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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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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

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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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
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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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Heladiva Sinhale in Italy Sihala Urumaya in UK
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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
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Security Situation from Go2lanka.com Janavijaya Foundation (Ven Soma Thero). University Teachers for Human Rights (Jaffna)
SCN Features Syndicate Presents...
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The Coaliation to Stop Child Soldiers

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

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

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

Tamil Democratic Forum (TDF) in Denmark

Please visit new website

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

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

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

Sinhala Net

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

Child Soldiers - 1 (from EPDP)

Child Soldiers - 2 (from EPDP)

PNM Website

Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)

LakHanda (UK)

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

Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies

 

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

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

Canada and Terrorism

 

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

Ethnic cleansing of Northern Muslims

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

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

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

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

 

Media Releases of SPUR and WAPS (Contd)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read more and more about LTTE's Child Soldiers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wanted by Interpol

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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

Sunday, 22 March 2009 05:47 AM 

China has for the second time this year blocked fresh moves to include Sri Lankan crisis on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC)

China said that it was "merely an internal matter," and not a threat to international peace and security.

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Friday, 20 March 2009

The number of Tamil civilians who crossed over to Government controlled area was 47,241

Timely intervention by an army medical officer deployed at Puthukudirippu on Thursday (19) at the risk of his life saved the life of an infant wounded in LTTE fire. The officer swiftly moved the infant to a nearby army medical facility. Army headquarters said that the baby had been hit while he was being taken by his mother to the army-held area. They were among 525 civilians who surrendered to the army by Thursday afternoon.

OPEN LETTER TO DIPLOMAT HOWARD DEBENHAM YOUR UN-DEPLOMATIC STATEMENT By Stanley Perera from Melbourne My dear Howard, You have made some derogatory comments about Sri Lankan armed forces. This is very un-diplomatic, un-professional and un-ethical. I had very close association with you towards the latter part of your diplomatic posting in Colombo, Sri Lanka. In that time, I found you a very active High Commissioner who took matters seriously and promptly earning a reputation of a successful carrier diplomat. At the final stage you held an Australian Trade fair at the Hilton Hotel in which the late President D.B.Wijetunge and Gaminie Dissanayake were the chief guests attracting a larger business community to the event. From that point on until last week you were on my mind as a good friend. After I learnt of your derogatory comments about Sri Lanka’s armed forces, I have been wondering as to whether it is this Howard Debanham I know of or somebody else by the same name as I found you as a true diplomat who handled the affairs in a diplomatic manner. My dear Howard, as a sincere friend I must tell you with all my heart, I am very proud to say that Sri Lankan armed forces are world’s number one disciplined armed forces and god sent humanitarian force to the Tamil people of Sri Lanka. Already thousands of soldiers have sacrificed their lives for the country in fighting the terrorism. Sri Lankan armed forces to-gether with all other Sri Lankans are not against Sri Lankan Tamil people. They are fighting a war with world’s ruthless terrorist organisation known as the LTTE. Sri Lankan armed forces have already set an example to the world in eradicating the terrorism from the country. So the credit goes to the armed forces and the Sri Lankan Government. Soon democracy will be enforced in the whole Island. Won’t you be pleased about it? Sri Lankan armed forces are salaried forces. So as the Australian armed forces. Are Australian armed forces non-paid volunteer workers? To-day the 10th Australian Army soldier was killed in Afganistan. He sacrificed his life fighting against the terrorists in Afganistan. You will not insult him by saying that “the tenth Australian army soldier killed in Afganistan belongs to the salaried Australian Army”. If you did, how would the Australians take it? (Full letter in Lanka Web).

Sri Lanka’s European envoys to lobby against LTTE fund raising -: The Sri Lanka Government will shortly direct its envoys in Canadian and European capitals to enlighten their respective representative countries to lobby against terrorism financing. "The Government is deeply concerned about the recent pro- LTTE demonstrations and glorifications held in Toronto, Brussels and Geneva where the demonstrators were even waving the LTTE flags which could lead to fund raining activities which will in turn be channelled for LTTE’s destructive activities in Sri Lanka," Minister of Human Rights and Disaster Management Mahinda Samarasinghe told the local and foreign media at the Presidential Secretariat this evening. "It is indeed damaging that the Geneva and the Brussels demonstrations had around 4000 lobbyists and ironically Brussels also houses the European Union headquarters and these demonstrations could have easily emitted the wrong signals," the Minister said. This is indeed alarming as Canada is a country which has banned the LTTE and it will be important for the Government to lobby with the Governments of Canada, Belgium and Switzerland to stop fund raising for the LTTE again, he said. Foreign Ministry Secretary Dr Palitha Kohona later told the Asian Tribune that these envoys will personally meet the representatives of the Governments of the countries that they serve in at individual meetings that this was illegal and also to ensure that they take all preventive measures to nab these culprits. Minister Samarasinghe had met the Canadian Ambassador to Geneva in Geneva recently and asked him whether the process was legal; the latter had said that it was legal. The Minister responded to this asking what the reaction of the US Government would have been in the event of Osama Bin Laden and the Al Quida movement having demonstrations and glorifications down the streets of New York and Washington about the 9/11 where the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon respectively were bombed. Dr. Kohona also briefed the media on the existence of numerous United Nations Security Council Resolutions about the glorification of terrorist organizations being illegal and especially in countries such as the United Kingdom and Netherlands where it was totally banned (Full report in Asian Tribune).

Offices opened to rescue child soldiers in eastern Sri Lanka Colombo (PTI): Rejecting suggestions that it was recruiting child soldiers to fight against LTTE, the ruling party in eastern Lanka has said it was committed to wipe out the practice of employing young children in war zones. The TMVP Eastern Province Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan said the state government has opened three offices in the region to look for child soldiers mentioned by the UNICEF. "As a political party engaged in popular mainstream politics, Thamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP) will never entangle itself with child soldier issues, and if there is an issue remaining, it will be resolved within three months," Mr. Pillayan said. The Chief Minister who was speaking to reporters in Trincomalee on Thursday said that the TMVP has already handed over the child soldiers to their parents and relatives. "The UNICEF still accuses TMVP party saying that we still continue with recruitment. They even given us a list of 100 child soldiers recruited in the party. We have been streamlined into democracy recently, we have a duty to respond to such allegations and work in collaboration to sort it out for betterment of the public," the Chief Minister said. He said the government have opened three offices in Trincomalee, Batticaloa and Ampara to look for the child soldiers mentioned by the UNICEF with the cooperation of the police department (Full report in Hindu).

Minister Devananda visits “Menik farm welfare camp” - Douglas Devananda, Minister of Social Services and Social Welfare and Chairman of Special Task Committee, Northern Province, visited the “Kathirgamar” Welfare Camp (Menik Farm) on the last 15th and inquired into the health of the internally displaced people temporarily housed in the camp. Minister speaking to the camp inmates said “You all, displaced from your homesteads in Wanni now temporarily housed in this camp are our own people, presently under the caring hands of His Excellency the President Mahinda Rajapakse’s Government. In the days gone by you all were under the jackboot of merciless Tiger Leadership who didn’t show an iota of respect for human life, denied you of your basic human rights, caused you immense sufferings and that you have the bitter experience of destruction brought to you, to your beloved children and loved ones by the Tiger Leadership”. Minister Devananda speaking further said “In the past so many years by supporting Tiger Leadership due to various reasons, you have brought down your own downfall, you yourselves invited misery to your lives, from now on mobilize yourselves to act with clear headedness and tread the correct path of life inculcating social, spiritual and ethical values”. The Minister added that plans are underway by His Excellency the President to implement developmental activities to trickle down tangible benefits to the displaced in the camp (Full report in Sri Lanka Guardian).

Over 2000 Tamil civilians reach government controlled area - Two thousand one hundred and sixty-nine (2169) Tamil civilians, who had been forcibly held as human shield by the LTTE terrorists in the government declared No Fire Zone (NFZ), have reached the government controlled area escaping terror grip yesterday, 19 March. Total of 1983 Tamil civilians including 927 males and 1056 females reached Puthukuddiirippu area between 6.00AM to 6.00PM yesterday. The civilians escaped were later directed to the welfare center following the initial registration process done by the troops of 58 Division. Meanwhile, 29 civilians including 13 males, 10 females and 6 children have reached Chundikulam, Jaffna around 6.30 PM yesterday. Separately, Sri Lanka Navy has rescued 131 Tamil civilians in the seas of Chundikulam around 11.30 AM, yesterday. SLN patrolmen on duty in north eastern seas rescued the group of Tamil civilians, comprising 37 males, 28 females and 66 children, onboard 8 white flag-hoisted dinghies headed towards Chundikulam. Further, eighteen Tamil civilians were managed to escape LTTE grip and reached to security forces controlled area escaping terror grip yesterday (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

TNA, MP Vinodharadhalingam praises the government's effort to IDP's Wanni district - TNA MP Vinodharadhalingam commented at the parliament session the government effort to resettle all the IDPs in the recently liberated of the North from the hands of the LTTE. He further added that he has personally visited the Kadiragamapuram welfare camp and has witnessed for himself the manner in which, the Government is taking care of the displaced persons. He observed that the people in the welfare camp were living free from fear and that they were providing with all necessary amenities under the present condition. He also stated that vocational training program have comments on side and that he was indeed pleased to see that young people are been trained in some filed to face the days ahead of them "this gives them hope of a better future" having lived a life of torment under the rules of LTTE, people are now free from the clutches of this element after many years. They are indeed confident that this feeling of freedom will last forever. This would not have been possible if the Government did not take the stand to take the "bull by the horns" and take the LTTE to pask and fight hard to irradiate terrorism from this country forever. MP Vinodharadhalingam also praises the effort the Government has made to amend the Widows and Orphans and Pension Act in Parliament yesterday. While the Tamil National Alliances represent the majority of the North and Eastern Tamil community MP Vinodharadhalingam also a representative who was elected as a member of parliament along with 22 MP's form year 2004 (Full report in Sri Lanka Guardian).

Troops March on Recovering More & More LTTE Weapons - MULLAITTIVU & EAST: ARMY troops advancing further interior into PUTHUKKUDIYIRUPPU confronted pockets of Tiger terrorists in the general areas of AMPALAVANPOKKANAI, PUTHUKKUDIYIRUPPU east and MULLAITTIVU north during Thursday (19) causing heavy damages to the terrorists. Search operations that followed confrontations found eleven dead Tiger terrorists, eighteen T-56 weapons, eighty-six hand grenades, five repeater shotguns and six radio sets from PUTHUKKUDIYIRUPPU area. Meanwhile, troops conducted search operations in UDAYARKATTU area and recovered 160 kg of gun powder on Thursday (19). On the same day, another search operation in PUTHUKKUDIYIRUPPU area recovered two 60mm mortar bombs, one 12.7 barrel, one Improvised Mortar Launcher, two mortar launchers, one Multi Purpose Machine Gun (MPMG) one tripod, three 60mm mortar barrels, one 60mm bipod and two mortar base plates. In the meantime, troops captured a terrorist camp and recovered eight T-56 weapons and two I-com sets from the same area on Thursday (19). Moreover, troops conducted search operations in VISUAMADU, CHUNDIKULAM, PULIMACHCHIMATTUKULAM and MANKULAM areas and recovered five hand grenades, one pouch, one RPG bomb, four LTTE made Arul bombs, one 81mm bomb, one RPG bomb, one T-56 weapon, one LTTE pack, one I-com set, one remote controller, one compass, one Olive Green (OG) uniform, seven detonators and seven booster chargers on Thursday (19). Meanwhile, Special Task Force (STF) troops conducted a search operation in KANCHIKUDICHCHIARU area and recovered twenty-eight boxes of T-56 ammunition containing twenty-one thousand and fifty rounds (21,050) in them, seventy-seven anti personnel mines, two Rocket Propeller Grenades (RPG), one plastic can, filled with TNT explosives and one claymore mine Thursday (19) (Sri Lanka Army).

Fighting rages around terror final stand off; troops poised to rescue civilians under terror clutches - Puthukkudduyiruppu Sri Lanka Army offensive division have now encircled the last standoff of the LTTE terrorists located west of the No Fire Zone, in the Puthukkudduyiruppu East, reveal battlefield sources. Troops of 58 Division, spearheading the battle yesterday (Mar 19) withstood intense resistance from the terrorists but continued piercing terror defences inflicting heavy damages to the enemy. According to the sources, infantrymen of 9 Gamunu Watch found 11 bodies of LTTE cadres, 17 T-56 weapons, and 26 hand grenades after daylong clashes with the terrorists in the general area Puthukkudduyiruppu East. Separately, 7 Sinha Regiment soldiers captured number of military communication equipment following clashes ensued in the Iranapali South area. Among the items found were, three communication repeaters, two base stations [cougar 9600], one man-pack [cougar], and two man-pack [TRC 1077]. The snipers deployed in the forward areas of the same 58 Division's area of responsibility reported acquisition of 13 terror targets during the day (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Civilian cross-overs exceed 47,000 Over 5,000 arrive during last six days: - The number of civilians who crossed over to Government controlled area was 47,241 up to date; Disaster Management and Human Rights Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said. Addressing the media yesterday at the Presidential Secretariat, the Minister said 5,006 people arrived in the government controlled area during the last six days. He said civilians have escaped from the LTTE facing shootings and numerous difficulties. The Minister said the name of the Mullaitivu Regional Director of Health Services and forged letter heads are being used to mislead the international community and the media for false propaganda on the present situation of the North. The Minister showed such two letter heads of the Mullaitivu Regional Director of Health Services which can be easily identified as bogus letter heads. Minister Samarasinghe said adequate food and medical supplies have been dispatched to IDP camps and to the uncleared areas. One thousand two hundred and sixty five metric tonnes of food items including 15 mt of vegetables were sent to IDP camps and uncleared areas last week, he said. The Minister said 52 important medical items including antibiotics were sent to regional medical supplies department on March 5 to be sent to Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu. The Minister said pro-LTTE demonstrations were held in Geneva, Switzerland, Brussels, Belgium and Torronto, Canada where the LTTE was being prosecuted. The Foreign Ministry will take action in this regard, he said (Daily News).

Open Letter to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon UN - Ben Silva UK - Dear Sir, Tamil Links in UN, terrorism, bogus refugees and terrorist funding from UK - I have discussed below, various inter linked issues related to terrorism, Sri Lanka and the UN so that you are aware of the concerns of many Sri Lankans. When LTTE carried out terrorism in Sri Lanka, UN was absolutely silent and gave no help to deal with terrorism. UN was silent when terrorists carried out child soldier recruitment and when Tamil LTTE carried out terrorist activities against defenceless civilians. UN was silent when LTTE agents killed defenceless Sinhala villagers by hacking them to death. UN is incapable of understanding the true situation in Sri Lanka and UN is unable to distinguish between the victim and the culprit. UN did nothing to dismantle the shipping, procurement, financial, propaganda and other LTTE structures that are overseas, from India to Canada and Australia. In short, UN did nothing to curtail the activities of the terrorist group LTTE. Terrorism could have been eliminated by cutting off their life line, but UN did nothing of the sort, and is now trying to give a life line to the terrorists. In the view of many, such attempts will only lead to more unnecessary loss of human lives. What is even more worrying is evidence that LTTE has managed to infiltrate UN. Leaked reports containing incorrect data based on LTTE media outlets, quoted in the Inner City Press, , is an indication that LTTE sympathisers are busy discrediting Sri Lanka. The biased nature of UN in favour of LTTE is a serious matter and need the attention of senior UN officials (Full letter in LankaWeb).

Commander Reminds Vanni ground Commanders of LTTE's last alternatives - Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka, during his weekly meeting with Vanni ground commanders in Vavuniya Thursday (19) morning, reminded them of Tigers' eventual last options and other alternative possibilities, as the territory held under the terror outfit, has now shrunk to less than 28 sq km intoto. Lieutenant General Fonseka in his observations noted that Tiger terrorists, as their last resort in the final offensive, would stoop to do anything against civilians as well as Security Forces, since no other viable solutions continue to remain with them, any longer. "Maximum alertness and overall preparedness taking all precautions into consideration evaluating the enemy's strategies should be maintained at all times. They might infiltrate the rear of the troops in cleared areas, and inflict damage on us, but our determination to finish off this terrorist cancer once for all, should not deter us from reacting to such reactions. The enemy is also poised to harm civilians who do not toe their line and go with them," Lieutenant General Fonseka pointed out (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Cricket Fans in Los Angeles Unite to ‘Bat Against Terrorism’ Rally

Los Angeles, CA – At the expansive South Lawn of Los Angeles City Hall, Cricket fans, diplomats, and members of local cricket organizations of Southern California joined hands at a solidarity rally held on March 14, 2009, to protest the recent terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan national cricket team in Lahore, Pakistan.  Among the dignitaries participating in the ‘Bat Against Terrorism’ rally were Mr. Ananda Wickramasinghe, Sri Lankan Consul General (CG) in Los Angeles, Acting CG of Pakistan in Los Angeles Mr. K. K. Ahsan Wagan, Deputy CG of the United Kingdom Mr. David Wild, and Deputy CG of Australia Mr. Philip Minos. Among representatives of local organizations and groups were Mr. Adnan Khan, President of the Council of Pakistan American Affairs (COPAA), Mr. Jamal Khawaja, President of the Council of Pakistan American Chamber of Commerce, COPAA committee member Mrs. Shaista Khan, Mr. T’ Shaka Lee, President of the Southern California Cricket Association, and Mr. Ted Hayes manager and coach of the Compton Cricket Club, Mr. Rashantha de Silva, founder of Paalama. The rally was organized by the Los Angeles based Sri Lankan voluntary organization “Sri Lankan Patriots” (SLP) and sponsored by COPAA, the Pakistan Chamber of Commerce, and the Compton Cricket Club. “Our aim is to send a message to the world that terror masters cannot either stop cricket in Lahore or disrupt the civilian life in Colombo. Also, as US citizen, we urge US law makers not to fall for different guises of cunning terrorists and their sympathizers. Terrorism should not be justified for any reason”, mentioned SLP secretary Gamini Edirisinghe commenting on the rally (Full report and photos in SPUR).

More civilians arrive in cleared areas - Around 29 civilians fleeing uncleared areas have reached cleared areas seeking protection with the Security Forces yesterday morning. Over 46,000 civilians have already escaped from the LTTE. Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said 29 civilians leaving the uncleared areas in Puthumathalan reached cleared areas around 6.30 a.m. “The group comprising seven families included six children, 10 women and 13 men,” he added. Meanwhile, he said 1,109 civilians fleeing from the LTTE sought protection with the Security Forces throughout Thursday. “A total of 643 civilians were rescued by the Navy and brought to Point Pedro and another 384 civilians have reached troops of the 58 division in Puthukudiyiruppu on Thursday”, Brigadier Nanayakkara said. He said over 46,000 displaced civilians crossing the LTTE controlled areas and reaching the cleared areas were resettled at the IDP welfare centres (Daily News).

Caged Tigers unable to break free Pottu Amman’s hand forced - Desperation was so high among the Tiger leaders and it was exhibited in numerous ways when their territory had shrunk with an unexpected speed within the past few days with the Security Forces accelerating their determined march to capture the last inch of territory under Tiger control. The Security Forces have overcome all kinds of barriers: human shield, suicide bombers, suicide vehicles, natural obstacles and the stiff resistance to achieve these successes. Now the plight of the LTTE is akin to a group of caged Tigers, as they are trying their best to break open the cage wherever possible and flee into a jungle attacking whoever comes its way. There is no aim in those desperate attempts as they miserably failed in all their endeavours. So the LTTE has been put into a most miserable situation after their attempts on March 5 and 8 to breach the Security Forces defences South of Chalai were effectively foiled by the Security Forces. After these failures many cadres who managed to escape into the jungle patches faced their destiny in isolation in the jungle patches of Chalai in the face of search and clear operations conducted by the 58 Division along with the Commando troops and the Special Forces troops. A large number of top and middle rung Tiger cadres were among 200 Tiger cadres slaughtered during this attack. The destiny of the Swarnam who led the battle along with Lawrence is not known yet. It is believed that either he was dead or seriously wounded in battle. There is a big suspicion about the fate of Swarnam as Lawrence who was also badly injured during the counter attack launched by the 58 Division is back in the battlefront a few days back (Full report in Daily News).

POLICE IN TAMIL NADU SAY THE LICENSE OF LAWYERS OF THE MADRAS HIGH COURT WHO ASSAULTED THEM BE CANCELLED (By Walter Jayawardhana) The police in Chennai have protested against the order of the Madras High Court that has recommended the suspension of two police officers instead of those who have engaged in the assault of Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy and the police. The actual attack actually occurred in February. The Police Welfare Association of Tamil Nadu President K. Antonysamy said the suspension of two senior police officers of the Chennai Police will demoralize the force. Subramanin Swamy has said the lawyers who assaulted him are LTTE hirelings. The Hindu quoted him as saying, “It appears that suspension is being sought without a trial. The entire force feels let down…this seems to be a one-sided directive that has come when the case is pending. The government should appeal to the Supreme Court and no action should be taken against the two officers till the disposal (of the appeal).” In this case where the advocates of the Madras High Court assaulted Subramanian Swamy , the advocates also assaulted the Police on February 19. The Police said the case should be transferred out of the state of Tamil Nadu. The police also requested the government should file a case seeking the lawyers to be suspended from the bar for getting indulged in violence (EOM).

Sabotage attempts by LTTE thwarted: Adequate food sent to north  - A steady and adequate supply of food and other essentials to uncleared areas has been maintained, in the face of various sabotage attempts by the LTTE, which was trying to use food as a tool to discredit the Government, Essential Services Commissioner, S.B.Divarathne said yesterday. The Tigers were even prepared to keep a community which they have professed to protect in starvation, in order to realise their ulterior motive of discrediting the Government, he charged. He stressed that the Government would keep supplying food to uncleared areas using all available routes, until security forces fully liberate the area. Addressing journalists in the company of Media and Information Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa at the Information Department, Divarathne said 71000 metric tonnes of food and 15000 mt of other essentials had been delivered using land based routes to uncleared areas from August 2006 to January 2009. Since then the hazardous journey through sea has been used to maintain adequate supplies to the remaining uncleared pockets in Mullaitivu, even though authorities are aware that a large portion of this is being plundered by the LTTE, he added. Divarathne explained that when transporting food by sea, small boats had to be used to carry the goods ashore as Mullaitivu did not possess a harbour which could accommodate a big vessel. He also said that 1000 mt of essentials had been supplied during the last two weeks. "In addition, the ship 'Bintan' which has a 500 mt capacity would be used to supply goods to uncleared areas on a weekly basis" he added. Also authorities have deployed vessel 'Green Ocean' to evacuate wounded civilians from Puttumattalan, Mullaitivu which sets sail to the area thrice a week. Divarathne also said that President Mahinda Rajapaksa had given him strict orders to maintain adequate supplies to the uncleared areas at all times (Daily News).

Ceasefire Agreement bolstered LTTE strength - Mass Media and Information Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa yesterday charged that the Ceasefire Agreement, sponsored by the then UNP Government in 2002, had bolstered LTTE strength in many ways, including the formal establishment of their 'baby brigade'. "Though the use of child soldiers by the LTTE had been noticed previously, it became a focus of attention following the 2002 CFA agreement," he said. The Minister added that over 4,700 children had been recruited by the LTTE during 2002-2004 alone, according to then UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. According to UNICEF data, there were a total of 6,183 cases of child recruitment in five years after the February 2002 CFA. Out of this 3,732 are considered to be boys and 2,451 girls. Although these numbers appear to be high, they are still considered to be much lower than the actual numbers as many cases have gone unreported due to various reasons including the fear of an LTTE backlash. According to Yapa, child recruitment by the LTTE increased after the pro-LTTE, Tamil Rehalibitation Organisation established their offices in the North and East. In addition to the scourge of child soldiers the LTTE used the CFA to murder military intelligence personnel after they were exposed in the Millennium City scandal. Over 50 intelligence officers who rendered yeomen service to the country in combatting terrorism had been killed during the period with many others seeking refuge overseas. In addition, the LTTE used the CFA to silence dissenting Tamil voices, including a number of politicians by murdering them, the Minister added. He charged that the then UNP Government had not taken adequate measures to protect these people, as they had feared that any action against the LTTE would pave way for the abrogation of the CFA (Daily News).

Minister Devananda visits Menik farm welfare camp - Social Services and Social Welfare Minister and the Chairman of Special Task Committee, Northern Province, Douglas Devananda visited the 'Kadirgamar' Welfare camp (Menik farm) on March 15 and enquired about the health of internally displaced people temporarily housed there. Minister Devananda addressing the IDPs said, "you are now in the caring hands of the Government. In the days gone you were under the LTTE jackboot, who didn't show an iota of respect for human life and denied you the basic human rights. But now plans are underway with the initiation of the President to implement development activities for your benefit." He said before visiting the 'farm' he had discussions with President Rajapaksa, MP Basil Rajapaksa, Senior Advisor to the President and Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, and came to meet them to ensure their right to live. He added that he would obtain all the details concerning displaced families from the Government Agent, Vavuniya and work out a plan for the reunion of families. He said he would have discussions with the President to obtain help and support from non-governmental organizations, Tamil diaspora and the international community for immediate commencement of developmental activities for the benefit of the displaced. When matters concerning security of the Wanni area are finalized he would take necessary steps to re-settle the displaced. The Minister requested the IDPs to submit their grievances in writing so that he would be able to take appropriate action (Daily News).

Canada investigating waving of LTTE flags at Toronto rally - By Gurmukh Singh - Toronto, March 19 (IANS)- With thousands of Sri Lankan Tamils waving the flags of the banned Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam (LTTE) at a rally here Monday, Canadian authorities have launched an investigation whether their action violated the nation’s new anti-terror laws. The current Conservative government banned the LTTE in 2006 for using suicide bombers and child soldiers in its goal for an independent nation for Sri Lankan Tamils. Supporting a banned organisation also constitutes violation of Canada’s anti-terror laws. More than 50,000 Tamils had joined in a "human chain" in the heart of the city, urging Canada to lift its ban on the LTTE and seek support for an independent Tamil Eelam. Toronto police say they have launched an investigation whether waving of LTTE flags constituted violation of new anti-terror laws. "It is something of a legal issue, and that is something that will be looked into through our legal department," said Constable Wendy Drummond of Toronto Police (Full report in Island).

Terrorism will be wiped out in the near future - PM - Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake yesterday (19) told parliament that terrorism would be wiped out from the country within next couple of days. "We have eliminated terrorism from most parts of the country, and will be able to report that it has been completely eliminated from the entire country within days," he said. Participating in the second Reading stage debate of the Widows and Orphans’ Pension Scheme (Armed Forces) (Amendment) Bill, Premier Wickremanayake said "We have confined the terrorists to about 28 sq.km. in the North." Once the conflict was over, the democratic rights of the people would be restored, and they would be able to elect representatives of their choice, to local councils as well as provincial councils, he said. "Our brothers and sisters in the North must have the right to elect their own representatives. Then we can talk with those who got elected," the Prime Minister said. It was a very sad situation that the LTTEers were attacking the civilians trying to cross over from the ‘uncleared areas to the safer areas, he said. "Some organisations are talking of human rights violations , but isn’t killing innocent civilians also a violation of human rights? Why are they not talking of these incidents?" he queried (Island).

AIR CHIEF MARSHAL JAYALATH WEERAKKODY MEETS THE HERO WHO SAVED OUR CRICKETERS FROM TERRORIST BULLETS TO CONVEY THE GRATITUDE OF OUR NATION - By Walter Jayawardhana - Air Chief Marshal Jayalath Weerakkody said in Islamabad that he wanted to congratulate Mehar Mohamed Khalil , for having , first of all, the courage of saving himself from a shower of bullets of terrorists and then having the presence of mind to drive  Sri Lanka’s precious cricket team to safety in the midst of immense danger of nightmarish rockets, grenades and gunfire. Addressing Sri Lanka’s new envoy Weerakkody, in Urdu, through an interpreter Khalil , acclaimed as the new hero of Pakistan, replied, “I received all this courage from Almighty Allah and my mother. I am so honoured of having saved the Sri Lankan cricket team, the world so fondly loves.” The two men met at a function organised by the Sri Lanka High Commission to hand over travel documents and an invitation to visit Sri Lanka to Khalil who will be travelling to Sri Lanka during the first week  of April for a week’s holiday with his family on an invitation extended by the sate owned Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd. Weerakkody told this correspondent that Khalil during his holiday will visit places, take part in a banquet hosted by the cricketers, and meet the President ,Prime Minister and the Sports Minister of the country to receive their gratitude and presents.  The Sri Lanka High Commission in Islamabad organised the function for Khalil , who visited the mission with a friend . They also arranged 50 students of the Public School and College of ‘Modern Age’ at Abbottabad , about 200 kilometres from the capital city ,who wished to visit the Sri Lanka High Commission to express their sympathies to the Sri Lankan people and cricket fans, to take part in the function and meet Khalil. The students brought a huge banner expressing their concerns with their signatures. High Commissioner Jayalath Weerakkody said since the day of the terrorist attack the High Commission has been flooded with thousands and thousands of cards from Pakistanis , most of them hand made, faxes , emails and other messages “that expressed the eternal bond of the two South Asian nations cemented by cricket.” (Read full report in SPUR)

Sinhalese for Tamils - By Gomin Dayasri - Will you put up your hand to elevate the Tamil People or the Tamil Politicians? Sinhalese will raise both hands with sincerity in favor of the Tamil People. Not merely raise hands; they will clap with both the hands in support. Such is the bonhomie that prevails presently in Sinhalese electorates as they see flashes on the television screen, the helping hands of the security forces bringing the captive Tamil civilians to safety. They see the innocent helpless look on the faces of those Tamil civilians looking aged and haggard with years of toil and adversity under LTTE iron fist. Indeed among them are planted Tiger moles! The time is right for the Sinhala leadership to fight for the legitimate grievances of the Tamil people-not the rights sought to benefit the Tamil politicians. A 30 year war is sufficient for the lifetime of several generations. A vacuum exists in the Tamil leadership with the LTTE exterminating the democratic options available to their people. For 30 years an emerging youthful Tamil leadership could not surface unless they bowed in obedience to terrorists. It is a subjugated subdued suppressed community where on the political wave length a band of a few TNA outlaws roamed preaching the LTTE doctrine with armed protection from the state they hate They will come back to sow seeds of hatred to further disintegrate a fractured society (Full report in Asian Tribune).

Lankan Human Rights Minister nails canard on medical supplies to the IDPs -  Mahinda Samarasinghe nailed a canard by destructive elements which alleged that 300 patients who were Internally Displaced Persons had died in hospitals due to the lack of drugs in hospitals The Minister told a news conference that a letter which was allegedly sent by the Director of Health Services in Mullativu Dr Vartharajah which claimed that 300 civilians had died which had been widely circulated in the local media was a damp squib. The Minister said that the letter itself was questionable as the letterheads did not even have an address or the phone numbers and with one letter head being in English and the other trilingual the latter one having a serious grammar mistake in its Sinhala version which suggested that the letterheads were not those of the Government or the Health Department and that the Director’s signature on the letterhead was also impersonated! Foreign Ministry Secretary Dr Palitha Kohona quipped: "There could be mistakes on letterheads but not ones as serious as those!" raising cascades of laughter from the media. The two letters with the different content on the masthead was also circulated at the media briefing! However, Deputy Director of Health Services Dr Wimal Jayantha assured that all required medicines numbering 52 ranging from anti- biotics and other essentials were sent to the Northern areas and that there was no shortage of drugs where the IDPs were. Minister Samarasinghe also noted that there were 47,241 civilians who had already arrived in the liberated areas to date and the number which had arrived today was 1277. There have been a total of 1265 tonnes of essentials also supplied to the IDPs he said (Full report in Asian Tribune).

