Saturday, April 4, 2009

'LTTE chief hastily retreats before forces surround area'

(DH)The army believes the two top rebel leaders would be within the vicinity of the surrounding troops even as the security forces recovered a damaged bullet proof limousine belonging to Prabhakaran...

Beleaguered LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran and his top commander Pottu Amman were hiding in an area in the last rebel bastion of Pudukudiyirippu but hastily retreated from there just before it was surrounded by Sri Lankan forces, a top military officer said. Full text

Army Commander Reviews New Developments in Vanni

(defence.lk)Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka, along with a few Senior Officers of the Army Headquarters, flew to Vavuniya to review the latest developments of the security situation in Vanni areas.

Army Commander, after being received by Commander Security Forces Headquarters Wanni (SFHQ-W) Major General Jagath Jayasuriya, was conducted to the SFHQ auditorium where he met senior ground commanders and discussed the present security situation in Vanni. He also issued further instructions to his ground commanders.

Catholic Church, an ally of Tamil Tiger terrorists

By Ranjan Jayakody, Mohan Gunaratnam and Ranjit Surendran

(April 04, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) Desperate situations call for desperate measures and desperate measures can leak out material factors that may have begot or moulded certain movements, their hidden agendas and even ultimate intentions. It has been suspected for a long time that the powerful force behind the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was the Catholic Church continuing with the Catholic Portuguese colonial traditions of atrocities and carnage that was led by this church in Sri Lanka. Full text

A ‘Political Solution’: the Rajapaksa Approach and the 13th Amendment

By Kalana Senaratne

(April 04, London, Sri Lanka Guardian) A ‘political solution’ that can resolve a decades-long ethnic conflict has been one of our greatest needs. Much has been talked about, discussed and debated. What is lacking is compromise, consensus, but more importantly, action. The need to focus on what can be done today, rather than what ought to be done, should be of greater concern. Recent developments in the North and the East have heightened the need to act fast. Adopting a pragmatic approach and outlook is of critical importance today - not only on the part of politicians in forging a solution, but also in assessing the demands we, as citizens, make as regards a political solution. Full text

Ambassador Jaliya briefs members of US congress

(April 04, Washington DC, Sri Lanka Guardian) Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the United States continued a series of briefings on Capitol Hill last week as government forces cornered Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam militants in northern Sri Lanka.

Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya met with Democratic Representatives Chris Van Hollen of Maryland and Heath Shuler of North Carolina and Republican Rep. Scott Garrett of New Jersey. The meetings included a discussion of developments in the Sri Lankan conflict. (Van Hollen’s father once served as U.S. ambassador to Sri Lanka). Full text

Allow civilians to leave freely - UNSG tells LTTE

"LTTE's severe restrictions on freedom violate international law"

(defence.lk)The Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon has expressed his deep distress by continuing reports of civilians being kept at extreme risk, against their will and with heavy casualties in a very small area by the LTTE, and calls on the LTTE leadership to allow civilians to leave the conflict area of their own free will.

He deplores the forced recruitment of civilians, particularly children, stating the severe restrictions of the LTTE on their freedom of movement violate international law. Full text

Army storms in to LTTE defence; seize 130mm Artillery gun- Anandapuram

(defence.lk)Infantrymen of 14 Gajaba Regiment Operating under 58 division captured a 130 mm Arty gun from the LTTE terrorists this morning (April 04).

According to the defence sources, troops engaged in mop up operations in the Anandapuram area seized the weapon that was being fired by the terrorists on direct mode at the advancing soldiers. Full text

Two tiger boats destroy with terrorists on board

(defence.lk)Troops guarding Alampil area observed two boats in the sea moving towards them around 3.00 a.m. Saturday morning (4). Those two boats armed with machine guns started firing towards the soldiers on the land.

Troops retaliated using automatic weapons destroying both boats with several LTTE terrorists on board. Full text

Tough days for LTTE 'middle-management'

(DW)A team of Commandos from the Special Task Force acting on Military Intelligence this morning ambushed a group of 15 Tigers at Kotiyagala (Situated near general area Siyambalanduwa) along the Ampara-Monaragala border killing 13 and injuring another two who subsequently escaped.

The team was part of a 75-member unit deployed under LTTE leaders "Colonel" Ram and Nagulan operating from the general area Kanjikudiaru. Full text

Sri Lanka Navy thwarts LTTE sea move-off Alampil

(defence.lk)Sri Lanka Navy elite Special Boat Squadron (SBS) sea units deployed in the northeastern coasted waters intercepted a group of LTTE boat around 11.30, last night (03 Apr).

According to the Navy sources, the group of LTTE boats comprised of 10 boats including 3 suicide craft & 7 attack craft. The boats were launched from Puthumathalan coast in the no fire Zone, the sources added. Full text

Terror factory: degeneration of human resources

By Purti Marwaha

Terror Factory: Gruesome facet of terrorism

(April 03, Chennai, Sri Lanka Guardian) It is old and correct saying that one who digs ditches for others to fall therein may himself fall in them. Will this is true in the case of Pakistan too or the problem lies some where else. The modern phenomena i.e. Terror factory is single handedly responsible for the collapse of rarest resource i.e. Human Resource. We the people of the world should get our act together so as to do at least something in an organized way to completely stop the degeneration of human resources. The need of the hour is to stop all talk and do a piece of action or in any case swing into action. Full text

