Saturday, November 15, 2008

Mop up operations in progress in Pooneryn salient; Air Force comes to troops assistance

Task Force 1 troops having liberated Poonaryn are now engaged in mop-up operations in the Poonaryn salient, Defence sources in the filed reveal. Troops are now clearing their way towards Kalmunai Point (K-Point) along the 20 Km long narrow land stretch where the LTTE terrorists used to stationed their artillery and mortar batteries.

Meanwhile , Sri Lanka Air Force has lunched a series of air strikes in support of ground troops in the Muhamalai area. Air Force spokesperson Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara told defence.lk that MI-24 helicopters and fighter jets have engaged LTTE artillery and mortar positions in the area since 6.30 to 9.45 this morning (Nov 15). Full Text

STRATEGIC POONERYN’s FALL A HUMILIATING BLOW TO TIGER SUPREMO; BATTLE OF POONERYN EFFICIENTLY ACCOMPLISHED

KILINOCHCHI: THE phenomenon of the rapid and complete capture of the strategically significant POONERYN by the Sri Lanka Army, precisely after 15 years of LTTE domination, marks the entire liberation of the western coast running from the southern SILAVATHURAI, MANNAR to the northern most POONERYN lagoon.

The POONERYN lagoon in the extreme northwest of the KILINOCHCHI District during the span of all ‘Ealam’ Wars has remained ferociously notorious as a result of the string of military debacles, confrontations, LTTE loses and various conflicts after this strategic base, then a defence of the government troops, fell to the enemy, exactly 15 years ago on November 11, 1993 following massive LTTE attacks directed on the troops.

The complete control of the MANNAR-POONERYN (A-32) Highway stretching up to the POONERYN in this way enables the Army shortly to bag even the POONERYN-PARANTHAN cross-road that lies, about 6 Km to the north of KILINOCHCHI town center and about 14 Km to the south of famous bottle-neck, ELEPHANT PASS. Full Text

Pooneryn falls, Paranthan next

Today marks an important milestone in the Sri Lanka Army's history. The town of Pooneryn fell into the hands of the troops after the 58 Division managed to capture the Pooneryn-Paranthan road in the morning. Soon, two brigades will shake hands across the Jaffna lagoon.

The threat to Jaffna has been reduced by at least 50%. Troops will now march towards Paranthan and then towards Kilinochchi, which will soon be surrounded from the south, north and the west. The jubilant Army Commander, the man behind the entire mission, congratulated Brigadier Shavendra Silva in a telephone conversation this morning. Brigadier Silva and his men from the Commando Regiment were the main ingredients of the success. Full Text

Commander In chief Congratulates valiant troops

His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces has congratulated the valiant soldiers who liberated the Poonaryn area from terrorist clutches today (Nov 15).

Addressing the nation through the state media, President Rajapaksa declared the Army's victory at Poonaryn and congratulated the soldiers. He also expressed his gratitude to the citizens of the country who have been sharing his vision to rid the country of terrorism and to free the next generation from the horrors of war.

The President's speech in full:

I inform the people in this country that our heroic soldiers have been able to liberate the full stretch of the A-32 road (Mannar- Pooneryn) and the Poonaryn area this morning. Now, we can open a land route to the Jaffna Peninsula after many years ; I think we can say , it was after the Second Eelam war .

At this moment, I very clearly call Prbhakaran of LTTE to immediately lay down your arms and come to the negotiation table. It is the greatest service that you can do to the people in the Wanni.

We congratulate the war heroes and express our sincere gratitude to the citizens of Sri Lanka who have given their unstinted support to our struggle. Defence.lk

Pooneryn Terrorist Bastion falls : Army Task Force 1 -Task accomplished

Troops of Army Task Force 1 have entered LTTE bastion at Ponneryn this morning (Nov 15) scoring the greatest feat against terrorist in their courageous march along the northwestern coast of the Island.

Infantrymen of 12 Gamunu Watch (12 GW) and 10 Gajaba Regiment (10 GR) successfully negotiated the great marshlands south of Pooneryn last night , and cut off the Pooneryn- Paranthan road (B-69) close to Nallur before dawn today. Troops then marched about 10 Km along the B-69 and entered into the Pooneryn town , where the terrorists have their last bastion on the West coast.

According to the defence sources at the field terrorists have given a stiff resistance to the advancing troops . Pitched battles are still going in the area, the sources said. The terrorists are fast withdrawing towards the K- Point. Defence.lk

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR BRAVE BROTHERS

Defencecolumn wish to extend it's heartiest congratulations to all the brothers of our armed forces on their historic victory at Pooneryn. May this pave way for a total victory over the brutal terrorists which has been a plague to the whole of Sri Lanka. The whole country is indeed indebted to each and every one of our brave brothers who fought with courage and determination.

Let us make this an opportunity to pay our tribute to our dear brothers who sacrificed their precious lives in their relentless effort to free our motherland from the terrorists. Their sacrifices have certainly paved way for the great victory which we rejoice today. They sacrificed their future for us. Lets all get together as a nation and pay our heartfelt respect to each and every one of the brave soldiers, irrespective of their ranks. May they all attain the greatest bliss of nirvana.

Let us take this opportunity to wish our armed forces all the very best in their noble effort to free Sri Lanka from the terrorists. Although all your fellow countrymen cannot be by your side in battle, the hearts of all Sri Lankans are always with you. The whole country salutes you! May the blessings of the noble triple be with you always. May god bless you all.

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Free Tamil language training for police

Colombo, 15 November, (Asiantribune.com): The Milinda Moragoda institute initiated a Tamil language training course, free of charge for the police officers in the Colombo DIG's Division. The duration of the course is six months and the under interaction of this venture is basically for police officers who man the inquiry desks at the police stations and these who are deployed on security purposes. This will enable them to have better rapport with the Tamil speaking people in the city.