Trapped civilians turn against LTTE’s forcible recruitment - Military to separate ‘Safe Zone’ from Tiger held area - As the operation areas of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) -- in the last remaining sections in the Mullaitivu district -- are further reduced due to the military advance, civilians who had been denied an escape by the Tigers now openly attack armed LTTE cadres in order to get away from the area. Between 55,000 to 65,000 people are reportedly trapped within a small land area of 17 square kilometres, which had been demarcated by the government as a ‘Safe Zone.’ Angry crowds, who are cooped in the area and restricted in their movements have turned violent and are even willing to kill LTTE cadres in order to escape. During the weekend, a group of LTTE cadres who attempted to forcibly recruit men and women in the Puthumatalan area, located in the demarcated safety zone, came under civilian attack during which several LTTE cadres were killed and many injured. The civilians also damaged the vehicles, in which these LTTE cadres had come. This incident occurred when the LTTE attempted to forcibly recruit a young girl, despite her protests. According to civilians who escaped from the area, the LTTE had dragged the girl and torn her clothing until she was almost naked. This incident had incited her relatives and people in the vicinity who then attacked the LTTE cadres. Due to this incident, at least six vehicles in which the group had come had been set on fire by the angry civilians. Later the people surrounded an LTTE political office in the area and set it on fire too. Later, in retaliation, a group of armed LTTE cadres came to the area and indiscriminately attacked the unarmed civilians, killing and causing injuries to several of them in the presence of the humanitarian agencies working in the area (Full report in Daily Mirror).

Thursday, 19 March 2009

Terrorists Abandon Eight Mortar Launchers & Run

Terrorists Abandon Eight Mortar Launchers & Run -  MULLAITTIVU: BRAVE and speedy advance of the troops who are moving towards the east of IRANAPALAI after passing the IRANAPALAI junction spared no time in allowing terrorists even to use their mortars, kept loaded for firing. Eight mortar launchers known as Baba (Baby) mortars, improvised by LTTE terrorists had been left mounted when the troops after fierce confrontations captured them from the east of IRANAPALAI Tuesday (17). One mortar launcher was found loaded, but left abandoned by the LTTE in the wake of advance of the troops (Sri Lanka Army).

New supply route to Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu- CGES -  The Government has devised a new supply route to Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu by sea in the eyes of the mounting LTTE attacks on the Government’s food convoys while being transported by road. The food convoys which were sent to Kilinochchi and Mullativu via Oddusudan and Puliyankulam by road was stooped, following advice from the military and security perspectives by end of January, Commissioner General of Essential Services S.B. Divaratne told the post Cabinet news conference this morning. The present system is ship transport effective mid February, is from Trincomalee to Pudumattalam and from there, it is transported via the motor boats which are owned by the Fisheries Corporation Unions, he said. The reason for the transport of the essentials by boat From Trincomalee to Pudumattalan is that as there does not exist facilities to unload t in the available sea frontage and it is an arduous task this way but that is the only way that is left where kerosene and petrol is also given to the boatmen. The food is unloaded in mid-sea and loaded to 10 boats at a time, he said. The food and the essentials are handled by the District Secretary and handed over to the Internally Displaced People by his representatives. It takes three days to said and another 5 days to unload and there will be 1500 tonnes of food which will be supplied there on a monthly basis . There have been a load of 1000 tonnes of food- rice, cereals, sugar dhal, milk foods which have been sent to the area of which the LTTE is also fleecing parts of it. Meanwhile the vessel Green Ocean is carrying passengers which includes the sick who need medical attention and those who are accompanying them and are brought to Trincomalee (Asian Tribune).

“No Fire Zone” Turns to Mini-battle Field as Tigers Fire Displaced Civilians - DOZENS of civilians, detained by Tigers in the “No Fire Zone” in PUTUMATALAN, PUTHUKKUDIYIRUPPU were reportedly either feared killed or seriously wounded Tuesday (17) after one densely concentrated civilian gathering area in the Zone was indiscriminately fired upon by irate Tiger gunmen over a heated argument that ensued, following a shoot-out at two fleeing civilians within the Zone earlier in the day, Army troops serving outside have been told. The entire affected area plunged into an utter chaos and confusion within minutes as Tiger “Policemen” in the aftermath of the attack on two elderly civilians stormed the location, in order to suppress the ensuing public protest and the heated brawl that broke out as a result of the murder of those civilians, detained under them. As the mammoth concentration of civilians swelled and turned unruly over the murders, Tiger “Policemen”, unable to bring the situation under control, have summoned armed Tiger caders, engaged in fighting against government troops in the close vicinity. Reports confirmed furious Tiger gunmen rushed to the area afterwards and went on a shooting-spree aiming at those noisy mobs who were still protesting and demanding the exit from the LTTE grip as the area cannot be further controlled due to rising public opposition and revulsion (Sri Lanka Army).

Debenham should apologise for the derogatory comments made on Sri Lankan soldiers - By Malin Abeyatunge, Melbourne, Australia - This refers to HOWARD Debenham’s (Comment & Debate 16/3/2009-The AGE) article introducing himself as a former Australian HC in Sri Lanka during 1992-1994. I am not arguing various comments supposed to have made to him by two late Presidents JR Jayawardena and Premadasa as the veracity of them cannot be verified. However his letter is parroting nothing new but bits and pieces picked from LTTE based Tamil websites. I am quoting some unacceptable statements in his article that should not go unchallenged.First and foremost,  I must lodge my strong protest for the derogatory statement made by him on the patriotic Sri Lankan soldiers which reads “It is at least doubtful that the LTTE can be completely wiped out by Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa's salaried soldiers, who are largely in it for the money they cannot earn at home” His insulting comments on our patriotic soldiers who are fighting to defeat the most brutal and deadliest terrorist outfit in the world to protect the territorial integrity for an undivided Sri Lanka is totally unaustralian and cannot be condoned at any cost.  The Australians respect, mourn and cherish even a single soldier dies in the war zones in Afghanistan and Iraq. Despite they are fighting in another country, Australia still treat them as patriots. But for Debenham, Sri Lankan soldiers who are ready to sacrifice their lives to protect the country from brutal terrorists are “salaried soldiers”. He should apologise un reservedly  to the Sri Lankan public for this most insulting derogatory statement made on our soldiers.  How will the Australians feel if I say that Australian soldiers are working for a salary and ceremonial status and have not joined the forces to defend the country? Let me now challenge his unsubstantiated facts, inaccurate figures and discrepancies in his article (Read full article).

The UN Debunks LTTE Canard of Leaked Documents - The LTTE websites are propagating a story of a leaked UN document giving a casualty figure of 2863. The UN Secretary General’s Spokesperson today clarified that the so-called leaked document was an estimation done locally and that it was not a verified and published document. Responding to a reporter’s question Secretary General’s Spokesperson suggested that it is not possible to verify these estimates given locally and nationally since the UN has no mechanism to count numbers themselves. She emphasized that there were no exact figures. Although the reporter claimed that it was a document of OCHA (Office of the Coordinator UN for Humanitarian Affairs) the websites published some other document. There was an ongoing controversy about the civilian casualty figure following a controversial statement by the Geneva based Human Rights High Commissioner Mrs. Navaneetham Pillay. Figures given by her were hotly contested by the Sri Lanka Government who said that while there may have been casualties it was most likely that the bulk of them was the result of indiscriminate heavy weapons fire from the LTTE who have re-located their remaining heavy guns among the civilians whom they are keeping as a human shield in the 35 sq. km., pocket of Puthukkudirippu (Asian Tribune).

DR. SUBRAMAIAN SWAMY ASSAULTED IN FRONT OF JUDGES IN MADRAS HIGH COURT BY LAWYER “HIRELINGS OF THE LTTE” (By Walter Jayawardhana) Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy said hirelings of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) who also happened to be advocates of the Madras high Court assaulted him and the police in front of the judges. He told the press that there is a breakdown of the law and order situation in the state of Tamil Nadu where the LTTE hirelings have taken the law into their hands. He further said he will approach the Supreme Court of India seeking a direction to the government to put in place “pre-emptive and protective” arrangements to stop repetition of what had happened on Tuesday in Madras High Court in which he was assaulted by a group of practicing lawyers in the presence of judges. His main prayer , said Swamy, to the Supreme Court would be to direct the Central government in New Delhi to file an affidavit in why it had not taken steps to dismiss the state government as there was a “constitutional breakdown” in the state of Tamil Nadu. The state is run by an administration of the Dravida Munnetra kazagam (DMK) headed by M. Karunanidhi. Swamy said, a “pre-emptive and protective arrangement was necessary to protect the courts. He also said he would also pray for the direction for the cancellation of practice by the lawyers who were involved in the attack. He charged a breakdown of law and order in the Tamil Nadu state. He directly charged those culprits as hirelings of the banned terrorist group the LTTE and said the incident in the courts called for the imposition of President’s rule in the state. He said the deployment of Central forces are necessary in the state during the Lok Sabha elections. He said he did not need to go to the police for a complaint as the police officers were also beaten by the lawyers. Under the Criminal Procedure Code the police officers , Swamy said are empowered, to take suo motu cognisance of an offence under those circumstances. Finance Minister Anbazhagan said the police will take some action against the incident. (eom).

More LTTE Items Collected as Troops Move in - MULLAITTIVU: ARMY troops now entering the final phase of the battle for peace continued their push in the past 24 hours until the time this report was pasted on Thursday (19) and collected more and more warlike items from PUTHUKUDIRIPPU, UDAYARAKATTU, VISUAMADU and PULIYANPOKKANAI areas.  Troops recovered one decomposed dead body of an LTTE terrorist, two 81 mm para-bombs, one 81 mm mortar bomb, two hundred and forty-five rounds of 12.7mm ammunition, forty-one hand grenades, two hand grenade pouches, two T-56 magazines, ten electric detonators, fifty-four detonator codes, ten 60 mm mortar bombs, ninety-three training hand grenades, thirty-five anti personnel mines, four LTTE caps and two terrorist ID cards during search operations conducted in VISUAMADU area. In the meantime, Task Force II and III troops conducted search operations in UDAYARKATTU and PULIYANPKKANAI on the same day (18) and recovered sixty-six 81mm mortar bombs, thirty-seven hand grenades, seven hand grenade pouches and fifty rounds of 30 mm ammunition from those areas (Sri Lanka Army)..

Over dozen LTTE terrorists killed, many injured in Mullaittivu fighting [Updated] At least 23 terrorists were killed and as many reported injured on Wednesday (March 18) as 58 Division infantrymen ran into identified LTTE resistance positions located in general area Northeast of Puthukkudiyirippu. According to battlefield reports received, troops have uncovered 12 LTTE bodies, similar number of T-56 assault riffles and an I-com set during subsequent search operations conducted in the area. Meanwhile, 11 more terrorists were reported killed sniped in the area, security sources said. Separately, 55 Division snipers deployed in general area South of Chalai have also reportedly killed 8 terrorists yesterday military sources said (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Twenty-nine More Escape & Reach Troops - MULLAITTIVU: TWENTY-NINE more civilians, belonging to seven families were the latest group of fleeing Tamil civilians who reached the troops early Thursday (19) morning after escaping from LTTE grips PUTHUMATHALAN. Thirteen men, ten women and six children of those seven families had managed to sail on a boat and reached the Army troops serving the area outside the ‘No Fire Zone’ Thursday (19) morning at about 6.30 a.m. Those civilians were subsequently directed to the nearest IDP center after screening them for security reasons (Sri Lanka Army).

384 civilians seek protection with security forces- Mullaittivu -A total of 384 civilians have sought protection with troops of the 58 Division yesterday (March 18) in general area Puthukkudiyirippu. According to military, the civilians included 105 men, 124 women, 75 boys and 80 girls who had undergone unprecedented hardships with LTTE. These civilians have revealed the continuation of forcible child recruitment by the LTTE for battle purposes and brutal killings of individuals and families who defy their orders. Anyone who attempts to flee from the LTTE control will be brutally tortured and exhibited, the civilians were quoted saying. These civilians were targeted by indiscriminate LTTE gunfire and mortar attacks, security sources said (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Over 2,000 civilians escape as LTTE ‘police’ station is set ablaze - Angry civilians Tuesday set fire to an LTTE ‘police’ station at Puthumathalan in the civilian safety zone after LTTE cadres shot dead parents of a child whom they made an abortive bid to abduct. They also shot dead the child before retreating amid violent protests, Navy spokesman Captain D. K. P. Dassanayake told The Island last night. Quoting civilians who had taken advantage of the chaos triggered by the killings and the retaliatory civilian attack on the LTTE post to escape, Dassanayake said that the LTTE was on the verge of collapse. Several civilians are believed to have been killed during the incident. Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara told The Island that the area under LTTE control inclusive of the civilian safety zone was now down to about 28 sq. km. Dassanayake said that civilians had urged ICRC staff on the ground to stop bringing in fresh supplies to the civilian safety zone, instead evacuate them immediately. The ICRC remains the only INGO active in the LTTE-held area since the government removed all others last September. The ICRC is facilitating government and international efforts to move in supplies to the civilian safety zone. Responding to The Island queries, the navy spokesman said that over 2,000 civilians had escaped during Tuesday’s chaos. The majority of them had escaped and reached the 58 Division troops deployed in the Puthukudirippu area (Full report in Island).

In LTTE held area: Unprecedented killings, torture - Unprecedented killings and torture are taking place in the uncleared areas by the LTTE, according to civilians who have fled from their clutches and ICRC aid workers in the uncleared area. Civilians are pleading with the ICRC to save them from LTTE atrocities in the uncleared area which include forceful recruitment, killings and kidnappings taking place in the No Fire Zone. Addressing the media yesterday at the MCNS Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said that 45,519 civilians have escaped from the clutches of the LTTE and had reached the cleared areas seeking protection with the Security Forces. According to intelligence information the LTTE had built bunkers among the displaced people in the Safe Zone demarcated by the Security Forces. These bunkers were built to monitor civilian movement, as well as to collect food, fuel and medical items that are delivered to civilians. Brigadier Nanayakkara said the LTTE is recruiting children forcefully from each family living in the Safe Zone as they face a shortage of combatants. When parents refuse to surrender their loved ones they come under LTTE attack. The out raged civilians have set fire to a LTTE police station and some of their vehicles. Two civilians were killed when the LTTE opened indiscriminate fire directing a group of civilians fleeing from the LTTE grip. Following the incident, the out raged people have set fire two LTTE motorcycles and four vans, he added. In another incident, the LTTE killed two and injured five others from the same family. When the LTTE cadres attempted to recruit a child, parents of the family had protested and the LTTE indiscriminately opened fire at the family members. Parents of the family were killed and five others injured. Later a mob stormed to the LTTE police station to inquire about the incident and a clash had occurred between the mob and the LTTE police. The mob destroyed the LTTE ‘police station’. Over 60 armed LTTE police who had come to control the situation, indiscriminately opened fire at the mob killing many civilians and injuring many others (Full report in Daily News).

Police probe LTTE link in Varsha’s murder - Trincomalee Police have focused their Investigation, into the abduction and killing of little Varsha, the Grade I student of St. Mary’s College, last week, on the possibility of two of the five suspects now in custody being LTTE agents. The main suspect in the abduction and killing, Mervin Rinahusan alias Sahan of St. Anthony’s Street was shot dead by the Police when he tried to escape from custody. Of the five now in custody, Police have established three had TMVP connections while the other two had contacted the main suspect as they needed money to establish an FM radio channel. The girl was abducted and ransom sought by the suspects to start the radio channel Police said. Police are also investigating whether the two suspected LTTE cadres had attempted to infiltrate the TMVP and get closer to Eastern Province Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillaiyan to spy on his movements as the LTTE had planned to assassinate him (Full report in Island).

Forces have won 99 percent of battle - Defence Spokesman - The Security Forces have won 99 per cent of the battle against the LTTE which is now in its death throes confined to a mere 28 square km in the Mullaitivu jungles. Addressing the media at the MCNS, yesterday Defence Affairs Spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said it was pathetic to note that when the world accepts terrorism is as a cancer, certain International organizations for some reason was assisting terrorism. He asserted that 99 per cent of the LTTE were militarily defeated in the final battle now being fought and are confined to an area of 28 square kms. “When the Government is on the verge of eradicate terrorism, there is support given to the LTTE in various ways and shapes”, he said adding the LTTE through its International network is carrying out its propaganda to gain sympathy from the International community. The LTTE was famous for arms smuggling, human trafficking and many other illegal activities. Minister Rambukwella observed that there are certain persons who had infiltrated into International organizations by influence of the LTTE to support the outfit. “There are certain pro LTTE elements in International organizations holding high ranking posts. They are taking cover behind these organizations in order to support the LTTE”, he added. Referring to a statement made by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, the Minister said there are vested interests by some who are holding high positions in International organizations. In her recent statement, Pillay accused the military of shelling civilians in the No Fire Zone, set up by the Army (Daily News).

What the Keith Vaz affaire signifies - Those who may have naively thought bribery and corruption and abuse of power were endemic to the developing world stand corrected. Although the self-appointed champions of good governance, transparency etc are flaying only the politicians of the global South––they deserve to be horsewhipped, no doubt––that the situation is equally bad anywhere else is only too well known. Yesterday, we reported quoting the British press that Senior Labour MP and former Europe Minister Keith Vaz had landed himself in the soup right royally over an abortive bid to aid a crook allegedly by abusing his privileged position as Chairman of the Home Affairs Committee (HAC) to influence the High Court. A letter he wrote on a House of Commons notepaper to the judge concerned seeking the adjournment of a court hearing against an ace conman cum 'solicitor' named Sean Mireskandari, suspended from practising law in Britain, has received wide publicity in the media. Vaz, given to high life and his human rights lawyer wife, are alleged to have benefited from freebies from the crook by way of a quid pro quo. Vaz has come under pressure from his fellow lawmakers to step down as HAC Chairman. The question is whether Vaz has become the LTTE's mouthpiece in the British Parliament because of freebies which the outfit is notorious for showering on influential personalities in foreign countries (Full report in Island).

Navy rescues 643 civilians - The Sri Lanka Navy yesterday rescued 643 civilians fleeing the uncleared areas using boats in the northern high seas, after chasing away four Tiger craft which were pursuing them to prevent their escape. Navy sources said that alert Naval personnel had acted swiftly to avert a major tragedy after seeing a flotilla of small dinghies carrying civilians, being hunted down by four Tiger craft which were directing fire at the civilian boats. In the face of Navy retaliatory fire the Tiger boats had fled, Navy sources said. The rescued consisted of 419 adults (207 males and 212 females) and 224 children (111 boys and113 girls). The group had been found on board 35 dinghies. Navy Spokesman Captain D.K.P. Dassanayake said that senior LTTE leaders such as Soosai, Rangan, Maran, Alagan and Illayawan were heard giving orders to fetch back all fleeing civilians according to their communications intercepts. The badly shaken civilians were immediately provided with refreshments and necessary medical facilities, before directing them to welfare centres, Dassanayake added. He further said that the Navy had made special arrangements to assist those who were fleeing the Tigers via sea routes, with vessels being deployed in the seas off Mullaitivu, consisting of stand-by rescue and medical teams on board (Daily News).

Tigers attack fleeing civilians - The government yesterday claimed the LTTE was on a civilian killing spree to prevent them from fleeing to government controlled areas and was also forcibly recruiting children to fight the security forces. Military Spokesperson Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said at a media briefing yesterday that in a move of protest, civilians in the limited Tiger area held a hartal on Tuesday, burning one LTTE police station and damaging several LTTE vehicles. Mr. Nanayakkara added that several civilians were killed by the LTTE in the last few days when they were forcibly trying to abduct children for recruitment purposes and several more were injured when they tried to flee. “The hartal was triggered after the parents of a child were killed by the LTTE on Tuesday. The Tigers had arrived at their house and tried to take the child away when the parents intervened and tried to prevent them from taking the child. The LTTE killed them both and took the child away. Five other people who were present at the time were also injured in the attack,” Brigadier Nanayakkara said. Following this incident, the navy claimed that 550 civilians escaped in 31 boats that same evening in an attempt to flee from the Tigers but were fired upon by the Sea Tigers. According to Navy Spokesperson Captain D.K.P. Dassanayake, the LTTE’s Sea Tiger Leader Soosai had issued orders to the sea Tiger cadres to chase the boats and kill all civilians on board. However, the Navy had repulsed the attack and managed to save the civilians. Two civilians were killed in the mid sea battle and five injured. “We successfully repulsed the LTTE attack and managed to save the civilians. We took the civilians to Point Pedro after which the injured were taken to the Vavuniya Hospital,” Captain Dassanayaka said.According to Captain Dassanayake, five members of another family were also shot dead by the LTTE on Tuesday when they tried to flee to government controlled areas (Full report in Daily Mirror).

The Uyangoda controversy - Dr.G.N.Nandimithra, Koswatte, Nawala - Dr Susantha Goonatilake has made reference to a point of paramount importance in the appointment of members to the Constitutional Council (CC). He has stressed with compelling arguments that the appointment of two of the nominees namely Mr. Wigneswaran and Jayadeva Uyangoda, to the CC should be reviewed in view of their publicly expressed opinions that clearly undermine the Constitution and sovereignty of Sri Lanka. These views have been expressed some time ago and it is possible that they may be holding different views now. However if they are unable to give the assurance that they will uphold the constitution and respect the sovereignty of the country, they should not be appointed to the CC. Without such a guarantee, they can, by word or deed, undermine the constitution or hold it in contempt or bring it to ridicule. Let us hope that President Mahinda Rajapakse will heed this advice and not be rushed into making these appointments under pressure from the opposition or various anti Sri Lankan forces (Island).

Do you know him? - Police headquarters, Colombo seeks public assistance to identify the body of an LTTE terrorist suspect named Sinnathambi Pahalawan alias Subash whose body was recovered with a suicide kit by Colombo Crime Investigation Unit. His body is now lying at the morgue at Judicial Medical Officer, Colombo. Any information in respect of this LTTE suspect may be passed onto telephone numbers 2662323, 2662330, 2693825 and 2662311 of Colombo Crime Investigation Unit (Daily News).

LTTE pistol gang member killed in crossfire -  An LTTE pistol gang member was killed and a police sergeant sustained serious injuries during an exchange of fire between the two parties in Akkaraipattu yesterday morning. Police Spokesman SSP Ranjith Gunasekara said policemen from Akkaraipattu and Thirukkovil stations along with the army launched a joint search operation in Sinnapannamkadu area following information that a group of LTTE cadres were in the area. A police sergeant attached to the Akkaraipattu Police Intelligence unit was shot and injured by the LTTE pistol gang members and the police retaliated by killing one LTTE cadre. Troops recovered the body of the LTTE pistol gang member and a micro pistol in his possession. The sergeant who was shot on his chest had been admitted to Ampara hospital in a critical condition. The rest of the LTTE cadres had reportedly fled the scene (Daily Mirror).

Howard got it wrong! - Ranjith Soysa, Australia - Howard Debenham’s article on Sri Lanka in The Age (Australia) of the 16th March, which was reproduced in The Island on March 18, contained a number of questionable assertions which warrant further elucidation for a fair analysis of the issues involved. While Debenham says that Tamils were deliberately demonized from the early days of independence of Sri Lanka, history proves that some Tamil political leaders from the North and almost all Tamil leaders and the Tamil people from the East and other areas of Sri Lanka played an active role in the affairs of the country including the handling of senior Ministries. The first racist political party was formed by a group of Jaffna (Northern) politicians in 1949 named Tamil State Party after a group of Jaffna politicians failed to convince the British Constitutional Commission in the mid-forties that Parliamentary representation should be based on ethnicity. Debanham focuses exclusively on Sinhala –Tamil differences while ignoring the demand of some Northern politicians for a separate state, which would have included 1/3 of the land area and 2/3rds of the coast of Sri Lanka -25,000 sq miles- which is smaller than Tasmania. It is not understood how Debanham chose to ignore this unreasonable demand in commenting on Sri Lanka (Island).

LTTE supporter piggy backs on David Miliband and Navanethem Pillai - Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha - Some time back TamilNet made much of a pernickety lawyer called Bruce Fein who had prepared genocide indictments against various Sri Lankans. Unfortunately he lost some of his sheen when, having challenged me to a debate, he backed off when I accepted with alacrity. Though he has popped up again once or twice, he has now been replaced by another lawyer, who works at the Illinois College of Law. This one, Francis Boyle, an FB rather than a BF, first impinged on public notice dramatically when he piggy-backed on a statement of the British Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, which seemed to provide support for allegations of genocide against the Sri Lankan state. A close reading however of the Miliband pronouncement suggests that, whilst hesitating to upset his interlocutors, parliamentarians who need LTTE support for their election campaigns, he was not quite committing himself to claiming that the Sri Lankan state was genocidal. Boyle therefore had to find a new champion, so he now clings onto the coat-tails of Ms Navanethem Pillai, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Unfortunately he - or perhaps TamilNet, which seems to serve as his mouthpiece - is even less careful about how this dignitary is used (Full report in Daily News).

Ceasefire leads to victory - As Sri Lankans reflect on the series of military victories gained by the Sri Lankan Armed Forces, it is interesting to consider what factors led to these successes, in particular, the role played by the International Community. Though the Ceasefire Agreement was signed in 2002, the involvement of the Norwegians and the International Community commenced in 2000. In the preceding years, the LTTE caused grievous damage to the Sri Lankan State. Among the many terrorist incidents that took place included the blowing up of the Central Bank, the attack on the Airport leading to devastating damage to the national fleet and the destruction of the country’s oil reserves. Terrorist bombs resulted in the deaths of thousands of civilians. In 1999, the Sri Lankan Army was in such a poor state that the LTTE came within an ace of capturing the whole Jaffna peninsular and the Sri Lanka Government even considered evacuating the entire Northern Army to India. The economy of the country was so badly affected that, for the first time since independence, there was negative economic growth in 1999/2000 (Full letter in Island).

For Canadian Parliamentarians interested in Sri Lanka - By Asoka Weerasinghe - ‘Human Chain of Tamils circle city core. Protestors line sidewalks for seven kilometres. A sea of protestors waving Canadian and Tamil Tiger flags stood along down-town streets yesterday-in some places three and four deep – saying they were there to speak for those in their homeland of Sri Lanka who cannot.” As a Tax-payer I want to reclaim the sidewalks of Toronto without being harassed for hours by 120,000 Tamil Tiger sympathizing Greater Toronto Area Tamils. PROTECT CANADA, STOP THE TAMIL TIGERS.They claim that the Charter of Rights and Freedoms of Canada give them the right to storm the Toronto Streets with their Tamil Tiger shenanigans. That claim certainly shouldn’t impinge on my Rights and Freedoms as well as the other Torontonians and businesses.  That is where the rub is. PROTECT CANADA, STOP THE TAMIL TIGERS.The question that goes begging is will the Canadian government tolerate 2,000 Muslims supporting al Qaeda marching the streets of Toronto waving al Qaeda flags and carrying portraits of a smiling Osama Bin Laden? I doubt it and that is where Canada’s hypocrisy shows up quite blatantly. The reason for these unfortunate Muslims is that there aren’t enough Muslim bodies to vote at Federal elections compared to the 100,000 Tamil voter bank in the GTA. PROTECT CANADA, STOP THE TAMIL TIGERS (See full report in SPUR).

Sri Lanka Navy saves 643 fleeing civilians in 35 boats: LTTE shoots Parents, child; Outraged civilians torch LTTE office - Sri Lanka Navy saved the lives of 643 civilians who had been fleeing in 35 boats belonging to fisherman amidst the LTTE’s merciless firing in the wee hours of today. Sri Lanka Navy Spokesman Capt D.K.P Dassanayake told Asian Tribune that Naval personnel who were on the alert on the Pudumatharan beach swiftly acting on the scene and foiled merciless LTTE motives to kill the fleeing civilians dispersing LTTE carders on board four dinghies. He also said that the Navy had been able to successfully intercept the LTTE Radio messages and other communications which were sent by Sea Tiger Leader Soosai to four LTTE cadres to shoot at the fleeing civilians but they were saved, thanks to the intervention of the Sri Lanka Navy which arrived at the scene in a cluster of boats and shot at the LTTE boats. The LTTE boats escaped. In a separate incident, also at the scene, the LTTE attempted to abduct a child among the fleeing civilians and when the parents protested, the Tigers shot both parents and the daughter. The incensed civilians, outraged by this incident, set fire to the LTTE office in Pudumatharan, Capt Dassanayake said. The rescued civilians were brought also by boat to Point Pedro. The rescued consisted of 419 adults (207 males and 212 females) and 224 children (111 boys and 113 girls). The group had been found on board 35 dinghies, while attempting to flee from the LTTE clutches in the un-cleared areas of Mullaitivu. The rescued had been badly shaken due to the narrow-escape. Speaking with fear stricken anger while attempting to hold back the streaming tears, they described how the LTTE cadres mercilessly started firing at them when they were stealthily fleeing in dinghies huddled together. Despite the LTTE’s gunfire, they had kept on pushing towards the deep seas in order save themselves until the Navy came into their rescue (Full report in Asian Tribune).

BBC’s Hard Talk - After having watched Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe’s superb performance during the BBC’s Hard Talk interview the other day, I am sure he had done us all Sri Lankans proud. It is to his credit that though his interviewer, one Stephen Sacker, was most of the time boorish and arrogant, the Minister never lost his cool but rather answered all the questions with aplomb. It was very obvious, right from the very beginning of the interview, that Mr. Sacker was biased towards the LTTE and he made no effort to disguise it. His line of questioning was "one track" in that he always tried to find fault with the government on the manner it was handling the problem of the IDPs. His questioning the reason for the government not allowing foreign reporters, UN, ICRC and personnel from other human rights organizations to be present when refugees were screened, was corrected by the minister who stated that persons from these bodies were indeed present. In fact, Mr. Sacker did not even know that reporters from the BBC itself had made three visits in February to the war front. Incidentally, I would like to ask Mr. Sacker whether any foreign journalists or personnel from the UN and ICRC were allowed entry into the Gaza Strip when it was being blown to smithereens and its people decimated? Did the Americans allow any journalist to see how inmates were being treated in the Guantanamo Bay prison? The answer, as Mr. Sacker very well knows, is ‘NO’. There cannot be one rule for the Americans and British and another for Third World, small, indefensible countries - at least not in this enlightened, 21st century (Full report in Island).

That letter by US House members to Hillary Clinton: Open response - by Neville Ladduwahetty - The 38 House Members of the US who sent a joint letter dated March 9, 2009, have urged the Secretary of State to call the President of Sri Lanka "…and press for the full protection of civilians, authorization for active involvement by United Nations agencies in humanitarian relief, and progress towards political settlement that grants ethnic Tamils meaningful participation in national governance…". Referring to the IDP camps, the letter quotes from a Human Rights Watch report that describes them as "internment centers masquerading as welfare villages". This open letter is based on a source that has accepted credibility and legitimacy- Mr. John Holmes, Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, who presented a report on Sri Lanka to the Security Council on February 27, 2009 (Full letter in Island).

LTTE never done anything to gain Muslims confidence - Disaster Relief Services Minister Ameer Ali told Parliament on Tuesday that the LTTE has never done anything to win the confidence of the country's Muslim community. Since its inception, the LTTE has engaged in various brutal killings of innocent civilians while chasing away the people from their villages. The LTTE attacked even the Masjid religious festivals of Muslims," he said. The Minister making a special statement vehemently condemned the LTTE's suicide bomb attack targetting a religious ceremony at Jumma Masjid, Godapitiya, Akuressa on March 10. "I believe it is only the ruthless LTTE terrorists which launched such suicide attack on this kind of national religious ceremony. The LTTE which claims as the sole representative of the Tamil community has killed 412 people in various religious places. The LTTE has clearly shown its hatred on the minority religious groups. Earlier, massacres committed by the LTTE in Kathankudi has also proved this," he said. They also showed its brutality to the world through its massacre at the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi premises, Anuradhapura. In addition, the LTTE attacked the Sacred Dalada Maligawa, Kandy as well, he said. The LTTE through its ruthless killings has shown to the international community that the killing culture is the main strategy adopted by them in their freedom struggle, the Minister said. The Minister said the number of people killed by various LTTE bomb attacks is higher than the people killed by various natural disasters occured after the tsunami. In addition, the amount of relief given to the people displaced due to LTTE terrorist activities are higher than the relief given to people who were displaced as a result of various natural disasters. Anyone who attempted to fight to gain the rights of the Tamil community could not escape from the LTTE threat (Daily News).

People seeking escape routes: ICRC - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Wednesday said tens of thousands of people confined to a rapidly-shrinking area under the control of the LTTE in the north of Sri Lanka have headed for the coast to escape the fighting and in search of safety, food and medical care. The Committee said the number of civilians in the coastal belt held by the LTTE had increased drastically over recent weeks, and clean water was scarce. “The area is affected by shelling every day, and the cramped conditions and the lack of water and proper sanitation are putting people at risk of epidemics,” it said. “The humanitarian situation is deteriorating by the day,” the statement quoted Paul Castella, head of the ICRC’s Colombo delegation as saying. “Many of these people are forced to shelter in trenches. They are in considerable physical danger. After having been forced to move from place to place en masse for weeks or even months, they depend entirely on food from outside the conflict area.” It said that with the agreement of the government and the LTTE, the ICRC had continued to evacuate patients from Putumattalan (which is in the LTTE-held area) to Trincomalee (in the government-held area). (Full report in Hindu).

Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Seeking harmony amid the turmoil - By Mark Souza, Mulgrave - HOWARD Debenham's article on Sri Lanka (Comment & Debate, 16/3), while passionate, is full of generalisations and half-truths. He calls for a solution inclusive of Tamils, but what he explains is a solution inclusive of the LTTE (the Tamil Tigers). He is forgetting several basic facts. Most important is that Tamils are active participants in Sri Lanka's democratic process, as members of the cabinet, the Government, and opposition parties. This includes members of Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal, which broke off from the LTTE in the Eastern Province. The representation of Tamils — in government, parliament, public service or educational institutions — is proportionately higher than Sinhalese. It was the LTTE that did not show up for talks in Geneva. The LTTE is a terrorist organisation banned in Australia, India, the US, Britain and the European Union. It is high time that apologists such as Debenham left it to the Sri Lankan defence forces to fight the LTTE, and directed their energies to the benefit of the millions of Tamils who want to live together in harmony with other Sri Lankans (The AGE in Australia).

Terrorism double-standard - .... The reason for this double standard is obvious: There are more than 200,000 Canadians of Sri Lankan Tamil descent in Canada, enough to comprise a swing vote in suburban Toronto-area ridings. This is the reason that the Liberals were too scared to ban the Tamil Tigers as a terrorist organization when they were in power -- even with an (otherwise) principled anti-terror activist, Irwin Cotler, ensconced as Justice Minister. It was only when the Conservatives took power that the Tamils were added to the list of banned terrorist groups. That move was a welcome one: Tamil bagmen can now no longer operate with impunity, extorting "contributions" from Tamil-owned businesses to fund the war back in Sri Lanka. And the police have since busted up a number of fundraising fronts tied to the Tigers. But public figures must also speak out when supporters of the Tigers make a spectacle of themselves, as they did in Toronto. The message must be: Terrorism is a criminal affront to Canadian values, wherever it is practiced. Just because Canadians don't pay as much attention to Sri Lanka as they do to Israel doesn't change that fact (National Post in Canada).

German Mayor duped by LTTE - From our correspondent Lalith Ganhewa in Germany - (March 18, Berlin, Sri Lanka Guardian) Rolf Lührmann, mayor of the German city of Borken in the federal state of Northrhein Westphalia, was under fire following his participation in a demonstration organised by friends of the LTTE. A freelance journalist from the northern part of Germany broke the story criticising the mayor with an open letter pointing out Lührmann's naivety in joining a disguised LTTE demonstration. Numbers of regional newspapers picked up on the story, bringing much embarrassment upon the mayor. In his open letter to the local press the German journalist asked: "Can it really be that the mayor of Borken has become a puppet on the string of the LTTE, which is banned in the EU as a dangerous, terror organization?” The demonstrators in Borken openly expressed their sympathy for the Tamil Tigers (LTTE), in the presence of the mayor with placards and posters of the terror-supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran, despite the fact that the LTTE is under the surveillance of Germany's Constitutional Protection Authority (Sri Lanka Guardian).

The Great NGO Game - Some time back I wrote an article about what I termed the interlocking directorates of non-Governmental organisations which, while pretending to be objective assessors of aid work, ended up giving each other lots of money. As it turned out, I did not then know the half of it. Discussing with a distinguished ambassador of another country the changing face of the UN, the preponderance of white as it were, I was introduced to another dimension when he mentioned that, not only were many of our new arbiters from the same set of countries, they also came from the same backgrounds. In short, he said, they came from NGOs, they planned to go back into them, and thus they saw themselves as serving the interests primarily of that particular community. Indeed the UN, in terms of the time and energy and money expended on it, seems rapidly to be turning into the creature of the NGOs. To some extent this was I think a bright wheeze of the West, which saw this as yet another source of authority. Whereas they could not obviously use bilateral aid to push agendas that were at variance with the policies of the countries they were working with, NGOs could claim to have higher ideals. That the NGOs tended to represent the more arcane interests of their Western funders was not immediately obvious. In any case the required purposes could be achieved much more obliquely. It was also a wonderful way of ensuring that funds supposedly meant to benefit poorer countries were not swallowed up in the maw of extreme poverty. Whereas in the old days aid workers lived on shoestrings, now they have very healthy packages, with benefits that support the lifestyles – and the mortgages etc – to which they were accustomed at home. Indeed so satisfying was this redeployment of funding that the idea soon developed of supporting not just one set of Westerners, but two or even three. So the practice developed of not giving aid direct to the recipients, but feeding it in through the UN, which now has a bureaucracy that rivals Kafka. Despite this, the UN decided it did not have the capacity to implement everything for which it had received funding, and so it decided to contract out to NGOs. In many countries this meant international NGOs, as it could be argued that neither government nor local NGOs had capacity. Unfortunately this concept was extended to Sri Lanka too, despite our comparatively efficient government and the expertise of many local NGOs, in part because of the chaos after the tsunami, but also because obviously Sri Lanka is a very pleasant place to live, and the more people who can be funded to have a good time here, the better (Full report in SCOPP).

55 Div troops gain control over Pattikarai area in Mullaittivu - Troops of the 55 Division have gained total control over general area at Pattikarai after hours of intense gunfire exchange that ensued with LTTE Tuesday (March 17). Meanwhile, troops advancing further south have also captured the LTTE built earth bund cum ditch causing heavy damaged to LTTE during the confrontations, security sources said. 4 terrorists were also reported killed sniped in general area Pattikarai, according to military reports received (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

LTTE pistol group cadre killed in retaliatory fire- Akkaraipattu - An LTTE pistol group cadre was killed in an Army retaliatory fire in general area Kannagipuram at Akkaraipattuwa today (March 18). According to security forces, the terrorist had opened fire at Army and Police personnel who were conducting a cordon and search operation at Kannagipuram on information received of terrorist infiltrators. A Policeman who received injuries in the gun attack was admitted to the General Hospital at Akkaraipattu (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

5 civilians injured due to LTTE fire  -  group of 1565 Innocent civilians who escaped from the LTTE atrocities reached to the government controlled area seeking the protection of troops yesterday (17). The group of escapees consisted of 423 males, 458 females, 334 girls and 350 boys. On their way from the non liberated area 03 males and 02 females were wounded due to indiscriminate shooting of the LTTE terrorists (Relief Web).

 

Tamil civilians in Wanni are hostages of LTTE Tamil Tigers

Killing of Muslims

LTTE Tamil Tigers are systematically killing Muslims in Sri Lanka (see details of major massacre of Muslims at Akuressa, Muththur and Kaththankudi)

 

A woman carrying her infant wades through a lagoon to reach the Government controlled area after escaping from the LTTE in Putthukudiruppu.

Final Curtain for Prabhakaran? - - COUNTER Terrorism Expert Prof. Rohan Gunaratna in an exclusive interview discusses the challenges of fighting the LTTE and how effectively they have been surmounted. Prabhakaran will not survive more than a year if he flees Sri Lanka, Head of International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore Prof. Rohan Gunaratna, a world authority on counter terrorism said in an interview with The Bottom Line. In an exclusive interview he stated that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has links with multiple terrorist groups including the Pakistani Taleban, an associate group of Al Qaeda. Q: What is your assessment of the Sri Lankan forces? You have travelled worldwide – the USA, UK, Indonesia, Pakistan and you may have met a lot of military leaders in other countries. What are their views about Sri Lanka? A: A Special Forces General from a foreign country recently remarked that the Sri Lankan Special Forces are the best. They have so many years of experience. The Sri Lankan Special Forces soldiers have fought all their lives. There is no substitute for experience. He said the best Special Forces soldiers are from Sri Lanka (Full report in Sri Lanka Army).

A Letter from a Tamil Gentleman - Tamils Diaspora-Merchant of Deaths for Tamils - By Dr. Raju Selva - For the last three decades, Tamil Diaspora (TD) which I am also guilty for some years for having supported LTTE  led by Velupillai Pirapaharan financially  to achieve a separate Eelam for the Tamils. Even though the Tamil Nation is Tamil Nadu, the Indian constitution does not permit secessionism. So  the Tamil Nadu chief late M.G.Ramachandran convinced and tempted young Pirapaharan to fight for a separate state for the Tamils in Sri Lanka. With that persuasion, Pirapaharan promised the Tamils in Sri Lanka and the Tamil Diaspora and launched the LTTE terrorist outfit to fight for a separate state in Sri Lanka in the North and East giving us  hope. The TD in the affluent countries overwhelmed with LTTE’s promised Eelam, coordinated themselves to help LTTE financially, politically and logistically to achieve a separate State for us Tamils. I am also guilty of being active in collecting funds and helping LTTE at some stage. But after a couple of years, I realized that I am on the wrong track and that Prabha or LTTE will never achieve the so called “Eelam” for us and stopped being associated with LTTE fronts.  I realized albeit late that LTTE is a one man show and I was disgusted when LTTE started killing the opposing Tamil politicians and Tamil leadership. The monies that have been collected by TD for LTTE war chest runs into billion of dollars during the past three decades. But, where are we now? What have Tamils achieved over the years? Tamils have earned nothing but humiliation and misery. There times I am ashamed to call myself a Tamil to avoid humiliation as Tamils are branded as a set of terrorists (Read full letter in SPUR).

KARUNA SHOULD ALSO SURRENDER THE ARMS - By Malin Abeyatunge, Melbourne, Australia - It is admiring on the part of the terrorists turned democrat S. Chandrakanthan aka Pillayan of TMVP who became the Chief Minister of Eastern Province who made a brave decision of handing over the weapons their party was carrying for self defence. This move is also an indication that they have confidence with the law enforcement authorities for their future security. It’s therefore duty of our security forces to see that protection is extended to them at all times without fear or favour. We also should Congratulate Muralidharan Vinayagamoorthy aka Karuna for becoming Non-cabinet Minister for National Integration and Reconciliation. He achieved this status within a short spell of becoming a national list MP (Velupillai Prabhakran must fuming with anger with this appointment). However, the government cannot allow any MP or a Minister to be protected by their own security personnel or armed gangs in a democratic country. The protection of every citizen of the country is the supreme responsibility of the ruling government, her security and law enforcement authorities. It is therefore necessary that Karuna also follow the footsteps taken by Pillayan and hand over the weapons that his party supporters allege to carry. Both these one time terrorists have embraced democracy and its victory of President’s diplomacy.

LTTE cleansing out evidences in fear of post war trial - LTTE terrorists are remotely continuing with mass execution of Tamil civilians who stand opposed to its separatist cause in the 17sq.km land stretch earlier declared as a no fire zone by the GoSL. What is going inside the no fire zone with the civilians held hostage by LTTE is deplorable. Civilians are killed at will and at gunpoint. Some are burnt beyond recognition and all in the light of reprisal for 'betrayal' (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Intense fighting in Iranapalai; 10 LTTE bodies found - Battlefront report on yesterday's (17 March) military offensive against LTTE terrorists indicated heavy defeats to them as troops advanced further into LTTE hiding areas with the falling of strategically vital Iranapalai junction in Puthukkudiirippu. According to the reports, infantrymen of 11 Sri Lanka Light Infantry (11 SLLI), 7 Sinha Regiment (7 SR), 10 Gajaba Regiment (10 GR), 9 Gemunu Watch (9 GW), 12 GR, 8GR and 20 GR continued the advance and strengthen their defenses in Inarapalai east amidst heavy LTTE resistance. However, troops were able to inflict maximum damages to the LTTE, battlefront sources confirmed citing intercepted terror communication channels. Following the clashes ensued since last morning troops found 10 bodies of LTTE cadres, 25 x T-56 riffles, 01 x Light Machine Gun and 12 x radio communication sets. Further, the snipers deployed in the forward defences confirmed 3 LTTE terrorists were killed yesterday (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

LTTE Pistol Man Shot Dead - AMPARA: A combined cordon and search operation was conducted by the Army troops and the Police in AKKARAIPATTU area following information about the presence of suspected LTTE pistol men in the area this morning (18) between 6.00 and 10.00 a.m. During the operation being conducted in KANNAGIPURAM area, an LTTE pistol man in hiding fired a few rounds at the Police personnel injuring one of them. However, counter fire by the Army and the Police killed the LTTE pistol man on the spot. Injured Policeman was admitted to AKKARAIPATTU hospital for treatment. The AKKARAIPATTU Police are conducting investigations (Sri Lanka Army)..

"Salutations to soldiers who laid their lives to the motherland" -Defence Secretary A special meeting was held Tuesday (17) at the Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment (VIR) Headquarters in Boyagane, Kurunagala between Secretary of the Ministry of Defence Public Security, Law and Order Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the relatives of the family members of the soldiers who laid their lives to the motherland. During this meeting Secretary of Defence expressed his gratitude to the brave soldiers who laid their lives to the mother country."Their sacrifice is saluted by the citizens from all four corners of the country" he said. "These sacrifices were made by our valiant soldiers to ensure that the freedom and territorial integrity of our country is preserved. Therefore we must protect the land which they sacrificed their lives to save", he further said. "Our troops took up the challenge to defeat terrorism when the whole world believed that the LTTE terrorists were undefeatable. At the moment LTTE terrorists are limited to a small piece of land in Puthukudiyirippu area", Secretary Defence was quoted as saying (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

LTTE Fire Kills Elderly Woman Fleeing to Security Force-Held Areas - MULLAITTIVU: ONE more elderly woman escaping to Security Forces-held areas with a crowd of IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons) on boats was killed when LTTE terrorists fired at them Wednesday (18) early morning. Over hundred IDPs were fleeing PUTHUMATTHALAN un-cleared area in the “Safe Zone” on nine boats when Tiger terrorists pursued the flotilla and opened fire at them, according to escapes. However, eighty-two IDPs on four boats managed to sail towards north and landed on the PALAMATHALAN shore where Army troops rescued them. One woman of about 60 years of age who was aboard one of the boats had sustained fatal gunshot injuries due to terrorist fire and succumbed injuries before being taken ashore. A large number of women and children were among the IDPs (Sri Lanka Army)..

98 more Tamil civilians reach security forces - Jaffna - Total of 98 Tamil civilians who had been forcibly held by LTTE terrorists, have managed to reach security forces in Jaffna in last 24 hours, defence sources said. Forty- Eight Tamil civilians of 15 families reached Chundikulam at 7.45 AM yesterday seeking safety for their lives. 26 males, 13 females and 9 children were among the escapees, sources said. Meanwhile, 17 more Tamil civilians including 5 males, 6 females and 6 children have reached Chundikulam at 11.30PM. Army troops who initially detected two boats escaping civilians onboard, informed the Sri Lanka Navy personnel on patrolling and later SL Navy patrolmen were able to rescue the civilians safely. Separately, 31 more Tamil civilians sought protection with security forces reached Chundikulam in early hours this morning (18 March). 8 males, 7 females and 16 children were among the escapes who reached around 4.55 AM today. Three more civilians, a male, a female and a child, who managed to escape the terror grip reached Chindikulam at 6.05AM today, 28 March (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Eighteen LTTE Dead Bodies Found - MULLAITTIVU: FRESH confrontations that occurred in the general area of PUTHUKUDIYIRUPPU destroyed a few more LTTE hideouts Tuesday (17). Later, troops recovered eighteen LTTE dead bodies, twenty-one Rocket Propeller Gun (RPG) bombs, thirty two T-56 weapons one Light Machine Gun (LMG), six I-com radio sets and one 120 mm gun from the area. The same day, troops on search and clear operations in the general areas of KARAVEDDY, PATTIKKARAI, AMPALAVANPOKKANEI, VISUAMADU, PULIMACHCHIKULAM and MULLIKULAM, MIYANKULAM recovered four T-56 weapons, one 60 mm mortar barrel, two hundred and twenty rounds of ammunition, two 60 mm illuminating bombs, three 81mm bombs, one T-81 weapons, seven hand grenades, nineteen gear oil barrels, sixteen grease barrels, fifty barrels of penetrating oil, one T-56 magazine, three helmets, four hand grenades and one anti personnel mine (Sri Lanka Army)..

Over 2000 Tamil civilians seeks security forces protection - Puthukkudiyiruppu Over 2000 Tamil civilians who have been kept as hostages were manage to escape the LTTE's grip and reach security forces in Puthukkudiyiruppu in last 48 hours, defence sources said. 1565 civilians, 770 males and 795 females, who were forcibly held by the LTTE terrorists, reached troops of 58 Division in Puthukkudiyiruppu between 6.00AM to 6.00PM yesterday. Following the initial registration process, they were directed to the welfare centers in Kilinochchi. Meanwhile, 447 Tamil civilians including 127 males, 140 Females, 83 boys and 97 girls reached the troops of 58 Division in Puthukkudiyiruppu between 6.00AM to 6.00PM on 16th March. Separately, 31 civilians including 7 Males, 14 Females and 10 children reached 59 Division in Mullaittivu seeking safety with security forces on 16th March. Later the escapees were directed to the welfare centers established in Kilinochchi (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Terrorists Abandon Eight Mortar Launchers & Run - MULLAITTIVU: BRAVE and speedy advance of the troops who are moving towards the east of IRANAPALAI after passing the IRANAPALAI junction spared no time to terrorists even to use their mortars loaded for firing. Eight mortar launchers known as Baba (Baby) mortars, improvised by LTTE terrorists, had been mounted when the troops, after severe confrontations, captured them in the east of IRANAPALAI Tuesday (17). One mortar launcher was found loaded but had been abandoned by the LTTE in the wake of advance of the troops (Sri Lanka Army).

11th Batch of Patients and Civilians trapped in Mullaithivu evacuated with the Naval Assistance - The eleventh batch of 481 patients and civilians was evacuated on board "MV Green Ocean" on 16th March 2009. The evacuation of patients and civilians trapped in LTTE Clutches in the un-cleared areas in Mullaithivu is being carried out under the ICRC flag. Sri Lanka Navy is providing safe passage for evacuees on humanitarian grounds. The patients among the evacuees, upon disembarkation at Pulmuadai , were provided with emergency medical treatment by Naval doctors and were rushed to the Mobile Indian Medical Centre at Pulmudai and to the Padaviya hospital by the naval personnel for further treatment. Elaborate arrangements have been made to treat the sick and the wounded evacuees once they reach cleared areas. Hospitals have been equipped with adequate stocks of essential drugs and specialist medical personnel are assigned to treat the sick and the wounded as they are transferred to hospitals (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Idp Influx Gains Momentum Thousands cross over daily: With the territory held by the LTTE diminishing progressively the number of civilians braving LTTE threats and arriving in Government controlled areas is increasing day by day. While 423 civilians fleeing LTTE terror were saved by the Navy on March 14, another 592 had arrived at the Government controlled Puthukudiyiruppu area on the same day. On March 15 the number that arrived at Puthukudiyiruppu had increased to 968 while the Navy had rescued another 66 persons fleeing from LTTE controlled area. On March 16 another 139 persons were rescued by the Navy. Besides over 4500 internally displaced persons arriving from the uncleared area are receiving treatment in Government hospitals in Trincomalee, Padaviya and Vavuniya. On March 17 by 6 p.m. the number of civilians who crossed over to the Government controlled area was 1567, the highest in a single day so far. All together 45, 519 persons have arrived since March 1. Military sources said that the number of civilians arriving would increase in the coming areas. There are also reports that the entrapped civilians have clashed with the LTTE cadres in an attempt to leave for the safety of the Government controlled areas (Daily News).

In Toronto, Canada, a massive 40 ft. banner stating "PROTECT CANADA! STOP THE TAMIL TIGERS!" was held on the Wynford Drive overpass directly over the DVP for the northbound rush hour traffic. 

 

Tamil Diaspora has been a Merchant of Deaths for Tamils... 

Tamil Diaspora has been a Merchant of Deaths for Tamils and it is time that it reversed its role instead of oxygening the dying LTTE any further. The Tamil Diaspora can do one positive thing. The poor Tamils under the jackboots of LTTE tyranny have suffered with TD help for three decades. Now it is TD’s turn to reverse its role to uplift and ameliorate the living conditions of our Tamil brothers and sisters in Sri Lanka.

Civilians in safe zone 70,000 to 100,000 - The total number of civilians in the safe zone in the North is around 70,000 to 100,000 according to the statistics compiled by the Security Operations Information Centre comprising UNDSS, UNOCHA, SOLIDAR and UNOPS, said Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha, Secretary General, Peace Secretariat and Secretary Ministry of Disaster Management and Human Rights. He said so participating in the debate on the report of the special representative on the Rights of Displaced Persons in Geneva on Monday. Prof. Wijesinha said these figures are compiled through an analysis of satellite imaging and other information. Prof. Wijesinha said he wondered as to why the UN did not share this figure with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights who claimed two weeks later that a total of 150,000 to 180,000 civilians were trapped in an ever shrinking area. “We have grown so used to incompetence and a lack of co-ordination amongst our undoubted superiors that we no longer suspect forked tongues but have learnt simply to grin and bear it.” Prof. Wijesinha who pointed out the need for transparency amongst NGOs, said a certain NGO had informed a Swiss Parliamentarian that the Sri Lankan Government has opposed to a plan to evacuate these suffering people. Prof. Wijesinha said evacuation of these people was what the Sri Lankan Government wanted whereas the LTTE and its fronts had made clear their opposition to this. That particular NGO however is active in work amongst the displaced who did manage to escape, having swept up much UN and other funding, in the new game of three administrators for most tranches of assistance, with concomitant multiple overheads, so that our poor citizens do not benefit as much as the generous taxpayers in rich countries think they do (Daily News).

13th Amendment ........

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

For Canadian Parliamentarians interested in Sri Lanka - By Asoka Weerasinghe, Canada - Sri Lanka needs help not condemnation – British Shadow Defence Minister. Visiting British parliamentarian Dr. Liam Fox said on March 14, that the Sri Lankan government needs help not condemnation as it grapples with the current minority conflict.“A special fund with the help of international partners must be set up to help the Sri Lankan government in handling the reconstruction and rehabilitating of the war ravaged areas in the North and East”, he said during a press briefing in Colombo. (Comment: I couldn’t agree more!)   According to March 14 reports from Sri Lanka over a thousand trapped civilians escaped from LTTE control in Sri Lanka over the last weekend.   International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) with the assistance of Sri Lanka Navy evacuated 437 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Mullaitivu on Sunday (Mar.14). The evacuees with at least 18 small children among them were aboard the MV Green Ocean sailing under the ICRC flag en-route to Trincomalee.Meanwhile another 592 IDPs reached security forces in government controlled areas of Puthukkudyiruppu on Sunday. The civilians were given refreshments and medical care before they were sent to the welfare centers.A group of 58 Tamil civilians comprising 21 males, 15 females, 11 girls and 11 boys reached the security forces on Saturday (March 13). The Tamil Tigers had fired upon the group killing a young boy but the group managed to escape with the body of the child. (Comment:  For those parliamentarians who are hell bent to go after the Sri Lankan Government and want to throw a life-line to the Tamil Tigers, note that the child was killed from a bullet fired by a Liberal “Dove of Peace”, a Tamil Tiger.) (Full letter in SPUR).

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

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

LTTE FRIEND KEITH VAZ TOLD TO STEP DOWN FROM HIS POWERFUL HOME AFFAIRS SELECT COMMITTEE AFTER ATTEMPT TO HELP CROOKED FRIEND  - By Walter Jayawardhana - The strongest ally of the British Tamil Forum, the front organization of the banned Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in London , Keith Vaz M.P. is coming under the pressure of the Home Affairs Select Committee members to step down from the powerful committee the Daily Mail reported. A big controversy has been created after the Daily mail revealed in a brilliant piece of investigative reporting that Vaz was using his position to influence a court of law, to help a crooked lawyer, whose case was being investigated by the court. Vaz has been repeating parrot like all propagandist slogans of the banned terrorist organization , the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and is considered an important influence in molding the Labour administration's policies regarding Sri Lanka. The following is the Daily Mail report published on March 17: Keith Vaz looked increasingly isolated last night after his position as chairman of an influential Commons committee was called into question by senior MPs. He is likely to come under pressure to stand down at a meeting of the Home Affairs Select Committee today following revelations in the Daily Mail that he intervened in a court case on behalf of a crooked friend (Read full report).

Can those who question Sri Lanka’s sovereignty be CC members? - By Susantha Goonatilake - Appointees to the US Supreme Court made by that country’s President are grilled before the US Congress for their attitudes on key divisive issues. Similarly in US courts potential jurors are questioned on their private beliefs to test for hidden biases. Unfortunately our CC has not been subject to such questioning as their appointment is due to a version of political horse-trading. The Constitutional Council (CC) nominees have been announced. Brought under the 17th Amendment, the CC is meant to help deliver the will of the people and bring good governance. For reasons of democracy and sovereignty, I hope the President does not give his assent to two present nominees. The CC will among others nominate, and/or approve, other key bodies - the Judicial Commission, the Public Service Commission and the Police Commission. The CC is meant to remove partisan party politics from appointments. But the CC is not a neutral body, it is but a particular congealing of political forces in the country in that the appointments are made according to party politics and subject to the inherent horse dealing that it entails. It is not like the Public Service Commission of yore that at least nominally was considered above politics. The CC does not remove party politics but introduces it in a different manner at a different level. Appointees to the US Supreme Court made by that country’s President are grilled before the US Congress for their attitudes on key divisive issues. Similarly in US courts potential jurors are questioned on their private beliefs to test for hidden biases. Unfortunately our CC has not been subject to such questioning as their appointment is due to a version of political horse-trading (Full report in Island).

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

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

North and East to get 370 nurses - The Health Ministry said that of the over 1,600 nurses who would be enrolled next week, 370 would be given appointments in the North and East. German Red Cross has handed eight Mobile Health Centres (MHC) for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Vanni. The spokesman said they were containers converted into MHCs and could be partitioned to make a restroom for doctors serving the IDPs. The spokesman said that the MHCs would be fitted with air conditioning and drug stocks that were sent to the Vanni would also be used in them. The MHCs would be distributed among the welfare camps, he said (Island).

Toronto police to probe whether Tamil protest flags broke law - Toronto police are looking into whether flags carried as part of a protest by members of Toronto's Tamil community this week violated Canada's anti-terrorism laws. Thousands of Toronto Tamils formed a human chain on Monday around the downtown core to call attention to the civil war in Sri Lanka and call for Canada to pressure the Sri Lankan government to engage Tamil rebels in ceasefire talks. During the protest, an untold number of men, women and children of all ages waved the red flags of the Tamil Tigers, the militant group that has led the fight for an independent Tamil nation in the north of the South Asian island. The flags, which feature the image of a tiger jumping through a ring of fire under two crossed rifles, are easily available through the internet on the website Craigslist and can even be delivered by calling a local number (Full report in CBC News).

I reminisce with joy and happiness the days before 1983

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

The UN shamed - The LTTE has graduated from taking UN workers hostage to forcibly recruiting their offspring as cannon fodder. It has already conscripted a 16-year-old daughter of a UN staffer. If the UN workers and their children are not safe from the LTTE, the vulnerability of others goes without saying. Ironically, the forcible conscription of the UN worker's precious child has come at a time the LTTE activists are protesting in Geneva against the war and UNICEF is campaigning to save child soldiers. Those who have been urging Sri Lanka to resolve the conflict through a dialogue should realise that no negotiated settlement is possible with an intransigent murderous outfit that does not give two hoots for even the apex international organisation. The critics of Sri Lanka's war on terror including the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay must be asked to come forward and secure the release of the UN workers and their progeny through negotiations with Prabhakaran and his fellow criminals. The UN has come to such a pass that not only does it lack the courage to stand up to a terrorist outfit in a small country but finds itself under tremendous pressure to rise in defence of the very terrorists who are abducting UN personnel! At this rate, the day may not be far off when terror backers in the UN ranks force the world body to extend associate membership to terrorist organisations. The sympathy of some Security Council members is with the LTTE terrorists, if their persistent efforts to pass resolutions against Sri Lanka vis-à-vis her successful military operations against terrorism are any indication (Full Editorial in Island).

Shameless foxes - by Nalin de Silva - Liam Fox was in Colombo recently and it is not certain whether he has gone back to his homeland. He was one of the many diplomats, especially western, who had visited the country recently. These diplomats are good Samaritans and are concerned with the so called trapped people in Mulativu. It is not difficult to come to the conclusion that they wanted the government to declare a ceasefire or even a temporary stop to the operations that the armed forces are engaged in, to liberate the Tamils from the yoke of the LTTE and to safeguard the unitary state. If anybody including Liam Fox had forgotten that the armed forces were engaged in operations to protect the unitary state, let us reassure him/her that the armed forces did not sacrifice lives in order to defeat the LTTE only. Everybody except perhaps the western and Indian diplomats knew that the unitary state could not be protected without first defeating the LTTE (Full report in Mid-week Mirror).

Norway funding Milinda Moragoda institute to clear mines - The Norwegian government today signed an agreement with the Milinda Moragoda Institute to provide Rs. 140 million in support of humanitarian demining activities, a press release from the Norwegian Embassy in Colombo said. Mr. Nanda Godage, Head of the Demining Unit in Milinda Moragoda Institute and Mr. Tore Hattrem, Ambassador of Norway, signed the agreement. For the year 2009, the Government of Norway will provide Rs. 140 million to Milinda Moragoda Institute for People’s Empowerment, Sarvatra and Horizon to participate in the Sri Lankan Government’s Humanitarian Mine Action Programme, the embassy said. Since 2003, Norwegian Government has provided funding for Milinda Moragoda Institute for People’s Empowerment and two Indian NGOs; Sarvatra and Horizon for humanitarian demining activities. The total support has been approxi. Rs. 600 million, the press release added. The Ministry of Nation Building and Estate Infrastructure Development has assigned tasks for Humanitarian demining to these three Organisations in Mannar, Batticaloa and the border villages in Anuradhapura District in 2009, the release added (Sri Lanka Guardian).

Challenges, dangers and opportunities - by Dayan Jayatilleka - What is the challenge? To reach the goal of victory and reunification while avoiding the traps set for Sri Lanka. What are these traps and what are our tasks? Sri Lanka stands accused in some quarters of inflicting casualties on civilians, and in others, of the related charge of not agreeing to the international humanitarian evacuation of these civilians trapped in the Wanni pocket. These critics are blind to the reality that if the Sri Lankan armed forces unleashed its full firepower, the Tigers in the Wanni pocket would be overrun and crushed. Instead the Sri Lankan security forces are doing something that very few armies would: taking heavy casualties while scaling down drastically on its use of heavy weapons and air support. As for the criticism that the Sri Lankan state is refusing to seek international assistance in evacuating the trapped civilians, it assumes that the Tigers are willing to let these assets go. It is not the Sri Lankan state that has closed off all exits for these civilians. Above all, this charge is simply a lie. Any reader of the Sunday Times (Colombo), whose sophisticated political reportage has tracked the story for three weeks, would know that Sri Lanka DID NOT reject, and in fact cooperated with, a US Pacific Command plan for extraction of the civilians. However, there are more things on heaven and earth – such as geopolitical and geo-strategic realities— than critics wearing humanitarian lenses dream of (Full report in Mid-Week Mirror).

Govt committed to care for IDPs - The Government is committed to look after all members of the Tamil community who are internally displaced and suffering under the grip of the LTTE. Adequate food and medical supplies have been dispatched to IDP camps and to the uncleared areas. Addressing the media on the outcome of deliberation at the Financing Strategies for Healthcare at the United Nations Economic and Social Council Regional Ministerial Meeting Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama said, “our region is diverse, and national health care expenditures range from fairly high to low as a percentage of GDP.” ”Civil society and the private sector have critical roles to play in the health sector but the public sector is playing the main role to provide effective and equitable health service particularly within the prevailing situation,” he added. Responding to a question on the current situation of health care of the civilians in the IDP centres and the uncleared areas, Health Care and Nutrition Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said President Mahinda Rajapaksa believes that the greater responsibility is thrust on the Government to look after its own people. Minister de Silva assuring the health care of the IDPs said that the Government keeps on sending enough medical and essential food supplies to the IDPs as well as civilians trapped under the LTTE control. Special medical teams were dispatched to treat civilians wounded by indiscriminate LTTE fire. However, he said that only a minimal amount of medical and food items are reaching the civilians in the uncleared areas which were sent by the Government since the LTTE are grabbing these supplies as soon they reached the uncleared areas. “But we won’t stop sending medical and food supplies to the uncleared areas in spite of this situation, “ he stressed (Full report in Daily News).

