in the so-called No Fire Zone. There is no reason not to continue with the pause in military actions in the NFZ." (Full report in Island).

Mahinda in 'Stalingrad' - When the army engaged the LTTE in the outskirts of Kilinochchi a few moons ago, Prabhakaran threatened to turn that well-fortified township into a mass grave for the troops. A pompous Tiger chief audaciously roared that if President Mahinda Rajapaksa ever toyed with the idea of wresting control of that bastion, he was only daydreaming. Prabhakaran's much-publicised threat gave a fresh impetus to the Opposition’s campaign to derail the country's war effort. Emboldened by Prabhakaran's rhetoric, a UNP MP had the temerity to say in Parliament that the army was heading for Medawachchiya, while claiming to go to Kilinochchiya and instead of capturing Alimankada (Elephant Pass) it was moving towards Pamankada. These sarcastic remarks were redolent of a deep antipathy against the national military rather than anything else. On Thursday, President Rajapaksa made his detractors eat their words by visiting Kilinochchi, accompanied by the Service Commanders. His visit is historic in the real sense of the term (Full Editorial in Island).

Eulogizing the LTTE - During the course of last week, Shanie (Notebook of Nobody, The Island of 11-4-09), taking a cue from the current thinking of one Mr. Gunadheera, decried what she calls Sinhala "triumphalism". Thinking ahead about Prabhakaran’s future, she suggests that Prabhakaran should be given the same honours posthumously, as Dutugemunu gave Elara. Prabhakaran, she states, quote: "stood up for his people as much as Keppetipola, Gongalegoda Banda and Veera Puran Appu stood up for the Sinhalese in their hour of need". Most Lankans would agree that this is a mindless insult to national heroes who gave their lives fighting a foreign invader, and indeed to Elara, who in order to prevent loss of life in a bloody armed conflict, engaged Dutugemunu in hand-to-hand combat instead! In marked contrast to these heroes, the megalomaniac murderer, Prabhakaran, in his quest for Eelam, has killed all Tamil leaders who opposed him, and brought only suffering and death to countless Tamils. Prabhakaran, who asked his cadres to kill him if he betrayed the Eelam cause, is now cowering in a bunker, in civilian clothes, hiding among the civilians, looking for a means of escaping his well deserved fate (Full report in Island).

Ottawa Citizen Editorial condemns street protests - Walter JAYAWARDHANA - David B. Harris, a reputed International terrorism expert and lawyer writing in the Ottawa Citizen said by freely allowing Ottawa streets to be used illegally by a banned terrorist organization like the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) officials could increasingly be tempted to profit politically from appeasing dangerous, but influential, groups in Canada at the cost of Canadian national interests. The editorial published with a photograph showing how an Ottawa street was blocked by the LTTE terrorists asked. "Where does the money for staging such protests come from? The same place you go to finance suicide vests?" The editorial warned thus: "In the meantime, we must remember that our behaviour in such matters is studied carefully by Hamas, Hezbollah, al-Qaeda and other extremist groups that target Canada and the West. They take a professional interest in knowing which cities conduct themselves like soft targets." (Daily News).

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam: Essential Points - By John C. Thompson A Fascinating Terrorist Group Arising in the mid-1970s, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have become one of the world's leading terrorist groups. Following the classic model of a 'National Liberation' movement of those years, they escalated their activities in the early 1980s to create a guerrilla force, and the resulting civil war has continued ever since. The LTTE remain noteworthy for several reasons. These include: (Full report in The MacKenzi Institute).

Failure to understand the conflict by UN and the West has created a humanitarian Crisis – Prof. Rohan Gunaratna - "Sri Lanka hasProfessor Rohan Gunaratna, head of the International Center for Political Violence, Terrorism Research and security Studies Nanyang Technology University in Singapore. become a living laboratory on how to and how not to fight terrorism. Governments from around the world have started to study the Sri Lankan case. Western and other military, law enforcement security and intelligence services are today consulting the Sri Lankan government on how they reduced the LTTE power from a formidable to a mediocre organization. Sri Lanka provides the best case study of how to dismantle a terrorist group militarily. Sri Lanka still needs to develop its core competencies to fight LTTE's domestic and foreign support base politically, economically and diplomatically. Until then the conflict will subsist and may even revive, said Prof: Rohan Gunaratna. In an interview with Asian Tribune Prof: Rohan Gunaratna added unfortunately, both Sri Lankans and foreigners lacked an understanding of the LTTE, especially of Prabhakaran - Asia's master of terror. To educate our friends in the West, Sri Lanka needs to train its diplomats and others concerned on how the LTTE operates in the West. Otherwise, LTTE will hoodwink the international community, the press and others making them behave like LTTE's agents of influence. Sri Lankan born Prof. Rohan Gunaratna is the Head of the International Center for Political Violence and Terrorism Research and Professor of Security Studies at the Nanyang Technology University in Singapore. A world authority on Al Qaeda, Professor Gunaratna was a former Senior Fellow at the Combating Terrorism Centre at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Today, he holds several honorary appointments including as Honorary Fellow and Member of the Advisory Council, International Policy Institute for Counter Terrorism, Israel. He holds a masters degree in international peace studies from Notre Dame, US, where he was Hesburgh Scholar and a doctorate in international relations from St Andrews, where he was British Chevening Scholar (Full report in Asian Tribune)

Why 48 Hours Not Enough? - Commentry by L. Jayasooriya - Our army commander does not know where exactly Prabakaran is but those who want to rescue him know where exactly he will be at a stated time. Le me explain to our government why 48 hours are not sufficient. It is because that time is too short to arrange a warship carrying several fully armed helicopters to approach close enough to Sri Lanka for the helicopters to zero in from any direction to the exact location where Prabakaran is so that they could pluck him up and fly away. President Carter sent fully armed helicopters to save American citizens from Iranian captivity but that was a totally different scenario where the Americans were guarded by Iranians. Here Prabakaran is guarded by his own men. Helicopters could land anywhere in the no-fire zone unless our troops are prepared for that possibility. Our troops are the very best in the world but are they prepared for this eventuality? If there is any reader who has access to the President or to the army commander I request him to convey this information. Whatever I write never gets to the destination. Some clerk may be filing up all letters received. That is a real danger if well wishers cannot contact any responsible person or persons in each ministry to give information which could turn out to be vital for our survival. Please also ask our patriotic President to signal to our foreign minister to use the language that our despicable enemies understand best and break away from the so-called diplomatic language (Asian Tribune).

The Worldwide LTTE Propaganda Organization - By Jay de Silva - The international community is slowly beginning to realize the extent to which the LTTE has been able to influence world opinion through its propaganda about the conflict in Sri Lanka. The facts are even more shocking than what they appear to be on the surface. In fact, even today, most analysts are unable to determine whether the propaganda organization has a single director or several. However, they are all agreed that Prabhakaran is not be the overall head of whatever the organization is, but is merely the leader of the terrorist group known as the LTTE, and the iconic figurehead displayed for public consumption. In July 1983, as described in the ensuing paragraphs, the LTTE orchestrated an ambush-killing of 13 soldiers that led to riots from which they obtained photo and video material to convince an unsuspecting international public that they, the LTTE, was fighting to create a federal state. After they murdered the Indian Prime Minister, Rajiv Ghandi, they changed it to a "Tamil Homeland" as a federal state would not protect them from arrest by Interpol, Sri Lanka and India. The massive exodus of educated Tamils using “Refugee” status to obtain visas created a windfall for the LTTE who were able to milk these people for funds, using “protection racket” techniques they had been practicing in the Jaffna underworld for ages. The funds collected from the Sri Lanka Tamil Diasporas as well as the rest of the world community of Tamils enabled them not only to purchase weapons, but also to develop a massive propaganda organization far more powerful and far-reaching than any media organization in the world (Full report in Asian Tribune).

Prbahakaran and manic depression - It is frequently reported that the L.T.T.E leader is suffering from a mental illness termed manic depression. This report has made many curious of what this ailment is and the causes for this illness. Manic depression also known as bi-polar depression illness is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in a person’s mood, energy and ability to function. Different from the normal ups and downs that everyone goes through, the symptoms of bipolar disorder are severe. They can result in damaged relation ships, poor job or school performance and even suicide. Manic –depression distorts moods and thoughts, incites dreadful behaviours, destroys the basis of rational thought and too often erodes the desire and will to live. It is an illness that is biological in its origins, yet one that feels psychological in the experience of it; an illness that is unique in conferring advantage and pleasure, yet one that brings in its wake almost unendurable suffering and, not frequently suicide. No specific causes may be related to manic –depression, psychiatrists recently claim that although manic depression is not directly inherited people who have a parent affected are more likely to develop the disorder. Further bio-chemical factors can cause mania like depression on account of a chemical imbalance in the neuro transmitters in the brain. Stress may play a part in triggering symptoms in vulnerable persons (Full report in Sri Lanka Guardian).

Detention of Seeman under NSA set aside - The Madras High Court on Friday set aside the order of detention of film director Seeman under the National Security Act (NSA). In its order on a petition filed by Seeman’s brother, S. James Peter, a Division Bench, comprising Justices Elipe Dharma Rao and C.T. Selvam, said considering the facts and circumstances of the case, it was of the view that a mere delivery of a speech at a meeting would not tantamount to unlawful assembly affecting the sovereignty of the nation. Moreover, there were no consequential unlawful activities in pursuance of the speech delivered by Seeman which were either prejudicial to the maintenance of public order or affecting the sovereignty of the country. Mr. Peter submitted that it was alleged that at a public meeting organised at Palayamkottai in February this year, Mr. Seeman had spoken about the Sri Lankan Tamils issue and in support of LTTE, a banned organisation, thereby instigating violence amid youth. Mr. Seeman was detained under the NSA on the orders of the Tirunelveli Police Commissioner on February 27. The petitioner said the detention was illegal and unconstitutional (Hindu).

LTTE militants sneak into Ramanathapuram - Three LTTE militants reportedly sneaked into the Ramanathapuram coast along with three Sri Lankan Tamil refugees who arrived here around midnight last night, police said. The militants had accompanied Viswanathan, a Tamil refugee who arrived from Mannar district. Police said Viswanathan told them that three persons Antony (29) Benedic (30),and Shiva (32)-- had pushed him into the sea near the first sand dune at Dhanushkodi. They then proceeded towards the Ramanathapuram coast, intelligence department sources told PTI. Viswanathan had paid Rs 50,000 for ferrying him in their boat from Mannar to Dhanushkodi, they said. Police have launched a massive hunt to track the three (Full report in Indopia).

Friday, 17 April 2009

 

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BRITISH MP VISITS NORTHERN SRI LANKA REVEALS ALL!

The Tigers do not represent anyone : Lord Naseby (Now Public)

 

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The Dead End of Guerrilla Politics  - By  Prof. Shantha K. Hennayake, Department of Geography, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (This short paper was originally written in 1992 immediately after I finished my PhD and returned to Sri Lanka and was published in The Island on 11, 1992, almost 17 years ago. This was the time when LTTE was in its ascendance both in power and terror.   Hot Spring, the LTTE newspaper published out of Jaffna carried a reply to this article titled “Legitimcay of Tamil Struggle” under the name of S. Thiagarajah.   One day I found that this newspaper secretly placed in my mail box at the Department of Geography, University of Peradeniya. To this day I do not know who did it.   S. Thiagrajah or who ever who used this name concluded his article this way; “Let not Dr. Hennayake with his persuasive articles deceive the gullible Tamils and dissuade the Tamil from being prepared for war. Any Tamil opposing the way the Tamil nationalism is expressing itself will be found fault with by future generations”.   The main reason I want to republish this is to highlight the point and to bring to the notice of S. Thiagarajahs of modern day that had they heeded to the common sense that I was trying to instill into the thinking of Tamils, the ordinary Tamil people could have been spared the misery that they are undergoing today because of the LTTE terrorism. While the S. Thiagarajahs of 1992 should extend an apology to the Sri Lankan society in general and Tamil society in particular for failure to see the future correctly and pushing the Tamil society into the receiving end of terror from the LTTE, the modern day S. Thiagarajahs should at least now come to senses and take all measures to prevent the same occurring again. Tamil society cannot be allowed to be  totally destroyed in the name of extremist Tamil nationalism. Tamils who have done so much for this country deserve better. If misguided Tamil politicians and intellectuals are unwilling help the Tamil society to rise from the misery that terrorism has brought to them, the Sri Lankan state and the Sinhalese should take this burden. The only two changes I would do I were to rewrite this article is first to replace the word guerrilla with terrorists as I was convinced beyond doubt that since late 1990s LTTE became a ruthless terrorist organization and second to give no role to LTTE in the discussions of the future of Tamil politics in Sri Lanka). (Read full paper).

‘Prabhakaran’ goes to Lebanon - Euro Star Films will screen ‘Prabhakaran’ directed by Sri Lankan Director Thushara Peiris in Lebanon on April 25 and 26. The Sri Lanka Embassy in Beirut has organised the screening to raise funds for the Ranaviru Sevana at Ragama established for disabled security forces personnel.  Sri Lanka’s Ambassador in Lebanon and Thushara Peiris will be the chief guests at the film show. This movie has been screened in Australia, Canada, USA, UK, Italy, German, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Austria, Cyprus, France, New Zealand, Greece, Dubai, Bahrain, Oman and Qatar – despite attempts by LTTE supporters to stop the film show in some of these countries.  They were furious that the LTTE’s true face is exposed in the film. Director Peiris was seriously injured when Tamil Nadu Tiger sympathizers assaulted him mercilessly when he went to Chennai to get his film processed. The assailants also seized copies of the film. The movie is based on the story of a LTTE child soldier, named Prabhakaran who is forcibly recruited and dies in battle. The Tigers also unsuccessfully try to persuade his elder sister to become a suicide bomber. She eventually takes revenge from some LTTE leaders for causing her only brother’s death (Full report in SinhelaNet).

Sports bring Eastern youth closer to the rest of Sri Lanka - The people of the East remained isolated from the rest of the country until mid 2007 when the province was freed from the shackles of terrorism. Following liberation, people in the East were soon given the opportunity to express their democratic rights, and have elected their representatives after nearly twenty years. The Eastern province, now governed by a civil administration, is beginning to gradually realise its true potential, and shows strong potential in many sectors. Integration and connectivity, particularly between the youth of the East and the rest of the country, is being strengthened with road and rail transport restored to their former status as well as through several initiatives promoted by the Peace Secretariat. The Secretariat has for instance, over the past couple of years, initiated several unique programs to promote peace building through youth interaction, under the theme ‘Peace through Sports’. Following the success of many of these events, the Chief Ministers of many of the other provinces were very keen to have similar peace-building initiatives for the youth of their areas as well (Full report in SCOPP).

GLORIFYING TERRORIST PROPOGAND - By Malin Abeyatunge, Melbourne, Australia - Joe Kelly’s report (14/4/2009) titled is an attempt to glorify the LTTE terrorist propaganda machine. We should condemn this act and not hail it as LTTE activists have come to the front yard of PM’s official residence Kiribilly House flouting the laws of the country. Let those three guys who fake Hunger Strike know that even they take this campaign even to All Mighty God, the Sri Lankan Government will not budge an inch until the last terrorist is killed and wipe off the scourge of LTTE terrorism from Sri Lankan soil. Writer has interviewed one Sam Pari another pathological liar who uses words like genocide indiscriminately. I am surprised that she did not tell the GoSL is using WMD but instead she had mentioned about chemical weapons. The truth is that chemical weapons and gas masks were found buried when our armed forces were clearing Mulathivu area which was under LTTE control. Every time this woman gives an interview to the media her numbers of civilians got killed increase by thousands which is totally unacceptable. According to her it is implied that not a single Tamil civilian has been killed by LTTE because LTTE loves them so much so that they can use them as human shield. In January, LTTE killed 7 civilians fleeing from LTTE captivity. On 9 February , a LTTE woman suicide bomber camouflaged as a civilian killed 33 people and maimed over 60 Tamil civilians at an IDP registration centre. On 20 February, LTTE gunned down 19 Tamil civilians fleeing from LTTE captivity. Sutha the student whom the writer has interviewed may be a son of top rank LTTE cadre who could afford to send him to Australia costing around $7000-$10000 a year on Uni Fees alone. An Ordinary Tamil in Wanni will not be able to afford that money. Apart from that, if he had come to study, he should concentrate on his studies instead of involved in acts of terrorism breaching the laws of the country. One thing is certain now and that is LTTE terrorism has come to doorstep of Australia.