Inspector General of Police Jayantha Wikcramarathne, who met Minister Milinda Moragoda at a ceremony to hand over computers and photocopy machines to OIC's of police stations in Colombo East and Colombo West before the couple of month, stressed upon the value of the knowledge of the Tamil language to police officers specially those working in the predominately Tamil people living areas in the city. Full Text

GSP - A Substitute Form of Enforcement Authority

By Preethi Sirimanne - von den Driesch

The EU Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy Benita Ferrero-Waldner while responding to an accusation deliberately linked problems that are connected with terrorism with the GSP+ although one has nothing to do with the other. Ms. Ferrero-Waldner indirectly threatening Sri Lanka states: "If a country which benefits from GSP+ does not ensure compliance with these UN Conventions, it is perfectly normal that the eligibility be called into question." Ms. Ferrero-Waldner created the impression as if the European Commission (EC) is granting GSP + to Sri Lanka out of altruistic motives and as if the EC had always practiced their "values" (which she says that are at the heart of EU states) giving precedence to human rights obligation over other issues.

It is interesting to note that the very countries that had put interests of the private corporations before human rights at the initiation of trade regimes are now coercing other countries with the language of moral absolutes. Are we to interpret that international treaties stand above national laws? Regarding this issue Prof. for Economics Robert W. Staiger (who had done research work on international trade) and Prof. Kyle Bagwell (who taught international trade principles and commercial policy) write in GATT- Think: " International law does not replace national law; rather, international law instructs sovereign states on internationally accepted human rights and, for the most part, leaves it to states to implement those norms domestically." Full Text

Why throw a lifeline to sinking Tigers?

So, in the end the LTTE is suing for a truce in spite of all its bragging that it is capable of rubbing the nose of the military on the sands of the Vanni. Tiger proxies are working overtime to market their truce offer and have managed to get the Tamil Nadu politicians to back their campaign. Some local NGOs, too, have lent their voice to the Tiger lobby. Shortly, we will have the nosy parkers of the international community echoing that call.

Ironically, those who are trying to pressure the government to hold fire are the very ones who boasted a few moons ago that the military was making a terrible mistake by launching the Vanni offensive. They claimed the army would face the same fate as the Nazis in Stalingrad, though not even a schoolchild with a smattering of the world history took them seriously. They came out with all sorts of cock and bull theories to support their absurd argument. However, what really took the cake was the parallel they sought to draw between the treacherous Russian winter and the monsoon rains lashing the Vanni! They would have sounded less obtuse had they compared a cat with a tiger. Full Text

Indian Minister wants Prabha captured, handed over for Rajiv assassination

Indian Union Minister E. V. K. S. Elangovan (Congress) in an interview with popular South Indian Tamil weekly magazine Kumudam, out next Wednesday, said that he was not opposed to the Tamils in Sri Lanka but the LTTE and wanted Prabhakaran captured and handed over to India for the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi.

Following are excepts of the interview by Mr. Elangovan:

Question: Your remarks seemed to be against the Tamils in Elam? Why are you angry with Sri Lankan Tamils?

Elangovan: I never talked against Sri Lankan Tamils in Eelam. Instead, I have been raising support for their welfare. The Congress-led Central Government too has been stressing this factor only. "LTTE, the terrorist organization, should not be supported" is our view. "The Sri Lankan government should capture Prabhakaran - for the crime of killing Rajiv - and hand him over to the Indian government" is my view. Full Text

Three years closer to defeat of terror

The third anniversary of the Mahinda Rajapaksa Presidency will also see the easy passage of the fourth Budget presented by the President. It is significant that as the debate on the Second Reading of the Budget to winds on to its close, there is no media hype about the imminent defeat of the Government in Parliament.

The Budget itself may have its shortcomings, and may not have satisfied the expectations of many, yet the very tone of the debate and the manner in which it is reported, as well as the comparative absence of back-stage manoeuvres to defeat the Government on the Second Reading vote, indicate the stability of Government. Full Text

Defeating terrorism

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has reiterated in New Delhi that the Government was ready to talk peace with the LTTE at any time if the latter lays down arms.

In bilateral talks with the Indian Prime Minister on the sidelines of the BIMSTEC Summit, President Rajapaksa said his primary aim was to eradicate terrorism and create a country where all communities can live in peace.

The President and senior Government Ministers have expressed these sentiments many times, stressing that the present military drive was aimed squarely at the LTTE terrorists and not at the Tamil people. Full Text

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Ltte EXPECTS package before arms surrender- suresh

NA MP, Suresh Premachandra requests for a just solution for the Tamil people in the midst of a feeling that they, the Tamil people, “Don’t belong here. And, as long as the mindset is of ‘accommodating’ the Tamil people in this country, that there won’t be a permanent solution. Are Sinhala people ready to accept us as their equals? That’s the root cause of the problem. There is no proposal to accept the Tamil and Muslim people as equals. When the SLFP, JVP and JHU are on this same wavelength, how can we expect a just solution? What, in this scenario is the way out for the Tamil people?” he asks.

Suresh Premachandra claims that:

  • No government can simply destroy the LTTE or wipe it out completely.
  • It is the government that wants war; not us.
  • It is absurd to say that the government is concerned with Tamil rights.
  • A shift in the position of India with regard to the war even if there isn’t a policy change.
  • If India wants to safeguard the Tamils in the Wanni, they must tell the government to stop the war. Full Text

Art exhibition in support of Lankan Tamils

CHENNAI: A four-day exhibition ‘Between the lines’ in support of Sri Lankan Tamils opened at the Lalit Kala Academy here on Thursday.