Pulmuddai hospital further enhances India-Lanka ties - Minister - Leader of the House and Healthcare and Nutrition Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva told Parliament yesterday that the mobile hospital set up in Pulmuddai by the Indian Government will further enhance the bilateral ties between the two countries. “It is a small hospital with only 45 beds and will never be a security threat to Sri Lanka,” the Minister said. The Minister was responding to a special statement by JVP MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake. The Minister said that India is a friendly nation. “It is difficulty to wipe out terrorism in the country, if India has not supported us,” he said. “We appreciated the fullest cooperation extended by the Indian Government in this regard,” he said. “This mobile hospital has erected temporarily and the medical personnel to be employed will not be Indian military personnel,” he said. He said, Sri Lankan doctors were not willing to serve in the conflict areas. Therefore the Health Ministry has struggled with finding replacements for the shortage of manpower,” he said. Meanwhile, the army also does not have the required number of medical personnel. Therefore, we have decided to give priority for the Sri Lanka Army when doctors are recruited to the hospitals,” he said. He said that 1,500 new nurses would be recruited and 700 of them will be deployed in the North. He said the Indian medical staff will provide urgent medical treatment and aid to people fleeing from the LTTE held areas. “We have given a list of medicines which we desperately required at the moment and the Indian Government is helping us by providing stocks of medicines,” he noted (Daily News).

Keith Vaz accused: Of ‘shameless abuse of power and office’ - Walter Jayawardhana - The London’s Daily Mail accused Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam’s long-standing friend and Labour Parliamentarian Keith Vaz of “a shameles abuse of power and office.” The newspaper in two articles and an editorial published on March 16 accused Vaz that he used his position as Chairman of the Home Affairs select Committee of the British House of Commons, which has a keyrole in law and order issues to intervene in a court case looking into the conduct of a conman “lawyer” whose licence to practice law was cancelled. The editorial on the same day said: “Today, we reveal the true extent of this shameless MP’s grotesque abuse of his position: Mr Vaz signed the letter, written on Parliamentary notepaper, as ‘Chairman home affairs committee’, despite the fact he was acting in a purely personal capacity, and had received lavish hospitality from Mireskandari (the alleged conman)”. Vaz has been constantly accusing Sri Lanka, vociferously repeating LTTE slogans in Parliament and recently brought pressure on the British Government to appoint an independent investigator into the human rights record of Sri Lanka which the Sri Lanka government has rejected. He is a close associate of the LTTE front, the British Tamil Forum and heads the All Party Parliamentary Group for the Tamils, which is carrying on a virulent campaign against Sri Lanka (Full report in Daily News).

Sri Lankan envoy asks LTTE to release UN staffers - Sri Lankan Ambassador to the US Jaliya Wickramasuriya on Tuesday asked the LTTE to immediately release the UN staff members and three children who were forcibly detained by them last week in the conflict zone. "The LTTE does not respect any international law, or even the rights of human dignity," Wickramasuriya said in a statement issued. "If the terrorists will kidnap United Nations workers and their family members, the world can better understand how they treat innocent Sri Lankan civilians who are trying desperately to flee the conflict zone and seek safety," he said. Wickramasuriya noted the children are protected under Sri Lankan and international law from recruitment by armed groups. He said this action by the Tamil Tigers is yet another example of the ruthless nature of the terrorists and the lengths the LTTE will go to achieve their lawless aims. The incident over the weekend occurred in the government declared "No Fire Zone" in the northern part of the country. Another UN staff member was detained two weeks ago and has not been released despite repeated requests from the international community, he said (Full report in IBN Live).

Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Sri Lanka rejects EU call for immediate ceasefire - Sri Lanka rejected a call by the European Union today for an immediate ceasefire between the army and Tamil Tiger rebels in the north-east of the country, after similar demands by the UN that the two sides suspend the war to let up to 170,000 trapped civilians escape. Benita Ferrero-Waldner, the EU's external relations commissioner, described the situation for the trapped civilians as "very dangerous" and signalled that a diplomatic mission would be sent to Colombo. A spokesman for the foreign ministry dismissed the call, saying any interruption "would just present a chance for the terrorists to regroup and rearm". The government says that the "fanatical hardcore fighters are now hiding behind thousands of human shields". The separatist guerrilla group, known formally as the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), has been cornered in a spit of land on the north-east coast measuring 12 square miles – but have with them tens of thousands of civilians (Full report in Guardian UK).

The government points out the importance of stopping the LTTE which is trying to gain advantage over - The government points out the importance of stopping the LTTE which is trying to gain advantage over the report of the United Nations. The government officials stressed these points at a meeting with a UN human rights commissioner held yesterday in Switzerland. The Secretary of Ministry of Human Rights Professor Rajiwa Wijesinghe, the officials of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Department of Attorney General also participated in this meeting. Professor Wijesinghe told SLBC that he discussed the matters relating to the report released by the Commissioner of UN Human Rights Mrs. Navaneedam Pullei at this meeting (SLBC).

58 Div troops reach Iranapalai Junction - Puthukudiirippu

Troops engaged in the final phase of military offensive to free entire country from LTTE terrorists have marked a decisive milestone reaching to the Iranapalai junction, a strategically vital junction in Puthukudiirippu built-up in Mullaittivu district, this morning (16 March) latest report received from the battlefront said. Infantrymen 20 Gajaba Regiment (20 GR), 7 Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment (7 SLSR) and 11 Sri Lanka Light Infantry (11 SLLI) serving under 581 Brigade reached to the Iranapalai junction following intense fighting took place in the area for last few days, military sources added. With the newest gaining, the remaining area for the LTTE terrorists has been further shrunk while opening safer escaping passages for innocent Tamil civilians who had been trapped by LTTE terrorists as human shield in the government declared No Fire Zone, sources further said. Electronic Warfare (EW) sources confirmed that with the fallen of Iranapalai junction on troops, heated arguments had been exchanged via terror communication channels among the ground commanders who led LTTE cadres in the desperate attempt to hold security forces' advance. LTTE activities along the Puthukuddiarippu - Putumathalan main road, once LTTE's main supply route, and several link roads, running across the Iranapalai junction, will be further limited with the fallen of Iranapalai junction. Troops now engaged in further consolidating operations in the area (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

 

How can a Ceasefire release Civilian Hostages? - By Shenali Waduge - To the OHCHR, the UN, the Peace Activists, the NGOs/INGOs and all those who steer the bandwagon of ceasefires is asked a simple question - how can a ceasefire release civilian hostages especially those being forcefully kept by the LTTE and condensed to 31sq.km? It will be very interesting to hear how they propose to have these captured civilians released from LTTE control. However, until they can explain the modus operandi of releasing the hostages creating a dramatic platform of "humanitarian catastrophe" will only serve to reveal that the heads and representatives of these "humanitarian agencies" have simply failed the people and fooled the people with their press releases and loud statements for they have done absolutely nothing to address the main question and the core issue. Who is to put these agencies on trial for the lack of professionalism, lack of accountability and the lack of genuineness for the roles they hold especially for the remunerations that come their way? The latest entrant to join in the vilification of the GOSL is the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay who chose to ignore the LTTE suicide attack a few days earlier in the South of Sri Lanka aimed at 6 Government Ministers at an event held to celebrate the Holy Prophet’s Birthday and to issue a Press Release expressing her “growing alarm” at the number of civilians killed and injured. What has she done against Israel following its siege on the Gaza and the killing of over 1300 civilians (Full report in Asian Tribune).

Army-Type Uniform Clad LTTE ‘Sergeant’ Blows Himself Up - MULLAITTIVU: SPECIAL Forces (SF) troops serving the west of PUTHUKUDIYIRUPPU had a narrow escape late Monday (16) afternoon when an LTTE suicide bomber, clad in Army-type uniforms as a Sergeant blew himself up while trying to infiltrate the Security Forces, held areas. Army troops on full alert in the area were busy making preparations for receipt of more and more displaced civilians, but the sudden appearance of the ‘Sergeant’ in Army camouflage uniforms entertained doubts about his identity and the bona-fides, and the troops in turn ordered the suspect to raise hands and identify himself before any further movement. As Army troops were about to knock him down, the disguised Tiger ‘Sergeant’ detonated his suicide belt and died on the spot. None of the troops sustained injuries in the suicide explosion since they were about 50-75 m away from the place of the explosion. The attempt is viewed as one more tactful strategy applied by losing Tigers with the intention of causing physical harm to the troops. The suicide cadre’s dead body and his T-56 weapon were found by the troops from the explosion site  (Sri Lanka Army)..

Lanka will not bow to any condition from funding agencies -  Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said that the country will not "bow to any conditions" in seeking loan from the IMF amid mounting opposition criticism on the state of the economy hit by the continuing civil war. Sri Lankan Government, which has been waging anti-militancy campaign against the LTTE, is seeking a stand-by loan of USD 2 billion from the IMF which has raised the hackles of the opposition in Parliament.  Seeking to assuage the Opposition, Rajapaksa said his government would not yield to any conditions while borrowing.  "We are absolutely clear. We will not pawn or sell our motherland to obtain any monetary aid from the IMF or any other international agency. Neither will we bow down to any conditions or transform our land to a colony," Rajapaksa said.  "While being engaged in humanitarian operations, we have simultaneously confronted the four crises of terrorism, food security, oil and finance, which arose together at one given period.  "No other regime experienced such profound challenges. We perceived them with foresight and pro-actively confronted them," Rajapaksa said (Full report in PTI).

Mother of All Despicable Manipulators - The editor of the Tamilnet, has been hurt by the exposure of his much-cherished photographs of the suffering civilians by the Asian Tribune. So, he started pouring scorns over us by the pipette of guilt; a very laborious task indeed. He has defended the use of photographs and the thorny issue of the old date – 23 Aug 2007 - on which they had been taken, has been blamed on the camera used to take the photographs. The editor makes an excuse that is much feeble than the poor child who had her shrapnels removed – failure of the synchronization of the date of the camera!. A heavy technical term has come to his rescue! If the Tamilnet continues to do what it is good at – deliberate manipulation of facts for very cheap form of publicity for a lost cause – the day it is going to tell its readership that the plural of blood is bleed, will not be far away. The editor of the Tamilnet emulates his paymasters by throwing a journalistic equivalent of a grenade at the Asian Tribune while stuffing it with sharpenels of frustration and embarrassment; the contempt for the latter is palpable, but we assure him, that it is not mutual. Today, we expose another doctored photograph; the one that does not show the date it was taken on, because that date had been manipulated – may be by the same professional who forgot to synchronize his camera! (Full report in Asian Tribune).

Counter terror operations continue; 14 LTTE bodies found - Puthukkudiyiruppu - Battlefield reports on yesterday's (Mar 16) counter terrorist operations indicate continued military defeats to the terrorists now boxed in an area less than 35 square kilometres in the Island's Northern Province. According to the reports, infantrymen of 9 Gamunu Watch (9 GW), 10 Gajaba Regiment (10 GR), 20 GR, 11 Sri Lanka Light Infantry (11 SLLI), 7 Sinha Regiment (7 SR), 8 GR and 12 GR soldiers belonging to the Army 58 Division pushed their forward boundaries further into the Irnapali East area, in Puthukkudiyiruppu. Following the clashes ensued since last morning troops found, 13 bodies of LTTE cadres, 24 T-56 riffles, two radio communication sets, 5 improvised (baba) mortars, and two remote controlling devices. Also, the snipers deployed in the forward areas confirmed acquisition of 16 terrorist targets during the day. Meanwhile, soldiers of Army 53 Division engaged in daylong clashes with the terrorists in the Puthukkudiyiruppu East area. Troops found one LTTE body, while the intercepted terrorist radio transmission confirmed 9 terrorists killed and 15 injured during the clashes. Snipers deployed in the 53 Division area of responsibility confirmed shooting down of 3 LTTE cadres (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

"Do not be enchanted by the Tigers: they are keeping the Tamils as hostages" - By Leonardo Sturiale - Rome, 17 March, (Asiantribune.com): The western world has been seduced by the LTTE and by their fairy tale of the national liberation struggle of the Tamil people. ‘Only after September 11th did the USA first and then European Union (in 2006) realise that the LTTE, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, is one of the most well-organised and ruthless terrorist groups in the world, the only outfit comprising of a navy and air force’. The reproach of Hemantha Warnakulasuriya, Ambassador of Sri Lanka in Italy, is very severe, despite the polite tone. He is embittered but not surprised on the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Pakistan. Unfortunately, a backlash of the LTTE was more than expectable, now that they are encircled by the Sri Lankan army in a less than 30 square metre area in the north east of Sri Lanka. Many believe the conflict will be over within weeks after more than 25 years of war and thousands of casualties. However, more than 70,000 civilians are still trapped in the encircled area (Full report in Asian Tribune).

LTTE-Held Area Further Shrinks; More LTTE Weapons Recovered - MULLAITTIVU: DETERMINED Army troops now in the last leg of the humanitarian mission to salvage Tamil civilians from the dictatorial tyranny of the blood-thirsty PRABHAKARAN made further progress in the past 24 hours ending Tuesday (17) afternoon, dashing all remaining LTTE hopes. They were further pushed towards the western edge of the NANDIKADAL lagoon in PUTHUKUDIRIPPU by late Monday (16) evening as troops amidst fierce LTTE firing began rolling on to the area. Search operations that followed later on found one more dead Tiger and a large cache of LTTE arms and ammunition. Similarly, searches done in the general areas of KILINOCHCHI, UDAYARKATTU, AMPAKAMAM and CHETTUKULAM found eighty-one barrels of kerosene containing 210 litres each, two T-56 weapons, two detonators, one claymore, two 60 mm bombs, two trapped Rocket Propeller Gun (RPG) bombs, thirteen RPG bombs, four claymore mines, one 120 mm booby trap, one gas cylinder, two thousand (2000) rounds of T-56 ammunition, five hand grenades, one Bangalore torpedo, seven anti personnel mines and one IED (Improvised Explosive Device) during Monday (16)  (Sri Lanka Army)..

Defence Secretary meets relatives of fallen war heroes - Anuradhapura - Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapksa along with a team of senior defence officials yesterday (Mar 16) met with the families of war heroes who had made their ultimate sacrifices for the motherland. The meeting took place at the Sri Lanka Army Gajaba Regiment Camp, Saliyapura, in Anduradhapura last morning. Defence Secretary Rajapaksa personally looked into grievances of the family members of the fallen soldiers during a cordial discussion he had with them. Also, he instructed the responsible defence officials to take immediate action to redress those grievances and to solve other problems surfaced during the discussion. Speaking at the occasion, the Defence Secretary said that the names of those war heroes who laid down their lives at the battlefield would be remembered forever by the nation. He said that their names would go into the annals of the nation's history as those heroes who made similar sacrifices for the motherland in the past. The officials of the MOD Seva Vanitha Unit who were also at the occasion interviewed the families and looked into their welfare problems. The event was organized by the Ranviru Seva Authority on special instructions provided by the Defence Secretary Rajapksa. Following the event, the Defence Secretary visited the wounded war heroes at the Military Hospital Anuradhapura. Chairperson of the MOD Seva Vanitha Unit, Mrs. Ioma Rajapksa, Additional Secretary (Public Relation and Development) Willy Gamage, Additional Secretary (Technical) BKUA Wickramasinghe, acting Chairman of the Ranaviru Seva Authority and Military Liaisons Officer of the Defence Ministry Major General W.P.P. Frenendo and several other officials including armed forces officers participated for the occasion (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

139 More Civilians Escape - JAFFNA: ONE hundred and thirty-nine more fleeing from LTTE clutches aboard several locally manufactured boats reached the troops in POINT PEDRO, JAFFNA on Monday (16). The group including forty-seven males, thirty-eight females, twenty-seven boys and twenty-seven girls had fled the LTTE-held PALAMATTHALAN area as LTTE atrocities on them intensified with the escalation of attacks on the LTTE. Those civilians have come in stages between 5.15 a.m.-9.10 p.m. Monday (16). Troops after giving them medical aid and refreshments conducted them to the nearest IDP centers (Sri Lanka Army).

Navy rescues 139 Tamil Civilians fleeing from LTTE Clutches - Sri Lanka Navy rescued 139 Tamil civilians who had been fleeing from the merciless LTTE clutches in Mulaithivu. The Navy rescued them on the 16th March 2009 in the seas between Chundikulum and Vettileikerni around 0950 hrs. The rescued consisted of 83 adults (47 males and 39 females) and 53 children. The group had been found on board 09 white flag-hoisted dinghies while attempting to flee from the LTTE clutches in the un-cleared areas of Mullaithivu. 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 rescued civilians were handed over to the public relation officer of the SLA at Point Pedro. The exodus of the innocent Tamil civilians escaping from LTTE clutches is now on the rise. This is largely due to the confidence they have placed in the Government Security Forces whose humanitarian operations have helped Tamil civilians to extricate themselves from the terrorists' clutches. 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 and photos in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

LTTE LOYALIST KEITH VAZ IS ACCUSED BY LONDON’S DAILY MAIL OF A “SHAMELESS ABUSE OF POWER AND OFFICE” - By Walter Jayawardhana - In  brilliant investigative pieces of reporting London’s Daily Mail accused Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam’s long standing friend and Labour parliamentarian Keith Vaz of “a shameles abuse of power and office.” The newspaper in two articles and an editorial published on March 16 accused Vaz that he used his position as chairman of the Home Affairs select Committee of the British House of Commons , which has a key role in law and order issues to intervene in a court case looking into the conduct of a conman “lawyer” whose license to practice law was cancelled. The editorial on the same day said, “Today, we reveal the true extent of this shameless MP's grotesque abuse of his position: Mr Vaz signed the letter, written on Parliamentary notepaper, as 'chairman home affairs committee', despite the fact he was acting in a purely personal capacity, and had received lavish hospitality from Mireskandari (the alleged conman)”. Keith Vaz has been constantly accusing Sri Lanka, vociferously repeating LTTE slogans in the parliament and recently brought pressure on the British government to appoint an independent investigator into the human rights record of Sri Lanka which the Sri Lanka government has angrily rejected. He is a close associate of the LTTE front, the British Tamil Forum and heads the All Party Parliamentary Group for the Tamils , which is carrying on a virulent campaign against Sri Lanka. The Daily mail accused Keith Vaz that he did these favours to the conman Mireskandari for lavish presents he bestowed upon the , the British Parliamentarian of Goanese origin from India who has been campaigning against Sri Lanka for the last few decades (Read full Report).

For international aid: ‘We won’t bow down’ - President Mahinda Rajapaksa vouched that his Government would not yield or be subjected to any conditionality to obtain monetary assistance from international agencies. Addressing a ceremony to present appointment letters to the new Accountants of the State sector at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday, the President said that some parties, without aligning with the Government to fight and resolve the crisis, are striving to obtain political leverage. They are seeking to mislead the nation, utilising all means at their disposal and deprive the country of international aid. “We are absolutely clear. We will not pawn or sell our motherland to obtain any monetary aid from the IMF or any other international agency. Neither will we bow down to any conditions or transform our land to a colony. We will nevertheless implement the people’s franchise and triumph over all the daunting challenges confronting us,” President Rajapaksa stressed. He pointed out that despite the global economic meltdown and the related crises of mass unemployment and the like, in the developed countries, Sri Lanka will remain resilient, with a vibrant economy. It has the capability of counteracting all challenges and emerge as a victorious and prosperous nation. “While being engaged in humanitarian operations, we have simultaneously confronted the four crises of terrorism, food security, oil and finance, which arose together at one given period. No other regime experienced such profound challenges. We perceived them with foresight and pro-actively confronted them,” he added. He noted that his Government has resuscitated and re-juvenated an ailing and stagnant Government service of the past, by recruiting new staff and consolidating its workforce. The country required skilled, committed and patriotic Government officers for sustained development. They should refrain from adhering too much to the diverse laws and regulations of the establishment codes etc. Instead, they should strive to work with accepted norms and a framework, opting for higher efficiency and productivity. “Do not transform these laws and regulations, into fetters, which may deter progress. Also do not use them as tools to shun away from your assigned duties. You are entitled to have your own political perceptions and may not agree with the Mahinda Chintanaya (Daily News).

LTTE militarily broken: Karuna -  The LTTE is militarily broken and will not be able to undo the reverses suffered at the hands of the Sri Lankan army (SLA), a former LTTE leader has said. ``They (the LTTE) cannot come back. No way. Their time is over. They might carry out small, small attacks for a year or so but they are finished,’’ Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan, popularly known as Colonel Karuna, told HT. The Tigers, Karuna added, still had about 1500 trained cadres and were surrounded by about a 100000 civilians in a small patch of land in the north-eastern district of Mullaitivu. Prabhkaran, he claimed, had moved out of the battle zone and was now hiding in the thick jungles of Semamadu or Muralikulam in western or northern Lanka. Last week, Karuna, who spent 22 violent years with the LTTE till he defected in 2004 to form a Tamil political party, joined the Sinhala-majority ruling coalition as its National Integration and Rebuilding minister (Full report in Island).

LTTE OPERATED A LARGE TORTURE CAMP IN Puthukkudiyiruppu (PTK) - Minister identifies problems confronting refugees - The LTTE is reportedly running a large torture camp in Puthukkudiyiruppu (PTK), escaped civilians had reportedly told the military. The Defence Ministry said the LTTE was running a large torture camp in the general area of Iranapali north of Puthukkudiyiruppu. However the ministry is yet to reveal more information regarding the torture camp. Escaped civilians also revealed that the LTTE has put up at least 10 combat training camps in Wellamullivaikkal, where hundreds of children, women and even elderly were forced to undergo a 3-day armed training session. Following the combat training, people were thrown into the battlefront to guard LTTE trenches and bunker positions, the civilians had further said. Meanwhile, a total of 1,011 civilians including 458 children have fled from the LTTE and sought protection with the 58 Division troops operating in Ampalavanpokkanai South in Puthukkudiyiruppu on Sunday. The Defence Ministry said that 265 men, 288 women, 240 boys and 218 girls were rescued and taken to safety amidst LTTE artillery shelling from the declared no fire zone. Four civilians were killed in the LTTE shell attacks and many injured, the ministry said quoting ground sources. The injured civilians were sent for treatment to the Vavuniya hospital. Meanwhile, the ministry said the LTTE was yet to reveal the status of the 15 UN aid workers and family members held hostage since the declaration of the new no fire zone in Mullaitivu,. On Saturday a UN aid worker who sustained injuries due to LTTE attacks was rescued by security forces in Puthukkudiyiruppu. Vavuniya Government Agent P.S.M. Charles said that so far about 33,896 persons belonging to 11,185 families had arrived at Vavuniya. Meanwhile, Minister and EPDP leader Douglas Devananda who visited welfare villages in Vavuniya on Sunday said he had identified certain problems confronting the refugees and these needed to be resolved. “If they can wait till food is cooked, they have to be patient till it cools down enough to be eaten. When people are given kanji, they ask for rice and curry. When they get rice and curry, they ask for biriyani. These are some of the problems they face,” he said (Full report in Daily Mirror).

Recruitment of UN employee and family: UN accuses LTTE - The United Nations yesterday charged the LTTE of forcibly recruiting an UN employee and three of his family members to its fighting force in face of acute shortage of fighters. The United Nations expressed grave concern about the fate of one of its national staffers and three dependent family members who were forcibly recruited to the LTTE over the weekend inside the No Fire Zone. According to UN office of the Resident Humanitarian Coordinator, a 16 year old daughter of the staff member has also been forcibly conscripted to the LTTE fighting force. The accusation came as the UN staffer Sutharshani Thamala along with 13 others who attempted to enter the cleared area on Sunday were shot at by the LTTE. The injured were admitted to the Vavuniya General Hospital. The United Nations demanded the immediate release of its staffer and family members. The UN reiterated that the UN staffers and the children in general are protected under national and international law from recruitment by the armed groups. The LTTE forcibly recruited an UN employee to its fighting cadre last week while another UN staffer was abducted last month. They have not yet been released by the outfit which has been now confined to a narrow stretch of land encircled by the Security Forces (Daily News).

U.N. worried about LTTE forced recruiting - The United Nations said it fears for the safety of one of its Sri Lankan employees who was forcibly recruited by the Tamil Tigers fighting the government. The staff member was recruited by force in the government-declared "no-fire zone" where up to 180,000 civilians are seeking refuge from the clashes in the north, the United Nations said in a new release. The United Nations also expressed concern about and three of the employee's family members, including a 16-year-old girl. "The U.N. in Sri Lanka has protested to the (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) that U.N. national staff, as well as children in general, are protected under national and international law from recruitment by armed groups, and has called for their immediate release," the Office of the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sri Lanka said in a statement. Another U.N. .national staff member was recruited two weeks ago, the office said, and has yet to be released (Full report in UPI).

Democratic states as terror backers - ..... Now, we learn that the LTTE has set up base in Malaysia. The main arms procurer of the outfit Kumaran Pathmanathan alias KP, according to our main news item yesterday, is operating from that country. Most of the LTTE's arms smuggling vessels have been destroyed by the Sri Lanka Navy but there are believed to be a few more rogue ships left. KP is said to be working overtime in a desperate bid to replenish the depleted arms stocks of the LTTE, though he has no way of smuggling them to Sri Lanka. Sadly and strangely, Malaysia has not yet taken steps to bust the LTTE network on her soil in spite of vital information Sri Lanka has furnished to the Malaysian authorities. Has the LTTE already infiltrated the Malaysian political establishment? KP and other LTTE top guns cannot operate in Malaysia without political backing. Whether Malaysia is really desirous of helping Sri Lanka crush terrorism or not one may not know but she must crack down on the LTTE on her soil for her own sake. For, Malaysia is part of the Great Eelam project of the LTTE. After Sri Lanka demolishes the LTTE's homeland project and effectively neutralises its separatist threat, the handlers of the LTTE will turn to some other land, where conditions prevail for laying the foundation of Eelam (Full Editorial in Island).

Investigations into weapons smuggled during CFA period - A special investigation has been launched into an incident, in which high tech equipment and weapons, reportedly for the use of the LTTE had been smuggled through the Katunayake International Air Port by passing all inspection procedures, during 2002-2003 (CFA period). The investigations into the incident which happened during Ranil Wickremesinghe’s tenure as Prime Minister was based on a statement recorded from the Executive Director of BIA at that time, Gamini Abeyrathne alias Taxi Abey, sources said. In addition some documents retrieved from the Board Of Investment are also being used in the investigation. According to sources, a large haul of weapons and accessories including mortars and explosives had been smuggled through the BIA at that time, with the help of certain authorities. High-tec communication equipment, parts of light air craft, remote control devices, printing press equipment, night vision binoculars etc. had been smuggled for the use of LTTE, with the approval of those authorities. Also several container loads of weapons which had been taken to North too are believed to have been passed by the BOI without any inspection, through the Colombo Harbour when Arjun Mahendran was the Chairman. Also these weapons had been transported to LTTE areas using BOI vehicles. According to sources, two expert teams are investigating the incident at present with one handling the alleged smuggling through the BIA and other the use of the Colombo Port. Gamini Abeyrathne who was interrogated for over five hours had confessed that the baggage carried by LTTE leaders who used the BIA to travel overseas and back had not been checked at that time, according to instructions issued by then Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe. Gamini Abeyrathne was considered as a close ally of Ranil Wickremesinghe at that time. Also UNP strong man Malick Samarawickrema too is believed to be privy to the happenings at that time. Late President Ranasinghe Premadasa too is alleged to have given weapons to the Tigers (Daily News).

Wimal reveals conspiracy against Sri Lanka - There is reliable information about a UN engineered conspiracy to level war crimes charges against the Government. This conspiracy is being hatched on the compulsion and intervention of the LTTE, said National Freedom Front leader Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa. Addressing a press conference held at NFF headquarters, Battaramulla yesterday Weerawansa said it had been a normal trend among world powers to level baseless allegations against a sovereign Government whenever it got ready to crush terrorism. If the UN thought that the people of this country would believe such baseless allegations it would be a joke. Weerawansa said he would urge local UN authorities to correct this wrong impression of their parent body. If not the day people of this country would come on the streets in protest against UN double standards would not be long. Weerawansa said our war heroes were achieving victories against terrorism with zero civilian casualties. They were engaged in a humanitarian war to liberate the country from terrorism and not to harm innocent civilians. Weerawansa said the LTTE had shot civilians fleeing from their clutches and a UN worker but the UN had failed to take any firm action against it (Daily News).

UN Voices Concern Over Staff Member Forcibly Recruited By The LTTE - The United Nations has yesterday voiced its "grave" fears for the safety of one of its staff and three family members, including a 16-year-old girl, forcibly recruited last weekend by the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) fighting the Sri Lankan Government in the country’s north. The national staff member was recruited by force in the Government-declared 'no-fire zone,' where the world body says as many as 180,000 civilians are seeking refuge from the clashes. "The UN in Sri Lanka has protested to the LTTE that UN national staff, as well as children in general, are protected under national and international law from recruitment by armed groups, and has called for their immediate release," according to a statement issued by the Office of the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in the island nation. Another UN national staff member was recruited two weeks ago, but despite repeated requests from the UN, has yet to be released. “The brutal and inhuman treatment of civilians by the LTTE is utterly reprehensible, and should be examined to see if it constitutes war crimes,” the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said last week, calling on the Government and the LTTE to immediately halt the fighting to allow all civilians to evacuate the conflict zone. Navi Pillay deplored the mounting deaths and injuries of civilians due to the “bitter” conflict, pointing out that certain actions undertaken by both the Government and LTTE could constitute violations of international human rights and humanitarian law. "We need to know more about what is going on, but we know enough to be sure that the situation is absolutely desperate," she said. "The world today is ever-sensitive about such acts that could amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity." Repeated shelling has continued in the no-fire zone, according to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Other areas where civilians are sheltering have been hit, and OHCHR noted reports that over 2,800 people may have been killed and 7,000 others injured – many in the no-fire zones – since late January. Many children are believed to be among the casualties, with hundred having lost their lives and over 1,000 hurt (Asian Tribune).

 

Monday, 16 March 2009

HONOURABLE PRESIDENT OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL NSW, LEADER OF OPPOSITION, MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT AND MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL OF NSW. - By Dr Gamani Goonetilleka, NSW, Australia -  In bringing to your attention recent inaccurate remarks made by Mr Ian Cohen in the NSW Parliament with reference to the problem faced by the Democratic Government of Sri Lanka currently fighting a war against Tamil Tiger (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam aka LTTE aka Tamil Tigers) terrorism, I have attached a letter sent to the Hon Ian Cohen by the Society for Peace Unity and Human Rights in Sri Lanka, based in Victoria. Whilst I fully endorse the sentiments expressed in the letter from ‘SPUR’ Victoria attached herewith, I would also like to make a few brief comments regarding the Tamil Tiger terrorist problem in Sri Lanka. A regards claims made by Tamil Tiger propagandists and apparent assumptions made by Hon Ian Cohen about ‘genocide’ against Tamils, this has been quite categorically denied by the UN, Human Rights Watch, President of the Mackenzie Institute in Canada, Hon Anandasangaree MP, of the Tamil United Liberation Front in Sri Lanka, Hon Vinayagamoorthi Muralitharan a Member of Parliament in the Sri Lankan Government – a former Tamil Tiger terrorist who eschewed terrorism to join the mainstream Democratic path, numerous members of the Catholic Clergy and even ICRC to name but a few of the ‘international’ and other important local dignitaries. Unfortunately perhaps due to obsequiousness on the part of some who rise in apparent support of one of the world’s most ruthless and blood thirsty terror groups the Tamil Tiger terrorists, supporters of such terrorism here in Australia are virtually given a ‘lifeline’. This does not augur well for Australia. Tamil Tiger supporters here are well known to peddle untruths and totally distorted facts to gain their ends as they assume that many in the Political scene and otherwise are quite ignorant of the true ground situation in Sri Lanka from day to day. Those in responsible positions who jump to conclusions based on such unverified and false information certainly do not do justice by the Australian people (Read full letter).

