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A Message from US Committee to Support the LTTE

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(Newser) – America knows MIA as the rapper who dropped rhymes—and nearly a baby—at the Grammy Awards, but she’s a far more divisive figure in Sri Lanka, the New York Times reports. MIA’s father is a leader in the Tamil Tigers and critics say the rapper, whose videos are loaded with Tamil imagery, is an apologist for the rebels.

Being a prominent Tamil in Western media provides a “great opportunity to sort of bring forward what’s going on in Sri Lanka,” MIA said last month while discussing the government’s anti-rebel offensive. “There’s a genocide going on.” Sri Lankans from the country’s majority Sinhalese community say she’s lucky to get away with speaking in favor of a group branded as terrorists by the US government.

http://www.newser.com/story/50463/rapper-mia-gives-voice-to-tamil-tigers.html

King Prabhakaran Bio & Family Photos. Aerial shots of Vanni, Tamil Eelam Genocide in May 09. (LTTE Tamil Tigers, Hindus) Om. (Courtesy Tamil Hindu Warrior)

Sri Krishna Janmastami Celebration in Tamil Eelam – these days will come again!

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NORTHEAST COAST, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s former war zone is a wasteland, its earth scorched and pocked by craters. Cars and trucks lie overturned near bunkers beside clusters of battered tents.

The government has denied firing heavy weapons into what had been a battlefield densely populated with civilians. But the helicopter tour the military gave U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and a group of journalists Saturday revealed widespread devastation.

Civilians who escaped the zone said they came under intense shelling from both the rebels and the government.

“We ran for our lives from the shelling in the north,” said one man who gave his name as Krishnathurai. “It was coming from both sides, the Tamil Tigers and the military, and we were stuck in the middle.”

The sandy coastal strip where the final battles of the quarter-century civil war were fought was dotted with patches of charred earth and deep recessions. Dark craters were visible amid the grayish earth along the coast.

One area was thick with endless rows of tents, many of them knocked down and damaged. Abandoned vehicles were overturned, some reduced to burnt skeletons. Some huts with thatch roofs were destroyed, others had no roofs.

In one area near the tents, bunkers appeared to have been constructed of sandbags and barrels.

Along a nearby beach lay a large boat with the rebels’ roaring tiger emblem.

After touring the area, Ban said the trapped civilians must have undergone “most inhumane suffering.”

The government declared victory over the rebels Monday in the civil war that began in 1983.

In the final weeks, with the rebels boxed into a tiny coastal strip and tens of thousands of civilians trapped inside the battlefield, the government said it would no longer fire heavy weapons.

But government doctors in the area — as well as human rights groups and foreign leaders — said intense shelling continued, killing hundreds of civilians. The U.N. Human Rights Council has planned a special session on Sri Lanka on Monday in Geneva amid international calls for a war crimes investigation into the military’s conduct.

According to private U.N. documents, at least 7,000 civilians were killed in the final months of fighting.

The military said again Saturday it had not shelled the area, and blamed the craters on rebel fighters.

“We heard many explosions even in the last days as they exploded their ammunition dumps,” military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara said.

But many of the trapped civilians, now living behind barbed wire in displacement camps, spoke of unrelenting shelling.

“We walked for three days to get here. We were shelled and bombed. There was no food. Both sides were shelling us,” said an elderly woman who gave her name as Lechchami.

Another woman, Krishnaleela, 42, said her family came under shelling from the military and one of her children was killed.

At the Manik Farm displacement camp, some civilians said there was little food or water. They complained they were not allowed to leave and that their male relatives had been detained by the military, presumably under suspicion they were rebel fighters.

“I don’t know where my husband is,” Krishnaleela said.

Ban appealed to the government to quickly improve conditions for the nearly 300,000 ethnic Tamil civilians displaced by the fighting. He also called for aid groups to get unfettered access to the camps and welcomed Rajapaksa’s promise to resettle the bulk of the displaced by the end of the year.

“We will try to work hard to make sure that promise is realized,” he said as he toured the vast expanse of white tents neatly lined up in rows on dirt paths.

Roads between the tents were crammed with people, and barbed wire fences encircled the area, keeping the tens of thousands of civilians from getting out. Soldiers were stationed across the camp.

Mark Cutts, a senior U.N. humanitarian officer, said Manik Farm was erected almost overnight and is the world’s largest displacement camp.

“There’s 200,000 people here. This is a very overcrowded place, a very big place, and there’s a lot of work still to be done. Conditions, you can see, they’re very basic,” he said.