A total of 221 contemporary artists have come together to exhibit their work at the show.

Inaugurating the exhibition, Member of Parliament Kanimozhi said that all the people of Tamil Nadu should insist upon the Central Government to interfere and impress upon the Sri Lankan Government the need to bring an end to the war and find a political solution to the issue. Full Text

Don't rely on Rajapaksa's assurances: Karunanidhi

Chennai: Asserting that the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam(DMK) was even prepared to quit the Union Cabinet on the Eelam Tamils issue, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi Friday appealed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh not to get carried away by the assurances given by Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa that Eelam Tamils would be protected.

Responding to concerns expressed by members of various parties on Rajapaksa stoutly rejecting a ceasefire and that Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eeelam(LTTE) would be dealt with militarily, Karunanidhi said the Lankan President's remarks were aimed at cheating the Tamils. Full Text

LTTE transporting weapons by air: janes’ website

The Janes’s Defence Weekly said it was in a position to confirm the LTTE made at least one attempt to transport a consignment of artillery rounds by air to rebel-controlled areas in the Wanni.

It said commercial satellite imagery obtained by Jane's confirmed that between 2004 and 2007, the rebels constructed two airstrips that could handle aircraft capable of transporting weapons’ cargo from Central or Southeast Asia.

“While the imagery does not confirm the airstrips are in use, the investment of significant resources suggests the LTTE has developed facilities that can serve air logistic needs at a critical time in its three-decade war with the Sri Lankan State,” the reputed defence website said. Full Text

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The Absurdity of India Forcing Lanka a Political Solution

by Thomas Johnpulle

(November 14, London, Sri Lanka Guardian) LTTE is in dire straits now; there is no question about it. It stands to get totally wiped out by the advancing army. Suddenly the need for political solutions has come up as the top priority in some quarters. There was a time when successive Sri Lankan governments ran after the LTTE and its allies with political solutions in platters but to no avail. Those who kicked those solutions now plead for another political solution! In 2002-03 LTTE delegates apparently visited South Africa, Switzerland, Norway, etc. in the guise of studying their political structure in order to find the right mix for a Sri Lankan solution. What a joke? After all that they came up with the infamous Interim Self-Governing Authority (ISGA) proposals which were not even considered worthy of a discussion. LTTE declared that the government should either talk about how to implement ISGA proposals (as if they were the universal truth) or not talk at all. Full Text

ARMED FORCES LIKELY TO CAPTURE ELEPHANT PASS SOON

By D.B.S. JEYARAJ

The ongoing war between the Sri Lankan armed forces and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has been one of fluctuating fortunes with one side or the other gaining and losing ground militarily.

As far as the Tigers were concerned their zenith was in 1999 – 2000 when a series of successful military operations codenamed “Oyatha Alaigal” or ceaseless waves were launched in the Northern mainland of Wanni as well as the Jaffna peninsula.

The greatest military triumph by the LTTE then was the capture of Elephant Pass or “Aanai Iravu” as it is known in Tamil. In a staggered offensive comprising three phases, the LTTE adopted an “encircle and enfeeble” strategy to overcome the armed forces and overrun military installations. Full Text


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Friday, November 14, 2008

Nedumaran & mates arrested for supporting tiger terrorists

Nedumaran, a supporter of tiger terrorists and more than 50 of his supporters were arrested yesterday (13th) by Tamil Nadu Police for demonstrating in Chennai calling Central Government to mediate in saving Prabakaran and the tiger terrorist organization.

Nedamaran had been arrested earlier too for supporting the LTTE and had been given bail.

Nedamaran had arrived in Wanni clandestinely several years ago and had presented an AK 47 rifle to Prabakaran. He was arrested for conducting an illegal demonstration. Full Text
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Who is Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Karunanidhi ?

by Charles.S.perera

(November 14, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Karunanidhi has moved a resolution in the Legislative Assembly, which is an insult to democracy, displaying his ignorance of correct political approach in dealing with other sovereign states.

What right has Karunanidhi to move this resolution , which is a damning proof of his links with the terrorists ? This also proves his past involvements with the Sri Lanka terrorists, and the part he played in 1991, in which year the most promising young Rajiv Gandhi who was present for his last public meeting in the elections campaign at Sriperumbudur, in Tamil Nadu, was assassinated by Dhanu LTTE Black tigeress who detonated the bomb she was wearing under her blouse ? Full Text

Malaysian Tamils to Protests in front of the Sri Lankan Embassy

(November 14, New Delhi, Sri Lanka Guardian) Indian Congress (Youth Division) Tamils is protest tomorrow against Sri Lanka in front of Sri Lankan embassy in Malaysia to condemn Sri Lanka for its continued killing of Eelam Tamils, and is to urge the international community to stop the genocides of Tamils in Sri Lanka. The protest rally is to take place in front of the Sri Lankan Embassy at 2:00 p.m.

The Indian Congress said, over 200,000 Tamils are internally displaced and living in subhuman conditions, with no or limited access to food, medicines, sanitary conditions, and drinking water. This is a great human crisis and every one should go beyond the party politics to bring the plights of Tamils catrastrophic situations to the attentions of the international community. Full Text

Pictures, the pro LTTE website published before Ragu was killed in Colombo

by a Special Correspondent

(November 14, Oslo, Sri Lanka Guardian) One of the pro-LTTE gutter website founded by Nadarajah Sethurupan alias Dirty Sethu published the assassinated Kumaraswamy Nandagopan alias Ragu’s photographs in its website on 12 November 2008. The photographs showed Ragu being circled in red to indicate the intended assassination.

The secretary (Ragu), of East Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan was among two persons shot dead in Athurugiriya this morning (Nov. 14th).

