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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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President in Jordan on phone with Defence Secretary, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa

Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa informs President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Commander in Chief of Armed Forces now in Jordan on the latest update in the battlefield and the good news.

What is this good news ?

The Sri Lankan president has declared a military victory over the Tamil Tigers after 26 years of bloody civil war. Speaking on a visit to Jordan, Mahinda Rajapakse said he would return home to a nation totally free from the "barbaric acts" of the rebel group.

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 

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)

 

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

 

The above phot shows a toddler killed by the LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists.

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

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

 

 

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

The above photographs shows LTTE Child Soldiers with weapons

 
 

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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Chronology of LTTE Tamil Tiger Atrocities since June 2005

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Power-point presentation indicating the atrocities committed by the world's most ruthless Tamil Tiger Terrorist group (LTTE) of Sri Lanka (Power Point Presentation) More LTTE Atrocities Page 1 Prominent Political Leaders Assassinated by The LTTE Prominent Tamil Leaders Assassinated by the LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists
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Maradana Bomb Blast

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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
Suicide Attacks by the LTTE Suicide Attacks by the LTTE Chronology of Suicide Bomb Attacks by LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists in Sri Lanka (Click here for details).      
           
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
Human Rights Watch (Canada) Janes Intelligence Sri Lanka Democracy Forum
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The Coaliation to Stop Child Soldiers

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

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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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P.O.Box 55292, 300 Borough Drive Toronto Ontario M1P 4Z7 Canada

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

Tamil Democratic Forum (TDF) in Denmark

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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)

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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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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

 

Tuesday, 19 May 2009 11:35 PM 

Worlds' most ruthless megalomaniac Terrorist Leader Prabhakaran shot dead by the Sri Lanka heroic Security Forces

Video - The Dead Body of Velupillai Prabhakaran (SLRC) in Tamil Video Video - Prabhakaran's body found - Army Chief Video - It is time to unite (Song)

Prabhakaran is directly responsible for the death of over 80,000 innocent Tamils, Sinhalese and Muslims.

The Sri Lanka Government proudly requests the public to hoist the National Flag today at every home, building and vehicles worldwide to mark the great victory over terrorism that has been achieved by the heroic Sri Lankan Security Forces.

Prabhakaran's body found - Army Chief - Commander of Sri Lanka Army General Sarath Fonseka has confirmed that the body of V.Prabhakaran, psychopathic leader of world's most barbaric terrorist outfit Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has been found short while ago (May 19). According to the defence sources, the LTTE leader who has ordered thousands of Tamil youth to give up their lives for him has tried to save his life until the last moment. The 4th Vijayabahu Regiment(4 VIR) troops led by Lt. Colonel Rohitha Aluvihare under the 53 Division commanded by Major General Kamal Goonarathne, have found the bullet ridden body of the terrorist leader lying on the bank of the Nanthikadal lagoon. According to our defence correspondent at Wanni, the body has been positively identified as Prabakaran's by MP Vinayagamoorthi Muralitharan and Daya Master (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

 

 

Video - Mission Accomplished, Top Defence Officials Inform the President Video - Wanni Operation 18 th May 2008 (Sinhala) - A huge amount of cash found with Charles Anthony
Video - The Dead Body of Charles Anthony Video - Dead Bodies of Key LTTE leaders Nadeshan, Pulidevan and Ramesh Found (Tamil) Video -  Anthony found Video - Dead Body of Charles Anthony found (Tamil Version)
Pirabaharan Killed by SLA (Tamil) Video - Sri Lanka Army Commander Lt. General Sarath Fonseka Video - Northern Humanitarian Operation 17 th May 2009 (Sinhala) Video - Wanni Operation 17 th May 2008 (Sinhala) World's largest humanitarian operation- Every one should watch this video

The victory of the Sri Lankan Security Forces over the World's most ruthless Terrorist organization is due to it's professionalism and supreme dedication.

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Megalomaniac terrorist Prabhakaran Killed - The last inch of land under the control of LTTE was liberated by the valiant Security Forces. This totally eliminated all top LTTE leaders, and the balance terrorist cadres trapped inside when troops foiled their last bid to escape from the Safe Zone in the early hours of yesterday disguising as civilians. Many bodies of top level Tiger leaders including that of Charles Anthony, the elder son of Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran, Intelligence Wing leader Pottu Amman, Military leaders Jeyam and Lakshman, Political Wing leader Nadesan, Peace Secretariat Chief S. Puleedevan, Black Tiger leader Ratnam Master and LTTE Police Chief Ilango were identified among hundreds of Tiger cadres killed during the fierce battle that erupted in Karayanmullivaikkal area in the early hours of yesterday. Vineetha, the Sinhala wife of the LTTE Political Wing Leader and former LTTE Police Chief Nadesan was also among the killed along with hundreds of Tiger cadres. The military were busy looking for the body of Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran who was also believed to have been killed during the fierce battle that raged in the early hours of yesterday (Full report in Daily News).

Velupillai Prabhakaran - was born in Velvettithurai on November 26, 1954. In 1975, after being part and parcel of the Tamil movement, he carried out his first political murder assassinating the Mayor of Jaffna, Alfred Duraiappah, by shooting him at point blank range while the Mayor was about to enter the Hindu temple at Ponnaalai. The assassination was carried out in response to the 1974 Tamil conference incident, and the Tamil radicals blamed Alfred Duraiappah for his links with the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) as well as for allegedly betraying the Tamil nationalist sentiments in Jaffna. Over three decades of civil war, Prabakaran had committed many crimes and destruction targetting leaders, Security Forces and innocent civilians. As he created bloodshed and mayhem and untold suffering in the country this also severely damaged the economy of the country. The LTTE assassinated the head of the State and political leaders including Tamil politicians and Government officials who failed to obey his orders. He was wanted by Interpol for terrorism, murder, organized crime and conspiracy to commit terrorism. 
Charles Anthony - Head of the LTTE's Information Technology Division and Air Wing Charles Anthony , 24, is the eldest son of LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran. He led a series of attacks on military establishments in the country. The body of Charles Anthony was found by the Security Forces while several terrorists were attempting to evacuate his body. It was reported that he planned the air attack on the Katunayake Air Base on March 26 which claimed the lives of two Sri Lanka Air Force personnel. He was placed in ranks on par with the deputy leader which created cracks within the outfit. Charles Anthony studied Aeronautics Engineering and Information Technology in England while the youth in the Mullaitivu and Killinochchi were denied their right to education by forcibly conscripting them to its fighting cadres.
Pottu Amman - Sanmugalingam Sivashankar alias Pottu Amman is the Head of the Intelligence Wing of the LTTE. Pottu Amman is in the Interpol's wanted list for his involvement in various terrorist atrocities in Sri Lanka and India. He was indicted by the Jain Commission of India for his involvement in the murder of Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. Pottu Amman who joined the LTTE in 1983 was the Head of a coastal camp in Vedaranyam in Tamil Nadu where he was kidnapped by the People's Liberation of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE) and later freed in 1983. He was also in charge of planning LTTE's covert operation and the mastermind behind many operations targetting VIPs and key locations.
Soosai - Thillaiyampalam Sivanesan alias Soosai is the Head of the LTTE's Naval Wing which was established in 1984. Born on October 16, 1963 Soosai joined the terrorist outfit in 1981 with Pottu Amman who was later promoted to the position of Intelligence Wing Leader. He is behind a series of attacks targetting Naval craft. The Sea Tiger Wing carried out a number of suicide missions targeting Naval craft. Soosai is in the most wanted list of Interpol. The Wattala Magistrate Court has issued arrest warrants on him over charges of terrorism..

 

Ramesh - The LTTE's Special Commander for Batticaloa and Ampara Districts Colonel Thambirajah Ramesh who was killed by the Security Forces yesterday was appointed to Karuna Amman's place as the latter left underground. Ramesh was later removed from the post and Bhanu was appointed to replace Ramesh by the LTTE leader.

 

S. Pulidevan - Chief of LTTE's Peace Secretariat S. Pulidevan was also killed by the Security Forces yesterday. Pulidevan along with other terrorists abandoned the Peace Secretariat building in Killnochchi after Security Forces started liberating the territory under the defacto control of the LTTE terrorists.

 

P. Nadeshan - P. Nadeshan was the head of the LTTE's Political Wing after S.P. Thamil Selvam was killed by an air strike. He was a Police Constable of the Sri Lanka Police Department. He was among the LTTE representatives who participated in the negotiations with the Sri Lanka Government in Geneva. Nadeshan was the Chief of LTTE Police before his appointment as Political Wing Leader and added new wings to the LTTE police during his tenure as Tamil Eelam Police Chief. He added traffic, crime prevention, crime detection and information bureaus to the LTTE Police. Nadeshan's body was found by the Security Forces during a mop up operation carried out yesterday

 

 

Vultures in Western countries who had sinister plans on Sri Lanka are now defeated !!!

 

Bodies of 18 senior LTTE leaders positively identified; clearing operations continue - Armed forces officials have positively identified 18 bodies of senior LTTE cadres including that of Pottu Amman. The following is list of identified LTTE leaders found among the dead today (May 18).

  • Pottu Amman- LTTE's Intelligence Wing Leader
  • Bhanu - LTTE military leader
  • Jeyam- LTTE military leader
  • B.Nadesan- LTTE political head
  • S.Pulidevan- Head of LTTE's Peace Secretariat
  • Ramesh- LTTE special military leader
  • Ilango- LTTE police chief
  • Charles Anthony- the eldest son of LTTE chief V. Prabhakaran
  • Sudharman - aide to LTTE leader's son
  • Thomas- senior intelligence leader an
  • Luxman - LTTE military leader
  • Sri Ram- senior sea tiger cadre
  • Iseiaravi - LTTE female military leader
  • Kapil Amman - LTTE deputy intelligence leader
  • Ajanthi- female LTTE training in charge
  • Wardha - LTTE mortar in charge
  • Pudiyawan- Secretary to LTTE leader
  • Jenarthan - Special military leader

Meanwhile, defence sources on the field said that troops are now conducting search and clear operations in area. Troops have so far found over 200 bodies of LTTE cadres along with large stocks lethal weapons. Troops strongly believe that all top LTTE cadres including its chief V. Prabhakaran have been killed in today's fighting. The identification process is being continued (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Butcher slaughtered Prabhakaran, son, Pottu Amman, Soosai, Nadesan, Pulidevan all killed; UAV used in frantic search for the fleeing ambulance carrying prized terrorists -  The Sri Lanka Army in the early hours of yesterday (May 18) thwarted an attempt by LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran, his son Charles Anthony and several other senior cadres to escape in two vehicles, including a seized army ambulance, killing them all. The army had fired at the speeding vehicles, military sources said. Among the dead were LTTE Intelligence Wing leader Pottu Amman, Sea Tiger leader Soosai, S. Pulidevan, head of the so called Peace Secretariat, Nadesan, political wing leader and Ramesh. The daring escape bid was made amidst a two-pronged assault spearheaded by suicide cadres launched on the 53 and 59 Divisions at 1.30 a.m. on Sunday. Authoritative sources said that as the army battled the lagoon borne attackers, the LTTE leaders had slipped in to the government-held area and seized the vehicles. The LTTE had sacrificed about 100 cadres to facilitate Prabhakaran’s escape. But the army had acted swiftly to block escape routes. Sources said that the SLAF had deployed Israeli built Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) to help track down the vehicle. During yesterday’s chaos, the SLAF had checked with the Navy after detecting a cluster of small boats operating in close proximity to Jordanian ship Farah III run aground off Karaymullivaikkal. The detection fuelled instant speculation whether the LTTE was making an attempt to evacuate its leader (Full report in Island).

A monster laid to rest - So, in the end the hoity-toity Big Tiger died a ‘fraidy cat’. Having killed thousands of people and driven a similar number of his own brainwashed cadres to suicide in vain, Prabhakaran the self-deified warlord together with a group of his trusted lieutenants including his son died a violent death at the hands of the army, while fleeing the battlefront in an ambulance leaving his followers to their fate. That he was a coward of the first order was no secret but hardly anyone expected him to die in such a shameless manner. Where was his cyanide capsule? Prabhakaran's downfall had to do with hubris, racial hatred and unspeakable cruelty. Blunders of successive pusillanimous and gullible governments stood him in good stead. Ill-planned military operations half-heartedly carried out to deal with terrorism, bitter infighting and corruption in the defence establishment kept him going for thirty long years. Peace processes only gave him succour and strength to emerge stronger (Full Editorial in Island).

Mission accomplished - The Service Chiefs formally informed President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday that the country had regained its full independence, territorial integrity and sovereignty after the defeat of the LTTE terrorist group. At a solemn ceremony held at Temple Trees yesterday the Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Chief of Defence Staff Air Chief Marshall Donald Perera, Army Commander Lt Gen Sarath Fonseka, Air Force Commander Air Marshall Roshan Gunatilaka, Navy Commander Vice Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda the Inspector General of Police Jayantha Wickremaratne and Director General Civil Security Department Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekera officially informed the President that the military operations in the country had come to a conclusion. At 6.35 in the evening Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa who led the commanders of the three forces informed President Mahinda Rajapaksa that the final military operation against the LTTE terrorist group had reached its conclusion with the defeat of the LTTE. The service commanders, also reported the completion of their mission.. Present at the solemn occasion were Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayaka, President’s Secretary Lalith Weeratunga, Senior Presidential Advisor Basil Rajapaksa MP, and several ministers, Member of Parliament and Government officials. President Mahinda Rajapaksa will address the nation today on the liberation of the country from terrorism after more than thirty years (Full report in Daily News).

Triumph over terrorism - It was the moment that Sri Lankans were waiting for 30 long years – the end of the ruthless terrorism of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Valiant Security Forces have reported to the President that their mission to defeat terrorism was over. The architect of this magnificent triumph over terrorism is none other than President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who announced on Saturday that the Forces have finally defeated the LTTE militarily. “I will be going back to a country that has been totally freed from the barbaric acts of the LTTE. This freedom comes after 30 long years. My Government’s precise and well coordinated humanitarian operation has so far succeeded in rescuing over 210,000 civilians who were being used as human shields by the LTTE,” President Rajapaksa told world leaders in Jordan (Full Editorial in Daily News).

Asgiri Mahanayaka pays tribute President Rajapaksa - Most Venerable Mahanayaka of Asgiriya Udugama Sri Buddharakkitha Thero attributed the victory over the 30-year-old LTTE terrorism in Sri Lanka to President Mahinda Rajapakse’s commitment and right direction and guidance at the right time to the security forces. He said that LTTE terrorism grew so forcefully and strongly because the previous heads of State failed to take the right decision at the right time. If the previous leaders had the courage and vision the LTTE terrorism would not have become so strong to destroy so many valuable lives and State properties the prelate told a delegation from the Joint Free Media Forum which called on him Sunday.. Secretary of the Media Forum Ajith Jayasundara, Vice-President Sujeeva Manage and Advisor Premalal Keppitigoda comprised the delegation (Full report in Island).

‘It’s time to re-build the Motherland’- Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister Hussain Bhaila said the defeat of the LTTE terrorism was a forgone conclusion but it was a matter of time before the LTTE was completely defeated by the Armed Forces. We should salute the commanders and and the members of the Armed Forces for their valiant efforts and sacrifices made to defeat the ruthless group of terrorists and for their great humanitarian civilian rescue operation that the Armed Forces conducted with sympathy for the helpless civilians of the North, he said. It is now a time for all communities to get together and work towards rebuilding our motherland which has been terrorised by people who have had no love even for their own community, Bhaila said. President Mahinda Rajapaksa has already set in motion the process to find devolution of power method and there is no reason for anybody to resort to any violence to achieve any political objectives he said. We have proved that by defeating the most ruthless terrorist organisation in the world. The people of Sri Lanka are able to withstand any pressure whether internal or external to safeguard democracy and the safety of its citizens the Deputy Minister noted (Full report in Daily News).

A new beginning for Sri Lanka - When President Mahinda Rajapaksa returned to Sri Lanka after cutting short his visit to Jordan he came to a country that had at long last been united after a fractured three decades when a group of terrorists supported by it’s foreign backers were bent on its dismemberment. His emotional return where his knelt on the tarmac and touched the ground of his motherland upon landing not only brought a lump to the throats of the millions of Lankans who watched the scene on TV, but was also a symbolically charged gesture signifying a new beginning for this nation (Full report in Daily News).

IN A BBC RADIO 4 PROGRAMME KARUNA AMMAN SAYS PRABHAKARAN’S DOWNFALL STARTED AFTER HE GOT RAJIV GANDHI ASSASSINATED - By Walter Jayawardhana - Karuna Amman alias Vinayagamoorthy Muralidharan , former body guard of Velupillai Prabhakaran , and presently Minister of the Sri Lanka government told BBC-Radio 4’s respected reporter Andrew Hosken that the dead terrorist leader’s down fall started with the assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi by a Tamil Tiger suicide bomber. Referring to the assassination Karuna said "That was a big mistake because following that, 20 countries banned us as a terrorist organisation. Before that, many governments had been supportive of us behind the scenes." In the interview Karuna has not mentioned about the countries supporting the terrorist group behind the scene. Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated through a plot by Prabhakaran and Pottuamman who died at the hands of the military few days ago and the actual killing was done at Siriperumbudur, a suburb of the Tamil Nadu city of Chennai. The former ideologue of the LTTE, the late Anton Balasingham also calling it a monumental historical tragedy, regretted it but immediately after that the LTTE officially backtracked on it. In Today’s program Andre Hosken reported, “According to Karuna, Prabhakaran's first serious strategic mistake came in May 1991 with the assassination of the Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. By then the Tigers' eastern military commander, Karuna claims he had no fore knowledge of the operation but immediately suspected Prabhakaran and his intelligence chief Pottu Amman because the assassination had been carried out by a suicide bomber, an LTTE hallmark. "I told Prabhakaran that he had made a big mistake," says Karuna. "He denied it but I knew. "That was a big mistake because following that, 20 countries banned us as a terrorist organisation. Before that, many governments had been supportive of us behind the scenes." Prabhakaran killed Gandhi to punish India for its military intervention in Sri Lanka in the late 1980s, but in the long term, the killing would severely damage the LTTE's cause. Kruna in the program also told Hosken that Prabhakaran never came forward and fought face to face with the foe during a battle. That corroborates with what happened during the final hours of Prabhakarans life. Without fighting with the enemy or biting the cyanide capsule as he had ordered others to do , he boarded an armor plated vehicle with ambulance markings and fled. Prabhakaran , died when it was destroyed by rocket fire. Andrew Hosken in the Karuna interview said, “He also grew contemptuous of Prabhakaran. He says, "In my 22 years with Prabhakaran, he never once came to the battlefield; he always stayed behind the lines. Everyone knows Prabhakaran as this iron man; Prabhakaran - the very big man and the born leader. But he was never like that." Karuna also said , during this interview broadcast before the demise of Prabhakaran, “Prabhakaran will never surrender to the army because he knows his crimes. Or he will be killed by the army, and for the future peace of Sri Lanka, that would definitely be a good thing” (EOM)

President Mahinda Rajapaksa - instrumental in annihilating terrorism - The following, is an extract of what Ven. Mahaelagamuwe Lankananda Thera alias "Kuswala Veda Hamuduruwo" had to say, regarding the successful prosecution of military campaign, against the LTTE. The Venerable priest says Sri Lankan armed forces had successfully concluded the military operations against the LTTE organisation, led by Prabhakaran, which was considered to be the most ruthless, despotic and invincible terrorist group in the world. From the time immemorial our mother Lanka was subject to foreign invasions. During the imperial regimes, Portuguese, Dutch and the English did their utmost to subjugate our island nation and make it a part of their colonisation. However our patriotic ancient kings, the Sangha and the countrymen fought valiantly against the alien forces to protect our age-long culture civilisation and territorial integrity. At last we were successful. We remained united and undivided (Full report in Island).

Profile of a Terrorist - Velupillai Prabhakaran was born in Velvettithurai on November 26, 1954. He was a Hindu by birth. He joined the student group TIP, during the standardization debates. In 1972, Prabhakaran founded an organization named Tamil New Tigers (TNT) which was a successor to many initial organizations that protested against the majority. In 1975, after being part and parcel of the Tamil movement, he carried out his first political murder assassinating the Mayor of Jaffna, Alfred Duraiappah, by shooting him at point blank range while the Mayor was about to enter the Hindu temple at Ponnaalai. The assassination was carried out in response to the 1974 Tamil conference incident, and the Tamil radicals blamed Alfred Duraiappah for his links with the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) as well as for allegedly betraying the Tamil nationalist sentiments in Jaffna. Prabhakaran studied up to G.C.E. (Ordinary Level) at Chidampara College. Prabhakaran was also known to suffer from high blood pressure and TIA’s. On May 5, 1976, the TNT was renamed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), commonly known as Tigers. Over three decades of civil war, Prabakaran had committed many crimes and destruction targetting leaders, Security Forces and innocent civilians. As he created bloodshed and mayhem and untold suffering in the country this also severely damaged the economy of the country (Full report in Daily News).

Tiger leadership has now fallen into its own grave - Social Services and Social Welfare Minister Douglas Devananda, issuing a Media Release has stated that the Tiger leadership including Prabhakaran committed suicide a long time ago and have now fallen into their own graves dug by themselves. He adds that he wishes the defeat of the LTTE leadership to be a liberation collectively achieved by the Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim communities of this country. The Minister pointed out that the previous Governments when in power failed to put the Tiger leadership into their rightful place six feet deep in the soil when they went on a killing spree brutally murdering Tamil political leaders, members of brother organisations and innocent Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim civilians. President Mahinda Rajapaksa could well discern the problems of the Tamil speaking people and those of the Tigers a part, a situation emerged where the Tiger leadership had to sink deep into their own graves dug by themselves. At every time an opportunity surfaced for peaceful settlement to the political aspirations of the Tamil People, his insatiable desire for war unceremoniously kicked out all such attempts, the Minister adds (Full report in Daily News).

LTTE will never re-appear as a terrorist outfit: JHU - A Jayasekera Alleviating doubts about a possible re-grouping of LTTE terrorists, the JHU yesterday claimed if Nazism that ruled Germany and Italy during WWll could not raise its ugly head in the last 65 years, the LTTE would never be able to re-appear as a terrorist outfit following its annihilation by Sri Lankan armed forces. Addressing a news conference yesterday at the National Library auditorium, Environment and Natural Resources Minister Patalee Champika Ranawaka said Sri Lanka has set an example to all countries rich and poor, weak and powerful that have been devastated by terrorism how to overcome it and how to bring democracy, peace and stability to people by destroying terrorism. He said: “The so called Tamil intelligentsia are crying for a political solution to the ethnic problem. The government is determined to bring a permanent solution to the ethnic issue, no doubt about it. But they must keep in mind that it will not be to the dictates of the western powers (Full report in Daily Mirror).

CEASEFIRE….CEASEFIRE….CEASEFIRE - By Malin Abeyatunge, Melbourne, Australia - Last few weeks we were virtually hearing and reading daily ceasefire…….. ceasefire……..ceasefire…ceasefire….ceasefire calls from all corners of the world when the most brutal terrorist organization LTTE aka Tamil Tigers was facing humiliation defeat in the war against the Sri Lankan government armed forces. The western block of countries lead by USA, UK, France, Norway, Sweden , Germany, Switzerland, Australia  started begging the Sri Lankan Government for ceasefire….ceasefire.. ceasefire ……..with LTTE. Having experienced many ceasefires with the LTTE over the years where they use ceasefire to consolidate and strengthen their military power, the Sri Lankan Government did not care a bit to their request for a ceasefire. Two days pause given by the Government on its own during the Sinhale and Hindu new year, LTTE made use of the pause to use the civilians to build a couple of earth bunds and ironically only less than hundred civilians escaped from LTTE captivity during this two day period. The countries mentioned above who were screaming and shouting for ceasefire to save LTTE from defeat underestimated the President and his Government and thought that GoSL would be naïve to listen to their ceasefire scream. They are wrong. The GoSL not so naïve as they would have liked to have thought and will not cow down to any international pressure (Full report in SPUR).

Monday, 18 May 2009

COUNTRY BEGINGS A NEW ERA: PEOPLE REJOICE NEW LIBERATION ALL SRI LANKANS, irrespective of their differences have joined hands together to mark the total eviction of Tiger Terrorism from the Sri Lankan soil in the past 24 hours as news beamed over the media on the LTTE’s humiliating defeat. Ground troops at this moment of writing are engaged in giving the toughest-ever last fight to the top-rung terrorist leaders who are fighting in the last few meters in the safe zone in PUTHUMATHALAN. Reports said the fighting had enormously affected the morale of the Tiger hierarchy as more and more of Tiger leader’s confidantes are fast dwindling with deaths of Prabhakaran’s son, Charles Anthony, Pulidevan, Nadeshan, Illango, Sundaram and Kapil Amman et al. (sri Lanka Army).

CHARLES ANTHONY, PULIDEVAN, NADESAN & RAMESH CONFIRMED KILLED

PRABHAKARAN’S SON CHARLES ANTHONY, Head of LTTE Peace Secretariat S. PULIDEVAN, Head of LTTE Political Wing and former LTTE Police Chief P. NADESAN and Head of LTTE Special Military Wing RAMESH have been killed during Sunday’s clashes in the final battle for liberation of the Tamil people, military intelligence confirmed a few minutes ago (Sri Lanka Army)

DNA tests on body of Prabhakaran, Sri Lankan rebel leader - The body of the leader of Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger rebels, Velupillai Prabhakaran, is to undergo DNA and forensic tests along with the corpses of other top rebels, officials said today. Prabhakaran was killed this morning along with two of his deputies after a two-hour firefight when they tried to break to freedom through advancing government troops, defence officials said. His body was badly burnt when his armour-plated van was hit by a rocket and burst into flames. State television broke into its regular programming to announce Prabhakaran’s death, and the government information department sent a text message to cell phones across the country confirming that he was dead. The announcement prompted mass celebrations around the country, and people poured into the streets of Colombo dancing and singing (Full report in Times Online).