Rev. Jesse Jackson does a Desmond Tutu

By Malin Abeyatunge


(April 03, Melbourne, Sri Lanka Guardian) Last year Rev Desmond Tutu pleaded for UN intervention in Sri Lanka for human rights violation and canvassing to oust Sri Lanka from UJ Human Rights Council. This was his plea “ Sir, We call upon the UK Government to press for an urgent Security Council resolution on the situation in northern Sri Lanka, with the view to dispatching a fact-finding mission there under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General, in furtherance of the Security Council’s primary responsibility under the Charter of the United Nations for the maintenance of international peace and security” Unquote. He further said in attempt appease LTTE terrorists ““With a terrible record of torture and disappearance, Sri Lanka doesn’t deserve a seat on the UN human right council.” Full text

How to prevent a Tiger resurgence

By R. de Silva
Letter to the Editor

(April 04, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) With the conventional phase of the ongoing war fast winding down to a very satisfactory conclusion, the principal overriding national question to be answered will be : How did Sri Lanka come so near to being divided into two states at the hands of a ruthless terrorist outfit that secured physical control over more than 15,000 sq. km. of land, in a long-standing insurrection against a succession of democratically elected governments ? Who were the nations, organizations and people who assisted the terrorists in this revolutionary and unlawful venture ? How does this nation prevent the recurrence of a process where in less than a generation a handful of unsophisticated criminals built LTTE International Inc. into the most powerful, well armed, equipped and feared terrorist outfit in the world ? Full text

Sri Lanka : Ban Ki-Moon Says Civilians Must Be Allowed To Leave Conflict Area

United Nations, 04 April, (Asiantribune.com): Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is deeply distressed by continuing reports from the Vanni region of Sri Lanka that civilians are at extreme risk, with heavy casualties, and that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) are keeping civilians in a very small area of active conflict against their will. While some have been able to leave or escape, reliable reports indicate that the LTTE have prevented others from leaving, including by firing at them. Full text

Ultimatum To Tigers To Free Civilians – United Nations

United Natioms, 04 April, (Asiantribune.com): In a strongly worded statement read out by the UN Spokesperson Michelle Montas today, the UN Secretary-General again warned the LTTE leadership to allow civilians to leave the conflict area of their own free will’ adding that the ‘severe restrictions of the LTTE on freedom of movement violates international Law’.

The former Secretary General of International Alert, and the outspoken Human Rights activist Dr. Kumar Rupasinghe accused Tigers of planning a humanitarian catastrophe and said that use of civilians as hostages is a grave crime against humanity. Full Text

SLAF rejects media reports on LTTE aircraft

(derana)The Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) rejected a news report published by some international media outlets saying that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was in possession of another light aircraft.

SLAF spokesman Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara said they have not received any information over another light air craft belonging to the LTTE. According to him, four light aircraft of the LTTE were already destroyed by the government forces during the past two years. Seven air strips have also been captured by the forces during the ongoing operations in the North. Full text

TNA’s evasive tactics

(TI)The President in good faith requested the members of the TNA to join with the other minority communities of Tamils and Muslims, for a meeting to be held on March 26, to discuss matters of importance to the relevant parties to which the TNA turned a blind eye for reasons best known to them. Full text

Sri Lankan Tamils on LTTE terror – Sunday Telegraph reports

by Walter Jayawardhana

(TI)The mass circulated Sunday Telegraph of the United Kingdom, in a full page article, said the people who escaped from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) controlled area had told them that the remaining people do not like the LTTE's dictatorial mono ethnic hellhole anymore and they want the Sri Lankan army to rescue them. Full text

Tiger ‘cop’ given taste of own medicine

By Hemantha Ranmudu

(TI)An LTTE police officer who infiltrated in disguise the Manikfarm welfare village was set upon by its inmates on Wednesday, April 1.

The police officers who were on duty at the welfare village had rescued the ‘LTTE police officer’ and arrested him. Full text

Forces determined to rescue civilians

(DN)Security Force will somehow rescue civilians trapped inside the No Fire Zone as the LTTE is not allowing the civilians to flee. Troops have almost reached the edges of the Safe Zone from different directions as of yesterday, Army Commander Lt. General Sarath Fonseka told the Daily News.

He said that the way the Security Forces are going to rescue these civilians will be decided once troops clear the one square km terrain surrounded by the 58 and 53 Division troops in the North east of Puthukudiyiruppu. Full text

Keeping the barbarians at bay

(DN)In the past weeks Sri Lanka has been batting a major war to keep the barbarians of the so-called 'do-gooders' and alleged saviours of the Tamil people at bay, and the signs are that it is making a considerable progress on several fronts of this operation, in tandem with the success in operations for the final elimination of the LTTE and terrorism from the country. Full Text

Shiva Pasupathy : Prabhakaran’s jinx

(DN)Shiva Pasupathy former Sri Lankan Attorney General has the audacity to write to UN Human Rights High Commissioner Navanetham Pillay about the plight of civilians in the Northern mainland of Sri Lanka. He sheds crocodile tears about the civilians now being used as a human shield by Prabhakaran getting protective custody from the armed forces. How Pasupathy morphed from being Sri Lanka’s legal eagle to become Prabhakaran’s veritable jinx provides excellent reading in the light of his recent letter to Navanetham Pillai published in www.transCurrents.com. Full text

A noble mission

Concerns have been expressed around the world for the civilians virtually held hostage by the LTTE in the no fire zone in the Vanni. Many world bodies have urged the LTTE to let the civilians go to cleared areas, where the authorities have established a mechanism to look after their needs until resettlement becomes a possibility. Full text

IDPs looked after well

Lakshmi de SILVA

(DN)The relief transitional villages set up in four villages for Internally Displaced People (IDPs) are provided with water, sanitation, schools, post offices with telephone facilities and other infrastructure facilities, Resettlement and Disaster Relief Services Minister Rihard Bathiutheen told the Daily News.

