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

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Request to the PRESIDENT OBAMA Administration (Please sign the Petition)

SPUR Annual Fund Raising Dinner Dance at Springvale Town Hall. Music by INFERNO (Former Take Two) and Blossoms. Sumptuous eastern & western smorgy by Jolly Js. KEEP THE DATE FREE FOR THE DANCE OF THE YEAR Donation: $50 per head. Contact Malin or Sandy for table reservations.

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Indian intervention in Sri Lankan internal affairs

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

Indian intervention in Sri Lankan affairs

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

 

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

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

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

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

So-called NGOs and INGOs ?

 

Welfare activities

Sponsor a Child (Organised by SPUR)

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

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

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

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

A joint project with Sri Lanka Army Seva Vanitha Unit

http://www.virudarudiriya.com

 

Ranaviru Foundation (UK)

http://www.apiwenuwenapi.co.uk/ 

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

 

Thawalama Development Foundation

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

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

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

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

Ranaviru Fund in UK

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

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

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

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

 
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A Backward Glance in Time

SPUR (New Zealand) SinhalaNet

Lanka Herald (Link removed as the URL is now being used by a commercial website)

Sri Lanka Embassy in Geneva
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Sri Lankan War Heroes

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

Chronology of LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorist's recent attacks on passenger buses and trains
Helahanda Radio in USA Sri Lanka Peace Secretariat (SCOPP) Media Centre for National Security Sinhale  
CASTIS Sinhalaonline Lak Handa (UK) Lanka Daily News

Frequently Asked Questions about LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists (FAQs)

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

LTTE Ceasefire Violations (Sri Lanka Army )

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

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

 

The International Dimension of Terrorism


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

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

International Conference in Countering Terrorism

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

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

 

LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorist's Child Soldiers

LTTE's Child Soldiers

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

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

(See LTTE Child Soldiers Web Page)

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

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

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

Child Soldiers of LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists in Sri Lanka

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

LTTE's links with other international terrorist groups

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

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

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

[17] THE MAOIST THREAT

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

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

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

(Read the Full List)

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

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

[23] Possible links between LTTE and al-Qaeda

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

  • 10 September 2008 - Minor explosion in Mt.Lavinia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Latest SPUR / SLUNA / WAPS Media Releases

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Reports Issued by the Norwegians Against Terrorism

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Mt Lavinia Bomb attack (23 February 2008)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

http://208.109.150.200/LTTE_atrocities_20070407_Vavunia_Mannar_Road_Bus_Bomb.htm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chronology of LTTE Tamil Tiger Atrocities since June 2005

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

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

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

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

Information Received from Anti-LTTE Tamils

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

Suicide Attacks by the LTTE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See details and photos in SPUR

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

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

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

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

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

Kalyanapura, Gomarankadawala Massacre on 23 April 2006

Welikanda Massacre on 29 May 2006   PDF Brochure

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

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

LTTE Tamil Tiger Atrocities

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

(see more LTTE atrocities in SPUR Webpage)

 

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

An Appeal to the Defence Secretary

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

HOSTILE ACTS OF THE LTTE INTIMATED TO THE EPDP

THE GATHERING STORM IN THE EAST 

LTTE's deadliest vehicle bomb attacks (June 2007)

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

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

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


The Sting in the Tigers' Tale

(read full transcript in SBS Dateline).

 

The Norwegian Peace Facilitators in Sri Lanka 

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


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

 

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

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

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

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

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

  Liberate Tamils from the LTTE Tiger Terrorists   (more details)

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

 

   

Liberate Tamils from LTTE Tiger Terrorists

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Jane's Intelligence Reports

 

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

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

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

Assassination of Major Nizam Muthaliff 

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

So-called Joint Mechanism or P-TOMS

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Getting ready for the grand betrayal

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

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

 

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

Sri Lanka Development Forum

Inaugural session held on Tuesday, 16 May 2005

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The forgotten victims of WAR and Peace in Sri Lanka

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

 

 

SPUR Sub - Webpages

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

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Ethnic cleansing in Sri Lanka

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

A Trail of LTTE Atrocities (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

Prominent Tamil Leaders Assassinated by the LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists

Prominent Political Leaders Assassinated by The LTTE

Political killings by LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists

LTTE Tamil Tiger Atrocities

Power Point Presentation on LTTE Atrocities

Serial Killings of some of the Parliamentarians by LTTE Tamil Tigers

LTTE has so far killed 23 parliamentarians

Please sponsor a "Ranaviru" Child (New Management)

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

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

South African LTTE Connections Exposed

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

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

Child Soldiers (1)

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

Chronology of Suicide Bomb Attacks by Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka

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

Suicide Killings - An Overview

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

Please send your opinion to King Parayakaran or the JVP?

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

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

Media Release of the World Alliance for Peace in Sri Lanka Unmanned Aerial Aircrafts Smuggled in September 2003 Norway - "Peace" or "Piece" Brokers in Sri Lanka
Summary of LTTE activities prior to 2000 (Part 1) Summary of LTTE activities prior to 2000 (Part 2) Summary of LTTE activities prior to 2000 (Part 3)
Summary of LTTE activities prior to 2000 (Part 4) Summary of LTTE activities prior to 2000 (Part 5) Summary of LTTE activities prior to 2000 (Part 6)
Summary of LTTE activities prior to 2000 (Part 6) Summary of LTTE activities prior to 2000 (Part 7) Summary of LTTE activities prior to 2000 (Part 8)
Summary of LTTE activities prior to 2000 (Part 9) Summary of LTTE activities prior to 2000 (Part 10) Summary of LTTE activities prior to 2000 (Part 11)
Summary of LTTE activities prior to 2000 (Part 12) Summary of LTTE activities prior to 2000 (Part 13) NGO
LTTE Activities in South Africa Norway and LTTE  
Is LTTE the Sole Representatives of Tamils? - By Prof Shantha K Hennayake The Facts About So Called Discrimination Katunayake International Airport Attack
Please download "Sithumina Vol 1", the monthly electronic news bulletin of SPUR Victoria in Acrobat format Please download "LakHanda Vol 1 in 2004", the news bulletin of SPUR Victoria in Acrobat format LTTE Child Combatants  by Rohan Gunaratna
"Slideshow: Sri Lanka Bombing" link to see the slide show. http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/stories/srilanka/feature2.html

Slide show on Sri Lanka Bombings

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

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

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

South African LTTE Connections Exposed - By Rohan Gunaratna

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

Peter Chalk

Tamil Tigers receive training in Pan-Negroist South Africa

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

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

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

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

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

Tamil Democratic Forum (TDF) in Denmark

Please visit new website

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

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

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

Sinhala Net

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

Child Soldiers - 1 (from EPDP)

Child Soldiers - 2 (from EPDP)

PNM Website

Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)

LakHanda (UK)

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

Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies

 

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

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

Canada and Terrorism

 

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

Ethnic cleansing of Northern Muslims

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

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

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Progress of  the Memorandum of Understanding and the Ceasefire Agreement in Sri Lanka

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

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

 

Media Releases of SPUR and WAPS (Contd)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read more and more about LTTE's Child Soldiers

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

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

PHOTO SET1 PHOTO SET2 PHOTO SET3 PHOTO SET4
 

 

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

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

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

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

Tamil Terrorist Leader Arrested (MP3) audio clip
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Please visit LTTE Child Soldiers Web Page

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

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

 

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

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

Open Warrant Issued to Arrest Prabhakaran 

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

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

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

Canada bans World Tamil Movement

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

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

Currently listed entities

(read details in Public Safety Canada).

Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)

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

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

Date listed
April 8, 2006

Date reviewed *
November 9, 2006

World Tamil Movement

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

Date listed
June 16, 2008

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

In 1926, a statement by Anagarika Dharmapala

Monday, 09 March 2009 08:44 PM 

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

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

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

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

 

Saturday, 07 March 2009

"Educational Flyer Campaign" of Sri Lankans Youth in Canada

Sri Lankan Youth in Canada started their campaign today at 6am at a subway station in Toronto handing out the flyers (Please download your copy of this flyer). The commuters were surprised to see how much of an influence Prabakaran is having in Canada. Feedback was positive.

No deaths from starvation in North - The attention of the Presidential Secretariat has been drawn to media reports about Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the north starving to death. The "Daily Mirror" of today March 07, 2009 also has such a report headlined "IDPs starving to death: UN". As these media reports were based on a letter to the Government Agent, Mullaitivu by Dr. Varatharajah, Regional Director of Health Services (RDHS) Mullaitivu on March 4, 09, in which such deaths are mentioned, the Secretary, Ministry of Healthcare and Nutrition (S/MHC&N) had made inquiries about this from Dr. Varatharajah, who admitted to S/MHC&N that his report to the GA Mullaitivu, giving the cause of deaths of 13 bodies brought to the Puthumattalam hospital as being due to starvation, was not based on clinical or any scientific evidence of starvation, as there had been no post-mortem inquiries held to ascertain the cause of death. It is reliably learnt that the letter by Dr. Varatharajah to the GA had been picked up by a diplomat engaged in relief work, who had brought it to the notice of the UN, and this in turn had been picked up by an international news agency, later used by Human Right Watch and the HRW report also given publicity by the same news agency, as well as, pro-LTTE web sites. None of those who repeated the unsubstantiated statement by Dr. Varatharajah had taken the trouble to verify this from the Ministry of Healthcare and Nutrition (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Members of the Constitutional Council should be representative of a balanced cross section of Eminent Persons reflecting the changing patterns in Sri Lankan society - It is reported that there are plans afoot to nominate and appoint members of the Constitution Council. While the masses, especially the people in the villages of Sri Lanka either directly or indirectly are on the verge of extricating themselves from the clutches of the LTTE terrorists and the interfering NGOs, quietly but surely another segment of our society mainly consisting of individuals and groups rejected by masses, is proceeding on a social engineering project to limit the powers of the elected President Their plan unfortunately is not to ensure good governance through proper checks and balances, but to promote individuals who will obstruct the elected President in implementing his mandate. Our views should not be taken as unconditionally encouraging the Chief Executive to abuse his power. More importantly the objective is to stop the Chief Executive and the people who elected him or her to be a helpless captive in the hands of individuals who are neither elected nor suitable to hold an office of this importance as they have openly acted or spoken against the changes which have taken place in Sri Lankan society over the years including the defeat of the LTTE terrorists (Read full Media Release).

Sri Lanka Air Force protected our motherland from high skies Sri Lanka - Air Force at all times safeguarded our motherland's unity, dignity and sovereignty in each and every adverse circumstance. And, the heroic forces, unassailable in high skies, undefeatable in the battlefield, and courageous in the task entrusted, totally demolished the much-feared air power of the LTTE terrorists President Mahinda Rajapaksa said. The President was addressing the annual colours awarding ceremony of the Sri Lanka Air Force held at the Trincomalee Air Force Base today (March 7). Thirty Air Force officers from No: 02 Fighter Airborne Squadron, No: 04 Helicopter Squadron, No: 09 Helicopter Squadron, No: 10 Fighter Jet Squadron and Air Force regiment have been awarded colours by the President. "The Air Force officers, with an untarnished image and of unblemished characters, have always been flawless in their strategies safeguarding the accolades they earned in air as one of the most civilized and humanitarian forces in the battlefield. In spite of the relentless attacks at the enemy, they never targeted schools, churches, Hindu shrines, hospitals or orphanages. They were always accurate on their target and keen on mission," the President emphasized (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Navy rescues 74 brave Tamil Civilians fleeing amidst LTTE’s Merciless Firing: Three dead and Two severely injured Sri Lanka Navy saved the lives of 74 brave Tamil civilians who had been fleeing amidst the LTTE’s merciless firing. The Navy rescued them on the 06th March 2009 in the seas between Chundikulum and Vettileikerni around 08.50 a.m. However, three innocent civilians had died and two had been injured from the LTTE’s merciless gun fire. The rescued consisted of 42 adults (21 males and 21 females) and 32 children (17 boys and 15 girls). The group had been found on board four white flag-hoisted dinghies while attempting to flee from the LTTE clutches in the un-cleared areas of Mullaithivu. The rescued had been badly shaken due to the narrow-escape. All were filled with deep sorrow for the dead and the injured. Speaking in anger while attempting to hold back the streaming tears, they described how the LTTE cadres mercilessly started firing at them when they were struggling to sneak into the dinghies. Despite the LTTE’s gunfire, they had kept on pushing towards the deep seas in order save themselves, they further claimed. Upon rescuing, all were brought ashore at the Munai Beach and provided with much-needed food, refreshments and medical assistance. The rescued expressed their heart-felt gratitude to the Navy for coming to their rescue. After the preliminary investigations, the three dead bodies were handed over to the Point Pedro Police and the casualties (a toddler and a young child) were later transferred to the Base Hospital in Point Pedro by the SLA. The rest were handed over to the SLA at Point Pedro (Full report in Sri Lanka Navy).

It’s all black and white or is it? - By Malinda Seneviratne -  I think the greatest curse that Marxism bequeathed to this country is the conceptual trap called dichotomy. To put it bluntly, the ‘intellectuals’ in this country suffer from a disease which is best captured in that erroneous but frequently employed operative logic, ‘if you are not with me, then you are against me’. The inevitable victim of this kind of mindset is ‘nuance’ or, if you want to stay with the black-white metaphor, ‘colour’. This malady takes many forms and even someone will just rudimentary knowledge of our political scene would come up with quite a long list of examples. I will share a couple. On Friday, March 6, 2009, the National Movement Against Terrorism (NMAT), an organization I have been involved with until a couple of years ago, came out with a book to commemorate its 11th anniversary. ‘Satanaka Satahan’ (Notes of a struggle) had a tagline: ‘thrastha virodee satane sangavunu kathava’ (the hidden story of the struggle against terrorism). There is no doubt that NMAT played a key and perhaps even a decisive role in the ideological realm in relation to overthrowing the hegemonic view about the LTTE and how to deal with it. Mahinda Rajapaksa, let us not forget, was for reasons of political expediency perhaps, quite in favour of going for accommodations vis-à-vis the LTTE. He, after all, was the person who presented PTOMS to Parliament. The NMAT intervention began and proceeded at a time when the then Government was thick-as-thieves with the pro-LTTE sections of the NGO lobby (Full report in Sri Lanka Guardian).

 

 

The packed south-bound "Yal Devi" train on its run from northern Jaffna - Kankesanturai, on that fateful day, 19th January 1985 was blasted by Tiger terrorists, triggering a landmine when it was nearing Murikandi-Kokavil stop. The train with thirteen carriages had service and Police personnel as well as hundreds of civilians aboard who were proceeding to Colombo on duty requirements and business.

The Railway Department has extended train service up to Thandikulam railway station after a nine year of lapse. The station located nine kilomtres further north of Vavuniya railway station. Here Railway workers are busy making preparations. Pic by Romesh Dhanushka-Wanni

 


The Tamil Diaspora living in luxury and financing the LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists should be held responsible for the destruction of the infrastructure facilities served Tamils in North (Read details)

LTTE lethal cargo cleared during CFA Collaborators to be exposed soon:  The recent recoveries by the Security Forces have made a startling revelation that the LTTE was in possession of state-of-the-art weaponry and most modern communication equipment that have been transported to uncleared areas after getting clearance from Colombo harbour and Customs, Government Defence Affairs Spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said yesterday. Addressing the weekly security press briefing at the Media Centre for National Security the Minister said that those communication equipment and most modern printing presses have been channeled to Tiger controlled areas after they got clearance from the Colombo harbour.”Investigations have revealed that some people based in Colombo had worked in connivance with the LTTE to send those most modern equipment to uncleared areas clearing paths for them to transport them from Colombo to uncleared areas,” the Minister added. He said names of who had worked in connivance with the LTTE to bring in those equipment to the country and transport them to Tiger controlled areas will be divulged to the public very soon. Minister Rambukwella recalled that there were certain instances where LTTE acquired those state-of-the-art communication equipment with some officials getting involved to clear the path for them to transport them to uncleared areas. It was after the signing of the Ceasefire Agreement during the Ranil Wickremesinghe administration that the LTTE acquired modern communication equipment and transported them to uncleared areas through the Omanthai Entry-Exit point amidst protests by the Security Forces. The 58 Division troops captured some hi-tech equipment believed to have been imported to the country during the Ceasefire period after they found a communication centre in Ampalavanpokkanai area in the North West of Puthukudiyiruppu on February 27. Television transmitting equipment with satellite antennas were found inside this communication centre and later it was found that they were used to transmit TV programs locally and internationally to tarnish the image of the Security Forces internationally (Full report in Daily News).

A media report said that on November 27, 2002, a container with sophisticated communication equipment from Colombo escorted by a Police Inspector in a Defender Jeep crossed the Omanthai Security checkpoint and moved onto the LTTE controlled area without any checking.

An Inquiry is required on Unmanned Aerial Aircraft Smuggled in September 2003

For further details and photos, see SPUR Website

Who authorised the release of the "Unmanned Aerial Aircraft" smuggled by LTTE

Those who helped Tigers acquire equipment identified – Govt. - Defence Spokesman, Minister Keheliya Rambukwella yesterday said that the government had identified local suppliers involved in the acquisition and transportation of sophisticated equipment to the LTTE a few years ago. "We have the names of the persons who helped the Tigers to smuggle these items into the country and found safe passage for these material to the Vanni. The government will prosecute them in due course," he said. "What baffles us is how these items were smuggled across the customs," Rambukwella said. Addressing the weekly defence briefing he said: "Investigations have revealed that some customs men were in connivance with the culprits and these items had been smuggled into those areas during 2001-2004. The Army was able to capture a major part of these equipment, after the Tiger strongholds in the Wanni and the North fell in quick succession to the advancing troops during the last few months, Rambukwella said. Among the items that have been smuggled across were state of the art communication equipment, machinery for the Tiger printing presses from top brands like Heidelberg, backhoe machines and the most modern and sophisticated weapons. "Tiger aircraft also have been smuggled into the Vanni and some other areas undetected in knocked down form," a military source said. "Money has played a key role in this game and so much munitions and different warlike and other material required by the LTTE were transported in to the Tiger controlled areas via civilian routes, undetected. There is evidence that some of these elements are on the payroll of the terrorist outfit," the source said. Top businessmen, politicians, INGO and NGO personnel and overseas personnel have been involved in this racket he said. The Tigers once smuggled certain items by sea but were forced to look for other avenues the, source said. During the abortive Ceasefire Agreement the LTTE received sophisticated communication equipment from Norway and a few other countries for their clandestine radio station ‘Voice of Tigers’ the source said (island).

Repeater Gun Recovered - KANDY: ARMY recovered a repeater shot gun from POLGOLLA AREA,KANDYon Friday (06)  (Sri Lanka Army)..

More IDPs Reach Troops in Jaffna & Mullaittivu - MULLAITIVU: A TOTAL of two hundred and thirteen (213) IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons) leaving their homesteads in LTTE-held areas in MULLAITTIVU arrived in Security Forces-held areas on Thursday (5) and Friday (6). The exodus of seventy seven males, seventy females, thirty seven boys and twenty nine girls reached the troops in the general areas of MUNAI in JAFFNA, KOKUVIL, CHUNDIKULAM, NALLIYATHANNIKEDUVAI and KEVIL in MULLAITTIVU seeking protection against LTTE atrocitie  (Sri Lanka Army).s.

LTTE Arms, Ammunition & Explosives Recovered - MULLAITIVU: 57 DIVISION Troops confronted a group of terrorists in the general area of THAMARAKULAM Friday (06). Terrorists fled the area with heavy casualties leaving their weapons and other items behind. The subsequent search recovered one terrorist body, one weapon with silencer, fifty-seven rounds of ammunition, one I- Com set, two Rocket Propeller Grenade (RPGs) bombs, two RPG chargers, 2kg of C-4 explosives, four detonators, one Argus type bomb, two packs, one combat kit, ration and medical items . A similar fighting that erupted between the 58 Division troops and terrorists in the general areas of PUTHUMATHALAN and PALLAIMATAHALAN made the terrorists suffer heavy damages. Troops later found seven terrorist dead bodies, six T-56 assault rifles, one Multi Purpose Machine Gun (MPMG), forty RPG bombs, twenty hand grenades and one hundred and fourteen anti personnel mines from the area. Meanwhile, Task Force II conducting search operations recovered one bus and 600 kg of TNT explosives in two barrels from UDDAYARKATTU area Friday (06) around 12.00 noon. Similarly, Task Force III troops recovered two hand grenades, ten 81 mm mortar bombs, two hundred and ten T-56 ammunition, two hand grenades, one pouch, one magazine, one MPMG link and one hundred and fifty-one anti personnel mines from OLUMADHU, MUDALIYARKULAM and KOKAVIL areas Friday (6). The same day, Task Force VI troops recovered a claymore mine from KARAKATHIVU area in MULLAITIVU while Task Force V troops on search operations conducted in the ALANKULAM and AKKARAYAKULAM areas recovered thirteen anti personnel mines, twelve anti-personnel mine fuses, two RPG bombs, four 81 mm mortar bombs, one 60mm mortar bomb and tin of explosive. Fresh confrontations occurred between the Task force VIII troops and terrorists in PUDUKUDIYIRUPPU area Friday (6) causing more damages to terrorists. Troops later found one terrorist body, four T-56 Assault rifles, one I- Com set and three underground containers. A few soldiers who suffered injuries during confrontations in OLUMADU and PATTIKKARAI areas were admitted to hospitals for treatments  (Sri Lanka Army)..

STF Unearth Mortar Bombs & Ammunition - BATTICALOA : ON INFORMATION received from civilians, Special Task Force (STF) troops attached to VAVUNATIVU STF camp found twenty five 81 mm mortar bombs, one hundred and twenty five 81mm mortar bomb chargers and five hundred rounds of Multi Purpose Machine Gun (MPMG) ammunition from the area Friday (06) morning at 11.20. STF found the items while they had been buried in the area (Sri Lanka Army).

Police probe on weapons recovered from LTTE - The police headquarters is to launch a special investigation in connection with the explosives and other military items recovered from the LTTE and find out how these items had been dispatched to the LTTE in the Wanni. The Police said a special flying squad has been set up and the responsibility of the squad is to take into their custody such explosives, vehicles and machinery in the future under the direction from the Police Chief. “Defence divisions are aware that in 2002 subsequent to the signing of the peace accord, the LTTE had provided the areas under their control with explosives, vehicles and machinery illegally imported by them. “It has also been exposed that such illegal acts are supported by various powerful state officials, businessmen and underground groups,” the Police Headquarters said. Police Headquarters requests the public to convey any information in this regard by Fax No. 011 2446174 and confidentiality is assured and successful information will receive prize money. Security forces have recovered expensive, sophisticated communication equipment and huge printing presses which had been smuggled into the country in connivance with certain elements in the Customs (Daily Mirror).

A Letter to Mr. Gurbax Malhi, MP, Liberal MP for Bramalea-Gore-Malton - By Asoka Weerasinghe, Canada - Dear Gurbax, Your Media Release (March 5) playing your Liberal game of innocence for supporting the Tamil Tigers, the most ruthless terrorist  organization in the world, “Although a number of attendees at this rally chose to wave LTTE flags, I did not realize the significance of these flags, nor was I aware that other speakers made statements in support of the LTTE”, doesn’t cut mustard for me.Why, did you think the demonstration of blood-red flags with a growling Tiger in the middle resting its head on the crook of two Kalashnikovs with a ring of bullets was to ‘Save the Bengali Tigers from Extinction’? What did you smoke last morning when you got up Gurbax? How naïve can you be.Gurbax, when I wrote you a few days ago about your statement in parliament on the Sri Lanka file, you wrote back to me waving a white flag. With your participation at the Tamil Tiger rally on Parliament Hill yesterday afternoon, where the Tamil Tiger flags were waved in abundance, and speeches made in support of the Tamil Tigers, you are not only a fool, but you have been made a fool by your Tamil constituents. My advice to you is to keep out of Sri Lankan politics, which you don’t seem to get it, and I doubt that you will ever get it either.What distresses me most is to know that you having come from the Sikh community who were involved in the most despicable and the biggest terrorist attack on Canada by downing the Air India Flight 182 killing 312 Indo-Canadians, and you still want to dabble with terrorist activity in Canada. Shame on you Gurbax. Did you notice that in your Media Release you had not called on the Tamil Tigers to surrender or not shoot at the Tamils who are fleeing to the Government controlled areas of the Wanni? Don’t you try to tell us that you are not a supporter of the Tamil Tigers when you certainly are? With this participation, “I am a supporter of Tamil Tigers” is written all over you. You are now being an absolute disingenuous politician of the worst calibre. You have no right to hurt the Tamil community who are under attack by the Tamil Tigers who are being horded as a human shield. You have no damn right to hurt my Sinhalese community either any more who are shot, bombed and claymore-mined by the Tamil Tigers.You no doubt have noticed my anger and frustration in your continued participation and supporting the Tamil Tigers, as you don’t deserve any politeness or diplomacy. You bet, Gurbax, this will not be the end of you hearing from me, as I shall keep an eye on you like a Mumbai hawk.Gurbax, my advice to you is to keep out of being an advocate for Tamil Tiger terrorism as that doesn’t give you a voice to promote peace in Sri Lanka (Read full letter).

Steve Janke: Gurbax misses the memo (I) - Liberal MP Gurbax Singh Malhi spent the first 26 years of his life in India. He attended Punjab University, earning a BA in Political Science, English, and History. Actually, I'm a bit confused by that. The CBC profile states that he has a BA in all three disciplines: Education: BA in political science, English and history, Punjab University. His own website is a bit more modest: Mr. Malhi earned a Bachelor of Arts Political Science at Punjab University in India. He was editor of the English section of the university's student magazine. No mention of history at all. In any case, I can't quite figure out where he might have gotten his degree in the first place. According to Wikipedia, there is no "Punjab University", but there are four institutions to which this could refer (Full report in National post).

A Message from the Sri Lankan Youth in Canada - Dear All, We are a group of Sri Lankan youth from Toronto, who have formed an organization to counter the elements of the LTTE and their propaganda in Canada. Our mission is to counteract the recent negative propaganda, by educating the Canadain media, politician and public in general about the true situation in Sri Lanka and the historical events leading up to the current state of affairs. At the moment our main objective is to counter the false propaganda that is being spread by the youth who have associated themselves with the LTTE's objectives here in Toronto and Canada, as this is causing great damage to Sri Lanka’s image in the West. What is happening in Toronto is primarily an act by the LTTE to try and tarnish the image of Sri Lanka using all means possible, which includes spreading false claims regarding our nation. In recent times, what we notice is the youth in support of LTTE are openly supporting separatism, Tiger Eelam, and Prabhakaran. We have compiled this document as a means of effectively countering their words. Even though the LTTE and its front organizations are banned, the LTTE's flags are still flying high in Toronto. This is allowing the young LTTE Diaspora to stand up and speak for the LTTE. In compiling this flyer, our goal is to educate Canadians and everyone around the world about LTTE’s activities and it's negative influence in Canada. We would like to get our point across as young Canadians who were born here or have come to Canada at a young age, and therefore have a vested interest in this country. We have been advised by those senior to us, that this would play a large role in influencing the Canadian public, and turning the tides in our favour. We would greatly appreciate your help in this endeavour. Yours Sincerely, Sri Lankan Youth of Canada (Please download your copy of the flyer).

'Let civilians go' says UN Secretary General to LTTE - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon Friday (March 6) called on the LTTE to remove its weapons and fighters from areas of civilian concentration to cooperate in all humanitarian efforts calculated to relieve the suffering of civilians and to immediately cease recruitment of children. The statement: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon is extremely concerned over the deteriorating situation for civilians trapped in Northern Sri Lanka. He strongly deplores the mounting death toll of civilians in the area of fighting, including a significant number of children. There is an urgent need to bring this conflict to a speedy end without further loss of civilian life. In this respect, the Secretary-General renews his call to the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to suspend hostilities for the purposes of allowing civilians to leave the conflict zone and allowing immediate humanitarian access to them. The Secretary-General calls on the LTTE to remove its weapons and fighters from areas of civilian concentration, to cooperate in all humanitarian efforts calculated to relieve the suffering of civilians and to immediately cease recruitment of children. The Secretary-General strongly urges the Government to begin serious efforts to resolve the underlying causes of conflict, the spokesperson added." (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Inginiyagala Massacre: ‘My Mother, Father, Elder Sister & Both of her Sons have been Shot and Killed. Now I’m Alone’

A GROUP OF LTTE terrorists operating in Ampara last week killed 16 people in a Sinhalese village (Kanamatiyagama in Iginiyagala). Survivors of the massacre spoke about their horrifying experiences and how their relatives were massacred (Full report in Sri Lanka Army).

More IDPs Reach Troops in Jaffna & Mullaittivu - MULLAITIVU: A TOTAL of two hundred and thirteen (213) IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons) leaving their homesteads in LTTE-held areas in MULLAITTIVU arrived in Security Forces-held areas on Thursday (5) and Friday (6). The exodus of seventy seven males, seventy females, thirty seven boys and twenty nine girls reached the troops in the general areas of MUNAI in JAFFNA, KOKUVIL, CHUNDIKULAM, NALLIYATHANNIKEDUVAI and KEVIL in MULLAITTIVU seeking protection against LTTE atrocities (Sri Lanka Army).