Ask Tamil Tigers to let the Tamil civilians Go - By Asoka Weerasinghe, Canada - Hon. Jason Kenney, MP Minister of Citizenship, Immigration &    Multiculturalism, House of Commons, Ottawa Dear Minister: Your press release of April 14, says that you are concerned about the safety of the thousands of Tamil citizens who are being held hostage by the Tamil Tigers, the very group that you took a lead to ban from Canada as terrorists in April 2006. But believe me, the Sri Lankan government and its administrators are more concerned about the welfare of their citizens than anyone else out side that little island tucked 10,000 miles away in the Indian Ocean. It is noteworthy for me to remind you and the other Conservatives of my government that on April 12, 2009, the White House said President Barak Obama had given the Pentagon a standing order to use force if necessary to save Captain Richard Phillips from the Somali pirates who had taken him hostage for ransom.   Such a decision is what is expected from any Head of State to save the life of one of his or her country citizens. While saving Captain Phillip the US Sharpshooters killed three pirates. No Canadian parliamentarian made a howl about those deaths. I thought we have painted ourselves as humanitarians when we discuss Sri Lanka’s hostage taking by the Tamil Tigers!In July 2006, the Head of the State of Israel gave orders to go after Hezbollah who had abducted two of Israel’s soldiers, Ehud Golsdwasser and Eldad Regev and to  bring them back home. So Israel attacked Lebanon to find them and by July 13 continued its furious military campaign against Lebanon’s main airport, highways, military bases and other targets in search of the two soldiers amidst the rain of scores of Hezbollah rockets that rained down on Israel. The death toll in two days of fighting rose to 57 people. The world may have voiced its concerns, but the Israelis didn’t care two hoots as the main concern for them was to find their two soldiers and bring them home (Read full letter).

UK LTTE chief charged guilt of bombs and terror - The head of the Tamil Tigers in Britain was found guilty following prosecutions at the Kingston Crown Court, South West London today(April 17), British news sources reported. Arunachalan Chrishanthankumar, 52, alias Shanthan has been convicted guilty of two terrorism charges: supplying bomb-making equipment for the LTTE terrorists and receiving documents for the purpose of terrorism. Shanthan was on the possession of literature and manuals with titles such as underwater warfare systems, explosive ordnance disposal and naval weapon systems at the time of arrest. Despite warnings to stop his activities, Chrishanthakumar, a property valuer from Norbury in South London and described as a "very prominent figure" in the UK's Tamil community, continued procurement of bombs and electrical component for the internationally proscribed terrorist outfit, the sources further reported. "The prosecution is an eye opener for the British and entire Europe, who despite banning the LTTE have been taken on a wild ride by LTTE front organisations led by bogus 'asylum' seekers and 'rights activists' " , a defence observer said applauding the verdict. "Terrorism should not be tolerated and those appeasing and tendering such brutal causes are to be held responsible and prosecuted immediately", he further said. Born in Sri Lanka, Shanthan has headed of the United Tamil Organisation in the UK until it was proscribed in 2001 (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Genocide... The only people casing genocide are Tamil Tigers by keeping civilians.. - Lord Naseby

(listen to his speech)

 

First visit by a head of state: President in Kilinochchi Visits soldiers’ barracks and supervises facilities: - President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday made a historic visit to Kilinochchi, considered to be the first ever done by a Head of State. Kilinochchi, the so-called political headquarters of the LTTE fell on January 2, 2009 as the Security Forces brought the entire town and it’s immediate environs under their full control. The surprise visit by the President had lasted more than three hours, where he had visited many important locations within the city, including the hospital and soldiers barracks. According to sources, he had walked freely in the streets, personally inspecting several sites. The President had reportedly arrived in Kilinochchi around 7.30 am, in a helicopter, after making a brief stop at Vavuniya. He had personally looked into facilities provided to soldiers and civilians. Inspecting LTTE made bomb recovered from Visuamadu. The President’s goodwill visit yesterday coincided with the traditional Sinhala and Tamil New Year. He met with the troops, IDP’s and other civilians in the area. Secretary of Defence Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Air Chief Marshal Donald Perera, Army Commander Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka, Navy Commander Vice Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda, Inspector General of Police Jayantha Wickramarathne had also accompanied the President. According to a member of his entourage, the President had personally inspected the town visiting several important locations within the city (Full report in Daily News).

53 Div advances towards Vellamullivaikkal - Troops of 53 Division continuing with its hostage-rescue operations made further advances towards Vellamullivaikkal from East of Puthukkudyirippu amidst heavy indirect fire launched by the LTTE terrorists from the government declared No Fire Zone, yesterday (April 16). According to finalized military reports received, LTTE terrorists have constructed steep earth bunds to restrict both advances of security forces and movement of civilians across open land terrain. "They have also cluttered the area with anti-personnel (AP) mines and land mines severely restricting civilians from flee LTTE hostage", a defence observe said citing precise ground reports received. Infantrymen of 1 Gemunu Watch (1 GW) on offensive under 53 Division have uncovered 3 bodies of LTTE terrorists killed in hours-long fighting took place yesterday. 10 x T-56 weapons were also found during the same search and clearing operation, military report added. Meanwhile, troops of 5 Gemunu Watch (5 GW) confronted with LTTE terrorists on their advances towards 53 Div advances towards Vellamullivaikkal and inflict heavy damages to the enemy. 2 bodies of LTTE terrorists were found during the subsequent search operation along with 5 x T-56 weapons and 1 x Multi Purpose Machine Gun (MPMG), the military report added (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

New Year ‘gift’ for Kilinochchi - It will not be wrong to say that Kilinochchi has received two New Year gifts in just four months. On January 2, 2009, Security Forces regained Kilinochchi, heralding a new era for this major Northern city that was dominated by the LTTE for around two decades. Kilinochchi was their administrative hub after the fall of Jaffna. It is where they had the so-called LTTE Peace Secretariat, the Voice of Tigers Radio and several other military and administrative buildings. It is where the Tiger leaders met visiting foreign dignitaries during the flawed ceasefire period. Yet, this was a facade. The people of Kilinochchi suffered under the tyranny of the LTTE, which ironically claimed to ‘liberate’ all Tamils. Now, Kilinochchi is free. The Tigers are no more in Kilinochchi or for that matter, in the entire North except for a very small land area. Normality is slowly but steadily returning to this war-ravaged city. And yesterday, Kilinochchi received another precious New Year gift. The ‘gift’ was a surprise visit to the city by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the architect of the campaign to restore unity to the Motherland. In fact, this was the first visit to Kilinochchi by a Head of State (Daily News).

THE NATIONAL POST OF CANADA SAYS COWARDLY LTTE FIGHTERS ARE HIDING BEHIND WOMEN AND CHILDREN AND KILLING FLEEING CIVILIANS - By Walter Jayawardhana - In a hard hitting editorial Canada’s national Post said that the cowardly fighters of Tamil Tigers like Hamas in Gaza are hiding behind women and children and killing fleeing Tamil civilians , something even Hamas did not do on a large scale to save itself. The editorial appearing in the issue of April 16 said, “Like Hamas in Gaza, cowardly LTTE fighters are hiding behind the women and children they claim to be protecting. (In fact, the Tigers are actually killing civilians who try to flee the combat area — something even Hamas never did on a large scale during the Gaza combat.) The Tigers’ goal appears to be saving itself — and we would not be surprised if Pirapaharan staged his own massacre of Tamils as a means to discredit Colombo and force a ceasefire that allowed him to escape.” Referring to their allegation of genocide the editorial said, “This is preposterous: If government troops truly wanted to stage a genocide, they could have done so weeks ago. The only reason that the siege has drawn out this long is that Sri Lanka’s army wishes to avoid unnecessary slaughter. Indeed, the Tamils who have managed to escape the Tiger area report being treated better by Sri Lankan troops than they were by the LTTE.” The National Post said hoisting the LTTE flag on the Canadian soil is nothing short of revolting and added that flying it with the Canadian flag is an insult to the nation of Canada.  The following is the full text of the editorial: (Full report in SPUR).

Prabhakaran and Tamil Nadu - By Justin Amerasinghe, Colombo 07 - I am writing this letter in response to your editorial of the 13th April and related news item on the next page. The reference is to the role of LTTE in Indian politics. Prabhakaran has induced a South Indian leader to send a telegram to the centre pleading for his life according to a news item in the Hindu Newspaper last week. I happened to be in India at this time. He is also trying to induce another South Indian leader to lead that country into a blood bath. The man who cared less than the proverbial tuppence for the lives of those under him, now pleads for his own life through telegrams. Mr. Prabhakaran will NOT swallow his cyanide capsule. It was meant for display on himself and for the others to swallow. His whole exercise now is to manoeuvre the situation so that he could live that extra minute longer. I have visited South India several times, before, during and after the conflict. I have come across a group of people whose kindness, courtesy and hospitality is unmatched. They are not interested in LTTE politics. It is up to the South Indian politicians to realize this. A news item datelined 12th April New Delhi says that "political analysts feel that the issue is unlikely to make an impact on the electorate". Here is something to reinforce that view. The Bank of Ceylon building in Madras had dozens of Indian Police in front of it. I knew what it meant, but to find out the sentiments of the average Indian, I asked one of them why that was. He replied with a cynical smile ‘that is to prevent trouble. We are not interested. I have so many Sri Lankan friends’. He even gave me his telephone number after the brief conversation that followed and asked me to contact him when I next visit India. This, I will do (Island).

Holmes confirms talks with LTTE - UN Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes, speaking to reporters at the UN yesterday, confirmed that he has had talks with the LTTE over the past few weeks seeking the release of civilians trapped in the Safe Zone. "I have had some contact with the LTTE. Not with those with actually on the ground but with those outside the area to make the point clear that they should not hold people against their will," he said. Homes said the LTTE has responded by saying they are not holding people against their will and that these are people who went there voluntarily and have been there for many years and that the people themselves are not keen to leave. Holmes further said the ousting of Norway by Sri Lanka was not a helpful step and added that the move however does not stop Norway from having talks with the LTTE (Island).

As govt. goes ahead with rescue operation President visits K’nochchi - President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday visited Kilinochchi as the army battled LTTE units holding over 50,000 people hostage in a civilian safety zone on the Mullaitivu coast. In the run up to the liberation of Kilinochchi in the first week of January, the LTTE declared that the capture of the town would be a daydream of Mahinda Rajapaksa. During his almost three-hour visit, the first by a Head of State, the President received a briefing from the army regarding operations conducted by the 57 and 58 Divisions and the ongoing final phase of the offensive to rescue the trapped civilians. Brigadier Shavindra Silva, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 58 Division operating as close as 75 metres away from the civilian zone had briefed the President of the rescue effort. In support of the ground offensive launched in the morning, the SLAF had deployed helicopter gunships, military sources told The Island. Responding to our queries, the sources said that the government was going ahead with the rescue operation. The President accompanied by the defence top brass flew in to Kilinochchi under an unprecedented security blanket close on the heels of the 53 Division capturing an LTTE-built earth bund cum ditch in the outskirts of the No-Fire Zone. The 53 Division scored its latest success on Wednesday. On arrival at Kilinochchi, the President received a red carpet welcome (Full report in Island).

Japan tells LTTE to free civilians - Japan has called upon the LTTE to allow freedom of movement of civilians and ensure their safety. In a statement issued by the Embassy of Japan in Colombo, it was said that the country was concerned that a large number of internally displaced persons are in a difficult situation in the Northern part of Sri Lanka. "In this regard Japan welcomed the two day truce announced by the Government to give the civilian population a chance to be released from the No Fire Zone." It said. The release also recalled the recent visit of special envoy Yasushi Akashi and said it was strongly working on the concerned parties, including President Mahinda Rajapaksa to ensure the safety of the IDPs (Island).

Israeli Entebbe style raid to free civilians under LTTE control - The armed forces may launch a July 1976 Entebbe style raid to free civilians under LTTE control in the Mullaitivu ‘No Fire’ Zone, Media Minister Anura Priyadharshana Yapa said. Asked as to how the government would overcome the humanitarian situation in Mullaitivu, he said that Sri Lanka’s security forces were very capable and it was within their capability to launch an Entebbe style operation to rescue the civilians being held hostage by the LTTE. Yapa said that humanitarian missions are nothing new to the armed forces, as proved by the 2006 Muttur operation. While the government claims that less than 50,000 civilians remain in the ‘No Fire’ Zone, some UN agencies have placed the figure at over 100,000. Asked if LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran was still in Sri Lanka, Yapa said that he was believed to be among the civilians in the ‘No Fire’ Zone. Referring to protests launched by South Indian Opposition politician Vaiko in support of the LTTE, he said that Vaiko was "small fry in South Indian politics. He leads a tiny party and has no sizeable following. The main political forces in that State are the DMK, ADMK and the Congress Party. We need not worry too much about the noises he makes." (Full report in Island).

A Trojan horse of British make - The government has acted wisely by rejecting Britain's call for an extension of the humanitarian pause declared in view of the traditional New Year on April 13 and 14. The kneejerk reaction of the LTTE to the government's gesture was to spurn the truce offer contemptuously out of hand and step up attacks on the troops, demanding a 'permanent' ceasefire with international mediation. British Foreign Secretary David Miliband has evinced a keen interest in Sri Lanka's conflict. Britain is full of weretigers and Miliband lacks only a striped tail to go with his Tigerine voice. He and others of his ilk like Keith Vaz, MP in the LTTE's pocket are desperate to throw a lifeline to the sinking Tigers. Miliband and his political bosses are also trying to distract the public attention from the plight of the marginalized sections at home as well as from Iraq and Afghanistan, where they are mired in a never ending war. For them Sri Lanka's conflict has come in handy. They are trying to use it as a fig leaf to cover their humanitarian nudity as regards their war on terror and to keep the LTTE terrorism afloat so that they could continue to have a strong presence in this region on the pretext of conflict resolution. The Daily Telegraph has reported (see the World View section today) that one in five elderly people in Britain skip meals to save money on food, while two-fifths are struggling to afford essential items. Many of the aged are said to be ‘going to extreme measures to cope putting their health at risk’. This has been the dismal record of the Brown government which is trying to export humanitarian concerns to the rest of the world! Charity, they say, begins at home! (Full Editorial in Island).

IDPs in Sri Lanka - Dr.P.A.Samaraweera, Australia - A one and a half hour National Geographic documentary titled, Explorer: Inside Guantanamo was shown in the US and in some countries on the 4th April. The film shows life inside the detention camp in Guantanamo where terrorist suspects are kept by the US. This military prison is a brain child of former President George Bush, who after the September 11th incident rounded up terrorist suspects in the US and detained them. Now it is to be closed within a year. The documentary shows the tension between inmates, held without any charges since 2002, and the US troops guarding them. Some inmates who had been released and claim to have been tortured talk of their experiences behind steel doors. The Warden, Col. Bruce Vargo, calls the prison ‘a physical and psychological war zone’ while a former Defence lawyer says it is, ‘a place with no law’. This film is the first in-depth look at the US detention centre for terrorist suspects. It depicts the daily routine in a maximum security cell-block of concrete and steel where guards make suicide checks every three minutes and soldiers rush with face shields to quell disturbances. There are scenes of open cages from where inmates are led tightly shackled, for harsh interrogation in windowless rooms. When former President George Bush was asked about this treatment his comment was, "... these are terrorist suspects and that’s the way we are going to treat them". We should note that these are only "suspects" and this is how the US treats terrorist ‘suspects’ in fighting terrorism (Full letter in Island).

This is how they deal with hostage takers - By Durand Appuhamy, Negombo - A few days ago Somali pirates took hostage a group of people along with a French-owned yacht in the Indian Ocean off the Somali coast. The hostages taken, were Mr. Lemacon, his wife and three–year old son and another French couple. The French government sent a military craft to shadow the commandeered yacht. The French government maintained that it tried negotiations first, but it broke down, because the pirates were determined to take the hostages to land, where a rescue would be near impossible. So the French government sent in a boatful of black-clad special commandos trained in hostage release. In the ensuing fire fight, Mr. Lemacon and two pirates were killed, others were rescued and three pirates were taken prisoner. The French government’s tough line on piracy and hostage taking paid off, but it cost the life of a hostage. Can we do the same vis-à-vis Prabhakaran? Another hostage taking incident took place off the Somali coast a few days ago. A Danish-owned ship named Maersk Alabama was attacked by pirates. The American crew retaliated with fire for fire, but somehow the American captain of the ship, Mr. Richard Phillips, was taken hostage by the pirates and was confined to a lifeboat with four well-armed pirates. The Pentagon sent in three warships and a surveillance aircraft to the area to force the pirates to hand over the captain. The Americans maintained that negotiations had failed and that the captain was in imminent danger of being shot and dumped in the sea. They then employed their highly trained snipers (known as Seals) to shoot down three of the pirates while the commandos took the last as prisoner and freed the captain. Again tough action paid off and probably has sent the message to the Somali pirates that piracy will in future be confronted with fierce action. Whether this will deter them remains to be seen. Why do Americans want us to engage in futile negotiations with the LTTE? Why cannot we follow their example of tough action? (Full letter in Island).

