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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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Are we serious about a solution based on Indo-Lanka Accord ?

Read more about the 13th Amendment

 

 

Washington Times Editorial says ......Failing that, the Obama administration should mind its own business. The Sri Lankans are winning; we should let them finish the job (Read full Editorial).
Washington Times Editorial says ......We can only imagine American satisfaction if we had al Qaeda in this position. It is unconscionable for the United States to castigate its Sri Lankan ally for prevailing in its war against terrorism. The Tamil Tigers have purposefully created the conditions for a humanitarian crisis and deserve neither amnesty nor mercy. There are ways to help resolve this standoff that will not allow the Tigers to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, such as providing military and intelligence support for pinpoint strikes against the terrorist leadership  (Read full Editorial).
Washington Times Editorial says .... The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, one of the world's most violent terrorist outfits, are surrounded in northern Sri Lanka and about to be destroyed - but Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and European self-styled peacemakers are getting in the way of victory. The meddlers should let Colombo finish off this menace. ...... Last week, Mrs. Clinton played into the hands of the terrorists by blaming the Sri Lankan government for the crisis. "The entire world is very disappointed" that they were "causing such untold suffering," she said (Read Washington Times Editorial). Also read A reply to the Secretary of State from USA Citizens (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry)

 

 

13th Amendment ........

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

Indian intervention in Sri Lankan internal affairs

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

So-called NGOs and INGOs ?

 

Welfare activities

Sponsor a Child (Organised by SPUR)

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

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

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

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

A joint project with Sri Lanka Army Seva Vanitha Unit

http://www.virudarudiriya.com

 

Ranaviru Foundation (UK)

http://www.apiwenuwenapi.co.uk/ 

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

 

Thawalama Development Foundation

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

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

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

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

Ranaviru Fund in UK

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

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

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

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

 
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A Backward Glance in Time

SPUR (New Zealand) SinhalaNet

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

Sri Lanka Embassy in Geneva
International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research Helabima

NMAT

Mawbima Lanka

 

Sri Lanka Army

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)

 

Now it is the time to offer U$ 1 or 2 Million cash prize for the "head of LTTE Leader Prabhakaran". 

 

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

 
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.

 

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

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)

 

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

  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

British Foreign Secretary Davis Miliband's Grave concerns of human lives ....... The secret behind the ‘grave concerns of human lives’ of these superpowers are very clear. World politics and arms trade are closely linked. Arms manufacture and dealing is a highly profitable global business. It is estimated that yearly, over 1 trillion dollars are spent on military expenditures worldwide. The United States is the top supplier of weapons to the developing world, accounting for around 36% of worldwide weapons sales, followed by Britain and Germany. Western Arms Manufacturers needs battlefields to sell their Arms. An estimated 500,000 individuals die in small arms-conflicts every year, approximately one death per minute. Are these people concerned for the loss of innocent lives or their loss of business? The Washington Times Editorial http://washingtontimes.com/news/2009/apr/26/tigers-at-bay/ (Sunday, 26 April 2009) should be an eye-opener to those masters who still believe that there is something extraordinary under their blue-eyes and white skin.

 

 

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

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 

No More LTTE Terror! No More Tears! Let us help Tamil civilians liberated from the "Human Shield of Prabhakaran"

The leader of the World deadliest terrorist organization, LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists, Velupillai Prabhakaran wanted by the INTERPOL for CRIMES AGAINST LIFE AND HEALTH, ORGANIZED CRIME /TRANSNATIONAL CRIME, TERRORISM, TERRORISM CONSPIRACY

A Tamil child escaped from the "Human Shield of Prabhakaran" is now under the protection of a Sri Lanka Army. No more Terror !!! No more tears !!!

 

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.

 

LTTE International Terrorism (Power Point Presentation)

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).

 

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More LTTE Atrocities Page 3 Chronology of LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorist's recent attacks on passenger buses and trains LTTE bombs Sri Dalada Maligawa in Sri Lanka LTTE bomb attack on Central Bank, Colombo Galadari Hotel Bomb More LTTE Atrocities Page 2
Chronology of Suicide Bomb Attacks by Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka Sri Dalada Maligawa in Kandy (World Heritage Centre) 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 Tamil National Alliance parliamentary candidate Rajan Sathiyamoorthy was killed by LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists on 30 March 2004.
Gonagala Massacre in Ampare - LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists massacred 61 Sinhalese villagers including
17 Women and 7 children on 18 September 1999
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). Deliberate Grenade Attack on Animals in Dehiwela Zoo, Colombo 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 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. 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). 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).
LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorist's Awaranthalawa Massacre on 12 April 2007 Power Point Presentation on some of the LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists attacks    0 2 April 2007 - Konduwantuwan village, Ampara 29 March 2007 - Morakotanchena, a Tamil village in Battocaloa 07 April 2007 - Piramankulam in Vavunia 05 April 2007 - Nidanwela, Aralaganvila
12 April 2007 - Avaranthalawa LTTE Atrocities - 2006 Review Assassination of Major Nizam Muthaliff  Massacre of Muslims in Muttur by the LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists on 03 August 2006 LTTE TERRORISTS SEVER HEAD OF A HOME GUARD NEAR TRINCOMALEE AND RUNS AWAY WITH THE HEAD (Full report in LankaWeb).  (Details in SPUR).
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) 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 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
 LTTE's Somadevi School massacre (7 Dec 2006)  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) TTE's Suicide Bomb Attack on Tsunami Devastated Town, Galle 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
Major General Parami Kulatunga assassinated by LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists 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) 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) 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) 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 LTTE Tiger Terrorists

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Child Soldiers of LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists
Child Soldiers Child Soldiers (1) Child Soldiers (2) Child Soldiers (from EPDP)   LTTE Child Combatants  by Rohan Gunaratna
 
LTTE TERRORIST OFFICES, FRONT ORGANISATIONS AND OTHER SYMPATHETIC ORGANISATIONS THAT ESPOUSES THE SAME TERRORIST CAUSE, BASED IN THE UK  Eelam House LTTE activities in South Africa South African LTTE Connections Exposed   The forgotten victims of WAR and Peace in Sri Lanka
LTTE International Secretariat LTTE Tamil Tigers in Thailand Child Soldiers of The Liberation Tiger of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) WORLD OPINION about LTTE Tamil Tigers Two Unmanned Aerial Aircrafts smuggled to Sri Lanka in September 2003... Who has smuggled those two planes ? What
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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) Information Received from Anti-LTTE Tamils

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

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) Unmanned Aerial Aircrafts Smuggled in September 2003

Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) - Read Violations and Complaints

Peace in Sri Lanka

         
Chronology of Suicide Bomb Attacks by LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists in Sri Lanka
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SPUR Foster Parents Project -  "Ranaviru" Child   Please send your opinion to King Parayakaran or the JVP?

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

   

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

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

Tamil Democratic Forum (TDF) in Denmark

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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

The forgotten victims of WAR and Peace in Sri Lanka

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

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

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

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

Tamil Terrorist Leader Arrested (MP3) audio clip
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Tamil Terrorist Leader Arrested (Real Player) - Download audio clip
Listen to Tamil Terrorist Leader Arrested (Real Player) audio clip

Please visit LTTE Child Soldiers Web Page

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

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

 

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

Open Warrant Issued to Arrest Prabhakaran 

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

Wanted by Interpol

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

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

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

Canada bans World Tamil Movement

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

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

In 1926, a statement by Anagarika Dharmapala

 

Wednesday, 13 May 2009 06:46 AM 

LTTE has started firing indiscriminately at the fleeing Tamil civilians killing many of them.

LTTE Radio transmissions reveal that LTTE has slaughtered Tamil civilians in the "Human Shield" to blame the Government of Sri Lanka

Transmission 1- 0345 Hrs (May 9) 

Senduran: "I have captured 20 persons trying to escape, more people are coming, I cannot control them".

Priyalan: "Try to stop as much as you can till I send reinforcements".

Transmission 2- 0355 Hrs (May 9)

Senduran: "Give a vehicle to send 20 persons captured".

Amburaj: "Vehicle with "Malaravan Master" has been sent to your place; don't let any civilian escape".

Transmission 3- 0615 Hrs (May 9)

Thirumalai Master: "How did so many civilians got injured?"

Senduran: "Many people came, we couldn't control and we had to fire on them"

Video footage showing civilian casualties that claimed to be taken in the civilian safety zone (CSZ) in the Vellamullai Vaikkal, in Sri Lanka are being often aired by many international media. Voices that said to be from pro LTTE sources are being heard blaming the government for constantly shelling the civilians.

See what LTTE did several months ago to the Tamil civilians trying to flee the Human Shield of the LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists

(click here to see details and photos)

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

Western media mafia is in a massive mis-information campaign against Sri Lanka saying Sri Lanka Army killed 257 civilians. This is a fabricated lie. 

Sri Lanka Army Denies Fabricated Pro-LTTE Media Reports, LTTE Directs Heavy Weapons at the Civilians

The sri Lanka Government deported three journalists of the London-based Channel 4 television for what it termed false reporting on the on-going humanitarian operations in the North.

 

World largest humanitarian operations continue to free Tamil civilians from the "Human Shield of Prabhakaran" 

 
Northern Humanitarian Operation (Tamil Version) 11 th May 2009 Troops in Mullaitivu Celebrate Vesak Northern Humanitarian Operation 11 th May 2009 (Sinhala)

Traitors at 11th Hour

Traitors, UNP leader Ranil Wickremasinghe, SLMC leader Rauff Hakeem and TNA leader R. Sambanthan are seen here talking before they met with visiting British and French Foreign Ministers. French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner and British Foreign secretary David Miliband, arrived in the country for a one-day visit, had earlier said that they failed to secure an agreement from the government to end an offensive against LTTE.

Mano Ganeshan, Awamangala Samaraweera, Hakeem and Ranil

Traitor Hakeem and Prabhsakaran

Chandrasekaran and Prabhakaran

CNN Opinion Poll

The CNN web site and the TV are now conducting a vote on , "Should the International Community intervene in Sri Lanka”?

Please click "NO" when you visit the link below

http://internationaldesk.blogs.cnn.com/category/i-desk-poll/

 

Crocodile tears to win the Tamil votes in the forthcoming Parliamentary elections

What a cunning Tamil politician

Guess; How many "Thoses" and "Wades" under the pillow

 

LTTE has started firing indiscriminately at the fleeing Tamil civilians

According to the defence.lk special correspondent at Karayamulli Vaikkal, five LTTE cadres including four child soldiers surrendered to Army 53 Division on Monday, 11 May have revealed that LTTE had brutally crushed several civilian attempts to seek refuge with the armed forces during the weekend.

"We were given orders to shoot anyone, even at our parents if they dare to seek refuge with the soldiers, leaving LTTE leader unsafe" a 16 year old child soldier among the surrendered said.

"Yet, we did not want to do that, we saw senior LTTE cadres firing shells and machine guns at boats carrying large groups of women and children on Saturday morning (May 9), many had died" , the boy further went on to say.

 

 

LTTE has started firing indiscriminately at the fleeing Tamil civilians

A 23 year old Tamil youth, the eldest among the surrendered to Sri Lanka security forces told that he decided to dessert the outfit with the younger ones, after witnessing the carnage on Saturday.

"I could not guess how many died. I could no longer stand this treachery against my very own people..., so I decided to quit ".

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Army electronic warfare units on the same day received three separate radio transmissions indicating LTTE had actually attacked the civilians. The following are the English translations of the three Radio communications.

 

LTTE has started firing indiscriminately at the fleeing Tamil civilians killing many children

Tamil medical officer, Dr V Shanmugarajah said he could not confirm that figure but said the makeshift hospital he is working in - at a school in east Mullaivaikal in Mullaitivu district - had so far taken in 378 bodies. He said 106 of those killed were children.

Monday, 11 May 2009

Over 1,500 civilians who were forcibly held by the LTTE terrorists, crossed over to the cleared areas on Sunday, 10 May 2009.

Cries of US and its allies on civilian casualties - By S Akurugoda, Melbourne, Australia -  While killing hundreds of civilians in Afghanistan and in Iraq, cries of United States and its allies on Sri Lanka (who has “Zero Civilian Death Policy” when fighting terrorism) remind us the story of a tricking thief who cried “thief, thief catch a thief”, just to avert the attention and as a part of a ploy set to escape from the crowd around him.  As per the media reports, US is planning to rush hundreds of millions of dollars to Pakistan help fight the Taliban and al-Qaida.  Last week, US-led air strikes killed hundreds of Afghans, including women and children and destroyed houses. All we hear is that the Pentagon launched a joint investigation into what appeared to be one of the heaviest civilian death tolls at the hands of coalition forces. That is the end of the story. In Pakistan’s Swat clashes, according to the information minister for the North West Frontier Province Mian Iftikhar Hussain, up to 500,000 people were expected to flee the valley. Swat is already struggling to house half a million people driven there by fighting from other northwestern regions over the last year. According to a AFP news item appeared in The Age, Austrlaian News paper, the United States and other Western nations, in contrary to what they preach to us, have opposed the peace deal with the Swat Taliban, ‘warning that other deals had broken down and given the militants time to regroup’. A US bombing raid in August last year at Azizabad resulted in 90 civilian deaths. The US originally said no civilians died. It later issued a directive intended to reduce the chances of similar mass civilian deaths. That is the end of another story.  It is interesting to note that none of the so-called human rights organisations (who are vociferous when the Government of Sri Lanka initiates retaliatory or rescue operations) has asked the US and its allies to ‘Stop Killing Civilians’, ‘Arrange Cease Fire’ and ‘Start Peace Talks' immediately or to fulfil the 'Legitimate Aspirations' of the Afghanistan people and so on so forth (Read full report in SPUR).

The following photograph shows Prabhakaran carrying his son for comfort 

The above photograph shows a toddler killed by the LTTE

LTTE commits bloodbath against civilians; more evidence surface - Video footages showing civilian casualties that claimed to be taken in the civilian safety zone (CSZ) in the Vellamullai Vaikkal, in Sri Lanka are being often aired by many international media. Voices that said to be from pro LTTE sources are being heard blaming the government for constantly shelling the civilians. However, there is ample evidence suggesting that LTTE has been taking the whole world for a ride with its well engineered propaganda ploys. According to the defence.lk special correspondent at Karayamulli Vaikkal, five LTTE cadres including four child soldiers surrendered to Army 53 Division this morning (Apr 11) have revealed that LTTE had brutally crushed several civilian attempts to seek refuge with the armed forces during the weekend. "We were given orders to shoot anyone, even at our parents if they dare to seek refuge with the soldiers, leaving LTTE leader unsafe" a 16 year old child soldier among the surrendered said. "Yet, we did not want to do that, we saw senior LTTE cadres firing shells and machine guns at boats carrying large groups of women and children on Saturday morning (Apr 9), many had died" , the boy further went on to say. A 23 year old youth, the eldest among the surrendered told that he decided to dessert the outfit with the younger ones, after witnessing the carnage on Saturday. "I could not guess how many died. I could no longer stand this treachery against my very own people..., so I decided to quit ". Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Army electronic warfare units on the same day received three separate radio transmissions indicating LTTE had actually attacked the civilians. The following are the English translations of the three Radio communications: (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Child soldiers in the Wanni; child protesters in Toronto - There are quite a few things beyond comprehension. Repeatedly children and infants are being used by the pro-LTTE demonstrators in Toronto and Ottawa and even to stand in the centre of major heartways of the city and making a nuisance of themselves. They have been demonstrating not for anything else but to prevent the wiping out of the terror menace in Sri Lanka aware this is inevitable. If the issue is the danger facing civilians held as human shield by the LTTE in the Wanni, the demonstrators should have championed their cause and demanded from the LTTE to let then go free (Full report in Sri Lanka Guardian).

Pro-LTTE media once again misleads international community - LTTE terror leaders hiding around the innocent civilian held hostages in No Fire Zone and terror sympathizing propaganda machineries once again have misinformed the international community circulating fabricated stories alleging that the security forces firing heavy weapons at NFZ. Sri Lanka Defence Ministry has categorically denied those fabricated stories, which have already been published on the pro LTTE websites, solely for capturing the sympathy of the international community and also to tarnish the image of the Sri Lankan government and the security forces. It is clearly witnessed in past few weeks, security forces contributing in the world largest hostage rescue mission have saved over 116,000 civilians while LTTE terrorists fired upon them using their battle tanks and heavy mortars. The UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) video footages recently published on defence.lk have clearly shown the true nature of the LTTE terrorists to the international community. Pro-LTTE propaganda machinery reactivated their operations against the security forces and Sri Lankan government while the security forces in the final phase of the humanitarian mission entrusted on them; rescue the civilian hostages held by terrorists (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

The whole world for a ride with its well engineered propaganda ploys of pro-LTTE Western media

TAMIL TIGERS MAKING USE OF THE HUMAN SHIELD AND KILL SCORES OF CIVILIANS - By Walter Jayawardhana - In order to depend on the victory of a propaganda war against the government the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) started firing at the civilians indiscriminately killing scores of them sources in the North East of Sri Lanka said. Providing a clue when this shelling started the LTTE connected website, the Tamil Net said it started on Saturday and as as many as 2,000 civilians had been killed. As usual to distribute their propaganda they used health sources, who have no other alternative but to tell the phoning reporters what the LTTE propaganda machine says. Dr V Shanmugarajah said he could not confirm that figure but said the makeshift hospital he is working in - at a school in east Mullaivaikal in Mullaitivu district - had so far taken in 378 bodies. He said 106 of those killed were children. Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said the shells were being fired by Tamil Tiger rebels. “The radars detected the LTTE [Tamil Tigers] positioning their mortars south of the safe zone and firing from there,” he told Reuters. “This morning, the radar detected two occasions of the LTTE firing to the safe zone to blame the military.” “Sri Lankan defence spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella told the BBC reports of government shelling were “propaganda” of the Tamil Tigers. “He said there had been neither shelling nor air attacks on the civilian zone.”

The following photograph shows the luxurious life of Prabhakaran's wife and her two children

the above photograph shows a  Tamil child who refused to join LTTE as Child Soldier killed by the LTTE

An open letter to Mr. Miliband MP from Rudra de Zoysa, London - I would love to have been a fly on the wall during your discussion with our Defence Secretary, Mr. Rajapaksa who is too polite to ask you to —- off certainly did not mince any words though. Now that you have returned to Old Blighty to lick your wounds let me shed some light on the third aspect of your hidden agenda for visiting Sri Lanka. Your visit is more than just buying the Tamil vote for the Labour Party and providing a lifeline to the LTTE terrorist leaders. To expose the third credible aspect of your hidden agenda, let me start by giving you a brief lesson on English History an unending list of heresies. * About 3 centuries ago Francis Drake and Henry Morgan practised piracy in the name of free trade. Drake was later knighted for his expertise. Eat your heart out Somali pirates! * Free trade was also the explanation given by your ancestor while they enriched themselves by selling human flesh in the slave trade. Liverpools riches are based on the slave trade. Liverpool is now the cultural capital of Europe thanks to John Lennon, Paul McCartney and the Beatles (Full report in Sinhale News).

BBC’S RADIO 4 SAYS THE ARMY’S  DETERMINATION NOT ONLY TO CRUSH TAMIL TIGERS BUT ALSO TO SAVE TAMIL CIVILIANS - By Walter Jayawardhana - Summing up his radio broadcast from Colombo the respected BBC’s Radio 4 reporter Andrew Hosken in Today programme said the Sri Lanka Army’s detrmination is not only to put an end to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)but also to save the trapped Tamil civilians.He said in his broadcast , “ the army knows this is a fight not just to obliterate the Tamil Tigers but to save the lives of perhaps many thousands of innocent men, women and children caught up in the storm of war.” He also said, “Although over the last two decades Kilinochchi has changed hands several times, its fall on 2 January signalled the end of the Tigers - who now control just a small coastal strip, 40km from Kilinochchi.” The following is full text that was broadcast;  “For years, the town of Kilinochchi was the headquarters of the Tamil Tiger rebels, which the Sri Lankan government describes as a brutal and ruthless terrorist organisation. “Now it is the HQ for the Sri Lankan Army which says it is on the verge of finally destroying an organisation it has fought for more than 30 years. “When Kilinochchi was finally captured by the army earlier this year, there were widespread celebrations, particularly in the country's southern capital, Colombo. “Although over the last two decades Kilinochchi has changed hands several times, its fall on 2 January signalled the end of the Tigers - who now control just a small coastal strip, 40km from Kilinochchi (Read full report).

Spin docs create casualty figures to mislead UN - Secretary Defence - The LTTE now on the verge of collapse on the Mullaittivu front has accused the army of killing over 2,000 civilians in an artillery barrage over the weekend. Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa denied the accusation. In a brief interview with The Island, he pointed out that the LTTE had timed the latest propaganda lie for an informal session of the UN Security Council scheduled for today (May 11). He said that the LTTE was making a desperate attempt to force the international community to stop the offensive. He said that nothing could be as ridiculous as a claim of over 2,000 civilians being killed in a single barrage. The army couldn't have mounted a large scale artillery assault without the international community knowing it, he said. Had they employed satellites to monitor the area of operations, they would have known the ground situation, he said. The LTTE and its supporters were trying to influence international opinion by propagating lies, he said, emphasising that the government had irrefutable evidence of an attempt to force international intervention. He said that the army refrained from using heavy weapons even at the risk of taking casualties. Despite all the constraints, the army had now fought its way up to the newly set up civilian safe zone, south of Karayamullivaikkal with an area of two km in length and 1.5 km in width. "We are in the final stage of our offensive and there is absolutely no way the Tigers can get out of this trap," he said (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Tiger spin docs create casualty figures to mislead UN — Gota - The LTTE now on the verge of collapse on the Mullaitivu front has accused the army of killing over 2,000 civilians in an artillery barrage over the weekend Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa denied the accusation. In a brief interview with The Island, he pointed out that the LTTE had timed the latest propaganda lie for an informal session of the UN Security Council scheduled for today (May 11). He said that the LTTE was making a desperate attempt to force the international community to stop the offensive. He said that nothing could be as ridiculous as a claim of over 2,000 civilians being killed in a single barrage. The army couldn’t have mounted a large scale artillery assault without the international community knowing it, he said. Had they employed satellites to monitor the area of operations, they would have known the ground situation, he said. The LTTE and its supporters were trying to influence international opinion by propagating lies, he said, emphasising that the government had irrefutable evidence of an attempt to force international intervention (Full report in Island).

Human Right Watch's war on Sri Lanka - By: Dr. Chandrani Gunaratna - On the eve of the scheduled informal UN Security Council meeting on Sri Lanka where the British Foreign Secretary David Miliband and his French Counterpart Bernard Kouchner will attend on Monday May 11th, the New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) who is constantly attacking the Sri Lankan government has written, this time, to the Japanese Premier. In a joint http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2009/05/10/joint-letter-japanese-prime-minister-sri-lanka report with representatives from other similar agencies that show clear sympathy towards Sri Lanka's terrorist group LTTE, Kenneth Roth, the Executive Director of HRW urges Japan to "support efforts for the Security Council to keep the situation in Sri Lanka under close and regular review and to consider the situation in Sri Lanka formally at the Security Council." It is amazing how determined HRW is to prosecute the Sri Lankan government. It churns out report after report against Sri Lanka showing clear hostility and citing mountains of allegations based on questionable evidence. Combining anecdotal unverifiable evidence and speculations convincingly, HRW writes to every organization, every donor, who supports Sri Lanka and urge them to take actions against Sri Lanka. In the letter to the Japanese Prime Minister on Sunday May 10th HRW writes that "the Sri Lankan government has refused access to the conflict-affected areas to the United Nations, impartial humanitarian and human rights organizations and the media. It should be clear that the world needs to know what is actually happening on the ground so that it can prevent abuses and help those in need." (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

The following photograph shows the luxurious life pf Prabhakaran's son, Charles Anthony

The above photographs shows LTTE Child Soldiers with weapons

Three foreign journalists deported over ‘false reporting’- Nick Paton Walsh and cameraman Matt Jasper leave their Colombo hotel after being expelled. The Government yesterday announced that it had deported three journalists of the London-based Channel 4 television for what it termed false reporting on the on-going humanitarian operations in the North. Head of the Media Center for National Security Lakshaman Hulugalle told media that the journalists had admitted they had ‘done something wrong’ and they would not be allowed to come back to Sri Lanka. They had been deported at 7.30 am yesterday, the government said. Nick Paton-Walsh, the channel’s Asian correspondent, however spoke to The Associated Press from Singapore and denied giving a statement to police or admitting wrongdoing. "This is complete rubbish," he told AP after arriving in Singapore. Walsh said he had been detained with producer Bessie Du and cameraman Matt Jasper by the police in the eastern town of Trincomalee and asked to give a statement, but he had refused (Full report in Island).

E-Petition Organised by SPUR Queensland

Ms Badra Karunarathna handing over the petition to Mr Virgil B Strohmeyer, Political/Consular Officer, Embassy of the United States, Canberra, Australia. The petition was organised and co-ordinated on-line by SPUR Qld.

In a petition addressed to the US President Barack Obama and the Secretary of State Mrs Hillary Clinton, the 3,700 signatories requested the US administration to: provide unequivocal support to Sri Lankan government to fight the war against LTTE terrorism; appeal to the Tamil Diaspora living in the US to influence LTTE not to prevent safe passage of civilians from the no - fire zone and to convince the LTTE to renounce terrorism; not to negotiate or encourage any attempts to save the LTTE terrorism from extinction, especially not to negotiate escape mechanisms for LTTE leaders, which would result in more deaths and agony for hundreds and thousands of Sri Lankans of both present and future generations. The full text of the petition..

Don’t try to save the LTTE - White House urged - A group of almost 3700 Sri Lankans living in various parts of the world urged the United States to support the Sri Lankan government’s fight against LTTE terrorism. Full text of the petition: "Mr. Barack Obama, the President of the USA, Mrs Hillary Clinton, Secretary of the State, USA, Mr. Robert Blake, US Embassador to Sri Lanka, Mr. Dan Clune, US Charge D’Affaires, Australia, We write in reference to the recent statement made by the Secretary of State Mrs Hillary Clinton stating that the Whitehouse is disappointed with the Sri Lankan government for not agreeing to a ceasefire with the LTTE to prevent further civilian casualties and that the Sri Lankan Government is not concerned about the civilian casualties. Mrs Clinton has herself acknowledged the fact that civilians are being used as human shields against their wishes by the LTTE terrorists and are not allowed to leave the LTTE controlled areas. The LTTE has responded to any attempts by civilians to leave the area by shooting at them. As Mr Gordon Weiss, the UN spokesman mentioned recently, there are also credible reports of clashes between the LTTE terrorists and innocent Tamil civilians who tried to prevent their children from being recruited to the LTTE and those who resisted have been beaten or shot (Full report in Island).

United States and other Western nations, in contrary to what they preach to us, have opposed the peace deal with the Swat Taliban, 'warning that other deals had broken down and given the militants time to regroup' (read more).

Farewell letter to Ambassador Blake – new US head of South Asia Can he stabilize ‘the most dangerous place on earth’? - by H. L. D. Mahindapala - Dear Mr. Ambassador, Permit me to offer Your Excellency my sincere congratulations on your elevation to the higher post of Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs. Your Excellency will agree that it’s giant leap from presiding over American interests in Sri Lanka to the tangled mess of macro complexities raging in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and, of course, Sri Lanka which, though a speck on the global radar screen, is also fraught with multiple ramifications as the others. Despite the knotty, humongous and intertwining problems piling up in Your Excellency’s IN tray, awaiting your arrival in Washington, I think it would be a cliché to say that you have been transferred to a larger mine field. I think it is more like jumping from the Sri Lankan swimming pool into the Indian Ocean soon after the tsunami hit the region. This, of course, compels me to commiserate with you. Though I am glad that an experienced Asian hand is taking over the reins of "the most dangerous place on earth" (President Obama) I am afraid that in the days ahead Your Excellency will be forced to live on daily diets of valium sandwiches between breakfast and dinner times and sleeping pills at bed times. Your nightmare is about to begin and I can only wish you all the best in your efforts to save the South Asian region which has the potential of being the first place, since Hiroshima, to go up in nuclear flames if (absit omen!) the Talibans get hold of the nuclear arsenal in Pakistan (Full report in Island).

Tamil Tigers are terrorists and unless you defeat them you can’t build the united Sri Lanka, says British MP-Malcolm Bruce - Liberal Democrat Malcolm Bruce MP for Gordon and Liberal Democrat Chairman of the Commons International Affairs Select CommitteeChairman of the Commons International Affairs Select Committee and MP for Gordon, Malcolm Bruce accused Tamil Tigers as terrorists and said "unless you end terrorism you can’t actually build the united Sri Lanka". He made this eye opening statement on BBC Radio-4 interview after coming back to UK from a two day visit in Sri Lanka. At the invitation of Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa, a cross-party group of UK parliamentarians visited Sri Lanka for 'an independent fact finding mission' on 4th and 5th of May. It was focused on the ongoing humanitarian crisis largely exaggerated by pro- Tamil Tiger propaganda network, few British politicians and some NGOs and INGOs. The group was headed by the special envoy of the British Prime Minister, Des Browne, Labour MP for Kilmarnock and Loudoun. The delegation included John Bercow (Conservative MP for Buckingham); Malcolm Bruce (Liberal Democrat MP for Gordon); Eddie McGrady (Social Democratic and Labour Party MP for South Down) and Mohammad Sarwar (Labour MP for Glasgow Central). (Full report in Asian Tribune).

Sri Lanka: From tea leaves to fig leaves - This country is famous the world over for producing the best 'tea leaves'. But, of late it has become known more for fig leaves from its conflict zone, which are in high demand in some powerful countries where political leaders are desperate to cover their nakedness. British Foreign Secretary David Miliband and French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner are expected to brief the UN Security Council today at an informal session. The contents of their presentations are highly predictable. Their recent visit to Sri Lanka came a cropper and they returned home piqued and red-faced. So, full of loathing and bile, they will vent their spleen on Sri Lanka today and try to persuade the Security Council to intervene to bail out the LTTE. Miliband and Kouchner are using a Sri Lankan fig leaf to cover their nakedness vis-à-vis the humanitarian disasters in Afghanistan and Pakistan caused by the US-led war. Miliband's political boss Prime Minister Gordon Brown makes no bones about his unstinted support for war in Afghanistan so that the streets of London would be safe. President Nicolas Sarkozy exudes racist arrogance from every pore in dealing with the economic refugees in France from the former French colonies in Africa. The EU just looked the other way while Israel was unleashing hell on Gaza recently. There were no calls for humanitarian pauses or ceasefires (Full Editorial in Island).

Two senior LTTE leaders killed - So called "spokesperson" of the world's most ruthless terror outfit, LTTE, known as Ilanthirayan has succumbed to his injuries today, 10 May, pro-LTTE websites claimed. According to the pro-LTTE website, Ilanthirayan was a senior cadre of the terror outfit from Batticaloa and he had been in key positions of the terror outfit. Meanwhile, Second-In-Command of the LTTE sea tiger wing identified as Cheliyan was killed in a confrontation occurred when troops advanced to capture the LTTE build earth bund in general area Karayanmullivaikkal on 7th May. According to the available sources, Cheliyan has led many attacks on the Sri Lanka Navy in the past and received injuries in a confrontation with the Navy on 27th March 2008 (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

What moral rights do the leaders of these countries have to advice Sri Lanka on how to improve the so-called 'serious humanitarian situation' and to 'arrange a cease fire' and 'start negotiating' with the most ruthless terrorist organization in the world (read more)..

