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November 3, 2012

The LTTE Are Freedom Fighters

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[Mr. Haukland] added that he was worried that the proposed talks on the 19th April 2006 may be in doubt unless the situation improves. But he hoped that they would meet, as he considered the meeting of the parties at top level extremely essential, and any postponement or delay would lead to serious consequences. Both the parties are preparing for war. However, he added that it is understandable that building up their forces is inevitable as the Talks will bear fruit if there is a balance of power.

The LTTE are freedom fighters declared none other than the Head of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM), Mr.Hagrup Haukland (he prefers not to use his military title – Brigadier). While Mr. Haukland was with the Defence Secretary Gothabaya Rajapaksa, he said that the LTTE Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam are a not a terrorist organisation like Al Qaeda. He stated that they are Freedom Fighters.

Mr. Haukland joined the SLMM at its inception in 2002 as Chief of Staff. From October 2004 to October 2005 he took leave from work, but rejoined the SLMM as its Head. He took over this position when Norwegian Major General Tronf Furuhofde retired.

It should be noted that this declaration was made prior to Mr. Haukland vacating his office as Head of the SLMM. Even though it cannot be construed as the official version of the Norwegian government, yet it has official significance as Mr. Haukland made this statement while he was in the office of the Defence Secretary of the SL government on 23rd March 2006. The meeting was for Mr.Haukland to introduce the retired Swedish Army officer Mr.Hansen Bauer, who is succeeding Mr. Haukland.

Obviously this statement infuriated Mr.Gothbaya Rajapaksa. He retorted sharply, “You have come here to do a job of work. If you want to do that efficiently be impartial and do not take sides.” The angered Mr.Rajapaksha added that the out going head has come to Sri Lanka to add stints to his resume and not to achieve objectives. The meeting ended after the new Head of the SLMM spoke a few words with Mr.Rakapaksa and left under the pretext of having another meeting to attend.

With the Cease Fire Agreement (CFA) of 22.02.2002, the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) and the Royal Norwegian Government concluded a Status of Mission Agreement (SOMA). The duties, privileges and immunities of the SLMM and its members are defined in that agreement. The LTTE also has in writing committed its agreement to fully implement the SOMA.

In Article 3 of the SOMA the SLMM is accorded the same privileges given to foreign diplomats under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of April 18 1961. This includes immunity from “personal arrest or detention and from legal process in respect of all acts, including words spoken or writes, performed by the in the course of their duty.”

However in Aritcle 4 it is stated “Privileges and immunities are accorded to the SLMM and its members in the interest of efficient and independent fulfilment of the Mission’s task and not for the personal benefit of the individuals concerned. Without prejudice to their privileges and immunities, the Mission and its members will take all appropriate steps to ensure respect for and compliance with the laws and regulations of Sri Lanka.”

The outgoing Head of the Truce Monitors, in an interview given to the papers, did not mince his words. Even though there is no concrete evidence to state that the armed forces of the GOSL are supporting the Paramilitary groups, he reiterated that the existence of several such groups cannot be denied.

The CFA need not be amended.

Answering a question as to whether the CFA should be amended, Mr. Haukland said, I quote:

“I don’t see the need for any amendments if the parties can live up to what they signed. The main thing is to keep the main situation safe. If there are powers or persons who want to amend it then they should come up with ways they can. There is a need however to have some technical arrangements without amending the CFA.”

He added that he was worried that the proposed talks on the 19th April 2006 may be in doubt unless the situation improves. But he hoped that they would meet, as he considered the meeting of the parties at top level extremely essential, and any postponement or delay would lead to serious consequences. Both the parties are preparing for war. However, he added that it is understandable that building up their forces is inevitable as the Talks will bear fruits if there is a balance of power. It is part of the game and there is a need for that, he said. However, he was confident that the President, the LTTE or other national leaders do not want a new war; because it will be devastating and they all know that.

When Mr. Hauklnad was asked to comment on the conditions put forward by the GOSL to the LTTE opening up political offices in the army-controlled areas, he said, I quote “It is one of the main things in the CFA that the LTTE should be able to do political work in the government controlled areas. They were about to open but postponed it because of the demands. Some of the demands are ok but some are ridiculous.”

Question: The allegation is that the CFA has provided the LTTE to train their cadres.
Answer: They are training and the army is training as well.

Question: But an army of a country has the duty to maintain security. You are talking of an elected government.
Answer: I know that but be realistic. There are those who say to disarm LTTE to talk. They are dreaming. If I have been fighting for a cause and you want me to disarm then you bloody well give me a guarantee before I hand over my weapons. I am not defending anyone.

Question: Statistically the LTTE have committed more number of violations.
Answer: It is up to every individual to hold his or her own view of the statistics. The LTTE have committed more than the government side. But it is also a question of how you read it. The majority of the violations by the LTTE is related to child recruitment. That is very serious as it is illegal. No need to say killing a person is a CFA violation and flag hoisting by the LTTE is also a violation. See the difference.

Q: Have you seen Paramilitary groups?
A: Yes. Last time we saw them was March 28, 2006 at Valaichenai and we spoke to them. They said that they were Karuna’s people. They were armed but in civil. Statements are made by those who are in charge in the south that there are no armed groups operating in their area. This is not true.

There is absolutely no confidence between the two parties. Mutual trust is very essential for progress towards peace. The parties should meet at ground levels and try to sort out the daily problems in addition to the top level Peace Talks.

“I sincerely hope and believe that eventually they will find a solution to the conflict. I have been meeting people and they sincerely want peace but not at all cost” he concluded.

by Kandiah Mylvaganam, April 7, 2006

sangam.org

November 1, 2012

Memory of Brigadier S P Thamilselvan

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Brigadier S P Thamilselvan
(1967 – 2007)
Head of LTTE Political Division, Tamil Eelam

“he gave his life for the freedom of his people”

வாழ்ந்தவர் கோடி மறைந்தவர் கோடி, மக்களின் மனதில் நிற்பவர் யார்? – மானம் காப்போர் சரித்திரம் தனிலே நிற்கின்றார்…

“..There is sobbing of the strong,
And a pall upon the land
But the People in their weeping
Bare the iron hand:
Beware the People weeping
When they bare the iron hand…”

The Martyr by Herman Melville

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S P Thamilchelven A Life of Service to Tamil Eelam…

S. P. Thamilchelvan with Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahre in Oslo,
March 2006

S. P. Thamilchelvan with Thorbjørn Jagland, President, Norwegian Parliament in Oslo, March 2006

S. P. Thamilchelvan with British special peace envoy Paul Murphy, in Tamil Eelam,
November 2006

S. P. Thamilchelvan with Sri Lanka Minister, at Peace Talks in Geneva, October 2006

Canadian High-Commissioner for Sri Lanka, Ms. Valerie Raymond with S. P. Thamilchelvan in Tamil Eelam, July 2003

Japanese Special Peace Envoy Mr.Yasushi Akash with S. P. Thamilchelvan in Tamil Eelam, September 2003

Swedish Ambassador Ms. Ann Marie Fallenius with S. P. Thamilchelvan in Tamil Eelam, November 2002

Danish Ambassador Mr. Michael Sternberg with S. P. Thamilchelvan in Tamil Eelam, September 2003

President, Asian Development Bank (ADB, Mr.Tadao Chino, with S. P. Thamilchelvan in Tamil Eelam, March 2003

S.P.Thamilchevan with UK Shadow Foreign Secretary, Mr. Michael Ancram,M.P., and Lord Ashcroft, September 2003
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Video :LTTE Political Wing Leader Brigadier S.P.Tamilselvan full documentary

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நித்தியப் புன்னகை அழகன் இங்கே மீள்துயில் கொள்கிறான்…. இயற்றியவர்: புதுவை இரத்தினதுரை பாடியவர்: எஸ்.ஜி.சாந்தன், வெளியீடு: தமிழீழ தேசியத் தொலைக்காட்சி

Prof John Whitehall pays tribute to S. P. Thamilchelvan

Dr John Whitehall is a pediatrician, who works as the Director of Townsville Hospital’s Neonatal Unit. John has also saved the lives of children all around the world, doing humanitarian work in often violent and dangerous places. He has worked in the Tamil Homeland in the island of Sri Lanka and pays his tribute to S. P. Thamilchelvan, the political head of the Tamil people.

A Life of Service to Tamil Eelam…

Tribute by Velupillai Pirabakaran, Leader of Tamil Eelam

தமிழுலகமே ஆழமாக நேசித்த ஒரு அரசியல் தலைவனைச் சிங்கள தேசம் இன்று சாகடித்திருக்கிறது: – வே.பிரபாகரன், 3 November 2007

தலைமைச் செயலகம்
தமிழீழ விடுதலைப் புலிகள்
தமிழீழம்.
3 – 11- 2007

எனது அன்பான மக்களே!

சமாதான வழியில் நீதியான முறையிலே எமது மக்களது தேசியப் பிரச்சினைக்கு அமைதித்தீர்வு காணுமாறு அனைத்துலகம் அடுத்தடுத்து அழைப்பு விடுத்தபோதும் சிங்கள தேசத்திலிருந்து நல்லெண்ணம் வெளிப்படவில்லை. பௌத்தத்தின் காருண்யத்தைக் காண முடியவில்லை. சிங்கள தேசம் தனது இதயக் கதவுகளைத் திறந்து சமாதானத் தூதும் அனுப்பவில்லை. மாறாக போர்க்கழுகுகளை ஏவி இராட்சதக் குண்டுகளை வீசியிருக்கிறது. எமது அமைதிப்புறாவைக் கொடூரமாக கோரமாகக் கொன்றழித்திருக்கிறது.

தமிழுலகமே ஆழமாக நேசித்த ஒரு அரசியல் தலைவனைச் சிங்கள தேசம் இன்று சாகடித்திருக்கிறது. தமிழீழ மக்களின் மனங்களை வென்ற ஒரு தன்னிகரற்ற தலைவனைச் சிங்களம் பலிகொண்டிருக்கிறது. எமது சுதந்திர இயக்கத்தின் அரசியற்றுறைப் பொறுப்பாளர் பிரிகேடியர் தமிழ்ச்செல்வனையும் ஏனைய ஐந்து போராளிகளையும் இழந்து இன்று தமிழீழ தேசம் வரலாற்றில் என்றுமில்லாத ஒரு பேரிழப்பைச் சந்தித்திருக்கிறது. இந்த மாபெரும் சோக நிகழ்வு எம்மக்களை அதிர்ச்சியிலும் ஆழ்ந்த துயரத்திலும் ஆழ்த்தியுள்ளது.

தமிழ்ச்செல்வன் எமது சுதந்திர இயக்கத்தில் இணைந்த காலத்திலிருந்தே என்னோடு ஒன்றாக நெருக்கமாக வாழ்ந்தவன். நான் அவனை ஆழமாக அறிந்து ஆழமாகவே நேசித்தேன். எனது அன்புத் தம்பியாகவே வளர்த்தேன். அவனது அழகிய சிரிப்பும் அதனுள் புதைந்த ஆயிரம் அர்த்தங்களையும் அவனுள் அடர்ந்து கிடந்த ஆற்றல்களையும் ஆளுமைகளையும் நான் ஆரம்பத்திலிருந்தே கண்டுகொண்டேன். இலட்சியப் போராளியாக தலைசிறந்த தானைத் தளபதியாக மாபெரும் அரசியல் பொறுப்பாளனாக அனைத்துலகோடும் உறவாடிய இராஜதந்திரியாக பேராற்றல் மிக்க பேச்சுவார்த்தையாளனாக அவனை வளர்த்தெடுத்தேன்.

தான் நேசித்த மண் விடுதலை பெறவேண்டும் தான் நேசித்த மக்கள் சுதந்திரமாக கௌரவமாக பாதுகாப்பாக வாழ வேண்டுமென்று சதா சிந்தித்தான். தான் நேசித்த அந்த மக்களது விடுதலைக்காக விடிவிற்காகத் தன்னையே ஊனாக உருக்கி உறுதியாக உழைத்த ஒரு இலட்சிய நெருப்பு அவன்.

நீண்ட நெருப்பு நதியாக நகரும் எமது விடுதலை வரலாற்றில் அவன் ஒரு புதிய நெருப்பாக இணைந்திருக்கிறான். இந்த இணைவிலே எமது கனத்த இதயங்களில் ஒரு பெரும் இலட்சிய நெருப்பை மூட்டியிருக்கிறான். எமது இலட்சிய உறுதிக்கு உரமேற்றியிருக்கிறான். இந்த உறுதியில் உரம்பெற்று நாம் எமது இலட்சியப் பாதையில் தொடர்ந்தும் உறுதியோடு பயணிப்போம்.

“புலிகளின் தாகம் தமிழீழத் தாயகம்”

(வே. பிரபாகரன்)
தலைவர்
தமிழீழ விடுதலைப் புலிகள்.

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Thamilchelvan laid to rest, 25 000 attend funeral, 5 November 2007

More than 25,000 people took part in the funeral procession of LTTE’s Political Head and Chief Negotiator S.P. Thamilchelvan, despite the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) Kfir bombers circling over the Ki’linochchi town. The remains of Brigadier Thamilchelvan were taken in procession from the LTTE Peace Secretariat to Ki’linochchi Cooperative Training Hall Monday morning and kept there for the public to pay their last respects till 4:45 p.m., where Liberation Tigers Intelligence Wing Chief Pottu Amman and the new Political Head, P. Nadesan, addresed the gathering. Mr. Thamilchelvan was laid to rest at Kanakapuram Heroes Cemetery at 7:45 p.m. Monday.

Thamilchelvan’s wife Sasiroaja, placing her yellow thread of marital union
on the remains of her husband.

Mr. Thamilchelvan’s funeral cortage towards Heroes cemetery started around 4:45 p.m. and reached the cemetery at 6:15 as SLAF bombers circled over the town.

Several LTTE commanders, officials, religious leaders and Tamil National Alliance parliamentarians took part in the funeral procession.

During the last three days of national mourning announced by the political division of the LTTE, the remains of Thamilchelvan were taken in procession to the twelve sectors (Koaddams) of the LTTE-administered Vanni where thousands of people had paid their last respects to the slain leader.

Meanwhile, LTTE officials in Ki’linochchi said they were receiving hundreds of condolence messages from foreign diplomats, NGO officials and other missions on Sunday and Monday through telephone and email. Thousands of Tamils all over the world were also sending in their condolences through various media outfits and email.

LTTE’s new Political Head and Tamileelam Police Chief P. Nadesan paying last respects to the slain political leader
Thamilchelvan laid to rest
Thamilchelvan laid to rest
Thamilchelvan laid to rest
Thamilchelvan laid to rest
Thamilchelvan laid to rest

Thamilchelvan laid to rest

http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=23689

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NaamTamilar leader P. Seeman

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Pattalai Makkal Katchi Vel Murugan’s Tribute

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Tribute by M.Karunandhi, Chief Minister, Tamil Nadu

எப்போதும் சிரித்திடும் முகம் -
எதிர்ப்புகளை எரித்திடும் நெஞ்சம்!

இளமை இளமை இதயமோ
இமயத்தின் வலிமை! வலிமை!

கிழச் சிங்கம் பாலசிங்கம் வழியில்
பழமாய் பக்குவம்பெற்ற படைத் தளபதி!

உரமாய் தன்னையும் உரிமைப் போருக்கென உதவிய
உத்தம வாலிபன் -

உயிர் அணையான்
உடன் பிறப்பணையான்

தமிழர் வாழும் நிலமெலாம் அவர்தம் மனையெலாம்
தன்புகழ் செதுக்கிய செல்வா -
எங்கு சென்றாய்?

Always a smiling face -
A heart and mind that burnt obtacles

A young, young, heart
But Himalayan strength, strength!

In the footsteps of the old singham, Balasingham
But, a ripened and seasoned army commander

An ‘Uthama Valipan’ who with stern determination,
offered himself to help in an ‘Urimai Por’ -

You are not extinguished
You have not gone brotherless

Selva, you who have carved a place for yourself
In every Tamil heart and in every Tamil home
- where have you gone?

Karunanidhi pays homage to slain LTTE leader, Saturday, 03 November 2007 – Sify

Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Saturday paid homage to a Tamil Tiger leader killed in Sri Lanka a day earlier, suggesting his death could spur the battle for “Tamil rights.” In a poem released by the state government, Karunanidhi described S P Thamilchelvan as “a general” who had a “heart that would render the Opposition to ashes.” Thamilchelvan, who headed the political wing of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and was considered close to LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran, was popularly known as ‘Selva.’ He was killed when the Sri Lankan Air Force bombed a rebel base in Kilinochchi in the island’s north early on Friday. The LTTE posthumously promoted Thamilchelvan to the rank of a “brigadier.” Five senior LTTE military cadres also died in the strike. In his poem, written in a manner as if Karunanidhi was addressing it to Thamilchelvan, the Chief Minister said by dying “(you) turned yourself into fertiliser, for the sake of the struggle for (Tamil) rights.”

A prolific writer, Karunanidhi added in his poem:

The ‘Utham Purush’ that you are,
Your life is not extinguishable nor
Would you let your brethren die
Selva, you have carved a place for yourself
In every Tamil habitat and heart
Where have you gone?

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Vaiko condemns killing

Vaiko, General Secretary of Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhakam (MDMK)

Vaiko, the leader of Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) in a communique issued Saturday, called upon the international community to strongly condemn the killing of Liberation Tigers Political Head S.P.Thamilchelvan who was slain in a targeted air attack in Ki’linochchi and condemned the Government of India for providing military assistance to Sri Lanka. An array of political leaders from Tamil Nadu, including K. Veeramani, Pandiyan, Ramdoss and Nedumaran have condemned the killing while Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Kalaignar Karunanidhi condoled the demise of Thamilchelvan, passing a subtle message that the Tamils of Sri Lanka haven’t gone brotherless.

“Whenever representatives from the various countries in the world and United Nations visited Tamil areas in Sri Lanka, it was Thamilchelvan who met them on behalf of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

“He had a special ability to analyze problems, had the talent to tactfully confront his rivals during peace talks and was always able to attract the audience towards him. He led a life of sacrifice.

“I strongly condemn the Government of India for providing military hardware to Sri Lankan government, which is engaged in killing Tamil civilians. The targeted air attack that killed Mr. Thamilchelvan is a clear indication that the government of Sri Lanka has effectively entombed the peace process.

“MDMK deeply regrets the loss of this great son of Tamil Eelam and wishes to express our deep regrets and heartfelt condolences to the LTTE and Eeelam Tamils” the communiqué concluded.

Reflecting the unprecedented grief sweeping across Tamil Nadu, a number of other political and religious groups throughout South India have expressed shock on the killing of S.P.Thamilchelvan and five of his political division members.

Dr. S. Ramadoss

Pattali Makkal Katchi(PMK) leader, Dr. S. Ramadoss

Dr.Ramdoss, founder president of Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) in a comunique issued Sunday said the Tamils will not forgive the killing of S.P.Thamilchelvan, the voice of Eelam Tamils.

“Late Mr.Thamilchelvan took part in all Norway-initiated peace talks, in order to find a political and peaceful solution for the ethnic crisis. His untimely death is a great loss for the global Tamils and is a great set back for the efforts in trying to find a solution through peace talks,” he said.

“India should reiterate to the Sri Lankan government that it should halt the killing of Tamils and try to provide them their reasonable political and human rights.”

P. Nedumaran, the Tamil Nationalist Movement (TNM) leader and a longtime supporter of the Eelam cause, in a communiqué issued Friday from Madurai said “a large number of youths will rise from the blood spilled by S.P.Thamilchelvan.”

“I am shocked by the untimely demise of Thamilchelvan. He represented LTTE during all the peace talks held during the regime of former Sri Lankan President Chandrika as well during each and every Norway-led talks.

“By targeting and killing him, the Sri Lankan government has indicated that it is not ready for any reconciliatory talks in the future,” Mr. Nedumaran said.

Dr. K.Veeramani,

Dr. K.Veeramani, President, Dravidar Kazhagam

Dr.K.Veeramani, the President of Dravidar Kalagam (Tamil Nadu), in a communiqué released Saturday in Chennai expressed deep regrets and conveyed his party’s condolences to LTTE as well as to Eelam Tamils on the demise of Thamilchelvan.

“While the Eelam Tamils are struggling to continue their existence, one of their important leaders together with five of his collegues has been killed by aerial bombardment by Sri Lankan aircrafts.

“The entire world is wailing and shedding tears expressing its humanitarian nature.”

T. Pandiyan of the United Communist Party of India (Tamil Nadu Division) expressing shock and sadness on the demise of Thamilchelvan, said “Thamilchelvan fought for the rights of Eelam Tamils. The Indian government should take steps to impress upon both LTTE and the Sri Lankan government to stop indulging in war and try to find a solution through peace talks.”

Kulaththoor Mani, President of Thanthai Periyar Dravida Kazhagam expressing profound sadness on the killing of Thamilchelvan said ”both the Indian government which has been providing arms and military training to the Sri Lankan troops and the Tamil Nadu Government that had remained silent on the ethnic crisis, should urgently review their stand at this hour of need.”

http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=23684

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Tribute by M.Thanapalasingham, Australia
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ம. தனபாலசிங்கம், அவுஸ்திரேலியா

தமிழ்ச்செல்வனின் சிரிப்பு
மலர்ந்துகொண்டிருக்கும் தமிழீழத்தின் சிரிப்பு

“… இவன் இழப்பிற்கு ஈடில்லை. நாம் அழுவதை அவன் தடுக்கமாட்டான் ஆனால் தளம்பினால் அவன் சகிக்கமாட்டான். எந்த உன்னதமான இலட்சியத்திற்காக தன் உயிரையும் காதலையும் ஈய்வதற்கு அவன் என்றுமே முன்னின்றானோ அந்த இலட்சியத்திற்காக நாம் பன்மடங்கான உறுதியோடு செயல்படுவதே நாம் தமிழ்ச்செல்வனுக்கு செலுத்தக்கூடிய வீர வணக்கமாகும்…”

உண்மையின் அழகும் அழகின் உண்மையும் இரண்டறக்கலக்கும் இடத்தில் உன்னதத்தை தரிசிக்க முடியும் என்பர். தமிழ்ச்செல்வனைக் கண்டோர் உள்ளங்களில் ததும்பி வழியும் உணர்வு இதுவாகத்தான் இருக்க முடியும். இந்தக் காட்சியில் தோயும்போது தேசியத்தலைவர் குறிப்பிடும் அந்த மந்திரச்சிரிப்பின் உள்ளே புதைந்து கிடக்கும் ஆயிரம் அர்த்தங்களை தேடமுடியும்.

வீரம் செறிந்த, தியாகம் நிறைந்த, தமிழீழப் போராட்ட வரலாற்றில் , அந்தப்போராட்டத்தின் அரசியல், சமுக, பண்பாட்டுக் கோலங்களின் திரட்சியாகவும் தமிழீழ மக்களின் அன்பின் உருவமாகவும், இவை யாவற்றையும் தன்னுள்ளே வரித்துக்கொண்ட நவீன தமிழ் இராசதந்திரியாகவும் வலம் வந்த ஒரு உன்னதமான மனிதனை இழந்து தவிக்கின்றோம்.

இந்த ஒளி விளக்கை சமாதானத்தின் மேசையில் சந்தித்து அணைத்துவிட முடியாதநிலையில் சிங்களத்தின் வக்கிரம் அவன்மேல் தன் குருரத்தை காட்டியிருக்கிறது. இது தமிழ் மக்களுக்கு புதிய ஒன்றல்ல. சில வாரங்களுக்கு முன்னர்கூட இந்த வக்கிரத்தை அனுராதபுரத்தில் கண்டோம். ரோமனின் பெருஞ்சாலை (The Roman Road ) என்னும் கவிதையில் தொமஸ் ஹஷடி (Thomas Hardy) என்னும் கவிஞன் கூறிய

” நாங்கள் அந்தப் புராதன பெருஞ்சாலை ஊடாக நடந்தோம். அந்த ரோமன் பெரும்சாலை ”

” We walked that ancient throughfare, The Roman Road ”

ஆந்தப் பெருஞ்சாலைக்கு ஈடான , சிங்களத்தை ஆட்டிப்படைக்கும் மகாவம்சக் கருவூலம் என்ற அந்தப் புராதன பெருஞ்சாலையூடாக புயலை தம் மேனியாக்கி ஒரு பூகம்பத்தையே அந்தப் புராதன நகரில் ஏற்படுத்தியிருந்தனர் எங்கள் மறவர்கள். இவர்களின் புயல்மேனிகளை சிங்களம் அசிங்கப்படுத்தியிருந்தததை நாம் மறக்கமாட்டோம்.

ஆன்ரோனியா கிறாம்சி ( Antonio Gramsci ) என்னும் புகழ் பூத்த புரட்சிகர புத்திஜீவி, புத்திஜீவிகளைப் பற்றிக் கூறும்போது எல்லா மனிதருக்கும் புத்தியுண்டு. எனவே அடிப்படையில் எல்லோருமே புத்திஜீவிகள்தான். இந்தப் புத்திஜீவிகளில் தொழில்துறை சார்ந்தோர் , இலக்கியம் விஞ்ஞானம் போன்ற தளங்களில் உள்ளோர் ஒருவகை. ஆயின் சமுக செயல்பாடுகளில் மாற்றங்களை ஏற்படுத்தும் இயல்பு கொண்டோரே உண்மையான பத்திஜீவிகள். இவர்களை (organic intellectual)  உள்ளார்ந்த பத்திஜீவிகள் என்று கூறுவார். தேசியத்தலைவர் எவ்வாறு தமிழ்ச்செல்வன், போரியலில், அரசியலில், இராசதந்திரத்தில் புடம்போடப்பட்டான் என்று கூறும்போது கிறாம்சியின் இலக்கணத்திற்கு தமிழ்ச்செல்வன் இலக்கியமாகின்றான் என்பதை ஊகிக்க முடிகின்றது.

உயிர் எமக்கு பெரும் செல்வம். அதைவிட உயர்வானது காதல். காதலையும்விட உயர்வானது விடுதலை. எனவே அந்த விடுதலைக்காக உயிரையும் காதலையும் நான் துறப்பேன் என ஹங்கேரிய நாட்டின் விடுதலைக் கவிஞனும் போராளியுமான சாந்தோர் பெட்டோஃபி

“உயிரொரு பெருநிதி – காதல்
உயர்வுடை யதனினும் ஆம்
சுயம் பெரு விடுதலை – காண
துறப்ப னவற்றினை நான் ”

ஏனப் பாடியுள்ளமை எம் மறவர்களைப் பொறுத்தளவில் எத்துணை உண்மை.

தமிழச்செல்வன் எடுத்த அவதாரங்களில் அவனது இராசதந்திர அவதாரம் கிருஸ்ணபகவானுக்கே சவால்விடுவதாக உள்ளது.