Hostage situation in ‘safe zone’ LTTE actively engaged in preventing civilians’ escape: Responding to international claims that the 48-hour humanitarian pause was inadequate, the Government said yesterday that what prevails in the ‘safe zone’ was a hostage situation, which needed strategical military maneuvers to save trapped civilians and not a normal evacuation process. Defence Spokesman, Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said, the fact was proven without doubt as the LTTE was actively engaged in preventing the escape of civilians, during the Government’s unilaterally declared 48 hour ‘humanitarian pause’. The LTTE also used the opportunity to attack troops in the outskirts of the ‘safe zone’ using small arms and snipers throughout the day on April 14. Calling this as the world’s biggest rescue mission, Minister Rambukwella said some well thought out strategies were in place to save the civilians, by people who knew the ground situation. “Thus the concerned international parties should fall in line and support Government efforts to achieve the common goal, which is to ensure a safe passage for trapped civilians in the ‘safe zone’, forcibly kept as a human shield by the LTTE,” he added. Meanwhile, Foreign Ministers of UK and France issued a joint statement criticising the use of civilians as a human shield by the LTTE. According to international media, the two Foreign Ministers had said the Tigers had clearly been “forcefully preventing civilians from leaving the safe zone” during the 48-hour ceasefire (Daily News).

Japan to LTTE: Allow civilians to free movement Calling upon the LTTE to allow the freedom of movement of civilians, Japan welcomed the Government's announcement of restricted operations for 48 hours during New Year to allow civilians to be released from the 'No fire Zone', a media release from the Director General for Press, Japanese Foreign Affairs Ministry said. It said: "Japan is concerned that a large number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are in a difficult situation in the northern part of Sri Lanka. In this regard it welcomed the move by the Government to announce the pause in operations on April 12." The Foreign Ministry release stated that Japan continue to strongly work on the concerned parties, including President Mahinda Rajapaksa, to ensure the safety of IDPs. Japanese Special Envoy Yasushi Akashi was dispatched to Colombo in January and a series of Co-Chair meetings were held in this regard. "Japan continues our endeavour to bring progress in the political process towards a permanent solution." (Daily News).

President greeted by Forces in Kilinochchi - President Mahinda Rajapaksa who made a sudden visit to Kilinochchi yesterday met members of the Security Forces on duty and wished them a happy new year. He also mingled with the troops freely partaking Avurudhu kiribath and sweetmeats with them. The President also expressed his gratitude to the members of forces for their commitment and dedication towards the liberation of the motherland. This is the first occasion that a President of Sri Lanka visited Kilinochchi. He was met on arrival at around 10 am by Commanders of the 57th and 58th divisions. They gave the President a detailed account of the road traversed by them in achieving success together with the planned operations to free the civilian population in the no fire zone. The President also inspected the massive arms consignments seized from the LTTE which is considered the number one guerrilla force in the world. He also toured the areas captured during the Government's humanitarian operation and also observed the large number of sites destroyed by the LTTE. President Rajapaksa also inspected the building used by the LTTE as its headquarters and also the premises where the Peace Secretariat was run. Subsequently the President visited Anuradhapura and paid homage at the historic Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and the Ruwanmeliseya. Accompanying the President were Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga, Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Service Commanders and the IGP (Daily News).

Nehru-Gandhi clan still under LTTE's threat: Priyanka - Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, poll manager for her mother Sonia Gandhi and brother Rahul, said her family was still under threat from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE). "The Nehru-Gandhi family is still the target of the LTTE. The outfit got my father Rajiv Gandhi killed," Priyanka, who was campaigning for her brother, said. "Despite this apprehension, my family and I are serving the nation for development," she asserted. "The Nehru-Gandhi clan is fighting for principles and would continue to do the same," she said addressing mini-election meets. Priyanka has been in Amethi for the past two days campaigning for Rahul Gandhi. She addressed 18 mini-election meets and also interacted with newspersons (Daily News).

LTTE using human shields: uk, France - Govt. urged to declare new ceasefire for aid to come in and civilians to go out - LONDON (AFP) - The British and French foreign ministers have said the Tamil Tiger rebels prevented the civilians from leaving the conflict zone and were using them as human shields. In a joint statement issued in London on Wednesday, British Foreign Secretary David Miliband and his French counterpart Bernard Kouchner urged the Sri Lankan government to declare a new ceasefire to allow aid in and civilians out. Sri Lankan security forces resumed their offensive against the Tigers on Wednesday after a 48-hour ceasefire, but Foreign Ministers Miliband and Kouchner said it was not long enough for civilians to move to safety. “We are deeply concerned there was no large scale movement of civilians away from the conflict area to safety as we had hoped to see in the short period allowed for the pause,” the statement issued by the Foreign Office said. “It is clear the LTTE have been forcefully preventing civilians from leaving the conflict area and we deplore its determination to use civilians as a human shield,” the statement said and urged the Tamil Tigers to lay down their arms and allow civilians to move to safety, it also called for action from Colombo. “We urge President Mahinda Rajapaksa to announce a new pause. Democratic governments are rightly held to higher standards for civilian protection than terrorist organizations. It is vital that a pause in the fighting should be long enough to give civilians the opportunity to leave the conflict area, and for the UN to build confidence amongst the population that they will be safe if they leave,” the joint statement said. Ministers Miliband and Kouchner urged both sides to abide by their obligations under international humanitarian law and to do everything they could to protect civilians, including allowing “unimpeded access” to humanitarian agencies. “France and Britain, as two members of the Security Council, continue to support the active engagement by the UN and by other members of the international community on this urgent issue,” they said (Full report in Daily Mirror).

Thursday, 16 April 2009

Is Norwegian Government behind the attack on Sri Lanka Embassy in Oslo, Norway ?

Mr Esala Ruwan Weerakoon, Sri Lanka`s ambassador in Norway, overlooks damages inside the embassy in Oslo Sunday April 12, 2009. The embassy was severely damaged when Tamil demonstrators broke in to the building early Sunday, 12 April 2009.

Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister Raymond Johansen, replying the pro LTTE demonstrators, in Oslo (Island, 16 April 2009)

Mr Esala Ruwan Weerakoon, Sri Lanka`s ambassador in Norway, overlooks damages inside the embassy in Oslo Sunday April 12, 2009. The embassy was severely damaged when Tamil demonstrators broke in to the building early Sunday afternoon.(AP)

 

Reports Issued by the Norwegians Against Terrorism

(1) The LTTE is South East Asia with Special Focus on Thailand.  Prepared by R-Senter, Norway - 24 November 2004 http:www.svik.org/PDF/ltteasia.pdf

(2) Report by the Norwegians Against Terror (NAT) - 14 January 2007 - The international Fight Against Terrorism- (report issued by the Norwegians Against Terrorism).  http://www.svik.org/nat1.pdf

(3) Report by the Norwegians Against Terror (NAT) - The Norwegian Peace Facilitators in Sri Lanka - 13 January 2006 (Last Year's Report) - http://www.svik.org/PDF/norway.pdf

(4) Norwegians Against Terrorism (NAT) report - 15 August 2008

 

 
Australian Sri Lankans staged vibrant demonstrations in front of the Sri Lankan and Norwegian diplomatic missions in August 2005

Norway's Moment of Shame - Sunday's dastardly terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka Embassy in Oslo has demonstrated the ghastly extent of infiltration by LTTE terrorists of the so-called advanced democracies sheltering a gallimaufry of criminal outfits from the four corners of the world. What is really shocking is not so much the terror strike concerned as such but the inexcusable failure on the part of the Norwegian government to apprehend the perpetrators of that inexpiable criminal act, in spite of the availability of damning evidence. Equally baffling and intriguing is the deafening silence the international community is so nonchalantly maintaining on the apathetic and impervious conduct of Norway while frantically campaigning for restoring the rule of law elsewhere. Norway, which prides itself on its Nobel Peace Prize, must be ashamed of having perverted its law to save a bunch of terrorists and thereby further its political interests. How would it have reacted, had any of its missions abroad come under a terrorist attack and the perpetrators gone scot free? Oslo would have run riot. In a way, such callous indifference is something to be expected of a nation which has presumptuously chosen to sponsor the LTTE's barbaric terrorism which has claimed tens of thousands of lives in this country. Norway has manifestly become a state sponsoring terrorism! (Full Editorial in Island).

Tell Norwegians where to get off - By Adrian Koelmeyer - Like many Sri Lankans, I am appaled by the invasion of the Sri Lankan embassy in Oslo by LTTE hoodlums and the complicity of the Norwegian authorities in this matter. The West was all too ready to condemn the Iranian government when the American embassy was invaded and taken over by Iranian young men. Here, the difference is that the Norwegian government has given a token apology while continuing to snipe at the Sri Lankan government with snide remarks that there is no mediation because the peace process ended a long time ago. If that is the considered view of the Norwegian government and it had washed its hands of the entire process, on what basis did the Norwegian official meet the LTTE man in Malaysia, especially when the latter is on the Interpol’s wanted list? Although I speak for myself, I am sure that many Sri Lankans, both living in Sri Lanka and abroad, would share my sentiments that the Norwegians have been given a free pass for far too long. May I suggest that our much travelled Foreign Minister takes some time off and impose Colombo only travel restrictions on the entire Norwegian foreign staff. Restricting travel of foreign diplomats only to the capital of the country is not an uncommon practice. It is about time to do something about these arrogant Norwegians who use our beaches, enjoy our hospitality, travel through our beautiful country with DPL plates, and then reward us with a slap in the face. Are you listening Minister Bogollagama? (Island).

Attack on Lanka’s Mission in Norway: Govt lodges official protest - The Government of Sri Lanka has vehemently condemned the violent attack by operatives belonging to the international terror network of the LTTE on the Sri Lanka Embassy in Oslo on Sunday, April 12, 2009. On the advice of the Foreign Affairs Minister Rohitha Bogollagama, the Royal Norwegian Ambassador in Sri Lanka, Tore Hattrem was summoned to the Foreign Ministry on April 13, 2009, and an official protest lodged. The following matters were brought to the attention of the Ambassador in connection with the attack on the Sri Lanka mission in the Norwegian capital. The Sri Lanka Government strongly condemns the premeditated attack on the Sri Lanka Embassy in Oslo on Sunday, April 12 by operatives of the international terror network of the LTTE. In the recent past, there have been a number of demonstrations organized by the LTTE’s international network across the globe. On this particular day (April 12) too, a demonstration was held with the permission of the Norwegian Government. The said attack was subsequent to this demonstration. The Norwegian Government, being fully cognizant of the modus operandi of the LTTE and in constant contact with its international network as well as its leadership in the North of Sri Lanka, ought to have ensured the provision of adequate security to the diplomatic premises and agents of the Sri Lanka Government as obligated by the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of April 18, 1961. Article 22(2) of the Convention casts a special duty on the receiving State “to take all appropriate steps to protect the premises of the mission against any intrusion or damage and to prevent any disturbance of the peace of the mission or impairment of its dignity.” Furthermore, requests for adequate security for the Mission had been made repeatedly by the Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Norway, who had been informed by the authorities that since the Norwegian Security Service was maintaining a constant surveillance of the Mission, they did not perceive the necessity to place a static guard to provide security cover. V In this context, the Government of Sri Lanka deplores the failure of the Norwegian Government in fulfilling its obligations under international law, consequent to its sheer neglect in the provision of adequate security to the Sri Lanka Mission in Oslo (Full report in Daily News).

OUTRAGED BY THE SRI LANKAN EMBASSY DAMAGE BY THE LTTE IN OSLO SRI LANKA ENDS NORWAY’S PEACE PROCESS FACILITATOR STATUS - By Walter Jayawardhana- The Sri Lanka government informed the Royal Norwegian government that Norway’s status as the facilitator of the Sri Lankan peace process has been terminated. The diplomatic row created by the Sri Lankan embassy in Oslo being damaged by the supporters of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in the midst of the absence of any static guard provided by the Norwegian government despite repeated requests for such by the ambassador , Ruwan Weerakoon led the government to take up that position, the Sri Lanka government said. The supporters of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, forcibly entered the premises and had done extensive damage to the premises as no outside guards had been provided by the Norwegian government to the premises. The following is the statement issued by the Secretariat of the President of Sri Lanka regarding the incident: “The Government of Sri Lanka vehemently condemns the violent attack by hooligans belonging to the international terror network of the LTTE on the Sri Lanka Embassy in Oslo on Sunday, 12th April 2009. “In an official protest lodged with the Norwegian Ambassador in Colombo today (April 13) the Government states it is deeply regretted that the Norwegian Government has failed in discharging of its obligations under international law, consequent to its sheer neglect in the provision of adequate security to the Sri Lanka Mission in Oslo (Full report).

LTTE members storm Sri Lankan Embassy in Norway - A group of Tamil protesters stormed the Sri Lankan Embassy in Oslo on Sunday (April 12), police said, on the fifth day of demonstrations in the Norwegian capital calling for the end of fighting in Sri Lanka. International wire services quoted Even Joerstad, an Oslo Police Superintendent as saying around 100 Tamil demonstrators tried to storm the Sri Lankan Embassy at 1400 (1300 GMT) and that an unknown number managed to break in. "There were about 100 outside but we don’t know how many went inside the Embassy," Joerstad said. "They were inside for about four or five minutes and then they went out," he said, adding that the protesters broke windows and furniture inside the building. Joerstad said the Tamils left the building at the request of the police and that no arrests were made, describing the current situation as "peaceful." He declined to reveal how many police officers were at the scene at the time. Godfrey Manoharan, a spokesman for the Tamil protesters, said between 400 and 500 people attended the rally, although Oslo police were unable to confirm those figures. Manoharan said the protesters had become "angry and frustrated" after reports emerged on a pro-Tamil website that the Sri Lankan military had fired at a civilian "no-fire zone" early Sunday morning. "It’s a message to the Sinahlese government that we won’t give up," he said. Staff at the Sri Lankan Embassy in Oslo declined to comment on the incident when contacted by AFP. Several hundred Tamils have been protesting in Oslo since April 7 calling on Norway to broker a truce between the government and the rebels. Norwegian mediation helped bring about a now-defunct ceasefire between the Sri Lankan government and the separatist Tamil Tiger rebels in February 2002 (Island).

Political parties, clergy condemn attack - There was outright condemnation of the attack by pro-LTTE elements on Sri Lanka’s Embassy in Norway by political and religious leaders. JHU stalwart and the Party’s legal consultant Udaya Gammanpila said it was their stand from the inception that Norway was an enemy state of Sri Lanka. “It was incumbent on the Norwegian Government to provide security to the Sri Lankan Mission in that country. From the manner in which the attack was carried out we cannot help but come to the conclusion that the attack was deliberately carried out with the knowledge of the Norwegian Government”. He said the Lankan state has provided the maximum security to the Norwegian Embassy in Colombo.That the Lankan Embassy in Norway came under an attack by pro LTTE elements is clear proof that the mission was not provided with adequate security. “This shows the country’s negligent conduct towards Sri Lanka.We also treat this as an attack on the Sri Lankan state.The Government should take steps to build international opinion against the conduct of Norway in not providing adequate security to the Lankan mission”, Gammanpila noted . The Ven. Elle Gunawansa of the National Movement Against Terrorism accused Norway of carrying out a continuous campaign to protect and provide succour to the LTTE.This has built justifiable suspicion among the Lankan public towards Norway. The thera noted that certain media, Buddhist clergy, politicians and artistes even served as knights protecting the castle of Norway. They of the NMAT strove to resist these elements. “A lot of our past leaders were subservient to Norway.In contrast President Mahinda Rajapaksa never knelt down before foreign powers. Norway is all out to bail out the LTTE now in it’s last stages” Gunawansa thera added (Full report in Daily News).