Old photographs doctored to Cook Up Stories! -"Shelling doesn't spare even babies in wombs" lamented the pro-Tiger media Tamilnet yesterday (15 March,) citing some photographs, as it put it of the allegedly injured or burnt-out children, to prove its point. However, what the editor of the Tamilnet did not know was the fact that the analysis of these images is neither his monopoly nor the divine right.  The Asain Tribune felt the need of turning its microscope on these photographs as it had a sense of dejavu, on seeing them. We didn't use any sophisticated software for our analysis; any man in the street can do it by a click of a mouse: download the images to the desktop and then right click the images to view its properties. There is a warning, however: if you are a very loyal reader of the Taminet, you are in for a shock; the photographs are actually nearly two years old!. We attach the photographs along with their own properties that let the cat out of the bag. These photographs were taken on 23rd September 2007 and included in the article as if the incidents took place yesterday on 15 March 2009 (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

SCOPP Secretary General responds at UN dialogue on Displaced Persons - Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha, Secretary General of the Peace Secretariat and Secretary to the Ministry of Disaster Management and Human Rights, spoke in the debate on the report of the Special Representative on the Rights of Displaced Persons in Geneva today. His comments in response to interventions by states and non-governmental organisations are carried below. Sri Lanka is grateful to those countries and non-Governmental Organisations that raised questions about the situation of the internally displaced in Sri Lanka, since it enables us to provide further information on the situation. I am grateful myself, Mr President, since though I was complaining earlier about having to stay on, in a cold and comfortless Geneva, the independent Sri Lankan press reported yesterday that the Peace Secretariat is amongst the targets of the 25 or so LTTE suicide cadres that have infiltrated the capital. It is therefore a relief to linger here to deal with the verbal pyrotechnics of Amnesty International et al, rather than face the real thing. Mr President, Amnesty International at least had the courtesy to have a discussion with us, and I am sorry that the countries of the European Union which raised queries turned down our invitation to discuss issues of concern. Sweden was an honourable exception, and I was happy to inform its representatives that the figure they are working with is now generally recognised as exaggerated. If I might quote from the minutes of the UN Protection Group, held on February 25th - Update on Humanitarian Situation in the Vanni, IDP exit numbers and possible scenarios. In a daily meeting of Security Operations Information Centre comprising UNDSS, UNOCHA, SOLIDAR and UNOPS analysis of satellite imagery and other information is being used to try to identify numbers and locations of IDPs in the Vanni and in particular in the no-fire/safe area. The number of civilians in safe area is thought to be between 70,000 to 100,000 individuals (Full report in SCOPP).

To Hon. John McKay PC, MP Scarborough-Guildwood - By Charles.S.Perera - Respected Sir, I have received today, 15 March, 2009, by e-mail a letter addressed to you by Vasseekara and Vadivetkaran. Probably two members of your electorate. I appeal to you to please give 15 minutes of your valuable time to read what I have written below and reflect on it and set aside your political interests, and in the name of democracy, truth and Christian kindliness to evaluate the situation to do what you think is correct. Firstly, please request Vaseekara and Vadivetkaran to contact the terrorist front organisation in Canada and request them to ask the LTTE terrorist group in Sri Lanka, to lay down their arms and surrender to the Sri Lanka Government forces, to save their own lives, the lives of those child soldiers, those civilians who have been given arms to fight along side them, those civilian Tamil population they are using as a human shield, and also to save the lives of those soldiers who are fighting to save their country from being divided and mutilated. Secondly, ignore my appeal and help your Vaseekara, and Vadivetkaran, and help the terrorist in Sri Lanka to allow the suffering of the people to continue under an unwanted war, and divide Sri Lanka to set up their own fascist Racial Tamil Regime, and indirectly help undeterred terrorism in the World to continue (Full letter in LankaWeb).

LTTE plot for mass scale chemical attack bared

Sri Lankan soldiers of Army 57 Division on Tuesday, the 5th of March found a large stock of gas masks and chemical resistant costumes from a captured LTTE camp in Udayarkattukulam North. According to the defence experts' view, the discovery exposes a possible terrorist plot for a mass scaled chemical attack against Sri Lankan soldiers. The LTTE terrorists have been using chemical gases against Sri Lanka Army during last two years of battle. However, the inherent limitations of the chemical weapons failed to give the intended impact on the battlefield with soldiers well prepared to meet a chemical threat. The experts are of the opinion that the chemical resistant costumes which are indeed used in a much close quarter attack would have been intended for a direct assault supported by chemical weapons. Earlier, the tactic used by the terrorist was to fire gas canisters at the soldiers using indirect weapons than direct weapons. According to the defence sources, there were 16 chemical resistant costumes, and 17 gas masks in the stock. Using chemical weapons is banned by the international law of war and considered to be a war crime. The types of armoury found from the liberated areas of Wanni in recent times expose the great disaster that Sri Lanka as a nation has been heading since the 2002 ceasefire. The LTTE had been allowed to import aircraft, heavy artillery, high tech communication equipment, chemical weapons, etc during the ostensible peace cherished by the shortsighted political leaders of this country (Full report in LankaWeb).

Army discovers LTTE ware house containing thousands of bags of chemical fertilizers - (By: Walter Jayawardhana - Sri Lanka Army soldiers who are continuing to venture into the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) held Pudukkudiyirippu area have discovered a large warehouse containing thousands of tons of chemical fertilizer issued to the Northern farmers for rice cultivation. Army sources said, "This is another discovery of chemical fertilizer supplied to the Tamil farmers in the North suspected to have been plundered by the LTTE to be used as explosives." The Sri Lanka government issues chemical fertilizers to the farmers at a subsidized prize to boost the agricultural production of the country. Soldiers of the 8 Sinha Regiment (8th SR) have made the discovery of the fertilizer warehouse at a place called Udayarkattu in the Pudukudiirippu West area. The LTTE is one of the pioneering terrorist groups in the world to use fertilizer as explosives even before the Western governments knew its use as a terrorist weapon. Initially, Western governments thought that the control of fertilizer to the terrorist prone areas by Sri Lankan administrations of yester year was a violation of human rights of the Tamil farmers. But after the deadly bombing of the Oklahoma Federal building by terrorists it became widely known that Amonium Nitrate and Urea, two widely used fertilizers can be used to make deadly bombs (Full  report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

257 AP mines, 7 LTTE bodies uncovered during search operations in Mullaittivu - Security forces engaged in search and clearing operations in general area Chundikkulam and Puthukkudiyirippu have uncovered 257 anti-personnel (AP) mines and 7 bodies of slain LTTE terrorists yesterday (March 15). In general area Puthukkudiyirippu, 1 Gajaba Regiment(1 GR) troops recovered 5 LTTE bodies, 4 T-56 assault riffles and an I-com set while 5 Gemunu Watch(5th GW) troops recovered 2 LTTE bodies and 3 T-56 assault riffles, security sources said (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

LTTE forcibly recruits UN staff member - One UN national staff member and three dependent family members were forcibly recruited over the weekend by the LTTE, inside the government-declared No Fire Zone, a UN statement said today. "The forced recruitments included the 16 year old daughter of a UN national staff member," the statement said. The UN in Sri Lanka has protested to the LTTE that UN national staff, as well as children in general, are protected under national and international law from recruitment by armed groups, and has called for their immediate release. Another UN national staff member was recruited two weeks ago, and has yet to be released despite repeated requests from the UN (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Use of 15 HP Outboard Motor Fishing Boats in Jaffna Swells - JAFFNA: OVER 250-300 fishing boats with outboard motors (OBM), 200 Theppam and Vallam (locally made boats), regularly, used by some 1800 fisher-folk enter the JAFFNA lagoon for fishing business on all six days of the week, except on Sundays, JAFFNA Fishermen’s Association authorities confirmed to the troops. Security Forces after the recent fall of POONERYN into Army hands further relaxed and expanded fishing hours by accommodating 15 HP boats with outboard motors. Fishermen are allowed to do fishing between 5.00 a.m.-5.00 p.m. in the JAFFNA lagoon. JAFFNA Security Forces after the re-opening of the A-9 highway for traffic are now seriously considering possibilities of further relaxing those fishing hours, as normalcy returns to the entire highway road areas. As recent as last week, JAFFNA fishermen were able to sell some 4500 kg of crabs and prawns to be taken to COLOMBO along the A-9 highway (Sri Lanka Army)..

Sri Lankan soldiers continue fighting terrorists, rescue more civilians - Puthukkudiyiruppu - Reports received from the battlefield so far indicate that the soldiers of Sri Lanka Army 53 Division, 55 Division and 58 Division are continuing on their noble mission to rescue civilians forcibly held by the LTTE in the remaining terrorist hiding areas in Puthukkudiyiruppu. Despite all the restriction that the soldiers have to face due to terrorist use of human shield, Sri Lankan soldiers were able to rescue more that 400 civilians by the this afternoon (Mar 16), indicate the reports. Also, soldiers of Army 53 Division operating in Puthukkudiyiruppu East battled the terrorists from morning to evening inflicting heavy damages to the terrorists. Troops found 7 bodies of LTTE cadres, along with seven T-56 riffles and one radio communication set after the clashes. A sniper deployed in the same division area of responsibility, confirmed acquisition of one terrorist target during daytime. Separately, troops of Task Force 2 now engaged in active defence and mine clearing operation in the Puthukkudiyiruppu West area uncovered 900 ammo used for 9mm pistols, 780 firing devices of claymore bombs, 42 fuses of mortar bombs during the day's operations (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Seven Dead LTTErs Found After Clashes - MULLAITTIVU: AS time is fast running out for Tiger terrorists, they appear to be resorting to intensified assaults on the troops in PUTHUKUDIRIPPU area with a view to retaining their shrinking territory. Scores of Tiger terrorists were killed and many more were seriously injured during Sunday (15) as a result of those gun battles. Several valiant soldiers injured in the fighting were directed to hospitals for treatment. During search operations conducted subsequently in the affected areas, troops recovered seven dead bodies of LTTE terrorists, seven T-56 weapons, one I-com set, one smoke bomb, seven hundred and eighty firing devices, twenty-eight 80 mm mortar fuses, fourteen 60 mm mortar fuses and nine hundred rounds of 9 mm ammunition (Sri Lanka Army)..

Navy rescues 66 Tamil Civilians fleeing from LTTE Grip - Sri Lanka Navy rescued 66 Tamil civilians who had been fleeing from the heartless LTTE grip in Mulaithivu. The Navy rescued them on the 15th March 2009 in the seas between Chundikulum and Vettileikerni around 0730 hrs. The rescued consisted of 40 adults (23 males and 17 females) and 26 children. 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. 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 rescued civilians were handed over to the public relation officer of the SLA at Point Pedro. The exodus of the innocent Tamil civilians escaping from LTTE clutches is now on the rise. This is largely due to the confidence they have placed in the Government Security Forces whose humanitarian operations have helped Tamil civilians to extricate themselves from the terrorists' clutches. 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 and Photos in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

42,855 Displaced Vanni Civilians in 22 Centers Receive Coordinated Assistance - VANNI: AN estimated total of 42,855 VANNI civilians who had so far fled Tiger-dominated areas after 1st March 2008 are housed in 22 different welfare centers for displaced persons (Relief Villages) in VAVUNIYA, MANNAR and JAFFNA Districts. The figure includes the displaced receiving treatment in hospitals with their by-standers outside war-torn areas as of Monday (16) mid-noon, the Army Headquarters declared. In the VAVUNIYA sector, MANIK FARM School, MANIK FARM (Relief Village), PAMPAIMADU, CHETTIKULAM School, NELUKKULAM, NELUKKULAM Technical College, SAIWER PRAGAS Maha Vidyalaya, HINDU Central College, VAVUNIYA GAMINI Vidyalaya, HINDU Vidyalaya KOVILKULAM, College of Education-POONTHOTTAM, POONTHOTTAM Maha Vidyalaya and HINDU PRIMARY College, VAVUNIYA are the major welfare center that have been put up by the government for acceptance of the displaced. PARIHARAKANDAL, CHIRUKANDAL and UYILANKULAM IDP centers in the MANNAR sector serve the displaced, who had arrived from MANNAR area some time back. Accordingly, 36,186 displaced civilians, including 17,637 females and 17,048 males are resident in the above-mentioned “Relief Villages” and welfare centers as of Monday (16). An estimated 3238 indisposed men, women and children, including those received injuries in LTTE fire when fleeing are continuing to receive medical treatment in VAVUNIYA, TRINCOMALEE, COLOMBO, MAHARAGAMA, KURUNEGALA, KANDY, PERADENIYA, ANURADHAPURA, MANNAR, MURUNKAN, CHEDDIKULAM, POLONNARUWA, THAMBALAGAMUWA, KANTALE Hospitals and BORELLA Lady Ridgeway Hospital (LRH) for children. In JAFFNA, six IDP centers are functional taking care of a total of 3497 displaced persons who entered the JAFFNA peninsula after fleeing from LTTE - held areas in the VANNI. Teachers’ Training Centre, KOPAI, Old High Court Complex, GURUNAGAR, KODIKAMAM IDP Centre, MIRUSUVIL IDP Centre, KAITHADDY Children’s Home IDP Centre and KAITHADDY University Hostel IDP Centre in JAFFNA house those displaced civilians who have arrived in the peninsula after vacating LTTE held areas. In the MANIK FARM Relief Village in VAVUNIYA, a total of 1318 registered students are following studies in a makeshift school. One hundred and three teachers in the arts and commerce stream are conducting classes for 1-12 grades. Science classes are to begin shortly after receipt of science teachers from the VAVUNIYA Department of Education. In the same Relief Village, over 300 young men and women are receiving extensive training in tailoring, electric work, carpentry, information technology (IT), lathe work and welding, etc with the help of instructors from MORATUWA vocational training authority. In addition, Ministry of Child Development and Women Empowerment has opened a pre-school for kids in the MANIK FARM Relief Village. 212 kids are receiving pre-school education in this unit with the support of more than 15 teachers. Facilities for volleyball, cricket, foot ball and other games have also been provided to the MANIK FARM Relief Village where the second most number of displaced people are housed in VAVUNIYA at the moment. The POONTHOTTAM College of Education has the highest number of those displaced civilians as at present. Similarly, Department of Information has made arrangements to screen Tamil and Hindi movies inside those centers for their recreation. All government departments and ministries are coordinating welfare and relief work in connection with those IDP centers. Local Police provide security to those centers day and night (Sri Lanka Army)..

Over 1000 civilians seek protection with security forces amidst indiscriminate LTTE shelling - A total of 1011 civilians including 458 children have fled from LTTE hostage and sought protection with the 58 Division troops operating in general area Ampalavanpokkanai South yesterday (March 15). According to military sources, 265 men, 288 women, 240 boys and 218 girls were rescued and taken to safety amidst indiscriminate LTTE artillery shelling from the declared no fire zone. Four civilians were killed in the LTTE shell attacks and many injured ground sources said speaking with our Wanni correspondent. The injured civilians were sent for treatment at the general hospital in Vavuniya. According to revelations made by the rescued civilians, LTTE terrorists have put-up at least 10 combat training camps in general area Wellamullivaikkal, where hundreds of children, women and even elderly are forced for a 3 day crash armed training secession. Following the combat training, people are thrown into the battlefront to guard LTTE trenches and bunker positions, the civilians had further said. Terrorists are running a large torture camp in general area Iranapali, the civilians were quoted saying with security forces. Meanwhile, the terror outfit is yet to reveal the status of the 15 UN aid workers and family members held hostage since the declaration of the new no fire zone in Mullaittivu, a defence official said. On Saturday (March 14) a UN aid worker who sustained injuries due to LTTE indiscriminate attacks was rescued by security forces in general area Puthukkudiyirippu (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Heavy Clashes Erupt at Irunapalai; Troops Recover Fourteen LTTE Dead Bodies - MULLAITTIVU: AT LEAST twenty-nine Tiger terrorists were killed and another similar score was injured following Monday (16) morning clashes in the eastern area of IRUNAPALAI, PUTHUKKUDIYIRUPPU. So far, fourteen dead bodies of Tiger terrorists, twenty-five T-56 weapons, five LTTE made mortar launchers, two I-com communication sets, two remote controllers have been recovered by troops from the confronted area. Security Forces also captured one kilo meter long LTTE Earth Bund in the general area south east of PUTHUKKUDIYIRUPPU following clashes. Four hundred and seventy-eight (478) Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) including one hundred and ninety children have also arrived in the Security Forces held area of PUTHUKKUDIYIRUPPU after escaping from LTTE by Monday (16) evening. Arrangements are being made by troops to send them to IDP relief villages at the time this report was filed (Sri Lanka Army).

Troops hands tied due to human shield - Army Chief - While the LTTE is getting hemmed in to a mere 30-square km land in the North, the Army Chief, Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka said that his troops were ordered to give priority for the safety of the civilians though the troops are facing many constraints to attack terrorists, as they are still getting the cover of the human shield. According to Gen. Fonseka, the LTTE is using an area four km south of Putumattalan, the safe zone - as a launching pad where their heavy weapons and artillery guns are positioned amidst civilians. "Though they attack us while mingling with civilians the troops can not hit back. No artillery were fired towards these areas. The troops have to face many constraints when they fire at the LTTE", he said. In their `final kill', the troops of the 59 Division is pushing the LTTE from Mullaitivu, 58 Division from North of Puthukkudiyiruppu, 55 Division from the north of Putumattalan, 53 Division from the west of Puthukkudiyiruppu and Task Force-8 from the west of the lagoon. The LTTE is now left with a coastal stretch of 15 square kms (skms) and the mainland with another 15 skms. He said that the LTTE was now deploying civilians at FDLs and last week over thousands of civilians with basic training were sent to fight the advancing troops. " But bearing the risk we give maximum safety for the civilians, even though they come at nights", he said. The Army Chief said if the troops advanced just another two kilometres from the present FDLs, the LTTE's domination would be basically confined to the coastal belt soon (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Fleeing civilians shot at by LTTE: 3 killed including a 9 year old - Mullaittivu - 3 civilians were reported killed including a 9 year old who were among 66 people who sought protection with troops fleeing from LTTE hostage at Pudumathalan on Sunday (March 15). The civilians, including 27 families have fled from the Pudumatahlan coast onboard 4 fiberglass boats, yesterday morning amidst indiscriminate LTTE small arms fire and arrived at Munai under escort provided by Sri Lanka Naval craft on patrol. The 66 civilians included 23 men, 17 women, 15 boys and 11 girls' security sources said adding that these people were rescued by the Navy while drifting in the shallow waters between Chundikkulam and Vettileikerni at around 7.30a.m. Nagathambi Thavanayagam (father), Renuka Thavanayagam (mother) and their 9 year old child Thanushan Thavanayagam had succumbed to injuries sustained due to LTTE small arms fire directed while fleeing form the no fire zone. The postmortem was conducted by Point Pedro Magistrate Mr. K Ariyanagam on Sunday afternoon at Munai. Meanwhile, naval sources said that special arrangements were made to assist the innocent civilians fleeing from LTTE. Naval medical and rescue teams are also deployed to provide continuous humanitarian assistance to civilians escaping from LTTE, the sources further said (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

LTTE base in Malaysia bared Colombo-based diplomat in clandestine meet with KP -  The Sri Lankan government is seriously concerned over a rapid LTTE build-up in Malaysia, now believed to be the major gathering point for top operatives. Sri Lanka also believes that Tharmalingam Shanmughan alias Kumaran Pathmanathan also known as KP had has set up base there after quitting Thailand. Authoritative defence and diplomatic sources told ‘The Island’ that a Colombo-based diplomat had been recently spotted in Thailand where he allegedly met with KP. Although the diplomat had claimed that discussions centred on internally displaced persons, the sources asserted that an international operation seemed to be underway in support of the group. The diplomat had passed through Singapore on his way to Malaysia, he said, adding that the meeting came close on the heels of KP’s recent appointment as their chief negotiator. The sources said that although the navy had destroyed most of the vessels owned by the LTTE, the group is believed to be operating a few vessels and were on the look out for fresh stocks of arms. Sri Lanka has provided a detailed account of clandestine LTTE operations to the Malaysian government. "We are awaiting for Malaysia to act swiftly and decisively to neutralize the threat posed by the LTTE," a senior official told ‘The Island’. He regretted the undue delay in tracking down LTTE operatives. After receiving credible information on LTTE activities, Sri Lankan intelligence services had been placed on a heightened state of alert, the sources said. Responding to our queries, the sources said that the gang based in Malaysia was making an attempt on the lives of several government figures. "We have broken their network," another official said. He asserted that the failure on the part of the Malaysian government to destroy the LTTE ring, would pose a major threat (Full report in Island).

Devolution under the 13th Amendment - by Neville Ladduwahetty - The defeat of the LTTE is not expected to bring a closure to Sri Lanka’s national question. It would however, create the space for the evolution of a political solution free of threat and intimidation. It would also create the space for the government to totally focus on issues relating to resettlement, rehabilitation and development. Opinion is that both issues need to be addressed concurrently if the military gains are to be consolidated. The emphasis of the International Community has been on a political solution that addresses the concerns of all communities. While endorsing this view, India has been particular that such a solution should be based on the concept of devolution as contained in the 13th Amendment and if necessary beyond. These readings have influenced the deliberations of the APRC. Consequently, the approach of the APRC has been to evolve a new and in their view an improved version of the Provincial Council system under the 13th Amendment. After experiencing the functioning of the Provincial Council system for two decades, consensus is that its costs outweigh the benefits. Irrespective of the explanations for its below expected performance it would be worth the cost if it served its intended purpose of addressing the concerns of all the communities. Since Law and Order affects all members of all communities, it would be appropriate to assess whether the current provisions in the 13th Amendment would assure fairness and impartiality in its dealings with Provincial Police Commissions (Full report in Island).

LTTE in the no firing zone - by Gomin Dayasri - The look on the faces of those coming from the No Fire Zone (NFZ) tells the story. It is a story of children. Aged and haggard, look well beyond their age. It is their stoic nature and the desire to live for the sake of their remaining children that kept them alive. As they alight from the packed buses to seek lodgings in the camps for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), there are no young men among them. Where have all the young men gone? Yes, gone, or rather taken to LTTE camps. Now they are coming for the girls. It is for them that parents grieve and show no leniency to the LTTE. They know their children are destined to die; with three days basic training they are dispatched to the front to face the war machine of the Sri Lankan Forces. Worse, they are positioned in the first line of defence. They talk of nothing else but their lost children. Life is not worth living without children; life must continue for the younger children still with them. They live in that dilemma. More than food and drink, they need psychological care, having gone through agony and trauma in the NFZ under LTTE rule. NFZ is the final happy hunting ground for the LTTE preying on children. In a confined space of 21 sq. km. any child, above 12 years, is vulnerable and easy picking for the terrorists, running desperately short of man power. It’s a child ranch with easy access for the bandits. Few girls have been untouched, the rest have been hunted and hounded. Even the children of the Mahavira (dead combatants) and Porali (present fighters) have now been conscripted. They were the firm bedrock of the LTTE; the last support column but that too is gone with their children kidnapped. The final bastion of goodwill is lost. There is mayhem in the midst of desperation (Full report in Island).

Sri Lankan troops smash Tiger post - GOVERNMENT forces overran a former Tamil Tiger police post today, killing at least nine rebels and raising to 41 the number killed in weekend fighting, the defence ministry said. Security forces captured the base, which had been used as a police station by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), whose de facto state has been steadily dismantled, the ministry said. It said nine guerrillas were killed and the military suffered "minor injuries'' in the fighting. At least 32 Tamil rebels were killed on Friday and Saturday as troops moved closer to finally defeating the separatist guerrillas, the ministry said. About 30 rebels were killed on Friday in the Puthukkudiriruppu area, the last stronghold of the Tigers, while another two were killed on Saturday, the ministry said. "Infantrymen further advanced into LTTE hiding areas... inflicting heavy damages to terrorists,'' it said in a statement (Full report in The Australian).

VAIKO SUPPORTER AND THIRD MAN CHARGED FOR BEING PRO-LTTE - By Walter Jayawardhana - A Vaiko confidante and the propaganda chief and secretary of the pro-Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazagam (MDMK) Najil Sampath has been charged under India's National Security Act for taking part in anti-national activities. After Chennai movie director Seeman and politician Kolathur Mani, Najil Sampath is the third person to be arrested under the same act for advocating an armed uprising against the Sri Lanka government. Sampath Najil was in remand jail, and was charged one day before he was scheduled to be released by the courts, police reports said. He was due to be released by a Tamil Nadu magistrate at Tripur but was served with a fresh charge sheet on Sunday, a day before the scheduled release. Fiery racist speakers Seeman and Kolathur were charged on the same indictments on February 18 and March 11 respectively. M.Karunanidhi is attempting to use the law only to silence his opponents, it has been alleged. He had earlier warned that the law will be invoked against all pro-LTTE elements in the state. (eom).

PETITION - An extract from the Hansard (Australian Parliament) where MP Mrs. Julia Irwin presented to the Parliament on 23/2/2009 - Date Monday, 23 February 2009 Source House, Page 0 Proof No Questioner Responder - Speaker Question No. Sri Lanka - To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives assembled in Parliament. This petition of certain citizens and residents of Australia draws the attention of the House to the campaign of terror waged by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) against the people of Sri Lanka and their democratically elected representatives for nearly three decades in an attempt to carve out a mono ethnic separate state from the sovereign territory of the island of Sri Lanka. The Tamil Tigers have escalated their customary suicide attacks and bombings on non military targets including the public transport network of Sri Lanka over the past months, killing several hundred civilians including women and children, and seriously injuring scores of others. We therefore request the House to: (1) Call on the LTTE to immediately release all persons it holds under duress, and demand that they be granted freedom of movement and safe passage out of conflict zones; (2) Continue Humanitarian assistance to the people of Sri Lanka while ensuring that financial and material aid is not siphoned off by the LTTE and its front organisations; (3) · Impress upon the Tamil Tigers and its overseas support Lobby that the LTTE must immediately cease all forms of terrorism, decommission their weapons, release all child soldiers and prisoners before it can be considered a credible participant in any future negotiations. · Impose further sanctions on the LTTE by listing it under the Australian Criminal Code Act of 1995. Thanking You. by Mrs Irwin (from 166 citizens).

WHO CHANGED MALWATTA TO MALWATTAI?

By Malin Abeyatunge, Melbourne, Australia - I was appalled to see even the recently named Sinhala villages are becoming Tamilish. I refer to Malwatta in this map (under the news item titled Karuna Loyalists Slain in the East in DM 14/3/2009)) which has become Malwatta-i, This is one of the earliest colonies established during Hon Late D.S Senanayake’s period in Ampara district. I had an uncle of mine who was a farmer in this village and when I was working in Ampara with Bank of Ceylon in early 1970’s , I used to visit my uncle in this colony named Malwatta very often which has now become Malwattai according to this map. Even Ampara has now being spelt as Amparai in documents, maps etc. There is a subtle move to change the Sinhala village names to Tamil to gain currency in years to come to claim that Tamils lived here long before the Sinhalese. Suffice to mention that most sinhale villages have become Tamilish by adding an “i” at the end of a name or a Tamilish sounding end to the name of a village like Galamuna becoming as Kalmunai, Nagadeepa becoming Nagathievu, Mavil Oya becoming Mavil Aru to name a few. There are hundreds of historical Sinhala villages like this that have been changed into sound like Tamil villages. The respective government authorities should see that the original names of Sinhala villages neither distorted nor Tamilised. If India was bold enough to change Bombay into Mumbai, Madras into Chenai and Calcutta into Kolkotta overnight, I find no reason why we cannot retain the old historical names of our Sinhala villages as it was.

10th Batch of Patients and Civilians trapped in Mullaithivu evacuated with the Naval Assistance

Sailors of Sri Lanka Navy helping Tamil civilians liberated from the "Human Shield" of LTTE Tamil Tiger terrorists (See details and photos). LTTE Tamil Tiger terrorists have massacred many Tamil civilians trying to flee the "Human Shield" of LTTE (See details and photos).

Sailors of Sri Lanka Navy helping Tamil civilians liberated from the "Human Shield" of LTTE Tamil Tiger terrorists (See details and photos)LTTE Tamil Tiger terrorists have massacred many Tamil civilians trying to flee the "Human Shield" of LTTE (See details and photos).

Refreshments being served by the Sri Lanka Navy to the Tamil civilians liberated from the "Human Shield" of LTTE Tamil Tiger terrorists  (See details and photos). Tamil Diaspora who is financing the LTTE Tamil Tiger terrorists should be held responsible for suffering of innocent Tamil civilians. LTTE Tamil Tiger terrorists have massacred many Tamil civilians trying to flee the "Human Shield" of LTTE (See details and photos).

The tenth batch of 440 patients and civilians was evacuated on board “MV Green Ocean” on 14th March 2009. The evacuation of patients and civilians trapped in LTTE Clutches in the un-cleared areas in Mullaithivu is being carried out under the ICRC flag. Sri Lanka Navy is providing safe passage for evacuees on humanitarian grounds. The patients among the evacuees, upon disembarkation, were provided with emergency medical treatment by Naval doctors and were rushed to the hospitals by the naval personnel for further treatment. Elaborate arrangements have been made to treat the sick and the wounded evacuees once they reach cleared areas. Hospitals have been equipped with adequate stocks of essential drugs and specialist medical personnel are assigned to treat the sick and the wounded as they are transferred to hospitals. The tenth batch consisted of 155 adult males, 161 adult females and 124 children in total. Among them were 121 male and 94 female patients needing medical treatment. The evacuees had been languishing in pain and fear due to the LTTE’s adamant stance to hold all civilians captive in the un-cleared areas as human shields despite the repeated appeals by the International Community to free all civilians to arrive in safe areas immediately. The Navy, as part of its humanitarian operations, has put in place a number of comprehensive evacuation measures to facilitate the evacuation process. Naval personnel and vessels along with stand-by rescue and medical teams are on special deployment in the North-eastern seas for assisting Tamil civilians fleeing from LTTE clutches (Full report and photos in Sri Lanka Navy).

Security Forces enter Iranapalai - *LTTE’s last operational centre - LTTE Court complex captured - The Security Forces who are now on the final leg of their battle against the LTTE has entered the outskirts of Iranapalai, the last operational centre of the top rung Tiger leaders including Intelligence Wing leader Pottu Amman with the troops clearing the last section of the buildup area in Puthkuduyiruppu East by yesterday evening. Military sources in the battlefront told the Daily News that the 58 Division under the command of Brigadier Shavendra Silva was in the process of clearing the last section of buildings in the Puthukuduyiruppu East yesterday with the capture of LTTE’s last Court complex in Puthukuduyiruppu East. “After completing their mission in Puthukuduyiruppu East the 20 Gajaba Regiment yesterday entered into the highly fortified Iranapalai, the LTTE’s last operational centre amidst fierce battles”, the sources added. The ground troops found that Iranapalai, which had been the hideout of the LTTE Intelligence Wing leader Pottu Amman for decades was strongly held by the LTTE constructing massive earth bunds. The LTTE had maintained Iranapalai as their main operational centre with many of their top rung leaders including Sea Tiger Wing leader Soosai handling Sea Tiger operations making his base there in Iranapalai making that area out of bound for the civilians. Military intelligence sources have also confirmed the presence of LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran frequently in this area recently. The 58 Division yesterday captured the Court complex of the LTTE in Puthukudiyiruppu which may be the last Court maintained by the LTTE to keep the Tamil civilian population under their law. With troops reaching the last terrain under the LTTE once again exodus of civilians started to flow into military controlled areas both from the North and South of Puthukudiyiruppu. ”Yesterday 904 civilians arrived in the 58 Division area alone and hundreds of civilians arriving in the South of Puthukudiyiruppu and towards Jaffna by boats”, the sources added. Military officials had observed that a considerable number of disabled civilians arriving in military controlled areas mingling with these civilians arousing suspicion that they might be disabled Tiger cadres who had distanced from the military operations due to their disability. Meanwhile, 58 Division troops have also reached some 400 metres closer to the Safe Zone in Puthumattalan where thousands of civilians had taken refuge (Daily News).

UN worker injured in Tiger shooting - 13 civilians also injured - Injured admitted to Hospital - UN worker, Sutharshani Tharmila and 13 others were injured when the LTTE shot at them when they arrived in the cleared areas of Puthukudiyirippu on Saturday evening. More than 1,200 displaced people had braved Tiger attacks during the past few days seeking refuge with Government authorities in cleared areas. The injured had been admitted to the Vavuniya Hospital, military sources said. Amidst reports of indiscriminate shooting by the LTTE to prevent an exodus, more civilians kept arriving at various locations in the cleared areas of Vanni by yesterday. Resettlement and Disaster Relief Services Minister Risath Bathuideen said that 250 IDPs had been brought to Mannar by noon yesterday, with another 350 waiting near Omanthai to gain entry into Vavuniya. In addition, more than 400 civilians had arrived in Kilinochchi, the Minister added (Full report in Daily News).

