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President’s leadership won war - There was a time when the Security Forces were without any proper direction and were stranded. The LTTE almost controlled certain parts of the country which were supposed to be under the Government. During this period, nearly 30,000 soldiers and policemen and another 90,000 civilians were killed. The country was in the throes of a catastrophe when the people handed it over to President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said. The Defence Secretary made these remarks while delivering the keynote address at the inaugural seminar titled Wijayagrahanaye Kathawe - Adha Saha Heta on Saturday in Galagedera. “Four former Presidents faced this problem in the past. They discussed with the LTTE and also waged war against them. In the process, thousands of soldiers and policemen sacrificed their lives but with no end result,” he said (Daily News : 21 Dec 2009).

Sinha Regiment war heroes remembered - Sri Lanka Army Sinha Regiment (SLSR) on Saturday commemorated war heroes who sacrificed their lives for the Motherland. Army Commander Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya was the Chief Guest. The Army Commander was welcomed by Sinha Regiment Regimental Commander Major General D.R.A.B. Jayathilake. It was followed by a floral tribute to the SLSR Monument in commemoration of SLSR War Heroes. Lieutenant General Jayasuriya placed floral wreaths and paid tribute. Senior Officers, officers, other ranks and family members of the fallen War Heroes followed. Afterwards Lieutenant General Jayasuriya read out a message sent by Gotabhaya Rajapaksa the Secretary of Defence for the occasion. The Army Commander used that opportunity to share a couple of views with the family members of War Heroes present. Lieutenant General Jayasuriya planted a tree sapling in the SLSR premises as the token of memory. The Army Commander also laid a foundation stone for a new SLSR museum building and opened the new residential quarters for SLSR soldiers. President Seva Vanitha Army Branch (SVAB) Manjulika Jayasuriya distributed scholarships among children of War Hero families (Daily News ; 21 Dec 2009).

Claymores recovered - A haul of powerful claymore mines hidden by the LTTE have been detected by the STF and the Army 68 Division in the Pudukudiyirippu area. A consignment of 52 powerful claymore mines was recovered at Udayarkattu in Puthukudiyirippu by the Special Task Force. Police Media Spokesman Senior Superintendent of Police I. M. Karunaratne stated that the consignment included six claymore mines each weighing about 15 kilograms and 46 claymore mines each weighing 5 kilograms. The operation was carried out by IP NS Jayaweera based on information received by the STF. Meanwhile the Army’s 68 Division conducting search operation in the East Pudukudiyirippu area recovered a large amount of military items including 8 claymore mines weighing 12 kg each on Saturday (Daily News ; 21 Dec 2009).

Government will investigate alleged incidents of IDP abuse - The government will investigate allegations of abuse of Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) at the Vavuniya refugee camps if there is credible evidence to substantiate such claims, a top government official told Daily Mirror online. Professor Rajiva Wijesinha, the secretary to the Ministry of Disaster Management and Human Rights said that international organizations have never associated the government with sexual abuse or other forms of abuses in the IDP camps. His comments came in the wake of reports over the weekend in a British newspaper which claimed that the military guarding the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) were abusing the detainees and taking sexual favours (Daily Mirror : 21 Dec 2009).

Weapons, LTTE suicide jacket recovered - Numerous weapons including an LTTE suicide jacket were recovered in the former tiger Victor-Alpha base in Mullaitivu on Saturday evening during a search operation conducted by the Special Task Force (STF) attached to the Vavuniya STF command. The weapons included 46 claymore mines each weighing 5 Kg and six claymore mines each weighing 15 Kg, STF commandant DIG K.M.L Sarathchandra said. They were buried in an underground bunker and were recovered following information gathered from LTTE cadres in police custody and also from the area. The search operation was carried out under the directions of Vavuniya STF head SSP Jayaweera. Arms and ammunition hidden by the LTTE were recovered by the armed forces and the Special Task Force (STF) together with the police during search operations carried out in the Northern and Eastern provinces since the conflict ended in May (Daily Mirror ; 21 Dec 2009).

Canadian Tamils vote in support for a separate state - Canada's Tamil population voted in a referendum Saturday to gauge support for a sovereign Tamil state within Sri Lanka. Canadians of Tamil descent were asked whether they still support the Vaddukkoaddai Resolution of 1976, which called for the recreation of an independent sovereign state for the Tamil people in the northern and eastern portions of Sri Lanka. Saturday's referendum was run by the Coalition for Tamil Elections Canada, a non-partisan group created exclusively to run surveys and opinion polls to measure the political pulse of Canada's Tamil population (Island : 21 Dec 2009).

Jaffna Mosque returned to Muslims after 13 years - The Mosque situated in Sinnakkadai Beach Road in Jaffna has been handed over to the Muslims of the area by the Army after 13 years. The Mosque was taken for military use in 1996 since it was located within the security zone during the war. The Army has now moved out of the Mosque premises and the local Muslims were trying to resume conducting prayers again in the Mosque. As a move to clean and restore the Mosque the Manippay Road Mosque Jamaath had involved volunteers in a cleaning campaign. Muslims in Jaffna were chased out from their homes by the LTTE in 1990 and were given only two hours notice to vacate. They were not allowed to even take their belongings with them and were forced to travel a difficult journey out of the Northern Province. They had been languishing in Puttalam and other places in refugee camps for the last 19 years. Travel to Jaffna by road had been restricted to civilians until recently by the government. But the relaxing on security clearance and the pledge by government to resettle all Muslims before the end of this month had given hopes to the long-suffering victims of what was called ethnic cleansing (Daily Mirror : 21 Dec 2009).

WB approves IDP resettlement project - The World Bank has approved a project to support the Government's effort to rapidly return internally displaced people (IDPs) to their place of origin in the Northern Province and restore their social and economic life. Under this project called Emergency Northern Recovery Project credits worth US$65 million World Bank will finance as part of the Government's costs associated with the rapid return of the IDPs, and restore their social and economic life which was destroyed during the internal armed conflict that lasted nearly 30 years. The Government's plan envisages the return of the IDPs in five phases. Phase one is largely completed and phase two is ongoing and nearing completion. The Government has requested the Bank to finance high priority activities related to phases three and four. The project is expected to reach a total of about 100,000 IDPs (Daily Mirror : 21 Dec 2009).

Rescued Tamils heading for Canada and Australia - JAKARTA, Indonesia — Fifteen Sri Lankan Tamil refugees left Indonesia for Canada and Australia on Saturday, only two months after they were rescued at sea by an Australian customs vessel, an official said. They are among 78 Tamils who for a month refused to leave the ship that rescued them. They finally disembarked after promises they would be rapidly resettled. Refugees in Indonesia typically wait years before being resettled. The 78 were trying to reach Australia when their wooden boat's engine broke down in international waters near Indonesia. They left the Indonesia immigration detention centre in Pangkalpinang on a small island just off Sumatra on Saturday, with 13 going to resettle in Canada and two in Australia, said Foreign Ministry spokesman Sujatmiko, who uses only one name. Australian Immigration Ministry spokesman Reese Davies declined to comment. They are the first to find permanent homes among the 78 Tamils whose asylum claims have all been accepted by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Indonesia, which is not a signatory to the U.N. Convention on Refugees, has become a major transit point for an increasing number of asylum seekers from war-ridden countries like Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Iraq who slip through on their way to Australia (Daily Mirror : 21 Dec 2009).

Lost Paranthan and Kilinochchi within 48 hours: Downfall of the LTTE - The fall of Pooneryn, the LTTE’s strategic nerve centre which could keep the activities of the Jaffna peninsula, the citadel of the Tamil community, under intense pressure, marked a drastic downfall of the LTTE. It was not only a fall of just another strategic township, for the LTTE, but also a turning point for the people in the Jaffna peninsula to change their attitude towards the Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran. Pooneryn was fallen to the hands of the Security Forces just 10 days ahead of the annual Heroes Day speech of the Tiger leader Prabhakaran, it became a more humiliating defeat for the LTTE. With the fall of Pooneryn LTTE had to once again think of a new strategy to defend their most prestigious strongholds Paranthan and Kilinochchi. But, for the LTTE there was no other novel innovation rather than extending their earth bunds to cover up their strongholds. This time they created yet another massive earth bund from North to South direction covering Kilinochchi area. This ditch cum earth bund ran upto Jaffna lagoon from the South West of Kilinochchi. Apart from this earth bund the LTTE also created number of defence lines across the A-9 road from the South of Kilinochchi too where the 57 Division was continuing their battles with the LTTE. Their prime aim was to create maximum number of barriers for the troops who were trying their best to capture this Tiger stronghold (Sunday Observer : 20 Dec 2009).

Work on Northern rail track in progress - Construction work is in progress on the rail track running from Vavuniya to Jaffna, which links the North and the South. It was in 1990 that the terrorists blasted the Nochchimudai Bridge along this track. With the return of peace to the North, the Yal Devi train is getting ready to run beyond Vvauniya, overcoming the Nochchimudai obstacle. The bridge is under re-construction. The work is due to be completed by the end of the month. Accordingly, the desire of the Yal Devi train is to run up to Omanthai reaching another juncture in the strength given by the Government (sri Lanka Defence Ministry : 20 Dec 2009).

Lanka gears up for heavy tourist arrivals - The new Tourism Minister Achala Jagoda, on Friday, predicted the country's annual tourist arrivals too increase from 500,000 to 2.5 million by the year 2016. He said with the dawn of peace in the country after three decades, Sri Lanka is targeting heavy tourist arrivals from January next year. Minister Jagoda made these observations at a media briefing held in Colombo on Friday. Over 200 media personnel attended the new Tourism Minister's inaugural press briefing. He said tourist arrivals in the country declined during the past 30 years due to uncertain security conditions that prevailed in the North and the East and also in the Southern Province. Minister Jagoda also said with heavy tourist arrivals in the coming years, Sri Lanka needs to construct over 50,000 additional hotel rooms to meet future demands (Sri lanka Defence Ministry ; 20 Dec 2009).

All restrictions on A9 highway lifted - The government has lifted all restrictions imposed on civilian travel on the A9 Road enabling citizens to travel freely to and from Jaffna and other parts of the country. “Any citizen can now travel on the A9 Road using either private transport or public transport with no restrictions whatsoever,” Senior Presidential Advisor, M.P. and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force for Northern Development Basil Rajapaksa said. Accordingly civilians can travel to and from Vavuniya and Jaffna between 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. With the forthcoming Christmas and New Year holidays people could visit their relatives in Jaffna, Rajapaksa said.On a special directive from President Mahinda Rajapaksa the A9 Road was opened for the public on November 13, enabling the transport of goods to and from Jaffna. Initially travel was allowed on a special permits issued by the Ministry of Defence, Law and Order. With improvements in newly liberated areas the Government relaxed the restrictions imposed on civilians. On March 02, 2009, almost after 24 years, the Government officially re-opened the A9 Road to transport services of Security Forces. Even though the 2002 Ceasefire provided for unarmed troop transport through the LTTE-dominated areas on the A9 Road, the Government and the Security Forces decided not to use that facility considering the risks involved. However, with the complete liberation of the A9 Road and the North, the Sri Lanka Army is now able to securely transport unarmed and armed men as well as material via A9 road passing Medawachchiya. The A9 Road was temporarily opened following the Ceasefire Agreement but the LTTE maintained road barriers and checkpoints and charged high taxes from the public who used the road. The road was completely closed in August 2006 due to LTTE attacks (Sunday Observer ; 20 Dec 2009).

Tried by war A just war – The Commander in Chief speaks (In case we have forgotten) - by Lalin Fernando - "The insurgent leader does not attempt to deceive us. He offers us no excuse to deceive ourselves. Between him and us the issue is distinct, simple and inflexible. It is an issue which can only be settled by war and decided by victory". The President made it clear that only a total victory over the insurgents would bring the wrenching and bloody war to an end. The war had become a very unpopular one, testing the patience of the public and requiring a special sort of leadership (Island : 20 Dec 2009).