How genuine is Norway? - Lasantha Abeywickrama, Nugegoda - We were all shocked by the news of the Sri Lanka embassy in Oslo being attacked by Tamil Tiger supporters. I do understand that this type of incident could happen anywhere in the world. However, the action that is taken after it happens will demonstrate the bona fides of the authorities. As a concerned citizen of Sri Lanka, firstly, I would like to understand why the police who were on the scene did not arrest those who illegally entered the premises of the embassy and vandalised it. It appears that they preferred to "persuade the attackers to leave" as opposed to arresting them for a criminal offense. This should have been the first action. Will the authorities in Norway call for explanation on this from the police on duty? Secondly, CCTV footage clearly shows some of those who broke into the building. This is criminal trespassing and if these people are arrested and interrogated then they will come up with vital information on who else was involved leading to a successful prosecution. We are eagerly awaiting demonstration of how the law is implemented in Oslo (Island).

"LTTE more actively prevented people leaving during pause" - John Holmes " - Forced recruitment of civilians, including children, to fight or work for the LTTE, continues". "There seems to be less civilians getting out during the [New Year] pause than before. So it is clear that LTTE did not allow those who wished to leave even if they wished to leave the area during this pause to do so, they seemed to be actively prevented from doing so, perhaps more actively prevented from doing so during this pause, so that is a matter for great regret," said Sir John Holmes, UN Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs at a briefing on the situation in Sri Lanka at the UN, New York, April 15. "We believe they should be allowing people, encouraging people to leave the no fire zone. Civilians should not be used as pawns or human shields in this way. So we call on the LTTE very strongly to change their attitude to this and to allow those who wish to leave, which we believe is the vast majority at least, and to do so as soon as possible to get them out of harms way," he added (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Diplomatic furore in Colombo: US Ambassador Robert Blake attempts escape mechanism for LTTE through UN, Norway - By Ravi Ladduwahetty – Sri Lanka Editor – Asian Tribune - • US Ambassador Blake known to have frequented social functions and US Ambassador Robert Blake parties of LTTE supporters and sympathizers in Colombo, but Ambassador denied association with LTTE supporters and intermediaries; • Attempting to bring UN Peace Keeping Force for LTTE leadership to surrender and escape; • Norwegian envoy in Colombo Torre too linked in the manipulations. Colombo, 16 April, (Asiantribune.com): Top international diplomatic source revealed that the LTTE has established contact with the United States of America through Norwegian facilitation to get safe passage for the LTTE Leaders by way of a surrender, through the United Nations. The surrender of the LTTE through the United Nations has been a move which has been suggested by the current LTTE leadership and has been endorsed by Robert Blake, United States Ambassador in Sri Lanka, who has been actively persuading the Government of Sri Lanka to allow the LTTE Leadership and cadres to obtain safe passage to another country using the good offices of the United Nations (Full report in Asian Tribune).

BRITAIN AND FRANCE JOIN SIR JOHN HOLMES IN TELLING THAT TAMIL TIGERS PREVENTED CIVILIANS FROM LEAVING DURING TRUCE - By Walter Jayawardhana -  Britain and France joined the United Nations in condemning the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and said during the New Year Truce declared by Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa the rebels were forcefully preventing the civilians from leaving .Confirming a statement by Sir John Holmes of the United Nations the two Foreign Ministers of Britain and France David Miliband and Bernard Kouchner said during the 48 hour Sinhalese and Tamil new year truce the Tamil Tigers had clearly been “forcefully preventing civilians from leaving” the conflict zone. The British and French Foreign Ministers also called upon Sri Lanka to give a longer period for the civilians to leave the war torn area. The two foreign Ministers said that they were "deeply concerned that there was no large scale movement of civilians away from the conflict area to safety as we had hoped to see". "It is clear that the LTTE have been forcefully preventing civilians from leaving the conflict area and we deplore their determination to use civilians as a human shield," The ministers also repeated their insistence that the LTTE must "renounce terrorism and lay down their arms as a necessary element for a long-term solution" to the conflict (Read full report).

OTTAWA CITIZEN EDITORIAL SAYS BY ALLOWING A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION LIKE LTTE USE OTTAWA STREETS ILLEGALLY CANADA MAKES DANGEROUS PRECEDENTS FOR ALQUEDA LIKE ORGANIZATIONS - (By Walter Jayawardhana) David B. Harris , a reputed International terrorism expert and lawyer writing in the Ottawa Citizen said by freely allowing Ottawa streets to be used illegally by a banned terrorist organization like the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) officials could increasingly be tempted to profit politically from appeasing dangerous, but influential, groups in Canada a the cost of Canadian national interests. The editorial published with a photograph showing how an Ottawa street was blocked by the LTTE terrorists the editorial asked, “Where does the money for staging such protests come from? The same place you go to finance suicide vests?” The editorial warned thus: “In the meantime, we must remember that our behaviour in such matters is studied carefully by Hamas, Hezbollah, al-Qaeda and other extremist groups that target Canada and the West. They take a professional interest in knowing which cities conduct themselves like soft targets.” Following is the full text of the editorial :To the astonishment of many, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have been allowed to flex their muscles in Ottawa, the heart of Canada's democracy. Citizens must understand the disturbing implications of this, and the pressing need to resolve resulting issues. The LTTE -- the Tamil Tigers -- is a terrorist group that is banned under Canadian law. The organization claims to represent ethnic Tamils in the latter's struggle for dignity and autonomy in largely Sinhalese Sri Lanka. Tamils were for decades second-class citizens there, and many suffered ill-treatment at the hands of Sri Lanka's military. The civil rights situation might have improved over time, but now thousands of mainly Tamil civilians are trapped among their ostensible Tiger defenders as the secessionist war effort collapses (Read full report).

Two 3-year-old boys die of LTTE shelling - Two three-year-old boys who suffered serious injuries in LTTE shelling died after they were admitted to Pulmudai Hospital last night. They were among a group of civilians rescued by the army and moved to government controlled areas, Police Spokesman said (Daily Mirror).

President visits Kilinochchi: 'first ever visit by a head of state' - H.E the President and Commander-in-Chief, Mahinda Rajapaksa visited the recently liberated Northern Town of Kilinochchi today (April 16). The President made this goodwill visit during the traditional Sinhala and Hindu New Year period to meet with the troops stationed there as well as IDPs and other civilians. This is the first visit by a Head of State to this part of Sri Lanka after the first Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Mahamanya D.S. Senanayake toured the area in early 1950s. Killinochchi was considered the headquarters and administrative centre of the separatist LTTE, until it was taken over by the security forces on January 02 this year, in the current operations to eliminate terrorism from this country. On the arrival at the proposed new hospital complex in the heart of Kilinochchi town Thursday (16) morning, the President and his entourage were received by Defence Secretary Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Chief of Defence Staff Air Chief Marshal Donald Perera, Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka, Commander of the Navy Vice Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda, Commander of the Air Force Air Marshal Roshan Goonatilake and Inspector General of Police Jayantha Wickaramratne who had arrived in Kilinochchi prior to the visit of the Presidential team (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

53 Div seize control over LTTE built earth bund East of Puthukkudiyirippu - Sri Lankan security forces stepped-up fresh advances on Wednesday (April 15), towards the remaining non-liberated territory along the coast of Mullaittivu, following a government declared 48 hour unilateral humanitarian pause since Monday (13). The military maneuvers are expected to set stage for the worlds' largest hostage rescue operation under taken by a conventional armed force in modern time according to defence observers. An estimated number of 40,000 odd people are believed kept forcibly by LTTE terrorists through sheer intimidation and torture inside the LTTE's 'open-human' prisons located at Puthumathalan, Valayarmadam and Vellamullivaikkal. At least 13 terrorists were killed and 15 others reported injured during confrontations ensued between 53 Division troops and LTTE terrorists in general area East of Puthukkudiyirippu since the morning hours on Wednesday. According to ground sources, terrorists suffered another setback in its string of battlefront defeats as 53 Division infantrymen led by Major General Kamal Gunarathne seized total control over an LTTE built earth bund cum ditch in the outskirts of the No-Fire Zone (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Tale of two Presidents protecting their nations - By H. L. D. Mahindapala - In his first decision to meet the challenge of violence threatening American interests overseas, President Barack Obama did what any head of state would do to protect his/her citizens: he gave precise and decisive order to deal with the Somali pirates holding Capt. Richard Philips, 53, captive in a small boat in mid ocean. Vice Adm. Gortney. commander of the Navy’s Fifth Fleet, told the media that Obama had given commanders "very clear guidance and authority" to take action when the captain's life was deemed in imminent danger. The Presidential order to use violence for the first time resulted in three well aimed bullets hitting the headlines of the world and, of course, ending the crisis for America . This happened after five days of futile negotiations with the Somali pirates. The snipers hidden in the fantail of US destroyer, Bainbridge, fired with deadly accuracy to get each one of the pirates that led to the freeing of Capt. Philips. The world was rid of another violent crisis which would have cost the life of Capt. Philips if the pirates were allowed to get away with their violence menacing the international sea lanes in the Indian Ocean . There is a moral in this tale to Sri Lanka which is also in the Indian Ocean: if the threat is imminent stop negotiations and fire the bullets because only well aimed bullets can solve the crisis and not well-meaning negotiations going nowhere. It was thought earlier, when negotiations were going on with the pirates, that President Obama was vacillating. Later it was revealed that the US Commander-in-Chief had no qualms in using violence to deal with the intransigent pirates demanding a ransom of $2 million (Full report in Lanka Web).

IA-Forum Interview: Asoka Bandarage - International Affairs Forum: Aid organizations are calling the situation in the North of Sri Lanka a humanitarian disaster, while the Sri Lankan government is saying such claims are overblown. Do we know how bad the humanitarian situation really is? Asoka Bandarage: It’s a very complex situation. On the one hand, there aren’t media sources out there, so one has to go by what the government is saying. On the other hand, the government is also in a very difficult situation. Successive Sri Lankan governments have tried to negotiate with the LTTE and it hasn’t worked, so the government had to take this military offensive. The government forces are on the verge of finally defeating the LTTE. Yes, there is a humanitarian crisis—there is no doubt about that—but the question is, would a ceasefire at this point really help the humanitarian situation given that the LTTE is holding a lot of Tamil people as human shields? Even if there is a ceasefire, would the LTTE allow these people to leave? Holding Tamil people as human shields is basically their last resort. Is a ceasefire the wise thing to do at this point, when the LTTE is almost finished with? The LTTE has been a ruthless terrorist organization—conscripting children, killing dissidents, so on and so forth. Going back to your question about the humanitarian organizations, it’s not clear whether or not there is an exaggeration on their part. We would like to think that intervention and humanitarian aid is motivated simply by the desire to help the victims on the ground, but in the complicated world we live in that’s not always the case. These groups can be politically motivated. Are these organizations motivated by humanitarianism or other geopolitical interests? In Sri Lanka, there has been a history of international NGO’s being involved in the conflict and taking sides. Also, why isn’t there more of an emphasis on the part of international organizations calling on the LTTE to let the civilians go? This would be the most important thing to do at this point—to put pressure on the LTTE to let people leave the conflict zone. A lot of people have left voluntarily because the government has erected a ‘no fire zone’ for people to move into. But the LTTE has been firing at people who are leaving. These are reports that I have read—I don’t know how accurate they are—but, I think that there should be a lot of international pressure on the LTTE to let people leave, rather than simply calling for a ceasefire which could prolong the war (Full Interview in IA Forum).

An Open Response to The Economist Article titled "Sri Lanka's War - Out of the Tiger's Cage" - by Neville Ladduwahetty - The Economist article titled "Sri Lanka's war - Out of the Tiger's cage" (April 8, 2009) states: "Tigers will not let them (the trapped civilians) leave. A few would-be fugitives have been shot dead". In point of fact, many more than "a few" have been shot, and the bodies put on display by the LTTE in order to deter other would-be fugitives; and fathers have been shot for resisting conscription of their children. To the LTTE, civilians serve as a human shield whose protection enables them to carryout artillery fire while compelling the security forces to restrain responses. Therefore, they would do everything in their power to prevent this human shield from being removed. Given this reality, "to hold fire until the civilians are removed" as advocated by UN, India, America and other countries reflects an astonishing level of unawareness of the real plight of the civilians. For the LTTE to use the safe zone to carry out military offensives from within it, jeopardizing the safety of civilians is an abuse of the very purpose for which the safe zone was set up. Accepted convention entitles the security forces even in this situation to meet challenge in a proportionate manner, meaning, e.g., meet artillery fire with artillery fire. Despite this entitlement the decision by the security forces to desist use of artillery fire has not elicited any positive comment from the media and Human Rights organizations. The suggestion by the UN Human Rights Commissioner that "both sides may be guilty of war crimes" reflects a bias that is not in keeping with the neutrality expected of a UN official (Full report in Lanka Web).

'Tolerance is the key, look for the common factors of humanity' - opinion - "There should be one government and people should learn to live together respecting each other. Tolerance is the key, look for the common factors of humanity. Don't look for the differences. LTTE paid a heavy price as their elders never practiced 'Dharma and Tolerance' instead they resorted for terror and segregation' writes opinion columnist Dr. Nadan. Directing his sympathies with the mislead LTTE fundraisers clamouring for a segregation from the island state, Dr. Nadan provides a flashback on the post-independent era on the true lines of diversity and ethnic identity. Also commenting on the recent outrage of pro-LTTE demonstrators Dr. Nadan adds, that the "breaking the Sri Lankan High Commission in Norway and throwing Nehru's statue from Indian High Commission at London are not going to help LTTE. There is no diplomatic leadership within LTTE. My talk with many ordinary white people reflects consolidation of their thinking about LTTE and making no sympathy for LTTE. What is left is to sincerely join hands with Sinhalese and make peace efforts wholeheartedly to make a new beginning". Full text of the opinion article posted by Dr. Nadan (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

LTTE: The collapse and after - Ahilan Kadirgamar: Many people now believe that the LTTE is on its last legs. If so, what were the factors that led to the collapse of an organisation that enjoyed an army, a large territorial base and even an air force? Ragavan: A major problem that the LTTE faces today comes from its authoritarian culture and militaristic structure, in which the political objective is subservient to the military goal. Initially, after 1983, when the LTTE was still a guerrilla force in need of the people’s support, it received considerable backing from the Tamil masses. As it grew, the LTTE’s primary agenda gradually became the building of a conventional army with a repressive character and an absence of any libratory objectives. This alienated the population because it came hand in hand with harsh practices such as the forcible recruitment of children, taxation and other forms of control. During the Norwegian peace process the LTTE, instead of using the resources and money allocated to support the people under its control, appropriated the funds and resources to build up its own infrastructure, such as its sophisticated arsenal and air-conditioned bunkers for its leaders. They became parasites who lived off the people without giving back anything to them. Ultimately, a contradiction arose between its original goal, of fighting for the rights of the Tamil people, and the reality of military control over those very people (Full report in Daily News).

Heavy weapon barrel, bombs uncovered during search operations - Mullaittivu - Sri Lankan Army infantrymen of the 57 Division now engaged in active defence at Visuamadukulama have uncovered a heavy weapon barrel, LTTE improvised 'Arul' type bombs and grenades during search and clearing operations conducted on Wednesday (April 15). 8 'Arul' type bombs, 07 rocket propelled grenades (RPGs), 27 hand grenades and an I-cm set were among the items found, according to finalized military reports (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

'World Tamil Movement raised money for weapons purchases' - Canadian police The Tamil Tigers directly controlled a Canadian registered non-profit organization that fundraised and produced propaganda for the Sri Lankan guerrillas, reported the Toronto based 'National Post' paper citing documents produced by police sources on Wednesday (April 15). Full text of the news report published by the National Post: (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Nehru-Gandhi clan still under LTTE's threat: Priyanka - Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, poll manager for her mother Sonia Gandhi and brother Rahul, on Monday (April13), said her family was still under threat from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE). ''The Nehru-Gandhi family is still the target of the LTTE... The outfit got my father Rajiv Gandhi killed,'' Priyanka, who was here to campaign for her brother, said. ''Despite this apprehension, my family and I are serving the nation for development,'' she asserted. ''The Nehru-Gandhi clan is fighting for principles and would continue to do the same,'' she said addressing mini-election meets here. Priyanka has been in Amethi for the past two days campaigning for Rahul Gandhi. She addressed 18 mini-election meets and also interacted with newspersons today (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

LTTE ban in Canada to remain despite pressure - Minister - Canada has done its best to end the long-running conflict in Sri Lanka, but will not bow to pressure to remove the Tamil Tigers from the list of banned terrorist groups, a Canadian Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said. For more than a week, Tamil supporters have been gathering around Parliament Hill to protest the war in the South Asian country and ask Ottawa to intervene. On Friday, more than 1,000 people lined Wellington Street in front of the Parliament buildings waving flags. Five people are on a hunger strike. "We have done everything that these protesters are asking Canada to do - namely call for a ceasefire - except we will not respond to a demand of anyone to legalize a banned, illegal terrorist organization," Immigration Minister Jason Kenney told reporters in Calgary. In 2006, Canada placed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam on a list of banned terrorist organizations under the federal Anti-Terrorism Act, which prohibits financing such groups. Mr. Kenney said Canada has called for a ceasefire from both sides, asked the Sri Lankan government to ensure international support reaches people in need and increased Canada's humanitarian aid. But the Tamil Tigers are responsible for suicide bombings, and the deaths of tens of thousands of civilians, he said (Daily Mirror).