After his tour of the battlefield, Ban flew to the central city of Kandy. There he met with Rajapaksa after the nation’s top Buddhist monks presented the president with the country’s highest honor at a temple reputed to house the Buddha’s tooth.

Ban and other world leaders have called on Rajapaksa to quickly address the grievances of the country’s minorities in the wake of the war. The Tamils, 18 percent of the population, claim systematic discrimination and harassment by the Sinhalese majority.

Postscript from the US Committee to Support the LTTE: When reviewing the article above, we would ask readers to pay attention to two specific points: 1.) Why did it take hundreds of thousands of Tamil civilians being confined in what has now been described as the world’s largest concentration camp in order for the Associated Press to publish even somewhat truthful accounts concerning the massive humanitarian crisis and genocidal activities taking place in northern Sri Lanka? 2.) Why has the United Nations played apologist until the very last minute to the demon Rajapaksa and his packs of Buddhist extremist cronies in their racist crusade against Tamils and why have they only decided to make cursory statements only after the DEATH of over 25,000 TAMILS? LTTE IS THE VOICE OF TAMILS – all who support human dignity and freedom should prepare for an unprecedented resurgence in the fight for Tamil Eelam. FORWARD – LIBERATION TIGERS OF TAMIL EELAM! LONG LIVE PRABHAKARAN!

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[TamilNet, Friday, 22 May 2009, 09:49 GMT]

Head of International Secretariat of the Intelligence wing of the LTTE, Mr. Arivazhakan, who contacted TamilNet Friday categorically denied the reports that the LTTE leader Mr. Velupillai Pirapharan has been killed. Mr. Arivazhakan urged the global Tamil community not to trust the “engineered rumours,” being spread by the Government of Sri Lanka and its military establishment.

“Our beloved leader is alive,” he said and added that the LTTE leadership will make contact with its people at a suitable time in future.

“These rumours have been set afloat to confuse the global Tamil community which has been voicing support for the liberation of Tamil Eelam,” he further said.

Mr. Arivazhakan, who verified his identity through a senior reporter in Sri Lanka, did not reveal his location due to security reasons.

Blessed King Prabhakaran (ALIVE), 10 am, May 19. SLA-Indian army killing Tamils-Hindus in Wanni Sri Lanka. Om Brahman, Hail LTTE Tamil Tigers!

* King Prabhakaran is ALIVE, May 19 8am. Confirmed from London.
* Prince Charles Anthony, return to Heaven in battle.
* Over 100 000 Tamils inside War Zone, with 1000 Tigers, May 18.

* SLA shooting surrendering Tamils & Hindus.
* GoSL asked SINhala women to deposit jewels into National SL Bank, broke for weapons.
* Indian Army leaving Vanni, soon. False victory propaganda.

* Over 40 000 SLA & Indian killed in 2009. Payroll stopped for dead SLA, demonic widows aware. SLA members not receiving payment for services from GoSL. SLA looting temples, and civilians.

* SINhala demons attacked London Embassy in Sri Lanka, place on fire, May 18.

* LTTE is reborn with new members.

LTTE = Freedom Fighters
Tamil Tigers = Freedom Fighters
King Prabhakaran = Our Leader
Tamil Eelam = Only Solution

Om Shiva, your time to slay SLA.

Courtesy: Tamil Hindu Warrior http://www.youtube.com/user/genocidebysoniagandh

Is this Prabhakaran? Are you really sure?

By: S Suresh Kumar

Some reasons this body may not be Prabhakaran’s

Is the Sri Lankan government playing a trick on the international community by showing a body double and claiming it to be Prabhakaran? Here are some questions observers are asking.

Why is he so good looking?

Not matching: The skin tone on the face and the ear aren’t the same. His son (inset), also killed in the battle, looks older than him.

Prabhakaran is 54, but the picture shows him without a single wrinkle. His son Charles looks older in the picture the Lankan army has released. There’s something dubious about the way his face is shown. If his skull were blown off, as claimed by the army, how come his face is so neat and untouched? If he were hiding and on the run, as claimed by the army, how come he looks fresh and clean-shaven? Have the soldiers put a Prabhakaran mask on someone’s face?

Why isn’t his ear matching his face?
The skin tone of his ear is darker than the tone of his face. Have the soldiers hired a prosthetic expert to graft a face on to some corpse? Are they doing a Dasavatharam gag in real life? It looks like the mask is peeling off when the soldiers move the body.