How the war was won -  ..... The situation faced by Israel is relevant to Sri Lanka today, particularly to incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who gave unparalleled political leadership to a bloody offensive which brought the LTTE to its knees in May. Despite heavy international pressure, the President refused to give up the military option until the army wiped out the LTTE on the banks of the Nanthikadal lagoon in May. The President and his younger brother, Gotabhaya, resolutely pursued a combined armed forces offensive spearheaded by the army until they had physical control of every square km of the country. Whether the SLFP-led ruling coalition liked it or not, alleged excesses by Sri Lankan forces will continue to be a major issue internationally. And Rajapaksa brothers would definitely be targeted by the Tamil Diaspora and their British lawyers. Former Army Chief General (Retd) Sarath Fonseka, too, would be high on the targeted list though he now faced President Rajapaksa at the January 26 polls. The bottom line is that whatever the Rajapaksas and Fonseka may say now on political platform, their past association cannot be denied (Island : 20 Dec 2009).

The International Conspiracy - By Garvin Karunaratne, Ph.D. Former Government Agent, Matara District. What were the Superpowers doing when our armed forces were defeating the terrorist LTTE at Nandi kadal and Mullativu? Japan had even sent a team of “tsunami experts” who unknown to the Government did build “a channel to launch underwater craft-a 360 ft. long, 25 ft. wide tunnel and a 300 ft. long and 30 ft. deep dock” .( The Island 4/9/2009. It was done to help the terrorists to get armaments and when required to escape, which they could not do because of the very effective naval blockade. That was Yakushi Akashi, who posed as our saviour- who did 23 trips in those few years in the guise of helping us. Then in one unending chorous, the Superpowers- Britain, the US, Norway, France, Canada- all of them pressurized our Government to stop the war- give the terrorists a new lease of life. That was very strange. This included Chief Officers of the United Nations and even Hilary Clinton the US Secretary of State. They hardly knew that we had a man of steel in Mahinda Rajapaksa- a man who could not be moved. He knew the art of handling the various Foreign Ministers and emissaries that emerged almost daily to advice him. They were all greeted, hosted, allowed to talk but were told in no uncertain terms what our plans were. If not for the sagacious manner in which he handled them, we would never have defeated the terrorists. Their plan was to send an international force which we avoided. Last, the USA compiled- fabricated incidents of atrocities to take our leaders before the International Courts for war crimes- the Courts that are now trying Karadavic. If similar incidents that did happen in Vietnam and recently in Iraq and Afghanistan are documented even the Pentagon will not have sufficient space to hold the paper documents. Their threats could not pierce the mettle of our leader who was undeterred. Today- 12 th December the US House of Representatives has called for a report on how the Sri Lankan Government is addressing their war crimes dossier! The USA of all countries should understand that Sri Lanka is a sovereign country, because the USA was itself a colony of Britain. The USA had to fight a bitter war to become a sovereign nation (LankaWeb : 19 Dec 2009).

Tamil Diaspora seeks Mandate in Canada to Pursue Separate State in Sri Lanka - Media Release by Mahinda Gunasekera, Honorary President (SLUNA) - A newly formed Coalition for Tamil Elections in Canada is holding a referendum in cities across Canada on Saturday, December 19, 2009 to seek a mandate to form a Trans-national Government of Tamil Eelam to pursue the setting up of a separate Tamil state by carving out territory from the existing state of Sri Lanka. They are apparently acting in accordance with the Vaddukoddai Resolution adopted by Tamil political parties in 1976 declaring their right to establish a separate state called Eelam comprising 1/3^rd of the islands land spread over 2/3^rd of the coastal regions in the north and east for Tamils numbering 12.8 percent of the total population, since reduced to around 8 percent following large scale migration to western nations. This resolution was based on false premises claiming Tamil occupation of these areas since the dawn of history, whereas historical and archaeological records including nearly 3000 rock inscriptions prove the presence of the indigenous Sinhalese from the earliest of times in all parts of the island. The only authority that is cited by the Tamils is a minute made by one Hugh Cleghorn attached to the British colonial administration who mistakenly also stated that the Sinhalese are descendants of the Siamese people in the same minute (Sinhale Hot News : 19 Dec 2009).

Sri Lanka rejects latest claims on Channel 4 video - The government today insisted that the Channel 4 video allegedly showing troops killing unarmed LTTE cadres is not authentic and rejected the findings of an investigation published in a British newspaper recently. In response to The Times newspaper (in the UK) article dated 15 December 2009 and titled “Sri Lankan war crimes video is authentic, Times investigation finds” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the Government of Sri Lanka rejects the contents of the news item while reiterating that it stands by the position made known following the first telecast of the video under reference by Channel 4 in August this year, namely that the investigation carried out by a panel of experts appointed by the Sri Lankan authorities clearly establishes that the video is not authentic and has been doctored (Daily Mirror ; 19 Dec 2009).

Govt to sue EU, if GSP+not granted ‘Denial of facility a human rights violation’ - The government would institute legal action against the European Union (EU) if the GSP Plus concession was not granted to Sri Lanka, Minister of Export Development and International Trade Prof G. L. Peiris told the media yesterday in Colombo. "If the EU decides against the granting of GSP plus, it would be a human rights violation," Prof. Peiris said. The EU was biased in its decision which had been motivated by political factors and it wanted Sri Lanka’s economy to deteriorate; it contravened the World Trade Organisation (WTO) policies, he said. The Minister said that Sri Lanka did not seek aid from the EU but only wanted it to grant the beneficial trade instrument which provided tax free access to 7,100 Sri Lankan export products to the EU countries. "If they don’t provide us with the GSP Plus facility, the government will resort to legal action and also look for alternate action," he said. GSP Plus was provided to Sri Lanka for three years from 2005 and it was not renewed thereafter citing alleged human rights violations. But the government totally rejected the EU’s claims, Prof. Peiris said (Island : 19 Dec 2009).

WB assists Northern rehabilitation - The World Bank yesterday approved a US$ 77 million package for Sri Lanka, designed to support the return of 100,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to their places of origin in the Northern Province and to restore their livelihoods des-troyed by three decades of civil war. The Bank will also support rehabilitation of provincial roads in the Eastern, Northern Southern and Uva Provin- ces through a US$ 105 million credit for a Provincial Roads Project. “The challenges of reconciliation and reconstruction are daunting”, said World Bank Country Director for Sri Lanka Naoko Ishii. “The approval of this response package by the World Bank’s Board of Directors demonstrates that development partners recognize the challenges that the country is facing and want to help. We trust the interventions initiated by the World Bank - supported projects in the North will build a good foundation for rehabilitation and reconstruction and provide a strong platform for the Government to welcome other development agencies as they too come forward to assist Sri Lanka at this juncture”. The US$ 65 million Emergency Northern Recovery Project (ENREP) will held the Government of Sri Lanka to assist about 100,000 of the returnees as they seek to resume their economic and social lives (Daily News : 19 Dec 2009).

Human Security and Extremism in Sri Lanka: Synergy and Conflict - III - by Prof. Gamini Keerawella Ph.D. Department of History, University of Peradeniya - Continued from yesterday - Rise and fall of LTTE - After 1977, the ethnic dimension of the crisis of the state entered a new phase. In 1976 the Tamil United Liberation Front was formed to present a separate sovereign state of Tamil Eelam, instead of regional autonomy, as their demand. However, when TULF put forward the demand for a separate state at its convention held in Vaddukodai in May 1976, many believed it was a mere bargaining chip for regional autonomy. In 1977 J.R. Jayewardene promised to summon an All Party Conference to take all possible steps to remedy the grievances of the Tamil speaking people. However, what followed the election victory of UNP in 1977 was a series of anti-Tamil riots. In less than a month after the new government assumed office, anti-Tamil riots started. It was reported that over 300 Tamil people were killed during the riots. More widespread ethnic riots were reported once again in 1981. The burning of the Jaffna Public Library, a very important cultural and historical monument of Jaffna society, rocked Tamil Nadu politics. The 1983 July riots were a turning point. The riots led to very strong protests in Tamil Nadu and a delegation from Tamil Nadu made representation to the Prime Minister Indira Ghandi about the situation and she assured the delegation that New Delhi "was dealing with the Tamil question in Sri Lanka as a national issue affecting the whole country, not merely as a problem concerning Tamil Nadu alone."8 In the meantime, the Government of Sri Lankan introduced the 6th Amendment in 1983 which required each Member of the Parliament to take an oath pledging allegiance to the state. In October 1983, all the TULF Members of Parliament tendered their resignations. These developments paved the way for the establishment of a youth extremist leadership that relied on armed struggle at the expense of the established Tamil leadership (Island : 19 Dec 2009).

Along re-opened A-9 highway: Jaffna-Kandy SLTB bus service started - The Government yesterday started the direct SLTB bus service between Jaffna and Kandy along the re-opened Kandy-Jaffna highway(A-9). A Transport Ministry spokesman said that the first bus services were launched yesterday morning from Jaffna and was scheduled to reach Kandy last night. Meanwhile, the return journey from Kandy to Jaffna was scheduled to commence from Kandy last evening. Earlier, the bus service along the Jaffna-Kandy highway (A-9) was operated only up to Vavuniya from both destinations. The bus service on the Jaffna-Kandy highway was discontinued for nearly a decade as the area beyond Vavuniya was under LTTE control. He said that soon after the completion of demining and the construction of the A-9 highway which was badly damaged by LTTE terrorists, the authorities took measures to commence the service with immediate effect to facilitate Jaffna bound civilians. Under the first stage, three buses will operate between Jaffna and Kandy and two buses from Kandy to Jaffna daily (Daily News : 19 Dec 2009).

Former UNP MP returns to country - Former UNP MP Ali Zahir Moulana, who facilitated Minister Vinayagamurthy Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman to return to Colombo after his defection from the LTTE in 2004, will arrive in the country from the United States tomorrow (Sunday) after six years. Mr. Moulana, a close friend of Karuna, was compelled to leave the country along with his family in 2004 due to death threats after the split in the LTTE. However, he will return to the country on an invitation by President Mahinda Rajapaksa to work for the upcoming presidential election. According to sources close to him, Mr. Moulana is planning to contest the next general election under the UPFA in the Batticaloa district. He started his politics in the SLFP in 1988, and contested the 1989 general election as well. However, in 1994, he joined the UNP (Daily Mirror : 19 Dec 2009).

Human Security and Extremism in Sri Lanka: Synergy and Conflict - II - by Prof. Gamini Keerawella Ph.D. Department of History, University of Peradeniya Part 1 of this article appeared last Wednesday in the Midweek Review - The Tamil Language (Special Provisions) Act was passed in the Parliament in January 1966 amid strong protest by the opposition parties. After much faltering, a White Paper on proposals for the establishment of District Councils was presented to Parliament in 1968. The SLFP boycotted the debate in parliament and campaigned against it outside. In view of a possible backlash on the part of the Government caucus itself, Prime Minister Senanayake decided not to go ahead with the White Paper. The frustration and alienation of the Tamil community in the early 1970s against the background were clearly visible. The failure of the bargaining strategy adopted by the political leadership of the Tamils and the reluctance on the part of Colombo to devolve power to regional units to have a widened democratic political space for the Tamils began to change the political climate in the north. This frustration crystallized over key issues – devolution of power to regional-level units, the recognition of Tamil language rights, fair allocation of state resources including lands, and pure merit-based educational and employment opportunities. Especially, the introduction of the language-based standardization and district quota system in the selection of students to the universities fueled the fire which was already burning over other issues. The political practices and behavior based on simple majority in the formation of the1972 constitution further alienated Tamil Parties in Parliament. It was in this context that new forces in the North and East came to the political forefront and began to decide the direction of politics in that region. The militarization of politics in the North and East was paralleled by the entry of new forces into the political arena in the region (Island : 18 Dec 2009).

