Thanks to Security Forces, Sri Lankans could now live in peace
LTTE rump is gearing for another sinister operation to further
mislead the international community. They are preparing loads of
concocted stories to fool the international community and capitalise on
the US-led Resolution against Sri Lanka at the next UNHRC Sessions due
in a few months time.
Ex-LTTE cadres who have managed to migrate to countries in the West,
misleading those Governments, are spearheading the campaign.
Though Sri Lanka's police and the Security Forces managed to uncover
mysteries surrounding certain deaths, for which the Tiger sympathisers
have put the blame on the Government, a section of the Tamil Diaspora
continues to project a gloomy picture - that Sri Lanka is not a safe
place for Tamils to live. Such campaigns have also been used by Tamils
living in the West to obtain visas and get down their relatives to those
But it is the duty of the ambassadors of those countries based in
Colombo to feed the true ground situation in Sri Lanka.
Thanks to the untiring efforts of the valiant Security Forces, people
in Sri Lanka could now live in any part of the country and travel
anywhere without fear, intimidation or terrorist threats. Irrespective
of their ethnic or religious belongings, all Sri Lankans could now live
peacefully in any part of the country they wish and indulge in their day
to day activities without fear.
The bomb blast at the Central Telegraph Office
There is no discrimination to any Sri Lankan, based on their
Minority Tamils and Muslims have equal privileges just as Sinhalese.
People in Sri Lanka do not feel any such discrimination based on either
their race or religion. But it is the LTTE sympathisers in the West who
project such nonsense.
Similarly, people in the North and the East are not worried about
obtaining land or police powers.
They are only worried about their future, for which the Government
has already implemented a praiseworthy plan.
It is some of the expatriate Tamils, who don't know the true ground
situation in Sri Lanka or actual needs of the Tamils living in Sri Lanka
who demand police and land powers. Opportunist Tamil politicians in the
North who market their ethnicity for political survival also demand such
powers so that they could thrive.
These politicians did not utter a word when hapless Tamil civilians
in the North and the East were at the receiving end due to barbaric
terror acts of the LTTE. When the LTTE terrorists forcibly held Tamil
civilians as a human shield, the TNA did not voice against those cruel
acts against mankind.
The TNA parliamentarians at that time apparently acted like mere
puppets. They were remote-controlled by Prabhakaran from his Wanni
hideouts. Whenever the LTTE wanted, the TNA parliamentarians were
summoned to Kilinochchi jungles and were given orders by the Tiger top
brass. Tamil politicians never discussed actual problems of the Tamil
community with the LTTE leaders. Instead, they returned to Colombo with
the 'orders' given by Prabhakaran and Thamilselvan.
TNA who is now making a big hue and cry over Tamils seems to have
forgotten how they acted then. Sampathan and his men seem to have woken
up altogether and its only now that they feel the grievances of the
In contrast, the Government always felt and understood the pulse of
all its communities. That is why President Mahinda Rajapaksa was so
determined to liberate over half a million Tamils forcibly held by LTTE
He is the only politician who had the guts to beat all overwhelming
odds to liberate people in the North and the East from the clutches of
the LTTE terror.
He not only gave that much needed political leadership to liberate
those hapless civilians but also made sure that they are resettled in
double quick time with a secured future.
The Government embarked on an ambitious program to develop
infrastructure facilities in the North and the East, thereby opening new
horizons of the people living in these two provinces.
It was due to those untiring efforts that the Northern and the
Eastern provinces are showing the highest development ratio ahead of all
other provinces in the country. While the overall economic growth was
between 7 to 8 percent, the growth rate in these two provinces are high
as much as 20-22 percent.
Why can't the international community see these positive developments
with open arms?
They only talk about a few incidents that are projected by the LTTE
rump and try to frame war crimes allegations. Perhaps, some of the
countries in the West must be thinking that liberating over a half a
million people from the jaws of LTTE terror is a war crime.
The very same people are apparently of the view that numerous terror
acts committed by the LTTE were the legitimate rights of a terrorist
We would like to refresh the memories of some of those controversial
politicians in the West on terror acts committed by the LTTE during this
part of the year in previous years.
The LTTE, which claimed themselves as the sole representatives of the
Tamils, deprived all other Tamil leaders of indulging in any politics or
They even eliminated their rival separatist groups, though they
claimed that all are fighting for a similar cause. On June 19, 1990 LTTE
masterminded a grenade attack at Kodambakam, Chennai to eliminate top
EPRLF members and Tamil leaders.
Among those who perished were Jaffna district MP V.K. Yogasangari,
leader of the EPRLF K. Pathmanabha and former Finance Minister of North
Eastern Provincial Council, P. Kirubakaran.
On June 21 of successive years - 1986 and 1987, LTTE terrorists
stormed into two villages in Trincomalee and Polonnaruwa to brutally
assassinate many innocent civilians, including children.
One June 21, 1986, a group of armed LTTE terrorists stormed
Wilgamwehera hamlet in Trincomalee district and butchered nine civilians
The terrorists used sharp weapons to kill and maim the innocent
civilians in order give maximum horror to the victims and the onlookers.
The terror stricken civilians started vacating the ancient villages they
lived for generations and started moving towards south.
On the exact day in the month of June 21 in the following year, LTTE
terrorists, armed with small arms, raided the ancient Sinhalse hamlet of
Godapotha in Polonnaruwa, killing eight villagers.
But the terrorist failed to attain the intended target of a greater
massacre as the civilians used to sleep in the jungle hideouts at night
due to the terrorist threats.
It is still fresh in our minds how the LTTE exploded a massive bomb
at one of the most highly secured military establishments in Colombo.
It was on June 21, 1991 that 21 people were killed and more than 175
others sustained injuries when an LTTE suicide bomber drove a truck,
laden with explosives, into the Joint Operations Command Office at the
Flower Road in Colombo 7.
Sri Lanka has embarked on its own reconciliation process and the
international community should help us to implement our own home-grown
solutions to local problems.
Unfortunately, it's the countries who did not make any tangible
contribution during Sri Lanka's humanitarian operation that are
extremely worried about the reconciliation process here and try to
While the friendly countries which made an immense contribution for
Sri Lanka to crush terrorism are patiently awaiting and allowing us to
make our own progress in reconciliation, it is the countries which
turned a Nelsonian eye during the battle against terror that have come
forward to as self-appointed advisors and arbitrators.
Sri Lanka has already declared that a task force overlooking the
implementation of the reconciliation commission is making progress and
has short-listed 33 of its recommendations to be implemented at national
Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga, who heads the task
force, has said that out of the 135 main recommendations of the Lessons
Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), 33 proposals need to be
implemented at national level.
He said the task force had met as many as five times and its progress
would be made public by the end of the month.
Hence, the West should not be unduly perturbed on the cause of action
that Sri Lanka would be taking.
The leaders of Sri Lanka have a greater feeling for its people, be it
in the North or South, than the Western politicians. President Rajapaksa
is concerned about the well-being of people in the North and the East
than any other politician in the world.
All what we ask from the West is to keep away from meddling with
internal affairs of a sovereign state, allowing Sri Lanka to handle its