October 27, 2008 - LTTE attacks two merchant ships carrying food and other essentials to Jaffna

February 16, 2009- UN accuses Tigers of actively preventing people from leaving conflict zone

March 8, 2009 - LTTE attacks ship carrying largest ever supplies of essentials for civilians in uncleared areas.

LTTE fire kills nine year old boy - The barbarism of the LTTE terrorists was once again proved last morning (15) when they fired at some boats of civilians who were fleeing the LTTE-held area in Mullaitivu and killed a small boy. Sixty seven civilians, according to them, had left the Puthumatthalan area on five boats to reach the cleared areas seeking protection against LTTE harassment. Their secret movement in the darkness was detected by the LTTE terrorists who pursued the flotilla and opened fire at the boats warning the civilians on board to turn back. However, the escapees ignored the LTTE threat and continued their journey amidst the shower of terrorist gunfire and managed to reach cleared areas of Munai where they were rescued by the Security Forces around 7.30 a.m. yesterday. One boat with civilians on board had gone missing during the LTTE firing. A nine-year-old Thavananayagam Thanushan who sustained LTTE gunshot injuries in his head and right elbow while trying to hide on the lap of his mother Renuka Thavananayagam was found dead. His remains were sent to Manthikai Government hospital in the cleared areas after the post mortem. Other IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons), 15 boys, 23 male adults, 11 girls and 17 female adults, were sent to IDP centres elsewhere (Daily News).

Human Rights: Lessons from Sri Lanka - ’Prabhakaran’s decisions, rather than any nationalist goal, send people to their death, train them for death, preferably from childhood, and have long murdered any moderate or nonviolent Tamil politician in the country.’  - After a conflict of more than a quarter of a century of terrorism and civil war that killed 70,000 people. Sri Lankans finally think they have defeated the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), perhaps the worlds most murderous terrorist organization. Why and how a small country of 21 million succeeded in defeating such a group where much bigger powers have failed is a good lesson for those who study terrorism and counterinsurgency. These lessons are primarily political and legal, but also military and diplomatic, and they include both successes and pitfalls in a small countries road to peace and development (Full report in Daily News).

'MV Bintan' sails again - The Sea freighter 'MV Bintan', which came under LTTE artillery attack off the seas of Puttumattalan, Mullaitivu, last Monday March 9, while unloading 500 MT of food, would set sail again tomorrow morning to the same destination, with a bigger cargo of 700 MT of food for the displaced. Navy Spokesman, Commander D.K.P.Dassanayake yesterday confirmed to the 'Daily News' that the ship would set sail again to Puttumattalan, just one week after it came under LTTE artillery fire. On the last occasion the ship carried 500 MT of food to be distributed among the displaced living in the safe zone. This was also considered as the biggest single shipment dispatched to the uncleared areas to date, by sea. On the last occasion small boats were used to carry food from the ship to the shores of Puttumattalan. When it came under attack only 142 MT was unloaded, and the Captain had to take the freighter to deeper seas to ensure safety. The ship was not damaged in the incident, and later it unloaded it's full cargo and had returned back to the base in Trincomalee on Friday, the Navy Spokesman added. Thus the 'MV Bintan' carrying a fresh cargo of 700 MT for the displaced, is set to sail with special security measures in place (Daily News).

Gareth Evans, the richest multi-national NGO - A Commentary By L. Jayasooriya - ...... This is a comment on the article "Return of Gareth Evans --resurrection of terror" that appeared in the Daily News of Thursday 12th March 2009. I am grateful to the writer Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha for exposing Gareth Evans the way he has done. Of all the enemies Sri Lanka has, no one has descended to the depths that Gareth Evans has descended to discredit us with indiscriminate killing of Tamils and attempted to manipulate the safe exit of the LTTE leadership out of the country with UN guarantees. It is sad that hardly any patriotic Sri Lankan writes to the press in defence of our country and the every few who write may not see it in print. Now Gareth Evans works in close cooperation with Navanetham Pillai, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. First of all Gareth Evans is the man who at a lecture in Colombo had the audacity to say "Unlike in the East where the government forces were able to defeat the LTTE and take over the terrain with minimum casualties, extending the war to the Tiger stronghold in the northern Vanni will have a devastating impact on civilians, giving rise to a right to protect situation which demands preventive action in the first instance by the Sri Lankan government with possible military intervention by the international community to ensure their safety" (Full report in Asian Tribune).

Gota says progress slow but steady - Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa yesterday said that the army was engaged in close quarter combat with the LTTE on the eastern flank. "We are making significant progress although the civilian presence will cause delays," he told The Island yesterday. Responding to our queries, he said that battles were taking place in an area about five km north to south and about three km west to east in the Mullaitivu district. In fact, the area actually under terrorist control was very much less than 35 sq. km he mentioned regularly, he said. He likened the battle for remaining LTTE-held territory to the one waged by the army in 1995 to liberate Jaffna. He said that two lagoons and the civilian safety zone, too, were located within the 35 sq. km area. According to him, the army was pushing LTTE units on several flanks and gaining ground. He dismissed assertions that small groups of infiltrators would hinder the army’s progress. The LTTE’s collapse, the former Gajaba officer said was imminent, urging the people to be a little bit patience until the armed forces finished off the LTTE. He said that people held hostage by the LTTE would be able to escape as the army overrun the last enemy defences. The LTTE wouldn’t be able to stop the civilian exodus by force, he said, adding that 14 internally displaced persons had received gun shot injuries as they fled towards army-held positions over the weekend. According to him altogether 592 civilians had reached government lines on Saturday. The ICRC had evacuated a further 437 persons from the LTTE-held area (Island).

Lankan, Indian teams to run Pulmoddai medical facility; Norwegian assistance sought- An emergency medical facility set up by India to facilitate Sri Lanka’s efforts to treat civilians would be jointly manned by Indian and Sri Lankan medical teams, Health Ministry spokesperson W. M. D. Wanninayake told The Island yesterday. He said that India would deploy a 52 member unit including eight doctors. Sri Lanka’s contribution would include four ambulances, four doctors and six nurses, he said, dismissing the JVP’s concerns over the setting up of the 50-bed facility at the Pulmoddai Mineral Sands Corporation premises. The official said that Sri Lanka really appreciated the Indian gesture. "We have received Rs. 70 million worth of medicine and medical equipment from India," he said, adding that a top level Health Ministry team over the weekend inspected the facility. According to him this facility could accommodate patients shortly and after initial treatment they would be transferred to government hospitals at Vavuniya and Padaviya. The government was also planning to set up new wards to accommodate 120 more beds at the Padaviya hospital. "We are also exploring the possibility of transforming a garment factory in the Padaviya area to a makeshift hospital," he said. The official said that Norwegian Ambassador T. Hattrem had assured Health Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva that he would discuss with his government Sri Lanka’s need for a 1000 bed facility in Vavuniya.(Island).

 

Sunday, 15 March 2009

Over 600 civilians saved : Troops capture LTTE 'court centre' at Puthukkudiyirippu - 10th Gajaba Regiment (10 GR) and 12th Gajaba Regiment (12 GR) troops of the 58 Division led by Brigadier Shavendra Silva seized total control of another LTTE strong point and a rudimentary LTTE run 'court centre' located in the Puthukkudiyirippu town today (March 15). Troops forced ahead despite constant LTTE artillery shelling and mortar attacks launched from the declared no fire zone, ground sources reported. The 10GR and 12GR infantrymen are now advancing eastwardly as terrorists are reportedly fleeing in total disarray unable to take on the military onslaught, the source further said. Meanwhile, over 600 civilians were rescued by the troops from LTTE and brought to safety, since this morning till the time of reporting. These civilians were rescued from the LTTE forward defence lines the sources said adding that the civilians were led to the front by LTTE as cannon fodders. Sighting the advancing troops in distances the civilians had beaten a few of the terrorists on guard and fled towards the security forces. Instantaneously, LTTE launched heavy artillery shelling from multiple locations inside the declared no fire zone restricting movement of civilians towards security forces. The 58 Division infantrymen despite grave risk cut across the LTTE forward defences creating a safe access route for the civilians towards the liberated area, security sources said. The civilians were immediately evacuated for safety form indiscriminate LTTE shelling the sources said. Meanwhile, the injured civilians were rushed to the general hospital at Vavuniya for treatment, security sources said (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

58 Div troops capture LTTE strongpoint at Puthukkudiyirippu - Advancing 58 division troops captured an LTTE terrorist strongpoint after hours of heavy confrontation ensued with LTTE since this morning (March 15) at Puthukkudiyirippu. Infantrymen of the 8th Gajaba Regiment (GR), pushed into the well fortified LTTE position reportedly killing at least nine terrorists and injuring many others. Several soldiers also received minor injuries during the confrontation, security sources said. According to military, the captured base was one of the LTTE's so called 'police stations' located along the Pudumathalan road that was shifted from Mulliyaweli. Troops are now consolidating positions in the area (Full report and photos in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Over 1,000 Tamil civilians who were forcefully held by the LTTE terrorists as their "Human Shield" reach government controlled area

Over 39,000 Tamil civilians have arrived from the LTTE-held territories to the government-controlled areas in the north till now since February, 2009

Sri Lanka Army soldier helping a Tamil child (See details and photos)

Immediate medical services for those who escaped from LTTE's human shield (See details and photos)

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Tamil leader charged under stringent law for pro-LTTE speeches - Nanjil Sampath, MDMK propaganda secretary and open supporter of the banned Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was Sunday charged under the National Security Act a day before he was to be released from jail as per court orders, the police said. According to police sources, Sampath was due to be released from detention Monday upon the directions of a judicial magistrate Tirupur but was served with fresh orders Sunday morning. Sampath is the third prominent personality to be jailed for pro-LTTE stance in the last 15 days. Tamil movie director Seeman and politician Kolathur Mani were detained on the same charges Feb 18 and March 11 respectively. The police said that the three, in their speeches, called for an armed rebellion to help establish a separate Tamil homeland in Sri Lanka. Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi had warned pro-LTTE elements that the act would be invoked against all anti-national politicians (The IndianNews).

India opposes US-led evacuation - A United States-backed military evacuation of civilians trapped in the Mullaitivu battle zones — a move rejected by Tiger guerrillas — has also met with disfavour from India. The Sunday Times learns India, which wants to see the civilians out, feels such an evacuation operation should be undertaken collectively by the United Nations. The Indian position on this, Foreign Ministry sources confirmed, had been conveyed to Sri Lanka. This compelled Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama to announce that the Government has “not permitted any international forces to evacuate civilians from the Wanni.” He made these remarks at a news conference last Tuesday. Two weeks earlier, Mr. Bogollagama told The Sunday Times he was “aware of the intended US-led coalition humanitarian task force.” Last month, the Commanding General of the US Marine Corps third Marine Evacuation Brigade Brigadier General R.L. Bailey, headed a six-man PACOM team to Sri Lanka. Others comprised a Logistics Planner, Air Planner, Naval Planner, Medical Planner and a Medical Corps Operations Planner. Indian High Commission Spokesman told The Sunday Times that he was not in a position to comment about the developments (Full report in Sunday Times).

LTTE Fire Claims Nine year Old Minor's Life While Fleeing with Parents - 

BARBARISM of the LTTE terrorists was once again proved this morning (15) when they fired at some boats of the civilians who were fleeing the LTTE-held area in MULLAITTIVU and killed a small boy. Sixty-seven civilians, according to them, had left the PUTHUMATTHALAN area on five boats to reach the cleared areas seeking protection against LTTE harassments. Their secret movement in the darkness was smelled by the LTTE terrorists who pursued the flotilla and opened fire at the boats warning the civilians onboard to turn back. However, the escapees ignored LTTE threat and continued their journey amidst the shower of terrorist gunfire and managed to reach cleared area of MUNAI where they were rescued by the security forces around 7.30 a.m. Sunday (15). One boat with civilians onboard had gone missing during LTTE firing. A nine-year old THAVANANAYAGAM THANUSHAN who sustained LTTE gunshot injuries in his head and right elbow while trying to hide on the lap of his mother RENUKA TAVANANAYAGAM was found dead. His remains were sent to MANTHIKAI government hospital in cleared areas after the post mortem. Other IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons), fifteen boys, twenty three male adults, eleven girls and seventeen female adults, were sent to IDP relief villages elsewhere (Full report and photos in Sri Lanka Army).

Lankan Army kills 57 LTTE rebels in fierce clashes - Sri Lankan troops on Sunday moved further into the last LTTE held territory of Pudhukudiyyiruppu in Wanni region in the embattled north and killed at least 57 Tamil Tigers in fierce clashes. Infantrymen of 58 Division further advanced into Pudhukudiyyirippu inflicting heavy damages to the Tiger militants, military reports received from the battlefront said. "As many as 57 LTTE rebels were killed in intense clashes between the forces and rebels on Friday and Saturday in Pudhukudiyyirippu and Chalai areas of Mullaitivu district," Military spokesman Udaya Nanayakkara said. In search operations conducted in the area following the confrontation, troops recovered a large cache of arms and ammunition from there. "Troops of Task Force 5 (TF-5) engaged in search and clear operations in recently liberated areas have found more military items left behind by the rebels," a military report received from the battlefront said. LTTE rebels sustained damages in a confrontation with the troops of 53 Division in Pudhukudiyyrippu area yesterday, the army said, adding two T-56 weapons were found from the area (Full report in Times of India).

Displaced Tamil civilians being shifted to main camp Colombo (PTI): Hundreds of displaced Tamils who arrived last month from embattled Northern Wanni and were forced to share a room with 42 others in a Vavuniya school are being moved to the independent tin houses in a sprawling camp in the district. The fresh arrivals of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) would be shifted to the main camp. The first batch of 150 Tamils would move to the independent houses tomorrow, authorities told a group of foreign journalists in Vavuniya. "While the first batch of 150 persons who are staying in the Vavuniya Mahavidyalaya (school) are being shifted today, 225 others will move to the Manik Farm IDP camp on Monday," an official said. Over 39,000 IDPs have arrived from the LTTE-held territories to the government-controlled areas in the north till now since February, officials said. "We are fulfilling the assurance that the IDPs will be shifted from the transit camps to independent houses, which are under construction," a government official said adding preparations were also being made for accommodating more IDPs who are expected to arrive in the coming days (Full report in Hindu).

MDMK leader detained under NSA - Coimbatore, March 15: The propaganda secretary of the Vaiko-led MDMK, Nanchil Sampath, was on Sunday detained under the National Security Act (NSA) on charges of making 'provocative speech' on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue, during a public meeting at Tirupur near here. Sampath would be lodged in prison for a year under the NSA for making derogatory remarks against Congress president Sonia Gandhi and calling for a separate nationhood for Tamil Nadu, among others, an official release said. The detention orders, signed by Tirupur district Collector, Samayamurthy, were served on Sampath this morning, police said. Last evening, the Tirupur Magistrate Court had granted conditional bail to Sampath, who was arrested on similar charges on March 7 and is lodged in the Central Jail. However, the MDMK leader would not be able to come out on bail since he has been detained under NSA, the release said. The release also warned of "strict legal action" against persons supporting banned outfits or act in ways detrimental in maintaining law and order in the state. Besides Sampath, Tamil cinema Director Seeman and Periyar Dravida Kazhagam (PDK) leader Kolathur Mani, were earlier detained under the NSA for making 'provocative speeches' supporting the banned LTTE, while speaking in public on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue (Full report in Zee News).

ANANDA SANGAREE TELLS PRABHAKARAN TO STOP HIS SHELLING AND ARTILLERY FIRE TO TAKE FOOD AND MEDICINE TO PEOPLE IN HIS ENCLAVE - By Walter Jayawardhana - While maintaining strongly that Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE) leader Velupillai Prabhakaran should lay down his arms and stop the war the moderate Tamil leader V. Ananda Sangaree in a letter to Prabhakaran proposed that he must agree as an interim measure to stop the artillery attack and shelling enabling food and medicine convoys for civilians trapped in his enclave. In return Anandasangaree proposed to persuade the government to stop artillery fire, shelling and aerial bombardment to cause  minimum casualties during that period. In an open letter issued to the press the moderate TULF leader said, “As an interim arrangement I suggest that without asking the Government to stop the war, if you agree to act reciprocally we suggest to the Government Forces to stop aerial bombing, artillery attack and shelling which will bring the casualties to the very minimum. In such a situation a request can be made to the Government to send sufficient food and drugs for the people’s survival. You also in turn should stop artillery attack and shelling.” “If atleast at this stage you give up your arms and put an end to the war,” said Sangaree, “clearing the landmines with International support won’t take much time and very soon people of Vanni can get back to their homes and salvage what is still left of their belongings. If you do not listen to my advice atlease now, you should take the blame for the loss of properties of these people, if taken together, will be worth several hundred billions in addition to what they had already lost. Long delay in these people going back to their places of residence will result in their finding nothing left in their houses. This is my desperate call to you and perhaps the last too. I humbly beg of you to concede to my request and bring back peace to all of us Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims, Burghers, Malays and all the other ethnic groups, so that all of us can live in peace and tranquility as equals in a United Sri Lanka. You are one who destroyed peace and you are the only one who can bring permanent peace to all of us.” (Full report in SPUR).

THE HINDU TELLS THE WORLD NEVER EQUATE POLPOTIST LTTE WITH THE LEGITIMATE GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA - By Walter Jayawardhana - In a leading article Chennai’s ‘The Hindu’ said the world while expressing its concern for Tamil civilians trapped in a war should never equate the Polpotist outfit called the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) with the legitimate elected government of Sri Lanka. In a glowing tribute to Sri Lanka’s armed forces the Hindu said, “The government and the armed forces have so far shown admirable restraint in the face of serious provocation. It is indeed a testing time for the Sri Lankan state, which needs all the help it can get to protect the lives and welfare of innocent citizens.” “The Sri Lankan army’s advance into the last remaining sliver of territory under the LTTE’s control has been delayed entirely due to the presence of a large number of civilians the LTTE is holding as a human shield,”said the editorial indicating our army’s care for the civilians. The following are some excerpts from the editorial: (Full report in SPUR).

More LTTE Items Found by Troops - MULLAITTIVU: Army Troops while hunting for Tiger hideouts in the interior of PUTHUKKUDIYIRUPPU, continued search and clear operations Saturday (14) to recover many more stocks of LTTE weaponry. Nine T-56 weapons, two LTTE dead bodies, one hundred and ninety four anti personnel mines, twenty two booby traps, one shotgun, twelve Rocket Propeller Grenade bombs, seventeen hand grenades, one claymore mine, three detonators and one poncho cape were among the items recovered from PUTHUKKUDIYIRUPPU, KIRANCHI and KOKAVIL areas. Meanwhile, troops recovered one anti personnel mine from ALANKULAMA in the east, the same day (14) (Sri Lanka Army).

THE WORLD SUDDENLY HEARS OF TERRORISM - ON 11 SEPTEMBER 2001- By a concerned Sri Lankan - With aching hearts and tearful eyes,  the world watched America’s disaster on 11th Sept: 2001.  It is  sad  indeed,  that  today’s  world  needed  such  a  calamity  to  open  their  eyes to terrorism. Even now, has the world understood the misery, sadness, and frustration, our little motherland, Sri Lanka has been battling with,  for over 20 years? Perhaps Mr  Bush,  Mr Blair and Mr  Howard  were  living  in  another  planet  all  these years? The World was obviously sound asleep these past 23 years, while whole villages were murdered, little  babies  pulled off their mother’s breasts and dashed on the ground; the Central Bank in   the heart of Colombo bombed in  January 1996- with 91 killed, 400 wounded (visitors and  those at work);  Twin Towers of Colombo World Trade Centre bombed in 1997; young Tamil teenagers forcibly conscripted to join Terrorist armies without family  consent;  the  main Airport in Sri Lanka devastated in July 2001  in a country already suffering financial strain;  the Buddhist holiest Shrine in Kandy attacked in January 1998 killing 16 Buddhist monks; suicide bombers killing citizens and  politicians-  both  Sinhala  and Tamil,  and  the Indian  Prime Minister,  Rajiv  Gandhi  killed by a suicide bomber in  India  in 1991.  Of  the over 280  suicide bombings  recorded  in   the  world,  little   Sri   Lanka  accounts  for  over half!   Can you believe it? (Read full report).

Fierce confrontations in Puthukkudiyiruppu; 2 LTTE bodies and military items found - Infantrymen of 58 Division further advanced into LTTE hiding areas in general area Puthukkudiyiruppu inflicting heavy damages to terrorists yesterday, 14 March, military report received from the battlefront said. In a search operation conducted in the area following the hours-long confrontation, troops have found two bodies of LTTE terrorists killed during the confrontation along with LTTE military items left behind by the fleeing terrorists. 194x Anti-Personnel (AP) mines, 22 x Booby traps, 03 x T-56 weapons were also among the items uncovered, military report added. Meanwhile, 681 and 682 Brigades serving under 53 Division have also heavily confronted with LTTE terrorists in Puthukkudiyiruppu and Iranamadu areas yesterday (14 march), military report further said. 4 x T-56 weapons which were left behind by the fleeing terrorists were also found in search operations conducted later (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Number of IDPs Brought in “Green Ocean” 423 - MULLAITTIVU: The number of IDPs brought to TRINCOMALEE from PUTHUMATTHALAN on “GREEN OCEAN” ship was confirmed by the Navy as four hundred and twenty three (423) last evening (14). Earlier, it was reported as four hundred and thirty seven (437). (See Situation Report titled “Over One Thousand IDPs Escape from LTTE” on 14th March 2009) (Sri Lanka Army).

On a Ballfield in Sri Lanka, Healing the Wounds of War - With his worn baseball glove freshly oiled, Praneeth Samaraweera stood under a bright sun and began teaching a young player how to hold a bat steadily and swing straight through a pitch. It was something that even weeks earlier he wasn't sure his emotions could handle. Just over a year ago, eight players -- more than half his high school baseball team -- were killed when a suspected Tamil Tiger rebel suicide attacker detonated her explosives at the city's main railway station. The attack came as team members were returning from a tournament and just as their coach was buying them a celebratory round of ice cream. The six other members of the team, including Samaraweera, had returned a day early. For Samaraweera, 19, helping coach the school's new team is a kind of redemption. "I felt sick. I wasn't sure if I could ever play baseball again. We had all played ball together since the sixth grade," Samaraweera said softly, covering his eyes and turning away to cry as he took a break and sat on the stands recently. "I lost my best friends. For a long time, I just wanted to sit at home. But I made a choice to help the next generation. It somehow helps me." Across this island nation, nearly every life has been affected by the quarter-century-old civil war. But as the conflict appears to be ending on the battlefield, the country -- like the baseball team -- now has to figure out how to get on with living. Many say they have to make a decision: harbor resentment and anger or forgive and try to foster some form of harmony in this divided and multiethnic nation of 21 million. For baseball to continue at D.S. Senanayake school, parents, teachers, coaches and students had to rebuild the team, even when they wanted to quit (Full report in Washington Post).

Muslims should learn from the Sinhalese - By Walter Jayawardhana - The Muslims of Sri Lanka should learn from the Sinhalese lessons of tolerance as how to stand up to the provocations by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and keep calm without being played into the hands of the enemy said Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) President V. Anandasangaree referring to the LTTE suicide bombing at a Muslim festival. In a statement issued he said, “ I have a special message for my Muslim brothers. We have got to learn something from our Sinhalese brothers. All acts of the LTTE are so provoking that they are beyond a man’s limit of tolerance. Yet we have to restrain ourselves without playing into the hands of the LTTE.” Condemning the act of sending an LTTE suicide bomber to kill and maim at a festival of Milad-ud-Nabi at a mosque in Southern Sri Lanka the TULF President said, that the LTTE who have become a frustrated lot would not leave one stone unturned in exhibiting their atrocities and day by day they are fast losing their credibility eroding the little support they are having. He appealed to all ethnic, political, and religious groups to unite against the LTTE closing all ranks to destroy them. The following is the full text of his statement:- (Full statement in The Nation).

Lanka protests to Canada - The Sri Lankan Government has expressed its serious concern to the Canadian government regarding a felicitation ceremony held in Toronto recently to honour the two dead LTTE pilots who carried out suicide air attacks in Colombo and Katunayake on February 20.  The parents of a suicide pilot lighting the oil lamp at the Toronto ceremony A senior Foreign Ministry official said the Government had apprised the Canadian authorities of its concern and said Sri Lanka was surprised that Canada had allowed such a function.  “The LTTE is a banned organisation in Canada and so are several of its front organizations, yet this kind of ceremony has been allowed,” the official said. At the ceremony, the LTTE flag was hoisted and the photographs of the two dead LTTE pilots were garlanded while a couple, said to be the parents of one of the pilots, lit a lamp in their honour. Several people also laid flowers in front of the photos of the LTTE men.  The Canadian High Commission’s Media Relations Officer was not available for a comment (Full report in Sunday Times).

For Canadian Parliamentarians interested in Sri Lanka - By Asoka Weerasinghe, Canada - Hundreds flee as Sri Lanka fighting nears last throes. Nearly 400 people fled Sri Lanka’s shrinking war zone. Sri Lanka’s military has encircled the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE aka Tamil Tigers) in a mere 37 Sq.km (15 sq.miles) on the island’s north-eastern coast and is fighting to finish a separatist-terrorist war that has raged for the past 26 years, killing over 70,000 persons, and assassinating two heads of state, Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi of India, and President Premadasa of Sri Lanka by the Tamil Tigers.  Soldiers received 378 fleeing Tamil civilians on Tuesday, March 10, bringing the total to 1,054 since Friday (March. 6). Nearly all of the 38,900 who fled this year came out in a single spurt in early February when the Sri Lankan troops reached an older no-fire zone. (Comment: Once again all this information shows that the Liberals charge of ‘Genocide” against the Sri Lankan government during the Emergency Debate on Sri Lanka on February 4 was buckets of hog-wash and loads of humbug. So much for the Liberal parliamentarians’ honesty.) Sri Lanka on verge of defeating terrorism. The US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton acknowledged that Sri Lanka is now on the verge of defeating terrorism, and this presented a great opportunity to restore peace, leading to reconstruction and rehabilitation in the country. These observations were made when Clinton spoke to President Rajapaksa by telephone on Friday (Mar.13) evening. She stated that terrorists should not be permitted to destroy the lives of people in such a manner, referring to the suicide bombing at the Muslim celebration of the birth of their Holy Prophet, killing 15 and wounding 20 others. (Comment: After 9/11, she understands what terrorism is all about, an experience the Canadian parliamentarians have not. That is the factor for the difference of attitudes of the two countries on Sri Lanka.) (Read full letter in SPUR).

Genocide and Cyanide - Both LTTE favourites; True face of LTTE terrorists - Genocide is what Hitler practiced against the Jews, what happened in Bosnia and Cambodia (Pol Pot and Khemer Rouge). One third of Colombo's population is TAMIL!!! Entire tea estate sector is farmed by Tamils. All these are in the souther parts of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka's Gold Jewellery capital, Sea Street, is ENTIRELY owned by TAMILS! Maharajah Organization, one of the largest business conglomerates is owned by Tamils and located on Colombo. Anandasangaree, Pillayan, Karuna, Devananda are all Tamils, but denounces LTTE terrorism and follows a democratic mainstream of power sharing. Laksman Kadirgamar, Neelan Tiruchelvam were Oxford graduates (colleagues of Mr. Clinton) who were eliminated by LTTE murderers. They all lived in the southern Sri Lanka amongst majority Sinhalese, just like all other Tamils except those in the North and Terrorist Diaspora. The sencus of 2001 revealed 1/3 Colombo's population to be Tamil, another 1/3 Muslim and only 1/3 Sinhalese, being the majority of the Country. Colombo's main subdivisions Colombo-1, 2,3,4,5,6,9,10,11,12,13,14,15 are all populated by a large number of Tamils (Have you ever been to Kotahena and Wellawatta?) Then, where is the Genocide? (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).  (Re-produced in full in SPUR).

Media Release by SLUNA in Canada - Tamil Tiger Terrorists Carry Out Suicide Attack At Muslim Religious Festival - The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) also known as the Tamil Tigers who are today cornered in a tiny sliver of land of less than 40 sq. km. in the northeast of the island, have activated a sleeper cadre planted in the south of Sri Lanka to blow himself up at a festival to celebrate the birthday of the Holy Prophet Mohammed on March 10, 2009 in the town of Akuressa, causing the death of 15 civilians and injuring 46 others. The LTTE which has waged a terrorist insurgency for the past three decades is acting out its desperate end game to try and embroil another minority community to provoke a backlash by targeting the Muslims participating in an important religious event, in the hope of delaying their complete rout by the surrounding Sri Lankan troops who would have to put out other fires elsewhere.   Such reprehensible and outrageous acts of terrorism have been the hallmark of the Tamil Tigers, as they have previously killed hundreds of Muslims at prayer inside mosques in Kattankudy, and Eravur in August 1990, the same year that they evicted 90,000 long resident Muslims of the Jaffna peninsula giving them just 24 hours to leave taking with them the equivalent of $10.00 under threat of death to become refugees in the Puttalam area. The Sinhala residents of the eastern province too have been subjected to numerous ethnic cleansing massacres by bands of armed Tamil Tiger cadres both men and women wielding AK47 rifles and machetes to kill, decapitate men, women and children, and even bash infants heads on rocks and trees, with the aim of chasing the Sinhalese out of this region sought for their mythical, mono-ethnic, fascist separate state called “Eelam”. Buddhist places of worship have been targeted from as early as 1985, when they machine gunned 144 pilgrims engaged in meditation and other religious observances at the sacred Bodhi Tree in Anuradhapura, attacks in Aranthalawa killing 33 novice monks and subsequent truck bomb attack on the Sacred Temple of the Tooth in Kandy. Even Catholic pilgrims to the Holy Madhu Church and Hindu Priests have been murdered by LTTE gunmen in their maniacal quest to control territory and to crush those Tamils regarded as dissidents to their dictatorial domination of the community in the capacity of the self-declared sole representative of the Tamils (Read full Media Release in SPUR).

UK Shadow Defence Secretary Liam Fox MP sees: Historic opportunity - Conservative Parliamentarian and shadow Defence Secretary of the United Kingdom, Dr. Liam Fox who is on a three day visit to Sri Lanka said that “It now appears likely that Government forces will militarily defeat the LTTE. This will bring an historic opportunity for reconstruction and reconciliation which will require political and economic commitment of the whole nation,” at a press conference at Hilton yesterday. During his visit to the island on an invitation by the Government he has held discussions with President Mahinda Rajapaksa and several ministers with regard to the current situation in the North and on evacuating the innocent civilians from the war torn areas. “As the conflict with the LTTE moves to a seemingly inevitable conclusion the most urgent concern is for the safety of civilians trapped in the conflict. It is essential that every effort is made to evacuate innocent civilians who might otherwise be used as a human shield. “In my discussion with President it was reassuring to hear about coordination with the international community to help achieve this and the offers from other nations to help evacuation. “But while the military can win wars it is politics and economics which will be required to win peace. “A creative and constructive political initiative will be needed with a massive investment in reconstruction and resettlement with particular attention to the development of necessary infrastructure,” Dr. Liam Fox added. Commenting on creating a healthy political environment in the North he said the Tamil National Alliance would have an important contribution to make. “This will be important not only for the perceived legitimacy of the elections but also for the TNA and its ability to shape the future,” he further added. Insisting on the necessity to establish a new and independent Sri Lanka Fund Dr. Fox said that it would help in diverting the flow of funds which has supported LTTE military activity, into reconstruction. He also added that he was willing to help in establishing such a project which would make the international community to ensure that any financial aid they give would result in material benefits rather than weapons of war (Sunday Observer).

Top UN official rapped for her "unsubstantiated allegations’’- The Sri Lankan government is on a collision course with UN High Commissioner for Refugees (OHCHR) Navanetham Pillay over what Human Rights Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe and Foreign Secretary Palitha Kohona yesterday called "unsubstantiated allegations’’ on the number of civilians killed and wounded on the eastern flank, particularly in no fire zones designated by the government. Addressing a hurriedly called press conference at the Information Department, they rejected Pillay’s assertion that 2,800 civilians including children may have been killed and 7,000 wounded since January 20, this year. Samarasinghe said that they were disappointed the unprofessional way the OHCHR issued Friday’s statement on the basis what Pillay categorized as a range of credible sources. Had she being genuinely concerned this should have been raised with him when he had a one-to-one meeting with her in Geneva on March 4, he said. If this information hadn’t been available at that time, she could have raised it subsequently with Sri Lanka’s Ambassador in Geneva, Dr. Dayan Jayatilleke, he said. He pointed out the absurdity in having an OHCHR’s Representative in Colombo when no consultations take place before extremely serious accusations are made (Full report in Sunday Island).