How could they do a DNA test in two hours?
Experts say it takes at least four days to do a DNA test. How could the army do it in two hours, that when they say they found the body in a remote jungle? How did they move his blood or bone marrow sample to a forensic lab so quickly? Did the army have an ante-mortem report (say, tissue or blood samples from before his death) against which they could corroborate their theory that it was Prabhakaran who was dead? Questions, questions.

Do Tamil politicians know something we don’t?
Nedumaran of Tamil Desiya Iyakkam said he knew for sure that Prabhakaran was alive. Tamil Nadu chief minister Karunanidhi said he wouldn’t react to reports of Prabhakaran’s death. What’s stopping them from accepting the footage released by the Lankan army?

Wasn’t cyanide Prabhakaran’s preferred mode of exit?
He gave capsules to all his Tigers so that they could kill themselves instantaneously when cornered. Why didn’t he bite his cyanide capsule when he knew his game was up? Few believe he was shot in battle. Tamil lore has it that he always carried two capsules with him. The army claimed to have identified him with the help of rebel LTTE leaders Karuna and Daya Master, and posted a picture of the body on the country’s army website. The body here and the body in the TV footage don’t match.

(These questions were asked as of 3.30 am today. Lanka may come up with some explanations through the day, but many questions are likely to remain unanswered).

DNA in 2 hours? Just impossible

Chandrashekhar G was a part of the forensic team assigned the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. Now retired, he lives in Yelahanka. We asked him what he thought of the Lankan army claims about Prabhakaran, and he was incredulous they had done a DNA test within two hours. “It is impossible,” he told MiD DAY. “We need at least four days to put it through a DNA sequencer and arrive at some conclusion.”

In his own words:
When I visited Sri Lanka some years ago, they had no lab to do DNA tests. I had several questions when I saw the footage. I wondered if a prosthetic expert had been at work to put a face on top of some other. Ante-mortem reports, or reports from before death, are always necessary to confirm identity.

Whenever a leader dies, they need to keep the body till the case is done. But governments are sometimes in a hurry to dispose of the body like Pakistan did when Benazir was blown up. If they preserve the body, they can always get tissue samples for culture. I don’t know if Lanka will keep this body and allow cross verification.

When Sivarasan was killed, we checked with people close to him. Indian law accepts identification by people close to the dead person. We look at moles and marks and such other identification indicators.

Source: http://www.mid-day.com/news/2009/may/200509-Prabhakaran-allegedly-alive-fake-corpse-Ears-unmatched-Bangalore-news.htm

The Sri Lankan Army claims to have killed the leader of the LTTE while offering no proof except their assertion. The LTTE international relations head refuted this claim, saying that although many senior LTTE cadres (mostly political leaders,) have been killed, Prabhakaran is very much alive. Although Sri Lanka claims victory, even announcing the death of Prabhakaran, as the IPKF did in 1989, the LTTE is not defeated.

The complicity of the international “community” in the massacres on the “safe” zone shows that only the struggle of the people of Tamil Eelam can end Sinhala chauvinist oppression. The United States, India and the UK have failed Tamil Eelam again, calling for the LTTE to surrender and ignoring the decades of oppression that forced the Tamil people to take up arms.

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Triumphalism and other delusions

By: Dr S Sathananthan
Courtesy: TamillCanadian

Peace brokers and conflict transformers – generally knows as peaceniks – in Colombo waved their manicured hands while spewing forth mind-numbing banalities on “the end game” for the LTTE, following the Organisation’s withdrawal from Kilinochchi on 2 January 2009. Within a week, a Sinhalese “peace counsellor” merrily assured the armed forces that “the military and psychological blow to the LTTE cannot be in doubt” and expansively invited President Mahinda Rajapakse’s Sinhalese-supremacist regime to altruistically “rise above ethnic and political considerations” and build “a bridge to the estranged Tamils people of Sri Lanka”. A Tamil “policy analyst” appreciated the military gains against the LTTE-led Tamil National Movement; but he deeply worried over “the danger of the regime snatching political defeat from the jaws of military victory”. With staggering naiveté, he beseeched the rabidly anti-Tamil Sinhalese-Buddhist regime to compassionately “search for a political and constitutional settlement beyond…the unitary state, with commitment, urgency and a sense of the utmost priority.” To lend credibility to his ludicrous call, the policy analyst too slavishly projected the President as a moderate who could rise above the Sinhalese chauvinism of his own regime; he urged Rajapakse to “take the lead…and drive the process to a successful conclusion.”