Dirty Sethu’s websites had published news of other similar killings well before the assassinations were executed. The well known of all was the news published in the LTTE website nidarshanam that the Former Foreign Minister Laxsman Kathirgamar will be assassinated well before his murder. Full Text

London Earns SLR. 17 Million For Soldiers Housing

By Walter Jayawardhana

London, 14 November, (Asiantribune.com): The "Api Wenuwen Api" variety entertainment program performed by artists from Army ,Navy and Airforce has earned more than 94,000 British Pounds to be contibuted to the very ambitious housing projects cureently being built for the serving soldiers and the disabled ones.
"In a simple ceremony at the Sri Lanka High High Commission in London the organizing committees of the of the of the London, Birmingham and Manchaster Api Wenuwen Api programs handed over a check worth UK Pounds 94,108 to Sri Lankan envoy Nihal Jayasinghe," said Brigadier Pasad Samarasinghe , the chief organizer of the events.

The High Commissioner accepting the check on behalf of the government said the September events held in and around London where the artists of the tri-forces performed were a tremendous success. The amount collected is close to 17 million Sri Lankan Rupees. Full Text

Rajapakse snubs Manmohan Singh by refusing to declare ceasefire and commence negotiations

by Special Correspondent in New Delhi

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse delivered a direct snub to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh by rejecting a proposal to declare an immediate ceasefire and begin efforts towards a negotiated political settlement.

When both leaders met in New Delhi the Indian Premier presented a copy of a unanimous resolution passed by the Tamil Nadu state legislative assembly that called for an immediate ceasefire and resumption of negotiations. Full Text

Government is in the middle of Jeyananda Murthy's and Nadesan's ideas, says Lakshman Yapa

(Lanka-e-News, November 14, 2008, 9.30 AM) Minister of Media and the government spokesman on national development Lakshman Yapa Abewardhana says that the government is ready to set forth a power devolution proposal to India if all parties approve it and government will guarantee to implement complete power devolution for north.

The Minister made these observations addressing a press briefing held in Media Ministry auditorium at Polhengoda yesterday morning (13).

The Minister said that the government is to propose the Provincial Council system that is effective in the Eastern Province and parliament approval is needed for broader power devolution.
The Minister said that according to current constitution non other than power could be granted in resonse to Mr. S.B. Disanayaka's statement that he was ready to contest Central Provincial Council as the Chief Minister if authority including police powers is granted. Full Text

Pillayan's secretary gunned down

A secretary of East Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan was among two persons shot dead in Athurugiriya this morning (Nov. 14th).

Unidentified gunmen had struck around 11.00 am as the car carrying Kumaraswamy Nandagopan and another party supporter were passing Steel Corporation.

Our correspondent at the scene reports the vehicle, a metallic-gold Volvo has an Eastern Provincial Council registration number EP KH-3685.

It appears that the vehicle had been stopped by the roadside when the shooting occurred, the correspondent said.

Police as well as Chief Minister Chandrakanthan have visited the murder scene. Full Text

Sri Lanka: as rains arrive, ICRC steps up help for civilians fleeing conflict in the Vanni

Tens of thousands of civilians from the Vanni remain displaced after fleeing fighting between government security forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

"Security and stability are a pressing concern for displaced people in the Vanni. Many of them have had to flee several times since hostilities escalated in July", said Hicham Mandoudi, head of ICRC operations in the Vanni. "What these displaced people want is a place where they can stabilize their lives. They’re exhausted after moving from one place to another, each time leaving behind more of their belongings."

The ICRC is still the only international humanitarian organization permanently present in the Vanni, where the organization operates with the agreement of both the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE. Full Text

Karunanidhi again demands Indian intervention in Sri Lanka

Chennai, Nov 14 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi Friday insisted on a political road map to end Sri Lanka's ethnic conflict, saying India needed to take pro-active measures to end the strife.

The chief minister also offered the resignations of DMK ministers from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's United Progressive Alliance (UPA) cabinet to force India to act.

'Neither the DMK nor other parties are heartless enough to ignore the sufferings of Tamils in the neighbourhood and cling to power. To press for an immediate ceasefire in Sri Lanka, our ministers in the central cabinet will quit if needed,' Karunanidhi told the state assembly. Full Text

Who are the Human Rights violators?

We present 09 case studies which reveal, if not for the remarkable investigative talents of the security forces and the Police horrendous crimes against humanity would have been committed by the agents of the LTTE posing off as civilians.

The significant fact is having attempted to commit acts of human rights violations against society, those LTTE agents seek the protection of the clauses embedded in our constitution to protect the human rights of citizens.

This shows the respect Sri Lanka has for human rights, enabling those who infringe human rights, the opportunity of defending themselves by seeking the protective clauses of the human rights. Such is our rule of law.

Strangely, LTTE foreign funded NGO's are silent on these aspects while forever complaining of human rights violations by Sri Lanka. They do so because their existence is dependant on acquiring funds from their foreign masters only if they agitate for human rights against Sri Lanka. These are the anti national, anti social, organizations that are supporting the LTTE, under cover of protecting human rights. Full Text

Army 57 Div maneuvering to Kilinochchi

The Army 57 division , operating on the main axis of the Wanni theatre of operations are now successfully maneuvering towards the Kilinochchi town, the administrative hub of the LTTE terrorists, say the defence sources.

Daylong clashes were reported yesterday (Nov 13) as troops of 571 and 572 brigades marched further northwards destroying LTTE positions along the western boundary of the Kilinochchi built-up.

