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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2708

Prabakaran to call for all out war, while Sri Lanka is on the offensive

Colombo, 27 November, (Asiantribune.com): The situation in Vanni continues to remain tense as Sri Lanka’s Defence Secretary, Gotabhaya Rajapakse declared that the Government forces are after Prabakaran – “We are after him. We are specifically targeting their leadership."

Gotabhaya Rajapakse pointed out that Colombo now had the upper hand in the long-running conflict, with the elusive guerrilla chief limited in both his movements and ability to score strategic victories.

To add to the woes of Prabhakaran and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, Sri Lanka armed forces continues with their offensives, aerial bombing high value targets within Vanni, the jungle terrain controlled by the Tamil Tigers.

Yesterday, Sri Lanka Air Force fighter jets bombed LTTE hideouts in consecutive sorties made at locations northwest of Puthukkudiyiruppu and west of Kilinochchi.

According to Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Defense heavy payloads were dropped at the locations obtained through real-time air reconnaissance and ground information.

The pro LTTE website, Tamil Net confirmed that Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) bombers attacked two densely populated areas in Puthukkudiyiruppu and Ki'linochchi in Vanni on Monday. The report revealed that 13 houses have sustained damages in five rounds of air attacks.

Pro-LTTE news website added “The first attack was reported in Puthukkudiyiruppu, 150 meters from the town junction; between 5:00 and 5:20 p.m. 7 houses have sustained heavy damage. No civilian casualties were reported. The second attack was reported between 5:30 and 5:50 p.m. in Jeyanthinakar, a suburb of Ki'linochchi town, where six houses were damaged. An 18-year-old youth was wounded in Jeyanthinakar."

“The air strike on Puthukkudiyiruppu targeted a settlement, 2nd Ward, twice. The settlement is located along Paranthan Puthukkudiyiruppu Road, which is a densely populated area with four schools and the Puthukkudiyiruppu hospital. The explosion shook the hospital, “ the Tamil Net reported.

In the meantime in an interview with AFP news agency, Defence Secretary, Gotabhaya Rajapakse, said, earlier this month the political head of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), S.P. Thamilselvan, was killed in what the government said was a precision air strike on the north and not a mere lucky hit.

"The killing of Thamilselvan sent a very powerful message: they know we have good intelligence on their movements," Rajapakse told AFP in an interview Monday at the heavily-fortified defence ministry in Colombo.

Monday was also the day the LTTE chief marked his 53rd birthday, and Rajapakse said that if all goes to plan it will be his last. "We are after him. We are specifically targeting their leadership," he said.

"For the last few months he (Prabhakaran) has been even more restricted in his movements. We want to keep them under pressure. We are gathering intelligence, information."

The threat came as Prabhakaran was set to give his annual speech from a jungle hideout in his northern mini-state marking the end of "heroes' week", commemorating around 20,000 Tamils who have died fighting for a separate homeland.

Prabhakaran's speech, due to be broadcast later Tuesday, will come at the end of a year of several setbacks for the LTTE.

Government forces regained full control over the east of the island in July, and have also managed to sink what the government says is the bulk of the rebels' fabled fleet of gun-running ships.

The outspoken defence secretary, who is also the brother of the island's president, insisted that the tide of the 35-year-old conflict -- Asia's longest-running civil war -- was finally turning in the government's favour.

In the meantime, Asian Tribune learnt that though LTTE satellite tower was bombed and damaged, LTTE Leader Prabakaran’s speech would be telecast live in Britain, France, Canada and Australia using ‘You Tube’ to transfer the annual address of the elusive LTTE Leader, already recorded from a jungle hideout in the Vanni.

The address will be on the air today from 5.45 PM to 6.05 PM Sri Lanka time.

According to sources, Prabakaran would be making a call to arms for an all out war with Sri Lanka Government forces and appeal to the Tamil diaspora for more funds as usual for the Irrithi pore - the final war for separation.

Reports further revealed that in Britain, British Tamil Forum has already reserved the ExCel Conference Hall at Royal Victoria Dock in London for November 27 to celebrate the Heroes Day celebration.

In Paris Tamil Coordinating Committee (LTTE) is making all the necessary arrangements to hold the Heroes Day celebrations today at 12.30 in the afternoon.

The Heroes Day meeting in Paris is to be held at the hall located at, 2007 Pavillon Baltard, 12 Avenue Victor Hugo, 94130 Nogent-Sur-Marne, Paris.

Tamil Coordinating Committee has anounced that transport facilities are made available from Chateau de Vincennes to the meeting venue. According to reports available, the two Heroes Day celebrations which are to be held in London and Paris would be low key events.

- Asian Tribune -

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