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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2701

Anandasangaree – Liberate Vanni, but stop air raids in the night

Colombo, 18 April, (Asiantribune.com): While urging Sri Lankan President to desist from air raids in the night in Vanni, V. Anandasangaree, President – TULF categorically told that People in Vanni should be liberated.

He has said, “I myself had made several requests to have the people in the LTTE controlled areas, liberated. The people there cannot bear the atrocities of the LTTE any more. They can’t afford to lose their children in their hundreds at the battle front any more.”

Anandasangaree has pointed out that the people in Vanni living under the control of LTTE are prepared to welcome a friendly army that will liberate them without causing loss of life and destruction to property. He further adds, he had made a similar request once to Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary General of the United Nations.

In a letter addressed to Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse, Anandasangaree wrote, that the people in Vanni live in permanent fear and tension. Aerial attacks in the night will cause them more agony. He had also appealed to the President to take immediate action to prevent aerial attacks during the nights

Given below the full text of the letter written by V. Anandasangaree, to Stri Lanka President Mahindapala Rajapakse:

His Excellency Mr. Mahinda Rajapakse,
President of Sri Lanka,
Temple Trees,
Colombo-03

Your Excellency,

Air Raids in the Night in Vanni

I am much perturbed over the midnight strike on Oddusuddan by the Sri Lankan Air Force and also the decision to intensify the same causes me grave anxiety and concern. The aerial attack during the daytime itself is bad enough, although the civilians have the advantage of making an attempt to run away and safe their lives. Inspite of this advantage available there had been many instances of civilians dying and getting seriously injured.

Aerial attack in the night is sure to cause immense hardships and innumerable casualties among the civilians who will virtually get trapped without any possibility of running away in the dark, to save themselves. Families with children will be the worst affected. I very strongly appeal to you to inform all concerned parties to avoid operations in the night and also to give sufficient timely warning of the operations during the day time. The Government has a sacred duty to safeguard the lives of all its citizens. Why these innocent civilians should be denied of Government’s protection. The noise made by the Air Force fighter jets is deafening and when they fly over, the people women and children scream and run for their lives. I myself had such frightening experience when I was in Jaffna.

People in Vanni should be liberated from the LTTE. I myself had made several requests to have the people in the LTTE controlled areas, liberated. The people there cannot bear the atrocities of the LTTE any more. They can’t afford to lose their children in their hundreds at the battlefront any more. They are prepared to welcome a friendly army that will liberate them without causing loss of life and destruction to property. In fact I had made a similar request once to the Secretary General of the United Nations His Excellency Ban Ki-moon.

I do not want a single civilian life lost due to army action. Please ensure that this policy is maintained throughout. We can’t forget how we in Colombo felt when the LTTE attacked the Katunayake Airport.

The people in Vanni live in permanent fear and tension. Aerial attacks in the night will cause them more agony. Therefore please take immediate action to prevent aerial attacks during the nights

Thanking you,

Yours Sincerely,

V. Anandasangaree,
President – TULF.

- Asian Tribune -

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