UK call to extend pause in offensive rejected - 53 Div recovers four more surface to air missiles -  The army recovered four surface to air missiles hidden by retreating LTTE cadres east of Puthukudiyiruppu on Tuesday (14) evening as Sri Lanka turned down a British call for a longer pause in offensive operations on the Vanni front. Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama asserted that suspension of offensive operations would only help the LTTE to strengthen its positions in the ‘no fire’ zone. Foreign Ministry sources told The Island that British Foreign Secretary David Miliband had discussed the possibility of extending a two-day suspension of operations on April 13 and 14 to facilitate the evacuation of civilians. Sources said that Miliband had phoned Bogollagama, who is on an official visit to New Delhi, on Monday (13).  An authoritative official told The Island that Miliband had also raised the issue of the appointment of a special envoy to engage the Sri Lankan government. He said that Bogollagama had emphasised that Sri Lanka’s decision not to recognize a special envoy remained unchanged. Earlier, Sri Lanka rejected the appointment of Des Browne, a former Defence Secretary as the Special Envoy in the second week of February. Close on the heels of the UK’s call, the EU, too, urged Sri Lanka to extend the suspension (Full report in Island).

British blunders - by Kath Noble - Trips back home to England always prove useful in understanding how the Sri Lankan conflict is viewed from afar. Away from the relentless debate about what is happening in the Vanni, what the Government should do, how much longer the war is going to continue, what to expect afterwards, whether the LTTE can survive without territory, how to reach a political settlement with the Tamil community, and what Robert O. Blake and others are saying about it, a rather clearer picture emerges. My latest visit took place at a very interesting time. Tamil expatriates were massed in their hundreds in Parliament Square, a couple of them on hunger strike, and Parliamentarians were reaching for their megaphones whenever the opportunity arose. The situation in that tiny bit of land to the north of Mullaitivu was in the newspapers or on the radio most days. People were not talking about it on the streets, which is hardly surprising given that Sri Lanka is a small and distant island, but the chattering classes were engaged. It was not the forgotten conflict that NGOs like Amnesty International have referred to in each of the numerous press releases they have issued in recent months (Full report in Island).

Even in their final hours: Tiger brutality continues - Even in their final hours, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam have not mended their brutal ways and are pushing innocent youths to face battle hardened troops after five days of weapons training, according to the Security Forces. Amidst a major effort by the Security Forces to free the civilians held hostage by the LTTE and an international attempt by terrorist sympathisers to gain a last minute respite for Tiger leader Prabhakaran by taking to the streets in several western capitals, the Tigers have not eased up on their brutality against the civilians under their control. According to reports reaching the Security Forces, even with defeat staring them in the face, the LTTE, trapped in an eight square kilometre strip of land, continue forcible conscription of youth from among the trapped civilians. "We have received reports of very young children being forcibly taken from their families and pushed into the LTTE bunkers after five days of weapons training," said a senior military officer. He said "there was a report of a father using a `manna knife' (machete) to fatally wound an LTTE cadre who came to take away his son. We don't know what happened to the man or his son thereafter," he said. These innocent youngsters have no chance against the battle hardened soldiers who will charge the enemy lines in the final push and we only hope they are sensible enough to surrender, he said. The Security Forces do not wish to shed innocent blood but neither do they want to become victims of devious terrorist ploys, he said. He said that the Security Forces have air dropped leaflets, requesting the civilians to move into liberated areas from the No Fire Zone (NFZ) and are making regular loudspeaker announcements to the same effect. These announcements are interspersed by appeals from surrendered LTTE cadres as well as civilians who have managed to escape the LTTE (Full report in Daily News).

Prabhakaran the hero - After failing in all their attempts to save the man who promised to win them a separate state, the Tamil diaspora is now chanting the ‘genocide mantra’ hoping that it would bring about the desired result. But what they have not understood is the very meaning of the word GENOCIDE. ‘Genocide means any one of a number of acts’(these are specified in the Article), which are committed ‘with the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethical, racial or religious group’, (Article 2 of the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide). If that is what the Sri Lankan government is doing right now, the following should also be acts of genocide: *Liberating the entire Eastern Province from the clutches of LTTE terrorists and initiating resettlement and development programmes; *Sending food, medicine and other essential items to the people under LTTE controlled areas right throughout the conflict (Remember the LTTE depend on the same, too); *Setting up welfare villages for the internally displaced people and protecting them from LTTE infiltrators who want to harm them (the UN officials expressed their satisfaction over the conditions), *Taking more casualties by not retaliating to terrorist fire due to the risk of civilian casualties; *Evacuating hundreds and thousands of patients from the war zone, with the assistance of the ICRC, and providing them with medical care (Full report in Island).

LTTE ignores humanitarian pause - LTTE terrorists have failed to respond to the 48-hour-humanitarian pause declared by President Mahinda Rajapaksa on April 12, in view of the Sinhala and Tamil New Year, military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said. LTTE cadres have fired from heavy machine guns and small arms on the security forces continuously, killing one soldier of the 58 Division from a sniper attack from the No Fire Zone (NFZ), he said. The soldier was on duty at a distant defensive position in Puthukudiyruppu. Meanwhile, terrorists have attacked security front lines by directing artillery gunfire on the troops, he said. The shelling by the LTTE injured two soldiers of the 53 Division, he said. “They have launched these attacks while the troops were observing the 48-hour humanitarian pause ordered by President Mahinda Rajapaksa beginning April 13, Brigadier Nanayakkara said. Meanwhile, The Hindu of April 14 states in its editorial that facing annihilation, they [the LTTE] have had no moral compunction in moving into the NFZ with heavy weapons, and using the hard-pressed civilians as a last ditch shield. Refusing to acknowledge the very idea of a humanitarian NFZ, they have made it clear that the lives and welfare of Tamils, whose sole representative the LTTE claims to be, just do not count in this horrible travesty of a liberation struggle.” The Hindu states: “There can be no other explanation for this refusal to heed international humanitarian appeals (Daily News)

'CDF a great strength to Security Forces' - The Civil Defence Force (CDF) that had no political or other differences with their vigilance had proved to be a great strength to the Security Forces to prevent LTTE massacres of civilians. There were 150,000 youth from 14,913 Grama Niladhari divisions who serve voluntarily to protect the country, Minister of Power Mahindananda Aluthgamage who organized the CDF told the Daily News yesterday (15). "It was only an year ago we started the CDF and we trained ten youth from each village. They were assisting in providing security to the City of Colombo and their own villages during the Sinhala New Year season without a payment," he said. "The LTTE is now weakened but we will strengthen our defence force more so that these young boys who love their country could do a better service. We want to expand our service to other areas too," the Minister said. The Civil Defence Force with its alert campaign, was able to prevent many bus bomb explosions and mass murder of civilians after the bomb explosion at Nugegoda. After that incident the bus bomb near St. Bridget's Convent, the Mt. Lavinia bus bomb and the bomb near Meegoda and the Panagoda Army camp were prevented due to the vigilant public," he noted. President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa were happy about the success gained by the Civil Defence Force and the service rendered by them to safeguard the country," he noted (Full report in Daily News).

Commander shares New Year thoughts with staff at AHQ - "Every Sri Lankan citizen warmly admires peace, friendship and cooperation. The whole nation is under the impression that the country would be blessed with a peaceful society in the near future. On this noble day, let's determine to make their wish a reality," said Army Commander Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka during his New Year address held at the Army Headquarters on Wednesday. The Army Commander every year hosts his staff at Army Headquarters to tea on account of the Sinhala and Hindu New Year celebrations. The Army Commander said "we have been able to reduce the LTTE landscape to a tiny swathe of 23 sq km land from the previous 13,000 sq km. At the same time, the LTTE, crazy after the dream of Eelam, during recent times, faced the most humiliating defeat that they ever experienced in the history losing around 18,000 of their barbaric fighting terrorists cadres.", the Commander added during his speech. He remembered the contribution made by soldiers, who sacrificed lives, went missing and became disable, to bring about success in the war against terrorism while wishing fast recovery to injured soldiers getting medical treatment at hospitals and courage to soldiers fighting in the lines. Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka concluded extending his gratitude to parents and beloved ones of soldiers for donating their sons to the Army to fight for a worthy and noble cause. After appreciating the assistance received from all in military and civil staff, the Army Commander joined all ranks and civil staff for tea and traditional New Year sweetmeats. The event followed a visit by the Commander to the Army hospital to see soldiers undergoing treatment for their injuries sustained in the war. President of the Seva Vanitha Army Branch (SVAB) Anoma Fonseka, Director Army Medical Services Brigadier Sanjeewa Munasinghe, Senior Officers and hospital staff joined the Army Chief on his visit during which the Commander and President SVAB distributed gift parcels to injured soldiers (Full report in Daily News).

Prabhakaran May Not Go On Trial - Comment by L. Jayasooriya - Whether Prabakaran lives to go on trial or not will be decided by the government troops now closing in on him. The killing of innocent villagers a few days ago in the remote areas of Uwa in retaliation for the liquidation of a terror group in the jungle that has been systematically killing innocent civilians in these remote areas for many years may prompt the government troops to kill Prabakaran even if it became possible to catch him alive. If that were to happen the hope of the IC nations that could attempt to force our government to get Prabakaran tried at the International Court of Justice at The Hague threatening dire consequences if we do not, will end up in smoke and it will also end the incessant calls for a negotiated settlement that has for quite some time been treated with absolute contempt by the national patriots. Remember Mavil Oya anicut? That is where this all started and that was the biggest mistake the IC nations did to force Mahinda Rajapakse to surrender to the LTTE. At no time did they like him because he is a patriot. The violent LTTE Diaspora we have seen in their thousands in the West and the vast majority of the Western educated effluent Tamils who have been living among the Sinhalese and who owe their prosperity to the patronizing of their businesses by the Sinhalese will maintain that the LTTE could never be eradicated from this country. For their information I would like to remind them that all the Tamils in the North and the East excepting the very few LTTE sympathisers who will dare not show that they are pro-LTTE to the other Tamils will never allow the LTTE to raise is head ever again. They will instantly report any suspecting LTTE remnant to the army (Full report in Asian Tribune).

Canada says won’t lift ban on Tigers - Canada has done its best to end the long-running conflict in Sri Lanka, but will not bow to pressure to remove the Tigers from the list of banned terrorist groups, a Federal Cabinet Minister said yesterday. For more than a week, Tamil supporters have been gathering around Parliament Hill to protest the war in the South Asian country and ask Ottawa to intervene. “We have done everything that these protesters are asking Canada to do - namely call for a ceasefire - except we will not respond to a demand of anyone to legalize a banned, illegal terrorist organization,” Immigration Minister Jason Kenney told reporters in Calgary. In 2006, Canada placed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam on a list of banned terrorist organizations under the federal Anti-Terrorism Act, which prohibits financing such groups. Kenney said Canada has called for a ceasefire from both sides, asked the Sri Lankan government to ensure international support reaches people in need and increased Canada’s humanitarian aid. But the Tigers are responsible for suicide bombings, and the deaths of tens of thousands of civilians, he said. Courtesy Globe and Mail (Daily News).

Karunanidhi blames LTTE’s ‘wrong ways’ for failure to find solution - Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Muthuvel Karunanidhi today blamed the LTTE for the failure to find a solution to the Sri Lankan Tamil problem so far. Writing in his column in ‘Murasoli’, a Tamil newspaper owned by the ruling Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and published from Chennai, Karunanidhi said: "A solution to the Sri Lankan Tamils’ problem could not be found yet because the LTTE acted in wrong ways, heeding to the wrong advice of wrong people in Tamil Nadu." "Those who did not read history or turning a deaf ear to the advice given by learned people, might laud the Nedumaran group. But independent observers, who have love and affection for the Sri Lankan Tamils, are well aware of the fact. I am one among them," he wrote. His comments come in the wake of efforts of pro-LTTE leaders like Nedumaran and Vaiko to make the Sri Lankan Tamil question a poll plank to garner votes in Tamil Nadu in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. They have been criticising both Karunanidhi and the Congress Party, claiming that they are not doing enough to secure a ceasefire in Sri Lanka to save the lives of thousands of Tamils stranded in the conflict zone. Karunanidhi is DMK president; the DMK is an ally of the Congress Party-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) that is in power at the centre. Karunanidhi had last week appealed to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to treat Tamils and even beleaguered LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran with respect and dignity, irrespective of the fate of the militant outfit in the ongoing Army offensive. Enumerating the initiatives taken by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh’s Government to help solve the Sri Lankan Tamils’ issue, Karunanidhi wrote: "The Centre's stand has been against a military solution to the problem. It wants a political solution and relief measures for affected Tamils." (Island).

India can request Sri Lanka to make ceasefire permanent if LTTE too honours it - Chidambaram - India today welcomed the two-day (April 13-14) ceasefire ordered by Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the island’s war-torn Northern province.  Home Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram said that, if the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) honour the ceasefire and halt the war, India can request President Rajapaksa to consider making it a permanent ceasefire. In a statement issued from the camp office of his Lok Sabha constituency Sivaganga in Tamil Nadu, Chidambaram said India wants the ceasefire to be extended. New Delhi will continue to urge Colombo, but the LTTE too should heed India’s advice and ensure that efforts for a permanent ceasefire fructify. "Though the ceasefire is a small progress, it can be seen as an important success of India’s foreign policy as the Sri Lankan government announced it following our constant pressure for a ceasefire," he said. "A ceasefire can be implemented only if both the sides agree. Hence, the LTTE should accept the truce offer made by the Sri Lankan Government and immediately announce that it is halting the war," he said. He said that all peace-loving people will welcome the truce offer, and called for support of all in India’s efforts to ensure that the ceasefire does not end in two days (Island).

LTTE ban in Canada to remain despite pressure - Minister - Canada has done its best to end the long-running conflict in Sri Lanka, but will not bow to pressure to remove the Tamil Tigers from the list of banned terrorist groups, a Canadian Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said. For more than a week, Tamil supporters have been gathering around Parliament Hill to protest the war in the South Asian country and ask Ottawa to intervene. On Friday, more than 1,000 people lined Wellington Street in front of the Parliament buildings waving flags. Five people are on a hunger strike. "We have done everything that these protesters are asking Canada to do - namely call for a ceasefire - except we will not respond to a demand of anyone to legalize a banned, illegal terrorist organization," Immigration Minister Jason Kenney told reporters in Calgary. In 2006, Canada placed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam on a list of banned terrorist organizations under the federal Anti-Terrorism Act, which prohibits financing such groups. Mr. Kenney said Canada has called for a ceasefire from both sides, asked the Sri Lankan government to ensure international support reaches people in need and increased Canada’s humanitarian aid. But the Tamil Tigers are responsible for suicide bombings, and the deaths of tens of thousands of civilians, he said (Island).

Tigers massacre 12 civilians in Moneragala - Troops are on a heightened state of alert to meet the threat posed by LTTE cadres targeting civilians in areas outside the Northern and Eastern Provinces. Close on the heels of massacre of nine men, women and children at Mahagodayaya in the Moneragala district on Sunday (April 12), LTTE cadres killed three civilians at Galitemara also in the same district. The army said that both attacks had been carried out by an LTTE group operating in the area. Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara told The Island that villagers had been preparing to celebrate the Sinhala and Hindu New Year when terrorists stormed the village killing two elderly women and one man on Monday. Police also found one woman with severe cut injuries. Sunday’s victims included a one and half year of old boy, seven and eleven year old children, three women and three more men. The police rescued one 75-year-old woman wounded in the attack (Island).