EC proposal to suspend GSP to Lanka is biased- Minister - The Sri Lankan government today termed the decision by the European Commission (EC) to propose temporarily withdrawing the GSP plus trade concession to the island as a “biased” move and added that it will consider legal action if the move has serious implications on the country. Export Development Minister, Professor GL Peiris speaking to reporters today said that the European Union was penalizing Sri Lanka over allegations of human rights abuses despite the actual ground situation being totally different. The Minister noted that several foreign government representatives who visited the country were satisfied with the efforts of the government to restore the lives of the displaced people and suspending GSP plus gives the impressing that there is a conspiracy against the country (Daily Mirror : 18 Dec 2009).

Military says Prabakaran’s daughter’s body not found - The military says it had not found the body of LTTE leader Vellupillai Prabakaran's daughter and so could not confirm the veracity of images circulating on some websites of a dead female body with gunshot wounds supposedly found in the north claiming to be that of Dwaraka, the Tiger leader’s daughter. Speaking to Daily Mirror online Military spokesperson Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said that the military had never found bodies of Prabhakaran’s family members except for his son Charles Anthony. “We did not identify Dwaraka’s body amongst the un-identified female bodies in May and have still not found a body similar to those the pictures circulating in the internet,” Brig. Nanayakkara said. According to him there were female bodies that were found on May 19th but none of them fitted the profile of Dwaraka. The picture on the internet claiming to be that of Dwaraka shows her in her undergarments lying dead on the bare ground. Another picture of her taken when she was alive in a red shalwar kameez shows close resemblance although it is not confirmed that it is the same person in both of these pictures (Daily Mirror : 18 Dec 2009).

President Mahinda Rajapaksa shake hands with his former army commander and Opposition common candidate General Sarath Fonseka after handing in nominations for the forthcoming Presidential election at the Elections Secretariat yesterday. (Photo Sudath Silva) (Island : 18 Dec 2009).

Defence Secretary’s interview with the state media on 05th December 2009 (click here)

Sri Lanka should be vigilant of International conspiracies

GSP as a political tool - The European Commission (EC) decision to suspend GSP Plus trade concession to Sri Lanka has come as no surprise. That the EU/EC would time such action for the presidential election here was a foregone conclusion. The EU is still smarting from its failure to have the Vanni military offensive halted before the decimation of the LTTE leadership last May. French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner and British Foreign Secretary David Miliband frantically rushed here, as if to prevent a nuclear cataclysm, to save Prabhakaran et al but the duo had to return home humbled, disappointed and piqued. Head of EU mission in Sri Lanka Bernard Savage is reported to have said that the EU has no favourites as such in the presidential race and its stand on Sri Lanka will remain the same whatever the outcome of Jan. 26 election may be. Ambassadorial pronouncements are to be taken with a pinch of salt. But, that the on-going human rights witch-hunt against Sri Lanka, to which the EU is a party, is aimed at effecting a regime change here by way of retaliation is only too well known. It is against this background that the suspension of GSP Plus for Sri Lanka at this particular juncture should be viewed (Island : 18 Dec 2009).

Maj Gen Shavendra Silva says: It was leadership that saved soldiers’ strength - Major General Shavendra Silva explained how Army’s 58th brigade eliminated the ruthless terrorists and rescued the innocent civilians held hostage in the environs of the beautiful Nandikadal lagoon in the last battle against the LTTE terrorists, in a rare talk delivered at the Mahaveli Centre Auditiorium yesterday. Addressing the Royal Asiatic Society members the Major General said the Tiger leader died like a pussycat by the side of Nandikadal mangroves. At the time the last phase of the battle against the terrorists were raging the whole country aligned themselves with the valiant soldiers who were first simply known as Army Karaya became known as Ranaviruwa in the eyes of the public. It was the leadership of this country that gave the Armed Forces the support they needed both in logistics and innovative methods to cope with rains or drought. Everything the Army did depended on the country’s leadership, the Maj General noted. The Tiger leader not only assassinated the Sinhala political leaders but also the Tamil political leaders culminating in the assassination of Indian Premier Rajiv Gandhi. Showing slide displays of the large scale sabotage by the terrorists, the 58 Brigade Commander Major General Shavendra Silva said the terrorist group killed people of all ethnic groups and all religions mercilessly. The mass media played a vital role supporting the forces from behind the scene (Daily News : 18 Dec 2009).

Australia asks Canada to take in Tamil refugees - The Canadian government has been asked by Australia to resettle a small but unknown number of Tamil refugees whose boat was found drifting through international waters near Indonesia earlier this year. In mid-October, 78 Sri Lankan Tamils were found in a boat floating off the coast of Indonesia's Bintan Island, and signalling for assistance. An Australian customs vessel, the Oceanic Viking, came to their rescue, taking the asylum seekers aboard. When the ship attempted to bring them back to Indonesia, where they had been living for several years, they refused to disembark and asked to be taken to Australia. The move prompted a month-long standoff, with the refugees living aboard the customs ship. Since the United Nations refugee agency designated all of them genuine refugees last month, the Australian government has been scrambling to find them homes. "I can confirm that Australia has asked the government of Canada to resettle some of them," said Douglas Kellam, a spokesman with the Department of Citizenship and Immigration (Dose : 17 Dec 2009).

Thirukovil clash instigated by Pillayan supporters- Karuna - Minister Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan (Karuna), claimed that the clash which took place between his supporters and those of the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP) leader Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan (Pillayan) in Thirukovil, Ampara yesterday was instigated by supporters of Pillayan. Speaking to Daily Mirror online, Minister Muralitharan claimed that supporters of Pillayan had attacked and damaged an SLFP office, despite the TMVP reportedly extending support to President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Presidential polls. TMVP Spokesperson Azath Moulana told Daily Mirror Online yesterday that the clash which erupted between supporters of the TMVP and Karuna left 3 people injured and a vehicle set ablaze. Mr. Moulana had claimed that supporters of Minister Mulitharan led by Inniya Bharathi had attacked Pillayan. Tensions have been running high in the East between Minister Mulitharan and Pillayan from early 2007. The two parties have had various disputes including the alleged misuse of TMVP funds and harassment of TMVP supporters by Minister Mulitharan (Daily Mirror : 17 Dec 2009).

Kokavil Tower to function shortly - Construction work on the transmission tower in Kokavil is being accelerated to fulfill the communication needs of the Northern people. The television tower at Kokavil was earlier captured by LTTE terrorists to be used for clandestine transmissions of the terror outfit. However, troops took control of the tower in the liberation battle of the North. The terrorists fled the location after exploding the tower. The Government took the initiative of building a new transmission tower equipped with modern facilities to replace the devastated tower. With the construction of the new tower, the Northern civilians will not only receive a clear reception, but will also enjoy telephone facilities. The Kokavil transmission tower is being constructed at a cost of 400 million rupees under the guidance of the "Uthuru Wasanthaya" Task Force. Its height will be 172 metres and will also be the tallest transmission tower. The Media Ministry and the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission are providing the required grants. A group of officials including Ministry Secretary W.B. Ganegala inspected the construction of the tower. It is due to function shortly (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry: 17 Dec 2009).

Gen. Fonseka falls on his sword - By H. L. D. Mahindapala -  Gen. (retd) Sarath Fonseka thought he was hurling a deadly missile when he accused Maj-Gen. Shavendra Silva of carrying out the orders of the Defence Secretary, in his absence, to eliminate the top LTTE leaders in Nanthi Kadal as they were coming out with white flags. But his missile hung in the air for a while and instead of hitting his opponents it swung violently and boomeranged on him, knocking him down and exposing him as a man not fit to wear the Sri Lankan Army uniform, it is sad to say. It is not only the first biggest gaffe in his election campaign it is a crime committed against his own Army which he can never live down. He has kicked the Army which lifted him to the highest rank of a general. Yesterdays’ hero is acting like today’s Nero gone mad. The international repercussions reverberating round the world are a testimony to the irreparable damage he has done to the most professional Army of elite cadres that had won global respect for defeating the “invincible” Tamil Tiger terrorists (Sri Lanka Guardian : 17 Dec 2009).

Allai project nears completion - Rehabilitation work on the Allai project implemented under the Re-wakening Project at a cost of Rs 385 million with World Bank financial assistance is nearing completion, said Regional Director of Irrigation S. Shanmugasivananthan. He was speaking at the Provincial Coordinating Committee Meeting of the Eastern Province in Trincomalee yesterday. The Allai Irrigation Scheme is a branch canal of the Mahaveli River which flows into the sea at Trincomalee bay (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry : 17 Dec 2009).

Rajaratnam indicted in insider trading case - A US grand jury indicted Galleon hedge fund founder Sri Lankan-born Raj Rajaratnam and co-defendant Danielle Chiesi on charges of securities fraud and conspiracy in a major insider trading case involving employees of some top US companies. Tuesday’s indictment in Manhattan Federal Court, two months after they were charged along with others on October 16, lists 17 counts of conspiracy to commit securities fraud. The indictments against Rajaratnam and Chiesi, who worked with New Castle LLC hedge fund, are the only indictments returned so far in the case, which expanded in November to include 20 people facing criminal and civil charges. Rajaratnam, a US citizen widely believed to one of the major donors to an LTTE front organization and now free on $100 million bail, is the most prominent figure in what US prosecutors described as the biggest hedge fund insider trading case ever. The government said investigators used wire taps, tactics historically used in organized crime probes, to gather evidence. The arrest was made close on the heels of Sri Lanka government announcing that Rajaratnam would contribute to rehabilitation of LTTE cadres in custody. "Mr Rajaratnam is innocent and looks forward to his day in court when a jury of his fellow citizens will examine and evaluate all of the evidence," Rajaratnam’s lawyer, John Dowd, said in a statement after the indictment was returned (Island : 17 Dec 2009).

Kandy - Jaffna bus service to resume on Dec. 18 - The Sri Lanka Transport Board’s service between Kandy and Jaffna suspended due to LTTE terrorism, will resume on December 18. The first bus bound for Jaffna will leave the Kandy Goodshed bus stand at 3 a.m. on December 18. The service will be operated by the Kandy CTB North Depot and the Yatinuwara Depot, CTB Kandy Provincial Chairman Mahinda Basnayaka said. Special security for buses between Vavuniya is to be provided. Early reservation of seats in the Kandy-Jaffna buses are made available (Island : 17 Dec 2009).

More claymores among Tuesday’s recoveries - Army troops during search and clear operations in the general areas of Periyathampanai, Sinna Pandiparichchan, Sugandipuram, Devapuram Iramnamadu, Adampan, Mullayaveli and Puthukkudiyiruppu recovered 168 anti-personnel mines, seven 60 mm mortar bombs, six 120 mm mortar bombs, thirty-four 81 mm mortar bombs, 11 rocket propelled grenades (RPG), 260 RPG propellers, fifty 81 mm mortar chargers, one claymore mine weighing about 2.5 kg, five claymore mines of 1 kg each, three hundred and seven 81 mm Para bombs, four hundred and sixty rounds of 12.7 mm ammunition, 750 lt of kerosene, 53 kg of C-4 explosives, twenty-eight unidentified chemical bottles of 3 liters each, two liquid cyanide bottles containing 2 liters each, one unidentified chemical can with 20 liters, ten unidentified chemical cans containing 1 liter, one kerosene can containing 5 liter, one gas cylinder, eighty-five acid cans containing 6 liters each, thirteen acid cans containing 20 liters each, twelve acid cans containing 10 liters each, two nitric acid cans containing 30 liters each, three hundred and eighty nitric acid cans containing 2.5 liters each, three hand grenades, one 5.56 weapon, one 5.56 magazine and seventeen rounds of 5.56mm ammunition on Tuesday (Daily News : 17 Dec 2009).