How to Kill Civilians in the Name of “Human Rights”: Lessons from Sri Lanka - 2009-03-05 12:14:22 THE Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) in Philadelphia, US in a well-researched paper presented in February 2009 calls into question INGO roles in the Sri Lankan conflict and admits a military solution is the best way to save civilian lives from terrorism. Here are the highlights of the volume researched by Dr. Michael Radu, PhD, Co-Chair of FPRI’s Center on Terrorism, Counter-Terrorism, and Homeland Security. His most recent book is The War on Terrorism: 21st-Century Perspectives (ed., with Stephen Gale and Harvey Sicherman, Transaction, 2008); his Europe’s Ghost: Tolerance, Jihadism and Their Consequences is forthcoming from Encounter Press (Sri Lanka Army).

Another submarine found; infiltration foiled nearly 43 LTTE bodies recovered - Colombo, 07 March, (Asiantribune.com): Sri Lanka Army’s 55 Division under Brigadier Prasanna Silva and his troops recovered near the coastal area of Puthumathalan today (Mar. 6), a locally fabricated submarine which could carry two persons . This is the only undersea vessel so far recovered closer to sea and the earlier five were found at Udayarkattu and f another four at Puthukudyiruppu – being further inland. Meanwhile, military intelligence confirmed that one of the Tiger leaders killed last week in a Sri Lanka Air Force air attack was the former LTTE intelligence head in Colombo called ‘Dhroner’. He had been recalled to the Vanni region some time back. As the land areas under LTTE sharply shrinking to 45 square kilometers, on Thursday, some 2000 civilians attempted to reach government controlled areas between the positions of the 55 and 58 Divisions , LTTE cadres took the opportunity and tried to infiltrate into the frontline areas. It was reported that along with those civilians Tiger cadres had taken cover as civilians and attempted to infiltrate the forward defense lines. Troops of the 2nd Commando division under Brigadier Shavendra Silva detected the infiltrated LTTE cadres and engaged them. After a heavy clash some of the LTTE cadres withdrew. In the end Troops recovered 43 bodies of Tiger cadres, and also 100 T-56 rifles and two Multi Purpose Machine Guns (MPMGs). Subsequent intercepted radio transmissions revealed that the LTTE had suffered another equal number of cadres and their bodies taken away to the LTTE controlled areas by the retreating Tigers (Full report in Asian Tribune).

Tamil diaspora is responsible for crimes against humanity - By Anil Perera - A person who pays a hired killer to kill someone is as guilty as the killer himself for the murder. In a court of law both can be found guilty on the charge of murder. The Tamil diaspora who funds the LTTE's crimes against humanity is as guilty as the LTTE for the crimes committed by them. During the last quarter of century the LTTE have killed thousands of innocent Sinhalese and Muslim men, women and children just because they happened to be non-Tamil. Anuradhapura massacre where 146 Sinhalese pilgrims were brutally shot dead by the LTTE killers, Kattankudy mosque massacre where 147 Muslims praying in a mosque were killed by the LTTE, Habarana bus massacre where 127 Sinhalese were killed by the LTTE and the killing of 32 Buddhist monks at Aranthalawa are some of the heinous crimes committed by the LTTE against unarmed civilians. The carnage is not stopped even now. On 21 February 2009 the LTTE terrorists killed 21 Sinhalese civilians in Inginiyagala. If I were to list all the atrocities committed by LTTE against non-combatant civilians it would run into over twenty pages (Full report in LankaWeb).

LTTE responsible for sufferings of Tamil civilians: US - Washington, March 06: Holding the Tamil Tigers responsible for the "increasing sufferings" of civilians in Sri Lanka's embattled north, the US on Friday asked the outlawed LTTE to stop lobbying shells and shooting guns out of the safe zone declared by the government. US Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher also called on the LTTE to stop the violence and allow the innocent Tamil civilians to flee the shrinking war zone. "Tigers have been shooting shells out of the safe zone. We call upon the government not to shoot back, but first and foremost the Tamil Tigers have to stop shooting. "That is where we are asking to stop the violence, let the people find safety, and then talk about how to end hostilities," said Boucher, who heads the South and Central Asian Affairs at the State Department. Talking to a group of South Asian journalists, Boucher insisted that the US call to stop fighting is to both the LTTE and Sri Lankan Government. "The Tamil Tigers by trapping them (civilians), by continuing the conflict are just increasing the sufferings of the Tamil people. So it is very much time for them to allow safe passage for them to allow these people to leave," Boucher said. While the Government says there are only 70,000 people trapped in the war zone, aid agencies contradict the figure and say the number could 200,000. "We are glad to see that the government managing to get some additional food supply to these areas this weekend," Boucher said (Full report in Zee News).

What ails Sri Lanka’s Main Opposition Party ? - By Shenali Waduge - Hot on the heels of every election defeat it has become customary to call for the removal of the party leader. How much can the opposition leader be faulted for the UNP’s dismal performance at the provincial council elections? Is it his choice of poor provincial council candidates or have the voters lost faith in the UNP, its leader & its candidates in general? It is important that in analyzing the fate of the UNP, that we do not separate the party from the political needs & desires of the populace especially when its traditional vote base is unlikely to suffice for the UNPs continuance or existence. It has been easy for the UNP to declare that the Government is gaining popularity because it uses the war to gain popularity. What stopped the UNP from adapting a similar strategy? Does UNP want terrorism to exist in Sri Lanka amidst its economic policies? Why does it seem that the UNP’s only focus is to dislodge the present Government instead of eliminating LTTE terrorism? (Full report in LankaWeb).

Further clearing operations to hunt more LTTE infiltrators - According to the latest reports received from the battlefront troops are now continuing further search and clearing operations to hunt more LTTE infiltrators who have made a desperate attempt to breach the security forces defences during the early hours on Friday, 5 March. LTTE terrorists of "Radha" band attempted to breach the security forces defences linking 55 and 58 Divisions at south of Chalai around 4 AM yesterday. The so called LTTE 'top level' commanders Swarnam and Loreance commanded the LTTE terrorists in this failed attempt losing over 35 LTTE cadres, defence sources said. LTTE terrorists were totally disorganized as troops launched an effective counter push on the terrorist infiltrators following early detection of enemy movements. Meanwhile, troops of 55 Division have found 3 bodies of LTTE cadres killed during the same confrontation on Thursday. 5 x T-56 weapons, 2x T-81 assault riffles, 01x 60mm mortar bomb, 3 x I-Com sets, and ration packets were also uncovered during the search operation (full report and Photos in Sinhela Net).

LTTE shootout at fleeing civilians: 3 killed, 2 wounded - Mullaittivu - 3 civilians were killed and 2 wounded following an indiscriminate LTTE gunfire attack yesterday morning (March 6), at a group of civilians who were fleeing from the declared no fire zone at Mullaittivu. The civilians, 76 in numbers have managed to escape from the LTTE clutches on 6 boats when they were chased by LTTE attack craft in the coastal waters off Mullaittivu. Naval craft immediately engaged the LTTE boats forcing them to retreat and rescued the civilians escorting them to safety and later handed them to the Army personnel at Point Pedro (Full report & photos in SinhelaNet).

OPEN LETTER TO HON. PETER KENT - CONSERVATIVE MP & MINISTER OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS, CANADA. Noor Nizam. Sri Lanka Peace Activist. Hamilton. Ontario. Hon. Peter Kent Conservative MP - Thornhill, Dear Sir, Please kindly find a news dateline posted by AFP (Ottawa), 4 hours ago (around 8 pm Thursday night), which states that you have made the following comment:- "OTTAWA (AFP) — The 37-year conflict raging in Sri Lanka was borne out of "repressive" governments in Colombo, Canadian Minister of State for Foreign Affairs said Thursday". Sir, your statement clearly indicates your lack of indepth knowledge and awareness of the ethnic and political history of Sri Lanka and the aspirations and inspirations of both the Tamil and Sinhala communities that has led this conflict to the levels of human misery that the world is watching today. Blaming the successive governments which indeed had brokerage political representation of all communities, including the Tamils in every successful governments as the reason for what the Tamil militants are today - LTTE, the world's most ruthless terrorist outfit can again be seen as a misrepresentation of facts please. The reality/truth of the story is quite different please. Your statement:-"According to the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), over 200,000 civilians are caught in the fighting in the northeastern region of the island nation".further reiterate the fact, that your communication consultants or speech writers/script writers have not done their home work properly. The statistics given regarding the civilians caught in the fighting are much less as it is per today. The ICRC is quite not sure of the actual figures and there are contradictory statements given to the international press by the ICRC. ICRC reports filed by international jurnalists/media give the figures as 150,000 as well. The government of Sri Lanka says it is only 70,000. If these figures are of doubt, the contradictions need to be stated (Full report in LankaWeb).

UN calls again: Let civilians go - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon yesterday called on the LTTE to remove its weapons and fighters from areas of civilian concentration to cooperate in all humanitarian efforts calculated to relieve the suffering of civilians and to immediately cease recruitment of children. The statement: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon is extremely concerned over the deteriorating situation for civilians trapped in Northern Sri Lanka. He strongly deplores the mounting death toll of civilians in the area of fighting, including a significant number of children. There is an urgent need to bring this conflict to a speedy end without further loss of civilian life. In this respect, the Secretary-General renews his call to the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to suspend hostilities for the purposes of allowing civilians to leave the conflict zone and allowing immediate humanitarian access to them. The Secretary-General calls on the LTTE to remove its weapons and fighters from areas of civilian concentration, to cooperate in all humanitarian efforts calculated to relieve the suffering of civilians and to immediately cease recruitment of children. The Secretary-General strongly urges the Government to begin serious efforts to resolve the underlying causes of conflict, the spokesperson added.” (Daily News).

A ‘concerned' group of Sri Lankans and the ‘Kamatha test' - By C. Wijeyawickrema - After reading the statement of the "concerned group of Sri Lankan" (Political reforms should follow victory of democracy over terrorism, The Island, 3/1/2009), my immediate reaction was, "How many in this group could pass the famous ‘kamatha test' of the late president Premadasa?' It was rumored that before appointing a person to an important job RP used to ask him or her, "did you ever stepped into a kamatha?" This test, whether RP really used it or not helps one to a remarkable degree in understanding the miserable situation all those former colonies in the world are in today. This otherwise harmless-looking statement by 19 citizens becomes a wasted exercise for not taking a holistic approach and thus failing to make a convincing presentation. It falls into the same category of two other letters that I saw in the Island newspaper recently, Neville Jayaweera (2/1/2009), and A.N.I. Ekanayaka (2/28/2009). If the group expected the president, who won in November 2005 by a razor thin margin, who converted a "this war is not winnable" theory of a 30-year beggar's wound into an Aladdin's lamp in less than 3 years, to give serious attention to their statement it should have been presented as a document with adequate factual content. One cannot be careless in commenting on serious political, social and geopolitical issues. Requests must be made in a more balanced and most importantly reasonableness fashion. If for example, I were an assistant in the president's office to whom this statement was referred to for handling, the following issues prop up as troublesome items (Full report in LankaWeb).

Truth and the Tigers - By  John Thompson, National Post - No prolonged violent civil war ends quietly; and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE) are squalling like, well, a cat on the losing end of a desperate fight. Throughout the countries that shelter the Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora, the Tigers’ activists are desperately trying to win some reprieve for the last LTTE guerrilla force trapped in Sri Lanka. The problem is that the Tamil Tigers began as a terrorist group; and the two main traits of terrorists are deception and atrocity. Terrorists try to convince both themselves and a wider audience that their cause is righteous. It seldom is. Reformers like Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi and Lech Walesa proved that non-violent protest works. Terrorists are people who prefer violence; their first targets are often the aspiring King-and Walesa-types who would lead the terrorists’ preferred audience along a gentler path. Prabhakaran, the Tiger Supremo, began his career by murdering a federalist Tamil politician who preferred to work within the political system. The violence of a terrorist is a fast-track to leadership — faster than working within a political system. The leaders of terrorist groups are often "self-actualizing," choosing a path that lets them convince themselves that violence is excusable (Full report in Island).

EXPOSÉ - by Gayan Kumara Weerasingha - Mt Lavinia Magistrate Harsha Setunga remanded Chairman Ceylinco Consolidated, Deshamanya Lalith Kotelawala for two weeks in connection with the Golden Key scam as he had said that he could not guarantee a plan to return Rs 26 billion to depositors within 10 days. CID investigations have revealed that Dr Kotelawala had set aside Rs 3.5 million every month from the Golden Key credit card company for expenses in the chairman’s office of Ceylinco Consolidated. He had also allocated Rs 500, 000 for a special fund named Sarana, Rs 200, 000 for the Aratuwa newspaper, Rs 500, 000 for the Solo-U fund, and Rs 400, 000 as director fees, on a monthly basis. Kotelawala’s wife, Sicille Kotelawala was paid Rs 250, 000 as director fees, and Rs 4.5 million as gratuity every month. It is also alleged that she had obtained a large gratuity payment from Golden Key company when she left it, by falsely claiming that she had served 25 years with the company, when in reality, she had served only 17. She had also undertaken many trips overseas using money accrued to the Golden Key company. All this was revealed during an investigation launched by the CID to ascertain what exactly happened to the Rs 26 billion deposited with the Golden Key credit card company. One of the reasons for the fraud at the Golden Key credit card company was “irresponsible actions of its management,’’ CID determined (Full report in LankaWeb).

Prabhakaran’s luxury house - Anthony G. V. Peries, Negombo - As reported in The Island on 21st February, the army has captured a luxury house of LTTEleader Prabhakaran. He is said to have led a cushy life. I presume he would have even made use of tsunami aid to build his bunkers and luxury houses. It is an admitted fact, that he had plundered the raw provisions sent to Tamil civilians in Jaffna. Truly it is lamentable for readers to hear that TNA parliamentarians, some partial NGOs and some selected Religious Dignitaries of the North, think this criminal is genuine. These self-centered supporters of Prabhakaran, are not true to themselves. A ruthless terrorist is a follower of Satan and therefore he should be eliminated for peace-loving people to live in peace. As reported in The Island, the Indian Foreign Minister says, that it is only through a political solution that the prevailing problems of Sri Lankan Tamils can be solved. However Rajan Hoole and K. Sritharan of the UTHR say, that peace talks with the LTTE would be detrimental to peace loving Tamils in Sri Lanka (Island).

The Lahore files: Axis of South Asian terror - “Terrorism anywhere is terrorism and there are no good terrorists or bad terrorists.” - This clear and succinct observation on terrorism was made by President Mahinda Rajapaksa addressing the 15 Summit of SAARC in Colombo in August last year. On previous occasions the President has described this in more detail, saying that whether the attacks take place in New York, London, Madrid or Colombo, terrorism remains the same. This week’s attack on the Sri Lankan Cricket Team in Lahore, Pakistan, follows Mumbai last November, and adds to the tally of Lahore’s count of terrorist attacks. It reminds us of the ubiquitous presence of terrorism today, in case one believes that terrorism comes from Al Qaeda only or is planned by Osama bin Laden alone. Whether it is Stephen Sackur in HARDtalk on BBC or commentators on the Sri Lankan situation, whether from Amnesty International or Human Rights Watch, or the touchdown and speed-off journalists of most international media, they are trying hard to pressure Sri Lanka into agreeing to a ceasefire the Government is clearly not agreeable to. This is not because it does not care for international opinion, or is unconcerned about the suffering of the Tamil people trapped by the LTTE in the North. It is because the Government understands well the nature of the enemy it is dealing with, having all too often experienced how contemptuous it is of international opinion and the basic norms of humanitarian practice (Full report in Daily News).

LTTE is world’s biggest hostage holder - Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Patali Champika Ranawaka claimed the LTTE held the record for holding the highest number of hostages in the history of the world. He said this was proved as it (LTTE) was holding more than thousands of people hostage today. Addressing a meeting to commemorate the 11th anniversary of the National Movement against Terrorism (NMT) held at the Mahaweli Centre yesterday, Minister Ranawaka said that the LTTE leader Prabhakaran made a mistake by under-estimating the power of the Sinhala nation. He did not realize last year that we would defeat him in many areas within one year he said. He added some thought Prabhakaran was a leader who could not be defeated. However leaders like Denzil Kobekkaduwa proved otherwise. He stressed it was only the JHU which had a capacity to put forward a political solution once the war was over and not any other political party irrespective of whether they were red, green or blue (Daily Mirror).

Scourge of terrorism cost Sri Lanka US $ 200 billion - We need to convey theDr Palitha Kohonna, Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs addressing the Key Persons Forum. Kosala Wickramanayake, President, FCCISL looks on correct impression about Sri Lanka by its Foreign Missions thereby they could be helpful to develop the country’s economy, said Dr Palitha Kohona, Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs speaking at the Key Persons’ Forum organized by the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) held at JAIC Hilton Hotel. He spoke on “How Sri Lanka ’s Foreign Missions can help to Develop Our Economy”. Kosala Wickramanayake, President, FCCISL welcoming the guests said that they would be thankful to Dr Kohona for gracing the occasion as Dr Kohona was seriously involved with the conducting of SAARC Standing Committee. He said that due to the negative campaign carried on by the LTTE Sri Lanka’s image has suffered terribly. It impacted on the travel industry discouraged inward investment, putting pressure on taxation rates, absorbing scarce reserves which could have been used for investment purposes, affecting business confidence causing delays to infrastructure development, causing many a brilliant mind to leave the country. He said the scourge of terrorism is estimated to have cost the country US $ 200 billion (Full report in Asian Tribune).

TMVP to handover weapons today - The government said yesterday the TMVP was disarming today as it no longer faced a threat from the LTTE. The party will officially hand over its weapons to the military at a ceremony scheduled to take place in Batticaloa today, a TMVP spokesman said. “The LTTE has been dismantled militarily by the security forces and this was why the TMVP, decided to give up the limited number of weapons it held and that too for its personal security,” Minister and government defence spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella told media yesterday. The TMVP confirmed the weapons would be handed over to the security forces by TMVP leader and Eastern Province Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan at his office in the presence of TMVP politburo members, cadres, senior TMVP leaders and the public. Minister Rambukwella said that the former Tiger cadres who broke away from the LTTE had carried arms to defend themselves from the LTTE. “The laying down of arms indicates that the former Tigers believe the LTTE is no longer a threat to their lives,” he said. The TMVP has been accused by the human rights organizations Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and NGOs of recruiting children, torturing its captives, assassinations and engaging in extortion in its war against the LTTE. HRW claimed that from June 2006 to December 2006 the TMVP had forcefully recruited several hundred children. The TMVP had also been accused of kidnapping wealthy Tamil businessmen for ransom to raise money in Colombo and other towns. Some of the kidnapped businessmen were allegedly killed because their families were unable to pay the ransom that was demanded. In 2006, the Tamil Human Rights group UTHR also accused the TMVP of killing civilians. Chief Minister Chandrakanthan had earlier said his cadres did not need to carry weapons because, on par with other political parties, his party offices and cadres too were being provided police and army protection by the Defence Ministry due to threats from the LTTE in the past (Daily Mirror).

Friday, 06 March 2009

A Letter to Eric Solheim - Entrapped Civilians Brave Tamil Tiger Bullets to Seek Safety - Hon. Eric Solheim, Minister of Environment and International Development, Oslo, Norway - Dear Mr. Eric Solheim, We thank you for your note of today's date and your concern for the entrapped civilians forcibly held by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), also known as the Tamil Tigers, to form a human shield against the advancing Sri Lankan Security Forces carrying out their duty of regaining the usurped territory from a band of armed terrorists to extend the writ of the democratic and sovereign state of Sri Lanka. The Government of Sri Lanka had previously called a 48 hour ceasefire to allow the civilians to move out of the combat zone to safety within government controlled territory where they could be cared for with the assistance of the UNHCR and the ICRC till such time as they could be re-settled in their former places of residence, but the LTTE blatantly attacked the civilians thereby preventing them from leaving the area. This position has been stated by the nearly 35000 civilians who braved such attacks to escape from the tyranny of the Tamil Tigers, and same confirmed by the UN Agencies and ICRC having access to civilians both inside and outside the remaining LTTE controlled territory. Even Human Rights Watch affirms this situation based on reports reaching them. We would also like to quote from a statement issued by the University Teachers for Human Rights (Jaffna) made up of Tamil academics, on the developments in the region: University Teachers for Human Rights (Jaffna) gave an impartial account on the Sri Lankan situation to the IANS News Service. While the H.R.W. Report demanded a cease fire and peace talks, the UTHR (Jaffna) observed, "... Presently, the indications we have are that the people want an end to the war but are wary of peace talks and cease fires with the LTTE... Previous peace talks had only given oxygen and a free run to the LTTE..." Referring to the ruthless behaviour of LTTE cadres and shooting of escaping civilians the UTHR (Jaffna) commented "... generally the behaviour of the soldiers at entry points has been exceptionally good...".  (Read full letter of SLUNA)

For Canadian Parliamentarians interested in Sri Lanka - Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs): Diplomats pleased - By Asoka Weerasinghe, Canada - A delegation of Ambassadors and other high ranking diplomats who toured the Welfare camps in Vavuniya expressed their satisfaction at the facilities provided to the IDPs by the Sri Lanka Government. They were highly pleased with welfare facilities at the Menik Farm Welfare camp including those set up to provide vocational training for youth and the school opened for displaced children. The delegation comprised South Korean Ambassador Choi Ki Chul, Indonesian Ambassador Djarfar Husein, Russian Ambassador Vladimir P. Mikhaylov, French Ambassador Michel Lummaux and Japanese Embassy Counsellor K. Shimasak. They were accompanied by Resettlement and Disaster Relief Minister Rishak Bathuideen and Foreign Secretary Dr. Palitha Kohona.Ambassadors of Russian and France lauded the Government of Sri Lanka for its effort at providing better facilities to over 32,000 IDPs who have fled the uncleared areas and have arrived in the areas controlled by the Government. (Comment: Bravo! Sri Lanka. With such observations and comments why is Human Rights Watch so against Sri Lanka. I smell a rat here! They are up to a lot of mischief). No ’Ceasefire’ says Prime Minister. The Government of Sri Lanka has no intention to go for a ceasefire with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE aka Tamil Tigers) said Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayaka (Read full letter).

BBC distortions and lies - The airwaves were spinning on Wednesday March 3rd with the claim that the ICRC had said that there was an impending humanitarian catastrophe in north-eastern Sri Lanka. It was highlighted on BBC World and, apart from having to answer vaious Sri Lankan media outfits who called me about this well before dawn, I even had to face an interview on World Radio Switzerland, with what seemed yet another gung-ho Britisher. The problem was, there was no such assertion by the ICRC. Having perhaps a more rigorous academic background than all these youngsters, I asked my pre-dawn wake up call to send me the ICRC statement, and got a BBC report instead, by a certain David Loyn, the International Development Correspondent of BBC News, based on statements by Jacques de Maio, the ICRC Head of Operations for South Asia. I was able therefore to respond that it was difficult to distinguish what was ICRC and what was BBC, and certainly it seemed that some assertions could not have been by the ICRC since they contradicted what the ICRC had said previously. I was particularly anxious not to be critical of the ICRC, because we had had a meeting the previous day with the Vice-President of the ICRC, who had seemed appreciative of our point that the ICRC had to be very careful about what they said, since it could so easily be twisted. I cited early reports by the current ICRC Head in Sri Lanka, Paul Castella, about which I had written to him confidentially, to get back a very helpful reply which explained what had happened, but that they would reconsider the question. The more recent statements by the ICRC in Colombo have been restrained, and have not been twisted, and I had in fact conveyed my thanks to Mr Castella about this. Earlier I had pointed out to him a particularly misleading statement by Mr de Maio, and it was therefore surprising, after our meeting on the 2nd, to find Mr de Maio reported as talking what seemed nonsense. However it seemed best to give him the benefit of the doubt, and I did so in the morning, and then got in touch that afternoon with the Vice-President, who checked and told me that Mr de Maio had been misquoted. She promised to put up the actual text of the interview he had given the BBC on the ICRC website, and to send it to me the following morning, which she duly did. The text of the interview is appended (Full report in SCOPP).

UN Secretary General calls on the LTTE to remove its weapons and fighters from areas of civilian concentration - The United Nations e Secretary-General has called on the LTTE to remove its weapons and fighters from areas of civilian concentration, to cooperate in all humanitarian efforts calculated to relieve the suffering of civilians, and to immediately cease recruitment of children. Statement attributable to the spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Sri Lanka said, "The Secretary-General is extremely concerned over the deteriorating situation for civilians trapped in northern Sri Lanka." The statement said, that he has strongly deplored the mounting death toll of civilians in the area of fighting, including a significant number of children. He added "There is an urgent need to bring this conflict to a speedy end without further loss of civilian life." In this respect, the Secretary-General renewed his call to the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to suspend hostilities for the purposes of allowing civilians to leave the conflict zone, and allowing immediate humanitarian access to them. Also The UN Secretary-General strongly urges the Government to begin serious efforts to resolve the underlying causes of conflict (Full report in Asian Tribune).

Canadian accused of aiding LTTE ordered extradited to US - A Canadian accused of helping the LTTE has been ordered extradited to the United States. Suresh Sriskandarajah, 28, was arrested in August 2006 as part of a joint investigation by the RCMP and the FBI. Sriskandarajah is accused of laundering money, buying military software and using students to smuggle equipment into Tiger-controlled areas of northern Sri Lanka. Thursday, a judge decided he must now stand trial in the US. His lawyer John Norris admitted he was disappointed with the verdict, but said he was encouraged by a court of appeal hearing scheduled for Friday. A bail review will also be launched, pending the appeal of the decision. Norris will also appeal to the Minister of Justice who has the power to halt the extradition, a process that could take up to a year. The University of Waterloo graduate (engineering) was out on a $400,000 bail, which was revoked Thursday. In court documents he is described as being a leader of other suspected supporters with ties to the Tamil Student Association at Waterloo. While out on bail, he earned an additional degree: an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University. He was praised by his professors as being "a man of high moral integrity." (Daily Mirror).

Killing Fields of the LTTE - By Gomin Dayasri - The right to life is paramount. A nation state is obliged to safeguard the life of civilians and offer security to its people. A terrorist organization has no such obligation. LTTE's objective is to carve a state out of Sri Lanka and to achieve its goal will not hesitate to endanger and sacrifice human life. It commenced with the LTTE first killing Tamil politicians and Tamil policemen loyal to Sri Lanka. Then they turned towards the rival terrorists' fractions and eliminated those who competed with them to achieve their aspiration- to reign supreme without a challenge to their authority as the sole representative of the Tamil people. Their next target was the TULF politician who taught them the rudiments of secession but preferred to keep their distinct identity and ideology, unlike Sambandan and his TNA fellow travelers still trying to prop the LTTE. In the midst of killing their own people they branded the Sinhalese as a race that torture maim and eliminate any innocent Tamil males they encounter; rape and ravish any Tamil women they meet. Those escaping from the clutches of the LTTE express they were so brain washed and were bewildered at the kindness with which they are treated on making the crossing. To the LTTE, Sinhalese was the bane of their lives, so they killed villagers, city dwellers, monks, pilgrims, cultivators, children and the aged without any scruples. Killing civilians was a way of life for the terrorists for 30 years. In fact, they eliminated numerically more Tamils that lived under their rule, than the Sinhalese. There methods of dealing with crime and punishment were cruel and barbaric. They took the Tamils back to medieval times having to perpetually idolize Prabhakaran and live according to the edicts of the LTTE (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Troops Continue Their Advance - MULLAITTIVU: 58 DIVISION troops after they established positions in PUTHUKUDDIIRIPPU junction continued their advance further towards the eastern boundary of the town and expanded their defences by Thursday (5) afternoon. Valiant troops in the 582 Brigade meanwhile directed heavy fire on terrorists and overpowered the enemy fire using armour and artillery (Sri Lanka Army)..

Further clearing operations to hunt more LTTE infiltrators - According to the latest reports received from the battlefront troops are now continuing further search and clearing operations to hunt more LTTE infiltrators who have made a desperate attempt to breach the security forces defences during the early hours on Friday, 5 March. LTTE terrorists of "Radha" band attempted to breach the security forces defences linking 55 and 58 Divisions at south of Chalai around 4 AM yesterday. The so called LTTE 'top level' commanders Swarnam and Loreance commanded the LTTE terrorists in this failed attempt losing over 35 LTTE cadres, defence sources said. LTTE terrorists were totally disorganized as troops launched an effective counter push on the terrorist infiltrators following early detection of enemy movements. Meanwhile, troops of 55 Division have found 3 bodies of LTTE cadres killed during the same confrontation on Thursday. 5 x T-56 weapons, 2x T-81 assault riffles, 01x 60mm mortar bomb, 3 x I-Com sets, and ration packets were also uncovered during the search operation (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Terrorists Shoot Fleeing Woman Dead - MULLAITTIVU: A HANDFUL of terrorists, wild over continuing exit of civilians into Security Forces-controlled areas once again took their revenge on Thursday (5) by shooting one more civilian on the flee. Reports said fifteen civilians were secretly vacating un-cleared areas to move into PUTHUKUDDIIRIPPU cleared areas when they were suddenly apprehended and showered with a rain of LTTE small arms bullets. However, in spite of LTTE threats, civilians had proceeded further amidst terrorist gunfire, but an LTTE bullet suddenly struck one elderly woman among the escapees. The innocent woman has fallen dead and six more in the group received severe injuries. 58 Division troops after receipt of those injured civilians directed them to the nearest hospital for medical treatment. In the meantime, twenty-two more fleeing civilians, including seven males, seven females, four boys and four girls from MULLAITTIVU area arrived in KODDADAI and POKKANAIMADDAL areas on Thursday (5) afternoon seeking safety for their lives. Their basic requirements were urgently attended to by the troops who later directed them to Relief Villages. Meanwhile, 55 Division troops based in CHALAI recovered fifteen LTTE chargers and seven fuses from KEVIL area on Thursday (5) around 1.15 p.m. during a search (Sri Lanka Army)..

