PRABHAKARAN FINALLY AGREES TO LET ENTRAPPED TAMIL CIVILIANS ESCAPE TO SRI LANKA GOVERNMENT CONTROLLED SAFE AREAS
By Walter Jayawardhana
The state owned Sunday Observer newspaper said apparently Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leader Velupillai Prabhakaran has agreed for a “Western” country to evacuate the entrapped civilians in the land demarcated as No Fire Zone to safer Sri Lanka government controlled areas.
According to the United Nations the LTTE has not only entrapped those civilians the outfit has burnt boats , banned fishing and shoot at escapees to prevent them from leaving the area as they want to use them as a human shield and employ them , including children for military activities.
It is believed the evacuation will happen during the no-offensive pause of 48 hours declared by President Mahinda Rajapaksa marking the Sinhalese and Tamil New Year celebrated by both communities.
The newspaper said Prabhakaran has apparently agreed to a rescue mission by a Western country as he has lost all top military leaders in the Puthukudiyiruppu battle and there is no point in fighting it out with the remaining forces now hiding in the no fire zone, the newspaper said citing diplomatic sources.
The beleaguered and elusive LTTE chief is now only left with his intelligence Chief Pottuamman as a senior member of his outfit , the newspaper said.
The evacuation activity is expected to take place , after midnight of April 12 when the government’s non offensive pause is implemented.
The entrapped Tamil civilians will then move over to the Sri Lanka government controlled areas to celebrate the new year, according to the sources.
However during this period the Sri Lanka security forces have been alerted to remain in a defensive mode. (
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