HE told Task Accomplished - His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa , President of Sri Lanka and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces has been officially informed about the successful task accomplishment by the country's top defence officials this evening (May 18). Secretary Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Donald Perera, Army Chief, Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka, Navy Chief, Vice Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda, Air Force Chief, Air Marshal Roshan Goonathilake, Inspector General of Police Jayantha Wickramarathne and Director General of Civil Defence Force Sarath Weerasekara officially reported to the president that the task entrusted on them to liberate the nation from clutches of terrorism has been successfully accomplished and the nation is free from terror. The reporting was made at a charm ceremony held at Temple Trees. President Rajapaksa is scheduled to address the nation from the parliament on Tuesday (May 19) at 9.30 AM (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

53 and 58 Divs uncover over 350 LTTE bodies - Troops of 53 and 58 Divisions have uncovered over 350 bodies of LTTE terrorists killed while conducting the search and clearing operations in general area Vellamullaiwaikkal this evening, 18 May. Infantrymen of 53 Division have found uncovered 181 bodies of LTTE terrorists along with a large quantity of weapons and ammunition, latest military sources said. Over 10 Million rupees were also found in possession of killed top LTTE leaders, military sources added. Following are the items uncovered by the troops of 58 Division (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Archbishop congratulates Armed forces on the conclusion of war - Archbishop Oswald Gomis in a Press Release issued today says, "We are indeed very happy that the war is over and I congratulate His Excellency the President Mahinda Rajapaksha and the Chiefs of the Defense forces who supported him with deep commitment and self-sacrifice." Full text of the press release (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

LTTE leader killed - The Ministry of Defence has officially declared that LTTE Velupille Prabhakaran has been killed from an attack of the Army. Furthermore, the Ministry says together with the LTTE leader Intelligence Leader Pottu Amman and Sea Tiger leader Soosei have also been killed from this attack this morning. Exclusively speaking to SLBC Army Commander Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka said the security forces have now united the country by liberating all the areas that were under the LTTE control. He also added the Army has successfully completed its task given by the President as the Commander in Chief to liberate the country from the terrorism (SLBC).

Effigy of Miliband burnt…

Hundreds of protestors began a demonstration opposite the British high commission office in Colombo this morning. An effigy of British foreign secretary David Miliband was set on fire and thrown into the compound.

Video - http://www.adaderana.lk/video_player.php?vid=British1.flv

The war against terriorism ended victoriously - Commanders of the three armed forces have officially informed President Mahinda Rajapakse that the fight against terrorism has come to a victorious conclusion. LTTE murderer Velupille Prabhakaran, who has conducted many killings, terrorising people for nearly three decades has been killed in a security forces attack. The Ministry of Defence says along with Prabhakaran, Pottu Amman and Soosei, who acted as the Head of Sea Tigers were also killed in a Special Force attack. Charles Anthony, the son of Prabhakaran was also killed in an Army attack. Nadeshan, Pulidevan, Ramesh, Ilango, Sundaram and Kapil Amman were the other tiger leaders killed (BBC).

Seven top leaders of the LTTE killed in the Army attacks - Seven Senior LTTE leaders have been killed in attacks of the security forces. They have been identified as Charles Anthony, Nadeshan, Pulidevan, Ramesh, Kapil Amman, Ilango and Sundaram. Troops found their bodies early this morning in Karayamulla-vaikkal. The body of Nadeshan’s wife was also found by the troops. Charles Anthony, the eldest son of the LTTE chief Velupille Prabhakaran was the leader of the LTTE’s Information and Technical Wing. Nadeshan was the so called political wing leader of the outfit and Ramesh was one of the top military leaders of the LTTE. Pulidevan acted as the Chief of LTTE’s Peace Secretariat. Kapil Amman was the Deputy Intelligence leader of the LTTE (BBC).

Mop-up operations continue: Kapil Amman, Ilango also among dead - Sri Lankan security forces continuing mop-up operations at the 100m x 100m remaining land patch, North of Vellamullivaikkal have uncovered three more bodies of key LTTE leaders, this morning (May 18). According to latest battlefield reports received, the 53 and 58 Division troops including Special Forces and Commandos have uncovered the bodies, suspected to be of Ilango (LTTE 'Police' wing chief), Sudarman (Charles Anthony's close aid) and Kapil Amman( LTTE intelligence wing). The bodies were found abandoned in the area, the sources further said. Troops also confirmed many more terrorist bodies lying scattered in the area which are yet to be identified. More information will follow... (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Army foils LTTE's last attempt to evacuate its leaders; bodies being identified -Sri Lankan army elites and infantrymen of 53, 58 and 59 Divisions have foiled the LTTE's last attempt to evacuate its top leaders this morning (May 18). According to the latest battlefield reports, soldiers have located over 150 bodies of LTTE cadres so far. The process of identifying the terrorist bodies is in progress. With this attack LTTE has lost all its key positions and its remnants are now limited to tiny pockets scattered in the Karayamullavaikkal area, the sources said. All army units are now engaged in the final mop up operations. LTTE terrorists made their final bid to evacuate its leaders early this morning as army elites pierced in to the last remaining LTTE foothold last night. The terrorist have managed took hold of two vehicles and believed to have put their senior leaders into those vehicles before they started moving northwards. According to the available information army elites and 53 Division soldiers have intercepted and crushed the terrorist move after fierce fighting. Troops have so far identified bodies of Charles Anthony, the eldest son of LTTE chief V.Prabhakaran , B. Nadesan, LTTE's political head, S. Pulidevan , LTTE's head of peace secretariat, S. Ramesh, A special military leader, Kapil Amman, LTTE's deputy intelligence leader, Sudarman , the aide to Prabhakarn's son, Rathnam Master , a black tiger leader and Ilango, another senior LTTE leader. More information will follow... (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Acid attack link to Tamils - Chathurika and Jayasri knew the attackers were Tamils because they were screaming in Tamil during the rampage, he said. Relatives of Jayasri had been told by doctors this morning that the young student was likely to lose his eyesight as a result of the acid attack, the friend said. A third occupant of the house escaped injury by hiding during the attack. The friend said he was still trying to contact him at midday. A neighbour said he heard screaming from the house and was about to call police, but they arrived before he had a chance to phone.called them," said the man, who did not wish to be named. "I was asleep, and I heard the noises and "Someone else must have heard it too and got up and went to my kitchen window. I saw one of the guys going back and forth ... but I didn't [see who did it]." The trail of destruction left by the attackers was still visible this morning, with blood splattered on walls and on the floor, bloodied handprints on light switches and door handles and debris scattered throughout the house. Glass sliding doors at the front of the house had been smashed. In the lounge room, a glass coffee table and TV were smashed, and a fridge and microwave had been thrown on the floor. The victim's friend said the attack had followed clashes between Sinhalese and Tamils in Sydney's west yesterday afternoon, after the Tamil Tigers' admission of defeat in Sri Lanka in their long-running battle with the Government. Groups of Sinhalese had celebrated at parks yesterday, but the victims had not been present, the friend said. "They didn't come to the celebration; they were working, that's why we were wondering [why they were attacked]. "But this house has always been famous for Sri Lankans ... they are always having parties and stuff, so they know [there are Sinhalese here]." The Sinhalese community was now petrified, he said. "Everyone's worried, every single person is worried. You don't know how many calls I'm getting about this." (Full report in AGE).

Foreign Correspondent - By: Gomin Dayasri - It's a stopover in paradise for a Foreign Correspondent to live majestically on his overseas allowance. Such comfortable digs are not in the market in the recession stung home country. There is exotic food and groovy watering holes at affordable prices. NGOs' provide the freebies and rolls the red carpet. Evenings may be dull but there is fun around-sun and surf, safaris and misty mountains within easy reach. Surroundings are ideal to prop a savings account for a rainy day. It's an earn to save assignment; where on most days the drink and dinner is free with invitations galore. Many sophisticated hostesses desire to declare that they call the local BBC /CNN man by the first name. They pass unquoted quotes, to display their importance. It's a comfortable station to report a war with no hazard to life or limb-the possible menace being the cancellation of the visa and a deportation order. Foreign correspondents live in Iraq or Afghanistan, Sudan or Somalia with death beckoning. English is understood by those who matter and the girls in the NGO circuit provide the information and entertainment. News is at the door step with LTTE agents in attendance. Cultivation of news sources is not a requirement as there is a free flow (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

All civilians freed  - Over 82,000 civilians sought refuge in Forces since May 14 - The old, maimed and the wounded were last to come - The humanitarian mission launched to liberate civilians taken hostage by the LTTE for months reached an end last afternoon in Mullaitivu with the last batch of civilians arriving in Government controlled areas through the Vadduvakkal causeway towards Mullaitivu by 2.30 p.m yesterday whilst troops surrounded the last batch of Tiger cadres inside a less than half square kilometre stretch in the No Fire Zone. The last batch of civilians, included the old, maimed and wounded. Many of them without any helping hand were seen creeping and crawling across the Vadduvakkal causeway while many disabled and wounded on clutches and wheelchairs made their last bid effort to join thousands of the other civilians fleeing from the Safe Zone at the last minute. These civilians were screened by the troops as they crossed the Vadduvakkal causeway whilst hundreds of Tiger cadres declared their identities to the Security Forces. According to Military officials more than 52,000 civilians have arrived in the Government controlled areas and nearly 30,000 were due to be screened by the troops before being dispatched to welfare centres in Vavuniya. The troops were seen extending a helping hand to the needy and wounded and innocent children by providing water and fresh meals as they arrived in military controlled areas (Full report in Daily News).

Lanka accuses UN, news agencies of collaborating with LTTE - Foreign Secretary Dr. Palitha Kohona yesterday dismissed the threat of hauling the Sri Lankan political and military leadership before an international war crimes tribunal as a cynical exercise. Addressing a press conference at the Met Department auditorium, Kohona said that like any other state Sri Lanka had a legal responsibility to rescue hostages held by terrorists. The Sri Lankan government couldn’t be held accountable for taking measures to liberate civilians held at gunpoint by the LTTE. He was responding to a recent statement attributed to British Foreign Office Minister Bill Rammell that President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s administration could face a war crimes probe. In a Commons debate, Rammell said that the UK backed an early inquiry into shelling by the Sri Lankan army. He said that as a sovereign nation, Sri Lanka was legally obliged to respond to the LTTE threat. He pointed out the absurdity in allowing LTTE activists to disrupt normal life in western capitals (Full report in Island).

Situation in Sri Lanka - A Letter forwarded to David Miliband - By Lt Col (Retd) Anil Amarasekera Dear Mr David Miliband,  A lie repeated many times over they say is sometimes accepted as the truth. Therefore by repeating lies many times over the Tamil Diaspora was able to fool virtually the whole of the international community for some time, they still continue to fool some in the international community all the time but they have failed to fool the whole of the international community all the time, because the truth is finally being exposed and is indeed  even stranger than fiction. The propaganda of the Tamil Diaspora with regard to discrimination and even genocide is far from the truth. The Tamils are  in fact a minority that enjoys more privileges in Sri Lanka than minorities living in  any other country.   The Tamil population is over 118 million in the world of today, yet they have no sovereign country of their own to justly call their homeland. The largest concentration of a Tamil population is found in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, which is the home for over 65 million Tamil people. It is in Tamil Nadu that the Tamil civilization and culture evolved. However unfortunately Tamil Nadu is only another state in the Indian configuration and not an independent sovereign state. Over forty years ago the Tamils in Tamil Nadu agitated to break away from the Indian configuration and to form an independent sovereign state of their own. However the Indian central government crushed this rebellion and took necessary steps by amending the Indian constitution to prevent such divisive forces from becoming active in India. What the Tamils failed to achieve in India they next tried to establish in Sri Lanka by dividing this country and creating a separate state of Eelam (Read full letter in SPUR).

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Towards a new Sri Lanka - The war is over in all but name. The LTTE's giant killing machine has been destroyed and the fate of Prabhakaran and other key terrorists will be known before long. It may not be hyperbolic that little Lanka's victory over terrorism is not second to the near impossible rare feats of humankind like man's landing on the moon. Her war had the trappings of a David-Goliath contest with all the western powers, save a few, unabashedly siding with a savage terrorist outfit they themselves had outlawed on their soil. Even the UN handled Sri Lanka's war as if the LTTE were a member state! It is a miracle that Sri Lanka managed to crush terrorism. President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his government must be commended for courageously withstanding tremendous pressure even from the likes of US President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and prosecuting the war with a single minded will to succeed; and the armed forces, their commanders, the police, the IGP and, most of all, Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa deserve high praise for steering the war to a successful conclusion (Full Editorial in Island).

Troops foil Tiger’s final attempt - Troops operating in the western edge of the Nanthikadal lagoon yesterday foiled what was described by the troops as the final attempt by the LTTE to escape towards the jungles in Mullaitivu and Puthukudiyiruppu South killing more than 80 Tiger cadres who tried to breach the Security Forces’ defences in the early hours of yesterday. “More than 80 well trained Tiger cadres were killed and their bodies were recovered collected from the Nanthikadal lagoon as troops foiled the Tigers’ attempt to breach the Security Forces defence around 2.30 am yesterday,” military officials in Mullaitivu told the Daily News. The attempt to breach the Security Forces’ defences came after launching four Tiger boats into the Nanthikadal lagoon from the Safe Zone whilst hundreds of other cadres crossed the lagoon to reach the Western edge of the lagoon. Troops attached to the 19 Sri Lanka Light Infantry Regiment under the command of the 5 Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment took the brunt of the attack killing scores of Tiger cadres and destroying boats heading towards the Security Forces’ defences. The 5 VIR battalion under the command of Lt. Colonel Kalpa Sanjeewa collected 40 Tiger bodies including that of nine female Tiger cadres whilst 19 SLLI battalion under the command of Lt. Colonel Ravindra Perera collected more than 30 bodies of Tiger cadres. Acting Brigade Commander of the 592 Brigade Lt. Colonel Senaka Wijesuriya and 682 Brigade Commander Lt. Colonel Subashana Welikala commanded the infantry troops to foil this attempt by the LTTE. According to intelligence sources, Tiger leader Soosai and Jeyam had briefed the Tiger cadres before they launched the attack and their aim was to open a path towards the Mullaitivu jungles for their leaders to escape from the safe zone. “If they succeeded in their bid they would have escaped to the jungle patches in Mullaitivu once troops advanced into the last terrain of the LTTE,” military officials added (Daily News).

End of War Celebrations in Sri Lanka

The whole country was seen in a jubilant mood today as the government announced the end of the LTTE was at hand with the remaining civilians trapped in the north being rescued today. Pictures by Dinuka liyanawatthe

Two LTTE armoured vehicles and 3 AAGs captured - Three LTTE Anti Aircraft Guns (AAG), two of them with two barrels and two Armoured Tanks (BMT) were recovered by troops in Puthumattalan in Mulaitivu yesterday morning. Those three AAGs, popularly known as pedal guns or ZPUs are capable of firing a maximum of around 600 rounds per minute and need to be kept on a four-wheel carriage for firing. They also can cover a range of about 8,000 meters and are about 5-7 ft in height. The BMT Armoured Tank, capable of high fire-power and ability to sustain enemy fire is fitted with anti-bullet and anti-splinter armour protection. Tiger terrorists had used these Armoured Tanks to carry out devastating attacks on the troops in the past three years, army sources said (Island).

Torture chamber supervised by Prabhakaran found - One More heavily-fortified LTTE torture-chamber cum prison complex, run inside a three-room house behind the Mullaivaikkal (Vellamullavaikkal) sub-post office, was among the latest finds made by heroic 58 Division troops on Saturday as they moved further in. Barbarism of ruthless Tiger terrorism, that has meted out inhuman punishments to all those who opposed to Tigers or defied LTTE directives was once again proved with the tracing of this “concentration” camp or the torture chamber where the Tiger leadership has reportedly detained all those who blamed him or criticized Tiger hierarchy. The house with a wide sitting room, plus three spacious rooms has been protected closely by bunkers on the orders of LTTE leader Prabhakaran, according to information given to the troops by escapees. All anti-LTTE men and women had been kept imprisoned and tightly tethered to heavy metal chains, generally used for elephants. (see photos) Those metal prison cages of about 10-12 ft in height have been designed for padlocking, and another portion of the chamber appeared to have been used for beating and torturing (Full report in Daily News).

SOLHEIM, THE MAN WHO LOST HIS STATUS AS MEDIATOR TELLS LTTE WANTS TO HAND OVER WEAPONS TO A THIRD PARTY - By Walter Jayawardhana - Sri Lanka’s former peace negotiator Norway, a country which has been removed by Sri Lanka from that position after the LTTE in Oslo attacked the Lankan mission without any protection being provided by the Norwegian government said the LTTE wants to surrender arms to a third country. But the involvement of a third country has been already refused by Sri Lanka. The LTTE on a former occasion agreed to surrender arms , cheated , and surrendered some broken arms under the Indo Lanka agreement and went back to re-grouping and war that climaxed in the assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. Norway’s peace negotiator Eric Solheim said that he was in touch with the LTTE and discussed about the matter. "I have been in touch with the Tamil Tigers many times today," Norway's Development Aid Minister Erik Solheim told Reuters. "They have made it clear to us that they are ready to give up arms to the international community." The LTTE has been repeatedly telling that it was not ready to surrender arms but has now said it is ready to hand them over to the international community. According to state owned ITN correspondents remain in the battle field the troops are only fighting sporadic fights in a one square kilometre area to wipe out small number of LTTE fighters remaining. Solheim expressed his desire for “independent verification” of the wounded in his statement.

Why LTTE failed - Sri Lanka’s Security Forces appear to have redeemed their professional reputation with their resounding success in the fourth edition of the Eelam War, which has been going on since 2006 against the LTTE, popularly known as the Tigers. They were not able to achieve decisive results against the LTTE in their three earlier outings. President Mahinda RajapaksaThe United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had rated the Tigers as “among the most dangerous and deadly extremists in the world”. The FBI said the LTTE’s “ruthless tactics have inspired terrorist networks worldwide, including Al Qaeda in Iraq”. So, the Security Forces’ success against the LTTE should not be underestimated, particularly when similar wars against insurgents and terrorists in other countries, including Afghanistan, have been dragging on (Full report in Daily News).

When Tigers are caged - The past few weeks have seen four major public demonstrations in Ontario by Tamil-Canadians demanding that the federal Government do something to stop what they describe as a genocide against their people by the Government in Sri Lanka. Three of those demonstrations were legal. The first was a sit-in on Parliament Hill in Ottawa that lasted more than two weeks and did not attract much attention, even from the Tamils’ usual political patrons in the Liberal party. It was only after the demonstrators folded up the flags representing the terrorist organization the LTTE that politicians would even acknowledge them the Tigers, although a banned organization, are believed to have a large presence in the Canadian Tamil community. Two other peaceful protests one that saw demonstrators block a downtown Toronto street and another in Queen’s Park, outside the Ontario legislature, also failed to move governments or opposition parties, provincial or federal, to give into Tamil demands to intercede on behalf of the estimated 50,000 civilians who are trapped in the Tigers’ last redoubt in Sri Lanka. The Tigers are soon destined to fall to Government Forces unless ill-advised international voices can intimidate the Government from finally wiping out the pox that the LTTE has become on the face of humanity. In a world that has no shortage of ruthless terrorist organizations, the LTTE is without peer for violence. In fact, the 50,000 Tamil civilians at risk in Sri Lanka today are at risk only because the Tigers are holding them as hostages and human shields to stay the hand of Government Forces (Full report in Daily News).

The great rescue mission - The last surge of civilians have now arrived, fleeing from their liberators turned captors, into the cleared areas, snowballing the figures to around 250,000 displaced. These civilians were liberated by the security forces ending one of the longest and bloodiest hostage dramas in known memory. TV footage showed these hapless people arriving in the Government controlled areas, a majority of them in various forms of degradation and mutilation, the result of LTTE firing at those fleeing. All civilians though in a state of anguish praised the Security Forces for rescuing them. This episode speaks eloquently to the world as to who the true liberators are. But what one cannot fathom is why even at the last stages of the hostage drama were the Western Governments calling for a Ceasefire from the Government. There had been strident calls by Britain, the US and the EU calling on the Government to go for a ceasefire to allow the civilians to go while leaving out the LTTE in the bargain. Wasn’t it evident to them that the initial rescue operation was carried out with no Ceasefire on the side of the LTTE. Isn’t this call for another ceasefire from the Government an attempt to revive a dying outfit to serve the ulterior motives of these Western powers (Full Editorial in Daily News).

Sacrifices not in vain - Dr. Kohona - Sri Lanka has after 26 year of struggle defeated one of the most brutal terrorist organisations in the world. It was not an easy task and many thousands of lives had to be sacrificed to achieve this, Foreign Secretary Dr. Palitha Kohona told the Daily News yesterday. "Today we have enormous challenges before us to ensure that these sacrifices were not in vain. We must grab this opportunity to rebuild our country, to restore confidence and re-integrate all members of our community," he said. "This will include rehabilitating and re-integrating combatants who for various reasons participated in pro-LTTE activities. Forgiveness must be a key word in our approach consistent with the most valued traditions of our culture," Dr. Kohona said. "The Government is totally committed to ensuring that a sustainable peace is achieved. We hope that the international community and international organisations will contribute pro-actively to realising our dream. At this point, we hope that the international community would appreciate the enormity of our achievement which was substantially our own. I also take this opportunity to express our gratitude to our friends who stood by us faithfully during this dark period of our history." (Full report in Daily News).

LTTE AAGs and tanks recovered in final battle - Three LTTE Anti Aircraft Guns (AAG), two of them with two barrels and two armoured tanks were among the latest items recovered by troops now in full control of almost all areas in Puthumattalan, Mullaitivu, the army said. The three AAGs, popularly known as peddle guns, are capable of firing a maximum of around 600 rounds per minute and need to be kept on a four-wheel carriage for firing. They can cover a range of about 8000 meters and are about 5-7 ft in height. They were recovered on Sunday (17) morning. The BMT armoured tank, is fitted with anti-bullet and anti-splinter protection. Tiger terrorists have used these tanks to carry out devastating attacks on the troops in the past three years (Daily Mirror).

Indian voters reject: Political parties aiding terrorism - The people of India through the recently concluded general election has rejected the political parties that was involved in aiding and abetting separatism and terrorism. The Indians have endorsed the central Government's policy on Sri Lanka. The Indian National Congress has been given a free hand to take decisions without the support from extremist and opportunistic political elements when it comes to the problems of national and regional importance. The Congress led UPA were able to secure 259 out of 543 seats after 25 years at the recently concluded general election while the main Opposition Bharathiya Janatha Party gained only 116 seats. This a remarkable achievement in the history of India as the Congress led alliance fell short of only 15 seats to achieve the majority in Parliament. The leaders in Tamil Nadu threatened the centre to force the Government of Sri Lanka to stop the mission to free innocent civilians from the clutches of terrorists. Certain political parties launched massive campaigns in support of the LTTE while others were trying to rock the Indian Government by threating to resign from the coalition. The main political parties that openly supported the LTTE in Tamil Nadu have suffered a humiliating defeat. The people of Tamil Nadu rejected the political parties varying their policies to gain narrow and petty political gains (Full report in Daily News).

Defeat of terrorism greatest achievement by nation - Construction and Engineering Services Minister Dr.Rajitha Senaratne yesterday said the victory achieved by our valiant soldiers in the North is one of the greatest victories achieved by the nation. Under the great leadership given by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the terrorism which ruined the country during the past three decades has come to an end. Minister Senaratne said today the country has reached a very decisive juncture. We have been able to save the country from the clutches of terrorism due to joint efforts by the Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and the Commanders of three Armed Forces on the directives given by President Rajapaksa (Full report in Daily News).

Masses welcome defeat of terrorism - People interviewed by the Daily News on the achievement of victory over the terrorists in the North brought us many views and comments yesterday. All these people were civilians who had felt and experienced the horrors and fears of the terrorist threat to the country. Excerpts of their comments: (Full report in Daily News).

Soosai’s wife planned to reach UK through India - Sea Tiger leader Soosai wife Satyadevi and her children had planned to reach India and then make arrange’s to reach the UK. Well informed sources said that Satyadevi, a former member of the Sea Tigers felt that she could live with her brother living in the UK. Under interrogation, she had claimed that Soosai had briefed an LTTE cadre tasked with taking her to India but she wasn’t aware of the instructions. An official told The Island that Satyadevi’s route was similar to the one taken by the then JVP politburo member Somawansa Amarasinghe to escape security forces hunting for members of the proscribed organisation in the late 80s. The navy arrested Satyadevi and ten others 2.5 nautical miles from land in the early hours of Friday (May 15). The boat carrying Soosai’s wife had been launched at about 2. 30 a.m. from a point close to the Jordanian ship Farah III which had run aground near Karayamullivaikkal in December 2006. The navy had allowed the boat, initially believed to be a suicide craft, to take a north easterly direction before firing two shots to force it to halt. The boat, powered by one 15 horse power OBM had been operated by an experienced LTTE cadre. Although the navy didn’t immediately identify Soosai wife, the officers at the scene had recognized that they were different from the ordinary civilians. Following initial checking, the group had been taken onboard a trawler and transferred to Chalai where the identification was made (Full report in Island).