There were more than 62,000 IDPs and the Government has planned to resettle them in four relief transitional villages. There were 10,000 IDPs in the Kadirgamar Relief Transitional Village and the Government expects to resettle 3,000 families or around 15,000 people in each village. Full text

UN envoy endorses plans

(DN)Rasika SOMARATHNA UN special envoy on Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons, Prof.Walter Kaelin expressed his satisfaction over proposed Government plans to initiate relief and resettlement measures for IDPs in the north, authorities said.

Prof.Kaelin was briefed on the ongoing efforts and about ones in the pipeline, by Resettlement and Disaster Relief Services Minister Risath Bathiyutheen and the Ministry officials. Full text

Power along Mankulam road

(DN)The CEB has restored electricity supply along the Mankulam road covering a distance of 35 km from Omana to Mankulam under the Power and Energy Ministry’s Uthuru Wasanthaya program to restore transmission lines, transformers and grid sub stations destroyed by LTTE terrorists. Full text

Prabhakaran’s limousine found

(DN)The 58 Division troops engaged in search and clear operations in the area in the North East Puthukudiyiruppu yesterday recovered a bullet proof limousine confirmed to have been used by Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran close to a luxury air-conditioned bungalow inside the one Square Km terrain surrounded by the Security Forces on Wednesday.

Military Spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara told the Daily News that the luxury bullet proof car was recovered along with four more burnt cars closer to the luxury house. Full text

SECURITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT OPEN TO “BRIEFINGS” ON LANKAN ISSUE

(DM)UNITED NATIONS, April 2 -- As the UN Security Council's president is taken over by Mexican Ambassador Claude Heller for April, Heller on April 2 told the Press that he is open to additional briefings on the situation in Sri Lanka. Inner City Press asked why, despite what the UN counts as 100,000 civilians still trapped in the conflict zone, Sri Lanka did not formally appear on the Council's programme of work for April, distributed Thursday at noon. Full text

WHY TNA SHOULD HAVE GONE TO THE PRESIDENT’S MEETING

(DM)Tamil Tigers, the main stakeholders on the Tamil side in seeking power have been cornered in the battlefield and their total military annihilation is seemingly imminent. Under this circumstance the further debate on the devolution of power has appeared to have taken a back seat.

No government so far took steps to seek a political solution to the ethnic problem without pressure on the part of Tamils. With the LTTE being trapped and their pressure on the government being reduced to the minimum level in history, it is natural that the government felt relieved of taking measures to devolve more powers to the periphery or seek fresh solutions to the ethnic problem. Full text

SHEPHERD SENDING SHEEP TO GUILLOTINE

(DM)This is a story that is likely to be denied by some influential groups despite having some strong evidence that such an incident has actually taken place. A priest who was entrusted with over 500 children by their parents for safe keeping, voluntarily handing them over to the LTTE as recruits is certainly a grievous crime. It’s immaterial to what religion the priest belongs to. The seriousness of the crime that took place in the no-fire-zone is something that needs international attention and a thorough probe. The incident is reported at a time when the Vatican has ventured on a bold move to take tough action on errant priests all over the world in a bid to clean up the Church of the few evil elements in robes. Full text

Karunanidhi receives death threat

(DM)Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi received a death threat on Friday, allegedly from the banned LTTE, police said.

Police said a letter carrying the symbol of the proscribed outfit issuing the death threat was received at Karunanidhi's Gopalpuram residence. Full text

Government discusses IDP situation with UN envoy

(DM)The Government attaches the highest priority for the safety and welfare of the civilians, who are currently being held hostage by the LTTE in the narrow coastal strip in Mullaitivu.

Thus, the military operations to free the entrapped civilians have been painstakingly slow, in order to avoid causing civilian casualties. Despite enormous logistical and other operational constraints, the Government has been sending an uninterrupted supply of food, medicine, fuel and other essential items for these civilians. Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama made these observations when the Representative of the UN Secretary General on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons, Prof. Walter Kaelin called on him at the Foreign Ministry yesterday. Full text

“Indindocorpat” to prevent LTTE intrusion

(DM)Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesia and India will intensify security in Andaman`s territorial waters in anticipation of security disturbances in the region.

Rear Marshal Sagom Tamboen, spokesman for the Military (TNI) headquarters in Jakarta, said here on Thursday that, by doing so, all kinds of threats, including those posed by the entry of Tamil Tiger rebels into Indonesia could be prevented. Full text

Matara teacher arrested over Tiger links

(DM)A teacher of a Matara national school was arrested on suspicion of having had links with the LTTE and its terrorist activities in the South, police said yesterday.

They said the teacher is alleged to have helped the Tigers in the recent suicide attack at Akuressa that killed several civilians including local politicians and seriously injured Minister Mahinda Wijesekara among others. Full text

No power can stop our steps forward: President

By Sandun A. Jayasekera

(DM)President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said malicious attempts of certain foreign and local elements to tarnish the image of Sri Lanka by framing charges of so called war crimes, human rights violations and crimes against humanity would never succeed as long as the government received the backing of the people.