LTTE shootout at fleeing civilians: 3 killed, 2 wounded - Mullaittivu - 3 civilians were killed and 2 wounded following an indiscriminate LTTE gunfire attack this morning (March 6), at a group of civilians who were fleeing from the declared no fire zone at Mullaittivu. The civilians, 76 in numbers have managed to escape from the LTTE clutches on 6 boats when they were chased by LTTE attack craft in the coastal waters off Mullaittivu. Naval craft immediately engaged the LTTE boats forcing them to retreat and rescued the civilians escorting them to safety and later handed them to the Army personnel at Point Pedro. According to Army media, 3 boats with civilians had managed to land at Kevil-Chundikkulam area near Vethaliakerni with one injured civilian while, the rest were escorted to general area Munai in the Jaffna peninsula. The injured civilians were admitted to the general hospital at Manthikai at Point Pedro, security sources said. Three civilians who had received severe head and chest injuries due to LTTE gunfire have succumbed to injuries, the sources further said (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Tigers Use ‘Safe Zone’ for Artillery Firing - MULLAITTIVU: TIGER terrorists contravening all internationally accepted ethics and norms and International Humanitarian Law provisions once again on Thursday (5) directed artillery and heavy fire from VELLAMULLIVAIKKAL area inside the demarcated ‘Safe Zone’. Terrorists repeated the same inhuman practice twice or thrice until Thursday (5) mid-night. LTTE artillery guns positioned inside the “Safe Zone” at first directed four 122 mm rounds around 1.10 p.m. on Thursday (5) and they fell into ODDUSUDAN area where the Task Force II troops are conducting search and clear operations to prepare the ground for early resettlement of displaced civilians. A few minutes later, terrorists again fired three more artillery rounds of the same calibre with a view to inflicting damages on the troops in the same area. Undeterred terrorists repeated their brutal practice minutes after Thursday (5) midnight but failed to achieve desired results. Troops, well aware of LTTE tactics took necessary maximum precautions against those artillery attacks and escaped unhurt. Digital electronic devices and radar interceptors further confirmed both artillery firings had been initiated from a location between VELAYANMADAM and KARAYANMULLIVAIKKAL in the middle of the “Safe Zone” where displaced civilians were living (Sri Lanka Army)..

Cricket hostages, goal of terrorist coordination in Lahore? Intelligence bodies study Let - LTTE links - There is a flurry of activity among intelligence organizations and defence think-tanks in key South Asian capitals to uncover those behind the attack on the Sri Lanka cricketers in Lahore, Pakistan, two days ago, with increasing indicators that that the plot may have been to create a major diplomatic crisis involving Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan. Those making sifting through considerable background evidence and current intelligence material limit their focus to just one group. The attack had the possibility of creating a major diplomatic crisis in the entire region bringing leading to a crisis in relations among Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan - all of them seriously affected by terrorism. The emerging suspicions about Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT), the group blamed by India for the attacks on Mumbai, being responsible for this attack, have led to serious considerations on the possibility of an LTTE link, in this attack, in view of the known connections the LTTE has with this group. These links date as back to 1992, when Kittu, a prominent strategist of the LTTE at the time, was known to have been negotiating arms purchases for the LTTE in Peshawar, which was uncovered by intelligence sources. Subsequent to this, in 1993, Indian intelligence is credited with identifying the vessel in which Kittu was transporting the weapons for the LTTE, and had the ship destroyed at sea, killing Kittu, too. There had also been much speculation that the LTTE may have had external help in firing missiles that brought down two Avro aircraft near Palali airbase in April 1995, killing a large number of civilians. It was believed at the time that the LTTE may have used mercenaries with links to Peshawar or Afghanistan, to fire the missiles which hit the aircraft, links which have remained till today (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

More & More Astonishing Weapon Hauls Found - MULLAITTIVU: A MASSIVE haul of arms, ammunition and explosives abandoned by the LTTE terrorists were found by 57 Division troops from different locations in VISUAMADU and THAMARAKULAM areas during search and clear operations on Thursday (5). One 120 mm mortar bomb, sixty-one hand grenades, four Rocket Propeller Guns (RPG), one terrorist pouch, one underground fuel tank, two T-56 weapons, twenty thousand (20000) rounds of T-56 ammunition, fourteen Rocket Propeller Grenade (RPG) bombs, twelve Rocket Propeller Grenade (RPG) chargers and eleven gas bombs, four claymore stands, four pressure grenades, two hundred and forty-seven (247) detonators, one I-com base station, four thousand (4000) anti personnel fuses, two I-com sets, thirty booby traps, four thousand (4000) anti personnel covers, 20kg of C-4 high explosive, one 81 mm mortar bomb, twenty-two Improvised Explosive Devices (IED), five hundred (500) Multi Purpose Machine Gun (MPMG) ammunition, one thousand (1000) sniper ammunition, two jackets, three Argus type hand grenades, two thousand and five hundred (2500) T-56 ammunition, three terrorist uniforms, four belt-orders, four magazines, three diesel barrels, five kerosene barrels, one single cab, two claymore mines, one 60 mm bipod, one trap gun, on bowzer, five maps, thirty five national identity cards, twelve terrorist identity cards and driving licenses issued by the LTTE were among the recoveries. In the meantime, troops of the Task Forces - II, III and V operating in the general areas of MALLAVI, OLUMADU, ALANKULAM, PUTHUKUDDIYIRIPPU and UDAYARKATTUKULAM areas recovered one hundred and fifty beach maps, one underground bunker, twenty-seven gas masks, ten rubber coated trousers and seven rubber coated shirts with seven pairs rubber glows used by gas weapon operators, thirteen empty missile launchers, seventy-six thousand (76000) electric detonators, one 60 mm mortar, accessories of a T-56 weapon, ten LMG (Light Machine Gun) drums, three photocopy machines, three printers, one scanner, ten mortar bombs, one hand grenade, four bombs, fifty seven anti personnel mines, two 60 mm bombs, one 81 mm bomb, one shot gun, five hundred and ninety-two T-56 ammunition and three hundred and seventy fuse protectors, the same day. Similarly, 55 Division troops conducting clearing operations in PUTHUMATALAN area found two dead bodies of LTTE terrorists and two T-56 weapons. Meanwhile, Security Forces serving in the general area of KOKUVIL in the east found four T-56 weapons, two cyanide capsules and two hundred and six T-56 ammunition on Thursday (5) (Sri Lanka Army)..

Ambassadors of cricket-playing nations urge global effort to fight terrorism - In response to Tuesday's (March 3) attack in Pakistan of the Sri Lankan cricket team that resulted in the death of up to six policemen and a driver along with several injuries to team members, the Ambassadors to the United States for India (H.E. Ronen Sen), Australia (H.E. Dennis Richardson), New Zealand (H.E. Roy Ferguson), United Kingdom (H.E. Nigel Sheinwald), Bangladesh (H.E. Humayun Kabir), Pakistan (H.E. Husain Haqqani), and Sri Lanka (H.E. Jaliya Wickramasuriya), and representing the West Indies, the Ambassadors for Bahamas (H.E. Cornelius Smith) and Trinidad & Tobago (H.E. Glenda Patricia Morean-Phillip) issued the following joint statement: "We strongly condemn the cowardly terrorist attack targeting the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore. This first attack on sports persons in South Asia is of great concern since these teams come together in a spirit of sportsmanship, peace, and goodwill. All of our countries stand together in urging the international community to work together to fight terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and dismantle the safe havens and support to terrorism. The perpetrators of this heinous act must be brought to justice and credible steps taken to dismantle capacities to carry out such acts of terrorism. We are resolved now more than ever to eradicate terrorism." (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Terrorists in ‘Safe Zone’ Pursue Fleeing Civilians & Kill Three of Them - MULLAITTIVU: THREE MORE civilians fell dead and one more was seriously injured early this morning (6) in CHALAI area when Tiger terrorists shot at them while they were fleeing from the ‘Safe Zone’ area on six boats to avoid LTTE atrocities. Tiger terrorists on a few of their boats had started pursuing and firing at those six boats with a large group of fleeing civilians in the MULLAITTIVU seas but those six boats had continued their adventurous sea journey. Three of those boats had managed to land at KEVIL-CHUNDIKULAM area near VETTALAKERNY with one injured civilian onboard. However, naval troops after spotting other three boats with three dead escapees have managed to conduct them to MUNAI area in the JAFFNA peninsula for safety. Those three dead civilians had received LTTE gunshot injuries across their chests and heads when terrorists moving out from the ‘Safe Zone’ on LTTE boats had fired on those fleeing boats (Sri Lanka Army).

184 civilians flee from LTTE, seek protection with security forces - A group of 184 civilians from 62 families have fled from LTTE clutches and sought protection with security forces at Chundikkulama, Vethalaikerni and Kaddaikadu North of Mullaittivu yesterday (March 5). The group included 61 men as many women, 27 boys and 35 girls, security sources adding that they had arrived onboard 9 boats form the declared 'no fire zone' (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry)..

Lahore attack attempt to precipitate DIPLOMATIC CRISIS - Was it a plan to take cricketers hostage? - Attempt to bargain with India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka? - Defence Analysts and intelligence services of South Asia are working hard to ascertain whether last Tuesday’s terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore was part of a larger plan to create a diplomatic crisis among South Asian nations. The initial reaction of Pakistani officials was that the attack had the same hallmark as the Mumbai terror attack last November, for which Pakistan based terrorists are being blamed by India. On the other hand, certain sections of the media in Pakistan are hinting that terrorists based in India may have caused the attack. Meanwhile, the United States while condemning the attack described it as an attack on positive relations between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Director, Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS) Amir Rana in an exclusive interview with Daily News said that investigators are trying to establish whether the terrorists had any external links. Attention has also being focused on Lakshar- e- Tayyiba (LeT) in view of its previously known connections with the LTTE. Defence analysts are not lightly discarding the theory put forward in an AP news report that the terrorists were planning to hijack the Sri Lankan cricket team. The use of heavy arms and ammunition, sophisticated communication equipment and high energy drinks by the attackers point to the possibility of a failed hostage drama, it said. This has led to speculation whether the LTTE in search for a life-line was using the Lahore terrorists to kidnap the cricketers and bargain with the Government for a ceasefire or whether the terrorists were intending to bargain with India or Pakistan to get the release of any of their arrested leaders. Any one of these scenarios would have precipitated a diplomatic crisis involving India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka whose repercussions would have spread to the entire South Asian region (Daily News).

Indian expert calls for South Asian anti-terrorism brain trust: HUM could be LTTE’s foreign hand - India’s top security expert said that five South Asian countries hit by the menace of terrorism should form a common brain trust to jointly deal with the threat. Security expert B. Raman, Additional Secretary (retd), Cabinet Secretariat and, presently, Director, Institute For Topical Studies said this in Chennai while referring to the attack on Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore. Asked about the speculation that the terrorist group Harkat-u-Mujahideen (HUM), which maintained close links with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) could be responsible for the :Lahore attack, Raman said in an interview, "If it turns out that the HUM had a hand in it, either it might have carried it out at its own instance to express its continuing solidarity with the LTTE or at the instance of the LTTE, which has not been able to carry out any successful terrorist strike in Sri Lanka recently." The expert also warned that as the LTTE is finally defeated and its terrorist infrastructure in Sri Lanka neutralised, it could try to keep the movement alive through acts of terrorism in foreign countries. "Jihadi terrorism emanating from the sanctuaries in Pakistani territory has assumed a pan-sub-continental dimension equally threatening all the countries of the sub-continent-- Afghanistan, Pakistan, , India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka," he said. "It is time these countries constitute a common counter-terrorism brains trust to deal with this threat jointly. Otherwise, they will continue bleeding separately." Raman pointed out that HUM is the closest ally of the LTTE in Pakistan. "LTTE has had a long history of relationship relating to arms supply and drug smuggling with HUM". He also said that Pro-LTTE members of the Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora and the terrorist organisations of the world with which it has had fraternal ties such as the Hizbollah and the HUM would come in handy especially at a time the movement is routed in Sri Lanka (Full report in Asian Tribune).

Minister tells ‘BBC HARDtalk’: Automatic ceasefire, if LTTE lays down arms - If the LTTE lays down their weapons tomorrow, there will not be any reason for us to fight. There will be an automatic ceasefire. As long as the LTTE is using weapons, as long as the LTTE is not allowing the civilians to leave, their freedom of movement being restricted, the civilians being shot and killed in cold blood and massive human rights violations being committed against the civilian population, our job is to ensure that this kind of terrorism is wiped out once and for all, said Disaster Management and Human Rights Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe in BBC HARDtalk interviewed by Stephen Sackur last Monday, March 2, 2009. Countering allegations on the use of heavy weapons Minister Samarasinghe said, “There is absolutely no justification to use heavy weapons and, in fact, about ten days ago, the Armed Forces took a conscious decision not to use any heavy weapons. As you know, the LTTE is now restricted in fact to a very small area of about 48 sq. km. and we cannot use heavy weapons.” “We have never targeted civilians and we will never target civilians, because, as I mentioned earlier, our fight is to liberate the civilians from terrorism We consciously avoided civilian areas because as I said earlier, what is the objective as far as the Government is concerned in targeting civilians, who are our own people. “These are Sri Lankans whom we are trying to liberate from the clutches of terrorism,” he added. Commenting on the allegation that civilians that have come from the LTTE held area are being kept for three years the Minister put the record straight. He said: “The plan has always been to resettle them in the shortest possible time but we cannot afford to take short-cuts... The demining has to take place, the basic infrastructure has to be put in place, services have to be provided, ‘go and see’ visits have to take place. We cannot force anyone to go back to their villages. It has to be an informed choice that the people themselves make. We do not want to keep these people a day later than we can help to avoid.” (Daily News).

What Exactly Did Mr. Holms Convey To The Security Council? - By L. Jayasooriya - Mr. Holms had direct access to Tamil civilians who have braved the LTTE bullets and crossed over to the army controlled areas. He had all the interpreters he needed and he talked to many displaced persons. They all would have told them how the LTTE kept them by force but he was deliberately not positive when he said "And there is strong evidence that the LTTE are preventing them from leaving." He then says that the government estimates of the number of people trapped are around 70,000 the UN estimates are around 200,000 and according to Tamil groups it is up to 300,000 or more. The government is in the best position to give these estimates. To quote other figures does not help unless he himself can come up with a figure giving reasons. When Mr. Holms says and I quote "…but we believe dozens of people per day at least are being killed and many more wounded" is it the Sri Lankan army that is killing them? He uses the word "believes" and is therefore not sure. It is interesting to note that Mr. Holms has met the Co-Chairs which in Sri Lanka are a standing joke. In the absence of his saying that he has cross checked and confirmed what the Co-Chairs have told him we conclude that his report is heavily influenced by them. Why did it not occur to Mr. Holms to remind the Co-Chairs about those 4.5 billion dollars? Please tell them that we don’t want it. We are very happy with what we have been able to do ourselves and with the help of genuine friends. I have seen happy children at play but never in my life have I seen such happy faces as I saw of Tamil children on the front page of the Island of 24th February, 2009. These are children that we have liberated from the LTTE. We consider them as our children (Full report in Asian Tribune).

Over 50 Tigers killed - Over 50 Tiger cadres were confirmed killed and scores injured South of Chalai as the 58 Division troops foiled an LTTE attempt to breach the Security Forces' defences South of Chalai yesterday, military sources told the Daily News. The LTTE faced this huge defeat at the hands of the 58 and 55 Division troops as they attempted to breach the Security Forces' defences linking the 58 and 55 Divisions south of Chalai early yesterday taking the cover of civilians trapped in the Safe Zone. According to military sources, Tiger cadres had attempted to reach the Security Forces' defences taking cover of hundreds of civilians trapped in the safe zone and confronted with troops operating south of Chalai early. Fierce fighting erupted early yesterday and continued till afternoon as Tiger leaders had sent its elite cadres from the Radha Regiment handling the personal security of Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran to launch the counter attack. "Commando troops attached to the 58 Division supported by infantry troops foiled this massive counter attack by over 150 cadres," a military official told the Daily News. "Troops were able to kill over 50 Tiger cadres and recovered 30 bodies of Radha Regiment cadres and their personal weapons and huge quantity of arms and ammunitions during a search and clear operation in the area last afternoon," the official said. The 55 Division also recovered three Tiger bodies in their effort to foil the massive counter attack by the LTTE. According ground sources in one of the rare occasions top level Tiger leaders Pottu Amman, Bhanu, Theepan, Velavan and Swarnam had led the Radha Regiment cadres in this counter attack to breach the Security Forces' defences. "Through these attacks, the LTTE is trying to come out from the huge pressure exerted by the troops confining them to less than 45 square kilometers," senior military officials added (Daily News).

Human rights not affected by war - The ongoing military operation in Sri Lanka has increased the need for humanitarian assistance but we (Sri Lanka) reject the assumption that it adversely affects human rights, said Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha, Secretary General Peace Secretariat and Secretary, Ministry of Disaster Management and Human Rights at the 10th session of the UN Human Rights Council held in Geneva on Wednesday. Prof. Wijesinha who was responding to comments made by the British Representative said Sri Lanka is close to eliminating one of the most effective terrorist organisations in the world and as such it should be encouraged rather than stymied by those who believe in human rights and basic human decency. Responding to comments made by the French Representative about civilians affected by the conflict being helpless before violations of human rights and international humanitarian law, Prof. Wijesinha said the moot point here was as to what extent terrorists could be subjected to such law. Civilians in the conflict zone were helpless because the LTTE would not let them go. Therefore all those concerned about these fellow citizens should make it loud and clear that the LTTE should not hold people hostage. Prof. Wijesinha said another misapprehension among those who seem to care about Sri Lanka was that Sri Lankan forces use child soldiers. Except for a few drummer boys in Britain, recruitment of child soldiers is not the preserve of regular armies but of terrorists. All those who want children held by terrorists released should welcome Sri Lanka's victory over terrorism (Full report in Daily News).

Lahore attack: Sleuths probe external links - The arrests into the terrorist attack on Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore indicate the investigators are trying to establish if the terrorists had any external links with the LTTE or militant groups in India, a Pakistani expert on Defence issues from the Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS) said. Speaking to Daily News from Islamabad Director PIPS Amir Rana said the investigators were also trying to ascertain the gunmen had any local links since no one has so far claimed responsibility for this day light ambush which left 8 killed, seven Lankan cricketers injured and the whole world stunned. So far over 20 people have been arrested in connection with the surprise attack on the Sri Lankan team convoy on its way to Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on their 3rd day of the 2nd Test match. The well planned attack as it turned out to be was carried out by heavily armed gunmen carrying rocket launchers, grenades and and AK-47s. Four of the arrested suspects is believed to have direct links with the terrorists. The following is the full interview, (Full report in Daily News).

Over 7,000 children conscripted by LTTE - Media and Information Minister cites recent UNICEF report: The UNICEF in a recent report has said that over 7,000 children were conscripted into the LTTE's fighting cadre and some have died while others are either injured or under LTTE custody, Media and Information Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa said. Addressing the media in Colombo, the Minister said several UN agencies and International organisations drew extensive attention on child conscription being carried out by the LTTE violating international norms and practices. The Minister said these children are abducted and enlisted to the Tiger forces after initial weapon training. "The LTTE should take the responsibility for putting these children's lives in jeopardy by depriving their right of education," he said. The LTTE's child conscription drive was streamlined after the TRO was set up in the North. The European Union last week demanded the immediate halt of child and civilian conscription into the LTTE's fighting force. The EU said that the LTTE should allow civilians to enter liberated areas and disarm itself for the benefit of civilians (Daily News).

Govt to set up 1,000-bed field hospital for IDPs - The Government is making arrangements set up a 1,000-bed field hospital for internally displaced persons fleeing Mullaitivu, Healthcare Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva told The Island. He said that more and more civilians were found to be fleeing from Mullaitivu and the hospitals were inadequate. The government will immediately take over the Pulmudai, Chettikulam and Padaviya provincial hospitals to house the sick IDPs, the Health Ministry said. It said it had decided to obtain 800 of the beds from eight Provinces as a matter of great urgency, because agency which imports hospital beds had run short of beds at the moment. He said that local doctors, nurses, paramedics, Laboratory Medical Technologists (MLT) and minor staff would be working in the field hospital while the Health Ministry would replenish medical supplies to other emergency care hospitals in Vavuniya, Trincomalee and Anuradhapura Teaching hospitals. The Health Ministry had also placed an emergency order for 100 hospital beds from India for the time being. A large number of fleeing civilians had been attacked by the LTTE and some had arrived sans legs and hands from Mullaitivu, the Minister said. Some had died on their way to Government controlled areas. The ICRC had been able to evacuate 2,200 injured civilians from the conflict areas, he said (Full report in island).

Train service to be extended to Thandikulam - The Northern line train, which currently operates up to Vavuniya, would be extended to Thandikulam before March 15, the Department of Railways said. A trial run was successfully conducted from Vavuniya to Thandikulam yesterday while another train with crew and equipment arrived at Thandikulam from Dematagoda to attend to repairs to the stretch of track which had not been maintained by the Railways Department during the past few years due to LTTE activities. The crew may also extend the repairs on the track beyond Thandikulam. In 2000 the train services were operated up to Thandikulam and later it was extended up to Omanthai. However the tracks and sleepers were removed by the LTTE beyond Thandikulam to construct bunkers and trains were not operated beyond Vavuniya during the last few years (Island).

Right to live in peace marred by LTTE :Devananda - “Freedom is a right that we all are born with and nobody under any circumstances could take away that right of ours from us. Our policy right-throughout has been that the Tamil Speaking People of this country should have the right to live in peace and harmony with equal rights as free citizens in a United Sri Lanka. However, many opportunities that paved way for realizing the aspirations of the Tamil Speaking People were lost due to the gung-ho attitude of the Tiger leadership”, said Minister of Social Services and Social Welfare and Secretary General of EPDP Douglas Devananda who is also Chairman of Special Task Committee, Northern Province. He spoke these words in addressing a meeting that held in Jaffna recently. “After winning Independence in 1948, an ethnic-riot broke out in 1958 and another in 1983.It was a well-known fact that some politicians who had been holding the reign of power responsible were for the disturbances. However, such riots had not taken place after Indo-Lanka pact coming into effect,” said the Minister. “During the present term of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, many Sinhala civilians had been killed by the LTTE but these incidents triggered no such riot. This is mainly due to the leadership and able guidance of the President. Times have changed, this is our country and this is our Government,” he added (Daily Mirror).

 

Thursday, 05 March 2009

Definitely LTTE may have executed this gun and grenade attack through an international terrorist group to create a backlash between Sinhalese and Tamils in Sri Lanka as they did in July 1983

 

The fingers that pulled the triggers may belong to Taliban or the al-Qaeda, but the paws belong to the LTTE Tamil Tigers

Sri Lankan cricketers, from left, Ajantha Mendis, Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara,Thilan Samaraweera and Tharanga Paranavitana together with team coach Paul Farbrace, and scenes from the attack in Lahore. Pictures: Courtesy AFP

Read more about LTTEs links with other international terrorist groups

 

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

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

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

[17] THE MAOIST THREAT

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

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

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

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

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

[23] Possible links between LTTE and al-Qaeda

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

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

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

 

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

Cricket Umpire Receives a Death Threat from LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists - The Daily Telegraph, Wednesday 12 May 1999 - Page 72 (Back Cover- Sports Page) (Read full details).

Thursday, 05 March 2009

Cat’s-paw behind the attack on cricketers - Asoka Subhawickrama, North Strathfield, Australia - Who was behind the attack on Sri Lankan cricketers? Naturally, because it was staged in Pakistan, it is tempting to believe that the Taliban.and the al-qaeda agents committed the crime.  But wary eyes see a more intriguing connection.  Consider the following: The attack was on the Sri Lankan cricketers playing in Pakistan.  Such an attack badly hurts both Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Therefore, the perpetrators must be an enemy of both. It is not known that Taliban and al-qaeda have any grudge with Sri Lanka, a country in which several million Muslims live in harmony with others. In 2006, the Pakistani High Commissioner in Sri Lanka was targeted by the Tamil Tigers (LTTE) in a massive claymore bomb attack in Colombo which killed 7 people, including 4 elite commandos protecting the High Commissioner and injured scores of others.  Pakistan, Sri Lanka’s friendliest neighbour - the main supplier of arms to Sri Lanka in her fight against terrorism - is regarded as a thorn in the flesh of the Tigers. Cricket, a gentlefolk’s game, has never been the target of any militants or terrorists other than the LTTE.  But, the Tigers consider overseas cricket venues as the most effective stages for their aggressive protests.  They began violating the sanctity of the cricket pitch decades ago.  First attack was carried out in the early eighties on none other than the holiest shrine of cricket – The Lords in England.  They breached security fences in the dead of the night to enter the grounds, dug up and poured burnt-out motor oil on the pitch where Sri Lanka was to play against England the next morning.  Since then, LTTE agents all over the world have targeted touring Sri Lankan cricketers on many occasions.  In Australia, they have made lurid protests, used sky-writing planes and low-flying helicopters with anti-Sri Lankan banners to attract the attention at almost every cricket series with Sri Lanka. In December 2005, in an article titled: “Armed and dangerous: Taliban gear up”, Pakistan Asia Times gave a detailed account of links between Taliban, al-Qaeda and the LTTE.  It quoted Pakistani intelligence sources which had discovered that the Taliban and the al-Qaeda used LTTE arms shipments in return for drug money and tactical support. At this very moment, the LTTE is being finally vanquished by the Sri Lankan forces.  Tigers in their death throes would have loved to give a parting shot to both their arch enemies, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. The fingers that pulled the triggers may belong to Taliban or the al-Qaeda, but the paws belong to the Tigers (Full report in SPUR).

SRI LANKAN CRICKET TEAM ATTACKED BY TERRORISTS – DO TAMIL TIGERS HAVE A HAND ON IT? -  By Malin Abeyatunge, Melbourne, Australia - There will condemnations pouring from whole wide world including the countries that have double standards (good and bad terrorists) on terrorism on this dastardly act on a good spirited Sri Lankan cricket team. According reports eight of our players were injured and 6 Pakistani policemen were killed. Let the nation prays for their speedy recovery. It appears that this has been committed by skilled gun men with meticulous planning. Politically, Pakistan had and has a very good relationship and mutual understanding with the Sri Lankan Government. There was hardly any misunderstanding between these two countries on political, economic, defense or social or any other issues. There were many instances where Pakistan came to Sri Lanka’s rescue in terms of aids when our country was hit by Tsunami, arms and other logistic military help against LTTE terrorists whilst India refused Sri Lanka in supplying military needs. So, Pakistan government is out of the equation and so is India albeit India was somewhat perturbed over this mutual understanding between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. India will not do anything to harm their second religion cricket. It is the cordial relationship between Pakistan and Sri Lanka that made Sri Lankan cricket team agree to fill the vacuum created by abandoning Pakistan-India test series after 26/11 Mumbai attack. The terrorist group that attacked the Sri Lanka cricket team is not yet known but one can speculate various scenarios. It may be a local terrorist group to bring disrepute to the ruling Pakistani Government and isolate cricket from the other cricketing nations. It may be a work of Taliban militants to show its bitterness against the present Pakistan Government’s policy on Talibans. In the recent past, the local terrorist outfits and Talibans have been targeting public buildings, Government offices, five star hotels and market places but why pick the Sri Lankan team is the million dollar question. Sports have nothing to do with politics. But, I must reiterate the fact that it was LTTE Tamil Tigers along with the so called Amnesty International who brought politics and terrorism in to the Sports arena at the last world cup cricket finals in West Indies. I therefore will not rule out LTTE’s hand on this attack as LTTE is in the edge of facing a humiliating defeat by Sri Lankan armed forces. Lately, it was observed that some Tamil Nadu politicians who are very much leaned towards LTTE are working hard to save LTTE from defeat. I therefore will not be surprised that the attackers were mercenaries hired by some Tamil Nadu politicians worked hand in glove with LTTE cells which are spread around in every country including India (Read full report).

LTTE had hand in attack on Sri Lanka cricket team – Gammanpila - Hela Urumaya (JHU) stalwart, Udaya Gammanpila yesterday said that the LTTE had a hand in Tuesday’s terrorist attack on the touring Sri Lanka cricket team in Lahore. "It’s a proven fact that the LTTE had close links with the al Qaeda and most terrorist organizations in the world are interlinked and support each other," he said at a news conference in Colombo. Gammanpila said that the renowned Sri Lankan author on terrorism, Rohan Gunaratna said in his book ‘Inside Al-Qaeda: Global network of terror." that the Sri Lankan terrorist outfit the LTTE had close links with Al-Qaeda and they supported each other. Responding to a question that it was more likely that the Pakistani militants were involved in the attack because they had threatened any international cricket team planning to visit Pakistan and this could be a warning to the Sri Lanka cricket team for not heeding their warning, Gammanpila said each person is entitled his or her opinion but this attack has raised serious questions about the conduct of terror groups all over the world. "Earlier, the LTTE didn’t get involved in such attacks because they were concerned about international opinion, but they know that they are being defeated by the security forces and don’t care about the international opinion any more. They are launching these attacks in sheer frustration giving the message that the forces should stop the offensive (Island).