Kandy celebrates end of terrorism - There was wide rejoicing by the people of Kandy yesterday when the news spread that the Security Forces had freed all the civilians and they were on the verge of capturing completely the areas held by the LTTE. The Kandy town was littered with pieces of paper as there was large scale lighting of crackers which lasted for more than three hours. One such place was the landmark of Kandy - the clock tower roundabout in the heart of Kandy town. There was such a demand for fire crackers that some of the shops ran short crackers as yesterday being a Sunday some of the shops were closed. People danced in the streets and praised the President and the Security Forces for the steps taken to liberate that part of the country from the terrorists and free the other parts of the country from fear and terror of the terrorists and bombers who targeted innocent and unsuspecting civilians. People also hoisted the National Flag in their homes. Even the streets were also full of National Flags. There were also parading of the streets in motor cycles and three-wheelers carrying the National Flags underlying the fact that the sovereignty of the Unitary State has been preserved (Full report in Daily News).

Trapped in less than 1 sq. km, Tigers hope for a miracle - Tigers lose 100 in last offensive - All hostages rescued - The army yesterday crushed the LTTE’s last offensive action launched on the Mullaitivu front at 1. 30 a.m. killing about 100 cadres. Among the dead were several senior cadres. Major General Kamal Gunarathne yesterday said that the army had repulsed the lagoon borne assault successfully. The LTTE had deployed several fast attack craft to reach the army line and the battle had lasted for about two hours. Gunarathne, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the 53 Division said that his troops and the 59 Division deployed on one of his flanks had caused heavy losses to the LTTE. Speaking to The Island yesterday morning, he said that the army could clear the remaining area within the day. Responding to our queries, he said that both LTTE intelligence wing leader Pottu Amman and Sea Tiger leader Soosai had been monitored on Saturday night. Earlier in the day, the army, he said, had killed Swarnam and Sashikumar Master during a confrontation in the Vellamullivaikkal area. The 53, 58 and 59 Divisions had been involved in the final battle to clear less than one sq. km area where a couple of hundred LTTE cadres had taken refuge (Full report in Island).

Ranil’s visit to Europe a tamasha - ex envoy - The Opposition Leader’s visit to Europe at this juncture is uncalled for and irrelevant as the country is saddled with the responsibility of looking after an unprecedented number of 200,000 IDPs needing the cooperation from all the parties,” journalist, media consultant and former Deputy High Commissioner for India S. Piyasena told the Daily News on Friday. If the Opposition Leader had to discuss the present problem with other countries, he could have done in Colombo just as he took up the problem of the North with Norwegian Minister/peace envoy Erick Solheim and other foreign representatives in 2002,” he said. The current humanitarian operation involving around 200,000 IDPs is one of the biggest challenges in recent history comparable to the exodus of four million people to Bangladesh in 1971 equal in proportion to the population of Sri Lanka when compared as equal of four million people of India in proportion to India’s population. However the Opposition Leader’s visit at this time could be compared only to a tamasha, he said. All visiting VIPs meet President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe. Wickremesinghe could have discussed the matter in Colombo when he met them, Piyasena said (Full report in Daily News).

When is genocide not genocide? by C. Wijeyawickrema - "The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean different things." "The question is, said Humpty Dumpty, "which is to be master—that’s all." A crime without a name: In August 1941, Winston Churchill delivered a speech on the BBC saying that the Nazi armies were advancing exterminating whole districts in Europe. He thundered, as quoted in the book, A Problem from hell: America and the age of genocide by Samantha Power (2003), "We are in the presence of a crime without a name." Raphael Lemkin, a Polish Jew and international lawyer who lost all his relatives during the Nazi war decided to find a name for the crime and he coined term "genocide." Lemkin would not have expected what was in store for his labour. Recently, white politicians and corrupt NGO agents exploited the word as a cover for selfish purposes. Even private individuals joined in the game. For example, the American lawyer Bruce Fein uses the word genocide frequently because allegedly, he gets $30,000 per month from the owners of the Tamils against genocide website. Arundhati Roy fears of an impending genocide in the No Fire Zone in Sri Lanka. She has had a journalist’s crush on her hero Prabhakaran (ref. The Island, 4/28/2009, essay by Kalana Senaratne) (Full article in Island).

We have proved IC wrong, says Ven. Wimalaratne - President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday arrived at the BIA from Jordan to a rousing welcome. After being garlanded by SLFP General Secretary Maithripala Sirisena, a smiling President received the blessings of the clergy. Ven. Bellanwila Wimalarathana thero said that the armed forces had made huge sacrifices to make the President’s dream of uniting the country come true. He said that the Sri Lankan forces had proved that terrorism could be defeated militarily. He criticised a section of the international community for obstructing the Sri Lankan efforts against the LTTE while propagating the need to fight terrorism. The thero said that the President now faced a daunting task. He emphasised the importance of shedding all political differences to provide for Tamil civilians accommodated in welfare centres. He said that the President had the strength to usher in peace and prosperity (Full report in Island).

Sunday, 17 May 2009

President Mahinda Rajapaksa returned home.

 

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The Sri Lankan president His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa returned from Jordan descending from the plane, kneeling and worshiping the soil of Mother Lanka at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo. He was greeted with lighting of crackers in celebration and hoisting of the national flag throughout the island.

Video - H.E the President Arrives Sri Lanka, Received a Hero's Welcome

Video - Ayu Bo Wewa Maha Rajaneni!

Video - LTTE Blows Up their Arms and Ammunition Storages Video - All Hostages Rescued - Military Spokesperson

Over 36,985 innocent Tamil civilians rescued during past 24-hours

Navy Tightens Naval Fortifications in the Mullaithivu Seas Another Historical Moment of the Wanni Operation Wanni Operation (Part 2) 16 th May 2009 Senior LTTE leaders Sornam and Shashi Master killed

Army elites spearhead the final assault; Sri Lanka awaits total liberation from terror Sri Lanka - Army elites have entered into the final foothold of the LTTE terrorists that has been shrunk to a 350m x 250m area on the northeastern coast, reveal latest battlefield reports. Troops are now engaged in mop operations in a heavily mined and trapped stretch of a land where the remaining terrorists are hiding in, the reports add. Sri Lankan soldiers on Sunday (May 17) completed their hostage rescue mission successfully with the freeing of all civilians held at hostage by the terrorists. Despite the speculations of a "bloodbath" and a "humanitarian catastrophe" at the final military push, Sri Lankan soldiers were able rescue about 70,000 people with in the last 72 hours without causing any harm to the innocent. Defence observers articulate the achievement of the Sri Lankan soldiers as another display of true professionalism. A senior defence observer speaking to defence.lk said that the soldiers have once again given lie to the weird predictions and commentaries of certain ignorant officials of various humanitarian organizations (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Sri Lanka must understand consequences for its actions: Brown - British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has warned the Sri lankan government of"consequences for its actions"even as President Mahinda Rajapaksa announced victory over the LTTE. "We are backing UN efforts to secure an orderly end to the conflict. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam must lay down its arms and allow civilians to leave. The Sri Lanka must understand that there will be consequences for its actions," Brown said. However, the British Premier did not elaborate what the consequences would be. Brown made several calls to President Mahindra Rajapaksa, who was on a visit to Jordan, to voice his concerns over the conflict and the tens of thousands of civilians caught in the crossfire. In a statement, he said,"We have called repeatedly for the violence to cease. The humanitarian agencies must be granted access to civilians caught in the crossfire of a dreadful conflict." (Full report in Indopia).

LTTE leader Prabhakaran reported dead as Tamil Tigers surrender - Surrounded on all sides by the Sri Lankan Army, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), or Tamil Tigers as they are more commonly termed, have announced their surrender amidst news their leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran, is dead. The final round in what has been a long and drawn out campaign by the militant group for an independent Tamil state in the north and east of Sri Lanka came as news surfaced that the Sri Lankan military has recovered more than 150 bodies from the last remaining LTTE stonghold. According to reports on CNN-IBN, the body of what is believed to be the 54-year-old LTTE leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran, along with about 150 others were found when government troops stormed the final LTTE stronghold in the Mullivaaikkaal area of Karaithuraipatru AGA division of Mullaitheevu district. In a statement posted on the TamilNet website, the LTTE said its decades long struggle for a Tamil homeland, “has reached its bitter end.” Sri Lankan military sources claim to have intercepted radio transmission in which the LTTE “Thalaivar” (leader) and “poraligal” (fighters) discussed “Veeramaranam” (heroic death) in accordance with their past practice of committing suicide. The Sri Lankan government said the bodies of those found in the LTTE base were being taken to an army camp in Colombo where a post-mortem will be conducted to confirm the identities of the bodies (Theindian News).

Prabhakaran body recovered? - Latest report emerging from the war zone reveals that Prabhakaran’s body has been recovered and it has been flown to an Army camp in Colombo for DNA testing and to confirm it medically. At the time of filing this report it is learnt that Sri Lankan Army has so far recovered more than 35 dead bodies of the Tigers and they continue to collect more bodies. It is learnt that except for Dwaraka, the only daughter of Prabhakaran who is away somewhere in Dublin for her higher studies, said to be holding a Swedish Nationality Passport, all the other members of the family - Prabhakaran (father), Charles Anthony (son), Balachandran (son) and Mathivathani(wife) have deceased according to an unconfirmed report emerging from an army source, who wanted to remain anonymous. In the meantime, Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa who arrived early this morning and received a heroic welcome at the international airport at Katunayake, will not be delivering an address to the nation as earlier planned. According to a source in the Presidential Secretariat, it is now learnt that he will be filing a report .in the Sri Lanka Parliament on Tuesday 19 May, regarding victory over the Tamil Tigers and the end of the three decade old scourge of terrorism in the country (Asian Tribune).

Sri Lankan President to address the nation on Tuesday - Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa will ceremoniously address the nation from parliament on Tuesday, May 19 at 9.30 am on the military victory over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), says the Government Information Department (Ada Derana).

Velupillai Prabhakaran dead? - Prabhakaran, the founder and leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) might be dead, according to a CNN-IBN report. The news channel quoted sources as saying that the reclusive rebel leader Velupillai Prabhakaran and his top deputies may have died in an attack early this morning or committed mass suicide. The body of rebel leader is taken to Sri Lankan army base in Panagoda for confirmation, as per the news channel’s claim (Full report in Express Buzz).

Tiger leaders and other terrorists have been cornered into an area less than 800 square meters - The Army Headquarters say the tiger terrorists are now being cornered in to an area of less t than 800 square meters. Terrorists continue to stage suicide attacks to prevent the advance of security forces divisions. The headquarters point out that the troops are moving forward despite such attacks to destroy the trapped terrorists leaders. Three major divisions and a special task force are carrying out the operations. The army intelligence divisions have established that senior tiger leaders including the tiger leader, Pottu Amman, Soosai, Banu and Jeyam are in this area. The army says their fate will be decided within the next few hours. There is no room for them to escape by any means (SLBC).

Lankan army claims Prabhakaran dead - Liberation Tiger of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) chief V Prabhakaran could be dead with Sri Lankan army sources telling CNN-IBN that his body has been recovered and is being taken to an army camp in Colombo. Sri Lankan army sources say they have recovered 150 bodies of LTTE cadres but the bodies are still being identified. According to reports all civilians held hostage by the LTTE have now been freed from the battle zone. The report comes even as the Lankan government announced it had captured the final stronghold of the LTTE, and that the top LTTE leadership may have committed mass suicide. "I am proud to announce... that my government with the total commitment of our armed forces, has in an unprecedented humanitarian operation, finally defeated the LTTE militarily," said Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa (IBN).

LTTE decides to end its bloody armed struggle - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger guerrillas announced Sunday that they had decided to "silence" their guns amid intense rumours that their leader Velupillai Prabhakaran was dead. In a statement posted on the TamilNet website, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) said its decades long struggle for a Tamil homeland "has reached its bitter end". "This battle has reached its bitter end... We have decided to silence our guns," said the LTTE statement issued by S. Pathmanathan, the head of the group's International Relations department. "Our only regrets are for the lives lost and that we could not hold out for longer," it said, a day after Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa announced a defeat of the LTTE. There was no word, however, on the fate of Prabhakaran amid reports that Sri Lankan troops had stumbled upon the bodies of about 150 LTTE guerrillas in the island's north (Samaylive).

Tamil Tigers 'Silence Their Guns' - The Tamil Tigers have given up their fight against the Sri Lankan army, according to a statement carried by the pro-rebel Tamilnet website. "This battle has reached its bitter end," said the statement from the rebels' chief of international relations, Selvarasa Pathmanathan. "We remain with one last choice - to remove the last weak excuse of the enemy for killing our people. "We have decided to silence our guns. Our only regrets are for the lives lost and that we could not hold out for longer." Earlier, Sri Lankan troops said they had rescued all civilians held by the Tamil Tiger rebels. "More than 50,000 people have come out of that area in the past three days and with that we have rescued all the civilians held as a human shield by the Tigers," military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said. However, he added that the Tigers still controlled a "small patch of jungle" and that government forces were still fighting with pockets of rebel resistance (Full report in Sky News).

ARMY SOLDIERS & SAILORS IN LTTE CAPTIVITY RESCUED - MULLAITTIVU: ADDING ONE more significant dimension to the final knockout blow against Tiger terrorists, Army troops this morning (17) tactfully scurried past a pocket of remaining Tigers in one corner of VELLAMULIVAIKKAL area, and rescued seven valiant service personnel who had been held in LTTE captivity for a long time. Three Army soldiers and four Navy personnel, detained and inhumanly treated by Tigers received a surprising shock when the Army troops swooped on the LTTE detention house and rescued them before they were butchered. Lance Corporal THENNAKOON of 1st Vijayaba Regiment (VIR), Lance Corporal WEERASINGHA of 4th Gemunu Watch (GW) and Private RANASINGHE of 6th Sinha Regiment (SR) of Sri Lanka Army and Leading Mechanical Engineer (LME), P.K.I. PITIYAKUMBURA, Leading Seaman (S/L) G.H.C.K.HEWAGE, Able Body Seaman (A/B) K.M.K.H.KUMARASIRI and Recruit M.G.A.P.BAMBARADENIYA of Sri Lanka Navy finally saw their emancipation following the Army’s rescue operation. Sailors P.K.I. PITIYAKUMBURA, G.H.C.K.HEWAGE, K.M.K.H.KUMARASIRI, and M.G.A.P.BAMBARADENIYA had fallen into LTTE hands after Sea Tigers rammed two Navy Dvoras ( P-461 & P-416) serving POINT PEDRO seas on 9th November 2006. Observations later said Tiger terrorists had captured those sailors alive and reportedly taken away but no confirmed reports reached the authorities. One of the rescued Army soldiers has been captured alive by terrorists in MUHAMALAI following clashes that took place in the early stage of the WANNI operations (Sri Lanka Army).

LTTE leaders boxed in less than one square kilometer stretch - Sri Lankan soldiers have boxed remaining LTTE cadres into a 400m x 600m land stretch in the Vellaimullaivaikkal area, reveal the latest battlefield reports. According to the sources, troops have already rescued all the civilians held at hostage by the terrorists and taken them to safer areas. Military spokesperson Udaya Nanayakkara said that over 50,000 civilians have been rescued from the LTTE hold during last 72 hours. The counter terrorist move is being continued (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Army rescues Seven servicemen held captive by LTTE - : Army rescues four sailors and three soldiers held captive by the LTTE this morning (17). (Media Centre for National Security).

Security forces liberate all civilians held hostage in Vellamullavaikkal - The Media Centre for National Security says the security forces have now liberated all civilians held hostage by the LTTE in the Vellamullavaikkal area in Mullativu. Troops have also consolidated this area. As of today security forces have liberated nearly 240,000 civilians (SLBC).

Over 36,000 hostages rescued; troops enter LTTE's last hideout - Sri Lankan soldiers have reached the concluding phase of their humanitarian operation in the Island's northeast as they rescued over 36,000 civilians from LTTE hold during last 24 hours. According to the battlefield sources, Army 58, 53 and 59 Division soldiers have entered into the area where LTTE leaders have been cowering among the civilians during last couple of weeks. Soldiers are now looking for sick and disabled people that may be left in the area as almost all the others held at hostage by the terrorists have been rescued. Meanwhile, LTTE made an abortive attempt to breach the Army defence line on the Western bank of the Nanthikadal lagoon during the wee hours today (May 17). The LTTE cadres launched a surface attack across the Nanthikadal lagoon using several boats between 1.30 AM to 3.30 AM. According to the latest information, troops have been able to crush the LTTE attack causing heavy damages to the terrorists. More information will follow... (sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

A proud President returns to his terror free motherland - President Mahinda Rajapaksa after a two day official visit to Jordon returned in an emotion packed jubilant mood to his motherland this morning at the Bandaranaike International Airport, Katunayake. As he kept his foot on the soil of his nation, filled with emotion and joy,President Rajapaksa touched the soil and worshipped his motherland in tribute in a heart rending manner that moved many a patriotic citizen of this country freed from the menace of terrorism after 30 long years. Religious dignitaries from Buddhist,Christian,Hindu and Islamic faith bestowed blessings on the Head of State who had freed the nation from the menace of LTTE terrorism which cost nearly 100,000 lives of citizens in a 30 year cruel terrorist war (Full details Sri Lanka Govt Website).

A Letter from a Tamil Gentleman from London - I came across the SPUR website recently, and my mother and I have been reading it for the past few days. We are very happy that there is a website which exposes the lies behind the Pro-LTTE groups' claims of "discrimination". If there was "discrimination" taking place, my mother would have known - she lived in Jaffna during the 1970s, and her entire family was happily employed in the public sector! We were also very happy that you have documented the entire list of the atrocities of the LTTE, because these things must never be forgotten. That county has been reeling from the evil that the LTTE brought to the island, and yet it is the LTTE that the (western) world seems to support! My mother and I are tamil - and find it very difficult to find people who share the same opinions as us, in the tamil community. So we were very happy to come across your organization , and I wanted to find out a bit more about how we can get involved. We live in London. Is there any london-based office that we can contact, or else are there any events that you are organizing within London? We would like to get to know more people like us!

Miliband snubbed for interference in Sri Lanka’s IMF Loan issue - David Milband has beenDavid Milband snubbed for his interference in the Sri Lanka’s IMF loan issue. Also his knowledge of Sri Lanka has been questioned. The Central Bank of Sri Lanka has expressed its s deep distressed over the recent media reports, where David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom have "raised doubts about whether Colombo could be trusted to use a US$ 1.9 billion loan from the IMF appropriately," points out a communiqué issued by the Economic Research Department of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. "For the purposes of record, the Central Bank wishes to state that during the past 25 years, the IMF has granted nine loans to the Central Bank of Sri Lanka and the Bank has utilized all such IMF facilities very honorably in strict compliance with the terms of disbursement, and repaid such facilities without a single default. In fact, Sri Lanka has never delayed or defaulted on any loan, and consequently, has maintained an unblemished record of debt servicing. In that context, Miliband’s alleged statement is very unfortunate and disturbing, since it casts a slur on the impeccable debt servicing record of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, as well as Sri Lanka’s deep commitment to meeting its obligations," the communiqué said (Asian Tribune).

Fire fuels tension over crisis in Sri Lanka - A fire investigator works May 16, 2009 at the scene of a suspicious fire at the Maha Vihara Buddhist Meditation Centre at 4698 Kingston Rd. Nalaka Tissamaharamaya, a thin Sinhalese monk in a red fleece and saffron robes, has not attended ESL classes in more than two weeks, fearing the short walk from his temple down Kingston Rd. Yesterday, his fears were confirmed when a fire swept through the predominantly Sinhalese Buddhist temple in Scarborough. Police said they are investigating arson. The monk said about two weeks ago a note supporting Tamil protests in downtown Toronto was pasted to the front door and threatening phone calls became increasingly frequent. The temple attack coincided with the Sri Lankan military saying they had defeated the Tamil Tigers by seizing control of the island nation's entire coastline for the first time in a 25-year war – a claim Canadian Tamils rejected as they continued to protest here. The fire at the Maha Vihara meditation centre has threatened to further polarize Toronto's Sri Lankan community. And last night, Toronto Police Staff Sgt. Kevin Murrell said they have no suspects yet, but the Tamil community "would be the natural place to start looking," given the tensions between the Sinhalese and the Tamil community. Around 11 p.m. Friday, as violence in Sri Lanka was reaching a bloody crescendo, Tissamaharamaya, 32, fearing the conflict might spark the tense situation in Toronto, called police, who were already on alert (Full report in The Star).

DEFEAT IS TO THE WEST AND THE CHURCH THE JOB IS WELL DONE - By Stanley Perera - To: The West and the Church The church gifted the western countries with over 1.5 million bogus Tamil refugees from the north and east of Sri Lanka. Every rich western country was allocated with thousands and thousands of Sri Lankan Tamils. The corrupt western politicians fell over each other to grab the opportunity to fill their electorates with the bogus Tamil refugees. Over and above the allocation, Martin hurried to Sri Lanka’s north Jaffna with the Tsunami to import into Canada another 100,000 Tamils to fill his Canadian electorate. These bogus refugees were given a free air passage to Canada and their basic needs were taken care of by the tax payer’s money. In the 80s Sri Lanka experienced a massive exodus of Tamil people into the western countries sponsored by the church. These bogus Tamil refugees became very strong allies with the power hungry, money hungry western politicians. Naturally the western countries turned a blind eye to the money laundering, drug running, credit cards and passport scams with human smuggling by the Tamil Diaspora. Lethal weapons from the British Army were supplied to the LTTE terrorists through Tamil Nadu while technical knowhow with plant and equipment and weapons were supplied through INGOs and NGOs by the west. Every international organisation in the world, UNO, UNESCO, ABC, BBC, AI was infiltrated by the Anti Sri Lankan Tamils. AI did not spare the sports even. AI followed Sri Lankan Cricket team to Barbados on the World cup to conduct its campaign against Sri Lanka. Tamil Diaspora successfully managed to influence local government politics to federal politics in their host countries (Full report in LankaWeb).

Has LTTE leader Prabhakaran embraced death? - Speculation is rife among knowledgeable circles in Colombo that Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leader Velupillai Prabhakaran is no more among the living. It is widely believed that the 54 year old tiger supremo who was born on November 26th 1954 has committed suicide along with more than 300 of his deputies and senior cadres in the Mullivaaikkaal area of Karaithuraipatru AGA division in Mullaitheevu district.  Though the Defence ministry website says that the tiger leader trapped with his deputies is planning to commit mass suicide there are reports that the “Thalaivar” (leader) and “poraligal” (fighters) have already committed “Veeramaranam” (heroic death). Unconfirmed reports say that the injured LTTE leader and several of his senior deputies had embraced death voluntarily in keeping with the LTTE practice of suicide. There were also conflicting reports that the LTTE had triggered off a huge explosion in which their bodies were destroyed after taking cyanide first. Another report said the armed forces had identified the “structure” in which Prabhakaran was staying and demolished it through powerful explosives (BSB Jeyaraj).

MAKE 17th MAY OUR DAY OF INDEPENDENCE - Mario Perera, Kadawata - This morning seeing our President return from abroad, descending from the plane, kneeling and worshiping the soil of Sri Lanka would no doubt have brought tears to many an eye, in any case it did to mine. If these white “hypocrisies” watched the reception accorded to our president, and the heart warming discourses of one and all that form the fabric of our civil society, they would perhaps realize, if they have eyes to see, that the entire nation is with its leader, that this leader is the embodiment of our fondest national aspiration, that of being ONE. We celebrate the 4th of February as our National Independence day. We know however that our independence was an adjunct of Indian independence. We benefited from the struggle India undertook to rid herself of the white man’s rule. Furthermore, that independence was inserted into the history of our party politics which has been the bane of our civic lives. Long ago I expressed the view that we will never feel independent unless we win it, like so many others did, with our blood. That utterance shocked some of my friends. Do you want to see bloodshed in our country they asked? Nobody wants bloodshed, but freedom is somehow synonymous with blood, as shown in history. Our independence of the 4th of February was a paperwork effort, a lip service endeavour (Full report in LankaWeb).

Few countries have faced terrorism so severely as Sri Lanka - Lord Neseby - By: Walter Jayawardhana - Telling few democratically elected governments have faced terrorism as severely as Sri Lanka , Lord Naseby challenged the United Kingdom to deliver money promised by the Blair government for reconstruction. Lord Naseby writing in the latest issue of the Royal Commonwealth Society Magazine said, "the Challenge for the UK is to deliver money promised by the Blair government for reconstruction. Those Labour MP's who have Tamils in their constituencies should stop playing politics . They should tell the Diaspora to stop funding the Tigers so that ordinary Tamils can enjoy peace and rebuild their lives." Lord Naseby , who is the Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Sri Lanka further said in the magazine that Sri Lanka has faced terrorism for over 25 years, resulting in vast devastations, that needs massive reconstructions. He said, The Tamil Tigers are elected by no one, their sole objective is to achieve Eelam at any cost. And, said he, what a cost: Prime Minister Gandhi and President Premadasa assassinated; hundreds of moderate Tamils murdered; child soldiers recruited in their hundreds to be put on the front line and killed. "No wonder these terrorists are proscribed in the US, Canada, UK, EU and other countries," he said (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Is LTTE in secret, indirect talks with US to surrender? - Sri Lanka’s embattled Tamil Tigers may be engaged in secret though indirect talks with the United States for a face-saving formula to save its militarily-cornered leadership. It has been known that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has reached out to the new US administration, courtesy Norway, one factor why an upset Colombo stripped Oslo of its role as the peace facilitator. IANS has learnt from reliable sources that Norway - the former peace facilitator between Sri Lanka and the LTTE - is in regular touch with Tamil Tiger representatives outside the island nation. S. Pathmanathan, the newly appointed LTTE’s head of International Relations department, is in touch with some Western diplomats to find out if the military onslaught in Sri Lanka can somehow be halted. Unimpeachable diplomatic sources have confirmed to IANS the LTTE’s moves, but say they are not sure if Pathmanathan, widely known by his alias KP, is acting on his own or on the direction of the rebel leadership. Said one source knowledgeable about the development: “If we get information they are ready to surrender, it might be possible to arrange that. But time is very short. It is very late in the game.” The aim of the LTTE representatives engaged in the exercise is to see whether an agreement can still be worked that would lead to a honourable exit of LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran from the scene. The LTTE has concluded that the only country that has the power to influence such an outcome is the US (The Indian News).