சொல்லின் செல்வனான இவன், இராசதந்திரமான கேள்விகளுகளுக்கு பதில் அளிக்கும் போது கையாண்ட சொல்சிக்கனம், சொல்லால் சொல்ல விரும்பாதவற்றை தன் உடம்பின் லாவண்ணியத்தால் காட்டிநின்ற பாவனைகள், கண்கள் செய்த மாயங்கள், நேர்கொண்ட பார்வை, சிரிப்பது கண்களா அல்லது அடுக்கியபற்களா எனக் கூறமுடியாத நிலை. யாவற்றிற்கும் மேலாக இவன் தாங்கிநின்ற அந்தக் கைத்தடி இருக்கிறதே, அது தடியா அல்லது வென்று பகை கெடுக்க அவன் கையில் வேலா, சமாதானப் பேச்சுவார்த்தைகளில் அந்த மேசையின் எதிரிலும் நடுவிலும் இருந்தோர் தமிழ்ச்செல்வன் என்னும் பெயரை சொல்லியபோதே அந்தப் பெயரின் சக்தி தமிழர்தரப்பில் எத்துணை மின்அலைகளைப் பாய்ச்சி வலுவூட்டியிருக்கும் என எம்மால் இப்போது எண்ணமுடிகிறது.

இவன் இழப்பிற்கு ஈடில்லை. நாம் அழுவதை அவன் தடுக்கமாட்டான் ஆனால் தளம்பினால் அவன் சகிக்கமாட்டான். எந்த உன்னதமான இலட்சியத்திற்காக தன் உயிரையும் காதலையும் ஈய்வதற்கு அவன் என்றுமே முன்னின்றானோ அந்த இலட்சியத்திற்காக நாம் பன்மடங்கான உறுதியோடு செயல்படுவதே நாம் தமிழ்ச்செல்வனுக்கு செலுத்தக்கூடிய வீர வணக்கமாகும்.

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Tribute to Thamilselvan – Sachi Sri Kantha

Thamilselvan has bid us adieu unexpectedly. Many will be gloating. Many will be grieving. Some will be smiling. Some will be weeping. Those who hated his guts will gloat and smile. Those who loved his dedication to the acuse of Tamil liberation will grieve and weep.

For me, that Thamilselvan had lived and served the Eelam Tamil community for 40 full years itself is commendable. He literally faced death daily since he dedicated himself to be an LTTEer. He had served in the battlefields of Eelam and he had survived battle wounds. He could have been an easy target for any Sri Lankan crackpot, when he passed through the Katunayake entry-exit point or when he boarded the Sri Lankan government’s air-carriers. He had escaped set traps of the adversary. That on November 2nd Friday, Thamilselvan succumbed to the guile of Grim Reaper, when he was engaged in work with his five dear colleagues Anbumani (Alex), Mihuthan, Nethaji, Aadchivel and Maavaikumaran, is nothing to be ashamed of, though pain-filled.

I have not met Thamilselvan face to face, even once. So it would be presumptious for me to write about Thamilselvan, when there are thousands who have dealt with him directly and were influenced by his courage, duty, dignity and leadership. But I was pleased to talk with him on phone once. That too, only for ten minutes or so. The 6th session of the so-called ‘Peace Talks’ between LTTE and GOSL was held at Hakone, Japan, from March 18th to 21st in 2003. Somehow, he had traced my number and gave me a courtesy call, just before the LTTE delegation’s departure from Japan, with an added compliment ‘We read you’. He wanted to meet me in person and expressed such wish for ‘the next time visit’. But that ‘next time’ never came. On April 21st 2003, LTTE announced that they would no longer be a party to the sham ‘Peace Talks’, forced by the international brokers.

I was then nearing 50. I was a bit dazed, when Thamilselvan addressed me with the courteous and formal ‘Aiyah’ (reserved for elders). It was the first time, I had been called with such a prefix, by a fellow Eelam Tamil. I felt aged! I’d have expected that he would address me with an informal ‘Annai’ (elder brother). But, it also made me feel what a full life Thamilselvan had lived in the service of Eelam Tamils at the youthful age of then 36. The position he held as the designated political spokeperson of Eelam Tamils for over a decade is an honor he had earned fairly.

The heroic deaths of brothers and sisters younger than I in the service of Eelam liberation, invigorates me. Though Thamilselvan will be physically missing when I visit our homeland next time, I look forward to meeting him in spirit, in the appropriate venue. To the memory of Thamilselvan and five fellow LTTEers, I offer the following poem ‘The Martyr’ penned by Herman Melville (1819-1891) on April 15, 1865, to a fallen idol and leader Abraham Lincoln. Thamilselvan and five fellow LTTEers also fell on a Friday, like Lincoln.

The Martyr by Herman Melville

Good Friday was the day
Of the prodigy and crime,
When they killed him in his pity,
When they killed him in his prime
Of clemency and calm –
When with yearning he was filled
To redeem the evil-willed,
And, though conqueror, be kind;
But they killed him in his kindness,
In their madness and their blindness,
And they killed him from behind.

There is sobbing of the strong,
And a pall upon the land;
But the People in their weeping
Bare the iron hand:
Beware the People weeping
When they bare the iron hand.

He lieth in his blood –
The father in his face;
They have killed him, the Forgiver –
The Avenger takes his place,
The Avenger wisely stern,
Who in righteousness shall do
What the heavens call him to,
And the parricides remand;
For they killed him in his kindness,
In their madness and their blindness,
And his blood is on their hand.

There is sobbing of the strong,
And a pall upon the land;
But the People in their weeping
Bare the iron hand:
Beware the People weeping
When they bare the iron hand.

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International Federation of Tamils, Geneva - [also in PDF]

தமிழீழ தேசத்தினதும், தமிழீழ விடுதலைப் புலிகள் இயக்கத்தினதும் அரசியல் விவகாரங்களையும், இராஐரீக விவகாரங்களையும் ஒருங்கிணைத்து செயற்படுத்தி வந்த பிரிகேடியர் சுப.தமிழ்ச்செல்வன் அவர்களின் இழப்பு புலம்பெயர் தமிழ் சமூகத்தினிடையே ஆழ்ந்த துயரத்தினை ஏற்படுத்தியுள்ளது.

மிக நீண்ட காலம் தமிழீழ தேசிய தலைவர் வே.பிரபாகரன் அவர்களின் வழிநடத்தலில் தமிழீழ தேசிய விடுதலைப் போருக்கான அரசியல் – இராணுவ முனைகளிற் செயற்பட்டு, செழுமையுற்ற ஞானமும் – முதிர்ச்சியும் கொண்ட முதல் நிலைப் பேச்சுவார்த்தையாளராகச் செயற்பட்டு வந்த திரு.தமிழ்ச்செல்வன் அவர்களை இழந்தமை தமிழ் தேசியத்துக்கு ஏற்பட்ட மற்றுமொரு துன்பகரமான இழப்பாகும்.

நோர்வே ஏற்பாட்டில் இடம்பெற்ற சமாதான முயற்சிகளின் ஒரு பகுதியாக பல்வேறு சர்வதேச நாடுகளுக்குப் பயணம் சென்ற தமிழ்ச்செல்வன் அவர்கள் தமது அரசியல்-இராஐரீகப் பணிகளுக்கு இடையே தமது தனிப்பட்ட பண்புகளால் புலத்தமிழ் அறிஞர்கள், கல்வியாளர்கள், செயற்பாட்டாளர்கள் பலரை ஈர்த்து அவர்களுக்கு நம்பிக்கையூட்டி வந்தார். தமிழீழ விடுதலைப் புலிகளால் சமர்ப்பிக்கப்பட்ட இடைக்கால தன்னாட்சி சபை தொடர்பான வரைவினை உருவாக்குவாற்காக புலத்துத் தமிழ் அறிஞர்களையுயம் ஈடுபடுத்தி ஒன்றுபட்ட தமிழ் தேசியத்தின் வீச்சை பலப்படுத்துவதில் தமிழ்செல்வன் முன்னுதாரணமாகவும் திகழ்ந்தார்.

நமது பணிமனைக்குப் பலதடவை வருகை தந்தும், நம்மோடு தொடர்பு கொண்டும் அனைத்துத் தமிழ் கல்வியாளர்கள், சிந்தனையாளர்களை நாம் இணைத்து, தமிழ் தேசியத்தை ஒன்றுதிரண்ட சக்தியாக்கும் முயற்சியில், ஒன்றுபட்டுழைக்க வேண்டும் என அவர் அறிவுறுத்தியும், உற்சாகப்படுத்தியும் வந்தார்.

தமிழீழம் விடிவுபெறும் என்ற நம்பிக்கையினை அடித்தளமாகக் கொண்ட இராஐரீக அணுகு முறைகளைகளை பாதுகாத்தவாறு, சர்வதேச செல்நெறியினூடு உருவாகிவரும் தமிழீழத்தின் நலன்களைப் பொருத்திப் பார்த்து – சாத்தியங்களை செயற்படுத்தும் இராஐரீக பார்வையை கொண்டவராக தமிழ்செல்வன் அவர்கள் செயற்பட்டார் என்பதே அவருடனான எமது பணிசார்
தொடர்பாடல்களில் நாம் பெற்ற அனுபவமாகும்.

மேலும், சிங்கள தேசியவாத அரசின் இராணுவ நிகழ்ச்சிநிரலை அப்பட்டமாக நிரூபிக்கும் விதத்தில் இந்தப் படுகொலையை சிறீலங்கா செய்துள்ளது. சமாதானத்தினை ஆதரிப்பதாகக் கூறிக்கொள்ளும் சில தரப்புக்களின் இராணுவ ஆதரவுடன் சிறீலங்கா நடாத்தும் இத்தகைய படுகொலை மற்றும் இராணுவ நடவடிக்கைகள் இலங்கைத் தீவினதும் – தென்னாசியாவினதும் உண்மையான அமைதிக்கும், உறுதித்தன்மைக்கும் நீண்டகால பின்னிடைவுகளை ஏற்படுத்த கூடிய திசையில் பயணிக்கின்றன. ஒடுக்கப்பட்ட மக்கள் மீது திணிக்கப்படும் இராணுவ வன்முறைகள் மூலம் சமாதானமும், இணக்கமும் ஏற்படா என்பதை சமாதானத்தினை ஆதரிப்பதாகக் கூறியவாறு இராணுவ வழியில் உதவும் நாடுகள் உணர்வதே உண்மையான சமாதானத்தினை இலங்கைத்தீவில் ஏற்படுத்த வழிசமைக்கும்.

பிரிகேடியர் சுப.தமிழ்செல்வன் விட்டுச்சென்ற பணிகளை, அவர் விரும்பியது போன்றே, தமிழீழ தேசியத் தலைவரின் வழிநடத்தலில் நிறைவேற்ற, புலத்தமிழ்ச் சமூகம் உழைக்கும். சுப.தமிழ்செல்வனின் இழப்பால் துன்புறும் அவரது குடும்பத்தினர், நண்பர்கள் மற்றும் பொது மக்களின் உணர்வுகளுடன் நாமும் இணைந்து கொள்கின்றோம்.

அனைத்துலக தமிழர் கூட்டமைப்பு – ஐனீவா
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Deprived of a many faceted hero... [also in PDF]

The passing away of Brigadier SP Thamilselvan has triggered a tidal wave of immense sorrow amidst the entire Tamil Diaspora. Our loss is a loss of a leader who served tirelessly, co-ordinating the political and diplomatic affairs of Tamil Ealam as well as those of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam,.

Journeying for a very long time under the guidance of the Tamil Ealam national leader V.Pirabakaran, Thamilselvan gained sophisticated maturity and wisdom at the political and military fronts of the liberation struggle, and emerged as the chief negotiator and spokesman.

It is the tragic loss of this great son of Tamil Ealam that we now mourn.

In the midst of his several trips abroad as a part of the peace process facilitated by Norway, he charmed with his unique characteristics many an expatriate Tamil intellectual, educationist and activist, inspiring them all with hope. He engaged a number of legal and political experts from among the Tamil Diaspora into drafting the ISGA (Interim Self Governing Authority) the proposal offered by the LTTE to the government of Sri Lanka and the international community. On several occasions he visited our office and maintained constant contact, encouraging us to pool together the resources of our academics and intellectuals with a view to building Tamil nationalism into a formidable force.

Tamilselvan operated with the vision of maintaining diplomatic approaches founded on the firm belief that Tamil Ealam is sure to dawn and assessing the interests of Tamil Ealam in the light of international principles and modalities. This is the impression we gained of him from our communications.

Sri Lanka has perpetrated this heinous crime, unambiguously exposing the military agenda of a Sinhala nationalistic regime. Such atrocities and military operations carried out with the military support of certain quarters that claim to be advocates of peace, are moving in the direction of causing setbacks for the genuine peace and stability of that Island and South Asia.

To establish enduring peace in Sri Lanka, those countries that support the country militarily while overtly declaring to support peace, should realize that peace and conciliation could never be achieved through violence perpetrated against an oppressed people. The Tamil diaspora will toil hard under the guidance of the national leader of Tamil Ealam, holding on to the inspirations that Tamilselvan has bequeathed to us and treading the path of his dreams.

We remain united with the bereaved family, friends and all others at this moment of sorrow and pain.

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Memories of TS – N Malathy

The 2002 ceasefire agreement threw Tamilselvan truly into the international stage. For many Diaspora Tamils like me that was the first time his name became a familiar one. It was also a time when the Diaspora Tamils were attracted to Tamil Eelam. Hundreds of thousands of them came with many different goals. I came too to see if I have any role here in peacetime.

My first few hours in Tamil Eelam were to become a scene setter for me. The driver of the vehicle in which I traveled from Colombo took me to the Head Quarters of the Political Wing to meet Tamilselvan. Since nobody there knew me, I was made to wait a few hours at the PR office nearby.

There was a 16-year-old girl there, who had been brought to the PR office by her mother. Initially the mother said that the girl was recently released from the LTTE through the Transit Camp run by UNCEF as part of the 2003 Action Plan. They had come to collect some certificates, she said. But when their turn to meet the officer came, the girl suddenly revealed her real intention. She refused to go back with the mother. The PR officer was faced with the only option: advising the mother to leave her daughter at the educational training centre. The outraged mother stripped the girl of all her jewels and left, cursing everyone. To me, this was the beginning of trying to understand the “child soldier” issue within the LTTE. I had just seen an aspect of this that I had not read about. Three years later, I heard a UNICEF Head referring to this issue of child soldiers as a “sexy issue,” which in some way completed my three year process of understanding this issue.

Based on this first impression of a 16 year old at the PR office, when I met Tamilselvan a couple of hours later, I told him rather strongly that there is a need to research and report on this phenomenon and that the LTTE has failed to do this. I hardly realized at that time how weak this aspect, that of explaining “the various issues of the LTTE” to the western society, was.

Tamilselvan responded to my comment approvingly in his characteristic manner of acknowledging a Tamil person who has said something worthy. This involves some loud laughter and some characteristic Tamil phrases. Then and there, he promised me to give complete freedom to study the issue and write about it. This was in early 2004. He understood what I am about immediately.

Tamilselvan kept to his promise and gave me a vehicle to travel wherever I like to speak to badly affected children in varying situations. As I gained an insight into the picture first hand, I was outraged at the skewed representation of the “child soldier” issue in the media. I wrote a few articles and produced some documentaries. But that was to be only part of the picture.

Over the next three years, I had more in-depth dealing with this issue, first at NESOHR and later at the Child Protection Authority (CPA). It is a revealing, enlightening, deeply upsetting, complex topic. During the last year of my work at the CPA, I had my most frequent contact with Tamilselvan about the “child soldier” issue. It was a very rewarding working relationship. His grasp of issues at all levels and his ability to listen with a smile to griping comments of all sorts made him an outstanding leader to work with on such a thorny issue.

Tamilselvan’s commitment to ending the “child soldier” issue is what gave me the confidence to take a major role within the CPA. I was not disappointed. His commitment to ending under-18 recruitment was real. He felt hurt throughout 2006 when the media and international VIPs failed to recognize the strenuous efforts that were being made by the LTTE and himself in particular. He told me that he would take full responsibility to end new underage recruitment and he did.

He had handed the task of releasing those who had already joined the LTTE to Thiagaraja, another senior LTTE member. Between the three of us there have been endless discussions, complaints, communiqués on how to deal with this internally to end it and, externally, to educate the media and the international VIPs about the genuine efforts that were being made by him, the CPA and the LTTE.

However many people there were in Tamilselvan’s meetings and however many differing opinions those people held, his meetings were always harmonious. Is it because of the LTTE discipline? I think not. He had the ability to direct meetings. On a greater scale, he managed a massive sub-organization of various branches of the political division. It is something that an outsider would hardly know about. Something even I, after being here for more than three years, do not know about fully. He managed it brilliantly.

He spread a warm Tamilselvan space around him, within which everyone felt comfortable working. Both LTTE members and non-members alike kind of swam in it. All doubts were referred to him and his advice sought. That is not to say that they were always accepted like an order, but it was always good to seek his view. It was more than his intelligence and competence that helped create this aura. It was his truly selfless service.

I learnt something about the renowned LTTE member view of the world talking to Tamilselvan. It was not said directly, but he – in a very literal sense – did not fear death. He contributed to my understanding of how ready and fearless they are to die. My view is still incomplete; I am still learning. I also had my own criticisms of him. I will strive to understand some of these, too, as time goes on.

Tamilselvan treated people with the greatest of respect. Many people close to him commented after his death about his constant reprimands for not taking enough safety precautions from the incessant aerial bombardments. He inquired after the bunker facilities available to me at the places where I worked. He did that to many people. Alas, his fondness for his office/residence has made him neglect his own safety.

Most of the western media writing about Tamilselvan after his death said he was the public face of the LTTE. How well he served that role as a smiling rebel cum de-facto prime minister. That is how he will be remembered in history.

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Tribute by Tamil Centre for Human Rights – TCHR

TAMIL CENTRE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS – TCHR/CTDH
CENTRE TAMOUL POUR LES DROITS DE L’HOMME
(Established in 1990)
(UN accredited NGO to the World Summit on Information Society and the Warsaw Conference)
http://www.tchr.net

Ref : QX027/UA/2007
November 2, 2007

Political chief negotiator killed by Sri Lanka Air Force

TCHR is shocked and saddened to hear the news that Political head, Chief negotiator, diplomat, Humanitarian co-ordinator and Brigadier, S P Thamilselvan was killed along with five others in Kilinochchi by the Sri Lankan Air Force, today Friday 2 November 2007.

Thamilselvan was engaged in many political negotiations with the various governments of Sri Lanka over several years, with the unwavering intention of bringing a negotiated political solution to the people in the North East. In the latest negotiations in Thailand, Norway, Germany and Japan he played an important role in giving the views of the people who were severely affected by decades of bloody war.

Thamilselvan was the main co-ordinator of the 2003 proposal to fulfil the political aspirations of the Tamil people – the Interim Self Governing Authority (ISGA) – which was handed over to the Government of Sri Lanka on 30 October 2003. At the same time he called for a discussion with the government. However, even though this ISGA proposal was welcomed by the International community, the government of Sri Lanka rejected it without any discussion whatsoever.

When the ISGA proposal was released during a press conference in Kilinochchi, on 1 November 2003, Tamilselvan said the following :

………”We took up arms as a matter of self-defense and fight against unlawful military occupation of our natural habitat. With the advent of peace and a conducive environment for political negotiations, we are now engaged in this exercise with sincere commitment.

……..” We have asked the Royal Norwegian Government to arrange for a meeting at which we can discuss this proposal, in their presence, with the representatives of the GOSL at a mutually convenient time and venue.

“We look forward to continuing our dialogue with the GOSL and to reaching rapid agreement on the creation of an Interim Self-Governing Authority (ISGA) so as to effectively bring normalcy and economic development to the Tamil People in the NorthEast.

“We trust the creation of the ISGA will provide a conducive environment for negotiating towards a peaceful resolution of the conflict in the island.”

We hope that the international community would have taken note that the call by Thamilselvan in October 2003, fell on the deaf ears of the Sri Lankan government.

Being the political head and negotiator, Thamilselvan met many diplomats, VIPs, Ministers and others around the world.

His death is a severe blow to all who want a peaceful negotiated political settlement in the island.

We, TCHR, strongly condemn this barbaric act of the government of Sri Lanka – the killing of a tireless peace negotiator. Also we take this opportunity to express our heartfelt condolences to the families of Thamilselvan and the five other persons who were also killed in this incident.

“Patriots always talk of dying for their country, and never of killing for their country” — Bertrand Russell

HEAD OFFICE:
Tamil Centre for Human Rights – TCHR/CTDH
9, rue des Peupliers -
95140 Garge les Gonesse – FRANCE

Contact person : S. V. Kirubaharan – General Secretary
Tel/Fax: + 33 1 42 67 54 36 -
Email: tchrgs@hotmail.com / tchgs@tchr.net

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Tribute by Tamils in USA, 4 November 2007

Tamils all over the world are saddened by the death of Mr. S. P. Tamilselvan, Chief Negotiator and Political Head of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. He was assassinated by the Sri Lankan government air force which targeted and fired at him from the air. Such targeted assassination is yet another illegal act of the government of Sri Lanka. The Tamils all over the world are one with his family in mourning the loss of a great man. We convey our heartfelt condolences to his family and the families of Anpumani (Alex), Mihuthan, Nethagy, Adchivel, and Mavaikkumaran who were also killed in the air attack.

Mr. Tamilselvan was completely dedicated to the Tamil quest for the realization of their right to self-determination. He believed that through diplomatic means both the Sinhala nation and the Tamil nation could exercise their right to self-determination and peacefully co-exist on the island of Sri Lanka. He has worked tirelessly to shed light upon the sufferings of the Tamil people under the yoke of the permanent Sinhala domination and has articulated the moral justifications of the Tamil cause to the international community. He told the Tamil story in a persuasive and meaningful manner.

The assassination of Mr. Tamilselvan is an irreparable loss to both the Tamil nation and the peace process. With an ever smiling face coupled with confidence and firmness he worked with various international diplomats and earned their respect.

Mr. Tamilselvan firmly believed that the Tamils’ quest for self-determination is, in essence, a campaign for the right of democratic entitlement. He envisioned a democratic Tamil Eelam. The Interim Self Governing Authority (ISGA) proposal [which was prepared under the able leadership of Mr. Tamilselvan] guarantees the rule of law and contains the framework for the establishment of democratic institutions with an emphasis on human-rights. He played a crucial role in the formation of the North East Secretariat of Human Rights (NESoHR) to protect and promote the human rights of the people in the de facto state of Tamil Eelam.

The Tamils all over the world strongly condemn this targeted assassination. It is illegal under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the UN Principles on Effective Prevention and Investigation of the Extra-Legal, Arbitrary and Summary Executions. We call upon the international community to join us in condemning this terrorist act. We also believe that any material support provided by the international community in support of the government of Sri Lanka facilitated this terrorist act.

The Tamil National Leader Mr. Pirabaharan has called Mr. Tamilselvan the “peace dove” of the Tamil nation. We are bewildered to learn that he was on the top of the GOSL’s hit list, as targeting the Chief Negotiator would be a clear indication that the Sinhala nation still seeks to resolve the Tamil national question through military means.

By targeting the Chief Negotiator, the Sinhala racism of the GOSL is sending a clear message to the Tamil nation and the international community that it is not interested in a negotiated settlement.

We hope that the international community will charter a new course that guarantees the basic human rights of all individuals and the equality of all nations in the island of Sri Lanka. We believe that such a course would promote peace and stability in South Asia.

Association of Tamil Americans, USA
Carolina Tamil Americans
Illankai Tamil Sangam – California, USA
Illankai Tamil Sangam – Florida, USA
Illankai Tamil Sangam – USA
Ilankai Tamil Sangam –Texas, USA
Ohio Tamil Association – Ohio, USA
Tamil Refugees Rehabilitation Organization – California
Tamil Youth Organization – USA
Tamil Welfare and Human Rights Committee – District of Columbia, USA
World Tamil Women Organization – USA
World Tamil Coordinating Committee – USA

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World Tamil Affairs Association, Malaysia
No 10, Jalan Changgai, 46000, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Tel/Fax: 603-79682321. h/p: 016-6880455
e.mail: worldtamilaffairs@yahoo.com / tamileelam2000@netscape.net

To: LTTE PEACE SECRETARIAT
Killinochi

Dear Sir,

Our heartfelt condolences to LTTE and the family of late S.P.Thamiselvan who died in a brutal airstrike. The world Tamils are indeed sad and shocked over this incident. We believe that Thamilselvan has contirubted to the peace efforts in Sri Lanka. His service to international peace and brotherhood shall be long remembered. We also strongly condemn the air raid by the Sri Lankan air force. We pray that the soul of Thamilselvan will rest in peace.

yours sincerely,

Eashvara Lingam
Protem President

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Brig. S P Thamilselvan killed in Sri Lanka Air Force aerial bombardment – LTTE Peace Secretariat, 2 November 2007

The LTTE Head quarters announced that the Head of the LTTE Political Division, S P Thamilselvan, was killed in a Sri Lankan Air Force aerial bombardment today at 6.00 am. The full text of the announcement made by the LTTE Head Quarters is as follows:

“With deep sorrow we announce to the people of Tamil Eelam, the Tamil people living all over the world and the international community that at 6.00am today, Friday 2nd November 2007, Head of our organization’s Political Division, Brig. S P Thamilselvan was killed by the Sri Lankan Air Force aerial bombing. With him Lt Col Anpumani (Alex), Major Mihuthan, Major Nethagy, Lt Adchgivel, and Lt Mavaikkumaran were also killed.

Seeran
Secretary
LTTE Head Quarters”

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Thamilchelvan killed in SLAF air attack – [TamilNet, Friday, 02 November 2007]

S.P. Thamilchelvan, Liberation Tigers Political Head was killed in Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) aerial bombardment Friday morning in Ki’linochchi. The Head Quarters of the Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam (LTTE) in a press communique said it was conveying the loss of Brigadier Thamilchelvan with profound sadness to the people of Tamil Eelam, the Tamil Diaspora and the Global Community. The Sri Lanka Air Force attack has specifically targeted the residence of the members of the Political Division.

The Secretary General at the Head Quarters of the LTTE, S. Cheeran said the LTTE Political Head was killed in the SLAF bombardment that took place at 6:00 a.m. Friday along with Lt. Col. Anpumani (Alex), Major Mikuthan, Major Neathaaji, Lt. Aadchiveal and Lt. Maavaikkumaran. The LTTE has conferred its highest military rank, Brigadier, to Mr. Thamilchelvan.