Terrorist Attack on Sri Lankan Cricket Team - SPUR unreservedly condemns the cowardly terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan Cricket Team that occurred in Lahore in Pakistan today, 3rd March 2009.Twelve terrorists armed to the teeth with Kalashnikovs, grenades and rocket launchers attacked an unarmed sporting team. Had the players not been alert the death count would have been more. Eight Pakistani police officers gave their lives to safe guard the Sri Lankan players, who, unfortunately did not escape unscathed from the attack.Whoever perpetrated this atrocity, had one thing in mind, to cause the utmost damage possible to Pakistani Cricket and to the Sri Lankan team. What could they hope to achieve by targeting a cricket team – causing the match and the series to be abandoned.Let us hope the trauma of this does not affect the form of the players in future and let us hope that this does not affect the game of cricket – that brings a lot of pleasure to young and old, rich and poor alike – does not suffer in the Sub Continent as a result of this attack by cowardly terrorists. Wherever terrorism flourishes it should be eradicated. The world community MUST NOT molly coddle terrorists and terrorist organizations. They must  act pro-actively and uniformly to defeat the terrorists as terrorism has emerged as the biggest single issue affecting the peaceful-coexistence of nations. Terrorism anywhere is terrorism everywhere (read full Media Release).

Musical Instruments Used by LTTE Top Rung While Wining Detected - MULLAITTIVU: TASK FORCE II troops conducting search and clear operations into LTTE vacated strongholds in UDAYARKATTUKULAM area on Wednesday (4) afternoon were amused to find an assortment of LTTE musical instruments, most probably that would have been used by Tiger leader, PRABHAKARAN and his senior cohorts for entertainment. Eight side drums, two pairs of Tabla, one big melodica, one flute, four audio speakers, discs, one harmonium, one General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) tripod, thirty-two Multi Purpose Machine Gun tripod (MPMG), two hundred and fifty rounds of (H 37/36 SBY) live ammunition, one hammer drill, eight water pumps, forty break pads, twenty oil filters, four hundred and fifty blankets, forty binding wire rolls, , thirteen empty gas cylinders, one roller, four computer monitors, two Cannon printers, two sewing machines, one computer UPS, fifty 6X8 tent clothes, one hundred and eighty-nine welding sticks, two hundred and sixty welding sticks, one photo copy machine and one grinder were among the recoveries made by the troops. Several empty imported liquor bottles including whisky, rum, brandy and vodka were also found stacked in one corner of the building in which all above items were found. It is believed terrorist leaders after gathering at intervals were in the habit of using expensive liquor for enjoyment at this place to the tunes of Tamil melodies and songs. Meanwhile, troops on search and clear operations in KIRANCHI area KILINOCHCHI on Wednesday (4) found one body amour, one T-56 magazine and fourteen anti personnel mines (Sri Lanka Army).

International community now aware of LTTE’s atrocities and recruitment of child soldiers – Media Minister -: The international community was now aware of the LTTE’s recruitment of child soldiers and other atrocities and they have expressed grave concern, Media and Information Anura Priyadharshana Yapa told the weekly Cabinet news conference this afternoon. Addressing the local and the Colombo based foreign media at the Government Information Department auditorium, Minister Yapa said that both the UNICEF and the European Union have expressed grave concern not only about the recruitment of child soldiers, but also about the LTTE not allowing civilians to cross over to the liberated areas. The Minister said that a UNICEF survey has revealed that the LTTE has recruited over 7000 children and trained them as child soldiers mostly which included girls and the majority of them were recruited after the establishment of the Tamil Rehabilitation Organisation (TRO) in 2003. He also said that some of the people fleeing from the LTTE areas could also include members of the LTTE. Responding to a question from a journalist to the Government’s response to a clarion call of the Human Rights Watch to both the Government and the LTTE to allow the civilians to freely allow the civilians to move over to the liberated areas, the Minister said that it was up to the LTTE to allow civilians to move to the liberated areas. Once the LTTE allows the civilians to move to the liberated areas, we will offer them all the protection with the other amenities such as food clothing, shelter and education, he said (Full report in Asian Tribune).

British parliamentarian suffering from an overdose of imagination - Andrew Dismore, Labour Member of Parliament for an obscure suburb in Northwest London, sounds as though he has been sniffing something. In an article described rather hopefully as ‘comment’ on the Guardian website today, he does a very good job of repeating LTTE propaganda, while completely failing to note what are accepted by the United Nations and other international agencies as the essential facts of the Sri Lankan conflict. The only point Dismore gets right is that the Sri Lankan government is currently in the middle of fighting, but this is a war against a banned terrorist organisation, not the Tamil people. While the LTTE did at one time represent the aspirations of sections of the Tamil community, that was long ago. Today, Tamils are desperate to get away to the safety of Government controlled areas, and the LTTE is shooting them in the back. This can’t be dismissed as the crazed efforts of a group fighting for its survival either, although that would be bad enough. The LTTE has long trampled on the rights of the Tamil community, and they have responded by withdrawing support. Tamils have been killed in large numbers by the LTTE, particularly those who have attempted to take on leadership roles. Members of rival groups who joined mainstream politics in preference to continuing their violent struggle against the state have fared the worst, but they have certainly not been alone. The LTTE has killed prominent civil society activists, the Deputy Secretary General of the Peace Secretariat and the Foreign Minister, to name but a few of the Tamil people who have been cut down so far. Of course the fact that the LTTE is a fascist organisation doesn’t justify anything other than what the Sri Lankan government is doing, which is attempting to put a stop to its atrocities. Terrorists can’t be allowed to control territory, not only as a matter of very obvious principle in a democratic country, but also because it enables them to manufacture suicide jackets, construct planes, submarines and so on, and brainwash the poor children they regularly abduct without fear of interruption (Full report in SCOPP).

Killing Fields of the LTTE - By Gomin Dayasri - The right to life is paramount. A nation state is obliged to safeguard the life of civilians and offer security to its people. A terrorist organization has no such obligation. LTTE's objective is to carve a state out of Sri Lanka and to achieve its goal will not hesitate to endanger and sacrifice human life. It commenced with the LTTE first killing Tamil politicians and Tamil policemen loyal to Sri Lanka. Then they turned towards the rival terrorists' fractions and eliminated those who competed with them to achieve their aspiration- to reign supreme without a challenge to their authority as the sole representative of the Tamil people. Their next target was the TULF politician who taught them the rudiments of secession but preferred to keep their distinct identity and ideology, unlike Sambandan and his TNA fellow travelers still trying to prop the LTTE. In the midst of killing their own people they branded the Sinhalese as a race that torture maim and eliminate any innocent Tamil males they encounter; rape and ravish any Tamil women they meet. Those escaping from the clutches of the LTTE express they were so brain washed and were bewildered at the kindness with which they are treated on making the crossing. To the LTTE, Sinhalese was the bane of their lives, so they killed villagers, city dwellers, monks, pilgrims, cultivators, children and the aged without any scruples. Killing civilians was a way of life for the terrorists for 30 years. In fact, they eliminated numerically more Tamils that lived under their rule, than the Sinhalese. There methods of dealing with crime and punishment were cruel and barbaric. They took the Tamils back to medieval times having to perpetually idolize Prabhakaran and live according to the edicts of the LTTE (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Bumper paddy harvest in the East - Thousands of acres of paddy land in the Eastern Province were left fallow during the long years of conflict. The prevailing insecurity made it difficult for farmers to access their fields, while many people left the region altogether. Further, the LTTE compelled farmers in areas under its control to pay into its coffers after each harvest, which affected the profitability of their enterprises. Paddy cultivation dropped sharply. Since the military operations of 2006 and 2007, the Government has focused its attention on promoting economic activity in the Eastern Province. A key aspect of this strategy has been supporting production. The Provincial Ministry of Agriculture has led these efforts. Having first identified the owners of abandoned paddy lands, hardly an easy task, it set itself to provide the necessary inputs. Seed paddy has been distributed on a wide scale, along with farming equipment. As a result, land under cultivation has gone up dramatically. While a mere 277,776 acres were cultivated in 2007/8, this extent has increased by 47% to 408,952 acres in 2008/9. The Eastern Province now supplies 30% of the local demand for rice, which is a major contribution to the national economy, as well as being a tremendous gain for the local people. One of the problems encountered is the tendency for increased yields to force down prices. Private traders, bent on making a bigger profit, have started to offer less than the standard Rs. 28 to Rs. 30 per kilo, which makes it difficult for farmers to break even (Full report in SCOPP).

Anti Personnel Mines & Claymore Remotes Found - AMPARA & MANNAR: SECURITY Forces during search operations in KANCHIKUDICHCHIARU, AMPARA recovered eight anti personnel mines, seven fuses, three claymore remote controllers with two antennas and one LTTE flag Wednesday (4) afternoon. Similarly, troops conducting search and clear operations on MADHU road found one claymore mine of 5 kg, one detonator code of 4 ft and one electric detonator (Sri Lanka Army)

SCOPP Secretary General exercises right to reply at UN Human Rights Council - Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha, Secretary General of the Peace Secretariat and Secretary to the Ministry of Human Rights and Disaster Managment responded to comments made by the British and French representatives at the High Level Segment of the 10th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva yesterday. His remarks are carried in full below. Mr President, Sri Lanka thanks the distinguished Minister from the United Kingdom for his condolences to those affected by the terrorist attack on our cricket team in Labore. We too condole with them, and in particular the families of the servicemen who died in protecting our sportsmen. They may only have been doing their duty, but we here must never forget the sacrifices of servicemen fighting against terror, even as we regret its impact on civilians. Our cricketers escaped that attack, and I use the work advisedly, not as the noble Lord did in suggesting that certain countries, including perhaps Sri Lanka, had escaped Council attention, and that this must be examined. This Council, Mr President, is not a terrorist organisation, it does not target its members who then fortuitously escape. This Council is about principles and issues, not personal or political predilections. It is also about Human Rights as a whole. We in Sri Lanka, and all of you here, must appreciate the need to improve the human rights situation in all our countries. The High Commissioner has stressed the importance of social and economic rights, this Council has focused on the right to development. The Universal Periodic Review process is intended to keep all of us on our toes, on behalf of all our peoples. Complacency on the part of anyone is misplaced (Full report in SCOPP).

Indian daily: Sri Lanka LTTE suspected in attack on cricketers - NEW DELHI, March 4 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka has not ruled out a role by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in Tuesday's attack on the country's cricket players in Pakistan, according to a news report by the Indian daily The Asian Age Wednesday. The newspaper quoted Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama as saying in an interview that while he did not intend to "jump into conclusion," he couldn't "rule out the involvement of any terrorist organization at this moment." The foreign minister hinted that the LTTE could be involved in Tuesday's attack, in which Six Pakistani policemen were killed and six Sri Lankan cricketers injured when a dozen gunmen attacked the cricketers' convoy in Lahore. He said the attacks were "another instance" of the threats posed by terrorists, and called on India and the international community to "counter terrorism in all its forms and manifestations," according to the report. The LTTE staged a high-profile suicide raid upon Colombo late last month with two planes, while Sri Lankan government forces have been on offensive against the LTTE strongholds in the northern part of the country. In a separate report, The Asian Age quoted Indian intelligence experts based in Chennai, Tamil Nadu in south India, as saying that the attack on Sri Lankan cricketers could be the handiwork of an Al Qaida-linked militant group, Markat-u-Mujahideen, with which the LTTE had been closely linked during the 1980s and 1990s in trafficking drugs and arms. LTTE provided ships for transporting heroin from Afghan-Pakistan region and in return got weapons from the militant group, the newspaper quoted the intelligence sources as saying (China View).

Attack on cricketers - World terrorism sees no boundaries - The brutal terrorist carnage caused in Lahore, Pakistan by the cowardly attack on the convoy transporting Sri Lankan cricketers is condemned by our Society in unequivocal terms. World governments, statesmen and opinion leaders need to stand up in no uncertain terms on attacks on civilians and civilian institutions by armed terrorists. World media has a debt and a responsibility not to sensationalise brutal terrorism, or to continue to feed on knowingly biased information provided by terrorist propaganda arms or fronts that eventually snowball into further publicity and news material. The human suffering caused to the deceased and the injured, and the despair caused to their kith and kin is tragic and totally unwarranted. Our Society expresses its sympathy to all affected by this carnage and wish speedy recovery from trauma and injuries. We convey our deepest condolences to the families of the Pakistani Police personnel and the civilians who provided protection to the Sri Lankans, whilst sacrificing their own lives. Sri Lanka itself has seen a thirty year period of human carnage caused by terrorism. It is now at the tail end of a war to eliminate armed terrorism from its own soil. There are many organisations and individual who unashamedly throw a lifeline to these deadly Tamil Tiger terrorists considering them to be fighting for 'justifiable cause'. Justifiable causes can be a wide spectrum of myths, imaginations, untruths and aspirations, indoctrinations or even readily manufactured to suit the audience. If such easy and simple escape routes are provided to terrorists there will be no place for democracy in this world. Pakistan has steadfastly stood by Sri Lanka throughout this period of calamity. Tamil Tiger terrorists of Sri Lanka have targeted Pakistani diplomatic personnel posted to Sri Lanka on earlier occasions and as such Pakistan has partly borne the brunt of the terrorist war in Sri Lanka (Read full Media Release).

SCOPP Secretary General addresses UNHCR meeting in Geneva - Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha, Secretary General of the Peace Secretariat and Secretary to the Ministry of Disaster Management and Human Rights, addressed the 44th Meeting of the Standing Committee of the UN High Commission for Refugees in Geneva yesterday. His response to a presentation by Janet Lim, Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, is carried in full below. Madam Chair - Sri Lanka wishes to place on record its appreciation of UNHCR support for our government in its efforts to alleviate the situation of the internally displaced, and to provide them with durable solutions. As you are aware, when we requested others to leave the Vanni, where the LTTE then held full sway, UNHCR was one of the two UN agencies we wanted to remain, along with the World Food Programme, and in addition to the ICRC, because the humanitarian work they were doing was so important that they could have avoided falling prey to the LTTE. Unfortunately the UN family decided to withdraw everyone, but UNHCR has since been helping us with our Welfare Villages, from the days when only a few thousand people were able to get away from the LTTE. In this connection we must pay particular tribute to the Confidence Building and Stabilisation Measures Project that UNHCR initiated a year or so back, which has done much to provide relief and opportunities for self help to our fellow citizens who had suffered so much (Full report in SCOPP).

PAKISTAN GOVERNMENT OFFERS $ 125,000 REWARD FOR INFORMATION THAT HELPS TO ARREST TERRORISTS IN THE ATTACK ON SRI LANKA CRICKETERS - By Walter Jayawardhana - The Pakistan government offered US $ 125,000 (or 10 million Pakistan Rupees ) as reward for anyone giving help to catch the terrorists who attacked the Sri Lankan cricket team near Lahor’s Gaddafi Stadium. At a joint press conference held together Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama the Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Quereshi said in Islamabad that the Pakistani law enforcement authorities have “important leads”. Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama in a statement broadcast by a state owned television channel in Sri Lanka said that the Pakistani President Asif Ali Sardari has telephoned President Mahinda Rajapaksa and had expressed his apology to the President, the government and the people of Sri Lanka over the incident. So far , no group has claimed responsibility for the attack. A news agency quoting a shocked juice shop owner near the Liberty Chowk traffic circle where the attack took place quoted him as saying , “We just can’t understand why anyone would want to kill Sri Lankan players. They have nothing to do” with the fight against Islamic militants. A US State Department spokesman, Gordon Dugid has said, “We condemn this vicious attack on innocent civilians, but also on the positive relations that Pakistan and Sri Lanka are trying to enjoy. This is not just an attack on individuals; this is an attack on peaceful, normal relations. And we utterly condemn this terrorist attack.We send our condolences to the families of the victims, and we send our condolences to the injured and the wounded. The Pakistani police, I am given to understand, were extremely brave in protecting their charges and should be commended.” Pakistan and Sri Lanka have maintained excellent relations with each other for decades and together with China is the principal supplier of military hardware in the on going war with the Tamil Tigers at present.  The Sri Lankan Foreign Minister said that Pakistan has promised to share all the relevant information with Sri Lanka. Geo Television reported the police has taken into custody about 100 suspects but did not reveal its source. (EOM).

Islamic militant linked to LTTE responsible for Lahore attack - According to reliable sources, Indian intelligence experts on Tamil terrorist activities in Tamil Nadu have named Market-U-Mujahideen, a militant group linked to Al Qaida and having close links with the LTTE as a potential mastermind of the attack. European intelligence sources disclosed that Mossad and CIA of the United States suspect of their involvement. The LTTE maintained very close links with Markat-U-Mujahideen since the 1980s. Many heads of the outfit had close relations with Velupillai Prabhakaran. The LTTE provided ships to this group to transport heroin from the Afghan–Pakistan region and in return secured weapons from the militant group. According to the Asian Tribune website, some in international quarters have suggested that the LTTE could have given a contract to the Islamic militant group to carry out the Lahore attack.Meanwhile, GEO TV has reported that nearly 60 persons have been arrested in relation to the attack. The Khaleeja Times newspaper reported that, as the mastermind of the attack has not been arrested, the Punjab State Government has decided to offer a cash reward of 10 million Pakistani rupees to any person providing information on him and other suspects (Full report in ITN News).

Terrorists tried to take Lankan cricketers hostage? - Investigations into Tuesday’s terror attack on a bus carrying Sri Lankan cricketers in Lahore are likely to move in a different direction following a statement by a Pakistani official that the assailants may have tried to take the players hostage. This unnamed official told the international media that that the paraphernalia the gunmen were carrying suggested that they had come ready for a long siege. He was quoted by Associated Press as saying that working in pairs, the attackers in Lahore carried walkie-talkies and backpacks stuffed with water, dried fruit and other high-energy food, a sign they anticipated a protracted siege and may have been planning to take the players hostage. Excerpts of the AP dispatch filed by Krishan Francis, under the caption, ‘Sri Lanka’s experience helped save team in Lahore’: Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene says living in a country troubled by civil war helped save his team as it came under fire from gunmen in Pakistan. The Sri Lankan team returned on a special charter flight early Wednesday to the capital Colombo, where the exhausted-looking players had an emotional private reunion with their families. Batsman Thilan Samaraweera was seen being taken from the airport to a hospital in Colombo. Jayawardene said Tuesday’s attack in Lahore should prompt cricket authorities to put player security higher on the list of criteria in assessing the viability of tours. "This is something for all of us to realize, whoever made all these decisions... that we need to think more than cricket," said Jayawardene (Full report in Island).

Undue Recognition For Sea Tigers - In the early hours of yesterday (02 March) the alarm was raised in the eastern coast of Sri Lanka (Chalai) about an incoming seaborne attack on the troops of 55 Division. The ground troops ashore managed to put their heavy guns into action in a valiant attempt to repulse a possible attack from the sea by the sea tigers. It is so puzzling for all of us to see that this incident has been unduly puffed up by one short-sighted journalist of our country who is hell bent on doing anything for money and moreover do 'Shopping' for certain top-guns in the country today without having seen or heard what a real Naval battle is, and even without a scanty understanding about the Principles of Naval warfare. The worst of all things is that his naive effort to convince the reader that the LTTE is yet capable of mustering so many number of Sea Tiger boats and more surprisingly launching them from a mere stretch of 20 Km coast line and 50 Km2 land mass left for them despite the fact that they are being beaten from all points of the compass. It is true that our troops managed to repulse a possible desperate attack by the Sea Tigers. The visuals telecast on the state owned TV channel Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC), in its evening news bulletins, stand testimony as to how many craft the LTTE could manage to muster, how effective the fire was and how close the LTTE craft were from the coast (Full report in Asian Tribune).

Govt. blasts voluntary organizations - The Government yesterday lashed out at some voluntary organizations for extending what it termed as support to the LTTE propaganda machinery at this stage by making baseless allegations against the country. Opening the debate on the Emergency, Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake said the LTTE which is on the brink of total defeat on the war front, had intensified its propaganda activities. He said some voluntary organizations had supported this machinery by making unnecessary allegations against the Government in international forums. “They accuse the Government of prosecuting a genocidal war. Yet, there is no such thing happening. If there is any genocide will the Government allow Tamil people to live in peace in the East,”? he asked. H e said that Tamils live among the Sinhalese in the South today. “These organizations depend on dollars and euros from foreign countries. They have been blinded by such funding”, he said. He said that these organizations remain tight-lipped when certain foreign powers commit similar crimes similar to those they attribute to the Sri Lanka government. Referring to the ceasefire call, he said that the Government would never agree to a ceasefire at this hour. “We know what the LTTE used the past ceasefires for. We will not make that mistake again. When the LTTE is cornered the forces clamour for a ceasefire,” he said. The Prime Minister said that the humanitarian operations would be brought to an end very soon after wiping out terrorism. “It will happen even today or tomorrow,” he said (Daily Mirror).

No ceasefire -PM - The Government has no intention to go for a ceasefire with the LTTE, Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayaka said. “Every time when the LTTE faced a severe set back, they spoke about a ceasefire. But the LTTE cannot mislead this Government through such traps. Our Armed Forces have been able to reveal to the country how the LTTE terrorists were strengthened during the ceasefire period. If that trend continued, the entire country would have been in danger,” he told Parliament yesterday. The Prime Minister said the best opportunity has now been created to eradicate LTTE terrorism which threatened the country for the last three decades. The Premier participating in the Emergency debate said the day to eliminate terrorism may be tomorrow. “However, we cannot remain idle by entirely vesting this responsibility on our Armed Forces. It is the responsibility of everyone to join hands and create an environment conducive to our Armed Forces to achieve their final goal,” he said. “All the military victories achieved by our war heroes belong to the country. Our future generation would enjoy the benefits of these victories. Therefore we all should extend the maximum support to the Armed Forces to put an end to terrorism without dragging the country’s future to darkness, anymore,” Prime Minister Wickramanayaka said. “Amidst various difficulties, our war heroes have been able to achieve significant victories in the battle front. Terrorists even in the face of their total annihilation, attempt to cause maximum damage to the civilians and the Armed Forces. The Government has clearly understood this situation. The Government has taken all possible measures to prevent any further acts of terrorism planned by the LTTE”, he said. “The international observers have pointed out on many occasions that the LTTE had violated the ceasefire agreement. In this situation, how can we go for a ceasefire with the LTTE by further placing confidence on them? the Premier queried. At present the people have understood the actual situation. The people living in uncleared areas in the North are returning to Government controlled areas even risking their lives, he said. The LTTE is having a hatred towards all communities steps should be taken to completely destroy this LTTE mentality, the Prime Minister said.Some Tamil politicians make various irresponsible statements in foreign countries to favour the LTTE. A question has arisen as to why certain elements do not like to put an end to terrorism, he added. “A double standard cannot be maintained towards the battle launched to eradicate terrorism. It would undermine the great sacrifices made by our heroic Armed Forces to put an end to terrorism” Prime Minister Wickramanayake added (Full report in Daily News).

Who wanted to kill Lankan cricketers? - There will be as many guesses to this question as the number of persons you ask. My answer to this question is just another guess. For something that is not spontaneous but well planned there has to be a deep-rooted reason. The Israeli athletes were killed out of hate for Israel. If the attack on SL cricketers was done out of hate for the Sri-Lankan government then it could be the LTTE which is the master mentor of all terrorist groups and as such has access to the terrorists in that part of the world. The LTTE also has the support and the backing of all the so-called IC countries that have banned the LTTE officially but turn a blind eye to what they do in their countries except perhaps the USA. If this attempt to murder the SL cricketers was done out of hate for Pakistan I would rule India out for several reasons the chief of which being that Muslim terrorist groups are not under the control of India. A non-Muslim country that could manipulate the Muslim terrorists in that part of the world and at the same time does not like Pakistan and wants to discredit it with some motive behind would be a likely suspect. Pakistani investigations may lead to the name of a hitherto unknown terrorist group but not even the main terrorist group let alone the master mind behind it. As long as the IC countries support the LTTE with the idea of de-stabilizing the developing and the under-developed countries to suit their plans they could one day very soon find terrorist activities operating on their soil with local political backing. The LTTE seeks and obtains entry to these countries on the grounds that they are either escaping the genocide of the Sinhalese or that they are discriminated against, and having come in get local politicians to support them in return for their votes which are hundreds of thousands in each electorate thereby undermining the sovereignty of the IC countries (Full letter in Island).

Article titled ‘Journalists in the cross hairs of Sri Lanka war’ - Dear Mark, I write in reference to your article titled ‘*Journalists in the cross hairs of **Sri Lanka** war’ *which is at http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-srilanka-journalists1-2009mar01,0,2922825.story.There are several factors that I believe you need to consider in relation to the assasination of the Sunday Leader editor Lasanda Wickrematunge and the letter he allegedly wrote foretelling his death.  * A senior Sri Lankan journalist, Rajpal Abeynayake, the editor of the Lakbima news categorically states that the editorials of the Sunday Leader were ghost written. This includes the editorial “foretelling” his death. Please see the article by Rajpal Abeynayake titled *“*Lasantha: ...truth cannot be divined from untruth...” at http://www.lakbimanews.lk/archvi/lakbimanews_09_01_18/columns/col1.htm* The Sinhala language newspaper Divaina of the 18/01/2009 reports that the President of Sri Lanka at a media conference had stated that Lasantha used to visit him regularly and used to provide him with information on the activities of the opposition UNP (Read full).

A cowardly act - S.H.Moulana Riyadh - The attack on Sri Lankan cricketers in Lahore was a despicable, cowardly act. While all other major teams, including India, refused to play in Pakistan, Sri Lanka readily volunteered to tour despite the terrorist threats. In return Pakistan assured the tourists, security normally provided to a visiting President. It is very unfortunate but looks like it is the end of the road for cricket in Pakistan. We fail to understand why the Pakistani government thought that the terrorists would not target the sportsmen, when they can kill innocent men, women and children. At least for the time being, Pakistan can forget about hosting any matches until the country returns to absolute normalcy. When will this happen, is the million dollar question! The brave Sri Lankans who undertook this tour did not deserve this fate. Questions will be asked about the insufficient security arrangements despite the deaths of several policemen. We condemn this barbaric attack on Sri Lankan cricketers who have nothing to do with the political turmoil in Pakistan. This is the darkest day in the history of Pakistani cricket and it occurred in a place which Sri Lankan fans treasured so much, the city of Lahore, the venue where they won the Cricket World Cup in 1996 with thundering support from the Pakistani fans. Finally, a word of appreciation for the cricket- loving Pakistani public who carried placards in the grounds, while the game was on, appreciating the Sri Lankans’ visit to their country. Cricket or no cricket this will in no way affect the excellent relations between the two friendly countries (Island).

LAHORE TERROR 3/3: Failed hostage drama comes to light - Attackers were planning to take cricketers hostage: Pakistan published photos of two of the militants who ambushed Sri Lanka’s cricket team and offered a reward yesterday for help tracking the men who killed six policemen and wounded seven players. The assault on Tuesday in the eastern city of Lahore by between 12 and 14 assailants bore many similarities to last year’s three-day hostage drama in the Indian financial capital of Mumbai. Working in pairs, the attackers in Lahore carried walkie-talkies and backpacks stuffed with water, dried fruit and other high-energy food - a sign they anticipated a protracted siege and may have been planning to take the players hostage, an official said. None of the gunmen were killed and all apparently escaped into this teeming city after a 15-minute gunbattle with the convoy’s security detail. Besides the six police officers, a driver of a vehicle in the convoy was also killed, officials said. Five Sri Lankan players, Captain Mahela Jayawardena, Vice Captain Kumar Sangakkara, Ajantha Mendis, Thilan Samaraweera and Tharanga Paranavitana and assistant coach Paul Farbrace were wounded, none with life-threatening injuries. The bus was peppered with 25 bullet holes. The attack was among the highest-profile terrorist strikes on a sports team since the 1972 Munich Olympics, when Palestinian militants killed 11 Israeli athletes. By targeting a much-loved sport in Pakistan and elsewhere in South Asia, the gunmen were certain to draw international attention to the government’s inability to provide basic security as it battles militants linked to al-Qaida and the Taliban and faces accusations that it is harbouring terrorists. The attack ended Pakistan’s hopes of hosting international cricket teams - or any (Full report in Daily News).

Navy rescues more civilians - Another batch of 97 civilians, fleeing from uncleared areas of Mullaitivu, using six fiber glass boats, were rescued by the Sri Lanka Navy, in the seas East of Point Pedro yesterday. The small boats were overcrowded and was moving very slowly and precariously when Navy personnel intervened to save their lives, sources said. The group had consisted of 60 adults (26 males and 34 females) and 37 children. Navy sources said that they had spotted the white-flag hoisted dinghies, moving at an alarmingly slow speed due to over-crowding and had made a quick rescue move, to escort the fear-stricken passengers to the Munai Beach. The rescued had been immediately provided with food and medical assistance, and those in need of advanced treatment were rushed to the hospital after the initial treatment provided by the Naval medical personnel. The Navy also added that the civilians escaping LTTE clutches using sea routes were on the rise. The Navy also intervened to rescue another batch consisting of more than 30 civilians the day before.They added that special arrangements were in place with, Naval personnel and vessels consisting rescue and medical teams deployed in the North-Eastern seas (Daily News).