By the middle of March, peaceniks were distressed because the Sinhalese army had not carried the battle to its bloody and decisive end within the deadline, set by Rajapakse, of “two weeks” from the “fall” of Kilinochchi; they were also startled by the LTTE’s protracted resistance. The so-called Tamil policy analyst, no doubt recollecting the deadline fed to gullible southern masses, feared “the end game is not ending”. He found comfort that “the Government will deal with the LTTE on the basis of surrender” but was chagrined because “the LTTE adamantly refuses to do so”.

About the same time the first signs of alarm surfaced when the Sinhalese peace counsellor agonised that “international attention that only a few weeks ago was on the spectacular advances of the Sri Lankan military” against the LTTE “has now turned almost completely to the humanitarian crisis” relating to the genocidal conditions imposed by the regime upon Tamil civilians in Mullaitivu. He anticipated a rise in international displeasure towards the Rajapakse regime fuelled by the deepening “humanitarian crisis” and desperately begged the Opposition United National Party (UNP) to close ranks with the regime and present a common front against the International Community (IC).

One would have thought peaceniks would gladly welcome humanitarian concerns of the IC, which in effect is represented by the Co-Chairs (US, EU, Norway and Japan) of the Donor Consortium in the Sri Lankan context, and would support their calls for a ceasefire to protect Tamil men, women and children, the old and the infirm. But peaceniks dread international pressure may compel the regime to implement a ceasefire, which their anti-LTTE paranoia deludes them into believing could throw a lifeline to the Organisation supposedly in its death throes. Their next demented step is to decry a ceasefire while “accepting” (acceptable to whom?) the cold blooded massacre of Tamil civilians as the necessary “price” (paid by whom?) to destroy the LTTE. In contrast, Sinhalese chauvinists do not whitewash their anti-Tamil prejudice with sophistry; they are refreshingly honest in blatantly baying for Tamil blood and unreservedly condemning all who call for a ceasefire as “Tiger lovers” bent on rescuing the LTTE under cover of humanitarian intervention.

The Tamil people as always have a more sophisticated grasp of the Machiavellian tactics underlying the tear-jerking humanitarian concern of the Co-Chairs, with India playing second fiddle. The US, UK and India had not been moved by the wretched plight of Tamils between 1995 and 2000 when President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s army barrelled into the Jaffna peninsular and then fanned out into the Vanni in pursuit of the LTTE; but they quickly discovered compassion for Tamils following landmark debacles for the army and floated the 2002 Cease Fire Agreement (CFA) to give the military breathing space. True to form, the Co-Chair and Indian governments glossed over the slaughter of Tamil civilians for more than three years in the east and the Vanni, from the start of hostilities in 2006 up to LTTE’s withdrawal from Kilinochchi in early 2009. They occasionally mouthed duplicitous bilge – that there cannot be a military solution – while shovelling military and financial aid directly or though surrogates to the Sinhalese regime to execute precisely that solution. The Co-Chairs and India looked the other way when the regime’s scorched earth military campaign in 2006/07 in the east drove almost 200,000 Tamils from their homes into refugee camps where they languish to this day. Nor did they lose any sleep when the Sinhalese war machine rumbling over the lives and homes of Tamils in Mannar, Mankulam and Kilinochchi, to name but a few Tamil-majority towns, during 2007/08.

In fact, to avoid hobbling the Sinhalese military’s drive to crush the LTTE, the Co-Chairs and India did NOT raise inconvenient matters such as humanitarian issues, laws of war and responsibility to protect. Indeed they knowingly backed and effectively condoned the Rajapakse regime’s decimation of thousands of Tamil civilians – who constitute the social foundation of the LTTE-led Tamil National Movement – as collective punishment to cow down the Tamil nation and emasculate its will to resist with arms. Then why did the Co-Chairs and India suddenly turn, beginning around the middle of March, into well springs of human kindness for the Vanni Tamils? And that too after giving the regime the green light to unlawfully incarcerate Vanni Tamils virtually indefinitely in Nazi-style, army-run draconian concentration camps??

