Archive for June 9th, 2006

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Have Thamilselvan arrested in Oslo for crimes against humanity

June 9, 2006

Well, well, well! LTTE behaves how LTTE behaves. Should that surprise any one? Can one change the stripes of even a four-footed Tiger. It is time Erik Solheim is held responsible for the conduct of the LTTE delegation. There is no doubt that Thamilselvan in particular, Nadesan and Pulidevan have their own agendas that have nothing to do with the question of the SLMM or even the peace efforts in Sri Lanka.

Despite all the arrangements made well ahead of time by the Royal Norwegian Government and the publicity lavishly given to the meeting between the LTTE and the delegation of the Government of Sri Lanka, at the very last minute, the LTTE pulls out, an indeed a predictable behaviour. Anton Balasingam will have enough to comment on it. He would have lavished an extra bottle of whisky or two on him in celebration.

Where was Rudrakumaran, the LTTE champion from the USA? Did he make it at all to Oslo to speak for the globally convicted terrorists?
If Norway has not understood this of the LTTE over the years, then there is something wrong with the Norwegian personnel because they have to be responsible officials especially serving the government of their country. Unless otherwise Norway has certain interests that are only served by what LTTE stands for, a mafia state in the South Asian region.

What has made it necessary for Thamilselvan, Nadesan and Pulidevan wanting to be in Norway on some pretext or other? Has this anything to do with some personal matters like their families and children who have to be away from Wanni for some reason or other? Or are some secrets are being conspired like arms and other assistance for Wanni? Are their funds arrangements involved? Or are these three getting ready to seek asylum in Norway and laying the foundations for it?

One wonders whether there is a leadership struggle in Wanni and may be even Prabhakaran is being cornered. If that is so, then he had good reason not to see Solheim. Where do Pottu Amman and Soosai stand in this development.

Reliable sources from within Wanni has made it clear that Thamilselvan is the man behind all the alleged Makkal Padai (people’s force) activities who are but cadres sent by him as political workers to create murder and mayhem among the civilians. He is also believed to be behind the killings at Allaipiddy and Kanagampuliyadi and the murder of the Superintendent of Police. This man has no mercy even for children. He is the man who wants a communal bloodbath in the country; and he is believed to be the friend of Erik Solheim.

What Thamilselvan wants is power, power at any cost. It appears that the Tamil Diaspora is not wiser at all to his machinations and manipulations and some of them, the arrogant minority, have the same mentality as this man. There are people in Canada and England who speak with the same ruthless mind as Thamilselvan. These are people who want to achieve power on the cheap and the run even if that means hundreds of children are slaughtered for that purpose, hundreds of other people’s children.

There is that man Daya Idaikadar for instance who was elected recently as a local councilor by the residents of a ward in Harrow, England in which the Tamils are a small constituent group. Forgetting his obligations to his electors, which means being involved in neighbourhood issues, this man thinks he is the LTTE member of an imaginary global legislature.

A few days ago, this chain-smoking showman insulted Mahatma Gandhi by holding a fast for 101 hours adorned in vermilion hue, garlands and all for which he obviously paid for in advance. He was like the lead goat at what used to be an animal sacrifice at Urumpirai’s Kattu Vairavar Temple. Idaikadar of course knew that he could survive 101 hours with his regular intake of water from a hidden crevice and there was no knife hanging over him. No wonder it came to be known as the Daya Idaikadar Show in London.

And now we have the Thamilselvan Show in Norway.
However, since how the LTTE behaves is well known, the Government of Sri Lanka is the one that must be blamed. The government has an obligation to the people of Sri Lanka. It has to overcome all its failures over the years including the rights of the minorities and pay attention to Law and Order in the country as a matter of great urgency.

If it cannot handle this situation, Sri Lanka must enter into a pact with India for after all the heritage of all the people of Sri Lanka is rooted in India and furthermore, India has a regional obligation. We have to respect this and work towards a good solution to the country’s many problems. There was never a place for Norway in Sri Lanka and never should ever be.

As for Thamilselvan, Nadesan and Pulidevan measures should be taken to arrest them in Norway itself for crimes against humanity and get them arraigned before the International Court at The Hague. What is needed now are strong measures against the LTTE menace and the man to go for is Thamilselvan Vijayan in Oslo for Subidcham

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Unlike security forces, LTTE does not allow SLMM to do proper inspection – Helen Olafsdottir

June 9, 2006

Speaking to the media persons at a special meeting held at Lake house yesterday (08th), the spokesperson of Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) Helen Olafsdottir, stressed that LTTE is not a legitimate body that can claim rights in sea and aerospace. She further admitted the existence of an air stripe in the LTTE dominated area which is a serious violation of ceasefire, but she also explained that SLMM is not in a position to anything about it. Read full text of the news published in Daily News below:

(Daily news, 09th June 2006)

The LTTE has no rights in the sea or in Sri Lanka’s air space according to international law, stressed the spokesperson of Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) Helen Olafsdottir.

She said they (the SLMM) had seen the LTTE air strip and that was a serious violation of the Ceasefire Agreement.

"The SLMM cannot do anything about the situation because of its limitations," she said.

Olafsdottir was speaking to journalists at Lake House at a special meeting organised by the Daily News yesterday.

She said: "Although the Government security forces allow SLMM monitors to inspect localities in cleared areas, the LTTE does not allow them to inspect localities in uncleared areas.

"We cannot function beyond the mandate given to us by the Government and the LTTE to monitor the Ceasefire."

"Our monitoring activities are stuck in the mandate when it comes to implementing the CFA," she said.

"We cannot change the mandate, we are stuck in it, and it is frustrating".

"The CFA may be amended for effective implementation with the participation of the Government and the LTTE," she said.