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Tamil National Alliance salutes Thamilchelvan’s selfless sacrifice for the Tamil Eelam struggle [TamilNet, Friday, 02 November 2007]

Sri Lanka’s largest Tamil political party, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Friday expressed its shock at the killing in a government airstrike of Mr S. P. Thamilchelvan the LTTE’s Chief Negotiator and head of its Political Wing and five other LTTE officials. The TNA said the targeted killing of the LTTE’s Chief Negotiator underlined President Mahinda Rajapakse’s insincerity towards a negotiated solution, the TNA also said.

Saluting Mr Thamilchelvan’s “selfless sacrifice for the Tamil Eelam struggle” the TNA said it joined the rest of the Tamil community in saluting him and the other LTTE officials killed by the Sri Lanka Air Force bombing.

“We salute his services to the Tamil people and selfless sacrifice for the Tamil Eelam struggle,” the brief media release said.

“Although his death is destined to create thousands of new Thamilchelvans who will doubtless serve our freedom struggle with dedication, we shudder at the repercussions for peace of this act by the Sri Lanka government,” the TNA said.

The TNA said it joined the Tamil community and activists in saluting and paying tribute to Mr. Thamilchelvan and the other LTTE officials killed in Friday’s airstrike on their residence.

Speaking to TamilNet Friday, Mr. Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam, of the TNA’s Foreign Affairs Committee said that the targeted killing of Mr. Thamilchelvan underlined the insincerity of the Rajapakse government’s peace claims.

“In our meetings with numerous representatives of the international community, the TNA repeatedly stated that the Sri Lankan state was not committed to negotiating an equitable solution,” he said. “Despite our warnings, the state was fully backed in its hard line.”

“When President Rajapakse came to power, the shift to a military track became much more pronounced. But when we protested to many members of the international community, we were told that this was only to get the LTTE to come to the negotiating table.”

“The targeted killing of the LTTE’s Chief Negotiator, in our view, means there can no longer be any illusion as to the State’s interest in negotiating a lasting solution. In this context, the Tamil community will be closely watching the actions of the international community vis-à-vis its repeatedly stated commitment to a negotiated peace.”

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LTTE political leader killed with 5 others in Sri Lanka strike – AFP Report, 2 November 2007

COLOMBO (AFP) … S.P. Thamilselvan, 40, the public face of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, died with five others in an attack by the Sri Lankan air force on rebel-held territory, the Tigers reported.

He was the highest-ranking member of the LTTE to be killed by government forces in the 35-year separatist campaign.

The defence ministry said it had targeted a venue where rebel leaders were meeting and scored a direct hit, taking out the highest-ranking guerrilla to be killed in three and a half decades of fighting.

The LTTE immediately declared three days of mourning and named Thamilselvan a brigadier, the highest rank conferred posthumously to any guerrilla by elusive supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran since the group’s formation in 1972.

Thamilselvan, who led a peace-negotiating team at talks with the Sri Lankan government that were hosted by Switzerland last year, had emerged as a de facto number two in the LTTE.

The Sri Lankan air force had several times ferried him from rebel-held territory to the international airport to attend peace talks between September 2002 and October last year.

A further and last round of talks led by Thamilselvan in October 2006 ended in failure and led to more bloodshed in the fight for a Tamil homeland that has left tens of thousands dead since 1972.

Military officials said Friday they had received a report of a top-level gathering near the northern town of Kilinochchi, the political capital of the LTTE where Thamilselvan was based, and ordered the air raids.

“We had information about a high-level gathering and it was after that the jets were sent to bomb the area,” a military source here said.

“Sri Lanka air force jet fighters targeted with air strikes Thiruvaiaru, south of Kilinochchi, a venue where LTTE leaders gathered at 6:00 am today,” the defence ministry said in a statement before the LTTE announcement. Later, the ministry said “pin-point” bombing took out Thamilselvan and five others.

“The killing of Thamilselvan is a big blow to the LTTE politically,” said former Tamil militant turned political leader Dharmalingam Sithadthan. “It is also a big morale booster for the air force after their big loss last month.”

Tamil Tiger rebels staged a devastating attack against a key air base on October 22 and wiped out virtually the entire fleet of spy planes, inflicting the biggest single loss on the air force.

He had also been an active combatant who was injured while leading an offensive on an army camp in 1993 and survived a 2002 bomb attack said to have been carried out by Sri Lankan security forces.

“(The) head of our organisation’s political division, Brigadier S.P. Thamilselvan, was killed by the Sri Lankan Air Force aerial bombing,” the LTTE said in a statement.

The guerrillas named five other victims of Friday’s strike, including a senior LTTE photographer who had travelled to Europe, Thailand and Japan with Thamilselvan to attend Norwegian-brokered peace talks since 2002. Thamilselvan’s killing follows the death of former chief negotiator Anton Balasingham last December. He had been an understudy of Balasingham — the key contact for Norwegian peacebrokers — who died of cancer at his home in London.

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Thamilselvan was a moderate – Hindustan Times, 2 November 2007

SP Thamilselvan, the Head of the LTTE’s political wing, who was killed in Kilinochchi on Friday in an air raid conducted by the Sri Lankan Air Force (SLAF), was a political moderate, LTTE watchers say.

“Though he had been a military man for very many years since joining the LTTE in 1984, Thamilselvan could be considered a political moderate in the context of the LTTE’s overall militant orientation,” a source who had interacted with him closely told Hindustan Times.

Like many young Tamil men did in the years following the anti-Tamil pogrom in Colombo in 1983, Thamilselvan joined the then nascent armed struggle. And like others of that time, he was taken to India for training in basic military tactics, weapons handling and sabotage techniques.

When he came back, he took part in several military operations in North Sri Lanka, including the abortive bid to storm the Elephant Base base camp in 1992. He was wounded in the stomach and the leg and had to be retired from active military service.

But seeing his potential for being a political activist, LTTE chief Prabhakaran began to groom him as a successor to Thileepan who had died in a fast unto death campaign against the activities of the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) in the late eighties.

Thamilselvan did not speak English, nor was he an ideologue, unlike the late Dr.Anton Balasingham. Therefore, as long as Balasingham was physically fit and enjoyed the confidence of Prabhakaran, Tamilsevlan had to play second fiddle as far as the foreign media and the international community were concerned.

But Balasingham was mostly abroad. Later he became very ill with a kidney complaint and died. During this period, from the mid 1990s to mid 2000s, Thamilselvan was made to interact with the international community and the media, both Sri Lankan and non-Sri Lankan. What he said in Tamil was translated into English and Sinhala by George, a retired post master.

Except in the first round of talks with the Sri Lankan government led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in 2002-2003, Thamilselvan had participated in all the remaining five rounds. After the eclipse of Anton Balasingham, Thamilselvan led the LTTE’s delegation in its talks with the government led by President Mahinda Rajapaksa in 2006.

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தமிழ் (ஈழத்தின்) செல்வன் – Sanmugam Sanesan 5 November  2007

சிறிலங்கா வான் படையின் குண்டு வீச்சுத் தாக்குதலால், தமிழீழ விடுதலைப் புலிகள் இயக்கத்தின் அரசியல் துறைப் பொறுப்பாளர் பிரிகேடியர் சு.ப. தமிழ்ச் செல்வன் அவர்களும், லெப்டினன்ட் கேணல் அன்புமணி (அலெக்ஸ்), மேஜர் மிகுதன், கப்டன் நேதாஜி, லெப்டினன்ட் ஆட்சிவேல், லெப்டினன்ட் வாகைக் குமரன் ஆகியோர் வீரச் சாவடைந்த மாபெரும் சோகச் செய்தி கேட்டுத் தமிழீழ மக்களும், உலகத் தமிழர்களும், சமாதான விரும்பிகளும் ஆற்றொண்ணாத் துயரில் மூழ்கியுள்ளார்கள்.

தமிழ் உலகமே ஆழமாக நேசித்த ஓர் அரசியல் தலைவனைச் சிங்கள தேசம் இன்று சாகடித்திருக்கின்றது. எமது சுதந்திர இயக்கத்தின் அரசியல் துறைப் பொறுப்பாளர் பிரிகேடியர் தமிழ்ச்செல்வனையும், ஏனைய ஐந்து போராளிகளையும் இழந்து, இன்று தமிழீழத் தேசம் வரலாற்றில் என்றுமில்லாத ஒரு பேரிழப்பைச் சந்தித்திருக்கின்றது.

“நான் தமிழ்ச் செல்வனை ஆழமாக அறிந்து, ஆழமாகவே நேசித்தேன். எனது அன்புத் தம்பியாகவே வளர்த்தேன். நீண்ட நெருப்பு நதியாக நகரும் எமது விடுதலை வரலாற்றில், அவன் ஒரு புதிய நெருப்பாக இணைந்திருக்கின்றான். இந்த இணைவிலே, எமது கனத்த இதயங்களில் ஒரு பெரும் இலட்சிய நெருப்பை மூட்டியிருக்கின்றான். எமது இலட்சிய உறுதிக்கு உரமேற்றியிருக்கின்றான். இந்த உறுதியில் உரம் பெற்று, நாம் எமது இலட்சியப் பாதையில் தொடர்ந்தும் உறுதியோடு பயணிப்போம்” -

என்று கனத்த இதயத்தோடு தமிழீழத் தேசியத் தலைவர் மேதகு பிரபாகரன் அவர்கள், பிரிகேடியர் சு.ப. தமிழ்ச்செல்வனுக்கும், ஏனைய ஐந்து போராளிகளுக்கும் தனது வீர வணக்கத்தைச் செலுத்தியுள்ளார்.

பிரிகேடியர் தமிழ்ச்செல்வன் அவர்கள் பன்முக ஆளுமை படைத்தவர் ஆவார். அவர் நான்காவது பயிற்சி முகாமில் பயிற்சியெடுத்த பின்பு, தேசியத் தலைவரின் மெய்ப்பாதுகாவலராகப் பணியாற்றினார். பின்னர் யாழ் தென்மராட்சிக் கோட்டப் பொறுப்பாளராகவும், யாழ் மாவட்டச் சிறப்பு இராணுவத் தளபதியாகவும் கடமையாற்றினார்.

ஆகாயக் கடல் வெளிச் சமரிலும், தவளைப் பாய்ச்சல் நடவடிக்கையிலும் அவர் விழுப்புண் பட்டார். 1993ம் ஆண்டு தமிழீழ விடுதலைப்புலிகள் இயக்கத்தின் அரசியல் துறைப் பொறுப்பாளர் பணியை ஏற்றுக் கொண்ட அவர், தன்னுடைய வீரச்சாவு வரைக்கும் அந்த மிகப் பெரிய பணியை மிகச் சிறப்பாக மேற்கொண்டு வந்தார். சந்திரிக்கா அம்மையார் அரசுடனான அமைதிப் பேச்சு வார்த்தைக் காலத்திலிருந்து அண்மைக் காலம் வரை, தமிழர் தரப்பு பேச்சு வார்த்தைக் குழுவில் பங்கேற்றும், தலைமையேற்றும் தேசப்பணியைத் தளராது ஆற்றி வந்தார்.

அவருடைய அரசியல் பணி என்பதானது ஒரு நீண்ட வரலாற்றைக் கொண்டதாகும். இங்கே ஒரு முக்கிய விடயத்தைச் சுட்டிக்காட்ட விழைகின்றோம். இந்தப் பேச்சு வார்த்தைக் காலங்களுக்கு முன்னால் -அதாவது மிகச் சிக்கலான மிக நெருக்கடியான காலப்பகுதிகளில் -பிரிகேடியர் தமிழ்ச்செல்வன் அவர்கள் ஆற்றிய அரசியல் பணி என்பது மிகவும் மகத்தானதாகும்.

யாழ்ப்பாண இடப்பெயர்வு, ஜெயசுக்குறு இராணுவ நடவடிக்கை போன்ற மிக இக்கட்டான இன்னல் மிக்க போர்க் காலங்களிலும் தமிழ்ச்செல்வன் அவர்கள்தான் அரசியல் பொறுப்பாளராக இருந்து, பெரும் பணியைச் செய்திருக்கின்றார். அதாவது மிகச் சிக்கலான காலப் பகுதியில்தான், அவருடைய அரசியல் பணி வாழ்க்கை நடைபெற்றிருக்கின்றது. சமாதானத்திற்கான காலப்பகுதியில் மட்டுமல்ல, போர்க் காலங்களிலும் அவர்தான் அரசியல்துறைக்குப் பொறுப்பாளராக இருந்து, தேசியத் தலைவருக்கு அருந்துணையாக விளங்கிப் பெரும் பணியைப் புரிந்திருக்கின்றார்.

சமாதானத்திற்கான காலத்தின்போது, எத்தனையோ வெளிநாட்டு இராஜதந்திரிகளைத் தமிழீழத்திலும், வெளிநாடுகளிலும் பிரிகேடியர் தமிழ்ச்செல்வன் சந்தித்துக் கலந்துரையாடியுள்ளார். வெளிநாட்டு இராஜதந்திரிகளின் முரண்பட்ட கருத்துக்களையெல்லாம் சிரித்த முகத்துடன் உள்வாங்கிக் கொண்டு, அதே சிரித்த முகத்துடன், தமிழர் தரப்புக் கருத்துக்களைத் தெளிவாகவும், அதே வேளை உறுதியாகவும் வலியுறுத்தியுள்ள அந்தச் சாதுரியம் பிரிகேடியர் தமிழ்ச்செல்வன் அவர்களுக்குக் கை வந்த ஒரு கலையாகும். இந்த இராஜதந்திரிகளைக் கையாண்ட முறையில் தமிழ்ச்செல்வன் அவர்கள் காட்டிய ஆளுமையானது அவரது சிறப்புத் தன்மையை வெளிக்காட்டி நிற்கின்றது.

அவருடைய பன்முக ஆளுமையின் ஒரு பகுதியாக அவர் வழங்கிய செவ்விகளைக் குறிப்பிடலாம். அரசியலுக்கு அப்பாற்பட்டுத் தேவையற்ற கருத்துக்களை வழங்காமல், சிக்கல் இல்லாமல், இயல்பான முறையில், அதே வேளை ஆழமான விதத்தில், செவ்விகளை வழங்குகின்ற நேர்த்தியைத் தமிழ்ச்செல்வன் அவர்கள் பெற்றிருந்தார்.

அவுஸ்திரேலியா உட்பட்ட எத்தனையோ மேலை நாட்டு அனுபவம் மிக்க அரசியல்வாதிகள், முன்னுக்குப் பின் முரணாகச் செவ்விகளை வழங்கி விட்டுப் பின்னர் பகிரங்கமாக மன்னிப்புக் கோருவதையும், தாங்கள் வழங்கிய செவ்விகளில் கருத்துப் பிழை அல்லது தவறான சொற்பிரயோகம் ஏற்பட்டு விட்டது என்று பின்னர் அறிக்கைகளை விடுவதையும் நாம் கண்டு வருகின்றோம். ஆனால் பிரிகேடியர் தமிழ்ச் செல்வன் அவர்கள் எத்தனை வகைப்பட்ட கேள்விகளாக இருந்தாலும் – அவை குதர்க்கமான, விதண்டாவாதமான கேள்விகளாக இருந்தாலும் – அவற்றைச் சிரித்த முகத்துடன் உள் வாங்கி மிகத் தெளிவான பதில்களை வழங்கக் கூடிய திறமைசாலியாக விளங்கினார்.

அவருடைய வெளிநாட்டுப் பயணங்கள் ஊடாகப் புலம்பெயர் வாழ் தமிழர்களிடையே மிகப் பெரிய விழிப்புணர்ச்சியையும், ஒருங்கிணைப்பையும் ஏற்படுத்தினார். புலம்பெயர் வாழ் தமிழர்களோடு அவருக்கு மிக அந்நியோன்யமான, நெருக்கமான மிக நல்ல உறவு இருந்தது. அதேபோல் பிரிகேடியர் தமிழ்ச்செல்வன் மீது மிகுந்த மரியாதையையும், அளவு கடந்த அன்பையும் புலம்பெயர் வாழ் தமிழர்கள் கொண்டிருந்தார்கள். அவரின் எதிர்பாராத இழப்பினால் இன்று புலம்பெயர் வாழ் தமிழர்கள் பரிதவித்துச் சோகமுற்று நிற்பதானது இந்த நெருக்கத்தையும், மரியாதையையும் புலப்படுத்தி நிற்கின்றது.

தமிழ்ச்செல்வன் அவர்களைக் கொன்றதன் மூலம் சிறிலங்கா அரசு ஓர் அரசியல் படுகொலையைச் செய்திருக்கின்றது. ஆம், இது ஓர் அரசியல் படுகொலையாகும்!

இந்த அரசியல் படுகொலையானது சிங்களப் பௌத்தப் பேரினவாதத்தின் சமாதான விரோதச் செயற்பாடுகளை மீண்டும் ஒருமுறை தோலுரித்துக் காட்டியுள்ளது. பிரிகேடியர் தமிழ்ச்செல்வன் அவர்களும், சக போராளிகளும் தங்களது உயரிய உயிர்களைத் தம் மக்களின் சுதந்திரத்திற்காகக் காணிக்கையாக்கியுள்ள இந்த வேளையில் சிங்கள பௌத்தப் பேரினவாதத்தின் நீண்ட காலச் செயற்பாடுகளையும், கருதுகோளையும் சுட்டிக்காட்ட வேண்டியது அவசியமாகும்!

சிங்கள அரசுகள் எப்போதுமே இரண்டு முரண் நிலைகளில் இருந்து செயற்பட்டு வருகின்றன. சமாதானத் தீர்வு குறித்துப் பேசுகின்ற சிறிலங்கா அரசுகள் அதேவேளையிலேயே சண்டைக்கான ஆயத்தங்களையும், முயற்சிகளையும் மேற்கொண்டு வந்திருக்கின்றன. ஆனால் இப்படிப்பட்ட குற்றச்சாட்டு, புலிகளின் மீதுதான் எப்போதும் வைக்கப்பட்டு வந்திருக்கின்றது.

தாங்கள் பலவீனமாக இருக்கின்ற போதெல்லாம் பேச்சு வார்த்தைகளை ஆரம்பிப்பதுவும், அதனூடே தம்மை வலுப்படுத்திக் கொண்டு சண்டையை ஆரம்பிப்பதுவுமே சிறிலங்கா அரசுகளின் வழக்கமாக இருந்து வந்துள்ளது. முன்னர் ஜே.ஆர் ஜெயவர்த்தனாவிற்கு மிகப் பெரிய நெருக்கடி வந்தபோதுதான் திம்புப் பேச்சுவார்த்தைக்கு முன் வந்தார். பிறகு இந்த நெருக்கடிகளுக்கு ஊடாக, தன்னுடைய அரசியல் இலாபத்தை இந்தியா பேசப் புறப்பட்டு, இந்திய இலங்கை ஒப்பந்தம் கைச்சாத்திடப்பட்டது. அது அன்றைய அயல்நாட்டு அழுத்தம்!

பின்னாளில் சந்திரிக்கா அம்மையார், தன்னுடைய அரசியல் தேவைகளுக்காகச் சமாதானம் பற்றிப் பேசினார். அந்த வேளையில் சிங்கள மக்கள் போரின் காரணமாக நலிவடைந்து துன்பப்பட்டுக் கொண்டிருந்தபோது, அந்தத் நேரத்துத் தேவை குறித்தும், அதனூடே தான் பதவியைக் கைப்பற்ற முடியும் என்பதைக் கருத்தில் கொண்டும்தான் சந்திரிக்கா அம்மையார் சமாதானம் குறித்துப் பேசினார். பெரிதாகச் சமாதானம் குறித்துப் பேசிய சந்திரிக்கா அம்மையார்தான், பிறகு மிகக் கடுமையான போர்களைத் தமிழ் மக்கள் மீது நடாத்தினார் என்பது கவனத்தில் எடுக்கப்பட வேண்டிய விடயமாகும்.

பின்னர் கட்டுநாயக்கா விமானப்படைத் தளத் தாக்குதலால் பாரிய வீழ்ச்சியைச் சிங்களதேசம் அடைந்தபோது, மீண்டும் சமாதானப் பேச்சு வார்த்தையைச் சிங்கள அரசு ஆரம்பித்தது. பிறகு, இன்று அநுராதபுர வான் படைத் தளம் மீது பாரிய தாக்குதல் நடாத்தப்பட்ட உடனேயே, மகிந்தவின் அரசு சமாதானம் பற்றிப் பேசியதையும் நாம் கவனத்தில் கொள்ள வேண்டும்.

பாரிய பொருளாதார நெருக்கடிகள் சிங்கள மக்களுக்கு வருகின்ற போதெல்லாம் – அதாவது சிங்களப் பேரினவாதத்திற்கு அப்பால், இந்தப் பிரச்சனைகள் பெரிதாகின்ற போது – சமாதானம் குறித்த கருத்துக்களுக்குச் சிங்கள மக்கள் எடுபடுவார்கள். பிறகு சமாதானத்தை முறித்துத் தமிழ் மக்களோடு யுத்தம் என்று சிங்கள பேரினவாதம் சொல்கின்றபோதும், சிங்கள மக்கள் அதற்கும் எடுபட்டுச் சிங்கள அரசுக்குத் துணை நிற்பார்கள்.

சிங்கள அரசுகள் சமாதானத் தீர்வு என்று எப்போதும் சொல்லிக் கொண்டு, அதே வேளை சமாதானத்திற்கான காரணிகளாக இருக்கின்ற எல்லாவற்றையும் முறியடித்துக் கொண்டு வந்துள்ளன. பேச்சு வார்த்தைகளை மறைமுகமாகவும், வெளிப்படையாகவும் குழப்புவது அல்லது போடப்பட்ட ஒப்பந்தங்களை மீறுவது என்று தொடர்ந்து சிங்கள அரசுகள் இயங்கி வந்துள்ளன.

முன்னர் இந்தியாவின் நலன் சார்ந்த, இந்தியாவின் அழுத்தம் ஒன்று சிறிலங்காவிற்கு இருந்தது. இன்று சர்வதேசத்தின் அழுத்தம் ஒன்று சிறிலங்காவிற்கு உண்டு. இந்தச் சர்வதேசத்தின் அழுத்தத்திலிருந்து வெளியில் வருவதற்கான ஒரு வழியாகத்தான், அரசியல் துறைப் பொறுப்பாளர் தமிழ்ச்செல்வனைச் சிங்கள அரசு கொலை செய்துள்ளது.

இந்தக் கருத்தைச் சற்று ஆழமாகக் கவனிக்க வேண்டும்.

இன்று சர்வதேசம் கொடுக்கின்ற அழுத்தத்தையும், தனது பொருளாதார நெருக்கடியையும் சமாளித்துத் தன்னைச் சுதாகரித்துக் கொள்வதற்காக, மகிந்தவின் சிங்கள அரசு பேச்சுவார்த்தை, சர்வகட்சிக் குழு, சமாதானத் தீர்வு என்ற நாடகங்களை அரங்கேற்றி வருகின்றது. அதே நேரத்தில் பேச்சுவார்த்தைகளில் கலந்து கொள்வதற்கு, விடுதலைப் புலிகள் முன்வர மாட்டார்கள் என்ற குற்றச்சாட்டை சிங்கள அரசு முன் வைக்க வேண்டுமென்றால் ஏதாவது ஒன்றை (குழப்பத்தை) செய்து தீர வேண்டும். அவற்றில் ஒன்றுதான் பேச்சுவார்த்தையைக் குழப்பக் கூடிய வகையில், அரசியல்துறைப் பொறுப்பாளர் தமிழ்ச் செல்வனைக் குண்டு வீசிக் கொலை செய்த, சிறிலங்காவின் நடவடிக்கையாகும்!

தமிழீழ விடுதலைப் புலிகளின் அரசியல் துறைப் பொறுப்பாளர் பிரிகேடியர் தமிழ்ச் செல்வன் அவர்களைத் தாங்கள் கொன்றதன் மூலம், விடுதலைப் புலிகள் கோபமடைந்து அரசியல் செயற்பாட்டில் இருந்து விலகிக் கொள்வார்கள் என்று சிங்கள அரசு திட்டம் போடுகின்றது. இதன் மூலம் சர்வ தேசம் கொடுக்கின்ற அழுத்தங்களில் இருந்து வெளியால் வருவதோடு மட்டுமல்லாது தாங்கள் பெரிய வெற்றியைக் கண்டு விட்டோம்| என்று தமது சிங்கள மக்களுக்குச் சொல்ல முடியும் என்றும் மகிந்தவின் அரசு எண்ணுகின்றது.

இவ்வாறு பல்வேறுபட்ட உத்திகளைக் கையாள்வதற்காகத்தான் அரசியல்துறைப் பொறுப்பாளரான தமிழ்ச் செல்வன் அவர்களைச் சிறிலங்கா அரசு படுகொலை செய்துள்ளது.

தமிழீழத் தேசியத் தலைவர் மேதகு பிரபாகரன் அவர்கள் காவல் துறைப் பொறுப்பாளர் பா.நடேசன் அவர்களை, உடனடியாக அரசியல்துறைக்கும் பொறுப்பாளராக நியமித்ததன் முக்கியத்துவத்தை நாம் இதன் மூலம் உணர்ந்து கொள்ள வேண்டும்.

இங்கே வேறு சில விடயங்களையும் நாம் பொருத்திப் பார்க்க வேண்டும்.

மகிந்தவின் அரசு தொடர்ந்து சமாதானத்தைப் பற்றிப் பேசி வருகின்றது. சமாதானத் தீர்வு ஒன்றை வழங்கப் போகின்றோம் என்று சொல்லிக்கொண்டு ஒரு குழுவையும் நியமித்துள்ளது. அதனை உலகத்திற்குக் காட்டிக் கொண்டு, அதே வேளை அந்தக் குழுவை இயங்க விடாமல் தடுத்தும் வைத்திருக்கின்றது. அநுராதபுரத் தாக்குதலுக்குப் பிறகு நாங்கள் சமாதானப் பேச்சு வார்த்தைகளுக்கு அழைத்தபோதும் விடுதலைப்புலிகள் இணங்கவில்லை| என்ற பொய்ப் பரப்புரையை மகிந்தவின் அரசு மேற்கொண்டது.

அநுராதபுரத் தாக்குதலின் காரணமாக நலிவடைந்து போயுள்ள மகிந்தவின் அரசு மீது, சமாதானத்தை நோக்கிய ஓர் அழுத்தம் உருவாகியது. இந்த அழுத்தத்தைச் சமாளிப்பதற்கு, மகிந்த அரசுக்கு ஒரு கால அவகாசம் தேவைப்பட்டது. அதற்காகச் சமாதானப் பேச்சு வார்த்தைகளுக்கான முயற்சிகளைக் குழப்பி, அந்தப் பழியைப் புலிகள் மீது போட வேண்டும். இதனைச் செய்வதற்காகத்தான் இந்தக் கேவலமான, கொடுரமான உத்தியை மகிந்தவின் அரசு கையாளுகின்றது.