Troops had a series of confrontations with the terrorists in the South Pudimurippukulam area, about 6 Km North of Akkarayankualm tank bund . Intercepted LTTE radio transmissions confirmed heavy damages to the terrorists. Troops found one body of an LTTE cadre and 3 T-56 riffles during subsequent search operations.

Meanwhile , the foremost fighting elements 571 brigade attacked a group of terrorists in the Adampan area , 9 Km north of Akkarayankulam tank bund in the evening hours. Intercepted LTTE radio transmissions confirmed severe damages to the terrorists. Also, troops of 574 brigade operating on the eastern flank of the Kilinochchi front engaged terrorists in the Mankulam area at several occasions during daytime.

Meanwhile , intercepted LTTE radio transmissions revealed that senior LTTE leader called "Lieutenant Colonel Kali Arasan" was killed in clashes on Wednesday (Nov 12) Defence.lk

Task Force 1 nearing Task Accomplished; terrorists fast loosing the battle of Pooneryn

he Army Task Force 1 (TF 1) is making a rapid progress in the Western Kilinochchi battlefront in terms of both ground gains and attrition caused to enemy, reveal the battlefield sources.

Troops completed mop up operations in the strategically located Devils Point area yesterday (Nov 13) and declared the area fully liberated. With this achievement prominent Sea Tiger strongholds at Kiranchi, Vallaipadu and Palavi fell to the Army. Troops having outflanked the terrorists in the Devil's Point, cramped them into the triangular shaped projection of the mainland to the sea during last few days.

Meanwhile, the main thrust of the TF 1 directed at the Pooneryn LTTE bastion has successfully negotiated the marshlands of Pooneryn and positioned itself just 500 m behind the Pooneryn- Paranathan road (B-69) at an undisclosed location. Full Text

LTTE Hero’s Day event at Excel Centre

(November 14, London, Sri Lanka Guardian) Administration of ExCel London based at One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London E16 1XL confirmed that a Tamil group has booked their hall for National Awakening Day on the 27th November 2008. They also confirmed they are awaiting for the organizers to contact them to finalise the event.

The ExCel Centre has been hired by the main LTTE front organisations and for the past few years the Centre had to face police intervention and restrictions were imposed on the event. When protest was made against the event the ExCel Centre confirmed that they will entertain written complaints about the event and gave their email address (eventsmanagement@excel-london.co.uk) to submit the objections. Full Text

Indian experts challenge Jayalath Jayawardana's pro-LTTE press release

Chennai, 14 November, (Asiantribune.com): Indian National Congress activists and anti-terrorism groups expressed shock at recent utterances of the Sri Lankan politician Dr Jayalath Jayawardana who urged Indian intervention to save the beleaguered Tamil Tigers in Kilinochchi. They said that Dr Jayawardana’s Press Release issued in New Delhi stating that the Tamils in the north are starving and India should intervene to save them is contrary to the reports issued by UN bodies and various INGOs on the humanitarian situation.

"Is the UNP, of which Dr Jayawardana is a member, endorses his call?" Satish Kumar of Delhi Free Thinkers’ questioned. "Dr Jayawardana is trying to save the LTTE, which is facing defeat in the battle front. We in India feel that the UNP should support the government’s efforts to liberate the Tamil masses from the LTTE grip and to restore their democratic rights. In India we all join when there is a national issue," he pointed out. Full Text

Rajapaksa, Singh cover familiar ground, fail to bridge the India-Lanka divide

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune
New Delhi, 14 November (Asiantribune.com): President Mahinda Rajapaksa's bilateral talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here on the sidelines of BIMSTEC summit covered the familiar ground but failed to bridge the India-Lanka divide. The meeting took place against backdrop of a call by Tamil Nadu assembly for a ceasefire in the Eelam War IV.

Expectedly, the safety of ethnic Tamils dominated the discussions. While the Indian leader talked about the 'humanitarian' of the on-going conflict in the island and underlined the need to ensure 'protection' and 'welfare' of 'innocent' Tamils caught in the war, the Sri Lankan President apprised him of the steps being taken to protect the interests of Tamils and made it clear that the military offensive against the LTTE would continue. Full Text

"Pillaiyan is doing a very good job" – M.L.A.M.Hisbulla

The eastern provincial council election held a few months ago, was a defining moment in this country’s history. Like the great battle of Kurukshetra in the Mahabharatha, it saw everybody in the east divided into two clearly defined camps. It brought together traditional enemies onto one platform to defeat the common enemy. The LTTE and TNA sided with the SLMC and Many independent Muslims sided with the TMVP. In the aftermath of the election, there was a tug of war between Pillaiyan and M.L.A.M.Hisbulla for the chief minister’s position. Now six months into the eastern government that was cobbled together by the president, minister Hisbulla speaks to C.A.Chandraprema of his relationship with the Tamil chief minister and the place of Muslims within the eastern provincial council. Full Text

War will end in two years: top Tax official

Senior Tax Advisor to the Ministry of Finance, R. P. L. Weerasinghe told the private sector that the war is billed to end in two years and that the new taxes, increases to taxes and cesses in the budget would not lead to an increase in prices in general as warned by several analysts and business chambers.

The war will end in two years time and hence the need to build development funds for the North and East through the new Nation Building Tax proposed in the 2009 budget, he predicted.

He was defending the imposition of a new one percent tax on turnover, the Nation Building Tax (NBT), which the private sector was not too enthusiastic about as it would add to the burdens from an already complex tax regime. Full Text

Army assures protection to surrendering LTTE cadres Military spokesman

Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara yesterday called on LTTE cadres facing advancing Government troops in the Wanni and Mullaitivu areas to lay down their arms assuring them that they will be given full protection.

Addressing the weekly Defence briefing, Nanayakkara said that they were being used as cannon fodder by the Tigers in a losing battle. It is a matter of time before the depleted LTTE is wiped out by the security forces, he said.