Mortar locating radar indicates LTTE fired heavy mortars at civilians in new "Safe Zone" - LTTE terrorists have fired heavy mortars targeting the civilians in the new "Safe Zone" using heavy guns mounted in the "Safe Zone" itself from morning hours today, 10 May, Mortar Locating Radar of Army confirmed. The sporadic mortar attack launched by LTTE terrorists were later intensified and by 10.20 AM, heavy mortars believed to be 81mm have been launched by the terrorists in a location inside the "Safe Zone" targeting densely populated area within the "Safe Zone" itself, mortar locating radar report issued from the Army said. It is believed that scores of civilians were killed while many others sustained injuries due to this deliberate attack launched by the terrorists to gain media mileage against government forces. Pro-LTTE propaganda machinery trying to mislead the international community and to tarnish the image of the government and the security forces by carrying out such brutal acts on innocent Tamil civilians held hostage (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

With the elimination of LTTE – Tamils are finally free to express their thoughts - By Shenali Waduge - We would not be too far from the truth if we assume that for almost 3 decades the real thoughts of the Tamil people of Sri Lanka lay suppressed under the vicious presence of the LTTE and its leader. From the inception the people were well aware of the consequences of those that dared to oppose LTTE hegemony whether they lived in Sri Lanka or abroad. It was the comfort of making use of the opportunity to take up residence in foreign shores taking advantage of the LTTE’s promotions of Sinhala "discrimination" "genocide" that allow families of the 800,000 Tamil Diaspora to still feel a sense of "gratitude" towards the LTTE. Yet, do they not spare a thought for the thousands of other Tamils who have had to sacrifice themselves to afford this "opportunity" for these handful of fortunate Tamils and are there not still many even in foreign shores who are aware of the farce that prevails but the fear for their lives keeps them silent? Now finally the Tamil people are free to express their thoughts openly and freely – what are they now thinking? (Full report in Asian Tribune).

it is reported that U.S. and British pilots slaughtered at least 200,000 Iraqi men, women and children. And of course all these murdered human beings were dismissed by the Pentagon as "collateral damage." BBC does not give publicity to these figures, although the broadcaster is all-out to mislead the world basing its policy on Tamil Tiger propaganda. The LTTE, who is responsible for the killing and wounding tens of thousand of innocent civilians, President of Sri Lanka, PM of India, government ministers, politicians including Tamils who have opposing views, is shooting their own people who are trying to escape from their grip. British government, who once justified their killing of an innocent 'tourist' under the prevention of 'terrorism' act in their soil, is apparently aiding and abetting the LTTE terrorists in Britain who are in rampage, blocking bridges, attacking foreign embassies, assaulting people etc. Thus judging by the above records, the obvious question we have in Sri Lanka is, what moral rights do the leaders of these countries have to advice Sri Lanka on how to improve the so-called 'serious humanitarian situation' and to 'arrange a cease fire' and 'start negotiating' with the most ruthless terrorist organization in the world (read more)..

A new radio station for Wanni listeners to be inaugurated - A new regional Hudson Samarasinghe - Chairman, Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporationbroadcasting service in Tamil and Sinhala for listeners in the Wanni district will be inaugurated by the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation shortly. Chairman SLBC Hudson Samarasinghe told the Asian Tribune that all plans have been finalized for the inauguration of this FM radio broadcast on a daily basis. "One of the aims of this service is to resuscitate the music, the traditions and customs of the people of the Wanni area which have gone into abeyance, as a result of the LTTE hitherto controlling the people of the Wanni, under their iron heel. All radio programs in Tamil and Sinhala will be organized to foster amity and unity among the Tamil and Sinhala listeners in the Wanni area. Several live broadcasts will also be introduced" he said. After Kilinochchi was captured by the Sri Lanka Army last month the broadcasts of the ‘Voice of Tigers’ full of anti Sinhala LTTE propaganda which fostered hatred of the Sinhala people have now been stilled (Full report in Asian Tribune).

‘Tourism unable to reach full potential due to LTTE’ - Sri Lanka's Ambassador to Belgium and the EU, Ravinatha Aryasinha stated that Sri Lanka’s tourism industry had not been able to reach its full potential, despite demonstrating resilience during the past two decades due to the debilitating effects of the LTTE. He was speaking at the launch of the new brand of Sri Lanka Tourism, Sri Lanka – Small Miracle in the Belgian market. The Sri Lanka Embassy in Brussels, on behalf of the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, together with SriLankan Airlines launched the brand. The launch coincides with Sri Lanka moving into a post- LTTE period. The objective of re-branding was to create a core idea that can change the traveller’s perception of the country, encapsulating its diversity, authenticity, compactness and its geographical location identifying Sri Lanka from its competitors.The new brand, along with its tagline, logo, concepts and media strategy was presented to the leading tour operators in Belgium by the Counsellor of the Embassy Saroja Sirisena, The infrastructure projects in the Eastern Coast, Kalpitiya and Deduwa were also presented (Full report in Daily Mirror).

Over 1,500 cross over to cleared areas - Troops rescue over 650 - Sri Lanka Navy frees over 300 - Green Ocean ship evacuates 528 - Over 1,500 civilians who were forcibly held by the LTTE terrorists, crossed over to the cleared areas yesterday. Troops advancing further into the No Fire Zone amidst heavy resistance by the LTTE, yesterday, rescued over 650 civilians while the Sri Lanka Navy freed over 300 people who were fleeing the area by boats. According to Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara, 174 of 528 civilians evacuated by the Green Ocean ship yesterday were patients. They were directed to the Indian mobile hospitals and Padaviya and adjoining hospitals along with their bystanders. He said over 15 civilians who were fired at by the LTTE arrived in the cleared areas yesterday. The seriously injured among them were airlifted to the Anuradhapura General Hospital. “Troops have detected that the LTTE is using heavy weapons to target civilians living in the newly declared No Fire Zone. “LTTE cadres started firing motars to the newly declared No Fire Zone from 9.00 a.m. yesterday from time to time. Our radar system has effectively detected that the LTTE has positioned heavy weapons including motars in the area.” The LTTE’s attempt to attack 58 Division troops were repulsed yesterday. “The terrorists in three boats attacked the troops of 58 Division. Troops repulsed the attacks causing heavy damages to their boats, Brigadier Nanayakkara said (Full report in Daily News).

Vesak in Kilinochchi: Vesak was celebrated at the Lumbini Viharaya in Kilinochchi after three decades. Picture courtesy Army Media Unit

SL High Commissioner silences Al-Jazeera - Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to Canada President’s Counsel Daya Perera yesterday reiterated his Government’s call that the LTTE should lay down arms and surrender to the Security Forces before any request for a ceasefire could be considered. He was responding to a question posed to him by an Al-Jazeera correspondent in the backdrop of a demonstration staged by some 3,000 Tamils in Ottawa urging the Sri Lankan Government to declare a ceasefire in its on going offensive against a debilitated LTTE now confined to a mere three square kilometre area in the Wanni. The HC also queried whether the Canadian authorities would permit outfits such as the Taliban or the Hamas to parade the streets of Canada displaying their flags and ensigns as openly done by the pro-LTTE demonstrators in a major Canadian city. The Al-Jazeera correspondent had no more questions after the High Commissioner posed his question (Daily News).

Cheliyan killed - The Security Forces yesterday confirmed that the second in command of the LTTE's naval wing Cheliyan was killed during a confrontation with the Forces at Karayanmullivaikal. According to Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara, he was killed by troops during a confrontation to take control of the earth bund erected by the LTTE at Karayanmullivaikal to delay the Security Forces advance. Nanayakkara said the intelligence officials have revealed that Chelyan was among the killed during this confrontation that began on May 07. "Chelyan is a resident of Trincomalee and was the mastermind of several attacks carried out by the LTTE on naval craft," he said (Daily News).

Gender mainstreaming and welfare of women IDPs - With the Jaffna Peninsula being liberated by the Armed Forces and influx of refugees to the Government controlled areas in particular, the role of looking after the welfare of women refugees is immense. Here are extracts from an interview conducted with the Chairperson of the National Committee on Women (NCW), Ministry of Child Development and Women’s Empowerment Dr. Neela Gunasekara on the welfare of women (Full report in Daily News).

Humanitarian British MPs caught with hands in till - by D. Lankatilleke - The Daily Telegraph has indeed done the world a great service by exposing the commonness of the members of the House of Commons. These great humanitarians have been cheating their public and making money, submitting bogus receipts. These include their Prime Minister and their Secretary of State, the man who has admitted, after his visit to India where he had to eat humble pie, that his learning curve is vertical. This scam comes as no surprise, for as was pointed out last week in an article titled ‘British bullies’, the British MPs, who are seeking to stop the war here and save Prabhakaran, are certainly frauds of the worst possible kind. They are even seeking to have our problem taken to the UN. Why? All for the money that they receive from the LTTE sympathizers and of course for their votes. These politicians are no better than the street prostitutes of Soho. They have prostituted themselves but pretend to be having bleeding hearts for the unfortunate IDPs in our country. These pious frauds have no self-respect or shame, they remain silent at the merciless killing of civilians in Pakistan by the Pakistan Army and in Afghanistan, where their own forces and the US army are killing off hundreds of civilians through indiscriminate bombing, not to speak of the crimes being committed by Israel, the state they helped to create, in the Gaza strip. We are far more civilized than these people, who must be exposed for what they really are. Mr. President please do not invite any more of these prostitute-politicians to our country. Ask them to go to hell and let us do our own thing. There is nothing these self righteous, pious frauds, nay hypocrites, who have robbed their own people and got caught with their pants down, can do (Island).

Psycho-social support for IDPs - Arrangements are made to send a batch of 200 psycho-social supporters to IDP welfare camps in Vavuniya and Mannar. The program was initiated on April 30 with the holding of an one day workshop for Provincial Coordinators, Centre Managers, Senior Trainers and Assistant trainers attached to the psycho-social intervention and counselling program of the Education Ministry, Education Minister Susil Premajayantha presided at the Pelawatta Examination Department Auditorium. Director, Education Ministry’s Psycho-Social Intervention and Counselling Bureau K. V. N. Premasiri told the Daily News, as agreed at the workshop, a 12 member team headed by him visited Vavuniya on May 5 to collect firsthand information about the plight of teachers, high and law ranking education officials and students stationed in IDP camps. Education Directors, Principals, teachers, officials in the Education field and a large number of students who have fled the clutches of the LTTE stay in these centres. “They are mentally retarded, depressed and traumatized. We have decided to carry out psycho-social and counselling program to improve their mental health condition. The first group is teachers. We had talks with the Armed Forces, district education officials and civil administration officials on the matter,” Premasiri said. He said that within the next two weeks, 200 psycho-social supporters will be dispatched to Vavuniya to commence the program (Full report in Daily News).

Govt. likens Eelam bank to collapsed GK - The government yesterday likened the now defunct LTTE run clandestine ‘Eelam bank’ to the failed Golden Key company and other illegally run financial institutions in the south. A senior government official yesterday told The Island that the government was making an attempt to ascertain the amount of money deposited with the so-called the ‘eelam bank’ by people living in the LTTE-controlled area before the army liberated all civilian centres. Speaking on the condition of anonymity, he said that the LTTE had forced the Tamil diaspora to transfer funds through its clandestine banking system for years. He said with the collapse of the LTTE’s administrative system along with that bank thousands of depositors were in trouble. He said that authorities would be able to make inquiries from people held in welfare centres in the Vanni and Jaffna about the clandestine ‘bank’ and its operations. The official said that people had deposited their earnings with the LTTE fearing reprisals. According to him, the ‘eelam bank’ had been an integral part of the LTTE’s fund raising apparatus (Full report in Island).

Media Bytes – LTTE Activity in Tamil Nadu - by Col R Hariharan, South Asia Analysis Group - This is in response to the questions that have come from the media to me on the LTTE Activity in Tamil Nadu. 1. The STRATFOR, the US strategic security organisation, has assessed that the support in Tamil Nadu for the LTTE means they can exploit the international border to their advantage. Logistic-wise and infrastructure-wise India is best place for them. It said, I quote "The Tigers use India in much the same way that the Taliban and al Qaeda use Pakistan. The Tigers’ logistical and training infrastructure in India is especially important during times (like the present) when the Sri Lankan government is hammering them." It says the LTTE is more dangerous than al Qaeda. What are your comments? For a long time India knows that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is a very dangerous terrorist group. It is for this reason that it has been repeatedly banned for over a decade and a half whenever the issue came up for review. So it is nothing new. However, there are some disturbing indications; three things have taken place all over the world that indicates possible LTTE moves (Full report in Island).

Blame where praise is due! - It can hardly be disputed that our armed forces have done a sterling job in overcoming the scourge of LTTE terrorism. By a display of competence tempered with compassion, courage and perseverance, excellent co-ordination and other ingredients for success, a foe that was almost universally pronounced to be invincible has been comprehensively trounced. Despite the incontrovertible evidence, clearly to be seen from battlefront releases, incredulity and a subtle hostility is patent in the reaction of the so-called International Community. This is astonishing and deserves to be reflected upon. The overwhelmingly popular notions are that this is born of envy, Western European imperialism, the machinations of the hidden hand of the CIA, evangelical zeal, bribery of UN officials or Western Ambassadors by the LTTE, deference of European politicians to the electoral strength of the Tamil Diaspora and so on (Full report in Island).

Eelam chorus of Tamil Nadu politicians - It is very clear to all your valued readers that the Eelam Chorus is gathering momentum, not only in the Indian political arena, but also in some countries where a significant Tamil population lives. This is evident from the smashing of Sri Lankan, Indian and Chinese Embassy Offices located in U.K., Norway and India and a number of well attended protest rallies held in Canada, U.K., France, Italy and Scandinavia. In a way this is understandable when tens of millions of dollars, earned and contributed by the foolish and misguided Diaspora, have gone waste and their Eelam dream had vanished at least temporarily. We only hope that Indian statements, particularly from Jayalalithaa (and Karunanidhi) is only election rhetoric. She stated that she will send the Indian Army to carve out an exclusive Eelam from our island for Tamils (Full report in Island).

Fighting the globalised Tiger - by Dayan Jayatilleka - These closing climactic weeks of the conventional war have been accompanied by tremendous external pressure on the Sri Lankan state. This has its upside because it illuminates. It reveals to us the world as it is and how it might be. It tells us who our friends are. It tells us also who our enemy’s friends are. It educates us as to what we must and must not do, including in the coming weeks and days. Here is the rude reality. There is a three pronged campaign to save the Tiger. One is mounted from within the overseas Tamil community, the dominant pro-Tiger/pro-Tamil Eelam stream having developed into a global movement. The second prong is the West, with some functioning as the spear-point of that prong, while others are less committed. Some Western quarters are clearly protectors and potential patrons of the Tigers and the Tamil Eelam cause. The third prong is located in neighboring Tamil Nadu, with some parties now committing themselves to the cause of Tamil Eelam in Sri Lanka (Full report in Island).

A miasma of suspicion - by Prof Rajiva Wijesinha Secretary General Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process -  I have been astonished recently by the unwillingness of those who call themselves the International Community to assist properly the Sri Lankans who have recently sought refuge from the Tigers. They seem determined to keep them in tiny tents, as opposed to the relatively decent houses that were originally designed by government. Even more worryingly, they go on and on about how toilets cannot be built to anything more than basic specifications, which means they turn disgusting very quickly. Much of this grudging approach has come from the UN, but in fairness to them they claim that they are being held rigidly to basic norms by their donors. I was surprised by this, since I had thought the West would have been more sympathetic to Tamils about whom they had been expressing so much concern recently, rightly so given how much they have suffered, in being driven from pillar to post as the Tigers held them tightly to their bosoms without allowing any chance of escape (Full report in Island).

Magnificent discharge of Presidential prerogatives - by A. R. M. T. B. Ratnayake - It is three decades since we were unexpectedly forced to accept the novel role of presidential rule and during that space of time, we have seen four past Presidents who tried on their own way to hammer out an approach to the problem of the LTTE terror; the most urgent job faced by them. Their approaches neither bolstered national interest nor yielded tangible success as that of what we see today. When President Jayewardene, the architect and the first incumbent of the office of presidency, after a long journey of negotiations with the LTTE, arbitrarily signed a Peace Accord with India and invited an Indian Peace Keeping Force to handle the LTTE menace, our people fluctuated between hope and despair, up and down, while some of the militants on this side resorted even to destroy our national assets; their usual form of decent (Full report in Daily News).

Extortion racket: LTTE involvement suspected - Police investigating an extortion racket in Kandy, involving sums as high as Rs 5 million, now suspect an LTTE link after taking three suspects into custody. Two of the suspects-- a mother and daughter -- are Tamils. The third is a Sinhalese man. Police suspect that this was a racket run by the LTTE to extort money from wealthy Tamil businessman. The racket was bared during investigations into a threat made to a businessman, who had been asked to deposit a certain sum of money in a bank. The investigations were carried out under the direction of Senior SSP Jayantha Gammanpila. The kingpin of this racket, police believe, is now in prison. He had been carrying out this operation using a cellular phone. Police suspect that there were several others involved in this racket and hope to arrest them soon. Earlier a prison guard had been taken into custody in connection with this racket by Inspector I.M.Y.S.Yatawara of the Anti Terrorist Division of the Kandy Police coming under the purview of Senior SSP Jayantha Gammanpila. The modus operandi of the extortionists had been to telephone the targeted victim and ask him to deposit a sum of money into a bank account specified by the caller. The caller would threaten to kill members of the victim’s family if he failed to deposit the money. The victims had deposited the money through fear. One victim had deposited nearly Rs.5 million. Police expect to trace many others who had been targeted. In the case involving the two women in custody, the caller had told the victim to pay the money into the account of the daughter. But the account had been operated by the mother, -- and she used to withdraw the money. Police request all who have been victimized in this manner to inform the nearest police station. Further investigations are being conduced by Inspector I.M.Y.S.Yatawara (Daily Mirror).

 

 

Sunday, 10 May 2009

Sri Lanka denies shelling no-fire zone - Sri Lanka's military Sunday denied reports government troops killed more than 2,000 civilians in a clash with Tamil Tiger militants. The civilians, many of them women and children, were hit Saturday night and Sunday morning in a no-fire zone designated by the government to protect civilians, the rebel Web site Tamilnet.com reported. The military said there was no shelling in the zone, CNN reported, adding it could not independently verify the government's or militants' claims (Full report in UPI).

CHANNEL 4 TEAM WHO ALLEGED RAPE HAVE BEEN ARRESTED - By Walter Jayawardhana - Three journalists representing the controversial Channel 4 news in London who broadcast an unsubstantiated rape story based allegedly on LTTE propaganda has been arrested , police spokesman in Colombo said. Police spokesman Ranjith Gunasekera said the three were arrested in the Eastern Port city of Trincomalee and escorted by the Police to Colombo. They were charged on tarnishing the image of the government security forces and the Police said the government said they are still conducting the investigations. A member of the British parliamentary delegation who visited the same camp has said in Britain that the horror stories said about the camp are not true. Meanwhile moderate Tamil leader and President of the Tamil United Liberation Front V. Ananda Sangaree told India’s Express newspaper that the story is a hoax. Sources said no unnatural death or rape has ever occurred at the camp as the television channel suggested (EOM).

Media Release of SLUNA, Canada - IDPs held by Tamil Tigers, Meddlesome INGO-NGO-UN Agencies and Media - Trapped IDPs numbering about 15,000 forming a human shield for the remaining Tamil Tiger terrorist cadres in the Puthumattalan area confined to nearly 3 sq. km. are expected to be rescued by the Sri Lankan Army (SLA) who have succeeded in gaining control of the fourth and final earth bund strewn with mines and booby traps, in the next few days. The troops using light arms are confronting the cowardly Tiger terrorists firing artillery guns, mortars and other heavy weapons as they hide behind the civilians forced to form a shield. The SLA is confident of rescuing the displaced civilians just as they earlier helped over a 100,000 IDPs to flee the Tiger hell, despite suicide bombers and firing being directed at them by the LTTE.   Meanwhile, the Government of Sri Lanka continues to provide food, water, medicine and all other essentials with the assistance of the WFP and the ICRC to the displaced civilians including the LTTE terrorists who have conducted an armed insurrection including suicide terrorism for the past three decades. The World Food Program has reported on May 4, 2009 that adequate stocks of essentials have been provided to this region, vide http://www.defence.lk/new.asp?fname=20090505_04. Any artificial shortage if any, is one orchestrated by the LTTE to gain international sympathy, while it has been revealed that the Tigers were using bags of rice to fortify their bunkers in place of sand (Full Media Release of SLUNA, Canada).

Amnesty to Tamil Tigers who surrender ! Are you kidding ? By Malin Abeyatunga, Melbourne, Australia I recently read in the print media that the Minister for Disaster Management & Human Rights Mr. Mahinda Samrasinghe saying that the Government is ready to grant amnesty to LTTE cadres who surrender. Is he serious? Is he kidding? This will be like granting another life line for them to recoup and recommence terrorist activities at a latter stage. Don’t forget that the Tamil Diaspora is still financially and logistically strong. They have funds to take this war for another couple of decades if we leave the Tamil Tigers free. The remaining Tamils in the NFZ who are currently confined to an area of 4sq.km can be separated into four categories. The first category is the hard core “do or die” Tamil Tiger terrorists, be they are top rung or the lower ranks. The second category will be adults men & women who have been forcibly recruited by LTTE without their consent or willingness. The third category would be the under aged children conscripted by LTTE by force. There was a girl of 14 who surrendered told the media that she was given AK47 and grenades and put on the front line to fight against the armed forces. This only one case of many. The  fourth category is feeble older men, women, children and infants (who will be of no use for LTTE). Before granting any amnesty to LTTE cadres who surrender, every effort should be made to check to which category of the four mentioned above they belong to. There is no harm, if the government considers granting amnesty to the last three categories who had no choice but definitely not to the first category consisting of hard core Tamil Tiger terrorists. The first category has blood in their hands of massacring innocent sinhale villagers by families, killing civilians in bombing public transport, public and religious places, Commercial buildings and even fleeing civilians from LTTE captivity. Captain Ajith Gamage who was in the front in the operations of helping the fleeing Tamil civilians was shot dead by a Tamil Tiger camouflaged as one of them (Read full letter).

55, 58 Divs advance further to rescue civilian hostage held by LTTE - Infantrymen of Air Mobile Brigade under command to 58 Division further advanced into the "No Fire Zone" capturing LTTE strong positions in general area Karaiyamullivaikal yesterday, 9 May. According to the available sources, hours-long fighting took place in the area as LTTE terrorists launched stiff resistance on advancing troops. However, troops of 6 Gajaba Regiment (6 GR), 5 Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment (5 VIR), 1 Sri Lanka Light Infantry (1 SLLI) and 17 Gemunu Watch (17 GW) were able to breach the enemy defence line inflicting heavy damages to the enemy. LTTE terrorists have laid land mines heavily in the area to obstruct the security forces' advances, sources said. Intercepting LTTE communication channels, Electronic Warfare sources confirmed that numbers of LTTE terrorists were killed during the fighting while many received injuries. In subsequent clearing operation conducted in the area troops have found two bodies of LTTE terrorists killed during the confrontation. 2 x T-56 weapons and 1 x range finder were also found in the same clearing operation. Meanwhile, troops of 58 Division have also continued their offensive march to rescue the civilians held hostage by the LTTE terrorists. After capturing the LTTE built earth bund in general area Karaiyamullivaikal, troops advanced further neutralizing enemy pockets, military sources added (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

30th and 31st Batches of Patients and Civilians trapped in Mullaithivu evacuated on board "Green Ocean" with Naval Assistance: The thirtieth batch of 483 and the thirty-first batch of 528 patients and civilians were evacuated on board “MV Green Ocean” on the 07th and 09th of May 2009 respectively. 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 Field Hospital Pulmudai and the General Hospital in Padaviya by the Naval personnel for further treatment. Elaborate arrangements have been made to treat the sick and the wounded evacuees once they reach cleared areas. Hospitals have been equipped with adequate stocks of essential drugs and specialist medical personnel are assigned to treat the sick and the wounded as they are transferred to hospitals (Full report in Sri Lanka Navy).

57 Div uncovers more LTTE military items - Visuamadu - Troops of 57 Division on massive search and clearing operations continuously in recently liberated area uncovered large consignment of military hardware left behind by the fleeing terrorists, military report received from the battlefront said. Infantrymen of 7 Sri Lanka Signal Corps (7 SLSC) under command to 571 Brigade uncovered underground bunker from general area Visuamadu. 1 x T-56 weapon and destroyed boat believed to be used by the terrorists also found during the search operation. Meanwhile, same troops serving under 572 Brigade uncovered a large consignment of LTTE military items from general area Puthukkudiyirippu, the report added. Following items are among the recoveries (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

These 'owners of the human rights, champions of interpretations of anything to their own benefit', are adopting a different policy towards smaller developing nations such as ours, Sri Lanka (read more)...

CHANNEL 4 TEAM WHO ALLEGED RAPE HAVE BEEN ARRESTED - By Walter Jayawardhana - Three journalists representing the controversial Channel 4 news in London who broadcast an unsubstantiated rape story based allegedly on LTTE propaganda has been arrested , police spokesman in Colombo said. Police spokesman Ranjith Gunasekera said the three were arrested in the Eastern Port city of Trincomalee and escorted by the Police to Colombo. They were charged on tarnishing the image of the government security forces and the Police said the government said they are still conducting the investigations. A member of the British parliamentary delegation who visited the same camp has said in Britain that the horror stories said about the camp are not true. Meanwhile moderate Tamil leader and President of the Tamil United Liberation Front V. Ananda Sangaree told India’s Express newspaper that the story is a hoax. Sources said no unnatural death or rape has ever occurred at the camp as the television channel suggested.

Tamil refugee camp horror stories ‘wrong’ - By David Perry - Horror stories in Britain about conditions in Sri Lanka camps housing hundreds of thousands of Tamil refugees are wrong, a north-east MP said last night. Gordon Liberal Democrat Malcolm Bruce, chairman of the Commons overseas development committee, said there may be shortages but refugees he spoke to were happy to have escaped the fighting in the north of the island state. Back from a two-day flying visit, he said his delegation, led by ex-Scottish secretary Des Brown, was the first international group to have reached the war-torn area near Vavuniya, where 123,000 men, women and children are surviving in primitive conditions in government camps (Full report in the Press and Journal).

The obvious question we have in Sri Lanka is, what moral rights do the leaders of these countries have to advice Sri Lanka on how to improve the so-called 'serious humanitarian situation' and to 'arrange a cease fire' and 'start negotiating' with the most ruthless terrorist organization in the world (read more)...

The follow-up to Afghan civilian killings exposes the US conspiracy of diversion using the Sri Lankan issue - by Ajit Randeniya - It is interesting to note that the UN employs independent ‘experts’ on ‘summary executions’, right to health, food and water and sanitation. For heaven’s sake, what skills do make one an ‘expert’ on summary executions? It could only be US army experience in Vietnam, Iraq or Afghanistan! What expertise do you need to work out that human beings need food, water and, sanitation to survive? If the UN wants to contact them, there are more than six billion poor people in the world (out of a total of 6.7 billion) who can testify for this need and to the fact that their ‘rights’ to these essentials are violated by the greedy and selfish Western nations. The relevance of this issue arises from the latest ‘card’ being played by the long-noses in their never-ending campaign to use Sri Lanka as a diversion from the civilian killings in Afghanistan and the recently released report on Israeli atrocities in the Gaza (full report in Lanka web).

The western pressure to end the fighting continues. Three European foreign ministers are due to address a press conference at UN Headquarters in Manhattan tomorrow with Austria’s Federal Minister for European and International Affairs joining Britain’s David Miliband and France’s Bernard Kouchner at a ``joint press encounter on Sri Lanka’’ once the Security Council meeting on the Middle East is concluded (Read full)

Indian Election, hogwash of Human Rights Watch, Malcolm Bruce MP Scavengers and UK Channel 4. - by Charles S. Perera - Let India get credit for the delay in finishing off with terrorism, even at great risk to our Soldiers. It is true Indian Prime Minister , though he had not been exceptionally cordial towards Sri Lanka, had not been unfriendly as well. But he kept the Tamil Nadu jokers in check without giving into their hysterics. Therefore, it would be good to give him a chance to win the Indian Elections. But that does not mean that we should expose our valiant soldiers to danger allowing them to face ruthless Prabhakaran and his demons, without heavy weapons. One can never say with the terrorists, who knows what more surprises they have up their sleeves. I think the President Rajapakse had not been fair by the soldiers in allowing them to take unnecessary risks just to give Manmohan Singh a chance to win the election. However, if heavy weapons had been in use, the military operations would have been over by now, the terrorists killed or in Jail, and the Tamil Civilians in safety (Full report in LankaWeb).

International Community: friend or foe? - By Gomin Dayasri - It’s an eloquent image - thousands crossing from the territory controlled by the LTTE to government controlled area. The look on their faces tells the full story with the visuals blending perfectly with reality - a disenchanted people held captive escaping from the LTTE bondage. Still the UK, US and France have failed to decipher either the message or the image. They are too sophisticated and are not nitwits to be taken to cloud cuckoo land. What exactly is their one-upmanship or gamesmanship? The possible answer has to be elicited on speculation together with hard evidence to form an intelligible analysis. (a) They have a vote base in the Tamil Diaspora which can deliver a block vote if properly stage managed – and this can be significant at a close election; (b) The concepts of neo-liberalism associated with the ruling governments of the West and the benefits that can be extracted by supporting the underdog; (c) The spectacular success of the our security forces which the West has been unable to emulate with better fire power and infrastructural advantages which they are reluctant to concede and the accompanying element of green-eyed jealousy of our success (Full report in Sunday Island).

Holding on – for what? - The LTTE continues to cling on to its last patch of slowly shrinking turf as the army sets about the task of ending the Tigers’ conventional military capability along a narrow stretch of land on the Mullaitivu coast. But the all-but-finished Prabhakaran continues to hold out tenaciously for reasons that are surely connected to the final phase of the Indian election that is now reaching its closing stages. Significantly, Tamil Nadu is due to commence polling on May 13 and the various noises emerging from the State makes it clear that rightly or wrongly politicians there believe that the situation in the Vanni can influence the result. No wonder then Karunanidhi and Jayalalitha are trying to outdo each other on whose heart bleeds most for the Vanni Tamils. Our special correspondent in New Delhi reported in The Island yesterday that both the ruling Congress and the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party have also joined the Eelam chorus. We here in Sri Lanka cannot take offence at the latest Congress statement on the subject – that the party favours a ``permanent peaceful solution’’ to the Sri Lankan Tamil issue. But, as our correspondent had noted, it had remained silent on whether such a solution should be within or outside the framework of a united Sri Lanka. India, regardless of who is at its helm, has long been clear that she did not favour a separate state here and apart from election rhetoric, there is no good reason to believe that this consistent stance has changed. Nevertheless Prabhakaran would live in hope. While knowing that India would not willingly tickle his belly, the little comfort he may take today must flow from the expectation that the imperatives of coalition politics may win him a respite (Full Editorial in Sunday Island).

Showing the way with strong leadership - By Lt. Col. Anil Amarasekera A democratic country like Sri Lanka, though a small sovereign nation, needs political leaders who should and must work according to the will of the people and not on the dictates of foreign nations, however powerful they may be. We have at long last found a President who has the backbone not to listen to such dictates and who had the courage last week to tell David Miliband and Bernard Kouchner, the Foreign Secretaries of Britain and France respectively, "The government is not ready to enter into any kind of ceasefire with terrorists. It is my duty to protect the people of this country. I don't need lectures from Western representatives." Well said Mr. President, you were elected democratically by the people of this country to look after their interests and not those of foreign countries. The people of this country and more so the security forces will never forget how a former President J.R. Jayewardene yielded to pressure exerted by India and recalled the victorious army under the distinguished leadership of General Denzil Kobbekaduwa from the Jaffna peninsula in 1983, when they were poised to defeat the LTTE. The Indian intervention with the so called "Parripu drop" violated the air space of our nation, which India said was based on humanitarian concerns. India then forced our country to accept the Indo-Sri Lanka Agreement. It was this course of action that ultimately resulted in the resurrection of Tiger terrorists (Full report in Sunday Times).

The fake international community is vocal because of their links to the giant media mafia. It is through media manipulation the opinion of a powerful but numerically few are blown out of proportion to reflect as the custodian voice of the international community.

‘Prabhakaran is a proclaimed offender’: Indian PM reiterates united Sri Lanka - He emphasised that any solution to the conflict in the island nation needed to be found “within a unified Sri Lanka”. Without taking names, the Prime Minister ridiculed Tamil Nadu politicians who have threatened to send the Indian Army to Sri Lanka to carve out an independent Tamil State. “What is possible and what is not possible is a matter of speculation,” he said. “We are dealing with a sovereign country. It is not easy to march armies to a sovereign State. There is a certain thing called international law. I think these are all known to all those who are making these tall promises,” he said. When questioned of the capture of banned LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran and extradite him to India to stand trial in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, he admitted that, “Prabhakaran is a proclaimed offender.” The bold statement of the Indian PM assumes significance in the backdrop of AIADMK and its allies demanding separate State as a solution for the problems of Tamils. Even DMK had joined the bandwagon in demanding a separate State in Sri Lanka. When it was pointed out to him that some in Tamil Nadu were glorifying the LTTE, which is outlawed in India, Prime Minister Singh said: “As far as the Government of India is concerned, the LTTE has so far been regarded as a terrorist organisation and that is the policy of the Government of India.” He denied that the Congress-led government had not shown enough interest over the plight of Tamils in Sri Lanka. He said he had been “deeply concerned” over the plight of the Tamil people during the last five years he has been the Prime Minister. The Premier said the Indian Government’s topmost concern was to provide relief and succour to the mass of Tamil civilians displaced from the truncated war zone still held by the LTTE terrorists. Clearing the air over the Lankan-Tamil issue and its effects on the Congress-DMK alliance, Prime Minister Singh said the two parties are political partners in the State and would continue to remain so. “Congress’ alliance with DMK has stood the test of time and we will maintain it and form the Government,” Dr. Singh said. (Sunday Observer).