Addressing a function at Temple Trees to welcome 4,000 former Kalutara District UNP supporters to the SLFP fold, President Rajapaksa said he was ready to go to gallows or the gas chamber for more than ten times to save the motherland. Full Text

UK FOREIGN SECRETARY CASTIGATES SRI LANKA

(DM)Britain’s Foreign Secretary David Miliband has told the House of Commons that LTTE actions could not excuse the Sri Lankan government of failing to meet the higher standards expected of democratic governments in a conflict. Full Text

The Big Brown (e) Sahibs

(PISL)Given my deep affection for all things British, I had been wondering for some time whether we had not been unfair to Des Browne, in refusing to accept him as the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to Sri Lanka. The poor man might have been hurt and I had been told by someone who had worked for him that he was comparatively one of the nicer people to have been Secretary of State for Defence, not an easy task in the midst of the British offensive against non-existent weapons of mass destruction. Under Des Browne's kindly guidance, the British had not engaged in the massacres of Shias that had characterized their performance in Iraq in the twenties. Nor had they done the contrary, and massacred Sunnis instead, which some British political dispensations might have thought suitable compensation for their excessive support for Sunnis in the twenties and again under Saddam Hussein, seen once as the hammer of the Persians and the Shiaa before he got out of hand. Full text

Sri Lanka-UN Good Cooperation – President of the Security Council

United Nation, 03 April, (Asiantribune.com): Speaking to reporters at the United Nations after the inaugural meeting of the UN Security Council under the Mexican Presidency, the Permanent Representative of Mexico Ambassador Claude Heller told reporters today (2nd April) that Sri Lanka is not on the Security Council agenda and that Council members have nevertheless received good cooperation from the Government of Sri Lanka to share information about the humanitarian situation resulting from the LTTE’s holding Tamil civilians trapped in the safe zone. Full Text

Absolute support for Government’s efforts to eradicate the scourge of terrorism from the soil of Sri Lanka - Canadian Tamils

Toronto, 03 April, (Asiantribune.com): The Executive board members of Canadian Tamils for Peace and Democracy today voted unanimously in favour of an emergency resolution put forward declaring absolute support to the President of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa to eradicate Terrorism in Srilanka.

The resolution, requests the President to undertake "whatever actions deemed necessary" to crush Terrorism and putforth a reasonable political solution to Tamils. It also thanked the Government of Srilanka for the conference in Colombo inviting moderate Tamils – Sri Lankan oversees to consult and discuss the solution. Full text

Two top LTTE leaders among 47 killed in Sri Lanka: army

(TH)Colombo (PTI): Intensifying their offensive to push the Tamil Tigers out of their last stretch of land, the Sri Lankan troops on Friday killed at least 47 rebels, including two top commanders and captured a strategic area in Pudukudiyirippu, officials said on Friday.

Two top LTTE commanders, Gobith and Amuthab, who headed a special unit named after Prabhakaran's son "Charles Antony," were killed in fierce fighting in which troops wrested the village of Anandapuram, Defence Ministry sources said. Full text

Time ticking down for Sri Lanka's rebel leader

By SCOTT McDONALD,Associated Press Writer AP - Friday, April 3

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - He has been the No. 1 target of Sri Lanka's military for 25 years. Now, Velupillai Prabhakaran's fate _ capture, death, flight _ is key to how the endgame in the island's civil war unfolds.

The ruthless leader of the Tamil Tiger separatists and his remaining fighters are widely believed to be trapped in a dwindling patch of jungle and beach as government forces close in to end the conflict that has killed 70,000. Full text

Civilian "Human Shields" only weapon left for LTTE

by Nick Meo

(TC)The haunted eyes of the grandfather who had just escaped from the Tamil Tigers at their most furious betrayed the horror he had left behind him. "I want to live, not die, and that's why I have come here with my family," he said.

The exhausted businessman was safe in a Sri Lankan army base after weeks trapped with 150,000 other civilians in a seven-square-mile strip of land on Sri Lanka 's northeast coast, short of food and fresh water and incessantly pounded by shells. Full text

Clock ticking for trapped Sri Lanka civilians - UK

Source: Reuters
* Ceasefire needed, Britain says * Civilians receiving only one third of needs * Britain funding registration programme

By Tim Large LONDON,

April 3 (Reuters) - Civilians trapped in the rapidly shrinking war zone in northeastern Sri Lanka face a humanitarian crisis unless combatants agree to an immediate pause in fighting to let them escape, Britain's aid ministry said on Friday. Full text

'LTTE infiltrators' killed in Ampara

Tamil Tiger women
Three women are among those killed, witnesses say
(BBC)At least eleven Tamil Tiger rebels were killed by the police Special Task Force (STF) in Lahugala, Ampara district, police said.

Journalist Wasantha Chandrapala reporting for BBC Sandeshaya says that three women are among those killed by the STF.

Hundreds of people were gathered in front of the Kotiyagala police post as the bodies were brought, he said. Full Text

'We'll develop our area with the aid of our Diaspora siblings'

(April 03, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) Amidst a huge financial deficit the development works in the Northern Province are being taken forward as a result of our striving and untiring efforts, said Social Services and Social Welfare Minister and Chairman of Special Task Force for Northern Province, Douglas Devananda.