Commission provides six million Euros to support IDPs - The European Commission has allocated another Euros 5 million to provide humanitarian assistance to internally displaced persons (IDPs), returnees and host families. The current return process has triggered urgent humanitarian needs in particular for protection, temporary shelter, health services (mobile clinics and specific care for conflict victims) and demining in heavily mined return areas. At the same time, the Commission has allocated a further Euros 1 million in humanitarian aid for Sri Lankan refugees living in camps in Tamil Nadu, India. All relief funds are channelled through the Commission's Humanitarian Aid Department (ECHO) under the responsibility of Commissioner Karel de Gucht. Karel De Gucht, European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, said: "The Sri Lanka Government has taken steps in the right direction. Pending proper verification of the conditions on the ground, I would like to reiterate that the Commission's humanitarian benchmarks, which include full freedom of movement for all internally displaced persons, a clear and shared planning on their safe and dignified return and a role for the international non-governmental relief organisations in the return process, remain valid." (Daily News : 17 Dec 2009).

Naguleswaram kovil reopen for worshippers - The Naguleswaram Hindu Kovil in Kiramalai was reopened for worship after a lapse of decades and a bus service for pilgrims was started from December 15 on President Mahinda Rajapaksa's directive. As this ancient shrine was within the high security zone during the armed conflict devotees could not visit it earlier. According to tradition the shrine was more than a thousand years old and Hindus from all parts of the country had come there to worship. The present buildings of the shrine were erected in 1842 and it was renovated and improved in 1971. Folklore in the North relates a story of a holy man Jamaddakli in Kasi village in India who had been meditating in a shrine had to suffer a strange metamorphosis. His face became the face of a mongoose due to the curse of gods. He had later come to Kiramalai and was spent his time in prayer in a cave. One day he heard a command in a voice from above asking him to go to the sea and bathe. When the holy man had his sea bath he got his human face again and he found a Silvalingam in the sea afterwards. The Naguleswaram shrine also has very rare Sivalingams, multiple ones with 100 Sivalingams sculpted in graphite. In all there are 1,000 Sivalingams in the shrine and Sri Lankan and Indian Hindus hold this shrine in high veneration as a place of worship giving blessings to worshippers (Daily News : 17 Dec 2009).

Fissures in Sri Lankan Tamil parties ahead of Presidential poll

Gota says battlefield excesses charge exposed Opp. strategy - In his first public comments on last week’s The Sunday Leader lead news item "Gota ordered them (read as surrendering LTTE cadres) to be shot," on the basis of an interview given by former Army Chief turned Opposition presidential election candidate, General Sarath Fonseka, Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa told The Island that a section of the international community, hell bent on undermining the Sri Lankan State, would take advantage of this situation. Although General Fonseka had later claimed that the broad sheet misquoted him irreparable damage was done, he said. International wire services had zeroed-in on this allegation. Nothing could have pleased them as much as an opportunity to blame the Sri Lankan forces of battlefield excesses, he said. The Sunday Leader, in what it called ‘an explosive revelation’, alleged that Rajapaksa had ordered Maj. General Shavindra Silva, the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 58 Division not to take prisoners though a section of the LTTE leadership offered to surrender (Island : 16 Dec 2009).

Human Security and Extremism in Sri Lanka: Synergy and Conflict - I - by Prof. Gamini Keerawella Ph.D. Department of History, University of Peradeniya - International Conference on Human Security Approaches to Counter Extremism in South Asia 24-25 November 2009, BIISS, Dhaka, Bangladesh - Over the last sixty years, the country has overcome three major insurgencies, the last being the biggest and costliest, both in terms of human and material costs but also in terms of the deep divisions that have been created in our society with a lack of tolerance and appreciation of those who held different views. It is tragedy for democracy when society accepts with resignation extra-judicial violence and killings, abductions and the arbitrary arrests, intimidation and death threats to dissidents labeled as ‘traitors’… The LTTE did the same thing to its dissident or traitors. Having crushed the insurgency, we now need a new beginning, not clone the terrorist by adopting their methods (Island Mid-week Mirror : 16 Dec 2009).

Sri Lanka - Reconciliation a priority of Govt- Kohona; Real improvement in camps– Sir John Holmes - Reconciliation is a priority for the government. Reconciliation and rehabilitation is already taking place, said Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations, Palitha Kohona in an interview with CNN. The government is talking to all the Tamil parties in the country including the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) which was formerly the mouthpiece of the LTTE. The government held elections in all the Provinces including the North and East which consist a Tamil speaking majority. The political process is already on track, he stressed. "The Tamil language is an equal official language of the country, Tamil is now being taught extensively in our schools. Thirty-nine percent of Colombo is now Tamil. Fifty-four percent of the Tamils live amongst the Sinhalese in the south," he further emphasized. Dr. Kohona said that the government treated IDPs humanely in the aftermath of the humanitarian operations in the North. "It's only six months after the war ended. In May, we had over 300,000 people pouring into camps, which were run by the government in order to feed the people, provide them with shelter, and to provide them with health care," Kohona said (ISRIA : 16 Dec 2009).

Major General Lucky Wijayaratne - Almost two decades ago, 19 years to be exact, the cruel hand of fate snatched from our midst Major General Lucky Wijayaratne. He was stationed in Trincomalee as the Area Commander Co-ordinating Officer, when a deadly bomb blast at Morayaya snuffed out his life in December 1990. He was a very duty conscious, obedient and disciplined officer, for whom the service commitments ranked uppermost, always. He strongly believed that strict discipline could bring out to focus the full force of commitment and power among his charges in order to achieve success of any goal at hand. I was with him at Mahinda College, Galle from his young days and close enough to see his progress until his untimely death. Born in Galle to a very reputed family of high social standing and respected by all alike in and around Galle, he received from his young days the very rudiments of good discipline and obedience which had a strong hand in shaping and moulding his character. With this initial direction, he emerged later on as a very simple, law-abiding, productive and useful citizen. His father, a very popular and a proven native doctor whose healing prowess was a household word in the whole area, was blessed with a stream of patients converging daily to his "Weda Oushadalaya" seeking the solace of his healing hand for their various ailments (Island ; 16 Dec 2009).

Canada relaxes travel advice to Lanka with end of war - Reflecting the much-improved atmosphere of peace and security prevailing in the country, the Government of Canada has changed its Travel Report on Sri Lanka. While the new report advises appropriate caution, it no longer recommends prospective visitors to avoid non-urgent travel. Commenting on the change, the Canadian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Bruce Levy, said "The new wording in our Travel Report was probably overdue and speaks to the reality that Sri Lanka has entered a new era with the end of the active conflict with the LTTE. And I could hardly advise other Canadians not to travel here when my family and I will take advantage of the holidays to spend time in tea country and in the south." Canadians are expected to travel to Sri Lanka in ever greater numbers, given that Canada is home to the largest Sri Lankan diaspora. "I think that you will see many Sri Lankan Canadians returning for family and investment-related visits," Levy said (Daily Mirror : 16 Dec 2009).

Indonesia Lankan asylum seekers given refugee status - The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has determined that all 78 people Sri Lankans involved in the stand-off on board the Oceanic Viking are refugees. The Sri Lankan asylum seekers were rescued at sea by the Australian Customs ship before being taken to Indonesia's Bintan Island, where they refused to disembark for a month. The Federal Government says it will now be up to the UN agency to determine where the refugees should be settled. Opposition immigration spokesman Scott Morrison says he thinks the deal which was struck to get the asylum seekers to leave the ship will ensure them of an automatic trip to Australia. "Australia does its fair share in terms of taking refugees who've been determined as such by the UNHCR in Indonesia but there is no rule that says we always take every last one of them," he said. "But what I suspect will happen here is that the special deal that the Prime Minister did with the Oceanic Viking will follow through and they will have got their quick run to Australia. "That sends a very obvious message to people smugglers operating in the area." The Greens' Sarah Hanson-Young has welcomed the UN's decision to declare the asylum seekers refugees. "It's very sad however they had to go through such a traumatic experience to prove it," she said (Daily Mirror : 16 Dec 2009).

Johnston and Indika Bandaranayake take oaths as Ministers - UNP MPs Johnston Fernando and Indika Bandaranayake took oaths this evening as government Ministers, the government information department said. UNP MP Johnston Fernando was appointed Cabinet Minister of Land Development, Human Settlement and Ranaviru Welfare while Indika Bandaranayake was appointed Non-Cabinet Minister of Natural Resources (Daily Mirror : 16 Dec 2009).

LTTE ignored President’s call to surrender and save themselves - One month prior to May 18, the final day of the war against the LTTE, the government announced a 48-hour ceasefire to coincide with the Sinhala and Tamil New Year of April 2009. The LTTE rejected the ceasefire, even though its leadership was on the run by this time. The President’s office ordered the troops not to fire unless fired upon but "to remain defensive" during the period of the ceasefire, which the government observed notwithstanding the LTTE’s rejection. President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s appeal to the LTTE, to allow the Tamil civilians forcibly kept under their fire-power to "celebrate these festivities in a suitable atmosphere" were unfortunately trampled upon by the LTTE leadership. Simultaneously, President Rajapaksa reiterated his offer to the Tigers that they could save themselves from annihilation by laying down their weapons and surrendering rather than continue in their suicidal mission. The LTTE refused to surrender, even though the offer was made by no less an authority than the President himself. Unfortunately, we do not find these matters in any of the reports sent out to foreign powers by vested interests here (Island : 16 Dec 2009).

Donations for MOD Seva Vanitha Unit - Mrs. Kumari Samarasingha who is an accountant in UK and Mr. P.S.K Warshawitharana donated Rs.50,000 each to Seva Vanitha Unit of Ministry of Defence yesterday, 15 Dec. Dr. A.M Samarasinghe handed over the cheque worth of Rs.50,000 on behalf of Mrs. Kumari Samarasingha to Chairwoman of Seva Vanitha Unit Mrs. Ioma Rajapaksa at the premises of Defence Minisrtry. Member of Western Provincial Council Major (retired) Pradeep Undugoda, Mrs. Yamuna Silva and several members of the Seva Vanitha Unit were present at the occasion (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry : 16 Dec 2009).

Karuna and Pillayan supporters clash in Ampara - A clash erupted between supporters of Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP) leader Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan (Pillayan) and Minister Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan (Karuna) in Thirukovil, Ampara today which left 3 people injured and a vehicle set ablaze, TMVP Spokesperson Azath Moulana told Daily Mirror online. When contacted Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakara confirmed to Daily Mirror Online that there was a clash between two groups and that a vehicle was set on fire but could not confirm the identity of the two groups. He also said that the army and police were deployed to the area. However, Mr. Moulana claims that supporters of Minister Muralitharan led by Inniyabharathi had attacked Pillayan supporters and left three people hospitalized, two of who are seriously injured. Minister Muralitharan was unavailable for comment. Tensions have been running high in the East between Minister Muralitharan and Pillayan from early 2007. The two parties have had various disputes including the alleged misuse of TMVP funds and harassment of TMVP supporters by Minister Muralitharan (Daily Mirror : 16 Dec 2009).

US Senate Foreign Relations Comm. Report: A lesson for SL - by Neville Ladduwahetty - The powerful bipartisan U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee has urged the Obama administration, (report yet to be published) to adopt a less confrontational approach towards Sri Lanka given the strategic interests at stake for the US. While the report acknowledges that the "victory (was) one of the few instances in modern history in which a terrorist group had been defeated militarily", the urgency to reevaluate was brought about perhaps by a realization that the dynamics arising from the new alliances and relationships Sri Lanka was compelled to develop in order to successfully prosecute the war were inimical to US strategic interests (Island : 16 Dec 2009).