Double standards used by the US - By Malinda Seneviratne - The United States of America is fighting a war against terrorism. They say. Great Britain, ever the willing pup at Uncles Sam’s feet tags along (shall we christen the creature ‘Brownie’?). Master and pet rush into Iraq looking for non-existent weapons of mass destruction. The world’s greatest fighting machine (so-called) sprays vast swathes of a country called Afghanistan in the hope that a stray bullet might find the chest of someone called Osama bin-Laden, whose whereabouts are unknown. In the process people die - ordinary people, non-combatants, women, children in their hundreds no, hundreds of thousands. Does Uncle Sam care? Does Brownie, the ever-faithful lapdog care? Of course not! It’s just a fact of life, a fact of death. In a word, ‘collateral.’ (Full report in The Nation).

Defence Secy directs police: Ensure safety of IDPs valuables Over 3,000 savings accounts opened: Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has directed the police to take immediate measures to protect valuables such as jewellery and cash of Internally Displaced Persons. A large number of IDPs have brought their valuables along with them to the camps. To ensure the safety of the IDPs valuables, the Defence Secretary has instructed the police to ensure the safety of the IDPs belongings. DIG Northern Range Nimal Lewke said that a special police awareness program to educate people not to keep their jewellery and money with them commenced a few weeks ago under the direction of the Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. The DIG said that Tamils in the North had refrained from keeping their jewellery and money in banks through fear of the LTTE as the Tigers insisted that they deposit their cash and jewellery in LTTE banks. He said that extortionist gangs from Tamil political groups had relieved innocent Tamils of their cash and valuables. State banks such as Bank of Ceylon and People’s Bank on being informed of the situation had launched a campaign to mobilise deposits and over 3,000 savings accounts had been opened recently with the Bank of Ceylon. DIG Lewke said steps have been taken to ensure that the Tamils who had been saved from the clutches of the LTTE were not harassed by any terror groups to extort money. Extortionist groups currently operating in certain areas in the Wanni and in the East will be severely dealt with, IGP Jayantha Wickramaratna said (Sunday Observer).

The rebels warned them that if they attempted to escape they would be shot - “Many of the people we spoke to said they had not been able to leave the conflict zone because the rebels warned them that if they attempted to escape they would be shot and sentries were posted to prevent escape.”- Gordon Liberal Democrat Malcolm Bruce, chairman of the Commons overseas development committee,.... (Full report in the Press and Journal).

RETURNING FROM SRI LANKA LIBERAL DEMOCRATIC MP PRAISES THE GOVERNMENT FOR DOING A GOOD JOB OF SHELTERING THE IDP’S AND CALLS LTTE A BUNCH OF TERRORISTS - By Walter Jayawardhana - Malcom Bruce , Liberal Democratic member of the delegation of British parliamentarians who visited the Sri Lankan IDP camps , on his return praised the Sri Lankan government for doing an extremely good job under pressure to shelter 135,000 Tamil civilians who escaped areas held by the terrorists and called the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) a group of terrorists who killed their own people. Interviewed by Edward Strouton for BBC’s Today (Radio 4) Bruce who has been the Chair of the International Development Select Committee since 2005 in the House of Commons said, “We have got credible evidence that the civilians were threatened and shot at “ by the terrorists of the LTTE not to leave the war ravaged area that prevented them from leaving since they were with children. When Strouton asked why he was referring to “Tamil Tiger rebels” in a “loaded” statement as ‘terrorists’ the experienced parliamentarian to indicate they are terrorists in deed said they have killed Tamil politicians in and out of the government and they have got credible evidence the LTTE have threatened and shot at civilians preventing them from escaping until the Sri Lanka Army assisted them to escape. The only concern about the camps were that the authorities did not get down UN agencies fast enough to assist the camps and help themselves. He said one cannot blame Sri Lanka for trying to get rid of terrorism from the country as “until you rid terrorism you cannot build a united Sri Lanka.” Malcom Bruce said they got the opportunity of visiting the Northern IDP camps of where the Sri Lankan government was trying to accommodate a sudden inflow of 135,000 civilians escaping from the areas held by the terrorists. He said an unknown number between 10,000 and 100,000 are still trapped in between the security forces and the LTTE as hostages. The Sri Lankan security forces are trying to find ways of taking the terrorists with the least collateral damage to the civilians, he said.

Last ditch stand by Sea Tigers - Close on the heels of the LTTE losing an earth bund at Karayamulliavaikkal to the advancing 58 Division, the Tigers mounted a desperate attempt to cause some damage to the navy deployed off the Mullaitivu coast. Military sources expected the Sea Tigers to throw all their remaining assets at the navy as the LTTE retreated in the face of the army’s advance. Their latest assault spearheaded by suicide cadres of the Black Sea Tigers had ended in failure with all four craft involved in the operation either blasted or captured by the navy. The SLN yesterday captured an LTTE suicide boat along with a badly damaged attack craft following a fierce confrontation off the no fire zone on the Mullaitivu coast. Acting Navy spokesman Commander Mahesh Karunaratne told The Sunday Island that early detection of the two clusters of enemy craft close to the beach gave the navy the upper hand in the battle. Rear Admiral Somathilaka Dissanayake, Commander Northern Naval Area, recently told The Sunday Island during a visit to Chundikulam that the navy had the capability to make swift detections both on the land and out at the sea (Full report in Sunday Island).

Sri Lanka has been fortunate that there have been many friends like China and Russia that prevented the situation here being drawn into the UN Security Council agenda despite the best efforts of some European powers and the US. India too, despite many domestic compulsions, has not tried to make things harder for us; in fact her behaviour was quite to the contrary. We cannot also forget Pakistan whose assistance throughout the long years of the conflict was of great comfort (read full).

Meeting with Solheim on Ranil’s European agenda - Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremes-inghe will be in Europe later this week on a tour that will taken him to London, Brussels and Oslo where he is due to meet Norway’s International Development Minister Erik Solheim. Wickremesinghe yesterday confirmed this visit which he said he said had been long postponed due to the elections etc. He had informed the foreign ministry in Colombo about it as well as Sri Lanka’s embassy in Oslo. Asked whether he would be meeting Solheim, he said, ``Yes, I will be meeting him.’’ Explaining that the International Democratic Union (IDU) in which he is active is located in Oslo, he said that he had business to attend to in at IDU headquarters. ``Norway is no longer the facilitator and the war is over,’’ Wickremesinghe said. ``This is a better time for me to go than earlier and it’s a good thing it had turned out this way.’’ But Ministerial sources said that Solheim, a key player in the now aborted peace process has scheduled several meetings in Oslo between May 12 and 17 and will be meeting Wickremesinghe. Analysts pointed out that Norway’s only remaining role in the peace process, subsequent to government withdrawing its position of facilitator, was as a co-chair along with Japan, the US and the European Union (Full report in Sunday Island).

Program to rehabilitate LTTE surrendees - Deputy Minister of Justice and Law Reform V. Puthirasigamoney told the Sunday Observer that 3,000 Tiger cadres surrendered to the Government forces during the recent gallant operations and thrust into heavily protected LTTE areas in Mullaitivu and his ministry is working on programs to rehabilitate the LTTE cadres. The Justice Ministry was now under the direct purview of President Mahinda Rajapaksa and he (the President) has given instructions to adopt a humanitarian approach towards the LTTE cadres surrendering to the Government forces and to take all steps necessary to rehabilitate them and bring them back into the society, Puthirasigamoney said. Consequently they were working in coordination with the Presidential Secretariat on formulating programs on rehabilitating the former LTTE cadres and merging them into the society (Sunday Observer).

Troops advance into last Tiger terrain on three fronts Fierce fighting in Mullaitivu North: 58 Div deals final blow to last Tiger earth bund: The final thrust on the last batch of LTTE cadres including Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran aimed at rescuing the remaining civilians, reached one of the most decisive phases as of yesterday with troops making speedy progress within the last 48 hours with the 58 Division following a fierce battle capturing the LTTE’s last earth bund following a fierce battle that opened up their path to reach their final victory. With these developments, one of the crucial hours in the Vanni liberation operation is now on in the battlefront, as troops of the 58 and 53 Divisions reached some 600 metres closer to the newly demarcated No Fire Zone after considering the ground realities there. The newly demarcated NFZ was declared on Friday considering the presence of civilian population inside the area controlled by the LTTE after 58 Division captured the final earth bund existed there in the NFZ as of Friday, in the early hours. However, the decision to redesign the NFZ was taken at the Security Council Meeting held on Wednesday following a proposal made by Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to the Security Council meeting since a major portion of the earlier declared NFZ has already been captured by the troops after April 20. Although the earlier demarcated NFZ has been captured by the troops many international and local organizations, specially the media are still using the word NFZ for the areas captured by the troops thus giving a wrong impression about the ongoing military operations since they are being conducted within the earlier declared NFZ (Full report in Sunday Observer).

And most refugees know that they are better off in these camps than under the LTTE jackboot. They’ve known the worst. Just like after the tsunami, we will need a great deal of international assistance to properly care for the large number of IDPs already in these camps and those that will add to the numbers when the war reaches its inevitable conclusion (read full).

Russian support for SL’s counter-terrorism - The Government of the Russian Federation strongly supports the efforts of the Government of Sri Lanka to eradicate the menace of terrorism from the island. This pledge was made by the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov to his Sri Lankan counterpart, Rohitha Bogollagama during a telephone discussion between them last Wednesday (6th May 2009). Minister Bogollagama, who initiated the telephone call, gave a comprehensive account to the Russian Foreign Minister of the action taken by the Sri Lankan security forces in recent weeks to liberate thousands of civilians entrapped by the LTTE as hostages in the no-fire zone (NFZ). The LTTE was still holding the remaining civilian population as human shields in a rapidly shrinking strip of land in the NFZ on the north eastern coast of Sri Lanka, near Mullaitivu, Bogollagama said. He emphasized that the security forces are taking extraordinary precautions in their operations to rescue the remaining civilians from LTTE control, in order to avoid causing civilian casualties. The minister also briefed his Russian counterpart on the massive humanitarian relief effort undertaken by the government, with the support of the international community, to provide the large number of civilians who have escaped from the clutches of the LTTE and come over to the cleared areas, food, temporary accommodation in IDP transit camps and welfare villages, medical and other essential services (Full report in Sunday Island).

Miliband, Kouchner to brief SC tomorrow - The United Nations Security Council is to get informal briefings tomorrow from two European Foreign Ministers who visited Colombo last week. British Foreign Secretary David Miliband and French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner are scheduled to speak at an informal session of the Security Council tomorrow afternoon. Reports from the UN say the two foreign ministers are to give their views on talks with Sri Lanka Government leaders. Both Mr. Miliband and Mr. Kouchner failed during talks to persuade the Government to agree to an extended ceasefire. After the informal briefings, the duo, together with their colleague from Austria are to address a news conference. Russia’s UN envoy, the new president of the UN Security Council, has assured his country’s fullest support to Sri Lanka in the ongoing military campaign against Tiger guerrillas. It was re-iterated last Wednesday when Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke with his Sri Lankan counterpart Rohita Bogollagama (Full report in Sunday Times).

The Nationalist Papers; On power sharing with Tamils - by Malinda Seneviratne - There was a time, a time that could be described as the heyday of federalism/separatism, when a vociferous set of shamelessly anglicized writers used the F-word as though its non-utterance would result in asphyxiation. Their writings were dominated by words like grievance, aspirations and traditional homelands. The arguments were full of half-truths, selective reference of history that could be substantiated in some way, and were deliberately Goebbelsian in temper, seeking to make the Eelam-claim a ‘goes-without-saying’ thing. They did succeed in this, one must admit, but all that’s over now. Today we don’t hear the F-word. We don’t hear about traditional homelands. There has been a re-wording, a re-framing of things from that tiny sliver of the ideological spectrum. Today there is no talk of the LTTE being impossible to defeat. No insistence on talking with Prabhakaran. Today there is only fear that the Rajapaksa regime would in its moment of euphoria forget the Tamils altogether, substitute ‘development’ for ‘political solution’ and by and large hoodwink that community into accepting things as they are (Full report in Sunday Island).

Caring for Northern IDPs, a great opportunity to unite Sri Lanka – Dr Anula Wijesundera ‘The provision of humanitarian services among the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of the North provides a great opportunity to build bridges of unity among the communities of Sri Lanka’, Dr. Anula Wijesundera, president, Society for the Upliftment and Conservation of the Cultural, Economic and Social Standards (SUCCESS) and Consultant Physician, Sri Jayewardenepura General Hospital, told this newspaper in an interview. ’ This enables us in the South to show that we are interested in them and are concerned about their well being. We have been constantly telling these IDPs that we consider all of them citizens of this country and as one Children of Mother Lanka’ the Head of SUCCESS, which is currently engaged in providing medical assistance and material relief to the IDP camps in the North, explained. She said that ‘definite progress’ had been made by the state in caring for these persons and that this achievement is all the more remarkable when the massive numbers entering these camps are considered. Particularly after the ‘rescue operation’ by the military in mid April, there has been ‘an avalanche’ of such persons in the ‘liberated areas’ seeking relief but the state and social service organizations, such as SUCCESS, are coping well with the influx (Full report in Sunday Island).

Heavy fighting as LTTE area shrinks - Heavy fighting erupted in the early hours of yesterday (Saturday) between security forces and Tiger guerrillas, including Sea Tigers in and around the safety zone at Vellamullivaikal. The military said 45 guerrillas, including 14 Sea Tigers were killed. Security forces casualty figures were not given. It is learnt that the Sea Tigers had been hiding behind the wreckage of an LTTE-captured foreign ship, FARAH III, which is around a mile off from the Vellamullivaikkal coast. There were reports of the Tigers firing from the wreckage of the vessel. Land clashes continued till late last afternoon as security forces pushed into the remaining LTTE-controlled areas with civilians fleeing further south in the newly demarcated safe zone extending to an area of 2 kilometres by 1.5 kilometres (Full report in Sunday Times).

Kilinochchi then and lessons learnt away from the blackboard - By S. Kotalawala - It was the 25th of May 1972, the day following Vesak when I left for Jaffna to take up my first appointment as an uncertificated teacher of English at the Kilinochchi Sinhala Vidyalaya on the basic salary of Rs. 220 a month. During this period Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu, Vavuniya and Mannar came under the purview of the Regional Director of Education, Jaffna and the post was held by Vijitha Abeyesekera. Next to him was the chief education officer K. Kanagasabhapathi. Kilinochchi was then an education circuit in which the circuit education officer was T. Rasalingam who was later elected to Parliament from the Uduppidy electorate. When I first stepped down at the Jaffna railway station I heard that a railway compartment had been set on fire as a symbol of protest against the declaration of Sri Lanka as a Democratic Republic (Full report in Sunday Times).

Ranil takes wing on dubious tour - Opposition and UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe is scheduled to make another controversial tour of Europe. Local political sources said the main aim of his European tour is to hold discussions with several Scandinavian officials on the situation in Sri Lanka and a strategy to save the LTTE leadership now trapped in Mullaitivu. In a desperate attempt to exert more international pressure on the Government to go for a ceasefire with the LTTE terrorists. Wickremesinghe intends to paint a gloomy picture of Sri Lanka to the international community. Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage said the Opposition Leader appears to be playing a new role as the international spokesman for the LTTE terrorists. “I have pointed this out in Parliament too. It was Anton Balansingham who campaigned for the LTTE internationally in the past. Since his death, the LTTE got Siva Pasupathi to do that job. But since their international campaign got weakened, the LTTE has got Wickremsesinghe to act as their international spokesman,” the Minister said. Minister Aluthgamage said the UNP leader, who has lost 19 elections in a row, including two Presidential elections, is making desperate attempts to get political mileage and regain power at any cost. “Wickremesinghe is responsible for the current international pressure that is mounting and calls for a ceasefire. Over the past several months, the UNP leader has been globe trotting tarnishing the image of our country and discrediting our Security Forces which have been doing a commendable job. The Opposition Leader has done a considerable damage to the country,” he said (Full report in Sunday Observer).

Saturday, 09 May 2009

SPUR-Online wishes a peaceful Vesak Day

After 30 years, Buddhists in the Jaffna peninsula and in Batticaloa celebrated Vesak on Friday, commemorating the birth of Buddha, his attaining Enlightenment and his passing away into Nirvana.

Colorful lanterns made from bamboo frames, Buddhist flags and other decorations were on displayed everywhere, even in the Jaffna peninsula.  Several residents of Jaffna have donated essential items needed by the Internal Displaced Persons who fled the LTTE areas.

Finger-pointing not allowed when hands are bloody - By Malinda Seneviratne - (May 10, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) There are names that some people just don’t want mentioned. David Miliband, for example, would rather die a hundred deaths before Afghanistan is mentioned. Or Bala Boluk. Or Grani. And I suppose one could add Iraq and hundreds of unhappy villages and towns that received ‘liberation from Saddam Hussein’ courtesy the United States of America and Great Britain. The same goes for Robert Blake, the US Ambassador in Sri Lanka, Bernard Kouchner (French Foreign Minister), Des Browne (Labour MP, UK) and others who have been screaming and ranting and weeping copious tears about civilians in Sri Lanka (those held hostage by the LTTE and those in welfare centres - who, according to these gentlemen, are suffering because of a cruel, genocidal Government and not on account of a ruthless terrorist). Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of State, probably wishes a world map where Afghanistan and Iraq do not exist. Barack Obama too (Full report in Sri Lanka Guardian).

80 LTTE cadres killed; Army moves closer into Tiger areas - Sri Lankan Naval forces today foiled a Sea Tiger attack and sank two rebel boats killing 14 militants, whereas the advancing army moved deeper into the LTTE-held territory and captured an embankment after fierce clashes that left 66 Tamil Tigers dead in the embattled north. "At least 80 Tiger rebels, including 14 sea Tigers, were killed as troops advanced forward to capture the remaining Tiger held areas around the 'No-Fire-Zone'," the Defence Ministry said today. In ground operations, the Army broke into LTTE's mud embankment in Karayamulliavaikkal in Mullaitivu amid stiff resistance from the rebels, 35 of whom were found dead following the operation. Another 31 LTTE cadres were killed during clashes at Wellamullavaikkal, the military said.Meanwhile, Sri Lankan Navy destroyed two LTTE attack boats and captured two others in seas off Wellamullavaikkal in Mullaitivu. All 14 Sea Tigers who were on board were killed, the Navy said. The Navy destroyed one LTTE sea Tiger suicide boat and another sea vessel after the Tiger rebels attacked a "well-fortified" naval cordon in the seas off Mullaitivu this morning, the Navy said, adding it has captured another LTTE suicide boat with an attack craft. Two bodies of sea Tiger cadres, including a female rebel, were also recovered in the pre-dawn gun battle between the rebels and the troops. A cluster of sea Tiger boats, two of them were laden with high explosives, along with another two sea crafts, were intercepted and attacked, the Sri Lankan Navy said. In ground clashes yesterday infantrymen of 58 Division gained total control over the entire earth bund built by the LTTE in Karayamulliavaikkal in Mullaitivu following hours-long fighting, the Defence Ministry said (Full report in Business Standard).

Guess What LTTE was to Do with This Monster ! 

MULLAITTIVU: EYEBROWS were raised when the troops dominating areas deep down in IRATTAVAIKKAL after terrorists were evicted, came across one more huge monstrous cylindrical metal structure, identical to a device that enables to live underwater. (See photos).Tigers appeared to have been weilding the structure just before the troops rolled in, as all the hallmarks confirmed. This 360-ft long and 25 ft wide structure, apparently compartmentalized into three major sections, i.e. front (engine), office and the rear (relatively bigger), has been made of strong iron, and set on iron rails, like a railway carriage. In addition, a huge 300 ft-long canal with 30 ft deep water that leads to the seas beyond, has been dug touching this underwater structure, enabling it to float directly into the seas at any given time after induction. A few rotor blades that had been kept dismantled and hidden by terrorists were also found by the troops. The canal for its sailing has been tightly plastered with iron sheets on both sides. This colossal unit that could be submerged in water and used as a ‘temporary home’ could have been produced on directives given by LTTE leadership, perhaps to be used for an emergency, in case of any troop advance and military domination, military experts maintained. On Wednesday (7), troops, headed by Major General Jagath Jayasuriya, Commander Security Forces, Wanni inspected this unusual structure during a tour he made to the area. Readers are requested to send in their observations on this latest recovery, made by troops in Wanni (Sri Lanka Army).

Of humanitarians and bullies - By Dimuth Gunawardena - "If you let a bully come in your front yard, he'll be on your porch the next day and the day after that he'll rape your wife in your own bed." -Lyndon B. Johnson- Sri Lanka is a sovereign territory that is now being fundamentally battered by two major forces in their bid to save the LTTE leadership. One the UK, USA, EU, India led western strategic alliance within and outside the UN system. The other is the local NGO and INGO groups working hand in glove with the above forces. One of their main gripes is about INGOs, NGOs and the media not being given full access to the few square kilometres in which Prabhakaran and his remaining cadres are trapped. It is not an easy demand for any self-respecting Government to concede given the long and considerable history of overt and covert support that INGOs, NGOs and personnel therein have given the LTTE. It is natural, therefore, for the Government of Sri Lanka to err on the side of caution, for there is no telling what these individuals may do and because there is reason to believe that their activities may very well compromise national security interests (Full report in Asian Tribune).

On power sharing with Tamils - By Malinda Seneviratne -  There was a time, a time that could be described as the heyday of federalism/separatism, when a vociferous set of shamelessly anglicized writers used the F-word as though its non-utterance would result in asphyxiation. Their writings were dominated by words like grievance, aspirations and traditional homelands. The arguments were full of half-truths, selective reference of history that could be substantiated in some way, and were deliberately Goebbelsian in temper, seeking to make the Eelam-claim a ‘goes-without-saying’ thing. They did succeed in this, one must admit, but all that’s over now. Today we don’t hear the F-word. We don’t hear about traditional homelands. There has been a re-wording, a re-framing of things from that tiny sliver of the ideological spectrum. Today there is no talk of the LTTE being impossible to defeat. No insistence on talking with Prabhakaran. Today there is only fear that the Rajapaksa regime would in its moment of euphoria forget the Tamils altogether, substitute ‘development’ for ‘political solution’ and by and large hoodwink that community into accepting things as they are (Full report in Sri Lanka Guardian).

TAMIL REFUGEE CAMP HORROR STORIES 'WRONG' : BRITISH MP - Horror stories in Britain about conditions in Sri Lanka camps housing hundreds of thousands of Tamil refugees are wrong, a British MP said on Thursday night. Gordon Liberal Democrat Malcolm Bruce, chairman of the Commons overseas development committee, said there may be shortages but refugees he spoke to were happy to have escaped the fighting in the north of the island state. Back from a two-day flying visit, he said his delegation, led by ex-Scottish secretary Des Brown, was the first international group to have reached the war-torn area near Vavuniya, where 123,000 men, women and children are surviving in primitive conditions in government camps. The delegation faced an angry tirade from President Mahinda Rajapaksa when they arrived in the capital of Colombo asking questions about what had happened. The president was "aggressively defensive" about the campaign against the rebels, who have conducted a terrorist campaign for decades - including the earliest suicide bombers - in support of the fight for independence. "The president lost his temper with us and accused us of treating Ceylon like a colony," said Mr Bruce. "He categorically denied the Sri Lanka army has bombarded civilians and said we had been killing civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan and we should not be lecturing him." The mood calmed after the MPs said they had no previous links with Sri Lanka and were not there to support the Tamil rebels but to see what help could be offered coping with the refugees. Mr Bruce said: "I hope we managed to persuade them they should be more open and allow the international community to do more to assist them, and that keeping aid groups out is allowing the rebel to misrepresent what is going on." The group became the first to be allowed access to the camps, where they were able to talk to refugees. Mr Bruce said: "They were pleased to have reached safety but concerned at shortages of water, sanitation, food and medical supplies. "Many had been separated from other members of their families and were desperately anxious to find each other and be reunited. "Many of the people we spoke to said they had not been able to leave the conflict zone because the rebels warned them that if they attempted to escape they would be shot and sentries were posted to prevent escape." (Press and Journal) (Daily Mirror).

"Our troops the best in the world" - Secretary Defence Secretary Defence Mr: Gotabaya Rajapaksa said Sri Lanka possessed the world's best professional armed forces. The Security Forces took action to rein in terrorist activities which impacted the country for nearly 3 decades. In an interview on Sri Lanka Rupavani Corporation on 7th May, Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa, pointed out that the troops excelled in discipline, civil relations and humanitarian laws. "Sri Lanka security forces have engaged in the world largest hostage rescue mission while defeating the most ruthless terrorist organization, LTTE, to bring peace for the entire country. A professional Army is different from a terrorist outfit", he added (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Tigers obstructing supplies to NFZ: Lankan govt COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan Government has claimed that the LTTE rebels were obstructing relief supplies being sent for the thousands of Tamil civilians stranded in the No-Fire-Zone even as the Tigers assured “full commitment” to the humanitarian mission. Essential Services Commissioner General S B Divaratne said the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has not expressed willingness to send food items to the civilians trapped in the No Fire Zone by sea. He said the ICRC should prevail upon the LTTE to facilitate the relief supplies for the thousands of besieged Tamil civilians in the No-Fire-Zone. An ICRC official said the organisation had been undertaking humanitarian mission to the LTTE-controlled ar eas but sought security assurance from the government in this regard (Full report in Business Line).

Western Arms Manufacturers needs battlefields to sell their Arms...... The secret behind the ‘grave concerns of human lives’ of these superpowers are very clear. World politics and arms trade are closely linked. Arms manufacture and dealing is a highly profitable global business. It is estimated that yearly, over 1 trillion dollars are spent on military expenditures worldwide. The United States is the top supplier of weapons to the developing world, accounting for around 36% of worldwide weapons sales, followed by Britain and Germany. Western Arms Manufacturers needs battlefields to sell their Arms. An estimated 500,000 individuals die in small arms-conflicts every year, approximately one death per minute. Are these people concerned for the loss of innocent lives or their loss of business? (Read full article in SPUR).

The change to double standards in Washington - There is so much to be watching and observing as a journalist within Sri Lanka that it is not often that I refer to developments abroad unless it directly impinges on the Sri Lankan situation. Most observers notice what is a near desperation among the ‘International Community’ which incidentally excludes more than three-fourths of the world’s population, and of the international media in their comments on the situation in Sri Lanka, with the Government resolutely refusing to give in to pressures brought at the behest of the Sri Lankan Tamil expatriate populations in various European and ‘Western countries’ who are wrongly labelled, even by our own diplomats who should know better as the Tamil Diaspora; and for the geo-political interests of some of these nations that still think this is the age of imperialism (Full report in Daily News).

A Letter to David Miliband, British Foreign Secretary - By Rohana Arambewala, Melbourne, Australia - Mr. Milliband, It is nice to see people like you are interested in small countries and their progress, safety, and the people. But unfortunately what I have seen from you and your partners is one sided. You are trying hard to save life of some "Sri Lankan Tamil people" (they are Sri Lankans too and the responsibility of the Sri Lanka Govt) who are kept as prisoners to protect the killers by the "Most ruthless Terrorist group (not rebels - as Oxford dictionary very clearly gives the meaning for both words - and remember it is a British dictionary) and the Psychopath Killer who has (boasted) personally killed children and innocent women and elderly (watch - award winning movie "No More Tears Sister") and one day who will go on the record books as the worst human ever lived (worse than Hitler or Pol Pot). This man who earns more money (Janes agency) every month than whole of Sri Lankans economy from blinded Tamil Diaspora (forcing innocent Tamils to contribute, drug trafficking to Western countries - which harms the children of yours and mine, arms transporting to fight against Democratically elected governments around the world, sea piracy etc etc. is now crying foul and getting his goons around the world to influence people like you, and you guys are so gullible you come out blaming the democratically elected government (Read full letter).

Doublespeak of the West

The West is calling on Sri Lanka to enable the LTTE to surrender to an international third party In Afghanistan more Western fighting forces are inducted to fight the Talibans-there is no call for a pause for negotiations or opportunity to surrender to a friendly force. The Nordic countries are not sending emissaries to talk peace. Instead efforts are being made to enlarge the fighting contingent and arming them with modern sophisticated weaponry - By Gomin Dayasiri (Read full article)

To: The Editor EMBASSY,  Ottawa - Sri Lanka War Crimes - By Asoka Weerasinghe, Vanada - Sir: Ken Sunquist, DFAIT’s Assistant Deputy Minister of Asia and Africa, during his musings on Sri Lanka War Crimes before Foreign Affairs Committee on April 29, missed the opportunity to include in his equation of, “the possibility of future investigations into allegations of war crimes and genocide in Sri Lanka…” the possible claims for compensation for the victims and their families who lost their lives and limbs because of foreign nations support , directly or indirectly, for the Tamil Tigers to continue this war. While India would be a very definite candidate for such an allegation for training the Tamil guerrillas during late 1983 and early 1984 in military camps in the south and north of India and graduated them as terrorists, and sent them back to Sri Lanka to kill and maim innocent civilians for the want of their separate state, Eelam. The other nation unfortunately happens to be Canada, and we will find it difficult to dodge that bullet. Canada let the Tamil Diaspora collect two million dollars a month to stuff the Tamil Tiger war chest for 13 years when the Liberals were in power. Such an indictment would come, most definitely from the families of the 114 who were killed and the 1,338 who were maimed for life by the truck bomb carrying high explosives which brought down the Central Bank Building in the heart of Colombo on January 31, 1996. It has been documented that the Tamil Tigers in 1994 bought 10 tons of hexogen, a plastic explosive like Semtex, and 50 tons of trinitrotoluol (TNT) from the Rubezone Chemical Factory in Ukraine, and paid with a cheque cut from a Tamil-Canadian account in a bank in Vancouver , which were used in the truck bomb. So Canada’s DFAIT shouldn’t be smug about pointing its finger at Sri Lanka’s government on war crimes. We too will have to pay the price for being that heartless, as the incumbent government was only interested in buying Tamil votes in the GTA ridings where a good majority of the Tamils live - Asoka Weerasinghe.

To the Editor of Guardian UK - Bombing and the deafening silence - by Asoka Subhawickrama - I was shocked after reading the news item “US air strikes kill dozens of Afghan civilians” (May 7). It was not because of the air strikes alone, but more because of the absolute silence of Britain over the incident. Only days ago Britain was castigating Sri Lanka alleging they used air strikes in their triumphant routing of the Tamil Tigers (LTTE) - one of the deadliest and once most powerful terrorist organisations the world had ever seen. In a vain attempt to stop the complete erasure of LTTE, Britain sent David Milliband, the not-so-diplomatic Foreign Secretary to virtually threaten Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan Defence Secretary returned the compliments in good measure. British duplicity may be explained by the fact that Britain gave safe haven, and a base for international lobbying activities, to the deputy leader of the LTTE, Anton Balasingham until his death a few years ago. His wife, Adela, notorious figurehead of the LTTE woman suicide bombers, still lives in Britain, although she is persona non grata in her own country, Australia.

Double Standards of Western Countries

In Western countries, terrorists are "Terrorists".

In developing countries, terrorists are "Freedom Fighters"

Open Letter to David Miliband, British Foreign Secretary - By Ben Silva, United Kingdom - Hon David Milliband, MPSecretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. milibandd@parliament.uk  Dear Mr Miliband,Transparent double standards and hypocrisy   Please visit USA and ask for an immediate ceasefire in Afghanistan and Iraq, to stop civilian deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan, now reaching record high levels, in excess of 1.2 million..Ref. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casualties_of_the_Iraq_War http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2007/sep/16/iraq.iraqtimeline Many have been tortured in Iraq and subjected to sexual and physical abuse. I am sure you are well aware that USA bombed Iraq to terrorise Iraqis. Any collateral damage in Sri Lanka is negligible, due to the Zero Civilian Casualty policy of GOSL. Media reports indicate that air strikes ,by USA, have killed civilians Ref: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/may/06/us-air-strikes-afghan-civilians. Just like you tried to give a life line to the worlds deadliest terror group, please try and save the innocent civilians in Afghanistan by asking for an immediate ceasefire in Iraq and Afghanistan. At lease you will be saving civilians rather than the terrorists you tried to save, which is an immoral act. If you do not ask for a ceasefire in Iraq and Afghanistan, your double standard, hypocrisy and appeasement of terrorists  will be so transparent and visible to the world. Shame on you, that you cannot distinguish between a terrorist (LTTE) and the victim Sri Lanka who are struggling for survival. There are 100 million Tamils in the world and only 14 million voiceless Sinhalese. The blundering home office officials favoured Tamils, same as in the old colonial days, discriminated against the Sinhalese and gave 3000000 of them residency status. These bogus refugees are now demonstrating in UK showing their strength. The bogus refugees had a key role in funding the terrorist organisation, and UK should be held responsible, as it turned a blind eye (Read full letter).