LTTE BAN IN CANADA WILL REMAIN DESPITE PRESSURE - Canada has done its best to end the long-drawn conflict in Sri Lanka, but will not bow to pressure to remove the Tamil Tigers from the list of banned terrorist groups, a Canadian Minister said. For more than a week, Tamil supporters have been gathering around Parliament Hill to protest the war in Sri Lanka and ask Ottawa to intervene while on Friday, more than 1,000 people lined Wellington Street in front of the parliament buildings waving Tamil flags with five people continuing to be on a hunger strike. "We have done everything that these protesters are asking Canada to do that is call for a ceasefire but we will not respond to a demand to legalize the banned, illegal terrorist organization," Immigration Minister Jason Kenney told reporters in Calgary. In 2006, Canada placed the LTTE on a list of banned terrorist organizations under the federal Anti-Terrorism Act, which prohibits financing such groups. Mr. Kenney said Canada had called for a ceasefire from both sides, asked the Sri Lankan government to ensure international support reached the people in need and increased Canada's humanitarian aid. He alleged that the Tamil Tigers were responsible for suicide bombings, and the deaths of tens of thousands of civilians (Daily Mirror).

LTTE removing food supplies - COLOMBO: The government yesterday accused the LTTE of "taking away" large amount of food supplies from the consignment meant for displaced Tamil civilians in the north even as it issued an appeal to the public to donate relief items for shipment. Essential Services Commissioner S B Divaratne appealed to the people, especially from the south, to come forward with 'new year' gifts including clothes, milk food and other foodstuff to be sent to Mullaitivu in Wanni region. "It is an extremely difficult task as there is no port facilities in Mullaitivu to unload the goods. It is also unfortunate that the food so delivered is taken away by the LTTE," Divaratne said. The next ship carrying essential items will leave for Mullaitivu tomorrow, he said (Daily Mirror).

TERRORISTS KILL VILLAGERS WITH THE DAWN OF NEW YEAR -  Nine villagers in Mahagodayaya, Buttala were killed by a group of three terrorists on Sunday night. This incident that occurred with the dawn of the Sinhala and Tamil New year has shattered the peaceful environment in the area. On the following day (13) the group of terrorists struck again killing three villagers in Siripurayaya, the adjoining village of Mahagodayaya. These villages are situated between Buttala and Moneragala towns along the Colombo-Ampara main road. Both killings occurred in locations between half a kilometre to two kilometres from the main road. These villages are not considered as threatened villages and both Sinhala and Tamil people live peacefully in this area. The villagers of Mahagodayaya are mainly farmers and they had even planned to hold an ‘Avurudu Ulela’ to celebrate the New Year. According to the villagers the group of terrorists had first lit fire crackers to mislead the villagers and had approached the house of Asanka Gunaratne killing him and one- year- old Vihanga Dilhara who was with him. Thereafter Padmalata who was coming towards the house was shot in the head. Afterwards the neighbours Nimal Indrasiri, his wife Pushpalatha and youngest son Lakshitha who came towards the house hearing gunshots had also been killed. Thereafter Sandhya Kumari and her only son Binara were shot and killed. By this time the rest of the village came to sense the attack and the terrorist group withdrew when civil defence force personnel shot in the air. However the retreating terrorists had also killed another villager Wijesundera while he was moving towards the Wellawaya-Moneragala main road. The terror group that hid in the adjoining forest struck again on April 13 around 7 pm. This time they shot at a mother and a daughter and two farmers in Siripura Yaya. The mother survived while the other three died from gunshot injuries. In another incident seven year old Mudalige Madawa Prasanna who survived said that they heard gunshot sounds from the house when he and his mother were returning from the well where they had gone to fetch water. “We ran to the house. There were three persons dressed in black in the garden. One person held me and closed the mouth. Another person shot at my mother’s head. I wriggled out of the hands of the person who held me and fled. I ran to my mothers elder sister’s house and shouted that some person shot my mother. Thereafter all of us ran to another aunt’s house and tightly closed the doors. Then some people came and asked us to open the door. Then my aunt told uncle to fetch the gun. After about an hour the other villagers came and took us to safety.” (Daily Mirror).

GOVT. TELLS LTTE TO LAY DOWN ARMS - COLOMBO: Dubbing the two-day pause in fighting in Sri Lanka as an "eye-wash", the LTTE today demanded an "unconditional and permanent" ceasefire in the northern war zone, but the government strongly rejected the proposal and accused the LTTE of violating the ongoing truce. The Tamil Tigers, the remnants of which are now confined to the 20-sq-km 'No Fire Zone' in Pudukudiyirippu, described the pause in military offensive announced by the government as a "political drama" aimed at "deceiving the international community and the Tamil people." "The LTTE seeks an unconditional and permanent ceasefire conducive for peaceful negotiations. The ceasefire would be meaningful and constructive with the facilitation of the international community. A ceasefire should not be dictated solely on the premises of Sri Lankan military objectives... It should be based on humanitarian and political objectives," it said. A senior Defence Ministry official said, "The question of permanent ceasefire will arise only after the LTTE lays down arms as stated by Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa." He also accused the rebels of violating the truce by killing one soldier and injuring two others in various incidents during the two-day period (Daily Mirror).

Sri Lanka rebels accused of trapping civilians - The U.N. humanitarian chief on Wednesday accused Tamil Tiger fighters of trapping 100,000 civilians in a Sri Lankan war zone during a 48-hour cease-fire, and urged a longer cessation of hostilities to get them out and avoid "a bloodbath on the beaches." The civilians are stuck in a small "no-fire" zone on Sri Lanka's northeastern coast as government forces push the rebels _ the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam known as the LTTE _ into an ever-smaller area, hoping to end the nation's 25-year civil war. Under intense international pressure, including from the U.N., the government declared a unilateral cease-fire on Monday and Tuesday and urged civilians to leave the zone. John Holmes, the undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs, said the U.N. "warmly welcomed" the cease-fire as "a valuable first step." But he added it was too short to get humanitarian workers or significant amounts of aid into the area, and did not produce the mass exodus of civilians that the United Nations and others hoped for _ only 18 on Monday and a few hundred on Tuesday. "It's clear that the LTTE did not allow those ... civilians who wished to leave the area during this pause, to do so," Holmes said. "We call on the LTTE very strongly to change their attitude to this and to allow those who wish to leave _ which we believe is the vast majority at least _ to do so as soon as possible to get them out of harm's way," Holmes said (Full report in e-Thaiwan News).

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Tamil Homeland versus Sinhalese Homeland - By Prof. Shantha K. Hennayake - Department of Geography University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka Introduction The intention of this short article is to highlight some of the fundamental differences between how Tamils and Sinhalese interpret their homeland It is generally known that the Sinhalese perceive the whole of Sri Lanka to be their homeland while the Tamils point out that the northern and Eastern Provinces to be their homeland.   The paper also points out  that extreme Tamil interpretation of the “Tamil homeland” and subsequent attempt to operationalize it through violence and terror has proven not only wrong but it has brought misery to the Tamil society (read full report).

Pursuing the safety of civilians, not the continuation of terror - The decision of the government to declare a ceasefire over the New Year period has met with they type of reaction that suggests how difficult it is to achieve peace when so many influential and noisy international actors are full of destructive preconceptions. The main purpose of the ceasefire is to allow people to leave, which is what the so called international community has been requesting. Ignoring the fact that several months ago we suggested to these people that they concentrate their energies on ensuring freedom for the Tamils trapped by the LTTE, it was only a few months ago that they suddenly, when the defeat of the LTTE seemed inevitable, registered the plight of the civilians. Even so they did not make any categorical demands, but played into the LTTE’s hands by suggesting that there were reasons these people might not want to leave the arms of the Tigers. That claim was belied by the thousands who did walk out, thirty five thousand in February. Then the efforts of the Tigers to stop them became more brutal, the shootings more public, a suicide bomb, land mines. The flood stopped, and once again the so called international community found ways of reasserting a balance, instead of categorically condemning the Tigers and demanding that they free our people. Then in March the people again spoke for themselves, and another exodus commenced, this time of twenty five thousand, some appearing in our midst with the wounds inflicted on them by the Tigers as they tried to flee. These were the lucky ones. They spoke of their loved ones being forced back or killed. But very little of this was noted by the international community. Their silence enabled the LTTE to engage in even more brutal repression, including the building up of a wall to pen in those who sought to cross the lagoon. No talk though of concentration camps from agencies such as Human Rights Watch or newspapers such as the London Times when this happened (Full report in SCOPP).

The Role of Tamils in the Ethnonationalist Crisis in Sri Lanka - By Prof. Shantha K. Hennayake, Department of Geography, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka - The purpose of this paper is to study the extent to which Tamil politicians themselves are responsible for the ethnonationalist problem that Sri Lanka is facing today. Enough, in fact too much has been written about the share of the Sri Lankan state, successive governments, and the Sinhalese people in this crisis. There is absolutely no doubt that all these three actors have a very large responsibility in leading the crisis to the present level. Whatever the counter arguments by these three actors, unless they come to accept that both intentionally and unintentionally they are also responsible for the crisis and try to address them we will not be able to find a lasting solution to the crisis. Realization that Tamils, especially the Tamil politicians themselves have been responsible for the ethnonationalist crisis in general and the pathetic state to which the Tamil society in Sri Lanka has been reduced to is of paramount importance today, especially because the democratic Tamil politicians will once again be participating in the governing of the country and debating on how best to take Tamil society forward in the post-LTTE era.   In reality the evolution of Tamil ethnonationalist politics cannot be properly understood without paying attention to the interactive nature of all the actors who include not only the above three but also the Tamil political leaders and Tamil people as well. However, a vast majority of the writings on the present crisis by both Sinhalese and Tamils on the one hand and the popular thinking both here and abroad on the other hand ahs directly and indirectly interpreted Tamil ethnonationalism purely as a form of reactive politics amending and adjusting to the circumstances created by the non Tamil actors in Sri Lankan politics[1]. Some argue that it is only with the emergence of the LTTE that Tamil ethnonationalist politics have become active.  Even here, they argue that they are simply led to take up arms reluctantly because all other attempts ended up in failure. A running theme in the writing of Tamil ethnonationalist politics has been that it is an inevitable process into which Tamil were unwillingly drawn or rather forced by the others[2].  Tamils themselves are seen simply as passive reactors. This is a very popular and powerful “myth” subscribed to by both Tamils and Sinhalese, and Sri Lankans and foreigners. I find this to be a very serious shortcoming in the Sri Lankan political historiography (read full report in SPUR).

LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists celebrate Sinhala & Hindu New Year killing three more innocent civilians

LTTE refuses idea of humanitarian NFZ - Hindu - "Facing annihilation, they [the LTTE] have had no moral compunction in moving into the NFZ with heavy weapons, and using the hard-pressed civilians as a last-ditch shield. Refusing to acknowledge the very idea of a humanitarian NFZ, they have made it clear that the lives and welfare of Tamils, whose sole representative the LTTE claims to be, just do not count in this horrible travesty of a liberation struggle," states the Hindu in an editorial comment on the decision of the Sri Lanka Government to restrict the Security Forces to defensive operations during the Sinhala & Tamil New Year period, beginning April 13. The Hindu of April 14, states: "There can be no other explanation for this refusal to heed international humanitarian appeals. The 65,000 Tamils who have escaped to government-controlled areas since November 2008 give the lie to the LTTE's claim that the Tamil people are staying with it voluntarily." The editorial adds that as, "Mr. Ban wanted, it means stepping up the international pressure on the LTTE and giving it no choice but to allow civilians "wishing to leave the conflict zone... to do so without hindrance." That is the real solution to the humanitarian crisis. It will inevitably mean the final defeat of, or surrender by, the LTTE leaders." Full text of the Hindu editorial titled 'Humanitarian pause' (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

LTTE shelling and mortar fire injure 5 soldiers during humanitarian pause- Mullaittivu - 5 soldiers were reported injured due to continued LTTE artillery shelling and mortar attacks launched from the government declared No Fire Zone yesterday (April 14). Terrorists have continued with aggression despite the 48 hour unilateral humanitarian pause imposed by the government facilitating exodus of civilians from LTTE hostage, security sources said. According to finalized military reports, the soldiers were injured due to LTTE artillery shelling mounted at troops positioned in general area Ampelavanpokkanai. Meanwhile, troops have found a RPG launcher during clearing operations conducted in general area Pattikarai. Also, a 59 Division soldier was killed and a 53 Div soldier injured due to continued LTTE shelling yesterday. In general area Udayarkattu, Task Force -2 troops have uncovered 60x 5Ltr cans of engine oil following a clearing operation conducted in the area. Also, in a similar clearing operation conducted at general area Kiranchi, TF-5 troops have found one Suzuki OBM, Tuesday (14) at around 11a.m (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Charles Anthony, Swarnam escape to Malaysia? - Army Intelligence has unearthed information that the LTTE leader’s son Charles Anthony and military leader Swarnam have fled to Malaysia for medical treatment for wounds sustained during a clash with the security forces. Army Intelligence has also revealed the disappearance of a submersible object which was kept berthed close to the schools in Pudumattlan, It is believed to be a submarine that was kept under cover. The Security forces have inferred that the escape of Charles and Swarnam happened while the Navy was attacking ten LTTE boats that were going from Vellamullavaikkal to Kokilai with Therimban, Jeyam and other LTTE leaders on April 3 as a diversionary measure. The LTTE is believed to be planning to establish their international network centre to be based in Malaysia, and the current posting of Major General Udaya Perera as the Deputy High Commissioner there has also been done with the motive of cracking this network (Sinhela Net).

53 Div uncovers dumped SAM missiles in Puthukkudiyirippu - 53 Division troops led by Major General Kamal Gunarathne have uncovered 4 surface to air missiles (SAMs) dumped by LTTE terrorists in general area East of Puthukkudiyirippu yesterday (April 14) evening.  The missiles were found during a search and clearing operation conducted by the 5th Gemunu Watch (5GW) infantrymen, area security sources said. Meanwhile, 430 anti-personnel (AP) mines were also uncovered by 1GW troops during a separate search and clearing operation conducted in the area (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

TRIBUTE TO A GREAT PATRIOT

H L De Silva PC: The last of the ‘Greats’ - By S.L Gunasekara - Hulftsdorp has known and will know many a good and competent lawyer; however, the ‘Greats’, namely, those who have that indefinable quality, be it `intellectual daring', ‘extraordinary skill' in cross-examination or the presentation of a case or any other, that raises him to a special plane over and above those who are merely ‘competent’ or ‘good’, are few and far between. In my career of over two score years at the Bar, I have come across but eight who to my mind occupied those dizzy heights - H V Perera QC, E G Wikramanayake QC, C Thiagalingam QC, G E Chitty QC, G G Ponnambalam QC, Dr Colvin R De Silva, S Nadesan QC and H L De Silva PC. HL was the last of the ‘Greats’, and with his demise it is unlikely that Hulftsdorp will ever be privileged to see a ‘Great’ again. H L De Silva Having had the great privilege of knowing HL and enjoying his friendship for many years, I never ceased to be amazed by his mastery of the law, his wide general knowledge, the extent of his reading, his meticulous preparation and attention to detail, the grammatical perfection and precision of his language, and his masterly presentation of a case. These will, forever remain as cherished memories (Full report in Sunday Times).

The Government makes arrangements to immediately open wthe A9 road for passenger transport - The Government is making the necessary arrangements to immediately open the Kandy-Jaffna A-9 road for passenger transport. The road is already open for goods transportation. Commissioner General of Essential Services S.B.Divarathne says several factors have to be taken into consideration before opening the route for passenger travel. Priority must be given in this respect to the removal of land mines. He added that this is a task to be carried out extremely cautiously in accordance with the international conventions. The commissioner General further said that steps have already being taken by a government to reconstruct the road destroyed by the terrorists. Mr.Divarathne has also pointed out that although the A9 road remained open during the period of the ceasefire agreement , the tamil community were not benefited. During that period the road was mainly used for the transportation of Jaffna bound lorries , which carried building materials for the LTTE tiger terrorists to construct bunkers . The Commissioner General added this fact was amply demonstrated by the quantity of food stored in the Jaffna district , at the time of the closure of the A9 road in August 2006 , due to security reasons (SLBC).