70 Tigers killed in confrontations this morning - Soldiers have repulsed an attempt made by the tiger terrorists to infiltrate the Nandikadal army Forward Defence Line in Mullativu. In subsequent Army attacks early this morning over 70 tiger terrorists have been killed. Military Spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said six large LTTE vessels were completely destroyed. Troops have recovered around 70 terrorist bodies together with their weapons. Meanwhile, soldiers have also rescued six armed force members who were in terrorist custody. Over the last three days soldiers have rescued 54,097 civilians. During yesterday alone nearly 37,000 civilians were rescued (SLBC).

HE Arrives Sri Lanka - His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces has arrived Sri Lanka after a two day official visit to the Kingdom of Jordan where he participated the G-11 summit.

People in all parts in the country are getting ready to celebrate the great victory - People in all parts of the country are getting ready to celebrate the great victory achieved by the security forces defeating terrorism. Every house has hoisted the national flag to honour war hero’s liberated the country from terrorism under the leadership of President Mahinda Rajapakse, Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse and Chiefs of the three forces and Police. Religious ceremonies are also being taken place to invoke blessing on the security forces (SLBC).

Religious leaders ask all citizens to preserve achieved peace - Religious leaders say maintenance of the achieved peace in the country is a responsibility of all citizens. Mahanayaka of Ramangya Nikaya Most Venerable Wewaldeniye Medhalankara Thero says humanitarian mission carried out by the security forces under the leadership of President Mahinda Rajapakse will be concluded within few days. Chancellor of the University of Kelaniya Venerable WElamitiyawe Kuasadamma thero says mission of President Mahinda Rajapakse can be considered as the reincarnation of king Dutugemunu. Venerable thero urged all citizens to hoist National Flag in front of their residences (SLBC).

‘LTTE are terrorists, Prabhakaran a thug’ Sri Lanka has legitimate right to eradicate terrorism – Gareth Evans - by Sujeeva Nivunhella in London Gareth Evans, the former Foreign Minister of Australia and the Chief Executive of the Brussels-based International Crisis Group, said that a democratic government had a legitimate right to eradicate terrorism. "I have no doubt the LTTE are terrorists and that Prabhakaran is a thug", he noted. Speaking at a seminar organized by the Royal Commonwealth Society titled "Sri Lanka : What Role for Global Actors", in London last week, he said that however, the Sri Lankan government had to abide by UN Conventions and Humanitarian issues. If a government failed to do that then the R2P principle would have to be enforced by the International Community. "More than 50,000 civilians were being held by the LTTE as a human shield", Evans said. "The Sri Lankan government is determined to bring terrorism to an end." Evans was one of Australia's longest serving Foreign Ministers, best known internationally for his roles in developing the UN peace plan for Cambodia, bringing to a conclusion the international Chemical Weapons Convention, founding the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum and ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), and initiating the Canberra Commission on the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons (Full report in Sunday Island).

Depressed Ranil meets vultures in Western Countries

Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, who is currently on a European tour held talks with former Norwegian Peace Envoy in the Sri Lanka Peace process, Erick Solheim in Norway and many other European leaders.

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

LTTE Leader Prabhakaran Suicide Last Night ? - According the News channel , LTTE Leader Prabhakaran Suicide with Supporters. A Big Blast Fire at the LTTE Base. Tamil Tigers were on the verge of total collapse with just a kiolmetre separating two Sri Lankan Army divisions from overrunning the entire coastal area held by them, even as the families of LTTE leaders began to flee the war zone. With the Lankan offensive appeared reaching its conclusion, more than 10,000 trapped Tamil civilians fled the last remaining area held by the LTTE as President Mahinda Rajapaksa vowed to stamp out the rebels within the next 48 hours. In another big blow to the LTTE, which has been plagued with desertions by senior leaders, family members of LTTE’s naval wing chief Col Soosai, including his wife, were captured by the Sri Lankan Navy as they tried to flee the island in a boat (Full report in Fresh News).

LTTE leaders prepare for mass suicide – Army - LTTE leaders are preparing for a mass suicide after being effectively cut-off of escape routes, both land and sea and now encircled in a mere 3.5 sq. km of land West of Vellamullivaikkal, military sources said citing intercepted LTTE communication. According to defence observers, the LTTE senior ranks are expecting to prolong its imminent defeat resorting to such futile terror tactics using civilian hostages, new recruits and black tigers as weapons of mass destruction (WMDs). "The terrorists have no way to go and the only way out is to surrender with the security forces or to be crushed in the military advance", a military official said. Terrorists are blowing off large explosive and ammunition dumps and also using stocks of white phosphorous with improvised barrel bombs to create large destruction within the hostage makeshift camps. Meanwhile, an LTTE attempt to ram an explosive laden bus into the 58 Division forward defences failed with the vehicle exploding prematurely. No damages were caused to troops, the military said adding that at least 10 terrorists were killed due to the blast. During initial interrogations conducted, Soosai’s wife had told with the Navy that her husband along with LTTE leader Prabhakaran, Pottu Amman and some other key terrorists as still holed up in the small area at Vellamullivaikal (Sunday Island).

Defeated Tigers will not be allowed to regroup: Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka's army chief vowed Sunday the Tamil Tigers would not be allowed to regroup and pledged that the rebels, once seen as one of the world's deadliest guerrilla outfits, would soon be forgotten. The government said a massive offensive against the separatist Tigers was all but complete, with the entire island under its control for the first time in years but for a minuscule pocket of jungle on the northeast coast. "Sri Lanka's military will ensure that there is no future for the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam)," Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka said in an interview published in the state-run Sunday Observer. "The LTTE will be forgotten soon," added the army chief, who led the successful military offensive against the Tamil Tigers. He said President Mahinda Rajapakse's firm stand that there would be no peace talks unless the Tigers scrapped their armed campaign was key to the successful crushing of the once-formidable militants (The News).

LTTE defeated: Freedom after 30 long years President declares at G-11 Summit: The President in his address at the Jordan G-11 Summit said that he was happy to observe that the G-11 has made sufficient progress since its beginning. As the world’s only grouping of lower middle income countries. it has succeeded in becoming a global partnership to address our common challenges. Excerpts from the President’s address as follows: (Full report in Sunday Observer).

Give till it hurts - Even as you read this, the last of the LTTE’s conventional military capacity would have been smashed. Whether Prabhakaran, his intelligence chief, Pottu Amman, and Sea Tiger leader Soosai, whose wife and two teenage children were found by the navy in a boat off the Mullaitivu coast on Friday, will be taken ``dead or alive’’ as has been promised remains to be seen. Nevertheless, the rapidly unfolding events last week clearly signaled the ability of the Tamil Diaspora to move the western powers to demand an end to the fighting with even President Barack Obama, in remarks made at the White House, joining the chorus. The LTTE too did not come off unscathed by what the world had to say. Obama was on record demanding that the Tigers let go the civilian human shield they held at gunpoint but even so, it was also clear that Colombo’s claim that heavy armour and airpower was not being used at this final stage of the conflict had few believers in the international community. While to varying degrees the various Western European nations mounting pressure on the Sri Lanka government conceded the LTTE’s dastardly human shield strategy, that was muted in relation to the demand that the military putsch be halted (Read full Editorial in Sunday Island).

Western Arms Manufacturers who wants to create battlefields anywhere in the World to promote their business are now defeated ......

Spectre of Mass Suicide as Tamil Tigers Face Final Battle - Facing the crushing defeat of their 26-year insurgency as Sri Lankan military closes in on the last sliver of territory under their control, the embattled separatist fighters of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) are not expected to allow themselves to be taken alive. "LTTE terrorists are preparing for a mass suicide after being effectively cut-off of escape routes, both land and sea and now encircled in a mere 3.5 square kilometer [1.4 square miles] of land west of Vellamullivaikkal," the Defence Ministry said on Saturday, citing intercepted communications. "According to defence observers, the LTTE senior ranks are expecting to prolong its imminent defeat resorting to such futile terror tactics using civilian hostages, new recruits and black tigers [suicide cadres] as weapons of mass destruction (WMDs)." (Full report in Time).

An Artist's imagination of Prabhakaran at 11th hour

Forces wrap up Eastern coast - The Army which is in the final phase of the rescue operation took control of the entire eastern coastal area when the 58 and 59 Division Troops linked up together depriving the LTTE of the coastal belt yesterday. The 58 Division marching from the north linked up with 59 Division troops who were forging ahead northbound in the New Safe Zone yesterday morning. Accordingly, troops of the 11 Gemunu Watch in 59 Division and 11 Sri Lanka Light Infantry in 58 Division have taken control of the entire Mullaitivu costal belt. Meanwhile over 10,000 civilians, also made use of the newly opened ‘escape route’ via the Nanthi Kadal lagoon in the past 24 hours, braving the LTTE’s indiscriminate firing in the Vadduvakkal area as civilians began to flee. Those who escaped in different batches on tyre tubes and boats faced many dangers on the way. The Army troops after providing medical aid and light meals took them to the nearest IDP centres. Two hundred and forty one LTTE cadres have surrendered to the Security Forces during the past two days (Sunday Observer).

Luxuries life from the expenses of innocent Tamil civilians

Tamil Nadu voters not swayed by Lankan issue - As the DMK proved pollsters wrong with a strong performance in a majority of Tamil Nadu’s 39 Lok Sabha seats, Maran told NDTV TV: “People (of Tamil Nadu) have given a clear mandate.” Asked if the emotive issue of Sri Lanka’s military offensive against the Tamil Tigers had played a role in balloting, as many had expected, he said: “That has not played a role.” AIADMK leader J. Jayalalitha and her allies in the MDMK and PMK had taken an aggressive line in Tamil Nadu during the election campaign blaming the Sri Lankan and Indian Governments for the suffering of Tamil civilians in the island nation. Jayalalitha threatened to send the Indian Army to Sri Lanka to carve out a Tamil Eelam State if her coalition won most seats in Tamil Nadu and if she ended up playing a key role in government formation in New Delhi. The Indian elections, which concluded, yesterday giving another mandate to the ruling Congress party, is clear indication that the Indian public has rejected terrorism. Local political analysts said that Sri Lankan issue had become a big electoral theme in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, with two main regional parties that have dominated state politics for the last four decades - the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and the Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) making the Sri Lanka factor a prime issue of their campaigns. “However rejection of these political parties clearly spell out that the Indian public has endorsed what the Government’s humanitarian operation in the North,” a University political lecturer said. Both parties vied with each other to impress the electorate with their commitment to “protect” the interests of Sri Lankan Tamils. “However this slogan had little impact and the people have rejected it,” he said (Sunday Observer).

Sri Lanka will not leave any room for outsiders to promote separatism and terrorism in the future.

Media Release of SLUNA - Our Peaceful Protest on May 13th was to PROTECT CANADA FROM TAMIL TIGERS NO OTHER DEMONSTRATIONS ARE PLANNED BY US AT PRESENT TIME - We were joined by members of the Sri Lanka Youth of Canada to hold a peaceful mini-demonstration at the Riverdale Park in Toronto without obstructing any of our fellow citizens of this great city where our message was in the form of an appeal to ‘Protect Canada, and the need to Stop the Tamil Tigers’ who were blatantly infringing on others rights. We followed this with a news conference on the following day and reinforced the message of terrorism taking root in this country, especially that of the banned Tamil Tiger terrorist movement which was openly instigating the diaspora members to flout Canada’s laws including the blocking of major freeways to push their agenda to the legislators of this country. WE HAVE NO PLANS OF HOLDING ANY FURTHER DEMONSTRATIONS IN THE CITY AT THE PRESENT TIME. We are deeply perturbed by the announcement made this morning by CP24 that Sri Lankans were organizing a PROTEST AT QUEEN’S PARK scheduled to commence at 1.00 p.m. this afternoon, when no such intimation has been given to this media by any of our Sri Lankan community organizations. Furthermore, the announcement went on to state that this demonstration was being organized by Sri Lanka’s Consul General in Toronto. THERE IS NO TRUTH TO THIS ANNOUNCEMENT AIRED BY CP24. We are left to wonder if this is yet another attempt by the pro-Tamil Tiger diaspora to fool the public into believing that non-Tamil Sri Lankan Canadians are staging a protest to confront them in downtown Toronto and cause a disturbance in order to discredit the Sinhalese and other law abiding members of the Sri Lankan community? It is with deep shock and sorrow that we report the attempt to burn down the all wooden, beautiful Buddhist Temple at 4698 Kingston Road, Scarborough, causing damage to the building, glass cabinets and a collection of Buddha Images and other venerated religious items in the early hours of this morning. Similar attacks have been carried out in several European countries on Buddhist temples by violent groups associated with the pro-Tamil Tiger diaspora, which is reacting in this unruly manner as their heroes in the banned Tamil Tiger terrorists are finally being eliminated after a 30 year nightmare of suicide bombings, ethnic cleansing and mass killngs of innocent civilians of all of the constituent communities (Read full Media

 Release).

More facilities for pregnant girls in Wanni - The National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) will provide more probation officers and paediatricians at the Chettikulam Government Hospital to meet the needs of pregnant mothers who arrived in the cleared areas during the past few months. It is reported that about twenty-five pregnant mothers who came from the No Fire Zone (NFZ) were admitted to the Chettikulam hospital. NCPA Chairman Jagath Wellawatte told the Sunday Observer that his Authority has received information regarding the increase in the number of teenage pregnancies among Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and he visited hospitals in the North last week to look into the welfare of such persons. He said that almost all teenage girls who came to the cleared areas were given in marriage by their parents to prevent them being forcibly recruited to the LTTE as child soldiers. "According to doctors in the Chettikulam Hospital, these teenage pregnant girls are given treatment to deliver babies, but 25 percent of them suffer from malnutrition," he said. The NCPA Chairman has called upon the Health Department to study the matter further and provide the needs for these pregnant mothers. Asked what action has been taken by the NCPA on children in welfare camps, he said all of them are safe and not a single child abuse case has been reported so far due to the excellent facilities provided. He said in keeping with the duties of the NCPA, a special Monitoring Mission Unit (MMU) was set up in Vavuniya under the guidance of former DIG Daya Petikirikorala. "In addition, six officials including female officers were also appointed to look into various other activities such as mental and physical abuses that could take place at welfare camps," he said (Sunday Observer).

Fall of LTTE: threat to top leaders perceived - With the total victory of the Sri Lankan armed forces over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, which faces elimination as a conventional military force, Indian intelligence agencies perceive a high level of threat to VVIPs and a couple of bureaucrats in the country. Reports of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), India’s external intelligence agency, the Intelligence Bureau, and other security organisations indicate an escalated level of threat to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi, National Security Adviser M.K. Narayanan, and Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon. According to an informed source in the Ministry of Home Affairs, senior LTTE leaders were of the impression that the Government of India was responsible for their outfit losing the war with the Sri Lankan Army. Some articles published in pro-LTTE websites squarely blamed India for the alleged ‘genocide’ of Tamils in the island nation. According to a recent RAW input, a LTTE functionary is in touch with some persons in Tamil Nadu to facilitate the movement of refugees into India. One more suspect based in Tamil Nadu is reportedly coordinating constantly with the LTTE and even organised mid-sea transfer of a consignment at a point less than 100 km east of Karaikal on March 19 this year. The content of the consignment was not known (Full report in Hindu).

Soosai's wife, Sathyadevi had revealed that Mathivathani, wife of Prabhakaran, along with Charles Anthony and Balachandran both Prabhakaran’s elder and younger son, are also holed up in the New Safety Zone area along with Prabhkaran.

Soosai’s wife mum on Prabhakaran - Friday’s detection by the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) of Sea Tiger leader Soosai’s wife and two teenaged children attempting to slip into India strengthened the belief that LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran may still be in the last patch of territory the LTTE held in the Vanni up to that point of time. Soosai’s wife Satyadevi had admitted that her husband was alive but refused to say anything about Prabhakaran’s whereabouts according to an SLN spokesman. He said that the boat in which the group which included Soosai’s wife and teenaged daughter and son carried adequate fuel to reach Indian waters and was equipped with a map and a global positioning system (GPS) as well as adequate funds for their upkeep prior to their being moved to a pre-arranged destination (Sunday Island).

And where is Prabakaran? - As the curtains fall on the conventional war against the LTTE, the million-dollar question on everyone’s mind is the whereabouts of the maverick LTTE supremo, Velupillai Prabakaran. Wife of Sea Tiger chief Soosai, who was caught by the Navy on Friday, told her interrogators he was inside the war zone. However, the troops have not been able to zero in on him or any of his family members till Saturday night. The LTTE is a monolithic outfit with a single leader and no second-in-command. It was only logical that it was Prabakaran throughout the Eelam phase IV which commenced in August 2006. Therein lies the significance of the question where he could be and what he is plotting. Either he is in the battle zone or has made good his escape long before the military marched into the last remaining territory under occupation of the Tigers. Those who believe he is very much in the thick of the last moments of the war and those convinced that he has vanished long before offer sound logic to buttress their thesis. The military commanders on the ground believe Prabakaran is among the remaining cadre and leaders. It is essentially based on the premise that the Tigers would not continue their resistance in the face of inevitable elimination in the hands of the military unless Prabakaran is present amid them (Full report in Hindu).

The number of Tamil civilians killed, injured and tortured by the LTTE is much more that the number of Sinhalese killed, injured and tortured by the LTTE. Prabhakaran has destroyed many generations of Tamils. 

Subtly biased reporting on the human tragedy triggered by the LTTE in its last gasp - Somini Sengupta wrote a harrowing tale about a Tamil family which escaped the war zone in the north east of Sri Lanka and attempted a sea voyage to India in a boat that let them down. The article, titled In a Boat Adrift, a Deadly Escape from Sri Lanka, appeared on Thursday May 7 on the front page of the International Herald Tribune. I write this response because the article is unjustifiably biased against the government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) and conveys misinformation. The very title is misleading. There need be no escape from Sri Lanka, least of all a deadly one. The deadly escape is from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) who in their last gasp are determined to take thousands of civilians to death with them, holding them forcibly in the beleaguered stretch of land they are holed in. The Tigers retain these hapless men, women and children as a shield to stop the army’s last onslaught on this terrorist group – identified internationally as the world’s deadliest and most ruthless. There is no need to escape Sri Lanka since the country, its government and its people welcome the Tamil civilians to come south to safety (Full report in Sunday Island).

Friendly Lanka good for India - The hectic Indian General Eelction has just been concluded with an emphatic victory to the Congress Party-led coalition Government. It has remained the only party to gain national acceptance. Its secular policies and appeal to the millions of new voters of forging a Modern India have paid dividends over the Bharatiya Janatha Party (BJP) which was seen as a party playing the Hindu communal card while being distinctively urbane and without grassroots support in the larger Indian states, or without winning allies in these states. Closer home, in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, a desperate attempt by opportunist politicians to play the 'Sri Lanka Tamil' card also came a cropper. The vociferous spokesmen for the LTTE in Sri Lanka have been defeated at the polls. For Sri Lanka, there really would have been no great concern as to whether the Congress or the BJP became the senior partner in a coalition Government in New Delhi. As far as Sri Lanka's battle against the LTTE has been concerned, both Congress and BJP Governments have been supportive of the Colombo Government , albeit to a limited extent (Full report in Sunday Times).

President to announce end of war - Army, Soosai’s wife claim Prabha, other Tiger leaders trapped in NFZ Country’s entire coastline under govt. control; remaining area to be captured within hours.  President Mahinda Rajapaksa, anytime on or after Monday, will make an official announcement that the military campaign against Tiger guerrillas has formally ended. The date of such an announcement, The Sunday Times learns, will be designated National Liberation Day to be observed every year. President Rajapaksa is due in Colombo today after a visit to Jordan to attend the World Economic Forum and the G11 summit. Also due in Colombo today after an official visit to China is Army Commander Sarath Fonseka, one of the main architects of the military victories. The impending declaration signalling the end of war follows a major battlefield success by two Divisions of the Army – 58 and 59 – before crack of dawn yesterday. Troops of the two Divisions, during a pincer movement overnight, linked up seizing total control of the sea front that straddled the No-Fire or Civilian Safety Zone. The 58 Division had advanced southwards to link up with troops of the 59 Division. A greater significance of this link up is the creation of history. For the first time since Tiger guerrillas launched their separatist campaign, the Sri Lankan security forces were now in total control of the entirety of the island’s coastline.After they fortified their defences along the coastline stretching some two kilometres by last morning, a further advance had to be temporarily stalled for hours (Full report in Sunday Times).

Congress sweeps back to office; Jayalalitha’s Eelam call rejected -  With the Congress Party-led alliance retaining control of the Indian parliament, winning more than 255 seats in a house of 545, there should be greater clarity in policy for a number of reasons. First, it is a coalition government but the Congress is an undisputed senior partner. After its victory, the party spokesman said: “we will stand by our allies, new allies are welcome but no one is indispensable”. This suggests that instead of mollycoddling coalition partners as it had been forced to do after its alliance won the 2004 elections, the Congress will dictate policy in a manner that is more confident and self-assured (Full report in Sunday Times).

Loud blasts point to mass suicide? - Loud explosions on Wednesday night in Vellamullivaikal, located within the No-Fire or Civilian Safety Zone have become the talking point in the intelligence community. Once a small coastal village rehabilitated after the devastating tsunami of December 2004, the area had been taken control of by fleeing guerrilla cadres. Though ensconced within a teeming civilian population, armed LTTE cadres had denied entry to them. Only selected cadres have been allowed to move in. Intelligence sources said there were a number of reasons why the explosions, heard miles away, could have occurred. One is the possibility that the guerrillas were destroying documents and other material to prevent them falling into troops hands. Another they say is the likelihood of some senior cadres committing suicide (Sunday Times).

British PM warns Sri Lanka of ' consequences' over conflict - LONDON, May 16 (AFP) - British Prime Minister Gordon Brown today warned Sri Lanka there would be "consequences for its actions" if Colombo did not allow humanitarian agencies access to civilians and end the conflict with Tamil Tiger rebels. Brown also called for the LTTE to lay down its arms and allow trapped civilians to leave, and said he was backing United Nations efforts to end the conflict. Sri Lanka stands on the brink," Brown said in a statement. "We have called repeatedly for the violence to cease. “The humanitarian agencies must be granted access to civilians caught in the crossfire of a dreadful conflict. We are backing UN efforts to secure an orderly end to the conflict. The LTTE must lay down its arms and allow civilians to leave. Sri Lanka must understand that there will be consequences for its actions.” A spokesman for Brown's Downing Street office told AFP the British leader would speak to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa by phone later this weekend, and added that Brown had already called Rajapaksa "several times to make his concerns clear." (Sunday Times).

Praba & 700 terrorists commit suicide? - Unconfirmed reports say that nearly 700 hardcore tiger cadres including Prabakaran and other senior leaders committed a mass suicide today at the small strip of land tiger leaders and other senior members were hiding. However, security sources refrained from confirming this information. The announcement of total defeat of tiger terrorists would be announced by the President when he returns to the island tomorrow morning and Monday will be declared a holiday. The government has requested all homes to fly the National flag on Sunday to mark the victory over terrorism by heroic Security Forces (Lanka Truth)..

Don Martin’s comment on Tamil demonstrations - by Asoka Weerasinghe - The Editor (Letters) THE OTTAWA CITIZEN, Sir: Don Martin’ s comment (May 16) on Tamil traffic strategy as a way to get noticed was an interesting observation. What needs to be clear is that taking over the Gardiner Expressway was no spontaneous strategy by the pro-Tamil Tiger demonstrators last week, as it was orchestrated by the LTTE propaganda strategists. The Tamil Radio Station announcements in Canada were pulling the marionette strings. Martin’s observation is right again when he says “Search me. Sri Lanka isn’t a country that will jump to Canada’s command – and there’s not an MP in the Commons who believes otherwise.” If Canada ever had a Lester Pearsonian Nobel Peacemaker leverage over Sri Lanka, we frittered it away under the Liberal administration when we let the Tamil Diaspora collect 2 million dollars a month to stuff the Tamil Tiger war chest and refused to ban the Tamil Tiger terrorists when the rest of the world began to ban them. According to Jane’s Intelligence, the Tamil Diaspora around the world raise as much as $200-300 million annually of which around 30 percent is contributed from Canada to procure weapons which has gone unabated despite Canada’s Anti-Terrorism Laws. In other words, Sri Lanka quite rightly believes that Canada has been part of their Tamil Tiger terrorist problem.

Convince Tamil diaspora they have future in Lanka – Wimal Weerawansa - Q: The last remaining areas under LTTE control will be captured by the armed forces in the next few hours/ days. But there is still a lot of pressure from the International Community? A: This is the most important moment in our history after we gained independence in 1948. We did not win the independence via a true freedom struggle; the British just handed us independence to us, when Indians gained their independence. It took another 24 years for us to truly cut loose from the empire and become a republic. Ever since 1972, the imperialistic forces have used various methods to destabilise the country, and the LTTE has played a big role in that agenda. They thought that we will never be able to defeat the LTTE, and thus we would forever remain in a state of instability. People like the British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, David Miliband want an unstable, war torn and weak Sri Lanka. But now they have realised that the LTTE is defeated, and can no longer be used as a pawn in their agenda. So they are very upset about it. The war has been the biggest problem we have been facing, and it is the main obstacle in our path to development. But now finally we have a chance to put an end to this and stand on our own. Many Western countries do not like this, and that’s why they are still trying to save the LTTE leaders so that they can use them later (Full report in Nation).