“தமிழ் உலகம் ஆழமாக நேசித்த ஓர் அரசியல் தலைவன் என்றும்”, “தமிழீழ மக்களின் மனங்களை வென்ற ஒரு தன்னிகரற்ற தலைவன் என்றும்” தேசியத் தலைவர் குறிப்பிட்டது போல் பிரிகேடியர் தமிழ்ச்செல்வன் அவர்கள், தமிழீழத்தின் செல்வனும், செல்வமும் ஆவார்.

அவருடைய மறைவு ஒரு மாபெரும் இழப்பாகும். எனினும் தமிழீழ விடுதலைப்புலிகளின் நீண்ட மரபில், பிரிகேடியர் தமிழ்ச் செல்வனை மட்டுமல்லாது, பொன்னம்மான், குமரப்பா, புலேந்திரன், திலீபன், கிட்டண்ணா, சங்கர், ராஜீ என்று பல ஆளுமை மிக்க தலைவர்களை இழந்தும், தொடர்ந்து விடுதலைப் போராட்டம் தக்க வைக்க வைக்கப்பட்டு, முன் நகர்த்திக் கொண்டு செல்லப்பட்டுள்ளது என்பதை நாம் இந்த வேளையில் நினைவில் கொள்ள வேண்டும்.

ஏனென்றால் தமிழீழ விடுதலைப் போராட்டம் ஒரு மக்கள் போராட்டமாகும். இது மக்கள் போராட்டமாக இருப்பதனால், இழப்புக்கள் – அழிவுகள் ஊடாகவும், இது அடுத்த கட்டத்திற்கு நகர்ந்து செல்லும். அதுபோல், சிறிலங்கா அரசின் இந்தக் கோரக் கொலை காரணமாக, அரசியல் பேச்சுவார்த்தைகளில் ஒரு பாரிய பின்னடைவு ஏற்பட்டுள்ள போதிலும், இந்தப் பின்னடைவு ஊடாகவும், தமிழீழ விடுதலைப் போராட்டம் நகர்ந்து முன்னேறிச் செல்லும்.

சிங்கள அரசு நேர்மையாக, உண்மையாக எதையுமே செய்யாது என்பதும், பேச்சுவார்த்தை ஊடாக எதையுமே தீர்க்காது என்பதும், பேச்சு வார்த்தை பற்றிப் பேசிக்கொண்டு, அதைக் குழப்புவதற்காகத் தன்னால் எதையெல்லாம் செய்யலாமோ, அவற்றைச் செய்து வருகின்றது என்பதும், இன்று சர்வதேசத்திற்கு சிங்கள அரசாலேயே நன்றாகப் புரிய வைக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது.

இத்தகைய பாரிய இழப்புக்களும், நெருக்கடிகளும் எமது உறுதிப்பாடுகளுக்கு வருகின்ற ஒரு சோதனை என்பதைப் புலம் பெயர்வாழ் தமிழர்களாகிய நாம் புரிந்து கொள்ள வேண்டும். சோதனைகளைக் கடக்க வேண்டியதுதான் எமது பணி! எமது விடுதலைப் போராட்டத்தின்பால் நாம் தெளிவாக, உறுதியாக இருக்க வேண்டும்.

“நீண்ட நெருப்பு நதியாக நகருகின்ற எமது விடுதலை வரலாற்றில் தமிழ்ச்செல்வன் ஒரு புதிய நெருப்பாக இணைந்திருக்கின்றார்|- என்றும் இதன் மூலம் எமது கனத்த இதயங்களில் ஒரு பெரும் இலட்சிய நெருப்பை மூட்டி எமது இலட்சிய உறுதிக்கு உரமேற்றியிருக்கின்றார்”

என்றும் கூறியுள்ள தமிழீழத் தேசியத் தலைவர், இந்த உறுதியில் உரம் பெற்று நாம் எமது இலட்சியப் பாதையில் தொடர்ந்தும் உறுதியோடு பயணிப்போம்| என்று உறுதி தெரிவித்துள்ளார்.

தமிழீழத் தேசியத் தலைவருடைய கரங்களை மேலும் பலப்படுத்த வேண்டிய எமது தார்மீகக் கடமையை இந்த உத்தமர்களின் வீரச் சாவுகள் எமக்கு உணர்த்தி நிற்கின்றன.

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பொறுப்பாளர் பிரிகேடியர் சு.ப.தமிழ்ச்செல்வன் வீரச்சாவு
[வெள்ளிக்கிழமை, 02 நவம்பர் 2007, 01:21 PM ஈழம்] [தாயக செய்தியாளர்]

சிறிலங்கா வான்படையின் வான்குண்டுத் தாக்குதலில் தமிழீழ அரசியல்துறைப் பொறுப்பாளர் பிரிகேடியர் சு.ப.தமிழ்ச்செல்வன் வீரச்சாவடைந்துள்ளதாக தமிழீழ விடுதலைப் புலிகள் அறிவித்துள்ளனர். இது தொடர்பாக தமிழீழ விடுதலைப் புலிகள் வெளியிட்டுள்ள அறிக்கை:

தலைமைச் செயலகம்,
தமிழீழ விடுதலைப் புலிகள்,
கிளிநொச்சி
2007.11.02

பிரிகேடியர் சு.ப.தமிழ்ச்செல்வன் அவர்கள் வீரச்சாவு

இன்று காலை ஆறு மணியளவில் எமது அமைப்பின் அரசியல்துறைப் பொறுப்பாளர் பிரிகேடியர் சு.ப.தமிழ்ச்செல்வன் அவர்களும் லெப். கேணல் அன்புமணி (அலெக்ஸ்), மேஜர் மிகுதன், மேஜர் நேதாஜி, லெப். ஆட்சிவேல், லெப். மாவைக்குமரன் ஆகியோரும் சிறிலங்கா வான்படையின் குண்டுவீச்சுத் தாக்குதலில் வீரச்சாவடைந்தனர் என்பதை தமிழீழ மக்களுக்கும் உலகெங்கும் வாழும் தமிழ் மக்களுக்கும் பன்னாட்டுச் சமூகத்திற்கும் ஆழ்ந்த வருத்தத்துடன் தெரிவித்துக்கொள்கின்றோம்.

சோ.சீரன்,
செயலர்,
தலைமைச் செயலகம்

என்று அதில் தெரிவிக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது.

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தமிழீழ விடுதலைப் புலிகள் அமைப்பில் சு.ப.தமிழ்ச்செல்வன் 1984 ஆம் ஆண்டில் தன்னை இணைத்துக்கொண்டார்.

தமிழகத்தில் விடுதலைப் புலிகளின் 4 ஆவது பயிற்சி முகாமில் அவர் பயிற்சியைப்பெற்று தமிழகத்தில் தமிழீழ தேசியத் தலைவர் அவர்களின் தனிப்பட்ட இணைப்பாளராக பணியாற்றினார்.

1986 இல் தமிழீழ தேசியத் தலைவர் அவர்கள் தமிழகத்திலிருந்து தமிழீழ தாயகம் வருவதற்கு முன் தாயகத்துக்கு வந்து களநிலைமைகள் பற்றிய தகவல்களை திரட்டி மீளவும் தமிழகம் சென்று திரும்பவும் தமிழீழ தேசியத் தலைவர் அவர்களுடன் சு.ப.தமிழ்ச்செல்வன் தாயகம் திரும்பினார். அப்போது அவரின் விடுதலைப் புலிகள் அமைப்பின் பெயர் தினேஸ் என்பதாகும்.

தேசியத் தலைவர் அவர்களுடன் தாயகம் திரும்பிய அவர், 1987 மே மாதம் யாழ். தென்மராட்சி கோட்டப் பொறுப்பாளராக நியமிக்கப்பட்டார்.

1991 வரை அப்பதவியில் அவர் நீடித்தார். இந்தியப் படைகளுக்கு எதிரான போரில் தென்மராட்சியில் நின்று தாக்குதல் நடவடிக்கைகளை அவர் மேற்கொண்டார். 1991 இல் யாழ். மாவட்ட சிறப்புத் தளபதியாக செயற்பட்டார். 1993 இல் தமிழீழ அரசியல்துறைப் பொறுப்பாளர் என்ற நிலையை அவர் பெற்று கடைசிவரை அந்தப் பொறுப்பில் இருந்தார்.

1994-1995 இல் சந்திரிகா அரசுடனான அமைதிப் பேச்சுவார்த்தையில் விடுதலைப் புலிகளின் அணிக்கு தமிழ்ச்செல்வன் தலைமை தாங்கினார்.

2002 ஆம் ஆண்டு நோர்வே அனுசரணையிலான பேச்சுவார்த்தைக்குழுவில் “தேசத்தின் குரல்” அன்ரன் பாலசிங்கம் அவர்களுடன் இருந்து பின்னர் பேச்சுவார்த்தைக் குழுவின் தலைமைப்பணியை செய்து வந்தார்.

அமைதிப் பேச்சுக்களில் வெளிநாடுகளின் முதன்மைப் பிரதிநிதிகளுடன் சந்திப்புக்களை மேற்கொண்டு சிறிலங்கா அரசின் அமைதிப் பேச்சுக்களின் உண்மை முகத்தை வெளிப்படுத்தியவர் சு.ப.தமிழ்ச்செல்வன்.

படைத்துறை வழியில் அவரின் செயற்பாடுகள்

1991 இல் ஆகாய கடல்வெளி நடவடிக்கையிலும்
1992 இல் சிறிலங்கா படையினரின் “பலவேகய – 02″ எதிர்ச்சமரிலும்
முதன்மையானதாக இருந்தது.
மேலும் தச்சன்காடு சிறிலங்காப் படைமுகாம் மீதான தாக்குதல்
காரைநகரில் சிறிலங்காப் படையினர் மீதான தாக்குதல்
ஆகியவற்றிலும் சு.ப.தமிழ்ச்செல்வன் அவர்கள் முதன்மைப் பங்காற்றினார்.
1991 இல் மன்னார் சிலாபத்துறை சிறிலங்காப் படைத்தளம் மீதான தாக்குதலுக்கு அவர் தளபதியாக செயற்பட்டார்.
ஆகாய கடல்வெளிச் சமரில் அவர் விழுப்புண்பட்டார்.

பூநகரி சிறிலங்கா படைத்தளம் மீதான “தவளை நடவடிக்கை”யில் பங்காற்றிய அவர் தன்னுடைய காலில் விழுப்புண்பட்டார்.
“ஒயாத அலைகள் – 03″ நடவடிக்கையில் தென்மராட்சி தனங்கிளப்பு சிறிலங்கா படைத்தளம் அழிப்பு உள்ளிட்ட தென்மராட்சிப்பகுதி மீட்புத்தாக்குதலில் கட்டளைத் தளபதியாக அவர் பங்காற்றினார்.
தன்னுடைய அரசியல் பணி மூலம் அதிகம் மக்கள் மனதில் நிறைந்தவராக சு.ப.தமிழ்ச்செல்வன் விளங்கினார்.

தாயகத்திலும் புலம்பெயர் தமிழ்மக்கள் மத்தியிலும் தமிழ்நாட்டிலும் அன்பையும் மதிப்பையும் பெற்றவராக அவர் விளங்கினார்.

அமைதி நடவடிக்கையில் தமிழினத்தின் விடுதலைக் கொள்கையில் உறுதியாக நின்று எதிரிகளின் ஏமாற்று நடவடிக்கைகளை அம்பலப்படுத்தியவர் அவர்.

மேலும் பன்னாட்டு இராஜதந்திரிகள் மத்தியில் பெருமதிப்பை பெற்றிருந்தவர் சு.ப.தமிழ்ச்செல்வன்.

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October 29, 2012

What the United States told Ranil about Prabhakaran in 2002

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VELUPILLAI PIRABAHARAN

What the United States told Ranil about Prabhakaran in 2002
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as reported by the Sinhala owned Sri Lanka Island in 2007

23/24 April 2007


“In 2002, after the Cease Fire Agreement had come into force, the United States Pacific Command carried out a comprehensive assessment of the LTTE and the Sri Lankan Armed Forces at the request of the US Department of Defense.

The result of this study was a top secret report, which was signed by Peter W.Rodman on behalf of the International Security Affairs desk of the US Department of Defense. Copies of this report were given only to the then Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremasinghe, the Defense Minister Tilak Marapone, and the Secretary Defense Austin Fernando. The then President Chandrika Kumaratunga, and the cabinet were kept in the dark about this study. What follows are verbatim extracts from this report….

The leader and founder of the LTTE, Velupillai Prabhakaran, is often described as a megalomaniac.
Comment by tamilnation.org Megalomania (from the Greek word μεγαλομανία) is a psychopathological condition characterized by delusional fantasies of wealth, power, or omnipotence – often generally termed as delusions of grandeur. A comparison of two leaders – ‘delusion and grandeur’  -

“I have always believed that this land was placed here between the two great oceans by some divine plan. It was placed here to be found by a special kind of people – people who had a special love of freedom and who had the courage to uproot themselves and leave hearth and homeland and come to what in the beginning was the most underdeveloped wilderness possible..” US President Ronald Reagan, Remarks at the Opening Ceremonies of the Statue of Liberty Centennial Celebration in New York, New York July 3, 1986  quoted in Place: A Short Introduction – T. Cresswell 2004)

“Pirabaharan is not a small man. He is the leader, a charismatic leader of the LTTE. His life is very precious. And a very simple man. No bullshit about him. His wife lived with three saris – one she wore, one she washed and one was ready to wear. That is all. They never drank Coca-Cola. They offered us Coca-Cola, but never drank it themselves. They drank that goliwala soda… Pirabaharan spoke to me in English many a time. He appeared well-read…. they [the LTTE] were very cordial. They would take me anywhere. I had lot of time for them…” Major General Harkirat Singh, Indian Peace Keeping Force’s First Commander in Jaffna

He is practically worshipped by Tiger cadres, who have been inculcated with Tamil nationalist propaganda.

Comment by tamilnation.org  “Inculcated” with Tamil nationalist propaganda…

“..We have for the last 25 years made every effort to secure our political rights on the basis of equality with the Sinhalese in a united Ceylon. It is a regrettable fact that successive Sinhalese governments have used the power that flows from independence to deny us our fundamental rights and reduce us to the position of a subject people. These governments have been able to do so only by using against the Tamils the sovereignty common to the Sinhalese and the Tamils. I wish to announce to my people and to the country that I consider the verdict at this election as a mandate that the Tamil Eelam nation should exercise the sovereignty already vested in the Tamil people and become free.”  Statement by Gandhian Tamil leader S.J.V.Chelvanayakam after winning the by-election for the Kankesanturai Parliamentary seat, held belatedly on 7 February 1975, two years after he had resigned the seat to seek a mandate for Tamil Eelam

“He died like Moses himself without reaching the promised land but the vision he saw, he leaves behind as the heritage and challenge to his people.” - Rt.Rev D.J. Ambalavanar at the funeral of Gandhian Tamil Leader S.J.V.Chelvanayagam, April 1977

Prabhakaran has insisted that all LTTE soldiers wear a cyanide capsule around their necks, maintaining that it is better to commit suicide than be captured alive by the enemy.

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“As far as I can tell most ordinary Tamils support the Tigers, not necessarily because they like them, but because they like the Sri Lankan – or Indian – armies less. The Tigers are ruthless and authoritarian but they are not corrupt – they don’t tolerate stealing, bribery or rape, things other armies are famous for. In fact they are perceived as being single minded in their defence of Tamils. They are so disciplined that when captured, they swallow cyanide capsules that they carry with them at all times, rather than risk revealing anything under torture. Professor Marshall Singer before US Congress Committee on International Relations Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific Hearing on Sri Lanka November 14,1995

Though Prabhakaran is aware that the United States publicly condemns the LTTE’s terrorist campaigns, he continues his efforts to win sympathy from the United States. For this reason, the United States has some leverage with him. However, if the perception of the United States as a direct supporter of Sri Lanka’s armed forces against the LTTE persists, Prabhakaran’s susceptibility to US influence will decrease or vanish completely.

Velupillai Prabhakaran is the unchallenged dictatorial leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) terrorist organization. Prabhakaran exerts tight control and discipline over the LTTE, which fights for the establishment of an independent homeland, referred to as “Eelam,” carved out of the northern and eastern portions Lanka. He is worshipped as a cult-like figure because of successful indoctrination processes and effective political propaganda campaigns.

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 .. I was left with the impression that the LTTE was the expression of popular Tamil sentiment and could not be destroyed, so long as that sentiment remained… Our unit and formation commanders too came under the mental hypnosis of the LTTE. They would graphically explain how well entrenched the LTTE was in the minds of the people, how ungrateful people were to us, how elusive the LTTE was, how perfect it was in the midst of the people and in its actions, how effective was its grip over the public and so on – virtually admitting that it was an impossible task and all our endeavours were pointless. Lieutenant General S.C. Sardesh Pande, IPKF Divisional Commander, Jaffna

Prabhakaran’s mind-set, personality, ideology, objectives, and outlook dominate and resound through the structure and organization of the LTTE. Prabhakaran’s call sign is Hotel Alpha, his location is referred to as “one-four,” and his nom de guerre is Karikalan.

Prabhakaran, born on 26 November 1954, comes from a typical middle-class Tamil family with four children, including a brother and two sisters. He and his family reside in the northern town of Valvettithurai (referred to as VVT). VVT’s inhabitants were servants (Prabhakaran’s father was one), traders, fishermen, or simply smugglers because of the winding seacoast and close proximity to India, Prabhakaran’s parents currently live in Tamil Nadu, India, and his siblings live overseas. In 1984, Prabhakaran met and subsequently married a fellow activist, Madhivathini, who was on a hunger strike protesting Sinhalese treatment of Tamils. They have two children: a son, Charles Anthony, who is named after a former LTTE leader and a daughter, Dwaraka, who is named after one of his bodyguards.

When Prabhakaran was a child, his father demanded absolute discipline from him and his siblings. Prabhakaran was a quiet boy who was devoted to his family and friends, assisting family during religious functions and dutifully running errands for neighbours and relatives. He earned average grades in school. As a teenager, Prabhakaran was shy with girls and was known to be always restless.

Prabhakaran’s introduction to politics and to the Tamil-Sinhalese conflict came from listening to his father’s oft-repeated discourses on the worsening ethnic relations in the country and laments on the fate of Tamils. Prabhakaran subsequently became fascinated with Subash Chandra Bose, the Indian nationalist who preferred to resist British rule through ‘Militancy’ rather than subscribe to Gandhi’s doctrine of nonviolence. His favourite of Bose’s slogans was “I shall fight for the freedom of my land until I shed the last drop of blood.” Prabhakaran was also intrigued with the military exploits of Napoleon, the teachings of Swami Vivekananda, the Hindu epic of the Mahabharata, Tamil history books, and Phantom comics, often imagining himself to be a legendary warrior.

Comment by tamilnation.org

“..The pocket money that my parents gave me I spent on books. I got a lot of satisfaction and pleasure in reading new books. There was a book shop in my village. It became my habit somehow or the other to buy all those valuable books there and read them. It is through books that I learnt of the heroic exploits of Alexander and Napoleon. It is through my habit of reading that I developed a deep attachment to the Indian Freedom struggle and martyrs like Subhash Chandra Bose, Bagat Singh and Balagengadhara Tilak… The Indian Freedom struggle stirred the depths of my being and roused in me a feeling of indignation against foreign oppression and domination.The racial riots which erupted in Sri Lanka in 1958 and the agonies that the Tamils had to endure as a result were the factors that impelled me to militancy…” How I became a Freedom Fighter – Velicham Interview,1994

Though Prabhakaran was quiet and was regarded as a good listener, he was easily excitable and found it difficult to contain himself when discussions arose over Tamil politics, the ancient Tamil kingdoms in India and Sri Lanka, and the possibility of an armed struggle like that of Bose. He soon became involved in student activist groups. His political activism eventually forced him to go underground in 1973 and to cut off family ties.

Prabhakaran cites Sinhalese discrimination against Tamils and the 1972 constitution (which declared Sinhala the only official language of the country and Buddhism the state religion) as factors that inspired him to become a rebel at age 18. As Tamil militancy emerged in the 1970s, Prabhakaran began to prepare himself for the battles that he perceived lay ahead. It is said that he had a natural ability with firearms and as a marksman; in any case his skills in these spheres were self-taught. As a measure of physical endurance, he would tie himself up, get into a sack, and lie under the sun the whole day. Prabhakaran also was known to insert pins into his fingernails. He and his fellow activists relied on temple offerings for food and at times would go hungry, sometimes taking sleep-inducing tablets to ward off their hunger.

Prabhakaran and his gang began robbing banks to help finance their militant quest for a Tamil homeland. Though other rebels robbed banks to amass personal wealth, Prabhakaran’s intentions were purely political. He was a meticulous planner, placing banks under surveillance for weeks and sometimes months before robbing them.

He gradually began to take the leading role in discussing operations, but shared information only on a need-to-know basis. Prabhakaran was very suspicious of new Tamil militant recruits. As a security measure, he kept his meetings with outsiders to a minimum and sometimes did not reveal his identity. Prabhakaran reportedly was very tense and nervous about operations and could not accept defeat. He developed a reputation for losing control if things did not go his way. Even when engaged in friendly physical contests, if Prabhakaran felt he was losing, he would resort to viciously biting his opponents.

Prabhakaran enjoyed skyrocketing popularity in July 1975 after he allegedly assassinated Alfred Durraiappah, the mayor of Jaffna, as the latter paid his respects to a local Hindu temple. Durraiappah was the chief organizer of the northern region, for the SLFP, the current Sri Lankan ruling party, but was regarded by many Tamils as a government stooge. Following the assassination, Prabhakaran became obsessed with his personal security. By 1976, Prabbakaran and a handful of hard-core militants formed the LTTE, a name derived from its, precursor, the Tamil New Tigers, founded a couple of years earlier.

Prabhakaran networked with other Tamil militant groups and leaders, but later eradicated them in order to promote the LTTE as the only true representative of Tamil nationalism that seeks to establish an independent homeland, referred to Eelam. This constitutes Prabhakaran’s sole ideological justification for existence.

Comment by tamilnation.org

“We launched our struggle for self determination and political independence because of the systematic oppression of our people by the Sri Lankan state… It is the Sri Lanka government which has failed to learn the lessons from the emergence of the struggles for self determination in several parts of the globe and the innovative structural changes that have taken place… We are not warmongers who love violence. We want a permanent, stable and honourable peace…. One day, when our enemy knocks at our doors for peace, we will extend the hand of friendship.” - Velupillai Pirabaharan, leader of Tamil Eelam, 1992

In the early years Prabhakaran dabbled with Marxist ideas, but he later became intent on basing the movement purely on Tamil nationalism rather than on Marxist ideology which he views as contributing to the downfall of other Tamil militant groups. Other than Tamil nationalism, no other ideology or military theory has a compelling appeal to Prabhakaran.

Although most LTTE cadres (including Prabhakaran himself) are nominally Hindu the issue of religion plays a negligible part in Prabhakaran’s ideology. Prabhakaran believes that Eelam should be a casteless society, a concept that runs counter to the Hindu perspective.

Comment by tamilnation.org 

On an occasion in London, in 1989, at a discussion with Sathasivam Krishnakumar (for whom the struggle for Tamil Eelam was his life) the conversation turned to the Gita Upadesam. Kittu, as he was affectionately known, commented: “Annai, in the Maha Bharatham, it was Karnan who truly knew his duty. He  was stead fast in his commitment to his friend Duryodhana – he had no doubts about his ‘Nanri Kadan’ and in the end Karnan willingly gave away all his ‘punyam’, knowing that by doing so, he would die.  Karnan knew well his dharma – he did not need a ‘Upadesam’ to clarify his doubts – and so, in the Maha Bharatham, there is no ‘Gita Upadesam’ for Karnan.” Spirituality and the Tamil Nation – Nadesan Satyendra, 10 May 1998

In addition, a number of LTTE cadres, hail from Christian backgrounds. Prabhakaran quietly worships Lord Subramania (or Lord Murugan) a prominent god in the Hindu pantheon. Nevertheless, Prabhakaran is a pragmatist and generally relies on his own will and ability.

Prabhakaran’s local propaganda and recruitment efforts are directed at children and adolescents. Prabhakaran has shown a fondness for children and often engages them in conversation.

This sincerity may encourage the younger generation to be future recruits in the LTTE. Prabhakaran believes that the second generation, of youth exposed to the war will fight better than the first. Of the second generation, he has greater faith in the northern population because it has been subjected to more LTTE indoctrination than its eastern counterparts, who are constantly exposed to Sinhalese and Muslim influences.

Tamil youths, in particular, are attracted to Prabhakaran’s image as a folk hero. A supernatural image has been created of Prabhakaran, and tales abound of the numerous instances where he narrowly escaped death. These escapades and the fact that he has never seen the inside of a jail cell continue to impress youths who stand in awe of Prabhakaran’s achievements in the Tamil struggle for independence. The mysticism surrounding Prabhakaran, reinforced with massive propaganda campaigns, has endowed him with a god-like status and a cult-like following.

Prabhakaran’s emphasis on iron discipline has contributed to the successes of the LTTE. His tight control over the organization, the severe punishments (including execution) he metes out to violators, and his indoctrination of cadres (including the use of a cyanide capsule rather than submit to capture) have made the LTTE’s organization and strategy difficult to decipher.

In terms of self-discipline, Prabhakaran sets an example that other cadres must abide by. He does not consume liquor or smoke tobacco. Tea, coffee, and carbonated drinks are also considered taboo. Sex outside marriage is forbidden and those cadres who violate this code are executed irrespective of seniority or personal loyalty. Gambling and financial dishonesty are also punishable by death. Homosexuality, interestingly, is not; however, it is dealt with by public humiliation.

Prabhakaran emphasizes rigorous training and rehearsals of operations. By the end of the training regimen, a cadre is physically and psychologically, ready for the most demanding combat. Relentless indoctrination is a powerful tool utilized by Prabhakaran to ensure that a cadre is not forced into battle, but willingly chooses to enter the fray and very likely lay down his or her life for the sake of Tamil Eelam. Prabhakaran rarely visits training bases, but studies videos to improve the curricula. Prabhakaran thoroughly examines military successes and defeats so that he may repeat the successes and develop new mechanisms for overcoming failures.

Prabhakaran does not favour democratic processes. Though there is a central committee of the LTTE on paper, Prabhakaran’s word is decisive. Prabhakaran continues to neutralize all competing Tamil groups and individuals, both moderates and militants, who pose any challenge to his leadership and to the LTTE as the sole representatives of the Tamils. When the importance of politicizing the population before taking to the gun was proposed to him, Prabhakaran commented with undisguised contempt, “You intellectuals are afraid of blood. No struggle will take place without killings.”