Army chief emphasizes on civilian safety - Army Chief Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka yesterday directed ground commanders to take all possible measures to avoid civilian casualties. "Offensive action within the 45 sq km area inclusive of the civilian safety zone should be carried out taking all possible safety precautions with utmost precision due to the presence of large number of civilians," Fonseka told his senior ground commanders Wednesday (4) morning at the Vanni Security Forces Headquarters in Vavuniya. He said that LTTE infiltrators would try their maximum to inflict injury on both civilians and ground troops as they have already done in several instances. Their ability for frontal fighting as before has drastically diminished and the terror outfit has been badly affected due to lack of manpower and replenishments. They have now resorted to storming the ‘Safety Zone’ and abducting children of the escapees. "Our progress from now onwards should be made meticulously, taking maximum precautions, keeping the civilian factor in mind at all times," Commander of the Army specified during the meeting at Vanni Headquarters (Full report in Island).

Pro-LTTE outfit leader held for defending Rajiv's killing - Dindigul (TN), Mar 2 (PTI) Leader of a pro-LTTE outift was today arrested on the charge of defending the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi by the Tigers. Thanthai Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam leader Kolathur Mani was arrested in Salem for his speech at a public meeting here on February 26, police said. Addressing the meeting, Mani had reportedly stated that "the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi was a right action". This is the second time Mani had been arrested for speaking in support of banned LTTE since December last. Earlier, Mani, along with film director Seeman and another person, was arrested on December 19 for supporting the LTTE at a meeting in Erode district. Mani was later released on bail. The state government had recently warned that it would not tolerate criticism of national leaders and burning of their portraits during protests over Sri Lankan Tamil issue. Congress had also been demanding stringent action against pro-LTTE elements for burning effigies and portraits of party leaders over the issue (Full report in PTI).

Wednesday, 04 March 2009

U.S. condemns attack on SL cricket team - U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday expressed deep concern about the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Pakistan, saying the country's frontier regions still is the safe heaven for terrorists. "Obviously, we are deeply concerned," Obama told reporters in the White House after meeting with visiting British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, according to Xinhua News Agency. The U.S. State Department too condemned the attack, which was the first deadly attack targeted a foreign sports team in Pakistan. "We condemn this vicious attack on innocent civilians but also on the positive relations that Pakistan and Sri Lanka are trying to enjoy," said deputy spokesman Gordon Duguid. "This is an attack on peaceful, normal relations, and we utterly condemn this terrorist attack (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Rocket misses Mahela & boys, gun fire injures six Rex Clementine reporting from LahoreSix of the twelve attackers killed - Seven policemen, 2 civilians killed - Waqar condemns attack - Assailants not identified - In what could be described as a repeat of Munich 1972, the Sri Lankan cricket team came under a heavy attack by 12 masked gunmen while on their way to the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. Thilan Samaraweera and Tharanga Paranavithana were the worst hurt while Ajantha Mendis, Kumar Sangakkara, Suranga Lakmal, Thilan Tushara Mirando and assistant coach Paul Farbrace sustained minor injuries. But the situation could have been much worse according to one Sri Lankan player. "I was sitting right in front of the team bus alongside Chaminda Vaas and as we reached the roundabout a white car intercepted us. They started firing and as we dived to the floor to take cover, from behind a rocket launcher was fired and fortunately for us that missed the bus. It hit a transmitter nearby and exploded. It could have been terrible had it hit the bus. This was a narrow escape for us," Tillekeratne Dilshan, who made a hundred during Sri Lanka’s innings on Tuesday told The Island in the aftermath of the attack. Samaraweera, who had scored his second successive double hundred on Monday sustained injuries on his leg, while Paranavithana, who had made his debut in Karachi, had wounds close to his chest (Full report in Island).

'Enough already with the genocide talk of LTTE' - Look at the Reality (By: John Thompson - President - The Mackenzie Institute in Toronto) "LTTE claims to 'represent' all Tamils on the Island; and murdered tens of thousands of them to underscore the point. They've killed Tamils from rival insurgent movements, from federalist parties, schoolteachers who wouldn't let them recruit children from their classrooms, people who wouldn't pay extorted 'war taxes', and many more. When engaged in 'Ethnic Cleansing' (a favorite LTTE activity a few years back), it was hard to segregate Sinhalese from Tamils from Muslims when walloping machetes into panicked villagers in the middle of the night. Grenades tossed in crowded cellars aren't discriminating either. Truck bombs rammed into an office tower and time bombs on crowded buses also couldn't differentiate between Sinhalese and Tamils, writes opinion columnist, John Thompson, President of the Mackenzie Institute in Toronto- Canada (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Oxfam GB on material found at LTTE facility - Apropos our front-page news item last Monday (March 2), Oxfam GB said that a reference to Oxfam materials found at an LTTE communication facility was misleading. "We wish to categorically state that at no time had we donated any communication or other equipment to the LTTE. The picture carried with the news item is a lid of a bucket, one of several items necessary for public health that was handed over to the Government Agent on September 23rd 2008. In September 2008 the Government of Sri Lanka requested that all international staff and local staff not from the Vanni should leave the Vanni, and any assets and materials left behind should be handed over to the relevant Government Agents for continued humanitarian response by the Government for the people in the Vanni, therefore all goods such as buckets and materials were handed over to the Government Agents of Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu. The Government Agents signed the relevant documents receiving all the goods handed over. The Presidential Secretariat and Ministry of Defence were provided with the handing over lists signed by the relevant Government Agents," Oxfam said in a statement (Full report in Island).

Tigers, toads and twerps – II - Sri Lanka is in the same predicament as a pregnant woman writhing in labour surrounded by a team of doctors and midwives who, instead of helping her with an agonising delivery complicated by abnormal baby presentation, are proffering unsolicited advice on postnatal care. What Sri Lanka needs urgently from the international community is help to extricate civilians from the LTTE's clutches so that the outfit could be decapitated to pave the way for a durable peace. But, no such help is forthcoming from the crusaders for global peace and democracy. They are only paying lip service to defeating terrorism and protecting democracy here. They are busy holding meetings, appointing committees and issuing inconsequential statements. US Ambassador in Colombo Robert O. Blake has taken exception to our editorial comment, Tigers, toads, and twerps (Feb. 27), on his predecessor Jeffrey Lunstead's testimony on Sri Lanka before the US Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee last week. Ambassador Blake says Lunstead is no 'twerp'. So be it! He is entitled to his opinion––and we are to ours! Ambassador Blake describes Lunstead's testimony as 'a balanced perspective on the situation in Sri Lanka'. Lunstead, he says, noted that the LTTE had demonstrated 'remarkable brutality and willingness to murder anyone, Tamil or Sinhalese, who dares to disagree with it.' But, that was no revelation. Lunstead did not suggest ways and means of neutralising the LTTE. Nor did he call upon the international community to help defeat LTTE terrorism (Full Editorial in Island).

Diplomacy, Politics, Terrorism, and Aid - By: Prof Wijesiri Danthanarayana - I had the privilege of listening to President Obama's inaugural address. I presume that all politicians of the Sri Lankan Parliament, Sri Lankan media persons, the NGOs, INGOs, and in particular, the Human Rights advocates (and activists) were also able to tune-in. The main thrust of the Obsma speech was clear; this is that when a country is in trouble each and every member of that country support the government of the day to resolve the problem, irrespective of political, ethnic, religious and other differences that may exist, and that terrorism in is the foremost problem in most countries in the world today. I consider it my duty as a Sri Lankan patriot, who migrated to Australia 38 years ago, put forward my views on the issue of the LTTE (aka Tamil Tiger) Terrorism that did not exist at the time I left the country in 1970. From the news I read, hear and see it is clear that what is happening in Sri Lanka is exactly the opposite of what Obama said about resolving the issue of terrorism. A well established fact is that Tamil Tigers are no more than a group of terrorists of the worst kind in the world today. Atrocities it has carried out includes murder of local and foreign political leaders, introducing the tool of suicide bombing to the world of terrorism, elimination of all Tamil political leaders, ethnic cleansing of the Sinhala and Muslim communities from the Northern and Eastern provinces, recruitment of child soldiers, and using innocent civilians as human shields against the orders from the UN and the Red Cross (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Tiger Infiltrators Fire on CDF Personnel; Two Killed - BUTTALA: LATEST confirmed reports from BUTTALA said two members of the Civil Defence Forces (CDF) had fallen victim to the fire, believed to have been directed by infiltrated Tiger terrorists on them when a group of CDF members were cycling in the general area of GONAGALARA, about 20 km to the BUTTALA town this morning (4) at about 8.00 a.m.. Those suspected Tiger terrorist infiltrators, hiding in the jungles have directed fire on the CDF personnel on BUTTALA- KATARAGAMA road. Others in the CDF group have however escaped. Two CDF personnel have died. Police are conducting a search operation in the area. www.army.lk however in the first report filed on the same incident earlier in the day (4) inadvertently reported that a Policeman was killed in the attack. The error is regretted (Sri Lanka Army)..

Police and CDF personnel avert possible LTTE infiltration - Buttala - Sri Lankan Police and Civil Defence Force personnel today (Mar 4) averted a possible infiltration of LTTE terrorists to remote villages in the Buttala area, defence sources said. According to the sources, the personnel on duty at a combined Police-CDF outpost at Gonaganara have confronted with an armed gang detected in the jungle areas around 9 AM. Following the exchange of fire, the gang fled back to the jungles. Two CDF personnel were killed. Police suspect that assailants were to be LTTE terrorists. A search operation have been launched in the areas , the sources added (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry),

One Young Terrorist Surrenders - VAVUNIYA: AS the heat on remaining terrorists in deep jungles escalates recording one defeat after the other for LTTE, Tigers appear to be thinking twice. This fact was re-affirmed yesterday (3) when one young terrorist (29) after abandoning the organization sought protection from the troops at MAHAVILANKULAM area under the 21 Division in VAVUNIYA. The young terrorist from KOKUVIL WEST after his surrender narrated his moving story to the troops, claiming that he was abducted and trained for weapon-firing at the age of about fifteen years. He also went on record saying that he was schooling at the time armed Tiger terrorists stormed his house and took him away against appeals made by his parents. He was to be handed over to the Police for investigations and onward procedures. (Note: more details of the surrendee cannot be divulged for questions of security and human rights). Meanwhile, on the same day (3), troops carrying out a search and clear operation in the same MAHAVILANKULAM area found one Multi Purpose Machine Gun (MPMG), two T-56 weapons, four T-56 magazines, one Light Machine Gun (LMG), three hand grenades, two remote controllers of claymores, one telescope of a sniper gun, two radio sets and two man packs (Sri Lanka Army)..

'Good leadership is the key behind current military success' says global terror expert - Government understood that fighting terrorism is a collective effort. Unlike previous defense secretaries Gotabaya Rajapaksa understood the importance of working with everyone. He built a first rate team drawing the leaders within the army, navy, airforce, intelligence, police, foreign ministry, and other government agencies and got them to work together. During the past two years sustained pressure was applied on the LTTE cripping the LTTE supoprt and operational networks. It was good government leadership that made the LTTE suffer. Exclusive interview with Rohan Gunaratna by Udara Soysa of the Sri Lanka Guardian (full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Dead Tigers & Haul of LTTE Arms & Ammo Collected - MULLAITTIVU: TROOPS following their entry into PUTHUKUDIRIPPU junction on Tuesday (3) commenced their search into surrounding areas and found seven dead Tigers, left behind, in addition to massive stocks of arms and ammunition, explosives and mines collected during the past 24 hours, ending Wednesday (4) mid-noon. Moreover, a fierce counter-attack launched against LTTE terrorists moving about beyond the 55 Division Forward Defence Line (FDL) area struck KEVIL area around 10.00 a.m. on Tuesday (3). In the pursuing search operation after the attack, troops collected three dead Tiger terrorists, seven T-56 weapons, two magazines, two Multi Purpose Machine Guns (MPMG), one MPMG tripod, two 12.7mm weapons, one 60mm mortar bomb, five Arul bombs, two I-com sets and one Hero Honda motor bicycle from the nearby CHALAI area. Meanwhile, troops engaged in a search and clear operations in CHUNDIKULAM area found three Rocket Propeller Grenade (RPG) bombs with powerful explosives, four man packs, some field-dressings and a stock of dry rations on Tuesday (3). In the meantime, troops conducting search and clear operations in the general areas of VISUAMADU, PUTHUKUDDIYIRUPPU south, KATTIKULAM, MUDALIYARKULAM and MALLAVI collected one Improvised Explosive Device (IED), produced with the help of a 60 mm mortar bomb, seven dead bodies of LTTE terrorists, seven T-56 weapons, five hundred and fifty rounds of T-56 ammunition, one Rocket Propeller Grenade (RPG) launcher, eight RPG bombs, one 60mm mortar bomb, one I-com set, two hand grenades, two anti-personnel mines, one Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and eighteen fuses during Tuesday (3). (Sri Lanka Army).

LTTE takes heavy beating as troops close-in on last LTTE stronghold - Mullaittivu - Troops of the Task Force- 8 operating under the overall command of 53 Division made further advances into the remaining terrorist resistance positions located further Northeast of Puthukkudiyirippu junction yesterday (March 3). According to military reports received, scores of terrorists were killed in the fighting and as many injured. Troops have also uncovered 8 LTTE bodies, 08x T-56 assault riffles, 03x I-com sets and a grenade launcher during subsequent search operations conducted in the area. Meanwhile, military citing intercepted LTTE communication said that senior LTTE cadres including Swarnam, Bahnu, Adithyan and Chithrangan accusing each other for failing to stall the military advances into the area (full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Navy rescues 97 Tamil Civilians fleeing from LTTE Clutches in the Seas East of PPD - Sri Lanka Navy rescued 97 Tamil civilians in the seas East of Point Pedro on the 03rd March 2009. They had fled the LTTE clutches in the un-cleared areas of Mullaithivu in six fiber glass dinghies in the wee hours of the night and had managed to secure the Naval assistance around 08.00 a.m. The group consisted of 60 adults (26 males and 34 females) and 37 children. Naval vessels spotted the white-flag hoisted dinghies while they were moving at alarmingly slow speed due to over-crowding. The Naval personnel making a quick rescue move, reached out to the fear-stricken passengers and escorted them to the Munai Beach for their safety. The rescued were famished and were in need of medical assistance due to the lack of proper meals and medical treatment. The food and medicine sent out by the Government authorities, they claim, are plundered by the LTTE terrorists leaving them little. All were and provided with much-needed food and refreshments. Those who were in need of medical treatment were rushed to the hospital after the initial treatment provided by the Naval medical personnel (Sri Lanka Navy).

Sri Lankan expacts in Toronto make contribution to 'Api Wenuven Api' fund - Patriotic Sri Lankan expatriates in Toronto contributed a sum of C$ 4,100 to the Api Wenuven Api fund of the Ministry of Defence for the welfare of war heroes recently. The Consulate General in Toronto, Mr. Bandula Jayasekara along with the patriotic Sri Lankans in Toronto initiated the programme with the collected sum credited to the Api Wenuven Api fund to buy foot spray/foot powder for the valiant armed forces who are now forcing into the last LTTE foothold in Mullaittivu. Mr. Bandula Jayasekara, speaking to defence.lk said that the Sri Lankan expacts are now rallying in numbers to assist the security forces as they battle to end the scourge of terrorism in Sri Lanka. "The expatriates have pledged to support the Api Wenuven Api fund of the Ministry of Defence and other projects initiated by the Ministry for the welfare of the security forces", he further said. Muslims, Tamils, Sinhalese, Burghers and Malays living in Toronto while expressing solidarity with the efforts made to eradicate terrorism from Sri Lanka also pledged to collect over C$ 10,000 for the Api Wenuven Api fund (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Colossal mortar & mine producing LTTE factory found - 57 Division troops operating in Visuamadu area during a search carried out into deep jungles on Monday (2) after the area was brought under them came across an LTTE mass-scale mortar and bomb manufacturing factory that used metal, granite, iron and chemicals for production of explosives. Dummies of mortar bombs, anti personnel mines, anti tank mines, land mines, time bombs, claymore mines and many other different explosive devices, along with large lathe machines, other machines used for production of various armaments were in place at the time troops moved in and found the factory. Many hundreds of replica bombs, partly-produced explosive devices, raw-materials, iron slabs, ovens, huge chimneys, boilers, tongs, instruments, heating hearths and all other accessories needed for such productions were there on the site (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Startling huge 10 ft tall experimental bombs & model aircraft among discoveries - Startling discoveries that are being made from Tiger strongholds amply prove that terrorists, thanks to technology that has been smuggled into the country during their heyday, have been experimenting on their own at will with money sent from the Diaspora. Those recoveries had been made from Udayarkattu, Sundarapuram and Visuamadu areas by the troops. As the photos depict, those two pointed rocket-type experimental bombs of 10 ft in height with a separate launcher, according to experts, could go up as high as some 300 meters when ignited. Each bomb could accommodate 200 kg of C-4 explosives inside when in use, with the support of the separate barrel launcher that was also discovered. This man-made bomb, had it turned successful, would have brought a burning impact on an area, equivalent to some 1 ? 1 sq km according to military hardware experts. Similarly, terrorists appeared to have experimented with the models of a 122 mm artillery gun plus a mini aircraft. The artillery gun, assembled in a huge hut was being given finishing touches at the time troops rolled on to the area and found them during subsequent search operations (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

STATE OWNED INDEPENDENT TELEVISION NETWORK SAYS LTTE IS BEHIND THE LAHORE ATTACK OF SRILANKA CRICKETERS - By Walter Jayawardhana - The state owned Independent Television Network of Sri Lanka, the country’s premier television channel said in its night time news bulletin that the country’s separatist terrorists, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) who are currently engaged with the island nation’s security forces could be behind the attack on the Sri Lankan cricketers in Lahore. Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, the cabinet spokesman said , “Since the LTTE is connected with all other terrorist groups in the world this could be their work with the assistance of another terrorist group.” The attack has shocked the sports world since this is the first time sportsmen have been directly attacked since the Munich Olympic massacre of Israeli athletes by the Palestenian terrorists. Yapa further said he wholeheartedly condemned the attack on the cricketers as a cowardly act by the terrorists. During the morning hours of March 3 , CCTV cameras near the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore show that at least 12 gunmen who came in two vehicles attacked the coach carrying the Sri Lanka national team of cricketers who were arriving for a test match with AK-47 rifles, rocket launchers and grenades. Altogether 35 people were injured including six cricketers with a coach and killed five Pakistani policemen (Full report in SPUR).

 

Is this Pakistan’s Mumbai? - On Tuesday, a convoy of the visiting Sri Lankan cricketing team was attacked around a roundabout near the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore, injuring seven players and an assistant coach. Many in Pakistan are calling it Pakistan’s Mumbai and fingers are being pointed at the Indian intelligence agency, RAW, for this heinous act which will have severe repercussions for Pakistan in terms of its already precarious image. The general consensus is that this incident is the death knell for Pakistan’s cricket, as no international team will take the risk to come and play in the country. Commentators find it extremely odd that it was only the Sri Lankan team which was targeted. Fingers are being pointed at India because New Delhi had vociferously opposed Colombo’s decision to send its team to Pakistan for a cricket series. There is also the possibility of the LTTE using its local networks to launch an attack. Yet another possibility pertains to the involvement of local actors who want to use the terror attack to throttle all public meetings and protests in Punjab, now the hub of a political battle between the ruling party, PPP, and the opposition party, PML-N. Some journalists had suggested terror attacks might be coming to Lahore and Punjab — which would then result in the government clamping down on public gatherings, especially political protests, in the name of securing people (Full report in Hindustan Times).

Lahore terror 3/3 - Attacks SL Cricket Masked terrorists fire at bus near Liberty market - Chris DHAMBARAGE in Lahore, Pakistan - Sri Lankan cricket officials said six team members, five players and a coach were wounded during yesterday’s attack on the team bus which was heading towards the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore for the commencement of the third day’s play in the Second Test match against Pakistan. The Sri Lanka team also decided to cancel their tour of Pakistan immediately and was expected to return home last evening. The team was airlifted to a nearby Air Force Base in Lahore before flying to Colombo on a special flight. Assistant coach Paul Farbrace and middle order batsman Thilan Samaraweera were kept at the Services Hospital before joining the team although their injuries were not believed to be life-threatening. Jayawardene received a cut to the ankle while Sangakkara was injured in the shoulder. Thilan Samaraweera and Tharanga Paranavitana were the ones most seriously injured; Samaraweera received shrapnel in the leg and Paranavitana in the chest. Ajantha Mendis received shrapnel in the neck and scalp. Skipper Mahela Jayawardene said that the bus they were travelling came under heavy attack as they were driving to the Gaddafi stadium. The gunmen targeted the wheels of the bus first and then the bus as the players dived to the floor to take cover (Full report in Daily News).

President condemns - President Mahinda Rajapaksa unequivocally condemned the cowardly terrorist attack targeting the Sri Lankan Cricket Team in Lahore, Pakistan, yesterday emphasizing that the Sri Lankan team had gone to Pakistan as ambassadors of goodwill. The President, who is at present in Nepal, has instructed that immediately action be taken to bring back to Sri Lanka all members of the team, ensuring their safety and security.  Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama who is now in Nepal has been instructed to leave for Pakistan immediately in this regard. Instructions also have been given to the Sri Lankan High Commissioner in Islamabad to facilitate the arrangements with the Pakistani authorities on medical attention for the players in hospital, and their safe return to Sri Lanka. The President expressed his sincere good wishes for the speedy recovery for all injured players and officials and their well-being (Daily News).

VVIP SECURITY ASSURED FOR CRICKETERS - Sports Minister Gamini Lokuge told Parliament yesterday that the Sri Lanka National Cricket Team was sent to Pakistan due to the firm assurance made by the Pakistan Government that it would provide VVIP security to the cricketers. Making a special statement soon after the news about the terrorist attack on Sri Lankan players was telecast, Minister Lokuge said the Sri Lankan High Commission in Karachi had also re-assured about the security provided by the Pakistan Government to the Sri Lankan team. The Minister said the Pakistan Government had pledged to provide VVIP security to the Sri Lankan team and this had been checked by the Sri Lankan High Commission. The High Commission had informed the Sri Lankan Government and the Foreign Ministry that even if the threat perception was there, the team could engage in the tour. The Minister said the decision on the Pakistan tour was made by the former Chairman of Sri Lanka Cricket and the decision was right. In many previous occasions when other nations had refused to play in Sri Lanka citing security reasons, Pakistan had come to Sri Lanka’s rescue. Therefore the decision to tour Pakistan was right, he said. UPFA MP Arjuna Ranatunga said the invitation was made by the Pakistan Cricket Board when he was the chairman of Sri Lanka Cricket. “Many Western nations have their own agendas in cricket. But South Asian teams and nations have always acted in support of each other. The Pakistan authorities had pledged to provide special security to the Sri Lankan cricket team similar to the security provided to Presidents and Prime Ministers,” he said (Full report in Daily News).

Essential goods for Jaffna on A 9 - Essential food stocks for IDPs in the North would be transported through the land route utilising the A-9 road from March 9. Earlier goods had to be shipped to the North due to security reasons. The decision to open the land route was taken at a high level meeting presided by Presidential Senior Advisor Parliamentarian Basil Rajapaksa yesterday. Ministers Douglas Devananda and Richard Bathiutheen and Sabaragamuwa Chief Minister Maheepala Herath attended the meeting among others. According to this decision a fleet of 20 lorries laden with food items will leave the Orugodawatta Stores Complex for the Jaffna Kainadi stores complex on Monday March 9 morning. The checking and the transport exercise will be jointly handled by the Army and the Police. In return vegetables, fruits, tobacco and other products will be brought down from Jaffna to Colombo along the A-9 highway. This will enable people in the south to purchase items like tomatoes, beans, potatoes, bananas, pumpkin grown in Jaffna at reasonable prices providing a ready market to the Jaffna farmer. Addressing yesterday's meeting Basil Rajapaksa MP said the new transport service would help renew mutual confidence among the people of the North and South. Social Services and Social Welfare Minister Douglas Devananda said the farmer community in Jaffna will enjoy a new market for their produce. Cheaper produce from Jaffna would also help ease the cost of living burden. Essential services commissioner S.B. Divaratne said earlier 2000 metric tones of essential food items had to be shipped to Jaffna weekly incurring a heavy expenditure on the exercise. Initially 20 lorries would be utilised for transporting goods. Another 25 lorries would be added to the fleet on March 23. They hope to increase the fleet to 150 lorries in due course (Daily News).

Lahore terror - If Lahore happened to be the acme of Sri Lanka’s cricketing glory where it bagged the World Cup in 1996 the same venue turned out to be Lanka’s nightmarish nadir as the horrendous events that unfolded on World television amply demonstrated yesterday. Sri Lanka’s cricketers never deserved the horrendous treatment they were subjected to when masked gunmen opened fire on the team bus close to the venue of the second cricket test match. For, this was more or less a goodwill tour that was undertaken by our cricket team to the beleaguered country which was given a wide berth by all cricket playing nations due to the political and sectarian turmoil there. Working at the back of our collective minds would also have been the fact that it was Pakistan (India was the other) who took the rare step of making an unscheduled visit to Sri Lanka during the 1996 World Cup campaign when two other countries who were scheduled to play here withdrew citing security reasons. Regrettably elements who thought it fit to harm our cricketers had no concern for such niceties in the quest of achieving their diabolic ends. How harming a group of cricketers, whose only role is to bring joy and pleasure to the sports loving public of Pakistan, can achieve whatever object the terrorists had in mind defies understanding. Except that their sole intention was to create more mayhem and anarchy in a country that is already reeling from sectarian violence and shunned by the sporting world like the plague (Full Editorial in Daily News).

Troops capture Puthukuduyiruppu - Security Forces poised to liberate the Vanni and besieged civilians captured the LTTE’s last stronghold and strategic town Puthukuduyiruppu in Mullaitivu yesterday morning following intense battles that claimed the lives of scores of LTTE cadres. Task Forces and troops in their last phase of the Vanni battle making steady progress gained another victory by capturing the LTTE’s last bastion Puthukuduyiruppu town. Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said troops of the 53 and 58 divisions stormed from north and south of Puthukuduyiruppu and took total control of the Puthukudiyiruppu junction early morning. Troops attached to the 58 division advancing from the northern region and the troops of the 53 division entering from the southern end of the A-35 Paranthan-Mullaitivu road joined each other after entering the Puthukuduyiruppu town center and took over the entire Puthukuduyiruppu junction area. As troops neared the LTTE’s last stronghold, the Tigers offered resistance to advancing troops. A fierce battle raged throughout the day and the LTTE suffered heavy casualties and lost control of the Puthukuduyiruppu town,”Brigadier Nanayakkara told the Daily News. He said troops were marching forward to the East of Puthukuduyiruppu to liberate the Puthukudiyiruppu East. “Troops captured the entire Puthukuduyiruppu town after a week’s prolonged fighting,” he added. The 12th Gajaba Regiment (GR) under the command of the 58 division, 1 GR and 4 Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment (VIR) under the command of the 53 division launched intense offensives to capture the Puthukuduyiruppu junction. Scores of LTTE cadres were killed and many wounded in the heavy fighting. The Tigers fled the area facing heavy defeat. The Security Forces are engaged in clearing operations, the Brigadier said (Daily News).

The Best of British Blogs - The latest critique of Sri Lanka in the London Telegraph, in what is termed a blog by one of its Foreign Correspondents, Peter Foster, continues with misinformation based on information from what it terms a ‘veteran international aid worker’. The diatribe goes far to explain why such self-appointed guardians of morality are thought to be concerned more with their personal agendas than the work they are paid to do. Foster begins by saying there are 200,000 civilians trapped in the conflict zone, while the Sri Lankan government says there are 100,000. Foster is caught in a time warp clearly, for the Government says 70,000 while even the UN has now begun to scale down its figures, and in a meeting on February 25th recorded that they thought there were between 70,000 and 100,000 civilians in the safe area. Of course Foster’s veteran may know better, as young John Campbell whom Foster quotes later on thought he did, when he pronounced on the BBC. But Foster, as a diplomatic correspondent, ought surely – unless he thought blogging did not require high journalistic standards – have checked with senior staff. In the case of Campbell, the UN decided to send him away, to prevent further embarrassment, after he claimed to the BBC that the situation in Sri Lanka was as bad as that in Somalia. Foster claims that ‘relations between the Sri Lankan government and the United Nations are strained on the ground’. That is certainly not the case, but Foster’s sources are obviously doing their best to poison relations. The veteran complains of what he terms ‘foot-dragging when it comes to meeting its humanitarian obligations’ on the part of the Sri Lankan government, and compares that with 'the LTTE shooting at fleeing civilians’ in saying that a democratically elected government should do better. Obviously the man has no sense of proportion whatsoever (Full report in SCOPP).

VAIKO ADMITS MEETING PRABHA - MDMK leader Vaiko has admitted he met LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran in the Wanni sometime in 1996 and said he supported the Tigers, IANS news agency reported yesterday. Mr. Vaiko was speaking to reporters at the Chennai airport following his arrival after being released from jail. The Sri Lankan military had earlier recovered photos of Vaiko with the Tiger chief in the Wanni. IANS said Mr. Vaiko was an undisguised supporter of the LTTE and the association began, in Tamil Nadu long before the LTTE was outlawed in India for the May 1991 assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi at an election rally near Chennai. When the Tamil Nadu police and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) cracked down on the LTTE after the Gandhi killing they uncovered 464 videos produced by the Tigers besides a mountain of photographs. One of the videos was exclusively devoted to Mr. Vaiko’s trip to Sri Lanka during which he met Prabhakaran and many LTTE leaders in camps even as Indian troops hunted for the Tamil Tiger chief. In that video, Prabhakaran tells an amused Mr. Vaiko how the LTTE intelligence chief acquired the nom de guerre Pottu Amman. In his discussions, Mr. Vaiko refers to Prabhakaran as “thalaivar” (leader) while the LTTE chief addresses the Indian as “annan” (elder brother). Among the others was one where Mr. Vaiko met Gopalasamy Mahendrarajah alias Mahattaya, the once-number two in the LTTE, and his associate Yogi. Details of Mr. Vaiko’s trip are known in India. Some of the LTTE cadres who provided security to the Indian politician in Sri Lanka now lead quiet lives in the West (Daily Mirror).