HILLARY CLINTON’S DUPLICITY EXPOSED - By Rajendra Alwis, Ottawa Recently, referring to the unfolding political turmoil in Pakistan, U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton says Pakistan’s inability to beat the Taliban poses “a mortal threat to the security and safety of our country and world”. However, on the selfsame theme of terrorism, Hillary Clinton mysteriously changes her stance when commenting on Taliban’s twin brother LTTE. In this case she invariably comes out with misleading and misty interpretations. Let me quote her in this context, “I think 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”. The State Secretary’s disappointment is that the Sri Lankan government is not agreeing for a ceasefire with the LTTE (for the seventh time) and not inviting them to the negotiating table. If this is your genuine concern why don’t you request the Pakistan Prime Minister to extend the same generosity to Taliban as well? (Full report in LankaWeb).

Che Guevara the revolutionary and Prabhakaran the brutal terrorist - Dr.P.A.Samaraweera, Australia Che Guevara, was an Argentinian Marxist Revolutionary. As a medical student, during his travels in Latin America he was transformed by poverty and economic inequality he had witnessed. In 1956, he joined Fidel Castro and invaded Cuba over-throwing the US backed Cuban dictator Batista. He served as Minister of Industry under Fidel Castro. He was a politician, author, physician, military strategist, guerilla leader and social reformist invoking class struggles. In his writings he had elaborated that through his travels in Latin America he had come in close contact with poverty, hunger and disease. He cites these examples which made him exit medicine to help these people in the political arena of armed struggle. In 1960, The Time Magazine, named him one of the 100 most influential people of the 20 century. A photograph of him taken by Alberto Korda on March 5 1960 , titled , Guerrillero Heroico was declared the, “most famous photograph in the world”. By 1965, Che Guevara was regarded as the second in power to Fidel Castro and The Time Magazine dubbed him as “Castro’s brain”. Mid 1965 he left Cuba to incite revolutions in Congo and later in Bolivia. He had confidence in Bolivia as the Bolivian army was poorly trained and ill-equipped. But he was unaware that the US had sent a team of the CIA’s Special Activities Division Commandos and Army Special Forces to Bolivia to hunt him. On October 7th 1967 when his encampment was surrounded he knew there was no escape as the expected reinforcements had not arrived. Che Guevara’s crime was that he was fighting against a dictator installed by the US . (Full report in LankaWeb).

Tamil protest clashes briefly with police - Tamil protesters briefly clashed with police during a demonstration on University Avenue Friday evening, after a barricade between them and a chain of officers collapsed under pressure. The evening-long Tamil demonstration erupted when protesters broke down a police barrier in an effort to take over University Ave., near Toronto’s U.S. Consulate. A chain of armed police officers were able to keep the crowd from spilling onto the roadway and replaced the barrier. Friday’s demonstration was targeted toward the Consulate, as Toronto’s Tamil community appealed to U.S. President Barack Obama to intervene in the civil war in Sri Lanka, and brought attention to the atrocities subjected upon the country’s Tamil minority. An estimated 2,000 protesters later staged a “rolling protest,” blocking many of the city’s busiest downtown streets by marching under the watch of tactical officers. The crowd marched north on University Ave., before turning east on Dundas St. and proceeding to Yonge St., where they staged a sit-in. The majority of the crowd then returned to the U.S. Consulate by marching west along Queen St. (Full report in National Post).

Worshippers blame Toronto temple arson on Tamil Tiger supporters - The civil war in Sri Lanka is being linked to a fire — that investigators are calling arson — early Saturday in Toronto. It happened at the Maha Vihara Buddhist Meditation Centre in the city's east end frequented by worshippers of Sinhalese descent, who pointed the finger at local supporters of the Tamil Tigers. "The door is damaged and the floor is damaged and the curio cabinet is damaged ... and then the spirit is damaged, that's the most important thing," temple vice-president Bandara Senaviratna told CBC News. The smell of smoke lingered in the air and yellow police tape surrounded the wooden temple Saturday afternoon. The remnants of the fire included the charred base of a cabinet holding religious artifacts sitting on the grass. Investigators said someone broke into the temple around 4:30 Saturday morning, spread an accelerant on the floor and the outside walls and lit the fire. Crews extinguished it before it could spread to an adjacent building where three resident monks were sleeping (Full report in CBA in Canada).

TORTURE CHAMBER SUPERVISED BY PRABHAKARAN FOUND - MULLAITTIVU: ONE MORE heavily-fortified LTTE torture-chamber cum prison complex, run inside a three-room house behind the MULLAIVAIKKAL (VELLAMULLAVAIKKAL) sub-post office, was among the latest finds made by heroic 58 Division troops on Saturday (16) as they moved further in. Barbarism of ruthless Tiger terrorism, that has meted out inhuman punishments to all those who opposed to Tigers or defied LTTE directives was once again proved with the tracing of this “concentration” camp or the torture chamber where Tiger leadership has reportedly detained all those who blamed him or criticized Tiger hierarchy. The house with a wide sitting room, plus three spacious rooms has been protected closely by bunkers on the orders of the LTTE supremo, PRABHAKARAN, according to information given to the troops by escapees. All anti-LTTE men and women had been kept imprisoned and tightly tethered to heavy metal chains, generally used for elephants. (see photos) Those metal prison cages of about 10-12 ft in height have been designed for padlocking, and another portion of the chamber appeared to have been used for beating and torturing. Unconfirmed reports had told the troops that PRABHAKARAN himself has watched his enemies under punishment. Walls around that portion have been splashed with blood stains and pieces of hair of those who would have been subjected to LTTE torture. Above one of those metal cells was a spread barbed-wire that ran until up to the roof of the house (Full report in Sri Lanka Army).

VAIKO AND MOST LTTE SUPPORTERS IN TAMIL NADU ARE BADLY DEFEATED WHILE JAYALAITHA RECEIVES STUNNING BLOW BY WINNING ONLY 9 SEATS - By Walter JayawardhanaThe Indian side kick of Velupillai Prabhakaran and the leader of the Marumalarachi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam V. Gopalaswamy alias Vaiko has been badly defeated by more than 50,000 votes in his Tamil Nadu constituency, the latest Lok Sabha polls results show.  Better known as Vaiko, the maverick politician, who is a non-Tamil , has taken extremist Tamil positions in his demagoguery and has made the division of Sri Lanka one of the main principles of his party. Vaiko was defeated by Manik Tagore, a Congress party candidate in the Virudhunagar constituency. His party also showed poor result by winning a solitary seat in the whole election. Vaiko and all pro-LTTE elements in the Tamil Nadu politics were trounced by the voters as if by karma in a dramatic coincidence with the probable demise of Velupillai Prabhakaran and military defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The Sri Lanka Army announced after thirty years the complete coast of the island nation has been liberated from the terrorist group (Read full report).

UN should defend its Member Nations, not accuse Member Nations for defending itself against its enemies - By Charles.S.Perera - UN stands for United Nations. UNHRC stands for United Nations Human Rights Commission. The Human Rights Commission of the United Nations should not be there to accuse a Nation for violation of human rights, but to defend the Nations against violations of Human Rights by groups that had infiltrated into its territory. That is to say if human rights of a group or an individual has been violated, the Nation or the Country involved should not be accused for such violations, but reasons for such violations should be investigated and remove the causes that resulted in human rights violations. But condemning the country for such violation should not be the role of the UN. Because the UN stands for all Nations, and the UN is made up of different Nations. Each Nation is independent and has a right not to be interfered into its internal affairs. In Sri Lanka for instance a group of terrorist had created quite a mayhem marring its peaceful existence. Murdering its civilians, assassinating its officers of the security forces, Ministers, Presidents, and intellectual. The government despite all those wilful murders and assassinations made many efforts to come to a negotiated peace settlement with the terrorists, and failing in all such efforts resorted to a military operation to end terrorism. Sri Lanka was neither helped by any other Member States of the UN in its military operations against the terrorist, nor did any of the Member states of the UN intervened to interact with the terrorists to dissuade them from continuing their terrorist activities (Full report in LankaWeb).

Love notes from Serendib : War crimes: the professionals, minnows and the innocent - By Malinda Seneviratne - It is said that the Tories in Britain are really luxurious country gentlemen and that those in the ruling Labour party are petty chiselers willing to put anything on the public tab. Well, David Miliband, Britain’s Foreign Minister certainly fits the bill. He wanted the public to pay his a pram worth 199 pounds and ‘baby essentials’ worth 80. He even submitted claims for garden maintenance outside of the rules pertaining to such things. A chiseler, if ever there was one. He has been described as being "more immature than he looks" as being "rude, stupid and politically and diplomatically naïve, desperate to prove he is a big player" and as "an embarrassment strutting the world stage". Being a Sri Lankan and as such being at the receiving end of Miliband’s ways, I can concur with these sentiments. The man is ill-informed, intellectually slow and arrogant to the core. In all fairness, I think we should understand that the man has no choice. He is after all a politician and as such his political future is dependent on the sentiments of his electorate. This is why he is ready willing to scream ‘genocide’ when Tamilnet, the website of the banned terrorist outfit, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam claims that the Sri Lankan army had fired shells into areas where the LTTE leaders are/were holed up. No cross-checking. No substantiation of claim. He is contracted as per political realities on the ground (in the UK and not in the North Eastern corner of Sri Lanka) to repeat and amplify the tamilnet claim (Full report in Asian Tribune).

Dignity cannot be compromised - By Malinda Seneviratne -  Nations are not aggregates of people; they are not coterminous with populations sharing a geographical space. Nations are made of people. They are made of histories. They can reference heritage(s), language, customs, rituals, ways of being, and particularities of landscape. They are made of solidarities, of commonalities and other things gelled together by a necessarily undefined thing called ‘dignity’. Where this sense of collective being, of self-affirmation and celebration is absent, nations become dependencies sans spirit, sans will to innovate, sans resolve to overcome adversity. They decline. Nations that are endowed with dignity can of course be subjugated, colonized, plundered and enslaved, but they will still retain the seeds of recovery, renewal and ultimate liberation from bondage whichever form it may take, physical, cultural or ideological (Full report in Sri Lanka Guardian).

Saturday, 16 May 2009

Tamil Tigers defeated militarily: Sri Lanka president - The president of Sri Lanka declared on Saturday that the island's separatist Tamil Tiger rebels have been "defeated militarily," his office said. "I am proud to announce... that my government with the total commitment of our armed forces, has in an unprecedented humanitarian operation, finally defeated the LTTE militarily," he said in a speech to a G11 summit in Jordan, the text of which was released by his office. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have been fighting for an independent homeland on the ethnic Sinhalese-majority island since the 1970's (Times of India).

Last call from Prabakaran to KP - A source linked to an Italian intelligence firm said that LTTE leader Vslupillai Prabakaran has talked to his right arm associate Kumaran Pathmanathan alias KP, the LTTE’s international arms dealer, over a satellite phone. The phone call was made around 2 AM on May 07 from Sri Lanka to Malaysia, says the intelligence bureau that is monitoring the communication of the international terrorist organizations. The LTTE leader asked KP to assume the leadership of the LTTE and lead the struggle following any circumstance within the coming few days. He has urged KP to work with the people mentioned in an email he has sent. Prabakaran has asked to carry on the struggle since the conditions are good for the Ealam struggle internationally, the Intelligence bureau. The voice of the LTTE leader was feeble because he might have been ill or angry, said the bureau adding that the voice matching software has proved that the voice was Prabakaran’s. Political observers say that Prabakaran’s phone call can be a crucial one since the LTTE leaders were sending their wives and families to Army-held areas since the following May 15 (Full report in Lanka e-News).

When I return my country is free from LTTE terrorism- President at G-11 - Saturday, 16 May 2009 Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa addressing the G-11 Summit in Dead Sea,Jordon today proudly announced that he would be returning to a country that has been totally freed from the barbaric acts of LTTE terrorism and added that such freedom came to his country after 30 long years."The defeat of the LTTE on the ground heralds a new era in Sri Lanka", the President jubilantly added. The Sri Lankan President told the distinguished audience - "My government's precise and well coordinated humanitarian operation has so far succeeded in rescuing over 210,000 civilians who were being used as human shields by the LTTE". He pointed out that many in the world believed that the LTTE was invincible,but, he(the President) and his government with the total commitment of the Sri Lankan Armed Forces,had in an unprecedented humanitarian operation, finally defeated the LTTE militarily. Following is the full text of the President's address: (Sri Lanka Govt Website).

An explosion occurred in an LTTE high security bunker in Safety Zone

LTTE prepares for mass suicide

LTTE sealed off from the sea as 58 Div links up with the 59 Div (Special Rupavahini Correspondent) Wanni Operation 16 th May 2009

LTTE prepares for mass suicide; key terror leaders trapped - LTTE terrorists are preparing for a mass suicide after being effectively cut-off of escape routes, both land and sea and now encircled in a mere 3.5sq.km of land West of Vellamullivaikkal, Wanni military sources said citing intercepted LTTE communication. According to defence observers, the LTTE senior ranks are expecting to prolong its imminent defeat resorting to such futile terror tactics using civilian hostages, new recruits and black tigers as weapons of mass destruction (WMDs). "The terrorists have no way to go and the only way out is to surrender with the security forces or to be crushed in the military advance" a military official said. Terrorists are blowing off large explosive and ammunition dumps also using stocks of white phosphorous with improvised barrel bombs to create large destruction within the hostage makeshift camps. Meanwhile, an LTTE attempt to ram an explosive laden bus into the 58 Division forward defences failed with the bus exploding prematurely. No damages were caused to troops military said adding that at least 10 terrorists were killed due to the explosion. During initial interrogations conducted, Soosai's wife had told with the Navy that Soosai along with LTTE leader Prabhakaran, Pottu Amman and some other key terrorists as still holed up in the small area at Vellamullivaikal (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Top LTTE leaders may commit 'mass suicide': Sri Lanka -  With the Sri Lankan forces cutting off all their escape routes, the top Tamil Tigers leadership, including its supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran, may be preparing to commit "mass suicide", the defence ministry said today. The Tigers are "preparing for a mass suicide after forces cut off their sea as well as land escape routes and cornered them in a mere 3.5 sq km area", a military statement said. The reports of the LTTE leadership resorting to self destruction came as a government spokesman said that army was on the brink of capturing all the rebel-held areas. "Within hours, we expect the news of end of fighting," state television reporters, who have been allowed to move with the frontline troops, reported. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is on a trip to Jordon, is cutting short his visit and returning here where he may make a televised announcement late tonight. The fast paced development came as Sri Lankan forces today captured last strip of coastline held by the rebels virtually cutting off any sea escape routes. Two army divisions advancing on parallel fronts on the island's northeastern coastline linked up at the village of Vellamullivaikkal early today cutting off any sea escape route of the Tigers, military spokesman Brig Udaya Nanayakkara said (PTI).

An explosion occurred in an LTTE high security bunker in Safety Zone - Security sources say that an explosion has occurred in a high security bunker in which a number of senior LTTE leaders believed to have hidden. The bunker is totally destroyed due to this explosion. Security forces suspect that all top leaders of the LTTE in the bunker have been killed (SLBC).

LTTE is ready for mass suicide attempt - LTTE terrorists are preparing for a mass suicide after being effectively cut-off of escape routes, both land and sea and now encircled in a mere 3.5sq.km of land West of Vellamullivaikkal. Citing intercepted LTTE communication, Wanni military sources said the LTTE senior ranks are expecting to prolong its imminent defeat resorting to such futile terror tactics using civilian hostages, new recruits and black tigers as weapons of mass destruction. A military official said the terrorists have no way to go and the only way out is to surrender with the security forces or to be crushed in the military advance. Terrorists are blowing off large explosive and ammunition dumps also using stocks of white phosphorous with improvised barrel bombs to create large destruction within the hostage makeshift camps. Meanwhile, an LTTE attempt to ram an explosive laden bus into the 58 Division forward defences failed with the bus exploding prematurely. No damages were caused to troops military said adding that at least 10 terrorists were killed due to the explosion. During initial interrogations conducted, Soosai's wife had told with the Navy that Soosai along with LTTE leader Prabhakaran, Pottu Amman and some other key terrorists as still holed up in the small area at Vellamullivaikal (SLBC).

Signs of giving up and final hours !!!

Sea Tiger chief Soosai's family found among fleeing IDPs

PRABHAKARAN AND CLOSE COMRADES WERE CONSIDERING MASS SUICIDE DURING THE AFTERNOON OF SATURDAY MAY 16, DEFENCE MINISTRY SAYS - By Walter Jayawardhana - At the time Soosai’s family was interrogated Velupillai Prabhakaran ,Pottu Amman and Soosai himself were still holed up in the same area, and considering mass suicide , the Ministry of Defence said. The statement dated May 16 2009 2.39 p.m. Sri Lanka time said, “During initial interrogations conducted, Soosai's wife had told the Navy that Soosai along with LTTE leader Prabhakaran, Pottu Amman and some other key terrorists as still holed up in the small area at Vellamullivaikal.” When Soosai’s immediate family were among 11 civilians fleeing in a boat the military made it an opportunity to interrogate Soosai’s wife about the whereabouts of the LTTE leadership. Based on intercepted LTTE military radio communication the Ministry of Defence said , “LTTE terrorists are preparing for a mass suicide after being effectively cut-off of escape routes, both land and sea and now encircled in a mere 3.5sq.km of land West of Vellamullivaikkal, Wanni military sources said citing intercepted LTTE communication. “Based on reports coming from the battlefield, the Ministry of Defence further stated, “According to defence observers, the LTTE senior ranks are expecting to prolong its imminent defeat resorting to such futile terror tactics using civilian hostages, new recruits and black tigers as weapons of mass destruction (WMDs). "The terrorists have no way to go and the only way out is to surrender with the security forces or to be crushed in the military advance" a military official said. Terrorists are blowing off large explosive and ammunition dumps also using stocks of white phosphorous with improvised barrel bombs to create large destruction within the hostage makeshift camps. “Meanwhile, an LTTE attempt to ram an explosive laden bus into the 58 Division forward defences failed with the bus exploding prematurely. No damages were caused to troops military said adding that at least 10 terrorists were killed due to the explosion.” (EOM).

Sornam, Shashi Master killed, Prabhakaran still trapped - Senior LTTE leaders Sornam and Shashi Master are believed killed in fierce fighting today (May 16), reports the state media. V. Prabhakaran, Pottu Amman and some other Tiger toprungers are still trapped within the uncleared area, it further adds (Ada Derana).

Tiger supporters set fire to Toronto Mahavihara - Toronto Mahavihara inScarborough has been set on fire by suspected Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) supporters a short while ago, say reports (Ada Derana).

President says to world leaders that terrorism in Sri Lanka had been crushed - President Mahinda Rajapaksa addressing the G11 Summit in Dead Sea, Jordan a shortwhile ago said," he will return to Sri Lanka as a leader of a nation that vanquished terrorism". The President told the distinguished audience of leaders from many nations that terrorism had been crushed in Sri Lanka and he would return to his motherland as a leader of a nation that crushed terrorism (SLBC).

Humanitarian operations continue to free Tamil civilians from the "Human Shield of Prabhakaran" and to end the war, despite repeated objections from arms manufacturing Western countries who needs battle fields anywhere in the world to sell their weapons.

 

Prabhakaran plans to massacre a very large number of Tamil civilians and then blame the Sri Lanka Government before he ......

Prabhakaran will do any dirty thing for survival, See what he did to those Tamil civilians trying to escape from his "Human Shield (Click here).

 
All civilians will be rescued from LTTE in next 48 hours - President Mahinda Rajapaksa (English) No UNHRC Special Session on Sri Lanka (English) Navy Commander Vice Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda Inspects the Navy's Defence Lines Wanni Operation 15 th May 2009 (sinhala) - Several more explosions in LTTE controlled area; 

Everyone should see video given below; 

Please show this video to your MP, Newspaper Editors etc. (Awaiting English version)

"Sole Representative of Tamils" Continues to Fire at Fleeing Civilians

Tamil Diaspora who is financing the LTTE should be held responsible for the suffering of Tamil civilians

 
"Soosai" Family Family of the Sea Tiger Leader "Soosai" Nabbed While Fleeing Rs 600,000 cash and 2 kg of gold stolen from the innocent Tamil civilians with Soosai's wife, Sathyadevi.  Latest Situation of the Wanni Operation 15 th May 2009, Saman Kumara's Report Latest Situation of the Wanni Operation (Tamil) All civilians will be rescued from LTTE in next 48 hours - President Mahinda Rajapaksa

The end of the War, the beginning of Peace - By. Sunil J. Wimalawansa -  Sri Lanka is one of Asia’s oldest democracies. Over the past 2,000 years, there had been multiple invasions into Sri Lanka from neighboring India. As with the current reign of Tamil Tigers (LTTE) terror, these prior invasions were all successfully overcome by brave Sri Lankans. The LTTE was one of the world's most violent and disruptive terrorist outfits. With careful, meticulous planning and innovative counter-insurgency tactics, the Sri Lankan armed forces systematically destroyed the LTTE infrastructure and terrorism. The thirty-year spell of carnage created by the LTTE is finally over (Full report in Sri Lanka Guardian).

LTTE allies face defeat in Tamil Nadu - Pro-LTTE AIADMK leader J. Jayalalitha and her allies in the MDMK and PMK faced defeat at the Lok Sabha elections in Tamil Nadu, despite a series of aggressive political stunts displayed on the Sri Lankan issue. With the release of the finalized election results today (May 16), the DMK finished victorious claiming a majority of 39 seats at Tamil Nadu. "The People of Tamil Nadu have given a clear mandate and this shows that the Sri Lankan issue has failed to sway voters in the state", the DMK leader Dayanidhi Maran was quoted as saying. Earlier, Jayalalitha threatened to carve out a utopian 'eelam' state in Sri Lanka if her coalition won most seats in Tamil Nadu (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Tamil Tiger Battle 'Over In Two Hours' - The director general of the media centre for national security in Sri Lanka - Lakhsman Hulugalle - has just gone on air to say he expects the battle will be over in 'the next two hours' (Sky News).

Prabha to commit suicide - Prabhakaran and a few of his cohorts are now completely surrounded and are expected to commit suicide within the next 24hrs, thus ending a 30 year-old bloody conflict once and for all. There is no heavy fighting at this moment as regular troops engage in clearing operations removing civilians from the area. The LTTE has given up the fight! President Mahinda Rajapakse is expected to make a speech on Sunday afternoon or Monday morning to declare the victory. He is expected to land tomorrow morning. Middle-level LTTE leaders are surrendering in large numbers. High profile leaders like Poddu, Soosei, Bhanu, Rathnam etc are still alive with their leader and have surrounded themselves with several hundred civilians. They are expected to blow themselves up. The Army expects the civilians to escape before this suicide. Among those who surrendered today was the wife of LTTE Political Wing Leader Thamil Selvan. She was caught with her new lover while escaping from the LTTE. The Army has now withdrawn the cream of its fighting units. Yesterday's operation to rescue civilians was conducted primarily by fresh Special Forces recruits from 4 SF who drew a cable and inflated tyre tubes to save trapped civilians crossing the lagoon/sea (Full report in Sri Lanka Guardian)..

President vows war over by morning - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers are "slowly giving up" their fight against advancing government troops, the island's military said yesterday, as the country's President vowed to end the three decades war by tomorrow morning. The military said the rebels were squeezed on to a strip of territory with an army division advancing on them from the north and another from the south. The divisions were fewer than two kilometres apart. "They are slowly giving up. They are blowing up whatever arms and ammunition they have," Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said of the remnants of the once-powerful separatist Tamil Tiger army. A military spokesman said about 10,000 civilians had managed to flee to government areas yesterday, and that there was now "hardly anybody left" in the rebel zone on the northeast coast. The navy said it had also captured the family of a top rebel commander -- Sea Tiger chief Colonel Soosai -- as they tried to escape by boat. But there was no sign of rebel chief Velupillai Prabhakaran. President Mahinda Rajapaksa vowed that "all territory will be freed from Tiger control" by tomorrow morning (Full report in National Post).

End of the road for LTTE, many cadres throw weapons into lagoon - A large number of Tiger cadres including more than 50 child soldiers were among the civilians who crossed over to government controlled areas this morning, says our correspondent near Karayamullivaikkal in Mullaitivu. Some were observed throwing their weapons into the lagoon and joining the civilians, our correspondent says. Those who had already entered military controlled areas tender their Postal Identity Cards and say that their hair had been cropped by the LTTE to make identification easier. Most say that they are disgruntled with the Tiger organization as they had been treated very badly (Full report in Ada Derana).

Nearly 200,000 civilians rescued so far - The security forces have so far rescued nearly 200,000 civilians held hostage by the LTTE. Around 9,500 civilians were liberated from the terrorists yesterday alone. The Media Centre for National Security says soldiers of the 53rd, 58th and 59th divisions rescued these civilians who were trapped in the new safety zone. The troops are continuing with their rescue operations. The Media Centre says the security forces are doing best to provide maximum facilities to these civilians (SLBC).