Fonseka takes responsibility of incidents during the war - Opposition Common Candidate General Sarath Fonseka told reporters today that he would take responsibility for what happened at the hands of the military right throughout the war as the then Army Commander, and no field commander acted in violation of any international laws (Video in Daily Mirror : 15 Dec 2009).

Fissures in Sri Lankan Tamil parties ahead of Presidential poll - With two days to go for the filing of nomination papers for the January 26 Sri Lankan Presidential election, fissures within the pro-LTTE Tamil National Alliance (TNA) came to the fore following the deposit of money with the Election Commission Secretariat by M.K. Sivajilingam to fight the polls as an ‘Independent’ Tamil candidate. The camps led by the incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the major opposition parties’ consensus nominee, retired General Sarath Fonseka were assiduously seeking the support of the TNA. Observers here believe that the TNA is headed for a split although the actions of various factions might have no bearing on the mind of the Tamil voters on polling day. The move by MP from Jaffna is a reflection of the confusion that has gripped the TNA after the death of the LTTE leader in the Eelam War IV in May. The Alliance is torn between the ground realities faced by Tamils living in the island-nation and sections of the Diaspora that is experimenting with grandiose ideas like ‘trans-national Eelam’ (Hindu : 15 Dec 2009).

Rajaratnam, Chiesi Charged in Insider Case - Galleon Group's Raj Rajaratnam and Danielle Chiesi, a former hedge-fund consultant, were indicted by a federal grand jury in Manhattan Tuesday on charges they were involved in a $20.8 million insider-trading scheme. Mr. Rajaratnam, founder of hedge-fund firm Galleon Group, and Ms. Chiesi, a former consultant to New Castle Partners LLC, were charged in a 17-count indictment, including multiple counts of conspiracy and securities fraud against Mr. Rajaratnam (Wall Street Journal : 15 Dec 2009).

Ultra modern Jaffna hospital at a cost of Rs 2.8 billion - A state-of-the-art teaching hospital, to serve around 1. 5 million people in the Jaffna district, will be constructed at a cost of Rs. 2,897 million. The Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will provide Rs. 2,447 million and the Sri Lankan Government Rs. 450 million for the project. Healthcare and Nutrition Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva, who visited the construction site in Jaffna, told The Island that the new teaching hospital complex would consist of a three-storeyed building with an administrative unit, wards, diagnosis unit, x-ray clinics, dental clinics, endoscopy unit, ECG, EEG, CT SCAN and ultra sound units. He said a surgical ward complex and post-surgical ward unit would be located on the first floor. A sophisticated intensive care unit comprising 20 beds, central laboratory, micro-organic clinics and OPD would be located on the second floor. Minister de Silva said that he was able to get first hand information on the need of a well-equipped hospital and a chain of hospitals located in Chavakachcheri and Point Pedro would be modernized shortly. The existing Jaffna Teaching Hospital was in need of medical equipment and other material. He handed over a stock of essential medical equipment to Minister Douglas Devananda for the use of Jaffna the Hospital (Island : 15 Dec 2009).

KKS cement plant to be restructured - The Ministry of Industrial Development has invited expressions of interest from local and foreign investors to rebuild the Kankesanthurai cement plant. Minister of Industrial Development Kumara Welgama, said that proposals have been invited from investors having the technology, funds and experience in building cement plants and manufacturing and marketing cement. The project is to design and build a cement manufacturing plant with a capacity of 1.6 million metric tons a year, in Kankesanthurai. The site has a rich deposit of limestone, the basic raw material for cement manufacture. The new factory will be set up in the same premises after the removal of the old plant which was destroyed due to LTTE (Island : 15 Dec 2009).

Fonseka denies soldiers shot Tiger rebels - General Sarath Fonseka, who is challenging President Mahinda Rajapakse in a January election, denied Monday having said government soldiers shot surrendering Tamil Tiger rebels, adding no such incidents happened. The Sri Lankan government had earlier denounced reported comments by the general, carried in an opposition newspaper, that senior rebels who were to surrender with white flags on May 17 were ordered to be killed by the government. No surrender; Fonseka at a special media briefing yesterday said the pro-opposition Sunday Leader had reported remarks of his out of context. He said senior rebels had not sought surrender with white flags nor had the military fired at surrendering cadres. "They [army soldiers] never committed any criminal act. There was no attempt of surrender on May 17, 18 and 19," Fonseka told reporters, referring to the last three days of the war with the Tiger rebels (Gulf News : 15 Dec 2009).

Gen. Sarath Fonseka has violated the Official Secrets Act - Gomin Dayasiri - Legal luminary Gomin Dayasiri yesterday said that retired General Sarath Fonseka had by reference to the statement made to the Sunday Leader, accusing Defence Secretary, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and then Brig. Shavindra Silva of having executed some LTTE frontliners carrying white flags to surrender, violated Section 6 (E) of the Official Secrets Act of 1955. Addressing the media at the Ministry of Information and Media, President’s Counsel Dayasiri noted that Fonseka, as the then Army Commander, had by that statement brought the entire Army and the nation into ridicule. "The General had made a serious statement at a time the world was making allegations about war crimes", he said. He pointed out that Fonseka in his capacity as a candidate aspiring to be a future President, would certainly be called a witness before such a War Tribunal if proceedings are initiated against Sri Lanka. Senior Attorney, Kalinga Indatissa, claimed that Fonseka had no right to make such a serious statement on hearsay as stated by Fonseka to the newspaper. He pointed out that if Fonseka says he is misquoted in the newspaper, Fonseka should without any further delay correct that report (Island ; 15 Dec 2009).

Top LTTE financier arrested - The CID on Sunday arrested the Finance Division head of the Tamil Rehabilitation Organisation (TRO), an LTTE front organization, in Jaffna. He is alleged to have provided millions of rupees to the terrorist organization for its war effort. Investigations have revealed that he had provided TRO funds to slain LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran, its Political Head S. Thamil Selvan, leader of its Armored section Bhanu and several key members. He was arrested by a special team of officers in Chunnakam where he lived with his wife. Prior to his arrest he had lived in a welfare camp in Vavuniya for a few months and moved to Chunnakam a few weeks ago claiming his wife was pregnant. She had worked as a Samurdhi animator in Kilinochchi. The suspect has admitted to his interrogators that he had transferred millions of rupees to the LTTE accounts from the TRO funds (Island : 15 Dec 2009).

Housing project for resettled people with Swiss aid - The Swiss government has agreed to grant financial support for construction of housing scheme for resettled families in Chavakachcheri in Jaffna. The Swiss government will provide 1.25 million USD (approximately Rs. 140 million) as agreed upon to the government of Sri Lanka. The progamme will be launched in the beginning of year 2010 and expected to complete by the end of same year. The government also expects to continue with the programme more broadly spreading into other regions with international aids. Several housing schemes will be constructed in Thenmarachchi D. S. Division and Maravanpulo village as the first phase of the project and the project will be implemented by the Swiss Development Cooperation. Earlier, the Government of Switzerland had granted assistance to the Government of Sri Lanka to reconstruct houses in Matara and Trincomalee districts where had been badly affected by the Tsunami Disaster (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry : 15 Dec 2009).

Troops recover more military hardware - Troops continuing further clearing operations recovered more military equipment in the liberated areas of Kilinochchi district. Troops attached to 571 Brigade uncovered following military items while conducting clearing operations in general area Kilinochchi on 14th December (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry: 15 Dec 2009).

Of that war crime charge - Former Army Commander Gen. (Retd.) Sarath Fonseka's allegation that he heard from some journalists that Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa had ordered General Officer Commanding Maj. Gen. Shavindra Silva during the final stages of the Vanni offensive to kill the LTTE leaders who wanted to give themselves up, may lack validity as it is based on mere hearsay, but the fact that a former army chief happened to say it has adversely affected the image of the army. There lingers a threat of that allegation, albeit unsubstantiated and veiled, being used against Gotabhaya and Shavindra someday, somewhere (Island : 15 Dec 2009).

Affirming all human rights in the north - Keynote address by Prof Rajiva Wijesinha Secretary, Ministry of Disaster Management and Human Rights At the celebration of Human Rights Day At Vavuniya, on December 10th 2009 - In welcoming you all here today, and thanking the Government Agent for arranging this gathering, I should explain why the Ministry decided to celebrate Human Rights Day so specially in Vavuniya this year. Our work I should note is ongoing, with this month seeing the second draft of the National Action Plan on Human Rights, and the first draft of the Bill of Rights that we commissioned from a group of independent experts in accordance with the pledge in the Mahinda Chintanaya. However, we also have a practice of some sort of special event, and this year we thought we should do this nationwide. My Minister is currently at a meeting of the Human Rights Commission in Kandy, while this afternoon he will present prizes to the students who took part in our debate between the Law Faculties of Colombo and Jaffna and the Open University. In addition, several local authorities, selected on the basis of successful projects they conducted over the year with regard to mainstreaming Human Rights into development activities, will be conducting awareness programmes for students and public officials (Island : 15 Dec 2009).

Aircraft carried arms, ammo to a Middle East country - The aircraft detained at a Thailand airport with 40 tons of arms and ammunition was intended to unload its cargo in a Middle Eastern country, investigations by the INTERPOL revealed. It was earlier suspected that the cargo was destined to Sri Lanka. But, subsequent inquiries had revealed that the Georgia registered Illusion 76 aircraft was loaded with arms and ammunition in North Korea and was to land in Thailand and Sri Lanka only for refuelling. The pilots of the aircraft were questioned by the Thai authorities for six hours (Island : 15 Dec 2009).

Jaffna a tourist hub soon - Access road to Karainagar isle to be rehabilitated - Luxury hotel to be built in Kazurina coastal belt - The picturesque beach fronts in Karainagar and Kayts island in the Jaffna Peninsula will be developed to attract tourists, said Northern Governor Major General G. A. Chandrasiri. He said this when he joined Social Services and Social Welfare Minister Douglas Devananda to declare the Kazurina coastal belt in Karainagar and the Charti belt in Kayts as tourism promotion zones recently. Maj. Gen. Chandrasiri said the access road to Karainagar island would be rehabilitated to promote accelerated development while a luxury tourist hotel would be built in the Kazurina coastal belt (Daily News : 15 Dec 2009).

Pavatkulam to be rehabilitated - The re-awakening project launched under the Nation Building and Estate Infrastructure Development Ministry has taken the initiative to rehabilitate Pavatkulam in the Vavuniya district at a cost of Rs 50 million with World Bank financial assistance. Project Director P. H. Sugathadasa said this is a major irrigation scheme in the Vavuniya district with a capacity of 27,000 acre feet. It will provide irrigation facilities for over 4,134 acres of paddy land in the area. The rehabilitation of this tank had been neglected for a long period due to the war situation in the area for the past three decades. Canals, sluice and the dam tank’s have been damaged due to the non-implementation of rehabilitation work for a long period, sources said. The tank will be re-constructed under the ongoing rehabilitation process. Over 3,300 families in the Vavuniya district will benefit with the completion of this project (Daily News : 15 Dec 2009).

UNP, LTTE suppressed intellectuals - President The people will never forget the era when both the terrorists and the UNP suppressed intellectuals in this country, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa when he met a group of Vice-Chancellors and university lecturers at Temple Trees on Sunday afternoon. More than 1,000 dons representing all universities attended the meeting. The President said the voice of intellectuals could not be muted or subdued by shackling them. President Rajapaksa recalled that there was a time when cruel LTTE terrorists murdered Tamil intellectuals in cold blood. “Similarly the UNP too had a history of dislike towards intellectuals,” he said. Therefore he would request all intellectuals to study the development program of the Government and render their support for it (Daily News : 15 Dec 2009).