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..Ages ago there was a priest of Baal who thought himself commissioned by the god to kill all who did not bow the knee to him. All men, terrified by the power and ferocity of the priest, bowed down before the idol and pretended to be his servants; and the few who refused had to take refuge in hills and deserts. At last, a deliverer came and slew the priest and the world had rest. The slayer was blamed by those who placed religion in quietude and put passivity forward as the ideal ethics but the world looked on the slayer as an incarnation of God. A certain class of mind shrinks from aggressiveness as if it were a sin…Love is a sacred name, but it is easier to speak of love than to love. The Gita is the best answer to those who shrink from battle as a sin, and aggression as lowering morality…Justice and righteousness are the atmosphere of political morality, but the justice and righteousness of a fighter, not of the priest. Aggression is unjust only when unprovoked; violence, unrighteous when used wantonly or for unrighteous ends. It is a barren philosophy which applies a mechanical rule to all actions, or takes a word and tries to fit all human life into it.”  Sri Aurobindo in The Morality of the Boycott, May 1908

The Liberation Tigers of Eelam (LTTE), or the Tamil Tigers as they are commonly known, is considered one of the most ruthless terrorist organizations in the world.

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“The most problematic issue relating to terrorism and armed conflict is distinguishing terrorists from lawful combatants, both in terms of combatants in legitimate struggles for self-determination and those involved in civil wars or non-international armed conflicts. In the former category, States that do not recognize a claim to self-determination will claim that those using force against the State’s military forces are necessarily terrorists. In the latter, States will also claim that those fighting against the State are terrorists, and that rather than a civil war, there is a situation of “terrorism and counter-terrorism activity”….The controversy over the exact meaning, content, extent and beneficiaries of, as well as the means and methods utilized to enforce the right to self-determination has been the major obstacle to the development of both a comprehensive definition of terrorism and a comprehensive treaty on terrorism. The ideological splits and differing approaches preventing any broad consensus during the period of decolonization still persist in today’s international relations. …   Terrorism and Human Rights  Final Report of the Special Rapporteur, Kalliopi K. Koufa,  25 June 2004

Established in 1972, the group went underground 3 years later, after assassinating the mayor of Jaffna city. The LTTE is known for its network of contacts with various terrorist groups around the world.

The militants’ choice of the tiger as their symbol represents not only the ferocity of the animal but also a deliberate contrast with the lion, which has traditionally been a symbol of the Sinhalese people and is depicted on the Sri Lankan flag.

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The Chola bronzes are products of the Tamil creative genius during the period that the great Chola dynasty ruled Tamil Nadu during the 9th to 12th Century. The four centuries of Chola rule, is regarded by many as the age of grandeur in the history of the Tamil people. The Tiger emblem of the Cholas inspired both the name of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam as well as the LTTE flag. Renowned for their harmony of form and content, the Chola bronzes speak across centuries – in silence.” South Indian Bronzes -  Chola, Pallava & Nayak Periods

The organization has an elite squad known as the Black Tigers, who conduct suicide missions against military and civilian targets. The Black Tigers have assassinated not only prominent political leaders in Sri Lanka but also the former prime minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi.

Previously, the LTTE was viewed by most Tamil civilians as the legitimate defender of the Tamil cause. Much of its funding came from Tamil expatriates as well as the Indian government. However, in recent years, the LTTE has lost much support from Tamil civilians and has resorted to tactics that instil fear in order to control the Tamil community. External support from Tamil expatriates and the Indian government has also waned and as a result, the LTTE has engaged in drug trafficking to finance its operations.

Ideologically, the LTTE has at times employed Marxist rhetoric to characterize its struggle. However, irrespective of ideology, the creation of an independent Tamil state has remained the movement’s only goal. In pursuit of this objective, the LTTE has been prone to use direct and violent action rather than to formulate principles on which the desired independent state would operate. The LTTE as a whole tends not to be susceptible to US influence, especially given the perception that the United States is actively supporting the Sri Lankan armed forces against the LTTE.

Prabhakaran has not groomed a successor. There are rumours that he is preparing his son to replace him, but there is no meaningful intelligence on his family. He deals harshly with any challenge to his leadership. He has eliminated many LTTE members who have either questioned his authority or have been perceived as a threat. He has always felt that the biggest threat to his survival comes from within the organization.

Since Prabhakaran feels that the main threat to his survival comes from within the LTTE, he is obsessed with his personal security. He is known to sleep with a revolver under his pillow. In addition, the only member of the LTTE allowed to carry a firearm in Prabhakaran’s presence is Soranam, the trusted commander of his bodyguard contingent. When Prabhakaran plans to visit a place, he ensures that extensive preparations are taken for his protection. Over a hundred bodyguard cadres (who do not interact with other cadres) are assigned to protect him. It is reported that there are three rings of 40 bodyguards each surrounding Prabhakaran upon his arrival at a particular destination.

Prabhakaran has gradually created a culture where dissent is absent. His close associates are Thamil Chelvam, head of the political branch; Pottu Amman, head of intelligence; Karuna, head of Batticaloa-Amparai commands;  Balraj, military commander, Soranam, bodyguard commander, Shankar, head of Air Tigers;  Soosai, head of Sea Tigers; Jeyam, special group commander; -and Kumaran Padmanathan, head of procurement. They all merely hold executive posts and carry out Prabhakaran’s dictates. Although Anton Balasingham is considered the ideologue and spokesman of the LTTE, Prabhakaran often sidelines him as well. No one is close enough to Prabhakaran to significantly influence his final decisions. Blind loyalty is the criterion for a close association with him. Prabhakaran’s authority is based on fear and respect.

Prabhakaran is an innovator, improviser, and a technophile. His macabre creativity is reflected in the human bombs, suicide boats, projectiles, and mines the LTTE has been producing over the years.

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“…The concept of tiyakam, abandonment (of life), i.e. a rather specific Indian form of martyrdom, is cultivated by both male and female fighters. A martyr of the LTTE has not chosen like the Christian martyr to suffer in the mind the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. He has taken up arms against the sea of troubles trying to end them by opposing them. The concept of tiyäkam that has its roots in the last section of the Bhagavadgitä was revived in the struggle for independence of India…” On the sacrificial ideology of the Liberation Tigers – Peter Schalk, 1993

Irrespective of the cost, he orders the best equipment for himself and his men. LTTE cadres have used night vision goggles and rocket- propelled grenades (RPGs) to engage Sri Lankan troops. If the desired equipment cannot be procured, Prabhakaran will order improvisation using existing equipment for the designated purpose. He also uses satellite communications with LTTE ships and LTTE cells around the world.

Prabhakaran uses deception as an integral part of his modus operandi. In many cases, he has arranged to visit subordinates or has extended olive branches to political targets to lull them into a false sense of security just prior to their assassination. In tactical operations, Prabhakaran would conduct deception manoeuvres to draw attention away from an intended target. LTTE duplicity often factors into the organization’s public posture. Deceptive guidelines are given to LTTE cadres on how best to answer questions posed by the public and media. Carefully worded guidelines are even provided to the Tamil diaspora over the Internet on how best to respond to questions on the conflict posed by non- Sri Lankans. These guidelines are designed to portray LTTE cadres as freedom fighters pitted against a hostile and ruthless government.

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All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must seem inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near. Hold out baits to entice the enemy. Feign disorder, and crush him. If he is secure at all points, be prepared for him.  If he is in superior strength, evade him. If your opponent is of choleric temper, seek to irritate him. Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant. If he is taking his ease, give him no rest. If his forces are united, separate them. Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected….” Sun Tzu on the Art of War, One of the oldest Military Treatises in the World

Prabhakaran’s mind-set has always been proactive and rarely reactive. Prabhakaran realizes the advantage of seizing the initiative in battle, always exploiting the element of surprise. Retaining the initiative in battle has often favoured the LTTE, both militarily and psychologically.

Prabhakaran is masterful at executing pre-emptive strikes against his enemies. When he perceives a future threat-whether emanating from an individual or a group-Prabhakaran takes the initiative to eliminate it through assassinations, terrorist bombings, or battlefield attacks. Some analysts believe that his actions are also driven by a desire for revenge. The ordered assassination of former Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi is a case in point. Most analysts feel that Prabhakaran perceived a future threat emanating from Gandhi (the redeployment of Indian troops to Sri Lanka to disarm the Tigers) and therefore had him assassinated as a pre-emptive measure. However, Prabhakaran also felt a deep sense of betrayal from Gandhi for reversing India’s policy toward the LTTE, which points to revenge as a motive.

Another example of revenge as a possible motive is the January 1998 bombing of a revered Buddhist shrine in Kandy. This LTTE action was rumoured to be Prabhakaran’s retribution for the Sri Lankan Army’s mass destruction of LTTE gravesites. Prabhakaran’s long-term goal is to break the will of the Sinhalese-led government and thus lead it to accede to his demand for a Tamil homeland. To achieve this end, any and all means are justified in his mind. Prabhakaran is likely to continue assassinating political and military leaders as well as bombing key targets in the economic infrastructure. He views the high political and economic costs his actions impose on the government as doors that lead to negotiations. Prabhakaran uses negotiations as a ploy for the LTTE to rearm and regroup, especially after a series of battlefield defeats.

Prabhakaran’s key strengths:
a) Ability to provide highly effective military training and impart discipline-both physical and psychological-to his cadres;
b) Highly successful propaganda campaigns-both local and international;
c) Image as a folk hero;
d) Meticulous (and effective) preparation for battles and campaigns;
e) Ability to innovate and make use of limited resources;
f) Compartmentalization of information within the organization; and
g) Emphasis on security.

Prabhakaran’s vulnerabilities:
a) Increasing alienation of moderate Tamils;
b) Negative public image as a megalomaniac extremist rather than a freedom fighter;
c) Use of tactics that increasingly instil fear among his Tamil subjects rather than earn him support and sympathy;

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“… the army seems not to have studied too well the capability of their main opponent – Velupillai Pirabaharan. Pirabaharan is a ‘military genius’ and his political power has given him an advantage to combat our political and military leaders. He has often outwitted, outmanoeuvred and outclassed our military and political leaders. Why is this so? Today after 18 years of battle, most of the victories, sadly, belong to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and we are continuing to fool ourselves… the man behind the weapon is always more important than the weapon itself and that this has been repeatedly proved by the LTTE forces….Pirabaharan has virtually beaten our forces on land and sea….” Sri Lanka Major General Prasanna Dahanayake in an interview reported in the Sinhala owned Sunday Leader, 6 December 1998

d) Insecurity and lack of trust in his comrades in struggle;
e) Willingness to place innocent civilians (Tamil, Sinhalese, and foreign) in harm’s way; and
f) Intransigence toward accepting anything less than an independent homeland.

So far, Prabhakaran has been careful not to target Americans. At times, he seems favourably disposed toward Americans and has even invited the United States to act as a third party mediator in the conflict.

Though there is no evidence suggesting that Prabhakaran will change this posture, the United States should tread carefully and sceptically in any dealings with Prabhakaran. In the past, Prabhakaran has been known to extend olive branches before striking at unsuspecting targets.

If Prabhakaran views US aid to the Sri Lankan government as making a difference on the battlefield to the detriment of the LTTE, his policy toward the United States could change to one of hostility. In the event of such a policy shift, US military trainers, American diplomats, and American businessmen in Sri Lanka would be likely LTTE targets for assassination. US businesses and property would be likely LTTE targets for destruction. However, any harm to US personnel or property would further tarnish Prabhakaran’s image among western countries and moderate Tamils.

Ultimately, Prabhakaran’s raison d’ etre and legitimacy are predicated on Tamil dissatisfaction with and alienation from the government. As government-Tamil relations improve, Prabhakaran’s popularity among Tamils will fade.

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“..After a kidney transplant in Oslo, Bala and Adele settled in London. From there, Bala was much freer to conduct negotiations through Norwegian mediators, and the ground was prepared for peace talks culminating in the full-blown agreement of 2002 negotiated by the new Sri Lankan prime minister, Ranil Wickremasinghe. I recall telling Bala a year before,  of Wickremasinghe’s boast to me: “They want government? I’ll bog them down with government. Barry Gardiner M.P. on Anton Balasingham: Chief negotiator for the Tamil Tigers -  in the UK Guardian, 2 January 2007

As long as Prabhakaran is alive, any peace offers proposed by the LTTE will not be genuine; negotiations will be used as a short-term tactic for the LTTE to rearm and regroup as battlefield defeats increase.

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” The US and India may find common cause in weakening the LTTE – but they seek to weaken it in such a way that thereafter each of them may successfully secure their own strategic interests.  And herein lies the conflict – and the difficulty. New Delhi will not support a resolution of the conflict which secures US hegemony in the island. And so it will seek to create Tamil dissidents and build support among them as a way of keeping its foothold in the island. It sought to do so with TELO, it sought to do so with EPRLF and Varadarajah Perumal, it sought to do so with EROS, it sought to do so with Amirthalingam, and now it seeks to so so with Karuna and Anandasangaree. It is within the interstices of this international frame that the struggle of the people of Tamil Eelam to be free from alien Sinhala rule continues under conditions of excruciating agony and suffering . And it is this same international frame which Sinhala Sri Lanka seeks to use to continue its genocidal onslaught on the Tamil people.” Sri Lanka – Tamil Eelam: Getting to Yes – Nadesan Satyendra, 26 October 2006

If LTTE manpower and resources become severely depleted, Prabhakaran may, as a measure of last resort, publicly accept a seemingly long-term political arrangement short of secession, so long as he is able to retain some semblance of power. Again, this would be viewed by Prabhakaran as a temporary situation until he could position himself to confront the government and revert to violence for, the sake of creating an independent Tamil homeland.”

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Sri Lanka – LTTE Ceasefire Agreement 22 February 2002

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Norwegian Peace Initiative

Sri Lanka – LTTE Ceasefire Agreement
22 February 2002

Full text of the ceasefire agreement signed by the government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam:
Preamble

The overall objective of the Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka (hereinafter referred to as the GOSL) and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (hereinafter referred to as the LTTE) is to find a negotiated solution to the ongoing ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka.

The GOSL and the LTTE (hereinafter referred to as the Parties) recognize the importance of bringing an end to the hostilities and improving the living conditions for all inhabitants affected by the conflict. Bringing an end to the hostilities is also seen by the Parties as a means of establishing a positive atmosphere in which further steps towards negotiations on a lasting solution can be taken.

The Parties further recognize that groups that are not directly party to the conflict are also suffering the consequences of it. This is particularly the case as regards the Muslim population. Therefore, the provisions of this Agreement regarding the security of civilians and their property apply to all inhabitants.

With reference to the above, the Parties have agreed to enter into a ceasefire, refrain from conduct that could undermine the good intentions or violate the spirit of this Agreement and implement confidence-building measures as indicated in the articles below.

Article 1: Modalities of a ceasefire

The Parties have agreed to implement a ceasefire between their armed forces as follows:

1.1 A jointly agreed ceasefire between the GOSL and the LTTE shall enter into force on such date as is notified by the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs in accordance with Article 4.2, hereinafter referred to as D-day.

Military operations

1.2 Neither Party shall engage in any offensive military operation. This requires the total cessation of all military action and includes, but is not limited to, such acts as:

a) The firing of direct and indirect weapons, armed raids, ambushes, assassinations, abductions, destruction of civilian or military property, sabotage, suicide missions and activities by deep penetration units;

b) Aerial bombardment;

c) Offensive naval operations.

1.3 The Sri Lankan armed forces shall continue to perform their legitimate task of safeguarding the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Sri Lanka without engaging in offensive operations against the LTTE.

Separation of forces

1.4 Where forward defence localities have been established, the GOSL’s armed forces and the LTTE’s fighting formations shall hold their ground positions, maintaining a zone of separation of a minimum of six hundred (600) metres. However, each Party reserves the right of movement within one hundred (100) metres of its own defence localities, keeping an absolute minimum distance of four hundred (400) metres between them. Where existing positions are closer than four hundred (400) metres, no such right of movement applies and the Parties agree to ensure the maximum possible distance between their personnel.

1.5 In areas where localities have not been clearly established, the status quo as regards the areas controlled by the GOSL and the LTTE, respectively, on 24 December 2001 shall continue to apply pending such demarcation as is provided in article 1.6.

1.6 The Parties shall provide information to the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) regarding defence localities in all areas of contention, cf. Article 3. The monitoring mission shall assist the Parties in drawing up demarcation lines at the latest by D-day + 30.

1.7 The Parties shall not move munitions, explosives or military equipment into the area controlled by the other Party.

1.8 Tamil paramilitary groups shall be disarmed by the GOSL by D-day + 30 at the latest. The GOSL shall offer to integrate individuals in these units under the command and disciplinary structure of the GOSL armed forces for service away from the Northern and Eastern Province.

Freedom of movement

1.9 The Parties’ forces shall initially stay in the areas under their respective control, as provided in Article 1.4 and Article 1.5.

1.10 Unarmed GOSL troops shall, as of D- day + 60, be permitted unlimited passage between Jaffna and Vavunyia using the Jaffna-Kandy road (A9). The modalities are to be worked out by the Parties with the assistance of the SLMM.

1.11 The Parties agree that as of D-day individual combatants shall, on the recommendation of their area commander, be permitted, unarmed and in plain clothes, to visit family and friends residing in areas under the control of the other Party. Such visits shall be limited to six days every second month, not including the time of travel by the shortest applicable route. The LTTE shall facilitate the use of the Jaffna-Kandy road for this purpose. The Parties reserve the right to deny entry to specified military areas.

1.12 The Parties agree that as of D-day individual combatants shall, notwithstanding the two-month restriction, be permitted, unarmed and in plain clothes, to visit immediate family (i.e. spouses, children, grandparents, parents and siblings) in connection with weddings or funerals. The right to deny entry to specified military areas applies.

1.13 Fifty (50) unarmed LTTE members shall as of D-day + 30, for the purpose of political work, be permitted freedom of movement in the areas of the North and the East dominated by the GOSL. Additional 100 unarmed LTTE members shall be permitted freedom of movement as of D-day + 60. As of D-day + 90, all unarmed LTTE members shall be permitted freedom of movement in the North and the East. The LTTE members shall carry identity papers. The right of the GOSL to deny entry to specified military areas applies.

Article 2: Measures to restore normalcy

The Parties shall undertake the following confidence-building measures with the aim of restoring normalcy for all inhabitants of Sri Lanka:

2.1 The Parties shall in accordance with international law abstain from hostile acts against the civilian population, including such acts as torture, intimidation, abduction, extortion and harassment.

2.2 The Parties shall refrain from engaging in activities or propagating ideas that could offend cultural or religious sensitivities. Places of worship (temples, churches, mosques and other holy sites, etc.) currently held by the forces of either of the Parties shall be vacated by D-day + 30 and made accessible to the public. Places of worship which are situated in “high security zones” shall be vacated by all armed personnel and maintained in good order by civilian workers, even when they are not made accessible to the public.

2.3 Beginning on the date on which this Agreement enters into force, school buildings occupied by either Party shall be vacated and returned to their intended use. This activity shall be completed by D-day + 160 at the latest.

2.4 A schedule indicating the return of all other public buildings to their intended use shall be drawn up by the Parties and published at the latest by D-day + 30.

2.5 The Parties shall review the security measures and the set-up of checkpoints, particularly in densely populated cities and towns, in order to introduce systems that will prevent harassment of the civilian population. Such systems shall be in place from D-day + 60.

2.6 The Parties agree to ensure the unimpeded flow of non-military goods to and from the LTTE-dominated areas with the exception of certain items as shown in Annex A. Quantities shall be determined by market demand. The GOSL shall regularly review the matter with the aim of gradually removing any remaining restrictions on non-military goods.

2.7 In order to facilitate the flow of goods and the movement of civilians, the Parties agree to establish checkpoints on their line of control at such locations as are specified in Annex B.

2.8 The Parties shall take steps to ensure that the Trincomalee-Habarana road remains open on a 24-hour basis for passenger traffic with effect from D-day + 10.

2.9 The Parties shall facilitate the extension of the rail service on the Batticaloa-line to Welikanda. Repairs and maintenance shall be carried out by the GOSL in order to extend the service up to Batticaloa.

2.10 The Parties shall open the Kandy-Jaffna road (A9) to non-military traffic of goods and passengers. Specific modalities shall be worked out by the Parties with the assistance of the Royal Norwegian Government by D-day + 30 at the latest.

2.11 A gradual easing of the fishing restrictions shall take place starting from D-day. As of D-day + 90, all restrictions on day and night fishing shall be removed, subject to the following exceptions: (i) fishing will not be permitted on (hereinafter referred to as the SLMM).

2.12 The Parties agree that search operations and arrests under the Prevention of Terrorism Act shall not take place. Arrests shall be conducted under due process of law in accordance with the Criminal Procedure Code.

2.13 The Parties agree to provide family members of detainees access to the detainees within D-day + 30.

Article 3: The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission

The Parties have agreed to set up an international monitoring mission to enquire into any instance of violation of the terms and conditions of this Agreement. Both Parties shall fully cooperate to rectify any matter of conflict caused by their respective sides. The mission shall conduct international verification through on-site monitoring of the fulfilment of the commitments entered into in this Agreement as follows:

3.1 The name of the monitoring mission shall be the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission

3.2 Subject to acceptance by the Parties, the Royal Norwegian Government (hereinafter referred to as the RNG) shall appoint the Head of the SLMM (hereinafter referred to as the HoM), who shall be the final authority regarding interpretation of this Agreement.

3.3 The SLMM shall liaise with the Parties and report to the RNG.

3.4 The HoM shall decide the date for the commencement of the SLMM’s operations.

3.5 The SLMM shall be composed of representatives from Nordic countries.

3.6 The SLMM shall establish a headquarters in such place as the HoM finds appropriate. An office shall be established in Colombo and in Vanni in order to liaise with the GOSL and the LTTE, respectively. The SLMM will maintain a presence in the districts of Jaffna, Mannar, Vavuniya, Trincomalee, Batticaloa and Amparai.within an area of 1 nautical mile on either side along the coast and 2 nautical miles seawards from all security forces camps on the coast; (ii) fishing will not be permitted in harbours or approaches to harbours, bays and estuaries along the coast.

3.7 A local monitoring committee shall be established in Jaffna, Mannar, Vavuniya, Trincomalee, Batticaloa and Amparai. Each committee shall consist of five members, two appointed by the GOSL, two by the LTTE and one international monitor appointed by the HoM. The international monitor shall chair the committee. The GOSL and the LTTE appointees may be selected from among retired judges, public servants, religious leaders or similar leading citizens.

3.8 The committees shall serve the SLMM in an advisory capacity and discuss issues relating to the implementation of this Agreement in their respective districts, with a view to establishing a common understanding of such issues. In particular, they will seek to resolve any dispute concerning the implementation of this Agreement at the lowest possible level.

3.9 The Parties shall be responsible for the appropriate protection of and security arrangements for all SLMM members.

3.10 The Parties agree to ensure the freedom of movement of the SLMM members in performing their tasks. The members of the SLMM shall be given immediate access to areas where violations of the Agreement are alleged to have taken place. The Parties also agree to facilitate the widest possible access to such areas for the local members of the six above-mentioned committees, cf. Article 3.7.

3.11 It shall be the responsibility of the SLMM to take immediate action on any complaints made by either Party to the Agreement, and to enquire into and assist the Parties in the settlement of any dispute that might arise in connection with such complaints.

3.12 With the aim of resolving disputes at the lowest possible level, communication shall be established between commanders of the GOSL armed forces and the LTTE area leaders to enable them to resolve problems in the conflict zones.

3.13 Guidelines for the operations of the SLMM shall be established in a separate document.

Article 4: Entry into force, amendments and termination of the Agreement

4.1 Each Party shall notify its consent to be bound by this Agreement through a letter to the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs signed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on behalf of the GOSL and by leader Velupillai Pirabaharan on behalf of the LTTE, respectively. The Agreement shall be initialled by each Party and enclosed in the above-mentioned letter.

4.2 The Agreement shall enter into force on such date as is notified by the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs.

4.3 This Agreement may be amended and modified by mutual agreement of both Parties. Such amendments shall be notified in writing to the RNG.

4.4 This Agreement shall remain in force until notice of termination is given by either Party to the RNG. Such notice shall be given fourteen (14) days in advance of the effective date of termination.

October 28, 2012

Genocide: The slaughter of the Tamils ​​in Sri Lanka -Argentine newspaper -7 final edition

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“Above all,” continues the press release in paragraph eight, “it is our sincere hope that the government of Sri Lanka will seize this opportunity and pursue an enlightened attitude to achieve genuine political reconciliation, based on the significant devolution of powers (political) which takes into consideration the legitimate needs of Tamil people’s equality, dignity, fairness and respect…”

English translation

As was anticipated in Part VII of our serializarían ‘The Slaughter of Tamils in Sri Lanka’, after India’s vote in favor of the Resolution of the 19th Session of the Commission on Human Rights United Nations (HRCUN) in Geneva this past weekend saw the visit of the party committee from India to Sri Lanka. Hours before the Indian tour and there was a serious incident of ethnic-racist content the Muslim community in Dambulla, in central Sri Lanka controlled by Sinhala Buddhist majority. The facts that were raised about the Mosque of Dambulla could not happen at the worst time for the government of Sri Lanka, just for the visit of the multiparty Commission of India.

The traditional Friday prayers for Muslims had to be discontinued due to social tensions that had been generated in the city of Dambulla and the army had to intervene and carry out a forced evacuation of the mosque in protection against the crowd gathered that had turned around.That night the mosque was the target of an arson attack, reported last Saturday for the BBC’s Charles Haviland in Colombo (Sri Lanka capital).Moreover, our correspondent was confirmed on Sunday that due to the intervention of the army there were no casualties among Muslim citizens evacuated and that security forces had restored order in that region, although the situation remained very tense.

Upon inspection of the Multiparty Commission of India, its High Commissioner in Colombo issued a lengthy press release, which we reproduce excerpts from the statement made from the Embassy. Press Release April 21, 2012: The statement was issued by Sushma Swaraj, leader of the opposition in the Parliament of India, and Lok Sabha, the leader of multi-party Parliamentary delegation. What follows the introduction protocolled typical are excerpts of the press release verbatim.