The rational appeal of the Indian Foreign Minister - There seems to have been some confusion over the most recent statement by the Indian Foreign Minister, with some media outlets claiming that he was calling for a Ceasefire. Such confusion is perhaps understandable, with such a finely worded statement, and it was necessary to point out that that interpretation was inappropriate in the context of the Government's determination, shared with the Indian Government, to eradicate terrorism. However, it should also be pointed out that a close reading of his statement indicates that what he was asserting was the desirability, not of a Ceasefire, but of the Government bringing about 'a pause in hostilities'. He goes further and says that that pause in hostilities 'must be utilised to facilitate the movement of Tamil population out of war-affected areas to secure locations'. The statement then makes clear the concern of the Indian Foreign Minister for the trapped civilians. He is in no way seeking to provide any sort of lifeline to the LTTE, since he obviously believes that some areas will continue to be affected by war, which is precisely why he wants the civilians out. His concern then parallels that of the Sri Lankan government, which is also anxious for these civilians to be brought to safety, whilst not wanting the LTTE to succeed in its stratagem of preserving themselves through the anxiety of the Sri Lankan government and forces as well as the international community for these civilians whom the LTTE had kept as hostages (Full report in SCOPP).

The secretive anonymity of Human Rights Watch - Human Rights Watch, standard bearers of what Michael Roberts has characterised as HRE - Human Rights Extremism - seems to have decided that it has a special relationship with me. I am the only person quoted by name in the presentation made by their Senior Researcher Dr. Anna Neistat to the US Senate Foreign Relations Sub-Committee that dealt with Sri Lanka. Sadly, this anxiety to use my name in an attempt to shore up her case against the Sri Lankan government was not accompanied by any attempt to check with me as to my views on the matters on which they were pronouncing. This is of a piece with their previous dodging of any engagement with me. Eighteen months ago, HRW failed to respond when I proved, from their own report, that their sensationalistic release about the Sri Lankan forces indiscriminately targeting civilians was totally false. Even more tellingly, they cancelled a discussion on Sri Lanka that they had arranged in the British House of Commons, when they heard that the Foreign Minister had asked me to attend. The official from our High Commission who had been liaising with them, and found first Sir Nigel Rodley dropping out, and then Human Rights Watch abandoning the event, thought they feared I would be excessively critical. Running away from discussion based on evidence seems a dubious practice for an organisation that claims the moral high ground, but an investigation of the way they present their opinions suggests that morality has nothing to do with it. They have a purpose, and if that purpose coincides with the purposes of terrorists, that means nothing to them, since they do not have to live with the effects of terrorism. So they produce what seem to be well researched papers, but singularly fail to substantiate any of the points they make (Full report in SCOPP).

Female suicide cadre triggers bomb - An LTTE woman-suicide bomber, who infiltrated into cleared areas in Mullaitivu blew herself up on Monday in Vannankulam area, to the easaat of Elephant Pass and to the south of Vettalakerni when the 55 Division troops tried to go closer to her on suspicion. The army headquarters said that the female LTTE cadre, believed to be in the age range of 16-26 years has apparently crept into cleared areas.“Observation of her presence from a distance by the troops would have upset her plans, prompting her to blow herself up before she was caught,” the army said. It further said that she had carried herself at least a 1-2 kg of explosives in the company of a few more suicide cadres, but she has parted from others, minutes before she herself detonated her suicide jacket. Few weeks ago, an LTTE suicide woman pretending as a displaced civilian hadentered the cleaned area and blew herself in the Kilinochchi area killing more than 25 including civilians and military personnel (Daily Mirror).

A Fein Imbalance - TamilNet seems to be working overtime now on disinformation, with claims that the cause of its leader has been taken up by the highest in the world. Most recently it has attributed to the British Foreign Secretary – and from a Sri Lankan expatriate point of view you cannot go higher than that – some strange views on genocide and Sri Lanka. It declared that Britain’s Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, agreed Tuesday with parliamentarians who said that the Sri Lankan government is 'quite prepared to go ahead with acts of genocide.' Going through the actual extracts from Hansard, it seemed to me that Mr Miliband, while being his usual charming self, had not quite said that, but doubtless our Foreign Ministry will call in the British High Commissioner for a clarification, so I will reserve comment until later on young Miliband. Incidentally, the British envoy in Geneva thought I was being rude when I thus described him shortly after he had taken up his current position, but I was only being affectionate about a fellow Corpuscle. He was so much younger than me, and looked even more so, that I was reminded of an old adage, that one realises one is ageing when policemen looked younger than oneself. When it comes to British Foreign Secretaries, one realises that the time for walking sticks is drawing nigh. My present concern however is not that holiest of holies, but rather the egregious Bruce Fein, who TamilNet claims was invited to present written testimony on 'Recent Developments in Sri Lanka' before the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Middle East and Asia. I cannot believe that that exalted body actually invited Mr Fein, since American traditions of justice would surely have demanded that it also invite me along, if it had gone out of its way to ensure it had the benefit of Mr Fein’s views. After all, it was I who accepted Mr Fein’s challenge to a debate, only to find him worming his way out of it, which surely the Senate (assuming it takes people like Mr Fein seriously) must have realised cast some doubts on the validity of his case (Full report in SCOPP).

Bring back the Clowns - Human Rights Watch returns to the Ring - Human Rights Watch has once again dropped a beautifully timed cluster bomb on Sri Lanka. Often these explosives coincide with the sessions of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, and this year is no exception, though we can also detect a tendency to try to prevent the Sri Lankan forces from dealing conclusively with a terrorist threat. This practice commenced in 2007 when, following the quick and effective operation to liberate the East from the Tigers, HRW delivered a diatribe in which it accused the government of conducting a Dirty War (a phrase successfully calculated to hit the headlines), of indiscriminately attacking civilians, of ruthlessly displacing people and also of forcibly resettling them. We gave the lie to all these allegations, using evidence gathered not only from the actual Human Rights report (which recorded for instance only one instance of allegations of civilian deaths, which HRW itself granted occurred in a place where the LTTE was present and where bunkers had been dug), but also from the UNHCR certification that 'the returns are voluntary and in line with international protection standards'. HRW failed to respond to our letters, sent direct to their plenipotentiaries in the capitals, as well as to the delightful Ms Zulueta, who could not respond to our queries at the meeting to which we had invited her, as she was new to the job. Her promise to look into the matter and get back to us seems to have been yet another of those placatory falsehoods that HRW uses when in a tight corner, as when they cancelled the meeting in the British House of Commons after they heard that I would be there to respond to their allegations. I will not be so presumptuous as to assert there was a causal connection, even though the representative of the High Commission who had secured my attendance after the Foreign Minister requested it thought the cancellation was not entirely a coincidence (Full report in SCOPP).

Tuesday, 03 March 2009

Q+A: Who could have attacked Sri Lanka's cricketers? - In Sri Lanka, official suspicion will fall on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), a rebel group close to military defeat in northern Sri Lanka and which has a long history of carrying out deadly guerrilla attacks. There has been no clear evidence the Tigers have operations or links to Pakistan (Reuters).

President condemns cowardly terrorist attack on cricketers - President Mahinda Rajapaksa unequivocally condemned the cowardly terrorist attack targeting the Sri Lankan Cricket Team in Lahore, Pakistan, today (March 03) emphasizing that the Sri Lankan team had gone to Pakistan as ambassadors of goodwill. The President, who is at present in Nepal, has instructed that immediately action be taken to bring back to Sri Lanka all members of the team, ensuring their safety and security. The Minister of Foreign Affairs who is now in Nepal has been instructed to leave for Pakistan immediately in this regard. Instructions also have been given to the Sri Lankan High Commissioner in Islamabad to facilitate the arrangements with Pakistani authorities on medical attention for the players in hospital, and their safe return of the team to Sri Lanka . The President expressed his sincere good wishes for the speedy recovery for all injured players and officials and their well being (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Sri Lankan cricketers now safe: shootout at Pakistan [Updated] 6 Sri Lankan cricketers were reported injured including skipper Mahaela Jayawardene, wicketkeeper batsman Kumar Sangakkara and Tilan Samaraweer in a shootout at Lahore in Pakistan this morning (March 3). According to Pakistan news sources, the visiting Sri Lankan cricketers were on their way to the Gaddafi international stadium minutes before commencing of the 3rd day's play of the second test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Reports received confirm that seamer Chaminda Vaas, open batsman Tharanga Paranawithana, spin sensation Ajantha Mendis also among the injured including 4th umpire Ashan Raza. Latest information from Lahore confirms that the Sri Lankan players are now out of danger and had received minor injuries. At least 5 Pakistan policemen providing security to the Sri Lankan players were reported killed who had valiantly fought with the unidentified gunmen. According to available information, 4 unidentified gunmen who had arrived in a white car had opened indiscriminate small arms and RPG grenade attacks at the bus and the escort vehicles that were transferring the Sri Lankan cricketers to the stadium. Tension prevails in the area with Pakistan security forces and Police engaged in hot-pursuit of the gunmen. Meanwhile, the Punjab provincial governor making an initial comment to media has said that the attack bears hall marks of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack on 2008 (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Government condemns attack on Sri Lanka Cricket Team - The Government of Sri Lanka vehemently condemns the brutal terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka Cricket team in Lahore today (03 March 2009), in which 6 members of the team were injured and 5 Pakistani policemen killed. It is reported that a number of heavily armed gunmen had opened fire at the bus carrying the Cricket team and the escort vehicle providing security, while proceeding to the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore between 8.30 a.m. and 9.00 a.m. (Pakistan time) for the 3rd day's play of the 2nd Test Cricket match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Thilan Samaraweera and Tharanga Paranavitana who sustained gunshot wounds have been admitted to hospital, while Kumar Sangakkara, Ajantha Mendis, Suranga Lakmal, Thilina Thushara and the Assistant Coach, Paul Fabrece had received minor injuries. On President Mahinda Rajapaksa's instructions, Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama who is accompanying the President on a State Visit to Nepal, is rushing to Pakistan immediately. Foreign Secretary, Dr. Palitha Kohona has also been in touch with his counterpart in Islamabad. The High Commissioner-designate of Sri Lanka to Pakistan, Air Chief Marshal (Retd) Jayalath Weerakkody has been directed to proceed to Lahore to assist the team. Action has been taken to bring the Sri Lanka Cricket team home without delay. The Government of Sri Lanka, while expressing its deep concern for the safety and wellbeing of the National Cricket team, conveys its profound condolences to the families of the security personnel who were killed in this terrorist outrage. Sri Lanka is confident that the Pakistan Government authorities would do their utmost to apprehend and bring to justice the perpetrators of this dastardly attack (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

SPUR NZ Information Bulletin—03 March 2009 - Honourable Members of NZ Parliament and Office Bearers of NGOs in New Zealand, We have seen the views expressed in the media by representatives of the major political parties in NZ, and members of some NGOs on the current situation in Sri Lanka. As an organisation consists of New Zealanders of Sri Lankan origin we , SPUR NZ, appreciate the concerns raised about the current issues in Sri Lanka. However, on one occasion we watched with dismay one such NGOs in New Zealand called “ Global Peace and Justice in Auckland” insulting the national flag of Sri Lanka on the streets of Auckland on the National Day of Sri Lanka in the name of “Peace and Justice” !. We understand that the said NGO could be misguided by the LTTE propaganda arm. Therefore, we decided to launch a campaign to inform the peace loving New Zealand public about the actual facts from reliable sources. We appreciate if you could use the facts sent to you in our “SPUR NZ Information Bulletins” when you discuss Sri Lanka. Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) has now reached an important milestone in its effort to establish normalcy in the whole country by defeating LTTE militarily. About thirty years ago, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam ( LTTE) created a status for themselves as the sole representatives of Tamils in Sri Lanka. They declared that a separate state for Tamils will be established in Sri Lanka through an armed struggle. In the process they killed almost all moderate Tamil leaders. Therefore, the successive Sri Lankan Governments had no other option but to negotiate with LTTE, although they have resorted to terrorism. However, it is a well known fact that LTTE used all previous ceasefire periods to arm themselves with more and more lethal weapons. Finally in 2006, the present Sri Lankan Government decided to crush the military strength of the LTTE . Within two years, the extent of the LTTE controlled areas diminished from 15,000 sq. km to about 60 sq. km. During the retreat the LTTE forced thousands of civilians to move along with them to be utilised later as a human shield to escape from the final assault of the Sri Lankan Government forces. They are now trapped into a small area called Puthukuttuyiruppu ( PKT) in the Northern province of Sri Lanka (Full report in SPUR).

"LTTE’s trapping of civilians, most shocking violation of international law" - Appeal to world to pressure LTTEto let innocent hostages to move to safety - Hostage taking in a conflict situation is a clear violation of international humanitarian law. How much more egregious, is it when an unlawful belligerent group traps thousands of people in a small tract of land and actively prevents their flight to safety by the use of arms and cold-blooded murder? We are glad that the United Nations and other international friends and partners of Sri Lanka have joined us in the last few weeks in urging the LTTE to let go of the civilians they are now holding by force…though we could have wished such calls had been made categorically much earlier, when the tactics of the LTTE in corralling these civilians as they withdrew were manifest, said the Minister of Disaster Management & Human Rights, Mahinda Samarasinghe, in his statement at the High Level Segment of the10th Sessions of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, yesterday (March 2). (Full report in Sri Lanka Guardian).

Vaiko has been an undisguised supporter of the LTTE - Sri Lanka's decision to make public videos and photographs showing Vaiko with Velupillai Prabhakaran is bewildering since the Tamil Nadu politician's association with the Tamil Tigers chief has never been a secret. Nor is it unknown that Vaiko defied the laws of both India and Sri Lanka to make a clandestine visit by sea to the Tamil Tiger lair in the island's north in 1989 when he was an MP and when Indian troops were battling the rebels. Vaiko was then in the DMK, and his secret journey, undertaken without the knowledge of the party as well as its leader M. Karunanidhi, strained his ties with the latter. Eventually, Vaiko - then known as V Gopalasamy - left the DMK and went on to form the MDMK that he now heads. Vaiko is an undisguised supporter of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The association began, like with many in Tamil Nadu, a long time before the LTTE was outlawed in India for assassinating former Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi at an election rally near Chennai in May 1991 (Full report in Hindustan times).

LTTE's underground bunker captured; troops further thrust into Puthukudiyiruppu built-up - Infantrymen of the 58 Division have further advanced into the Puthukkudiyiruppu built-up amidst heavy LTTE resistance as terrorists made desperate attempts to hold their last stronghold, battlefield sources in Mullaittivu said. Intense fighting was reported between troops and LTTE terrorists in Puthukudiyiruppu town perimeter yesterday, 2 March, security sources said. Meanwhile, troops of 10 Gajaba Regiment (10 GR) have found an underground bunker in the fringes of Puthukudiyiruppu junction yesterday. The bunker is believed to be used by the LTTE senior cadre, Bahanu, who is said to have withdrawn with his cadres to the rear LTTE defences in the face of heavy military assaults. Troops further continued advancing into the last LTTE stronghold where many senior terrorists are said to meet their end game, security sources said. Search operations are continuing in the area (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

PUTHUKKUDIYIRUPPU Junction Falls in Army Hands - MULLAITTIVU: MARKING another turning point in the last leg of the fight for emancipation of besieged Tamil civilians, 53 and 58 Division troops early Tuesday (3) morning captured the strategic PUTHUKKUDIYIRUPPU junction, depriving the terrorists of their remaining hopes for a comeback, the Army Headquarters declared. Heroic 58 Division troops rolling from the northern region and the troops of the 53 Division entering from the southern end of the A-35 PARANTHAN-MULLAITTIVU main road met each other after entering the PUTHUKKUDIYIRUPPU town center and finally took over the entire PUTHUKKUDIYIRUPPU junction area as the dawn struck. A barrage of fierce gun-fire and many rounds of battles with LTTE terrorists beginning Monday (2) night raged throughout the night as the troops were nearing its target. 12 Gajaba Regiment (GR) troops under the command of the 58 Division, 1 GR and 4 Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment (VIR) troops under the command of the 53 Division took part in the offensives that led to the capture of PUTHUKKUDIYIRUPPU junction. With the capture of the central junction, remaining Tigers are further pushed towards the northeast of the MULLAITTIVU lagoon, closer to the government declared ‘Safe Zone’ along the sea coast (Sri Lanka Army).

Tamil Tigers suicide pilots celebrated in Toronto - By Stewart Bell, National Post - A Toronto banquet hall was the scene of a "martyrs' prayer event" held on Monday night in honour of two Tamil Tigers rebels killed during a recent suicide attack in the Sri Lankan capital. RCMP and Toronto police officer showed up with video cameras and filmed as the Tamil Tigers flag was raised and several hundred people laid flowers at a makeshift shrine to the dead guerrillas. Police have been trying to clamp down on pro-Tamil Tigers functions around the city since the group was added to Canada's list of outlawed terrorist organizations, but the officers did not interrupt the event and left after an hour. A spokesman for Jason Kenney, the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, called the event "deeply disturbing. Without reservation, without hesitation we condemn the glorification of terrorists like the Tamil Tigers," Alykhan Velshi said. But one of those who attended the ceremony said the Tamil Tigers are liberators. They are not terrorists, the governments are terrorists," John Antan Rajakumar said. "The Tamil community, we are LTTE," he added, using the acronym for the Tigers. At the event, some wore clothing bearing the Tamil Tigers insignia, and two boys no more than three years old were dressed in camouflage-patterned jackets. Framed portraits of the two dead guerrillas were displayed beside a stage (Full report in National Post in Canada).

9 civilians flee from LTTE: Humanitarian operations continue in Mullaittivu - Military continued its multi-frontal assaults at the remaining LTTE stronghold at Puthukkudiyirippu with fighting now reported in the outskirts of the garrison town. 58 Division troops kept pushing the LTTE defences at Ampalampokkanai, also killing at least 6 terrorists and injuring 4 others during yesterday's (March 2) confrontations. Separately, another terrorist was killed sniped in general area Puthukkudiyirippu on Monday. Meanwhile, 1GR and 4VIR troops of the TF-8 under the 53 Division now engaged in offensive operations in general area South of Puthukkudiyiripu have reportedly killed 6 terrorists and injured 12 others in Monday's confrontations in the area. Meanwhile, 55 Division infantry and armour battalions continued pushing LTTE forward defences in general areas at Vannankulam, Pathirany and Pattikarai North of Puthumathalan security source said. According to battlefield reports, scores of terrorists were killed and as many injured during the hours long fighting reported between troops and LTTE in the battle zone. Also, 9 civilians including 4 men, 3 women and 2 children have managed to flee from LTTE and sought protections with security forces at Visuamadu yesterday (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Woman Suicide Bomber Blows Herself Up - MULLAITTIVU: ONE more LTTE woman-suicide bomber blew herself up late Monday (2) afternoon in the general VANNANKULAM area, to the east of ELEPHANT PASS and to the south of VETTALAKERNI when the 55 Division troops tried to go closer to her on suspicion. The female LTTE terrorist, believed to be in the age range of 16-26 years has apparently crept into cleared areas with the vicious intention of harming troops serving the area, ahead of her, but observation of her presence from a distance by the troops would have upset her plans, prompting her to blow herself up before she was caught, ground troops said. It is believed she had carried herself at least a 1-2 kg of explosives in the company of a few more suicide cadres, but she has parted from others, minutes before she herself detonated her suicide jacket. Information reaching the troops now engaged in the final phase of the war for peace asserts that Tiger leadership has ordered many more LTTE suicide cadres to perform their final missions against advancing troops (Sri Lanka Army)

Navy rescues 31 Tamil Civilians fleeing from LTTE Clutches off Nayaru - Sri Lanka Navy rescued 31 Tamil civilians who were fleeing from the LTTE clutches in two fiber glass dinghies on the 02nd March 2009 off Nayaru. The group consisted of 17 adults (08 males and 09 females) and 14 children. They had fled Puthumathalan under cover of the darkness and had been moving surreptitiously when the Naval vessel came to their rescue. They had been found huddled together hugging the bottoms of the boats in an attempt to evade the hawkish eyes of the LTTE cadres who are on the prowl to gun down any one defying their dictates to remain in their hold. All were safely brought ashore at Pulmudai and provided with much-needed food and refreshments. The rescued expressed their heart-felt gratitude to the Navy for coming to their rescue and thanked the friendly naval personnel for their warm hospitality and facilitating them to reach the safety of the cleared areas. The much-relieved adults unfolded heart-rending stories of having been kept captive as human shields by the merciless LTTE cadres who think only of their own survival. Many have lost their beloved children since the LTTE had grabbed them away for forcible conscription to replenish their dwindling fighter-cadres. The rescued claim that many more are yearning to flee the terror grip the first moment they see an opportunity to free themselves from the tentacles of ruthless terrorist cadres. Sri Lanka Navy has made special arrangements to assist innocent Tamil civilians fleeing from the LTTE clutches. Naval personnel and vessels along with stand-by rescue and medical teams are on special deployment for this humanitarian assistance mission in the North-eastern seas (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

7th Batch of Patients and Civilians trapped in Mullaithivu evacuated with Naval Assistance - The Navy assisted the evacuation of the seventh batch consisting of 157 patients and civilians on 02nd March 2009 on board "Seruvila 2". The evacuation of patients and civilians trapped in LTTE Clutches in the un-cleared areas in Mullaithivu is being carried out under the ICRC flag. The Navy has provided safe passage to the patients for urgent medical treatment in Tricomalee Government hospital on humanitarian grounds. The evacuees consisted of 50 adult males, 81 adult females and 26 children. Eighty five patients (42 males and 43 females) who were needing further medical treatment were rushed to the Trincomalee Hospital after the initial medical treatment provided by the Naval medical personnel. The Navy, as part of its humanitarian operations, has put in place a number of comprehensive evacuation measures to facilitate the evacuation process. Naval personnel and vessels along with stand-by rescue and medical teams are on special deployment in the North-eastern seas for assisting Tamil civilians fleeing from LTTE clutches (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

New Zealand Sri Lankans show their gratitude to our front line heroes

Information Bulletin by SPUR NZ — 24 February 2009

In January 2009 our valiant forces started their victorious march towards Mullaitivu after defeating the terrorist resistances in Paranthan and Killinochchi. Several patriotic Sri Lankans living in New Zealand wanted to demonstrate their appreciation and gratitude to our valiant forces. They approached SPUR NZ and inquired the possibilities of organising a quick collection of funds and sending it to the heroic soldiers in the battle front in Vanni. SPUR NZ started the “Pass the Hat” project. During that period Mahinda Attanayake of SPUR NZ was in Sri Lanka and he managed to establish contacts with Major General Jagath Dias, the Commanding Officer of 57 Division of the Sri Lanka Army, through Col. ( Rtd ) Anil Amarasekera of Thavalama Foundation. At that particular time, the heroic 57 Division, under Major General Dias, has just begun their victorious march to Mullaithivu after raising the national flag in Killinochchi See details

For Canadian Parliamentarians interested in Sri Lanka - By Asoka Weerasinghe, Canada - Since the Emergency debate on Sri Lanka on Wednesday, 4th February 2009, which elicited a smorgasbord of views on Sri Lanka, which were mainly an amazing array of distortions of fact which diminished the intended sincerity and value of this discussion, I have made an effort to provide you all with facts on the ground on issues that were discussed, hoping to help you all to re-tool your intentions with a certain degree of sincerity, to help the Sri Lankan people, hopefully all ethnic groups and just not only the Tamils whom almost all of you represent in your Greater Toronto Area ridings.Intended for the Conservatives MPs: Lawrence Cannon (Minister of Foreign Affairs), Deepak Obhrai (Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Foreign Affairs), Jim Abbott (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Cooperation), Bev Oda (Minister of International Cooperation), Jason Kenney (Minister of Immigration & Citizenship), Pierre Poilievre, Peter Kent (Minister of State of Foreign Affairs). Jay Hill (House Leader for the Government), Peter Van Loan (Minister of Public Safety), Royal Galipeau Liberal MPs: Michael Ignatieff (Leader of the Liberal Party), Bob Rae, Jim Karygiannis, Maria Minna, Judy Sgro, John McKay, John McCallum, Dan McTeague, Albina Guarnieri, Robert Oliphant, Irwin Cotler, Andrew Kania, Mario Silva, John Cannis, Derek Lee, Mauril Belanger, Mark Holland, Yasmin Ratansi, Borys WrzesnewskyjNDP MPs: Jack Layton (Leader of the Party), Olivia Chow, Paul Dewar, Peter Julian, Wayne Marston Bloc MPs: Paul Crete, Jean Dorion (Full letter in SPUR).

Please sponsor a child of a war hero who has sacrificed his life to save Sri Lanka from the LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists (applications and details another 40 children now available for sponsorship from http://www.virudarudiriya.comA joint project with Sri Lanka Army Seva Vanitha Unit.

 

On broadening the horizons of ‘nationalism’ - There is a question that has always bothered me in the nationalist discourse in this country. ‘Nationalism’, it is taken as a given, is exclusively about identity pertaining to ethnicity or religious faith or a mix of the two. The ‘national question’, therefore, is about sorting out identity issues/anomalies and nothing else. Somewhere along the way, we seem to have forgotten that human beings are not one-dimensional creatures, that nations are not only about an aggregate of communities and that nationalism is not about a national flag and national anthem. Years ago, I was invited to give a talk on water policy by the National Movement Against Terrorism, at that time an adjunct outfit of the Sihala Urumaya, of which I was briefly a member. I stressed that the Sihala Urumaya, if it is really concerned about the fate of the Sinhalese, then it should take serious note of everything that comes under the term ‘urumaya’ (heritage). By the same token, if you are somehow uncomfortable with the term ‘Sinhala’ and prefer ‘Sri Lankan’, then you should concern yourself with all things Sri Lankan, including the relevant pride, the need to correct flaws and the protection of people, resources, artifact, values etc. These sentiments I have articulated before, in a series of articles to the Irida Divaina; my main contention being that ‘Sinhala’ should be understood less via reflection of the LTTE/Eelam or West(ern) formulations and presence than through examination of ‘self’, in terms of history, heritage, sensibility etc. (Full report in Sri Lanka Guardian).

SUMMARY OF THE PETITION TO THE SRI LANKAN GOVERNMENT AND INSTRUCTIONS BY SRI LANKANS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD

TO; H.E The President of the Democratic Republic of Sri Lanka; Hon. Members of the Cabinet; Hon. Members of Parliament; Hon. Leader of the Opposition and Hon. Ambassadors of Democratic Republic of Sri Lanka

We the Sri Lankans currently residing in Sri Lanka and abroad hereby bring the following to your immediate and urgent attention (Please sign the Petition)

Vaiko and many other Tamil leaders of Tamil Nadu were in Wanni

Leader of MDMK party in Tamil Nadu , Mr. Vaiko had been photographed in LTTE uniform, firing pistols with LTTE leader V. Prabhakaran, delivering brain-washing lectures to the LTTE terrorists, and having discussions with Prabhakaran (Read full details).

Heavy Gun Barrels Use by LTTE Found - : 57 Division troops in VISUAMADU area conducted a search and clear operation in the general area of VERAKULAM, northeast of VISUAMADU on Monday (2) morning and recovered two 122 mm artillery gun barrels, two 130 mm artillery gun barrels, four 122 mm artillery gun trailers and two 130 mm artillery gun trailers kept hidden in the area by the LTTE terrorists who had vacated the area before it was captured (Full report in Sri Lanka Army)

A-9 opens - Twenty buses carrying 400 troops commenced their journey through the newly liberated area of the A-9 road - Another historic occasion in two and half year humanitarian operation - Security Forces marked yet another historic occasion in their two and half year humanitarian operation, opening the Jaffna-Kandy A-9 road for troop movement after 24 years with 400 troops from Jaffna reaching Anuradhapura and another 400 troops from Anuradhapura reaching Jaffna along the A-9 road. Twenty buses carrying 400 troops commenced their journey through the newly liberated area of the A-9 road at 9.04 am after an official function at Elephant Pass with the participation of Jaffna Security Forces Commander Major General Mendaka Samarasinghe and other high ranking officials of the Security Forces in Jaffna. Parallel to this ceremony, another 400 troops reporting back to duty in Jaffna commenced their journey from Anuradhapura officially launching this troop movement mission after participating in an official function with the participation of Vanni Security Forces Commander Major General Jagath Jayasuriya. The Maha Sangha blessed the troops at Elephant Pass and Omantai before troop movement commenced. “With the commencement of this troop movement mission, the Sri Lanka Army will make use of the A-9 road for troop movements to and from Jaffna peninsula,” Major General Mendaka Samarasinghe said. Although the A-9 road was fully liberated in January this year with the capture of Elephant Pass on January 9, the road was not used for troop movement until the Security Forces had given full security clearance (Full report in Daily News).