Sebastian Rasalingam in Toronto says ..... I have cringed with pain and clutched my head in anguish, watching my grand children’s friends in Scarborough, Ontario, going out, with their friends, to join protest marches in the streets of Toronto. These young people are given the Tiger flag which is an insult to the best traditions of Hindu society or the Christian values taught by the prince of peace. ............... 

The IDP camps in Vavniya are far better than the IDP camps in India. The Diaspora has not risen to help our Tamils in the IDP camps in Sri Lanka or India. Instead, it chooses to wave Tiger flags in western capitals and use political blackmail by “fasting unto death”, immolation and such undemocratic methods. The Tamil Diaspora has to cure itself of the Eelam Virus. Then and then only can it help the Tamils (read details).

Massive Terrorist Explosives & 31 Dead Tigers Found - MULLAITTIVU: TROOPS continuing their search and clear operations in the general areas of KARAYANMULLIVAIKKAL, VELLAMULLIVAIKKAL, UDAYARKATTUKULAM and VAVUNAVILLU Friday (8) uncovered thirty-one LTTE dead bodies, thirty-two T-56 weapons, two Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPG), four Multi Purpose Machine Guns (MPMG), one 12.7 weapon, one 40 mm grenade launcher, two I-com sets, two claymore mines, three T-56 magazines, two detonators and two maps. Meanwhile, troops engaged in continuous search and clear operations in the general areas of PUTHUKKUDIYIRUPPU west, PUTHUKKUDIYIRUPPU east, VERAKULAM, VELLAMULLIVAIKKAL, VAVUNAVILLU and ALLAIWEWA found thirty-one LTTE dead bodies, one 82 mm mortar barrel, two 81 mm mortar barrels, one 60 mm mortar, three 12.7 mm weapons, three MPMG weapon bodies, six Light Machine Guns (LMG), thirty LMG bodies, thirty-seven T-56 weapons, two hundred and thirty-one T-56 weapon bodies, eighty-nine T-56 weapon pistons, fifty-eight 9 mm pistols, one anti aircraft gun with weapon mount and sight, hundred MPMG links, two MPMG mounts, seven 152 arty ammunition, three hundred and sixty-seven 81mm mortar bombs, two hundred and eighty-three RPG bombs, ninety-eight 1.5 kg claymore mines, two hundred and two 2 kg claymore mines, nine suicide jackets, twelve thousand and eighty-one electronic detonators, 253 kg of TNT explosives, 2 kg of cordite slabs, one iron cage, nine hundred and seventy pressure mine cases, one hundred and forty lead bars, 227 kg of wax, eight sea mines, forty five coil roles, one radar monitor, three hundred and five saline bottles, two SFG hand grenades, eight agricultural maps, eleven claymore circuits, one hundred and ninety-seven AP mines, 12 kg of C4 explosives, two 60 mm mortar bombs, two firing devices, one 120 mm bombs, seventy-eight 60 mm mortar fuses, one hundred and twenty-two Argus bombs, one T-56 tripod, eighty-two hand grenades, one pressure mine, two thousand and eight hundred fifty rounds of T-56 ammunition, seven 9.9 hp boat engines, twenty-nine pouches, two LTTE packs, twenty-five saline bottles, five Bangalore torpedoes, fifty TRG hand grenades, fourteen Arul bombs fuses, three thousand 12.7 mm link parts, sixteen claymore stands, ninety-four T-56 magazines, three thousand MPMG links parts, one thousand and five hundred 12.7 mm projectiles, five hundred 12.7 mm empty cases, one hundred and seventy-seven claymore mines, 525 m of DET codes, three 12.7 tripods, one hundred and eighty MPMG link bags, twenty-four thousand claymore switches, fifteen thousand claymore circuits, one T 81 magazine, 15 kg of iron balls, seventy anti personnel fuses, two anti personnel mines, two RPG weapons, four MPMG weapons, four I-com radio sets and one AGL weapon (Sri Lanka Army).

Tigers Go Berserk & Five of Escapees; One Dead & 17 Injured - : PANIC-STRICKEN Tiger terrorists Saturday (9) morning repeated their brutality in the remaining “No Fire Zone” and caused death to one more civil escapee and injured seventeen more civilians who were fleeing from LTTE grips. Estimated 186 escapees were trying to enter troop-held areas across the bridge in MULLAITTIVU when the terrorists stormed them and went on a shooting-spree to prevent them from deserting the LTTE. One of the civilians died and 17 more received injuries, but they managed to reach troops. All the injured with the dead civilians were immediately airlifted to ANURADHAPURA hospital for treatment by the troops (Sri Lanka Army).

Tigers Go Berserk & Five of Escapees; One Dead & 17 Injured - MULLAITTIVU: PANIC-STRICKEN Tiger terrorists Saturday (9) morning repeated their brutality in the remaining “No Fire Zone” and caused death to one more civil escapee and injured seventeen more civilians who were fleeing from LTTE grips. Estimated 186 escapees were trying to enter troop-held areas across the bridge in MULLAITTIVU when the terrorists stormed them and went on a shooting-spree to prevent them from deserting the LTTE. One of the civilians died and 17 more received injuries, but they managed to reach troops. All the injured with the dead civilians were immediately airlifted to ANURADHAPURA hospital for treatment by the troops.

Massive Terrorist Explosives & 31 Dead Tigers Found -  TROOPS continuing their search and clear operations in the general areas of KARAYANMULLIVAIKKAL, VELLAMULLIVAIKKAL, UDAYARKATTUKULAM and VAVUNAVILLU Friday (8) uncovered thirty-one LTTE dead bodies, thirty-two T-56 weapons, two Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPG), four Multi Purpose Machine Guns (MPMG), one 12.7 weapon, one 40 mm grenade launcher, two I-com sets, two claymore mines, three T-56 magazines, two detonators and two maps.Meanwhile, troops engaged in continuous search and clear operations in the general areas of PUTHUKKUDIYIRUPPU west, PUTHUKKUDIYIRUPPU east, VERAKULAM, VELLAMULLIVAIKKAL, VAVUNAVILLU and ALLAIWEWA found thirty-one LTTE dead bodies, one 82 mm mortar barrel, two 81 mm mortar barrels, one 60 mm mortar, three 12.7 mm weapons, three MPMG weapon bodies, six Light Machine Guns (LMG), thirty LMG bodies, thirty-seven T-56 weapons, two hundred and thirty-one T-56 weapon bodies, eighty-nine T-56 weapon pistons, fifty-eight 9 mm pistols, one anti aircraft gun with weapon mount and sight, hundred MPMG links, two MPMG mounts, seven 152 arty ammunition, three hundred and sixty-seven 81mm mortar bombs, two hundred and eighty-three RPG bombs, ..... (See full report in Sri Lanka Army).

Sri Lanka Navy foils rebel suicide attack bid - -- Sri Lanka Navy said they had prevented an attempted suicide attack against the troops in the northeastern Mullaithivu district Saturday. Navy spokesman Mahesh Karunaratne said at 3 a.m. local time (2130 GMT) the Navy's special boat squad destroyed one suicide boat, two boats of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and nabbed three other boats. At least 14 rebels were killed in the attack. "The LTTE boats were targeting the Navy's patrol boats operating closer to the shore", Karunaratne said. Meanwhile, the Sri Lanka Airforce said they airlifted a dead body of a civilian and 12 other injured people from the northeastern no-fire zone to hospital in the northern town of Anuradhapura on Saturday morning. Airforce spokesman Janaka Nanayakkara said the LTTE had opened fire at some 186 civilians when they attempted to flee the rebel hold. The LTTE has faced international condemnation for keeping civilians as human shields (Full report in Xinhua Net).

LTTE eyeing west coast to enter India: Indian Navy - The LTTE, pushed to a narrow stretch in Sri Lanka by its army, is trying to infiltrate into India through the western coast, a senior Navy officer said on Saturday. "As the Navy is closely monitoring the Tamil Nadu coast, we realised that people from Sri Lanka, including LTTE cadres, were trying to illegally enter from the west coast," Vice-Admiral S K Damle, flag Officer Commanding in Chief, Southern Naval Command, said here. He was speaking on sidelines of a passing out parade organised by Indian Navy at 'INS Mandovi' near here. Damle said that Police and other security agencies have informed the navy that LTTE is also making attempts to infiltrate from other areas. He, however, clarified that the problem is not of today. "This possibility was always there and we have been on high alert to foil any illegal entry attempt," he said adding that the Navy has not come across any LTTE ship in Indian waters (Full report in Times of India).

SLAF airlifts Tamil civilians injured in LTTE fire - Sri Lanka Air Force has airlifted Tamil civilians received severe injuries in LTTE indiscriminate firing to the Anuradhapura base hospital last evening, 8 May. Air Force spokesperson, Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara speaking to defence.lk said 12 Tamil civilians airlifted from Alampil to Anuradhapura base hospital for immediate medical attention. More Tamil civilians forcibly held hostage by the LTTE terrorists in government declared “No Fire Zone” were able to reach the 59 Division escaping terror grip amidst LTTE's indiscriminate firing upon them. Many civilians reportedly received injuries in this incident and victims in serious condition were airlifted, a senior military official in Mullaittivu said. One of the victims has succumbed to his injuries while airlifting, Air Force spokesperson added (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Human Shields in Swat Valley - by Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada - The Editor (Letters) THE OTTAWA CITIZEN; Sir: On page A5 in today’s (May The Ottawa Citizen, you report that Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence “Cannon distressed by lack of ceasefire in Sri Lanka”. And on page A7 you say “’Human shields’ used in Swat Valley – Pakistan starts offensive against Taliban”. I haven’t heard howls nor whimpers coming out of Canada’s House of Commons denigrating Pakistan’s offensive trying to save the human shield-hostages held by the Taliban’s, nor suggesting that there should be an “Emergency Debate on Pakistan” as they did on Sri Lanka on February 4 just because the Sri Lankan Armed Forces were trying to save the Tamil civilians held hostage as Human Shields by the Tamil Tigers. Canada should stop making Sri Lanka the butt of a sick joke, just because the numbers of Tamils exceed the numbers of Afghanis which would make a difference to win a Federal riding with their votes. I am disappointed in such ‘You scratch my back and I will scratch your back’ Canadian politics. It boils down to purely of a case of ‘refugee and family re-unification politics‘. There is a lack of sincerity in all this - Asoka Weerasinghe.

Underwater Tamil hideout discovered - The Sri Lankan military says it has found a large metal structure that may have been intended to be used as an underwater home or hiding-place by the leadership of the Tamil rebels. Officials said the 360ft long and 25ft wide structure, apparently split into three sections, had been found on iron rails. In the seabed near by, a 300ft long canal had been dug, up to 30ft deep. Work was still being done on the structure by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the town of Irattavaikkal when encroaching government troops forced them to leave. "It's not a vessel, it's only a structure, but someone could move inside there," said a military spokesman, Brig Udaya Nanayakkara. "We believe they may have intended to make use of this underwater." The potential hiding place is just one of many pieces of LTTE hardware and equipment that have been found in recent weeks as the rebels and their leader, Velupillai Prabakaran, have been squeezed into an ever- diminishing patch of land. Last month, the military claimed to have discovered several basic submarines that were being constructed by the rebels, possibly to be used to escape (Full report in The Independent, UK)..

Malaysia to release 3 jailed Hindraf activists - .... The release of what the media called the "Hindraf 5" should end the ordeal of their families who made numerous failed bids to seek court rulings, appealed to human rights bodies and carried out meetings and protests. The government disregarded these pleas, alleging that the Hindraf had "terror links", especially with the banned Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) of Sri Lanka (Full report in Times of India).

Navy Foils LTTE,s desperate attempt to attack the Naval cordon; 02 Sea Tiger boats destroyed and 02 captured, 14 Sea Tigers killed off Mullaithivu seas. Continuing it’s heavy onslaught on LTTE’s desperate attempts to attack the well fortified Naval cordon in the seas off Vellemullivaikkal today (9th May 2009) around 0300 hrs SLN destroyed 01 LTTE sea tiger suicide boat and 01 LTTE attack craft and captured another LTTE suicide boat with an attack craft, killing 14 sea tiger carders on board. Two bodies of sea tiger carders (male and female) were also recovered and captured craft in the predawn Naval gun battle launched by the combined Naval forces of Fast Attack Crafts (FAC), Special Boat Squadron (SBS), and Rapid Action Boat Squadron (RABS ) a cluster of LTTE sea tiger boats comprising two suicide craft laden with high explosive and two enemy attack crafts were intercepted and attacked. Naval troops optimizing their combined fire power completely destroyed one enemy suicide craft and captured one with two enemy dead bodies on board, while destroying one enemy attack craft and captured another which were attempting to flee being unable to withstand the Naval onslaught. Monitoring of the LTTE communications has revealed that 14 sea tiger carders have been killed in the gun battle. Further search and clear operations are continuing (Full report in Sri Lanka Navy).

Navy conducts Medical Clinics for Freed Tamil Civilians

Under the direction of the Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy Vice Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda, a series of medical clinics has been initiated for the benefit of the Tamil civilians who have begun to arrive in the liberated areas seeking safe refuge having broken themselves free from the LTTE clutches. The humanitarian initiative, which has received wide acclaim due to its immense popularity amongst the beneficiaries, is being implemented on the instructions of Director General Health Services (DGHS) Surgeon Rear Admiral NELW Jayasekara. The humanitarian initiative commenced with the medical clinic conducted at Pulmudai Sinhala Maha Vidyalaya on the 02nd of May 2009. Two hundred eighty-eight (288) patients (108 adult males, 78 adult females and 102 children) were provided with medical treatment at the inaugural medical clinic. The second medical clinic was held at Pulmudai Muslim Vidyalaya on the 05th of May and a total of 186 patients (42 adult males, 49 adult females and 95 children) was treated for a wide range of ailments (Full report in Sri Lanka Navy).

Army captures last LTTE earth bund, restricts safety zone LTTE left with 3.5 sq. km - The army has demarcated a new Safety Zone (NSZ) for civilians trapped in the existing No Fire Zone captured by the LTTE. The new NSZ is located south of Karayamullivaikkal including Vellamullivaikkal and encompasses approximately three square kilometres (2 km X1.5 km). The Army Headquarters said last evening that the need for a new NSZ had been felt in the context of the present situation in the area. The army announced its decision to restrict the Safety Zone after capturing an earth bund believed to be the last one in the LTTE held no fire zone, amidst fierce fighting. Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said that the Army was now in full control of more than two thirds of the existing Puthumattalan "Safety Zone". He said the re-demarcation of the "New Safety Zone", had been intimated to the civilians in Puthumattalan over public address systems and leaflets dropped from the air (Island).

Terrorists learning from terrorists - The People’s Liberation Army, listed as a terrorist group in India, has told reporters in India that it has learnt lessons from the LTTE experience in Sri Lanka. “Military strength is not enough for achieving our goal. So we will go all out to internationalise our struggle. We are also mobilising support from people in India,” Vice-president of the outfit Manoharmayum Ngouba told reporters yesterday at training command headquarters of the Revolutionary Peoples Front, the political wing of the People’s Liberation Army, situated along the Manipur-Myanmar border, the Telegraph reported. Harping on the importance of political dialogue to resolve a conflict Ngouba firmly declared that the RPF/PLA will not sit for talks if the agenda is not sovereignty. The People’s Liberation Army was established in September 1978 with the aim of restoring Manipur’s sovereignty (Daily Mirror).

58 Div captures Karayamulliavaikkal earth bund; 35 LTTE bodies found - Infantrymen of 58 Division have gained total control over the entire earth bund built by the LTTE terrorists in Karayamulliavaikkal by this afternoon (8 May) following hours-long fighting, latest military report received from the battlefront said. According to the defence.lk correspondent in the battlefront, troops of 6 Gemunu Watch (6 GW), 7 Sinha Regiment (7 SR) and 9 Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment (9 VIR) have tactically advanced beyond the earth bund after capturing entire bund. Consolidating operations now underway to further strength the defence line, military sources said. Fierce fighting commenced on 6th May lasted for days as terrorists made their fullest strength to hold the earth bund built to resists the security forces' offensive march, military sources added. Troops were able to inflict considerable damages to the enemy in fighting occurred last two days while capturing part of the earth bund. In subsequent search operation conducted in the area, troops have found 35 bodies of LTTE terrorists killed in fighting along with LTTE military hardware. 33 x T-56 weapons, 2 x Light Machine Guns, 4 x Multi Purpose Machine Gun, 1 x 12.7 weapon, 3 x I-Com radio sets, 1 x claymore mine, 3 x T-56 magazines and 2 x detonators area among the items found. Meanwhile, troops were able to capture an excavator, abandoned by the LTTE terrorists, which is believed to be used by the terrorists to build earth bunds (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

US may have killed up to 50 in Afghanistan; Women and children among victims: US-led strikes in Afghanistan may have left as many as 50 people killed, CNN television reported after the US military called claims of a death toll of 100 “exaggerated.” US military and Afghan Defence and Interior Ministry teams returned from the area in the western province of Farah early yesterday and were still going through their findings, Colonel Greg Julian told AFP earlier in Afghanistan. They had expected to release a report on their joint investigation yesterday but this was pushed back to today to include results of a separate probe appointed by Afghan President Hamid Karzai, he said. Although he acknowledged civilian deaths, Julian refused to comment on reports from Washington citing US officials that investigators had found US air strikes had killed villagers. “The conclusion from the investigation has not been reached, and it’s inappropriate to indicate one way or the other how (civilian deaths) were caused.” One of the issues being looked into was whether the Taliban had caused the civilian casualties by throwing grenades among villagers, he said. Afghan police have told AFP that more than 100 people were killed, about 25 to 30 of them insurgents and the remainder civilians, including elderly people and children (Full report in Daily News).

The suffering of civilians cornered by Human Rights Watch - The Anglo American Corporation Human Rights Watch is now engaged in a campaign, along with its patrons, to denigrate Sri Lanka in the eyes of the Human Rights Council in Geneva. This follows its campaign throughout 2009 to dissuade civilians from leaving LTTE controlled territory to refuge with the Sri Lankan government. In both cases, the HRW agenda fits in with that of the LTTE. This may not be deliberate, but it is certainly convenient for the LTTE. Now that the LTTE is reduced to using the civilians it has entrapped, not just as a shield, but as a weapon of mass destruction, HRW has begun to issue lengthy descriptions of their suffering. It ignores completely its own contribution to this suffering, through its protracted campaign to suggest throughout 2008 that the civilians were as well off with the LTTE as they would be with government. In July last year, when it became clear that the Tigers were forcing civilians to accompany them as they retreated into smaller and smaller areas, HRW began the game of claiming that the facilities the Sri Lankan government provided for refugees were internment camps. Rousing emotions associated with what the British did to the Boers and the Nazis to the Jews, forcibly taking people from their homes, HRW thus sought to persuade the world that the civilians the LTTE were forcing to go along with them would suffer just as much if they succeeded in escaping (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

LTTE is a terrorist organization, India seeks Prabhakaran’s extradition every year: Pranab - New Delhi, May 7(ANI): External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee has said that there is no confusion regarding status of the LTTE, and added that every year India seeks the extradition of Tamil Tigers chief V. Prabhakaran. Every year we ask for extradition of Prabhakaran. LTTE is a terrorist organization. It is banned in India, it is banned in Sri Lanka, Mukherjee said. The senior Congress leader was clarifying his partys stand on LTTE being a terrorist organization while speaking exclusively to NDTV. Commenting on the tie up with Left, Mukherjee said: It is Left who deserted us by withdrawing support and that on an issue where we tried to resolve the differences by series of discussions. He also added: What would happen after the Elections will depend on numbers. After all ours is a multi-party system. Which political party holds how many seats in a vast electorate of more than 710 million voters, it is very difficult to make any assessment, precise assessment before the poll results are out and even two phases elections have not yet taken place (Island).

Fuel distribution centre opened in Paranthan - A fuel distribution centre was opened yesterday (07 May) at the Paranthan Junction to facilitate fuel distribution in the Wanni and the North. The centre was opened after renovating it on the instructions given by the Army Commander Lt. General Sarath Fonseka. It was opened under the patronage of Director of Planning and Transport Brigadier Ashoka Padeniya and 58 Division Commander Brigadier Shavendra Silva. The filling station was under LTTE control for many years and LTTE terrorists had completely destroyed it before fleeing due to the effective offensive launched by the armed forces to capture the Paranthan junction. It was reconstructed in collective effort made of the employers of the Petroleum Corporation and Army personnel. The station has capacity to stock 35,800 litres of diesel and 13,200 litres of petrol, sources said (sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

ON KILLING CIVILIANS HILARY CLINTON TOLD BY SAUDI NEWS PAPER: SLAUGHTERING CIVILIANS AND THEN APOLOGIZING IS CONTEMPTIBLE  -  By Walter Jayawardhana - Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton who tells that she is concerned about civilians in Sri Lanka has come under heavy fire from newspapers around the globe for simply saying sorry and doing nothing else after Americans killed of over 100 Afghan civilians including children. Saudi Arabia’s leading newspaper The Arab News Said in an editorial, “stop killing and start caring about ordinary Afghans. Slaughtering them and then apologizing is contemptible.” The newspaper reminded Clinton that her contemptible apologies are mere words but shattered bodies of men, women and children by the American drones speak more eloquently. The following is the full editorial: “It is simply not good enough for US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to “deeply” regret the slaying this week of over 100 innocent Afghan civilians, including some 20 children, near Farah in western Afghanistan . Nor is it acceptable for American commanders to repeat the mantra that they do everything in their power to minimize euphemistically named “collateral damage” — i.e. killing ordinary people who have nothing to do with the Taleban. “These are just words. The shattered bodies of men, women and children speak so much more eloquently. When citizens of Farah protested angrily yesterday, they were yelling for the Americans to quit their country and showering stones at government buildings. Who can blame them? Whether their fury actually will now translate into support for the Taleban cannot be assumed. This is still a country with bitter memories of Taleban rule. But by calling on the US and by extension NATO forces to get out, it is clear that their willingness to cooperate with the foreigners to help check the insurgency has been sharply reduced, if not destroyed (Read full report).

CHANNEL 4 NEWS STORY OF RAPES AND UNNATURAL DEATHS AT IDP WELFARE CAMP IS A HOAX SAYS MODERATE TAMIL LEADER SANGAREE - By Walter Jayawardhana - The moderate Tamil leader in Sri Lanka, V. Anandasangaree told the Indian Express newspaper that the United Kingdom’s Channel 4 Television news story that unnatural deaths have occurred and some girls have been raped by the army at a government IDP camp is a complete hoax.  The Express said an aid worker at the camp has corroborated the statement of Ananda Sangaree. The Channel 4 , showing a face of a man claiming to be an aid worker, speaking in Tamil , alleged that there was talk of the rape and deaths. No unnatural deaths have occurred at the IDP camp , records show. The news channel failed to substantiate the story. Both Sangaree and the aid worker said the government should allow media to go into the camp to find out the truth for themselves and report.  Many sources close to the camp said the Channel 4 story was a plant by vested interests. The Indian Express report also said: “Around 1,500 Tamil civilians have been killed and over 2,000 injured in the landmine blasts triggered by the LTTE to stop the mass exodus from the war zone between April 20 and 27, says moderate Tamil leader V Anandasangaree. “He told Express here on Thursday that while most of the deaths during the exodus were due to the landmines, some were due to firing by the Tigers (Read full letter).

USA & Double Standards .... Whilst American forces are killing civilians in Afghanistan and in Iraq, USA Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says that America is very much concerned of the civilians being killed in the North of Sri Lanka by Government forces parroting what’s in LTTE websites. Here, a democratically elected Government is fighting against LTTE the most brutal terrorist organization in the world to save the civilians held as human shield by LTTE and her Government is calling the GoSL for a ceasefire. What’s the rationale of her attitude? Isn’t it double standard one for America and one for Sri Lanka when it comes to dealing with two terrorist outfits? - By Malin Abeyatunga, Melbourne, Australia;  May 2009 - Read more 

Earth has not anything to show more unfair - "Earth has not anything to show more fair," wrote Wordsworth of the breathtaking view of the mist clad London from the Westminster Bridge way back in 1802. But today the earth has nothing to show more dreadful and unfair than what is unfolding at the British Parliamentary Square, where terrorism is being advocated openly. On Wednesday, LTTE activists launched a mob attack on the Chinese Embassy in London in full view of the British police. Only three of the perpetrators were arrested and others went scot free. Last month, LTTE mobs attacked the Indian and Sri Lankan High Commissions with stones and only a handful of attackers were nabbed. Terror backers also 'beheaded' the Nehru statue near the Indian High Commission recently and as usual got away with it. The LTTE seems to be carrying out a 'ceaseless wave' of attacks on embassies and diplomats perceived to be hostile to its ghoulish cause. In August 2006, the LTTE bombed Pakistan High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Bashir Wali Mohammed's motorcade in Colombo. He escaped death by the skin of his teeth. In Sep. 2007, LTTE activists forced themselves into the Sri Lankan Embassy premises in Paris and desecrated Sri Lanka's national flag. In January this year, LTTE gangsters in Toronto stormed the Sri Lankan Consul General's Office. In March, LTTE activists tried to attack the office of Deputy Sri Lanka High Commissioner in Chennai and have the mission closed down. Much to the embarrassment of the Norwegian government sponsoring the LTTE, Tiger backers smashed the Sri Lankan embassy in Oslo last month (Full Editoriak in Island).

JANE’S DEFENSE WEEKLY SAYS SLN IS THE FIRST NAVAL FORCE IN MODERN ERA OF THE WORLD THAT DEFEATED WELL ARMED INSURGENT GROUP AT SEA - By Walter Jayawardhana - Writing an editorial comment to a full page interview by the London based Jane’s Defense Weekly with Vice Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda , the editor said that Sri Lanka Navy has become the first naval force in the modern era to defeat a well armed insurgent group at sea. “Led by Vice Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda , the SLN developed a maritime strategy that starved the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) of support from the ocean leading to their capitulation on land,” the editorial comment said. Interviewed by Tim Fish Jane’s Naval reporter in the issue of April 29 2009 Vice Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda said that the LTTE was kept alive for a long time by Warehouse ships which transported illegally acquired weapons constantly into the country. The Vice admiral said , “They kept eight vessels on the high seas and used them as floating warehouses containing illegally acquired warlike materials such as artillery, mortar shells, artillery shells, torpedoes, aircraft, missiles, underwater vehicles, diving equipment, radar, electro-optical devices and night vision equipment.” Karannagoda added , “The warehouse ships stayed about 1500-3500 km from Sri Lanka then would come in to about 300-400 km from the coast to transfer the equipment into smaller LTTE owned fishing trawlers , escorted by sea tiger units for transportation ashore to land they controlled. “ (Full report in Lanka web).

Internationalisation of the final phase - by Neville Ladduwahetty - Saving the civilians trapped by the LTTE is a humanitarian achievement of tremendous significance. It also would result in significant military gains because it is the equivalent to 'draining the pond', thereby making it that much easier for the security forces to overpower the LTTE. Saving the civilians therefore gives the Sri Lankan Government strategic and tactical advantages as far as the LTTE is concerned. Some in the International Community seem to not want the Sri Lankan Government to realize these advantages. The civilians have to be saved within the context of certain existential realities. One reality is that the civilians are the LTTE's human shield, i.e., its armor - its protection. Second, is that without the civilians the LTTE would be exposed and defenseless. The third is that because of the first and second realities, the LTTE will not release the civilians without guaranteed assurances regarding their own security. Therefore, the implied consequence of saving the civilians with these guarantees is to save the LTTE as well; a prospect with serious long term consequences to Sri Lanka's national interests. Under cover of humanitarian concerns some in the International Community are actively trying to save the LTTE in this way. The motive could be not so much out of "love" for the LTTE but more to do with saving it due to the pressures from the Tamil constituencies in countries with a sizeable Sri Lankan Tamil presence, such as in Canada, UK, France, some EU countries and Australia. However, saving the LTTE without its surrender followed by due process is detrimental to Sri Lanka's national interests. This is where the two strategies part company (Full report in Island).

AUSTRALIA ANNOUNCES IT WILL PROVIDE ANOTHER $ 10 MILLION FOR SRI LANKAN IDP WELFARE - By Walter Jayawardhana - Australia announced that it will provide a further $10 million in humanitarian assistance to civilians affected by the conflict in northern Sri Lanka. Foreign Minister Stephen Smith said on Friday May 8 the money would be distributed through United Nations agencies. Smith said the money would be used to provide water, sanitation, shelter, food and health care. Australia has provided a total of $23.5 million in humanitarian assistance to Sri Lanka since December last year,it said. The rebels have been fighting since 1983 for a separate state for the minority Tamils. Sri Lankan forces have now cornered the once-powerful Tamil Tigers into a tiny sliver of land on the northeastern coast along with tens of thousands of ethnic Tamil civilians The government forces announced it is less than 800 kilometers from the LTTE hide out (EOM)

Double Standards ...... The US special Envoy to Pakistan Mr. Richard Holbrooke says thus “ Washington's goal "must be unambiguously to support and help stabilize a democratic Pakistan headed by its elected president". What about Sri Lanka? Isn’t it a democratically elected government fighting a terrorist out fit? He goes on to say “ Washington must put maximum pressure on Pakistan to ensure it fights the Taliban effectively and that Pakistan has to demonstrate its commitment to rooting out al-Quaeda and the violent extremists within its borders”. What do they tell us?. Negotiate with terrorists. Agree for a ceasefire with LTTE - By Malin Abeyatunga, Melbourne, Australia - May 2009 - Read more .... 

Ground realities - President Mahinda Rajapaksa addressing the Colombo based diplomats on Thursday called upon them to understand the ground realities in Sri Lanka with respect to the conflict in the North. What are these realities? Firstly, that the LTTE which fought for a separate state is now confined to a mere 4.5 sq kms of land in a narrow coastal strip and are surrounded by the Sri Lankan Army. Secondly, the LTTE, nevertheless, continues to fight endangering the lives of the civilians in that narrow strip of land. Thirdly, it is not only continuing the fight but also keeping the population hostage. It is also shooting at civilians who try to escape. In this context the international community concerned about the plight of the civilians could do only one thing. That is, to call upon the LTTE to let go the civilians, lay down arms and surrender to the Government. As the President explained, a call for a ceasefire is counterproductive at this moment. History has amply proved that the LTTE has used all ceasefires to re-group, re-arm and re-start the war on a more ferocious note. A ceasefire now would give oxygen to a dying Tiger and resuscitate it to fight another day, leaving Sri Lanka exposed to the threat of terrorism permanently. It will not ease the stranglehold of the LTTE on civilians. Fourthly, nearly 200,000 civilians have crossed over to the Government held territory braving all attacks by the LTTE as a result of the successful humanitarian operations of the Sri Lankan Army (Full Editorial in Daily News).

Lasting peace and security for all Sri Lankans - Address by President Mahinda Rajapaksa to the Diplomatic Corps in Colombo on the current developments in Sri Lanka at the Presidential Secretariat on May 7. I am pleased to address you this morning at a time when humanitarian operations in the North are coming to an end and the country is about to be salvaged from the scourge of terrorism. The war with the LTTE is rapidly nearing its conclusion and it is my hope that this will create the space for democracy to flourish in the North again. As you are very well aware, the people of Sri Lanka have suffered for nearly three decades. We have suffered too long and our people have witnessed the trauma and agony unleashed by terrorist acts. At long last we are on a threshold of defeating terrorism and facing a new era of lasting peace and security for all Sri Lankans (Full report in Daily News).

Doublespeak of the West

Hillary Clinton says (in a bout of doublespeak?) she "deeply regrets Afghan casualties" in the Afghanistan theatre of war due to overhead bombing by US fighter planes. Pakistan has declared war on the Taliban militants at the bequest of America. The fighting on the edge of Swat Valley has led to the inflow of nearly 500000 refugees from the war zone. It is a war designed by United States with active participation and heavy funding against ethnic Pashtun tribesman in the North West frontier carried out by Pakistan on the instructions of White House. These are the tribes that sheltered Osama bin Laden and the Talibans after the attack on the Twin Towers which led to the invasion of Afghanistan. It was America that assembled the Talibans as an effective fighting formation to be their proxies in their war against the occupying Soviet forces, with CIA funding. The madrasas (Islamic schools) in Pakistan which is alleged to breed terrorism in the Islamic world was created by funding originating from US, Britain and Saudi Arabian sources - Gomin Dayasiri (Read full article).