A simplistic explanation insinuated by the Co-Chairs is that the LTTE has been effectively smashed and so, it is time for a ceasefire, to rescue the civilians, mop up residual cadres and get on with “post-LTTE” scenarios. But Tamils know if the LTTE has been annihilated the Co-Chairs would callously move on, throwing a few “aid” sops and leaving Tamils at the mercy of the Sinhalese regime. Therefore, one reason why the Co-Chairs and the UN are stirring the humanitarian pot could be that the LTTE has survived the military onslaught. For the Organisation’s guerrilla operations have been escalating in the so-called “cleared” east from mid-2008. It is common knowledge in Vanni and Jaffna that thousands of cadres melted into the Vanni jungles as they withdrew from Kilinochchi. In the first week of April, villagers reported sighting about 600 armed LTTE fighters crossing from the Vanni to Trincomalee district near a river, Paalampottaaru, unchallenged by Sinhalese home guards who stood idly by quivering in their rubber sandals. The villagers put the total number of cadres who crossed over within a period of 10 days at around 2,000. A few weeks ago, the quisling Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP) abandoned its office in Tharavai (near Thoppigala) citing “security reasons” – translation: the LTTE is back in Batticaloa. The Tamil grapevine has it that LTTE allowed the human avalanche of about 150,000 – 200,000 civilians beginning on 20 April calculated to overwhelm the army’s holding capacity and
stymie its screening procedures. The LTTE cadres who too slipped out of Mullaitivu took advantage of the open and unsecured locations, where the army is compelled to hold the mass of civilians, and dispersed unnoticed into the Vanni. Plans to extend train service from Vavuniya to Omanthai were dropped on 24 April for “security reasons” reportedly due to clashes between the guerrillas and the army in the area.

Recently, there have been a spate of grenade attacks on army posts in the Jaffna peninsular and the army carried out repeated cordon and search operations to capture LTTE guerrillas. In Vadamaraadchi and Thenmaraadchi, the army using loud speakers issued a hilarious order yesterday (3rd of May) directing LTTE cadres who infiltrated the peninsular to surrender. Not surprisingly, none have.

But Rajapakse and his pathetically unimaginative spin doctors want the world to believe that LTTE’s spreading armed resistance in the north and east is a bad dream; that supposed “remnants” of the Organisation’s cadres are bottled up in 3.8 sq km of Mullaitivu coast and will be eliminated by the day after tomorrow, the 6th of May!!!

So it should be obvious that humanitarian concerns have popped up because the military success Rajapakse promised is evaporating before the eyes of the Co-Chairs and India.

The calls for a “humanitarian ceasefire” from UK, “an end to hostilities” from the US (the pace setter for the Co-Chairs), an “immediate ceasefire” from Canada and from several other countries over the past month and half, though clothed in the garb of newly discovered humanitarianism, are in fact desperate manoeuvres to contain a resurging LTTE. The Co-Chairs’ two-pronged approach is to arrest the armed resistance through a “ceasefire” and lock the Organisation into “talks”, as had been done under the 2002 CFA, in the name of what else but “peace”!

The second reason for the Co-Chairs to don the humanitarian cloak is a longer term agenda of bringing the Rajapakse regime to heel. The President and his acolytes may think they have cleverly played off Iran and China against the US and EU and Pakistan against India. There have been short-term gains for the Rajapakse regime, particularly the reduced dependence on western aid. And the US and key EU members tolerated Rajapakse cosying up to Tehran and Beijing while his army was battling the LTTE. But the naval base Beijing is constructing on the southern coast at Hambantota directly overlooks the strategic maritime shipping routes in the Indian Ocean that carry vital energy supplies and so has sent shivers up the spine in New Delhi and Tokyo. And by permitting the naval base Colombo is breaching US encirclement strategy to contain Chinese expansion.

So, although the task of defeating the LTTE is seemingly not accomplished, it appears western powers are ratcheting up pressure on humanitarian grounds and alluding to war crimes to force the regime to cool its relations with Iran and China.

One wonders whether Rajapakse’s bearded advisors have distilled the lessons from Russia’s inability to protect its ally – Serbia’s Slobodan Milosevic – from charges of Crimes Against Humanity and China abandoning its strategic partner – Sudan’s Omar al-Bashir – to his fate at the International Criminal Court.

New Delhi is irked for a further reason. The Indian State has been keeping former north-east Chief Minister Varatharaja Perumal on ice since he fled Sri Lanka with the Indian army in March 1990. It is paying for his and his family’s upkeep from Indian taxpayers’ money, not out of kindness but to parachute him at the opportune moment into the Northern Provincial Council as India’s cat’s paw. As a senior Indian bureaucrat who may have a hand in crafting Sri
Lanka policy put it to us, “Varatharaja Perumal is technically still the Chief Minister” because he never resigned!!! New Delhi extended military assistance and intelligence cooperation on the understanding that, after LTTE is dislodged, Colombo would facilitate Perumal’s return. It is becoming increasingly clear to New Delhi that Rajapakse’s military campaign cannot create the conditions for Perumal’s return and, in any event, that Rajapakse has no intention of keeping his side of the bargain. In addition, the widespread pro-LTTE sentiments in Tamil Nadu must be assuaged
in this election year. So New Delhi too is making strident demands for a ceasefire.