After the ceremonial opening of the A-9 highway at Elephant Pass yesterday homebound soldiers board buses that will take them along the A-9 to Anuradhapura from where they were to proceed home. (Photo-Kamal Bogoda)

A9 reopened for military transportation after 27 years - in Elephant Pass *Road will open for civilians soon – The Sri Lanka Army yesterday re-opened the Jaffna – Kandy A9 highway to the peninsular after 27 years. Security Forces Commander Jaffna, Major General Mendaka Samarasinghe, ceremonially opened the highway at Elephant Pass. Commander of 55 division of the SL Army, Brigadier Prasanna Silva and several other officers attended the ceremony. Twenty buses carrying over 250 soldiers and officers, returning home on leave, left for Anuradhapura from Elephant Pass at the auspicious time of 9.00 a.m. amidst pirith chanting by the Maha Sangha. The A9 highway was closed to transportation in 1984 and was re-opened for civilians on April 8, 2002 under the Ceasefire Agreement between the then UNF government and the LTTE. However, civilians were compelled pay tax for using the A9 stretch from Omanthai to Muhamalai, but transportation of security forces men and material were not permitted. The Military closed the road again on August 11, 2006 amidst massive violations of the Ceasefire Agreement by the LTTE. The government decided to open the A9 again after the security forces captured the entire A9 stretch following the defeat of the LTTE (Full report in Island).

LTTE-Tamil Nadu politician links come to light - The Army 58 Division troops found several recently taken photographs and video footage from a building earlier occupied by the LTTE showing certain South Indian politicians in LTTE camps in the Vanni, the Defence Ministry said. According to defence sources in Puthukkudiyiruppu, the items were found by the infantrymen of 6 Gamunu Watch during clearing operations at the captured LTTE satellite communication center, in Puthukkudiyiruppu West. The Ministry said there were a number of photographs showing certain South Indian politicians championing tribalism, actively participating in terrorist activities in the Vanni. Leader of MDMK party in Tamil Nadu, Vaiko had been photographed firing pistols with LTTE leader V. Prabhakaran, delivering brain-washing lectures to the LTTE terrorist, and having discussions with Prabhakaran, the Ministry said.According to the Defence Ministry, the video tape contains a trailer created for the “National Television of Tamil Eelam” and news segments produced in Tamil, Sinhala and English. The news segments had been produced similar to the news telecast of Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (Daily News).

SPUR NEW ZEALAND DONATES STAINLESS STEEL FLASKS FOR THE FRONTLINE SOLDIERS  - By Walter Jayawardhana - SPUR (New Zealand) has donated 138 steel flasks to carry hot drinks for the soldiers serving in the front in Mulaitivu. The 1000 ml stainless steel flasks were bought under a scheme launched by the society to help soldiers serving at the front under extremely dangerous circumstances fighting against all odds in the most difficult terrain. As a moral booster the steel flasks will have a sticker on them indicating that it is a gift from the Sri Lankans in New Zealand. The flasks bought at a cost of 122130 Sri Lankan Rupees were donated at a hand over ceremony in Colombo with Lt. Col Ruwan Gunathilaka who received them on behalf of the army. Mahinda Attanayaka of SPUR NZ and other VIP's with Venerable Bengamuwe Nalaka and Venerable Thalagala Sumanaratana theros were present at the ceremony. Thawalama Foundation also assisted in this donation. (EOM).

TAMIL FILM DIRECTOR SENTENCED OVER SEDITOUS CHARGES ON SRI LANKAN ISSUE - By Walter Jayawardhana -Anti Sri Lankan campaigner and Tamil film director has been sentenced to one year imprisonment by a Tamil Nadu court on sedition charges in a case he was alleged to have uttered statements against the sovereignty of India. Since a political campaign was started by the few Chennai film artists and more film directors in support of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) Director Seeman took a very prominent role to stop the war by demanding Indian intervention. When he failed in that it was alleged he was making anti-Indian statements at public rallies of very extremist nature and inciting people on racist lines. Earlier Seeman was arrested by Tamil Nadu police and was out on bail on similar charges. The film director's recent speech at an event in Puducherry has again provoked the law enforcement authorities to take some action against him and he was produced before Puducherry criminal court after he surrendered at Nellai where he had made another allegedly seditious speech inciting people. He had been sentenced under India's National Security Act. Seeman although has made virulent attacks on Sri Lanka has made some films in the island partly (EOM).

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Monday, 02 March 2009

Photographs, Videos found in terror TV station bare dark secrets - Sri Lankan soldiers of Army 58 Division have made a startling discovery exposing an abominable conspiracy against Sri Lankan citizens. The soldiers have found several recent photographs and video footage in a building earlier occupied by the LTTE terrorists showing certain South Indian politicians in LTTE camps in Wanni. According to defence sources in Puthukkudiyiruppu, these photographs and videos were discovered by the infantrymen of 6 Gemunu Watch (6GW) last afternoon (1 Mar), while engaged in clearing operations at the captured LTTE satellite communication center, in Puthukkudiyiruppu West. Defence.lk special correspondent in Puthukkudiyiruppu said that there were a number of photographs showing some of the South Indian politicians championing tribalism, actively participating in terrorist activities in Wanni. Leader of MDMK party in Tamil Nadu , Mr. Vaiko had been photographed in LTTE uniform, firing pistols with LTTE leader V. Prabhakaran, delivering brain-washing lectures to the LTTE terrorists, and having discussions with Prabhakaran. "There were photographs of several other South Indian politicians involved in LTTE activities including Mr. Nadumaran", he said. Meanwhile an analyst speaking to defence.lk, expressed his surprise at the shameless relationship, these South Indian politicians have with the convicted murderer of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Ghandhi. " Prabhakaran has called Mr.Vaiko as the person who would link Tamil Eelam to Tamil Nadu one day...these photographs reveal that the plans for a greater Tamil Eeelam had been already on the way" , the analyst said (Full report in Sri Lanka army).

A large haul of LTTE military items found - Kilinochchi - Troops of 7 Sri Lanka Light Infantry (7SLLI) serving under 572 Brigade uncovered a large haul of weapons, ammunition and warlike items while conducting search and clear operations in general area Kilinochchi yesterday, 1 March. The recovery was made around 6.00AM yesterday, military report received from the battlefront said. According to the report following list of items were among the recoveries (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

LTTE heavy artillery gun barrels and accessories found - Sugandhipuram - Troops of 572 Brigade led by Colonel Senarath Bandara serving under 57 Division found three 130mm heavy artillery gun barrels and one 122mm artillery gun barrel from the Sugandhipuram area this morning, 3 March. According to the sources the, in addition to four artillery barrels, a few accessories of the artillery guns were also found from the same area by the troops of 7 Sri Lanka Light Infantry led by Lt Colonel Ipsitha Dissanayake serving under 572 Brigade. Further Search operations are now underway to locate more military items buried by the LTTE terrorists before their withdrawal, defence sources in battlefront said. More information will follow (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

55 Div thrash LTTE offensive attempt: 2 LTTE boats destroyed - Mullaittivu - LTTE terrorists suffered a successive defeat at Mullaittivu, when 55 Div troops thwarted an LTTE offensive attempt North of Puthumathalan, reportedly destroying 2 LTTE boats while damaging another today (March 2). According to battlefield reports, LTTE terrorists have launched 15 boats including 4 suicide craft assisted with simultaneous heavy mortar fire at security forces directed from the declared no fire zone. Heavy fighting was reported in the area between security forces and LTTE since Sunday(March 1) morning 8 till 5p.m. Terrorists have launched the attack in clear desperation in order to boost the disintegrating morale of its cadres while instilling fear among the civilians who are seeking protection with security forces. Intercepted LTTE communication confirmed heavy damages to LTTE, security sources said adding that senior LTTE terrorists including Soosai and Lawrence have commanded the LTTE attack. More information will follow (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

The situation in Sri Lanka - by S.L.Gunasekara, Attorney-at-Law - The `Situation in Sri Lanka’ today, is briefly that the lawful Government of the Country is now on the verge of defeating militarily, a set of ruthless terrorists (the LTTE) who had forcibly usurped control of about one fourth (1/4th) of the Country’s territory, in the exercise of its undoubted right to reclaim its territory from that usurper. Having read in the newspapers and the Internet of a "Congressional Caucus on Sri Lanka and Sri Lankan Americans" as well as of a hearing about Sri Lanka in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee I pen these words on the subject so as to disabuse the minds of the American Legislators of the disinformation fed to them by the pro-LTTE lobby. First, let me introduce myself. I am a 65 year old Sinhalese `Agnostic’ born to a Christian family and hence a baptized Methodist, who has spent all his life in Sri Lanka, an Attorney-at-Law with over 40 years continuous practice, a former Crown Counsel in the Attorney General’s Department [a State Prosecutor], a former external examiner in Industrial Law for the Master of Laws Degree of the University of Colombo, an Arbitrator at several Commercial Arbitrations, a Government delegate to the first set of `Peace Talks’ with the terrorists at Thimphu, Bhutan in 1985, a former Member of Parliament and the author of seven (7) books on Sri Lanka’s separatist problem which is wrongly referred to as an ethnic problem (Full report in Island).

Another LTTE Boat & Suicide Jackets Found - VANNI: TROOPS of 53, 55 and 58 Divisions and Task Force-VIII continued their attacks on LTTE terrorists in the general areas of KEVIL, south of CHALAI, PUTHUKKUDIYIRUPPU and PATTIKKARAI causing further damages to the LTTE terrorists on Sunday (1). Several soldiers also sustained injuries due to terrorist small arms and mortar fire. In the meantime, troops of 57 Division conducted search and clear operations in VISUAMADU area and recovered three T-56 weapons, three sniper weapons, sixteen hand grenades, one Multi Purpose Machine Gun (MPMG), seventeen claymore mines, three hundred and sixty two pounder bombs, 12 kg of Try-Nitro Toluene (TNT) explosives, seventeen claymore stands, twenty improvised explosive devices (IEDs), sixty-two antipersonnel mines, six hundred and five 81 mm mortar bombs, one hundred and ten hand grenade parts, two 60 mm mortar bombs, twenty-five 60 mm mortar barrels, fifty-seven detonators, fifty meter long detonator code, fifty terrorist maps, one I-com receiver, one frequency monitor, one communication base station, one high frequency base station and thirty Arul bombs on the same day (1). Meanwhile, troops of the 58 Division recovered a large terrorist boat of 40 ft in length and 20 ft in width, two suicide jackets and a Large number of claymore mines in AMPALAVANPOKKANAI on Sunday (1) morning (Sri Lanka Army)..

Photos of T. Nadu politicians found in LTTE hideouts Colombo (IANS): The Sri Lankan military has found photographs and videos showing politicians from India's Tamil Nadu state in the company of Tamil Tiger leaders in the island's north, it was announced on Monday. The defence ministry said soldiers combing abandoned bases of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) discovered the photographs as well as videos of the politicians with LTTE boss Velupillai Prabhakaran. These included MDMK leader Vaiko, a long-time MP and a vocal supporter of the LTTE, and P. Nedumaran, who has known Prabhakaran since the early 1980s when the LTTE chief was a largely unknown figure. Both Nedumaran and Vaiko made clandestine visits to LTTE territory in Sri Lanka in the 1980s to meet Prabhakaran. Vaiko spent about a month in LTTE zone in 1989, when Indian troops were battling the Tigers in Sri Lanka's northeast. Nedumaran also made a similar trip to the island in 1985, again spending about a month there. "The soldiers have found several recent photographs and video footage in a building earlier occupied by the LTTE terrorists, showing certain south Indian politicians in LTTE camps in Wanni," the ministry said. It said soldiers from the 58 Division "made (the) startling discovery" when they captured an LTTE satellite communication centre to the west of Puthukkudiyiruppu, the last township held by the Tigers in the north. "Vaiko had been photographed in LTTE uniform, firing pistols with Prabhakaran, delivering brain-washing lectures to the LTTE terrorists, and having discussions with Prabhakaran," it said. It claimed that there were a number of photographs "showing some south Indian politicians championing tribalism, actively participating in terrorist activities in Wanni". Nearly 200 people, including Vaiko, were arrested and remanded to judicial custody Saturday in Tamil Nadu for showing black flags to External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee and burning his photographs (Hindu).

More facilities to IDPs in Northern Sri Lanka - By: Gamini Goonarathne - Government Agent in Vavuniya Sunday(March 1) met with the representatives of Non Governmental Organizations NGOs) operating in the welfare centers for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and decided to increase the facilities provided to the people. Mrs. P. Charles, Government Agent in Vavuniya said the decision was taken at a special meeting held yesterday morning with the participation of Non Government Organizations. She said that there is no shortage of any essential items for the civilians at the IDP centers as the government is supplying all their basic needs. She added that the IDPs are currently preparing their own meals and the items needed to prepare the meals are supplied by the government. The Government Agent said the people affected by yesterday's sudden fire at the welfare camp in Punthottam have been transferred to another camp in Sidambarampuram in Vavuniya. Mrs. Charles said that permanent medical centers have been set up at each IDP camp to address the medical needs of the people. The Ministry has provided sufficient medical supplies and all the 12 camps in Vavuniya have a health centre at each camp. According to statistics from Health Ministry, 31, 990 persons representing 9,913 families are currently living in the 12 IDP camps in Vavuniya. A team of 35 medical officers, 15 consultants, and 120 nurses work on a weekly rotation basis. Government said that nearly 750 pregnant women have already reached the welfare centers in Vavuniya (Full report in Sri Lanka Army).

Grenade Launcher Cartridges Recovered - EAST: TROOPS engaged in search operations in PALLACHCHENAI area recovered four 40 mm from the area on Sunday (1) evening (Sri Lanka Army)..

Soldiers rescue more civilians amid heavy artillery and mortar fire from NFZ - Sri Lankan soldiers are continuing on their noble mission to rid the country of terrorism and to free civilians held hostage by the terrorists in Puthukkudiyiruppu, battlefield sources reveal. According to the sources the soldiers have been facing severe resistance from the terrorists who seemed to have placed all their heavy artillery and mortar guns in the No Fire Zone (NFZ) demarcated for the civilians. Battlefield reports indicate that 58 Division soldiers thrusting into Puthukkudiyiruppu from west and northwest have given heavy beating to the terrorists during last 24 hours. The infantrymen of 8 Gajaba Regiment (8GR) and 12GR braved incessant shelling coming from NFZ and destroyed several LTTE outposts established to prevent civilians coming (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Alert Troops Foil Tigers’ Infiltration Attempt - MULLAITTIVU: ONE MORE effort by the LTTE to infiltrate PALAMATHTHAN Army defences south of CHALAI was thwarted during small hours Monday (2) by the 55 Division troops who had already advanced about 2 km ahead of the LTTE-made earth bund pierced by the soldiers Saturday (28). Having observed a large number of Tiger terrorists onboard at least ten Sea Tiger boats moving from the direction of the ‘Safe Zone’ in the southeast of CHALAI, the 55 Division alerted all troops deployed along the coastal line. As the flotilla drew closer to the shore in the dark, a barrage of artillery, mortar, Rocket Propeller Gun (RPG) and small arms fire was mounted on it forcing the Tiger boats to turn away with extensive damages. It was on Sunday (1) that the troops who noticed a small group of Tiger terrorist infiltrators in PALAMATHTHAN cordoned the area and fired at them. One female LTTE terrorist, in the wake of Army offensives, committed suicide detonating a suicide jacket while others went in hiding amidst continuous fire by the troops. Search and clear operations are on in the area (Sri Lanka Army).

Another 281 civilians rescued from terror clutches with navy assistance - Mullaittivu - Sri Lanka Navy has facilitated rescuing of 281 civilians held captive by the LTTE terrorists in Mullaittivu. Navy sources said that, the 6th batch of civilians including patients requiring immediate medical attention was transported to Trincomalee by the "MV Greed Ocean" yesterday (Feb 28). The Navy provided the safe passage for the vessel carrying civilians from Mullaittivu and received the passengers at Trincomalee harbour. Navy medical teams provided immediate medical treatment to the needy patients upon disembarkation and rushed them to the government hospital Trincomalee for further treatment. MV Green Ocean has been charted by the government of Sri Lanka in order to rescue civilians held as human shield by the LTTE terrorists in Mullaittivu. The International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) sails the ship under its flag. The Government Hospital of Trincomalee has been sufficiently staffed and provided with adequate stocks of medicine by the Health Ministry of Sri Lanka in order to meet the requirement. According to the Navy source, the last batch of civilians included 95 men, 128 women and 58 children. Out of them 65 men and 72 females were patients. From 10th February 2009, Sri Lanka navy has assisted rescuing of 1907 civilians including large number of patients by MV Green Ocean. This was in addition to the large number of civilians rescued by Sri Lanka navy sea units deployed in the Northeastern coastal waters (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

UNSC reach consensus: No ceasefire call to Lanka - LTTE must lay down arms - Influence Tigers to let go civilians - Sir John Holmes - A UN Security Council on Friday received a briefing by Under Secretary General Sir John Holmes who visited Sri Lanka at President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s invitation last week.  The briefing did not result in a ceasefire call to Sri Lanka from the Security Council, but general agreement that the LTTE must lay down arms and ease suffering of civilians. Sir John Holmes told reporters that humanitarian concerns about the people held captive by the LTTE remains a major concern while the concerns about IDPs who have already come to cleared areas seems less than what was feared for. He was strongly critical of the LTTE’s continuing ruthlessness by not allowing people to leave the conflict area. Sir John had good words about increasing cooperation with the Government and made positive comments about the Government’s policy and objective to send back about 80 per cent of IDPs as soon as possible or within a year. Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama told the media yesterday that the Government is thankful to the United Nations for its better understanding of the ground situation in Sri Lanka.He was strongly critical of the LTTE’s continuing ruthlessness by not allowing people to leave the conflict area. Sir John appealed to all those with any influence on the position of the Tigers to use that influence to force them to let the civilians go. “There is no time to lose,” he said. He described the situation of trapped people as dire but acknowledged IDPS in transit camps are reasonably well. He was not aware of major outbreak of disease in the conflict area (Full report in Daily News).

The sovereignty Sri Lanka never regained - By Janaka Perera - Monday March 2, marks the 194th anniversary of the day when Sinhala fools handed over pre-colonial Sri Lanka’s last independent kingdom on a platter to the British. The signatories to the Kandyan Convention of March 2, 1815 little realized that in trying to get rid of an alleged tyrannical ruler (King Sri Wickrema Rajasinghe) they were giving power to a gang of suave and sophisticated Anglo-Saxon liars who would not only never honour their pledges but also never give up trying to tame the natives even 60 years after a 133-year direct rule. The recent Des Browne fiasco is the best example of this British neo-colonial mentality. The Sri Lankan Government took the right step in telling them where to get off. The incident is a clear proof that the former colonial power does not want us to really regain the sovereignty we lost in 1815. And joining in this unwarranted campaign to 'civilize' us are America’s ex-diplomats and 'human rights' champions. Many of them still insist that we negotiate with the LTTE but maintain a deafening silence when it comes to NATO and the United States warning Pakistan against seeking a truce with the Taliban. Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi raised his concerns with U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton about US drones that have killed not only wanted Al-Qaeda militants but also many civilians. These are of no concern to those Western pundits who pontificate on humanitarian issues in Sri Lanka’s North. But they dare not give similar advice to big-power India which is facing worse humanitarian problems in several of her states – most notably Kashmir (Full report in Asian Tribune).

The Logic of Mr. Pranab Mukherjee - By L. Jayasooriya - When a person cannot do what he wants to do and has to take orders from subordinates just to survive even men of good education could expose themselves to ridicule. I refer to what Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, Minister for External Affairs of India has stated below.  A news item in the media states that Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, has appealed to Sri Lanka to accept the LTTE’s offer of a ceasefire so that the civilians trapped in the war zone can be moved to safety. He further says that though the offer falls short of a declaration of a willingness to lay down arms he feels that the government of Sri Lanka should seize the opportunity presented by the LTTE. In his declaration I think he missed out two words. Instead of saying "should seize the opportunity presented by the LTTE" it would have been more appropriate if he had said "should seize the opportunity so magnanimously presented by the LTTE". I ask Mr. Mukherjee whether if the Sri Lanka army were to hold a ceasefire the LTTE would let the civilians that they use as a human shield escape to freedom among the government troops. I do not wait for an answer. He then brings in rather out of context, devolution of powers as required by India. If Mr. Mukherjee is worried about it he can rest assured that this country will never be divided into fragments (Full report in Asian Tribune).

Civilian foils LTTE bid to kidnap children - A civilian had prevented an LTTE attempt to kidnap children from the No Fire Zone. The civilian had grabbed the fire-arm of one of the three LTTE cadres who came to kidnap children and fired at the kidnappers. In the ensuing gun battle the civilian and the LTTE cadres have all died but the children were saved from being kidnapped. An INGO volunteer who witnessed this scene is said to have informed the diplomatic community about the incident, said a press release issued by Director, Government Information Department Anusha Pelpita (Daily News).

A9 opened for ‘Jaffna convoys’ - With the opening of the Kandy-Jaffna A9 road today (March 2), the government will be able to sharply reduce the scope of a costly naval operation to move military and civilian supplies to the Jaffna peninsula, officials said. The SLAF, too, could lessen its flights to and from the peninsula, they said. Three private airline operators, Expo Air, Deccan Air and Daya Aviation may face tough competition after the launch of luxury bus services to the Jaffna peninsula, they said, asserting that the opening of the overland route would help bring down the cost of living. Military spokesperson Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara told The Island that the opening of the A9 would be limited to the armed forces and police. Responding to our queries, he said that although the option of sea movements would remain, the armed forces would largely depend on the overland route. The first convoys to and from the Jaffna peninsula will move today, he said. The Trincomalee-KKS sea supply route was maintained by the navy at a tremendous cost to the taxpayer, since the government lost control of the A9 during the Premadasa administration in the 1990. The navy had paid a heavy price in both men and material to sustain the lifeline (Full report in Island).

Vaiko held for black flag demo THOOT HUKUDI: MDMK general secretary Vaiko and 184 of his party functionaries\ were arrested here on Satur-day when they attempted to show black flags to External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee. Vaiko along with his party cadre had assembled in front of the BSNL general manager’s office to show black flags to Pranab, condemning the Union Government’s inaction on the Sri Lankan Tamil issue. Pictures of the Union Minsiter were burnt by the MDMK functionaries during the protest, according to agency reports (Full report in Island).

Promoting terrorism the UN way - Why terrorism is flourishing in the modern world like the Black Death taking a heavy toll on humanity could be seen from the flurry of pro-terror activity at the apex international body, the UN. The infiltration by terrorists of the UN system is such that even the Security Council is pussyfooting without tackling the issue of terrorism the way it should. While the security forces are poised to deal a decapitating blow to the LTTE at home, Sri Lankan envoys are engaged in defensive warfare on the diplomatic front in New York to prevent pro-terror elements from pressuring the UN to throw a lifeline to the beleaguered terrorists. A glorified blogger by the name of Mathew Lee, we learn, has placed himself over and above the representatives of sovereign states at the UN and is openly carrying out an anti-Sri Lanka campaign with a view to helping the LTTE. Would an Al Qaeda backer been allowed to operate at the UN in that manner? Freedom that confederates of terrorists in the garb of bloggers or journalists or human rights activists enjoy to carry out malicious campaigns against member states only gives an impetus to the UN's downhill journey as a failed outfit. It looks as if the time had come for the UN to open its membership for terrorist outfits as well (Full report in island).

Anti-LTTe protest opposite UK MP’s office - A protest march was staged in London on Saturday opposite the office of British Parliamentarian Keith Vaz. The MP has been pushing for a ceasefire in Sri Lanka and has been seen by some groups as being sympathetic towards the LTTE. The protest in Leicester started outside Mr Vaz's office with approximately 300 supporters in attendance, the Defence Ministry said. Leicester MP, Keith Vaz, had urged the British Parliament to press for an immediate ceasefire of the ongoing military operations in northern Sri Lanka leading to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown appointing Des Brown as Coordinator to the Government of Sri Lanka. This appointment was immediately rejected by the Sri Lankan government. The peaceful protest was threatened by the arrival of LTTE supporters, but, seeking to keep the peace, police refused them access. One LTTE supporter who ignored the police order, was arrested and taken to the local police station. Later that evening, Mr Vaz arrived and addressed the protesters, inviting them to his office to request the reason for the protest and answer any questions. Around 20 protestors, including two buddhist monks, were among them. Among others, the protestors raised the following questions: "Why do you support the banned terrorism organisation, LTTE?" and, "Why do you urge the government of Sri Lanka to call an immediate ceasefire due to the humanitarian crisis?" Mr Vaz was unable to produce satisfactory answers to these questions. Mr Vaz did, however, recognise the request of the protestors and indicated that he would like to discuss the current situation in Northern Sri Lanka with Sri Lankan government officials including the President of Sri Lanka. A petition was then handed to Mr Vaz. Mr Vaz invited Buddhist monks to pray for peace in Sri Lanka (Full report in Daily Mirror).

Advancing troops recover many Tiger vehicles -  Military sources said advancing troops in the Puthukuduyiruppu area in the Vanni recovered more than 400 vehicles abandoned by the LTTE within the last 10 days alone. Among these vehicles worth millions of rupees are jeeps, vans, armored trucks, bulldozers, backhoes etc. Civilians fleeing Tiger controlled areas told troops that the LTTE had seized many vehicles belonging to civilians that had been used by them to come out of Killinochchi and these vehicles were later used by the LTTE for their terror tactics. Military sources said the Tigers are in the process of fleeing and were unable to safeguard any of their possessions (Daily Mirror).

Navy rescues civilian captives in Mullaitivu - The Lanka Navy has facilitated rescuing of 281 civilians held captive by the LTTE terrorists in Mullaitivu. Navy said the 6th batch of civilians including patients requiring immediate medical attention was transported to Trincomalee by the ‘MV Greed Ocean’ on Saturday. The Navy provided the safe passage for the vessel carrying civilians from Mullaitivu and received the passengers at Trincomalee harbour. Navy medical teams provided immediate medical treatment to the needy patients upon disembarkation and rushed them to the government hospital Trincomalee for further treatment. The government has charted MV Green Ocean in order to rescue civilians held as human shield by the LTTE terrorists in Mullaitivu. The International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) sails the ship under its flag. The government hospital of Trincomalee has been sufficiently staffed and provided with adequate stocks of medicine by the Lankan Health Ministry in order to meet the requirement. According to the Navy source, the last batch of civilians included 95 men, 128 women and 58 children. Out of them 65 men and 72 females were patients. From 10th February 2009, Sri Lanka navy has assisted rescuing of 1907 civilians including large number of patients by MV Green Ocean. This was in addition to the large number of civilians rescued by Sri Lanka navy sea units deployed in the Northeastern coastal waters (Daily Mirror).

Economic and Social Progress in Sri Lanka during Post-War Period - By Sunil Wimalawansa - (March 01, Washington, Sri Lanka Guardian) Now that the physical eradication of Tamil-tiger terrorism (LTTE) is nearing its end, the country must focus on infrastructure and rehabilitation development programs. The economic bases – agriculture, infrastructure, tanks and irrigation systems – that were destroyed by terrorism need to be rebuilt. Sri Lanka lost the opportunity she had following the tsunami to build purpose-designed new cities in the affected area. This is the second chance for the government to plan and build well-designed energy efficient and pollution free (unsubsidized alternate energy programs) brand new cities and settlements in the North and Eastern regions in Sri Lanka. The latter is critically important in these areas in order to accommodate those who fled the LTTE violence, and for those who are willing to relocate in these areas to get on with their lives. However, this needs to go hand-in-hand with the creation of job opportunities and the physical and psychological rehabilitation of those civilians and the armed force personnel who were injured and traumatized over the years of violence, as well as the surrendered terrorists (Full report in Sri Lanka Guardian).

Sunday, 01 March 2009

Thank You Tamil Diaspora for donating two 130mm Artillery Guns to Sri Lanka Army

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Douglas Wickramaratne and the truth about Black July (Vedio).

Anti-Vaz demonstration of Sri Lankans in front of the political office of Member of Parliament Keith Vaz in London

Full report and photos in SPUR

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

(Read more about Keith Vaz and LTTE)

BUDDHIST MONK TELLS KEITH VAZ THAT HANDFUL OF POLITICIANS BETRAY THE TRUTH DESPITE SRILANKAN BELIEF THAT BRITISHERS ARE FOR FAIRPLAY (By Walter Jayawardhana)Immediately after hundreds of  strong anti-Vaz demonstration of Sri Lankans in front of the political office of Member of Parliament Keith Vaz  was held,  Venerable Handupelpola Mahinda Thero told him in his office  despite the impression that Sri Lankans got that Britishers are for fair play and justice a handful of British politicians merely betray the truth for the sake of  few votes.Venerable Mahinda, made the blunt statement, after leaders of the demonstration, were allowed inside Mr. Vaz’s political office for negotiations  after  more than 300 strong demonstrators  were charging the UK parliamentarian of “misguiding” the United Kingdom on Sri Lanka by “misrepresentation of facts”  during about a four hour demonstration in front of No. 144 Upmine Road, Lester in the constituency of the ruling Labour Party MP. In response to the allegations by the demonstrators Mr. Vaz said he was representing the views of thousands of Tamils in his electorate and  no opposing view had been conveyed to him before. He said he had never been allowed inside the country for him to witness for himself.When the noisy slogan shouting demonstration started in noon some Indian supporters of Vaz attempted to persuade the organizers to stop it on the way with the promise of getting an audience with Vaz, who virtually has become allegedly an immitator  of allegations by the British Tamil Forum , a front of the banned LTTE in London. The organizers refused the request of the turbaned supporters of the politician and continued with the demonstration. Meanwhile eight vehicles of the British Tamil Forum  were parading the streets with banners on their sides with anti-Sri Lanka slogans and disturbing the demonstration. Later, the police officers of Lester Constabulary stopped the “disturbing” vehicles (Full report and photos in SPUR).