Soosai, Pottu and Swarnam in NFZ but no sign of Prabhakaran - Brig. Shavendra Silva - News of the kind the whole Sri Lankan nation has been expecting for sometime is most likely to break out within the next 48 hours from the No Fire Zone, if not much earlier and with that probably most of the ground operations are likely to come to an end. said Brigade Commander of the 58 Division Brigadier Shavendra Silva in an interview with the Sri Lanka Guardian. One of the heroes of the war against terrorism and also in the rescue of 250,000 civilians held as human shield by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam also said that three key leaders of this ruthless terror outfit have been engaged in attacking the security forces. They are Pottu Amman, Swarnam and Soosai. They are still entrenched in the No Fire Zone. “We have heard their voices through their communication system but we are in no position now to confirm whether Prabhakaran is inside with them or somewhere else,” added Brigadier Shavendra Silva. In answer to our query, the brigadier said the Tigers are still in possession of two or three heavy weapons but have lost almost all their main weapons and even the manpower has gone down very badly. While many of the cadres perished on the frontlines, a number of them have also fled from the LTTE and surrendered to the Armed Forces (Sri Lanka Guardian).

Troops are determined to liberate every single civilian held by the LTTE - Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara says the ongoing fight against the LTTE by the Sri Lankan security forces will go down to the chronology of wars in the world. The LTTE who controlled more than 20 percent of land in the country for more than 3 decades have now been confined to a small area and are now on the verge of total elimination. Participating in the Subharathi programme of the SLBC this morning, the Brigadier said the military power of the LTTE has come to an end. He also said the government’s intention is to liberate every single civilian trapped in the small area held by LTTE (SLBC).

Pro-LTTE operatives attack Netherlands Sri Lankan Embassy for the second time - Pro-LTTE operatives have attacked the Sri Lankan Embassy in Hague in Netherlands for the second time. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says it is a pity that the Embassy came under attack for the second time despite its request to strengthen the security in the premises after the first attack on last Wednesday. The Ministry also condemned the attack saying that international terror network of the LTTE is still intact even if the European Union has banned the LTTE as a terrorist outfit. The Foreign Ministry pointed out that against this backdrop, foreign countries should pay extra attention regarding security of Sri Lankan missions in their soils (SLBC).

P’kran and Pottu trapped, Soosai’s wife reveals - Soosai’s family captured with gold and cash - The Navy yesterday arrested the family of sea tiger leader Soosai and several other LTTE leaders of the Tiger intelligence wing, while they were trying flee the country in a boat. Navy Spokesman D. K. P. Dassanayake told The Island that on interrogation Soosai’s wife had told the Navy that Soosai along with LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran and some other key LTTE cadres were still holed up in the small area in the No Fire Zone. "Our officers recovered Rs. 575,000 cash and two and half kilos of gold jewellery in the possession of Soosai’s wife," Dassanayake said. Those arrested had been moved to the Trincomalee Naval Base and were being interrogated, he said. She had also admitted to the Navy interrogators that she was a woman sea tiger leader. In the boat in which Soosai’s family fled there had been 11 persons. Five of them were members of the sea tiger leader’s family. The suspects identified were Soosai’s wife Sathyadevi, 17-year-old daughter Madhi and 16-year-old son Suresh. Among others was his sister-in-law (Full report in Lanka Times).

Media Release of SLUNA - Media Conference on May 14, 2009 at the Radisson Admiral Hotel, Toronto - We are deeply concerned about the current developments both in Canada our adopted homeland, and Sri Lanka which is our motherland, and have decided to call this news conference on the theme ‘ Save Canada From Terrorism – Stop Meddling In Sri Lanka’ to deal with both areas which are receiving a high degree of public attention. We wish to particularly confine ourselves with the ugly head of Tamil Tiger terrorism which is openly confronting the cardinal rule of respect for the laws of this land by manipulating the pro-Tamil Tiger diaspora to overstep the limits prescribed by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, by blatantly trampling on the rights of their fellow citizens in their attempt to gain total attention for their political goals in another sovereign country which has friendly ties to Canada. We are appalled by the violent and unlawful means adopted by this diaspora which supports a banned terrorist group, in demanding that their agenda be adopted by the legislators of this country forthwith, notwithstanding Canada’s own issues and agenda concerning the weakened economic future of a very large segment of her population.   As Canadians of Sri Lankan origin belonging to all of Sri Lanka’s diverse communities, we find ourselves becoming the target of a hate campaign orchestrated by the pro-Tamil Tiger diaspora, which unfortunately has trickled down even to children of school going age, as they are being constantly fed by pro-Tiger propaganda through a large mix of media controlled by the Tamil Tiger terrorists. Even their cultural events are full of hero worship of Tiger cadres who have blown themselves up or committed brutal acts of violence for their cause of a mono-ethnic separate state called “Eelam” to be carved out of Sri Lanka, who are regarded as martyrs (Read full Media Release).

Lankan mission in The Hague attacked again - LTTE supporters attacked the Sri Lanka embassy at The Haguein the Netherlandsfor the second time in one week. A petrol bomb was hurled at the embassy building (Ada Derana).

Sri Lanka's coast free of terror; Army 58 Div links up with the 59 Div - Sri Lankan soldiers of Army 58 Division have linked up with the 59 Division soldiers freeing the last remaining coastal stretch under LTTE clutches. The link up marks the total liberation of the Island's coastline from three decades of terror. According to the battlefield reports, infantrymen of Army 58 Division completed their three-day southbound march along the coast this morning (May 16) when they linked up with their comrades of 59 Division on the Mullaittivu frontage (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

ESCAPEES FLEE FROM “LIBERATORS” & FLOAT ON TYRE TUBES - AN ESTIMATED crowd of 3719 civilians, suffering under the jackboot of the terrorist leader, PRABHAKARAN in the rapidly shrinking New Safety Zone, stood up firmly and made use of the newly opened up ‘escape route’ via NANTHI KADAL lagoon in the past 24 hours, braving LTTE’s indiscriminate fire in VADDUVAKKAL area as those civilians commenced fleeing. Those trapped civilians got hold of anything available at hand to float on water, including inflated tyre-tubes, rafts, ropes, small boats, locally-made ‘Theppam’, etc, and managed to cross the lagoon en masse, despite rains of LTTE bullets, meant to frighten, injure and prevent the escapees from deserting Tigers. Though some of these photos in this story could be somewhat disturbing, and a disgrace to humanity, www.army.lk wanted to tell the world how the LTTE, contrary to what was being transmitted by them distorting the truth, were treating their own people while forcibly holding them as ‘human shields’ in the New Safe Zone (Full report in Sri Lanka Army).

Sri Lankan 'refugees' in Aceh claim to be LTTE - The 55 Sri Lankans stranded in Aceh waters on Thursday (May 14) have claimed to be members of the internationally proscribed terrorist outfit LTTE, fleeing in fear of post-war trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity to seek political asylum in Australia. According to Jakarta Globe, a local of the Alue Bilie village in Darul Makmur subdistrict, Nagan Raya district, on Friday(15), have confirmed that some of the 'refugees', have confessed that they were LTTE combatants. Indonesians security officials are conducting further investigations (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Troops capture last section of coastal line in Mullaittivu - The security forces have confined the LTTE to a small land area in the Mullaittivu. A senior military officer speaking to the SLBC said the troops have set a new defence line surrounding this area. The 58th and 59th divisions of the Army linked up this morning and sealed off the LTTE from accessing the sea. The link up marks the total liberation of the Island's coastline from three decades of terror. Soldiers of the 11th Infantry commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Kithsiri Ekanayake and 11th Gemunu Watch recorded this victorious achievement. Search operations in the area continue (SLBC).

Sri Lanka captures last stretch of rebel-held coast - The Sri Lankan security forces Saturday took the final strip of coast held by Tamil Tigers during the final phase of their offensive to defeat the guerrillas, a military official said. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have now been driven back to an area of less than one sq km in the northeast, a military spokesman said, and for the first time in the conflict the rebels have no access to the sea. The military claimed that senior LTTE leaders, including its chief Velupillai Prabhakaran, remained in the rebel-held area. Security forces advancing from different directions along the coast linked up at Kariyalamullaivaikkal village, 395 km northeast of Colombo, the officials said.  Meanwhile, civilians trapped in the war zone continued to flee by wading across a lagoon to enter government-controlled territory. On Friday, more than 10,000 civilians fled the area, and the government said it believes a similar number of people remained in there. The LTTE has been fighting for an independent homeland for Sri Lanka's minority Tamils for the past quarter century. Over 70,000 people have been killed in the conflict so far (Full report in NewsTrack India).

Army 58 Div links up with the 59 Div; Sri Lanka's coastline liberated - Sri Lankan soldiers of Army 58 Division have linked up with the 59 Division soldiers freeing the last remaining coastal stretch under LTTE clutches. The link up marks the total liberation of the coastline of the Island nation (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

The final few hours to wipe out tiger terrorism and to unite the country are ticking away - The few crucial hours to unite the country after wiping out tiger terrorism in the safety zone and liberating the hostasges are now ticking away. Our correspondent says thousands of civilians trapped in terrorist custody even by now are arriving in the liberated areas. Army media spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara says tiger leader Prabhakaran as well as others such as Soosai and Pottu Amman are still hiding in the unliberated areas. The wife of Soosai who was arrested yesterday has also confirmed this fact . Brigadier Nanayakkara says today will be crucial day for tiger terrorists. The navy says sum of 600,000 rupees and a stock of gold jewellery had been in Soosai’s family possession at the time of the arrest. Naval troops serving Mullaittivu seas today evening captured Sea Tiger leader, Soosai’s wife, son, daughter, sister-in-law and her son and seven more Soosai’s relatives aboard a boat while they were trying to escape. Navy media spokesman Commander D.K.P. Dasanayake says a strong security net has been deployed by the navy in the Mullaitivu sea belt preventing any tiger terrorist leader leaving the country. Sri Lankan soldiers now engaged in the final phase of their humanitarian operation in the Island's northeast, have liberated the inhabitants of the Kariyalamullai Tsunami relief village. According to the defence sources, these inhabitants have sought refuge with the 58 Division soldiers (Full report in SLBC).

Tamil IDP's are very grateful to Sri Lanka Army for helping them to escape - British MP - By Walter Jayawardhana - Speaking among extremely agitated pro-Tamil Tiger members in the House of Commons, Liberal Democratic MP Malcom Bruce, who visited Sri Lanka IDP camps last week said the Internally Displaced people in the camps are very grateful to the Sri Lanka Army for giving them the opportunity escape. Malcom Bruce MP said, "I can and should report what people said. They were grateful to the Sri Lankan army for giving them the opportunity to escape and were glad to be out of the conflict zone. In response to direct questions, they said they had not left earlier because the LTTE had basically said, "If you try to leave, you will be shot." They had evidence of people who had tried and who had been shot at. That is an objective fact." The Member of Parliament further added that many of those people had escaped from the conflict zone at the point at which the Sri Lankan army had breached the bund that had been built around it. Something like 165,000 people were reputed to have walked out and been taken into the camps, the parliamentarian said repudiating some of the propaganda spread in London about the Internally Displace People (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

An Appeal to Tamil Diaspora - By Dr. Raju Selva - In my previous letters, I have told that I am ashamed to call myself a Tamil as LTTE brought more misery and humiliation to the Tamils than any good, forget about the promised homeland for Tamils in Sri Lanka. I strongly believe the Tamil Diaspora (whom I am one of them  but I disassociated myself from supporting LTTE long time ago) is as guilty as LTTE forfor this predicament for having supported LTTE for the last 25 years. Last few weeks, the world noticed the Tamil Diaspora shouting and screaming down the streets in big cities in the western block to save Prabha and his killing machine but never demanded Prabhakaran to release the innocent Tamil civilians held as human shield by LTTE. The Tamil Diaspora was least concerned of the Tamil civilians held as hostage by LTTE. The colossal amount of money collected willingly and forcibly by the Tamil Diaspora to fatten the LTTE war chest hoping for a mythical Eelam has almost vanished into thin air now. LTTE is now cornered into a less than 1sq km and their fighting hard core cadre has almost depleted to a small number of around 500 fighters. To continue the Eelam war, LTTE needs more people to fight. LTTE is not short of their supporters among the Tamil Diaspora.  Over the past few weeks, the world noticed thousands of Tamil men, women, youths,  children and even infants  gathered around the big cities like London, Torronto, Ottawa, Paris, Melbourne, Sydney, Geneva, Oslo  in thousands taking part in rallies, demonstrations  against the Sri Lankan Government’s war against the LTTE. The most salient feature among the demonstrators was that there were many second and third generation of Tamil youths both men and women probably some of them would not have ever been to Sri Lanka. They would have joined the demonstrations due to peer pressure from their parents. It is sad to see that the new generation of Tamils have been completely misled by their peers.  This is crucial time for LTTE and the dying LTTE needs some oxygen with increased fighting cadres. LTTE needs support of the Tamil Diaspora in manpower. The Tamil Diaspora who was screaming down the big cities can help LTTE in this dire moment. What the  parents of the Tamil Diaspora who were screaming down the streets should do now is to dispatch  their young sons and daughters from their cosy homes and good schools  to the jungles of Mullatihivu immediately (even underage does not matter as LTTE is immune to age barriers) to fight the Sri Lankan armed forces to save Prabhakaran. It is now or never (Read full report in SPUR).

The International Tamil Terrorists Diaspora Terrorising the Big Cities - By Malin Abeyatunge, Melbourne, Australia - The Tamil Diaspora who are activists and apologists of LTTE in USA, UK, Norway, Switzerland, EU countries and Australia have all this time limited their operations to collecting funds thro dubious fronts, procuring arms and shipping them to LTTE under dubious means and also thro some LTTE apologist embassies in the European hemisphere, smuggling of human cargo and narcotics for easy money to fund the LTTE terrorist group, insurance and credit t scams, buying and influencing western politicians and humanitarian groups (every one knows who they are). You name any illegal activity, they are in it. But over the last three months, we see another facet of the ferocious Tamil Tigers barking like rabid dogs down the streets of big cities and capitals in USA, Canada, UK and EU countries including Norway, Switzerland Austria , Australia etc causing inconvenience and disturbance to the day to day lives of the people in the big cities. The peace loving citizens of Toronto, Ottawa, London, Paris Berlin, Vienna, Sydney, Melbourne are a few cities who bore the blunt of their non-stop rallies, demonstrations and unruly mob attacks. The International Tamil Terrorist Diaspora’s (ITTD) latest weapon has been attacking the Sri Lankan embassies, Buddhist temples and Sinhala businesses in these countries and following places have been attacked and damaged over the last two months by the unruly LTTE supported Tamil Diaspora (not all peace loving Tamil Diaspora belong to this ITTD group). (Full report in SPUR).

Prabha's last night - By the time this report is being compiled, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam are preparing for its last attack. A meeting was called a few hours ago by Soosei who literally handed-over his family to the Navy (appears to the public as a capture by the Navy) calling on Black Sea Tigers to launch a series of attacks targeting the 58 and the 59 Divisions. The two Divisions are expected to link-up shortly thus sealing shut the coastal zone and completely land locking the Tigers. The 59 Division faced stiff resistance as they approached the area closest to Prabhakaran's known location. Tigers shifted much of its attack formations towards the 59, making it increasingly clear that Prabhakaran was still in this suspected location. They even launched a series of sea borne suicide attacks completely decimating, in one occasion, two bunkers killing 15 soldiers (Defence Wire)

Tamil Tigers 'giving up' fight - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers are "slowly giving up" their fight against advancing government troops, the island's military said Friday as it appeared poised to capture the last tiny strip of rebel territory. A military spokesman told AFP around 10,000 civilians had managed to flee to government areas on Friday, and that there was now "hardly anybody left" in the rebel zone on the northeast coast. "They are slowly giving up. They are blowing up whatever arms and ammunition they have," Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said of the remnants of the once-powerful separatist Tamil Tiger army. The navy said it had captured the family of a top Tamil Tiger military commander -- Sea Tiger chief Colonel Soosai -- as they tried to escape by boat. But there was no sign of rebel chief Velupillai Prabhakaran. President Mahinda Rajapakse also vowed that "all territory will be freed from Tiger control" by Sunday morning. There was no immediate word from the rebels, but the pro-Tiger Tamilnet website said the narrow beach and lagoon area from where the rebels have been mounting a last stand was engulfed in smoke (Full report in Asia Alone News).

Civilians desert LTTE: Final influx massive - A huge influx of civilians once again started to flow into the military controlled areas as Security Forces were ready laying siege on the remaining Tiger controlled areas yesterday whilst ground troops uncovered huge stocks of arms and ammunition of the LTTE from the areas they captured, military officials told the Daily News yesterday. As of yesterday evening more than 15,000 civilians have arrived in military controlled areas from Friday morning. More than 10,000 civilians arrived by evening yesterday in the 53 division area after ground troops advanced further southward of the Vellamullivaikkal area whilst more than 1000 civilians arrived in the 59 Division area crossing the Nanthikadal lagoon, military officials added. “Civilians are arriving in thousands into the 53 Division area along the A-35 road and troops temporarily suspended their military operations to facilitate their arrival by yesterday afternoon,” a senior military official added. According to sources from the battleground, LTTE cadres have been trapped in a tiny area outside south of Vellamullivaikkal and explosions were heard continuously from the area giving strong indications that they were destroying their arms and ammunition to prevent them being captured by the troops. “The Security Forces once again lay siege on the LTTE terrain surrounding the remaining Tiger leaders inside as the 58 Division and the 59 Division were poised to marry up in the Mullaitivu sea front by yesterday evening,” the official added. During their advance into the Mullaitvu front the 58 Division has recovered the biggest ever arms and ammunition stock they have ever recovered within a 24 hour period, a senior military official added (Full report in Daily News)

Armed forces sacrificed their lives for country: Gotabhaya - Defence Ministry Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa paying tribute to the war heroes said that around 21,500 members of the armed forces had sacrificed their lives protecting the territorial integrity and the unity of the country during the last three decades. He added that if the country did not go to war even at this late stage it would have resulted in grave consequences. He noted that military commanders in the battlefield had told him this. The Defence Secretary was speaking at a programme for the welfare of the families of dead war heroes held at the Army Special Forces Head Quarters at Koholanwela in Matale. The Rana Viru Seva Authority organised the programme. The Defence Secretary said around 17,000 members of the Armed Forces and Police had sacrificed their lives between 1980 and 2005. “Between 2005 and now, 3,500 more armed services personnel had to sacrifice their lives for the country. A large number of service personnel have become physically disabled, while a considerable number had received grave injuries. The war that has lasted for about 30 years caused a lot of destruction to this country but now it has reached a possible end .If our heroes did not dedicate and sacrifice their lives we would not have been able to reach an end to this.” “No one can fill the gaps created by the loss of life. But, as a grateful nation it is a responsibility of all of us to solve the problems of families of the war heroes. President Mahinda Rajapaksa is very concerned about that aspect. All the problems of the war heroes’ families have to be solved. Due to lapses in services, such families have been compelled to suffer. The services rendered by the war heroes should not be underestimated,” he added. The Defence Secretary drew attention to the large number and the types of weapons recovered from the LTTE in the battle fields. “No one could go to Wanni, Mannar or Kilinochchi earlier. Although there were so many weaknesses, our heroes never went back. Because of their courage, the fulfillment of the long awaited hopes of Sri Lankans will not take long. Our heroes defeated the efforts to split our country,” he noted. In conclusion, the Defence Secretary said that there is a project already underway to help the families of the war heroes. Problems related to salaries, allowances, housing, education of children, and other welfare activities are some of those. The Chairman of the Rana Viru Seva Authority Major General Palitha Fernando, Senior Assistant Secretary of the Ministry of Defence Indu Ratnayake, Matale District Secretary Gamini Seneviratne also addressed the gathering (Daily Mirror).

Navy captures Sea Tiger Leader Soosai’s Family Members while attempting to flee disguised as Refugees in Mullaithivu Seas - Vigilant Naval troops on close coastal patrol captured a Fibre Glass Dinghy with Sea Tiger Leader Soosai’ s family members who were desperately attempting to escape disguised as refugees today (15th of May 2009) around 0300 hrs in the seas of Mullaithivu. The FGD had eleven (11) persons on board with Soosai’s Wife Sathyadevi, Daughter Sivanesan Mani Arasu, Son Sivanesan Sindhu, Sister-in- Law C Thavarasa (58), Elder Brother’s Son Silanbarasa and a top Sea Tiger Leader Rooban’s Wife N Sivanesan (25). A large sum of cash amounting to Rs. 575,000/= and a hoard of jewellery weighing approximately 2 and ½ Kilograms which were being smuggled were also found in their possession. This shows how luxurious life they had been living amassing money while subjecting tens of thousands of innocent Tamil civilians to untold hardships violating all norms of civilized life.The alert Naval troops deployed in the first defence barrier of the Naval Cordon which has been imposed in the North-eastern seas had made the swift move capturing the prized catch. The incident is a clear indication of LTTE Sea Tigers’ total disarray of defences due to the unrelenting heavy onslaught being carried out by the SLN against the terror outfit. They have now shrunk to a point of no-return due to the SLN’s tactical maneuvers , even being unable to provide protection to their ever-diminishing top leadership (Sri Lanka Navy).

Tiger terror’s end imminent - President Mahinda Rajapaksa said on Thursday that Sri Lankan Security Forces will be able to wipe out LTTE terrorists now restricted to a small stretch of land in Mullaitivu and rescue the balance civilians held under their clutches within the next 48 hours. He said this when he addressed the Sri Lankan expatriate worker community attached to the Casual Wear Garment Factory in Jordan’s industrial zone during his visit to Jordan. The President who appreciated the contribution made by Sri Lankan expatriate workers in the Middle-East including Jordan to the country’s coffers recalled that he had occasion to solve many of their problems and cater to their welfare when he held the Labour Portfolio from 1994 to 2000. At a time when the efforts of the world economic crisis were being felt by most countries the Sri Lankan economy had been able to hold its own to a certain extent partly due to the remittances made by expatriate workers abroad. Explaining the current situation in the country to the Sri Lankan workers which the President said they would be eager to know, Rajapaksa said the LTTE did not allow him even to enjoy the victory of the 2005 Presidential election as they killed several unarmed soldiers. In spite of such provocations the Government tried its best to solve the national problem peacefully through negotiations. Discussions were held in Geneva and Oslo but the LTTE disrupted them by leaving the negotiation table. The President said thereafter the LTTE tried to disrupt the livelihood and economy of the Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim farmer families in the East by closing the Mavil Aru anicut (Full report in Daily News).

Navy captures Soosai’s fleeing family - The Navy captured Sea Tiger leader Soosai’s family members while they were attempting to escape by sea in Mullaitivu area during the wee hours of yesterday. Soosai is with LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran, Soosai’s wife has said. Navy spokesman Captain D.K.P. Dassanayake said the Sea Tiger leader’s wife, son, daughter and his brother’s wife, daughter and other family members were attempting to escape from Vellaimullivaikkal. The Fibre Glass Dinghy had 11 persons including Soosai’s wife Sathyadevi, daughter Sivanesan Mani Arasu, son Sivanesan Sindhu, sister-in-law C. Thavarasa (58), elder brother’s son Silanbarasa and top Sea Tiger Leader Rooban’s wife N. Sivanesan (25). They were captured around 2.00 a.m. by naval troops monitoring the LTTE movements in the seas off Mullaitivu. Eleven family members of Soosai were fleeing boarded on a small boat posing as IDPs. The naval troops identified Soosai’s family members and captured the boat. “An LTTE Intelligence leader’s family members were among the captured”, he added. The captured Soosai’s family members boat was towed to Pulmodai Naval point. An inquiry was started upon their capture (Full report in Daily News).

Police recover four suicide jackets in Wellawatte - Suspect leaps to death; Three more suicide bombers arrested: A 32-year-old LTTE suspect committed suicide by jumping out of a seven storied building at 37th Lane, Wellawatte during a raid conducted in Wellawatte on Thursday night at 9.35 p.m. The suspect, Sathish Kumar had been living in Sunflower Court Wellawatte. Police recovered four suicide jackets and a claymore bomb from the flat. According to Wella-watte Police three suspects who were arrested have been identified as suicide bombers. They were undergraduates of the Moratuwa University including the one who jumped to his death. Additional Magistrate of Mt.Lavinia, Darshika Wimalasiri conducted the postmortem on Thursday. She requested police to send a medical report of the dead and an inclusive report on the incident to Court. The suspect was a resident of Jaffna and was said to be a student of the Moratuwa University Engineering Faculty. Police arrested several persons who were associated with Sathish Kumar and are carrying out further investigations, police spokesman, SSP Ranjith Gunasekara said. Further investigations are carried out under the inspection of State Inteligence Service officers and OIC of the Wellawatte Police Chief Inspector Mangala Dehideniya and CID officers led by Lakmal Amarasekara (Full report in Daily News).

10,000 escape from LTTE-held area: Army - At least 10,000 civilians trapped in and around the New Safety Zone (NSZ) under the occupation of the LTTE walked to freedom on Friday as the military after opening an escape route pushed the Tigers to an enclave of approximately 1.5 sq km along the Mullaithivu coast. What began as a trickle on Wednesday night turned into a flood as civilians rushed into the government-controlled territory. The military is hopeful of overwhelming the remaining cadre and leaders of the Tigers in 24 to 36 hours and pave way for escape of the remaining civilians stranded in the war zone. A firm indication that the final hours of the last of the LTTE leaders and cadre are being played out came from President Mahinda Rajapaksa, currently on an official tour of Jordan. In a statement issued from there, Mr. Rajapaksa declared that the military operations to rescue all the civilians held hostage by the Tigers would be over in 48 hours. It was indeed a pathetic sight to see mothers holding their babies running towards the military checkpoints. In a brief interaction before boarding the government buses that took them to Omanthai checkpoint, a group of civilians told The Hindu that their life in the last two months was miserable. “My 45-day-old child was born inside a bunker. After he has come out of my womb, these are his first glimpses into the big bad world,” said a mother who had covered the naked body of the child with a white towel to protect him from the blistering sun (Full report in Hindu).