But for the Rajapakse regime, a ceasefire now is a virtual kiss of death. The political consequences could be disastrous for the regime if delirious expectations of victory it nurtured among the Sinhalese masses collapse in acute disillusionment. Perhaps realising this, the LTTE too offered an indefinite ceasefire on 26 April. Rajapakse rejected all requests for a ceasefire including the one jointly made by the British Foreign Secretary and the French Foreign Minister.

The President’s advisors would do well to ponder the fact that the two European diplomats visited Colombo knowing well in advance that Rajapakse would reject their elaborate, staged request for a ceasefire. The drama eerily resembles Colombo intemperate refusal to allow entry for the flotilla of fishing vessels bringing food from Tamil Nadu for the beleaguered civilians in the Jaffna peninsular in 1987.

Dr S Sathananthan, 4 May 2009
tagots@hotmail.com

Published: May
05, 2009 2:29:10 GMT

While rejecting Colombo’s claim of the killing of LTTE leader V. Pirapaharan and assuring his safety and well-being, LTTE’s International Relations Head S. Pathmanathan Tuesday accused Colombo of treachery in the killing of the political wing leaders B. Nadesan and S. Puleedevan. Mr. Pathmanathan said it is a crime against humanity that needs to be investigated. Meanwhile, informed sources told TamilNet that what happened in the early hours of Monday was a well-planned massacre of several unarmed civil officers of the LTTE with the aim of annihilating its political structure. At the orders of a ‘top defence figure,’ an international arrangement involving ICRC, European diplomats and a Colombo government diplomat to arrange safe exit to the civil officers was defied, the sources said.

Political observers compared Monday’s massacre with the prison massacre of Tamil liberation fighters in 1983 and events leading to the collective death of 12 senior leaders and cadres of the LTTE in 1987.

Tamil circles also commented that any surrender of the LTTE as pressed by the International Community would have seen a similar fate to its cadres, had it been heeded.

The clarifications from Mr. Pathmanathan follow:

Statement 1:

I wish to inform the Global Tamil community distressed witnessing the final events of the war that our beloved leader Velupillai Pirapaharan is alive and safe. He will continue to lead the quest for dignity and freedom for the Tamil people.

The President and the Government of Sri Lanka needing to carry on and gloat in the planned Victory Celebrations on Tuesday, had their military establishment deliberately come up with the story detailing the demise of the leader of the LTTE. We categorically reject this and wish to inform the Tamil community to be vigilant and to exercise maximum restraint whilst grieving for the loss of Tamil civilian lives in the barbaric conduct of the final chapters of this battle.

The Tamil freedom struggle is a just cause and will not be quashed by the events of the last 24 hours. Truth and justice will always prevail.

Statement 2:

We wish to bring to the notice of the International Community the events of the last 24 hours in the so called safety zone in the war in Sri Lanka.

Subsequent to our announcement that the LTTE had decided to “silence the guns” in view of the unbearable civilian carnage at the hands of the Sri Lankan military and the heavy weaponry donated to it by third parties, we were informed by some member states of the International Community that arrangements had been made with the Sri Lankan military for discussions on an orderly end to the war.

We were instructed to make contact with the 58th Division of the Sri Lankan forces in the war zone, un-armed and carrying white flags. Head of our Political Wing, Mr. B. Nadesan and Mr. Puleedevan then proceeded to do so. They were un-armed and carrying white flags and were called on by the Officers of the 58th Division to come forward for discussions. When they complied they were both shot and killed. We vehemently condemn this action. The International Community needs to take this into account in its deliberations about charges of “Crimes against Humanity” against the members of the Sri Lanka Government and its military establishment. This act is even more unpalatable when one takes into account that the LTTE released as an act of goodwill, seven Sri Lankan Prisoners of War the day before totally unharmed.

We appeal to the International Community to act now to ensure the safety and basic needs of the displaced people who are suffering in the prison camps of the Sri Lankan military. The onus is now on the International Community to see that further war crimes and crimes against humanity are not committed on Tamils by the Sri Lankan state and to force the Sri Lankan state to yield in to the political aspirations of the Tamil people.

courtesy: TamilNet