End of Norway’s ‘peace’ farce - By Janaka Perera: At last Sri Lanka has come to her senses. Her decision to strip Norway of its role as broker of the so-called peace process was long overdue. In fact GOSL should even go further and downgrade our embassy there to a consulate to show our contempt to Norwegian-style ‘diplomacy.’ Oslo apologising to Colombo after allowing LTTE thugs to vandalise the Sri Lanka Embassy despite earlier requests by the mission to provide adequate security, is sheer hypocrisy to the say the least. If the perpetrators can be readily identified on the close circuit television recording which has been made available to the Norwegian authorities why are they dragging their feet in bringing the culprits to book? The Authorities were fully aware that tension was building up as Tiger supporters gathered in strength in Oslo for an anti-Sri Lanka demonstration. Oslo turning a blind eye to the security needs of the Sri Lanka Embassy is a complete violation of international diplomatic norms. It clearly exposes Norway Government’s continued flirtation with the LTTE terrorists. Even Norway’s own Opposition Progressive Party has come out strongly against the attack on the Sri Lanka Embassy, demanding that the Tigers responsible for the attack should be deported immediately. Four years ago in an interview with the Asian Tribune, Progressive Party MP Morten Hoguland strongly criticised Norway’s handling of Sri Lanka’s peace process. Hoguland, also a member of the Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee, said that his party was taking seriously the allegations of the partisan role that his country was playing in Sri Lanka in the name of peace facilitation, noting that Oslo’s efforts in peace making had miserably failed in the Middle-East, Aceh and Sudan (Full report in SinhelaNet).

57 Div troops uncover military hardware during search operations - Visuamadu - 57 Division troops while conducting search and clearing operations in general area Visuamadu, in the Mullaittivu District have uncovered a hoard of military hardware including an anti-tank mine and mortar bombs on Tuesday (April 14). According to military reports received, troops have found following items during clearing operations conducted through out yesterday (full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

239 civilians seek protection, flee LTTE hostage at Puthumathalan - A total of 239 civilians including 96 children have fled from LTTE hostage and sought protection with security forces now manning defences in the borders of the government declared No Fire Zone at Puthumathalan on Tuesday (April 14). According to military, the civilians have arrived in two batches of 136 and 103 people through out yesterday, and rescued by 8GR and 10GR troops respectively. The civilians were later directed to the IDP welfare center at Kilinochchi (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

LTTE trying to mislead Intl community, says Health Ministry - The LTTE is attempting to mislead the international community by using government doctors, the Health Ministry said yesterday (April 14). The LTTE had attempted to spread false report through the international media making use of a statement made by the Provincial Health Directors of Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu over alleged shell attacks in the No-Fire Zone. The allegations of shell attacks in the NFZ were totally false, a statement issued by the ministry said. These two health directors have made false claims to some media outlets that several civilians were killed last week due to the shell attacks by government forces at the behest of the LTTE, it said. The statement also said: The two doctors and a small nursing staff have remained with the LTTE and moved to the NFZ when Puthukkudyiruppu fell to the government forces and the hospital staff was evacuated to the government controlled areas. The healthcare officials now function out of a makeshift hospital that the LTTE has setup mainly to treat the injured LTTE cadres. It is believed that the doctors, make these claims to the foreign media on the orders of LTTE, the statement said. The ministry would initiate disciplinary action against the two doctors under the provisions of the medical service rules and regulations, it said. Meanwhile, in another release issued to the media, Health Secretary Dr. Atula Kahandaliyanange said that the "two officials must bear in their mind that they are functioning in an area that it is under the domination of the LTTE. Therefore, any statements made by or attributed to them cannot be credible since these two officials are operating under the dictates of the LTTE." (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

FONSEKA SAYS SECURITY FORCES WILL ELIMINATE TERRORISM FROM SRI LANKA VERY SOON IN A NEW YEAR MESSAGE - By Walter Jayawardhana - Sri Lanka Army Commander Sarath Fonseka said over the years the Sri Lanka security forces were able to kill 18,000 cadres of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and make them lose most of its heavy arms and he vowed to eliminate terrorism from the Indian Ocean island nation. “We were able to crush the Tiger’s dream of a separate state and we have destroyed most of their weaponary, planes and sea craft,” Fonseka said in a message on the occasion of the Sinhalese and Tamil New Year. He triumphantly declared that the Tamil civilians held by the LTTE have now completely come to trust the security services and he lauded the men of the armed forces who in a dedicated service have rendered to win the hearts of the Tamil people. "Hospitality, friendliness, kindness and other noble qualities shown towards the civilians on their arrival to cleared (government-controlled) areas have proved that we are a disciplined and friendly army," Fonseka said. Promising all Tamils who are still under the bondage of the LTTE freedom soon Fonseka said, "Ever rising number of civilians reaching cleared areas .... Confirm this truth” about their ever increasing trust in us. (EOM).

‘LTTE attacked during lull in fighting’ - COLOMBO: With the 48-hour pause in the offensive against the LTTE due to end at midnight on Tuesday, the government reiterated that the Tigers holed up in the 17-sq. km. No-Fire Zone (NFZ) continued to fire at security forces stationed in the periphery of the NFZ. The LTTE, through a press statement, described the humanitarian pause ordered by Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa as an “act of hoodwinking” and said it favoured a “permanent ceasefire” brokered by the international community. There has been no response from the government to the statement so far. Official word was also not forthcoming on the number of civilians who crossed into government-controlled territory during the let-up. .The Defence Ministry said soldiers in Puthukkudiyiruppu east and Ampelavanpokkanai areas encountered heavy machinegun fire and intermittent shelling even as they observed the no-fire decision. A soldier was killed by sniper fire while two others suffered injuries in shelling. The Ministry said troops had stepped up de-mining and clearing operations in the areas previously occupied by the Tigers and removed 12 anti-personnel mines. Separately, the Sri Lankan Navy assisted in the evacuation of the 20th batch of patients from the NFZ in Mullaithivu on Monday. The evacuation to Pulmudai was under the flag of the International Committee of the Red Cross (Full report in Hindu).

DASHING HOPES OF INDIA AND THE UN LTTE DOES A SECOND MASSACRE OF CIVILIANS ON THE SECOND DAY OF THE TRUCE (By Walter Jayawardhana) Dashing all hopes of the United Nations and neighbour India that the two day truce declared by President Rajapaksa could be extended based on the reciprocal attitude of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the Tamil rebels exercised a second civilian massacre of Sinhalese civilians in a hamlet of Moneragala and continued firing at the Sri Lankan security forces regardless of the two day truce, Defece sources said. The military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said , “the LTTE carried out the second civilian attack on the New Year day , Monday April 13 at Galvetiya-mandiya in Moneragala District at 7 p.m.” The LTTE gunmen still hiding in the jungles of Moneragala also did a another massacre on the previous night at another village at a nearby hamlet , close to Buttala during the previous night. The government of President Rajapaksa had refused to grant any ceasefire since in the past such ceasefires had been used, as he claimed, by the Tamil Tigers to rearm and regroup and carryout civilian massacres. At least three have been killed during the second New Year massacre while in the first New Year massacre six were killed, all civilians, by shooting point blank the military spokesman said.. Calling the two day truce granted by President Rajapaksa an eyewash the LTTE demanded a longer ceasefire with international monitors and as the military claimed , “Sri Lankan soldiers manning their defences in the Puthukkudiyiruppu East and Ampelavanpokkanai areas encountered heavy machinegun fire and intermittent shelling yesterday (Apr 13) as they strictly observed the humanitarian pause ordered by the President.” Prevented by the LTTE only 18 people managed to cross over to the no war zone from the LTTE controlled no fire zone demarcated by the government although announcement of government was broadcast over the loudspeakers across the border. Although, international authorities believed, it would be a tremendous success the number is a disappointment, when compared with the figures of escapees on ordinary days, observers said. As long as the LTTE keep a watch over them they cannot escape, seems to be the truth (EOM).

INDIA’S TRIBUNE NEWSPAER ISSUES A SEVERE WARNING ABOUT POSSIBLE THREAT BY THE TAMIL TIGERS ON SONIA AND OTHER LEADERS - By Walter Jayawardhana - India’s Tribune newspaper in an editorial which raised serious alarms about a possible threat on the lives of Congress leaders like Sonia Gandhi by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) said like during the time of Rajiv Gandhi assassination they could well make an effort to penetrate the security cordon. The editorial said,” With pockets of support still in the DMK, the LTTE could well make an effort to penetrate the security cordon once again.” The editorial severely warned Indian rulers and said, “it would be foolhardy to under-estimate the numerically-weak but strongly-motivated pro-LTTE forces to create trouble in a bid to find a foothold in the state” of Tamil Nadu. The editorial also drew attention to intelligence reports to the possibility of LTTE elements looting a bank in the adjacent state of Kerala to Tamil Nadu and raising finances for varied terrorist activities. The following is the full text of the editorial entitled “It would be wise not to take it lightly” that appeared on April 10: “The reported threat of an attack on top political leaders, including Congress chairperson Sonia Gandhi, by the LTTE during current electioneering cannot be taken lightly. The militant Sri Lankan outfit facing defeat is fighting a desperate battle for survival and could well unleash violence within India . One can hardly ignore the fact that it was the LTTE that had engineered the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. While that had caused revulsion among the masses in Tamil Nadu, it would be foolhardy to under-estimate the numerically-weak but strongly-motivated pro-LTTE forces to create trouble in a bid to find a foothold in the state. “In Tamil Nadu, MDMK leader Vaiko has been making no bones of his support for the LTTE and has, in recent days, been warning the Manmohan Singh government of dire consequences if it does not push for an end to the Sri Lanka government’s anti-LTTE operations. The current dispensation, the DMK, itself had been indicted by the Jain Commission in 1997 for supporting the LTTE and that had led to a snapping of links between that party and the Congress. With pockets of support still in the DMK, the LTTE could well make an effort to penetrate the security cordon once again. “There is, therefore, cause for strict vigil especially in all the southern states. Some newspapers have cited intelligence reports that LTTE cadres could loot a bank in Kerala to bolster its finances. The recent statement by Congress leader Verappa Moily that if LTTE chief Prabhakaran is captured by the Sri Lankan army he ought to be handed over to India to be tried for the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi could be an added reason for the LTTE to strike. All in all, it’s a situation that brooks no complacency. The security apparatus must be in top gear to thwart the LTTE’s sinister designs.” (EOM).

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INDIA HAD HIGH HOPES THAT LTTE WOULD RECIPROCATE THE NEW YEAR TRUCE BUT THEY KILLED ONE SOLDIER AND DID A CIVILIAN MASSACRE AT BUTTALA (By Walter Jayawardhana) Although India was expecting to make the new year truce of no offenses declared by President Rajapaksa during the Sinhala and Tamil New Year a permanent one based on the behavior of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) after its implementation the Tamil Tigers have killed a soldier in the North and massacred a score of people including babies at Buttala in the South, news reports indicate. India’s Union Minister P.Chidambarama had called the two day no offensive period declared by President Rajapaksa a huge success of India’s foreign policy and predicted it could become permanent if LTTE also reciprocated. Speaking in Chennai the Central government Minister Chidambaram said, "Though the ceasefire is a small progress, it can be seen as an important success of India's foreign policy as the Sri Lankan government had announced it following our constant pressure for a ceasefire. Ceasefire can be implemented only if both the sides agreed. Hence, the LTTE should accept the truce offer made by the Sri Lankan Government and immediately announce that it was halting the war.” The subcontinent’s influential newspaper , the Hindu quoting Chidambaram said, India wanted the ceasefire, which came into effect Monday coinciding with Sinhala and Tamil new year, to be extended and would continue to press Colombo to agree for it, based on the LTTE’s behaviour he said in a statement from the camp office in his Sivaganga Lok Sabha constituency. The LTTE started the day in the general area of Puthukkudiyiruppu killing one soldier with sniper power at 9.00 am and later injuring another soldier in the same area on the same day. However, hours after declaring the humanitarian pause terrorists Sunday (12) evening stormed into a remote village at Buttala and massacred nine innocent civilians including an infant (EOM).

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

 

We wish our readers a Happy and Peaceful
 Sinhala and Hindu New Year !

12 April 2009 - The President of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapakase, issues an order to the Forces to halt military operations for the people to celebrate their Sinhala and Tamil New Year.
13 April 2009 - UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, appeals to the LTTE observe the peace pause.
13 April 2009 - LTTE raids and kills Sinhala unarmed 9 villagers including women and children in a remote rural village of Buththala.

14 April 2009 - LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists exercised a second civilian massacre of Sinhalese civilians in a hamlet of Moneragala and continued firing at the Sri Lankan security forces regardless of the two day truce

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Tigers 'keeping civilians hostage' - The Sri Lankan foreign secretary has accused the Tamil Tigers of using the civilians caught in the conflict to build a bund during the two day ceasefire period. Dr. Palitha Kohona told BBC Tamil service that the LTTE's action of keeping the civilians "hostage" amounts to a criminal act. "Holding anybody hostage is a criminal act," he said. The Sri Lanka government announced a 48-hour ceasefire for the tens of thousands of civilians trapped in the safe zone to flee fighting. But Dr. Kohona says the LTTE has not allowed the civilians to leave. "They use and perhaps conscripted them to construct and strengthen a bund along the lagoon and build further fortifications," he told the BBC. In a statement issued on Monday, the rebels called for an extension to the cease-fire. The Tamil Tigers asked for a "permanent internationally supervised truce". The foreign secretary indicated that the government has no intention of extending the two-day truce. "What is the purpose of keeping it extended if they don't let the people go?" he questioned (BBC).

Britain condemns the Buttala attack - British Foreign Secretary David Milliband deplored the attack in a telephone conversation with his Sri Lankan counterpart Rohitha Bogollagama. He acclaimed the opportunity granted by the Government for the civilians in the No Fire Zone to escape to liberated areas by announcing a pause in the operations. He said he is deeply concerned over the Buttala attack and the attack on the Sri Lankan Embassy in Oslo, despite such opportunities granted by the Government. Minister Bogollagama said the international community including Britain should impress upon the LTTE to free the civilians during this period. The Minister also said the international community should demand the LTTE to renounce terrorism, disarm and enter the democratic mainstream (ITN).

Army Commander salutes valiant war heroes for their dedication to wipe out terrorism - Army Commander Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka has paid tribute to the valiant war heroes for their dedication to wipe out terrorism. The army chief says this contribution has ushered an era to celebrate the new year festival by the people of all four corners in the island ending the country’s thirty year-long cycle of violence. He noted that soldier have been able to reduce the LTTE landscape to a tiny swathe of 23 square kilometres from the previous 13,000 square kilometres. The LTTE, during recent times, faced the most humiliating defeat they ever experienced losing around 18,000 of their terrorist cadres. The army chief observed that the security forces have also destroyed LTTE weaponry, planes and sea craft acquired with the help of various organizations which gave a life-line to the LTTE. He said the victorious Security Forces have earned worldwide reputation as one of the most disciplined professional Forces with heroism and tactics. He added that they cannot forget at this stage the guidance of the President as Commander-in-Chief and the assistance of the Ministry of Defence during all these triumphant endeavours (SLBC).

Urgent action needed to counter LTTE propaganda - By Ben Silva - Tamil tiger sympathisers and LTTE agents are running amok misleading the world. Yet GoSL response appear to be insignificant. A million bogus refugees are working against Sri Lanka, propagating disinformation. The tiny Sinhala group abroad is unable to match the LTTE effort and GoSL action is urgently needed. Our missions abroad has to take effective action to counter LTTE propaganda. Certainly many are doing so, but actions need to be coordinated and response rapid. The simplest is to organise one to one or small group meetings to tell the truth. A rapid response team is needed, able to counter LTTE propaganda in a professional manner and a coordinator is also needed. A team, not just Prof. Wijesinhe is needed, who can communicate confidentially with world leaders, as we are dealing with a deadly terrorist group. The fact that we are dealing with a rich deadly terrorist group, who are masters at disinformation has to be communicated. Resources also should be provided to various groups that are attempting to counter LTTE propaganda. A good, valid and constructive comments made by Prof. McLean is given below. http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items09/140409-8.html. ‘The quality, the speed and professionalism of the Press & Public Relations campaign directed by the SLG is woefully inadequate. To events such as the London or Oslo riots should have received a prompt reaction led by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs representatives in London and in Oslo (Full report in Lanka web).