On the second point, states that “the proposal of our visit was to see for ourselves the progress that has been done in Sri Lanka since the end of armed conflict in May 2009 … and get an idea of the situation,

especially with regard to resettlement rehabilitation (Tamil population), and the way forward to achieve peace in Sri Lanka based. “

In the third point, the statement summarizes the traditional foreign policy of India stating that “As you are aware, India has been an assistant at the lavish support of efforts to resettle and rehabilitate internally displaced persons in Sri Lanka and to reconstruct the infrastructure and facilities in the north. “

Paragraph four states that “Our delegation and I (Sushma Swaraj) have had the opportunity this morning (April 21, past) to call on His Excellency the President Mahinda Rajapaksa (Sri Lanka). We held extensive discussions with various Ministers (the Government Sri Lanka) with the Leader of the Opposition and key leaders of the major political parties, MPs and representatives of civil society. “

It is from the fifth point where the statement reflects the consistency of the foreign policy of India, which has followed the same line for more than two decades after the death of Indira Gandhi. Literally states that “We have noticed an improvement on the situation of Internally Displaced Persons (read refugees in their own country). Yet a significant number of them are still in transit.” But the most significant point begins to reveal the position and not only in India but the resolution of Geneva from March 22 (UNHRC), which India voted in favor of ‘yes’. “Our goal will not be completed until you return (referring to the Internally Displaced People) to their own homes. Similarly, while there has been significant progress in the area of rehabilitation and reconstruction, much remains to be done. We are prepared to assist as possible, with a spirit of partnership and cooperation “(exactly what the recommended resolution of Geneva).

In the sixth point of the press release, the official delegation of India expressed that “The end of armed conflict has provided a historic opportunity to channel national reconciliation and political settlement. The report of the Committee on Reconciliation Lessons Learned ( LLRC)-project

proposed by the government of Sri Lanka and approved in Parliament in November 2010 – has made a number of constructive recommendations to address topics related to healing the wounds caused by conflict and adopt a process of lasting peace and reconciliation in Sri Lanka. It is important that this be followed urgently … “

But the two points that follow do not cease to be less interesting.In paragraph seven the Press Release of the Multiparty Delegation of India published by the diplomatic mission of that country in Colombo, Sri Lanka Capital, says that “Our discussions over the past four years (ie since the beginning of the 2008 Genocide and the Holocaust of May 18, 2009 to date) has clarified the need for explicit measures proposed by the Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) information regarding missing persons and arrested, investigation of Abductions and Disappearances, promoting trilingual policy-English, Sinhala and Tamil Hindu-(recommended by amendment 13 th of the Constitution in 1976), reduction of high security zones and demilitarization and return of private land by the army, including the dismantling of the development of the security forces on civilian activities and the restoration of civilian authorities in the provinces of the north … “

“Above all, continues the press release in paragraph eight, it is our sincere hope that the government of Sri Lanka will seize this opportunity and pursue an enlightened attitude to achieve genuine political reconciliation, based on the significant devolution of powers (political) which takes into consideration the legitimate needs of Tamil people’s equality, dignity, fairness and respect. We have been assured in the past that this will be done within the framework of the 13th Constitutional Amendment, see box on our next installment, Part VII (b) -. Let’s sue the government of Sri Lanka, including the Tamil National Alliance, resumption of dialogue to navigate to a political solution. “

Ninth-thirteenth paragraphs refer to India’s participation in development issues, investment and progress in Sri Lanka.

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La Masacre de los Tamils en Sri Lanka Parte VII.b Conclusiones

by Juan Manuel Velazquez, Diario La Tarde, Argentina, April 24, 2012

Como fuera anticipado en la Parte VII de nuestra serializarían ‘ La Masacre de los Tamils en Sri Lanka’, después de que la India voto en favor de la Resolución de la 19ª Sesión de la Comisión de los Derechos Humanos de las Naciones Unidas (HRCUN) en Ginebra, este fin de semana pasada tuvo lugar la visita de la comisión multipartidaria de la India a Sri Lanka. Horas antes de la visita hindú ya se había producido un serio incidente de contenido étnico-racistas contra la comunidad musulmana de Dambulla, en la zona central de Sri Lanka controlada por la mayoría Singalés Budista. Los hechos que se suscitaron alrededor de la Mezquita de Dambulla no pudieron ocurrir en el peor momento para el gobierno de Sri Lanka, justo durante la visita de la Comisión multipartidaria de la India.

Las oraciones del tradicional viernes para los musulmanes tuvieron que ser interrumpidas debido a las tensiones sociales que se había generado en la ciudad de Dambulla y el ejercito tuvo que intervenir y llevar a cabo una forzada evacuación de la mezquita en protección de los congregados contra la muchedumbre que se había volcado en los alrededores. Esa noche la mezquita fue objeto de un atentado incendiario, informó el sábado pasado Charles Haviland para la BBC en Colombo (Capital de Sri Lanka). Por otra parte, nuestra corresponsalía pudo confirmar el domingo pasado que debido a la intervención del ejercito no se produjeron victimas entre los ciudadanos musulmanes evacuados y que las fuerzas de seguridad habían restaurado el orden en esa región, aunque la situación seguía muy tensa.

Tras la inspección de la Comisión Multipartidaria de la India, su Alto Comisionado en Colombo emitió un extenso comunicado de prensa, del que reproducimos los extractos de esa declaración pronunciada desde la Embajada.

Comunicado de Prensa del 21 de Abril del 2012:
La declaración fue emitida por Sushma Swaraj -líder de la oposición en el Parlamento de la India- y Lok Sabha, el líder de la Delegación multipartidaria Parlamentaria. Lo que sigue al característico protocolado de introducción son extractos textuales del comunicado de prensa.

En el punto segundo, expresa que “la propuesta de nuestra visita fue para ver nosotros mismos el progreso que ha sido hecho en Sri Lanka desde el final del conflicto armado en Mayo del 2009…y obtener una idea de la situación,

especialmente con respecto rehabilitación a reasentamientos (de la población Tamil), y el camino a seguir para lograr una fundamentada paz en Sri Lanka”.

En el punto tercero, el comunicado recapitula en la tradicional política exterior de la India expresando que “Como Ustedes son conscientes, India ha sido una prodiga asistente en el apoyo de esfuerzos para reasentar y rehabilitar a personas internamente desplazadas en Sri Lanka y para reconstruir la infraestructura y facilidades en el norte”.

Apartado cuatro expresa que “Nuestra Delegación y yo (Sushma Swaraj) hemos tenido la oportunidad esta mañana (21 de abril pasado) de hacer un llamado a su excelencia Presidente Mahinda Rajapaksa (de Sri Lanka). Mantuvimos extensivas conversaciones con distintos Ministros (del Gobierno de Sri Lanka) con el Líder de la Oposición y con lideres claves de los mayores partidos políticos, Miembros del Parlamento y representantes de la sociedad civil”.

Es a partir del quinto punto en donde el comunicado refleja la consistencia de la política exterior de la India, la que ha seguido la misma línea por más de dos décadas después de la muerte de Indira Gandhi. Textualmente expresa que “Hemos notado una mejoría en respecto a la situación de las Personas Internamente Desplazadas (léase refugiados dentro de su propio país). Aun así un significante numero de ellos continúan en transito”. Pero el punto mas significante comienza a revelar la posición ya no solo de la India sino de la Resolución de Ginebra del pasado 22 de marzo (UNHRC), el cual la India voto en favor del ‘si’. “Nuestro objetivo no va a ser completado hasta que retornen (refiriéndose a la Gente Internamente Desplazada) a sus propios hogares. Igualmente, si bien ha habido un significante progreso en el área de rehabilitación y reconstrucción, mucho queda por hacerse. Estamos preparados para asistir en lo que fuese posible, con un espíritu de sociedad y cooperación” (exactamente lo que recomendó la Resolución de Ginebra).

En el sexto punto del Comunicado de Prensa, el vocero oficial de la Delegación India expreso que “El final del conflicto armado ha ofrecido una oportunidad histórica para encauzar una reconciliación nacional y un acuerdo político. El informe de la Comisión de Reconciliación de Lecciones Aprendidas (LLRC) -proyecto

propuesto por el gobierno de Sri Lanka y aprobado en el Parlamento en Noviembre del 2010- ha hecho una serie de recomendaciones constructivas para abordar tópicos relacionados a cicatrizar las heridas producidas por el conflicto y adoptar un proceso de duradera paz y reconciliación en Sri Lanka. Es importante que esto sea seguido con urgencia…”

Pero los dos puntos que siguen no dejan de ser menos interesantes. En el apartado siete el Comunicado de Prensa de la Delegación Multipartidaria de la India publicada por la delegación diplomática de ese país en Colombo, Capital de Sri Lanka, expresa que “Nuestras discusiones durante los últimos cuatro años (léase desde el comienzo del Genocidio del 2008 y el Holocausto del 18 de Mayo del 2009 hasta la fecha) ha esclarecido la necesidad de expresas medidas propuesta por la Comisión de Reconciliación (LLRC) con respecto a información de personas Desaparecidas y arrestadas, investigación de casos de Secuestros y Desapariciones, promoción de una trilingüe política -Ingles, Singalés y Tamil Hindú- (la recomendada por la enmienda 13ª de la Constitución en 1976), reducción de las zonas de alta seguridad y desmilitarización y devolución de tierras privadas por parte del ejercito, incluyendo el desmontaje del desenvolvimiento de las fuerzas de seguridad sobre las actividades civiles y la restauración de autoridades civiles en las provincias del norte…”

“Por sobre todo -continúa el Comunicado de Prensa en el apartado ocho- es nuestra sincera esperanza que el gobierno de Sri Lanka aproveche esta oportunidad y persiga una actitud iluminada para lograr una genuina reconciliación política, basada en la significativa devolución de poderes (políticos) el que tome en consideración las legitimas necesidades de igualdad de la gente Tamil, dignidad, justicia y respeto. Nos han asegurado en el pasado que esto va a ser realizado dentro del marco de la 13era Enmienda Constitucional- ver recuadro en nuestra próxima entrega, Parte VII (b)-. Vamos a demandar del gobierno de Sri Lanka, incluyendo a la Alianza Nacional Tamil, reasunción del dialogo para orientarse a una solución política”.

Apartados noveno a decimo tercero se refieren a la participación de la India en aspectos de desarrollo, inversiones y progreso dentro de Sri Lanka.

Las fotos Fueron suministradas por : www.warwithoutwitness.com/index.php (guerra sin testigos).

Genocide: The slaughter of the Tamils ​​in Sri Lanka -Argentine newspaper -7 a edition

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The slaughter of the Tamils in Sri Lanka Part (VII a)

English translation

Since our first weekly installment on January 27 this year, the events in the international diplomatic arena have been a number of developments that have taken an unexpected turn since the government of Sri Lanka announced its own project of Peace and Reconciliation (LLRC) , whose announcement was made in 2010, a year after the civil holocaust and Tamil fighters defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Eelam (LTTE) on May 18, 2009 (40 000 civilians died in the bombardment of the artillery of the army and the Sri Lanka Air Force in the last 48 hours of the war between the minority Tamil-independence Hindu-majority in their territory in the hands of Eelam-Sinhala Buddhist majority left in power after the independence of the former British colony Ceylon.

The project of the Government of Sri Lanka to establish a Reconciliation Commission based on ‘lessons aprendidas’-hence its abbreviation LLPR (Lessons Learned for Peace and Reconciliation) -, following the legacy of President Mandela’s South African model, not only was approved in Parliament but was received with great expectation for the international community, the media and even by various media and NGOs Tamil linked to human rights. The reason for such an unexpected proposal of the government of Sri Lanka, under international pressure by observing human rights of the Tamils of Sri Lanka, contrary as stated by the April 7 the Ambassador of that country to the United Nations in Geneva, in fact not only due to the Western attitude and international NGOs for Human Rights, but by the sole discretion of MPs within the political establishment within the Sinhala Buddhist government of Sri Lanka. Something that Sri Lanka’s ambassador failed to mention. Which goes to show that not everything is black and white, as well as speeches and parliamentary debate underpinnings during September of 2010, in large part, were also omitted for publication by the government. Is held by a brief-writing in box-synthesized, demonstrating that not all MPs in the government of Sri Lanka approved the course of action taken against the Tamils by the end of the conflict.

After the vote unfavorable to the Government of Sri Lanka on 22 March at the 19th Session of the Assembly of the Human Rights Commission of the United Nations, through which the resolution demands the implementation of the project of the Commission on Reconciliation (LLRC) approved in Parliament in November 2010, the first government reaction was swift. A little more than a few days, the Minister of Public Relations, yeah! nothing short of ‘public relations’ government of Sri Lanka, Mervyn Silva, left threatening you going to break the bones of journalists and human rights activists critical of the actions of the army at the end of the civil war in the country. A week later, on April 7, the Ambassador of Sri Lanka in Geneva also stated in the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation, radio official government propaganda that the regime of adverse public opinion their country of Argentina has a distorted image and requires strong diplomatic action to counter the propaganda of the LTTE (Tamil Tigers Eelam Liberation, the organization that book for 20 years a civil war against the regime in the south, now defunct and destroyed during the days end of the war that caused the holocaust of the Tamils on May 18, 2009). Ambassador Ms. Tamara also Kunanayakam said many of the ambassadors who voted in favor of the resolution for the implementation of human rights in Sri Lanka did so because of its alliance with the United States and added “this is a victory for the U.S. roughing consequences “. In that ‘consequences’ referred, did not elaborate on that.

But what if you followed the resolution of the Human Rights Commission of the United Nations in Geneva was the surprise announcement that a commission of India would visit Sri Lanka this week. Note that the Ambassador of India voting in favor of the resolution of the last 19th session of the UNHCR on 22 March in Geneva. The position of India, the major geopolitical player in the Indian Ocean region and South Asia, has always proven to maintain continuity in its foreign policy. Both the Soviet Union and the United States. What better ‘thermometer’ to measure the internal affairs of Sri Lanka, especially those concerning human rights, the Government Project Reconciliation Commission and the 13th Amendment of the Constitution. But before leaving for Sri Lanka, two of the major parties in southern India for last April 15 left the multiparty delegation

Parliamentary debate on the Commission on Lessons Learnt Reconciliation (LLRC)

In his presentation at the August 2010 Reconciliation Commission established by the government of Sri Lanka, Dr. Jayantha Dhanapapa’s former assistant secretary-general for disarmament of the United Nations towards the end of the Cold War and a respected Buddhist singalis within traditional political establishment Sri Lanka, substantiated that “… every government since 1948 (after independence) to the present is guilty of failure to achieve good governance, national unity within a framework of peace, stability and economic development in which all ethnic, religious and others could live in security and equality. Our inability to manage our own internal affairs has led to foreign intervention but more seriously that desperate groups (referring to the Tamils) of our own citizens have taken up arms, we need to rectify this bad governance “.
Former Sri Lankan diplomat, K. Godage, in his speech on September 15, 2010 before the Parliament Reconciliation Commission, said that “we have persistently discriminated against the Tamil people from 1956 …. We need to reach them. Should be because we have not reached them because had Vaddukoddai Resolution (referring to the proclamation of independence at the end of the first convention of May 14, 1976 the Tamil United Liberation Front-second box or frame-twenty years after 1956 …. “There is no reason be unsafe as a result of giving concessions to the reasonable demands of Tamil people. “
Another former diplomat and member of the Parliament of Sri Lanka, Mr. Mangala Moonsinghe, testified before the Commission of Reconciliation on 17 August 2010 that “… who started terrorism, it was us (referring to the Government of Sri Lanka) and Naturally, Tamil youth gradually turned to terrorism in Northern … So terrorism did not come alone. Contributor We believe (addressing the President of the Chamber of Deputies), we believe … ” (Referring to the fighters Liberation Tigers Tamil Eelam-LTTE).
Also another former government diplomat, Mr. Bernard Gunatileke, on August 11, 2010 in its submission to the Commission of Reconciliation in Sri Lanka Parliament said that “The most important factor, which we have failed to address, is the significant devolution of political power to the periphery from the center (referring to the territory of Tamil Eelam). Has also have minority participation in the political activities of the center. “
Followers countless similar positions representing the political establishment in order to maintain national cohesion and avoid possible fragmentation of the country and future. That was in 2010. Only after parliamentary approval of the draft submitted by the government little or nothing has been implemented. Which is why the vote was favorable March 22 during the nineteenth session of the Commission on Human Rights of the United Nations in Geneva, demanding the government of Sri Lanka to implement its own recommendations and implementation of Human Rights Tamils.

Also at the meeting on Friday October 1, 2010, the Parliamentary Forum for Reconciliation Commission stated that “… the failure of successive governments to make The 13th Amendment (to the Constitution) and devolution of power, even in the South perhaps has left serious doubts devolution of power will never be effective in the Nord-this (referring to territories of Tamil Eelam) … Important constitutional reforms necessarily have to be put in place, a strong legal regime of human rights protection “.

of India objecting that it made no sense to visit because among other reasons the government gave assurances to inspect the measures allegedly led by the main opposition party have been taken to implement the resolution far from Geneva to confirm the latest attacks by the Lankan navy against Tamils fishing vessels. Still, the party committee headed by the main opposition party in the Parliament of India, the capital of Delhi, among which are the Communist Party, Socialist, Hindi and other representatives of social democracy, were found during the current visit with strict restrictions on movement and strongly narrowed by security personnel, drastically restricting what is the purpose of observation of this situation within the humanitarian catastrophe in Sri Lanka Tamils. Moreover, in recent communications, the communications officer of the Tamil-representation Forun accredited and recognized by the Home Office in England and accreditation with the Commission on Human Rights of the United Nations (HRCUN) in Geneva, Mr. Shan Suttra said this afternoon to our correspondent that “the seer commission of India has not had free access to inspection in the most troubled areas such as housing, industry, commerce and security.”

The following is the telephone interview

documented and filed by this correspondent:
P1: Referred You to the housing program?
R1: It’s nonexistent, land and fields after fields, properties Tamils, have been expropriated for the construction of new military bases, army monoliths and Buddhist shrines.
Q2: What is the social situation of the Tamils in the northeast of their country?
R2: Catastrophic, insecurity continued state terrorism. Four or five women are being raped Tamils per day, between two and three teenagers are being killed, continuing disappearances and abductions.
P.3: This happened when I expressed the conflict ended in 2009?
R.3: No!, No, this is still happening now as we speak, thousands of displaced people living practically under the trees.
Q.4: There is evidence of what is happening in the present?
R.4: We know it by telephone and so little coming out from inside the militarized area both north and northeast. So the party committee of India wanted to verify the situation and how they were not allowed freedom of movement and access to the territory of Eelam, two of the parties withdrew and the two that followed showed him just what the government of Sri Lanka wanted see and nothing more.

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by Juan Manuel Velazquez, Diario El Tarde, Argentina, March 7, 2012

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La masacre de los Tamils en Sri Lanka Parte (VII Conclusiónes)

Desde nuestra primera entrega semanal el 27 de Enero de este año, los hechos en la esfera diplomática internacional han producido una serie de acontecimientos que han dado un giro inesperado desde que el gobierno de Sri Lanka anuncio su propio proyecto de Paz y Reconciliación (LLRC), cuyo anuncio fue hecho en el 2010, un año después del holocausto civil y derrota de los combatientes Tamil Tigres para la Liberación de Eelam (LTTE) el 18 de Mayo del 2009 (40 mil civiles murieron bajo el bombardeo de la artillería del ejercito y la fuerza aérea de Sri Lanka en las ultimas 48 horas del conflicto bélico entre los independistas de la minoría Tamil Hindú- mayoría en su territorio del Eelam- en manos de la mayoría Singalés Budista dejada en el poder tras la independencia de la ex-colonia británica de Ceylon.El Proyecto del Gobierno de Sri Lanka para establecer una Comisión de Reconciliación basado en ‘lecciones aprendidas’- de ahí su abreviatura LLPR (Lessons Learned for Peace and Reconciliation)-, siguiendo el legado del modelo Sudafricano del Presidente Mandela, no solo fue aprobado en el Parlamento sino que fue recibido con gran expectativa por la Comunidad Internacional, los medios e incluso por diferentes órganos de Prensa Tamil y las ONG’s vinculadas con los Derechos Humanos. La razón de semejante e inesperada propuesta del gobierno de Sri Lanka, ante la presión internacional por la observación de los Derechos Humanos de los Tamils de Sri Lanka, contrariamente como lo ha manifestado el 7 de abril pasado la Sra. Embajadora de ese país ante las Naciones Unidas en Ginebra, en los hechos no solo se debió a la actitud occidental y a las ONG’s internacionales por los Derechos Humanos, pero por el propio criterio de diputados parlamentarios dentro del seno del establecimiento político Budista Singalés del gobierno de Sri Lanka. Algo que la embajadora de Sri Lanka omitió hacer mención. Lo que viene a demostrar que no todo es en blanco y negro, como así también los discursos y sustentaciones durante el debate parlamentario de setiembre del 2010, en gran parte, también fueron omitidas para su publicación por el gobierno. Obra en poder de esta redacción una breve reseña -sintetizada en el recuadro-, lo que demuestra que no todos los miembros parlamentarios en el gobierno de Sri Lanka aprueban el curso de acción tomado contra los Tamils hacia el final del conflicto.Tras la votación desfavorable para el Gobierno de Sri Lanka el 22 del pasado marzo en la 19na Sesión de la Asamblea de la Comisión de los Derechos Humanos de las Naciones Unidas, a través de la cual la Resolución demanda la implementación del proyecto de la Comisión de Reconciliación (LLRC) aprobada en el Parlamento en noviembre del 2010, la primera reacción del gobierno no se hizo esperar. A poco mas de unos días, el ministro de Relaciones Publicas, ¡si! nada menos que de ‘relaciones publicas’ del gobierno de Sri Lanka, Mervyn Silva, salió amenazando que le va a romper los huesos a periodistas y activistas de los Derechos Humanos críticos a la actuación del ejercito al final de la guerra civil en el país. Una semana después, el 7 de abril pasado, la Sra. Embajadora de Sri Lanka en Ginebra también declaro en la Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation, la radio oficial del gobierno, que por la propaganda adversa al régimen de su país la opinión publica de Argentina se lleva una distorsionada imagen y que requiere una contundente acción diplomática para contrarrestar a la propaganda del LTTE ( Tamil Tigres por la Liberación de Eelam, la organización que libro por 20 años una guerra civil contra el régimen del sur, ya extinta y aniquilada durante los días finales de la guerra que produjo el holocausto de los Tamils el 18 de Mayo del 2009). También la Embajadora Ms. Tamara Kunanayakam manifestó que muchos de los embajadores que votaron en favor de la Resolución por la implementación de los Derechos Humanos en Sri Lanka lo hicieron debido a su alianza con los Estados Unidos y agrego “que esto es una victoria para los Estados Unidos con consecuencias desbastadoras”. A que ‘consecuencias’ se refería, en eso no se explayó.

Pero lo que si le siguió a la Resolución de la Comisión de los Derechos Humanos de las Naciones Unidas en Ginebra fue el sorpresivo anuncio que una comisión de la India visitaría Sri Lanka durante esta semana. Cabe hacer notar que el Embajador de la India voto en favor de la Resolución de la ultima 19na sesión de la UNHCR el pasado 22 de marzo en Ginebra. La posición de la India, el principal jugador geopolítico en la región del Océano Indico y sur de Asia, siempre ha demostrado mantener una continuidad en su política exterior. Tanto con la ex Unión Soviética como con los Estados Unidos. Que mejor ‘termómetro’ para medir los asuntos internos de Sri Lanka, especialmente a los que concierne a los Derechos Humanos, el Proyecto Gubernamental de la Comisión de Reconciliación y la 13era Enmienda de la Constitución. Pero antes de partir a Sri Lanka, dos de los partidos mayoritarios del sur de la India para el 15 de abril pasado se retiraron de la delegación multipartidaria

El debate parlamentario sobre la Comisión de Reconciliación de Lecciones Aprendidas (LLRC)En su presentación de Agosto del 2010 ante la Comisión de Reconciliación creada por el gobierno de Sri Lanka, el Dr. Jayantha Dhanapapa’s- ex sub secretario general para Desarmamiento de las Naciones Unidas hacia el final de la guerra fría y un respetado singalis budista dentro del establecimiento político tradicional de Sri Lanka, substancio que “…cada gobierno desde 1948 (tras la Independencia) hasta el presente es culpable del fracaso de lograr buen gobierno, unidad nacional dentro de un marco de paz, estabilidad y desarrollo económico en donde todos grupos étnicos, religiosos y otros podrían vivir con seguridad e igualdad. Nuestra inhabilidad de manejar nuestros propios asuntos internos ha conducido a intervención extranjera pero mas seriamente a que grupos desesperados (refiriéndose a los Tamils) de nuestro propios ciudadanos hayan tomado las armas, necesitamos rectificar esta mala gobernación”.
El ex diplomático de Sri Lanka, K. Godage, en su discurso del 15 de Setiembre del 2010 ante la Comisión de Reconciliación del Parlamento, dijo que “hemos persistentemente discriminado contra la gente Tamil desde 1956. …Necesitamos llegar a ellos. Se debe porque no hemos llegado a ellos, porque teníamos la Resolución Vaddukoddai (refiriendose a la proclamación de Independencia al final de la primera convención del 14 de Mayo de 1976 del Frente Unido de Liberación Tamil- segundo recuadro o marco- veinte años después de 1956. …”No existe razón para nadie estar inseguro como resultado de dar concesiones a demandas razonables de la gente Tamil”.
Otro ex diplomático y diputado del Parlamento de Sri Lanka, el Sr. Mangala Moonsinghe, declaro ante la Comisión de Reconciliación el 17 de Agosto del 2010 que “…quien comenzó el terrorismo, fuimos nosotros (refiriéndose al Gobierno de Sri Lanka) y naturalmente, gradualmente la juventud Tamil se volcó al terrorismo en el norte…Entonces, terrorismo no vino por si solo. Nosotros los creamos Sénior (dirigiéndose al presidente de la Cámara de Diputados), nosotros los creamos…” (Refiriéndose a los combatientes Tamil Tigres por la Liberación del Eelam -LTTE-).
También otro ex diplomático del gobierno, el Sr. Bernard Gunatileke, el 11 de Agosto del 2010 en su presentación ante la Comisión de Reconciliación en el Parlamento de Sri Lanka dijo que “El factor mas importante, el que hemos fracasado en atender, es la significativa devolución del poder político a la periferia desde el centro (refiriéndose al territorio Tamil de Eelam). Tiene también que haber participación de las minorías en las actividades políticas del centro”.
Le siguen innumerables posturas similares de representativos del establecimiento político en aras de mantener la cohesión nacional y evitar una posible y futura fragmentación del país. Eso era en el 2010. Solo que, tras la aprobación parlamentaria del proyecto presentado por el gobierno poco y nada ha sido implementado. Razón por la cual resulto favorable la votación del 22 de marzo durante la decimo novena sesión de la Comisión de los Derechos Humanos de las Naciones Unidas en Ginebra, exigiendo al gobierno de Sri Lanka la implementación de sus propias recomendaciones e implementación de los Derechos Humanos de los Tamils.También en la reunión del viernes 1ro de Octubre del 2010, el Forum Parlamentario por la Comision de Reconciliación manifestó que “…El Fracaso de sucesivos gobiernos de hacer la Enmienda 13era  (de la Constitución) y Devolución de Poder, incluso en el Sur ha dejado serias dudas acaso devolución de poder jamás va a ser efectivo en el Nord-este (refiriéndose a territorios del Tamil Eelam) …Importantes reformas constitucionales  necesariamente tienen que ser puestas en lugar- un fuerte régimen legal de protección de los derechos humanos”.

de la India objetando que no tenia ningún sentido la visita debido a que entre otras razones el gobierno no les daba garantías para inspeccionar las medidas que supuestamente encabezada por el principal partido de oposición han sido tomadas para la implementación de la resolución de Ginebra ni mucho menos poder confirmar los mas recientes ataques por parte de la marina Lanka contra embarcaciones pesqueras de los Tamils. Aun así, la comisión multipartidaria encabezada por el principal partido de oposición en el Parlamento de la India, de la capital Delhi, entre los que se encuentran el Partido Comunista, Socialista, Hindú y otros representativos de la social democracia, se vieron encontrados durante la visita actual con estrictas restricciones de movimiento y fuertemente entornados por personal de seguridad, lo que esta restringiendo drásticamente el propósito de observación de la presente situación interna de la catástrofe humanitaria de los Tamils en Sri Lanka. Aun más, en comunicación reciente, el oficial de comunicaciones del Tamil Forun- representación acreditada y reconocida por el Ministerio del Interior de Inglaterra y con acreditación ante la Comisión de los Derechos Humanos de las Naciones Unidas (HRCUN) en Ginebra, Mr. Shan Suttra manifestó esta tarde a nuestra corresponsalía que “la comisión veedora de la India no ha tenido libre acceso de inspección en las áreas mas conflictivas como lo son vivienda, industria, comercio y seguridad”.Lo que sigue es la entrevista telefónica documentada y archivada por esta corresponsalía:
P1: A que se refiere Usted al programa de vivienda?
R1: Es inexistente, terrenos y campos tras campos, propiedades de Tamils, han sido expropiados para la construcción de nuevas bases militares, monolitos del ejercito y santuarios budistas.
P2: Cual es la situación social de los Tamils en el noreste de su país?
R2: Catastrófica, la inseguridad del terrorismo de estado continua. Cuatro o cinco mujeres Tamils están siendo violadas por día, entre dos y tres adolescentes están siendo asesinados, continúan las Desapariciones y los Secuestros.
P.3: Esto que me manifiesta sucedió cuando termino el conflicto en el 2009?
R.3: No!, no!, todo esto esta pasando todavía ahora mientras conversamos, hay miles de personas desplazadas viviendo prácticamente debajo de los arboles.
P.4: Existe evidencia de lo que esta ocurriendo en el presente?
R.4: Lo sabemos por comunicaciones telefónicas y por lo poco que sale desde adentro del área militarizada tanto del norte como del noreste. Por eso la comisión multipartidaria de la India quiso verificar la situación y como no les permitieron libertad de movimiento y acceso al territorio del Eelam, dos de los partidos se retiraron y a los dos que siguieron solo le mostraron lo que el gobierno de Sri Lanka quería que vieran y nada más.
continua la semana que viene en la Parte VII (b).