Desmond Tutu & Burma - By Malin Abeyatunga, Melbourne, Australia - Desmond Tutu drops another brick in his letter titled “America must take the lead in Burma” in Washington Post reproduced in The Age (May 2) asking America to intervene in Burma. Does he want to see Burma turns out to be like Afghanistan or Iraq now? He always pokes his finger only to the regimes in Buddhist countries and run down them? WHY? Last year he blamed the legitimate Sri Lankan Government for human rights violation who is fighting a war against the most brutal terrorist organisation in the world LTTE while nothing was mentioned about the LTTE atrocities. Now he turns to another Buddhist country Burma. Next it will be Thailand or another small Buddhist country. Why is he so concerned about what’s happening in predominantly Buddhist countries and shedding crocodile tears? Why does not he look at countries from his own African continent like Sudan/Darfur, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Nigeria , Somalia where there are bigger problems and human rights violations ? Only thing one can fathom of his comments on world affairs (he is no authority) is nothing but a subtle attempt to Propagate Christianity in these Buddhist countries as it happened in South Korea. It will be appreciated if you would focus on predominantly Christian countries which you represent.

Prabhakaran’s family album reveals luxurious life

Let's enjoy our family life.

They are my children. You can't take them as "Child Soldiers"

Prabhakaran’s family album reveals luxurious life - The Sri Lankan Defence Ministry tried to throw more mud on beleagured Tamil Tiger chief Vellupillai Prabhakaran by publishing a family album that allegedly shows his luxurious lifestyle amidst war and mass deprivation. The album was found by the troops in his hideout in Puthukudiyiruppu. The Ministry said that the images showed the “dark corners of Mr Prabhakaran’s duplicitous and pampered life style.” In an accompanying commentary, it dubbed him a “smiling psychopath”. The photographs were shown to President Mahinda Rajapaksa when he visited Kilinochchi which was the rebels’ political and administrative capital in April. The album had pictures of Prabhakaran relaxing with his aged mother, father, Velupillai, wife Mathivathani and children, Charles Anthony, Thuvaraka and Balachandran. There were pictures of family outings, birthday parties, family dinners, children playing with expensive toys and a day out in the sea. In one picture, Prabhakaran is seen gamboling in a swimming pool with one of his sons. The Tiger chief also appeared in T-shirts and safari suits with his tastefully dressed wife (Full report in Express Buzz).

Prabhakaran's "escape vehicle" recovered : Sri Lankan Army battling LTTE rebels in their last stronghold in the north have discovered a 360ft long and 25ft wide underwater 'metal home', which the military believes to be "escape vehicle" for the rebel leaders including elusive Velupillai Prabhakran. "Possibly it was an attempt to facilitate LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran and his top aides to escape into the deep sea from No-Fire-Zone through this proposed vehicle," Military spokesman Udaya Nanayakkara told PTI. The ship compartmentalised into three major sections, ie front (engine), office and the rear (relatively bigger), has been made of strong iron, and set on iron rails, like a railway carriage. "This colossal unit that could be submerged in water and used as a 'temporary home' could have been produced on directives given by LTTE leadership," Defence Minister said. In addition, a huge 300 ft-long canal with 30 ft deep water that leads to the seas beyond, has been dug touching this underwater structure, enabling it to float directly into the seas at any given time after induction. A few rotor blades that had been kept dismantled and hidden by the LTTE cadre were also found by the troops. The canal for its sailing has been tightly plastered with iron sheets on both sides. It is perhaps to be used for an emergency, in case of any troop advance and military domination, military experts maintained. On Wednesday troops, headed by Major General Jagath Jayasuriya, Commander Security Forces, Wanni inspected this unusual structure during a tour he made to the area (Hindu).

LTTE SUSPECTS USE CELL PHONES IN JAIL - The Prisons Chief has been asked by the Anuradhapura Court to hold an immediate investigation to ascertain how LTTE suspects being held at the Anuradahapura prison used mobile phones to contact local and foreign groups. Chief Magistrate Ruchira Weliwatta gave these instructions when the North Central Province Crime Division in a report to court said terrorist suspects being held in the Anuradhapura prison had contacted local and foreign groups and that according to the information with the police the mobile phones had been provided by two women. The Magistrate observed that he found it difficult to believe that these terrorist suspects would have received the mobile phones and used them without the knowledge and assistance of the prison officials. Two suspects – M.A. Mary Victoria of Anuradhapura Zone Two and P.W.D.K. Mercy of Pugoda Kerala – are being detained for further questioning regarding the supply of mobile phones to the terrorist suspects. Police said the two suspects had provided the mobile phones to the terrorist suspects after obtaining money from the LTTE and the possible collusion of prison officials in this incident was being probed (Daily Mirror).

Manipur terrorists learning from LTTE - The People’s Liberation Army (PLA), listed as a terrorist group at Manipur in India, told reporters yesterday it had learned lessons from the LTTE experience in Sri Lanka, the Telegraph news agency reported. “Military strength is not enough for achieving our goal. So we will go all out to internationalize our struggle. We are also mobilizing support from people in India,” the group’s vice-president Manoharmayum Ngouba said at the Revolutionary Peoples Front (RPF) training command headquarters. The RPF is the political wing of the People’s Liberation Army and is situated along the Manipur-Myanmar border. Speaking on the importance of political dialogue to resolve conflicts, Mr. Ngouba firmly declared that the RPF/PLA will not sit for talks if the agenda did not include sovereignty. The PLA was established in September 1978 with the aim of restoring Manipur’s sovereignty (Daily Mirror).

LTTE USING INDIA JUST LIKE TALIBAN, AL-QAEDA USE PAKISTAN: STRATFOR - With Sri Lankan troops "hammering them", the LTTE, which has "logistical and training infrastructure" in India, is using the country just like the Taliban and Al Qaeda use Pakistan, a leading US think tank has claimed. "Support in Tamil Nadu means that the Tigers can and do Exploit the international border to their advantage. The Tigers use India in much the same way that the Taliban and Al Qaeda use Pakistan," Stratfor in its latest report titled - 'The Conflict in Sri Lanka: A Cornered Tiger Is Still Deadly', said. "The Tigers' logistical and training infrastructure in India is especially important during times (like the present) when the Sri Lankan government is hammering them. The Tigers also have a long history of working with an array of other militant groups in India and the general region," it said.The Texas based agency said the cooperation between militant groups in India and the LTTE is not based on ideology, but rather on mutual benefit, such as bolstering the groups' ability to smuggle weapons and other goods. Stratfor said if Lankan troops manage to crush the remnants of the Tigers' military forces, "the Tigers will have little choice but to give up on conventional warfare (at least for the time being)." It, however, said Tigers would not fade into history and will melt back into the populace just like the situation in Iraq and Afghanistan (Daily Mirror).

Sri Lanka troops find Tiger leaders underwater metal home - Sri Lankan troops battling the Tamil Tigers in their in the last leg of the humanitarian operation to rescue the remaining civilians trapped in the Safety Zone located in the northeastern area have discovered a metal structure, which the Army believes to be an underwater home for the rebel leaders. "This 360-ft long and 25 ft wide huge cylindrical metal structure in Irattavaikkal belonging to the LTTE, apparently compartmentalized into three major sections, i.e. front (engine), office and the rear (relatively bigger), has been made of strong iron, and set on iron rails, like a railway carriage. In addition, a huge 300 ft-long canal with 30 ft deep water that leads to the seas beyond, has been dug touching this underwater structure, enabling it to float directly into the seas at any given time after induction", the Sri Lanka Army website said. The Army said the work on the structure was on progress when the LTTE had to make a hurried exit off Mullaittivu district's Irattavaikkal area just before the ground troops moved in. The troops are still on the lookout for the LTTE leader Velupillai Prabakaran who is believed to be trapped in the 4.5 sq kms area now restricted to by the Sri Lankan troops. Although the troops in early April managed to kill a large number of LTTE's second string leaders, their top level including the Tiger supremo, his intelligence chief Pottu Amman and the head of the sea Tiger wing Soosai's whereabouts are not known (Full report in Asian Tribune).

WAPS Seminar held on 04th May 2009 at BMICH, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Northern Humanitarian Operation 7 th May 2009 Wanni Operation 6 th May 2009 - Sri Lankan troops battling the Tamil Tigers in their in the last leg of the humanitarian operation to rescue the remaining civilians trapped in the Safety Zone located in the northeastern area have discovered a metal structure, which the Army believes to be an underwater home for the rebel leaders. Northern Humanitarian Operation 6 th May 2009 Wanni Operation 5 th May 2009

LTTE supporters attack Chinese embassy in central London
(See details Below)

 

Friday, 08 May 2009

The Eelam Virus - By Sebastian Rasalingam, Toronto - Thousands of protesters gather on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, April 21, 2009, to ask for the Canadian government to intervene in what they are calling a genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka. (AP). I have cringed with pain and clutched my head in anguish, watching my grand children’s friends in Scarborough, Ontario, going out, with their friends, to join protest marches in the streets of Toronto. These young people are given the Tiger flag which is an insult to the best traditions of Hindu society or the Christian values taught by the prince of peace. These young people shout slogans and talk of the genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka. Most of them actually believe that they are doing the “right thing”. They think they are demonstrating for a “just cause”. They think “Our people are being shelled, bombed. Those who escape are locked away in concentration camps and probably gassed like in Auschwitz. We have to pressure the Canadian government to demand an immediate ceasefire”. They have seen movies and videos showing exactly that, and they need no other proof. After all, “there are young Tamils immolating themselves in London and Geneva. So all this must be true. Every Tamil grocery has these newspapers telling what is going on”. Oh, what a delusion! (Full letter in LankaWeb).

Another LTTE's plan to assassinate Minister Douglas Devananda foiled - Police have traced a Minister Douglas Devanandaplan to assassinate Social Services and Welfare Minister Douglas Devananda. A Police source said that several CID sleuths had been recently employed to catch the culprits. According to Police, Rs. 20 million received from the LTTE has been promised to the suspected contract killer to assassinate Minister Devananda. A married couple residing in the first floor of the Pettah Fish Market was used by the LTTE to carry out the plan. The contract killer had already been given Rs. 01 million as an advance, a revolver and an automatic weapon. The main suspect with the weapons has been taken into custody by the police.  Minister Douglas Devananda has ever since he joined the mainstream politics, has been a target of the arch rival of LTTE.  The Public Relation Officer (PRO) of Minister Douglas Devananda was shot and killed by unidentified gunmen suspected to be LTTE in July 2006 (Full report in Asian Tribune).

Doublespeak of the West - By Gomin Dayasri - Doublespeak is a double barrel name for Western Foreign Policy. Lets examine the varying stands shown to the LTTE and the Talibans-Sri Lankan and Pakistan civilians by the West. Hillary Clinton says (in a bout of doublespeak?) she "deeply regrets Afghan casualties" in the Afghanistan theatre of war due to overhead bombing by US fighter planes. Pakistan has declared war on the Taliban militants at the bequest of America. The fighting on the edge of Swat Valley has led to the inflow of nearly 500000 refugees from the war zone. It is a war designed by United States with active participation and heavy funding against ethnic Pashtun tribesman in the North West frontier carried out by Pakistan on the instructions of White House. These are the tribes that sheltered Osama bin Laden and the Talibans after the attack on the Twin Towers which led to the invasion of Afghanistan. It was America that assembled the Talibans as an effective fighting formation to be their proxies in their war against the occupying Soviet forces, with CIA funding. The madrasas (Islamic schools) in Pakistan which is alleged to breed terrorism in the Islamic world was created by funding originating from US, Britain and Saudi Arabian sources. (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

British MPs debunk Tiger propaganda -Tamils in camps better off than in the hands of Tigers: H. L. D. Mahindapala In a statement issued by the British High Commission ( Colombo , Sri Lanka ) yesterday (May 6, 2009) the visiting group of British Parliamentarians led by Des Browne MP said: · “We saw the considerable efforts the Government is making to accommodate and assist IDPs who have left the conflict zone. · “We spoke to a number of people in the camps who expressed their genuine relief at having escaped the LTTE and reached a place of safety. · “It is clear that IDPs in camps are much better off than their friends and relatives who remain in the conflict zone,” · “We recognize the scale of the challenge facing the Government in delivering humanitarian relief to all civilians in the north, including those in IDP camps, those in screening centres and rehabilitation camps and those in the conflict zone itself,” said Des Browne, the delegation’s chairman. They also expressed their readiness to support the Government’s commitment to resettle 80 percent of the IDP population by the end of the year. The delegation included John Bercow (Conservative MP for Buckingham); Des Browne (Labour MP for Kilmarnock and Loudoun); Malcolm Bruce (Liberal Democrat MP for Gordon); Eddie McGrady (Social Democratic and Labour Party MP for South Down) and Mohammad Sarwar (Labour MP for Glasgow Central) (Full report in LankaWeb).

Portrait of a psycho as a con man ‘Portrait of a psychopath’: Intimate life of Prabhakaran exposed - Following images may be shocking and even more embarrassing for the ‘do-gooders’ of terror, saviors of the victim industry, defence ‘experts’, and politicians who continued to cuddle the tigers while unleashing abominable lies against their very own country. Those who enjoyed making lucrative business, routine foreign tours while seeking years of asylum in the Western countries sanitizing a terrorist cause may be extremely disturbed by the unraveling dark corners of Prabhakaran's ‘deeva’ life style. Had the Army failed to bring the LTTE terrorists down to its knees, these images which revealed the duplicity of its terror leader Prabhakaran would never have come to the public domain. The pictures are damaging in a sense that they had exposed the true life of a man who had always pretended to have experienced innumerable hardships in their separatist cause. But the pictures tell a different story. Here a man who had deceived his people and turned thousands of young men and women to butchers and caused death and destruction on a massive scale while enjoying the company of his family (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

New Safety Zone" Restricted to 2.5 sq km - Army Sri Lanka Army, now in full control of more than two thirds of the existing Puthumattalan "New Safety Zone", friday (8) afternoon officially announced the re-demarcation of the "New Safety Zone", restricting to the strip, south of Karayamullivaikkal including Vellamullivaikkal with an area of some 2 km in length and 1.5 km in width, the Army Headquarters declared. This has been modified to match with the present situation and after considering the concentration of civilians in the area. The official announcement over re-demarcation of the "New Safety Zone" came hours after army troops Thursday (7) evening captured terrorists' earth-bund after pitch confrontations from where troops collected several dead Tigers and a large cache of LTTE arms and ammunition inflicting heavy casualties on the terrorists (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Canada: Let’s not be a foreign meddler in Sri Lanka’s internal affairs - By ASOKA WEERASINGHE COMMUNIQUÉ Ottawa-Vanier Riding For Canadian Parliamentarians interested in Sri Lanka - President of Sri Lanka invites UN Chief to visit Sri Lanka. President Mahinda Rajapaksa has invited UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to Sri Lanka to see for himself the situation regarding the action for the accommodation and treatment of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who have recently come to the government controlled areas in such numbers, and plans for their resettlement. “President also told the UN Secretary General that he would then be able to make a better assessment of the conditions faced by the Tamil civilians still held hostage by the LTTE in a small stretch of the Civilian Safety Zone.”, the statement said. (Comment: Yes, he should. Now that Sri Lanka’s International Airport has become a busy railway station, with every, Foreign Dick, Tom. Harry and Jane coming through carrying the Tamil Tiger terrorist baggage with them to make their own interpretations to save the Tamil Tiger leader, Prabhakaran. This exercise of the international do-gooders has to stop at some point, and sooner the better.) Foreign puppets’ are coming to Sri Lanka to save Prabhakaran says Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister. Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Rathnasiri Wickramanayaka told Parliament (May 5) that some ‘foreign puppets’ are coming to Sri Lanka to protect LTTE leader Prabhakaran. “We as the government will not hear for any ceasefire calls by the foreign powers as these powers want to save Prabhakaran, who is almost to be captured or killed by the Sri Lankan armed forces.” (Comment: I hope Michael Ignatieff (Liberal Party), Jack Layton (NDP) and Gilles Duceppe (Bloc Party) and their members in caucus take note of this comment by Sri Lanka’s Prime minister. He means business.) (Full letter in LankaWeb).

Pluralism and Supremacy – I - By Nalin de Silva- I would have loved to comment on the antics of David Miliband and his French counterpart in trying to extend humanitarian ceasefire so that the LTTE can take full advantage of it. They claim that not many Tamils have left the so called no fire zone during the new year (we refer to our new year and not to the Anglo French (and other western) new year that has been imposed on us by western supremacy that is ignored by the so called moderate scholars and commentators who are engaged in a back scratching exercise in the opinion page of "The Island". Some of the westerners also claim that forty eight hours was too short and want more time for the trapped Tamils to leave. However, the Anglo French duo should have addressed the LTTE and their proxy TNA to demand that the terrorists allow the Tamils to leave the so called no fire area from which the terrorists continue to fire at the armed forces. Instead they want to twist the arms of the Sri Lankan government, and to make the people of their countries believe that the government is killing unarmed innocent Tamils. It is reported that the west wants to withdraw or withhold the IMF loan until a ceasefire is declared by the Sri Lankan government, so that they could supply the LTTE with more arms. Links between the Tamil terrorists or their front organizations and the British authorities have been revealed during a nine week trial at Kingston Crown Court. It is very likely the Jury however would not take a decision against the accused as it will expose the British MI5. The British government is responsible for the situation in Sri Lanka having given supremacy to the Tamils from the beginning of the nineteenth century. If not for the publicity given by Britain to the so called grievances of the Tamils, and for the arms supplied to the terrorists through various means there would not have been a so called Tamil problem in Sri Lanka. The British government continues to support terrorism through their usual underhand diplomacy for which they are notorious. Even in Sri Lanka, Britain is not exposed as the British know how to get things done by others when it suits them. Also they have trained Anglophile elite that refuse to see what is shown (Full report in Island).

The Dead End of Guerrilla Politics - by Prof. Shantha K. Hennayake Department of Geography University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka - In this photo released by the Sri Lankan army Tuesday, April 21, 2009, ethnic Tamil civilians who escaped from the Tamil Tiger controlled areas are seen arriving Monday, April 20, 2009 at the government controlled areas in Putumattalan. This short paper was originally written in 1992 immediately after I finished my PhD and returned to Sri Lanka and was published in ‘The Island’ in 1992, almost 17 years ago. This was the time when LTTE was in its ascendence both in power and terror. Hot Spring, the LTTE newspaper published out of Jaffna carried a reply to this article titled "Legitimcay of Tamil Struggle" under the name of S. Thiagarajah. One day I found that this newspaper was secretly placed in my mail box at the Department of Geography, University of Peradeniya. To this day I do not know who did it. S. Thiagarajah or whoever used this name concluded his article this way; "Let not Dr. Hennayake with his persuasive articles deceive the gullible Tamils and dissuade the Tamil from being prepared for war. Any Tamil opposing the way the Tamil nationalism is expressing itself will be found fault with by future generations (Full report in Island).

War Heroes' Commemoration Month launched - The first Ranaviru (War Hero) Flag has been pinned onto the President launching the War Heroes Commemoration Month at an event held at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday, 7 May. The first flag was pinned onto the President by 10-year-old Gimhan Madushanka, the son of war hero Balage Kumara, who sacrificed his life on behalf of the country. Balage Kumara is a war hero who exploded a LTTE truck laden with explosives in Chenkalai on 27th March 2007. Major General Palitha Fernando, Chairman of the Ranaviru Seva Authority presented the Ranaviru Wrist Band to the President marking the War Heroes' month. The President handed over flags and wrist bands to Parliamentarians, Provincial Governors, the Defence Secretary and Chiefs of the Armed Forces (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

 

SL Quantity Surveyors in UAE donates gel-socks for disabled war heroes - Sri Lankan Quantity Surveyors Group (SLQS), a professional Sri Lankan expatriates group in United Arab Emirates have donated nearly Rs. 675,000/= worth of high quality to Duragel Pin-liner 6mm think gel socks and 5 ply Comfortzone Double Socket gel-socks to disabled war heroes of Special Forces at the Seeduwa Rana Viru Sevana on 23rd April 2009. This contribution is a part of a series of donations of medical gel-socks by SLQS-UAE to the war heroes of the nation who are fighting for the national unity and protection of the motherland from terrorism. On behalf of SLQS-UAE, Mr. Sunil Dharmadasa handed over the gel-socks to Major Upendra Karunarathna of Special Forces, Seeduwa (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

An ultimate LTTE departure paves the way for democracy in North - "Please be more sensitive to our expectations as a democratic nation, and, it's not a secret that a form of foot dragging has been taken place by certain adverse elements prolonging humanitarian protection and the establishment of a democratic administration in the North. Sri Lanka is the perfect opportunity for you all to show that you all love democracy," President Mahinda Rajapaksa said in a meeting with Colombo-based diplomats yesterday (07). The President said that the majority of civilians braved into government held terrain rejecting LTTE atrocities. "They are not out of sight for the world now, and have access to food, water and medicine. Immediately after their resettlement, these innocent masses will exercise their democratic rights by way of the ballot box," President said. In a letter to the President, TULF Chief V. Ananda Sangaree said, "The No-free zone is under the control of the LTTE and they have already shed their uniforms to fight in civilian clothing. At the moment, civilians not only form a human shield, but also a sort of camouflaged cover for the terrorist and the government must take such terror tactics into serious consideration," (Relief Web).

SLRC donates 3 Million for "Api Wenuwen Api" fund - As a token of gratitude towards the security forces personnel fighting against the ruthless terrorist organization to bring peace for entire country, the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC) donated 3 Million rupees for the "Api Wenuwen Api" housing project yesterday, 6 May. The fund was raised, launching a project to sell flower bouquets for the public at the "Dayaka Kirula" exhibition held at the BMICH on February. The cheque worth of 3 Million rupees was official handed over to Secretary Defence Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa by Chairman of SLRC, Professor Ariyarathna Athugala, during a charm function held at the Defence Ministry premises. Speaking at the event, Professor Athugala expressed his heartiest gratitude on all staff members who collectively contributed to make this donation a success (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Lankan army deep inside LTTE chief’s last bastion

The Sri Lankan army (SLA) on Thursday claimed to have tightened the noose around the LTTE leadership after capturing the last earth embankment inside the no fire zone (NFZ) in the north eastern district of Mullaitivu.
Lankan troops captured the earth bund after fierce fighting with the LTTE. ``Amid stiff LTTE resistance the valiant troops hit the LTTE earth bund and dominated it today. Scores of dead bodies of the terrorists were found scattered ahead of the captured bund along with their weapons,’’ the media centre for national security said.
Agencies reported, quoting unidentified military sources that the LTTE had deployed many suicide bombers along the front to take on the advancing SLA troops.
The troops also came across a concrete tunnel, built over ground. ``This compartmentalised tunnel was found by the 58 Division troops in the coast South of Vellamullivaikal. According to ground troops, the tunnel 360ft long and 25ft width was under construction and believed planned to be used as an alternative gateway to the shallow waters avoiding any detection.
(Full Report in Hindustan Times)

Critical days ahead as 58 Div captures the last earth bund:
Final battle enters decisive phase

As troops are stepping towards the last terrain of the LTTE inside the No Fire Zone (NFZ) in the narrow strip of land in the immediate North of Mullaitivu town from two fronts, the Tiger outfit is seemingly engaged in delaying tactics expecting a last minute bid by any international player to rescue them from the final crackdown by the troops.
Therefore, the circumstances have pushed the Security Forces to engage in one of the toughest battles during the past few days and to continue the same until they capture Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran dead or alive.
Night hours The desert like terrain in the Southern part of the NFZ in Kariyanmullivaikkal and Vellamullivaikkal, and the unbearable heat during day hours have compelled the troops to engage in their operations during night hours, as many attempts by the troops to engage in these operations during day hours ended without reaching the set objective.
Therefore, in many instances troops have to undergo sleepless nights continuously for weeks.
Moreover, they have to engage with enemy in an open terrain, keeping their heads down avoiding the sniper targets of the Tiger cadres closely monitoring troop movements. Even in the night the LTTE used to fell all trees and set them on fire so that they can illuminate the area to prevent any infiltration by the troops during night hours.
Although, troops can easily avoid these challenging situations through the use of artillery, mortar and battle tanks, they have to face this battle only with light weapons.
(Full Report in Daily News)

LTTE IN LONDON ATTACK THE CHINESE EMBASSY AND DEMOLISH WINDOWS
(By Walter Jayawardhana)

About 150 supporters of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam who arrived at the People’s Republic of China Embassy in busy Central London in Portland Place became violent and smashed up many windows of the office building, May 6.
The violent demonstrators who arrived at the embassy carrying the official separatist flag of the outfit from the parliament square where they have been allowed to perform a 24 hour vigil unprecedentedly by the British authorities made this their third embassy attack in London having successfully demolished the windows of the Indian High Commission building and the Sri Lanka High Commission building during the last week. On another occasion two days ago they blockaded the Indian high Commission building paralyzing the work of the embassy. On a previous occasion they beheaded the Sri Jawaharlal Nehru statue put up by the Westminister council close to India House.
The LTTE which is a banned organization as a foreign terrorist group in UK regardless act as if they have impunity and every time they break law only few individuals are arrested and others are allowed to go back to the parliamentary square where they fly their Fascist terrorist flag against the backdrop of the mother of all parliaments, the Westminister.
The 150 flag waving and slogan shouting demonstrators first of all tried to enter the Chinese embassy about 11.00 a.m. by force and were pushed back by the police.
(Read Full Report)

LTTE supporters attack Chinese embassy in central London

Suspected LTTE supporters attacked the Chinese Embassy in Central London and damaged its windows, the Defence Ministry said yesterday. It said about 150 pro-LTTE demonstrators who arrived at the Embassy of China on Wednesday turned violent and smashed up many of windows in the office building.
The Ministry said the demonstrators carrying LTTE flags arrived at the embassy from Parliament Square where they had been allowed to perform a 24-hour vigil by British authorities.
This was reportedly the third embassy attack in London having damaged the windows of the Indian High Commission and the Sri Lanka High Commission buildings the last week.
Two days ago they had blockaded the Indian high Commission building paralyzing the work of the embassy and on a previous occasion they had damaged the Sri Jawaharlal Nehru statue put up by the Westminster council close to India House.
“The LTTE which is a banned terrorist group in Britain act as if they have impunity and every time they break the law only few individuals are arrested and others are allowed to go back to the parliamentary square where they display the LTTE flag against the backdrop of the mother of all parliaments, the Westminster,” the Defence Ministry said.
(Full Report in Daily Mirror)

LTTE DEMONSTRATES IN FRONT OF LONDON VIETNAM EMBASSY
(By Walter Jayawardhana)

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in London held another demonstration in London , this time before the Vietnam embassy on Victoria Road South Kensington, and this time did not break any windows like at the Chinese , Indian and Sri Lankan offices.
They wanted Vietnam, a non permanent member of the United Nations Security Council to support a Ceasefire resolution when it comes up at a meeting. They also mistakenly thought Vietnam is a member of NATO, and also wanted to support such a situation if it comes up before such an organization.
First Secretary Ngueyen Chinh Phong said they also requested Vietnam to support a food drop of the UN from the sky to the starving Tamil people.

President tells International Community:
Understand ground realities
 Local Govt elections in Jaffna, Vavuniya soon
Pressurize LTTE to lay down arms and surrender

The urgent need of the hour is the sensitivity and understanding of the international community on ground realities, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa addressing the Diplomatic Community in Colombo on current developments in Sri Lanka at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday.
“As members of the international community, friends of Sri Lanka need to bring pressure to bear on the LTTE to lay down arms and surrender. Punitive action could be taken on its front organizations spread globally. Your Governments also need to bring pressure on the leadership of the LTTE to free the civilians who are being held against their will as human shields. In fact, these civilians could be relatives of those Sri Lankans who are in your countries,” he added.
The President told the Diplomats that the war with the LTTE is rapidly nearing its conclusion and that he hoped it will create the space for democracy to flourish in the North again.
He also said that steps are being taken to call for nomination for the Local Government elections in Jaffna and Vavuniya very soon.
He reminded the Diplomats how the LTTE made a mockery of negotiations and left the negotiating table and used all ceasefires to rearm and resort to military action.
“Therefore the Government was compelled to take military action against the LTTE only as a last resort,” the President said.
(Full Report in Daily News)

Was this LTTE chief's escape plan?
7 May 2009, 2044 hrs IST

The Sri Lankan army on Thrusday (May 7) found a tunnel believed to be the LTTE's escape route in the ongoing war in Sri Lanka. The tunnel, built by the LTTE cadres is 360 feet long and 25 feet wide.
The tunnel was under construction when it was found by the troops in the Vellamullivaikal region and was apparently planned to be used as an alternative gateway to the shallow waters to avoid detection. Alongside the tunnel the troops found a compartmentalized submersible iron structure. The submersible vehicle has three compartments - one that could hold an engine, another larger one that could serve as a living room for the LTTE chief and the rear area for carrying other essentials.
The discovery of the submersible tunnel has come as a major blow to the LTTE, whose influence now has been reduced to less than 6 square kilometres of territory.
(From Times Now)

Small chopper, aircraft still with Tigers

In a shocking discovery, several surrendered LTTE top level cadres had revealed that the LTTE is still in possession of a two-man Chopper and another fixed-wing air craft hidden inside the ‘safe zone’.
Though there were earlier reports that the LTTE still had a fixed-wing aircraft, the military totally denied those reports. But the latest intelligence reports revealed this after interrogating several of the escaped LTTE cadres who had come with the civilians. They had reported seeing both these flying machines.
Apparently purchased in the early 1990s, the chopper is believed to be of Jet Range type. The Chopper had been used for the first time to drop flowers at the Wattuval Kovil festival West of Mullaitivu, where thousands of civilians participated.
Then in November, 1998, again the chopper had been used to sprinkle flowers over the cemeteries of the slain LTTE cadres in Mulliyawalai during the celebration of the Mahaveer Week.
Again in 2004, the chopper dropped flowers on Mahaveer Day Ceremony held in Vishvamadu.
(Full Report in Daily Mirror)

Suffering of civilians cornered by HRW
Rajiva Wijesinha

The Anglo American Corporation Human Rights Watch (HRW) is now engaged in a campaign, along with its patrons, to denigrate Sri Lanka in the eyes of the Human Rights Council in Geneva. This follows its campaign throughout 2009 to dissuade civilians from leaving the LTTE controlled territory to refuge with the Sri Lankan Government.
In both cases, the HRW agenda fits in with that of the LTTE. This may not be deliberate, but it is certainly convenient for the LTTE. Now that the LTTE is reduced to using the civilians it has entrapped, not just as a shield, but as a weapon of mass destruction, HRW has begun to issue lengthy descriptions of their suffering. It ignores completely its own contribution to this suffering, through its protracted campaign to suggest throughout 2008 that the civilians were as well off with the LTTE as they would be with Government.
In July last year, when it became clear that the Tigers were forcing civilians to accompany them as they retreated into smaller and smaller areas, HRW began the game of claiming that the facilities the Sri Lankan Government provided for refugees were internment camps.
(Full Report in Daily News)

Hilary, please explain

 Isnt it preposterous that the US called upon Sri Lanka to "go soft" on the LTTE and then thought nothing about going on to lead an air strike in Afghanistan killing 100 civilians ? Does the U.S. have a higher moral responsibility in respect of the Sri Lankan civilans in the North as opposed to the Afghan civilians? Does the Sri Lankan Government have a higher responsibility in respect of their civilians than Pakistan does regarding Afghan civilians ? Should the Taliban be demolished and the LTTE granted an amnesty ? Why ? I am confused. Hilary, please explain.
DW Nawala
(From Opinion - Island)

Are Westerners concerned for :
Loss of lives or loss of business?