MALCOM BRUCE TELLS BRITISH PARLIAMENT THAT TAMIL IDP’S ARE VERY GRATEFUL TO SRI LANKA ARMY FOR HELPING THEM TO ESCAPE - By Walter Jayawardhana - Speaking among very hostile to Sri Lanka pro-Tamil members in the House of Commons the Liberal Democratic MP Malcom Bruce , who visited Sri Lanka IDP camps last week said the Internally Displaced people in the camps are very grateful to the Sri Lanka Army for giving them the opportunity escape . Malcom Bruce MP said, “I can and should report what people said. They were grateful to the Sri Lankan army for giving them the opportunity to escape and were glad to be out of the conflict zone. In response to direct questions, they said they had not left earlier because the LTTE had basically said, “If you try to leave, you will be shot.” They had evidence of people who had tried and who had been shot at. That is an objective fact.” The Member of Parliament further added that many of those people had escaped from the conflict zone at the point at which the Sri Lankan army had breached the bund that had been built around it. Something like 165,000 people were reputed to have walked out and been taken into the camps, the parliamentarian said repudiating some of the propaganda spread in London about the Internally Displace People. Replying to an interruption of the usually pro-LTTE Simon Hughes Malcom Bruce said, “.Of course, that is exactly the question we asked. Some of the supplies had been getting in. The fundamental problem, and the Under-Secretary may be able to confirm this, was that the agencies—the UN and others—experienced bureaucratic delays affecting, for example, what trucks they could take in and the visa processes. As a result, a variety of equipment and expertise was poised to go in, but not getting there. It is not true to say that nothing was there, but it was not arriving fast enough and not on the scale that was needed.” Answering a question about the LTTE cadres who have been taken to another building for rehabilitation Bruce said, “I am grateful for that intervention, because we asked that question. The local authorities conceded that several thousand people had been taken out of the camps to a nearby technical college where they were being screened and put through to rehabilitation. Apart from whatever that implies, the problem is that people were not given access or information about what was happening, which was causing more distress. To be honest, some people understood the motivations, but were not satisfied because they could not get in touch with others. One woman was in tears: she had a phone number but no access. The hon. Member for Glasgow, Central tried to facilitate that communication.” Speaking about some of the problems at the camps the Member of parliament said, “There were problems because the food was not arriving at an even speed. There was pressure on water and sanitation. There were not enough medical supplies. As hon. Members have said, people were concerned about being separated from their families, not having access to them and not having information about them; they were fearful of what was happening to them. Clearly, we impressed on the Sri Lankan authorities the need to address those issues, again in good faith, if they were honestly claiming to deliver a safe environment before allowing people to return to their own areas.” (EOM).

IDP children to be part of Uthuru Mithuru art exhibition - A war in any country would draw painful memories in the tender minds of children. Thus, it will obstruct their progress towards the development of the country said Deputy Minister of Social Services and Social Welfare, Lionel Premasiri declaring open the “Uthuru Mithuru” art exhibition scheduled to be held on May18 and 19 at the National Art Gallery, Colombo. A hundred students living in IDP camps in Settikulum, Vavuniya will form part of the invitees. Over 350 paintings will be featured at the exhibition. Some of the paintings were earlier published in the Daily News. There will be 40 girls and 60 boys from different areas such as Mannar, Pooneryn, Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi would visit Colombo. It will also give them the opportunity to mix with students in the South thereby providing an opportunity to forget their unhappy past, the Deputy Minister said. Devi Balika Vidyalaya, Colombo and Ananda Vidyalaya has taken measures to accommodate them in their hostels together with students who can communicate in Tamil. Principals of the two schools said that they had taken this opportunity willingly to show affection towards the children. Most of the paintings are on different themes such as Mother, Freedom and Honesty. They will make their appearance at the Art Gallery calling out for their lost freedom (Daily News).

The Good and the Bad in Terrorism - by Lucien Rajakarunanayake - Two of my friends, let’s call them, Malla and Kella, whose real names are not revealed for security reasons for safety from the MI5 and all that, now live in the Mother of Democracy and the Father of Doublespeak on terror. It is also the place where Parliament Square , a tourist attraction, is said by MPs there, to be worse sanitization-wise that the IDP camps in Sri Lanka ’s Vanni that only deported ITN journalists have noticed. You guessed it right. They live in the United Kingdom , that place where David Milliband hails from, still believing that the days of Empire and colonies are not long over. Malla and Kella have sent me some timely definitions on Good Terrorists and Bad Terrorists, just in case you are so committed to the democratic way of life that you believe all terrorists are bad; or like Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is just now giving the world’s most ruthless terrorists the knock-out blow in the Vanni, says that all terrorists, are in fact terrorists, and there is nothing good or bad to choose from among them (Full report in Island).

Soosai’s family arrested - The Navy yesterday arrested the family of sea tiger leader Soosai and several other LTTE cadres, including those of the intelligence wing, when they were trying flee from the Safe Zone in a boat. Navy Spokesman D. K. P. Dassanayake told The Island that on interrogation Soo sai’s wife has told the Navy that Soosai was still holed up in the small area in the No Fire Zone. "Our officers recovered Rs 600,000 and some gold jewellery from Soosai’s family," Dassanayake said. Those arrested have been moved to Pulmoddai he said. In the boat in which Soosai’s family fled there had been 11 persons. Five of them were members of the sea tiger leader’s family. The suspects identified were Soosai’s wife Sathyadevi, 17-year-old daughter Madhi and 16-year-old son Suresh. Among others was his sister-in-law (Island).

The British making the World unliveable - By Helasingha Bandara -  Throughout modern history Britain has created everlasting conflicts, just for their survival, in the so called developing regions of the world, particularly in Asia and Africa. A monumental example is the creation of rivalry, animosity and the hatred between India and Pakistan. It is a unanimous view of the Asians and the Africans that Britain has contributed to make the world a chaotic an unliveable place more than any other nation. They continue to do so. The invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan are recent examples. The British are again about to make a similar blunder by interfering in the Sri Lanka war against terrorism in the guise of saving Tamil civilians, influenced by the sleaziest member of the British Parliament Keith Vaz. The British media has exposed Keith vaz’s sleazy deals many a times that his integrity is in tatters if he had any at all to begin with. Read “Britain warns Sri Lankan government- BBC Sinhala, 15 May 2009” (Full report in Sri Lanka Guardian).

After the war - All indications are that the decapitation of the LTTE is imminent. Ink on this comment may still be wet when the final offensive draws to a successful conclusion. It is not just a civil strife that Sri Lanka has quelled; it has won a ‘world war’, given the backing the LTTE received from the leading nations on a flimsy pretext. It is a miracle that a small country could withstand such unbearable international pressure without buckling and accomplish a military mission against a ruthless terrorist outfit with tentacles spread all over the world. Some world powers stand unmasked! By having made an abortive attempt to scuttle the war against the LTTE, they have forfeited whatever moral right they may have had to crusade against global terrorism. It is being argued in some quarters that though the LTTE is crushed on the battlefront its war will continue in some other form. Residual terror might last for sometime in the form of terror attacks mainly on civilian targets in the rural backwaters carried out by some remaining LTTE cadres. But, a fully-fledged guerrilla war is never a possibility without a solid base, which the LTTE will be left without after losing the last patch of resistance (Full Editorial in Island).

Civilians escape to government safety - Prof Rajiva Wijesinha, Secretary General Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process - The Peace Secretariat welcomes the latest efforts by the Sri Lankan forces, which have enabled over 5000 more of our fellow citizens to escape from LTTE clutches. It is also noteworthy that this has not been accompanied by allegations of large numbers of civilian casualties. It is noteworthy that, following the large exodus of over 100,000 civilians in the three days after April 20th, the flood became only a trickle as the Tigers built up their techniques of imprisonment. Our forces could only move forward slowly and cautiously, so as to avoid civilian casualties, but nevertheless they did move. It was however only on May 10th then that there was another substantial number of escapees. Understandably, immediately after that there were allegations of massive civilian casualties. Sadly these were not false, for the LTTE had indeed shot civilians trying to escape, and when this did not stop them, they had resorted to heavy weapons. They succeeded then in stopping the flow, and worse, they almost succeeded in foisting the blame for their murderous tactics on the Sri Lankan forces (read full report).

Mind your language: ICRC and UNDP! - The ICRC’s local Rep has begun calling the Prabakaran caused hostage situation, involving [at best] 50,000 victims a "humanitarian catastrophe". What words would this loose-lipped busybody use to describe the over 500,000 civilians driven from Pakistan’s Swat Valley ? To add insult to injury a UNDP spokesman now refers to a "bloodbath".... though no piles of corpses have been sighted even on Tamilnet (Island).

Claymores in Colombo - We started the day today, 14th May 2009 with the chilling news that the security forces had unearthed 18 deadly Claymore mines each weighing 7.5 kgs. from a place within the Colombo Municipal limits. These explosive mines are not meant for setting off in the war zone, targeting their adversaries in war, bur for us civilians in the South. We are first hand witnesses to what these handy death dealing, maim-causing devises of the LTTE can do to a crowded bus or a train compartment. The compassionate, peace-loving, International Community-busybodies should understand what we Sri Lankans are up against, and why we are so eager to be rid of these brain-washed, terror-machines. The question now before us is whether we squash this canker in one blow regardless of the unavoidable collateral damage, ( to borrow an euphemism from the West) or put it off, thus prolonging the agony (Island).

One Problem – Two Perspectives - In the last few days wars in Pakistan and Sri Lanka have captured the head lines in the world media with Presidents, Prime Ministers and senior politicians making statements on the two issues and leaders of the west, as usual, advising the two countries what to do. The irony is that these advisors, both Americans and the British have been fighting terrorism for decades and have been unable to completely defeat any terrorist outfit! Sri Lanka and Pakistan (and Afghanistan) are facing similar problems. Though the leaders of all these countries have the same ultimate goal, the perspectives of America and Britain is amusingly different when it comes to defeating Al-Qaeda and Taliban in Pakistan/ Afghanistan and the LTTE in Sri Lanka. The UK/US partnership freely throws around phrases like ‘grave concern’ and ‘worsening humanitarian crisis’ when they talk of Sri Lanka but conveniently ignore the 680,000 Pakistani refugees driven out of their homes by heavy bombardment in the Swat valley in Pakistan. If death and human suffering in not bad enough, British PM Gordon Brown said "Let there be no mistake, Pakistan is already taking action against terrorism. President Zardari’s troops are risking their lives fighting extremists." And he pledges 12 million pounds in aid. In the same breath Mr. Brown expresses his grave concern over the civilians trapped in the war zone in our country (Full letter in island).

No way to flee - Mathivathani, Prabhakaran and two sons holed up in the safety zone - A latest intelligenceMathivathani & Prabhakaran report reveals that Mathivathani, along with her eldest son Charles Anthony and youngest Balachandran are holed up in the New Safety Zone along with Prabhkaran. Earlier it was rumored that Mathivathani, the wife of LTTE supremo Velupillai Prabakaran and Balachandran, the second son had slipped out of Sri Lanka . Unconfirmed reports revealed that they were sighted in Bangkok, Thailand. But a senior Sri Lankan intelligence officer speaking with authority under condition of anonymity told Asian Tribune that Prabhkaran’s wife Mathivathani and his second son Balachandran are in the No-fire zone with Prabhakaran and eldest son Charles Anthony. However Asian Tribune reliably learnt that Prabhakaran’s father Velupillai and mother have long ago managed to leave through Colombo to Denmark. The Intelligence officer told Asian Tribune that there is no way out for Prabhakaran and his family to flee the Mullaitivu district as their movements are being closely monitored by Sri Lanka Defence Forces. When asked how was it possible to monitor the activities of a highly valued target like Prabhakaran, he said that it was a very simple intelligence gathering and monitoring procedure and said they are in a position to monitor not only the activities and movements of Prabhakaran, but also that of the remaining two key officials – Soosai the Head of the Sea Tigers as well as Pottu Amman (Asian Tribune).

Rebel leader finds time for the good life - For his whole adult life he has been in hiding, but as the shells continued to rain down on the strip of land his rebels hold, another, sweeter side of Tamil Tiger chief Velupillai Prabhakaran's life was put on view by the Sri Lankan Government. The album of plundered family snaps shows him enjoying the sort of lifestyle his thousands of devoted cadres could only dream of: frolicking in a pool, celebrating his daughter's wedding, tucking into a banquet. The Government contrasted the comforts enjoyed by the man who is presumably still at bay in the Tigers' last hold-out with photos showing the primitive conditions in which his soldiers have long been required to live and fight. Meanwhile, as his troops fight on, thousands of civilians trapped in the war's brutal end game are dying. A doctor inside the 5sq km strip on the northeast coast still controlled by the rebels reported that renewed shelling had killed at least 50 people in the only hospital in the so-called "safe zone" (Full report in NZ Herald).

SC refuses to declare Tissanayagam etention illegal - The Supreme Court yesterday refused to declare that Sunday Times Columnist J.S. Tissanayagam had been illegally detained exceeding 90 days in the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID). Delivering its Order, Court noted that it was unable to hold that the petitioner had been kept in the detention exceeding 90 days illegally without being produced before a Court of competent jurisdiction. According to the Court Order, Senior State Counsel Parinda Ranasinghe for the respondents, mentioning the dates that the petitioner had been produced before the Magistrate, had submitted that the petitioner had been produced before a Court of competent jurisdiction on several occasions. He had further submitted that regulation 19/1 would permit the Defence Ministry Secretary to make an Order that a person taken into the custody be detained for a period not exceeding one year. He said the intention of the legislature was to have persons arrested in terms of the Emergency Regulation be detained in specified places such as the TID enabling a swift and more efficient investigations of serious crimes. Petitioner J.S. Tissanayagam complained to Court that he had been detained illegally exceeding 90 days by the TID. The petitioner had also filed a Fundamental Rights application in the Supreme Court against his arrest and detention which was pending. In that case he had stated that he had not any involvement with the LTTE and sought to secure his release. The petitioner cited OIC TID Prasanna de Alwis, IGP, the Attorney General and several others as respondents. Romesh de Silva PC with J.C. Weliamuna and M.A. Sumanthiram appeared for the petitioner. SSC Parinda Ranasinghe appeared for the respondents (Daily News).

C-4 explosives found in Ratmalana -  Following a lead provided by an LTTE activist in custody, police unearthed 5 kg C-4 explosives from an isolated garden down St. Rita’s Road in Ratmalana. Police believe the explosives were brought to carry out an attack in the Mt. Lavinia area, but is suspected that the explosives were brought to the location for an attack in the Mt. Lavinia area, recent search operations in the locality had prevented the plan being implemented. Police investigations revealed the land had been left unutilized and had led to people using it as a garbage dumping area. A special police team has been appointed to investigate into the incident (Daily Mirror).

Wellawatta suicide victim identified as a student - The person who committed suicide by jumping off the seventh storey of a condominium in Wellawatta on Thursday night following a police ambush was reportedly belonging to the secondary support group of LTTE’s Colombo network. Twenty two-year-old Thimoderm Pillai Suchindran a resident of Jaffna was reportedly an Engineering Faculty student of the University of Moratuwa. Intelligence sources told Daily Mirror the victim was living in the flats during his studies at the university and at the same time had assisted LTTE by keeping these suicide kits. The SIS along with the Wellawatta police raided the seventh floor of a condominium in Penniquick Lane, Wellawatta around 9.35pm on Thursday and four suicide bomb kits were recovered hidden inside the sealing. According to police at the time of the ambush the student had reportedly jumped off the balcony and committed suicide. He was killed on the spot. He had recently arrived from Jaffna and had stayed in the flats without informing the police. The recovered suicide kits weighed 10 kg, 8kg, 5kg and a powerful claymore mine were believed to have been kept concealed for several major attacks targeting VIPs in the city. According to SIS a senior terror cadre apprehended from Vavuniya had given details about this hideout and had coordinated with the student to safe keep the explosive kits with him. Following the information gathered so far the intelligence units are to uncover several other places in Colombo where the LTTE is believed to have hidden more explosives (Daily Mirror).

Sri Lanka & IMF Loan - By Asoka Weerasinghe, Canada - Dear Brad: Two days ago, around 10nish in the morning there was a knock on my front door. I opened the door and found two smartly dressed ladies hugging several slim publications, with two folio cases slung over their shoulders. They smiled and I greeted them with a smile. The older one pushed a small brochure at me and said, “We just want to tell you that there is so much suffering in the world, and there is one person who could help all of us”. “Who is it?” I asked! Pointing to the sky, she said, “its God”. “Really”…I responded turning my face towards the sky to spot this person. “I never met this person. May be because I am a Buddhist”, I continued. After exchanging a few God-thoughts, and I holding back my comments with disbelief, she got out the May 2009 publication of AWAKE, opened to page 15 which had a photograph of a Mammoth skeleton with the article ‘When Giants Roamed Europe”, she asked, “Do you know about Dinosaurs. Do you know who created these monsters, because they just did not happen?” I was amused. “Have you been to the Museum of Nature, down town?” I asked. “Yes”, the older one said. “Have you been to the Dinosaur Hall”, I asked. “Yes”, the older one said again. “I created that Dinosaur Hall, with two other scientists and a designer. I know dinosaurs fairly well, and I believe in evolution,” I said (Full report in Lankaweb).

The priority is "My family" and "Happy Birthday to my son". 

An undated picture shows the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran (R) standing with his wife Mathivathani (2nd L), his son Balachandran and his daughter Duwaraka (L) from a collection of photographs that government soldiers said they discovered recently in a "hideout" in northern Sri Lanka (see details)

Let other Tamil Children be "Child Soldiers" to protect me and my family.

Please visit LTTE Child Soldiers Web Page

The fate of those Tamil children who refused to join ....

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)

An undated picture shows the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leader, Vellupillai Prabhakaran (L), standing with his wife Mathivathani (R) and his son Balachandran from a collection of photographs that government soldiers said they discovered recently in a "hideout" in northern Sri Lanka (see details).

An undated picture shows the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran (C), with his wife Mathivathani (2nd R), his eldest son Charles Anthony (R) from a collection of photographs that government soldiers said were discovered recently in a "hideout" in northern Sri Lanka  (see details).

 

2,300 of Civilians Flee Amidst the LTTE Firing - 4 Tamil civilians killed by the LTTE; 14 Tamil civilians injured due to LTTE firing; Injured Tamil civilians rushed to Anuradhapura hospital using air-force helicopters LTTE's Video Footage Reveals the History of LTTE "Air Wing" - LTTE video reveals the history of LTTE Air-Wing. Troops Capture "Farah 3" - Area near the Jordan's Farah-3 ship captured by  LTTE Latest Situation of the Wanni Operation. Saman Kumara's Report

Several massive explosions in LTTE controlled area.

Signs of giving up: Destroy assets, Tiger leaders order

 

Depressed Ranil meets Solheim

Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, who is currently on a European tour held talks with former Norwegian Peace Envoy in the Sri Lanka Peace process, Erick Solheim in Norway, today.

 

Norwegian Minister Solheim offered a valuable present to LTTE Tamil Tiger leader Prabhakran

Friday, 15 May 2009

Sri Lankans in Toronto protest against Tamil Tigers!

Wednesday, 13 May 2009 While over 50,000 LTTE supporters from the Tamil Diaspora took to the streets of Toronto protesting against Sri Lanka on May 13th, about 70 Sri Lankans with the help of Sri Lanka United National Association (SLUNA) held a counter protest over the busy Don Valley Parkway highway. Our mission was to hold our 40ft banner "PROTECT CANADA! STOP THE TAMIL TIGERS!" for long as we could and we ended up getting a positive response from media and commuters on the busy highway by give the "thumbs up", while pro-LTTE supporters gave us the "finger". Local TV channels that were covering the Tamil protests in downtown Toronto quickly drew their attention to a plane carry a similar message "PROTECT CANADA STOP TAMIL TIGERS" that flew over the Ontario provincial legislature area at Queen's Park, both the media and protesters were stunned to the see the plane as their protest/demonstrations came to a halt for a few minutes. Although we carried our protest peacefully without disruption to the public, at the end while we all were about to get into our cars and leave, across the road we were approached by seven or eight pro-LTTE Tamil men who threatened us with obscenities and tried to intimidate us by writing down our license plate numbers. These men were closely watched by under-cover police agents who were there for our own protection and within a matter of minutes their faces were slammed against the unmarked police cars (Read full report in SPUR).

When the camera lies for terror - In the past few days the international media has been full of alleged pictorial evidence, mainly through video footage, of what they claim to be scenes of the "massive humanitarian crisis" said to be occurring in the north of Sri Lanka, where the LTTE is holding thousands of Tamil civilians hostage. Viewers have been shown harrowing details of alleged bombings of hospitals and of many persons killed and injured, in what are said to be indiscriminate shelling by government forces, in the No Fire Zone. All of such pictorial material is attributed to pro-Tamil pressure groups abroad, especially in the West. Most of these pictures and video clips are also carried on the cyber voice of the LTTE - the Tamil Net. Very rarely are the exact locations and the dates and times when these pictures were obtained stated. There have been many doubts about the authenticity of these pictures, and the time when they were captured. The news agencies, as well as human rights organizations, and Tamil pressure groups distribute these freely to show the world of the alleged disregard for humanitarian needs of the Tamil civilians held hostage by the LTTE, whose basic human right to freedom has been denied by this terrorist organization (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Suicide double-cab explodes, at least 4 terrorists killed - Vellamullivaikkal - LTTE terrorists on the brink of total defeat have resorted crude terror tactics targeting the 58 Division infantrymen advancing along the coast, South of Vellamullivaikal today (May 15). According to ground military sources, an LTTE double-cab vehicle laden with high explosives had exploded prematurely, also killing 4 suicide terrorists at around 5p.m. No damages were caused to troops, the sources said (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Over 3,300 Tamil civilians rescued yesterday from the "Human Shield of Prabhakaran"

Sea Tiger chief's family found among fleeing IDPs - Sri Lanka navy sea units have identified the family members of LTTE's Sea Tiger wing leader Soosai this morning (May 15) when they rescued a boat consisting 11 civilians. According to the sources, the sailors have found 5 members of Soosai's family , including Soosai's wife, son, daughter, sister in law and her son. The suspects have been identified Sathyadevi (Soosai's wife), Suresh (16 year old Soosai's son), and Madhi (17 year old Soosai's daughter). The sources further added that a large sum of money has been found in the possession of the Soosai's family members. More information will follow.. (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Tamil Diaspora’s Angst: Toronto City Demonstrations A Form of Terrorism! - Aloy Perera - (a freelance writer based in Toronto) When the police metro/prov./RCMP say that there are no laws to control or prohibit Tamil Tiger-Terrorism Supporting Demonstrations every Canadian with a modicum of intelligence or general knowledge knows that they are talking bunkum. Then, Why in Heaven’s name don’t they act? Enforce the law? Here’s the reason. It’s because they are servile. They work for their masters, namely the politicians and not for the public who give them their paycheck; in Ontario, the liberals in power, have one eye on the potential voting power of The Tamil Diaspora and other on the liberal minded bleeding hearts (media & the NDP supporting unions such as the Steel Workers’) for the sake of being in Tamils’ good books. So are the Liberal Feds. The Premier of Ontario and his government, The Mayor of Toronto and the nation’s media must be held accountable for this sorry state of affairs with their pandering to every vim and fancy of the Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora. When will they ever stop? (Full report in LankaWeb).

Clarifying the humanitarian situation in Sri Lanka - Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha, Secretary General of the Peace Secretariat and Secretary to the Ministry of Disaster Management and Human Rights, was invited to speak at a briefing by Sir John Holmes, UN Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator in Geneva on Tuesday. His presentation, including responses to questions, is carried in full below. Thank you, Sir John, for your account of the current situation in Sri Lanka, and your efforts to collect funding to help resolve the problems faced by the displaced. I should note that we would have appreciated greater notice of this briefing, since it is important to make it clear that we are working in partnership. I am happy that OCHA in Sri Lanka, after some years of forgetting this, now recognises the importance of coordination with government, and working according to government plans and policies, and that from this year there is much greater attention to transparency and accountability. You were correct to divide the problems into three sections, which need to be dealt with in different ways. Before I look at the most serious of these, the problems faced by the civilians still held by the LTTE, let me concur with the view that the problems of those who managed to flee to refuge with the government have been alleviated to a substantial degree. Though there were difficulties, especially when over 100,000 got away together, these are now much less. In particular we are grateful to UNHCR which put up tents on sites that the forces cleared by working day and night, so that everyone now has shelter, along with adequate food (Full report in SCOPP).

The rescue mission speeds up; Kariyalamullaivaikkal Tsunami Village liberated - Sri Lankan soldiers now engaged in the final phase of their humanitarian operation in the Island's northeast, have liberated the inhabitants of the Kariyalamullai Tsunami relief village According to the defence sources, over 1590 civilians held at hostage in this area by the LTTE have sought refuge with the 58 Division soldiers by the time of filing this report. The sources add that thousands more civilians are arriving at the rescue points manned by troops. More information will follow... (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Civilians escape to government safety, rebuke partisan European interference - The Peace Secretariat welcomes the latest efforts by the Sri Lankan forces, which have enabled over 5,000 more of our fellow citizens to escape from LTTE clutches. It is also noteworthy that this has not been accompanied by allegations of large numbers of civilian casualties. It is noteworthy that, following the large exodus of over 100,000 civilians in the three days after April 20th, the flood became only a trickle as the Tigers built up their techniques of imprisonment. Our forces could only move forward slowly and cautiously, so as to avoid civilian casualties, but nevertheless they did move. It was however only on May 10th then that there was another substantial number of escapees. Understandably, immediately after that there were allegations of massive civilian casualties. Sadly these were not false, for the LTTE had indeed shot civilians trying to escape, and when this did not stop them, they had resorted too to heavy weapons. They succeeded then in stopping the flow then, and worse, they almost succeeded in throwing the blame for their murderous tactics onto the Sri Lankan forces. Despite condemnation from those who had not even noticed the purpose of the killings, to stop the civilians getting away, the forces continued over the next couple of days to move forward slowly and cautiously. Their patience has been rewarded today with the liberation of thousands more of our fellow citizens. The LTTE tried to stop them by firing, but whether it was because some of their cadres are sick of firing on their fellows, or whether it is because this time they could not get away with lies because of careful surveillance, the brutality of the LTTE seems to some extent at least to have been suspended (Full report in SCOPP).