Minister shocked at UN figures - Minister of Disaster Management and Human Rights, Mahinda Samarasinghe, expressed dismay and surprise over the highly exaggerated and unsubstantiated figures mentioned by Ms Navaneetham Pillai, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, in her recent media release on civilian casualties combined with other unfounded allegations on the government security forces, which had received wide coverage in the local and international media. She had put the number of civilians killed at 2800 in a seven-week period from January 20 and number injured at 7,000 quoting ‘reliable sources’. The approach of the UN body was unprofessional and most disappointing in that they had failed to cross-check with the Government of Sri Lanka or the its permanent representative Dr. Dayan Jayatillake, before issuing the media release as customarily done, the Minister said at a media conference yesterday at the Government Information Department. The LTTE is keeping the civilians by force as hostages for its own protection without allowing them to leave to safer areas and High Commissioner Ms Navaneetham Pillai has failed miserably in her duty to tell them to let the people go, he said. The Minister was accompanied by Foreign Secretary Dr. Palitha Kohana, Director of Media Centre for National Security Lakshman Hulugalla, Consultant to the Defence Ministry and chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee on Terrorism Rohan Perera and Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara. The figures of mentioned in the press release of the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR) approximates the pro-LTTE TamilNet website and LTTE front organisations operating as crisis groups lobbying for the LTTE in Geneva. Contrary to accusations in the OHCHR statement, the government security forces never targeted civilians in the ‘no-war zone’ which was declared not by the LTTE but by the government for the safety of the civilians, the Minister stated. The government considered this as an effort to sling mud at the government and the security forces, he stated. The Defence Ministry has gone on record saying we had never used heavy weapons or long range weapons in our effort to safeguard civilians trapped in the LTTE areas (Full report in Sunday Observer).

Using civilians as human shield LTTE responsible for genocide in Sri Lanka – Lord Naseby - By Sujeeva Nivunhella in London - It is not the Sri Lankan troops, but the LTTE - the so-called savior of the Tamil people - which is responsible for genocide, said Lord Naseby, Conservative Peer and Chair of All Party Parliamentary Group on Sri Lanka. Participating in a debate on Press TV's 'Forum' program last Wednesday, Lord Naseby said that LTTE is using innocent Tamil civilians as a human shield in the war and when these people attempt to flee towards the government controlled areas, they are being shot at. Joining the debate, European Parliament Member Robert Evans argued that the Sri Lankan troops carpet bomb the Tamils in the North and Sri Lanka should be divided into two countries like Kosovo and Montenegro. Lord Naseby said it is true that the Sri Lankan Air Force bomb LTTE targets in the North, but to say they "carpet bomb the Tamils" is a LTTE propaganda tactic. He said that he was a former Royal Air Force pilot and modern military aircraft has the hi-tech facility to bomb targets precisely and accurately. He said that a large number of Tamils live with the Sinhala community in the South in peace and amity and there is no need to divide the country. He also reminded Evans that the British government did not try to solve the Northern Ireland problem by granting independence (Full report in Sunday Island).

Sangaree appeals to Prabha again - The TULF leader V. Anandasangaree in his latest letter last week to LTTE leader V. Prabhakaran called for his surrender along with his cadres as that would be the only way to save the Tamil people who are forcibly detained in a small area in the North. Sangaree in his letter said “As far as we can see the war is over. What is happening today is mopping up and winding up operations in a small area where 81,000 families had been squeezed into. Detaining these people indefinitely will not help you in any way. “The future position of your entire group is also highly insecure. Rather than losing all of them please come to your senses and save the remaining numbers of your cadre. Please surrender them and all of them can be saved under a general amnesty. Please disband your organisation and surrender to the Armed Forces. This is the only way by which you could save them. “You are being accused by the international community of ill-treating the people. The UN and EU had condemned your action. The UN High Commission for Human Rights and organisations like the Amnesty International have accused you of compulsorily detaining innocent people. The Tamils in important cities all over the world have demanded that the innocent people should be saved, who do not speak for you. The message for you is to release our people. The responsibility of saving Tamils is now entirely in your hands,” Anandasangaree said in his letter to Prabhakaran (Full report in Sunday Observer).

Concentrate attacks outside Colombo: Beaten Tigers in another ruse - The LTTE is trying to achieve what they could not achieve during the past two and half years period both in the battlefront and elsewhere in the South at a time 40,000 troops have surrounded less than 35 square kilometres stretch in Puthukudiyiruppu the last terrain held by the Tiger outfit. Amidst all pressures both militarily and internationally to give up arms at the last leg of the battle to face their certain defeat, the Tiger outfit has decided to fight against the Security Forces until they lose their last cadre in the battlefront. Not only in the battlefront, the LTTE is also trying their best to spread their wings of terrorism to the South at the last moment by activating their sleeper cadres in the South to create mayhem and exert pressure in the south. The suicide attack on the national Milad-Un-Nabi celebrations, at Godapitiya, Akuressa was such a desperate attempt by the LTTE to destabilize the south and terrorize the south at a time the LTTE is facing certain defeat (Full report in Sunday Observer).

Pillay’s report: Govt. on diplomatic offensive -  The government will engage in a major diplomatic offensive starting this week to get its position across with regard to the plight of civilians caught up in the fighting in the north in the wake of UN Human Rights High Commissioner Navi Pillay’s highly-damaging report which said hundreds of civilians have been killed or injured in fighting since January this year. While Ambassador, Dayan Jayatillke, Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, will meet Ms. Pillay tomorrow to get across the government’s position, the Foreign Ministry is looking at it from an overall context to canvass its position in several important capitals. “At a time when the international position is in favour of the country, a statement of this nature coming from the Human Rights Commissioner is of great concern. We have to look at it from an overall context as we have a situation where it may find its way into various other fora,” Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama told The Sunday Times. Ms. Pillay said in a statement on Friday that according to credible sources more than 2,800 civilians had been killed and 7,000 wounded in fighting over the past two months. “These assessments are unfair in terms of conclusions and quite contrary to the factual position,” Minister Bogollagama said adding his Ministry would engage its missions in New York, Geneva, and European Union countries with Brussels playing a key role to counter the assessments by the Human Rights Commissioner (Full report in Sunday Times).

Casting A Curse On Prabhakaran - It is a curse put on Prabhakaran for the atrocities he has committed on the innocent civilians and moderate political leaders. The Leader of the Tamil United Liberation Front V. Anandasangaree asks, "Now what do you gain by keeping innocent people under your compulsion?" In an open letter to V. Prabaharan. Leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam Anandasangaree writes, "The curse of over three hundred and thirty thousand people belonging to about 81000 families, kept by you under compulsion, will not let you live in peaces and it will follow you and your heirs for many more generations to come." He added "Those who support you even now will not be spared. Please change your mind at least now and release those detained, to freedom. People have started dying of starvation for which you should take the responsibly.” “Now what do you gain by keeping innocent people under your compulsion. There are over three hundred thousand men, women and children. Many are sick and wounded. Some are feeble and old. I do not think that you will ever regain your position even after many years of fighting. As far as we could see the war is over. What is happening today is mopping up and winding up operations in a small area where 81000 families had been squeezed into. Detaining these people indefinitely will not help you in any way. The future position of your entire group is also highly insecure. Rather than losing all of them please come to your senses and save the remaining members of your cadre. Please surrender them and all of them can be saved under a general amnesty. Also disband your organization and surrender to the forces. This is one way by which you could save them, he writes. Given below the text of the open letter written by V. Anandasangaree, Leader of the TULF to V. Prabaharan, Leader – LTTE: "My dear Prabaharan, (Read full report in Asian Tribune). 

Jaffna farmers and fishermen jubilant as goods move thru A-9 - Farmers and fishermen of the Jaffna district are rejoicing over the opportunity granted by the Government to despatch 300 metric tons of their produce from the North to markets in the South without LTTE taxes after several years. Container lorries belonging Sathosa retuned to Colombo after unloading 400 metric tons of essentials food items for Jaffna consumers last week, residents of the North said yesterday. With the Sinhala and Tamil New Year around the corner the traders, consumers, fishermen, farmers and those engaged in small and rural industries appealed to Senior Presidential advisor MP Basil Rajapaksa and Chairman of Presidential Task Force for the Northern Province Minister Douglas Devananda, who were instrumental in making this a reality, to increase the number of convoys per week. They wanted the Government and the Deputy CGES N. B. Liyanarachchi and Chairman Sathosa Ltd., Nalin Fernando to take action to increase the number of trips the convoys make per week and also introduce more freezer lorries so that they could buy essential commodities at cheaper prices in the North during this festival season. It will also help them to send their produce such as vegetables, fruits, fresh fish, prawns, crabs and squid to lucrative markets in the South. When contacted Sathosa Chairman Nalin Fernando said that 30 container lorries including freezer trucks went on the inaugural journey along the A-9 highway to Jaffna with 400 metric tons of essential food items for private traders. On their return, they had brought 300 metric tons of vegetables, fresh fish, prawns, crabs, squid and dry fish (Full report in Sunday Island).

Northern Ireland and the return of terrorism - Random thoughts By Neville de Silva - .... Two dissident groups of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) -- the Real IRA (RIRA) and the Continuity IRA (CIRA) - have claimed responsibility for the killings, something that our own LTTE would rarely, if ever, do. Sri Lankans have seen enough terrorism and terrorist killings and have their own problems to have been overly concerned about what is now happening in some distant part of the UK. But the significance of developments in Northern Ireland cannot be easily dismissed as irrelevant because the Good Friday Agreement and the subsequent political settlement have been constantly held before us as the exemplar of conflict resolution and that Sri Lanka too should emulate the process or at least one similar , if we are to end our own problem. In fact two persons who were intimately connected with the Northern Ireland problem -- Martin McGuinness, once a leading member of the IRA and Paul Murphy, a former Northern Ireland Minister -- both visited Sri Lanka at various times to advice Colombo on how a political settlement was achieved and to give of their experience in bringing an end to the Northern Ireland troubles hoping it would help Sri Lanka resolve its own conflict (Full report in Sunday Times).

Jane’s Navy International March 2009 says: Sri Lanka learns to counter Sea Tigers’ swarm tactics - Over the course of the protracted conflict with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the Sri Lanka Navy has been transformed from a constabulary service into a potent counter-insurgency force. Tim Fish reports. As Sri Lanka celebrated its Independence Day on 4 February, the Sri Lanka Army was closing in on the last pockets of resistance occupied by fighters from the separatist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in their jungle hideaways. Bringing the conflict to a conclusion after 30 years of war would not have been possible without the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN). Throughout this period, the SLN had to evolve from its post-independence ceremonial role into a war fighting force capable of confronting a well-armed opponent possessing expert asymmetric-warfare skills in the maritime domain. The LTTE’s naval wing - known as the Sea Tigers - had just 30 km of coastline left under its control as JNI went to press, MARCH and this was rapidly being closed off by government forces. The area is constantly patrolled by what the SLN terms “defence barriers” of vessels four layers deep, consisting of fast attack craft (FAC), offshore patrol vessels (OPVs), gun boats, and the SLN’s Rapid Action Boat Squadron (RABS) and Special Boat Squadron (SBS), eliminating the LTTE’s seaward escape route and preventing supplies from reaching the rebels. This level of proficiency is a significant advance from the SLN’s capabilities of the 1950s-70s (Full report in Sunday Observer).

Waging a different battle behind battle lines - As the war rages in the Wanni, the Army Medical Corps, comprising many units, works round the clock to save lives. Hiranthi Fernando reports ‘Faithful in Distress’ is their motto and with the increasing intensity of battle in recent months and resulting increase in the number of casualties on both sides, the personnel of the Sri Lanka Army Medical Corps have been working with great commitment to attend to this vital part of the war effort. “On November 16 last year at Akkarayankulam, just before entering Kilinochchi town, we had 215 casualties coming in throughout the day,” recalled Major Sanjeeva Dodangoda, a medical officer who was serving at an Advanced Dressing Station (ADS). “There was heavy fighting that day and as the casualties were brought in, we got assistance from other ADS in the vicinity. Ambulance, staff and doctors came to our aid and we worked from about 7 a.m. till 10.30 p.m. without a break. The patients needing urgent attention were evacuated by air and road to hospitals for treatment,” he said, detailing the intense effort made to treat the wounded (Full report in Sunday Times).

North – South connection before national New Year - Essential supplies to Jaffna by lorries tomorrow By Chris Kamalendran The A-9 or the Kandy – Jaffna road will be open for public transport before the Sinhala – Hindu New Year, a spokesman for the Ministry of Social Services and Welfare said yesterday. The Government will also extend the railway services from Vavuniya to Omanthai – a stretch of eight kilometres - on March 19, while reconstruction of the railway track from Omanthai to Jaffna will commence on the same day. The spokesman said that preparations on resuming public transport are currently being discussed and will be finalised in the next few weeks. Tomorrow the Government will officially declare open the A- 9 road for transport of goods between the South and the North, after a lapse of two and a half years. Thirty six lorries carrying essential items including food such as rice, dhal, sugar and flour will leave from Omanthai tomorrow morning following an official function and the lorries will be returning to Colombo carrying products from Jaffna including fish, fruits and other agricultural products. The first consignment to Jaffna will be carrying food items for displaced persons in Jaffna, Jaffna Government Agent K.Ganesh said. Private traders would not be allowed to directly transport goods to Jaffna, but would have to hand over their goods at a given location in Colombo to be transported to Jaffna where the traders’ representatives will be able to collect their consignments at a warehouse complex in Navatkuli. The road between Omanthai and Jaffna was closed for transport of goods and movement by civilians by the Government in August 2006 after the Muhamalai Army check point on the A9 road came under LTTE attack (Full report in Sunday Times).

Why a Tiger tilt? - Yesterday’s reports of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s telephone conversation with President Mahinda Rajapaksa on the situation in the Wanni where the LTTE is making its last stand is a fine example of the spin that is part of politics, be it in the United States, Sri Lanka, India or wherever. All players put the best possible face on whatever they say, or quote others as saying, and we need to carefully analyze statements made by interested parties before arriving at our own conclusions. Yesterday’s Daily News, for instance, headlined its front page story saying that Clinton had told Rajapaksa that Sri Lanka is on the ``verge of defeating terrorism.’’ But according to the text released by the State Department’s spokesman, there is no such reference. That, of course, does not mean that Clinton did not tell Rajapaksa what was attributed to her in the Daily News. She may well have done that and the State Department may have preferred not to mention that in the statement that was released for public consumption. Whether defeating the LTTE in the Wanni, depriving what is perhaps the world’s most brutal terrorist organizations of extensive territory it had long held and its conventional military capability, means that we are on the verge of ``defeating terrorism’’ remains to be seen. The LTTE is very likely to retain some residual terrorist capacity even after its back is broken and that’s something we will have to live with. But it is now very clear that the Tigers, in their death throes in the last sliver of land they hold thanks to their civilian shield, have been reduced to their worst ever situation in the long war that has wracked this once green pleasant land for over 25 years. For that the country’s security forces led by President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, richly deserve the gratitude of the whole nation, cutting across divisions of politics, race and religion. The president did not cave in to the pressure mounted from the world outside as his predecessors may well have done. Hopefully the finish is closer than many think (Full Editorial in Sunday Island).

Troops recover torpedo - Troops attached to the 53 Division, commanded by Major General Kamal Gunaratne, have recovered an improvised underwater torpedo during their search and clear operations in the cleared areas, Army sources said. The contraption was recovered along with a body of a female LTTE cadre, 14 claymore mines, nine battery chargers, four anti tank mines and 15 kilograms of TNT explosives left behind by the fleeing LTTE cadres. Later they discovered another body of a female cadre and a mine detector along with a load of T-56 weapons. According to the information received by Sri Lanka Army, troops engaged in the search and clear operations in the areas of Pattikkarai, Puthukudiyiruppu, Visuamadu, Palamodai, Kokavil and Oddusuddan in Vanni have recovered 122 anti personnel mines last Friday. Along with these, troops recovered one 40mm grenade launcher, one Multi Purpose Machine Gun (MPMG) two Light Machine Guns (LMG), one improvised mortar launcher, several T-56 weapons, one I-com set (Full report in Sunday Observer).

Cricket attack: Pakistan seeks Lanka’s help in probe - These reports indicated that the two prime suspects in the attack were the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and the Lashka-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), both jihadi groups. Meanwhile an official website of the Sri Lankan government said that 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. The website www.priu.gov.lk said these links dated 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. “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,” the report said (Full report in Sunday Times).

The bravery of 55 Division: The crawl to terminate Sea Tigers - Being just one and half km away from the Tiger’s Forward Defence Lines (FDLs), throughout his military operations from Nagarkovil to Muhamalai to Chalai, the `ops room’ cum `temporary home’ of the 55 Division Chief Brigadier Prasanna Silva, was busy than usual. Facing more than a dozen LTTE counter attacks successfully on February 27 and March 1 alone, Brig. Silva, minutes before joining his troops to hunt four suicide Tigers infiltrated into Chalai, explained the military thrust to destroy the LTTE’s last Sea Tiger domination from Chundikulam to Chalai. He said that the troops gained full control of Chalai after five days of intense fighting and killing LTTE leaders including deputy Sea Tiger leader Vinayagam. According to Brig. Silva, unlike in other terrains, fighting along the sea belt was not easy as the troops had to walk on sandy open surface and also facing many suicide attacks. Recalling the attempt by the Sea Tigers led by Soosai, who was six km away from the troops on March 1, Brig. Silva said that no soldier used a single round of fire as they were instructed to maintain zero casualties. “We have a slow march because of the civilians”, he said while answering urgent calls from the battle front and co-ordinating the troops to comb the jungle for Tigers. House sparrows, which nestled in GOCs building continuously chirped as they tried to make us feel safe in the land, where fierce fighting had erupted just 24-hours ago. We were to step into the beach front where 10 explosive laden Tiger boats tried to re-capture the lagoon between Chalai and the edge of Puthumathalan. “Better talk to the soldiers who thwarted all these suicide attacks”, Brig. Silva said instructing Lt. Col. Deepal Pussella, Commanding Officer (CO) of the 7VIR to take us to the destination (Full report in Sunday Observer).

UN sends food for IDPs - The UN yesterday dispatched 500 tonnes of basic relief food commodities (Wheat flour, lentils, sugar and vegetable oil), on a Government arranged vessel sailing under the ICRC flag for the tens of thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the ‘safe zone’ of Mullaitivu. According to a statement from the WFP the food sent to the area will be sufficient to feed approximately 100,000 persons for a period of 10 days. This is in addition to the 160 metric tonnes earlier dispatched by sea to the conflict zone. WFP also extends its food assistance to meet the needs of the displaced persons who have fled the conflict zone and are accommodated in transit camps/welfare villages in Jaffna, Mannar and Vavuniya. The WFP, in collaboration with the Government and others, supports ‘communal cooking’ that is currently operating in the IDP centres (Full report in Sunday Times).

Global front against Tigers - The international community is now closing ranks against the LTTE. It is no secret that certain sections of the international community earlier had an element of sympathy towards the LTTE which portrayed itself as the ‘liberators’ of the Tamil people. But the latest events in the Wanni have diminished the little faith they had in the LTTE, that it could yet enter into a peaceful settlement with the Government. The terror group’s continuous harassment of civilians and the targeting of innocent civilians through human bombs have been condemned universally. Just last week, the EU passed a resolution calling on the LTTE to release the civilians held forcibly by them. Now two senior international figures have joined in the chorus of international voices calling on the LTTE to give up violence. The British Shadow Defence Secretary Dr. Liam Fox and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are two very different personalities, but both have a deep interest in Sri Lanka, having visited the country and forged lasting links with local leaders. Fox, who had a hand in some previous peace initiatives in the island, personally met President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday and Clinton spoke over the phone from Washington, but their message was essentially the same: The international community is with Sri Lanka as it battles terrorism. This once again proves that terrorism has no place in the modern world and that countries battling terrorism have the fullest support of the global community. They have also exposed the LTTE as a terror group that has no interest in liberating the Tamil people at all. It was evident all along that LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran was not interested in a political solution to the issues in Sri Lanka and the Tamil people, but in establishing a personal freedom for himself, Fox has said. This assessment of the LTTE leader is spot-on, as Prabhakaran had plenty of opportunities under various Governments to resolve the issue. He spurned all these offers and opportunities and tightened his grip on the Wanni civilians. Even as the battles draw to a close, he is keeping thousands of civilians against their will, to be used as human shields. Liberating them is the Government’s mission - this is why the operation is called a humanitarian mission, not simply a military drive. As President Rajapaksa has explained to Dr. Fox, the next step will be evolving a political solution that will address the genuine grievances of the minorities. This will be an opportunity for the Tamil Diaspora, sections of which now fund the LTTE, to help develop the North and the East, as Dr. Fox has outlined (Full Editorial in Sunday Observer).

Troops forge ahead amidst LTTE resistance and infiltration - Despite stiff resistance and infiltration attempts, defeat looms large for the LTTE, that is fighting to hold on to its rapidly shrinking terrain, as government troops forge ahead to gain complete control of the guerrillas final stronghold of Puthukkudiyiruppu. The government on Thursday announced the capture of the Puthukkudiyiruppu hospital which was used by the LTTE as an artillery and heavy mortar launching pad against the advancing troops. Troops of the Sri Lanka Army 53 division and Task Force 8 faced heavy resistance from the guerillas as they began to fire at the advancing troop positions. The intense battle was reported to have lasted several hours. The troops were later backed by rounds of artillery which were followed by support given by the T-55 Main Battle Tank. Eventually the troops managed to overpower the LTTE in a tactical assault which led to the death of at least 12 cadres (Full report in Sunday Times).

SL President holds TNA responsible for impasse in political solutio: Promises 'safe' passage to LTTE 'who seek protection' - By K.T.Rajasingham -Indicates 'respite in ops' after army enters safe areas - Colombo, 15 March, (Asiantribune.com): Amidst reports thatSri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa LTTE has killed even some of its political cadres who wanted to 'cross over', Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa promised safe passage to the LTTE leaders and cadres 'who seek protection from the army and the government'. He blamed the TNA lawmakers for the delay in finding a political solution, saying 'How can we devise a power sharing proposal when the TNA, despite repeated invitations, fail to come to negotiations with the government'. In an exclusive interview to the Asian Tribune, President Rajapaksa has ruled out a 'pause' in operations against the LTTE. He pointed out that there was no guarantee that the Tigers would honor 'the respite' in army operation. "Sri Lanka Government gave 48 hours of respite for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam on the 30th January to allow free movement of civilians to ensure their safety but they have failed to honor our gesture and failed to allow innocent Tamil civilians leaving for safe areas". He also charged the LTTE with indiscriminate firing when the Sri Lankan forces were asked to hold fire as a gesture of goodwill. 'Sri Lankan forces were asked to hold fire but unfortunately, not even before a 24-hour respite in hostilities, the LTTE started attacking the frontline which ended up in injuries to one hundred to hundred and fifty soldiers sustaining causalities'. Asked about the possibility of a no fire period, President Rajapaksa felt that it was not a workable proposition. A 48 to 72 – hour no fire period amounts to a ceasefire; he pointed out and said such a gesture would be futile. "How can we give another 48 to 72 hour 'no fire' period which amounts to a ceasefire when Prabhakaran and his men had failed to honor our earlier gestures and caused injuries to our soldiers who were under my command holding fire for 48 hours?" (Full report in Asian Tribune).

Saturday, 14 March 2009

The US Secretary of State in a telephone conversation with President Mahinda Rajapaksa acknowledged that Sri Lanka is on the verge of defeating terrorism and this presented a great opportunity to restore peace in the country leading to reconstruction and rehabilitation

Artillery Shells Fired From A Tongue The Inhumane Saga of Nadashen And The Clan Swarnajith Udana Have you heard? - Frightened by the immediate defeat when the civilian defense cover is removed, commenting on the demand of the world organizations from the LTTE to release the Wanni hostage population, Nadashen and his Sun God has further tightened the screws on civilians and are threatening the World. To this effect, Nadashen roared: "The LTTE calls this a calculated ploy by the Lankan government to uproot Tamils from their traditional habitat." Can you really here what he is saying. It is true that he is trying to be thunderous and claim moral righteousness. This is not a surprise. That is the way it has been with them, or any drug dealer or warlord. The surprise is that the world has put up with it for so long rather than putting it off. One does not need to be a military expert to see that if the civilian hostage population is released then the LTTE would have been obliterated in a few hours, at most in a day or two even a couple of months ago. The fact that the beast, the LTTE, is still panting is remarkable evidence that how caring the Government's attitude towards its citizens is. From the fact that the world had not been able to decipher the motivation of the LTTE in taking civilians hostages until late, are we to conclude that the world suffered from lack of military expertise, or the world was simply pretending or merely misguided (Full report in LankaWeb).

Amnesty International bombs South Asia - Amnesty International’s resident Cluster Bomb Specialist Jim McDonald has gone on another of his shooting sprees. Over the weekend he sent out releases targeting both the Sri Lankan and the Pakistani governments. The first concerned the Sri Lankan journalist J S Tissainayagam, who has now been charged, on the basis of a confession that a court has ruled admissible. It is therefore strange that Amnesty should call for his release, since presumably it would be highly irregular for government to release without reference to a court people who have been duly charged. Amnesty may well believe Tissainayagam to be innocent, but since it has not been suggested over the last couple of decades that the Sri Lankan judicial system is not independent, it should surely leave this decision to the courts. If it believes the Sri Lankan court system is not fair, it should say so. Amnesty could also urge for a swift trial, but it should bear in mind that the delays in this case are not exceptional. Finally, since there are clear charges issued, it is absurd that Amnesty should claim that ‘statements by senior governments (sic) have indicated that the main reason for his arrest is because of his writing in the Sunday Times newspaper’. The Sunday Times, owned by the uncle of the leader of the opposition, continues to be published, and continues to criticise the government. As far as I know, Tissainayagam’s articles in the Times did not upset anyone, and they were very different in tone from the articles in another newspaper that seemed much more tailored to Tiger predilections, and which form the subject of the charge. Old McDonald claims too that ‘The writing and publication of the magazine occurred during the period of the Ceasefire Agreement, where the Government made a commitment not to detain or arrest anyone under the Prevention of Terrorism Act. On this basis alone, the indictments should not have been served.’ It was precisely because the LTTE abused that Agreement, and expanded its terrorist activities and its arsenal during that period, that the Government abrogated the Agreement well before Tissainayagam’s arrest. In short, since Amnesty wants Tissainayagam released, it trots out every conceivable reason why this should happen. And to strengthen its case it trots out no less an authority than its own resident Sri Lankan expert, Yolanda Foster, who declares that 'Sri Lanka's climate of impunity for attacks on the media has made it impossible to get an accurate impartial picture of what is happening in the country.’ She should read the Sunday Times (Full report in SCOPP).

Sri Lanka on verge of defeating terrorism - Hillary Clinton tells President Rajapaksa -The US Secretary of State Mrs. Hillary Clinton acknowledged that Sri Lanka is now on the verge of defeating terrorism, and that this presented a great opportunity to restore peace, leading to reconstruction and rehabilitation in the country. These observations were made when Mrs. Clinton spoke to President Mahinda Rajapaksa by telephone this evening. The telephone discussion which was warm and cordial was originated by the US Secretary of State, who initially expressed her condolences for those killed in the terrorist attack at Akuressa earlier this week. She stated that terrorists should not be permitted to destroy the lives of people in such manner. Speaking on current developments, Mrs. Clinton appreciated the assurances given by Secretary Defence that civilians would not be subjected to any attacks by the military, stating the US looked forward to working with Sri Lanka once the current conflict ends. President Mahinda Rajapaksa thanked Mrs. Clinton for the condolences expressed for those killed in last Tuesday's terrorist attack, and informed her of the situation regarding the ongoing humanitarian operations by the security forces, to defeat terrorism in the north of Sri Lanka . He said there were about 50,000 to 70,000 people still remaining in a very small area held by the LTTE, where the LTTE was preventing the people leaving for safety outside. The Government hoped to clear the LTTE from this enclave within the next few days, the President told Mrs. Clinton. He also said the people who had managed to come over to government held areas were being looked after in welfare villages. The government was regularly sending food and medicines to all persons in the affected areas, including those held by the LTTE, with the assistance of the ICRC and the World Food Program (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Two more IDPs Reach Troops - JAFFNA: TWO Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) leaving the un-cleared areas reached the troops in IYAMPERUMAL Friday (13). The two male civilians had come in a boat (Sri Lanka Army).

Army blasts Tiger truck laden with explosives - Troops of the 58 Division on Thursday night foiled an attempt by the LTTE to ram a vehicle packed with explosives into the Forward Defence Line of the Army in Puthukuduyirippu. According to ground Commanders the terrorists had driven the truck with around 350 Kg of explosives into the FDL with lights switched off but an alert soldier had fired an RPG from a bunker captured a few hours before from the Tigers themselves, blasting the truck to pieces. The impact of the explosion was felt at even a distance of two kilometres away. "The soldier had earlier spotted two tractors moving towards the FDL about 30 minutes before the truck raced in. But when the troops fired at them they turned back and sped away. Sensing something more dangerous would happen, the soldiers had been on the alert," the ground commanders said. Fierce fighting continued in the Puthukuduyirippu with the 53 and 58 Divisions of the army moving east and north east of the area after they had captured the Puthukuduyirippu hospital on Thursday, Military Spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said. Troops of the 58 Division destroyed a communication tower of the LTTE dealing a heavy blow to the Tigers. With the destruction of the tower, the LTTE‘s communications network has come to a standstill, he said. In yesterday’s confrontations the Tigers lost at least 32 cadres with the number LTTE combatants killed during the week rising to over 200. Troops had recovered 18 bodies of the Tiger cadres with 17 T-56 assault rifles, an ICOM set and a light machine gun, Nanayakara said. Meanwhile, the Army’s 55 Division moved southwards along the northeastern coast pushing south of Puthumathalan (Full report in island).

58 Tamil civilians seek refuge with security forces - Fifty-Eight Tamil civilians under LTTE hostage were able to reach the security forces seeking safety for their lives for the 58 Division in Mullauttivu yesterday, 13 March. According to the sources one of escapees was killed while four others sustained injuries due to LTTE's indiscriminate firing upon civilians escaping the LTTE's grip. 21 males, 15 females, 11 girls and 11 boys were among the escapees, defence sources said (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Troops Continue with Search & Clear Operations - WANNI: ARMY troops in the general areas of PATTIKKARAI, PUTHUKUDIYIRUPPU, VISUAMADU, PALAMODDAI, KOKAVIL and ODDUSUDAN recovered one 40 mm grenade launcher, one Multi Purpose Machine Gun (MPMG) two Light Machine Guns (LMG), two T-56 weapons, one improvised mortar launcher, one female terrorist dead body, seven T-56 weapons, one T-81 weapon, one metal detector, one I-com set and one hundred and twenty two anti personnel mine on Friday (13) (Sri Lanka Army)..

LTTE blocks evacuation of civilians from uncleared area in the Mullaitivu district - Leave a Comment (March 14, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) The LTTE poses the most serious obstacle preventing the evacuation of civilians, who are confined to the safe zone in the narrow coastal strip in the Mullaitivu district. Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama, referring to the dialogue with India and the US in this regard, explained that the Government of Sri Lanka is at present unable to avail itself of the offers of assistance to evacuate the civilians, made by these countries due to the LTTE’s fierce resistance in releasing the people, since the civilians have been forcibly held against their will as human shields to protect key LTTE terrorist leaders and their families. The Foreign Minister explained the Government position to the British Shadow Defence Secretary, Dr. Liam Fox who called on him yesterday (12 March 2009) in Colombo. Dr. Fox is currently on a brief visit to Sri Lanka, during which he is scheduled to hold talks with key Government leaders including President Mahinda Rajapaksa, as well as meet leaders of political parties. Responding to a query by the British Shadow Defence Secretary on the status of the implementation of the 17th Amendment to the Constitution, the Foreign Minister pointed out that this issue is before the Supreme Court, where additional submissions have to be filed by May 2009. Dr. Fox opined that reaching cross party agreement in democracy could be extremely difficult and therefore the Sri Lanka Government should endeavour to explore other ways and means of overcoming this impasse (Full report in Sri Lanka Guardian).

