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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2705

KP to lead Eelam struggle

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From S Murari, Chennai

Chennai, 22 July (Asiantribune.com): The LTTE, or what is left of it, has announced that Selvaraja Pathmanathan also known as Kumaran Pathmanathan, will lead the struggle for Eelam now that its supreme leader V Prabhakaran has died in action without realizing his dream.

In an e-mail, the LTTE executive committee has said KP, who was made head of the international division by Prabhakaran,"will lead us into the next stage of our freedom struggle".

While acknowledging as irreplaceable the loss of Prabhakaran and other top leaders in the final battle with the Sri Lankan forces in May, the statement referred to Sri Lanka's "boastful propaganda" that the LTTE has been wiped out and said "it is our historic duty to rise and fight for our legitimate rights".

Indirectly referring to Mr Pathmanathan's statement in the immediate aftermath of Prabhakaran's death that the guns have fallen silent, but the Tamils will continue their struggle through peaceful, democratic means, the statement said "cognizant of the new circumstances, we have set out to take our freedom struggle along new pathways".

It said:" Like all liberation struggles, we will modify the form and strategies of our struggle according to times and demands. Yet, our ultimate goal of a free Tamil Eelam will never change".

To dispel the impression that KP, LTTE's long-time arms smuggler wanted by the Interpol, had hijacked the organisation, the statement said " Veluppillai Prabakaran shall remain forever the leader of Tamil nationhood".

The statement said that after long and elaborate consultations among members,including the diaspora and fighters who managed to escape from the battlefield, the LTTE had decided to let Mr Pathmanathan "lead the struggle according to the vision of our leader".

It said," We have set up a head office for our liberation movement and formulated various sector-based working groups and an executive committee to take our struggle vigorously forward".

It did not say where the head office is located, but said it would disclose details in due course.

The statement, signed by Suresh alias Amuthan and Ram on behalf of the executive, said" Sri Lanka and countries supporting it were under the illusion that the capture of "Tamil homeland meant the end of the freedom struggle.

It said “the fire of freedom" awakened by Prabhakaran and "burning in the hearts of Tamils" would be extinguished only after an independent Tamil nation was born.

- Asian Tribune -

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