The Minister stated this responding to the requests put forwarded to him by the representatives of the public organizations who had a meeting with the Minister in his Vavuniya Office today (02.04.2009). Full text

Tamil National Struggle in Sri Lanka - Where did it go wrong? Part III

Tamils need to be more pragmatic and less utopian

By Victor Ivan

(April 03, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) The political devastation caused to this country by Black July of 1983 is much worse than the destruction caused by the Tsunami. It was a gruesome and an unfortunate event which provided a reasonable guise to the violent Eelam struggle. Black July was the reason for sympathy at an international level for the Ealam struggle despite its violent and utopian nature. It is this incident which spurred neighbouring India to interfere in the problem. However it was neither sudden nor unexpected. For a violent incident that happened in the North, there was a backlash in the South of immense proportions. When compared with the mass scale massacres that happened later, the killing of 13 soldiers could have been a minor incident, but it was a major incident at that time. Although the responsibility for this violent and destructive reaction falls on to the Sinhala peoples’ account, it can not be treated as a thing that happened with the general approval of the Sinhala people. Full text

Make NGO’s stay on track

By Somar Wijayadasa

(AT)As international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) continue to multiply in geometrical proportions, there is an increasing need to monitor their activities. At last count, there were over 48,000 international NGOs worldwide-- and growing. Unfortunately, most of them lack transparency and accountability. Full text

Ban ‘deeply distressed’ at plight of civilians in northern Sri Lanka

(UN)3 April 2009 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today reiterated the need to protect civilians trapped in the area of conflict between the Government and Tamil rebels in northern Sri Lanka, voicing concern at reports of heavy casualties, restrictions on movement and forced recruitment, especially of children.

“The Secretary-General is deeply distressed by continuing reports from the Vanni region of Sri Lanka that civilians are at extreme risk, with heavy casualties, and that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) are keeping civilians in a very small area of active conflict against their will,” his spokesperson said in a statement. Full text

Mop up operations in Anandapuram terror pocket continue; 40 LTTE bodies collected

(defence.lk)Sri Lankan soldiers continuing their mop up operations in the captured Anandapuram terrorist stronghold today (Apr 3) gave a heavy beating to the terrorists. Troops after tactically sealing off the compacted terrorist pocket yesterday (Apr 2) commenced the mop up operations that resulted in heavy close-quarter fighting in the area. Full text

Friday, April 3, 2009

Police Commandos ambush LTTE group; 13 terror bodies found - Panama

(defence.lk)Police Special Task Force (STF) personnel attacked a group of LTTE infiltrators detected in the Panama area this morning (Apr 3). According to the defence sources, 13 bodies of LTTE cadres, five T-56 weapons and one M-16 weapon have been found during the subsequent search. The sources also said that LTTE's explosive expert Paramanantha master is also among the dead

The police commandos launched a special operation in the area, on intelligence indicating possible LTTE presence. The attack took place close to the 10th Milepost at Lahugla around 10.30 AM.

Search operations are being continued..

Govt to provide telecom facilities at welfare centers

(defence.lk)The Government yesterday decided to provide telecommunication facilities to welfare camps and villages in Vavuniya within 48 hours.

Addressing a media briefing at the Presidential Secretariat, Disaster Management and Human Rights Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said through this facility civilians at the welfare centers would soon be able to establish contacts with their relatives in Sri Lanka and abroad. Full text

LTTE loses two battle hardened leaders Amuthab & Gobith

(defence.lk)Defence Intelligence sources have revealed that leader of the "Charles Antony" band of the LTTE, Amuthab, and former leader of the same band Gobith were killed in recent fighting in Puthukkudyiruppu.

The civilians sought refuge with the armed forces yesterday (Apr 2) also confirmed the fact and told the soldiers that the junior and middle level cadres of the LTTE have lost their faith in the outfit and planning to surrender or seek refuge with the armed forces as civilians . Full text

Troops of 53 Div and Task Force 8 extend their forward boundaries further into terror enclave- Puthukkudiyiruppu

(defence.lk)Troops of Army 53 Division and Task Force 8 yesterday (Apr 02) further extended their forward boundaries into the remaining LTTE enclave in Puthukkudiyiruppu East.

According to the battlefield reports , troops of 5 Vijayaba Infantry Regiment (5VIR) had daylong clashes with the terrorists and captured debris of 130mm Artillery gun recently destroyed in both ground and air attacks , one multi purpose machine gun (MPMG), one crew cab, two motorbikes, five T-56 rifles , and one radio communication set. Both ground sources and intercepted LTTE radio transmissions confirmed heavy damages to the terrorists. Full text

Seat-sharing: Vaiko keeps mum

(April 02, Chennai, Sri Lanka Guardian) The stalemate on seat-sharing between the AIADMK and the MDMK seem far from being over. This was evident this morning, as MDMK general secretary Vaiko today chose to mainatain a stoic silence over the issue when queried by mediapersons.

Vaiko today came to the Madras High Court to argue on behalf of party leader Nanjil Sampath on a Habeas Corpus petition. Sampath is detained under National Security Act for his pro-LTTE speeche. Full text

Terror factory: degeneration of human resources

By Purti Marwaha

Terror Factory: Gruesome facet of terrorism

(April 03, Chennai, Sri Lanka Guardian) It is old and correct saying that one who digs ditches for others to fall therein may himself fall in them. Will this is true in the case of Pakistan too or the problem lies some where else. The modern phenomena i.e. Terror factory is single handedly responsible for the collapse of rarest resource i.e. Human Resource. We the people of the world should get our act together so as to do at least something in an organized way to completely stop the degeneration of human resources. The need of the hour is to stop all talk and do a piece of action or in any case swing into action. Full text

26 Suicide bombers on the prowl: President cautions Cabinet

By Ravi Ladduwahetty- Sri Lanka Editor- Asia Tribune

Colombo, 03 April, (ASiantribune.com): President Mahinda Rajapaksa has cautioned his Cabinet that he had been notified by intelligence sources that 16 LTTE suicide cadres have entered the Colombo city.

