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Minister Champika Ranawakka

Briefing to the Security Council on the humanitarian situation in Sri Lanka: by John Holmes

John HolmesMy visit to Sri Lanka was intended as a visible demonstration of the international community's high level of concern about the humanitarian consequences of the continuing fighting. I trust that my pleas to all parties to do all they can to protect civilians and respect international humanitarian law will not fall on deaf ears. The continuing close attention of the international community will be a very important part of this, including scrutiny of the implementation of the assurances given by the Government. I urge again all those with any influence on the positions of the LTTE to use that influence now to persuade them to let the civilian population go. There is no time to lose.

Sensitive LTTE’s communications equipments recovered

By Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

Sri Lanka Army’s 58 Division commanded by Brigadier Shavindra Silva’s troops have advance deep into the Puthukkudiyiruppu built- up area from North west, East and South amidst heavy resistance forthcoming from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam – the terrorists outfit. Troops belonging to the 58 Divisions also recovered sensitive electronic equipments which confirmed roles played by Tamil Nadu political leaders and televisions owned and run by elites belonging to Tamil Nadu political hierarchy to bifurcate Sri Lanka and make the so called Tamil Eelam a satellite state of India.

Sri Lankan people will not allow Government to halt offensive against Tigers – Minister Champika Ranawaka

Champika RanawakkaSri Lankan people are not going to allow the Government to halt the humanitarian offensive against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Sri Lanka Government too is not willing to abandon this campaign against the brutal force like LTTE. Sri Lanka Government has to diffuse the LTTE militarily and later on the development and democratization process will have to take place. It has been pointed out that nearly 75,000 Sinhala youths involved in terrorists activities were killed in two separate occasions in Sri Lanka, when terrorism reared its ugly head in the country. Minister Champika Ranawakka speaking to "Asian Tribune" said, in 1971 and 1987 to 1989, Janatha Vimukthi Perumuna (JVP) which had the majority Sinhalese youths to fight the Government has been mercilessly suppressed and thousands of people were killed.

The LTTE fails to get Ceasefire, "Let the people go" urges the UN at Security Council

"All those with any influence with LTTE should now persuade the Tigers to let the civilian population go," the Humanitarian Coordinator Sir John Holmes appealed at the UN Security Council briefing on his visit to Sri Lanka at the invitation of President Rajapaksa. Sir John said that "conditions of the civilian population is dire and despite the Government’s efforts to provide relief supplies. There is no time to lose and the LTTE must now let the civilian people go". He appealed to the diaspora and others who can influence the LTTE to force them to free the Tamil civilians to go into cleared areas.

Into Cold War

By Gomin Dayasri

Before the heat of the war can simmer down - the cold war has begun. Those foreign funded NGOs and their legion of paid mercenaries are drawing new initiatives to keep them in business with the collapse of their sponsored terrorists. Those thriving on armchair terrorism require fresh issues to attract foreign funding to continue with their life style and livelihood - return to the drawing board to fabricate fresh blue prints to attract more dollars. The cash flow will become a trickle unless Sri Lanka is disgraced. Devalue the nation to extract money, publicity and perks. It cost so much in life and limbs, rupees and dollars to Regain Sri Lanka; the struggle has to begin now to Save Sri Lanka.

Akasa Kusum gets Jury Award at Asian Film Festival in France

Prasanna Vithanage’s latest film Akasa Kusum (Flowers of the Sky) received a special Jury Award at the prestigious 15th Festival International des d’Asie in Vesoul in France. Vithanage personally received the award from the Festival Director Jean-Marc Therouanne on February 14 after the film was screened to a packed audience at the Majestic Theatre, the largest cinema hall in Vesoul. Describing the film after the screening, Vithanage said that he picked on a star of yesteryear as the theme for his latest venture to highlight the agony and ecstasy of film actresses all over the world.

Lunstead, Casey and the Rest

By L. Jayasooriya

Lunstead is the man who openly sent a direct warning to the LTTE on television that the outfit should either talk with the government and come to a settlement or face the much superior forces of the government and be defeated. I personally saw him say this on television and he cannot deny it. Soon after he made that statement he went missing. I thought that Bush had sent him to Iran as punishment.

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Minister Champika Ranawakka

U.N. Ambassadors unanimous LTTE laying down arms, releasing civilians to Sri Lanka government

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

At the conclusion of the U.S. Secretary General’s Special Representative for Humanitarian Affairs Sir. John Holms many ambassadors representing other countries were unanimous that the LTTE is now defeated and that it should lay down the arms and release all trapped civilians to move to Sri Lanka government declared safe zones.The Russian Ambassador Vitaly I. Churkin was categorical in saying that the today’s briefing is a onetime affair and that it will not go beyond that. This is an internal situation against a terrorist group which the Government is trying to handle through military and political means.