The Dirge for TNA in its final break- up - A Revolt within the Tamil National Alliance is seriously on the card and it is imminent that the TNA is to break up soon into three to four groups. At present the former Tamil United Liberation Front MPs , the offshoot of the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchchi is trying to control the TNA which is being strongly resisted by the other groups. At the last TNA group meeting held at the parliament complex to decide about TNA’s position in the coming presidential election, was postponed sine die, without making any decision, a clever maneuver to preempt the group which wanted to put forward a common Tamil candidate in the forthcoming presidential election (Asian Tribune: 14 Dec 2009).

Government grants livelihood relief loans to resettled people - The government with the objective of uplifting the living standards of newly resettled people in the North has introduced a special relief loan scheme, said Governor of Nothern Province Major General G.A. Chandrasiri. He further said that up to now Rs 7.5 million has been granted among the resettled people in Jaffna district under this programme. Funds of the Northern Provincial Council are being utilized for the granting of loans, he added. Accordingly, 150 people who were resettled in the Jaffna district recently had been granted loans amounting to Rs. 50,000 each at a ceremony held under the patronage of Social Services and Social Welfare Minister Douglas Devananda and Northern Province Governor Major General J.A. Chandrasiri in Achchuweli recently. In addition the loans had helped them in many ways to get in to their own means of capturing opportunities in resettled areas and outside he said. Meanwhile, over 60 families who were resettled recently in Kilinochchi district had been granted livelihood relief loans he added (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry: 14 Dec 2009).

Kilinochchi hospital being rebuilt - Healthcare and Nutrition Ministry is now rebuilding the Kilinochchi Base Hospital for the second time. It was completely destroyed by the LTTE a few months back after the Ministry completely rebuilt it at a cost of Rs.500 million, a Ministry spokesman said. At present the Ministry is rebuilding the hospital to cater to 30,000 IDPs who have already been resettled in the area. The Ministry has plans to obtain assistance from INGOs and foreign Governments for this purpose. The Ministry will supply 100 beds and Rs.1 million (to repair the electricity circuit) within a few days. Ten doctors and 15 nurses will also be assigned shortly. Arrangements will be made to provide all the other modern medical equipment and facilities within six months and bring the hospital to its original status. The Healthcare and Nutrition Ministry rebuilt the hospital with the financial assistance of the Asian Development Fund and provided all modern facilities including 275 beds, around 40 nurses and 15 doctors just before the LTTE destroyed it. The Kilinochchi hospital building complex was built in the same model as the Colombo National Hospital. Before the terrorists moved to Mullaitivu, they completely destroyed the hospital and took away all medical equipment, beds and everything with them. They destroyed the whole electricity circuit of the remaining buildings before they left. At the moment only 10 beds remain in the hospital. The Ministry is in the process of rebuilding the state hospital network, especially Jaffna Teaching Hospital at a cost of Rs.2850 m in the North under `Uthuru Vasanthaya' program (Daily News : 14 Dec 2009).

India organizing Lankan Tamil Parties for a grand bargain - How would the Tamil vote swing? Apparently, the decision would be made from New Delhi, which is reasserting its influence in Tamil politics in its southern backyard. This afternoon, the opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe would leave for New Delhi to canvas Indian support for the common candidate General Sarath Fonseka. Wickremesinghe who is scheduled to meet Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress Party leader Sonia Gandhi and External Affairs Minister S M Krishna would have to address Indian concerns about Fonseka and the latter's answer to the political aspirations of the Tamil people. Earlier, Gen Fonseka visited New Delhi to meet the foreign policy Czars and defence officials. The Rajapaksa camp reacted angrily to Fonseka's visit, charging that it was done at the behest of India and alluding that he was a cat's paw of New Delhi. But, then it sent a top level delegation comprising Senior Presidential Advisor Basil Rajapaksa, Presidential Secretary Lalith Weeratunge and Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa to New Delhi, where they met Indian Minister of External Affairs S M Krishna (Lakbima News).

Did mysterious plane carrying arms plan to refuel in Colombo? - Air Force Chief and acting Chief of Defence Staff Air Chief Marshal Roshan Goonetilike yesterday told The Island that armaments recovered from a mysterious transport aircraft seized on Saturday (Dec 12) in Thailand were not meant for Sri Lankan forces. Sri Lanka had nothing to do with the consignment, he said adding that the aircraft may have planned to touch down at the Bandaranaike Internatio-nal Airport for refuelling, if it had escaped detection in Thailand. The flight originated in North Korea. Intelligence sources told The Island that Sri Lanka had never obtained any of her military needs from North Korea though the LTTE did so for over a decade, using a fleet of ships and trawlers to transfer millions of dollars worth Chinese arms, ammunition and equipment via North Korea. Sources said that Colombo could have been the next port of call, but definitely not the final destination. Sources said that the LTTE built several airfields in the Vanni east, particularly one in the Lullaitivu district to bring in plane-loads of arms. Sources added that a thorough investigation could establish whether the racketeers involved in the transfer of arms detected by Thailand were in anyway linked to the LTTE arms procurement operation (Island : 14 Dec 2009).

I’m personally responsible for everything that happened during war – Gen. Fonseka - “The news item that has been published regarding a statement that I suppose to have made regarding the Secretary of Defense is a canard. It is a distortion of what I had said. I have confidence in my Army. Hence, no such incident occurred. If at all any such incident took place I will take the responsibility for such action,” said non-party common candidate Gen. Sarath Fonseka. Speaking at a media conference held at the office of the common candidate today (14th) Gen. Fonseka said, “A response I made to a question asked by a journalists has been distorted when publishing stating I had said that Defense Secretary had instructed Brig. Shavendra Silva to shoot all terrorists who had tried to surrender. I totally reject this statement (Lanka Truth : 14 Dec 2009).

Sarath Fonseka’s statement to Sunday Leader: Greatest betrayal - Eclipses Millennium City sell-out - Attempt to take war heroes to Int’l Tribunal - National Freedom Front Leader Wimal Weerawansa yesterday referring to statements made by Opposition Presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka said he had become part and parcel of an international conspiracy to bring President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and other war heroes before an International War Tribunal. Weerawansa made this observation at a press conference held at the Media Centre for National Security (MCNS) with reference to General Sarath Fonseka’s interview published in the Sunday Leader yesterday. Weerawansa said Fonseka was just a contractor in an international scheme to defame the image of our war heroes and destabilize the Government rather than becoming a Presidential candidate and this act of betrayal was historic and topped all the other betrayals including the Millennium City betrayal in the Sri Lankan political history. Weerawansa remarked that international forces that did not have any proof to charge our leader or the war heroes of genocide had attempted to make such an allegation against them using a leader in the battlefront. Fonseka was fulfilling that international conspirators’ need as a contractor (Daily News : 14 Dec 2009).

I did not say , Gotabaya gave orders to kill the LTTE members who came to surrender- Fonseka -  Gen. Sarath Fonseka the common Presidential candidate said today (13) when addressing a Press briefing at the JAIC Hilton Hotel, that he did not state that Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapakse gave orders to kill those who LTTE ers who came to surrender during the last phase of the war. The General told this when answering a question raised by a media personnel with reference to a news item appearing in today’s Sunday Leader newspaper. He told he has been misquoted in the news. The question asked from me was what action Gotabaya and Basil Rajapakse took when several LTTE leaders were preparing to come forward with white flags to surrender on 17th May 2009 after Basil and Gotabaya were informed of such a move by the LTTE leaders through the Norwegians.? The answer I gave was, ‘I did not know the story of the LTTE leaders trying to surrender carrying the white flags. I came to know of this later through the media. That was known only between the two of them , as expressed by the media. T he media revealed to me , the Defense Secretary had instructed a high officer in the war operations not to allow anyone to escape whether they came with or without a white flag (Lanka e-News : 13 Dec 2009).

Sri Lanka denies surrendering Tamil leaders were slaughtered - The Sri Lankan government on Sunday denied claims by a former army chief, who has turned presidential poll candidate, that orders had gone out not to spare rebel leaders who were willing to surrender during the final phase of the civil war which ended in May. The final phase of the bloody war, which killed tens of thousands, concluded on May 18 after the rebel leader Velupillai Prabhakaran was killed. But other senior members of the rebel Tamil Tigers were killed in the final week. Since then diplomats, Tamil politicians and foreign journalists have said that some of the rebels in a desperate attempt contacted them to surrender in the final stages of the battle. Human Rights Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe told a news conference in Colombo that the claim of the former army chief, General Sarath Fonseka, was false (Hindustan Times : 13 Dec 2009).

Lanka says plane in Thailand not heading for Colombo - The government information department quoted the Director General of the Media Centre for National Security Lakshman Hullugalle as saying this morning that the plane which was detained in Thailand yesterday with weapons on board was not heading for Sri Lanka. Thai media quoted authorities in Thailand as saying yesterday that the plane was en-route to Sri Lanka from North Korea when it was detained in Thailand after it had stopped for re-fueling. A large stock of weapons was found when the plane was searched on suspicion. Some believe the crew of the detained aircraft may have indicated they were heading for Sri Lanka in order to conceal their actual destination (Daily Mirror : 13 Dec 2009).

Cargo Plane detained in Thailand not headed for Sri Lanka - Military Spokesperson - The Military Spokesperson Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara denied news controversies of an alleged cargo-plane detained by Thailand security authorities as heading for Sri Lanka. Quoting latest Thai security official reports, the Spokesperson confirmed that the cargo-plane detained in Thailand with tons of war weaponry was not headed for Sri Lanka. The plane was detained yesterday (12 Dec 2009) in Don Mueang airport in Thailand after being stopped for refueling which had en route from the North Korean capital Pyongyang. Thai Security authorities asked to search the aircraft after being tipped off by their American counterparts. The armed forces, police, immigration and customs officers of Thailand are investigating the mystery surrounding the arms and ammunition cache, found concealed in 12 crates and weighing about 35 tonns. According to Thailand security officials, the cargo-plane was heading towards a destination in the western boarders of the South Asian region (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry : 13 Dec 2009).

Troops uncovered more LTTE military items - Mullaittivu - Troops of Task Force - 8 (TF8) uncovered following list of military items while conducting clearing operations in general areas Vellamullivaikkal and Pudukudiyirippu in Mullattivu yesterday, 12 December (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry : 13 Dec 2009).

Weapons plane seized in Thailand was heading for SL, media reports

An east European cargo plane, found to be transporting heavy weapons and detained by Thai authorities during its stop at Bangkok's domestic Don Mueang airport, sits on the tarmac at the airport in the Thai capital yesterday. Thai authorities have detained five people who landed in Bangkok in the cargo plane full of heavy weapons that originated in North Korea, officials told AFP. Some reports said the 45 ton lethal cargo was destined to Sri Lanka. However, defence officials in Colombo said they were expecting no weapons cargo from North Korea or any other country (Sunday Times : 13 Dec 2009).

Weapons plane seized in Thailand was heading for SL, media reports - Authorities have detained five people who landed in Bangkok in an east European cargo plane full of heavy weapons that originated in North Korea, the Bangkok Post reported today. The aircraft, an Ilyushin 76 transport registered in Kazakhstan, was travelling from North Korea to Sri Lanka when it asked to land in Bangkok, official investigators said. The final destination of the arms was not known. "According to my information, the flight originated from North Korea," said Air Force spokesman Capt Montol Suchookorn, the Post said. br> "It was a cargo flight that requested to land at the civilian side of the airport," he said, adding that the Air Force was continuing to guard the aircraft. Officials found about 35 tonnes of weapons on board and detained four citizens of Kazakhstan and one from Belarus (Sunday Times : 13 Dec 2009).