S. AKURUGODA

Almost all statements released, one after the other, by Western politicians, diplomats, spokespersons etc. throughout the world at this 11th hour indicates nothing other than their sinister motive of giving a fresh life line to the LTTE leader Prabhakaran and dragging Sri Lanka back into an on-going war against terrorism. It is not surprising at all to understand the so-called ‘grave concerns’ of these people led by British who are the main culprits of the ‘conflict’.
Ceasefire British Foreign Secretary David Miliband, who made several controversial statements, is now calling the Sri Lankan Government to reciprocate to the unilateral ceasefire announced by the vanishing LTTE. Call for ‘ceasefire’ at this stage is a mere joke, since LTTE is not fighting but running away, as Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa pointed out.
As per the latest media reports, the British PM has still not given up his dream of sending his pro-LTTE special envoy to Sri Lanka, despite the rejection of such actions by the Government of Sri Lanka. The former colonial masters still prefer to listen to their former ‘favourites’, LTTE Tamil Diaspora, rather than the democratically elected President.
Now that the chances of dividing Sri Lanka on ethnic lines by military means are no more, the next question, often raised by these interested parties is “when is the political solution”? As the President has quite rightly reminded to the British PM, when asked about a ‘political solution’, what is needed by the IDPs is their basic needs such as shelter, food, clothing, medicine etc. and not a ‘political solution’.
On the other hand, the US State Department’s spokesperson Robert Wood has called on the LTTE rebels surrender to a third party.
(Full Article in Daily News)

Sri Lankan President Vows No Cease-fire as Victory Nears
By Steve Herman Colombo 07 May 2009

Sri Lanka's President is adamant there will be no pause in the fighting on the verge of a total battlefield victory over the rebel Tamil Tigers that would end a quarter century civil war.
Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa, 03 Mar 2009 Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa says victory is near for troops who have cornered the remaining Tamil rebels on the northeastern coast.
In a speech to diplomats in the capital, the president again rejected international calls for a cease-fire to allow civilians to escape. Mr. Rajapaksa says a halt to the fighting at this late stage would be useless as the rebels only understand the "language of terror."
(Full Report in VOA)

Pluralism and Supremacy – I
By Nalin de Silva

I would have loved to comment on the antics of David Miliband and his French counterpart in trying to extend humanitarian ceasefire so that the LTTE can take full advantage of it. They claim that not many Tamils have left the so called no fire zone during the new year (we refer to our new year and not to the Anglo French (and other western) new year that has been imposed on us by western supremacy that is ignored by the so called moderate scholars and commentators who are engaged in a back scratching exercise in the opinion page of "The Island".
Some of the westerners also claim that forty eight hours was too short and want more time for the trapped Tamils to leave. However, the Anglo French duo should have addressed the LTTE and their proxy TNA to demand that the terrorists allow the Tamils to leave the so called no fire area from which the terrorists continue to fire at the armed forces. Instead they want to twist the arms of the Sri Lankan government, and to make the people of their countries believe that the government is killing unarmed innocent Tamils. It is reported that the west wants to withdraw or withhold the IMF loan until a ceasefire is declared by the Sri Lankan government, so that they could supply the LTTE with more arms. Links between the Tamil terrorists or their front organizations and the British authorities have been revealed during a nine week trial at Kingston Crown Court.
(Read Full Article in Island)

How the West lost Sri Lanka
 Don Wijewardana

How the Western countries have treated Sri Lanka in recent years is an object lesson in how not to manage foreign relations. Their actions based on false premises and pandering to pressure groups have resulted in working against their own long term interest.
Ever since gaining independence in 1948, this island state in the Indian Ocean has been playing an active role in international affairs well beyond its size. It has been a committed member of the United Nations contributing to its activities including peace keeping, a senior member of the Commonwealth, and an active player in the non-aligned movement, SAARC and many others.
Literacy
It has signed up to all the key United Nations conventions ranging from the conventions on restrictions on the use of certain excessively injurious weapons, to the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women. With a high level of literacy Sri Lanka is among the few functioning democracies in the region. These factors, along with its strategic location in the world’s busiest sea route, make Sri Lanka a useful ally for any country.
(Full Report in Daily News)

LTTE women, child soldiers to be rehabilitated
 Nadira GUNATILLEKE

There are around 600 women soldiers, 400 child soldiers and a large number of orphaned children among the LTTE members who surrendered to the Sri Lankan armed forces.
The Child Development and Women's Empowerment Ministry will make arrangements to re-integrate them in to the society after rehabilitation, a Child Development and Women's Empowerment Ministry spokesman said.
He said the Ministry will set up four rehabilitation centres for them in Bogawanthalawa, Thalawa, Biyagama and Paranthan to carry out this task.
The Ministry will use six abandoned state schools located in the North Western and North Central Provinces as rehabilitation centres

UNICEF will support the Ministry to implement this project.
The National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) commenced a project on May 4 to gather information and data about all children staying in welfare centres. It has already sent food, clothing and other requirements for those children. Probation and Child Care Services Department also commenced gathering data on displaced children. Gathering data is aimed at setting up an individual record/report on each child.
(Full Report in Daily News)

Thursday, 07 May 2009

Sonia postpones election rally following threat

New Delhi, May 6 (ANI): Congress President Sonia Gandhi's election rallies that were scheduled to be held in Chennai and Puducherry on Wednesday have been postponed as pro-Sri Lankan Tamil outfits had threatened to stage demonstrations over UPA's alleged failure to ensure a ceasefire in Sri Lanka.
Gandhias scheduled to address a rally in Puducherry this afternoon and in Chennai in the evening.
Parliamentary elections will be held in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry on May 13.
Ever since the Sri Lankan Army intensified its offensive against LTTE and confined it to a small strip of land in the embattled northern part, pro-LTTE outfits have been staging demonstrations, demanding an immediate ceasefire. (ANI)
(From Daily Mirror)

SONIA GANDHI’S CHENNAI ELECTION MEETING CANCELLED FOR LTTE RELATED SECURITY REASONS

(By Walter Jayawardhana)

The Times of India reported that Sonia Gandhi’s Chennai and Puducherry election rallies have been cancelled due to security reasons.
Pro-LTTE organizations in Chennai had announced that they would stage demonstrations against Sonia’s visit in Tamil Nadu .
The UPA chairperson was originally scheduled to arrive in the Tamil Nadu capital after going to Puducherry .
She was scheduled to go to Puducherry and then fly back to Chennai to address rally in support of Karunanidhi led DMK and Congress candidates. She is campaigning for the May 13 Lok Sabha polls. While May 6 rally was cancelled no new dates have been announced.
Rajiv Gandhi , Sonia’s late husband was killed by a LTTE suicide bomber while campaigning for a election in a suburb of Chennai at Siriperumbudur.

Sri Lanka that The Gandhis did not know

On Tuesday on the eve of a visit to Tamil Nadu, Rahul Gandhi had told media “I am fully with the Tamil people” referring to Sri Lanka’s Tamils and said he deplored Sri Lanka government’s “aggressive” behaviour in the recently liberated Tamil areas. And we thought it was only the likes of Karunanidhis and Jayalalithaas that get passionately emotional about Sri Lankan Tamils in the run up to polls. Sri Lankan Tamils are indeed in need of support and if Congress party or any other outsider is genuinely concerned about the civilians’ welfare what they should have done was to initiate a sustained plan to provide essentials to the IDPs and assist the Sri Lankan government in the resettlement process. Lip servicing by the likes of Rahul Gandhi will only go to create the impression that the Gandhis too have stooped down to the level of Karunanidhi, Jayalalithaa and Vaiko who would do anything to muster votes in Tamil Nadu.
First of all young Gandhi should get his facts correct. He may not know that even the LTTE is not complaining about “an aggressive behaviour of the government forces in the recently liberated areas”. They are only speaking about government attacks in the part of the no-fire zone to which the LTTE is now confined along with the civilians that they have taken as hostages. One wonders as to how the son of Rajiv Gandhi who was killed by Tigers can turn so pro-LTTE than the LTTE itself.
(Read Editorial - Daily Mirror)

Ban the Tamil Tigers

Matt Wade's article “The girl soldiers robbed of their childhood” (5 May) is a first hand account of the Tamil Tigers’ (LTTE) inhuman terrorist tactics.
LTTE are banned in some 30 countries including those of the EU, the US and the UK. However, in Australia, they are only nominally listed as a terrorist organisation under our obligations to the UN.
All the 19 organisations banned as terrorists under the Criminal Code of Australia are Islamic; and therefore, LTTE is not included in the list.
This is the reason for the audacity of the LTTE sympathisers to stage rowdy demonstrations harassing the working public by beating drums and blocking busy streets in our major cities on an almost daily basis.
Although they say that their protests are aimed at protecting the Tamils in Sri Lanka, it is obvious that they are trying to prevent Sri Lanka delivering the coup de grace to the top terrorist leaders now cornered in the island’s North East. Otherwise, why should they carry the LTTE flag of a snarling Tiger head surrounded by bullets and rifles?
These troublemakers have another hidden reason for this sudden uproar. Many of their key activists are bogus refugees pending appeals at refugee tribunals and courts. If LTTE terrorism which has bled Sri Lanka for three decades is wiped out, as is seen imminent now, then, these rogues cannot claim that the island is at war and will have to go back. Thousands of their cadres back in Sri Lanka, waiting for the next boat, will have no support for their bogus refugee claims.
As a tax paying Australian citizen may I ask when will our authorities say “enough is enough” and clamp down hard on these terrorist sympathisers?
Asoka Subhawickrama
North Strathfield

India seeks Prabhakarans extradition every year: Pranab

External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee has said that there is no confusion regarding status of the LTTE, and added that every year India seeks the extradition of Tamil Tigers chief V. Prabhakaran.
Every year we ask for extradition of Prabhakaran. LTTE is a terrorist organization. It is banned in India, it is banned in Sri Lanka, Mukherjee said.
The senior Congress leader was clarifying his partys stand on LTTE being a terrorist organization while speaking exclusively to NDTV.
Commenting on the tie up with Left, Mukherjee said: It is Left who deserted us by withdrawing support and that on an issue where we tried to resolve the differences by series of discussions.
He also added: What would happen after the Elections will depend on numbers. After all ours is a multi-party system. Which political party holds how many seats in a vast electorate of more than 710 million voters, it is very difficult to make any assessment, precise assessment before the poll results are out and even two phases elections have not yet taken place.(ANI)
(From Daily Mirror)

No interference with Lanka – FM

By Kelum Bandara and Yohan Perera Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama, yesterday, denied that there was any outside interference in Sri Lanka’s efforts at countering terrorism, and said he appreciated the cooperation extended by the international community.
The minister made this remark in Parliament after the National Freedom Front (NFF), a coalition partner of the government, charged that certain foreign nations were meddling in the affairs of Sri Lanka to give a new lease of life to the beleaguered LTTE leadership.
“No country is interfering with Sri Lankas efforts to counter terrorism. We will not allow anyone to do so either,” he said.
Referring to the attack on the Sri Lankan embassy in Oslo, he said that Sri Lanka had conveyed its dismay over the incident to Norway immediately after it occurred on April 12.
The Foreign Minister said that 12 persons had been arrested in connection with the incident, and Sri Lanka hoped the maximum punishment would be meted out to those found guilty of the offence.
He said the Norwegian police had also tendered an apology for their failure to provide security for the mission.
Mr. Bogollagama said that despite this unfortunate incident the existing friendly relations between Norway and Sri Lanka had not been undermined. He said that Rodney Perera, the Sri Lankan Ambassador designate, would hand over his credentials to the King of Norway soon.
(Full Report in Daily Mirror)

‘We have caged the tiger’ Minister Musthapha
By Sanath Weerasuriya in Dubai

‘We have caged the tiger. Soon Sri Lanka will be fulfilling its fullest potential in tourism, from Jaffna to Mullaitivu and from Mannar to Kalpitiya, for all global travellers to explore and enjoy the untouched destinations in Sri Lanka’ said Deputy Minister of Tourism, Faiszer Musthapha at the largely attended press conference at the Arabian Travel Mart in Dubai.
He said the LTTE terrorists are restricted to an area of less than 4 sq. km. Because of the human shield used by the LTTE, the Government of Sri Lanka has been unable to clear this area in an overnight operation. But soon LTTE terrorism will be eliminated in Sri Lanka. The long-awaited peace will open-up the entire country for tourism. The international community will soon be presented with a new brand strategy for tourism.
The new brand - Sri Lanka Small Miracle - has been conceptualised following months of research by A C Nielson and strategic planning sessions, and will replace the current tagline ‘Sri Lanka, Land Like No Other’.
Sri Lanka Tourism (SLTB) is utilising the Gulf’s biggest Travel Trade Exhibition, Arabian Travel Mart (ATM) 2009 as the platform to boost the country’s post – conflict image for tourism promotion in the region.
(Full Report in Daily Mirror)

Superpower’s superiority complex
by S.Akurugoda

 Almost all statements released, one after the other, by the blue eyed white skinned politicians, diplomats, spokespersons etc throughout the world at this 11th hour indicate nothing than their sinister motive of giving a fresh life line to the LTTE leader Prabhakaran and dragging Sri Lanka back into an on-going war against terrorism. It is not surprising to understand the so-called ‘extreme concerns’ of these people led by British who are the main culprits of the ‘conflict’. As per the latest media reports, the British PM has still not given up his dream of sending his pro-LTTE special envoy to Sri Lanka, despite the rejection of such actions by the government of Sri Lanka. The former colonial masters still prefer to listen to their former ‘favourites’, LTTE Tamil Diaspora, rather than the democratically elected President.
Now that the chances of dividing Sri Lanka on ethnic lines by military means are no more, the next question, often raised by these interested parties is "when is the political solution"? As the President has quite rightly reminded to the British PM, when asked about a ‘political solution’, what is needed by the IDPs is their basic needs such as shelter, food, clothing, medicine etc and not a ‘political solution’.
On the other hand, the US State Department’s spokesperson Robert Wood has called on LTTE rebels surrender to a third party. "We remain extremely concerned for the safety of the remaining civilians in the no-fire zone," and called on the Sri Lanka government and Tamil Tigers to end hostilities. He also asked the Sri Lanka government to allow a UN humanitarian team into the no-fire zone.
(Read Full Article in Island)

SRILANKA AND UNITED NATIONS JOINTLY APPEAL $ 50 MILLION FOR GROWING MASS OF INTERNALLY DISPLACED TAMIL CIVILIANS
(By Walter Jayawardhana)

The United Nations and Government of Sri Lanka today announced the launch of a $50 million appeal to meet the urgent humanitarian needs of the rising number of desperate civilians fleeing the fighting in the north between the army and Tamil separatist rebels, the United Nations announced.
“The number of people seeking shelter in makeshift government camps rose from 65,000 to almost 190,000 in just a few days following a mass exodus from the conflict zone when government forces breached the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) defences on 20 April” the announcement said.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) estimates that around 50,000 people remain trapped in the conflict zone, a shrinking pocket of land on the north-east coast line.
“It’s a critical time,” stressed UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sri Lanka Neil Buhne. “Around a quarter of under 5 year-olds in the camps are under-nourished, and they need immediate help. Tens of thousands more civilians are expected to come from the remaining zone.”
(Read Full Report)

AMERICA’S MOST RECENT DOUBLE STANDARDISM - By Malin Abeytunge - BBC reported this evening (6/5/2009) that American forces have killed 30 civilians in Afghanistan including women and children. The number of civilians injured is yet to be known. This killing of civilians has not occurred with direct confrontation between the American forces and the Talibans. This is a result of random searches by American forces hunting for Taliban leaders and Osama bin Laden. This is not the first time that civilians got killed (previously 75 civilians in a wedding ceremony including the bride and the groom were killed by air bombing) and there will be many more civilian deaths in Afghanistan at the hands of the NATO until Osama bin Laden is captured dead or alive but it is pardonable according to western standards. Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International will conveniently ignore these civilians deaths. Whilst American forces are killing civilians in Afghanistan and in Iraq, USA Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says that America is very much concerned of the civilians being killed in the North of Sri Lanka by Government forces parroting what’s in LTTE websites. Here, a democratically elected Government is fighting against LTTE the most brutal terrorist organization in the world to save the civilians held as human shield by LTTE and her Government is calling the GoSL for a ceasefire. What’s the rationale of her attitude? Isn’t it double standard one for America and one for Sri Lanka when it comes to dealing with two terrorist outfits? Then there are the Talibans in Swat Valley in Pakistan terrorizing a democratically elected Pakistani Government. The US special Envoy to Pakistan Mr. Richard Holbrooke says thus “ Washington's goal "must be unambiguously to support and help stabilize a democratic Pakistan headed by its elected president". What about Sri Lanka? Isn’t it a democratically elected government fighting a terrorist out fit? He goes on to say “ Washington must put maximum pressure on Pakistan to ensure it fights the Taliban effectively and that Pakistan has to demonstrate its commitment to rooting out al-Quaeda and the violent extremists within its borders” (Read Full Article)

US air strikes kill dozens of Afghan civilians
By Ewen MacAskill and Mark Tran / Guardian

US-led air strikes killed dozens of Afghans, including women and children, the Red Cross said today as the Pentagon launched a joint investigation into what appeared to be one of the heaviest civilian death tolls at the hands of coalition forces.
Rohul Amin, the governor of Farah province in western Afghanistan, where the bombing took place during a battle on Monday and Tuesday, said he feared 100 civilians had been killed.
The provincial police chief, Abdul Ghafar Watandar, who accused the Taliban of using the civilians as human shields, said the death toll could be even higher. If confirmed, those figures could make the strike the single most deadliest for Afghan civilians since the opening of the campaign to topple the Taliban in 2001.
(Full Report in SL Defence)

PRANAB MUKHERJEE MINCES NO WORDS AND CALLS TAMIL TIGERS A TERRORIST OUTFIT BANNED BOTH IN INDIA AND IN SRI LANKA
(By Walter Jayawardhana)

India’s government has no confusion regarding the status of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as a terrorist outfit said the country’s External Affairs Minister Pranabb Mukherjee during an interview with the private television channel NDTV.
The senior Indian Minister reminded that every year India asks for the extradition of Velupillai Prabhakaran from Sri Lanka and added that the LTTE is a banned organization in India as well as in Sri Lanka.
After 26 years of fighting LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran and his trusted IntelligenceChief Pottu Amman led separatist warriors are outgunned and surrounded by the Sri Lankan forces in a sliver of a land limited to four square miles.
Both are wanted by the government of India for the murder of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi using a female suicide bomber during an election campaign at Siriperumbudur , a suburb of Chennai in the state of Tamil Nadu. (eom)

The British bullies
by K GODAGE

It is indeed quite unbelievable that the British House of Commons has met no less than five times in recent weeks to discuss the situation in Sri Lanka. I wonder as to whether they ever had a special session to express their humanitarian concerns when Israel almost bombed the Gaza almost off the map, or at the torture and the indiscriminate killings in Afghanistan by their own troops. They have adopted Resolutions and gone to town to condemn our government without a word of condemnation of the terrorist LTTE which is holding innocent civilians hostage and as a human shield.
Time without number they have called for a ceasefire. A ceasefire for what? Would Prabhakaran release the civilians he is holding as a human shield? Have they informed the LTTE that they support the call of the LTTE for a ceasefire only if they are prepared to release the hostages? There has been no such statement from any of the Members of the British Parliament (nor has Miliband who has also been incessantly calling for a ceasefire) indicating that their call was conditional.
 Neither have they demanded their surrender to the legitimate government of the country. Unlike the LTTE which slaughtered 640 of our policemen who surrendered to them in good faith on the orders of President Premadasa in 1991, we shall definitely submit them to due process and try those who surrender according to the law. The so-called international community and more particularly Britain could ensure that they have a fair trial.
(Full Article in Island)

Tamils reap what they sowed
 national post Published: Tuesday, May 05, 2009

The conflict between the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tigers has deep, tangled roots. But to a rough order of magnitude, the moral stakes can be reduced to a single act of terrorist savagery that took place on July 29, 1999 - the day Neelan Tiruchelvam was blown out the side of his Nissan sedan by a female suicide bomber riding a moped.
Tiruchelvam was a Sri Lankan Tamil, but not the kind that makes excuses for terrorism, or for the nihilistic death cult led by Tigers chief Velupillai Pirapaharan. Instead, he sought to bring justice and self-determination for Sri Lanka's Tamil minority through negotiation and constitutional reform. In Sri Lanka, he was an elected parliamentarian and the founder of two major think tanks. In the United States, he taught at Harvard University, enlightening Western students about human-rights abuses committed in Sri Lanka - by the nation's military and the Tigers alike.
He was a moderate, in other words - the Tamils' answer to Yitzhak Rabin or Nelson Mandela. And that's why he was assassinated: The Tigers despise any Tamil who does not share their commitment to war and terrorism. Tiger propaganda - including the terrorist group's own "poet laureate" - spent years vilifying Tiruchelvam as a traitor prior to his assassination. Muzhakkam, a Tiger-controlled newspaper here in Canada joined in the campaign.
(Full Report in National Post)

The Right to Protect Our Way of Life
By Dr. Janaka Wansapura

It is clearly evident now (if not has always been) from the conduct of some western governments that the pressure exerted by them on the Sri Lankan government has nothing to do with a) their desire to appease the Thamil minority in their electorates, or b) their concern for the Sri Lankan Thamil refugees/hostages or c) their misconception of what is really happening in Mullativu or d) their intention (at least not overtly) to pillage, as done in the colonial times.
It is none of the above.
It is also abundantly clear that these western governments fancy an unqualified moral authority over us. (They already have an asymmetric power in economic and political spheres).
Given these scenarios one can only infer that the west's overall objective is to maneuver itself into a position of power such that it will be able to manage our affairs in every possible sphere there is. Having done this half successfully for centuries the west knows that a sovereign nation can not be managed against the will of its people. The only way to achieve this permanently in the long term is to force a nation to assimilate into the western way of life thus putting it squarely in west's frame of reference and vulnerable to interference. (It is easy to take an aim at a target when the target is moving at the same (frame of reference) speed as you are). To achieve this goal, first, a nation must be rid of its control over its people's way of life. That is what is going on today.
The way of life of a nation is the embodiment of the Jathika Chinthanaya of that nation. It is what gives a unique identity and what determines how a nation conducts its affairs and binds people of different ethnicity, culture, creed and status to a nation. (It can be argued that the way of life is a holistic property of a nation whereas culture is an in individual's property). In short, it is what keeps the integrity of a nation, not just between its people but between people and its world view, people and its economy, people and its politics and etc. A nation without a grip on its way of life severe these relationships and allows it to be divided and ruled.
(Read Full Report)

A visceral mistake !

The LTTE is in a shambles. Their glorious army has been shattered. They have lost all their territory and are running for their lives. How on earth did this happen to such a ruthless fighting force, led by a master-strategist like Velupillai Prabhakaran? Surely it can’t be anything the Sri Lankans have done — they’ve been fighting without success against the guerrilla group for decades. Why, even the Indian Army couldn’t do much against these suicidal guys.
No, the blame for the LTTE’s great debacle lies squarely on the well-padded shoulders of Prabhakaran himself. The simple but awful truth is that he has committed the most heinous sin a guerrilla can ever commit — he has become fat.
Leading a sedentary life in the jungles of northern Sri Lanka, the LTTE leader often found time hanging heavily on his hands. Like so many of us, Prabhakaran succumbed to the temptation of eating the hours away. Starting with jackfruit and pumpkin idlis, he moved on to jaggery dosas and sweet pongal rice, though he soon abandoned these patriotic recipes for more sinful savouries. Cakes and ice-cream followed and some say he even dumped rasam for sweet French sauces. But it was when he started on chocolates and Black Forest cakes that the bulge really began to grow and soon he was the proud possessor of the largest revolutionary paunch in history.
(Read Full Article)

Wednesday, 06 May 2009

Troops close in on last LTTE hideout

Security forces have now cornered the remaining LTTE cadres including its top leaders into a mere 4.5sq.km land South of Rektavaikkal and are moving in on three fronts amidst stiff LTTE resistance, the Defence Ministry said. According to the Defence Ministry 58 and 53 Division infantrymen advancing from North and West of Mullivaikkal met with stiff LTTE resistance throughout yesterday (May 4), while the 59 Division troops commenced advancing northwards from the initial forward defences at Wadduvakal.
(From Daily Mirror)

LTTE attacks fleeing civilians at Vellamullivaikkal

LTTE terrorists have launched indiscriminate small arms fire attacks at hostages who were desperately fleeing the LTTE terror grip on 15 fishing boats early this morning (May 5)
An LTTE second line leader one identified as Seelambu has ordered to assault at the civilians, beating them severely and throwing the out-board motors to sea. The rest of the people were taken custody and reportedly detained in LTTE torture cells at Mullivaikkal, military said citing intercepted LTTE communication channels.
According to intercepted transmission, a few civilians have succumbed to injuries and many others sustained severe injuries.
(From Defence Web)

Kill or be killed: 11-year-olds forced to fight for Tamil Tigers
Matt Wade May 5, 2009

IT IS hard to imagine Christine* in combat. But the diminutive 14-year-old with a cheeky smile and dancing eyes knows how to handle a Kalashnikov and detonate grenades.
A Tamil speaker from northern Sri Lanka, Christine says she was abducted by Tamil Tiger cadres in March and forced to undergo military training. She performed drills using dummy weapons in preparation for battle and, as with many female recruits, her hair was cut short.
"I was full of fear when they came and took me," she said. "I was crying every day."
Sri Lankan commanders on the battle front say they are encountering more and more children as the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) try desperately to stave off defeat. The rebels are trapped on a 4.5-kilometre strip of land on the north-eastern coast of the island.
(Full Report in Sydney Morning Herald)

Jayalalithaa receives death threat

An anonymous letter warning the assassination of AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa with explosive devices was received at her Poes Garden residence on Monday.
The content of the letter goes like this. “You have done great injustice to the people of Tamil Nadu by instigating rowdy advocates of the Madras High Court against the police and the government. We have therefore decided to eliminate you from this world through high explosive bombs. These bombs shall be fixed outside your house and shall explode the moment your convoy leaves the gate.” “Similarly, through decoys in the police department, we shall fit one such device in your convoy and you will die a cruel death like Rajiv Gandhi.”
The reason for the assassination plot, according to the letter, was because Jayalalithaa is alleged to have created a wedge between India and Sri Lanka and also between the police and the advocates.
Based on the complaint by Jaya’s office assistant, the Teynampet police have filed a case and initiated investigations.
(From Daily Mirror)

Captured video shows LTTE coercing civilians to fight
Tuesday, May 5, 2009, 19:20 GMT, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka. May 05, Colombo:

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 A video from a video camera recovered by the Sri Lankan soldiers from a slain LTTE fighter provides rare proof that the terrorist organization is forcibly recruiting civilians to fight their last battle.
The troops of the 58 Division recovered the video camera during ground operations in the into general area south of Vellamullivaikkal in the no-fire zone.
The video shows how the civilians are brought by an armed Tiger rebel to build bunkers and earth bunds. The same video shows how the Tigers in civilian clothes firing a paddle gun in an armor plated vehicle to at the troops and later civilians helping to camouflage the truck with tree branches.
Defence sources said the troops surrounded the armed vehicle and killed all the fighters during the operation. The military has captured two such vehicles in the no-fire zone.
Defence sources say the LTTE cadres are now fighting in civilians clothes to inflate the claims of civilian deaths.
(From Lanka Page)

Prabhakaran trapped in small area - PM
by Saman Indrajith

Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake yesterday told Parliament that intelligence units had reported that LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran remained trapped within a four (4) square km area to which security forces have now laid siege.
"State intelligence services say that Prabhakaran is in this area, and security forces have taken all steps to ensure he won’t get away," he said.
Wickremaratne moving the motion seeking the extension of the State of emergency for another one month said "International puppets" were making an attempt to save the life of Prabhakaran by exerting pressure on the government. "We are not willing to bow-down to these forces. We can manage our internal affairs and put our own base in order but everyone in the House must be united," he said.
"Some sections of society try to misinterpret the government’s decision not to use heavy weapons as a ceasefire".
"There is no question of a ceasefire with the terrorists who are on their last legs. We are aware of how they had benefited from ceasefires in the past and have learnt a lesson from them," Wickremanayake said.
(Full Report in Island)

The case of Tissanayagam and response to President Obama

 Tissanayagam is in the news again. This time, no less a person than US President Barack Obama has included Tissanayagam’s name in the statement issued by him on World Freedom Day.
Possibly, President Obama had been misinformed by the officials to include the name of Tissanayagam in his statement on World Freedom Day (May 3).
Tissanayagam has been indicted under the Prevention of Terrorism Act
Sadly, the statement was made at a time his (Tissanayagam’s) high court trial is proceeding where the prosecution has closed its case after leading the evidence of 12 witnesses and the defence is leading the evidence presently.
In an admissible confession, accused Tissanayagam had admitted his links with the LTTE.
The confession was admitted in evidence at the court trial. There was material that showed his close links to Sivaram alias Tharaki one time editor of Tamilnet.
Tissanayagam was associated with several opinion making publications of the LTTE organization and was part of their propaganda outfit and was instrumental in securing funding for LTTE publication. He has also links with prominent personalities of the LTTE.
The process by which Tissanayagam was brought to trial shows it was attended to without any delay. This was possible because of the nature of the evidence against the accused. Tissanayagam was arrested on March 07, 2008.
(Full Report in Daily News)

LONDON TIMES THINKS THAT THE WEST CANNOT CONTROL THE ISLAND NATION BECAUSE OF THE BACKING OF CHINA
   (By Walter Jayawardhana)

 If the London Times reflects the general belief in the Western capitals why they cannot rein Sri Lanka in and get things done at the behest of the West , the answer of the former colonial masters is  simply China. The Times said , “why the army is poised to defeat the Tigers and why Western governments are so powerless to negotiate a ceasefire” is nothing else but China and the massive Hambantota harbour the island nation is building ten miles from one of the world’s busiest shipping routes at Hambantota with Chinese aid.  
As if green with envy,the Times complained in a full page article by Jeremy Page, that China became Sri Lanka’s biggest arms supplier when London and Washington refused to sell arms to Sri Lanka , gave six F7 fighters free of charge , encouraged Pakistan to sell arms and trained pilots, blocked Western sponsored censure moves in UN Security Council , gave up to one billion US Dollars compared with the United States’ meagre $ 7.4 million and Britain’s  £1.25 million as aid.
  If not for China under the above gruelling circumstances , created by the West, the only other alternative left for Sri Lanka would have been to succumb to a Fascist dictator, and pave way for the separation of the country, a fact the article did not mention for obvious reasons.   To high light the point of the West the Times article also quoted , B.Raman, a former spy chief of the RAW who was heavily involved in arming , training and funding of the Tamil Tigers in the past. He was quoted having said, “That’s why Sri Lanka has been so dismissive of international criticism,” for not agreeing for a ceasefire.
 Following are extracts of the Times article: On the southern coast of Sri Lanka, ten miles from one of the world’s busiest shipping routes, a vast construction site is engulfing the once sleepy fishing town of Hambantota.
(Read Full Report)

An Eye Opener for British Government
By Venerable Walpola Piyananda, Chief Sangha Nakaye of America

I wish to refresh the memory of the British. Since we got our independence in 1948, Sri Lanka has maintained a cordial relationship with them and we still work together, as a part of the commonwealth. When the former Prime Minister Mrs. Margaret Thatcher sent the military to reclaim the Falkland Islands off the coast of Argentina, the U.N. condemned the British, but Sri Lanka stood steadfastly with the U. K. The Sri Lankan government did not criticize the British government’s involvement in the Iraqi war even though they believed it was wrong.
These past few years, unfortunately, I find that the British authorities seem to have forgotten the past and lack loyalty. It is an undisputed fact that the British government has swallowed the propaganda of the LTTE diaspora. It is shameful that some of the members of Parliament accept their blood money, speaking on behalf of this terrorist group. Is the government turning a blind eye to the individuals who support and help hide the terrorists and their activities; i.e. the procurement of arms; drug smuggling; destroying public property – e.g. Jawahalal Nehru’s statue; attacks on the embassies of Sri Lanka and India in the U.K.; cloning and counterfeiting credit cards at gas stations; extorting money from fellow Tamils with threats of death?
(Full Letter in Island)

Tuesday, 05 May 2009

Senior Tamil Tiger rebel killed in fighting
Colombo, May 4 (Xinhua)

 Sri Lankan troops have killed a senior Tamil Tiger rebel in northeastern part of the country, officials said Monday. The army said Thamilendhi was the in-charge of the LTTE’s (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) heavy weaponry division.
He was killed Sunday in a military operation.
The troops also captured an important earth embankment near the Nanthikandal lagoon that was used by the LTTE for defence.
(From Thaindian News)

Sri Lankan Military Says Rebel Position Captured
By VOA News 04 May 2009

The military says it seized the fortified earthen embankment on Sunday after heavy fighting. A statement by the defense ministry Monday says Tamil Tiger rebels suffered heavy losses. It says senior Tiger leader Thamilendi was among those killed.
There was no comment from the rebels or from independent reporters who are barred from the war zone.
Sri Lanka's government says troops are moving slowly into the rebels' last stronghold, a coastal strip of territory several kilometers long. Tens of thousands of civilians are thought to be trapped there.
Also Monday, a delegation of British lawmakers began a visit to Sri Lanka to examine the plight of civilians affected by the conflict.
The delegation includes former British Defense Secretary Des Browne who was appointed as Britain's special envoy for Sri Lanka earlier this year. Sri Lanka's government rejected the appointment as foreign interference.
The British lawmakers are expected to tour displacement camps in northern Sri Lanka housing tens of thousands of civilians who have fled the fighting.
Tamil rebels have been fighting for an independent homeland in Sri Lanka since 1983. Tens of thousands of people have died in the civil war.
(From VOA News)