TNA fails to come up with rescue plans to save innocent Tamils other than insisting on a ceasefire to safeguard the LTTE - By K.T.Rajasingham - : The Tamil National Alliance has failed to comeN.Srikantha M.P: "Well what actions we can take rather than appealing to the conscience of the international community, which by large remains a silent spectator?." up with any solutions to solve the human tragedy of saving the innocent Tamil civilians trapped in the conflict zone, who are allegedly held as human shield by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. The TNA is hell-bent on finding ways to rescue the LTTE from being ejected from the country, by urging for a ceasefire rather than coming up with a rescue plan to safeguard the Tamil civilians from the clutches of the Tamil armed group. After the Independent of Sri Lanka in 1948, the Tamil Political parties which represented the Tamils of the North and East of the country have failed to win the equal rights of the Tamils. In 1977 the Tamil armed groups took over forcefully from the political parties by threat and intimidations and subsequently LTTE banned other groups and waged an armed conflict up to 2007, propagating a separate mono-ethnic state agenda. Many thousands died and no solution was on sight and armed struggle was a colossal failure. Presently, while the final battle is now being fought in Puthukkudiyiruppu, a Vanni heartland and in the Mullaitivu coasts, more than 70, 000 Tamil civilians are held hostages, in other words as human shield by the LTTE. Efforts are made to rescue them from the clutches of the LTTE . International Community has repeatedly urged the LTTE to allow the innocent Tamils to go for safe areas (Full report in Asian Tribune).

Search and Clear Operations by Army Continue to Recover more LTTE Items - MULLAITTIVU: ARMY TROOPS conducting search operations in VISUAMADU area found one RPG (Rocket Propeller Gun) bomb, one thousand (1000) anti personnel mine fuses, twenty-three T-56 magazines, twenty hand grenades, two hundred and seventy (270) 120 mm mortar bombs, three claymore bombs of 12.5kg, 5 kg and 7.5kg, 18 kg of C-4 explosives, nine hundred (900) rounds of T-56 ammunition, seventy-six 81mm mortar shells, three Arul type bombs, two 60 mm mortar bombs, one TNT bomb, five radio set pairs, eight 81mm mortar bombs, one 120 mm mortar IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices) twenty-eight anti personnel mines, one lathe machine, two LTTE uniforms, one pressure mine, five hundred rounds (500) of MPMG (Multi Purpose Machine Gun) ammunition and fifteen detonator cords Saturday (28). Meanwhile, 59 Division troops in the southwest of MULLAYAVALAI found one LTTE dead body, one T-56 weapon, five T-56 magazines, three hundred and forty-six (346) rounds of ammunition, one suicide jacket, one satellite phone, one map, one phone charger, one I-com set, one cyanide capsule, one Global Positioning System (GPS), one hand grenade, one compass, one LTTE uniform and one LTTE pack. Similarly, troops of the Task Forces IV and V found one terrorist map from UDAYARKATTUKULAM area Saturday (28) and three anti personnel mines, three caps, one LTTE pack, one pouch, one sleeping bag and two hundred and sixty two (262) rounds of multi purpose machine gun (MPMG) ammunition from MALAVI area the same day  (Sri Lanka Army)..

Large Stock of Mobile Pre-Paid Cards apprehended - AMPARA: SECURITY FORCES on duty at the AKKARAIPATTU roadblock conducted a search on a Sri Lanka Transport Service (SLTB) bus Saturday (28) and found seven thousand (7000) mobile pre-paid cards and fifteen used mobile phones from the possession of a passenger. Further investigations are on (Sri Lanka Army).

Thank You Norway and Ranil Wickramasinghe; tens of million worth of telecom equipment captured from LTTE are now with Sri Lanka Army

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LTTE must lay down arms: No ceasefire call to Sri Lanka – consensus at UN Security Council Sri Lanka not on Security Council agenda "Influence Tigers to let civilians go" – Sir John Holmes - The UN Security Council on Friday (27) received a briefing by Under Secretary General Sir John Holmes who visited Sri Lanka at President Rajapaksa’s invitation last week. The briefing did not result in a ceasefire call to Sri Lanka from the Security Council, but general agreement that the LTTE must lay down arms and ease suffering of civilians. At the end of the briefing, Sir John Holmes told reporters that humanitarian concerns about the people held captive by the LTTE remains a major concern while the concerns about IDPs who have already come to cleared areas seems less than what was feared for. He was strongly critical of the LTTE’s continuing ruthlessness by not allowing people to leave the conflict area. Sir John had good words about increasing cooperation with the government and made positive comments about the Government’s policy and objective to send back about 80 percent of IDPs as soon as possible or within a year. He was strongly critical of the LTTE’s continuing ruthlessness by not allowing people to leave the conflict area. Sir John appealed to "all those with any influence on the position of the Tigers to use that influence to force them to let the civilians go". "There is no time to lose," he said. He described the situation of trapped people as dire but acknowledged IDPS in transit camps are reasonably well. He was not aware of major outbreak of disease in the conflict area. He gave some descriptions of his conversations with IDPs and commented on the fairly satisfactory physical conditions and the efforts made to have acceptable screening procedures (Full report in Sunday Island).

LTTE forcibly holding civilians There is no genocide in Sri Lanka says Human Rights Watch representative - By Sujeeva Nivunhella in London - The Sri Lankan government is not committing genocide in the North, said Charu Lata Hogg of Human Rights Watch. It is the LTTE which is forcibly holding innocent civilians as a human shield and shoot at them when they try to flee. There are certainly international guidelines which have to be met in a conflict situation. Sri Lanka cannot just be accused of genocide. Ms. Hogg was participating in a discussion, "Reactive Media Talk: Sri Lanka - a hollow victory?", held in London on February 24, organized by Frontline Club. She said that more than 2000 civilians were killed and over 5000 injured since January 2009 in the Northern battlefront in Sri Lanka. "Both Government troops and the LTTE are responsible for that. It is not only the Sri Lankan Army -- there have been killings and shootings by the LTTE as well. A large number of injuries have been caused to civilians as a result of the LTTE firing at them, Hogg said. She also said around 40,000 civilians have already escaped from LTTE clutches and reached government controlled areas. They are being looked after by the government in welfare centres. At this point, a group of Tamils in the audience tried to heckle her. Priyath Liyanage of BBC Sinhala Service chaired this discussion while R. Jayadevan of the Alliance for Peace and Reconciliation in Sri Lanka, Pearl Thevanayagam and Francis Harrison (Journalists) and Charu Lata Hogg (Human Rights Watch) were in the panel. Leader publisher Lal Wickrematunge joined the discussion from Colombo over the phone (Full report in Sunday Island).

THE KARAMETIYA VILLAGE MASSACRE BY TAMIL TIGERS - Where are the Peace advocates? By Malin Abeyatunge, Melbourne, Australia - When LTTE gunned down 7 fleeing Tamil civilians including two women and two children in mid January, the so-called peace advocates did not utter a word of sympathy or condemnation of LTTE for the dastardly act. Instead, there were hundreds of eulogies and hosanna sang for Late Lashanta Wickrematunga which happened in the same week because he was an icon of the elite unlike those poor hapless Tamil civilians. The peace mongers, INGOs and NGO’s who advocate peace were deaf and dumb when these fleeing innocent Tamils were killed. LTTE has now almost lost its conventional war power and back to attack innocent Sinhala villagers as in the past. LTTE has recommenced their ethnic cleansing of Sinhalese and destruction of well knit Sinhala villages in the East. Last week,  a LTTE cell operating in the Eastern province had attacked Karametiya village in Inginiyagala and shot and hacked to death 21 villagers which included women and children and injuring over 20 people. These villagers were chena cultivators carrying out their simple life style living a day to day life contented with what they have without pestering the ruling government. The villagers in these remote areas do not demand moon and star from the government unlike the urban folks who go on strike and demos for minor things aroused by political parties. But yet, these villagers have become a forgotten lot when the full concentration is now on the hapless Tamil civilians in LTTE’s captivity (Read full article in SPUR).

APPOINT A PRESIDENTIAL COMMISSION TO INVESTIGATE INTO SIVA PASUPATHY’S ROLE AS FORMER ATTORNEY GENERAL.  By Malin Abeyatunga, Melbourne, Australia - This is an extract of a media release by socalled Australians for Human Rights of the Voiceless headed by former AG Sivapasupathy who had free education up to graduation and rose up to be the AG (Discrimination against majority Sinhalese ?) and may be still  drawing Sri Lankan pension. He is one of the most ungrateful sons of Sri Lanka.Quote An Australian Human Rights Organisation, Australians for Human Rights of the Voiceless headed by Hon Shiva Pasupati, Former Attorney General of Sri Lanka has strongly criticised Sri Lankan Government’s Genocidal war on minority Tamils and said, “We are alarmed that the human rights atrocities in Sri Lanka have reached genocidal proportions” . It further called on United Nations Secretary General to intervene immediately and said “As things are, it is extremely important the UN SG seriously consider the dispatch of a monitoring mission that would undoubtedly serve to mitigate the severity of the atrocities that the internally displace people have to endure.”UnquoteI wrote this letter in 2006 exposing his involvement with LTTE terrorists and sent to The Island, Daily Mirror and Daily news but never got published. I thought It’s more timely to reproduce that letter (Read full letter in SPUR).

SPUR extends sympathy and shares the grief of family members and friends of the many Victorians who were fatally injured by the bush fires and thousands of others whose houses and livelihoods were destroyed, SPUR requests all Sri Lankans to extend a helping hand to all victims of the bush fires (See details)

Humanitarian assistance to Vanni civilians: Holms’ report favourable - United Nations Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Sir John Holmes who visited Sri Lanka recently has given a favourable report to the UN Security Council on February 27 in New York on the humanitarian assistance provided by the Government of Sri Lanka to the civilians who were earlier held captive by the LTTE as human shields as well as to those who have managed to escape and come into the Government controlled areas, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday. The statement further said: “Sir John described the situation of trapped people as dire but acknowledged IDP in transit camps are reasonably well. He stated that he was not aware of major outbreak of diseases in the conflict area. He gave some description of his conversations with IDPs and commented on the fairly satisfactory physical conditions and the efforts made to have acceptable screening procedures. “The remarks of Ambassadors of Security Council member states to the media following the briefing by Sir John reflected their appreciation of the sincere and commendable efforts of the Sri Lankan Government to render assistance to its citizens who are caught up in the conflict, amidst extremely difficult ground conditions” (Sunday Observer).

Among the equipment captured from the LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists...

Diplomacy, Politics, Terrorism, and Aid - By Prof Wijesiri Danthanarayana Emeritus Professor of Zoology School of Environmental and Rural Science The University of New England NSW 2351, Australia - I had the privilege of listening to President Obama's inaugural address. I presume that all politicians of the Sri Lankan Parliament, Sri Lankan media persons, the NGOs, INGOs, and in particular, the Human Rights advocates (and activists) were also able to tune-in. The main thrust of the Obsma speech was clear; this is that when a country is in trouble each and every member of that country support the government of the day to resolve the problem, irrespective of political, ethnic, religious and other differences that may exist, and that terrorism in is the foremost problem in most countries in the world today. I consider it my duty as a Sri Lankan patriot, who migrated to Australia 38 years ago, put forward my views on the issue of the LTTE (aka Tamil Tiger) Terrorism that did not exist at the time I left the country in 1970. From the news I read, hear and see it is clear that what is happening in Sri Lanka is exactly the opposite of what Obama said about resolving the issue of terrorism. A well established fact is that Tamil Tigers are no more than a group of terrorists of the worst kind in the world today. Atrocities it has carried out includes murder of local and foreign political leaders, introducing the tool of suicide bombing to the world of terrorism, elimination of all Tamil political leaders, ethnic cleansing of the Sinhala and Muslim communities from the Northern and Eastern provinces, recruitment of child soldiers, and using innocent civilians as human shields against the orders from the UN and the Red Cross (Full report in LankaWeb).

Seeman sentenced to 1 year imprisonment - Director Seeman has been sentenced to one year imprisonment by the Puducherry court. Seeman, who was arrested by the Tamil Nadu police, was out on bail for delivering speeches on the Sri Lankan issue, which was considered to be detrimental to India’s sovereignty. The director’s recent speech at an event in Puducherry again fueled controversies and the Puducherry police were on the look out for him. Seeman ultimately surrendered in Nellai after participating in yet another Sri Lankan rally. The case against Seeman for sedition was taken up by the Puducherry court and he was sentenced to one year imprisonment under the National Security Act. This is probably the first time a director from the Tamil film industry is being sentenced under this Act (Full report in Behind woods).

OPEN LETTER TO INDIAN LOKH SABAH - By Stanley Perera from Melbourne My dear Indian Lokh Sabah, INDIA MUST APPOLOGISE TO SRI LANKA Sri Lanka has been going through a hell with the mass murder, suicide bombing and destruction to the property by the Tamil Tiger Terrorists. Over 70,000 innocent and unarmed civilians have been massacred to death. Destruction to the public property is enormous. For 25 odd years the whole nation has been living in fear of getting blown up by the terrorist bombs. The whole country has been mourning for the loss of their loved ones. There has been no development in the northern and eastern districts in those 25 years. The people in the whole country suffered enormously. The enormity of pain and suffering, loss of life and damage to the property cannot be estimated in dollars and cents. Sri Lanka over the period of 25 years spent a colossal amount of money on the defence of the country. Terrorist Group LTTE was formed in the early 1980s by the then Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and South Indian Chief Minister M.G.Ramachandran. Indira gave US$10 million to the terrorist group out of Indian tax payer’s money while Ramachandran together with Indian RAW provided the terrorist with guerrilla training, arms and weapons and all other necessary equipment and material for the terrorist activities in Sri Lanka. Also Ramachandran supplied the LTTE terrorists with food, fuel, men women and children to fight in the war. All terrorist activities were conducted in Sri Lanka in conniving with the South Indian corrupt politicians. To justify the terrorism in Sri Lanka, India invented an imaginary ethnic issue. India thereafter became a bully brother to Sri Lanka pestering on political solution to the non existing ethnic issue. To-date nobody has been able to explain what this ethnic issue or the legitimate grievances of the Sri Lankan Tamil People. It is a fact and not a myth that India created the world’s deadliest and ruthless terrorist group LTTE to conduct terrorist activities in Sri Lanka. The whole world knows about it. India therefore hold responsible for the destruction and mass killing in Sri Lanka by the terrorist group LTTE. THEREFORE INDIA MUST APPLOGISE TO SRI LANKA (Full report in LankaWeb).

Thank You Tamil Diaspora for donating these military hardware to Sri Lanka Army

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SAARC Foreign Ministers resolved to Combat Terrorism take measures to Economic Crisis in the region - The just concluded 31st session of the SAARC Council of Ministers, SAARC Member States and Senior Officials concentrated on two major issues that warranted their serious and immediate attention – combating terrorism and the global economic crisis and ways to end it in the region. Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama when briefing the media personnel said heeding to the call of the Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Council of Ministers ably assisted by the Foreign Secretaries of SAARC Member States and Senior Officials, adopted two important documents, namely, "The SAARC Ministerial Declaration on Cooperation in Combating Terrorism” and the statement on Global Economic Crisis." Sri Lankan Foreign Minister pointed out that "The Declaration on Cooperation in Combating Terrorism is significant for the region. It reiterates and re-emphasizes the common and collective resolve of all SAARC Member States to work together to eliminate the scourge of terrorism from our region. You would also observe agreement voiced in the Declaration to consider the development of an integrated border management mechanism. This is the first occasion on which such agreement has been voiced by Member States. We also decided to establish a High-Level Group of Eminent Experts to review and make proposals to further strengthen the SAARC anti-terrorism mechanisms, including for pragmatic cooperation." (Full report in Asian Tribune).

Terrorism, common challenge: Rajapaksa - Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday urged the South Asian countries for an immediate and “collective response” to deal with the menace of terrorism afflicting the region. At the SAARC Foreign Ministers conference here, Mr. Rajapaksa said terrorism impacted the whole region, in one way or another. The conference which concludes on Saturday is expected to adopt a declaration on terrorism. One of the main elements of the declaration pertains to the need for a review of all the declarations and instruments adopted by the SAARC over the years to tackle the challenges posed by terrorism. “Our societies bear the brunt of the evil force of terrorism. But, we cannot and should not allow even a single citizen of South Asia to suffer as a result of the brutal violence unleashed by terrorists. Therefore, we need to re-double our efforts to combat this menace individually and collectively.” He said the SAARC member-countries cannot shy away from taking firm and forceful action to combat terrorism, including internationally. “We, among other measures, should uphold democracy, support each other’s democracies and make it a vehicle towards defeating terrorism.” Mr. Rajapaksa said that in the SAARC region, and in multi-lateral fora like the United Nations, there is agreement on a series of measures on how to combat terrorism in line with accepted universal values and standards and the time has come to re-dedicate ourselves to fully implement them (Hindu).

Items sent to civilians in uncleared areas have been looted by the LTTE over the years, the Defence Ministry said. The picture shows several such items found by troops of the 58 Division in the outskirts of Puthukkudiyiriuppu. Picture courtesy Army Media.

LTTE high-tech satellite communication facility captured - Troops of 58 Division who have advanced into the Puthukudiirippu town perimeter found an LTTE high-tech satellite communication center last Friday, military sources said. Troops advanced into the built-up area amidst stiff resistance by the terrorists, the sources said. Infantrymen of 10 Gajaba Regiment (10 GR) serving under 58 Division were able to locate the LTTE’s high-tech communication center with modern satellite relaying machines. It was located west of Puthukudiirippu area. Computers, computer accessories, switches, telephones which were believed to be used for international communication through satellite, were also found, the sources said. As troops encircled the LTTE’s last remaining stronghold, terrorists had to withdraw from the area leaving behind this high-tech facility used for international communication. Meanwhile, in fighting reported in north of Kombavil area, the LTTE suffered heavy damages, the sources said. Five bodies of terrorists killed in the fighting were recovered along with four T-56 weapons (Full report in Sunday Island).

LTTE suffers heavy setback in Mullaittivu battles - Army - The 55 Division troops positioned South of Chalai have advanced further South during since Friday evening gaining control over sections of the LTTE built earth bund at Puthumathalan. Troops had also seized two LTTE attack craft, military sources from the Mullaittivu battlefront reported. The LTTE boats had sustained damages due to military artillery attacks the sources said adding that LTTE’s boat wing chief Soosai, had commanded the LTTE in offering resistance. According to intercepted LTTE communication, 13 terrorists were killed during the confrontations and many others were wounded. Soosai had operated from an undisclosed location at Puthukkudiyirippu, blaming the LTTE ground leaders for failing to stall the military advance. "If they (Army) an inch further we are done for ever", he was quoted as saying through intercepted LTTE communication. Meanwhile, the multi-pronged military surge towards Puthukkudiyirippu town continue with increasing LTTE battlefield loses as troops are now reportedly positioned some 200 m from seizing control of Puthukkudiyirppu junction, the sources reported (Full report in Sunday Island).

Readying for the refugees - Whatever the debate on the numbers maybe, there’s no gainsaying that several thousand refugees are now trapped in the small sliver of territory the LTTE still controls in the Vanni. The figures vary depending on who presents them. Sir. John Holmes, the UNUnder Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, who was here a few days ago at the invitation of the government, in a briefing to the UN Security Council on Friday said that estimates on the number of civilians trapped in what he called a ``rapidly shrinking pocket of land’’ varied from the government’s 70,000 to the UN’s 200,000. LTTE propaganda, of course, has numbers as high as 300,000 or more. Whatever the actual numbers are, the country has to be prepared to meet a surge of refugees, unfortunates many times displaced as the fighting raged around them, as best as we can. These are Sri Lankan citizen, traumatized by many years of war and the tyranny of LTTE terrorism who risked being shot dead – as many actually were - as they fled to safety. Those of us living in areas outside the war zone owe these people the best we can do for them (Full Editorial in Sunday Island).

Troops foil Sea Tiger attack - Over 10 enemy boats destroyed - Fierce fighting erupted in Chalai area on Friday night and continued till yesterday morning as troops of the 55 Division under the command of Brigadier Prasanna Silva advanced further south of Chalai along the coastal belt and destroyed the Tiger defence line south of Chalai, military officials from the battleground said yesterday. The 55 Division troops also foiled a major Sea Tiger attack on the ground troops amidst heavy fighting that continued in Chalai. “More than 20 Tiger boats attempted to land in Chalai under the direct command of Sea Tiger leader Soosai. The attempt was effectively thwarted by the 55 Division troops destroying more than 10 of their boats”, the officials added. A suicide boat was also destroyed by the ground troops as it came towards the troops operating in the lagoon front. The ground troops foiled more than 15 counter attacks by the LTTE killing more than 20 of their cadres during the battle that continued till yesterday noon. Troops also suffered injuries as LTTE launched a massive assault on the ground troops advancing towards South of Chalai. According to military officials the LTTE is heavily resisting the Security Forces advancing to the South of Chalai as it would pave the way for the civilians trapped in the No Fire Zone to flee towards the Security Forces controlled areas (Sunday Observer).

Essentials to North via A-9 - Social Services Minister and the Jaffna district parliamentarian Douglas Devananda has taken the initiative to transport essential items like food, medicine and fuel to the Jaffna peninsula via A-9 highway which will be opened for military transportation from today. Minister Devananda told the Sunday Observer that he has already discussed the matter with the Advisor to the President Basil Rajapaksa MP who has taken up the issue positively. “Discussions with the Defence Secretary and the Commissioner of Essential Services will also be held to expedite the process, “Minister Devananda said. He also pointed out that when the highway had remained open for civilian transport during the ceasefire period between 2002 and 2006, civilians travelling between North and South had to face severe hardship due to extortion activities of the LTTE. “Following the closure of A-9 in 2006, the goods had to be transported by ship and there were inordinate delays. Even civilians had to travel between Jaffna and Colombo by air paying exorbitant fares. However with the beginning of military transportation this week, the signs are positive to resume civilian transportation with essentials reaching the peninsula without delay,” Minister Devananda added. Meanwhile the power supply to the entire Jaffna Peninsula will be made available twenty four hours of the day from this week, Electricity Department sources in the North said (Full report in Sunday Observer).

Lankan envoy says end child recruitment WASHINGTON, D.C. - As it becomes increasingly clear that the LTTE terrorist organisation continues to force children held hostage in the conflict zone onto the battlefield, the Ambassador for Sri Lanka to the United States, Jaliya Wickramasuriya, calls for the end to the manipulation and suffering of children. "It is alarming that the LTTE terrorists, are continuing their blatant pattern of recruiting children to serve their own political agendas. It is an intolerable practice and must be stopped. We are hopeful this new campaign with UNICEF will help end the manipulation and suffering of Sri Lankan children," he said. The Ambassador's comments coincided with the launch of a new media campaign with UNICEF and the Government of Sri Lanka. According to the UNICEF Web site, "Bring Back the Child" is a multimedia initiative directed towards armed groups, vulnerable communities and affected children. It is made possible by the financial support of the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and UNICEF France. From 2003 to the end of 2008, UNICEF has recorded over 6,000 cases of children recruited by the LTTE. "The image of Sri Lanka, for far too long, has been stained by the presence of child soldiers in country. But, more important than erasing the stain in our image, is the need to save children from the horror of terror, the most savage of the chosen weapons of terror, that has been the menace of our society for nearly three decades", said President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the launch of the Sri Lanka National Campaign Against the Recruitment of Children for use in Armed Conflict (Sunday Observer).

SAARC Ministers call for Pragmatic cooperation against terror Coordinated approach to economic crisis - The 31st session of the SAARC Council of Ministers reiterated their commitment in strengthening the SAARC and the global regime against terrorism and decided to establish a high level group of eminent experts to review and make proposals to further strengthen SAARC anti-terrorism mechanism, including pragmatic cooperation. The Inter-Summit Session of the SAARC Council of Ministers was held in Colombo from February 23 to 28. Minister of Foreign Affairs Rohitha Bogollagama speaking to the press on the outcome of SAARC 31st session of the Council of Ministers at Hotel Inter Continental yesterday briefed the media on the two declarations adopted at the end of the session by the SAARC Council of Ministers on Cooperation in Combating Terrorism and on dealing with the Global Economic Crisis. Briefing on the Declaration on `Cooperation in Combating Terrorism' Minister Bogollagama stated that the foreign ministers of member States of SAARC were deeply concerned about the continuing scourge of terrorism afflicting the region which has caused extensive social disharmony, loss of human life destruction and damage to property. The Declaration also assured its contribution towards the efforts in the UN General Assembly for the early adoption of the UN draft Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism. The Declaration also called for supporting promotion of cooperation and exchange of information, consistent with the respective domestic legal and administrative regimes, improving immigration and customs control measures to detect and prevent the international movement of terrorists and their accomplices and trafficking in arms, narcotics and psychotropic substances or other materials, intended to support terrorism (Full report in Sunday Observer).

France to provide humanitarian assistance - French Foreign Minister Dr. Bernard Kouchner said he was glad that the conflict in the North of Sri Lanka is coming to an end and inquired on how best humanitarian assistance could be extended by France. He also expressed concerns at the civilians being held hostage in the conflict area, when he contacted Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama over the telephone last week. Minister Bogollagama explained the manner in which the LTTE had been shifting the civilians as and when the areas were cleared from their hold, and at present being confined to a strip of land with the civilians being used as human shields. He also outlined the ICRC's support in the delivery of humanitarian services including the evacuation of the sick. The Minister also pointed out that the access of government agencies to the uncleared area had been hindered by the LTTE. On inquiry by the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister with regard to the envisaged humanitarian assistance from France, Minister Kouchner shared the possibility of making available the services of the French Red Cross. Minister Bogollagama said that such assistance would be useful and the two Ministers agreed to discuss the related modalities with regard to the French offer (Sunday Observer).

Wreckage of LTTE aircraft to turn into museum piece - The undamaged portion of the LTTE aircraft that was shot down by the airmen at Katunayake last week will be exhibited at the Air Force museum in Ratmalana. This was the first ever enemy plane to be gunned down by the Sri Lanka Air Force since its inception, according to Air Force spokesman Wing Commander, Janaka Nanayakkara. He told the Sunday Observer, that the two Czech-built Zlin-Z143 aircraft of the LTTE to hit targets in Colombo, did not return to their base safely as they did in the past. "The timely action with perfect air defence system had managed to bring down those two planes. The LTTE plane that had rammed into the Inland Revenue Dept. building opposite the SLAF headquarters, was shattered to pieces. Whereas the second plane which was brought down onto a marshy land at Katunayake, with little damage to its body. The SLAF men were able to recover the Tiger pilot's body. Once the investigations are over, the Tiger aircraft will be displayed at the SLAF museum in Ratmalana along with other exhibits", the spokesman added (Sunday Observer).

LTTE confined to underground bunkers - Exactly after two and half years of fighting since the Mavilaru operation the Security Forces have been able to confine the LTTE, the most ruthless terror outfit in the world to underground bunkers located in Puthukudiyiruppu, the last township under their control with troops successfully confining them to an area less than 50 square kilometres as of yesterday. With no sign of surrendering to the Security Forces even at the last leg of the battle, the LTTE is seemingly getting ready to make those underground bunkers their own graveyards as troops are fast moving into the centre of the Puthukudiyiruppu town despite heavy resistance of the LTTE. The LTTE is fighting tooth and nail in defending their final stronghold, seemingly expecting a miracle to happen even at the last moment before their certain defeat at the hands of the Security Forces. The troops are witnessing the fiercest battles they have ever faced in the battle front these days in Puthukudiyiruppu, as LTTE is exerting maximum pressure on them making use of their maximum fire power with their limited manpower available with them along with their top level leaders including Velupillai Prabhakaran who are still surviving inside underground bunkers (Full report in Sunday Observer).

Air Defence System: Mechanism that saved a thousand lives  - The Sri Lankan air defence system has a short history of only two years. Set up at the end of 2006 Sri Lanka Air Force's Air Defence System is a combination of different security networks. Following the successful mission of destroying the two LTTE suicide aircraft on February 20, an expert group of the SLAF speaks about the Air Defence System and its role. Following are some excerpts of the interview. Names of the Air Force officers cannot be given due to security reasons (Full report in Sunday Observer).

We can now give others a lesson or two - Air Force chief - Q: How do you explain the growth of the Sri Lanka Air Force since the ethnic war started in the country? A: We have come a long way. Especially, since 2006 we have been able to force the LTTE to a standstill, I would say. Mostly we operate in support of the advancing troops of the Sri Lanka Army and the Navy. We were able to weaken LTTE’s fire-power drastically in the recent past. Considering the past two to three years, we have largely improved especially in the areas of attacking power, weapons even in the internal management of the force. The Air Force which was relatively a small outfit has developed into a full-fledged fighting force during the last 58 years. As we are developing country we have our own limitations to expand. Yet, we have used our resources effectively and judiciously causing maximum damage to the enemy (Sunday Observer).

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