Fall of Pooneryn triggered LTTE downfall - If there was a slow progress in the Wanni liberation operation in the first two months of the last quarter of the year 2008, the speediest momentum in their march towards Tiger stronghold was reported in the month of November following the capture of the huge earth bund built by the LTTE to defend their strongholds. This massive earth bund was fully captured by the 58 and 57 Division troops by November 01, clearing their path towards the most strategic LTTE strongholds Pooneryn and Kilinochchi. After Pooneryn and Kilinochchi came under striking distance of the 58 and 57 Division troops under the command of Brigadier Shavendra Silva and Major General Jagath Dias, the LTTE had to think of new strategies to defend their strongholds. They had to contemplate between Pooneryn and Kilinochchi as Pooneryn was a strategic base for them whilst Kilinochchi was a prestigious stronghold they had defended for more than two and half decades. President Rajapaksa, who gave leadership to win the war against terrorists, pictured with security forces personnel in the North. But they were not in a position to defend both strongholds. Apparently the LTTE concentrated more on Kilinochchi, but made their full attempt to defend Pooneryn till the last moment (Sunday Observer : 13 Dec 2009).

LTTE suicide kit recovered from Thandikulum - The Special Task Force (STF) members of Vavuniya Police recovered a suicide kit carrying more than one kilogram of explosives today evening, Police spokesman SSP I.M.Karunaratne said. He said that along with the suicide jacket, two detonators and two T-56 magazines were also recovered (Sunday Times : 13 Dec 2009).

Infantry’s key role in counter-insurgency - By Janaka Perera Dr. Sinha Raja Tammita-Delgoda, Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society (UK and Sri Lanka) in a recent presentation titled the “Tamil Tigers: A Last Phase in the Infantry War” delivered to the Department of War Studies, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst stressed the continuing importance and relevance of infantry in successfully combating LTTE-type secessionist wars. A historian, art historian and writer, Dr. Sinha Raja Tammita-Delgoda was the one of the few non combatants allowed into the war zone during the final stages of the Eelam War in Sri Lanka. The Ministry of Defence granted him permission to go wherever he wished and see whatever he wanted. His experience presents a very different picture to that which has been painted by the western media. While attached to the 55th Division commanded by General Prasanna Silva he was able to see the conduct of the campaign at close quarters. It was his experience of this which he of spoke of, giving an account of operations conducted by the 55th Division in March-April 2009 between Chundikulam and Pudumatalan. Commenting on the Sri Lanka Army’s training, mentality, morale, tactics, conditions and environment, Tamil Tiger defences and modus operandi, together with the conduct of actual operations, Dr. Tammita-Delgoda concluded: (Asian Tribune : 13 Dec 2009).

THE NATIONALIST PAPERS Don’t look for substance, watch out for horse-deals - by Malinda Seneviratne - .... Sarath Fonseka, the all-but-in-name UNP candidate for president, feels compelled to say ’13 Plus’. He has not spelt out what this ‘plus’ is going to be? If the 13th Amendment to the Constitution was about ‘devolution’, then ’13 Plus’ has to be about ‘greater degrees of devolution’. It the 13th was ‘minused’ by the Supreme Court by de-merging the North and East, ‘plussing’ it has to mean re-merging the two provinces. Will Fonseka elaborate? Will Fonseka deliver? Any bets either way? Take Mahinda Rajapaksa. He’s been dragging his feet on the issue for quite a long time now. A few months ago he said that he will reveal his proposal for ‘resolution’ after re-election. This amounts to seeking a mandate to do as he pleases. Well, come to think of it, that’s what the 1978 constitution is about, isn’t it? Isn’t this why all promises and pledges, mandates and manifestos, alliances and rhetoric and other things election-related have little value? The edge that the incumbent has is that what he’s achieved is apparent; what he has failed to do is also known. He’s a known. The challenger is always an unknown. Not many of the undecided bet on the unknown (Island ; 13 Dec 2009).

Lanka formally informs India about Prabhakaran’s death - The Sri Lankan government on Saturday formally communicated to India the details of the death of LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran, a move expected to help New Delhi to close investigations into the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. Indian law agencies had sought proof of the death of Prabhakaran to wind up various inquiry committees probing the death of the former Prime Minister. “Sri Lanka has formally conveyed to India the death of Velupillai Prabhakaran,” a top official source said here, adding that this was done last month. “As for the death certificate of Prabhakaran, the matter is lying with the Attorney General's department (of Sri Lanka),” he added (Indian Express : 13 Dec 2009).

Sri Lankan Government is ready to share intelligence and evidence with the US authorities, if the need arose, in order to secure the arrest of senior LTTE activist V. Rudrakumaran who is believed to be operating from the US.

See Daily Mirror for details

Over 300 bogus passports seized: Tiger among five held in Bangkok - Thai authorities have arrested five people including an LTTEer for producing and smuggling more than 300 fake EU passports and other official European documents, officials said yesterday. They said police have seized from the group more than 300 bogus passports, produced in Thailand but made to look like official documentation from 14 EU countries including Britain, France and Belgium. The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) said the suspects, all arrested since August 21, were 32-year-old Pakistani man Azad Said Giyani and a 35-year-old Sri Lankan man, known to be a Tiger. A 43-year-old Thai woman was arrested for assisting them. A 38-year-old man from Myanmar was arrested on suspicion of producing the passports and a 28-year-old Thai woman is also being held for helping him. In a statement the DSI said Thai authorities had also picked up a British national, Ahoor Rambarak Fathi, at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport on September 27 this year, carrying 104 stolen genuine passports. Fathi, travelling under fake Swedish documents, had passports from Britain, Spain, France, Sweden and Russia, that had been smuggled into Thailand. “He (Fathi) confessed that he had trafficked stolen passports into Thailand more than 20 times,” the statement said. The DSI said Thailand is a known hub for the trafficking of fake and stolen passports (Daily News : 12 Dec 2009).

Rehabilitating Child Soldiers in South  - Both Sri Lanka and Nepal are in discussions with special UN officials working to protect children in armed conflict and child soldiers. In Sri Lanka, the United Nations is hard at work laying the groundwork to rehabilitate child soldiers who fought in the civil war against the Sri Lankan government. Thousands of young boys and girls were used as armed soldiers in the conflict that saw (the rebel group) the Tamil Tigers defeated in May of this year. (The Tigers are also known as Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam—the LTTE for short.) The use of children in armed conflict is prohibited by both the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and an optional protocol accompanying the CRC that sets the definition of a child soldier at age 17 and under, and not age 15 and under (which is the age set out in the CRC). The optional protocol offers children living in the states that are party to the CRC more protection (SOS Children Village ; 12 Dec 2009).

RCMP-Toronto footing down to deal with Pro-LTTE fronts after the successful Meeting with Peace loving citizens of Canada - By: Kamala Chandrakurana (Ajex-Pickering Special Investigation Journalist) The meeting with RCMP National Security Enforcement Team (INSET) and Toronto Police unit commander Director Mark Pugash and nearly 100 peace loving Canadian-Sri Lankan citizens took place on 5th December at “Party Room” at 301 Prudential DR, Scarborough. Toronto, was a “volunteer cooperation” from Canadian Citizens and “alert call” for enforcement officers to deal the Banned Terrorist organization LTTE in Canada. This was a significant turn from Canadian-Sri Lankan citizens after 3 decades who were divided and misguided by LTTE and some Pro LTTE organizations to support and finance their terror organization in Canada. This was the result after LTTE lost its ground in Sri Lanka as well they were badly defeated by Sri Lankan Government forces. Canadian-Sri Lankan (including all race and religion) become more united and bolder enough to raise their voice against to this Terror group and be one community to stand up against to LTTE activities in Canada to ensure to bring up a peaceful and harmony young generation in Canada and whole world (LankaWeb : 12 Dec 2009).

LTTE child soldiers sit O/Ls - Among a group of former LTTE child soldiers who had surrendered to the armed forces, 446 were given the opportunity of sitting the GCE Ordinary Level from yesterday at four special examination centres set up by the Examinations Department. In addition 7,768 schoolchildren of Internally Displaced families in the welfare villages of Vavuniya who had been admitted to schools organized for them were also sitting the GCE O Level examination at 46 examination centres organized for them. Among them were 4,032 schoolchildren and 736 private candidates, the Zonal Education Director Vavuniya said. He said the Education Department and the Examinations Department had provided all the facilities to ensure that all these children continued their education without any obstacle in collaboration with the Armed Forces (Daily News : 12 Dec 2009).

UN envoy seeks early rehabilitation of LTTE child soldiers - A top UN envoy has underlined the need to speed up efforts to rehabilitate the former LTTE child soldiers, as Sri Lanka said it would consider them as victims and not prosecute them. General (retd) Patrick Cammaert, the UN Special Envoy, said the child soldiers should be returned to their families as soon as possible. "Best practices in other parts of the world show that children recover better from traumatic experiences when living with their loved ones," Cammaert told reporters here yesterday while concluding a five-day visit to Sri Lanka. The Tamil Tiger rebels, who were defeated by the military in the ethnic conflict in May, used thousands of children in their fight for an independent state for the minority Tamils. "The UN Special Envoy General (retd) Patrick Cammaert stated the he had been reassured by (Sri Lankan) Attorney General Mohan Peiris that the children formerly associated with armed groups were considered as victims and that they would not to be prosecuted," a release said (Zee News : 12 Dec 2009).

SAMPUR POWER PLANT WORK TO START IN JANUARY - The Ministry of Power and Energy said yesterday that it was planning to start the construction work of the Sampur power plant from next month, Ministry sources said. The Ministry spokesman said the Sampur coal power plant was the second coal power plant in Sri Lanka and 1000MW would be added to the national grid. In the first stage 500MW would be added to the national grid and the other 500MW would be added with the completion of the second stage. The construction was estimated to cost US$ 500 million and would be a joint venture between the Ceylon Electricity Board and the state owned Indian company National Thermal Power Corporation. The construction work of the power plant would be carried out by the Indian company under the supervision of the CEB. The government was expected to be adding around 1900MW to the National Grid from the Sampur and Norochcholai coal power plants and it would help to reduce the usage of thermal sources, he said. The Ministry of Power and Energy was planning to complete the construction work of the Sampur Coal power plant by 2013. Sri Lanka and India had signed a bilateral trade and construction agreement on the Sampur coal power plant last year, he said. The Minister of Power and Energy W.D.J Seneviratne had held discussions with the Indian High Commissioner in launching the construction work of the power plant (Daily Mirror : 18 Dec 2009).

Eastern Province development: Over 3,800 projects completed - A total of 3,885 development projects have been completed in the Eastern Province at a cost of Rs 1,797 million under the Negenahira Navodaya (Eastern Resurgence) program initiated by the government to uplift the living conditions of the people of the Eastern Province affected by terrorism, said the Nation Building and Infrastructure Development Ministry yesterday. This is out of a total of Rs 3,011 million allocated for the Negenahira Navodaya program under local and foreign funding, the Ministry said in a press release. The breakdown of this allocation district wise was Ampara Rs 1,113 million, Batticaloa Rs 923 million and Trincomalee Rs 974 million. The projects completed district wise already are Ampara 1,215 projects (Rs 675 million), Batticaloa 1,373 projects (Rs 566 million) and Trincomalee 1,294 projects (Rs 556 million) (Daily News : 12 Dec 2009).

Foreign media invited to liberated Vanni east Further easing of restrictions in the offing - With the government gradually opening up the liberated Vanni region to the outside world, the Colombo-based international press is seeking access to former LTTE strongholds. In keeping with a Defence Ministry directive, the Presidential Media Division, n concurrence with the Army Media Directorate, had accommodated a group of foreign correspondents among local media covering President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s recent visit to Puthukudirippu, the scene of a series of bloody ground battles which culminated with the killing of LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran in May. The President, during his last Wednesday’s visit, unveiled a victory monument at Puthukudirippu to mark Sri Lanka’s triumph over LTTE terrorism. Responding to our queries, Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara told The Island that contrary to reports, the monument had not been erected on the banks of the Nanthikadal lagoon where LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran met his maker in May. The monument was erected at place central to several major ground battles, including the one which claimed the lives of over 500 LTTE cadres, he said (Island : 12 Dec 2009).