The President had cautioned his Ministers at the weekly Cabinet meeting Wednesday night, political sources told Asian Tribune. Full text

Troops encircle No Fire Zone Forces poised for civilian rescue:

(DN)The three decade prolonged conflict in the North and East yesterday reached its climax as the Security Forces were able to confine the LTTE, the most ruthless terror outfit in the world into a narrow stretch of 20 square kilometres in the North of Mullaitivu which has been demarcated for the civilians trapped inside the conflict affected zone.

The LTTE which has been propagating all over the world through the LTTE dominated media network to convince the Tamil Diaspora across the globe that they would fight back at any time to reverse the military victories, will have to accept the bitter truth that at last they have been defeated by the military as they lost control of the entire Puthukudiyiruppu and Iranapalai area by yesterday afternoon. Full text

Tigers use 150,000 as ‘shields’

(DN)On March 26, Nick Meo visited Kilinochchi, Elephant Pass and Paranthan and met groups of IDPs who have crossed over to cleared areas

The haunted eyes of the grandfather who had just escaped from the Tamil Tigers at their most furious betrayed the horror he had left behind him. “I want to live, not die, and that’s why I have come here with my family,” he said. Full text

Entrapped civilians: ‘Humanitarian concerns uppermost’

(DN)The Government is sending supplies to an estimated 250,000 as we don’t want to take any chances. There are stories about malnutrition and under-nourishment. One has to only look at these people who are coming out of the LTTE held areas to see that there is absolutely no indication that the people are starving

Q: The LTTE is engaged in a do or die battle. They are targeting military forces from the No Fire Zone. This is a testing period for the Government Forces. Are you confident that in the coming days you can hold on to your international human rights obligations? Full text

War hero's daughter needs your help

(DN)Miss Umesha Nethmi Dissanayake (3) of Kele Amunukole, Eppawela, is suffering from profound hearing loss in both ears. Dr. Janaka Weeratunge has recommended a cochlear implant surgery to cure her debility. The surgery is estimated to cost Rs. 2.8 million.

Her father Army Corporal D. M. M. Dissanayake attached to the Jaffna Achchuveli camp says he is unable to foot this bill due to his family's financial plight. Full text

First SLAF garment factory opens

(DN)The Sri Lanka Air Force has achieved a unique level under the leadership of Commander Air Marshal Roshan Goonetileke, Secretary to the President Lalith C. Weeratunga said as chief guest at the opening of the first garment factory of the Sri Lanka Air Force Seva Vanitha Unit yesterday.

"The Air Force Commander has created history," Weeratunga said. Full Text

Struggling to cope with terrorism’s heartless tragedy

By Kelum Bandara

(DM)Dusk had slowly crept over the rural township of Padaviya and the residents had got back to their homes. The hospital which is located at the northern tip of the Anuradhapura district is buzzing with activity these days. The doctors are seen rushing through the wards checking up on the patients checking their bed tickets, prescribing medication for some while some others are moved to other wards depending on their particular needs. Minor employees ably assisted by the military personnel are seen with wheeled stretchers preparing the patients for the transfers. Full text

Tiger fighting force surrounded

Troops cut off vital supply route linking LTTE forward defences with no-fire zone

(DM)The war between the security forces and the LTTE entered its final phase on Wednesday as the army cut off all supply routes to a large number of LTTE cadres surrounded by the army in less than one square kilometer area outside the ‘no-fire zone.’

Troops of the eleven Light Infantry of the 58 Division captured the last junction named Pachchapulmudai manned by the Tigers that connected the very limited area held by the LTTE in Puthukkudiyiruppu East with the ‘no-fire zone’. Full text

UN envoy Kaelin here to assess HR situation first hand

(DM) A UN representative of the Secretary General on Human Rights of Internally Displaced People arrived here yesterday on a short working visit to assess first hand the situation in the IDP camps in Vavuniya, the government said.

It said the representative Walter Kaelin held discussions with some ministers soon after his arrival and would be leaving for Vavuniya over the weekend.

Human Rights and Disaster Management Ministry Secretary Rajiva Wijesinha told Daily Mirror Mr. Kaelin’s presence in the country followed a request by him to talk to the government and personally assess the situation in the North. Full text

We can lose anything but not our country: PM

(DM)Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake said that it would have taken only half an hour more to end the war, if the government armed forces used inhuman ways.

“As the operations are conducted without causing physical and mental pain on civilians in the clutches of the terrorists, it will take a few more days,” the Premier said addressing a meeting held at the party office of the SLFP Horana Electorate. Full text

Diaspora delegation visits IDP camp

By Amreen Ameen and Nabeela Hussain

(DM)A group of Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora who are in the country have visited camps for Internally Displaced People (IDP) in the North and also had discussions with government officials.

“The government has definitely done its best for the IDPs in the North-East and there is a development taking place,” Dr. Rajasingham Narendran, a member of the Diaspora delegation told Daily Mirror. Full text

No civilian evacuation by US-Pacific Command

(DM)The Barack Obama administration continues to be gravely concerned over the plight of Tamil civilians caught up in the crossfire between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and the Sri Lankan security forces. They have no plans to launch a massive military evacuation by the US Pacific Command till there is a halt in the hostilities in the conflict zone, senior administration officials revealed.