US taps Delhi on Lanka foray - Washington to sound out Menon on evacuation mission - The Obama administration will sound out foreign secretary Shiv Shankar Menon on Monday on India’s support for a US-led invasion of Sri Lanka to evacuate nearly 200,000 Tamil civilians trapped inside territory controlled by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam with precariously declining stocks of food or medicine. “We had some people there to look at the situation to identify what the possibilities might be. We would do whatever we can to help these people,” assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asian affairs Richard Boucher told a group of South Asian journalists yesterday. The plan to be put before Menon, who will have a series of meetings here with officials of the new US administration from Monday, is for a marine expeditionary brigade attached to the US Pacific Command (PACOM) to go into Sri Lanka with the support of the US navy and air force, according to American sources privy to the plan. A team from PACOM was in Colombo a fortnight ago to discuss the outlines of the plan with the Sri Lankan Army, these sources told The Telegraph. At the time of the PACOM team’s visit, the US state department sent James Moore, deputy chief of mission at the US embassy in Colombo, to Jaffna peninsula for an independent assessment of the situation there. Moore’s report is said to have persuaded Hillary Clinton’s state department to line up behind the idea of a US-led evacuation of Tamils (Full report in The Telegraph Culcutta).

Army 58 Division inflicts heavy damages to the terrorists - Puthukkuddyiruppu - Sri Lankan soldiers of Army 58 Division now engaged in the final phase of the counter terrorist offensive in the Island's Northern province continues to give heavy beating to the terrorists, reveal defence sources in the Puthukkuddyiruppu. According to the sources, the soldiers continued to battle the terrorists in the hinterlands of Puthukkuddyiruppu yesterday (Mar 13), liberating more territory and pushing the terrorists to their last standoff. Soldiers collected 18 bodies of LTTE cadres, 17 T-56 riffles, one light machine gun, and two radio communication sets following the clashes erupted yesterday in the Irnapali North, and Kombavil East areas, in Puthukkuddyiruppu. The Army sniper shooters deployed in the forward areas confirmed acquisition of 12 terrorist targets. Meanwhile, the soldiers rescued 58 civilians under terrorists clutches from the Kombavil East area. Among the civilians, there were several LTTE cadres who identified themselves as the members of Makkal Padai terrorist band, said the sources. The surrendered LTTE cadres told the soldiers that LTTE leaders are now ready to throw whoever who can grab a hand grenade to the battlefront to save their lives. According their accounts, the bodyguards of senior LTTE leaders daily abduct hundreds of civilians and forcing them to crash military courses with the intension of saving their leaders' lives until the last moment. They added that all the civilians as well as majority of junior LTTE cadres were hoping that the soldiers would rescue them soon before they are being victims of the terrorists (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

The plan is not only to save the next generation from terrorism but to 10 generations to come- Gotabaya - By Walter Jayawardhana - Secretary of Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa said under the clear plans of the government this nation should not only be secured for the next generation from devastating terrorism but for the next ten generations to come so, that no similar harm could come upon the country. "My idea is not for the next generation but even for the next ten generations something similar should not be allowed," the determined Secretary of Defence said, referring to the devastating insurgency of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, that maimed and killed tens and thousands and ruined the economic prospects of the nation through acts of insensate violence. He was addressing during a very rare public appearance of him at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) to declare open the website entitled www.udayagammanpila.com for Udaya who is entering the provincial council politics as a candidate of the Jathika Hela Urumaya. Rajapaksa, the younger brother of the President and the man believed to be behind the military success of the Sri Lankan security forces said they won the war due to the clear unwavering and straight military policy of the government regarding the elimination of terrorism from the country (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Unfounded, lacks credibility, says Minister - The Disaster Management and Human Rights Ministry expressed its strong sense of surprise and dismay at the tone and content of the press release issued yesterday by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Especially in the context that when High Commissioner Navanetham Pillai met Disaster Management and Human Rights Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe on March 4 in Geneva during the High Level Segment of the UN Human Rights Council, the detailed figures relied upon in the statement were never raised. Neither did the Office of the High Commissioner discuss with, nor did it seek the views of, the Sri Lankan Permanent Representative to the UN at Geneva on the highly questionable, unverified and unsubstantiated figures used in the statement. The claims of 2,800 civilians being killed in a seven-week period from January 20 and a further 7,000 being injured are totally unacceptable and are rejected as being no more than the repetition of propaganda emanating from uncleared areas of the Vanni. The Disaster Management and Human Rights Ministry deplores the apparently unprofessional manner in which the Office of the High Commissioner has conducted itself in uncritically repeating information from unverified and unnamed 'credible sources'. Unlike many of the senior officials of the United Nations, including Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who have called on the LTTE to let the civilians escape to safety, the High Commissioner's omission in not unequivocally demanding the free movement of civilians, is most regrettable (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Food from Jaffna arrive on A-9 - The first food convoy of 22 lorries containing more than 60,000 kgs of vegetables and fish reached Colombo from Jaffna on Thursday marking yet another milestone of the re-opening of the A-9 road by the Armed Forces after 24 years. This is the first ever food consignment produced by Jaffna farmers to reach Colombo along the A-9 Jaffna-Kandy road as a result of the two and half year humanitarian operation launched by the Security Forces to re-open the A-9 road on March 2. Red onions, beetroot, dried shrimps and Jaffna crabs and prawns, famed for their quality have found their way to the Colombo markets once again after the first convoy of 22 lorries from Jaffna reached Colombo along the A-9 Jaffna-Kandy road on Thursday evening. The Colombo-bound convoy began its ceremonial journey from the Government Food Store in Navatkuli in Jaffna on Thursday morning after an absence of two decades, reached Elephant Pass at about 10.00 a.m. Leading businessmen in Jaffna, according to Hindu traditions, garlanded the lorries carrying the inaugural harvest to Colombo before the fleet left the Navatkuli store. A total of 48,250 kg of fresh red onions, 1,318 kgs of beetroot, 4,750 kgs of crabs and prawns and 5,750 kgs of dried shrimps were in the 22 vehicles. They were received on the way at Elephant Pass, Omanthai and Medavachchiya before the fleet completed the rest of its mission to Colombo. These consignments are to be distributed through Government co-operative stores and CWE stalls after stocks were received by the Government warehouse in Welisara. Meanwhile, the same convoy reached Jaffna on March 10 with a consignment of food items, taken from Colombo (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

To Ian Cohen, Greens, MLC, NSW Legislative Council - Your Parliamentary Statement of 05 March 2009 on ‘Sri Lanka and Tamil Conflict’- The Society for Peace Unity and Human Rights for Sri Lanka (SPUR) strongly disagrees with your unbalanced statements on Sri Lanka in the adjournment speech made to the NSW Legislative Council on 05 March 2009. Many of your assertions, including the claim that the conflict in Sri Lanka has “reached a phase that has been described as genocide” are either incorrect or ill-informed. They have the effect of denigrating the Government of Sri Lanka, its defence forces and its majority Sinhalese community. Statements such as yours are an affront to all Sri Lankans and can only cause divisions among Australians of Sri Lankan origin. We also note that nowhere in your speech have you condemned the many atrocities committed by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on Sinhalese, Tamil and Muslim people in its three decade long campaign of terror to carve out an ethnically cleansed state of Tamil Eelam from the small island of Sri Lanka. Furthermore, the increasing conscription of child soldiers and the use of captive Tamil civilians as ‘human shields’ by the LTTE in its desperate battle for survival against the Sri Lankan Security Forces gets no mention in your speech (Full letter in SPUR).

Hillary Clinton tells President Rajapaksa: Sri Lanka on verge of defeating terrorism - The US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton acknowledged that Sri Lanka is now on the verge of defeating terrorism, and that this presented a great opportunity to restore peace, leading to reconstruction and rehabilitation in the country. These observations were made when Clinton spoke to President Mahinda Rajapaksa by telephone yesterday evening. The telephone discussion which was warm and cordial was originated by the US Secretary of State, who initially expressed her condolences for those killed in the terrorist attack at Akuressa earlier this week. She stated that terrorists should not be permitted to destroy the lives of people in such manner. Speaking on current developments, Clinton appreciated the assurances given by the “Defence Secretary that civilians would not be subjected to any attacks by the military, stating the US looked forward to working with Sri Lanka once the current conflict ends.” President Rajapaksa thanked Clinton for the condolences expressed for those killed in last Tuesday’s terrorist attack, and informed her of the situation regarding the ongoing humanitarian operations by the security forces, to defeat terrorism in the north. He said there were about 50,000 to 70,000 people still remaining in a very small area held by the LTTE, where the LTTE was preventing the people leaving for safety outside. The Government hoped to clear the LTTE from this enclave within the next few days, the President told Clinton. He also said the people who had managed to come over to government held areas were being looked after in welfare villages. The government was regularly sending food and medicines to all persons in the affected areas, including those held by the LTTE, with the assistance of the ICRC and the World Food Program. In the conversation President Rajapaksa noted that the LTTE had fired on a ship carrying food for these civilians two days ago, but the government was continuing to send supplies despite these obstacles by the LTTE (Full report in Daily News).

US SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON IN A PHONE CONVERSATION WITH RAJAPAKSA ACKNOWLEDED DEFEAT OF TERRORISM IN SRI LANKA - By Walter Jayawardhana - The US Secretary of State in a telephone conversation with President Mahinda Rajapaksa acknowledged that Sri Lanka is on the verge of defeating terrorism and this presented a great opportunity to restore peace in the country leading to reconstruction and rehabilitation, a spokesman for the President said in a statement. Lucien Rajakarunanayaka , Director Information and Policy Research issuing the statement from Colombo’s Presidential Secretariat said , “, Mrs. Clinton appreciated the assurances given by Secretary Defence in Sri Lanka that civilians would not be subjected to any attacks by the military, stating the US looked forward to working with Sri Lanka once the current conflict ends.” This was in reference to the civilians trapped in a LTTE enclave in the North of the country allegedly being used as a human shield by the rebels. The statement of the Presidential Secretariat said that these observations were made when Mrs. Clinton spoke to Presdent Mahinda Rajapaksa by telephone this evening (March 13). The telephone discussion which was warm and cordial was originated by the US Secretary of State, who initially expressed her condolences for those killed in the terrorist attack at Akuressa earlier this week, the statement further said. “She stated that terrorists should not be permitted to destroy the lives of people in such manner,” it added. The statement further said: “President Mahinda Rajapaksa thanked Mrs. Clinton for the condolences expressed for those killed in last Tuesday’s terrorist attack, and informed her of the situation regarding the ongoing humanitarian operations by the security forces, to defeat terrorism in the north of Sri Lanka”. He said there were about 50,000 to 70,000 people still remaining in a very small area held by the LTTE, where the LTTE was preventing the people leaving for safety outside. “The Government hoped to clear the LTTE from this enclave within the next few days, the President told Mrs. Clinton. “He also said the people who had managed to come over to government held areas were being looked after in welfare villages. The government was regularly sending food and medicines to all persons in the affected areas, including those held by the LTTE, with the assistance of the ICRC and the World Food Program. “In the conversation President Rajapaksa noted that the LTTE had fired on a ship carrying food for these civilians two days ago, but the government was continuing to send supplies despite these obstacles by the LTTE. “President Rajapaksa told the US Secretary of State that reconstruction and rehabilitation in the north would start as soon as the fighting ended there. He also told Mrs. Clinton of the political process that had been initiated through the All Party Representative Committee seeking consensus on a political solution to the problems of the minorities. “He also told the US Secretary of State that the Government was prepared to hold elections to local government bodies in Jaffna as soon as possible, and that he looked forward to working with the elected representatives of the people of the north in the near future. “Mrs. Clinton said she was thankful that the long conflict in Sri Lanka was coming to an end, and that the United States looked forward to working with Sri Lanka in the building of peace.” (EOM). 

Sri Lanka on verge of defeating terrorism – Hillary Clinton tells President Rajapaksa - The US Secretary of State Mrs. Hillary Clinton acknowledged that Sri Lanka is now on the verge of defeating terrorism, and that this presented a great opportunity to restore peace, leading to reconstruction and rehabilitation in the country. These observations were made when Mrs. Clinton spoke to President Mahinda Rajapaksa by telephone this evening. The telephone discussion which was warm and cordial was originated by the US Secretary of State, who initially expressed her condolences for those killed in the terrorist attack at Akuressa earlier this week. She stated that terrorists should not be permitted to destroy the lives of people in such manner. Speaking on current developments, Mrs. Clinton appreciated the assurances given by Secretary Defense that civilians would not be subjected to any attacks by the military, stating the US looked forward to working with Sri Lanka once the current conflict ends. President Mahinda Rajapaksa thanked Mrs. Clinton for the condolences expressed for those killed in last Tuesday’s terrorist attack, and informed her of the situation regarding the ongoing humanitarian operations by the security forces, to defeat terrorism in the north of Sri Lanka. He said there were about 50,000 to 70,000 people still remaining in a very small area held by the LTTE, where the LTTE was preventing the people leaving for safety outside. The Government hoped to clear the LTTE from this enclave within the next few days, the President told Mrs. Clinton. He also said the people who had managed to come over to government held areas were being looked after in welfare villages. The government was regularly sending food and medicines to all persons in the affected areas, including those held by the LTTE, with the assistance of the ICRC and the World Food Program (Full report in Asian Tribune) (Full report in Asian Tribune)

THIS NATION SHOULD BE SECURED FROM DISASTERS LIKE TERRORISM FOR THE TEN GENERATIONS TO COME SAYS GOTABHAYA - By Walter Jayawardhana - Secretary of Defence Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said under the clear plans of the government this nation should not only be secured for the next generation from devastating terrorism but for the next ten generations to come so, that no similar harm could come upon the country. “My idea is not for the next generation but even for the next ten generations some thing similar should not be allowed,” the determined Secretary of Defence said, referring to the devastating insurgency of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, that maimed and killed thousands and ruined the economic prospects of the nation through acts of insensate violence. He was addressing during a very rare public appearance of him at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) to declare open the website entitled www.udayagammanpila.com for Udaya who is entering the provincial council politics as a candidate of the Jathika Hela Urumaya. Rajapaksa, the younger brother of the President and man believed to be behind the military success of the Sri Lankan security forces said they won the war due to the clear unwavering and straight military policy of government regarding the elimination of terrorism from the country. He said to day the LTTE is cornered in to an area thought about to be about 35 square kilometres. But when you consider the lagoon adjacent to the area, the land mass cannot be even bigger than twenty square kilometres. When the security forces capture that the whole island will be under the law and order of one government within a matter of days, he said. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said the determination of this government had always been not to pass over the solution of the burdening problem of terrorism to the next generation but to bring an end to the sorry legacy during our own time . He said he thinks the nation should be secured from such a devastating phenomenon not only during the next generation but also for the next ten generations to come. For that leaders like Udaya Gammanpila are needed, he said. (EOM)

Workers attending to the railway line beyond Vavuniya. Picture by Indrajith Perera

Yal Devi (Northern Train) extended to Thandikulam

Yal Devi (Northern Train) destroyed by LTTe Tamil Tiger Terrorists

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 in SPUR)

EU oxygen for sinking Tigers - There are different languages that trainers use in handling different animals. A dog does not understand, so to speak, a mahout's lingo. Similarly, terrorists do not understand the language of the civilised people. It took nearly three decades for Sri Lanka to realise this simple truth. Today, she is speaking the language that terrorists understand most and results have been quite impressive. Terrorists are offering to talk peace! Regrettably, the international community is convinced otherwise. Powerful nations want their less fortunate counterparts afflicted by the scourge of terrorism to use the language of peace in dealing with savage terrorists who are hardly human. Yesterday we reported that the EU Parliament had called for an immediate ceasefire in Sri Lanka to allow civilians trapped in the LTTE-held areas to move to safe areas. The EU's concern for those unfortunate people should be appreciated but it is nothing but naiveté to expect that a ceasefire will help them escape. Isn't the EU still aware that the LTTE is holding them at gun point as a human shield? Ceasefire or no ceasefire, the LTTE will never release civilians in its clutches as it is convinced that if they escape by any chance, the army will march on Puthukudiyiruppu within hours. Therefore the evacuation of civilians is a frightening proposition for the LTTE. In fact, the LTTE has been using brutal violence against fleeing civilians. It has even killed infants in a desperate bid to prevent people from crossing over to the government-held areas (Full Editorial in island).

Prabhakaran always for personal fiefdom - Liam Fox - It was evident all along that the LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran was not interested in a political solution to the issues in Sri Lanka and the Tamil people, but in establishing a personal fiefdom for himself, said the British Shadow Defence Secretary Liam Fox is discussions with President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees today. He was appreciative of the leadership of President Rajapaksa and his ability to muster a powerful coalition that brought in divergent political positions; and by this to proceed with his initiative to free the country of terrorism. President Rajapaksa explained to Dr. Liam Fox the consistent policy of the government with regard to eradicating terrorism, and addressing the problems of the minorities in Sri Lanka through dialogue towards a political solution (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

LTTE blocks evacuation of civilians from uncleared area in the Mullaitivu district -: The LTTE poses the most serious obstacle preventing the evacuation of civilians, who are confined to the safe zone in the narrow coastal strip in the Mullaitivu district. Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama, referring to the dialogue with India and the US in this regard, explained that the Government of Sri Lanka is at present unable to avail itself of the offers of assistance to evacuate the civilians, made by these countries due to the LTTE’s fierce resistance in releasing the people, since the civilians have been forcibly held against their will as human shields to protect key LTTE terrorist leaders and their families. The Foreign Minister explained the Government position to the British Shadow Defence Secretary, Dr. Liam Fox who called on him on Thursday 12 March, in Colombo. Dr. Fox is currently on a brief visit to Sri Lanka, during which he is scheduled to hold talks with key Government leaders including President Mahinda Rajapaksa, as well as meet leaders of political parties. Responding to a query by the British Shadow Defence Secretary on the status of the implementation of the 17th Amendment to the Constitution, the Foreign Minister pointed out that this issue is before the Supreme Court, where additional submissions have to be filed by May 2009. Dr. Fox opined that reaching cross party agreement in democracy could be extremely difficult and therefore the Sri Lanka Government should endeavour to explore other ways and means of overcoming this impasse (Full report in Asian Tribune).

Wrong again, Miss Hogg - For a long time, organisations like Human Rights Watch looked no worse than sadly misguided. Their intellectual capacities obviously weren’t up to the analysis of basic facts, and their unshakeable belief in the fundamental goodness of humankind led them to assume that terrorists couldn’t be as dangerous as they seemed, but their intentions weren’t really in doubt. Lately, however, it has become clear that they must have some other agenda. The most recent article in a series attacking the Sri Lankan government, by the Human Rights Watch South Asia Researcher Charu Lata Hogg, was published in a Japanese newspaper earlier this week. And it was particularly crude in its methods. Lying now seems to be perfectly acceptable to these modern day crusaders. In her opening paragraph, Hogg describes in rather compelling detail what she calls the scenes of death and destruction in the Vanni. Dead bodies of civilians lie strewn along dusty roads, she says. Hospitals, playgrounds and houses stand ravaged by rockets fired from multi-barrel launchers. If Hogg has managed to identify the weaponry used and even noted the dirt underfoot, she must have a very good idea of what is going on, readers might be forgiven for assuming. Except that she hasn’t been within fifty kilometres of the conflict zone. Hogg would probably argue that this is because the Government hasn’t allowed her to go, peculiarly concerned for her safety as she dashes across territory the LTTE has scattered with landmines to risk being hit by bullets Prabhakaran intends for escaping civilians. But this is no excuse for making things up (Full letter in Island).

President can free country of terrorism - Liam Fox: Prabhakaran for personal fiefdom - It was evident all along that LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran was not interested in a political solution to the issues in Sri Lanka and the Tamil people, but in establishing a personal fiefdom for himself, British Shadow Defence Secretary Liam Fox said. Meeting President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees yesterday, he was appreciative of the leadership of President Rajapaksa and his ability to muster a powerful coalition that brought in divergent political positions; and by this to proceed with his initiative to free the country of terrorism. President Rajapaksa explained to Dr. Liam Fox the consistent policy of the Government with regard to eradicating terrorism, and addressing the problems of the minorities in Sri Lanka through dialogue towards a political solution. Dr Fox said there was a need for the international community, acting through the Tamil diaspora, to bring pressure on the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to join other political parties represented in Parliament to work out a political solution to the problems of the minorities in Sri Lanka. He said that if the Tamil Diaspora channeled the funds it gave to the LTTE for the development of the North and East, there could be much progress in the country and development for the minority communities. President Rajapaksa apprised the British Shadow Defence Secretary, who was familiar with the efforts of earlier governments too to seek peace in the country, of the humanitarian operation by the security forces to defeat the LTTE, eradicate terrorism and restore peace and democracy in the country (Full report in Daily News).

European Parliament’s Resolution on Sri Lanka - By K Godage Former Ambassador - The EU Parliament is reported to have adopted a resolution on Sri Lanka demanding an immediate ceasefire by the armed forces and the LTTE—— they do not call upon the LTTE, a terrorist group to lay down arms but demand that the legitimate government of the country cease operations against the terrorists holding innocent civilians hostage. As a sop they have condemned the LTTE violence and intimidation. More than seventy five percent of the Parliamentarians in the European Parliament are washed up politicians put to graze, who cannot enter their own national Parliaments and are nominated by their political parties, they have only a nuisance value; less than 50% of the electorate vote at elections to the EP. There are scoundrels such as Robert Evans who led the South Asia Delegation of the Parliament to Sri Lanka (incidentally he refused to visit the East claiming that the TMVP were an armed group but wanted to visit the Vanni to meet the LTTE); of such stock was the leader of the EU Parliaments South Asia Delegation; quite a few British Parliamentarians are of course dependent on the votes of the Tamil Diaspora and are well funded by them as is the British MP of Goanese origin Keith Vas (Full report in Island).

Food from Jaffna arrive on A-9 - The first food convoy of 22 lorries containing more than 60,000 kgs of vegetables and fish reached Colombo from Jaffna on Thursday marking yet another milestone of the re-opening of the A-9 road by the Armed Forces after 24 years. This is the first ever food consignment produced by Jaffna farmers to reach Colombo along the A-9 Jaffna-Kandy road as a result of the two and half year humanitarian operation launched by the Security Forces to re-open the A-9 road on March 2.  Red onions, beetroot, dried shrimps and Jaffna crabs and prawns, famed for their quality have found their way to the Colombo markets once again after the first convoy of 22 lorries from Jaffna reached Colombo along the A-9 Jaffna-Kandy road on Thursday evening. The Colombo-bound convoy began its ceremonial journey from the Government Food Store in Navatkuli in Jaffna on Thursday morning after an absence of two decades, reached Elephant Pass at about 10.00 a.m. Leading businessmen in Jaffna, according to Hindu traditions, garlanded the lorries carrying the inaugural harvest to Colombo before the fleet left the Navatkuli store. A total of 48,250 kg of fresh red onions, 1,318 kgs of beetroot, 4,750 kgs of crabs and prawns and 5,750 kgs of dried shrimps were in the 22 vehicles. They were received on the way at Elephant Pass, Omanthai and Medavachchiya before the fleet completed the rest of its mission to Colombo. These consignments are to be distributed through Government co-operative stores and CWE stalls after stocks were received by the Government warehouse in Welisara (Full report in Daily News).

Work on Northern railway line begins - The Government will commence the reconstruction of the Northern railway line from Vavuniya to Kankesanthurai via Jaffna and the railway stations in between under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa on March 19. A National Secretariat will also be set up in the Presidential Secretariat to streamline this project. A Transport Ministry spokesman told the Daily News that the total estimated cost of this project would be Rs.5 billion. He said the Railways Department will commence the reconstruction work of the railway track from Vavuniya while the Army will carry out the reconstruction work from Jaffna on March 19. The Railways Department and the Army are expected to complete the project. The Railways Department will provide technical assistance. All Sri Lankans can join the project by providing manpower and wealth to reconstruct the line. Meanwhile, people in Hambantota have pledged to extend their support to rebuild the railway station in Jaffna on a special request by President Rajapaksa (Daily News).

Scrap CC list, says Wimal - The NFF demanded the cancellation of the proposed names for the Constitutional Council (CC) citing that several pro LTTE elements are also among the proposed individuals. NFF Leader MP Wimal Weerawansa made an open request to the President, Opposition Leader and the Speaker to reconsider their appointment as their recommendation will put the country in danger. He said Dr. Jayadeva Uyangoda who appeared for the division and separatism of the country has also been proposed for the CC. “Dr. Jayadeva Uyangoda stood for separatism during the past few decades and his name has also been proposed to the CC”, he said. The Constitutional Council established under the 17th Amendment to the Constitution is not accountable to any authority in the country and the President is bound to implement what is recommended by it. A Constitutional Council consisting of such elements could put the country’s administrative structure in danger by recommending their cronies to head Commissions, he said. The Tamil National Alliance’s attempt to appoint their representatives on behalf of the minority party and minority communities cannot be accepted under any circumstances, he said. There should be an opportunity for each party to propose at least five names for the CC and then the best person can be appointed, he said (Daily News).

Akuressa blast probe takes new turn Police believe bomber arrived in VIP convoy - Investigations into the Akuressa Godapitiya suicide bomb blast took a new turn after police found evidence that the suicide bomber had arrived in a car along with the VIP convoy. It was earlier suspected that the bomber had travelled either on a bicycle or a motorcycle, Police Media Spokesman SSP Ranjith Gunasekera said. Addressing a press conference at the Media Centre for National Security SSP Gunasekera said that there had been a VIP convoy and the terrorist was believed to have travelled in a vehicle in the VIP convoy to avoid being checked. "We have passed on to the CID all information we have got," Gunasekera said. Police also searched all houses in nearby estates where the terrorist may have stayed, he said. Police has published a sketch of the suicide bomber’s face based on the mutilated face found at the scene of the blast. It would help people in the area to remember if he had been seen earlier in the area. At least fifteen persons were killed and 40 seriously injured when an LTTE suicide cadre blew himself up at the Godapitiya Jumma mosque in Akuressa, where a national festival was being held to mark the birthday of Prophet Mohammed on Tuesday (10). Several ministers and local politicians attended the event and Posts and Telecommunications Minister Mahinda Wijesekera, who was critically injured in the blast is still under treatment in the Intensive Care Unit of the National Hospital (Island).

LTTE plot for mass scale chemical attack bared - Troops of the Army’s 57 Division on Tuesday found a large stock of gas masks and chemical resistant costumes in a captured LTTE camp in Udayarkattukulam North. According to the defence experts the discovery exposed a possible terrorist plot of a mass-scale chemical attack against Government troops. The LTTE terrorists have been using chemical gases against the Army during last two years of battle. However, the inherent limitations of the chemical weapons failed to give the intended impact on the battlefield with soldiers well prepared to meet a chemical threat. The experts are of the opinion that the chemical resistant costumes which are indeed used at much closer quarter attack would have been intended for a direct assault supported by chemical weapons. Earlier, the tactic used by the terrorist was to fire gas canisters at the soldiers using indirect weapons other than direct weapons. According to the defence sources, there were 16 chemical resistant costumes, and 17 gas masks in the stock. Using chemical weapons is banned by the international law of war and considered to be a war crime. The types of armoury found in the liberated areas of Wanni in recent times exposed the great disaster that Sri Lanka as a nation had been heading towards since the 2002 ceasefire. The LTTE had been allowed to import aircraft, heavy artillery, high tech communication equipment, chemical weapons, etc. during the ostensible peace. Experts argue that the victories won by Sri Lankan soldiers against terrorism was not only for the Sri Lankan citizens but also for the peace loving people in the whole world (Full report in Island).

LTTE has killed 412 people at religious institutions - Yapa - The LTTE by attacking religious institutions and ceremonies since 1985, has killed 412 people, Media Minister Anura Priyadharshana Yapa said on Thursday. "They began targeting places of worship, by exploding a bomb at the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi." (Island).

LTTE has executed its military spokesman – report - Indo Asian News Agency (IANS) of India citing Tamil sources reported today that the Tigers may have killed their high-profile military spokesman Irasiah Ilanthirayan for being a "traitor" when the LTTE suffered huge losses at the hands of the Army early this year. The report says there were speculations among the Tamil circles for around a month that Ilanthirayan alias Marshall has been executed. IANS said according to the Tamil activists who spoke to the news agency from Sri Lanka, Ilanthirayan was accused of being linked to the Sri Lankan intelligence and of plotting against the LTTE. It has been reported in Sri Lanka in January that Ilanthirayan had attempted to desert the LTTE and surrender to the Army, but on his way to the government controlled area he had been caught and imprisoned by the Tigers on order from the leadership. Ilanthirayan, known to the media as the LTTE military spokesman had a friendly attitude with the international journalists. He hasn’t been heard since the major military offensive began in late 2008 (Island).

Gang raids TMVP office, kill 4 guards - An unidentified gang raided a TMVP office at Sora Kalmunai in the Samanthurai Police area early on Friday, shot dead the four TMVP cadres guarding it and made away with their guns and ammunition. The attack was made around 2.30 a.m. When the Samanturai Police visited the TMVP office on hearing of the incident, they had found the bullet riddled bodies of the four youngsters. Sora Kalmunai, where the TMVP office was situated is in the outskirts of Samanturai town. Police said they were unable to arrive at any conclusion. "It could be internal rivalry that was precipitating within the TMVP during the last few months or it could be even the work of the LTTE", he said. What the Police meant by internal rivalry was the occasional clashes between the Pillayan group and the Karuna group where each accused the other when incidents of similar nature occurred in the past. Police spokesman SSP Ranjith Gunasekera, when reminded by The Island that the TMVP was to surrender their arms earlier this week said that he could only say the TMVP cadres were armed at the time of the raid on their office. "Surrendering of arms or not is not our problem. It is a political issue and I am unable to comment on political matters" Gunasekera said. On a number of occasions earlier TMVP offices had been raided, their cadres killed and weapons removed but after all such incidents no suspects were prosecuted by the Police. The bodies of the victims have been removed to Kalmunai Hospital and postmortems were due to be performed last evening (Island).

‘FDIs in line once terrorism is eliminated’ - Information and Media, Enterprise Development and Investment Promotion Minister Anura Priyadharshana Yapa says once Lankan society is finally free from the present climate of terrorism it would inevitably lead to the fostering of a free media culture. The Minister in an exclusive interview with the Daily News said even amids the present constraints the Government has done its utmost to ensure the rights of the journalists to express their views freely. The Minister says the Government is embarking on a vigorous plan of action to attract one billion US Dollars of foreign direct investments this year. This year will be a booming year for development and investments. Q: The humanitarian operation is still continuing. How long will it be before the LTTE is finished off? A: I can’t give you a concrete answer to this . According to information received by us the battle will be over very soon. In the meantime the Government is trying its best to provide adequate facilities to the IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons) who are now in the Government controlled areas. The Government is also continuously sending food and other requirements to the people who are forcibly held by the LTTE in Mullaitivu. Therefore the condition is improving day by day. The Government provides all the necessary facilities to the IDPs while taking steps to ensure their safety and security. Q: Will the Government give an amnesty to the LTTE leaders who wish to surrender? A: There was no such talks. Since its inception, the Government maintains the position that the LTTE should lay down weapons if they are willing to resume negotiations with the Government. But the LTTE cadres who have surrendered are looked after very well by the Government. The Government has already taken a series of measures to rehabilitate them as well (Daily News).

Northern harvest reaches Colombo - The first harvest stock from the North reached Colombo last evening by road in nearly 22 years.Reportedly 20 trucks carried harvest from North, especially from Jaffna on A-9 Jaffna-Kandy highway from the government food stores at Navatkuli to the CWE Stores Complex in Welisara. Prawns, lobsters, red onions, dry fish, and fresh vegetables were the main items transported from North, sources said. A total of 48,250 kg of fresh red onions, 1,318 kg of beet root, 4,750 kg of crabs and prawns and 5,750 kg of dry shrimps and prawns had been brought in these lorries. Those consignments are to be distributed through Government Cooperative stores and Ceylon Wholesale Establishment (CWE) stalls after stocks were received by the government warehouse in Welisara. The transportation of goods was made possible by the opening of A-9 following the liberation of the North from the LTTE. A-9 is still not open for public transportation. It is now possible to transport the agricultural produce of Jaffna to Colombo on the A-9 (Full report in Sri Lanka Guardian).

LTTE Tamil Tiger suicide bomb at the national Milad Muslim Festival injures 46 including Govt. Minister and kills 15 civilians

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Minister Mahinda Wijesekara Injured

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

Secret agreement between the opportunist Rauf Hakeem and leader of the world deadliest terrorists group, Prabhakaran

Kaththankudu Muslim Mosque massacre of 175 Muslims by LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists

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

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[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)

 

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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).

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