Prabhakaran “The Saviour” Anihilates His Own Tamils - Prof. Hudson McLean Sooner or later, the Truth Dawns! Whilst the entire world, with their jaundiced eyes, looks down on the Government of Sri Lanka, as usual, the “Root of the Problem” is ignored. For over three decades, the Western world and, the BBC controlled by the Tamil management, portrayed the Tamil Tiger Terrorist LTTE as “The Saviour” of the Tamils. First it must be emphasized that the “Root of the Problem” was created by the British Colonialism, which divided and ruled Ceylon, by nurturing division amongst the immigrant Tamil tea plantation workers, and other low class labour in the low lands of Ceylon. The snobbish British culture was then passed down to the upper middle class Sinhalese who were largely educated in the UK. The Oxford educated Bandaranaike, a Buddhist turned Christian by birth, purely for political convenience, went on a nationalistic rampage, thus exacerbating the Sinhala-Buddhist nationalistic cause, purely to gain political power. He did succeed. And created a Dynasty of corrupt family led selfish governments. The 1960’s created the Sinhala-Tamil conflict which then gave birth to Prabhakaran and his LTTE movement. The Western countries utilizing the “Monkey’s Paw” allowed the NATO member Norway, who perceived their own secret Agenda, to add fuel to the fire (Full report in LankaWeb).

Rescue all Tamil civilians near at hand - President Mahinda Rajapaksa - The freedom of the Tamil civilians held hostage by the LTTE is near at hand and the rescue of all civilians in the small patch of land held by the LTTE will be done in 48 hours. So said President Mahinda Rajapaksa addressing Sri Lankan migrant workers employed at a garment factory in Jordan, yesterday, May 14. The President said that despite attempts by some nations to bully a small country such as Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan people stood firm to uphold the nation's dignity and honor to live as a proud people. "We have already taken steps to settle over 200,000 displaced persons in the North under state security and we are much fast in such methods, when compared to other countries which experience war situations." (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Suicide kits found in Wellawatte - Four suicide kits have been found in Wellawatte. Police spokesman SSP Ranjith Gunasekara said the kits were found in a search operation conducted last night according to a tip received by intelligence units. The kits had been hidden in a room on the 7th floor of an apartment complex in Penikwick Lane in Wellawatte. The police spokesman told SLBC that the person in the flat committed suicide by jumping off the flat when the police team entered it. The suspect has been identified as a resident of Jaffna named Surendra. Intelligence units are conducting further investigations (SLBC).

Three LTTE child recruits surrender with security forces - Vellamullivaikkal - Three LTTE child recruits have escaped from LTTE tyranny and sought protection with troops of the 58 Division at Vellamullivaikkal, today (May 15) at around 2p.m. According to ground troops, the surrendees were of 15, 16 and 18 years of age, abducted from their families and forced to undergo LTTE arms training. The recruits have managed to mingle among the hostages and escape, security sources said citing a surrendered LTTE child recruit. Meanwhile, 58 Division troops while consolidating positions in the newly gained coastal belt at Vellamullivaikkal have uncovered 02x anti aircraft guns, 01x 12.7 mm gun, 56 T-56 weapons, 22x 60 mm mortars, 06x boats, 01x radar, 01x 81 mm mortar barrel, 01x 122 mm tri-pod and 01x Multi Purpose Machine Gun (MPMG). (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Ranil meets Solheim - Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, who is currently in Europe, held talks with Erik Solheim, the Norwegian minister of external affairs and the former peace envoy to Sri Lanka, in Norway yesterday. Mr Wickremesinghe called on Norway to support him in resolving the issues faced by journalists in Sri Lanka and stressed the necessity of ensuring media freedom and democracy in Sri Lanka as the war with the LTTE comes to an end. Mr. Wickremesinghe also held talks with former Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik. They exchanged views on the humanitarian needs of the internally displaced people of North Sri Lanka. Mr.Wickremesinghe also met members of the International Democratic Society (Lanka Times).

The final rescue mission on the way; LTTE continue to fire at escaping civilians - Sri Lankan soldiers have reached the final phase of their hostage rescue mission as they opened up an escape route for the last group of hostages held in the Vellamullivaikkal area last morning (May 14). According to the latest battlefield reports, troops of 58 Division were just 1.5 km short of dominating the whole northeastern coast of the Island by last night. The expected linkup of the 58 and 59 Divisions, who are merely 2km apart on the coast will mark the total liberation of the coastline in the Island nation from the terrorist hold. Troops of 53 and 58 Divisions since Wednesday (May 13) started manoeuvring southwards along the western and eastern borders of the newly declared civilian safety zone(CSZ) in order to keep the terrorists engaged on the northern frontage. The 53 Division marched along the bank of the Nanthikadal lagoon whereas the 58 Division crossed the open coastal terrain amid heavy LTTE shelling and machine gun fire. The manoeuvre became a success, as the hostages in large numbers have been able to find their way to the government controlled areas across the southern frontage (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Signs of giving up: Destroy assets, Tiger leaders order - Amidst mounting international pressure to call an immediate halt to Sri Lanka’s successful war against the LTTE now in its last phase, the army yesterday advanced further into the LTTE-held territory to rescue about 2,600 more men, women and children. But the actual number of escapee was much higher, well informed sources said adding that thousands await army clearance to enter the government-held area. The army said that the LTTE trapped in the rapidly shrinking no fire zone had been caught up on three fronts with the 58, 53 and 59 Divisions mounting simultaneous operations. Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara last night told The Island that the 53 Division had also moved in to the no fire zone. This would increase pressure on the dwindling LTTE cadre facing the army on multiple fronts. He said that about 2,300 persons had reached the 59 Division troops operating north of the Waddivakkal causeway during the day. He said that some of the civilians fleeing towards the 59 Division troops had been wounded in LTTE fire. Airforce spokesperson Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara told The Island that 12 wounded civilians had been evacuated from Mulliyawalai to Anuradhapura. The army said that the 58 and 53 Divisions had received about 150 and 160 civilians respectively. A military official based in the northern theatre told The Island troops of the 11 SLLI (Sri Lanka Light Infantry) pushing southwards had established their positions less than 200 metres away from Farah III ship wreck (Full report in Island).

Troops in final push Forces capture Farah III and Vaduvakkal bridge: Troops poised to completely seal off entire eastern coast: - Ground troops engaged in their final push against LTTE are poised to completely seal off the Eastern coast within the next 24 hours as 58 Division troops advancing towards Mullaitivu from the Northern direction reached closer to Mullaitivu front after capturing the grounded Jordanian ship Farah III in the Mullaitivu seas by yesterday evening, Military officials told the Daily News. The 58 Division which commenced its military operations from Mannar and liberated the entire North Western coast, is going to reach this historic moment after marrying up with the 59 Division troops now advancing from the South to North direction from the Mullaitivu front, the official added. “By yesterday evening, less than two kilo metres stretch of beach front was under the LTTE control and it would soon be captured by the troops once 58 and 59 Division troops marry up in the North of Mullaitivu completely denying the beach front to the LTTE,” the official added. As troops closing in on the last terrain of the LTTE, many explosions were heard inside the safe zone and from Tiger hideouts as they blew off their ammunition dumps and other weapons before being captured by the advancing troops. The 58 Division troops under the command of Brigadier Shavendra Silva last evening captured the Jordanian ship Farah III which was used by the LTTE to fire upon the ground troops of both 58 and 59 Divisions advancing on the ground and also towards Navy boats patrolling in the sea off Mullaitivu (Full report in Daily News).

MORE THAN 5000 TAMIL CIVILIANS ESCAPE WHILE ARMY REPORTS HUGE EXPLOSIONS WHERE LTTE LEADERSHIP HIDING AND THEIR RADIO GOING SILENT - By Walter Jayawardhana - As the Sri Lanka Army closed in on the narrowing strip of land held by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) more than 5000 civilians held hostage by them started escaping to the protection of the Sri Lanka security forces , army sources revealed. The Army sources said the exodus began after the Army opened up rescue passages in the narrow strip of land still occupied by the LTTE Meanwhile the Daily Telegraph newspaper of London said, “If this terrible episode is drawing to a close, with the final defeat of the Tamil Tiger rebels, that is wholeheartedly to be welcomed. The Tigers have cynically maximised human suffering by trapping innocent people inside the only territory still under their control.” The Army also said huge explosions were heard in the area where the LTTE leadership is hiding followed by thick black smoke seen rising up on the ground. They said after that LTTE radio communication went silent. The London Times on line said . “Thousands of Sri Lankan civilians waded across a lagoon under fire from the Tamil Tigers today to escape the pocket of northeastern coastline where the army has surrounded rebels in what looks like the final stages of a 26-year civil war.” “The army said that aerial surveillance footage showed that about 5,000 people had escaped the conflict zone, which now covers less than 1.5 square miles (3.9 square km), and had come under fire from the Tigers.” (Read full report in SPUR).

Obama tells Tigers to lay down arms - US President Barack Obama on Wednesday urged Tigers to lay down their arms and let the civilians go. "Their forced recruitment of civilians and their use of civilians as human shields is deplorable," said the President. "The United States stands ready to work with the international community to support the people of Sri Lanka in this time of suffering. I don't believe that we can delay," Obama said. "Going forward, Sri Lanka must seek a peace that is secure and lasting and grounded in respect for all of its citizens," he said (Full report in Daily News).

Over 3,000 civilians breakout Four civilians killed, 14 injured in Tiger shooting: Troops in rescue mission march ahead: - Over 3,000 civilians were rescued yesterday morning by troops engaged in the final rescue mission of civilians from the newly declared No Fire Zone (NFZ). Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said over 3,000 civilians sought protection with the troops of the 59 Division braving indiscriminate fire by the LTTE during the morning in Vadduvakal. He said at least four civilians were killed and 14 others injured when the Tiger cadres opened indiscriminate fire at fleeing civilians from Vellaimullivaikkal in the NFZ. Troops engaged in the final rescue act are now marching ahead to liberate the trapped civilians from the LTTE confined to its last remaining territory, Vellaimullivaikkal. “Troops are now maneuvering further southwards along the coast,” he added. Air Force spokesman Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara said 12 injured civilians were airlifted from Mulliyaveli to Anuradhapura hospital. “We have kept stand-by helicopters to airlift the injured civilians fleeing from the NFZ,” he added. Over 120,000 civilians have already been rescued and settled in IDP centres by the Government (Full report in Daily News).

UNSC demands LTTE to lay down arms - Recognizing the legitimate right of the Sri Lankan Government to fight terrorism, the UN Security Council (UNSC) yesterday demanded the LTTE to lay down arms and allow civilians, still trapped in the war zone, to leave. Reading out an official statement following a 'closed-door talk' between the members, the Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, said "Members of the Council strongly condemn the LTTE for its acts of terrorism over many years and for its continued use of civilians as human shield". The statement also stated that the Council acknowledges the right of the Government of Sri Lanka to combat terrorism'. Russia holds the 15 member body's rotating presidency for May. Expressing grave concern of the plight of civilians in the shrinking pocket of coastal stretch in the North East where LTTE hold them hostage, the Security Council called on the Government 'to take further steps to facilitate the evacuation of trapped civilians and urgent delivery of humanitarian assistance' (Daily News).

Attempted assassination of Defence Secy: Key suspect arrested in Vavuniya - The Police Intelligence Unit arrested a key suspect who attempted to assassinate Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa at Pittala junction, Colombo in 2006. Police spokesman SSP Ranjith Gunasekera said Dharmalingam Dharmatharan alias Kili, a key suspect who attempted to assassinate the Defence Secretary was arrested at a school in Vavuniya around 1.00 p.m. on Wednesday. “Kili had come along with the displaced people from the No Fire Zone seeking protection with the Security Forces,” he added. “As he is most wanted person, the Police Intelligence Unit of Vavuniya identified him and arrested Kili when he was brought to the school before being sent to an IDP centre. “He was handed over to the Criminal Investigations Department for further investigation,” SSP Gunasekera told the Daily News. A trishaw laden with explosives attempted to drive into the Defence Secretary’s motorcade and was prevented by his guards on December 01, 2006 at Pittala junction, Kollupitiya. Two guards of the Defence Secretary were killed in the incident (Daily News).

This is war against terrorism fought with surgical precision - The Armed Forces ensure civilians held hostage escape is their primary aim and over 200,000 have escaped as never ever before anywhere. - Ex Sri Lankan Police Constable, Ex Constable General of the LTTE and now the LTTE political chief Balasingam Nadesan seems having problems understanding English. In a statement he emailed to the Associated Press, he praised President Barak Obama “for passionately talking about the plight of Tamil civilians and calling for urgent actions to alleviate the mounting humanitarian crisis.” But he conveniently overlooked the key message of President Obama’s message and that was calling the Tigers to surrender.President Obama further appealed to the Government of Sri Lanka to find various ways to alleviate the sufferings of the hostages held by the Tigers. In the entire military campaign connected with the civilians and the No Fire Zone (NFZ), the primary consideration of the Armed Forces have been to create ways and means for the civilians to escape and there has been ample evidence that it is the Tigers who have been preventing this by shooting at the back of the people who tried to escape (Full report in Sri Lanka Guardian).

TN Govt. defends stalling release of LTTE suspect - The Tamil Nadu Government on Tuesday defended in the Supreme Court its decision not to permit premature release of P R Ravichandran, a convict in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. Submitting an affidavit before a Bench headed by Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and also comprising Justices P Sathasivam and Deepak Verma, the DMK Government argued that the convict may be incited to go against the law again given the current situation in Sri Lanka. "The current fight between the LTTE and the Sri Lankan Government may again infuse passion in him to act against the law," the state Government submitted before the apex court. It said: "The petitioner (Ravichandran) was involved in killing of 16 persons who included a former prime minister, nine police officers and six private individuals. The killing was pre-planned, a pre-mediated conspiracy successfully executed with active help and assistance and participation of the petitioner." Express News I(Full report in Daily News).

Northern development - The appointment of a Presidential Task Force to oversee the recovery program of the Northern Province is a sound move particularly given the enormous ramifications of the job at hand. The Task Force appointed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa through powers vested in him under the Constitution has been given a wide mandate among other things to prepare strategic plans, programs and projects to resettle internally displaced persons, rehabilitate and develop economic and social infrastructure in the Northern Province. It is appropriate that such a high powered task force be given job of charting the development course for the North because it is only such a body which has the President's authority that would get things moving fast. And there is an overwhelming need to get things moving fast given the unfolding humanitarian crisis which calls for a quick remedy. One of the tasks entrusted to the Special Task Force is to apply innovative solutions to problems and constraints confronted in the execution of its mandate. Certainly a gigantic task as the recovery of the Northern Province from the ashes of three decades of war needs an extraordinary effort. Such an overwhelming task cannot be undertaken by the normal State machinery which is necessarily hamstrung by it's own limitations. We have often seen how frustrated foreign investors had thrown up their arms and left the country due to the foot dragging by the various State agencies and Government regulatory bodies (Full Editorial in Daily News).

Ground troops brave terrorists’ last-gasp attacks - The three year long effort by the Sri Lankan Security Forces to eradicate LTTE terrorism has reached its climax as troops engaged in the final battle to rescue the last batch of civilians kept hostage by the Tiger terrorists entered into its most crucial stages as of yesterday (May 14, 2009) with troops operating in a hugging distance to the area where thousands of civilians were living under LTTE detention. It was not only a battle between the Security Forces and the Tiger terrorists but also a battle between the truth and the false as Government had to wage a parallel war to combat the disinformation campaign orchestrated by the LTTE backed media organizations in their last minute bid to stop the final push on Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran. If ground troops faced its toughest battle with the LTTE the Government also had to face the toughest battle against the disinformation campaign and to disseminate the correct version on the Sri Lankan situation whilst many international organizations including the United Nations started to explain the situation inside the safe zone as a ‘blood bath’ depending on false information disseminated by the pro-LTTE media machineries (Full report in Daily News).

IDPs alleviated to substantial degree - By Prof Rajiva Wijesinha - Presentation of Secretary Ministry of Disaster Management and Human Rights Prof Rajiva Wijesinha at the ‘Sudan, Sri Lanka, CERF Member States Briefing,’ conducted by Sir John Holmes UN Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, on May 12. Thank you, Sir John, for your account of the current situation in Sri Lanka, and your efforts to collect funding to help resolve the problems faced by the displaced. I should note that we would have appreciated greater notice of this briefing, since it is important to make it clear that we are working in partnership. I am happy that OCHA in Sri Lanka, after some years of forgetting this, now recognizes the importance of coordination with Government, and working according to Government plans and policies, and that from this year there is much greater attention to transparency and accountability. You were correct to divide the problems into three sections, which need to be dealt with in different ways. Before I look at the most serious of these, the problems faced by the civilians still held by the LTTE, let me concur with the view that the problems of those who managed to flee to refuge with the Government have been alleviated to a substantial degree (Full report in Daily News).

Giving Tigers 'oxygen of hope - 'President Barack Obama is a leader one is loath to criticise. But, unfortunately he doesn't seem to follow the policies of the great man whose bible he used at his inauguration in January, where a sovereign nation's right to protect itself against separatist terrorism is concerned. Hadn't President Abraham Lincoln––President Obama's hero––defended America through military means and prevented its disintegration, there would not have been a country left for President Obama to lead today. President Obama on Wednesday took up the issue of Sri Lanka's war. (Please see the report in this paper today.) It is only natural that he is concerned about the plight of civilians in Sri Lanka's war zone, though why he is not so moved by the suffering of tens of thousands of Pakistani and Afghan civilians, who have borne the brunt of the US-led war against Taliban/Al Qaeda, is baffling. He asked the LTTE to disarm and release civilians in its clutches. Then, he urged the government of Sri Lanka 'to live up to its commitment to not use heavy weapons in the conflict zone'. He also called upon the SL government to grant UN humanitarian teams access to the civilians trapped in the theatre of war 'so that they can receive the immediate assistance necessary to save lives' (Full Editorial in Island).

From now on, we stand united in Sri Lanka - by Lasantha Pethiyagoda Melbourne, Australia - In Sri Lanka, unlike in the US and its Anglo-allies in Iraq and Afghanistan, spoils of war, have never been on our0 agenda. In Sri Lanka, civilians are paying an extremely high price for the foibles of a few. We must resist large-scale slaughter and instead use all possible means to isolate and eradicate the evil elements involved. We must never allow ourselves to be tainted by the barbarism that we claim to be seeking to defeat. We must remain morally different from the psychopaths who were empowered and armed by foreign powers, Western interests and even elements within mainstream society in the bloody history of our war. Tying opponents to lamp-posts and killing them, throwing acid on young dissenting boys’ and girls’ faces, striking down perceived opponents in cold-blood on the street, or delivering indiscriminate death by air or in public transport vehicles are the devastating language of our war. In war zones, young people acquire this language (Full letter in Island).

Joint Lankan, Scotland Yard operation in "Tiger territory’ net two wanted killers -  TWO killers who fled abroad five years ago after murdering a man in his home in East London have been jailed for life Wednesday—after being tracked down in ‘Tamil Tiger’ territory in Sri Lanka. They finally faced the music at the Old Bailey after being traced to a village occupied by the Tamil rebels in a joint operation between Scotland Yard and Sri Lankan police. They were arrested at Heathrow Airport after being flown back to Britain. Sivajothi Anandaraja, 41, got life with a minimum 24 years, his accomplice Sivapragasam Rajeskanna, 36, got life with 14 years minimum, for murder and attempted murder of a second victim. Both were found guilty by a jury Tuesday and were sentenced Thursday-morning for the brutal murder of 26-year-old Sri Lankan refugee Maheswaran Kaneshan in his home at Heigham Road in East Ham on January 12, 2004. Maheswaran, who had applied for political asylum because of the civil strife in Sri Lanka, was the victim of mistaken identity caught up in a gang feud.  Six to eight thugs armed with hammers sticks and cricket bats battered him over the head, mistaking him for a member of a rival gang (Full report in Island).

Schoolgirl recruited to fight for Tigers - by Stewart Bell - AMBEPUSSA, Sri Lanka - A demure 16-year-old in a pink sweater, skirt and sandals, Darshika Kugandirasan doesn’t look like a frontline guerrilla fighter. She looks like a schoolgirl, which she was until two months ago. She was studying at Malawi Central College, hoping to become a teacher, even though classes were often cancelled because of the war. As the eldest of three children, she knew the Tamil rebels wanted her to join; every family was expected to hand over at least one child for the liberation cause. She tried to dodge them by staying indoors and out of sight, but on March 14 they came to take her to the training camp at Mulaivaikal. Her parents tried to stop them. "They were shouting and crying," she said. But there was nothing they could do. She was going to become a Tamil Tiger. Ms. Kugandirasan told her story at a government-run rehabilitation camp for child soldiers, where she has been living since surrendering last month. The widespread conscription of child soldiers has been one of the most disturbing aspects of Sri Lanka’s long civil war. Thousands of youths have been recruited during the three-decade conflict (Full report in Island).

Suicide attack on Defence Secy: Key suspect arrested - Vavuniya Police on Wednesday, arrested a key suspect in the assassination bid on Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, on December 1, 2006 in Dharmapala Mawatha, Colombo. Police spokesman SSP Ranjith Gunasekera said the suspect Dharmalingam Dharmatharan alias Kili had been living in the No Fire Zone and moved to Vavuniya along with other IDP’s. Police arrested him on a tip off at the welfare centre operated at Tamil Maha Vidyalaya, Vavuniya, he said. The suspect is now being interrogated by Vavuniya police and is expected to be brought to Colombo soon. Rajapaksa’s bullet proof vehicle was damaged and Army commandos had to pull him out after opening the door of the car with a crow bar. Rajapaksa escaped unscathed. Two people died and 15 persons including the then Foreign Secretary H. M. G. S. Palihakkara were injured. Investigations revealed that the suicide bomber was from Jaffna and had been operating in Trincomalee and Vavuniya before moving to Colombo to undertake the job (Full report in Island).

Miliband’s comments on IMF loan immoral: Yapa - The government yesterday condemned the alleged remarks made by British Foreign Secretary David Miliband to the effect that the IMF should think twice before releasing the US$ 1.9 billion loan to Sri Lanka, as there are doubts about the utilization of the loan in accordance with the agreed conditions, adding that the utterances were immoral and uncalled for. Media Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardana told the weekly cabinet press briefings at the Information Department that the Sri Lanka government had not violated any agreement with donor agencies or countries. “We have a great track record when it comes to re-payment of loans and adhering to agreements. There is a Supreme Court ruling that bars the government from diverting budgetary allocations from one heading to another. Hence, Miliband’s comments are not appropriate and he has no right whatsoever to make this kind of statements against the interest of a friendly country. Besides, the matter is between Sri Lanka and the IMF,” Minister Yapa emphasized. Commenting on the ongoing humanitarian operations in the NFZ, he said the armed forces could finish off the fighting in two hours but did not engage in military operations that endangers civilians. “Do not forget that there are a large number of casualties among the armed forces as well,” he said (Full report in Daily Mirror).

Tamil Nadu defends Rajiv killer's non-release - By Gopal Ethiraj from Chennai -  The Tamil Nadu government on May 12 defended in the Supreme Court its decision not to permit the premature release of P R Ravichandran, a convict in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, stating that the current Sri Lankan conflict may only generate further passion in him. "The crime is grave and the former Prime Minister was killed along with 15 others, and the petitioner did the same with known intent. The current fight between LTTE and Sri Lankan government may again infuse passion in him to act against law," the government said in an affidavit before a Bench of Chief Justice K.G Balakrishnan, justices P.Sathasivam and Deepak Verma. The killing was a pre-planned, re-mediated conspiracy successfully executed with active help and assistance and participation of the petitioner, TN government said. The Bench had directed the petitioner to file his counter the affidavit. An LTTE sympathiser and one of the key conspirators in the killing of the former Indian prime minister, Ravichandran is undergoing a life sentence. He had sought a premature release on par with other life convicts who were being granted remission. He cited two orders, to plead for his own premature release, issued by the Tamil nadu government one on September 14, 2005 for Annadurai’s birthday and the other on May 10, 2007 to mark the golden jubilee celebration of Chief Minister M Karunanidhi’s continuous stint in the state assembly (Full report in Asian Tribune).

Chief Justice visits surrendered LTTE rebels -  Wanni Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva paid a visit to Nelum Kulama Technical College in Vavuniya yesterday (14) to see former LTTE members who are sheltered there on a temporary basis. The inmates numbering 1784 consist of both who had surrendered willingly to the Armed Forces and Police and those who had been captured. LTTE cadres who left their organization and came into safe areas disguised as civilians and surrendered to Police and the Armed Forces have been provided with the opportunity for rehabilitation. The Chief Justice had a very cordial chat with the inmates, met security authorities, and discussed with them about their plans. Before leaving, he found time to meet the civilians who have been provided with facilities in Ramanadhan Relief Camp (Daily Mirror).

 
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