The administration's point man for South Asia, Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher, told rediff.com, "We are following the situation in Sri Lanka very, very closely because we are seriously concerned about the people who are trapped in the fighting and the people who are stuck in the safe zones." Full text

Priest accused of helping LTTE to recruit

(DM)A group of parents who came over to the military side late last month had complained that a priest in the ‘no fire zone’ in Mullaitivu, had helped the LTTE to forcibly recruit several hundred underage children.

According to one mother (whose name cannot be revealed for security reasons), parents had sent some 600 children to a Catholic Church located in Walayarmadam. Full text

Bail for woman who faked abduction

(DM)A woman who allegedly made a false complaint that her husband had been abducted by an unidentified armed gang was produced in court by the Vavuniya police and released on cash bail of Rs.10, 000 by Vavuniya Acting Magistrate M.Sittampalam. Full text

Britain probes ‘aid ship’ heading for Wanni

By Jamila Najmuddin

(DM)The Sri Lanka High Commission in London has raised serious concerns with the British authorities over a humanitarian aid ship scheduled to set sail from Britain next week, to deliver aid to the thousands of civilians trapped in the No Fire Zone in the Wanni.

The ship will carry over 2000 metric tonnes of food and medical aid for the civilians, collected by British politicians and celebrities, various British Tamil charities and UK based organization ‘Act Now.’ Full text

Lankan crisis Sonia expresses anguish

(DM)CHENNAI: The Indian government is in constant touch with the Sri Lankan government on a number of proposals, “in particular on the cessation of hostilities,” so as to enable innocent Tamils to move to safety zones, Congress president Sonia Gandhi said, the Hindu newspaper reported.

“The ongoing conflict and the extreme suffering of thousands of innocent Tamil citizens, especially women and children who are its victims, have caused us all deep anguish. We believe strongly that it is necessary for the Sri Lankan authorities to take whatever steps are needed to safeguard and protect them and their interests. The first step would, obviously, be a cessation of hostilities,” Ms. Gandhi said in a reply to a March 28 letter by Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi. Full text

The ingrained short sightedness of Tamil leaders (Part 02)

By Victor Ivan

Read Part One

(April 02, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) About ten years back, I had the opportunity to discuss the ethnic question with a young Tamil leader who was dreaming of an Eelam State devoid of the Tigers. One of the issues we discussed was the language problem. I told him that in the Constitution of J. R. Jayawardene he has included solutions for the problems of the Tamil people. If the provisions granted by law have not been realised, there is no need for an armed struggle to achieve those rights. Sometimes, these can be won by submitting an appeal on Fundamental Rights to the Supreme Court. If the Supreme Court is unable to grant any redress, then the next course of action has to be considered. I appealed to him to act accordingly. He was really surprised at what I was telling him. Full Text

How JR’s legal eagle Shiva Pasupathy became Prabhakaran’s jinx

By Philip Fernando

(April 02, Los Angeles, Sri Lanka Guardian) Shiva Pasupathy former Sri Lankan Attorney General to President J R Jayewardene has the audacity to write to UN Human Rights High Commissioner Navanetham Pillay about the plight of civilians in the Northern mainland of Sri Lanka. He sheds crocodile tears about the civilians now being used as a human shield by Prabhakaran getting protective custody from the armed forces. Full text

Not in our name

Selva Kumar, Jamal Mohamed and Lenin Benedict, National Post Published: Thursday, April 02, 2009

(NP)Roy Ratnavel's recent National Post article ("Why Canada's Tamils are upset," March 20) may lead readers to the mistaken belief that all Tamils in Canada share the same opinion on the situation in Sri Lanka. In fact, not all Tamils in Canada are from Sri Lanka (many come from India, Malaysia, Singapore and other nations). And even among those Canadian Tamils who do come from Sri Lanka, not all support the LTTE (better known as the Tamil Tigers) or its Canadian affiliates. In fact, most of us don't support the group. Full text

S.Lanka summons Norwegian envoy over 'Tiger call'

COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka said Thursday it had summoned Norway's envoy to complain about the Nordic country's alleged role in arranging a telephone conversation between Tamil Tiger rebels and a UN official.

Foreign Secretary Palitha Kohona said the government voiced its "displeasure" over the call supposedly arranged last week between UN humanitarian chief John Holmes and a Tiger leader based abroad. Full text

Confronting False Dichotomies: the ‘public good’ and the challenge of meeting the ‘terrorist front organization phenomenon’

Brussels, 02 April, (Asiantribune.com): Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg and the EU Ravinatha Aryasinha has called on EU member states to take action against LTTE terrorist front organizations operating in Europe "as a public good”, saying “not only are these organizations a problem as they serve terrorists and contribute to the mayhem they create, they also effectively exploit the generosity and decency of civic minded people in these countries. Additionally, they undermine financial systems, particularly at a time when it already is in deep crisis". Full Text

What is Eric Solheim doing in respect of Sri Lanka?

Will he now sponsor global terrorism of Tiger Terrorism International?