Blake absolves Rudrakumaran of his LTTE ties despite his Deep roots to Sri Lanka terror outfit - Why should a seasoned diplomat like Robert Blake chose to absolve Sri Lanka-born New York immigration lawyer Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran of his deep rooted ties to Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger (LTTE) outfit in replying to a query at his Colombo press briefing on December 9. Couldn’t this former US ambassador to Sri Lanka, former deputy chief of mission to India and currently State Department’s assistant secretary for the South and Central Asian region diplomatically avoided the ‘hostile’ media query. Why did Mr. Blake go to the extent of saying that he has not committed any crime on the American soil to defend Rudrakumaran’s existence as an advocate for an ‘independent/sovereign state for the Eelam Tamils’ in the northern and eastern region of Sri Lanka (Asian Tribune : 12 Dec 2009).

Blake discusses post-conflict development opportunities with Lankan business leaders - The American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) and the US Embassy in Sri Lanka co-hosted a roundtable discussion on reconstruction and rehabilitation in the North and East and new development opportunities which are available in the post-conflict era. The event took place on Wednesday at the Hilton Hotel in Colombo. The AMCHAM and the U.S. Embassy brought together business leaders from leading corporations, representatives of Regional Chambers of Commerce and USAID for a roundtable discussion with US Assistant Secretary of State Robert O.Blake (Daily News : 12 Dec 2009).

Navy will not drop its guard - Commander Need to improve sea capability - Navy Commander Vice Admiral Tisara Samarasinghe on Thursday said "The Navy will not drop its guard though the war is over but will continue to probe all activities taking place outside our shores." Addressing the media on the 59th anniversary of the Sri Lanka Navy, he said: "We need to acquire more assets, improve our capability at sea, and develop our technical expertise". The Navy will purchase six modern Fast Attack Craft (FAC) from Israel as some were lost in the war against the LTTE. Responding to a question whether the Navy was planning to go ahead with its Air Wing, which was in a planning stage and later came to an abrupt halt some years ago, the Commander answered in the affirmative. "It’s not an immediate need, but discussions had been held with the SLAF about it. Already the Navy possesses four places where helicopters could land," he said. Asked about Indo-Sri Lanka Maritime relations, he said "it’s brilliant; we maintain a close rapport with our counterpart and communicate very effectively." (Island : 12 Dec 2009).

Going beyond the 13th Amendment - It is most unfortunate that, of late, some politicians/individuals are talking of the necessity to go beyond the 13th amendment, blissfully ignorant of the background and the circumstances under which the 1301 amendment was approved. In 1966, all the Tamil M.P.’s were in the Government, and with their consent and approval, the Tamil Language Special Provision Bill was presented in Parliament on 8th January, 1966 and approved, in spite of heavy opposition from the politicians of the calibre of Dr. Colvin R. De Silva and Dr. N. M. Perera. -Everybody thought that the problem was solved and that peace would dawn. Unfortunately, no such peace dawned. Then, in 1982, District Development Councils were introduced as a form of devolution. No Tamil organisation objected to this bill and once again, we thought that peace had dawned. Then in 1987, when Provincial Councils were introduced,, it was hailed as the final solution to the problem, with a symbolic hand over of weapons by Prabhakaran to the then Army Commander. Everybody was happy and thought that peace had dawned at last. Now 20 years later, some have started talking about going beyond the 13th amendment. What guarantee can these people give that any further devolution to be given now will not suffer the same fate as the previous solutions. Should we keep on granting solutions ad infinitum. Where do we stop? Are we going to become the laughing stock for the entire world, giving periodical solutions to a problem (Island : 12 Dec 2009).

SUSPECTED LTTE PRISONERS END FAST-TO-DEATH -  The thirty-two suspects alleged to be LTTE Activists who were engaged in a hunger strike at the Anuradhapura prison decided to abandon their fast yesterday (11) as authorities had agreed to look into their grievances. They say they were being held in the Anuradhapura prison for more than two years under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) and Emergency Law, which prevailed in the country. President of the Prisoners Welfare Society of the Anuradhapura Prison, Ven. Nugetenne Pagnananda Thera, the Chief Incumbent of the Buddha Jayanthi Viharaya in Anuradhapura, had assured them that a solution would be found after discussing the matter with the relevant authorities. Acting on a request from the Superintendent of the Anuradhapura Prison- Anura de Silva, the Ven. Thera took the time to discuss with the prisoners the reasons for their hunger strike in his capacity as the President of the Society when he met them on Thursday (10) and learnt that these inmates had been in prison now for over two years and had not been charged with any crime or failing which released, which they claim was unfair (Daily Mirror : 12 Dec 2009).

No evidence of IDPs shifted to new closed camps - Holmes - The UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes says there is no evidence to suggest that the displaced people who are being resettled from the Vavuniya IDP camps are actually being moved into new closed camps. Speaking to reporters at the UN, Holmes said that as far as he knows when the people are resettled they are first taken to transit centers and then moved quickly to their places of origin (Daily Mirror : 11 Dec 2009).

Urban development in Northern Province fast tracked - Urban Development and Sacred Area Development Ministry has launched a program through the National Physical Planning Department and Urban Development Authority to expedite preparation of a regional plan for the Northern Region together with development plans for main cities identified such as Jaffna, Mullaitivu, Kilinochchi, Mankulam, Mannar and Vavuniya (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry : 11 Dec 2009).

U.S Afghan Commander accepts 'Sri Lankan style' against terrorism - Gen. Stanley McChrystal, U.S military Commander in Afganistan was of the view that it be a prerequisite to eliminate "iconic figures" among terrorists and therefore such to be removed physically. The Daily-Telegraph, in its Wednesday (9) edition, quoted the military Commander as saying during a key note delivered at the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday (Dec 08). Referring to the West's common enemy, Osama bin Laden, Gen. McChrystal said, "I believe he is an iconic figure at this point whose survival emboldens al-Qaida as a franchise organization across the world." "I don't think we can defeat him until he is captured or killed," he was quoted as further saying. The U.S General was incidentally underscoring President Rajapaksa led 'Sri Lankan style' - "fight-to-finish" war against the Tigers. Ironically, while the Sri Lankan military was closing-in on Prabakaran-the megalomaniac terror chief- the US and its allies demanded that the war be suspended (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry : 11 Dec 2009).

Japanese aid to re-develop Jaffna Teaching Hospital - The Japanese Government has allocated two billion rupees for the re-development of the Jaffna Teaching Hospital (JTH), Health Ministry spokeperson said yesterday (10). The hospital will get a new three-storey administrative building in addition to upgrading the already available facilities in it. The Japanese Government, which provided the funds through JAICA, signed the MoU for commencing the redevelopment of the hospital with the Government of Sri Lanka last month. Several efforts had been made by the Sri Lankan Government in the past to develop the hospital before the end of the war. But the conflict in the North had prevented anything concrete from taking place, he said (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry : 11 Dec 2009).

The book distribution National ceremony for 2009 held in Jaffna successfully - The book distribution National ceremony for next year was held in Jaffna yesterday (09). Education Minister Hon Susil Premjayanth along with Hon Minister Anura Priyadarshanayapa, Hon Minister Douglas Devananda, Hon Minister Nirmala Kothalavala and Hon Deputy Minister M.Sachinthanandan were warmly welcomed by Jaffna Security Force Commander Major General L.B.R Mark in Palali air port. The book distribution National ceremony was held at the Wembadi Girls High School in Jaffna. This National ceremony was organized under the patronage of His Excellency the President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Such a national ceremony was organized in the North after 30 years. The Ministers along with the officials sang the National anthem while raising the National flag. The Ministers and the other officials were welcomed by a beautiful cultural dance. The dance was organized by the Ramanadan Girls College students. After the presentation Commissioner General for Educational Publications Mr. M.N.J. Pushpakumara addressed the gathering while welcoming all people to this national ceremony (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry : 11 Dec 2009).

Navy ensures no rebirth of LTTE - The Navy will not allow any room for the re-emergence of terrorism in the country by preventing all external illegal actions taking place in local waters.  Navy Commander Vice Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe said the Naval troops in sea and land contributed to eradicate terrorism in the country. It is the duty of the Navy to protect the country from all illegal action taking place in the local waters. The terrorists used the sea route to bring arms and weapons. “We will not allow any room for the re-emerge of the LTTE in the country. The Navy will contribute its part to ensure the country’s peace,” he added. He asserted that the Navy has more responsibility in the aftermath of war. “The sea limit has been expanded and many other illegal activities are taking place in the territorial waters. The Naval troops have the responsibility of monitoring and patrolling to protect the sea limit”, he added. A special team is conducting scientific research in the North of the Kalpitiya sea to figure out the possibility of oil exploration. Navy Commander Samarasinghe said human smuggling is one of the main problems faced by the country. “We have reliable Intelligence information that some LTTE sympathizers and supporters living overseas are paying people money to leave the country on the context of refugees in order to show the world that Sri Lanka is not a safe place to live (Daily News ; 11 Dec 2009).

US seeking a more ‘pacific’ Indian Ocean region World Scan - By Lynn Ockersz - An upcoming US Senate Foreign Relations Committee report on Sri Lanka which recommends that the US adopts ‘a less confrontational approach’ towards the Indian Ocean island, on the ground that ‘Sri Lanka is too important a country to be isolated from the West’, besides putting a question mark over the popular supposition in some quarters in Sri Lanka that it is the target of an ‘international conspiracy’ of internal political destabilisation, reveals a present US predilection to positively engage Indian Ocean states (Island ; 11 Dec 2009).

Withdraws arms embargo on Lanka: Korea downgrades travel advisory - Ambassador Asitha Perera thanked the Korean Government for withdrawing the arms embargo on Sri Lanka as well as reducing the travel advisory on Sri Lanka. The Ambassador reiterated this when Navy Commander Vice Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe along with Rear Admiral Kim Dong-Kyun (from the ROK Navy) and a delegation of Naval officers from Korea and Sri Lanka paid a courtesy call on the Ambassador on Sunday (Daily News : 11 Dec 2009).

Thus spake Blake - The US has realised that it cannot defeat terrorism in Afghanistan without eliminating Osama bin Laden. Gen. Stanley McChrystal was quoted by the Daily Telegraph on Wednesday as having said that Osama had become an 'iconic figure' among terrorists and therefore had to be removed physically. But, while the Sri Lankan military was closing in on Prabhakaran, another 'iconic figure' of terrorists, the US and its allies demanded that war be suspended. Had their demand been met and Prabhakaran and his trusted lieutenants given a new lease of life, the war would not have ended last May and we would have found ourselves in the same predicament as the hapless Afghans (Island : 11 Dec 2009).

India welcomes relaxed restrictions on IDPs - India has welcomed the initial steps taken by the Sri Lankan Government to relax movement and travel restriction on IDPs. It also expressed the hope that the IDPs would resume their livelihood and return to a life of normality. This observation was contained in a joint press statement on the visit of a high level Sri Lankan delegation to India on December 9 and 10. Following is the full text of the joint statement (Daily News : 11 Dec 2009).


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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 ?
Caution: Images shown on this web site exposing LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorist atrocities maybe disturbing for some users. Please proceed at your own discretion.
The United States' top intelligence agency, Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) says that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is the most dangerous and deadly extremist organization in the world. The official website of FBI in its tops story said that LTTE is far more dangerous terrorists outfit than al Queda, Hezbullah or even HAMAS. Read more...

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