Answering a query by Foreign Correspondents saying that the Army Commander had said that the war will not come to an end until the last LTTE cadre is killed and how come the lives of some of the Tigers who have surrendered in the last few days have been spared, Nanayakkara explained that according to the international convention in war, when the enemy surrenders in battle, he or she is not killed. Full Text

Govt. warned: Tigers may infiltrate army posing as TMVP cadres

Defence sources have warned that the LTTE will be sure to exploit the proposed recruitment of TMVP (Thamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal) cadres to infiltrate the Army and Civil Defence Force (CDF),.

An authoritative security official told The Island that this possibility couldn’t be dismissed. A large scale infiltration would jeopardise security not only in the Ampara-Batticaloa region, where the new recruits were to be deployed, but other areas, including Colombo as well, he said. The security threat would be immense, he said. The government must take every possible measure to screen the TMVP cadres.

Over the past few weeks, LTTE agents operating with their erstwhile colleagues in the Eastern Province had killed 14 Karuna loyalists. Full Text

End of road for Tigers as troops close in on Pooneryn

As troops continue their forward march from all four major battlefronts the LTTE is hit with a problem regarding their priority to decide whether they should go defend their pride and prestige or to defend their strategic strongholds as they are fast losing their strength on all four fronts.

The LTTE is confronted with this dilemma as Kilinochchi, the ‘capital’ of the LTTE’s imaginary Tamil Eelam which is considered the pride of the LTTE and its strategic strongholds Pooneryn and Mullaitivu are already under threat by the Security Forces. The troops of all four offensive Divisions now operating in the Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts are within striking distance to Pooneryn on the North Western coast, Kilinochchi in the centre and Mullaitivu on the North Eastern coast with troops reaching the strategically important Kumulamunai village by yesterday. Full Text

Hardcore Tiger suspect nabbed in Ukuwela

An LTTE suspect alleged to have disbursed funds to strengthen terrorist activities in the hill country including Kandy and Matara was taken into custody at Ukuwela by the Kandy Anti-terrorist Unit.

Police intelligence have revealed that the suspect had undergone special training at Kilinochchi and was behind a number of terrorist acts committed in the hill country. He has been identified as a close accomplice of the hardcore LTTEer, Kannan. Dailynews

Troops regain Devil's Point

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Task Force 1 broke through the West of Killinochchi and regained the LTTE's strategically important Devil's Point and Valleipadu yesterday morning confining the Tigers only within Pooneryn.

Addressing the media yesterday on the security situation, Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said Task Force 1 gained another victory entering the West flank of the Killinochchi battle front and captured Devil's Pointand Valleipadu in morning. "This is another blow to the LTTE as their entire sea activities will be limited only to Poonaryn with the fall of the strategically important coastal LTTE fortification", he added. Full Text

ICRC asked to make suitable entry/exit point shift

COLOMBO: The Defence Ministry has officially made a request from the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) to find a suitable location to shift the sole Entry-Exit point and cross loading point between the uncleared areas and the cleared now functional at Omanthai, to a place closer to Oddusudan, Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa told the Daily News last night.

“We made this request officially from the ICRC this week as we believe that there is no point of having the entry-exit point there in Omanthai as there are no LTTE presence in the Omanthai area at present,” the Defence Secretary added. Full Text

LTTE must disarm

COLOMBO: The Government’s firm stand on the Ceasefire Agreement is unchanged, Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said adding there will not be peace negotiations with the LTTE unless it lays down arms and surrenders.

Addressing the media yesterday on the weekly security situation at the MCNS, Government Defence Affairs spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said during the last few days certain elements behind the LTTE proposed a CFA with the LTTE. “This was the normal practice of the LTTE when they were defeated militarily and weakened. They call for peace negotiation to halt the offensive and avoid the Security Forces’ humanitarian mission to liberate uncleared areas. Full Text

Artistes carry peace message through Adishtana Pooja

Shirley WIJESINGHE

COLOMBO: The Adishtana Pooja by Sri Lankan artistes aimed at carrying the message of peace and harmony, goodwill and brotherhood and principally organised to clear the air regarding the ongoing humanitarian operations in the North to their protesting South Indian counterparts was held yesterday at Torrington Square with the participation of a large gathering of film and tele-stars and personalities in the art field.

The main objective was to create a true picture of the ongoing humanitarian operations in the North to rescue the innocent civilians trapped in the grip of LTTE terror, veteran actor Ravindra Randeniya, an organiser of the event stated. Full Text

No let up in air strikes Defence Spokesman

COLOMBO: The Government yesterday vehemently denied allegations made by certain parties that the Air Force had restricted air attacks in the North and the Wanni fearing civilian casualties, Government Defence Affairs Spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said.

"Civilians are our prime concern in the ground battles and the ongoing humanitarian operation in the North and the Wanni." the minister said.

Addressing at the MCNS yesterday, Minister Rambukwella said there were allegations against the Air Force that the air raids were curtailed due to the civilian casualties during air sorties in the North and the Wanni. Full Text

Troops move across the A-9

Heavy fighting as Army closes in on Kilinochchi and Pooneryn

As the Sri Lankan Armed Forces are getting closer to their next target to capture the last sea base held by the LTTE in the western flank of the A-9 road (Jaffna-Kandy), the newly formed offensive unit Task Force III for the first time marched across the A-9 road at Kokavil and moved deep into the Mullaitivu area amidst heavy resistance from the Tigers.

Last week, troops under the direction of Task Force III Brigade Commander Brigadier Satyapriya Liyanage advanced their defences more than two kilometres into the eastern flank of the A-9 road in Kokavil. The LTTE using their maximum firepower continued to put-up heavy resistance against the advancing troops, as the fall of the area was a heavy loss for the Tigers.