Genocide: the Slaughter of Tamils ​​in Sri Lanka 6 b edition

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6 b,c edition

The press censorship

Building one of the stations destroyed during an air raid. -. Source. Copiright 2009 tamil net. com

English translation

comes from part (6)

In Sri Lanka, press censorship is nothing new and has followed a process during the past twenty years through which not even the most population of South Sinhala Buddhist have any idea of the magnitude of the disaster by the civilians crossing the Tamil minority in the island’s northeast

Currently, freedom of information is still suppressed since the government imposed strict control over the media. Everything started silenced shortly after was annulled democratic administration and the newly elected Tamil defunct Northwest Province of Sri Lanka, that was in the location where he had already been reduced for 2007 and cornered the aspirations of independence of the territory Eelam, the homeland of the Tamil minority. It was in the year after the air attack on the radio station ‘Voice of Tigers’ in Vanni, on November 17, which resulted in the start of the government offensive against the administration of southern elected Tamil Northwest Ministry and the genocide that followed until the holocaust of May 19, 2009.

2007 was also the year that the government of Sri Lanka has earned a reputation

of becoming the world’s third most dangerous country for journalists’ safety both local and international correspondents and reporters. From then on public opinion and especially south of the capital Colombo, progressively, was being ‘modeled’, according to the Secretary of Communications for the ‘free flow of information’ (Free Movement of Information) in Tamil Party London by government propaganda purely militaristic type. Already by 2008, little or no information about the catastrophe that was unfolding in the North, Northeast and North Eastern Sri Lanka could be filtered out of the territory of Tamil Eelam. Although, despite that most NGOs in international assistance for Tamil civilians had by then been expelled from the country, except the International Red Cross and Caritas of the local Catholic Church, its employees and a handful of reporters , who were trapped inside the fence northwest, were able to document and compile a photographic chronology of the genocide and, especially, the Holocaust of May 19, 2009 – around 40,000 people killed or missing in just under 48 hours, according to the that it has been established, although

the figure may vary considerably.

Nearly three years of the humanitarian catastrophe and the end of the conflict that dragged on for more than two decades, it seems that the free flow of information and censorship remains under tight government controls implemented. In the nineteenth session of the Human Rights Council of the United Nations (UNHRC) in Geneva currently deliberating and followed every day by this correspondent, on February 28 the international group Reporters Without Borders (Reporters Without Borders) made an order UNHCR to pass a resolution condemning the government of Sri Lanka for ‘violations of freedom of information and threats of violence against the media’. Something is happening now.

Amidst these discussions closely followed by different media covering the debates in Geneva, TTN News, Tamilnet and other blogs, as well as our writing Evening Journal in England and Evening Journal of San Juan were simultaneously objects a computer virus that put us ‘off-line’ for almost 24 hours, between 7 and 8 March

The graveyard of human rights in Sri Lanka: chemical attacks against the Tamil population

Since the genocide of the Tamil minority in the northeast of Sri Lanka and the holocaust of May 19, 2009, survivors and exiles Tamils have always insisted that the civilian population was a victim of chemical weapons attacks. Because of the strict censorship of the press by the government little or nothing has been confirmed but it always seems that there is little fish escaping from the network, especially with a camera-and it turns out these violations and crimes against humanity were captured and documented. Not only that, but deposited exclusively to this correspondent of the Evening Journal in England in the week that the nineteenth session of the Commission on Human Rights of the United Nations (HRCUN) debate in Geneva on genocide in Sri Lanka and Holms Syria-complete coverage, minute by minute in the serialization of the ‘Genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka’, Delivery VI (c) next Tuesday.

Interview with a medical practitioner in the center of a ‘security zone’ in a district outside of Vanni, who for security reasons and because the family remain in the camps established and controlled by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA ) preferred to remain anonymous and protect your identity this correspondent.

P1-Many people tell me that the Sri Lanka Air Force used chemical weapons to destroy the Tamil population, which proves that you have?
R1-’Look, my brother is still confined to a refugee camp, I have to be careful what I say’.
P2-Tell me what I can.
R2-’wants to talk to him? … Is crazy to want to leave, tell him to stay in, this safer’.
Comment: tell you, is his brother. And the interview was communicated by phone with his brother and the especio two or three minutes remained in an unintelligible language communication. Dr. respondent stopped the car in the parking lot of a supermarket and crying as we regained the interview.

P3-I insist that you have evidence that there was a chemical attack on Tamil civilians.
R3-’I was in the camp office of the Red Cross, when you hear the plane coming and going out to see a bomb exploded in the air, it was like an umbrella throwing a white-hot gas. Everyone I was in range fifty yards burned to death and those who were more in the center of the circle lost skin. I ran to assist but they were all dead, many seemed to have been asphyxiated. I returned to the office, take the camera and I documented some cases before the army arrived.
P4-What happened?
R4-’when the army arrived soldiers wore masks while we all gathered to get us to that site and just before leaving I could see bulldozers arrived, possibly to bury the corpses, so

nothing is known but we take pictures’.

The following is the most cruel photographic evidence of what happened, perhaps as a ‘test’ or if you like an exercise in ‘proof’ of the effectiveness of chemical weapons by the Sri Lanka Air Force, as expressed analyst specializing in the use of these weapons, as it lacks documentation of the commission of similar attacks. Perhaps this incident served as a ‘bank’ of evidence but it is still another act of genocide.

Tamil genocide images

Photographic material delivered to this wording only reproduce the images of adult victims, whose bodies can identify the cause of death occurred by peeling skin of those who were closest to the epicenter and the charring of the bodies that were more towards the periphery of the circle affected by the ‘sprinkled’ chemical that attack.

Nearly three years ended conflict in Sri Lanka, the Tamil minority situation has continued to be precarious and remains subject to repression by the oppressive Sinhalese majority. Not only is this, according to various reports based on data collection within the communities of the areas most affected by the militarization of the provinces of the north and east by different NGOs, a strategy to cause social insecurity through ‘ taxes’ extortion, kidnappings and assassinations of politicians and community representatives, and systematic violations of women ethnic Tamils. It really is this strategy and based on the voluminous filings with the nineteenth session of the Commission on Human Rights of the United Nations (UNHRC) in Geneva last week, to which this correspondent has had wide access- exposes a sinister government policy of alienation of an entire culture and society as is the ancient Tamils of North and East of Sri Lanka, known as the Eelam territory.

According to an NGO (Non Governmental Organization) and among the best informed by volunteers working in this area in the North and East of Sri Lanka, the center of political studies at the International Policy Digest, the process of government singalizacion in territories traditionally occupied by the minority Tamil extends beyond strategic planning State singalies settlements, land occupation, and perimeter delineation change all kinds of encroachment and illegal occupation of properties, particularly against Tamils farmers were moved to internment camps and exile and characteristically whole policy

military intrusion supported throughout the region.

But this process does not stop ‘just’ there. The military-political concept of government, described as ‘singalizacion’, has cleared the way to interfere with the full spectrum of cultural events to own as well in Tamil heritage aspects of religious expression in economic activity in discrimination Tamils in the recruitment of civil servants within the territory of Eelam and has come to spread the education system.

In the latter regard there irrefutable evidence of a whole system of educational exclusion and technical training for Tamil youth within the highly subsidized government educational institutions in the territories of the provinces of the north and east of Sri Lanka.

The facts, since the conflict ended, clearly contradict itself ‘given’ the government ‘peace and reconciliation’, which was produced in 2010 to appease the strong condemnations from the international community for the systematic violations of human rights of the minority Tamil in Sri Lanka.

In principle, the program entitled Lessons Learned for Peace and Reconciliation (Lessons Learned for Peace and Reconciliation) – LLPR-was

presented as a masterpiece of peace, as it has been in recent history following bloody conflicts. The LLPR covering every aspect of reintegration, re building and socio-cultural standards and religious society of the Tamil minority. Until negotiations included repairs and compensation for both economic victims of repression after the conflict has ended as well as a mechanism of legitimation on land ownership. In other words a ‘gesture’ unexpected and oppressive military government of that country’s Tamil minority. As he told this correspondent the Communications Officer of the British Tamil Forum, Mr. Sham Suttra “that document-the-LLPR initially took everyone by surprise but over time we realized that the text was not worth the paper it was printed and, of course, since then there has been no progress. ” For all the official website of the government of Sri Lanka on the program information and news LLPR simply is blank. Apparently there never was such a thing except to deceive the international community. But on his own words, now the Government of Sri Lanka is under the Resolution of the nineteenth session of the Commission on Human Rights of the United Nations to have to implement the proposed measures with self proclamation of LLPR in 2010 and now with a peremptory time before the next session in March 2013.

Diariolatarde

by Juan Manuel Velazquez, Diario El Tarde, Argentina, March 7, 2012

 

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Genocidio: la Masacre de los Tamils en Sri Lanka.
La Censura a la Prensa (Entrega VI – parte b)

Edificio de una de las emisoras destruidas durante un ataque aéreo .-. Fuente. Copiright 2009 tamil net. com

viene de parte (6)

En Sri Lanka, la censura de prensa no es nada nuevo y ha seguido todo un proceso durante los últimos veinte años a través del cual ni siquiera la propia población de la mayoría Singalés Budista del Sur tiene alguna idea de la magnitud de la catástrofe por la que atraviesa la población civil de la minoría Tamil del noreste de la Isla.

Actualmente, la libertad de información sigue siendo suprimida desde que el gobierno impuso el férreo control sobre los medios. Todo comenzó a silenciarse poco después de que fue anulada la administración democrática de la nueva electa y difunta Provincia Tamil del Noroeste de Sri Lanka, eso era en el enclave en el que había sido reducido ya para el 2007 y acorralada las aspiraciones de independencia del territorio del Ealam, la madre patria de la minoría Tamil. Fue en el año que tras el ataque aéreo a la radio emisora ‘La Voz de los Tigres’ en Vanni- el 17 de noviembre- que dio lugar al comienzo de la ofensiva del gobierno del sur contra la administración electa del Ministerio Tamil del noroeste y el genocidio que le siguió hasta el holocausto del 19 de Mayo del 2009.

El 2007 fue también el año en que el gobierno de Sri Lanka se gano la reputación

de haberse convertido en el tercer país del mundo más peligroso para la seguridad de periodistas tanto locales como corresponsales y reporteros internacionales. De ahí en mas la opinión publica del sur y en especial la de la capital Colombo, progresivamente, fue siendo ‘modelada’ -de acuerdo al Secretario de Comunicaciones para el ‘libre movimiento de información’ (Free Movement of Information) del Partido Tamil en Londres- por la propaganda gubernamental de tipo netamente militarista. Ya para el 2008, poco y nada de información acerca de la catástrofe que se iba desenvolviendo en el Norte, Noreste y Norte del Este de Sri Lanka pudo ser filtrada afuera del territorio Tamil del Ealam. Aunque, a pesar de que la mayoría de las organizaciones no gubernamentales de la asistencia internacional para la población civil Tamil habían para entonces sido expulsados del país, excepto la Cruz Roja Internacional y Caritas de la Iglesia Católica local, sus trabajadores y un puñado de reporteros, que quedaron atrapados dentro del cercado noroeste, consiguieron documentar y compilar una cronología fotográfica del genocidio y, especialmente, del holocausto del 19 de Mayo del 2009- alrededor de 40 mil personas asesinadas o desaparecidas en poco menos de 48 horas, de acuerdo a lo que se ha podido establecer, aunque

la cifra puede variar considerablemente-.

A casi tres años de la catástrofe humanitaria y el final del conflicto que se arrastro por mas de dos décadas, pareciera ser que el libre movimiento de información y censura de prensa sigue siendo implementado bajo estrictos controles gubernamentales. En la decimo novena sesión del Consejo de los Derechos Humanos de las Naciones Unidas (UNHRC), deliberando actualmente en Ginebra y seguida día a día por esta corresponsalía, el 28 de Febrero la agrupación internacional Reporteros sin Fronteras (Reporters Without Borders) hicieron un pedido a que el UNHCR pase una resolución condenando al gobierno de Sri Lanka por ‘violaciones a la libertad de información y amenazas de violencia contra los medios’. Algo esta sucediendo actualmente.

En medio de estas deliberaciones seguidas de cerca por diferentes medios de prensa cubriendo los debates en Ginebra, TTN News, Tamilnet y otros diarios digitales, como así también nuestra redacción de Diario La Tarde en Inglaterra y Diario la Tarde de San Juan fuimos simultáneamente objetos de un virus cibernético que nos puso ‘off-line’ por casi 24 horas, entre el 7 y 8 de marzo

El cementerio de los derechos humanos en Sri Lanka: ataques con armas químicas contra la población tamil

viene de parte VI b

Desde el genocidio de la minoría Tamil del noreste de Sri Lanka y el holocausto del 19 de Mayo del 2009, sobrevivientes y exiliados Tamils han insistido siempre en que la población civil fue victima de ataques con armas químicas. Debido a la férrea censura de prensa por parte del gobierno poco y nada ha sido constatado pero siempre pareciera que existe el pescadito que se escapa de la red- especialmente con una cámara fotográfica- y resulta que esas violaciones y crimines de lesa humanidad fueron captadas y documentadas. No solo eso, sino depositadas con exclusividad a esta corresponsalía del Diario La Tarde en Inglaterra en la semana que la decimo novena sesión de la Comisión de los Derechos Humanos de las Naciones Unidas (HRCUN) debate en Ginebra el genocidio de Sri Lanka y Holms en Siria- cobertura completa, minuto tras minuto en la serialización del ‘Genocidio de los Tamils en Sri Lanka’, Entrega VI (c) del martes próximo-.
Entrevista a un practicante médico de un centro en la ‘zona de seguridad’ en las afueras de un distrito de Vanni, quien por razones de seguridad y debido a que familiares permanecen dentro de los campos establecidos y controlados por el ejercito de Sri Lanka (SLA) prefirió mantener anonimato y esta corresponsalía protege su identidad.
P1- Muchos me dicen que la fuerza aérea de Sri Lanka utilizo armas químicas para destruir a la población Tamil, que prueba Usted tiene de eso?
R1- ‘Mire Usted, mi hermano todavía esta internado en un campo de refugiados, tengo que tener mucho cuidado de lo que digo’.
P2- Dígame lo que pueda.
R2- ‘Quiere hablar con él?…esta loco en querer salir, dígale que se quede adentro, esta más seguro’.
Comentario: dígaselo Usted, es su hermano. Y el entrevistado se comunicó por celular con su hermano y por el especio de dos o tres minutos mantuvieron comunicación en un lenguaje ininteligible. El doctor entrevistado detuvo el coche en el aparcamiento de un supermercado y en cuanto recuperó la clama seguimos con la entrevista.

P3- Vuelvo a insistir, que pruebas tiene Usted de que se produjo algún ataque químico contra la población civil Tamil.
R3- ‘Yo estaba en el consultorio del campamento, de la Cruz Roja, cuando escuche al avión venir y al salir a ver exploto una bomba en el aire, era como un paragua arrojando un gas blanco incandescente. Toda la gente que estaba dentro del radio de unos cincuenta metros murieron carbonizados y los que estaban mas en el centro de la circunferencia perdieron la piel. Corrí a asistirlos pero estaban todos muertos, muchos parecían que se habían asfixiados. Me volví al consultorio, saque la cámara fotográfica y pude documentar algunos casos antes que llegara el ejercito.
P4- Que pasó después?
R4- ‘Cuando llegó el ejercito los soldados usaban mascaras mientras nos congregaban para sacarnos a todos de ese sitio y poco antes de salir pude ver que llegaban topadoras, posiblemente para enterrar a los cadáveres, por eso

nada se sabe aunque logramos sacar fotografías’.
Lo que sigue es la mas cruenta evidencia fotográfica de lo que sucedió, tal vez como un ‘test’ o si se quiere un ejercicio de ‘prueba’ de la efectividad de armas químicas por parte de la fuerza aérea de Sri Lanka- según expresó un analista especializado en el uso de este tipo de armamento- ya que se carece de documentación de la comisión de similares ataques. Tal vez este incidente sirvió como un ‘banco’ de pruebas pero no deja de ser otro acto de genocidio.

Del material fotográfico entregado a esta redacción solo reproducimos las imágenes de victimas adultas, en cuyos cadáveres se puede identificar la causa del deceso acaecido por despellejamiento de la piel de los que se encontraban más cerca del epicentro y de la carbonización de los cuerpos que se encontraban mas hacia la periferia del circulo afectado por el ‘roció’ químico de ese ataque. Fuente: TTN News, Copyright 2009.

Genocidio: La masacre de los Tamils en Sri Lanka -La Situación Actual (VI c)-

Foto Agencia EFE Ministro Mervyn Silva amenaza a periodistas y tamls

Viene de parte VI (b) .-.

A casi tres años de finalizado el conflicto en Sri Lanka, la situación de la minoría Tamil no ha dejado de ser precaria y sigue siendo sometida a una represión opresiva por parte de la mayoría Singales. No sólo se trata, de acuerdo a diferentes informes basados en recolección de información dentro de las comunidades de las zonas mas afectadas por la militarización de las provincias del norte y del este por distintas ONG’s, de una estrategia para causar inseguridad social a través de ‘impuestos’ extorsivos, secuestros y asesinatos de políticos y representantes comunitarios, y sistemáticas violaciones de mujeres étnicamente Tamils. De lo que realmente se trata esta estrategia y basado en la voluminosa documentación presentada ante la decimo novena sesión de la Comisión de los Derechos Humanos de las Naciones Unidas (UNHRC) esta semana pasada en Ginebra- a la cual esta corresponsalía ha tenido amplio acceso- expone una siniestra política gubernamental de alienación de toda una cultura y sociedad milenaria como la es la de los Tamils del Norte y Este de Sri Lanka, territorios conocidos como el Ealam.

De acuerdo a una ONG (Organización no Gubernamental) y entre la mejor informada por voluntarios que trabajan en el presente dentro del territorio del Norte y Este de Sri Lanka, el centro de estudios políticos de la International Policy Digest, el proceso de singalizacion del gobierno en territorios tradicionalmente ocupados por la minoría Tamil se extiende mas allá del planeamiento estratégico del Estado de asentamientos de colonos singalies, ocupación de tierras, cambio de delineación perimetral y toda clase de usurpación y ocupación ilegal de propiedades, en especial, contra los Tamils agricultores que fueron desplazados a los campos de internamiento y al exilio y característicamente toda esta política

Relacionadas: El Consejo de Derechos Humanos (CDH) de Naciones Unidas aprobó una resolución en la que instó a Sri Lanka a investigar las denuncias de crímenes de guerra, cometidos en la etapa final de la guerra de 2009 en la que cerca de 40 mil tamiles murieron.

Foto: El ministro de Relaciones Públicas de Sri Lanka, Mervyn Silva, ha amenazado con romper los huesos de periodistas y activistas de derechos humanos críticos con la actuación del Ejército al final de la guerra civil en el país.

apoyada por la intrusión militar en toda la región.

Pero este proceso no se detiene ‘solo’ allí. El concepto político-militar del gobierno, descripto como de ‘singalizacion’, ha despejado el camino para interferir en todo el espectro de eventos culturales propios a la herencia Tamil como así en los aspectos de manifestación religiosa, en la actividad económica, en la discriminación de Tamils en el reclutamiento de servidores públicos dentro del territorio del Ealam y ha llegado a extenderse al sistema de educación.

A este último respecto existe fehaciente evidencia de todo un sistema de exclusión educacional y formación técnica para la juventud Tamil dentro de los altamente subsidiados institutos educativos del gobierno en los territorios de las provincias del norte y del este de Sri Lanka.

Los hechos, desde finalizado el conflicto, contradicen claramente la propia ‘propuesta’ del gobierno para la ‘paz y reconciliación’ que había producido en el 2010 para apaciguar las fuertes condenas de la comunidad internacional por las sistemáticas violaciones de los Derechos Humanos de la minoría Tamil de Sri Lanka.

En principio, el programa titulado Lecciones Aprendidas para la Paz y Reconciliación (Lessons Learned for Peace and Reconciliation)- LLPR- fue

presentada como una pieza maestra de pacificación, como no lo ha existido en la historia reciente tras sangrientos conflictos. El LLPR abarcaba cada aspecto de reintegración, re edificación y normalización socio-cultural y religiosa de la sociedad de la minoría Tamil. Hasta incluía negociaciones para reparaciones y compensaciones para las victimas tanto económicas como por la represión previa ha finalizado el conflicto como así también un mecanismo de legitimación sobre la propiedad de las tierras. En otras palabras un ‘gesto’ inesperado de un gobierno militarista y opresor de la minoría Tamil de ese país. Como declaró a esta corresponsalía el Oficial de Comunicaciones del British Tamil Forum, el Sr. Sham Suttra “ese documento- el LLPR- al principio tomo a todos por sorpresa pero con el tiempo nos dimos cuenta que el texto no valía el papel en que estaba impreso y, por supuesto, desde entonces no ha habido ningún progreso”. Por nada la web site oficial del gobierno de Sri Lanka sobre información y actualidad del programa LLPR simplemente esta en blanco. Al parecer nunca existió tal cosa excepto para embaucar a la comunidad internacional. Pero sobre sus propias palabras, ahora el Gobierno de Sri Lanka se encuentra bajo la Resolución de la decimo novena Sesión de la Comisión de los Derechos Humanos de las Naciones Unidas a tener que implementar las auto medidas que propuso con la proclamación del LLPR en el 2010 y ahora con un tiempo perentorio, antes de la próxima sesión en marzo del 2013.

Genocide: The slaughter of the Tamils ​​in Sri Lanka -Argentine newspaper -6 a edition

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Demographic statistics speak for themselves. Taking, for example, the largest province of Sri Lanka, East (Eastern Province), nearly 10 thousand square kilometers along the coast of Bay of Bengal the Indian Ocean, the census figures from different times yielded of the colony of Ceylon until 2007, show a clear illustration of what precipitated the conflict and the genocide of Tamils.

English translation

Tamilselvan & Kilinochchi’s destroyed telecommunication tower

After the defeat and annihilation of the LTTE fighters tigers, the legacy of the independence aspirations of the Tamil minority of Sri Lanka has left the aftermath of a humanitarian disaster that still persists today and it seems to have returned back to clockwise to the situation in the first place, led to the conflict and resistance against the government of Sinhala Buddhist majority south of the island. After the catalog of massacres began to suffer the Tamil minority by the majority Singali since 1957, segregation persists today as it was in 1977, when universal suffrage this minority decided for the independence of their territory, the motherland of Eelam, which, for administrative costs, the British had annexed the kingdom Singalis the south during the colonial administration in Ceylon.

Kilinochchi’s destroyed telecommunication tower Nov 2007 The strategy of strangulation socio-cultural and political current government against the Tamil minority is more than evident. Boot from the systematic occupation of land by ‘settlers’ singalies South, fostered by government planning policy Sinhala south. This strategy of occupation is based on the ‘resettlement’, the formation and proliferation throughout the territory of northern and northeastern urban settlements ‘immigrants’ singalies south, and all other kinds of measures ‘demographic’ to tip the balance and turn to the Tamils a minority in their own territory. In other words, doubly a minority both ‘national’ as they can or have now become in their own land of Eelam.

Demographic statistics speak for themselves. Taking, for example, the largest province of Sri Lanka, East (Eastern Province), nearly 10 thousand square kilometers along the coast of Bay of Bengal the Indian Ocean, the census figures from different times yielded of the colony of Ceylon until 2007, show a clear illustration of what precipitated the conflict and the genocide of Tamils. Kilinochchi's destroyed telecommunication tower Nov 2007

The 1881 Census found that the percentage of the population was 58.96% Tamil while the Singalies of only 4.66% and others (35.99%) – between Muslims, Christians and Crios. In figures, 75,318 people and 5,947 Tamils living in Sangali ethnicity. But for 1981, although the Tamil population had reached over 400 000 ethnic percentage of the native community had fallen to 42% while Singalies with a population of 243,701 had risen to almost 25%, but together with other ethnic groups shared a slice-religious 58%, making the Tamils a minority in their own territory, this is in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka, which covers an area equivalent to one third of the island.