'Let the civilians leave', Akashi urges from LTTE

We hope that even now the LTTE will change its attitude and let the IDPs in areas it still holds move to other areas, as several thousands of others had already done, Japan's special envoy for Peace Building, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction in Sri Lanka Yasushi Akashi told a media briefing in Colombo on Saturday(May 2).
"It is heartwarming that people from the South of Sri Lanka, most of them Sinhalese, are collecting goods and money for the internally displaced people from the north. I hope this spirit of harmony and friendship will prevail in the future," he said.
One of the major tragedies that led to the breakdown of the peace process in Sri Lanka was the LTTE's failure to attend the Tokyo Conference in 2003, for which it was invited, and which produced the Tokyo Declaration, which was a road map to peace in the country, he said.
Commenting on conditions in the IDP transit centres, where he said they could be better, but for the sudden influx of several thousands within two weeks.
The media briefing was held at the end of a busy schedule during which Akashi had a two and half hour meeting with President Mahinda Rajapaksa, where the focus of discussion was the humanitarian conditions regarding the IDPs and the government's military operations against the LTTE to eradiate terrorism.
(Full Report in SL DEfence)

More arrests in pro-LTTE attack on Indian Army convoy

 At least 20 persons have now been arrested in connection with the attack on an Indian Army convoy in South India, by pro-LTTE groups, reports from, Coimbatore state. Eight persons, including a woman, were arrested by the police on Sunday (May 03) in connection with the attack on the Army convoy at the Neelambur bypass road junction here on Saturday (May 02) evening, when five persons were arrested for the attack late on Saturday.
The attack took place when over 270 personnel of the 4 Field Regiment, stationed at Madukkarai, were returning from Secunderabad after training. Activists of the pro-LTTE Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam (PDK) and Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) intercepted the convoy, alleging that the troops, arms and ammunition were being moved to either Kochi or Thiruvananthapuram for onward movement to Sri Lanka to assist its army in the current military operations against the LTTE, Indian media reports said. The troops, along with materials, were being brought back in a convoy of 84 trucks.
The attackers smashed the windscreens of some Army vehicles and deflated the tyres. They also set ablaze some articles it removed from a truck. Some journalists were injured in the melee.
The police clarified that the troops, arms and ammunitions were only sent to Madukkarai and not to Sri Lanka via Kerala.
(Full Report in SL Defence)

DAILY TELEGRAPH CHARGES THAT TAMIL TIGERS ARE SNATCHING GIRLS ABOUT 11 YEARS SHAVING THEIR HEADS AND MAKE THEM FIGHT A WAR

(By Walter Jayawardhana)

Britain’s largest selling newspaper the Daily Telegraph reporting from the war front in Northern Sri Lanka quoting army officers charged that the besieged Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam have caught Tamil girls as young as 11 years , shaven their heads and forcibly put them to fight the Sri Lanka army.
The Daily Telegraph said quite a number of the dead bodies found belong to children under 16 years, who had been snatched from their parents by the Tamil Tigers and sent as a last stand for their defense against the advancing army.
The Daily Telegraph said if these children are captured they are sent to camps for rehabilitation.
The following are some excerpts from the Daily Telegraph report, “Child soldiers including girls as young as 11 have been forced to fight on the front line by retreating Tamil Tiger rebels, senior Sri Lankan army officers have claimed.
“Division commanders described discovering their enemy included a conscript army of children as they stood on the edge of the 'no fire zone' where 50,000 civilians are believed to be trapped by the once-feared Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elaam (LTTE) making their last stand.
The report said , “one army commander spoke of his regret that his men had shot and killed young girls.”
“ Brigadier Priyantha, who commands an artillery division in the north told The Daily Telegraph: "It's like looking at your own child. Quite large numbers [of the dead] are under 16.
(Read Full Report)

Lanka fighting a tough and difficult enemy- Russia

Russian Ambassador to the UN and incoming Security Council president Vitaly Churkin told reporters at the UN a short while ago, while being concerned about the humanitarian situation in Sri Lanka his country recognizes that Sri Lanka is fighting a tough and difficult enemy (LTTE) which is branded in many quarters as a terrorist organization.
(From Daily Mirror)

Canada won’t support LTTE, It will continue assistance to Sri Lanka:
CHAMINDA PERERA

Canadian International Cooperation Minister Beverly J. Oda yesterday said the Canadian Government will not provide any support for the pro LTTE elements operating on its soil. She arrived in Sri Lanka for a one day official visit at the invitation of Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama.
Addressing the media after a meeting with Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama, Oda said the Canadian Government has identified these elements and they will be severely dealt with according to law of the country. “Canada proscribed the LTTE as a terrorist organisation in 2006 and that policy decision remains unchanged,” she said.
The Canadian Minister expressed her satisfaction over the facilities provided to the civilians who sought the government’s protection.
She welcomed the Government moves to reunify families stranded by terrorist atrocities and resettlement of civilians in their original places of residence.
She promised to consider the request by the Foreign Minister for Canadian assistance to support infrastructure development and mine clearance activities in the North. She said Canadian assistance to Sri Lanka will continue uninterrupted.
(Full Report in Daily News)

Canada will not tolerate pro LTTE groups

Canada has said it will not extend any support to pro LTTE groups operating on their soil in the guise of Tamil disapora and has warned that such people will be dealt with severely. Canada’s Minister of International Cooperation, Beverly J. Oda who arrived in the country today for a one day visit said that Canada had de-listed the LTTE in 2006 and therefore would not tolerate any Tiger supporters.
(From Daily Mirror)

Saving Private Prabha
by Nalin Swaris

It was a little over three years ago that Velupillai Prabhakaran, Sungod, President and Prime Minister of Eelam, thumped his chest and said in his 2005 Heroes Day speech: "Our administrative structure is formidable, consisting of our controlled territories with huge civilian populations, protected by a powerful military force". Today whatever is left of his military force is protected by an ever dwindling civilian population of about 15,000 persons. Prabha knows his time is running out and that he must buy time till some sympathetic outside powers come to his rescue, using whatever ruse they could think of.
Last week the media reported that the European Co-Chairs were in hectic tele conferencing about the ‘humanitarian’ crisis in Sri Lanka. On the 25th of April, US State Department Oracle, Robert Wood made an extraordinary statement: "We urge the Tamil Tigers to lay down arms to a neutral third party… We further urge the Government of Sri Lanka to offer amnesty to most Tamil Tigers and to devise a clear resettlement plan and to open the way for a political dialogue." This was a blatant interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign State on behalf of perhaps the most ruthless terrorist group in the world. The day after Robert Wood’s statement, as if on cue, the LTTE declared a unilateral ceasefire. No talk of laying down arms. That would have to wait for the arrival of US State Department’s "neutral third party".
(Full Article in Island)

How UK can help SL

There seems to be no end to foreign do-gooders visiting here purportedly to help resolve the conflict. Now it is a British delegation! For the past three decades or so, neither foreigners nor successive Sri Lankan governments have succeeded in finding a solution. It is a foregone conclusion that the visiting British dignitaries are wasting their time and energy.
The European Parliament, about three years ago, sagaciously put its finger on what had put paid to Sri Lanka's peace efforts in its resolution on Sri Lanka on Sep. 08, 2006. It read, inter alia, [the EU Parliament] 'condemns the intransigence of the LTTE leadership over the years which has successively rejected so many possible ways forward, including devolution at the provincial level or Provincial Councils, devolution at the regional level or Regional Councils as well as the concept of federation with devolution at the national level [as envisaged in the Oslo Declaration]'.
(Read Full in Island Editorial)

Anti-Terrorist Front of India, Thank you

Being exposed to terror in its vilest form over a considerable period of time, the psyche of a Sri Lankan has been conditioned to forge an identity of cause and interest with victims of terror wherever in the world and to unequivocally condemn the perpetrators of terror whenever they despicably manifest themselves. Thus "Mumbai 26/11" evoked a spontaneous response amongst Sri Lankans in general. However, no reciprocal empathy emanates from the "international community" (India included) to encourage tiny Sri Lanka in its heroic and admirable stand to eliminate the most ruthless terrorist organisation in the world. It is and has been Sri Lanka's unfortunate lot to play beacon to canards, distortions, unsubstantiated accusations and veiled threats by the "international community". In such a harsh and inhospitable desert, to hear of a welcome oasis as that of India's Anti Terrorist Front and its supportive demonstration in New Delhi (as reported in the front page of 'The Island' of 24th April, 2009), provides added resolve and strength to Sri Lanka's efforts to eliminate the scourge of terrorism. Thank you, Anti Terrorist Front of India. The courage of your convictions in calling & spade a spade stands out in stark contrast to the spineless behaviour of most of your country's leaders who have opted to demean themselves by wallowing in empty rhetoric and distortion.
Lakshman Dissanayake
(From Island)

Monday, 04 May 2009

Sri Lanka troops take rebels' defense bund
2009-05-03 21:28:11

COLOMBO, May 3 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka's government troops on the forward march in the northeastern battle zone have captured another rebels' earth bunds, a military officer said on Sunday.
"The 53rd division has been able to capture the bund north of the Nanthikandal lagoon, south of the A35 road", Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara, the military spokesman, said.
The 500 meter long and 10 feet wide bund was captured Sunday morning. The Tamil Tigers had suffered extensive damage in the fighting.
Nanayakara said the troops are continuing operations in order to free Tamil civilians from Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) clutches.
The Army's 53rd, 55th, 58th divisions and Task Force 8 have positioned in the no fire zone where the rebels are mingling with civilians and attacking troops.
Meanwhile the Police Special Task Force said that search operations for LTTE members in the eastern province's Kanjilkudujiaru jungles were continuing after they gunned down four senior rebels on Saturday.
(Full Report in XinhuaNet)

Colombo says shelling images 'fake'

The images purportedly showed the aftermath of a deadly army attack on a hospital in the war zone

Sri Lanka's military has accused the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam of fabricating images that purported to show the aftermath of a deadly army attack on a hospital in the conflict zone.
The photographs, first published on a website, depicted what Tamil separatist sources said was an artillery hit on a makeshift hospital in Mullivaikal on Saturday.
The pro-LTTE website alleged that government sources had killed 81 people after two consecutive days of shelling.
But Al Jazeera's David Chater, reporting from Colombo on Sunday, said Sri Lankan military experts "have analysed the pictures and claim they were deliberately posed for propaganda purposes".
(Full Report in Al Jazeera)

No chance of Prabhakaran fleeing by sea
Rafik Jalaldeen in Mullaitivu

Inching a step forward to escape by sea is a fading dream for LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran and his associates. The Navy’s highly fortified four defence lines are under operation without timeout.
A journey to the sea is a new experience for a journalist like me. What I witnessed was how hard these Naval troops are striving to protect the Motherland from terrorists amid unbearable heat, LTTE attacks and infiltrations. The sailors deployed in the seas off Mullaituvu to detect LTTE movements have not seen the shore for days. The sailors are silent fighters in the deep sea.
The LTTE cadres were militarily defeated from ground and sea. Their capabilities were weakened by the Security Forces. Hence, the exodus to the cleared areas.
The Northern coastal line extending from Kankasanthurai to Chundikulam and the Eastern coastal line from Point-Pedro to Kalmunai were cleared from LTTE movements. The Navy has established highly fortified defence lines with high-tech leaving no room for the LTTE to escape.
To monitor the LTTE movements, the coastal line is fixed with radar facilities in Pulmodai, Kallarawa, Chenmalai, Chilawatte, Chalai and Chundikulam.
(Full Report in Daily News)

"Commitment to free my people remain" – President to Akashi
Reliefweb, 3 May.

 President Mahinda Rajapaksa told the visiting Special Envoy from Japan, Yasushi Akashi, that he was firm in his own commitment and that of his government to free the Sri Lankan Tamil citizens who remained being held as hostages by the LTTE. At a breakfast meeting at Janadhipathi Mandiraya today (May 02), there was a wide ranging discussion of the humanitarian situation in the North, especially regarding the continuing presence of Tamil civilians held as hostages by the LTTE in the No Fire Zone, and the many thousands of civilians who had escaped from the LTTE to the cleared areas the government.
The President also stressed the need to defeat the LTTE and its leader Prabhakaran and bring terrorism to an end in the country.
(Full Report in Relief Web)

LTTE restricted to 4.5 sq km area; 21 rebels killed in clashes
Colombo (PTI)

With the beleaguered LTTE confined to a small area of 4.5 sq kms, Sri Lankan army chief Sarath Fonseka has said the troops are consolidating their positions despite heavy attacks from remnant rebel cadres in the north, where at least 21 guerrillas were killed in intense clashes.
The security forces are marching forward despite heavy attacks by the LTTE, Fonseka said, adding the Tiger rebels can do nothing as the troops are consolidating their positions in the remaining area.
The troops have also undertaken a block-up built by the LTTE rebels, he said on Saturday at a function held at the Singha Regiment Headquarters in Abeypussa, over 50 km. east of Colombo.
He said the two brigades of the army are now jointly launching the operations against the Tamil Tigers, who are now restricted to an area of 4.5 sq km.
(Full Report in The Hindu)

Maximise the use of artillery, air assets to finish off Tigers – UNP MP
 by Shamindra Ferdinando

Amidst mounting international pressure to suspend the war against the LTTE, the UNP yesterday urged the government to maximize the use of all armaments at its disposal to finish off what is left of the group’s conventional military power.
UNP MP Palitha Ranga Bandara told The Island that there shouldn’t be any restrictions on the use of artillery, mortars, air and naval assets against the LTTE now trapped on the Mullaitivu coast. Responding to our queries, Bandara emphasized that deployment of armour and artillery should be the prerogative of ground commanders leading the offensive. Had they been denied the required gunfire support, the infantry would face unnecessary losses, he said.
The Puttalam District MP said that he fully backed an all out ground assault against LTTE cadres without further delay. He said that as government forcers spearheaded by the army had confined the LTTE fighting formations to a mere 7 sq. km area there was absolutely no point in holding back the army.
(Full Report in Island)

MILIBAND AND KOUCHNER WENT SPEECHLESS WEHN ASKED ABOUT THEIR DUPLICITY TREATING SRILANKA TERRORISM” - AL JAZEERA

(By Walter Jayawardhana)
David Miliband and Bernanrd Kouchner , Foreign Ministers of United Kingdom and France refused to answer questions by Al Jazeera correspondent , David Charter about the duplicity of their governments in treating terrorism in Sri Lanka in contrast to that of Iraq and Afghanistan,the news channel said.
In a broadcast which was also put up in their web Al Jazeera correspondent David Charter said, “I did indeed pose the question of perceived duplicity as reported by the local media when Al Jazeera accompanied Miliband and Bernard Kouchner, the French foreign minister, to a camp in Vavuniya housing Tamil civilians who had escaped from the combat zone. Both men refused to answer the question. Their silence, however, has not staved off the criticism.”
To highlight their point Al Jazeera quoted the Australia based Sri Lankan writer H.L.D. Mahindapala who said, “"What is unacceptable is the obscenity of their morality which serves neither human rights nor peace. Each time they take the moral high-ground to dictate terms to small nations they find themselves exposed without even a fig leaf to cover their nakedness."
Al Jazeera said, Mahindapala's words resonate with many in Colombo who have grown weary of the war and its ongoing threat.
The following is the full item Al Jazeera broadcast: “A rash of new posters has recently appeared around Colombo , Sri Lanka 's capital, criticising Western diplomats.
(Read Full Report)

Sri Lanka slams western powers, praises India for its support

T V Sriram Colombo, May 3 (PTI) Sri Lanka today criticised certain western countries for raising "ridiculous demands" including a ceasefire and amnesty for LTTE leaders in the island's northern warzone as it praised India and a host of other nations for their support in eradicating terrorism.
In an article posted on the Defence Ministry website, it said "some countries that portray themselves as the global guardians of human rights, had made several shameless attempts to recommend punitive action against this poor third world country, struggling to rid itself of terrorism." Meanwhile, the Tamil Tigers appealed to Britain and France to continue with their initiatives for a ceasefire, which the Government dismissed as an "eyewash".
"We are ready to engage in the process to bring about a ceasefire and enter into negotiations for an enduring resolution to the conflict," LTTE political head B Nadesan said in a letter to Britain Foreign Secretary David Miliband and French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner.
(Full Report in PTI)

Colombo offers amnesty to LTTE cadres
B. Muralidhar Reddy

They should give up arms and surrender to the military
COLOMBO: The Sri Lanka government is ready to give conditional amnesty to the lower rungs of the LTTE holed up in the remaining area of the no fire zone (NFZ) if they give up arms and surrender to the military.
This was stated by Sri Lanka Minister for Human Rights and Disaster Management Mahinda Samarasinghe on Sunday.
Three days ago, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said at a public function here that even now it was not late for the LTTE cadres, against whom no cases were pending, to throw up arms and surrender to the military.
Not for LTTE top rung
The offer is not applicable to the top rung of the LTTE, including its chief Velupillai Prabakaran and all others against whom criminal cases are pending.
The military believes that an estimated 300 to 400 LTTE leaders and cadres had taken shelter in the remaining part of the NFZ and they are holding a large number of civilians as human shield.
(Full Report in The Hindu)

UN accused of spying on Sri Lanka

The government has accused the United Nations (UN) of being engaged on a spy mission on Sri Lanka after a satellite company which provided controversial images of the ‘No-fire’ zone has seemingly admitted it had gone beyond its intended operations on the advice of the world body.
(From Daily Mirror)

Miliband, Kouchner and Hillary Clinton - Fishing in troubled waters
Dr. P.A. Samaraweera

British Foreign Secretary David Miliband and France’s Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner having failed to persuade Sri Lanka for a ceasefire had written an article to The Times of London on April 30 calling Sri Lanka’s role as, ‘Victory without humanity can be no triumph’.
Sri Lanka having endured the bitter consequences of fighting for nearly a quarter of a century with the world’s most lethal terrorists and when the Army is hoping to finish off, a European delegation consisting of Miliband and Kouchner arrived calling for a ceasefire. They said they were backed by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as well. Last week there was an outcry against her for her controversial statement that, ‘the failure to protect civilians in Sri Lanka is truly shocking’.
They pressured the Government to end the offensive against the terrorists. The irony is that when the war is nearly ending and the tigers are on the run and besieged Miliband says, “... Now is the time to end the fighting...” Obviously, the trio had thought that Sri Lanka was under their thumbs and they little realized that on the Government side there were men of ‘steel’ (The Defence Secretary and the Army Commander) who had survived suicide bomb attacks.
(Full Report in Daily News)

Defeating LTTE propaganda, need of the hour
 Uditha Kumarasinghe

Coordinator of the World Alliance for Peace in Sri Lanka (WAPS) Jivinda de Silva says the WAPS is playing a leading role to counter false propaganda launched by the pro-LTTE Tamil diaspora throughout the world on Sri Lanka.
APS Coordinator in an interview with the Daily News expressed his views on the moves taken by the WAPS in collaboration with various organizations formed by the patriotic Sinhala Diaspora to defeat the LTTE’s false propaganda campaign by educating the international community on the true nature of the LTTE terrorists.
Q: Can you elaborate on the moves taken by the WAPS to counter the LTTE’s false propaganda campaign?
A: At present, the WAPS in association with several organizations formed by the Sinhala Diaspora in countries such as UK, US, Australia, Canada, France, Italy, New Zealand and Japan, have bravely rallied round to counter these false propaganda campaigns launched by pro-LTTE elements.
A large number of patriotic Sinhala Diaspora in New York and other cities have extended their support to the WAPS to defeat this ideology spread throughout the world by pro-LTTE elements.
WAPS has also conducted seminars in several countries to educate both citizens and the Sri Lankan Diaspora in those countries. In addition, we have regular meetings with Congressmen and Senators of the US regarding the ongoing situation in Sri Lanka. Our struggle is a continuous process to defeat LTTE terrorism.

(Full Report in Daily News)

Let us salute the great nations that genuinely helped us fight terrorism

Sri Lanka is about to conclude her war against terror. The ordeal that about 19 million people have been living with for more than quarter of a century is about to be over. It would never be too early to express our gratitude to all the great nations who genuinely helped us to come this far in this historic battle. Because, the value of a sincere friend would never be so felt, as when one is beset by a group of hypocrites.
On April 30 it was reported that the UN Security Council has no interest in punishing Sri Lanka, by withholding funds that she needs at this moment. Before that decision was taken, some countries that portray themselves as the global guardians of human rights, had made several shameless attempts to recommend punitive action against this poor third world country, struggling to rid itself of terrorism.
Ironically, these so-called human rights champs tried to justify their claims saying that they were doing it for the safety of civilians, held at hostage by terrorists in island's North. Moreover, they put a number of ridiculous demands on the Sri Lanka government, such as offering amnesty to the terrorists, allowing a third party to rescue the terrorist leaders, go for a ceasefire, etc. Never did history unmask the hypocrisy and the sanctimony of the Western Powers than their behaviour towards Sri Lanka during recent times.
(Full Report in SL Defence)

Sunday, 03 May 2009

Time to Put a Price Tag on Prabhakaran's Head - By Malin Abeyatunga, Melbourne, Australia - Prabhakaran is a wanted criminal by Interpol. Prabhakaran and Pottu Amman are wanted by India for the assassination of their son of soil Rajiv Gandhi. Prabhakran has been sentenced to 200 years for his involvement in Central Bank bombing. In addition to the above, Prabhakran is accountable for the deaths of President Premadasa, Ministers Lakshman Kadirgamar, Fernadopulle, Dassanayake, Gamini Dissanayake, HV Gunaratna, Lalith Athulathmudali, Ranjan Wijeratna to name a few. Prabhakaran is behind the killing of Alfred Duraiappah, Rajini Thiranagama, Jaffna Mayor, Sam Thambimuttu, Amirthalingam,Dr. Neelan Thiruchelvam, Kethisweran Loganathan. Prabhakaran is responsible for exterminating all opposing Tamil politicians. Prabhakaran is accountable for all ethnic cleansing of Sinhalese and Muslims from their villages. Prabhakaran is accountable for the bombing of Buddhist most sacred place Dalada Maligawa, killing hundred of Buddhist devotees at Sri Maha Boodhiya., killing over hundred Muslim prayers in a mosque in Kattankuddy. He is responsible of the massacre of 39 Buddhist monks in Aranthalawe. Prabhakaran has blood in his hands of ordering the killing of 649 policemen who surrendered to LTTE at the request of then President Premadasa. Prabhakaran is accountable for numerous bombs and suicide attacks on public places like  Katunayake air port, public trains, buses, shopping malls killing hundreds of civilians. The killing list of Prabhakaran is exhaustive and this is just a few of his killings off the war zone. He is not an ordinary killer but a sadistic killer. Now this maniac killer is hiding behind the innocent Tamil civilians to save his life. He should be captured dead or alive before he makes his last bid to escape. USA offered a couple of million dollars for the head of Sadam Hussein and succeeded and most probably a  tip of his hide out would have come from inside for the allied forces to capture him alive (read full letter in SPUR).

 

Now this maniac killer is hiding behind the innocent Tamil civilians to save his life. He should be captured dead or alive before he makes his last bid to escape. USA offered a couple of million dollars for the head of Sadam Hussein and succeeded and most probably a tip of his hide out would have come from inside for the allied forces to capture him alive (read full report).

A public announcement that so much of millions of rupees will be offered for the head of Prabhakaran will bring emotional pressure to Prabhakaran and he will suspect every one around him. Under pressure, he may even bite the cyanide capsule.

 

If the Sri Lankan Government put a Price Tag on Prabhakaran's Head, Hillary Clinton should not bark, as it is in accordance with the American Standards (read more)

An open letter to Secretary Hillary Clinton - To: The Secretary of State, Hon. Hillary Clinton Re: The End of the War in Sri Lanka From: Concerned Voting Citizens of the USA and the Free World. (May 03, Washington, Sri Lanka Guardian) Madam Secretary, we address this response to you as registered Democratic Citizen voters of the United States and the Free World of Sri Lankan Origin. We value democracy and freedom for all people in Sri Lanka. Your comment concerning the end of the war in Sri Lanka to quote your words, "I think that the Sri Lankan government knows that the entire world is very disappointed that in its efforts to end what it sees as 25 years of conflict, it is causing such untold suffering" is the most undemocratic statement we have ever heard from you having followed your political career with admiration. The entire nation of Sri Lanka's peace loving democratic voters of all ethnicities has suffered through that long 25 year period. We have all lost relatives and friends and fellow citizens over 25 years. The International community didn't come to help us and voice disappointment in the path taken by the LTTE when suicide bombers ran amok in the country and ethnically cleansed parts of it committing Genocide against Sinhalese and Muslims (Full report in Lanka Guardian).

An Eye Opener for the British Government - By Venerable Walpola Piyananda, Chief Sangha Nakaye of America - I wish to refresh the memory of the British. Since we got our independence in 1948, Sri Lanka has maintained a cordial relationship with them and we still work together, as a part of the commonwealth. When the former Prime Minister Mrs. Margaret Thatcher sent the military to reclaim the Falkland Islands off the coast of Argentina, the U.N. condemned the British, but Sri Lanka stood steadfastly with the U. K. The Sri Lankan government did not criticize the British government’s involvement in the Iraqi war even though they believed it was wrong. These past few years, unfortunately, I find that the British authorities seem to have forgotten the past and lack loyalty. It is an undisputed fact that the British government has swallowed the propaganda pills of the LTTE diaspora. It is shameful that some of the members of Parliament accept their blood money, speaking on behalf of this terrorist group. Is the government turning a blind eye to the individuals who support and help hide the terrorists and their activities; i.e. the procurement of arms; drug smuggling; destroying public property – e.g. Jawahalal Nehru’s statue; attacks on the embassies of Sri Lanka and India in the U.K.; cloning and counterfeiting credit cards at gas stations; extorting money from fellow Tamils with threats of death? (full report in Asian Tribune).

Army commander says the LTTE carders are now restricted to an area of 4.5 square kilometres - Army commander Lt. General Sarath Fonseka says the LTTE carders are now restricted to an area of 4.5 square kilometres. The security forces are marching forward despite the heavy attacks by the LTTE. The army commander further said the LTTE has nothing to do when the troops are consolidating remaining area. At a function held at the Singha Regiment Headquarters in Abeypussa also said the security forces had under taken a block up built by the LTTE terrorists. The 53rd and 58th brigades are now jointly launching the operations (Full report in SLBC).

Sri Lankan army rules out presence of LTTE jet in no-fire zone - Closing in on the cornered Tamil Tigers in their ever-shrinking territory in the northern part of island, Sri Lankan forces on Sunday ruled out presence of any LTTE aircraft in the area. The suspicion of presence of LTTE aircraft in the five sq km no-fire zone arose after troops recovered a bomb used by rebels' aircraft from Kokkavil area in Mullaittivu on Saturday. "We have found an LTTE light aircraft bomb in Kokkavil area which has already been liberated and the question of the Tiger rebels having any plane in the no-fire-zone does not arise," a senior military official said. Sri Lankan troops recovered eight light aircraft bombs during search operation in the Mudaliyarkulam area in Mullaittivu on April 18. The official said the troops came across these bombs after the army liberated the region from Tigers. A media report last month had suggested that the LTTE may still have one light aircraft left in its arsenal. The report had said a Czech made Zlin Z 143 light aircraft may still be left with the LTTE contrary to the reports that it had no more aircraft after losing two of them during the February 19 air attack on Colombo. "LTTE activists have been experimenting clandestinely," the defence ministry said (full report in Hindu).

British Foreign Secretary says his government is ready to work with Sri Lankan Government to achieve - British Foreign Secretary David Miliband says that the LTTE is preventing civilians from leaving the combat zone. He also says that it is vital for the Government of Sri Lanka rise above that—they need to find a way that builds a peace as well as wins the war. He also assures that his government is trying to work with them to achieve the goal. He had made this statement in the British House of Commons recently with reference to the previous day debate on Sri Lanka tabled by Liberal Democratic Mps and the All Party Parliamentry Group For Tamil. Mr Miliband returned to UK from Sri Lanka few hours before making his statement. British Foreign Secretary further said that he had spoken to people in the internally displaced person camps who recounted how the LTTE had forced them to stay in the no-fire zone against their will and had shot at them when they tried to flee (Full report in SLBC).

Japan special envoy hopes that LTTE will change their minds and allow the people in the no fire zone - Japan’s special envoy Yashushi Akashi says this time he is to leave Sri Lanka with a good feeling and positive hopes. At a media briefing held in Colombolast evening, he said the government of Sri Lanka had done a tremendous task for the welfare of the displaced people residing in the welfare camps. He said that it is remarkable that the government is serving the benefit of the displaced people with its limited resources. Mr. Yashu Akashi expressed hope that the LTTE will change their mind at the earliest time and allow free movement for the people trapped in the no fire zone (SLBC).

Tokyo backs Sri Lanka - Express News ServiceFirst Published : 03 May 2009 02:29:00 AM ISTLast Updated : COLOMBO: Japan, which is the top most aid giver to Sri Lanka, said it completely backed the Mahinda Rajapaksa government’s war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), its plans for the resettlement of the Tamil war refugees, and also its efforts to find a political solution which would lead to lasting peace, stability and ethnic harmony. The visiting Japanese Special Envoy Yasushi Akashi, said this after meeting Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and other leaders here on Saturday. Akashi said that Japan viewed the Sri Lankan military action and the problem of refugees differently from the way the Western countries such as the US and UK did. All he expected was that the Sri Lankan government would keep to its commitment of April 27 of not using heavy weapons or aircraft in its attacks on the so-called No Fire Zone, as Japan shared everybody’s concern that civilian casualties should be minimised. “We believe that the common people should not be punished for the wrong decisions of their leaders,” he said. Akashi announced that Japan had allocated US $ 4 million as emergency assistance for the Tamil refugees in the camps (Full report in Express Buzz).

Is the Tamil Diaspora really concerned about Tamils in Sri Lanka? - By Malinda Seneviratne - (May 03, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) David Miliband and Bernard Kouchner, the foreign minister of Britain and France, respectively, may be rather ignorant. Their bullishness can perhaps be attributed to this; they are out of tune with global realities and probably still believe they are living in the 18th century. They came. Sorry, they strutted in. They saw. They heard. And they left with their tails tucked under their legs. Had they heard what the LTTE’s chief translator, ‘George Master’ had to say, they might have learnt that they are way off the mark regarding the situation in the No Fire Zone (NFZ). If they have the guts they would educate the Tamil Diaspora agitating like there’s no tomorrow in London, Paris and elsewhere, but I doubt they will. Still, there is something redeeming about these gentlemen. Their concern, they say, is ‘civilians’. They are terribly worried about the civilians held hostage by Prabhakaran and they seem incapable of stomaching the fact that it was not diplomacy and not ‘humanitarian pause’ that helped free over 115,000 civilians, but well planned and admirably executed military strategy. And yet, it is also true that Britain and France have both pledged concrete support for civilians who have succeeded in reaching Government-controlled areas. In other words they’ve earned the right to express concern about those who are still in the LTTE’s clutches (Full report in Sri Lanka Guardian).

A thanks giving for the international community (By: Gomin Dayasri) Gratitude is a national characteristic from time immemorial. We have faced the full blast of sniper fire and multi barrel attacks in the name of fake diplomacy and dubious humanitarian exercises and still emerged triumphantly to defeat terrorism. Equally difficult has been to overcome the onslaught from western sources appearing in pseudo humanitarian garb to preach sermons which they fail to practice. Name it -we have had it- Negotiations, Monitoring, Ceasefires, Failed State, R2P, Human Indexes, Economic Indicators, Travel Restrictions, Humanitarian Interventions, Amnesty, Searches for Strictures and Sanctions, Peace Missionaries, NGO Onslaughts, Human Rights Commissions with Foreign Observers. Yet we have surmounted these obstacles-survived and succeeded. We could never have overcome these poison darts if not for the support of the international community. It is the numerically majority club (unlike the handful who pretend to represent the International Community) which stood firmly beside us at times of crisis. They never flinched or flickered for a moment in their support of our just cause to wipe out terrorism unlike those human rights angels who have agendas which are in conflict with their outward appearances and utterances. The fake international community is vocal because of their links to the giant media mafia. It is through media manipulation the opinion of a powerful but numerically few are blown out of proportion to reflect as the custodian voice of the international community (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

The Facts about Genocide in Sri Lanka - It has never happened... By and large Sri Lankans are peaceful people. Even after the tens of thousands killed in terrorist attacks, except for the Black July riots of 1983, they have never once retaliated. Sri Lanka is not some Rwanda with a 40 percent literacy rate; She boasts an intelligent and educated population with a staggeringly high 92 percent literacy rate. An ancient people, steeped in Buddhist culture that shoo the mosquitoes away, like in Thailand, rather than enduring the loathing that comes with killing, according to Buddhist beliefs. If the deaths of 80,000 people killed in total over 25 years of civil war in a country of 17 million constitutes genocide, the horrendous terrorist attacks on civilian soft targets committed by the LTTE and its leader Velupillai Prabhakaren, should see him charged at The Hague The facts point to the LTTE Tamil Tigers having ethnically cleansed entire Sinhalese and Muslim villages in the north and east of Sri Lanka. To give you a complete view of the horrendous acts carried out by the Tamils against the Sinhalese, visit the following 2 links. You need to cut and paste the links into your browser, or see links section in right-column. Chronology of Suicide Bomb Attacks by LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists in Sri Lanka - http://www.spur.asn.au/chronology_of_suicide_bomb_attacks_by_Tamil_Tigers_in_sri_Lanka.htmRecord of LTTE Tamil Tiger atrocities through the years - http://www.spur.asn.au/ltteatrp.htm (Full report in Squidoo).