Starting on November 2, the Task Force III made tremendous advancements since then inflicting heavy damages to the Tigers. Ground information revealed that fighters of the ‘Charles Anthony’ and ‘Malathee’ brigades of the LTTE were also called to the area in order to stop the military advances. Full Text

Suspicious persons in Badulla

By Palitha Ariyawansa

Badulla police have launched an investigation into a suspicious youth who was seen around the Uva Wellassa University premises. University security personnel observed him on Sunday (9th), but the youth managed to give them the slip before they could question him.

A student of the university who was seen with the person in question has stated that the youth who is a resident of Batticaloa had come to visit him. Full Text

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Arrack intended for LTTE areas found

The military, yesterday, uncovered an attempt to smuggle a large consignment of arrack bottles to the uncleared LTTE areas in Vavuniya.

Army headquarters said that the Army had found a consignment of 3129 bottles of liquor, 238 beer cans, 4068 pairs of footwear, five photocopiers, sixteen toner cartridges for photocopiers, a stock of leathercloth, polythene and trouser material, packed in corrugated paperboard boxes, and apparently left for safe-keeping in a shop in Vavuniya town. Full Text

Tamils are our people -President tells India

Rajapaksa addresses BIMSTEC, says issues exploited by the LTTE should be dealt with politically

Visiting Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa said yesterday that there was no question of ordering a cease-fire against the LTTE, and added that his government would take all necessary steps to protect the Tamils in Sri Lanka.

"The Tamilians are our people; we have been taking care of them and we will continue to take care," Rajapaksa said, according to ANI news service.

Mr. Rajapaksa told reporters in Delhi: "For the last twenty years, we have been witnessing this ceasefire. We will not allow terrorism to continue." Full Text

LTTE cannot be crushed, say Sri Lanka Tamil MPs

New Delhi, Nov 13 (IANS) The Tamil Tigers cannot be crushed, two Sri Lankan Tamil MPs said Thursday, reacting to claims that the rebels were on the verge of losing the dragging war in the island nation.

"We have been hearing from various (Sri Lankan) presidents that the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) will perish. There is nothing new in it," N. Sri Kantha of the pro-LTTE Tamil National Alliance (TNA) told the media here.

Sri Kantha and his colleague M.K. Shivaji Lingam spoke even as Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa met Indian leaders here.

"The LTTE cannot simply be crushed,' Sri Kantha said. 'It is a military organisation that still controls a sizeable chunk of Sri Lankan territory. It has a 35-year history. It can be defeated but it cannot be destroyed." Full Text

Fight and flight - The LTTE's air cargo ambitions

Satellite imagery has revealed a number of runways in LTTE-controlled areas of Sri Lanka. This could either show civilian aspirations towards statehood or a desire to fly in weapons. Jane's looks at the evidence and suggests the latter is more likely.

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is losing its war for an independent state in Sri Lanka. Since the effective resumption of the conflict in 2006, it has lost control of the Eastern Province and seen its forces slowly pushed back in the north. The LTTE's priority must now be to ensure a continued supply of arms and ammunition to prevent further defeats. Full Text

Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian called on India to Complete its unfinished agenda in Sri Lanka

New Delhi, 14 November, (Asiantribune.com with inputs from agency reports) : Pressing for an "acceptable" political solution to Sri Lanka's ethnic problem, the proxy LTTE Tamil political party of Sri Lanka today sought India's intervention to stop war and suggested it could bring LTTE chief V Prabhakaran "on board" for a negotiated settlement.

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) appealed to India to "complete its unfinished agenda" in Sri Lanka and ask Mahinda Rajapaksa government to stop its "obsession with a military solution" to the ethnic issue.

Senior TELO leader N. Sri Kantha and a member of parliament from the TNA said the Sri Lankan government should commit itself to resolve the conflict through a political settlement to avoid "a split" in the country. Full Text

Thursday, November 13, 2008

DEFEAT OF THE LTTE WILL LIBERATE THE TAMILS!

By Kumar Rupesinghe

Introduction

With the perceived decline in the fortunes of the LTTE, there has been a debate in the South arguing that the LTTE would be defeated and vanquished in the current military campaign launched by the Government and that such a defeat would benefit the Tamils.

Victor Ivan in his newspaper article “Mahindage koti virodhee yuddhaya saha demala janathawage anagathaya, - according to him, the war is now in its last stages with the LTTE facing defeat. He suggests that this may be the best scenario for the Tamil community. He states that although the Tamil people may suffer a little initially at the defeat of the LTTE, once the LTTE domination of the Tamil community is halted, there will be greater benefits to the said community. Even if they gain only a few concessions from the Rajapakse government, they are sure to gain many more concessions indirectly from the elimination of the LTTE. Those who have lost heir lands due to the war will be able to resettle in their lands; in the same manner, when Prabhakaran is defeated, the Tamil people in the North will be able to live their lives with much freedom. After the elimination of the LTTE, new ideas will emerge in the Tamil society and also a new leadership and new activities. Instead of living continuously in a stagnating and never ending war situation with or without intermittent periods of ceasefire, the Tamil people will be able to come out of this doomed, desperate condition if the war ends at its earliest, even if it comes at the cost of the defeat of the LTTE. Full Text

WILL PRABHAKARAN SWALLOW CYANIDE?