"The SLMM monitors cannot demand from the LTTE stating that they it should be given access to uncleared areas without their permission because there was no such mandate for them to do that," she said.

Olafsdottir also said they would not withdraw from ceasefire monitoring no matter how difficult it was going to be for them, until both parties asked them to do so.

"If it was not possible for us to engage in ceasefire monitoring from the North and East, we will monitor it from Kandy if we have to ," she said.

"If we leave out the country, the CFA will become invalid,"she added.

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Talks crumble in jumble

June 9, 2006
  • LTTE refuses to meet low level SL delegation

  • Govt.recalls Kohona and team but confusion prevails

The much awaited Oslo talks failed to kick off yesterday after the LTTE refused to sit down with a low level Government team to discuss the issues related to the operations of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission and its security.

Government Peace Secretariat Head Palitha Kohona told the Daily Mirror from Oslo that as of last evening (SL time) there were no fresh arrangements for the discussions while Norwegian Minister Erik Solheim’s spokesman Espen Gullikstad told the Daily Mirror that a special news conference was to be held at 9 p.m. last night (12.30 a.m. Friday SL Time) to announce the state of the Oslo talks.

"The LTTE representatives are in another room, we are somewhere else and Minister Solheim is not to be seen. So as of now nothing is happening. We were informed by the Norwegians that the LTTE will not sit down with us," Dr. Kohona said.

LTTE political wing leader S.P. Thamilselvan, who was heading the rebel delegation informed the Norwegian hosts that he would only sit down with a Government ministerial team and not with lower rank officials, LTTE sources said.Mr. Thamilselvan had identified himself as an official who is on par with a minister and told the Norwegians that LTTE peace secretariat head S. Pulithevan will be the lone representative at the talks if the Government side was not represented by a top minister. The Government had however refused to change the composition of its team already in Oslo for the talks and threatened to tell the team to return to Colombo if there was no compromise in the LTTE thinking, while Dr. Kohona also confirmed that the Government team was preparing to come back.

The Government team included Gomin Dayasri, Chanaka Jayasekera and Vaas Goonawardena while the rebel team included

Pulithevan, LTTE ‘police chief’ Nadesan and senior LTTE political officer V. Rudrakumar, who arrived from the United States.

The meeting was arranged to discuss the security of the SLMM made up of members from the Nordic countries, which include three EU members.

However the LTTE refused to sit down with representatives from Sweden, Denmark and Finland who are EU members, owing to the EU ban on the rebels.

The Government delegation informed the Norwegian representatives that in terms of the Status of Mission Agreement (SOMA) it had requested the Royal Norwegian Government to organise and establish the SLMM and "the members of the mission be recruited from among the citizens of the Nordic countries" and expressed the view that nationals from Sweden, Denmark and Finland, although from EU Member States shall be recruited as members of the SLMM in their individual capacities, the Government said in a statement yesterday.

Government defence spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella said the Government team for the talks was made public prior to the two teams leaving for Oslo and as such the latest opposition raised by the rebels was part of the LTTE ‘package of excuses.’

"As the Oslo talks were not to deal with main issues we were not sending a ministerial team. The issues to be discussed have to be dealt by the Peace Secretariat and that was why we sent Dr. Kohona. If it was the Geneva talks then we would have sent a high level ministerial team," he said.

The Government and LTTE delegations arrived separately at the Thorbjørnrud Hotel A.S. in Jevnaker near Oslo, the venue for the talks, on Wednesday evening.Minister Rambukwella said the sequence of events since the failed assassination attempt on the Army commander and the Sea Tiger attack on the Navy last month proved that the LTTE was not committed to peace.

Meanwhile the TamilNet website quoted Mr. Thamilselvan as saying the LTTE delegation in Oslo was engaged in discussions with the Norwegian facilitators on key issues, including the role of international truce monitors.

Responding to media reports that the LTTE was refusing to sit with the Government delegation, Mr. Thamilchelvan said discussions on the monitors at this crucial juncture would be productive and progressive when the LTTE and Government delegations raise the issues separately with the Norwegian facilitators, giving room for them to approach a resolution of these issues.

The Government delegation has the freedom to exercise the same procedure without insisting on meeting the LTTE directly over these issues, he said.

The LTTE delegation was invited to Norway to discuss the role of the SLMM, the security of SLMM staff and the future engagement of the SLMM in a post EU-ban scenario, Mr. Thamilchelvan said.

He also said the LTTE delegation would be meeting International Development Minister Erik Solheim yesterday evening to discuss issues, Mr. Thamilchelvan said. By Easwaran Rutnam

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Solheim desperate to make Tigers talk

June 9, 2006

Tamilselvan wants Minister to lead Government delegation

The LTTE has announced, in Oslo, that its full delegation cannot hold direct talks with the the government delegation since the latter, is not represented by a Cabinet Minister. If at all, any direct talks take place, the LTTE would be represented only by its Peace Secretariat leader S.Pulithevan, since the government delegation is led by Secretary General of the Government Peace Secretariat Dr. Palitha Kohona.

The new development has pushed the government delegation into a predicament and Norway’s International development Minister Erik Solheim, after being apprised of the situation, is reported to be desperately trying to make the two sides meet each other.

LTTE delegation leader S. P. Thamilselvan claims that he informed government of Sri Lanka two weeks ago, through the Norwegian facilitators, that the government delegation should be represented by a Cabinet Minister. He blamed the government for failure to nominate a Minister.

Thamilselvan has further said that representatives of Denmark, Finland and Sweden, who form part of the delegation of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission for the Oslo talks, should be removed since they are from the European Union which imposed a ban on the LTTE little over a week ago. by Dinasena Rathugamage