The Tamil Tigers taught me to be a suicide bomber. Then I got my O-levels and decided I didn't want to die

Another chance: Journalist Edna Fernandes with three former child soldiers at a Sri Lankan Government rehabilitation camp

A former Tamil Tiger child soldier has given a shocking insight into the abuses perpetrated by separatist rebels, revealing how he was taken by Tamil fighters to a terror training camp at the age of 12, forced to undergo a gruelling daily 17-hour training regime and brainwashed into becoming a suicide bomber. In an extraordinary and unprecedented interview with Mail on Sunday special correspondent Edna Fernandes, Thayalan, now 17, admitted: ‘I was ready to kill by the time training was finished.’ And it was only when he got his O-level results – including six As and two Bs – that he decided to do something positive with his life and defected from the suicide squad. Thayalan’s revelations shed light on the tactics of the rebel group that pioneered the use of the suicide bomb, a technique copied by Islamic terrorists. When his parents were killed in an army bombing raid, Thayalan was taken into a Tamil Tiger orphanage. ‘We lived with the cause from the beginning,’ he said. ‘I learned about the struggle for a Tamil homeland. They told us that armed struggle was the way to achieve liberation.’ At 12 he was sent to a military training camp in the jungle, where 120 children spent their school holidays undergoing weapons training from 4am to 9pm each day. At 16, he chose to become a suicide bomber and was trained by the Black Tiger suicide squad. But as he waited for his mission, he got his O-level results. ‘I couldn’t believe my grades – six As, two Bs, two Cs,’ he said. ‘I realised I could do something with my life. I decided I didn’t want to die.’ Eventually, he was apprehended by the Sri Lankan intelligence authorities and taken to an austere rehabilitation camp, where he renounced his allegiance to the Tigers and is now studying for his A-levels. He hopes to go on to do an engineering degree. Edna Fernandes was the only journalist granted access to the terrorist rehabilitation camps set up by the Sri Lankan government. She also visited one of the Tamil civilian refugee centres the Sri Lankan authorities call ‘welfare villages’ but which some critics label ‘concentration camps’. She was the first – and possibly last – reporter to do so after the Sri Lankan Defence Ministry announced on Friday that it would no longer allow journalists into the camps. Her exclusive dispatch from the Sri Lankan capital Colombo reveals some of the harrowing personal stories behind the 25-year civil war. The Sri Lankan army believes it is on the brink of defeating the rebels. It has refused a ceasefire and is confident of defeating the fighters it views as terrorists, although both sides have been accused of atrocities by observers (Full report in Mail-Online).

Child Soldiers of the LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists

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Western Arms Manufacturers needs battlefields to sell their Arms...... The secret behind the ‘grave concerns of human lives’ of these superpowers are very clear. World politics and arms trade are closely linked. Arms manufacture and dealing is a highly profitable global business. It is estimated that yearly, over 1 trillion dollars are spent on military expenditures worldwide. The United States is the top supplier of weapons to the developing world, accounting for around 36% of worldwide weapons sales, followed by Britain and Germany. Western Arms Manufacturers needs battlefields to sell their Arms. An estimated 500,000 individuals die in small arms-conflicts every year, approximately one death per minute. Are these people concerned for the loss of innocent lives or their loss of business? (Read full article in SPUR).

WAPS Seminar on 04 May 2009 at BMICH, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Theme: Sri Lanka - Future of the Nation

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Topics and Speakers

a)      Introduction – Jivinda de Silva

b)      Constitution and aspirations of the People – Manohara de Silva.

c)      Implications of the 13th amendment with regard to Police Powers – Gamini Gunawardhane 

d)      Implications of the 13th amendment with regard to Land Issues – Dr. Piyasena     Dissanayaka    

e)      Implications of the 17th amendment – (Mr. Manohara de Silva’s assistant)

f)        Tigers Shadow – Jivinda de Silva

g)      Protection of Sri Lanka from Separatist ideologies (The Key Note Address) – S L Gunasekera

h)      Future Security of Sri Lanka – Hiran Halangoda

i)        Overview of Development and Resettlement issues of North and East and River to Jaffna – Anil Amarasekera and D L O Mendis

j)        Reconciliation and National Integration – Prof. Shantha K Hennayaka

k)      Caring for those who sacrificed themselves for the country – Lalin Fernando

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No third party mediation - Defence Secretary - "What matters most is what the average citizen of this country wants and hopes for," Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said during an interview with the Sunday Observer. Following are the excerpts: Q: At this juncture, when the Security Forces are on the verge of victory in their war against terrorism we see the Government is under pressure over many issues especially from the international community. How would you explain this situation? A: Considering the developments took place during the last few weeks we see that the international concerns on the present situation are much more serious than before; especially from the Western countries. There are varieties of concerns from these parties. The Government is pressured, especially from certain Western countries, to go for a ceasefire and provide access for a third party to the `No Fire Zone' to negotiate with the LTTE for a settlement. Still, the Government's main concern is the betterment of its citizens. If any of the suggestions can bring benefit to the people, it will be welcome. The Government, which is elected by the people themselves, is bound to look after their interests. During the 30 year old battle against terrorism it is the Sri Lankans alone who suffered most and no one else! People want to see an end to the terrorist menace. This they have reiterate repeatedly by voting the ruling party to power during elections (Full report in Sunday Observer).

Time to Put a Price Tag on Prabhakaran's Head

He is not an ordinary killer but a sadistic killer. Now this maniac killer is hiding behind the innocent Tamil civilians to save his life. He should be captured dead or alive before he makes his last bid to escape. 

USA offered a couple of million dollars for the head of Sadam Hussein and succeeded and most probably a tip of his hide out would have come from inside for the allied forces to capture him alive.

It is our turn now and the western world cannot morally be critical about it. The Sri Lankan Government should offer a couple of million rupees for the head of Prabhakaran. Who knows that a tip will come from their own cadre (Daya and George masters spilling some beans now) or even from a civilian. A public announcement that so much of millions of rupees will be offered for the head of Prabhakaran will bring emotional pressure to Prabhakaran and he will suspect every one around him. Under pressure, he may even bite the cyanide capsule. We should get him before he makes an attempt to escape and such a cash offer might help armed forces its job much easier and quicker. That will also save a few of our experienced commandos precious lives whilst trying to capture him dead or alive and also couple of millions of rupees in the war operation (Read full letter)

Sri Lankan expats content with LTTE washout, others worried - Sri Lankan expatriates in the Kingdom are lauding their military forces and President Mahinda Rajapakse for the fight against the Tamil Tigers (LTTE), while they are also worried about the safety of their families back home and the economic depreciation resulting from the violence in Sri Lanka. Jayantha Kumara, president of Api Sri Lanka Association International, said: “I agree with what the Sri Lankan government is currently doing. It is attempting to eradicate LTTE terrorism from Sri Lankan soil, and I greatly appreciate the Sri Lankan President’s efforts in this process. Also, this is not a war against the Tamil community; it is the biased international media that has projected it as discrimination by the majority Sinhalese community against the Tamils.” He said the international media should visit the country to witness how people of the three nationalities, i.e., Tamils, Muslims and Sinhalese are ‘living in harmony’. “In fact,” Kumara adds, “the Tamil and the Muslim community are the privileged classes, while the Sinhalese, being a majority, is the deprived class.” Niron Dissanayaka, president of the Sri Lankan Expatriate Society, described the Lankan government’s fight as a ‘good move’. “We should congratulate the forces and President Rajapakse for this victory over LTTE. Our government is spending a lot of money to eradicate this terrorist group that has international links, and we hope that this is an end to our problems and that the country is moving in the right direction,” said Dissanayaka. Another Sri Lankan expat, employed in a petrochemical organization in Jubail, expressed his concern. “I appreciate the government’s bold decision. However, it’s natural for us to worry as our families live in Colombo and no one knows what will happen next,” he said (Full report in Saudi Gazette).

Back to Square One, Sir? - By Bandula Kothalawala London N7 - After making a few puerile utterances and awkward gesticulations, the Foreign Secretary has returned home, bitter, dejected and empty-handed, except for a few thousand air miles. Mr Miliband (Some cynics in Colombo call him the LTTE Miniband!) strenuously denies that his motives were electoral. One could have given him the benefit of doubt had it not been for a few oddities. Mr Miliband waxes lyrical about the safety and welfare of civilians in the No-Fire Zone. I have scanned in vain Mr Miliband's speeches on his website and elsewhere to find any antecedent of his now well-publicised concern, consideration and compassion for civilians in conflict. As far as I can recall, Mr Miliband did not oppose the illegal war in Iraq which has caused over half-a-million civilian casualties, according to a serious study published in 2006 in the Lancet. In fact, the British Government disdainfully rejected the figures and said that it did not keep records of civilian casualties, anyway. Mr Miliband is not on record as having uttered a half a syllable when, in 1996, the US Ambassador to the UN, Madeleine Albright, claimed that the half a million Iraqi children said to have died due to sanctions was a price worth paying. Mr Miliband did not deem it necessary to make day-trips to Colombo when LTTE suicide bombers were blowing to pieces hundreds of innocent civilians, some of whom were Tamils. Mr Miliband's Government would simply trot out a few lines, admonishing the Government of Sri Lanka to start negotiations with a terrorist organisation banned in the US, EU, Canada, India and Sri Lanka (Full report in LankaWeb).

Western Governments Involved in Arm-Twisting tactics in Sri Lanka - The time has come to tell the salmon-eating international busybodies to mind their own business On September 11th, 2001 the whole world watched as Americans wept with bleeding hearts for their fellow countrymen lost to a senseless terrorist attack. 2,976 people perished on that day in what the US called the most daring terrorist attack ever. The whole world felt a loss and wept with America. It is sad to think that the US and the world at large required such an attack to wake-up to terrorism, a phenomenon Sri Lanka has been battling for 30 years. But even after that shocking wake-up-call, why are western nations openly supporting the LTTE, who I might add, is a proscribed terrorist organisation in over 30 countries which include the US, EU, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Since 25th July 1975, Sri Lanka has suffered 20 times more civilian casualties than the 9/11 attacks at the hands of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), but then Sri Lanka is only a small unimportant third world country. As if life was any less valuable in Sri Lanka, several western nations, the UN and humanitarian organisations operating under the UN auspices, have all been assisting the Tamil Tiger terrorists (LTTE) for their own agendas. A whole new face to how humanitarian operations are conducted these days is emerging from Sri Lanka, and it is not a pretty one. (Full report in Squidoo).

Welcome to the Ranaviru Fund

The "Ranaviru Fund" (meaning "War Heroes' Fund") was established in May 2008 to support disabled and wounded soldiers by providing Medical & Rehabilitation aid. To date, in three phases we have provided rehabilitation & medical aid worth over Rs. 2,253,250.00 to Sri Lankan war heroes.

(fir details visit the URL http://www.ranavirufund.org/

 

Long haul ahead - Many of us in Sri Lanka, will at this time when a massive military effort is being thrown to subdue the LTTE, now on its last legs after nearly three decades of brutal fighting, think of the famous Roman statesman Marcus Tullius Cicero’s words inter arma silent leges - ``laws are silent in times of war.’’ The Sri Lanka government assured that no heavy armour or air power will be used in that tiny sliver of land in coastal Mullaitivu the LTTE still controls in the interest of the civilians yet held there by the Tigers as a human shield. Analysts agree that this assurance was in all probability given at the time Tamil Nadu’s octogenarian Chief Minister Muttuvel Karunanidhi had launched his death fast. Given that the Indian elections were ongoing and Tamil Nadu had not voted, it was obvious that New Delhi needed such an assurance to get him off the fast. That succeeded but the world outside our shores is not convinced that the civilians in the LTTE’s clutches are safe; nor, for that matter, are most of us. War is a bloody brutal business and for the protagonists, whoever they are at whatever time of history, the ends justify the means. Hence the flurry of international visits we have seen in the last few days beginning with India’s national security advisor followed by the British and French foreign ministers and Japan’s special peace envoy. Canada’s minister for international cooperation is due today and the Danish human rights minister later this week (Full Editorial in Sunday Island).

The time has come to tell the salmon-eating international busybodies to mind their own business

Govt. offers amnesty to LTTE - Cadres who lay down arms and surrender will be rehabilitated By Leon Berenger The Government has decided on an amnesty for all LTTE members who lay down their arms and surrender and those currently held in detention without trial, Human Rights Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe told The Sunday Times last night. Minister Mahinda Samarasingh He said the regulations for this purpose were being drafted in consultation with the Attorney General and they would cover anyone in the LTTE who agreed to lay down weapons and surrender to the security forces. "This includes those still holding on to arms in the no-fire zone and continue to engage the security forces in hostile battle. However the amnesty will not be granted to those who have already been charged or convicted in courts. In these cases, the legal process will be applied," the minister said. He said an undisclosed number of LTTE members had come along with the displaced people to the camps in the Wanni. "While some have confessed they are members of the LTTE, others are being investigated for their links with the group,” Mr. Samarasinghe said. He said he was not aware of the exact number of the LTTE cadres among the displaced people, but other officials put the figure at about 3000. Mr. Samarasinghe said the LTTE members would be rehabilitated and later allowed to re-integrate with the others after investigators were convinced that they have shunned separatism (Full report in Sunday Times).

Help bureau set up: Govt reunites IDP families - Health Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva has appointed a special team of senior Government officials to reunite Internally Displaced families, following reports that a large number of them had been separated from their families during their escapade to Vavuniya and are now in a state of psychological trauma, Health Ministry sources told the Sunday Observer. The team is now in Vavuniya collecting details of all families who were separated in an effort to reunite them and this process will be completed soon, the sources said. A ‘family-help bureau’has also been set up to reunite those separated from their families. The Health Ministry has also despatched a team of 207 doctors on internship to hospitals in Mannar, Poovarasankulam, Vavuniya (Teaching Hospital), Padaviya, Medawachchiya, Keppetigollawa, Anuradhapura and Kurunegala where the sick and injured among the IDPs are being treated to meet the shortage of doctors, the sources said adding that this was a sequel to a cabinet paper submitted by Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva. Over 170,000 civilians fled the Mullaitivu `No Fire Zone” braving LTTE threats and of them about 150,000 are housed in 24 transit centres and four welfare villages in Vavuniya and Chettikulam while the rest are housed in centres in Jaffna and Mannar. The IDPs in Vavuniya are being well looked after, with provision of shelter and other basic facilities. About 200,000 residents of Vavuniya, the business community, religious organisations, sports clubs, NGOs and INGOs have joined hands with the Government in extending relief assistance, including parcels of cooked food and drinking water, Government Secretariat sources said. The field hospital that has been set up by the French Government at Chettikulam in the vicinity of the Welfare villages is equipped with about 50 beds and a team of about 60 medical staff including surgeons, specialists and nurses (Sunday Observer).

A rash of new posters has recently appeared around Colombo, Sri Lanka's capital, criticising some of the Western diplomats

The Western envoys had in previous weeks called for a pause in the Sri Lankan government's assault on the Tamil Tigers' last stronghold in the north of the country.

The caption below the photographs of Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, David Miliband, the British foreign secretary and Erik Solheim, the Norwegian minister of international development, says "Wanted for aiding and abetting terrorism".

Is it correct to let our boys die, to satisfy the IC? - by Dr Liyanage London - France and UK were engaged in shuttle diplomacy recently to make a request from Sri Lanka to holt military action. Both FMs were saying that their concern was the civilians held by the LTTE at gunpoint. They denied that they were not in Sri Lanka to try and save LTTE leaders from aniihilation. How true are their claims? We heard that British FM wrote to the tamil hunger striker that he will make strenuous efforts to bring about a ceasefire, and as a result the hunger striker gave up his strike. It is clear that the hunger striker doesn’t represent the civilians. He was in fact sleeping in front of a huge poster of VP, obviously a supporter of LTTE. Lets say that the SL Govt in fact declared a ceasefire, how would that get the civilians out? What methodology was the both FMs advocating to free them? It is clear that if the ceasefire won’t get the civilians out and if both FMS wanted a ceasefire, that can’t be to get the trapped people out. It must be due to some other reason. Your guess is as good as mine here. Is it correct to not to use heavy arms when the LTTE are using them to kill both civilians as well as our army? This action obviously was taken to satisfy the IC who wants to satisfy the diaspora. If our boys are now dying as a result of that, wouldn’t it be sensible to use heavy arms in a restricted manner? We are not asking the Govt to use heavy weapons to cause civilian casualties, all we are saying is that the army should be able to decide when to use them if they have to use them against the terrorists. Would any other country not do that same? Let’s drop this idea of letting our boys die to please the IC. Government has a responsibility to the people of SL to finish this menace with the least amount of casualties (LankaWeb).

Better health services for 180,000 IDPs - Health Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva yesterday highlighted the importance of providing better health services to over 180,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), who have crossed over to the cleared areas from the No Fire Zone (NFZ). He said that more mobile healthcare centres will be set up in the Vavuniya and Jaffna districts till hospitals are built. The Minister told the Sunday Observer that all major hospitals close to the areas, where IDPs arrived have adequate doctors, nurses and other medical staff and arrangements have been made to transport patients to hospitals from the welfare camps. “However, we will appoint more doctors and nurses to the Northern hospitals, considering the heavy influx of IDPs expected to arrive within the next few days,” he said. Referring to the 100-bed field hospital which is to be built in Chettikulam with the assistance of the French Government, Minister de Silva said that another field hospital will be set up with the assistance of the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) shortly. “The Government’s prime objective is to construct hospitals, especially in the areas where IDPs have been resettled and we are confident that this will be fulfilled shortly,” he said (Full report in Sunday Observer).

Don't Try to Save the LTTE - White House Urged - A group of almost 3700 Sri Lankans living in various parts of the world urged the United States to support the Sri Lankan government's fight against LTTE terrorism. In a petition addressed to the US President Barack Obama and the Secretary of State Mrs Hillary Clinton, the 3700 signatories requested the US administration to: 1. provide unequivocal support to Sri Lankan government to fight the war against LTTE terrorism; 2. appeal to the Tamil Diaspora living in the US to influence LTTE not to prevent safe passage of civilians from the no -fire zone and to convince the LTTE to renounce terrorism; 3. not to negotiate or encourage any attempts to save the LTTE terrorism from extinction, especially not to negotiate escape mechanisms for LTTE leaders, which would result in more deaths and agony for hundreds and thousands of Sri Lankans of both present and future generations. The full text of the petition is given below (Full report in LankaWeb).

Reply to Kumar David Tigers and Hyenas - by Prof. Asoka Amaratunga - When one reads Kumar David’s article titled "US is bypassing India on Lanka issues" (Sunday Island – 26.04.09) one would think he lacks an understanding of regional and global politics. He makes absurd utterances such as "…how clever Colombo could be in taking Prime Minister, Home Minister, Chief Minister, High Commissioner and National Security Adviser all for a right royal ride." Has our government taken these highflying Indians for a ride? Really? Surely KD cannot be so naive. This must be an external manifestation of his internal frustration and disappointment due to the complete defeat of the LTTE and the fact that the division of the country is not possible. He is hoping against hope that some external force would intervene to save Prabhakaran and rekindle the separatist fires. Of course he makes it out that such intervention would be to save the Tamils who have escaped from the LTTE clutches and who are now in danger of being massacred by the government forces. He says hopefully it would happen before the coffins of these Tamils are nailed! What hallucinations could these internal frustrations cause?! (Full report in Sunday Island).

The moral right of Western superpowers that went to war with and bombed entire cities in Afghanistan and Iraq on perceived threats of terrorism, as opposed to the reality of terror that Sri Lanka has grappled with for three decades must be questioned.

Better health services for 180,000 IDPs - Health Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva yesterday highlighted the importance of providing better health services to over 180,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), who have crossed over to the cleared areas from the No Fire Zone (NFZ). He said that more mobile healthcare centres will be set up in the Vavuniya and Jaffna districts till hospitals are built. The Minister told the Sunday Observer that all major hospitals close to the areas, where IDPs arrived have adequate doctors, nurses and other medical staff and arrangements have been made to transport patients to hospitals from the welfare camps. “However, we will appoint more doctors and nurses to the Northern hospitals, considering the heavy influx of IDPs expected to arrive within the next few days,” he said. Referring to the 100-bed field hospital which is to be built in Chettikulam with the assistance of the French Government, Minister de Silva said that another field hospital will be set up with the assistance of the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) shortly. “The Government’s prime objective is to construct hospitals, especially in the areas where IDPs have been resettled and we are confident that this will be fulfilled shortly,” he said (Full report in Sunday Observer).

Situation in Sri Lanka - Response to Dr Rice Open letter Dr. Susan Rice - by  Ben Silva UK - Dear Dr Rice, Situation in Sri Lanka - Response to Dr Rice - First of all.I wish to thank USA for supporting Sri Lanka at various times. My open letter is not to criticize USA but to indicate pass events and precedents. I agree that human life is very precious and even a single death should be avoided. I do not like to see a single Tamil, who are fellow Sri Lankans and our brethren hurt. Rather sadly still many die in the world due to lack of clean drinking water, lack of food and disease. The countries that can do something are rich countries such as USA. We cannot be indifferent to violence and poverty in the world and I am on your side to halt violence to civilians. However, to understand the situation in Sri Lanka, we need to compare like with like rather than discuss in abstract. When you are dealing with hostile forces, that are not prepared to yield, as was the case with Hitler and the Japanese, then USA had to use nuclear weapons killing over 120,ooo. Even prior to that during the USA civil war over 500000 died. UK forces had to fire bomb Dresden killing over 40000. Sri Lanka is unfortunately dealing with one of the deadliest terror groups in the world that are not prepared t ogive up. As you now, USA had a shady history in Vietnam and the number of civilian deaths is very heavy, in thousands. What USA did in Yugoslavia, Afghanistan , killing civilians is also well known (Full letter in LankaWeb).

UK government tries to work with GOSL to achieve peace as well as win the war, says British Foreign Secretary - with aid must come access - British Foreign Secretary David Miliband - London, 03 May, (Asiantribune.com): British Foreign Secretary David Miliband said "the fact that the LTTE is preventing civilians from leaving the combat zone says everything that we need to know about where its interests lie, but it is vital that the Government of Sri Lanka rise above that—they need to find a way that builds a peace as well as wins the war, and we are trying to work with them to achieve that". He made this statement in the British House of Commons on 30th (Thursday) April 2009 with reference to the previous day debate (29th) on Sri Lanka tabled by Liberal Democratic Mps and the All Party Parliamentry Group For Tamil. Mr Miliband returned to UK from Sri Lanka few hours before making his statement. Mr Miliband further said "It is very important that we recognise that democratic Governments are held to higher standards than terrorist organisations. I made that point in my statement. It recurs in a number of parts of the world where democratic Governments may feel frustration at the limits that are imposed on them in how they conduct their operations, but those limits are imposed for very good reason: if we do not defend the values that we are meant to uphold in the way that we attack terrorism, we fall to standards that we should not even consider". He said that he had spoken to people in the internally displaced person (IDP) camps who recounted how the LTTE had forced them to stay in the so-called no-fire zone against their will and had shot at them when they tried to flee (Full report in Asian Tribune).

The Nationalist Papers - Is the Tamil Diaspora really concerned about Tamils in Sri Lanka?By Malinda SeneviratneDavid Miliband and Bernard Kouchner, the foreign minister of Britain and France, respectively, may be rather ignorant. Their bullishness can perhaps be attributed to this; they are out of tune with global realities and probably still believe they are living in the 18th century. They came. Sorry, they strutted in. They saw. They heard. And they left with their tails tucked under their legs. Had they heard what the LTTE’s chief translator, ‘George Master’ had to say, they might have learnt that they are way off the mark regarding the situation in the No Fire Zone (NFZ). If they have the guts they would educate the Tamil Diaspora agitating like there’s no tomorrow in London, Paris and elsewhere, but I doubt they will. Still, there is something redeeming about these gentlemen. Their concern, they say, is ‘civilians’. They are terribly worried about the civilians held hostage by Prabhakaran and they seem incapable of stomaching the fact that it was not diplomacy and not ‘humanitarian pause’ that helped free over 115,000 civilians, but well planned and admirably executed military strategy. And yet, it is also true that Britain and France have both pledged concrete support for civilians who have succeeded in reaching Government-controlled areas. In other words they’ve earned the right to express concern about those who are still in the LTTE’s clutches (Full report in Sunday Island).

Miliband, Kouchner, and Clinton should offer their services in countries it said needed the most assistance, namely Iraq and Afghanistan, not Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is capable of handling her internal matters.

Humanitarian aspects of IDPs: Tamil political parties to meet President - Representatives of Tamil political parties including certain members from the Tamil National Alliance are due to meet President Mahinda Rajapaksa on the humanitarian aspects of the Internally Displaced Persons at the IDP Centres in Vavuniya, sources said. The meeting is expected to take place on Tuesday and for the first time several Tamil political parties have come together to meet the President to discuss the IDP issue, sources said. The President and officials dealing with the IDPs are likely to brief the Tamil politicians on the measures taken to look into the welfare of the IDPs, the sources said (Full report in Sunday Observer).

Court orders NGAs : Expedite de-mining for early re-settlement - The Supreme Court directed the Non-Governmental Agencies (NGAs) to expedite the de-mining program in the Jaffna High Security Zone (HSZ) jointly with the Sri Lanka Army in order to start resettling the people of the area in their original places. This was revealed at the meeting of the Committee nominated by the Supreme Court to resettle people in Valikamam North of the HSZ in the Tellipalai DS Division. “We informed the relevant de-mining agencies of this important decision and it will be implemented immediately,” Chairman of the Committee and Jaffna High Court Judge R.T. Vignaraja said. The rest of the Committee comprises Jaffna Security Forces Commander Maj. Gen. Mendaka Samarasinghe, Jaffna District Secretary, K. Ganesh and Deputy Inspector General (Northern Range) Dayananda Bandara. In addition, the Supreme Court has directed the relevant authorities to take necessary action for the Jaffna Government Hospital to function properly. The Supreme Court also directed the Committee to shift the bund adjoining the hospital premises and set up fences so that the hospital is outside the HSZ, allowing people easy access to the hospital. “The Supreme Court gave this directive as the Jaffna Government Hospital is the second largest hospital in the island and the only hospital with the facility to treat cancer patients,” Vignaraja added (Full report in Sunday Observer).

If the UK or the US can pursue a war in a distant land to secure their cities, then President Mahinda Rajapaksa should have the equivalent right to do the same for Colombo.

Probe into LTTE's intrusion on Army website - Army intelligence has launched an extensive investigation on the LTTE's intrusion over the Sri Lanka Army's official website (www.army.lk), according to Military Spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara. The Sri Lanka Army Website was hacked and technically `assassinated' by suspected Tiger terrorists or their proxies, during the wee hours on Friday, May 1, by inserting some gruesome images. However, Sri Lanka Army experts successfully restored their hacked website in a couple of hours. Brigadier Nanayakkara told the Sunday Observer that the alleged LTTE intrusion into the Army website had taken place from abroad but the Army swiftly thwarted the malicious attempt and put the web back on track. "Now the readership could reach our site as usual." We are heartened to receive the flood of inquiries being directed to us since the moment 'web terrorists' made the intrusion, Brigadier Nanayakkara said. The Sri Lanka Army Web is now back in order as usual on www.army.lk The spokesman said this new form of information 'terrorism' is a criminal offence that can be subjected to prosecution, according to international legal provisions (Sunday Observer).

Akashi highly taken up by Vanni camps Japan provides US $ 4 m: - The Japanese special envoy Yasushi Akashi expressed his satisfaction on the manner in which the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) were being looked after in the camps Vavuniya and pledged to provide assistance for humanitarian activities in the Vanni. Akashi had held an extensive discussions with Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama at the Foreign Ministry yesterday, based mainly on the current humanitarian issues with regard to the IDPs in Vavuniya. Earlier, Yasushi Akashi had called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa and had talks on the overall situation. Following the meeting with Foreign Minister Bogollagama, the Envoy who is in the island for the 17th time told the press that the Japanese Government would provide US $ 4 million for humanitarian assistance. Resettling the IDPs in their original places was also discussed between the Japanese envoy and Foreign Minister Bogollagama. Foreign Minister speaking to the press, said that the Japanese Envoy was briefed extensively on the ongoing humanitarian activities in the IDP centres in Vanni. “It is the first time in the world that 120,000 IDPs were safely rescued and brought into the Government held areas between the period of April 19 to 22. The Government is also determined to bring out the rest of the people safely from the No Fire Zone, Bogollagama added. Akashi further said on the eve of his departure back to Tokyo that it was tragedy of the LTTE that they had boycotted the Tokyo Declaration which could have restored peace in Sri Lanka long ago. He believed that the LTTE would let the people in its territory go to Government controlled areas at least at this belated point of time heeding to requests from the international community (Sunday Observer).

More essential items to North - A large consignment of dry rations, biscuits, milk foods, readymade garments, clothing materials and medicine for over 180,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) were dispatched to Vavuniya District and suburban welfare camps. The Competent Authority, BMICH Distribution Centre, Bandula Ekanayake told the `Sunday Observer' that twenty containers and lorryloads of food items, garments and medicine have been sent to Vavuniya welfare camps. He said that the distribution centre at BMICH receives a substantial stocks of food items, dry rations, medicine and garments from various organisations and from individuals. "As a result we took a decision to send at least three to four lorryloads of food items a day for IDPs from next week," he said. Ekanayake also said that several organisations have also pledged their support to send building materials for IDPs, but priority is given to send food items, garments and medicine. He said several organisations and individuals have volunteered to build around 100 housing units for IDPs and this project will commence after selecting a suitable location in the district (Full report in Sunday Observer).

Protest by Tamil Terrorist (LTTE). What does it mean to Canada? - By Lenin Benedict from Toronto Asian Tribune - ..... The so called mass protest or rallies organized by LTTE Diaspora in Canada in several places, where organizers had discreetly avoided to come forward to speak to the media on behalf of the "letter-head" organization that organized the event, clearly showed that LTTE was behind this clandestine operation. By putting youths and students on the front line in all countries, the LTTE wants to show the world or threaten indirectly to the concerned Governments that if the respective countries failed to listen to them, it can go further to destabilize them with their youth and students power. Some street fights with police force by these youths in several countries, were clear indication that LTTE is ready to challenge any Government authority by all means. Protest and rallies are a part of our Democratic system and firmly protected by Charter of Rights. But everyone should understand that there is a bottom line and a limit to everything. Will the same Democracy is practiced or allowed to practice by LTTE in their De Facto Government? NO, Absolutely NO. (Full report in Asian Tribune).

SPUR takes on Burgher Association (Australia) on ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka - Expressing concern over the Australian-based Burgher Association’s letter to Premier Kevin Rudd (Sunday Island 26/4/09), the Society for Peace, Unity and Human Rights for Sri Lanka Inc (SPUR) says the "tone and accusations in the letter reflects adversely on the Sinhala and Tamil communities, which consist of law abiding citizens in the main". SPUR has pointed out to Mrs. Elaine Jansz, President, Burgher Association (Australia) - "We also noted that you have made several derogatory comments and generalisations regarding sections of the Sri Lankan community without naming any of them or offering any evidence." SPUR is a multi-ethnic organisation which promotes peace and human rights for all communities within an Unitary Sri Lanka. "While we have consistently denounced the separatist terrorism of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and campaigned against the anti-Sri Lankan misinformation propagated by its supporters, we have also maintained close relationships with many members of the Tamil and Muslim communities including non-Sri Lankan Australian who are opposed to the LTTE," it says (Full report in Sunday Island).

The widow and three children of Mahathaya (Gopalasmy Mahendrarajah), a one-time deputy leader of the LTTE reached the government-held areas yesterday, 01 May 2009.

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