By Jacinta Cruz in California

(April 02, California, Sri Lanka Guardian) According to the Tiger "News-Constuctor Tamilnet, the Norwegian Minister for Tight-Rope Walking and worldwide sponsoree for Tiger Terrorism has had a telephone conversation with Prabhakaran's Valvettiturai compatriot and former Constable-General of the LTTE, B Nadesan. This was reported by the LTTE's director of the Wanni No-More Peace Secretariat, Puleedevan, "Deity of the Tiger." Full Text

Sri Lanka: Conditions improve in IDP camps

(relief web)Vast improvements have taken place in the conditions of the IDP camps where several steps have been taken for their welfare. The objective of the government is to provide maximum relief to ensure the well-being of the IDP without laxing security said Hon. Mahinda Samarasinghe, Minister of Human Rights and Disaster Management addressing a media briefing held at the Presidential Secretariat today (02). Full text

The phenomenal fete of Sri Lanka’s armed forces

By Shenali Waduge

(AT)There are many who believe a military option is not possible. Given that the UN Security Council’s 5 permanent members and the G8 nations account for 88% of the world’s arms trade can anyone envisage wars and conflicts coming to a close? Military solutions become unbelievable and unimaginable because the very powers that voice calls for peace are the very powers that manufacture and sell arms and ammunitions even going so far as to create scenarios for conflicts. Therefore for a developing nation such as Sri Lanka to actually program a military end to a 30 year conflict is an achievement for its success has been against not only the LTTE but against many of these powerful forces that do not desire for wars to end. Therefore, Sri Lanka’s success story should rightfully find its place in history books. Full text

Army annihilate terror pocket in Anandapuram; LTTE lose its final stronghold in Puthukkudiyiruppu

(defence.lk)Sri Lankan soldiers today (Apr 2) destroyed the last stronghold of the LTTE in Puthukkudiyiruppu general area. The soldiers of 58 Division marched into the pocket held by the terrorists at Anandapuram, early this morning and wiped out the terrorists in a close quarter fighting that lasted till the evening.

According to the battlefield sources, the soldiers have so far collected 31 bodies of slain LTTE cadres, along with 50 T-56 riffles, two rocket propeller grenade launchers, two multi purpose machine guns, one M-16 riffle, two radio communication sets, one GPS device, and a map. Also, soldiers have found one armour plated truck, and a speed boat during the subsequent search. Full Text

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Army hunts down LTTE infiltrators - Piramanthalkulam North

(defence.lk)Soldiers of Army 57 Division now manning the active defence in the rear areas of the main theatre of the battle attacked a group of LTTE infiltrators detected in the Piramanthalkulam North area this morning (Apr 2).

According to the defence sources, the confrontation occurred around 11.45 AM. Troops during the subsequent search found 3 bodies of slain LTTE cadres, 30 camouflage uniforms similar to those worn by the Sri Lankan soldiers, six T-56 riffles , two radio communication sets , eight military packs, two claymore mines , C-4 high explosives , one IED, along with other military items.

Search operations are being continued...

'LTTE using suicide bombs to prevent civilians from leaving'

(TOI)NEW DELHI: With its back firmly to the wall, the LTTE is using suicide bombings to prevent entrapped Tamil civilians from leaving the areas still under the control of the Tigers, Sri Lankan high commissioner to India C R Jayasinghe said on Wednesday. Speaking to TOI, he said that the LTTE through such activities was stonewalling all attempts in the island nation to cull out a political solution, the space for which has been created by the military action. Full text

UN envoy on invitation to Sri Lanka

Walter Kaelin, UN Representative of the Secretary-General on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons(news.lk)Walter Kaelin, UN Representative of the Secretary-General on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons, has been invited by SL government for a brief visit. During his stay, UN Representative Kaelin will discuss future plans on IDPs with a top government delegation.
The UN envoy is expected arrive in Sri Lanka on today(02), the UN Human Rights Council announced. Full text

LTTE can be 'finished' in 30 minutes: Sri Lankan PM

Colombo (PTI): Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake has said his forces can "finish" the LTTE in "half-an-hour", but was concerned the for the safety of the innocent civilians trapped in the last rebel-held area.

"The Government can finish off terrorism completely within half an hour if it acted in an inhuman manner. Driving out terrorists (LTTE) from a very small bastion in the north has been time consuming because the Government is acting most humanely considering the safety of civilians held by LTTE as a human shield," the Prime Minister said. Full text

Sri Lanka govt says key rebel supply route closed

COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lankan government forces have cut off an essential supply route to Tamil Tiger rebels trapped in the jungle, the defence ministry said Thursday.

The Tiger guerrillas are battling to hold back a military assault that has pushed them into a 21 square kilometre (eight square mile) patch of land in the northeast of the island. Full text

Sri Lanka says rebels encircled in fierce fighting

By SCOTT McDONALD,

(yahoo)COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – Sri Lankan troops have surrounded dozens of Tamil Tiger separatist rebels during fierce fighting in the island's north in a drive to end a 25-year civil war, the military said Thursday.

The rebels — who once commanded a de facto state across a large swath of the island's north and east — have been pushed into a small sliver of coastal land measuring just 8.4 square miles (21 square kilometers), on the northeastern coast. Full text

Sri LankaN Tamils on LTTE terror - Sunday telegraph reports

(By Walter Jayawardhana)

(defence.lk)The mass circulated Sunday Telegraph of the United Kingdom in a full page article said the people who escaped from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) controlled area had told them that the remaining people do not like the LTTE's dictatorial mono ethnic hellhole anymore and they want the Sri Lankan army to rescue them.

Quoting such a man who escaped to Kilinochchi Sunday Telegraph's Nick Meo said, "What the man had to say about the Tigers would have been unthinkable for a subject of their dictatorial mini state a few weeks ago. 'The people do not like the Tigers any more,' he said angrily. "They are trapped by them and they are scared. They want the Sri Lankan army to rescue them." Full Text