LTTE observes no humanitarian pause; troops withstand machinegun fire and shelling - Puthukkudiyiruppu Sri Lankan soldiers manning their defences in the Puthukkudiyiruppu East and Ampelavanpokkanai areas encountered heavy machinegun fire and intermittent shelling yesterday (Apr 13) as they strictly observed the humanitarian pause ordered by the President. According to the battlefield reports troops on the frontlines had to remain at their defensive positions all day long as LTTE fired small arms and heavy machine guns continuously. A soldier of 58 Division lost his life due to a sniper shot while two others of 53 Division suffered injuries in shelling. His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka on Saturday (Apr 12) ordered the armed forces to remain defensive in view of the traditional Sinhala and Tamil New Year celebration. The LTTE's immediate response to this humanitarian pause was a brutal massacre of nine innocent civilians, including two children at Mahagodayaya village, in Buttala. Meanwhile, troops manning the rear areas have stepped up de-mining and clearing operations in the areas previously occupied by the terrorists. Troops removed 12 anti personnel (AP) mines , one hand grenade, 200 ammunition used for T-56 rifles, 3 claymore mines, and one RPG bomb (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Sri Lanka Navy assists evacuation of 20th batch of patients under LTTE hostage - Sri Lanka Navy has assisted evacuation of the 20th batch of patients who had been under LTTE hostage in the No Fire Zone in Mullaittivu yesterday (13 Apr). The batch consisting of 474, patients and their bystanders was evacuated to Pulmudai, onboard MV Green Ocean sailing under the ICRC flag. Sri Lanka Navy has provided safe passage for evacuees on humanitarian grounds. The patients among the evacuees, upon disembarkation were provided with emergency medical treatment by Navy doctors. They were then rushed to the General Hospital in Padaviya by the Navy medical crews for further treatment. Among the evacuees were 115 adult males, 179 adult females and 180 children. Only 174 of them were in need of medical treatments and admitted to the hospital. Separately, Sri Lanka Navy rescued 26 civilians who were fleeing from the LTTE clutches in Mullaittivu last morning. The group consisting of 12 males, 09 females and 05 children, were found onboard two fiber glass dinghies, in the Mullaittivu coastal waters. Upon rescuing, the rescued civilians were safely brought ashore at Munai and provided with much needed food, refreshments and medical assistance by navy personnel. The Navy, as part of its humanitarian operations, has put in place a number of comprehensive evacuation measures to facilitate the evacuation process. Naval personnel and vessels along with stand-by rescue and medical teams are on special deployment in the North-eastern seas for assisting Tamil civilians fleeing from LTTE clutches (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Watershed in Sri Lankan Electoral Politics: Entry of Udaya Gammanpila - By Prof. Shantha K. Hennayake, Department of Geography, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka - Sri Lankan electoral politics has had many a watersheds but for a few most of them resulted in undesirable outcomes negatively affecting the democratic practice in this nation. In this context, Udaya Gammanpila’s entry into electoral political process brings optimism and hopefully set a positive precedence especially in injecting professionalism and decency both of which are scarce commodities in Sri Lankan electoral politics.Political pundits and failures blame the fallacies of electoral politics squarely on the electoral structure and systems in the country forgetting the fact that the very same structures and systems functions smoothly without all the fallacies in many other parts of the world. This is nothing but a well established hypocritical stand where the personal failures and ills are blamed on structures and systems.  (We also witnessed two terrorist outfits, one in the south and one in the north who wanted to destroy the electoral system altogether).   While the “best” of electoral systems can fail miserably at the hand of worst electors and the “worst” of system can function excellently at the hand of best electors. Our own electoral history  provides ample evidence to this simple but undeniable and universal  fact.   Sri Lankan electoral politics provide definite evidence for the nationalization thesis.    Nationalization processes represent a broad historical evolution toward the formation of national electorates and party systems, party organizations and campaigns, as well as issues and party programs. Through nationalization processes, the highly localized and territorialized politics that characterized the early phases of electoral competition is replaced by national electoral alignments and oppositions. In this process the political parties have assumed greater power and significance in defining and deciding not only the political agenda but also who get elected (read full article).

New Year promise of freedom & prosperity - President - At a time when the country awaits the dawn of peace and prosperity we are happy to welcome the Sinhala and Tamil New Year which brings the promise of a new awakening to our people. Today our people from the North and South, East and West will observe the traditions of the New Year ushering in a new spring of abundance to the entire nation. The people of the East who already enjoy their freedom will greet the New Year with the traditional pot of boiling milk gathering the new harvest of liberation. Similarly, the people of the North will see in this New Year propitious signs of a new freedom and prosperity that awaits them. The New Year brings with it an environment of friendship and sharing enhanced by the fruits and flowers of nature that enrich the spirit of festivity. This New Year is more meaningful to the extent that it strengthens the bonds of friendship among our people. This comes from the many commitments made towards achieving the much sought after peace, by the government and the people. The milk of good hope that flows in every home at the dawn of the New Year augurs plenty and prosperity for the country, as well as the honour and respect of the world. It is my belief that all our people will join in observing the age old traditions of the New Year with a resolution to move our nation towards a future of peace and plenty. At this time of national holiday and festivity I extend my heartfelt thanks to all persons who remain at their posts to ensure protection, especially to the members of the Armed Forces and the Police who continue their great sacrifices for the country and the people. I wish you all a Happy and Prosperous New Year. Mahinda Rajapaksa (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Nine hacked to death in Sri Lanka attack - Nine Sri Lankan villagers were hacked to death in a suspected attack by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam rebels this weekend, authorities said. Senior Superintendent of Police Ranjith Gunasekara of Buttala, Sri Lanka, said four persons who were severely wounded in the Sunday night attack succumbed to their injuries Monday, bringing the death toll to nine, the Colombo Page reported. Another woman was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries, sources told the newspaper. Authorities said a suspected gang of stray LTTE cadres attacked the residents of rural Mahagodayaya village in Buttala, killing five people on the spot. The attack came after Sri Lanka's president ordered his troops Sunday to withhold fire against Tamil Tiger rebels during a two-day celebration of the Sinhala and Tamil New Year (Full report in UPI).

OUTRAGED BY THE SRI LANKAN EMBASSY DAMAGE BY THE LTTE IN OSLO SRI LANKA ENDS NORWAY’S PEACE PROCESS FACILITATOR STATUS - By Walter Jayawardhana- The Sri Lanka government informed the Royal Norwegian government that Norway’s status as the facilitator of the Sri Lankan peace process has been terminated. The diplomatic row created by the Sri Lankan embassy in Oslo being damaged by the supporters of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in the midst of the absence of any static guard provided by the Norwegian government despite repeated requests for such by the ambassador , Ruwan Weerakoon led the government to take up that position, the Sri Lanka government said. The supporters of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, forcibly entered the premises and had done extensive damage to the premises as no outside guards had been provided by the Norwegian government to the premises. The following is the statement issued by the Secretariat of the President of Sri Lanka regarding the incident: “The Government of Sri Lanka vehemently condemns the violent attack by hooligans belonging to the international terror network of the LTTE on the Sri Lanka Embassy in Oslo on Sunday, 12th April 2009. “In an official protest lodged with the Norwegian Ambassador in Colombo today (April 13) the Government states it is deeply regretted that the Norwegian Government has failed in discharging of its obligations under international law, consequent to its sheer neglect in the provision of adequate security to the Sri Lanka Mission in Oslo (Full report).

Countries like France, Germany, Denmark and Switzerland must be wary of Tiger terrorism that is founded on a global underworld engaged in arms running, drugs, counterfeit currency, credit card fraud and alien smuggling. They have been involved in this for over three decades and have also developed a number of frightening elements to terrorism as no other terror group in the world.

UN Gen Assembly President welcomes Lanka ceasefire - UN General Assembly President Miguel d&apos Escoto Brockmann today welcomed the two-day ceasefire announcement by the Sri Lankan government in its ongoing offensive against the LTTE, hoping for an end to violence in the country. D&apos Escoto hoped that the truce is a defining step enabling the beginning of peace negotiations and an end to further violence in Sri Lanka. Expressing concern over the fate of tens of thousands of people facing a humanitarian crisis in the eastern part of Sri Lanka, Brockmann noted the lack of adequate food, water and sanitary conditions arising from military operations as well as aerial bombings have injured many civilians. " Negotiations between the warring factions are the only way to a peaceful resolution of the conflict and this requires an end to military action and sending urgent humanitarian aid to the civilian population,"he said. "In these situations, military solutions are not the solutions,"he added. D&apos Escoto reminded all concerned parties of their obligation to do all they can to protect civilians and stressed that civilians should be allowed to leave the conflict zones (Full report in IndoPia).

Baby brigade’ versus seasoned troops - By Panduka Senanayake - Even in their final hours, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam have not mended their brutal ways and are pushing innocent youths to face battle hardened troops after five days of weapons training, according to the security forces. Amidst a major effort by the security forces to free the civilians held hostage by the LTTE and an international attempt by terrorist sympathizers to gain a last minute respite for Tiger leader Prabhakaran by taking to the streets in several western capitals, the Tigers have not eased up on their brutality against the civilians under their control. According to reports reaching the security forces, even with defeat staring them in the face, the LTTE, trapped in an eight square kilometer strip of land, continue forcible conscription of youth from among the trapped civilians. "We have received reports of very young children being forcibly taken from their families and pushed into the LTTE bunkers after five days of weapons training," said a senior military officer. He said there was a report of a father using a 'manna knife'(machete) to fatally wound an LTTE cadre who came to take away his son. We don’t know what happened to the man or his son thereafter" he said. These innocent youngsters have no chance against the battle-hardened soldiers who will charge the enemy lines in the final push and we only hope they are sensible enough to surrender, he said. The security forces do not wish to shed innocent blood but neither do they want to become victims of devious terrorist ploys he said (Full report in Asian Tribune).

Tiger Terror International has begun its march - By Siva Sunderam, Jacinta Cruz and Susan Mathai - Many parts of Tamilnadu, Oslo, London and Toronto will soon become the hubs of Tiger terrorism, if not already and let there be no doubt about it. In Tamilnadu mini-politicians like Vaiko Gopalaswamy and Nedumaran will play major roles in it and both would have been privy to the assassination of India’s former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. What will stop them from helping the Tigers to terrorize India? Vaiko Gopalaswamy has already stated that blood will flow in Tamilnadu if Prabhakaran is harmed. In Oslo, Tiger terrorists will have a great deal of support from within Norway itself, a country principally responsible for nurturing this movement and making it militarily strong not only with training facilities but also providing sophisticated arms and equipment. Norway has been part of it from the beginning, the seeds sown from the time the Ceynor Project was established in Karainagar in north Sri Lanka early 1970s. Too many Tiger supporters gained “Refugee Entry” into the United Kingdom after July 1983 and completely changed the nature and character of the Tamil Diaspora who had previously migrated there and were well settled and much respected as law abiding citizens. They have been hijacked by the rough and violent and some areas of London have become terror enclaves of the Tigers. Canada must be particularly careful being the main hub of the Tiger Underworld. The Canadian government should have taken note of how the Tamil Eelam Society funded by the federal and provincial governments was conducting the affairs. It was as if Canada was building up Tiger interests in this country. But for Canada, the LTTE would not have grown into such a mighty force. The Government of Canada must appoint a commission into the activities of the Tamil Eelam Society (Full report in Sri Lanka Guardian).

Rahul says he will be happy if Priyanka joins politics - On his stands towards LTTE, which is waging a war with Sri lankan government, Rahul said "LTTE has assinated my father and so I am not particularly fond of them" (Full report in DNA).

Is US State’s Boucher violating Patriot Act initiating dialogue with Sri Lanka’s LTTE? - A media note issued by Washington’s Sri Lanka Embassy following a meeting at the State Department between Sri Lanka foreign secretary Dr. Palitha Kohona and US assistant secretary of state Richard Boucher states that the latter’s intention to meet with the LTTE leaders. The embassy media note stated: "The assistant secretary of state also raised the possibility of having an individual meet with LTTE leaders to discuss a surrender under which the LTTE would lay down their weapons." The State Department has so far not denied this vital paragraph of the media note. Former American Ambassador to Sri Lanka (2003-06) Jeffrey Lunstead in his often quoted research paper of May 2007 to Asia Foundation titled The United States Role In Sri Lanka’s Peace Process 2002 – 2006 while encouraging the United States to maintain a rapport with the Tamil Tigers says that it is not a legal impediment but a policy decision not to have any contact with the outfit which was designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) under federal laws. However contradicting his own previous observation Jeffrey Lunstead’s following observations very clearly indicate that the United States regretted the legal impediments that prevented direct contacts with the Tamil Tigers. Lunstead clearly laments the legal impediments the U.S. had in dealing with the LTTE: (Full report in Asian Tribune).

In Oslo, Tiger terrorists will have a great deal of support from within Norway itself, a country principally responsible for nurturing this movement and making it militarily strong not only with training facilities but also providing sophisticated arms and equipment. Norway has been part of it from the beginning, the seeds sown from the time the Ceynor Project was established in Karainagar in north Sri Lanka early 1970s.

Norwegian Foreign Minister deplores Sri Lankan embassy vandalism - "I deeply deplore the fact that unauthorised persons unlawfully forced their way into the Sri Lankan Embassy in Oslo and caused extensive damage. This is a violation of Norwegian law and an action that is totally unacceptable,” said Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre. In connection with an incident where demonstrators unlawfully forced their way into the Sri Lankan Embassy in Oslo yesterday,Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre commented as follows: "I deeply deplore the fact that unauthorised persons unlawfully forced their way into the Sri Lankan Embassy in Oslo and caused extensive damage. This is a violation of Norwegian law and an action that is totally unacceptable," said Mr Støre. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs today expressed regret over the incident to the Sri Lankan Ambassador to Norway. In the light of what happened, and at the request of the Sri Lankan Ambassador, the Ministry has requested the police to tighten security at the embassy. Earlier, following the serious damage to the Sri Lankan embassy in Oslo by LTTE supporters, the Sri Lanka government has condemned this violation of Norway's obligations under international law (to provide adequate security to diplomatic premises) in the strongest terms (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

London MPs again on the rampage - By Prof Rajiva Wijesinha Secretary General Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process - With my adoration of things British, I had always thought of British Parliamentarians as splendid creatures. And I suppose they are, in a way, in that the latest set of effusions puts any exaggerations our Parliamentarians can manage in the shade. Of course the poor creatures are suffering from that well known disease of Parliamentarians, the need to hang on to one’s seat, and some British Labour MPs have a heightened form of this, given the proximity of the next election and the current state of Labour in the polls. But even so, the hysterical exaggerations they have engaged in recently deserve our deepest admiration, and perhaps emulation, if Sri Jayewardenepura is ever to match up to Westminster. And since it seems that some releases from the Peace Secretariat have contributed to the mania, I suppose we can also take some credit for these latest examples of the bludgeoning that has replaced the cut and thrust of an earlier age. We begin with Siobhain McDonagh, from Mitchum and Morden, in South London. She declares that ‘Every day 150,000 people are being shelled in the Sri Lankan government’s designated no-fire zone, and tens of thousands more are trapped in a thin strip of land – just 13 square miles – where the battles are taking place.’ The woman is obviously completely crackers, since the thin strip of land was in fact the no-fire zone, and by the date she spoke most commentators had agreed that 150,000 was a maximum for those still under Tiger control. And Siobhain naturally made no mention of the fact that civilians were trapped because the Tigers had trapped them – but such niceties are beyond an Irish colleen full of emotion (Full report in LankaWeb).

SRI LANKA'S TOP PEACE OFFICIAL REPLIES GUARDIAN EDITORIAL - Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process (SCOPP) 12th April 2009 - The Editor The Guardian, Sir, Your editorial of 11th April was right in spirit but wrong as to several facts. The way to end the suffering of the civilians trapped in the no-fire zone is for the LTTE, which trapped them, to let them go. They refuse to do this. Obviously it is because they can use them there, or rather use their suffering. On the few occasions on which the UN was able to establish who was responsible for firing into the no-fire zone, they said it was the LTTE, a fact borne out also by the Bishop of Jaffna, as in his press release of January 26th, when the government first declared a no-fire zone. You may doubt the denial of the Sri Lankan forces that they were responsible for recent deaths, but you must grant that the record of these forces, in the liberation of the East as well as action in the North until December (using worst possible case figures, the allegations on TamilNet), prove a concern for civilian life unparalleled in similar excursions, for instance the Irish one you use as comparison. Your answer, and that of media outlets, is that journalists should be allowed in to check. Surprisingly, we are concerned about the safety of journalists, given that even last month a British MP blamed the Sri Lankan forces for injuries suffered by a British correspondent way back at the beginning of this decade, when she had slipped in to sup with the Tigers before there was any ceasefire. Collateral damage cannot always be avoided, but as you know British MPs will make much of damage to a British journalist, ignoring the thousands of Sri Lankans who have fallen victims to the terrorism they refuse to condemn (Full report in LankaWeb).

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