By Kumar Rupesinghe

Introduction

In the days leading up to the elections for the North Central Provincial Council and the Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council, the Prime Minister and Government Ministers boasted that the armed forces were marching towards Kilinochchi and it would be a matter of weeks when Kilinochchi would be captured. Ministers promised that the leader of the LTTE, Prabhakaran would be captured dead or alive and that Prabhakaran’s only option would be to swallow Cyanide. The President in some of his speeches called for the body of Prabhakaran to be brought before his feet. This is unprecedented language and no President or Prime Minister has used such rhetoric in their public discourse hitherto. Previous Presidents never dared to say the unthinkable i.e. the total annihilation of the LTTE; they merely wanted to weaken the LTTE, to resume negotiations. Sure enough Prabhakaran is wanted and a reward has been offered for his capture. The Sri Lankan courts have sentenced him to over two hundred years in prison. There have been many attempts on his life and he has survived most of the Presidents and continues to lead his formidable organization. So far, he has evaded all efforts to kill him and has avoided arrest. It is yet to be seen if he will swallow a cyanide pill. Unlike with the Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan, where the leadership decided to leave their territory and seek sanctuary in the vast Muslim Diaspora, the LTTE leadership cannot seek sanctuary in India and does not have a hinterland within Sri Lanka to hide; therefore, theoretically there is a possibility of killing some of the leaders. Even if this does happen, the LTTE would have made contingency plans for a virtual organisation to remain intact. Therefore, my argument is that we have to settle for a long and protracted war. Full Text

LTTE needs to be destroyed..

I wish to draw the attention and awareness of the public of Sri Lanka. I very much urge and pray very hard that the Sri Lanka Government will and must wipe out LTTE especially the leader, Prabakaran because of numerous reasons as mentioned herein. Firstly, I personally regard him as a terrorist and a cold blood murderer. He killed so many people including the Tamilians directly or indirectly for about 30 years now. He clearly shows an image that he cannot convince people’s heart by communicating to others in a peace and educated or diplomatic manner BUT opted to show his power by threatening others by his fire arms.

He is power craze. He always wants to be the leader of Tamil Eelam to gain popularity and fame. No one should or can replace him including his brother in law that until todate, there is no news about his brother in law who wanted Prabakaran’s position. He may be shot/killed by Prabakaran….who knows? Why he wants to be the Leader of Tamil Eelam when he is not at all gentle or tolerant. No one can have a decent talk with this “beast”, who has no heart for anyone especially the Tamilians in Sri Lanka. He is so violent and how can he be a good leader in ruling a country??? He is only interested to save enough money for him and his family (perhaps for the next 4 generation). Full Text

Racial hatred towards the majority Sinhala Community, is organised by the Tamil diaspora.

"A Sinhala can say that Sri Lanka belongs to him, so can a Tamil , a Muslim, a Burgher or a Malay. That is logically true, but belonging to Sri Lanka makes each one a part of the larger Nation."
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by Charles.S.Perera

(November 13, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) Sri Lanka Guardian website Published an article with the image of the President Mahinda Rajapakse along side the image of Hitler and a swastika. The article compared the President Rajapakse speaking in Tamil at the UN GA, to Hitler speaking in Hebrew. That image was really shocking and a saddening reminder of the hatred of the Sri Lanka Tamil diaspora towards the Sinhala Community. The Sri Lanka Guardian Website should not have published that image. Full Text

Tell the truth about LTTE

"People in Tamil Nadu cannot support an organisation that is designated as a terrorist group by 31 countries, including India, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and 27 members of the European Union."

by G. Parthasarathy

(November 13, New Delhi, Sri Lanka Guardian) A major lesson that the Manmohan Singh Government has learnt in recent days is that the warm and friendly Delhi-Colombo relationship cannot remain unaffected by the dynamics of Colombo-Chennai equations. Significantly, some of Sri Lanka’s most astute officials are appointed as Colombo’s Deputy High Commissioner in Chennai. If people in Punjab get outraged by Sikh children in France being prohibited from wearing turbans in schools, it is unrealistic to expect that relations with Sri Lanka can be conducted smoothly if Tamils in Sri Lanka, who have strong familial, emotional and cultural ties with their fellow Tamils in India, are perceived to be suffering, or persecuted. Political parties in Tamil Nadu inevitably have links with one or another Tamil group in Sri Lanka. New Delhi itself has maintained links with several Tamil leaders, political parties and in the past, even with militant outfits in Sri Lanka. Full Text

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Tamil Nadu politics to save Prabhakaran cannot save Sri Lankan Tamils

(November 13, Melbourne, Sri Lanka Guardian) After flashing excessive and ear-piercing sounds than soothing light, the Tamil Nadu Assembly unanimously passed a resolution yesterday demanding “an immediate halt of military operations, reverting the Sri Lankan military to old position and a commencement of political negotiations to find a solution to the Tamil problem.” This was predictable.

But this raises a question that cuts into the very military and political fundamentals of the Tamil Tigers. They consistently boast of being a superior military force that brought not only the Sri Lankan Army to its knees but defeated the fourth largest Army in the world – India. If the Tamil Tigers were able to defeat the Indian Army why is Karunanidhi, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, engaging in a futile exercise of forcing Delhi to save the mighty army of Velupillai Prabhakaran? Full Text

German Parliament Passes Anti-Terror Law

(November 13, Berlin, Sri Lanka Guardian) Germany's lower house of parliament has approved a hotly debated law vastly expanding the surveillance capabilities of the federal police. Opponents lambaste the measure as an effort to create a "super police" -- and look forward to their day before the Constitutional Court.

For months, a large number of Germans have fretted over whether federal lawmakers would grant federal police aggressive evidence-gathering abilities to combat terrorism. They feared they could be similar to the highly developed -- and criticized -- ones enjoyed by the FBI or those portrayed in "The Lives of Others," the Oscar-winning film about an eavesdropper working for the Stasi, the secret police of the former East Germany. Full Text