For Census 2007, reversing the demographic trend continued at the expense of the Tamils, although since 1983 the territory of this had received tens of thousands of Tamils fleeing the slaughter of that year, between 5 000 and 6 000 were been killed during a single week by crowds of agitated Singalies by para-military government in the capital, Colombo, as well as fleeing the repression, harassment and robberies, murders, abductions and disappearances. Still, the Tamil population in 2007 only 40% scratching while Singalis remained above 21%, supported by programs of settlements and occupation of land and an influx of ‘immigrants’ Singalies encouraged by the government.

The long and eventful political process launched in 1988 and through which had accelerated the events that precipitated in an armed conflict and civil war eventually broke out in 2007. On January 1 of that year, the proclamation of former President Jayewardene, based on the constitutional amendment of 1978 – and which established the temporary union of the provinces north and east in one administrative body governed by a regional government elected, was abolished. Under pressure from the nationalists and the military singalies, Tamil Northern Province and the Northwest was operated and managed directly by the central government in Colombo and the East, and East again segregated from Tamil Eelam.

Demographic statistics of 2010 are not available, but according to several sources contacted and connected with displaced families when living in north and east, officials from England Tamil Forum, Tamil Party and others, agree that the percentage Tamil population in the Eastern Province has grown by two possibilities: first, by the exodus from south after the persecutions they suffered during the last decade but, second, that under pressure from the area north and northeast forced to move to the Eastern Province.

In the next installment Part VI (b) continues the approach of the abolition of press censorship and the iron that remained in the shadow of the Southern Sinhalese public opinion.

Diariolatarde

by Juan Manuel Velazquez, Diario El Tarde, Argentina, March 7, 2012

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  4. Genocide: The slaughter of the Tamils in Sri Lanka 4th edition-Argentine newspaper
  5. Genocide: The slaughter of the Tamils in Sri Lanka -Argentine newspaper Third edition
  6. The slaughter of the Tamils in Sri Lanka Argentine newspaper

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Genocidio:La Masacre de los Tamils en Sri Lanka, el Holocausto
Posterior al conflicto (Parte VI)

by Juan Manuel Velazquez, Diario El Tarde, Argentina, March 7, 2012

Tamilselvan & Kilinochchi's destroyed telecommunication tower
Tras la derogación de la administración gubernamental Tamil de la Provincia del Noroeste e intervención gubernamental le siguió el ataque aéreo a la radio emisora La Voz de los Tigres del 17 de noviembre del 2007. Doce periodistas, entre ellos tres de los editores perdieron la vida y otros 15 civiles empleados fueron gravemente heridos. En total estallaron quince bombas sobre esas instalaciones, ganándose Sri Lanka la reputación de ser el tercer país más peligroso del mundo en lo que respecta a la seguridad de periodistas.

Genocidio: la Masacre de los Tamils en Sri Lanka, el Holocausto
El principo del fin (V parte b) Cronología fotográfica de la masacre y primera entrevista a un matrimonio tamils sobreviviente del holocausto

Con la derrota de los combatientes Tigres del LTTE y la ocupación del ejercito de Sri Lanka a lo largo y ancho del pequeño enclave Tamil de Ealan, en el norte y noreste de la isla, tras el holocausto del 18 de Mayo del 2009, dio comienzo a las mas tristes y desesperadas acciones de supervivencia de los civiles y ex-tigres comprometidos en el ultimo bastión de control por el LTTE en el noroeste de Sri Lanka, dentro de los Distritos de Vanni.

Las entrevistas a sobrevivientes que lograron fugarse de los campos de exterminio han sido conducidas por Charlie Moore, fugado del D2 de Informaciones de Córdoba y ex-exiliado en Inglaterra. Lo que sigue son declaraciones de protagonistas a través de entrevistas con testigos que, de por momentos, requieren la experiencia y demandan al entrevistador la confianza de las victimas testigos. He ahí y entonces que Moore consiguió no solo a que “se abrieran” para contar sus estremecedoras experiencias sino entrevistar a quienes habíamos solicitado audiencia, a ex-combatientes Tigres del LTTE. Para eso fuimos recogidos de un hotel en Londres, en Paddington y conducidos al condado de Kent y recibidos en casa de un Tamil bioquímico que trabaja para uno de los más grandes laboratorios farmacéuticos, la Glaxo.

Durante el trayecto de una hora y media saliendo de Londres hacia el Sureste, la acompañante del conductor, una señora de edad, avocada a la causa de ‘Lecciones Aprendidas para la Paz y Reconciliacion’ (Lections Learned for Peace and Reconciliation-LLPR) de los Tamiles, profesora de Historia y miembro del Tamil Forum en Inglaterra- manifestó que su propio padre, un político tamil opuesto a la lucha armada y al conflicto, había sido asesinado por los combatientes Tigres del Ealam. Aun así, su propio esposo, un medico cirujano con practica en hospitales de Londres había regresado y estaba separada de ella debido a que ella no podía poner pie de vuelta en Sri Lanka por su militancia en Inglaterra para llevar a juicio a los genocidas. Algo que Moore totalmente asintió por propia experiencia.

Al llegar a la casa de un vecindario de clase media, fuimos recibidos con una cordialidad genuina, no artificial, ningún ‘show’ debido a que, para entonces, las primeras tres notas de esta corresponsalía acarreaban 52 millones de visitas a la pagina titulada genocidio: la Masacre de los Tamils en Sri Lanka.

Al desalojo y abandono de la población Tamil de sus tierras y localidades agrícolas le siguió la colonización del sur.

Fugados del Infierno (Primera entrevista)

Tras un café, un matrimonio de Tamils padres de dos hijos de 3 y 5 años nacidos en territorio controlado por los Tigres de Ealam y actualmente todos exiliados en Inglaterra fueron introducidos por nombres de pila como el Sr. Pathy (34) y la Sra. Varany (32). Debido a la sensibilidad que requería la entrevista a requerimiento de Moore y su interprete, la Profesora de Historia Dra. Pumi Selvamanaam, las dos criaturas fueron removidas de la amplia sala de recepción y entretenidas por los chicos de los dueños de casa, como así también el matrimonio fue ubicado en un sillón debajo del ventanal, de por medio a otro sillón de la interprete situado cerca de la Sra. Varany y el del entrevistador, más al fondo de la pieza, casi opuesto pero mas alejado al esposo de la victima, como dándoles el espacio que se requiere para el relato de tan trágicas y traumáticas experiencias. Dio comienzo la entrevista. En su apertura, Moore, a través de su interprete, ofreció las garantías a que los relatos de las victimas no iban a ser gravadas, excepto al de la interprete, lo que obtuvo aprobación del Sr. Pathy y su esposa Varany. Lo que sigue, textualmente, al pie de letra es la entrevista.

Pregunta 1:
-Cuando ustedes se exiliaron en Inglaterra?
Respuesta 1:
-’Yo- el Sr. Pathy- hace dos años
-yo- la Sra. Varani- hace cinco meses’.

P2: Ustedes residían en Ealam -el enclave Tamil al noreste de Sri Lanka- para cuando se produjo el holocausto del 18 de Mayo del 2009?
R2: -’Si, Si, Si! ‘- ambos exclamaron siendo la Sra. Varany la mas exaltada-. ‘Nuestro ultimo lugar de residencia fue en Puthumattalan, en un distrito de Vanni antes de caer en manos del ejercito de Sri Lanka y nosotros capturados con nuestros dos chicos el 22 de Abril del 2009′.

P3: -La pregunta ahora es si fueron refugiados antes de salir de Sri Lanka?
R3: -Cuando fuimos permitidos salir de la zona bélica, como todos los demás evacuados, no fuimos permitidos caminar sobre la ruta pero nos obligaron a nosotros y a todos los de la columna interminable de gente, ancianos, niños mujeres y hombres de todas las edades, fuimos forzados a caminar en la barrosa cuneta llena de charcos y agua estancada, en partes hasta a la canilla de profundidad. Allí era cuando perdíamos las sandalias y terminábamos

caminando descalzos, especialmente los chicos. De tanto en tanto, durante el largo trayecto de la caminata los soldados que nos escoltaban se bajaban de los camiones y orinaban justo por donde estábamos ordenados a transitar. En ese calor sub tropical el olor ‘cloacal’ era insoportable. Cuando tuvimos que atravesar un área anegada por inundaciones, hasta el cuello de honda, por lo menos nos pudimos lavar vestidos y sacarnos de encima el olor hediondo de traspiración. A los dos chicos los tuvimos que acarrear sobre los hombros para que no se nos ahoguen. Todos tomamos de esa agua estancada. Allí se nos arruino toda nuestra documentación que traíamos con nosotros, nuestras partidas de nacimiento, las tarjetas de sanidad, incluso nuestra libreta nacional de identidad’.

P4: -A todo esto que paso después?
R4: -’Después que salimos del pantanal nos concentraron a todos en una plantación de cocos muy grande- un palmar- sin ningunas facilidades sanitarias y el ejercito comenzó a arrojarnos por encima de nuestras cabezas bollos de pan y bizcochos que cayeron al suelo mojado y barroso. Los que gozábamos de mejor de salud les dejamos nuestras raciones a que se las comieran los más débiles y hambrientos quienes con las manos limpiaron el pan y los bizcochos o lavaban con sus ropas empapadas. En otro caso, mas adelante, después de pernoctar al aire libre en el palmar, volvieron a repartir pan y galletas pero desde camiones en movimiento y todos los que podíamos correr tuvimos que seguirlos. En una de esas ocasiones, en la estampida por alcanzar las raciones cuatro niños fueron aplastados y muertos en la avalancha. Sucedió en Iranaipalai Senthuransilaidi’.

P5: -Después, adonde los llevaron?
R5: -A los varios miles que nos habían congregado en el Palmar nos agruparon en filas de 60 y hasta 70 y después de revisarnos y ser palpados, tanto hombres como mujeres y chicos, nos subieron en colectivos para 26 pasajeros y todos hacinados partimos en convoy hasta el rígido puesto caminero de Omanthai, similar a un puesto de frontera entre el territorio Tamil de Ealam y el Singalis del centro y sur de Sri lanka. Allí, nuevamente, estuvimos que esperar un día y medio mas, todos hacinados adentro de los autobuses. Allí prometieron con alta voces a quien reconociera haber sido un combatiente Tigre los reubicarían en centros de “rehabilitación” con buenas facilidades como parte del programa de pacificación que iba a implementar el gobierno, lo que muchos hicieron sin necesariamente haber pertenecido al LTTE’.

P6: -Tuvieron facilidades sanitarias mientras esperaron en el control de Omanthai?
R6: -’No, ninguna, solo al aire libre como así tampoco agua y los que bebieron de los charcos se enfermaron debido a que estaba contaminada con orina’.

P7: -Después de pasar el control fronterizo de Omanthai, a donde los llevaron?
R7: -Al primero de los campos de concentración, el ubicado en Sethikulam-Ananthacumarazeny, dentro territorio de Sri Lanka. Durante el trayecto una muchedumbre de campesinos pobres Singalies rodeo al convoy y lo detuvo. Al principio se nos paro el corazón pero en lugar de tratar de lincharnos nos pasaban pan, galletitas, agua y otras bebidas. Fue todo muy emocionante, muchas mujeres lloraban, en especial las que no habían sido Tigres- LTTE-’.

P8: -Cuáles eran las facilidades en el Campo de Internación?
R8: -A medida que nos iban internando a cada uno nos daban la lista confeccionada en el Control de Omanthai de los que habían reconocido haber sido Tigres del LTTE para que si cualquiera reconocía alguna identidad lo declarara a las autoridades militares que custodiaban el ‘centro de evacuación’ como le llamaban las autoridades y, a cambio, seria beneficiado con el traslado a un centro con mejores comodidades. Tras arribar tuvimos que esperar mucho tiempo para tomar agua y recibir comida. Después de pasar la noche al aire libre, al día siguiente los de la ONG de la Cruz Roja Internacional fuimos suministrados con carpas en las que nos debíamos acomodar 12 en cada una, aunque eran para seis. Si tres familias totalizábamos 10 o 11, entonces teníamos que recibir a algún extraño para totalizar 12 por carpa. El campo estaba custodiado por el ejercito que montaban guardia todo el alrededor del perímetro y un puesto fijo de control a la entrada. Paulatinamente comenzaron a montarse letrinas portátiles pero de cloaca abierta y no suficientes para los primeros 3.000 a 5.000 internados en ese campo. Eso causaba un problema sanitario muy grande con los chicos y los ancianos ya que tenían que hacer colas interminables y se orinaban o defecaban antes de que les tocara el turno’.

P9: -Cuanto tiempo permanecieron en ese Campo?
R9: -Dos días debido a que nos mantuvimos escondidos para evitar a que alguien nos reconociera como Tigres del LTTE. Y debido a la hacinación en ese primer campo, por suerte nos trasladarona otro centro de internación vecino al primero, al notorio Campo de Concentración de Ramasamy, el que en realidad era centro selectivo de exterminio. Ahí fuimos a parar muchos de los que habían reconocido pertenecer al LTTE y muchos otros que fueron reconocidos en el primer campo. Nosotros, por suerte y ni locos habíamos reconocido pertenecer a los Tigres y, aun mas, les dimos identidades que no correspondían a la nuestra. Por eso que nos veníamos salvando’.

P10: -Como eran las condiciones de este nuevo campo?
R10: -En los ocho días que estuvimos allí no vimos ninguna mejora, tanto en las facilidades sanitarias como en la alimentación. Aun más, las pocas raciones que nos daban no eran entregadas con ningún orden u horario, de modo que el bollo de pan y jarrón de te para el desayuno lo repartían al medio día, el almuerzo bien entrada la tarde y la cena a la madrugada. Así que lo que hacíamos con mi esposo era abstinarnos al almuerzo de la tarde para dárselos a los chicos como la cena y nosotros solo comíamos lo que nos traían a la madrugada’.

P11: -Ustedes mencionan que a los autoconfesados Tigres y otros identificados en el primer campo fueron trasladados a este segundo campo, conocen ustedes el paradero de esta gente?
R11: – ‘No exactamente, porque en los ocho días que estuvimos internados en el Campo de Ramasamy, poco antes de oscurecer el ejercito pasaba llamando a gente por sus nombres y podíamos ver que los agrupaban en dos grupos, una columna para ser trasladada en autobuses y otra columna en camiones del ejercito. Obviamente, los que habían reconocido los nombres de la lista y habían identificado a Tigres prisioneros se los llevaban a la ‘tierra prometida’ de campos de reeducación, en cambio a los que habían sido combatientes Tigres, lo que nosotros creemos es que fueron trasladados a los incineradores de las fogatas al aire libre en la costa y sus cenizas arrojadas al mar’.

P12: -Ustedes tienen alguna evidencia de esto?
R12: -Si! -saltaron ambos entrevistados-. Fíjese en la web, ahí esta todo documentado y nosotros lo sabemos por boca de pescadores y campesinos de la costa’.

P13: -Como lo saben?
R13: -’Después de escaparnos y refugiarnos en casa de parientes antes de salir del país para acá (Inglaterra)

P14: -Lograron fugarse?
R14: -¡Si!, a los ocho días de internados en este segundo campo yo (Pathy) logré fugarme haciéndome pasar por un trabajador de la ONG de la Cruz Roja llevándome a nuestra hijita mayor, de tres años por entonces, con el pretexto que tenia una infección y la trasladábamos al Hospital de Vavuniya Central Hospital, por supuesto con colaboración del personal de esa ONG.
-Esa noche, antes que los guardias del ejercito pasaran revisión yo también debía escaparme- añadió la Sra. Varany (una esbelta joven mujer de ojos azabaches, mentón triangular y cabello negro ondulado cayendo debajo de los hombros), tenia que escaparme esa noche porque si descubrían que mi esposo con la niña mayor se había fugado me iban a violar como lo hicieron con las esposas de los Tigres confesos después que los trasladaron de ese campo. Dios se apiado de mi porque al oscurecer entraron dos vehículos de transporte pesados con provisiones y al salir, cubriéndome del lado opuesto al de la casilla de la guardia de entrada, conseguí correr con mi hija menor hasta llegar al perímetro de la selva, afuera del campo’.

P15: -Que siguió a la fuga?
R15: -Después de una larga caminata a escondidas logré reencontrarme con mi esposo y nuestra hija mayor en un lugar acordado, siempre dentro del territorio controlado por el ejercito de Sri Lanka, la casa de un familiar. (Allí se guardaron por unos días, en Varaminya , y sobornaron a los del ejercito para viajar a Colombo, la capital del sur, debido a que carecían de documentación. En Colombo se quedaron toda la familia por una semana y consiguieron hacer arreglos para viajar indocumentados a la India).

P16: -Que fue lo que los separo?
R16: -Problemas de papeles y visa para viajar a Inglaterra. Yo (Pathy) conseguí papeles y salí ocho meses después. En cuanto llegue a Inglaterra, en el mismo aeropuerto de entrada me dieron visado como refugiado, obviamente sabían lo que estaba pasando con nuestra gente en Sri Lanka.
-Yo- intervino la Sra. Varany- conseguí visado para viajar hace solo cinco meses con mis dos chicas, tiempo en que estoy aquí en Inglaterra’.
-Muchas gracias por concederme este reportaje’, concluyo Moore.
-’Las gracias son dadas a Usted’, respondieron.

Continúa en parte Vc la segunda entrevista a victimas del lado opuesto del espectro, una familia de civiles que no tuvieron ninguna participación con los combatientes Tigres de Ealam.

October 27, 2012

TYO Canada marks the month of November as a month of remembrance and commemoration.

Filed under: eelamview, freedom struggle, tamil eelam — Tags: , — எல்லாளன் @ 3:21 pm

Tamil Youth Organization (TYO) Canada marks the month of November 2010 as a month of remembrance and commemoration.

November 1st 2011 Canada – November marks an important month in the calendar of the Tamil nation. It is in this month that our first liberation fighter, Lieutenant Colonel Shankar, sacrificed his young life for the liberation of our homeland and our people. Since, thousands and thousands of our martyrs have given their lives for the emancipation of the Tamil homeland. November also notes the sacrifices made by our freedom fighters in their fight to ensure that the Tamils live in peace, dignity and honour in their homeland.

The footprints of our fallen heroes make up every square kilometre of Tamileelam. It is our heroes who have awakened the national spirit of our ancient Nation. It is their supreme and immeasurable
sacrifice that has enabled Tamils to stand proudly even in the face of unparalleled challenges and hurdles. It is their selfless sacrifice that has been embedded in the pages of our history.

The month of November serves us a reminder that the Tamils worldwide continue to undertake the just principles that our heroes so dearly fought for. Our freedom fighters have not only sacrificed their lives, but more importantly their dreams, ambitions, and their youth.

TYO calls on the Tamil Canadian youth and the broader community to mark the month of November as a month for remembering, commemorating and reflecting on thousands of our fallen heroes who have sacrificed their lives so that our nation is free from the chains of oppression. TYO calls for the full participation of the community, especially the Tamil youth on events organized for November 2011.

TYO further reminds the youth and community to withhold from organizing and participating in events and gatherings not associated with remembrance or commemoration as a show of respect
for those

whom have made the ultimate sacrifice for the liberation of Tamileelam. Furthermore, TYO urges the community to honour our martyrs in their homes, business premises, educational institutions and
other significant places.

Let us take this month to bow your heads for our fallen heroes and recommit and rededicate ourselves for the liberation of our motherland. Let us work towards making the dreams of our heroes a reality.

Tamil Youth Organization

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நவம்பர் மாதத்தை புனிதமாதமாக கனடா தமிழ் இளையோர் அமைப்பு அறிவிப்பு 

நவம்பர் மாதம் தமிழர் வாழ்விலும் தமிழீழ வரலாற்றிலும் முக்கியத்துவம் வாய்ந்த மாதமாகும். எமது தமிழீழ மண்ணுக்காகவும் தமிழ் மக்களுக்காகவும் லெப்டினன்ட் சங்கர் அண்ணா அவர்கள் அன்று தன்னை ஆகுதியாக்கி தமிழீழப் போராட்டத்தின் முதல் மாவீரர் ஆனார்.

அன்று தொட்டு இன்றுவரை ஆயிரமாயிரம் மாவீரர்கள் தமிழீழ விடுதலைக்கு வித்திட்டு ஈழத்தமிழர் நெஞ்சில் அணையாத் தீபங்களாகிய மாவீரர்களை நினைவுகூரும் மாதம் நவம்பர் மாதமாகும்.

நவம்பர் மாதம் எமது தமிழீழ மண்ணுக்காய் மரணித்த மாவீரர்களை மனதில் நிறுத்தி அவர்கள் வழியில் தமிழர்கள் நிமிர்கின்ற மாதமாகும்.

மாவீரர்களின் உயரிய தியாகங்களே தமிழீழத்தின் உரமாக, தொடரும் போராட்டத்தை முன்னெடுக்கும் இளையோரின் உயிருக்குள் உறைந்திருக்கின்றன. தமிழீழத்தின் எதிர்காலச் சந்ததியினர் சுதந்திரமாக சுயவுரிமையுடன் வாழ வேண்டும் எனபதற்காக உலகிலேயே உயர்ந்த கொடையான உயிர்கொடை அளித்து வீரவேங்கைகளான மாவீரர்கள் கந்தக மாதமான நவம்பரில் கெளவரவிக்கப்படுகின்றனர்.

கொடிய இலங்கை அரசிடம் இருந்து புகலிடம் அளித்த எமது மாற்றாந் தாயான கனடா நாட்டிற்காக உயிர்நீர்த்த கனேடிய மாவீரர்களை நினவுகூரும் மாதமும் இவ் நவம்பர் மாதமேயாகும். இந்தவகையில் தமிழீழ விடுதலைக்கு வித்திட்டு ஈழத்தமிழர் நெஞ்சில் அணையாத் தீபங்களாகிய எம் சூரியப்புதல்வர்களை நினைவுகூர்ந்து, அவர்களின் தியாகங்களை போற்றும் முகமாக கனடா தமிழ் இளையோர் அமைப்பு, அனைத்து மாணவர் அமைப்புகளுடனும் இணைந்து நவம்பர் மாதத்தை மாவீரர் மாதமாக மனதில் கொண்டு அவர்களது நினைவு நிகழ்ச்சிகளை மேற்கொள்ளவிருக்கின்றது.

எனவே இப்புனிதமான மாதத்தில் மாவீரர் நினைவுபாடும் நிகழ்வுகள் அற்ற நிகழ்வுகளை தவிர்த்து வீரவேங்கைகளுக்கு மதிப்பளிக்குமாறு அனைத்து தமிழ் மக்களையும் தமிழ் இளையோர் அமைப்பு உரிமையுடன் வேண்டிநிற்கின்றது.

வீரத்தின் விளைநிலமாம் தமிழீழ மண் பெற்றெடுத்த எம் சுதந்திரச் சிற்பிகளின் அஞ்சலிக்காக எம் அகங்களில் அவர்தம் அளப்பரிய தியாகங்களை நினைவுகூர்ந்து இக்காலபகுதியில் தமிழர்கள் தங்கள் வீடுகளிலும் ,வியாபார நிலையங்களிலும், கல்வி நிலையங்களிலும், மற்றும் நாம் ஒன்றுகூடும் இடங்களிலும் மாவீரர்களை போற்றி வணக்குவோம்

தமிழின வரலாறு கண்டிராத மாபெரும் அழிவுக்குள் சோகத்தினுள் மூழ்கிப்போயிருக்கும் தமிழீழ மக்களாகிய எங்களுக்கு மீண்டும் புத்துயிரளித்து விடுதலை பொறிமூட்டி தமிழீழத் தேசியப்பணியாற்றிடும் வல்லமையை அளிக்கும் மாவீரர் தியாகங்களை மனதில் கொண்டு தமிழீழ விடுதலை காண இளையோர் நாம் விரைவோமாக!

October 26, 2012

The Tamil Eelam Liberation Struggle book launch

Filed under: eelamview, freedom struggle, genocide srilanka, tamil eelam — Tags: , , — எல்லாளன் @ 10:38 am

“The Tamil Eelam Liberation Struggle”State Terrorism and Ethnic Cleansing (1948-2009)

Launch of ‘The Tamil Eelam Struggle’ in Australia

By Dr. Murugar Gunasingam, 2012

The new book is the author’s continuation of the well-received ”Tamils in Sri Lanka – A Comprehensive History (C.300BC-C.2000 AD).”  The new book is available in both English and Tamil versions.

About the Author

Dr Murugar Gunasingam has written four research books including the critically acclaimed ‘Sri Lankan Tamil Nationalism: A Study of its Origins’ and ‘Tamils in Sri Lanka: A Comprehensive History (C. 300 B.C. — C. 2000 AD)’.

Gunasingam gained a Ph.D in History from the University of Sydney, under the Australian Post-graduate Scholarship Award. He also received a Masters degree from the University of London.

Gunasingam currently works as a research fellow at the South Asian Studies Centre, Sydney.  He has also served Charles Sturt University, the University of Western Sydney and the University of Jaffna throughout his career.

Author’s Other Publications

Sri Lankan Tamil Nationalism: A Study of its Origins has been selected on a merit basis by Proquest Electronic Publishers and has been electronically published in 2000. This scholarly work has been added to the reading list of Jawaharlal Nehru University.

Primary Sources for History of the Sri Lankan Tamils: World Wide Search has been a well- received reference material, valued around the world by many scholars, institutions and other since 2006.

Tamils in Sri Lanka: A Comprehensive History (C. 300 B.C. – C. 2000 A.D.) has been selected on a merit basis as the Best Non-fiction Publication of 2008 by Tamil Solai, University of Toronto. Further, it has been listed as a reference text for the University of Calicut since 2010.

Availability

The book will be available for sale at the Sangam AGM on November 3.

Alternatively, from an unconfirmed source:

The book is available at RM 140.00 plus RM 10.00 for local postage and RM 45.00 for overseas postage if you want the book  posted to you.

Please pay in favour of 

                                     Tamils Relief Fund
                                    A/C No 3121 0155 5456
                                    Swift code SCBLMY XXXX
                                     Standard Chartered Bank Bhd
                                    Jalan Sultan Ismail
                                    Kuala Lumpur
                                    email: tamils dot relief at gmail dot com 

Please scan and send your paying in slip giving your name and address for the book to be sent to you by post.

Alternatively it can be collected at Unit 3.3, Wisma Bandar, 18 Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, 50100 Kuala Lumpur.

The proceeds will go to relief and rehabilitation of Tamils affected by the armed conflict in the Tamil areas of Sri Lanka.

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